New details have surfaced for Pokémon Sun & Moon — from version-exclusive Pokémon Passimian and Oranguru to Rockruff Evolutions to fashion.
In Pokémon Sun, the Fighting-type Teamwork Pokémon Passimian will appear. Passimian has a brand-new Ability called Receiver, which allows it to inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle.
“Passimian wants its Trainer to have the qualities of a leader as well. It watches a Trainer’s form closely when he or she throws Poké Balls, and will not listen to the orders of a Trainer with poor form.”
In Pokémon Moon, the dual Normal/Psychic-type Pokémon Oranguru will appear. Oranguru has the Ability Inner Focus or Telepathy and knows Instruct, a move exclusive to the Pokémon that allows it to make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately.
“The fan-like objects held by Oranguru are handmade by the Oranguru themselves. These fans appear to be made of layers of leaves bound together with Oranguru’s own fur.”
In Pokémon Sun, Rockruff evolves into its Midday Form with the new name of Lycanroc, where it knows the Ability Keen Eye or Sand Rush. It also knows Accelerock, a move that allows Lycanroc to slam into an opponent — a guaranteed first-strike move.
“Lycanroc obeys its Trainer’s orders dutifully. In particular, if a Trainer accepted it during its more rebellious pre-Evolution period, Lycanroc will never ever betray that Trainer and will be the most loyal of partners.”
In Pokémon Moon, Rockruff evolves into its Midnight Form, also under the name Lycanroc. Keen Eye and Vital Spirit are its known Abilities. Lycanroc’s move, Counter, allows it to take physical damage from an opponent, but dishes out double the damage back to the same opponent.
“Contempt rises in this Pokémon for Trainers who give orders it doesn’t agree with or who try to force it to battle. On the other hand, it will feel a deep trust in a Trainer who can truly draw forth its power in battle.”
Pikachu and Eevee both have exclusive Z-Moves. Pikachu’s Z-Move is called Catastropika and is described as “a super-powered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wrapping itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charging into its opponent.” Catastropika also happens to be Pikachu’s most powerful attack.
Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, summons all eight Eeveelutions — Espeon, Flareon, Glaceon, Jolteon, Leafeon, Sylveon, Umbreon, Vaporeon — and grants their power to Eevee. Extreme Evoboost raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed by 2.
By collecting Festival Coins (FC), Trainers can customize their look by making adjustments to their hair, clothing, shoes, etc. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, you can even choose to wear different colored contact lenses.
Similar to the Pokémon-Amie feature introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Refresh lets Trainers build closer bonds with their Pokémon. Groom them, feed them Poké Beans, rid their status conditions, and even dry them off with a Porygon-styled hairdryer. Of course, petting is also allowed.
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Version-exclusive Pokémon, Rockruff Evolutions & More
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon debuts in North America and Japan on November 18. Both games launch in Europe a few days later on November 23.