By now, you’ve no doubt already seen the leaks floating around the internet. First came the CoroCoro scans, then on the eve of The Pokémon Company’s next international announcement video, a large number of its surprises made their way onto the internet last night. Amidst all the chaos, the original plans for a tomorrow release have seemingly been scrapped and the new Pokémon Sun/Moon trailer went live this afternoon, formally introducing us to the villain team and an Alolan Raichu!
During your adventure through the Alola Region, you will come into contact with the villainous Team Skull, a band of ruffians who steal Pokémon, mess up trial sites and get up to all kinds of shenanigans. They are led by Guzma, who piles on the attacks and battles without mercy. He appears to have a particular bone to pick with Professor Kukui and claims he could never be a trial captain.
The team is propped up by the admin Plumeria, who is considered the big sister of Team Skull due to how she keeps the other members in line, with a manner similar to that of a strict older sister. She does however, seem to care for her subordinates and won’t anyone get away with giving them a walloping.
Name: Alolan Meowth
Meowth is a Pokémon that did not originally live in the Alola region. They were sent to the royal family of Alola as an offering from another region, and only a select few could have them as partners. It’s said that the Meowth that were offered to the royalty lived a life of luxury and pampering, which led them to have a selfish and prideful attitude. This caused Meowth’s form to change.
Name: Alolan Marowak
Ability: Cursed Body/Lightningrod
The Marowak in the Alola region take bones and light both ends on fire by rubbing them against their foreheads. Then they spin the bones around! Marowak’s rarity and its fearsome appearance when it dances with its bone led the people of Alola to dub it a conjurer and regard it with fear.
Name: Alolan Raichu
Ability: Surge Surfer – a new ability that doubles Raichu’s speed when in Electric Terrain!
The Raichu in Alola have two types—Electric and Psychic—and they are able to wield psychic power. What’s more, they can gather their psychic power in their tails and then ride on them to float in the air!
Additionally, three new species have been revealed:
Ability: Illuminate/Effect Spore
Morelull are nocturnal Pokémon that walk around at night on their leg-like roots. They move because staying in one spot and sucking all the nutrients from the soil would cause surrounding plants to wither. With their roots, they make contact with other Morelull and communicate with one another.
Ability: Innards Out – When Pyukumuku faints, it will deal damage to the opponent equal to the amount of HP it had before fainting.
Due to their appearance and way of life, Pyukumuku are considered unappealing to tourists. Part-time work pulling Pyukumuku off the beach and chucking them back into the sea is available at tourist beaches. But no matter how far they’re thrown, Pyukumuku will always return to the same spot.
Name: Wishiwashi (Solo Form)
Ability: Schooling – with Schooling, Wishiwashi can change form in battle to their School Form under certain conditions.
A single Wishiwashi is tiny and weak. Measuring just eight inches from nose to tail, Wishiwashi is very small, even for a Pokémon. Yet the people of the Alola region seem to view it as a terrifying Pokémon. When it’s in danger, Wishiwashi’s glistening eyes catch the light and shine out, sending a distress signal to its allies.
Name: Wishiwashi (School Form)
The seemingly weak Wishiwashi is called the demon of the sea because of its ferocious School Form. When Wishiwashi receive a distress signal, they unite in a huge battle formation.
Pokémon Sun/Moon are currently slated to be released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide on 18 November 2016, except in Europe, where the pair will be launching on 23 November 2016.