Pokémon World Championships 2016 Begin, New Pokémon Revealed

Today marks the beginning of the 2016 Pokémon World Championships and the opening ceremony just left us with the announcement of a brand new Pokémon for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
During the ceremony Junichi Masuda came on-stage to wish the competitors good luck but he also shared with fans the reveal of Crabrawler. The Pokémon is a pure Fighting type and based on the idea of a crab who can box. It’s said to have a fighting spirit, which Masuda commented is a lot like the feelings the players taking part in these championships hold.

After the ceremony concluded a brand new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon was released that included Crabrawler along with three other Pokémon that were recently revealed for Japan thanks to Japanese magazine CoroCoro. The Pokémon and their information are as follows:

Name: Stufful
Type: Normal/Fighting
Stufful may have a small body, but this Pokémon has extraordinary strength. Despite its cute, fluffy appearance, Stufful dislikes being touched and will flail its arms in protest. Stufful evolves into Bewear.

Name: Sandygast
Type: Ghost/Ground
Sandygast emerges when the grudges of fallen Pokémon soak into the sand after battle, and its tunnel-like mouth can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Sandygast also features a new Water Compaction Ability, never before seen in other Pokémon, where its Defense stat goes up by two if it’s hit with a Water-type move. Sandygast evolves into Palossand.

Name: Palossand
Type: Ghost/Ground
Palossand disguises itself as a sandcastle, with its shovel on top serving, it is believed, as a radar to search out prey. Unsuspecting small Pokémon are dragged into Palossand’s body through its sandy vortex so it can steal their life force.

The Pokémon World Championships will continue all weekend so we’ll be watching for the Pokkén, TGC and VGC action as well as any more potential reveals. If you want to check it out then the official Pokémon Twitch channel will be streaming all weekend right here.

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.

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