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Pokémon Sun/Moon: Meet The Mysterious Ultra Beasts!

Today, The Pokémon Company International have released a brand new trailer revealing more about the world that awaits us in Pokémon Sun/Moon and this could, perhaps, be the juiciest one yet.

Opening with a reveal straight off the bat, we were introduced to a brand new species with a rather peculiar name:

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Name: Type: Null

Ability: Battle Armor

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Type: Null is a Synthetic Pokémon which was constructed to synthesize the strengths of various Pokémon, making it adaptable enough to complete a mission that requires a Pokémon as strong as the Pokémon of mythology. The mask fitted to this Pokémon’s head is a piece of equipment designed to control its power. Type: Null is the partner Pokémon of a newly revealed character—Gladion, the taciturn enforcer of Team Skull, who places a high value on being strong in battle.

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Name: Jangmo-o

Ability: Bulletproof / Soundproof

Type: Dragon

The Scaly Pokémon Jangmo-o has the pride of a warrior and never neglects its training in its pursuit of becoming stronger. This Pokémon uses the scales on its head as a weapon both offensively and defensively. It lives in harsh locales, like canyons, where it can train.

Alongside the new species, we were also introduced to the Alolan variety of Raticate, whose pre-evolution was unveiled as part of last week’s Nintendo Direct:

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Name: Raticate (Alolan Form)

Ability: Gluttony/Hustle

Type: Normal/Dark

Raticate in Alola live in urban areas, leading to a higher-calorie diet than that of Raticate elsewhere. This means they have tough bodies but have gotten a lot fatter. They stockpile huge amounts of food in their nests and prefer fresh fruit and high-class ingredients. Alolan Raticate is the Totem Pokémon of the trial that takes place in Verdant Cavern on Melemele Island in Pokémon Moon.

The trailer also introduced the Alola Regions Aether Foundation, an organisation dedicated to caring for Pokémon who have been hurt. They provide shelter for these Pokémon on the man-made island “Aether Paradise”, where they also release the phenomenon known as Ultra Beasts.

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In the Alola region, rumours are circulating about these mysterious creatures that pose a threat to both people and Pokémon. Not a lot is known about them, but the above example (code named UB-01) has a body largely composed of a glass-like substance and its movements closely resemble a young girl, leading many fans to believe it may have a connection to Lillie.

The Aether Foundation is led by their president Lusamine and is assisted by her second-in-command Faba, who can be identified by his green sunglasses. Faba is supported by the Assistant Branch Chief Wicke, who is known for a caring personality that makes her loved by all of the Aether Foundation’s members.

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A brand new feature for the game was also revealed: Poké Finder. Vaguely similar to the Pokémon Snap spin-off game, this new feature allows players to take photographs of Pokémon they encounter in certain spots around the Alola region. These photographs will then be evaluated, with higher scoring photos unlocking more features such as the ability to zoom.
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The Pokémon Company International also revealed more information about your journey through the Alola Region. While Pokémon Sun runs on the same time as your Nintendo 3DS family system, while time in Pokémon Moon is shifted by twelve hours – effectively meaning that when it is day in Pokémon Sun, it will be night in Moon. This has resulted in some differences, such as the Totem Pokémon of Melemele Island in Sun being Gumshoos in Sun, but a Raticate in Moon.

During your adventure, you will also encounter Dexio and Sina, who previously appeared in X/Y as Professor Sycamore’s assistants. They will give you an item called the Zygarde Cube, enabling you to collect Zygarde Cores and Cells across the Alola Region!

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We were also introduced to a brand new member of Team Skull, the enforcer Gladion. It’s interesting to note that the gesture made in his battle introduction is reminiscent of characters belonging to the chunibyou arch-type, with comparable examples being Owain in Fire Emblem Awakening (does Gladion have a sword hand too?), Yoshiko in Love Live! Sunshine! and Rikka in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. He uses a Type: Null in battle.

Are you looking forward to Pokémon Sun/Moon? The pair will be launched exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide on 18th November 2016, except in Europe, where they will be released on 23rd November.

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