Z-Forms, Alola Forms, New Pokémon, and Much More Revealed for Pokémon Sun and Moon

on August 1, 2016 11:29 AM

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed a wealth of new information for Pokémon Sun and Moon.

First off, new “Alola Forms“for Pokémon were revealed. These are special forms that Pokémon take to adapt to whatever island they are on, giving them a new typing and appearance.  These are the ones confirmed so far:

Name: Alolan Exeggutor
Type: Grass/Dragon
Unlike other Exeggutor, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head—on its tail! This fourth head controls the tail independently and can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks.

Name: Alolan Vulpix
Type: Ice
It is said that Vulpix came to the Alola region together with humans, but the Fox Pokémon moved to the snowy mountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and thus it ended up taking on this form.

Name: Alolan Ninetales
Type: Ice/Fairy
Alolan Ninetales is able to produce ice crystals from the fur that covers its body. It can use these ice crystals to block attacks, or it can form balls of ice, which it fires like bullets at opponents. These ice missiles have enough power to pulverize rock.

Name: Alolan Sandshrew
Type: Ice/Steel
Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas, but the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the them to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains where they took on this form.

Name: Alolan Sandslash
Type: Ice/Steel
The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.

A new Pokémon named Oricorio takes advantage of this too, with four unique styles on each of the islands. These are Baile Style, which is Fire/Flying; Pom-Pom Style, which is Electric/Flying; Pa’u Style, which is Physic/Flying; and Sensu Style, which is Ghost/Flying. This Pokémon’s ability is Dancer, which steals the opponents dancing moves, such as Swords Dance and Quiver Dance. Its special move is Revelation Dance, which matches each Oricorio form’s special type.

Five other new Pokémon were also revealed. You can see each Pokémon’s typing and description below.

Name: Minior
Type: Rock/Flying
Minior are formed in the stratosphere and live by absorbing the detritus around them. When they’ve consumed a large quantity of particles, their bodies become heavy, and they fall toward the planet’s surface. Minior has a hard and heavy outer shell with a core within.

Name: Gumshoos
Type: Normal
Gumshoos is the Evolution of Yungoos. It will call on Yungoos allies and stand in the way of trial-goers.

Name: Fomantis
Type: Grass
Fomantis is nocturnal, and it performs photosynthesis while it sleeps during the day by spreading out its leaves in all directions. Because of the danger of staying in the same location two days in a row, Fomantis begins its search for the next day’s spot as soon as the sun sets.

Name: Lurantis
Type: Grass
Lurantis draws opponents near to itself with its flowerlike appearance and aroma—and then it takes them down. It’s said to be the most gorgeous of all Grass-type Pokémon, due to its brilliant coloration and elegant moves.

Name: Mudbray
Type: Ground
Mudbray could once be found all over the world, but it became endangered and is now a protected species. It’s said that the Alola region is the only place in the world where Mudbray can still be found in the wild.

It was then confirmed that riding Pokémon would return from the previous generation. They help trainers reach locations that they can not normally get to, and can be called on for help at any time.

The Island Challenge was unveiled next. This rite-of-passage has trainers travelling to the four islands to complete trails, which can be a variety of things, such as battling Pokémon, finding items, and completing tests of knowledge. At the end of each trial, a Totem Pokémon, who can call other Pokémon to help them must be faced.

Along the way, there will be captains on each island to assist the trainers with their trials. The Captains that are confirmed so far are Mallow, Lana, Sophocles, and Kiawe, who specialize in the Grass, Water, Electric, and Fire types respectively.

Once all trials are completed, a Kahuna must be faced to progress to the next island. Hala, who has previously been in other trailers, was confirmed to be one.

Finally, Z-Moves were shown off. They are powerful attacks that can only be used once during battle. The trainer can apply Z-Crystals of each type to a Z-Ring that they obtain. If both the player and the Pokémon have the same one, then a Z-Move can be performed.

TOMY International will be making Z-Rings to sell at retailers. They will light up, vibrate, and go along with the video and sounds in the game.

You can look at screenshots and watch the trailer that reveals all of this information below. Pokémon Sun and Moon will release November 18 for Nintendo 3DS.

 /  Staff Writer
Tomas Franzese is a Staff Writer at DualShockers, writing a variety of reviews and shedding light on upcoming games for both PC and consoles. While he has been a gamer most of his life, he began writing for DualShockers last year, and has almost never put his computer or a controller down since.