Nintendo has officially unveiled the starters, gameplay and more for their newest entries in the Pokemon series, Sun and Moon.
Sun and Moon are the newest generation of the Pokemon franchise. The official announcement from Nintendo and The Pokemon Company detailed the official box art, gameplay and 3 new starters. In this iteration, Pokemon trainers will be given the chance to raise one of the new starters, Rowlet, Litten and Popplio in the new Alola region. An area that appears to be based off of the volcanic islands of Hawaii.
Rowlet, the grass type starter, is an owl who’s feathers are partly made up of foliage. The Grass-Quill type Pokemon has a starting move called “Leafage” and can rotate its neck 180 degrees. In battle, it apparently rotates its head back towards its trainer while waiting for instructions.
Litten, the fire type starter, is a safely flammable cat whose fur balls are lit on fire in order to perform some of its more powerful attacks. While it may also appreciate cuddling up by a cozy fire, when it is time for the Pokemon to molt, it sets its entire coat of fur ablaze. Litten’s starting move is the classic “Ember”.
The last of the starters is Popplio, the water type Pokemon. Stylized after a Sea Lion pup, this Pokemon can swim at speeds of 25 MPH, and can create balloons of water from its nose. Popplio then utilizes these balloons to form devastating aerial attacks, however it’s starting move will also be the classic “Water Gun”.
The official teaser definitely revealed more than the previous announcement did, but there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the new game. The series does tend to follow a standard formula, however that still doesn’t answer what the name of the professor will be, or your rival, or whoever it is that will be replacing Team Rocket this time.
We won’t have to wait too long to find out however, as Pokemon Sun and Moon will be released on November 18 for the 3DS system family.