Friday, 1 July 2016

New Pokemon Sun and Moon Announcements

Despite the leak of several new Pokemon the day before Nintendo promised we'd receive new information July 1st has still seen a whole new host of information, trailers and images for the upcoming games.

Some of the first pieces of news relates to two of the new Pokemon that have already been revealed, Iwanko and Nekkoala, including their English names, Rockruff and Komala respectively, and more in depth descriptions.


Category: Puppy Pokemon
Type: Rock
Height: 1'08''
Weight: 20.3 lbs.
Ability: Keen Eye/Vital Spirit

Rockruff is a sociable Pokemon, but as it grows, it's disposition gets wilder.  It begins to howl when the sun goes down, that is proof that it is close to evolving.  It is said that it leaves it's Trainers side to evolve and returns again when fully evolved.

Rockruff stands bravely in battle, even when taking damage.  Although an opponent may be stronger than Roackruff, the Puppy Pokemon is so persistent, it keeps going until it outlasts its foe and gets the win!

Bite is a good move for Rockruff.  It deals damage by biting an opponent with its sharp teeth.  This may make the target flinch.

Rockruff greets other by rubbing the rocks around their necks against others.  This grating greeting is an expression of fondness, but a trainer may feel that love hurts.


Category: Drowsing Pokemon
Type: Normal
Height: 1'04''
Weight: 43.9 lbs.
Ability: Comatose

No one has ever seen a Komala awake.  It eats, travels and even battles whilst sound asleep.  It saliva can be used as a medicine for the sick or sleepless, according to ancient people.  They say that if you take a small amount of the saliva remaining after it eats leaves, water the saliva down, and drink it, you'll be able to sleep well.

Komala clings to a log pillow that it's parents have given to it.  Once it grasps this log it almost never releases it.  If it does lose hold of it's log, the Pokemon will be unable to sleep well and will thrash about wildly.  Apparently it will sometimes cling onto the arm of a Trainer it trusts.

Komala has the Comatose Ability, a new Ability that no other Pokemon has ever had until now.  This ability keeps it perpetually in a drowsing state, which prevents it from getting any other status conditions.

The ever-sleeping Komala's expression sometimes changes, as if it has awareness of  its surroundings and the people talking nearby.  But it appears these changes in expression are actually just the result of the dreams it's experiencing.

In addition to this information the existence of the seven leaked Pokemon has been confirmed in a trailer that not only gives us more information on these new monsters, but the Alola region as well.  The new trailer has also confirmed that two of these new Pokemon are the evolved forms of Grubbin, who was announced previously.

Tapu Koko

Category: Land Spirit Pokemon
Type: Electric/Fairy
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 45.2 lbs.
Ability: Electric Surge

Tapu Koko is a special Pokemon that protects the area where it lives.  It's called the guardian deity of Melemele Island, one of the Islands in the Alola region.  Although it is known as a guardian deity, it's a surprisingly fickle Pokemon, and will not necessarily come to your aid if you need help.

Despite that, this Pokemon has a strong sense of curiosity.  If it becomes interested in a person or in another Pokemon, it may come to play or battle with them.

Tapu Koko's Ability is Electric Surge, an Ability never before seen in a Pokemon.  Electric Surge  fills the field around the Pokemon's feet with electricity when it appears, raising the power ability of any Electric-type moves for Pokemon on the ground and preventing any Pokemon from falling asleep.  Tapu Koko can learn a new move called Nature's Madness, which slams an opponent and reduces that Pokemon's HP by half.


Category: Gnash Teeth Pokemon
Type: Water/Psychic
Height: 2'11''
Weight: 41.9 lbs.
Abilities: Dazzling/Strong Jaw

Bruxish emits a strong psychic power from the protuberance on its head.  When its opponents are bathed in this power, they're stricken with terrible headaches and fall unconscious.  As it emits its psychic power it grinds its teeth loudly.  When nearby Pokemon hear the sound of Bruxish's teeth they sense danger and flee immediately.

In the Alola region lifeguards let Bruxish remain in the area to prevent dangerou water-type Pokemon from gathering there.

Bruxish digs holes on the seafloor, leaving just the protuberance on its head exposed, while emitting a low level of psychic power.  This serves as radar, so when it detects prey it can leap to attack.

Bruxish have the new Ability Dazzling, which no other Pokemon has ever had.  The Dazzling Ability prevents opponents from using priority moves that normally strike first.


Category: Bee Fly Pokemon
Type: Bug/Fairy
Height: 0'04''
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Abilities: Honey Gather/Shield Dust

Cutiefly can detect auras of living things, including people, Pokemon and plants.  They search out flowers by the colour and brightness of their auras and then gather their nectar and pollen.

When living creatures are excited, it seems that their auras resemble those of flowers in full bloom.  As a result, these Pokemon tend to gather near people or Pokemon feeling particularly happy or sad.

Cutiefly mostly live in the fields and meadows on the outskirts of cities, but they sometimes appear in towns or even inside buildings, drawn in by the emotions of the living beings of the community.


Category: Battery Pokemon
Type: Bug/Electric
Height: 1'08''
Weight: 23.1 lbs.
Ability: Battery

Charjabug stays perfectly still in preparation for Evolution, and often spends time with its body half-buried in the earth.  Charjabug is able to store up electricity.  It can store enough power to run a household for a whole day.  The power it stores can be provided to other Pokemon, so it can also serve as a battery.

Charjabug has the Battery Ability, an Ability not seen before in any other Pokemon.  The Battery Ability allows it to raise the power of allies' special moves.

It is the evolved form of Grubbin.


Category: Stag Beetle Pokemon
Type: Bug/Electric
Height: 4'11''
Weight: 99.2 lbs.
Ability: Levitate

Vikavolt is like a fortress that flies through the forest, firing a beam of electricity from its mouth.  It's huge jaws control the electricity it blasts out.

Vikavolt is adept at acrobatic flight maneuvers like tailspins and sharp turns.  It can fly at high speeds even as it weaves its way through the complicated tangle of branches in the forest.

Vikavolt clasps Chargabug with its legs and uses it as an extra battery.  Even if the battle drags on, it can use the electric power from Charjabug to continue firing off powerful moves.  When Vikavolt is engaged in a fierce aerial fight, it releases Chargabug to make itself lighter and increase its mobility.

Vikavolt is the evolved form of Chargabug and the final form of Grubbin.


Category: Placid Dragon
Type: Normal/Dragon
Height: 9'10''
Weight: 407.9 lbs.
Abilities: Berserk/Sap Sipper

Drampa are the dragons that live alone in the mountains 10,000 feet above sea level.  Since they cannot obtain the berries they feed on at that range, they descend to the base of the mountains at dawn every day.  Drampa love communicating with people and Pokemon.

Drampa are especially gentle with children and often appear at schools and parks where children gather.

While Drampa is usually a very gentle Pokemon, it can fly into a rage if a child it cares for is hurt in some way.  The Dragon Breath move that it fires off at such times is powerful enough to blow down buildings.

Drampa can have the Berserk Ability, an ability that no other Pokemon has ever had.  With the Berserk Ability, this Pokemon's Sp.Atk will go up by 1 when it's HP drops below half.


Category: Roly-Poly Pokemon
Type: Electric/Steel
Height: 1'00''
Weight: 7.3 lbs.
Abilities: Iron Barbs/Lightning Rod

Togedemaru is the Roly-Poly Pokemon that gathers electricity and stores it.  The needle that grows from the back of its head works as a lightning rod to attract electricity.  With this reservoir of electrical energy, Togedemaru is able to release powerful Electric-type attacks.

Covering its body in is a pattern of fur with strands like needles.  This means that Togedemaru can roll itself up, and presto - a ball of prickles.

Some skilled Trainers have developed the strategy of getting other Pokemon to unleash Electric-type attacks on Togedemaru, which absorbs their power to use a response attack.

On days when lightning strikes, you can sometimes see Togedemaru gather and bristle up their needles, waiting to be struck by lightning.

The trailer has also revealed further looks at the new forms for the legendary Pokemon Zygarde, including showing the transformations from the doglike 10% form to the 50% form that we're all familiar with to the new 100% form.

It has also been revealed that both the 10% and 50% form can transform into the powerful Complete Form if they have the Power Construct Ability, which transforms the Pokemon during battle if its health falls below half, a kind of automatic mega-evolution.

Along with the new trailer several new screenshots were also released that show off the battle system, stunning new environments, trainer battles and rideable Pokemon.


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