New ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ Pokemon, HD Pictures, Livestream Report!

The Sun and Moon livestream at E3 has now concluded! All of the information that was revealed is posted below in chronological order. I covered the streams live on on our Twitter, so you can go there to see additional screenshots.

Some quick details first…

New Pokemon and Details

The Woodpecker Pokemon
Type: Normal / Flying
Height: 1’00”
Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Ability: Keen Eye / Skill Link

Pikipek can strike 16 times a second with its beak. These strikes are powerful enough to not only drill through hard wood but even shatter stone. The noises made by their blows can signal others. Some of these signals have been identified as warning signals and greetings among allies. Pikipek Trainers have grown to recognize them as well.

These Pokémon drill holes in trees and store food in the holes. They also like small, glittering objects and will tuck them away in their food stores, too. It’s often said, “Something lost, something missed, check inside the Pikipek nest.”

Pikipek will attack distant opponents by zipping seeds at them. These shots have enough strength to embed the seeds in tree trunks.

The Loitering Pokemon
Type: Normal
Height: 1’04”
Weight: 13.2 lbs.
Ability: Stakeout / Strong Jaw

Yungoos is a big eater that is never satisfied. The majority of its long body is given over to its stomach, and its digestion is swift, so it’s always hungry. It has strong fangs, so it can crush and consume the hardest of objects.

Each Yungoos chooses its own particular route for searching out prey. It stalks along this route searching for food until it’s exhausted, at which point it drops and sleeps wherever it may be. It’s thought that these Pokémon decide their routes based on safety, so that there’s no risk in falling asleep at any time.

Yungoos is not a Pokémon that is native to the Alola region. It was brought to the region to help deal with the explosive population of a certain other Pokémon, and now Yungoos are commonly seen around the Alola region.

Some Yungoos have an Ability that no other Pokémon discovered has previously had. This Ability is known as Stakeout. With the Stakeout Ability, this Pokémon’s moves can deal twice the normal damage to any Pokémon that switch in or enter the field mid-battle.

Since this Pokémon is so common in the Alola region, it’s easy to catch one. But this Pokémon has a terrible temper when it’s hungry—and it demands a whopping amount of food.

The Larva Pokemon
Type: Bug
Height: 1’04”
Weight: 9.7 lbs.
Ability: Swarm

Grubbin relies on its sturdy jaw as a weapon in battle and as a tool for burrowing through the earth. Grubbin loves electricity, which is why it can be found near power plants and substations. By wrapping tree branches in the sticky threads that it spews from its mouth, Grubbin can swing around like an actor on suspension wires!

MagearnaThe Mythical Pokémon Magearna will be making its debut in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Magearna was created by a scientist of uncommon genius 500 years ago, and it has the power to perceive the emotions, thoughts and feelings of other Pokémon. Stored in the centre of Magearna’s chest is the Soul-Heart, an artificial life which was created using the life energy of other Pokémon. Magearna has the Ability Soul-Heart, a new Ability that no other previous Pokémon has had. This Ability raises Magearna’s Special Attack by 1 each time another Pokémon in the arena faints.

Solgaleo and Lunala are two Pokémon that hold an important key to the story. The forms that these two Pokémon take when they release their mighty power are now revealed as the Radiant Sun phase and the Full Moon phase. Both appear to be shining with a stronger light than in their previously released images. What will these two do when they release their full power?

Lunala Phase Solgaleo Phase

The Livestream Interview and Gameplay Footage

MasudaThe stream featured Junichi Masuda, Shigeru Ohmori, a TPCi translator, and two Nintendo employees – one who played the games and one who interviewed Masuda and Ohmori.

Sun and Moon have a “life” theme. They went with the names Sun and Moon because the sun represents life on both planet Earth and in the Pokemon world; the moon also has an influence on life on the Earth. They also mention the Alola region is “teeming with life.”

The games are being directed by Shigeru Ohmori. Junichi Masuda is the producer this time around. Shigeru Ohmori previously directed Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Solgaleo and Lunala tie in to the story in a unique way that hasn’t been done in previous Pokemon games before, though they were vague with what they meant. They also mentioned Zygarde will appear in the games in a special way.

They put a lot of thought into the Starter Pokemon’s animations and tried to make them cute.

Alola’s climate is extremely warm, so the characters are dressed in lighter clothing. The proportions of the character models are also more realistic in these games.

For the battle scenes, the time of day will affect the lighting, the mood, and even the shadow lengths of the Pokemon’s models.

Super EffectiveWhen you’re battling a Pokemon you’ve encountered before, you can see which attacks of yours are super effective, effective, or not effective against that Pokemon. The effectiveness will be listed on the attack menu, making it very easy to learn how types interact with each other.

The characters are all in 3D now since they’ll be standing behind their Pokemon on the field.

Stat ChangesYou can see how much your stats have been altered by moves during the battle, as you can see to the left.

Pokedex RegistrationWhen you capture a Pokemon, the Pokedex will now show you white Poke Balls next to the Pokemon’s picture to show you if it has any evolutions or relatives. This is to encourage players to keep looking for more Pokemon. For example, if you catch Ledyba, you’ll see one white Poke Ball next to its picture to indicate to you there’s another Pokemon in its family (Ledian).

Ledyba is #020 in the Alola Pokedex and can be found on Route 1.

YungoosYungoos, the Loitering Pokemon, is a Normal-type Pokemon found on Route 1. Its Ability is either Stake Out or Strong Jaw. It’s always hungry and looking for food and gets vicious if it doesn’t find any. Some of the Trainers that were battled in the livesteam had Yungoos.

PipipekPikipek, the Woodpecker Pokemon, is a Normal / Flying-type with Keen Eye and Skill Link as its Abilities. It has two additional evolutions. It’s #10 in the Alola Pokedex. It can peck 16 times a second. It’s the 3D model we saw in the very first Sun and Moon trailer.

ShadowsWhen you’re walking around, shadows will appear on the top and bottom of the screen to indicate when you’re getting close to someone who wants to battle you. This is to warn you and also to drive up suspense. The shadows are like when you squint your eyes.

After you get your Starter Pokemon and leave home, you head to the next turn for a festival that celebrates you and Hau going on your journey. Hau has a Pichu and a Litten if you pick Popplio. He seems to be a friendly rival, which always seems to be the case these days.

FestivalHau PichuHau

Popplio can learn Disarming Voice.

The stream introduced the Battle Royal, a new battle system where four players battle against one another at the same time in a furious melee. Each of the four Trainers in the battle chooses three Pokemon and sends one Pokemon into battle at a time. The battle finishes at the end of any turn when all of the Pokemon of one Trainer have fainted. The players are then ranked, and a victor is declared based on the number of Pokémon each Trainer defeated and the number of Pokemon each has remaining in play. This is a completely new way to enjoy Pokemon battles, and many interesting strategies will be discovered as each player must try to predict who will attack whom, or choose whether to act to save a player who is in a pinch in order to claim the number-one position before the battle ends.

Battle RoyalBattle Royal 2

And the most important thing everyone wanted: character outfit customization was confirmed to return in these games!

After the livestream was over, Pokemon posted a trailer reviewing some of the footage and also revealed another new Pokemon, Grubbin.

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  1. Kurtbusch Soon-to-be Pokémon Master


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  2. Ami Dark Professor/Leader of the Destiny Tower League
    Ami Dark


    This preview at E3 made me glad I pre-ordered my games in February. This game has so many secrets left, yet and I can't wait to see them all. Still thinking Hala is the champion though.
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  3. ilucado Aspiring Trainer


    Hum.. maybe grubbin is the pre-evo of a certain beetle that we know... *wink*
  4. thegrovylekid Makes fake cards


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  5. GangsterGlalie What has life come to?


    I really like Grubbins design. I fell like it is one of the best early bug designs. It looks kind of like Anorith, which is cool.
  6. Zygarde Z-Dawg


    Better then!

    I love how they learned something from pokemonshowdown and actually show your Pokémon stat buffs/debuffs on the HUD, and also its current Ability.

    I wonder which Pokémon...
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  7. SkyeVictini Seriously, calm down.


    Thank Arceus Grubbin looks as cute as it does here and doesn't look like an actual beetle grub. *shudder*

    So fascinating that they're referencing the irl mongoose problem in Hawaii with Yungoos. His design reminds me of Patrat.

    Everything about Pikipek is adorable. The design, the little proverb, everything! /)^3^(\ Totally gonna name him Hunkahunka!

    Oh and, Zygarde Delta Episode comfirmed!!! :D
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  8. yu6 Demon Buster Trainee


    Hype, hype and hype! Finally I'm hyped!!! XD
    Pikipek is really cute and I want it in my team!
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  9. TrainerLoganPoke Aspiring Trainer


    Youngoos: this is a great design. As a potential second type I am thinking dark. Also I think this the second invasive species in pokemon(the first being corphisch)

    Pikipek: obviously a generic early bird which virtually guarantees a spot on my team(hoot hoot being the exception)

    Grubbin: great design hopefully it will be good but doubtful. In regards to typing given what we know what if it is ground electric when it evolves.

    Battle royal: probably ignore this type. Could be fun though.
  10. Serpens Aspiring Trainer


    Teeming with life...
    Teaming with life...
    Team Life...
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  11. MewtwoberTCG Vespiquen Player


    I love the fact that it now shows what moves are super/not very effective.
  12. Lord o da rings ♕ The Queen ♕
    Lord o da rings


    If you looked at the player's outfits, they're all wearing different stuff. Character customization confirmed.
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  13. Ok, Battle Royal looks amazing. Also Soul Heart looks like an amazing ability due to the fact that bring a sacrifice attacker in and combo it with Magearna. Also Yungoose it freaking creepy. Kill it with fighting.
  14. CF1994 Aspiring Trainer


    The new batch of information is exactly what we needed to make up for the long drought of no information between February and May.

    Anyways, onto my thoughts on the information so far.

    1. Popplio can learn Disarming Voice
    I wouldn't rule out it's evolution being part Fairy Type just yet, but at the same time, there are a lot of Pokémon that can learn Disarming Voice, and most of them aren't even Fairy Types. (Whismur, Espurr, etc.) Although, this might hint that Popplio will be a sound-based attacker upon evolution.

    2. Pikipek
    A woodpecker Pokémon, just as I guessed correctly from the speculations on what the wireframes for the new bird Pokémon might look like. And it has Skill Link I hear? I reckon it might learn Spike Cannon, considering that it's been a while since we had a different Pokémon know that move, and so far, only Cloyster, Omastar, and Corsola can learn that attack naturally. I think that Woodpecker Guy from Gravity Falls would be having tears of joy right now for the fact that a Woodpecker Pokémon has become the real deal after all this time.

    3. Yungoose
    A new mongoose, eh? Still interesting to see the connections to real-life still going on. The hints of this "a certain other Pokémon" might refer to a new snake Pokémon in the region, but I reckon it may be Ekans and Arbok, just to have even more strong ties to Kanto on the 20th Anniversary.

    It could also be our new region's Munchlax, except it is faster. Then again, the Elemental Monkeys and both Zigzagoon/Linoone can have Gluttony as their Ability.
    Stakeout might just mean we have a new Pursuit trapper on our hands. Even more so if it becomes a Normal/Dark Type, which is possible, now that it can have Strong Jaw as it's Ability, since Mega Sharpedo, Tyrunt and Tyrantrum are dual-typed users that have Strong Jaw as their Abilities.

    4. Grubbin
    Grub Pokémon that likes electricity? Bug/Electric confirmed! I reckon it's evolution may contrast either Pinsir or Volcarona.
    But it also stated that this Pokémon burrows underground, so maybe Bug/Ground instead?
    Then again, tonnes of Pokémon are known to burrow underground, and some of them aren't even part Ground Type somewhere along the line.

    5. Solgaleo and Lunala's Phases
    I reckon this will be somewhat similar to Xerneas' modes in and out of battles in Gen 6.
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  15. Turtleatlaw Aspiring Trainer


    I'm various curious about the possibilities for Soul-Heart.
    Does it only activate when a teammate faints from an opponent's attack? Or just when a teammate is KOed? If the latter, it might make for a fantastic combination with Healing Wish attack.
  16. Nahiri Never gonna be President now


    Mongoose were introduced to Hawai'i to combat the rats, not snakes. While it could hint to a Rattata problem, the fact the invasive Pokemon isn't named gives the impression it's new.
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  17. Spectre_Makoto Pyrrha Nikos did nothing wrong!!


    So this region's bird is a woodpecker? I love it. I will name it "Ganta". Who gets the reference? ;)
    I love that it has Skill Link, as Fury Attack which I'm sure it will learn will actually be a good early game move. I gotta imagine they'll add some new multi-hit move that's Flying type as well to round out it's STAB.

    Yungoos is a bit odd to me, but I can't help but like it. It's Abilities are solid. Stakeout seems like a neat ability for Double Battles or against U-turn spammers. And Strong Jaw means it'll obviously learn Bite and Crunch and hopefully the elemental Fangs.

    I have no real opinion about Grubbin. It's just super generic... Probably gonna be yet another Bug/Flying based on it's description, similar to how Bagon's yearning to fly turned it into Salamence.

    Anyway's I'm not seeing anything I really dislike about this game so far. I plan on getting Moon version
  18. Wes1234 Local Eevee/Eeveelution Addict lawl


    IGNORE BATTLE ROYAL?!?! I'm GLAD we have this battle mode! Lots of Pokemon players have at one point taken part in a "Battle Royal" in gen 6. Need proof? Search "Pokemon FFA" on Youtube and you'll be SWAMPED with results. Multi-battles sufficed for a while, but there were certain multi-battle mechanics that kinda messed up the battle, especially when both players of the "opposing team" got eliminated (which would end the battle and not allow the two remaining "allies" to duke it out). It's not competitive by any means, but it's a really fun mode for people that just want to have fun, and for those like myself that love FFAs, the introduction of it as an actually battle mode is really exciting!


    ....Okay, I just learned how it'll work. Now I'm a bit disappointed. Hopefully, we can customize those rules to match up with the more currently known traditional FFA rules.
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  19. Axelsaurus Honnouji Accademy League Champ


    Pikipek: by a large margin the cutest base early-route bird so far. Hope it'll stick with Talonflame's innovation of getting a new first type other than normal when evolving. Skill link is good too, I hope it'll get the right moves, including good STABs (either new or improved old moves).

    Yungoos: I adore this thing despite the Trump look, it's a bully mongoose! Stakeout it's definitely an interesting ability, if it'll have good distribution could become game-defining as much as pursuit or even more. Strong Jaw is cool for such an early pokémon, what I'm really hoping is that we'll have lots of new bite moves, giving STABs to most Strong Jaws wielders.

    Grubbin: This one is cute too, and I get the felling it'll change a lot while evolving. Eventual bug/electric is interesting, hope it'll go physical to differentiate itself from Galvantual. The fact that it has only swarm make me hoping it'll get a peculiar ability in its final stage (something like no guard --> stance change in the Aegislash evo line).

    Solgaleo/Lunaala phases: I considered them just aesthetic forms, but now that official infos describe them as full potential forms... Things get a lot different. What if using their signature moves give them a temporary boost? Or maybe their forms will add something to their (otherwise underwhelming) abilities? Does these have something to do with the new stones? Is this a reference to the Break dynamic in TCG? I'm absolutely excited about all this.

    Popplio learning new fairy move: disarming voice at level 8 is sure unusual for a starter... Water/Fairy confirmed? Its stats look bulky, specially offensively inclined. There's a cool potential leak out there with a beautiful siren-like third evo of Popplio, it'll be interesting if real (especially considering how tremendously cool looks the archer-owl third stage of Rowlett in that leak).

    New battle screen: the more the infos, the better the game. Having an almost showdown-like screen is great for competitive purposes!

    New battle royal: looks fun, but it'll be hard to make it competitively viable.
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  20. G-Panthera Panthera's Fiercest Fighter


    LOL, Yungoose's face expression looks like those of angry spoiled brats, or grown up manbabies on the internet that are angry about something they didn't get but wanted, and now are looking sour trying to ruin the experience for others.
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