Alolan Forms, New Pokemon, Island Challenges, and Z-Moves in ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’!

A bunch of new Pokemon Sun and Moon news has just been revealed, including new “Alolan” forms of existing Pokemon that have different appearances and types, new Generation VII Pokemon, and new gameplay mechanics!

Update: It’s also been announced that the next Sun and Moon news update will be revealed next Friday, August 12th.

Alolan Exeggutor

Alola ExeggutorCoconut Pokemon
Type: Grass/Dragon
Height: 35’09”
Weight: 916.2 lbs.
Ability: Frisk

The environment of the Alola region, where strong sunlight pours down all year round, brought about this change in Exeggutor’s form. The people of Alola boast that the Alolan Exeggutor is the true form of Exeggutor.

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.

This Pokemon excels at whipping its long neck like a lash to attack with its hard heads. But that neck can sometimes become a weakness…

Alolan Vulpix

Alola VulpixFox Pokemon
Type: Ice
Height: 2’00”
Weight: 21.8 lbs.
Ability: Snow Cloak

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

These Alolan Vulpix live on high mountains that remain covered in snow year-round. They live in small packs of two to five individuals, helping one another survive.

Alolan Vulpix can freeze anything solid by expelling breath at a temperature of −58 degrees Fahrenheit (−50° C) from its mouth. It doesn’t fare well in the heat, but when the temperature gets too high, it produces ice from its tail to lower the surrounding temperature.

Alolan Ninetales

Alola NinetalesFox Pokemon
Type: Ice/Fairy
Height: 3’07”
Weight: 43.9 lbs.
Ability: Snow Cloak

Alolan Ninetales live on a snowy peak that is revered in the Alola region as a holy mountain. They are treated as sacred emissaries, and people meet them with awe and fear. This Pokemon’s personality is extremely gentle, and at times it has helped humans who seem to be in distress. However, it shows no mercy at all to anyone or anything that dares to damage its territory!

The 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 with them, which it fires like bullets at opponents. The power of these ice missiles is great enough to pulverize rock!

Alolan Sandshrew

Alola SandshrewMouse Pokemon
Type: Ice/Steel
Height: 2’04”
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Snow Cloak

Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas. But the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the Sandshrew to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains, where they took on this form.

Sandshrew’s body changed to adapt to the harsh environment of the snowy mountains. The Alolan Sandshrew has a shell of ice covering its skin, which is like hard steel. It excels defensively, but it lacks flexibility and can’t curl its body into a ball like a Ground-type Sandshrew can.

Its heavy weight makes the Alolan Sandshrew slower than a normal Sandshrew, but the claws on its hands and feet allow it to move across ice without slipping. When it wants to move quickly, it uses its stomach to slide across the ice like a curling rock.

Alolan Sandslash

Alola SandslashMouse Pokemon
Type: Ice/Steel
Height: 3’11”
Weight: 121.3 lbs.
Ability: Snow Cloak

The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Thanks to their icy coating, these spines are large and sharp. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.

The weight of the ice that covers its body makes these Alolan Sandslash heavier than normal Sandslash, and this causes them to be slower. Yet in snow fields and on ice, they move by creating a path with their claws, and so they’re able to move with swiftness.

The sprays of snow kicked up by Alolan Sandslash’s movements are so beautiful that many photographers head for the snowy peaks to capture the moment. However, Sandslash live deep in the mountains, and there is great danger of becoming stranded, so it’s forbidden to climb the mountains without permission.

Oricorio (Pom-Pom Style)

Oricorio_Pom PomStyleDancing Pokemon
Type: Electric/Flying
Height: 2’00”
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Ability: Dancer

Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.

The Pom-Pom Style Oricorio is very friendly toward people, and it uses dancing to encourage Trainers who are feeling glum. When it dances, its feathers are charged with static electricity. It can attack with these charged feathers, and sometimes it unleashes a powerful electric shock.

Oricorio has the new Dancer Ability that no other Pokemon has had before. If another Pokemon in the field uses a dancing move, then Oricorio will be able to use the same move immediately afterward, thanks to its Dancer Ability.

Revelation Dance is a move that only Oricorio can learn, and its type changes based on Oricorio’s current style.

Oricorio (Baile Style)

Oricorio_BaileStyleDancing Pokemon
Type: Fire/Flying
Height: 2’00”
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Ability: Dancer

Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.

The Baile Style Oricorio is very passionate, and power fills its body when it dances. It sends downy fluff flying during its intense dances. By igniting this fluff, it can unleash a fiery dance attack.

Oricorio has the new Dancer Ability that no other Pokemon has had before. If another Pokemon in the field uses a dancing move, then Oricorio will be able to use the same move immediately afterward, thanks to its Dancer Ability.

Revelation Dance is a move that only Oricorio can learn, and its type changes based on Oricorio’s current style.

Oricorio (Pa’u Style)

Oricorio_PauStyleDancing Pokemon
Type: Psychic/Flying
Height: 2’00”
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Ability: Dancer

Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.

The Pa’u Style Oricorio acts at its own pace, which sometimes makes it difficult to deal with. It sharpens its spirited moves through dance, which increases its psychic power. It’s said that this dance expresses its gratitude to the guardian deity Pokemon.

Oricorio has the new Dancer Ability that no other Pokemon has had before. If another Pokemon in the field uses a dancing move, then Oricorio will be able to use the same move immediately afterward, thanks to its Dancer Ability.

Revelation Dance is a move that only Oricorio can learn, and its type changes based on Oricorio’s current style.

Oricorio (Sensu Style)

Oricorio_SensuStyleDancing Pokemon
Type: Ghost/Flying
Height: 2’00”
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Ability: Dancer

Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.

The Sensu Style Oricorio is quiet and collected. By means of its dance, it gathers the spirits drifting about in an area and borrows their power to fight. People who migrated from Kanto feel a great liking for this Pokemon because its dance reminds them of their homeland.

Oricorio has the new Dancer Ability that no other Pokemon has had before. If another Pokemon in the field uses a dancing move, then Oricorio will be able to use the same move immediately afterward, thanks to its Dancer Ability.

Revelation Dance is a move that only Oricorio can learn, and its type changes based on Oricorio’s current style.

Mudbray

MudbrayDonkey Pokemon
Type: Ground
Height: 3’03”
Weight: 242.5 lbs.
Ability: Own Tempo / Stamina
Evolves into: Mudsdale

Mudbray could once be found all over the world, but it was overhunted and ended up on the verge of extinction. It’s said that the Alola region is the only place in the world where Mudbray can still be found in the wild.

Mudbray boasts superhuman strength—a surprise, considering its small body. Mudbray can carry loads up to 50 times its own weight on its back or dragging behind it.

Mudbray loves playing in the mud. It’s easy to live in harmony with this Pokemon, as long as you provide an environment where it can play in the mud. If it can’t frolic in the mire, however, Mudbray will become stressed and may stop listening to orders.

Minior

Minior_2Minior_1Meteor Pokemon
Type: Rock/Flying
Height: 1’00”
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Shields Down

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 inside it. The Meteor Pokemon seems to be made in such a way that if its shell breaks, it becomes lighter and can deal out quick attacks.

When its shell breaks, the core in its center is revealed. You won’t know what color will appear until this happens!

Minior has the new Shields Down Ability, which no other Pokemon has had before. With the Shields Down Ability, it will have excellent defensive capabilities as long as its shell is intact. It will also be protected from status conditions. But when its HP drops below half, its shell will break, and it will change to a form better suited to attacking.

Gumshoos

GumshoosStakeout Pokemon
Type: Normal
Height: 2’04”
Weight: 31.3 lbs.
Ability: Stakeout / Strong Jaw
Evolves from: Yungoos

Gumshoos’s method of targeting prey is the exact opposite of Yungoos’s strategy. While Yungoos prowls around, Gumshoos stakes out its prey’s usual routes and waits patiently for it to come by.

Gumshoos has a tenacious personality, which is why it targets one prey for so long without wavering. But when the sun goes down, it runs low on stamina, falling asleep right on the spot. Gumshoos can withstand a great deal of hunger. It’s able to stay perfectly still while waiting for its prey, keeping watch without eating a thing.

Fomantis

FomantisSickle Grass Pokemon
Type: Grass
Height: 1’00”
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Ability: Leaf Guard
Evolves into: Lurantis

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.

For Fomantis, photosynthesis is not just a source of energy—it is a necessity to achieve the strength and brilliant coloration of its evolved form. Photosynthesis is precious to Fomantis, and it will fiercely attack those who get in the way of that process.

Fomantis excel at long-range attacks like Razor Leaf and Solar Beam. Solar Beam is indeed a powerful move, but since it uses up the energy that the Pokemon has stored through photosynthesis, Fomantis rarely uses it.

Lurantis

LurantisBloom Sickle Pokemon
Type: Grass
Height: 2’11”
Weight: 40.8 lbs.
Ability: Leaf Guard
Evolves from: Fomantis

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 Pokemon, due to its brilliant coloration and elegant moves. Lurantis’s appearance is maintained through detailed grooming. It will trust a Trainer who does a good job of caring for it, but it will apparently have a difficult time growing closer to a lazy Trainer.

Lurantis can learn Solar Blade, a move that releases a blade-shaped beam to mince up its foes. The blade is so sharp it is said it can slice a rock in half! Solar Blade is a move that no Pokemon has been able to learn before. With Solar Blade, Lurantis absorbs energy from the sun on the first move and then unleashes a powerful attack on the second turn. Lurantis is the Totem Pokemon of Lush Jungle, the site of an Akala Island trial. It will overwhelm trial-goers with the powerful combos it unleashes with the Pokemon allies it calls.

The Rite of the Island Challenge

TrialOne aspect of the unique culture that has developed in the Alola region is the island challenge, an adventurous rite that involves traveling through each of the four islands. This event helps young people grow into fine Pokemon Trainers. As the main character of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, you yourself are destined to attempt this island challenge.

Island Challenge Trials – To complete the island challenge, young trial-goers must overcome the trials in store on each of the four islands. These trials are not limited to battling with Pokemon. They take a variety of forms, such as finding items or completing tests of knowledge. You will not be able to accomplish them with ordinary methods!

Totem Pokemon – At the end of each trial, a mighty Pokemon known as a Totem Pokemon will be waiting. A Totem Pokemon is much larger than others of its species, and its body is enveloped in a special aura.

Sophisticated Combos in SOS Battles – When Totem Pokemon battle, they summon ally Pokemon to join them. With the support of these allies, the Totem Pokemon become even more powerful. And it seems that Pokemon other than Totem Pokemon sometimes call on allies to aid them.

Grand Trials – The final trial on each island is called the grand trial. It is a Pokemon battle against the kahuna who leads that island. If a trial-goer succeeds in clearing this grand trial, he or she will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and can move on to the next island.

Alola

Trial Captains

Each trial has a captain, whose role is to provide guidance to trial-goers. All of the captains are Trainers who undertook trials in their own island challenge a few years earlier.

Lana is a captain who is an expert with Water-type Pokemon. She is dedicated to her family and is a reliable older sister who watches over her younger sisters. Captain Mallow is an expert with Grass-type Pokemon. She loves cooking, but it seems that sometimes her taste is a bit particular… Specializing in Electric-type Pokemon, Captain Sophocles is good with mechanics and has invented various machines. Kiawe is a captain whose expertise is in Fire-type Pokemon. Together with his Marowak, he studies the traditional dances that have been passed down in the Alola region.

(Note: Since Kiawe is a Fire-type expert who has a Marowak, it’s possible there will be an Alolan Marowak that’s Fire-type.)

LanaMallowSophocles Kiawe

Z-Moves

Z Move PikachuA new element has been introduced into the Pokemon battles in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon: Z-Moves. Z-Moves are moves of great power that can only be used once per battle. When the Trainer and Pokemon’s wishes resonate with each other, and both release their full power together—the result is the explosive force of a Z-Move! All Pokemon can use Z-Moves to perform mightily in battle!

Key Items for Z-Moves – The Z-Ring fits on a Trainer’s arm, and Z-Crystals are set into it. If a Pokemon holds the same variety of Z-Crystal, the two will be able to resonate with one another. Crystals that correspond to each Pokemon type have been found in the Alola region.

Intense Battles with Z-Moves – There are two conditions for performing Z-Moves: a Pokemon must learn a move of the same type as a Z-Crystal, and it must be holding the corresponding Z-Crystal. When you see these moves in action in the game, each overwhelmingly powerful move will be on full display, filling the entire screen!

Z BraceletExperience the Z-Ring for Real on Your Own Arm! – Tomy International will be releasing a Z-Ring item for sale, timed to match up with the launch of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. When a player uses a Z-Move in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, his or her real-life Z-Ring will light up, vibrate, and play sounds to go along with the video and sounds in the game. With this new experience, players will feel the force of these overwhelming Z-Moves with even more realism! Please look forward to more details about the Z-Ring to come from Tomy International.

Move Forward with Poke Ride

Alola RideOne aspect of the culture in the Alola region is something known as Poke Ride, in which certain Pokemon help people get to places they wouldn’t be able to reach by using human strength alone. These Pokemon don’t join your team, but you can call on them anytime to receive their help. This practice is typical of the way of life in Alola, where humans and Pokemon are so closely bound together.


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  1. Arsin88 Aspiring Trainer
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    does anyone else get the feeling that we won't be getting any new mega evolutions this generation?
     
  2. Giratinous Cube six menacing points
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    I want all of these new and old-new Pokemon to be my friends.

    Minior is straight up a Kirby enemy and I love it.
     
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  3. SkyeVictini Seriously, calm down.
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    Holy. Guacamole. So much info!!!!

    We have species variants for the first time since Shellos/Gastrodon! I love the idea that some Pokemon are different based on region now! Our dreams have come true! I love Ice Vulpix and Ninetales. So majestic!
    And there's species variants of Oricorio! They are all gorgeous!

    Minior's cores look like Lumas wearing funny glasses. At first I thought it might have been a pre-evo of both Lunatone and Solrock based on first impression, but nope.

    Mudbray. Is there anymore to say? DONKEY!

    Lurantis looks like a combination of Scyther, Kirlia, Lilligant and Sylveon. That being said, I love it!

    And...possibly the biggest change in Pokemon's status quo. It seems that the Island Challenge may be Alola's version of Gyms. This looks very interesting. Looks like they're taking inspiration from the Orange Islands.
     
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  4. Lord o da rings ♕ The Queen ♕
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    Alola's Vulpix is my new favorite Pokemon.
     
  5. Ami Dark Professor/Leader of the Destiny Tower League
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    Gumshoos is legit gonna run for president. HE WILL BUILD A WALL and keep Kanto people out. Lmfao
     
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  6. MechanicalMarine Princess Peach
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    [​IMG] Anyone else have this guy pop into their mind when they saw "Gumshoos"? I thought that was a neat little reference to Pheonix Wright. :p (Dick Gumshoe from Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney)
     
  7. Bolt the Cat Bringing the Thunder
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    What fresh hell is this? Sounds like they made Delta Species a thing and I am loving it. They picked some really weird ones to promote the concept though, I'm baffled as to how Exeggutor becomes Dragon just by being taller snd it's pretty odd to see multiple Ice type Alola forms in a tropical region.

    Also, now we have some details on the gyms (or lack thereof) and the super moves. Sounds like this game is going to be vastly different from previous games.
     
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  8. Gruffling Aspiring Trainer
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    Core Enforcer seems like it would be a Z move then maybe?

    A gumshoe is a detective. It's not a reference, it's an actual term.
     
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  9. Zygarde Z-Dawg
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    Oh my God they made Delta Species a thing on the games. And apparently Trials replace gyms? Good riddance. Man, I feel like anything can happen from now on.

    Ok guys now I'm hyped choo choo

    EDIT: OMG guys what if Poké Rides replace friggin HMs???
     
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  10. iwantcandy2 Aspiring Trainer
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    Yeah, it feels like Z Moves will take the place of that. Or, if they don't... that is gonna be a mess. Mega Z moves for auto KO?
     
  11. Lord o da rings ♕ The Queen ♕
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    The new gyms are so cool! It's like 2 battles plus a task! This game already seems so much more different than any other Pokemon game!

    But I'm pretty sure that these Island Trials will be an Alola exclusive. So that when Generation 8 comes out, we'll go back to having gyms again. But I can WAIT to try this out, as well as catching my little snow fox!

    That gets me thinking, since these Alola forms were ALL better than the originals, will we get more of these forms?
     
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  12. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
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    I love the new variations! They all look super interesting, and I'm definitely considering the Ice-type Vulpix for my team! I wonder if Exeggcute and Vulpix, more Vulpix than Exeggcute, still evolve using their respective stones? Also I've mentioned this in another thread, but we might get a Fire-type Marowak variation, due to this being written in the section along with Kiawe: "Together with his Marowak, he studies the traditional dances that have been passed down in the Alola region," and Kiawe being a Fire-type specialist and all :p

    Also the new Pokémon! Actual Donald Trump! Fomantis is cute, not really sure how I feel about Lurantis' leg/pant things. I thought Minior was a pre-evo to Lunatone/Solrock, but I'm fine with it not being one (at least for now), since it's still super cute (and fashionable too)! Mudbray is also very cute! Oricorio is probably the one that interests me the most. I love the Sensu and Baile style, and the Pom-Pom style is cute too! Not really feeling the Pa'u style yet, but I'll probably warm up to that one :p

    Also we now know the names of one more island! Akala Island (In Lurantis' description)! Looking at the map, I could see it being the one on the right of Mele-Mele. Also with the new Island Trial Captains, do we know the rest of the Tapu Koko'ish Pokémon typings (Fire, Grass and Water)?
     
  13. His Goominess sue me
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    I have wanted to see alternate forms of regular Pokemon for SO LONG and these few did not disappoint. (well, Exeggutor is... questionable) Completely in love with both the Ice Sandslash and Ninetales (bonus points for Ninetales bc I've wanted Ice/Fairy for a while now).
    Pretty big fan of all the new Pokemon as well, all the dancing bird's forms are pretty cool, and Mudbray is cute. Particularly a fan of Lurantis as well.
     
  14. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    NO MORE HM'S YESH also why the heck is exeggutor grass/DRAGON
     
  15. whimsicott85 Aspiring Trainer
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    At first glance I thought that was an exeggutor mega and honestly that would be amazing to have that! But I have a chance of believing that no new Mega's will be in the game ;-; R.I.P. Mega whimsicott. But overall I love all the new Pokemon! Also I'm a little shocked how they didn't revile the second evoulutions to the starters but I never no Mabye another trailer will be Towmorrow? Let's hope!
     
  16. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
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    Wow; Alolan Vulpix and Ninetales look so beautiful! Was certainly not expecting something like this when I went to bed. Alolan Sandshrew/Sandslash look sweet also.

    The Oricorio forms look really interesting; I wonder how we'll be able to get them. Will they operate kind of like Burmy?

    Also; Alolan Exeggutor looks ridiculous; sorry.
     
  17. JiJi-T ID [ Dream ] We all are living in a dream!
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    ALL this new is epic! I love the new Pokémon and new Alola Forms!
    In my opinion I like the Alola forms concept more then the Megas.
    I totally forgot about Cubone and Marowak, so maybe they get also an Alola Form? Would be cool though!
    And the Alola Forms are all from the Kanto region, so I hope we can expect more forms from other regions aswell! Jynx would also be a nice option for an Alola form, like the Hawaii dancer Jynx Fire/Psychic, or a Ghost girl story haha. But we already have one Froslass.

    Lurantis is epic and very beautiful love the design!!! And from the birds I like the Ghost version the most.

    I want this game NOW!!!!

    Also I still hope for Gymleaders though. :(
     
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  18. dotamin Aspiring Trainer
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    First of all, the idea of older pokemon having different types and appearance is beyond amazing. What a fantastic way to breath some fresh air into them and give them new competitive aspect. Nintales's typing and design is just magnificent. The new pokemon are interesting too, don't understand why Trump pokemon is not part dark type and why the mantis is not part bug. Are those island trials/challenges supposed to be substitutes for gyms? Because if they are, that might be the first thing I dislike about this game. Out of all worn out concepts from the previous games, gyms are the one they shouldn't have sacked.
     
  19. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    Ninetales : I have been waiting for 7 generations to gain my true Ghost type
    *Ninetales gets Fairy/Ice type
    Ninetales: NOOOOOOOOOOO

    It looks epic, but the typing...

    I am really happy with all the love for Grass and Ice type. I hope it's a sign for a great buff for these underdog types.
     
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  20. leafy Aspiring Trainer
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    YAY. So 5 moves per pokemon then or does a Z move replace on of the 4 move slots ? i really like the Oricorio baile style; kinda like Hawlucha. I would be very happy if they replaced Gyms. and think this generation will really add to the VGC meta.
    AWESOMESAUCE.

    So much to talk about. And for some reason I feel like tigger :)