New Pokemon, Trainer Customization, Pokemon Refresh, and More for ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’!

A new trailer posted to the official Pokemon YouTube channel shows off new Pokemon and several new interesting gameplay details for the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon games!


PassimianTeamwork Pokemon
Type: Fighting
Height: 6’07”
Weight: 182.5 lbs.
Ability: Receiver

Passimian is a Pokemon that only appears in Pokemon Sun. If you’re playing Pokemon Moon, you can obtain it by trading with someone playing Pokemon Sun.

Passimian live in troops of 20 to 30 individuals, all following a leader. This leader will take 10 of the individuals in the best condition to search for food. The troop’s teamwork is strong, and the boss of each troop decides what mark members will wear on their arms to distinguish the troops.

The boss puts the troop members through training to improve their coordination with one another and their skill in handling Berries. Apparently this training is so hard that some Passimian end up running away.

Lobbing Berries at foes is how Passimian attack. They sometimes work in coordination with others, passing Berries back and forth to bewilder their opponents. Passimian don’t just pitch hard Berries at opponents, either—they also have a technique that uses soft Berries to obscure their opponent’s ability to see.

Passimian wants its Trainer to have the qualities of a leader as well. It watches a Trainer’s form closely when he or she throws Poke Balls, and will not listen to the orders of a Trainer with poor form.

Passimian has a new Ability, Receiver, which no other Pokemon has previously had. With the Receiver Ability, this Pokemon can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle.


OranguruSage Pokemon
Type: Normal/Psychic
Height: 4’11”
Weight: 167.6 lbs.
Ability: Inner Focus / Telepathy

Oranguru is a Pokemon that appears only in Pokemon Moon. If you’re playing Pokemon Sun, you can obtain it by trading with someone playing Pokemon Moon.

Oranguru live solitary lives deep in the forests and do not usually take much action. Instead, they position themselves high up in the trees to meditate. Long ago, people thought that Oranguru were humans who dwelled in the forest depths, so they called them “the people of the forests.” Oranguru is kind to the other Pokemon living in the forest, providing medicine for injured Pokemon and food for the hungry.

Oranguru sometimes act on their own initiative and will use items that only humans normally use. From a Trainer’s perspective, they can be hard Pokemon to handle at times. Allegedly, there have been sightings of Oranguru using Poke Balls!

The fan-like objects held by Oranguru are handmade by the Oranguru themselves. These fans appear to be made of layers of leaves bound together with Oranguru’s own fur.

Instruct is a move that only Oranguru can learn. It can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately.

Lycanroc (Midday Form)

Lycanroc_midday_formWolf Pokemon
Type: Rock
Height: 2’07”
Weight: 55.1 lbs.
Ability: Keen Eye / Sand Rush

When Rockruff is bathed in profuse amounts of solar energy, it evolves into its Midday Form. In the world of Pokemon Sun, Solgaleo’s influence causes Rockruff to evolve into this form.

Lycanroc lives solo in mountains and deserts, not creating a pack. Each has its own territory, and they live without interfering with one another, which helps to avoid unnecessary fights.

Lycanroc obeys its Trainer’s orders dutifully. In particular, if a Trainer accepted it during its more rebellious pre-Evolution period, Lycanroc will never ever betray that Trainer and will be the most loyal of partners.

The Midday Form Lycanroc is known for speedy movements that leave its opponents bewildered. It dodges opponents’ strikes while attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane as it slips right past them.

Accelerock is a move that only Midday Form Lycanroc can learn. It slams into an opponent with quick moves. This move is guaranteed to strike first!

Lycanroc (Midnight Form)

Lycanroc_midnight_formWolf Pokemon
Type: Rock
Height: 3’07”
Weight: 55.1 lbs.
Ability: Keen Eye / Vital Spirit

When Rockruff is bathed in an abundance of lunar energy, it evolves into its Midnight Form. In the world of Pokemon Moon, Lunala’s influence causes Rockruff to evolve into this form.

Midnight Form Lycanroc provokes its opponents by pressing in hard and inviting their attack. When an opponent falls for this tactic and attacks, Lycanroc counters with its forte: a single devastating blow that finishes off its foe! The stronger its opponent is, the more excited for battle Lycanroc becomes. It doesn’t mind getting hurt if it means victory in battle. Battles thrill it so much that its eyes glow.

Contempt rises in this Pokemon for Trainers who give orders it doesn’t agree with or who try to force it to battle. On the other hand, it will feel a deep trust in a Trainer who can truly draw forth its power in battle.

Counter is a move that Rockruff can learn when it evolves into Midnight Form Lycanroc. When Lycanroc takes physical damage from an opponent, it deals double that damage back to the same opponent.

Trainer Customization

Trainer CustomizationAlola Fashions: In Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, you can change things like your character’s clothing, hairstyle, and even eye color (thanks to colored contact lenses). Adventure through Alola while showing your own flair for fashion! (You can even remove your hat!)

Colorful Clothing: You can change the look of your clothing with colorful dyes! Perhaps there’s a design you like, but you’d prefer it in a different color. Now that wish can come true!

Pokemon Refresh

Pokemon RefreshUse the Pokemon Refresh feature to care for your Pokemon. After a battle, Pokemon sometimes end up all dirty. When that happens, you can take care of them and get them all cleaned up. By caring for your Pokemon, you can also cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on your Pokemon in battle.

Pokemon that have grown very affectionate, thanks to petting them a lot and feeding them their beloved Poke Beans, will battle to the utmost for you. Sometimes they’ll avoid attacks from opposing Pokemon—and even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting. Take good care of your Pokemon with Pokemon Refresh, and they’ll be great allies on your adventure!

New Z-Moves!

In Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, Z-Moves make their debut. Each Trainer can use just one of these powered-up Z-Moves per battle. Z-Moves exist for moves of every different type. But some Z-Moves are exclusive and can be used only by certain Pokemon, such as Snorlax and Alolan Raichu. Now, Pikachu and Eevee join the list of Pokemon able to use exclusive Z-Moves. Both of their Z-Moves are extremely powerful. Bring Pikachu and Eevee to your battles and see what these high-powered Pokemon can do!

Catastropika: Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a superpowered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wrapping itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charging into its opponent. This will become Pikachu’s most powerful attack!

Extreme Evoboost: Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon, and more—all of the eight Pokemon that Eevee can evolve into—and grants their power to Eevee. This powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed by 2.

Catastropika Extreme Evoboost

‘Pokemon Bank’ & ‘Pokemon Transporter’ Updates

Pokemon BankIn January 2017, the Nintendo 3DS downloadable software Pokemon Bank is expected to receive an update for compatibility with Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Pokemon Bank is an application that enables you to put Pokemon you’ve collected in your games into Internet-based storage boxes. Until now this service has been available for Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y. Starting in early 2017, it will support Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon as well.

With this update, the Pokemon that adventured with you in Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y will be able to join you in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon!

If you transfer a Pokemon to Pokemon Bank and then on to Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon from Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, or Pokemon Y, you’ll be unable to transfer it back to Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, or Pokemon Y.

You can’t deposit Pokemon holding items into Pokemon Bank. If you try to deposit a Pokemon with a held item, that item will be sent back to the original game.

Poke Transporter is also being updated for compatibility with the Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. Deposit the Pokemon you’ve collected into Pokemon Bank, and you can send them to Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon as well.

If you use Poke Transporter to move Pokemon from the Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, or Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, they can only be sent to Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. They can’t be sent to Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, or Pokemon Y.

Pokemon moved to Pokemon Bank using Poke Transporter can’t be returned to the Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, or to Pokemon Black 2, Pokemon White 2, Pokemon Black Version, or Pokemon White Version.

‘Pokemon Bank’ National Pokedex

National PokedexA new National Pokedex feature is coming to help you check out the particulars of the Pokemon you’ve deposited! When Pokemon Bank is updated to support Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, it will also gain a new Pokedex feature. The application will read your saved data from any games* you connect with it, collecting information about Pokemon you’ve caught, so you can check it. Using the Pokedex feature in Pokemon Bank, you’ll be able to see this information—even about Pokemon that don’t appear in the Alola region of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.

*The games that can connect with this Pokedex function are Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y.

Next News Update

The official Japanese Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon website has been updated to announced that the next information dump will be on October 4, 2016 at the usual time.

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  1. riChchestMat Aspiring Trainer


    So Sun & Moon will potentially let you carry in the new National Pokedex. I'm looking forward to the book form of that. MY daughter and I enjoy leafing through the 721 ORAS Pokedex book.
  2. masterwolfe Aspiring Trainer


    1. Give Eevee eviolite.
    2. Use Extreme Evoboost.
    3. Baton Pass.
    4. Destroy everything.
  3. RealSlim Dragons Breeder


    Oranguru is one of my favorite Pokémon ever!!!
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  4. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Oranguru looks like a cool Pokemon with the move Instruct and the ability Telepathy. Hopefully it has good enough stats to be competitive.

    I'm really liking the customization. You can now make your character look really unique and you can dye your white clothing which is awesome.

    One thing I noticed in the trailer during the customization showcase was Festival Coins. Are these the new currency or are they are separate currency that you use for buying things such as clothing while you use Poke Dollars to buy items like potions and pokeballs?

    It's a little annoying that I won't be able to use Pokebank with Pokemon Sun and Moon and Pokemon Red until January because I was planning to get all three starter Pokemon before starting the game but whatever, I'll probably be too occupied with the games to really notice. I'm also really looking forward to this Pokebank National Pokedex. Finally I can look at my living Pokedex in all its glory. Still hoping that shiny Pokemon have different sprites so that they're easier to tell apart.

    Just a question that I'm going to throw out to everyone: which one do you like more: Lycanroc Midday form or Lycanroc Midnight form? Personally, I like Midday form better.
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  5. NightOfYuyuko Next station: Brick City!


    Midnight Lycanroc(Verlisify :p) and Oranguru have earned a slot on my team x3

    i also like those pigtails for the female character, they look adorable on her xD
  6. Tails The Blonde Brainiac

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    We can finally remove our hat. It was irritating to me that we had to wear a hat while Calem/Serena did not.

    Pokemon Refresh operates a lot like Pokemon-Amie; it sounds like it can act as a supplement/replacement for Amie...

    Love the nods to Porygon2 (hair dryer) and Mega Tyranitar (comb).

    If I catch Oranguru; it's so going to be named Prof. Bobo. (Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference)

    I hope with the time differences you can get both Rockruff evos in the same game, but since I do plan to get both games at one point; it's not the end of the world if you can't.
  7. EdwardJP It was me, Dio!


    That Pikachu Z-move was absolutely adorable. I wasn't ready.
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  8. thegrovylekid Makes fake cards


    Oh look, a Rugby Monkey.
  9. RealSlim Dragons Breeder


    *You mean Focus Sash!
  10. His Goominess sue me
    His Goominess


    Oranguru looks like it's gonna go on my team, definitely one of my favourite ape/monkey Pokemon to date.
    Lets be real Pikachu was always gonna get a Z move. I can already sense the anime episode with Pikachu trying its hardest to master the move and at the end it finally accomplishes it.
    Having the Lycanrocs in HD artwork is changing my opinion of them (well, one of them). I'm a pretty big fan of Midday Lycanroc. Can't really say the same thing about Midnight Lycanroc.

    Nice to see more customisation, especially finally being able to rid ourselves of the hat, which was something that I would've loved to have been able to do in X/Y.
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  11. NotSeen Aspiring Trainer


    masterwolfe Unfortunately, you have to hold your Eevee a Z-stone or how's it called, so there's a big no for such thigs as Eviolite/Focus Sash or anything. ;-)

    Btw., although the midnight form Lycanroc seems to have worse movepool, I like it better. But, fortunately for me, I pre-ordered both games, so it really doesn't matter.

    As for Pikawhatever… it's Picatastrophe anyway… and I'm totally disappointed for completely defensive Z-move (this time I mean the Eevee one). Are you sure you want to waste a turn to use such a thing?
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  12. Kawaki Aspiring Trainer


    I can't transfer Pokemon back to XY or ORAS after they experience the splendor of S&M?!

    *Commitment issues suddenly flare up in a grossly heated panic
  13. Anthony Orosco Just an all around cool dude
    Anthony Orosco


  14. Lanstar The Funny Fairy Bug


    Looking at Passimian's Description... As much as everyone calls it a 'rugby' Monkey, the way it battles, it sounds more like a Dodge Ball player. :cool:

    Additionally... The Pikachu Z move is disturbing: Isn't it iffy in the rulebook to throw your Pokemon at your opponent?! xD
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016
  15. Sentret_C Aspiring Trainer


    Lipsticks available
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  16. MegaCentral Aspiring Trainer


    Looks like I am getting moon, dang I really wanted that harambe thing from sun. See, they listened.
  17. NinjaBem Aspiring Trainer


    Disappointed, I was really hoping to see the starter evolutions in this release. Oh well, some new pokemon are still cool though.
  18. Metalizard Aspiring Trainer


    Passimian and Oranguru: The rugby monkey from the rumour is also confirmed true. Good. I hope this means something else will be too (coughAshGreninjacough)... Anyway, about the Pokémon themselves, the designs are nice, I just don't really like monkeys in general. It took me some time to like Infernape and now it is my favorite Sinnoh Starter but still... Apes are not my thing.

    Lycanroc: Already commented about the designs before so... Well, I like the name. Surprised that Midnight form is not part Dark-type but it's probably better since Rock/Dark is pretty bad defensively (Tyranitar only handles it because of its good stats and ability.)
    EDIT: I was looking at Lycanroc's height (0.8 m for midday, 1.1 m for midnight)... This is nothing to base a theory on BUT I think it is a bit too small in size for a final stage. Comparing it to other canine based pokémon like Houndoom and Manectric, Lycanroc (Midday, mainly, as it is also bipedal) is really small. The closest thing I found was Mightyena (I know it's not really a canine, but it's similar) at 1.0 m tall. So, what if Lycanroc is actually a mid-stage? Maybe Rockruff evolves a second time... This is just a wild theory, and it's likely this is its final evo, but I won't discard this possibily just yet.

    Trainer Customization: Like that we have much more options than in XY, specially the no hat option.

    Refresh: Amie 2.0

    Bank/Transporter: This is the biggest news for me. Quite a relief to know this in advance. I can still transfer loads of Pokémon between the Gen 6 games after the update which was my biggest concern since I will restart my X game in a few days and I'll need to do that in the future. Good job, GF.

    Next batch of news comes one day before my birthday... Early birthday gift, I guess :p
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016
  19. Leronne Bug Pokemon Lover


    Guys. Eevee still needs to hold a z-crystal.

    Pikachu's Z-move was no surprise, but that dance is F***ing adorable holy S***
    Some pretty cool batch of content. Both the Passimian and Oranguru have a chance to be viable and the trainer customization is awesome. Also was it shown anywhere that you can get a flat haircut (or however you call it) 'cause that's my hair and i want to be in the game. And i really love the thought of this giant ape helping small pokemon. It's so cute.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016
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  20. Does this mean no new Eeveelution this gen? :( Unless there is one that isn't included in Eevee's Z Move, but that'd be weird.