Pokémon Sun and Moon are right around the corner, and The Pokémon Company has released some new info about the game today.
First is the Alolan variations of Diglett and Dugtrio, each with some fabulous hair.
The Mole Pokémon Alolan Diglett live near volcanic areas, so they have few places to hide themselves away. It’s said they developed the hairlike metallic whiskers which grow from the top of their heads as a survival mechanism for the hostile volcanic environment. Their whiskers enable them to sense surrounding areas without exposing their face above ground. Alolan Diglett can have the Tangling Hair Ability, which is a new Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With the Tangling Hair Ability, opponents that hit this Pokémon with a move that makes direct contact will have their speed lowered by 1.
Alolan Dugtrio is the evolved form of Alolan Diglett. Alolan Dugtrio’s whiskers grow throughout its life at a very slow rate, shining with a brilliance akin to that of golden hair. In the Alola region, this Pokémon is revered as an incarnation of the god of the land, and it’s treated with great importance. Removing any of this Pokémon’s whiskers is strictly prohibited. There is a superstitious belief that many Alolan Dugtrio come out of their burrows on a day when a volcano will erupt.
There have also been two new Ultra Beasts announced:
One of the Ultra Beasts is known as UB-03 Lighting. More will be revealed during the players’ adventures around the Alola region.
This beast has an astounding appetite, and it will completely devour anything in front of its eyes. It’s said that it devours not only objects, but the ground, rivers, and even the seas. There is a belief that it converts the abnormal amount it eats entirely into energy to sustain itself, leaving no waste product behind. Whether this is true or not is a mystery.
It’s still not clear if Ultra Beasts are Pokémon or not. Clearly these two are a bit more horrific that we’re usually used to seeing, but it’s weird to think about any creature in the Pokémon world that isn’t a Pokémon in some way, shape, or form.
At this point we’ll have to wait until the 18th to see what’s really going on with Ultra Beasts. This doesn’t seem like a secret that they’re going to let slip before players actually experience the revelation in-game.
The Z-Moves for all the final evolutions of the Starter Pokémon are as follows:
Z-Move: Sinister Arrow Raid
Decidueye slices through the air together with a hail of arrow quills, crashing into the target before dealing the final blow with its arrows.
Z-Move: Oceanic Operetta
Primarina manipulates a huge balloon using its voice, then causes it to explode over its target’s head, dealing a lot of damage.
Z-Move: Malicious Moonsault
With flames spouting from its flame belt, Incineroar leaps high into the sky and dives straight down onto its target.
Z-Moves are special moves that a Pokémon can use when it’s holding a Z-Crystal that corresponds to its move’s type. Their effects vary greatly depending on whether they’re based on attack moves or status moves. Z-Moves based on attack moves have far greater power than standard moves, but how powerful they will be seems to depend on the power of the original move that a Z-Move is based on. Since Z-Moves are full-powered attacks, they also seem to be impossible to fully ward off with moves like Protect and Detect—they still do some damage. When you use your Z-Power based on a status move, it will be powered up with additional effects. These effects come in many varieties, including raising your own Pokémon’s stats, healing the next Pokémon to switch in and more!
Last, but certainly not least, is the announcement of a Mystery Pokémon. No other info has been provided except the following image:
You can check out everything above in the latest action-packed announcement video!
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