As promised, The Pokémon Company has some Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon news for us this Thursday morning, localised world-wide.
Meet Solgaleo and Lunala. They're the cover legendaries. Solgaleo is Psychic/Steel, and Lunala is Psychic/Ghost. (Those type combinations are...unexpected for both. That said, Game Freak knows what they're doing more than you do, so stop condemning them this early.) The Sunne Pokémon and the Moone Pokémon.
Last time I checked, the species names were supposed to be actual words. For example, Xerneas is the Life Pokémon.
Solgaleo apparently “devours the sun” (sounds world-ending) and has “a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had.” It's “Full Metal Body”, which does the exact same thing as Clear Body. Basically, it's a furry Metagross with a new move, Sunsteel Strike.
Lunala merely “calls the moon” as opposed to eating it like its counterpart, despite the moon being made of an actual food (cheese). Lunala's Moongeist Beam attack disregards enemy Pokémon's abilities (Shedinja destroyer, along with Sturdy) while its own ability is Shadow Shield, also described as “a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had.” It's just Multiscale.
Anyway, just check out the “Explore the Alola Region in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon!” video:
...Yeah, there's stuff here that needs more explanation.
So the Alola Region has five islands. One of them is artificial, and the other four are natural.
|By comparison, Hawaii has eight major islands.|
The new professor is Professor Kukui. He's intense about Pokémon moves, which should've had a dedicated professor generations ago. They're pretty important.
There's Lillie, Professor Kukui's “mysterious assistant.” She's important to the story in some way. I hope she's only mysterious to us and not Professor Kukui. He...did do a full background check on her, right? She's not a closet ISIS member, RIGHT? Those “personal reasons” she's working for him are suspicious, and the official site also said she has “devoured many books.” I'd rather her devour books than have Solgaleo devour the whole sun.
I'm just gonna leave this here:
|“Your Friend Hau.” Note that the headings for the other characters are what they go by. “Hi, I'm your friend Hau!”|
Malasada is a Portuguese dish, so maybe this isn't based on Hawaii.
There's some presumably-lame QR scanner thing that I don't find worth talking about that might eventually involve you going to a webpage with the QR codes for every Pokémon in existence. ...Hopefully it's split up into several pages so your computer won't crash.
Of SIGNIFICANTLY more importance is the ROTOM Pokédex!
|This is more exciting than even Rowlet. The Pokédex devoured Rotom!|
It appears that there are only a few of these Rotom Pokédexes in the entire world, and they seem to mostly be in the Alola Region. It's like a sentient Pokétch + Pokédex that has a personality. It's basically Stuffwell from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
That's exciting. They didn't have to stuff a Rotom into it. It could've been an Alola-native, or it could've just been a machine. The fact it's a known Pokémon means the Alola Region won't just ignore the other generations' existences like Unova did.
Not only will Rotom be recording your information (like a Pokédex would), but it'll apparently dynamically talk to you. TALK. Like it's a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game. I may have been spoiled by that, because it didn't hit me that Pokémon are not supposed to normally talk to humans.
Will we finally see a communications revolution? Other Pokémon can communicate with one another. Rotom can hear that, and then talk to the protagonist and translate.
I can't wait for what the fat dude in all of the starting towns in the series has to say about the latest technology.
|And you thought Alola would be some backwater tropical resort. Nope: It's on the forefront of technology.|
I gotta say, after hanging out with him a lot in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, Rotom is one of my favourite Pokémon. He's like, level 93 right now and has Discharge, Ominous Wind, Uproar, and Shadow Ball. That makes him a room-clearing machine, and he's also the guy I have representing my team for Spotpass/Streetpass. Great guy. Mischievous, too, just like me.
We should get along just fine.
Today's news raised Ludwig's pre-release opinion of Pokémon Moon! That's definitely the one he's getting, as he's already expressed in the past. But what about YOU? Has this changed your opinion of which version you're getting? Or are you getting both? Or do you now not want to get either? Ludwig would also like to apologise for unpublishing and then republishing this article. He figured that Resurgence is a better pun than Relevance for an Electric type.
For KoopaTV's article on Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet's reveal, look here. It's quite comprehensive in terms of information and KoopaTV's staff.
Rotom has managed to possess the entire KoopaTV site for E3 Week 2016!
Pokédex Rotom showed up in Treehouse Live during E3, but only to censor something.
Rotom may be the key to the increased bond between Trainer and Pokémon exclusive to Alola.
Rotom finally appears in a meaningful way in a news release. It functions as a talking camera.
Your Friend Hau turns out to be extremely annoying in-person.