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Monday, November 14, 2016

Starter Pokémon Z-Moves, More Ultra Beasts, Alolan Dugtrio Coming to Pokémon Sun and Moon!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'm not going to use Z-Moves in-game, so this seems to be a battle simulator thing.

Are you ready for the imminent release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon this Friday? If you're like me, you're not, and you probably won't even get it on release date, November 18. (If you're in Europe, it's November 23.)

The Pokémon Company International has a new video release, detailing exclusive Z-Moves for the fully-evolved forms of the Alolan starter Pokémon, more Ultra Beasts to join the existing cast, and Alolan Diglett/Dugtrio just because.

There isn't much to say about those Z-Moves, other than that they look pretty powerful and have really long animations. That just means Pokémon is doing what other RPGs have been doing since the start: Special moves. As recently as Paper Mario: Color Splash (aka what I'm slowly playing through right now — you can check out my latest playthrough Miiverse post right here), I avoid using powerful moves or items if I don't have to. 

Heck, in my playthrough of the non-wait-for-the-special-day part of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version, I didn't even use the Z-move in the designated use-Pikachu's-Z-Move boss fight. I don't use powerful or one-off items in RPGs, either. I play as a minimalist. Z-Moves? Unnecessary and extraneous, unless you'll be in a competitive battle or something. In that case, you may be interested in the section on, say, Z-Move versions of status moves, for your complex niche strategies.

Decidueye Sinister Arrow Raid Pokémon Sun Moon Z-Move
Decidueye about to land a Sinister Arrow Raid.

KoopaTV fan favourite Turtonator is exclusive to Pokémon Sun, which makes me upset as someone who has pledged to purchase Pokémon Moon. Turtonator joins Passimian and Alolan Vulpix, while Moon gets Oranguru (as we know), along with Alolan Sandshrew and Drampa, the Normal/Dragon Pokémon version of Bernie Sanders.

There are creepy Ultra Beasts. UB-03, Lighting, is a collection of evil Christmas lights, and UB-05, Glutton, eats everything it sees. I dunno what UB-04 is. Don't ask me, it's not on the official site.

Diglett and Dugtrio. The official site doesn't go into exactly WHY these moles have Alolan forms, and they're the same... except that they have Steel-types due to their “whiskers”, or Tangling Hair, which is a clone of the existing ability Gooey. That lowers a direct-attacker's speed by 1 stage.

Alolan Diglett steel whiskers

Alolan Dugtrio allegedly are revered in Alola:
In the Alola region, Dugtrio is revered as an incarnation of the god of the land, and it’s treated with great importance. This is why the people of Alola fall to their knees and bow deeply whenever they come across an Alolan Dugtrio that has poked its faces out of its burrow.”
 ...Yeah, just another flavour text that demonstrates how backwards and insane the Alolan people are. I'm actually not looking forward to this region, because all of the NPCs are going to be dumb. At least the locals in the other regions were AVERAGE! It's like they shipped the people below the bell curve off to Alola, and figured they couldn't get back because it's a collection of islands in the middle of nowhere. You can see in the demo they don't even have a working port, and they've colonised the place for how long?

If you have another interpretation of today's trailer, feel free to share it in the comments section, particularly if you're actually excited over something that Ludwig looked over.

This is the last news release before the game's official launch.
Want more like-Diglett content? Generation 9 brings Wiglett.


  1. I can give you a Turtonator. I am also not interested in Z-moves.

  2. I'm still intrigued by the Ultra Beasts and I hope they aren't just basically more Pokémon. I probably won't get the game at launch either, though.

    1. I also don't want them to secretly be humans in a weird get-up, like SOME people are saying.

    2. What if they're mysterious beings that disguise themselves as humans?

    3. ...
      Yeah, I like that. LIZARD PEOPLE.

      (I shouldn't be talking.)


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