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Necrozma Z-Move details confirmed

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 12 October, 2017

A new video for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon has been released, showing the information we got on Tuesday from CoroCoro.

Necrozma's new move, Photon Geyser is shown, followed by the Z-Moves for the box legendaries, Searing Sunraze Smash and Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom.

Details about the new Rotom Dex were also shown. Befriending Rotom unlocks new features to aid in battling, breeding and catching Pokémon. Its Z-Power allows you to use a Z-Move in battle for a second time.


Z-Moves for Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma forms revealed in CoroCoro

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 10 October, 2017

Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked and shows new Z-Moves for the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo, Lunala, and their respective Necrozma forms.

Necrozma Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings
Necrozma Dusk Mane (left) and Dawn Wings (right) using their Z-Moves
  • Solgaleo can turn Sunsteel Strike into a Z-Move known as Sunshine Smasher in Japanese. It can also be used by Dusk Mane Necrozma.
  • Lunala can turn Moongeist Beam into a Z-Move known as Moonlight Blaster in Japanese. It can also be used by Dawn Wings Necrozma.
  • Necrozma (and its forms) can also learn a new move, known as Photon Geyser in Japanese. It's a Psychic-type Special move.

Both moves appear to deal huge damage and bypass abilities. CoroCoro also states that the Rotom Dex can be upgraded during the game to allows certain features like Pokémon gaining more EXP and using Z-Moves more than once.


New trailer: 'Travel Beyond Alola'

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 05 October, 2017

Following the Japanese trailer yesterday, a new trailer has been released in English with some of the same footage. t shows a little more of the player riding Necrozma Dusk Mane/Dawn Wings, and states you will battle Ultra Beasts on their home turf. Here's the trailer:

We see Ultra Megalopolis, a world that has had its light stolen by Necrozma, as well as the Ultra Recon Squad. A new Ultra Beast, UB Adhesive is shown, and previously revealed Ultra Beasts UB Assembly and UB Burst are shown in battle, with the latter using a new move Mind Blown.


New Japanese trailer for Ultra Sun/Moon aired during Oha Suta

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 04 October, 2017

Some new footage from Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon was aired on Japanese show Oha Suta. First they showed a link battle featuring the new forms from USUM - Lycanroc Dusk Form, Necrozma Dusk Mane and Necrozma Dawn Wings.

Next came a trailer with some interesting details, including new mysterious characters, and the player riding the Necrozma forms!


Ash's Pikachu event now running

Pokemon Events — 22 September, 2017

A new Pokémon event has started to obtain one of six Pikachu variants in Pokémon Sun & Moon. These forms each wear a different baseball cap design based on Ash's cap from each region he visited. Each one comes with slightly varied moves and the Pikashunium Z item, allowing Pikachu to use its exclusive Z-Move, 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.

Pikachu cap variants
The six Pikachu forms - from top left Alolan Cap, Original Cap, Hoenn Cap, Kalos Cap, Sinnoh Cap, Unova Cap

Only ONE of the forms can be obtained per game - once a variant has been received you will not be able to receive another! The desired form is obtained by using the code PIKACHU20 from Mystery Gift during a specific period. The dates and unique moves are as follows:

  • Sep. 19 - Sep. 25: Original Cap (Kanto/Johto) - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder, Agility
  • Sep. 26 - Oct. 2: Hoenn Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder, Iron Tail
  • Oct. 3 - Oct. 9: Sinnoh Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Volt Tackle
  • Oct. 10 - Oct. 16: Unova Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Volt Tackle
  • Oct. 17 - Oct. 23: Kalos Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Electro Ball
  • Oct. 24 - Oct. 30: Alola Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Electro Ball

Note: the timing for the dates appears to be based on midnight UTC, so each event finishes at: 5pm PT / 8pm ET / 1am BST (next day) / 9am JST (next day). If you're unsure, redeem your code between the dates given rather than on those dates.


New Ultra Sun/Moon features revealed in trailer

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 22 September, 2017

New features for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon have been revealed in a new trailer:

  • The Island Trials are still part of the game, though they are different to Sun/Moon.
  • Over 400 Pokémon can be found in Alola, with Pokémon like Tropius, Larvesta, Mareep, Larvitar, Zorua, Houndoom and Manectric that weren't in Sun/Moon.
  • The Alola Photo Club feature allows you to take photos with your Pokémon and share them with friends.
  • Mantine is a new PokéRide Pokémon on which you can surf between the Alolan islands, and even do flips and tricks!

New Ultra Beasts revealed during Nintendo Direct

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 13 September, 2017

Two new Ultra Beasts have been announced during the latest Nintendo Direct, as well as additional details for the previously-announced forms. A new trailer has been released:

The new legendary Formes are in fact Formes of Necrozma. The one crossed with Solgaleo is named Dusk Mane Necrozma while the one crossed with Lunala is Dawn Wings Necrozma.

A special Rockruff will be given away to early purchasers of the game. This Rockruff will only evolve into the new Dusk Form Lycanroc. The Rockruff will know different moves depending on the game - in Pokémon Ultra Sun it will know Fire Fang, while in Pokémon Ultra Moon it will know Thunder Fang. The remaining moves are the same in both versions (Tackle, Bite, Happy Hour).

Lycanroc (all forms) also has a new Z-Move - Splintered Stormshards which deals damage and removes Terrain effects.

The new Ultra Beasts are codenamed UB Burst (exclusive to Ultra Sun) and UB Assembly (exclusive to Ultra Moon).

There will also be some new areas to explore in the Alola region including a surfer beach and a valley full of Pikachu.


Solgaleo-Necrozma and Lunala-Necrozma fusions confirmed in CoroCoro

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 12 September, 2017

The new Formes of Solgaleo and Lunala, which will be available in the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon have been confirmed to be fusions with Necrozma. This comes via the Japanese magazine CoroCoro:

Solgaleo-Necrozma and Lunala-Necrozma fusions
Solgaleo and Lunala, each fused with Necrozma

We'll bring more news as we get it. There is a Nintendo Direct airing tomorrow (Wednesday 13th) which is likely to contain some news. The Direct starts at 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / 7am (Thursday) JST. Follow us on Twitter for live updates!


New Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon details revealed

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 18 August, 2017

A new trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon has been released, showing off some minor details. The characters you play as have been redesigned, and there appears to be a new building in the empty plot in Hau'oli City. The video shows the new Lycanroc Dusk Form but provides no new details as yet.

There will also be a new key item in-game, the Z-Power Ring, which can activate to use an even wider variety of Z-Moves. UPDATE: Kommo-o has a new Z-Move Clangorous Soulblaze. Video below.

The story in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon will revolve around Necrozma. According to the press release, Ominous dark clouds begin to spread and the secrets of Necrozma and the Alola region, which were never disclosed in the previous games, will finally come to light.

Here's the trailer:


Lycanroc Dusk Form details revealed

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 12 August, 2017

Further details on the new Dusk form of Lycanroc have been officially revealed. It keeps its pure Rock type, and its ability is Tough Claws as we mentioned previously. Its eyes are green but glow red when attacking.

However, a normal Rockruff found during normal gameplay cannot evolve into Lycanroc Dusk form. Rather, only a special Rockruff obtained from an event will do so. This can be obtained via Nintendo Network from the games' launch on November 17th and runs until January 10th 2018.

Lycanroc Dusk Form art
Lycanroc Dusk Form official artwork

New Lycanroc 'Dusk' form in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 09 August, 2017

A new Lycanroc form will be available in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. This new Dusk form is more orange in color, has has a slightly larger white tuft on its back, and has green eyes.

Lycanroc Dusk form screenshot
Lycanroc Dusk form

Its ability is Tough Claws and it can learn Accelerock and Counter, moves that were previously exclusive to the Midday and Midnight forms respectively. Exact details on how this form is obtained have not yet been revealed.


New events: shiny Tapu Koko and Mega Stone distributions

Pokemon Events — 22 July, 2017

New Pokémon events are now running for Pokémon Sun and Moon! The first is to obtain a shiny Tapu Koko. This Pokémon has the moves Nature's Madness, Discharge, Agility, and Electro Ball. It is holding the Electric Seed item which increases its Defense during an Electric Terrain. It has a Timid nature and its usual Electric Surge ability.

A video has been released showing it it action:

Tapu Koko can be obtained via Nintendo Network, by going to Mystery Gift, then Receive Gift, then Get via Internet.

The next event is to obtain the Mega Stones for Tyranitar, Aggron, Manectric, and Abomasnow. To obtain the stones, go to Mystery Gift in the game menu, then Receive Gift, Get via Code, then enter the code SABLEVOLANT