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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


More details on Marshadow revealed

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 15 June, 2017

The Pokémon Company have announced more details for the mythical Pokémon, Marshadow. They're all details we've known for a while but they came with a short video showing Marshadow in action:

Marshadow turns green when attacking, and it has the signature move Spectral Thief. It also has a unique Z-Move, Soul Stealing 7 Star Strike.

Marshadow will be distributed at cinemas in Japan with the newest movie, I Choose You. It will have the moves Spectral Thief, Close Combat, Force Palm, and Shadow Ball, plus the Marshadium Z item. No word yet on international distribution.


Main series Pokémon game coming to Nintendo Switch

General News — 13 June, 2017

Mr Ishihara, Pokemon on Nintendo Switch Mr Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, has just announced that a Core RPG Pokémon game is in development for the Nintendo Switch console. The announcement came during the Nintendo Spotlight livestream at E3.

There was no mention of a name, or whether it is an entirely new game or remake/port, but Mr Ishihara said the game may not release for more than a year suggesting a late 2018 or 2019 release date.


Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon announced!

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 06 June, 2017

A new Pokémon Direct has just finished airing, which revealed three sets of new games:

  • Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch, releasing September 22nd
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon for 3DS, releasing November 17th
  • Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver for 3DS Virtual Console, also releasing September 22nd
Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon logos
Logos for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon

Pokken Tournament DX is mostly the same as the Wii U version, but includes some newer Pokémon from Sun/Moon such as Decidueye.

News about Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon was limited, but there will be a new storyline and legendary Pokémon Lunala and Solgaleo both have new Formes, which appear to have parts of Necrozma fused with them.

You can rewatch the Pokémon Direct below.


Mythical Pokémon Marshadow officially revealed

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 08 April, 2017

The Pokémon Company has today officially revealed Marshadow, the mythical Fighting/Ghost type Pokémon. A very short video was released with a glimpse of Marshadow in-game:

Marshadow will feature in the upcoming movie, Pokémon! I Choose You! and will be distributed in Pokémon Sun & Moon at some point in the future (no word on distribution details yet).


Pokémon Sun & Moon now available!

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 18 November, 2016

Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon have been released worldwide today! I've been playing a lot of course, to gather information for the site, and I can say they are great. Reviews have been coming in from games magazines and the like, and they are very positive!

Pokemon Sun/Moon logo
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon logos

Of course, we have all the information you need to aid you in your journey. We have all the new Pokémon, moves, abilities, locations and more! Note that they are mostly being kept separate for now to avoid spoilers, so you won't see the new Pokémon on the main Pokémon lists. The locations guide is also a work is progress, as encounters are quite complex this generation. Here are some of the significant pages you might want to check out:

Alola Pokedex
Alola Pokemon with stats
New moves
TM locations
Sun/Moon questions in PokeBase