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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


Starter Z-Moves, Ultra Beasts, Alolan Diglett officially revealed

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 14 November, 2016

We're just a few days away from the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon, and more information has been revealed, mostly covering what was in CoroCoro magazine. A new video has been released:

Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina have exclusive Z-Moves Sinister Arrow Raid, Malicious Moonsault, and Oceanic Operetta respectively. New Ultra Beasts UB-03 Lighting and UB-05 Guzzlord are revealed.

Alolan Dugtrio, which can be seen in the Sun/Moon demo, is Ground/Steel type, as is Alolan Diglett. They can have Sand Veil or the new ability Tangling Hair, which decreases a foe's Speed when hit by a contact move.


More Ultra Beasts and starter Z-Moves revealed in CoroCoro

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 11 November, 2016

The final CoroCoro before the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon has been leaked. It shows two new Ultra Beasts which are version exclusives, and one mysterious new Pokémon (that looks like an Ultra Beast). It also finally reveals the starters' secret they mentioned several months ago - they each have their own Z-Move!

Ultra Beasts UB-04
Ultra Beasts from Sun (left) and Moon (right)

The starters exclusive Z-Moves are used with their signature moves revealed last month:


Final evolutions of the Sun/Moon starters revealed!

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 27 October, 2016

The final evolutions of the starter Pokémon in Sun/Moon have been revealed, along with the four guardians of Alola:

  • Decidueye is Grass/Ghost and based on an archer. It has a unique move Spirit Shackle which prevents the opponent switching out.
  • Incineroar is Fire/Dark and based on a wrestler. It has a unique move Darkest Lariat which ignores the opponent's stat changes.
  • Primarina is Water/Fairy and based on a siren. It has a unique move Sparkling Aria which heals the burns of its target.
  • Tapu Lele is the Guardian of Akala Island. It's Psychic/Fairy type with a new ability Psychic Surge which creates a Psychic Terrain.
  • Tapu Bulu is the Guardian of Ula'ula Island. It's Grass/Fairy type with a new ability Grassy Surge which creates the effects of Grassy Terrain.
  • Tapu Fini is the Guardian of Poni Island. It's Water/Fairy type with a new ability Misty Surge which creates the effects of Misty Terrain.
  • Cosmog is a new Psychic type Pokemon with the ability Unaware. It shares a similarity with the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala.
  • Alolan Persian was also confirmed, and is Dark type like Alolan Meowth.

New Pokémon revealed via TCG packaging

Pokemon Sun & Moon — 18 October, 2016

A potential new Pokémon has been accidentally revealed on the side of an expansion pack collection for the trading card game. The product is listed on Amazon Japan; here's a close-up:

New Pokemon

We'll bring more details if and when we get them.

Side note: don't forget that the Sun & Moon demo releases tomorrow (Tuesday) so there's a good chance more new information will be discovered in the coming days.