Pokémon Sun/Moon videos

This page lists the various gameplay and announcement videos that have been released for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. They are in order from oldest first. Click each thumbnail to watch the video.

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Announcement trailer

Date: 26th February, 2016 • Length: 2:00

During a Pokémon Direct, this video celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon with people young and old from around the world playing a mix of Pokémon games from the Game Boy to the 3DS. It culminates in an announcement of the next generation of games: Sun & Moon! No game footage is shown yet, but many shots of Game Freak staff working on the games are seen, with concept art, 3D modelling and finally the Sun/Moon logos.

Starter Pokémon

Date: 10th May, 2016 • Length: 2:01

The first gameplay footage of Pokémon Sun/Moon shows us the starter Pokémon. We see some shots of the Alola region and new characters. Then the three starters - Rowlet, Litten and Popplio - are introduced. Finally we see brief glimpses of the legendary Pokémon.

Alola region, Solgaleo & Lunala

Date: 2nd June, 2016 • Length: 1:35

The legendary Pokémon of Sun/Moon are revealed to be Solgaleo and Lunala respectively. Their abilities and signature moves are shown off. Following this are more shots of the Alola landscape, including the fact it's made up of several islands. The player selection screen is shown, then the new characters are introduced - Professor Kukui, his assistant Lillie and the player's friend Hau. Finally, the Rotom Pokédex is announced.

Zygarde Formes

Date: 11th June, 2016 • Length: 1:06

The new Zygarde Formes, which had been revealed previously, are given their own video with more details. Zygarde 10% Forme uses Thousand Arrows and Thousand Waves. It is then shown transforming into Zygarde Complete Forme, and it uses the new move Core Enforcer

E3 Treehouse demo

Date: 14th June, 2016 • Length: 42:35

Gameplay from Pokémon Sun & Moon was demoed at Nintendo's Treehouse event during the E3 gaming expo. Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori were on hand to explain some of the concepts behind the game's development. Many details were seen in the livestream, including new Pokémon Pikipek and Yungoos, the new battle interface, Pokédex, and the neighbouring town where a special festival is taking place. Finally a new battle mode called Battle Royal is shown, where four players battle simultaneously.

Post-E3 trailer

Date: 14th June, 2016 • Length: 1:39

Following the E3 demo, this promo video was released showing the newly discovered Pokémon in more detail. Pikipek, Yungoos, Grubbin are each featured, and Magearna's ability Soul-Heart is shown in addition to a new move Fleur Cannon. Finally, the Battle Royal mode is showcased.

Seven new Pokémon

Date: 1st July, 2016 • Length: 2:00

This video reveals seven new Pokémon plus various abilities and moves. We see Tapu Koko, Charjabug, Vikavolt, Drampa, Bruxish, Cutiefly, and Togedemaru.

Salandit reveal

Date: 7th July, 2016 • Length: 0:56

Junichi Masuda was a guest at the Japan Expo in Paris, and revealed Salandit, following which this video was released. It shows off Salandit's Corrosion ability in battles against Zubat and Skarmory.

Six new Pokémon

Date: 19th July, 2016 • Length: 2:15

This video reveals six new Pokémon, a heap of new abilities, and two new features. We see Wimpod (with Wimp Out), Bounsweet, Comfey (with Triage), Mudsdale (with Stamina), Mimikyu (with Disguise), and Bewear (with Fluffy). Following that is a new feature to host your own Global Link competitions, then Hyper Training, which allows increasing of IVs.

Alola Forms, new Pokémon & Z-Moves

Date: 1st August, 2016 • Length: 5:14

The Alola Forms concept is introduced, and Exeggutor, Vulpix, Ninetales, Sandshrew, and Sandslash are revealed. Following that we see more brand new Pokémon: Oricorio (with its four styles Baile, Pom-Pom, Pa'u, Sensu), Minior (with its core form), Gumshoos, Fomantis, Lurantis, and Mudbray. Along with that are new moves Revelation Dance and Solar Blade. Next up, Ride Pokémon are shown navigation various terrain as HMs previously did. We are then introduced to the concept of Island Challenges and meet the Trial Captains. Finally, Z-Moves are debuted.

Three new Pokémon & Team Skull

Date: 11th August, 2016 • Length: 3:02

New Pokémon are shown: Wishiwashi (with its two forms, Solo & School), Pyukumuku, and Morelull. The evil team in Sun/Moon, Team Skull, are introduced, with Plumeria and Guzma being a focus. Finally, more Alola Forms are shown: Meowth, Marowak, and Raichu, plus Raichu's Surge Surfer ability.

Turtonator reveal

Date: 18th August, 2016 • Length: 0:47

Shigeki Morimoto was a guest at Gamescom in Germany, and revealed a new Pokémon, Turtonator (confusingly named Tortunator in German!). Turtonator is shown in battle and its unique move Shell Trap is demoed.

Four new Pokémon

Date: 19th August, 2016 • Length: 1:19

During the opening ceremony of the Pokémon World Championships, Junichi Masuda revealed a new Pokémon, Crabrawler. This video was released immediately afterward, and in addition to Crabrawler features Pokémon that were revealed the previous week in CoroCoro magazine: Sandygast, Palossand, and Stufful.

Alolan Rattata, Z-Moves

Date: 1st September, 2016 • Length: 1:34

A new Alola Form is revealed - Rattata. Then we see some new Z-Moves in action featuring Alolan Raichu (Stoked Sparksurfer) and Snorlax (Pulverizing Pancake). Plus details on obtaining a Munchlax when purchasing Sun & Moon early.

Train On #01

Date: 2nd September, 2016 • Length: 2:24

First in a series of episodic trailers for Sun/Moon. It follows the story of a Japanese boy, Shohei, who moves to Hawaii and makes friends through Pokémon.

New Pokémon & Ultra Beasts

Date: 6th September, 2016 • Length: 2:48

New Pokémon are introduced - Type: Null, Jangmo-o, and Alolan Raticate. It's then revealed that Pokémon Sun & Moon are set 12 hours apart, so certain events such as Totem Pokémon are different. The Aether Foundation is introduced, who take care of abandoned Pokémon. Finally a few features are introduced like collecting Zygarde Cells/Cores, Poké Finder, and then mysterious Ultra Beasts.

Train On #02

Date: 6th September, 2016 • Length: 2:26

This episode follows on from the first. Shohei has an argument with Hoku and becomes lonely. During a meteor shower he sends a Minior to Hoku, then they both apologise to each other and become friends again. And dammit who's chopping onions in here?!

Two new Ultra Beasts

Date: 14th September, 2016 • Length: 0:42

Short video covering information from the recent CoroCoro issue. We see UB-02 Absorption (exclusive to Sun) and UB-02 Beauty (exclusive to Moon). We then see them in what appears to be a cutscene with Kahuna Hala and his Tapu Koko.

Version exclusives & customisation

Date: 20th September, 2016 • Length: 3:38

New version-exclusive Pokémon are introduced: Passimian (Sun) and Oranguru (Moon). Rockruff is shown to evolve into Lycanroc Midday Form (Sun) or Midnight Form (Moon). Character customisation is shown, followed by Pokémon Refresh. Finally, Pikachu & Eevee exclusive Z-Moves are demoed.

Starter evolutions

Date: 4th October, 2016 • Length: 3:49

The evolved forms of the starters are revealed: Dartrix, Torracat, and Brionne. The Festival Plaza feature is introduced, followed by Poké Pelago. Next, Mega Evolution is confirmed for Sun/Moon (although no new Megas are shown). Finally, a Special Demo Version is announced for October 18th, in which Ash-Greninja appears.

Stunning evolutions, Alolan Grimer

Date: 14th October, 2016 • Length: 2:54

Silvally, evolution of Type: Null, is revealed along with its unique ability (Rks System) and move (Multi Attack). We meet Jangmo-o's evolutions Hakamo-o and Kommo-o, plus its unique move Clanging Scales. Next are Bounsweet's evos Steenee and Tsareena, its ability Queenly Majesty and unique move Trop Kick. Then it's Ribombee, Cutiefly's evo, followed by Alolan Grimer and Muk. Finally, new trainers Olivia and Ilima are revealed.

Starter final evolutions, Guardians

Date: 27th October, 2016 • Length: 4:34

The final evolutions of the starters are revealed: Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina, along with their signature moves. Next we're introduced to the remaining Guardians of Alola we have not yet seen: Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini, plus their exclusive Z-move, Guardian Of Alola. More new Pokémon Cosmog and Alolan Persian are revealed. Finally, a new feature Battle Tree is showcased. Trainers from previous regions are seen, including Red and Blue.

Train On #3

Date: 28th October, 2016 • Length: 4:15

Shohei and Hoku find some bigger boys using their base. They challenge them to a battle but lose, so they go away and train hard, come back and beat the older kids. But then Shohei has to move back to Japan. Three months later, Hoku contacts Shohei over the internet and they trade Solgaleo & Lunala.

Starter Pokémon Z-Moves, more Ultra Beasts

Date: 14th November, 2016 • Length: 3:25

New Z-Moves for the starters' final forms are revealed: Sinister Arrow Raid for Decidueye, Malicious Moonsault for Incineroar, and Oceanic Operetta for Primarina. New Ultra Beasts UB-03 Lighting and UB-05 Guzzlord are also revealed. Alolan Dugtrio, which was in the Sun/Moon demo, is officially announced as Ground/Steel type along with Alolan Diglett.

Magearna and Ash-Greninja are noted to be obtained in Sun/Moon. The video finishes with a montage of starter Pokémon in various battles and other footage from the games.