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a new pokã©mon sun & moon trailer has releasedand it is filled to the brim with new information. not only have we learned about new pokã©monand new pokã©mon forms specific to the alola region, but pokã©mon can have z-moves as well. and alola itself offers a completely differentchallenge compared to the regions in the past. there’s a ton to see, but thankfully wehave the old analysis machine to help us find every secret and hidden detail. of course, be sure to watch our previous analyseson pokã©mon sun & moon as we’ll be referring back to them throughout. let’s begin with the introduction of newpokã©mon forms.

essentially, the alola region has had an effecton certain pokã©mon so that their typing and appearance changes. they’re still considered the same pokã©monbut their habitat has changed a lot about them. and that’s no more obvious than with exeggutor. the new alola form has a massively elongatedneck so that it looks more like a palm tree. its typing has also been changed from grassand psychic to grass and dragon, and its ability is now frisk rather than chlorophyll or harvest. this change is said to be brought about byalola itself since strong sunlight pours down

all year round. it’s actually a point of pride for the peopleof alola since they boast that the alolan exeggutor is its true form. this may be a reference to the artwork fromthe jungle booster box that was released in japan for the trading card game. it’s here that exeggutor was depicted withthe same long neck. perhaps this design was planned all along. after all, exeggutor is the favorite pokã©monof the pokã©mon company’s ceo and president tsunekazu ishihara.

maybe he pushed for this design. so just how much taller is this exeggutor? well, the normal form is about six feet tallwhile the alolan form is nearly 36 feet high. that’s a 30 foot growth spurt! the pokã©mon website goes on to say that thealolan exeggutor has a fourth head on its tail. this head can control the tail independentlyand will take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks. it excels at whipping its long neck like alash to attack with its hard heads, but the

neck can sometimes be a weakness. the website doesn’t elaborate on what thisweakness may be though we imagine the neck isn’t the most flexible. in none of its animations do we ever see theneck bend more than a little. we should also note that it doesn’t seemlike exeggcute has a specific alola form. in the japanese trailer, it just shows a normalexeggcute evolving unlike the other alolan pokã©mon we see later. we’re not sure if this means exeggcute willalways evolve into the alolan exeggutor or if it must be evolved in a spot with lotsof sunlight, similar to how glaceon has to

be evolved near an ice rock. next we have the alolan forms for vulpix andninetales, both lose their fire typing and instead become ice types. ninetales even gains a secondary fairy type. they both have the ability snow cloak whichraises their evasion during a hail storm. thanks to the pokã©mon website, we know thatit’s said that vulpix came to the alola region together with humans. eventually, the vulpix moved to the snowymountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other pokã©mon since they didn’t wantto intrude.

after some time passed, the vulpix ended uptaking this new ice form, living on the high mountains that remain covered in snow allyear. its design may be inspired by arctic foxeswho have white fur rather than the traditional red. the vulpix live in small packs of two to five,helping each other survive. they are able to freeze anything solid byexpelling breath at a temperature of -58 degrees fahrenheit. unfortunately, it doesn’t fare well in theheat, but if the temperature becomes too hot, it will produce ice from its tail in orderto cool the surrounding area.

unlike exeggutor, vulpix’s height and weightis no different compared to the standard vulpix. and this applies to ninetales as well, whichsees no changes to its size. however, ninetales do live on a snowy peakthat is revered in the alola region as a holy mountain. we would assume that this snowy mountain ison the southwest island, but it seems strange that an observatory would be placed so closeto a holy location. though it may just be far enough away to notinfringe on those customs. at any rate, ninetales are treated as sacredemissaries causing people to meet them with a mix of awe and fear.

despite this, the alolan ninetales’ personalityis very gentle and has sometimes helped humans who seem to be in distress. however, if anything damages its territory,it will show no mercy. it does this by producing ice crystals fromits fur. ninetales can use these crystals to blockattacks or form balls of ice with which to fire like bullets at any opponent. these ice balls are so powerful that theycan pulverize rocks. finally, we have alolan forms for sandshrewand sandslash. both have an ice and steel typing as wellas the snow cloak ability.

in describing the alolan sandshrew, the pokã©monwebsite states that sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas. however, the frequent eruptions of surroundingvolcanoes drove the sandshrew to abandon the desert and travel to the snow-covered mountains. in time, their form changed to match theirhabitat. arctic and tundra shrews do exist though theylack the white fur of arctic foxes. and none of them look quite like the alolansandshrew. sandshrew’s body changed to adapt to theharsh environment of the snowy mountains. it has a steel-like shell of ice coveringits skin, which has the appearance of an igloo.

this makes it excel at defense, but it lacksthe flexibility of the standard sandshrew and is unable to curl into a ball. its heavy weight, which is nearly four timesthat of the ground type sandshrew, makes it slower than its warmer cousin, but the clawson its hands and feet allow it to move across ice without slipping. if it wants to move quickly, it slides acrossice on its belly just like a curling rock. looking at this description, we can safelypresume that the alolan sandshrew will have different stats compared to its usual counterpart. it will have higher defense but lower speedmaking it more of a defensive tank.

the alolan sandslash continues this trendwith spiny backs that are covered in ice. and thanks to this coating, the spines areeven larger and sharper. still, the alolan sandslash will hide themselvesin the snow when strong enemies appear, making sure to only leave their needles exposed. these icy spines make the sandslash much heavierthough, nearly twice as heavy as a standard sandslash, causing them to be even slower. however, in snow fields and on ice, they canmove swiftly thanks to the paths they create with their claws. these claws are shaped differently, havinghooks that allow them to dig into ice like

picks. in fact, the sprays of snow kicked up by thealolan sandslash’s movements can be so beautiful that many photographers try to capture themoment on film. however, because the sandslash live deep inthe mountains, there’s a chance that these photographers could become stranded. express permission is required to even climbsome of the mountains. guess we just need to wait for professor oakto build a track. then it’ll be a snap! those are just the new forms of old pokã©monthough.

there were quite a few new pokã©mon introducedin the trailer, including one that has a few forms of its own! this is oricorio, the dancing pokã©mon, whichhas a unique style and dance that’s determined by the island that it’s on. according to the pokã©mon website, it changesthis form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. so, because it has four different forms andthere are four islands in alola, it seems that a different oricorio lives on each islandbased on the flowers unique to that island. the first style we see is baile, which makesit a fire and flying type.

its dance is based on the flamenco and baileeven means dance in spanish. it even looks like a traditional flamencodancer. the baile style of oricorio is very passionateand power fills its body when it dances. it actually sends a downy fluff flying duringits more intense dances and by igniting this material, it can unleash a fiery dancing attack. we see oricorio dance in this way at one pointin the trailer, and we think we know where it may be. it features a dock yet it’s over a hugefield of what looks to be red flowers. and on the map in the swamp-like area of thethird island is an area with red all over

and what appears to be a wooden path leadingto the arena on the right. we believe that these are the flowers thatchange oricorio to the baile style. and oricorio itself may be a clue to whateach island is called. but we’ll get to that a little later. the next style is the pom-pom which makesit an electric and flying type. pom-pom references the pom-poms used in cheerleadingand its dance reflects that. this style of oricorio is also very friendlytoward people and will use its dancing to encourage trainers that are feeling glum. it will literally become your personal cheerleader.

as it dances, its feathers become chargedwith static electricity. it can then attack with these charged feathers,sometimes unleashing a powerful electric shock. we see the pom-pom oricorio dancing in a yellowflower field that we’ve seen before. and we’re pretty sure these are the flowersthat change oricorio to this style. then there’s the pa’u style which is apsychic and flying type inspired by hula dancing. even the name pa’u is a reference to thewrapped skirts that performers wear during the dance. this style of oricorio acts at its own pacewhich can make it difficult to deal with for some trainers.

it sharpens its spirited moves through dancewhich in turn increases its psychic power. the dances it performs are meant to expressgratitude to the guardian deity pokã©mon of alola, like tapu koko. we see it dancing during the trailer in agrassy area with a volcano in the distance, likely marking this as the northeast island. finally, there’s the sensu style oricoriowhich is a dual ghost and flying type. the style is based on japanese fan dancesand sensu is even a reference to a type of japanese fan. this form of oricorio is quiet and collected.

thanks to its dance, it’s able to gatherthe spirits drifting around an area and borrow their power to fight. it’s said that people who come to alolafrom kanto have a great liking for sensu style oricorio because its dance reminds them oftheir homeland. it’s a nice callback, but oricorio’s ghosttyping makes us wonder if these people are from lavender town? those guys just love spooky things. when we see the sensu oricorio dance in thetrailer, we can see violet flowers hanging behind it.

once again, these are likely the flowers thatgive oricorio this style. but all oricorio have a few things in common. for one, they are the only pokã©mon who canlearn the new move, revelation dance. it’s a move that has different typing basedon the current style of the oricorio. so while pom-pom oricorio’s revelation dancewill be an electric move, sensu’s will be a ghost-type move. they also have the new dancer ability whichallows them to immediately use the same dance move used by another pokã©mon on the field,which could be very useful in double battles. after all, one pokã©mon could use swords danceand so would oricorio, who could then use

its own move, giving it two moves per turnin these cases. that’s just oricorio though! in addition to that dancing diva, there’sminior, the meteor pokã©mon. it is a rock and flying type that is formedin the stratosphere. they survive by absorbing the debris aroundthem and, after consuming a large enough quantity of particles, their bodies will become heavy,eventually falling toward the planet’s surface. the unique thing about minior though is itsbody. it has a hard and heavy outer shell with acore inside it. while the shell is intact, it will have higherdefense but be slower.

however, it’s possible for this shell tobreak. this is part of its brand new ability, shieldsdown, which grants it excellent defensive capabilities, even protecting against statusconditions, as long as the shell is still there. but once its hp drops below half, the shellwill break away and minior will change its battle style to something that hits harderand faster. however, there’s no way to know what colorits soft core body will be until the shell breaks. the pokã©mon website explains that its colorchanges depending on the color of the debris

it absorbed. many think that its pastel coloration is cuteand will often use minior as a design motif for clothing and accessories. next up is gumshoos, the stakeout pokã©mon,and the evolved form of yungoos. unlike its pre-evolution, gumshoos methodof hunting is to stake out its prey’s usual routes and wait patiently until it comes by. it’s been described as quite tenacious,which may be why it targets one prey for so long without stopping. however, it does run low on stamina when thesun goes down and will fall asleep in the

exact same spot. fortunately, it can withstand a great dealof hunger and will keep perfectly still, keeping watch without eating anything else. gumshoos appearance is actually close to thatof a detective with its arms folded behind its back and its stakeout ability. even its name is inspired by detectives andits hair is shaped like an english driving cap. don’t worry everyone, gumshoos is on thecase! then we have fomantis, the sickle grass pokã©mon,and a pure grass type.

fomantis is actually nocturnal and performsphotosynthesis while it sleeps during the day by spreading its leaves out in all directions. but due to the danger of staying in the samespot two days in a row, fomantis will begin its search for the next day’s spot as soonas the sun sets. there’s a reason this is so important though. the photosynthesis isn’t just for energy,but a necessity for it to achieve the strength and bright coloration of its evolution. because of this, fomantis will attack anythingthat gets in the way of this process. fomantis has the ability leaf guard, and itis said to excel at long range moves like

razor leaf and solar beam. however, because solar beam uses the energythat fomantis stored through photosynthesis, it would prefer not to use it if possible. eventually fomantis will evolve into lurantiswhich keeps the pure grass type and leaf guard ability. lurantis, known as the bloom sickle pokã©mon,is able to draw opponents close thanks to its flower-like appearance and aroma beforetaking them down. many have said that lurantis is the most beautifulof all grass type pokã©mon because of its brilliant coloration and elegant moves.

it will trust trainers who take good careof it, but it has a tough time growing close to trainers that fail to do this. lurantis also has the brand new move, solarblade, which releases a blade-shaped beam to cut up its foes. it’s said to be so sharp that it can slicea rock in half. like solar beam, lurantis must absorb energyfrom the sun on the first move before unleashing the blade on the second turn. we suspect that this is likely the physicalequivalent to solar beam and similar to that move, it can probably use sunny day to unleashsolar blade in a single turn.

remember when we said that the color of oricorio’sstyles could offer up the names of the other islands of alola? lurantis is the 2nd part of this puzzle. the pokã©mon website states that lurantisis the totem pokã©mon of lush jungle, which is the site of an akala island trial, whereit will overwhelm trial-goers with powerful combos it unleashes with the pokã©mon alliesit calls. the fact that it’s the totem pokã©mon oflush jungle is interesting all by itself and will become important when we cover the trialcaptains, but for now, we just learned the name of another alola island, akala.

and akala is the hawaiian word for pink, thesame color as the pa’u style oricorio. now while its dancing scene in the trailerdidn’t show a pink flower, it did reveal a volcano in the background. and the most obvious volcano in alola is thenortheast island. in other words, that island is akala island. going even further, melemele in hawaiian meansyellow, the same color as pom-pom style oricorio, which very likely means that this oricoriois found on melemele island. so we think you know what this means. before we stated that we located the red flowersthat surrounded the baile style oricorio on

the southeastern island of alola. taking both of these into account, we believethis island will be called ula ula island since that is the hawaiian word for red. that just leaves the sensu style oricorioand the southwestern island. both the oricorio and the flowers behind itare violet and the hawaiian word for that is poni. so the final island is poni island. to recap, melemele island is the northwesternisland, akala island is to the northeast, ula ula island is to the southeast, and poniisland is in the southwest.

we’re almost completely positive that thisis case. but there’s still one more new pokã©monleft, mudbray! it is known as the donkey pokã©mon and isa pre-evolution to mudsdale. like mudsdale, mudbray is a pure ground typewith the abilities own tempo or stamina. the pokã©mon website states that mudbray couldonce be found all over the world, but it was overhunted to the point of near extinction. because of this, alola is the only place inthe world where mudbray can still be found in the wild. it also has superhuman strength which is asurprise to many considering its small body.

it’s able to carry loads up to 50 timesits own weight either on its back or dragging mudbray adores playing in the mud and it’svery easy to live harmoniously with it as long as you provide an environment where ithas access to mud. if it can’t frolic like this then mudbraywill become stressed and may even stop listening to orders. and the trailer may have provided us the locationof where mudbray can be found. we can see fences and hay bales behind itwhich indicates a farm. the most obvious farm on the map is on thenortheastern island of akala so you’ll be able to catch it there!

there’s more that can be done with pokã©monin alola though. an aspect of the culture of the region ispokã© ride, which allows people to use certain pokã©mon to reach places typically inaccessibleto humans. the key thing though is that these pokã©mondon’t join your team. however, you can call on them anytime to receivetheir help. doing this is seen as typical in alola sincepeople and pokã©mon are so bound together. the way this description from the pokã©monwebsite reads, it seems as if pokã© rides will completely negate the need for hms. after all, we see the trainer use a taurosto break through rocks that would normally

require rock smash. these rocks are also larger than previousblockades meaning they’re likely resized for the ride pokã©mon. but they could be used to find secrets aswell it seems. after breaking through the rocks that wereblocking the path, the tauros heads for another rock that doesn’t seem to be obstructinganything. perhaps unique pokã©mon can be encounteredlike with what normally happens when rock smash is used. or maybe items can be found as well.

and perhaps pokã©mon battles can still happenif tauros runs through the tall grass. we think that might be the case. otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be a pointto using mudsdale to cross this rocky terrain. just below the trainer is some tall grassthat doesn’t seem to contain those rocks. so players should be able to just run throughthere instead. at least, that might be the case. in the japanese trailer, we get a better lookat mudsdale crossing the rocky paths of this area, and it seems like using mudsdale reallyis the only option. so perhaps pokã© rides are required sometimesbut not always, just like hms.

but that still leaves us wondering if wildbattles can occur while using the pokã© ride. well, we think they can. after all, wild encounters and trainer battlesstill happen while using surf. this is no different. it’s just on land. and speaking of surf, we can see the traineronce again using a sharpedo to surf across the water. but what’s especially unique is how sharpedois able to smash through rocks as well. could it be that players need to earn a kindof license in order to use certain ride pokã©mon?

otherwise, what would be the point of blockingthings off if not to encourage players to return once they’re able, much in the sameway as obtaining hms in past games. now there is a screenshot of the trainer ridingon mudsdale on route 2. this could indicate that you can use ridepokã©mon very early in the game or the trainer has returned to route 2 after being allowedto use mudsdale. it’s difficult to say for sure. in addition, the japanese trailer indicateswhy players would want to ride each pokã©mon. we already know that tauros can be used forspeed and breaking through rocks while mudsdale is great for crossing rough terrain, but herewe see that stoutland is used to search out

hidden items. we can see it sniffing the ground with a greenexclamation point above its head indicating that it’s close to something. when the scene shifts to a clearing with taurosnearby, the exclamation becomes red and stoutland begins to bark, indicating that somethingis there. this might fully replace the dowsing machinefrom previous games. finally, we see that charizard is a ride pokã©montoo. we just wonder if it could replace fly fromprevious generations or if this is how soaring is handled from omega ruby & alpha sapphire.

all we see is the trainer jumping on beforeflying off making it impossible to decisively say which it is. but the artwork for pokã© rides does makeus curious. it shows the trainer hold a green device witha hole on top and a plug. in his hand is a pokã©ball we’ve never seenbefore and on its front is a slot that would fit in the plug. so we think that the device serves as therequest service and pokã© rides will transfer the pokã©mon that was asked for into the rideball, as we’ve decided to call the unknown pokã©ball.

it’s basically a portable pc except younever own the ride pokã©mon. potentially getting rid of hms in favor ofride pokã©mon may be big, but the new island challenge seems to be where pokã©mon sun & moonis really changing things. the pokã©mon website constantly reminds youof just how different alola is from other regions. it’s surrounded by the sea. it has an extremely diverse ecology made upof pokã©mon native to region for a long time along with pokã©mon that have only recentlyarrived from other regions. because of this, humans and pokã©mon coexistin a close relationship in alola creating

a culture that’s quite unique. so instead of challenging eight gym leaders,in alola trainers must embark on a rite of passage that involves traveling through eachof the four islands. the idea is that it helps young people growinto excellent pokã©mon trainers. and as such, this will be the player’s primarychallenge. after all, as professor kukui explains, thegoal is to complete the challenge and become island challenge champion. so it’s similar to the gym challenge ofthe past in terms of the goal but seemingly very different when it comes to the journey.

so how does the island challenge work? well, trainers have to overcome special trialsthat wait for them on each island. however, the trials aren’t limited to simplepokã©mon battles. they can take a variety of forms dependingon the trial captain, like finding specific items or challenging your knowledge. the pokã©mon website claims that they won’tbe able to be completed through ordinary methods. we’re not exactly sure what they might bereferring to, but let’s take a look at the trial captains. a trial captain’s role is to provide guidanceto those attempting the island challenge.

all of them are trainers who once took onthe trials themselves in years before. before we meet the first trial captain inthe trailer though, we’re shown the same dark forest again which is now confirmed tobe part of a trial. we then meet mallow, who seems to be the trialcaptain of this forest, which she calls lush jungle and should sound familiar to you fromearlier in the analysis. that’s right, lush jungle was mentionedby the pokã©mon website as the location of the totem pokã©mon battle against lurantis,which we’ll detail soon. and since lush jungle is said to be on akalaisland, that means mallow is not the first trial captain players will face.

mallow is said to be an expert of grass typepokã©mon and loves to cook, as evidenced by the ladle in her portrait. however, it seems that her taste can be abit particular at times which seems to tie into her trial as she asks the trainer tofind four ingredients for her. we think this might be the glittering objectin lush jungle though that only accounts for one. the japanese trailer actually shows what webelieve may be the entrance to lush jungle though we can’t locate the totems on eitherside anywhere on the map making it difficult to pinpoint this jungle.

another scene in the jungle from this portionof the trailer shows the trainer riding on a stoutland as it searches for an item. it may be that stoutland is required to completethe trial. after all, these aren’t something that canbe done with normal methods and is supposed to increase the bond between people and pokã©mon. another scene shows the player talking tomallow in a town which we believe to be the one closest to the docks on akala island. we can see the same rounded building nextto a blue-roofed building behind her. mallow seems to be greeting the trainer assoon as he got off the boat to akala island.

this could mean lush jungle is either nearthis town or on the tip of the island just south of the town. however, we next see her in a fenced-in penwith tauros and miltank, which could be the same place the trainer was riding stoutlandearlier as well as where he battled mudbray. this would put the lush jungle closer to thisfarm, the only place where we see fences like this. unless this is a scene that takes place afteryour trial with mallow. it’s hard to pinpoint for sure. before we move on, mallow also confirms thata piece of concept art that’s been floating

around for quite some time is likely true. up until this point, it hasn’t been confirmedor discredited, but it showed what could be the final evolutions of rowlet, litten, andpopplio. rowlet would be based on an archer, littenon a wrestler, and popplio on a performer. and if you look at a small sketch of litten’sfinal evolution, you can clearly see mallow sitting next to the sleeping pokã©mon. so these are likely what the starters willbecome. however, if you want to see the sketches yourself,click on the link in the description as the artwork has been targeted for takedown onmany sites.

the next trial captain we meet is lana, whospecializes in water type pokã©mon. the pokã©mon website claims that she is dedicatedto her family and is a reliable older sister who watches over her younger sisters. now while we see in her artwork that she’scarrying a fishing pole, we don’t think that will be part of her trial. during the trailer, she talks about a pokã©monwho is vigorously splashing and surmises that it must be quite fearsome. now this doesn’t indicate much on its own,but there’s a screenshot of lana with the text, ‘trial start,’ in front of her.

but more interesting is the background wherewe can see the coast and the fact that it’s raining. this ties into another screenshot where thetrainer is riding a lapras while it’s raining and the sky is dark. we can see a waterfall in the background whilea huge spray of water bursts upward. it seems like lana’s trial is to calm whateverpokã©mon this may be which is basically confirmed by the japanese trailer. in it, we see the screenshot of the trainerwith lana in the rain play out. she says that her trial is called the donof the sea, as in the boss of the sea.

the next line then says that the player mustdefeat this pokã©mon. another scene shows the trainer riding laprasin the rain near the same area as the screenshot of the bursting water. based on both these moments and others inthe japanese trailer, we think we know where lana’s trial will take place. in this scene, there is a small dock behindher and a beach on the other side. while not exact, we do think that this maybe where all of the water basins are in the northern part of akala island. the trainer is even riding lapras around thissection and we can see the small waterfall

nearby. while melemele island has its own waterfall,it is much higher than the one in this stormy scene. at any rate, lana says something about a waterlily before the scene shifts to a wider shot. she asks the trainer to join her though we’remore interested in what appears to be a map on the right. we’re not sure what the map shows though. it doesn’t seem to be based on anythingin alola as far as we can tell, and it seems reminiscent of a sign that provides historyof a local area though we can’t say this

is what it is conclusively. maybe it’s an undersea map? or perhaps it’s a map of a previous regionthough it doesn’t seem to match any of them. the third trial captain introduced is sophocles,who specializes in electric type pokã©mon. his clothes are pretty interesting right offthe bat as he’s wearing a scarf shaped like pikachu’s tail, and his shirt features aclassic game boy with a link cable. his belt is of a d-pad with the up directionhighlighted while he has figures that clip to his belt loops like electrode and pikachu. he’s surrounded by electronics, whiteboards,and machinery which likely tie into the fact

that he’s good with mechanics and probablybuilt many of those machines. but the oddest thing about him is his name. sophocles was the athenian playwright mostfamous for oedipus rex and doesn’t seem to have any connection to machines or electricityat all. the best we could find for why this name mighthave been chosen is the fact that one of his plays was called electra though that was justa character’s name. it honestly has us a bit baffled. his personality seems short and to the point,as he states that his trial will begin right there, right now.

in a short scene from the japanese trailer,he declares the mark two version of one of his inventions to switch on though we don’tsee it. another moment from a different angle hashim mention that something would no longer speak well. there aren’t really any clues to what histrial could be or even where sophocles is located making him the biggest mystery ofthe four captains. the final trial captain introduced is kiawe,who specializes in fire types. kiawe’s name is a type of tree that’sfound in hawaii and is often used for firewood and charcoal.

fittingly, he’s waiting on top of a volcanowhich places him on akala island. but here’s the intriguing thing, despitebeing a fire type expert, his star pokã©mon is stated to be marowak by the pokã©mon website. so it seems very likely that marowak and maybeeven cubone could have a new alola form that makes them a fire type. maybe it’ll be like a hawaiian fire-twirlersince it always carries its bone and would fit kiawe’s dancing theme. and besides that, every alola form pokã©monrevealed so far has been from the first generation. kiawe studies traditional dances that havebeen passed down in the alola region.

he seems to be all about dancing as he statesthat his trial will focus on the trainer’s observation. the player will see one dance and then another. thanks to a released screenshot, we see thetrial is to find the difference between the two. we’re not exactly sure how this trial couldinvolve pokã©mon other than watching them dance, but all of the trials seem quite variedso far. we see in the japanese footage that there’seven a stone circle on top of the volcano that may serve as the dancing stage.

once the player has completed a trial, theycan then challenge a special pokã©mon known as a totem pokã©mon. they are much larger than others of its species,and it emanates a special aura. the first totem pokã©mon shown is gumshooswhose aura increases its defense. it then calls in a yungoos to aid it in battle,making it a two on one fight against the player and ensuring that your pokã©mon will taketwo hits each turn turn. according to the pokã©mon website, these twoon one fights are called sos battles. every totem pokã©mon can do this, making themeven more powerful, but other pokã©mon seem to be able to do this too.

we’d imagine, based on its description,that vikavolt can use this technique, calling in a charjabug to help power its electricattacks. and considering it’s called an sos battle,we think that this call for help doesn’t happen until the opposing pokã©mon’s healthdips below half. the japanese trailer shows more of the totemgumshoos battle. it jumps from a ledge to land in front ofthe player but we can see a gold pokã©ball nearby indicating that it’s a tm. the question is whether it simply must becollected after beating gumshoos or if it’s the reward which must be reached afterward.

if it’s the latter then there may be a tmbehind every totem pokã©mon. but there’s something else behind gumshoosas it performs its flip. it seems to be an altar of some kind whichmay be where you collect your proof of defeating gumshoos. this trailer even shows another totem pokã©monbattle against the already confirmed lurantis. unfortunately, we can’t see if there’sa tm ball behind it or an altar, but it is the same type as mallow’s speciality. after all we know both lurantis and malloware based in the lush jungle. so that begs the question, who does gumshoosbelong to?

do the totem pokã©mon always match with thetrial captain or can they be different? if they are the same, then that means there’sa trial captain out there who specializes in normal pokã©mon and may be the sole captainof melemele island. our only reference to when each is foughtis the fact that both pikachu and litten are level 15 when fighting gumshoos while salanditis level 25 when battling lurantis. though difficult to pinpoint, this could meanthat mallow is the second trial captain that players will face, but we obviously can’tsay that with complete certainty. what we do know is that once every trial onan island is completed, the final challenge is against the island’s kahuna in a battlecalled the grand trial.

if the challenger succeeds in this battle,he or she will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and canmove on to the next island. in the case of melemele island, the kahunais hala. we knew this before but now we have propercontext for this role. the kahuna of an island not only governs itbut is chosen by the guardian deity pokã©mon of that island. so tapu koko chose hala as the kahuna of melemeleisland. hala is also confirmed to be hau’s grandfatherand is known to be quite skilled throughout all of alola.

we don’t actually see any of hala’s pokã©mon,but we do see that he has three on his team. considering we saw tapu koko appear in frontof hala in the previous trailer, we wonder if each kahuna uses their guardian deity pokã©monon their team. we’re not entirely sure of this theory thoughas sun & moon has made it seem like there’s only one guardian deity on each island sohow would the player catch tapu koko if hala already had it? perhaps tapu koko appears after you defeathala’s pokã©mon in order to test you itself? during the japanese trailer, there’s a scenewhere a villager announces that hala is on his way there.

in the background we can see professor kukui,lillie, and the trainer. this may take place before hala gives youyour first pokã©mon and hau arrives on the scene a little late. in fact, the more we see how the structureof sun & moon will be different to past games, the more we believe that lillie will be yourother rival who choses the pokã©mon that’s strong against your starter. she may not like to battle, but the islandchallenge isn’t all about battles unlike the gym challenge. another scene shows the three kids talkingto hala near a green fence.

this fence seems to be near the center ofthe main city of melemele island. hala is talking about how he goes to variousplaces and how encountering different people and pokã©mon is always interesting. as he’s talking, we can see a tauros walkingby in the background. do they just wander around or did hala arriveon one? finally, during the battle sequence wherehala challenges the trainer, we can see a new z-ring on his wrist under his shirt. this is the first time we’ve ever seen himwith the ring so is it possible that players will receive the z-ring after defeating hala?

well, we actually find this out very soon. but what is the z-ring? well, it’s the device that we’ve seenon the trainers’ wrists in previous trailers. within each z-ring are z-crystals that canbe set into it. and if a pokã©mon holds the same kind of z-crystal,the two crystals will resonate with each other. each crystal corresponds to each of the pokã©montypes. once this is done, powerful z-moves can beperformed during battle. z-moves are attacks of immense power thatcan only be used once per battle. it’s said that when the trainer and pokã©mon’swishes resonate together, they can unleash

their full power with the z-move and everypokã©mon is able to use these moves. however, there are two conditions to use az-move. first, a pokã©mon must learn a move of thesame type as a z-crystal and second, it must be holding the corresponding crystal. so it seems as if pokã©mon like snorlax canuse many different crystals depending on its moveset. after all, it can learn flamethrower, solarbeam, surf, and thunderbolt, giving it access to all of the z-moves shown during the trailer. there’s a lot of strategy that can be usedfor your team depending on what moves your

team knows. beyond the sun & moon games, tomy internationalis also releasing a z-ring accessory that will interact with the games by lighting upand emitting sounds when the player uses a z-move in the game. it’s mostly fluff, but a pre-order sitefor the accessory has provided more images of the z-ring where we can see that crystalscan be slotted into the ring. we only see 5 in the photo, but looking atthe ring in the trailer shows us that there are seven slots in total. one on the top and three on each side, whichmakes sense considering extra crystals are

sold in packs of three. that makes enough crystals for each pokã©monon your team. we assume that the crystal that you want touse is removed from the side slot and placed in the top slot in order to activate thatz-move. however, what’s most important here is thatthis very likely confirms the return of mega evolution. we pointed out in the previous analysis howwe could see a circular slot on the back of the z-ring which would perfectly fit a megaevolution keystone. with that, all the player would have to dois give the mega stone to the right pokã©mon.

everything has its place. it would also be up to the player to decidewhether mega evolution or a z-move works best for a particular pokã©mon. during the japanese trailer, we get a closerlook at the electric z-crystal. it resembles a lightning bolt, but as it twirlsit also can look like a stylized ‘z.’ but the more important scene comes next wherehala is actually talking about the z-ring and stating how it comes from some group knownas the princesses of pokã©mon. the mysterious bracelet is able to pull outz-power. we then see the trainer with the z-ring onhis wrist.

based on this sequence, it looks like we arecorrect in assuming that hala gives the player a z-ring after defeating him in the grandtrial. let’s move on to the z-moves themselvesthough. during the trailer, we see the full pose ofthe trainer. as many thought, he’s actually mimickinga lightning bolt in order to power-up pikachu. the z-ring then grants pikachu z-power, allowingit to unleash its electric type z-move, called gigavolt havoc. the move is incredibly powerful yet stillseems affected by the usual stats and typing. after all, the hp bar actually stops as thescene fades to white.

so z-moves are powerful, but not instant winsin all cases. however, there are a lot of unknowns in thisscene. we don’t know what pikachu’s level wascompared to the alolan sandshrew or what sandshrew’s defense or special defense was. despite all this, it’s quite obvious thata well-timed z-move could easily turn the tide of a battle. next we see the pose for the grass z-move,which has the trainer act like she’s growing like a tree. this triggers the move bloom doom and createsa flowery field before a light bursts from

under the opposing pokã©mon. this absolutely wipes out popplio, but what’sinteresting is that it’s only level 15. this once again confirms that hala gives theplayer the z-ring early on. more importantly, it looks like players willreceive at least one z-crystal quickly as well. the question is, will trainers need to huntdown each pokã©mon’s z-crystal like with the mega stones, or will they be given newones as the game progresses? continuing on, there’s the fire z-move posewhich has the trainer raise her arms like a fire before gathering it all in her handand pushing forward.

this triggers the inferno overdrive, whichsends out a huge fireball that engulfs the opposing pokã©mon in a massive explosion thateven has small explosions within. finally, there’s the water z-move pose whichmimics the ocean waves and triggers the hydro vortex attack. this submerges the enemy pokã©mon in waterbefore creating a whirlpool that slams them all around. z-moves add an interesting dynamic to pokã©monbattles, but we’re most intrigued by their name. everything starts with ‘z’ which reallypushes the connection to zygarde in alola.

do the z-ring and z-crystals draw on the powerof the zygarde cells that are hidden all over the region? or is it possible that they’re powered bysomething else? could ‘z’ have another meaning? we doubt it considering how much of a presencezygarde has had in the trailers for pokã©mon sun & moon and the xy&z anime. but that’s everything we could find in latesttrailer for pokã©mon sun & moon. as we approach the worldwide release date,more details are becoming clear and we couldn’t be more excited.

this is looking to be a very different generationof pokã©mon. but we won’t have to wait long until moreinformation is released about sun & moon as the pokã©mon company has already confirmedthat the next announcement will take place on august 12th. and you know we’ll be there with the oldanalysis machine ready to go. of course, if we missed anything let us knowin the comments. if you liked this video, be sure to subscribeto keep up with everything we do. thanks for watching and make sure to staytuned to gamexplain for more on pokã©mon and other things gaming.

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