Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be arriving at the end of this week! For those of you who have not yet decided which version(s) or starter(s) you will be getting, do not fret here is a quick guide to help you make your decision so you can jump right in when the game releases this Friday, November 18th!
For those who are currently video challenged you can check out a list of the confirmed version exclusive Pokémon below with their types, and special moves and/or abilities.
(Note: There are other version exclusives that have been leaked, but for the purpose of making a quick and accurate guide I will just be posting the ones officially revealed.)
Solgaleo Type: Psychic/Steel
The legendary Pokémon serving as the mascot for Pokémon Sun.
Solgaleo’s Ability is Full Metal Body, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Full Metal Body Ability, a Pokémon’s stats will not be lowered by the effects of an opponent’s moves or Ability.
Lunala Type: Psychic/Ghost
The legendary Pokémon serving as the mascot for Pokémon Moon.
Lunala’s Ability is Shadow Shield, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Shadow Shield Ability, a Pokémon will take less damage from an attack that lands when the Pokémon has full HP.
Passimian Type: Fighting
Exclusive to Pokémon Sun.
Oranguru Type: Normal/Psychic
Exclusive to Pokémon Moon.
Lycanroc -Midday Form- Type: Rock
An exclusive Rockruff evolution to Pokémon Sun.
Lycanroc -Midnight Form- Type: Rock
An exclusive Rockruff evolution to Pokémon Moon.
While the difference between versions is mostly version exclusive Pokémon there are some gameplay differences.
The games' day/night cycle will be different depending on which version you are playing. Sun's cycle will be concurrent with the 3DS's set time while Moon's will be shifted ahead twelve hours resulting in the in the game's world appearing at night time during real life daylight hours (providing your 3DS's internal clock is set to match time in the real world).
The other difference will be the Totem Pokémon the player will face at the end of each "Island Challenge." An Island Challenge is a trial the player must face as opposed to gyms, and the Totem Pokémon are the select Pokémon the player fights at the end of each challenge.
Starter Pokémon: Final Evolutions
Each of the Alola starters have two types once they reach their final evolutions and each has a unique "Z-move", super moves that can only be used once per battle, new to Sun and Moon.
Rowlet (first evolution) and Dartrix (second evolution) are both Grass/Flying making it the only Alola starter that takes on two types for each stage of evolution.
Litten (first evolution) and Torracat (second evolution) are both strictly Fire type.
Darkest Lariat is a Dark-type physical move that only Incineroar can learn, and it allows Incineroar to deal damage while ignoring the effects of any stat changes that the target might otherwise be affected by.
Popplio (first evolution) and Brionne (second evolution) and both Water type Pokémon.
The quest to #CatchEmAll will be a little easier when the Pokémon Bank gains functionality with the new games via a new update set for release in January 2017. The Pokémon Bank will continue to allow players to transfer Pokémon from previous games into Sun and Moon but once transferred those Pokémon will no longer be compatible with previous games.
Those who wish to acquire all three of the Alola starters will either have to start a new game and move their new starters to the Pokémon Bank or wait it out till January to start playing the new game. But as always trade among players is another possibility.
While this may sound great Pokémon Bank requires a $5 annual subscription, not much, but if gamers fail to renew the subscription within a set grace period, all stored Pokémon will be deleted so choose wisely.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launch worldwide this Friday.