It's finally time for another round of Pokemon news, and this time the Sun and Moon hype is even more real than before.
The legendary Pokemon that we've seen gracing the front of both Sun and Moon versions have been revealed as Solgaleo and Lunala. Solgaleo is an "emissary of the sun," a Psychic and Steel-type Pokemon known as "the beast that devours the sun." Conversely, Lunala is an "emissary of the moon," a Psychic/Ghost Pokemon known as "the beast that calls the moon." Solgaleo's special Full Metal Body ability ensures that a Pokemon's stats won't be lowered by the effects of an opponent's move. Lunala's Shadow Shield ability allows it to take less damage from attacks that land when it has a full HP bar.
The official stats are below:
Category: Sunne Pokémon
Weight: 507.1 lbs.
Ability: Full Metal Body
Honored as an emissary of the sun since ancient times, Solgaleo is referred to with reverence as “the beast that devours the sun.” Solgaleo’s body holds a vast amount of energy, and it shines with light when it is active. It has a flowing mane with a remarkable resemblance to the sun. Its signature move is Sunsteel Strike, an attack that charges at an opponent with the force of a meteor, disregarding the target’s Ability. 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.
Category: Moone Pokémon
Weight: 264.6 lbs.
Ability: Shadow Shield
Since ancient times, Lunala has been honored as an emissary of the moon. Referred to with reverence as “the beast that calls the moon,” Lunala is constantly absorbing light and converting it into energy. With its wings spread to absorb the surrounding light and glittering like the crescent moon, it resembles a beautiful night sky. Lunala’s signature Moongeist Beam attack releases an ominous beam of light that disregards the target’s Ability. 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.
In addition, Pokemon Sun and Moon will be taking place in the Alola region, based on Hawaii (as if it weren't obvious enough.) It centers around four tropical islands and one artifical island. Professor Kukui (yet again with the tree names!) is your Pokemon Prof this time around, with his younger assistant Lillie. Hau is a a new character as well, a friend of the protagonist who's got a big appetite.
Most importantly, the way players interact with the Pokedex and the environment around them will change up a bit. There'll be a special Pokedex this time around called the Rotom Pokedex, which acts as a "character" on its own merits, advising where to go next and giving information on the player's current location -- all using information compiled from conversations with other players.
There are also QR codes coming: a QR Scanner tool that allows players to check info about Pokemon when they scan QR codes either registered in their Pokedex or out in the real world. Players will be able to scan each other's QR codes to add information to their own Pokedexes as well.
This new wealth of Pokemon information is pretty exciting stuff, a nod toward the direction the series seems to be heading in: taking things outside and into the real world. In conjunction with Pokemon Go on the horizon and the QR codes announced for Sun and Moon, Nintendo seems to all but have cemented the seminal series as handheld-only without actually saying so. It'll be exciting to see how things play out when the games release later this year.