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Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon - Z-Move Pikachu

Who says that you can’t teach an old Pokémon new tricks? The Official Pokémon Channel dropped a new trailer today for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Within it are a bunch of new details regarding the newly implemented Z-Moves. On top of that, we have new Aloha forms for several of our first generation pocket monsters.

Some Really “Cool” Pokémon Variations Are Headed Our Way

Let’s start with the Z-Moves. Much like Mega Evolutions in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Z-Moves are enabled by your trainer obtaining two key items to enable utilization of the moves. From the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon website:

“The Z-Ring fits on a Trainer’s arm, and Z-Crystals are set into it. If a Pokémon holds the same variety of Z-Crystal, the two will be able to resonate with one another. Crystals that correspond to each Pokémon type have been found in the Alola region.”

And here is the site’s definition of Z-Moves as a whole:

“A new element has been introduced into the Pokémon battles in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Z-Moves. Z-Moves are moves of great power that can only be used once per battle. When the Trainer and Pokémon’s wishes resonate with each other, and both release their full power together—the result is the explosive force of a Z-Move! All Pokémon can use Z-Moves to perform mightily in battle!”

Pokémon Sun And Pokémon Moon - Z-Move BraceletIn order to utilize a Z-Move, “a Pokémon must learn a move of the same type as a Z-Crystal, and it must be holding the corresponding Z-Crystal.” Then, just cue your trainer to perform a snazzier Z-Move initiated dance move, and you’re on your way.

In addition to the news on Z-Moves, the new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon trailer debuted the existence of Aloha forms for some of our classic Pokémon. Certain Pokémon have taken to the Hawaiian-esque environment quite well, and have developed modified version of their original selves to capitalize on it. Exeggutor can now evolved into a palm tree looking Grass/Dragon version of itself. Vulpix and Ninetails have now converted over to an Ice and Ice/Fairy type respectively. And Sandshrew and Sandslash have both evolved into Ice/Steel versions of themselves to adapt to the Aloha region. Pretty cool!

Checkout the new trailer below to see all the details for yourselves. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon release on Nintendo 3DS November 18th.

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Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.