Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon launch for 3DS very quickly, on November 17, and whereas the 2 video games are largely based mostly on the earlier Sun and Moon variations, they set themselves aside from final yr’s titles with a bunch of latest content material. Along with an expanded story that sheds extra mild on the mysterious Legendary Pokemon, Necrozma, the pair introduce a handful of latest options and even Pokemon to the collection.
If you have already performed Sun or Moon and are not sure if the upcoming titles differ sufficient to warrant a return journey to Alola, we have rounded up the entire new Pokemon, strikes, and options Nintendo has introduced to this point to provide you a greater thought of what is new in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. You can learn extra concerning the video games in our Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon evaluate. And for those who’re not sure which model is best for you, we broke down the main variations between Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
In the unique Sun and Moon variations, Ultra Beasts are , unidentified Pokemon that traveled to the Alola area from different worlds via wormholes. Naturally, they as soon as once more play a serious position in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and this time the video games introduce a few new ones to the collection.
At least three new Ultra Beasts seem within the titles: UB Burst, UB Assembly, and UB Adhesive. The former two are unique to a selected model. The jester-like UB Burst solely seems in Ultra Sun and is a Fire/Ghost-type Pokemon that learns an unique transfer referred to as Mind Blown. UB Assembly, in the meantime, is a defense-oriented Rock/Steel-type Pokemon that is unique to Ultra Moon.
The third new Ultra Beast, UB Adhesive, is a Poison-type that’s mentioned to have the ability to perceive people if it spends sufficient time amongst them. It first seems with the Ultra Recon Squad, a mysterious new group of trainers that travels to Alola via a wormhole. Which members of the Ultra Recon Squad you encounter is dependent upon the model you are enjoying.
Dusk Mane / Dawn Wings Necrozma
While the mysterious Legendary Pokemon Necrozma appeared within the unique Sun and Moon variations, it performs a a lot bigger story position in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Depending on which model you choose up, it merges with the video games’ mascot Pokemon, Solgaleo or Lunala, to show into its new Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings varieties, respectively.
Along with taking over a brand new look and typing, Necrozma is ready to use Solgaleo and Lunala’s signature badaults when it merges with the 2 Legendaries. Dusk Mane Necrozma is a Psychic/Steel-type and might unleash Sunsteel Strike, whereas Dawn Wings Necrozma is a Psychic/Ghost-type and might use Moongeist Beam. Both varieties even have the power Prism Armor, which reduces the harm Necrozma takes from super-effective badaults.
Dusk Form Lycanroc
Depending on which model you performed, the Rock-type pet Pokemon Rockruff would evolve into one in all two attainable varieties in Sun and Moon; within the former sport, Rockruff would change into Midday Form Lycanroc, whereas within the latter it could evolve into Midnight Form Lycanroc. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a 3rd attainable variant, this one referred to as Dusk Form Lycanroc.
Like its identify implies, Dusk Form Lycanroc is a cross between its Midday and Midnight varieties. It has an orange and white coat and might study each varieties’ signature badaults, Accelerock and Counter. It additionally comes with a distinct potential, Tough Claws, which will increase the ability of badaults that make direct contact with an opponent. Dusk Form Lycanroc is unique to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and thus far, the one approach to get hold of one is to buy both sport by January 10; do this and you may obtain a particular Rockruff that evolves into Dusk Form Lycanroc as a free present.
Team Rainbow Rocket
In addition to the Ultra Recon Squad, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce one other new villainous group referred to as Team Rainbow Rocket. Nintendo hasn’t revealed many particulars concerning the workforce, however we all know it’s led by Team Rocket boss Giovanni and is made up of the leaders from each earlier enemy workforce, together with Archie and Maxie (Team Aqua/Magma from Ruby/Sapphire), Cyrus (Team Galactic from Diamond/Pearl), Ghetsis (Team Plasma from Black/White), and Lysandre (Team Flare from X/Y).
Ultra Wormholes had been an vital story component in Sun and Moon, permitting the Ultra Beasts to reach to Alola from different worlds. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you may really be capable of journey via these wormholes atop both Solgaleo or Lunala and go to the worlds the Ultra Beasts come from. You’ll additionally be capable of encounter different Pokemon by touring via Ultra Wormholes, together with earlier Legendaries corresponding to Mewtwo and Ho-Oh, neither of which appeared within the unique Sun and Moon variations.
Beyond encountering Legendary Pokemon, you may additionally use Ultra Wormholes to journey to a brand new space often called Ultra Megalopolis. Nintendo hasn’t revealed many particulars concerning the mysterious metropolis, but it surely has been described as “a world that has had its light stolen by Necrozma” and can undoubtedly play an vital position within the video games’ story.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a number of new areas to the Alola area, as effectively, one in all which is a brand new battle facility referred to as the Battle Agency. As within the Battle Tree, gamers can participate in a collection of three-on-three Pokemon battles towards a gauntlet of AI opponents; nevertheless, you’ll be able to solely take rental Pokemon into battle. The number of Pokemon you’ll be able to hire on the Battle Agency will increase the extra you employ the video games’ communications options with different gamers.
The reward for successful battles within the Battle Tree and at different amenities throughout Alola is Battle Points, or BP, which might be spent on a spread of uncommon, aggressive battling gadgets like Mega Stones. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you may additionally be capable of spend your BP on new strikes to your Pokemon, together with some that they can’t usually study via leveling up or with TMs.
The Rotom Dex performs an expanded position in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. In the brand new video games, you’ll type a bond along with your Rotom Dex the extra you work together with it, which in flip will have an effect on its character. If you develop a robust sufficient bond along with your Rotom Dex, you may unlock its personal distinctive Z-Power, which lets you use a second Z-Move throughout battle.
Your Rotom Dex additionally has a brand new function referred to as Roto Loto, a slot machine-style mini-game that you could play at any time to get new gadgets. The gadgets can have a wide range of completely different results; some enhance the quantity of expertise or cash you earn for a time period, whereas one other briefly decreases the period of time it takes for Pokemon eggs.
Mega Evolution was one of the vital notable options launched in Pokemon X and Y, however in Sun and Moon, it was largely changed with Z-Moves. At the beginning of your journey, you are given a Z-Ring, a particular bracelet that enables your Pokemon to carry out these ultra-powerful strikes as soon as per battle when it’s geared up with a selected Z-Crystal.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon broaden on this by introducing a handful of latest Z-Moves to the combo, a lot of that are unique to a selected Pokemon. In the brand new video games, the Pikachu lookalike Mimikyu can use a brand new Z-Move referred to as Let’s Snuggle Forever when it is geared up with Mimikium Z. All three types of Lycanroc can even use an unique Z-Move, Splintered Stormshards, whereas the Fighting/Dragon-type Kommo-o will get its personal signature Z-Move referred to as Clangorous Soulblaze.
The Legendary cowl Pokemon Solgaleo and Lunala get their very own unique Z-Moves in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as effectively, which can be utilized by Necrozma when it takes on its two new varieties. Solgaleo and Dusk Mane Necrozma can use the Steel-type badault Searing Sunraze Smash when geared up with Solganium Z; Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma can unleash the Ghost-type Z-Move Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom after they maintain Lunalium Z.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a brand new mini-game referred to as Mantine Surf. When you summon Mantine, you should utilize it to manually surf between the completely different islands of the Alola area. You can even carry out a wide range of methods whereas browsing, which is able to enhance your excessive rating and reward you with BP.
Like final yr’s video games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon eschew conventional health club battles for island trials–different challenges that culminate in a battle towards a Totem Pokemon. What units these monsters aside from common Pokemon is their measurement; Totem Pokemon are a lot bigger than regular ones and are surrounded by an aura that enhances their stats.
This time round, you’ll add your personal Totem-sized Pokemon to your workforce due to new Totem Stickers. These collectibles are hidden all through your entire Alola area, and you’ll get your personal large Pokemon relying on what number of Stickers you acquire. Some of the Totem-sized Pokemon are unique to a selected model; Ultra Sun gamers, as an illustration, can get a large Lurantis, whereas these with Ultra Moon can get a Totem-sized Salazzle.