Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon has been launched for 3DS, and whereas the 2 video games are largely based mostly on the earlier Sun and Moon variations, they set themselves aside from final 12 months’s titles with a bunch of recent content material. Along with an expanded story that sheds extra mild on the mysterious Legendary Pokemon, Necrozma, the pair introduce a handful of recent options and even Pokemon to the collection.
If you’ve got already performed Sun or Moon and are uncertain 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 overview. And in case you’re uncertain 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 by means of wormholes. Naturally, they as soon as once more play a significant 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 stated 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 by means of a wormhole. Which members of the Ultra Recon Squad you encounter will depend on the model you are taking part in.
Dusk Mane / Dawn Wings Necrozma
While the mysterious Legendary Pokemon Necrozma appeared within the authentic 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 types, respectively.
Along with taking up 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 may unleash Sunsteel Strike, whereas Dawn Wings Necrozma is a Psychic/Ghost-type and may use Moongeist Beam. Both types even have the power Prism Armor, which reduces the injury Necrozma takes from super-effective badaults.
Dusk Form Lycanroc
Depending on which model you performed, the Rock-type pet Pokemon Rockruff would evolve into certainly one of two doable types in Sun and Moon; within the former recreation, Rockruff would develop into Midday Form Lycanroc, whereas within the latter it will evolve into Midnight Form Lycanroc. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a 3rd doable variant, this one referred to as Dusk Form Lycanroc.
Like its identify implies, Dusk Form Lycanroc is a cross between its Midday and Midnight types. It has an orange and white coat and may be taught each types’ signature badaults, Accelerock and Counter. It additionally comes with a special capability, 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 to date, the one method to receive one is to buy both recreation by January 10; do this and you will 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 group, however we all know it’s led by Team Rocket boss Giovanni and is made up of the leaders from each earlier enemy group, 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 essential story ingredient 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 to journey by means of these wormholes atop both Solgaleo or Lunala and go to the worlds the Ultra Beasts come from. You’ll additionally be capable to encounter different Pokemon by touring by means of Ultra Wormholes, together with earlier Legendaries akin to Mewtwo and Ho-Oh, neither of which appeared within the authentic 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, however it has been described as “a world that has had its light stolen by Necrozma” and can undoubtedly play an essential position within the video games’ story.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a number of new areas to the Alola area, as properly, certainly one of 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 in opposition to 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 lease 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 may be spent on a spread of uncommon, aggressive battling objects like Mega Stones. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you may additionally be capable to spend your BP on new strikes to your Pokemon, together with some that they can’t usually be taught by means of 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 can type a bond together with your Rotom Dex the extra you work together with it, which in flip will have an effect on its persona. If you develop a robust sufficient bond together 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 characteristic referred to as Roto Loto, a slot machine-style mini-game that you could play at any time to get new objects. The objects can have quite a lot of completely different results; some improve the quantity of expertise or cash you earn for a time period, whereas one other quickly 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 outfitted with a selected Z-Crystal.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon increase on this by introducing a handful of recent 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 outfitted with Mimikium Z. All three types of Lycanroc may also 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 properly, which will also be utilized by Necrozma when it takes on its two new types. Solgaleo and Dusk Mane Necrozma can use the Steel-type badault Searing Sunraze Smash when outfitted with Solganium Z; Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma can unleash the Ghost-type Z-Move Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom once 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 use it to manually surf between the completely different islands of the Alola area. You may also carry out quite a lot of tips whereas browsing, which can improve your excessive rating and reward you with BP.
Like final 12 months’s video games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon eschew conventional gymnasium battles for island trials–different challenges that culminate in a battle in opposition to 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 reinforces their stats.
This time round, you can add your personal Totem-sized Pokemon to your group due to new Totem Stickers. These collectibles are hidden all through all the Alola area, and you can get your personal big 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 example, can get an enormous Lurantis, whereas these with Ultra Moon can get a Totem-sized Salazzle.