As promised, The Pokémon Company has dropped another batch of Pokémon Sun & Moon news in our laps today with a new trailer. Our latest look at the upcoming 3DS exclusives reveals version-exclusive Pokémon (as well as version-specific evolutions) for both Sun and Moon, two special new Z-Moves, and a variety of new and revamped features. Let’s dig in!

Passimian, the “Teamwork Pokémon,” is a Fighting type that’s exclusive to Pokémon Sun. Passimian live in troops of 20 to 30 individuals, all following a leader and working together to hunt for food. Strong leadership is important to them, and they won’t listen to a weak trainer. Passimian comes with a new ability called “Receiver” that lets it inherit the ability of a fallen ally.

Oranguru, the “Sage Pokémon,” is a Psychic/Normal type that’s exclusive to Pokémon Moon. It prefers a life of solidarity, often mediating, but it also provides medicine and food to injured and hungry Pokémon. Oranguru have been mistaken for forest-dwelling humans in the past, and they can use items that normally only humans can. This includes (rumor has it) Poké Balls. Oranguru can have Inner Focus or Telepathy as its ability, and it has an exclusive move called Instinct that can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately.

The new trailer also clarified how Rockruff’s evolution works. As it turns out, it can only evolve into Lycanroc’s Midday Form in Sun and its Midnight Form in Moon. The former can have Sand Rush as an ability while the latter can have Vital Spirit. Both can also have Keen Eye as their ability.

More extensive customization features were revealed for Sun & Moon in the latest trailer, including the ability to customize hair length and color, clothing, as well as contact lens color. Another revamped feature is Pokémon Refresh. This replaces Pokémon-Aime and also serves a post-battle purpose: grooming your Pokémon with Pokémon Refresh can cure status ailments, such as poison. Building a bond of trust with your Pokémon can even help them evade attacks in battle or hang on when they’re on the verge of fainting.

Finally, Pokémon-exclusive Z-Moves were unveiled in the new trailer. Pikachu can learn an exclusive Z-Move called “Catastropika” that unleashes a devastating attack. Meanwhile, Eevee’s “Extreme Evoboost” summons all of its evolved forms to lend their strength to Eevee, raising all of its battle stats by two stages.

Source: The Pokémon Company

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