A new trailer dropped this morning for Pokémon Sun and Moon, and as always, it contained a lot of new information about the upcoming titles. Alongside revealing the Starter evolutions, new areas, and the return of Mega Evolutions, the trailer capped off with the confirmation that a demo for the games is coming on October 18th. Not only that, but this demo will let you fight alongside a very special Pokémon that fans (especially fans of the anime) have been theorizing might appear in Sun and Moon: Ash-Greninja!

The details on the demo are relatively few right now, but it looks like it will give you access to this special Greninja, one which holds the unique Ability of “Battle Bond” and which you can later transfer into your Sun/Moon game. Its Battle Bond Ability allows it to change into its Ash-Greninja form after defeating an opponent’s Pokémon, giving it several boosts for the remainder of the fight. After the battle ends, it returns to its regular Greninja form, just like a Mega Evolved Pokémon would.

Pokémon‘s official website describes Ash-Greninja further, saying that its “leg strength has been enhanced compared to an ordinary Greninja, making it difficult to see because of the speed at which it can move.” Interestingly, it also specifies that Greninja obtained this form “thanks to the strength of its bonds with Ash“—does this mean that the anime’s protagonist will somehow play a role in the demo, or in Sun and Moon itself? Only time will tell on that front, but fortunately we only need wait two weeks for the demo to hit.

Will you be grabbing this demo when it comes out on the 18th? How do you feel about Ash-Greninja’s inclusion in Sun/Moon‘s demo, and do you think Ash will/should appear as well? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Official Pokémon Website

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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