The Pokémon Company revealed a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon this morning which contained a ton of new information on the upcoming games—and in a new update to the games’ official website, we learned about a change to the Pokémon formula called the “Island Challenge,” which appears to replace the Pokémon League from previous generations.
The Island Challenge is a series of trials that take place on all of the islands in the Alola region, and the trials seem to replace traditional Pokémon Gyms. There are multiple trials on each island, and there are many forms of trials like battling, finding items or completing tests of knowledge.
The trials on each island are led by a Trial Captain, an important figure who specializes in a specific type and who has previously completed their island’s trials. The four Trial Captains are Lana, a young girl with blue hair who specializes in Water-type Pokémon; Mallow, a girl with green hair and overalls who specializes in Grass-type Pokémon; Sophocles, an orange-haired boy with a Game Boy shirt who specializes in Electric-type Pokémon; and Kiawe, a guy with fiery red and brown hair who specializes in Fire-type Pokémon. You can check them out for yourself in the gallery below.
Each trial ends with a battle against a Totem Pokémon; Totem Pokémon are much larger than other Pokémon of the same species, and their body is enveloped with a special aura. Totem Pokémon can also summon ally Pokémon to aid them in battle, and the website hints that Pokémon other than Totems might have this ability as well.
The final trial on each island is called the Grand Trial, which is a battle against the island’s Kahuna; those who defeat an island’s Kahuna have officially completed the island’s trials and can move on to the next island in the Alola region.
The Kahuna of the game’s first island, Melemele Island, is Hala, the mysterious trainer who gives you your first Pokémon. He is the grandfather of Hau, the friendly trainer you meet at the start, and “expects great things from you.”
Pokémon Sun and Moon launch worldwide on November 18th for Nintendo 3DS. If you’re already sure you want to explore the Pokémon-filled world of Alola, Amazon lets you preorder Pokémon Sun right here and Pokémon Moon right here. You can also preorder the games’ official strategy guide and its hardcover collector’s edition at the respective links.
What do you think of the new Island Challenge system? Are you excited to see a change of pace from the Pokémon League? Let us know and join in the discussion in the comments below!