Pokémon Sun and Moon aren't too far away, with the dual release to be ready to rock our 3DS systems in November, and The Pokémon Company is continuing its steady reveal of new details as the weeks and months tick by.
Today's information drop is an exciting one as it reveals new ways to play the games. A new feature is Hyper Training, which will allow you to use special items to improve a pocket monster's individual strengths even after it's reached level 100. The process for doing this is outlined below.
Hyper Training is done by Mr. Hyper, a new character who can be found somewhere in the Alola region. By using Bottle Caps, a new item obtainable in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, players will be able to carry out Hyper Training on their Pokémon. The Mythical Pokémon Magearna, planned for distribution in Europe later, will be distributed with a Bottle Cap held item.
Six new Pokémon have also been revealed in detail, including the bear and ghost 'mon recently revealed in CoroCoro magazine. The press release breaks down their abilities below.
Wimpod is the Turn Tail Pokémon. This Pokémon is a cowardly scavenger which eats or stores anything that's been dropped in the sea, so it's highly valued across the Alola region as a cleaner of the sea. Wimpod has the new Ability Wimp Out, which causes this Pokémon to run away or swap out for another Pokémon when its HP drops below half in battle.
Fruit Pokémon Bounsweet gives off a delicious aroma. This aroma has a calming effect on humans, so many people across Alola let them live inside their homes as an air freshener.
Comfey, the Posy Picker Pokémon, picks flowers to carry around. Comfey uses its soothing aroma to help treat people and Pokémon at Pokémon Centers and hospitals.
Mudsdale is the Draft Horse Pokémon, possessing incredible power and endurance. Its legs are coated in protective mud, and its kick can destroy a car in a single blow. Mudsdale can have the Ability Stamina, a new Ability which raises a Pokémon's Defense by one when it's hit by an attack.
Bewear is the Strong Arm Pokémon that must never be approached carelessly. With its stout and highly developed arms and legs, Bewear loves to give crushing bear hugs which will split anything in two.
As the Disguise Pokémon, Mimikyu lives its life constantly covered by its cloth. Mimikyu's Disguise Ability allows it to escape danger from an enemy's attack one time, changing its appearance afterward.
Finally, the Pokémon Global Link is going to get shaken up to allow players to arrange their own competitions through the web portal. Users will be able to set up two types of Friendly Competititions: Online Competitions allow for web-based play with all global players or specified users, while Live Competitions are for players in the same space, with the Digital Player ID that has the competition rules being generated as a QR code for players to scan.
The bad news, though, is that when Sun and Moon arrive the Global Link will be ditching support for X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.
That's the lot for this information dump, which is also nicely summarised in the new trailer below. What do you think?