As promised, today The Pokémon Company confirmed a demo and more details for Pokémon Sun and Moon. Today's info drop featured information on evolutions for the Starter Pokémon, and also new online and in-game features. There's little doubt that the new generation of Pokémon is eager to push new ideas, albeit while holding onto some established features.

As always we thought we'd gather the latest information from the official website in one place, including the latest trailer. If you're trying to avoid information like this then stop reading now. Otherwise, keep going for plenty of art and details.

Enjoy!

Pokémon Sun and Moon Demo

Play the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version

Beginning October 18, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version will be available in Nintendo eShop. This is your chance to meet the Pokémon that can be found in November 18's Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon! Ash-Greninja, the Pokémon that appears with the hero Ash in the animated TV series Pokémon the Series: XYZ, will also appear in this game as a member of your team—you can adventure together!

A Poké Ball containing a Greninja from a certain someone. An adventure - separate from those in Pokémon Sun or Moon, is about to begin!
A Poké Ball containing a Greninja from a certain someone. An adventure - separate from those in Pokémon Sun or Moon, is about to begin!

Bring Ash-Greninja into Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon

You can bring this Greninja, which is able to turn into Ash-Greninja, to your full version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon (after launch) once you've completed your adventure together in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version.

Greninja's appearance is changed by the Bond phenomenon
Greninja's appearance is changed by the Bond phenomenon
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Ash-Greninja has powered up thanks to the strength of its bonds with Ash. This is the form Greninja takes when it has gained new power due to the miraculous occurrence known as the bond phenomenon. This can be brought on by the bonds between people and Pokémon. It seems that it has only known to have occurred once—several hundred years ago.

Ash-Greninja's leg strength has been enhanced compared to an ordinary Greninja, making it difficult to see because of the speed at which it can move. It takes its enemies out in a flash! It becomes able to make giant Water Shurikens on its back, and it can throw them in rapid succession.

Greninja that can become Ash-Greninja have an Ability that no Pokémon has ever had before—Battle Bond. The Battle Bond Ability triggers this Pokémon's form change to Ash-Greninja after it causes an opponent's Pokémon to faint. When the battle ends, the Pokémon returns to its original Greninja form. This form is only for battles where it needs to break the limits!

The Festival Plaza

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Join the Fun at the Festival Plaza

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, communication features such as battling and trading are all gathered together in Festival Plaza. This is a place where the festivities never stop, as Pokémon Trainers from around the world meet and mingle.

As you progress through your adventure, you'll become able to use Festival Plaza, where you can welcome other people and take requests to keep things hopping. Talk to your visitors to liven things up!

Show visitors around so they can enjoy the festival!

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Connect with Other Players

People playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon near you and players from around the world who are connected to the Internet will visit Festival Plaza, and you can enjoy playing with them using a variety of communication features, including battling and trading.

You can easily conduct battles or trades from the Festival Plaza
You can easily conduct battles or trades from the Festival Plaza
Inside the castle in the middle of Festival Plaza, you can connect to the Pokémon Global Link and change the theme of your Festival Plaza
Inside the castle in the middle of Festival Plaza, you can connect to the Pokémon Global Link and change the theme of your Festival Plaza

Shop with Festival Coins

By talking to people and listening to their requests, you can receive Festival Coins, which you can spend in Festival Plaza. There are all kinds of cool stores in Festival Plaza, such as goody shops where you can get deals on items, bouncy houses for Pokémon to train in, and dye houses where you can dye your clothes new colors.

The rank of your Festival Plaza increases based on the number of Festival Coins you gather. As its rank goes up, you'll receive rewards—and the things that you can do in Festival Plaza will also increase!

Dye clothes your favourite colours at dye houses
Dye clothes your favourite colours at dye houses
Rare items are sold at goody shops
Rare items are sold at goody shops

Tackle Missions as a Team

As your Festival Plaza's rank goes up, you'll gain the ability to host missions, where multiple players can try to complete a certain goal together. Missions can be attempted with other players you connect to via local wireless or the Internet. It also seems that global missions will sometimes be held, in which everyone playing Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon can work together to achieve a goal!

Take on missions together!
Take on missions together!
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Take on a mission with all the world's players. The scale is off the charts!
Take on a mission with all the world's players. The scale is off the charts!

Poké Pelago — A Paradise for Pokémon in PC Boxes

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In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, there's a feature known as Poké Pelago, which Pokémon that have been placed in Boxes can enjoy. Poké Pelago consists of a variety of isles where Pokémon can go exploring, play on athletic equipment, and enjoy other fun activities. If you send many Pokémon to Poké Pelago, you can develop the facilities on your isles—and develop new kinds of isles as well. As these isles are developed and increase in number, you'll be able to do things like obtain items or raise your Pokémon.

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Mega Evolution Returns in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

A select number of Pokémon were able to Mega Evolve in Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y. As long as you're in possession of the proper Mega Stone, any of these Mega-Evolving Pokemon that can be caught in the Alola region will be able to Mega Evolve in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, as well. The Mega Stones for Pokémon that appear in the Alola region may be received from people in the game or obtained from special shops.

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What Is Mega Evolution?

Mega Evolution is an Evolution that goes beyond all previous Pokémon Evolutions. Pokémon that Mega Evolve temporarily unleash the power hidden within them, tapping into a strength that would be beyond imagining in regular Evolution.

There are two conditions that must be fulfilled for Mega Evolution to occur. First, Trainers must wear a special item called a Key Stone, while Pokémon must hold a specific Mega Stone for their particular species. Second, a Trainer must have a strong bond with his or her Pokémon in order for these two items to resonate with each other.

Mega Evolution can only be triggered once per battle, and deciding which Pokémon to Mega Evolve—and when—can be crucial in deciding the outcome of a battle.

Pokémon Global Link

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Rating Battles against Trainers around the World

Rating Battles are where the Trainers of the world battle with their favored Pokémon to decide who's the strongest Trainer of all. After becoming a member of the Pokémon Global Link and registering your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game, you'll be able to use the website. There will be some changes in the battle formats and methods with the update for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Details below!

Battle Rules

The three existing sets of battle rules for Rating Battles (Single, Double, Special), will be increased to four with the addition of a new set of battle rules for the Championships Battle format.

Single

Trainers send Pokémon into battle one at a time.

Double

Trainers send Pokémon into battle two at a time.

Special

Each season, a set of special rules takes effect, allowing Trainers to experience a form of battle different from the usual Single or Double Battles.

In a special Season 1, which will begin November 18, this special format is anticipated to be a Single Battle format where you'll be able to participate with Pokémon that cannot take part under other battle rules: the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala, the Magearna that can be obtained through the QR Scanner, the Ash-Greninja obtainable through the Special Demo Version, and others!

New Rules for Championship Battles

The new fourth set of rules will allow Trainers to play year-round using the official rules set for the Pokémon World Championships, the competition that's held every year to decide the world's strongest Pokémon Trainers. You'll be able to experience the WCS2017 rules right from the start, beginning on Friday, November 18.

The main points of the Pokémon WCS 2017 rules are

  • Double Battle format is limited to Pokémon that appear in the Alola Region Pokédex (excluding some Legendary and Mythical Pokémon).
  • Use of Mega Stones is not allowed.
  • Only Pokémon that can be obtained in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon may be entered.
"Your Time" System for Rating Battles A new system being introduced to the battle time settings is "Your Time." When using this method of time accounting, players will have a maximum of 60 seconds each turn to select a move or Pokémon, and they will also each be awarded 10 minutes of "Your Time." Under these rules, if a player runs out of their 10 minutes before the battle ends, that player loses the match. This will mean matches can be decided more quickly than in the past, allowing players to enjoy thrilling battles.

Note: The exclusion of certain Legendary and Mythical Pokémon from Single and Double Battle regulations remains the same as in the past.

Note: In addition to the Pokémon obtainable in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Pokémon obtainable in Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will also become eligible to use under the regulations for Single and Double Rating Battles for a set time after the update to Pokémon Bank in January 2017.

Note: At a later date, special rules are anticipated for Rating Battles and Live Competitions that will allow the use of Pokémon brought into Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon from the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console software titles Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition.

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Global Missions Are Starting!

Global missions are limited-time events that give Trainers around the world a shared mission via Festival Plaza in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and they will be held at regular intervals. The theme of the first global mission will be "Catch a lot of Pokémon!" It's expected to go live in late November. What's it all about? Why, this mission is about catching a lot of Pokémon—regardless of their species!

The number of Pokémon needed, along with other goals to achieve, will be announced on the Pokémon Global Link immediately before the mission goes live. Keep an eye peeled for the reward you can receive for completing the mission—and remember to invite your friends to join in, too!

Note: You must register your game on the PGL to see your global mission results reflected.

Note: To help celebrate the opening of the PGL, we hope to give out a special gift to all PGL members after our first successful global mission!

Host Your Own Friendly Competitions

On the new PGL, you'll be able to compete in official Online Competitions as in the past, but now there's more! A new Friendly Competition feature has been constructed that will allow you to become a competition host yourself and host original competitions where you set the regulations. Friendly Competitions allow you to hold competitions in two different styles. Recruit your friends and enjoy climactic battles!

Online Competitions

In these Internet competitions, you'll battle other participants you've been matched with and compete for the best rating. These competitions can be open to Pokémon Trainers all around the world, or they can be set to only allow pre-approved Trainers to enter. When the number of participants exceeds a certain number, Pokémon ranking will also be calculated, just as in official Online Competitions.

Live Competitions

Live Competitions allow you to host a competition where you gather together with friends and others in the same space. The Digital Player ID that contains the regulations will be created as a QR Code, and by scanning in that QR Code, participants will be able to battle according to the competition's regulations.

Starter Pokémon Evolutions

Rowlet evolves into...

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Dartrix is extremely sensitive to other presences in the area and can detect opponents behind it and throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon conceals sharp-bladed feathers inside its wings, showing astounding precision as it sends them flying in attack. And it goes beyond propelling its blade quills in simple straight lines—it can even bend these feathers to change their trajectories!

Revealing a certain snobbiness in its personality, Dartrix cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment. In truth, it's also a bit of a birdbrain, with a tendency to bungle things up. Once it makes a mistake, it sometimes gets into a desperate struggle to gloss over the situation and ends up making a bigger mess than ever.

At times, this Pokémon feels so bothered by its dirty or ruffled feathers that it can't focus on battle. When it loses its focus, it sometimes even retires from the battle on the spot! It's up to each Trainer to help Dartrix overcome this troublesome stage. If this Pokémon is with a Trainer who helps it through, its strength will grow hugely!

Litten evolves into...

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The bell-like object attached at the base of Torracat's neck is a flame sac, an organ that can produce flames. Torracat's emotions cause a rise in the organ's temperature, and when the organ spits flames, it rings with the high, clear sound of a bell. Torracat attacks using the flames emitted from this bell.

Torracat's mane serves as an excellent sensory organ, and it can sense what's going on around it—even in the dark! It can also detect the presence of hidden enemies.

Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack so relentlessly that its opponents lose the will to fight. And yet it sometimes behaves like spoiled child in front of Trainers or Pokémon with whom it has built a relationship of trust.

The cat punch that this Pokémon can dish out with its strong forelegs is extremely powerful. It can bend iron bars and knock out large men with a single blow!

Popplio evolves into...

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Brionne learns its dances by imitating the other members of its colony. It sometimes even learns dances from humans. This Pokémon is a hard worker and pours itself into its efforts until it has memorized each dance. As it dances, Brionne creates balloon after balloon. In battle, it first sends its opponent into disarray with its dancing, and then slaps its balloons into its target, causing the balloons to explode and deal damage.

Brionne can dance in perfect time with others, even if they have only just met. On moonlit nights, you can sometimes see throngs of Brionne dancing as one, in perfect fluidity.

Brionne always acts cheery and positive. Even when it's feeling sad, this Pokémon doesn't allow its sorrow to show. It's said that Brionne will only reveal a sad expression to a Pokémon or Trainer to whom it has opened its heart completely.

[via pokemon-sunmoon.com]