Today's new video brought a (probably) final piece to the Starter puzzle, perhaps helping some to finalise their choice. It was the Z-Moves that were shown off, and we also saw more Ultra Beasts and Pokémon; in addition there are early distribution details and some handy information on Battle options also available.
As always we've picked up details and lovely art from the official website, so let's get to it.
Starter Z-Moves and Key Details
The Power of Z-Moves Revealed!
Z-Moves are special moves that a Pokémon can use when it's holding a Z-Crystal that corresponds to its move's type, but their effects seem to vary greatly depending on whether they're based on attack moves or status moves.
Z-Move Attack Details
Z-Moves based on attack moves have far greater power than usual moves, but how powerful they will be does seem to depend on the power of the original move that a Z-Move is based on. Since Z-Moves are full-powered attacks, they also seem to be impossible to fully ward off with moves like Protect and Detect—they will still do damage.
Z-Move Status Move Details
When you pour your Z-Power into a status move, it will be powered up into a status move with new effects added to it. These effects seem to come in many varieties, so some may raise your own Pokémon's stats, while others may heal the next Pokémon to switch in, for example.
Evolved Starter Z-Moves
New Ultra Beasts
Lots of Ways to Battle With Friends
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Communication Features
There are four formats of Link Battles you can participate in from your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game:
- Quick Link (Local Wireless)
- Link Battles in Festival Plaza (Local Wireless / Internet)
- Battle Spot—Free Battle (Internet)
- Battle Spot—Rating Battle (Internet)
Some battle methods are restricted from use depending on the format. Single and Double Battles are permitted in any of the formats. Multi Battles are permitted only in Link Battles in Festival Plaza. You can play in the Battle Format via Link Battles in Festival Plaza and in Battle Spot-Free Battle.
Transmission of Regulation Data
There are plans to distribute regulation data as needed so that players can experience different regulations together with their friends or other players in Festival Plaza, even outside of competitions. Notifications regarding which regulations are currently available will be provided at the Pokémon Global Link.
Get an Amazing Trio of Pokémon for Your Team
Add Greninja to Your Team
Befriend Greninja in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version, and then receive it via Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.
After you've played the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version and have obtained one of the full games, you'll be able to send Greninja to Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon by talking to Professor Kukui in a Pokémon Center.
Get Magearna on Your Team
Get the Mythical Pokémon Magearna at a certain point in the game by scanning a QR Code using the QR Scanner in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. After scanning the QR Code, you'll be able to get Magearna on your team by visiting the antique shop in Hau'oli City shopping mall.
Check back for details on where you can find the QR Code.
Get Munchlax on Your Team
Obtain the early-purchase gift of a Munchlax that evolves into Pulverizing Snorlax and Snorlium Z via the Internet as a Mystery Gift.
Purchase Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon and get Munchlax that evolves into Pulverizing Snorlax!
As a special bonus for early purchase of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, you can receive a gift—Munchlax that evolves into Pulverizing Snorlax!
Those who purchase Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon by Wednesday, January 11, 2017, are eligible to receive an early purchase bonus via their Internet connection—a Munchlax that evolves into Pulverizing Snorlax!
A special item called Snorlium Z will be available in your game after you receive Munchlax. By evolving Munchlax into Snorlax and having it hold the Snorlium Z, Snorlax becomes able to use a special Z-Move—Pulverizing Pancake.
Z-Moves are special Pokémon moves that are used in the Alola region. Trainers send a natural power called Z-Power to their Pokémon to power up their Pokémon moves. Because it requires all the combined power of the Pokémon and its Trainer, a Z-Move can only be used once per battle. However, Z-Moves are considerably more powerful than any previously known Pokémon moves.
The distribution ends January 11, so don't delay!
Munchlax—the big eater that swallows food whole without chewing
Munchlax wolfs down its weight in food once a day, gulping down its food with practically no chewing.
It hides food under the hair on its body. But it forgets about it...
If your friendship with it is high enough when it levels up, it will evolve into Snorlax.
This special Munchlax will know the move Hold Back, which it could not normally learn. Hold Back is an attack move that leaves its opponent with just 1 HP. It can reliably weaken an opposing Pokémon, so it's useful when you're trying to catch wild Pokémon. Battle with Munchlax a lot and catch lots of Pokémon!
The Munchlax being gifted will know the move Happy Hour, which it could not normally learn. When you use Happy Hour during a Trainer battle, you will receive twice as much prize money after the battle. Collect lots of prize money to give yourself an advantage on your adventure!
Diglett in the Alola region live near volcanic areas, so they have few places to hide themselves away. Their tunneling activity plows the land, creating cultivated soil that's great for agriculture. Because of this, many people in the Alola region are grateful for the presence of Diglett.
The hairlike growths sprouting from Diglett's head are metallic whiskers. It's said they developed these stiff yet flexible whiskers in order to survive in the hostile volcanic environment. The whiskers provide a sensory function, enabling Alolan Diglett to scan the surrounding area without exposing their faces aboveground.
Their current emotional state is revealed by their whiskers. When their whiskers stand straight up, they're angry. Whiskers that wave are a sign that the Pokémon is on alert. When they swing their whiskers around, they're in a good mood, and when their whiskers droop, they're feeling lonely or downhearted.
Alolan Diglett can have the Tangling Hair Ability, which is a new Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With the Tangling Hair Ability, opponents that hit Alolan Diglett with a move that makes direct contact will have their Speed lowered by 1.
In the Alola region, Dugtrio is revered as an incarnation of the god of the land, and it's treated with great importance. This is why the people of Alola fall to their knees and bow deeply whenever they come across an Alolan Dugtrio that has poked its faces out of its burrow.
Alolan Dugtrio's whiskers shine with a brilliance akin to golden hair. The whiskers are flexible, just like Diglett's, but hard and strong. They continue to grow throughout an Alolan Dugtrio's life, although at a very slow rate. Removing Alolan Dugtrio whiskers from the Alola region is prohibited. It's said that those who take them receive divine punishment. Every year, many tourists come back, apparently to return whiskers they had taken.
There is a superstitious belief that many Alolan Dugtrio come out of their holes on a day when a volcano will erupt. Older residents of Alola will flee immediately at the sight. It's thought that Alolan Dugtrio, which live beneath the ground's surface, detect movements in the ground that indicate an impending eruption and are so alarmed that they come aboveground.