Pokémon Sun and Moon Alola Forms and Z-Moves

It has become a vital part of Nintendo and The Pokémon Company’s marketing to release a teaser trailer every few weeks that gives Pokémon Trainers around the world a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. While many of the recent trailer have shown off new Pokémon, and not much else, the preview released earlier today highlights a few innovative additions to the franchise. You can watch this trailer below.

The first, and most exciting announcement, is the addition of Alola Forms which can be taken on by certain Pokémon. Alola Forms are even shown to change the type of some Pokémon, such as Vulpix who changes from a fire type to an ice type, and it’s evolution, Ninetails, who becomes ice-fairy type (instead of its normal fire type designation).

The trailer also highlights some new Pokémon including: Oricorio (and its many forms, seen below), Minior, Grumshoos, Fomantis and its evolution Lurantis, and Mudbray.


The new trailer also sheds more light on riding Pokémon, a mechanic that was introduced in Pokémon X and Y, but will be heavily expanded upon in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Our new young trainer will be able to ride, surf, and fly on his companion Pokémon.

Mallow - The Grass Specialist
Mallow – The Grass Specialist

Next are the Island Challenges. You will meet the Trail Captains, who each specialize in one of the primary elements (grass, water, fire, and electric). At the end of each trial, you will face off against a Totem Pokémon, which is a buffed up version of one of the island’s Pokémon with an increased size. Totem Pokémon have the unique ability to call in other Pokémon to help it in a 2-on-1 battle. Once you defeat the Totem Pokémon, you can then challenge each island’s Kahunas, which seem to act as Gym Leaders for each island. No information is given about whether or not these battles will replace the typical eight gyms you battle to earn badges.

Finally, the trailer showcases something completely new to the series: Z-Moves. These attacks are incredibly powerful, type specific attacks that are performed by having a certain Z-Crystal equipped in your trainer’s Z-ring, and then performing the corresponding elemental dance/pose. Each type will have its own Z-Move. There is also a Z-Ring toy being produced by Tomy International, and it will light up and vibrate whenever you activate a Z-Move in either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. These moves can only be used once per battle, but are useful in changing the tide, and can be utilized by any Pokémon.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are both scheduled to be released November 18th for the Nintendo 3DS.

Published by Jordan Aslett - Managing Editor

Jordan Aslett is the Managing Editor at Gamer Professionals. He loves all things video game and is especially interested in some of the deeper aspects of games such as developer strategies and why players play games they way they do. His favorite games are the Uncharted and Assassin's Creed Series, and has a special love for anything with a strong/evocative story narrative.