Pokémon has been one of the gaming industry's best-selling franchises since the release of Pokémon Red and Blue versions back in 1996. Following the series' inception over 20 years ago, the Pokémon Company and Nintendo have amassed millions of dedicated patrons worldwide. With the latest installments in the franchise – Pokémon Sun and Moon – due out this November on the Nintendo 3DS, fans are clamoring for any bit of news they can get their hands on.
Both Pokémon Sun and Moon versions were announced via YouTube last February, and reports of new features and characters have slowly begun to trickle out within the last few months. First, the three starter Pokémon were unveiled alongside the two new legendaries, which are respectively featured on the games' cover art. More recently, Nintendo's E3 live stream showcased a hefty amount of gameplay footage, which revealed some of the title's new mechanics and allies.
Fortunately enough, leaked gameplay images have recently surfaced, revealing seven brand new Pokémon. These never-before-seen creatures were the subject of rumors and speculation up until the Pokémon Company's Japanese YouTube page confirmed their existence in this officially released video (above).
As seen in the gameplay video, the seven new Pokémon are as follows (in the order in which they appear): Tapu Koko, Charjabug, Vikavolt, Drampa, Bruxish, Cutiefly, and Togedemaru. The typing for each of these new Pokémon were also provided: Tapu Koko is an electric and fairy-type, Charjabug and Vikavolt are both electric and bug-types, Drampa a dragon-type as well as a normal-type, Bruxish is a water and psychic-type, Cutiefly is a bug and fairy-type, and finally, Togedemaru is both an electric and a steel-type. In addition to the handful of new faces introduced, the gameplay trailer also revealed two new forms of the legendary Pokémon Zygrade.
The character designs of the various new Pokémon have been both praised and scrutinized by fans across the internet – especially concerning the games' three starters. It is still too early to tell just how well this new batch of creatures will fare in terms of fan support. That said, the typings for Drampa and Cutiefly are certainly unique as they are the first normal/dragon and bug/fairy-types respectively in the history of the franchise.
With both of these games arriving on store shelves this holiday season, we are sure to get even more news concerning the two titles within the coming months. If a few months simply feels like too long of a wait, the aforementioned Pokémon Red and Blue versions (alongside the fan-favorite Yellow version) are currently available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop, so you can nostalgically relive all of those classic 8-bit moments.
Update: The Pokémon Company has since released a trailer for the English version of both Sun and Moon along with more details concerning the seven brand new Pokémon. The English version of the trailer is very similar to the Japanese video that was released yesterday but with additional details accompanying an updated Pokémon roster on the company's website. Additionally, the names of these new characters for the English version of the games are now confirmed as well, and this article now reflects that confirmation.
In addition to the handful of new character details that were released in the latest trailer, two new Pokémon were also announced – Komala and Rockruff. Komala is a drowsing koala Pokémon, and Rockruff is a rock-type puppy Pokémon.
The brand new English trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon, along with additional details concerning these nine Alola natives via The Pokémon Company's website are as follows:
Name: Tapu Koko
Tapu Koko is a special Pokémon that protects the area where it lives. It’s called the guardian deity of Melemele Island, one of the islands of the Alola region. Although it’s known as a guardian deity, it’s a surprisingly fickle Pokémon, and will not necessarily come to your aid if you need help.
Charjabug stays perfectly still in preparation for Evolution, and often spends time with its body half-buried in the earth. Charjabug is able to store up electricity. It can store enough power to run a household for a whole day. The power it stores can be provided to other Pokémon, so it can also serve as a battery!
Vikavolt is like a fortress that zooms through the forest, firing a beam of electricity from its mouth. Its huge jaws control the electricity it blasts out.
Drampa are dragons that live alone in the mountains 10,000 feet above sea level. Since they can’t obtain the Berries they feed on at that range, they descend to the base of the mountains at dawn every day. Drampa love communicating with people and Pokémon.
Bruxish emits a strong psychic power from the protuberance on its head. When its opponents are bathed in this power, they’re stricken with terrible headaches and fall unconscious. As it emits its psychic power, it grinds its teeth loudly. When nearby Pokémon hear the sound of Bruxish’s teeth gnashing, they sense danger and flee immediately.
Cutiefly can detect the auras of living things, including people, Pokémon, and plants. They search out flowers by the color and brightness of their auras and then gather their nectar and pollen.
Togedemaru is the Roly-Poly Pokémon that gathers electricity and stores it. The long needle that grows from the back of its head works as a lightning rod to attract electricity. With this reservoir of electrical energy, Togedemaru is able to release powerful Electric-type attacks!
No one has ever seen a Komala awake. It eats, travels, and even battles while sound asleep! Its saliva can be used as medicine for the sick or sleepless, according to ancient people. They say if you take a small amount of the saliva remaining after it eats leaves, water the saliva down, and drink it, you’ll be able to sleep well.
Rockruff has an excellent sense of smell, and once it has smelled an odor, it doesn’t forget it! There are tales of these Pokémon getting separated from their Trainers, then using the faintest traces of their scent to track them for days until they are reunited!
Pokémon Sun and Moon are slated for release in the United States on November 18, 2016.
Source: The Pokémon Company