Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been launched for 3DS, and whereas the 2 video games are largely primarily based on the earlier Sun and Moon variations, they set themselves aside from final yr’s titles with a bunch of latest content material. Together with an expanded story that sheds extra mild on the mysterious Legendary Pokemon, Necrozma, the pair introduce a handful of latest options and even Pokemon to the collection.
If you happen to’ve already performed Solar or Moon and are not sure if the upcoming titles differ sufficient to warrant a return journey to Alola, we have rounded up the entire new Pokemon, strikes, and options Nintendo has introduced so far to offer you a greater concept of what is new in Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon. You may learn extra concerning the video games in our Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon review. And in case you’re not sure which model is best for you, we broke down the main differences between Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Within the unique Solar and Moon variations, Extremely Beasts are , unidentified Pokemon that traveled to the Alola area from different worlds by wormholes. Naturally, they as soon as once more play a serious position in Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon, and this time the video games introduce a few new ones to the collection.
Not less than three new Extremely Beasts seem within the titles: UB Burst, UB Assembly, and UB Adhesive. The previous two are unique to a particular model. The jester-like UB Burst solely seems in Extremely Solar and is a Hearth/Ghost-type Pokemon that learns an unique transfer known as Thoughts Blown. UB Meeting, in the meantime, is a defense-oriented Rock/Metal-type Pokemon that is unique to Extremely Moon.
The third new Extremely Beast, UB Adhesive, is a Poison-type that’s mentioned to have the ability to perceive people if it spends sufficient time amongst them. It first seems with the Ultra Recon Squad, a mysterious new group of trainers that travels to Alola by a wormhole. Which members of the Extremely Recon Squad you encounter depends on the version you’re playing.
Nightfall Mane / Daybreak Wings Necrozma
Whereas the mysterious Legendary Pokemon Necrozma appeared within the unique Solar and Moon variations, it performs a a lot bigger story position in Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon. Relying on which model you choose up, it merges with the video games’ mascot Pokemon, Solgaleo or Lunala, to show into its new Nightfall Mane and Daybreak Wings varieties, respectively.
Together with taking up a brand new look and typing, Necrozma is ready to use Solgaleo and Lunala’s signature assaults when it merges with the 2 Legendaries. Nightfall Mane Necrozma is a Psychic/Metal-type and may unleash Sunsteel Strike, whereas Daybreak Wings Necrozma is a Psychic/Ghost-type and may use Moongeist Beam. Each varieties even have the flexibility Prism Armor, which reduces the injury Necrozma takes from super-effective assaults.
Nightfall Kind Lycanroc
Relying on which model you performed, the Rock-type pet Pokemon Rockruff would evolve into considered one of two attainable varieties in Solar and Moon; within the former recreation, Rockruff would develop into Noon Kind Lycanroc, whereas within the latter it will evolve into Midnight Kind Lycanroc. Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon introduce a 3rd attainable variant, this one known as Dusk Form Lycanroc.
Like its identify implies, Nightfall Kind Lycanroc is a cross between its Noon and Midnight varieties. It has an orange and white coat and may be taught each varieties’ signature assaults, Accelerock and Counter. It additionally comes with a special means, Robust Claws, which will increase the ability of assaults that make direct contact with an opponent. Nightfall Kind Lycanroc is unique to Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon, and thus far, the one strategy to get hold of one is to buy both recreation by January 10; do this and you will obtain a special Rockruff that evolves into Dusk Form Lycanroc as a free present.
Workforce Rainbow Rocket
Along with the Extremely Recon Squad, Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon introduce one other new villainous group called Team Rainbow Rocket. Nintendo hasn’t revealed many particulars concerning the staff, however we all know it’s led by Workforce Rocket boss Giovanni and is made up of the leaders from each earlier enemy staff, together with Archie and Maxie (Workforce Aqua/Magma from Ruby/Sapphire), Cyrus (Workforce Galactic from Diamond/Pearl), Ghetsis (Workforce Plasma from Black/White), and Lysandre (Workforce Flare from X/Y).
Extremely Wormholes have been an essential story component in Solar and Moon, permitting the Extremely Beasts to reach to Alola from different worlds. In Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon, you may truly be capable of travel through these wormholes atop either Solgaleo or Lunala and go to the worlds the Extremely Beasts come from. You may additionally be capable of encounter different Pokemon by touring by Extremely Wormholes, together with earlier Legendaries resembling Mewtwo and Ho-Oh, neither of which appeared within the unique Solar and Moon variations.
Past encountering Legendary Pokemon, you may additionally use Extremely Wormholes to journey to a brand new space referred to as Extremely Megalopolis. Nintendo hasn’t revealed many particulars concerning the mysterious metropolis, however it has been described as “a world that has had its mild stolen by Necrozma” and can undoubtedly play an essential position within the video games’ story.
Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon introduce a number of new areas to the Alola area, as properly, considered one of which is a brand new battle facility known as the Battle Company. As within the Battle Tree, gamers can participate in a collection of three-on-three Pokemon battles towards a gauntlet of AI opponents; nonetheless, you may solely take rental Pokemon into battle. The number of Pokemon you may lease on the Battle Company will increase the extra you employ the video games’ communications options with different gamers.
The reward for profitable battles within the Battle Tree and at different amenities throughout Alola is Battle Factors, or BP, which will be spent on a spread of uncommon, aggressive battling objects like Mega Stones. In Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon, you may additionally be capable of spend your BP on new strikes in your Pokemon, together with some that they can not usually be taught by leveling up or with TMs.
The Rotom Dex performs an expanded position in Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon. Within the new video games, you’ll kind a bond along with your Rotom Dex the extra you work together with it, which in flip will have an effect on its character. If you happen to develop a powerful sufficient bond along with your Rotom Dex, you may unlock its personal distinctive Z-Energy, which lets you use a second Z-Transfer throughout battle.
Your Rotom Dex additionally has a brand new function known as Roto Loto, a slot machine-style mini-game you could play at any time to get new objects. The objects can have quite a lot of totally different results; some enhance the quantity of expertise or cash you earn for a time period, whereas one other briefly decreases the period of time it takes for Pokemon eggs.
Mega Evolution was one of the notable options launched in Pokemon X and Y, however in Solar and Moon, it was largely changed with Z-Strikes. Firstly of your journey, you are given a Z-Ring, a particular bracelet that permits your Pokemon to carry out these ultra-powerful strikes as soon as per battle when it’s outfitted with a selected Z-Crystal.
Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon broaden on this by introducing a handful of latest Z-Strikes to the combo, a lot of that are unique to a selected Pokemon. Within the new video games, the Pikachu lookalike Mimikyu can use a brand new Z-Transfer known as Let’s Snuggle Forever when it is outfitted with Mimikium Z. All three types of Lycanroc can even use an unique Z-Transfer, Splintered Stormshards, whereas the Combating/Dragon-type Kommo-o will get its personal signature Z-Transfer known as Clangorous Soulblaze.
The Legendary cowl Pokemon Solgaleo and Lunala get their own exclusive Z-Moves in Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon, as properly, which may also be utilized by Necrozma when it takes on its two new varieties. Solgaleo and Nightfall Mane Necrozma can use the Metal-type assault Searing Sunraze Smash when outfitted with Solganium Z; Lunala and Daybreak Wings Necrozma can unleash the Ghost-type Z-Transfer Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom once they maintain Lunalium Z.
Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon introduce a brand new mini-game known as Mantine Surf. While you summon Mantine, you should use it to manually surf between the totally different islands of the Alola area. You can too carry out quite a lot of methods whereas browsing, which is able to enhance your excessive rating and reward you with BP.
Like final yr’s video games, Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon eschew conventional gymnasium battles for island trials–different challenges that culminate in a battle towards a Totem Pokemon. What units these monsters aside from common Pokemon is their dimension; Totem Pokemon are a lot bigger than regular ones and are surrounded by an aura that enhances their stats.
This time round, you’ll add your individual Totem-sized Pokemon to your staff due to new Totem Stickers. These collectibles are hidden all through all the Alola area, and you’ll get your individual large Pokemon relying on what number of Stickers you gather. A few of the Totem-sized Pokemon are unique to a particular model; Extremely Solar gamers, as an illustration, can get a large Lurantis, whereas these with Extremely Moon can get a Totem-sized Salazzle.