New Trailer and Details for Dusk Form Lycanroc in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The Pokemon Company has shared a new trailer and some new details for the recently announced “Dusk Form Lycanroc” coming in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer showcasing the Pokemon’s new form, which is coming exclusively in the mid-sequel titles.

Here are some new details:


Dusk Form Lycanroc

Type: Rock

Ability: Tough Claws

Dusk Form Lycanroc features characteristics of both Lycanroc Midday Form and Lycanroc Midnight Form. It stands on all fours and has behavioral traits similar to Midday Form, but when it attacks, its eyes glow red, much like Midnight Form. Dusk Form Lycanroc has a tranquil demeanor and always remains calm. This Pokémon is obedient towards a Trainer that it trusts. It has an intense fighting spirit, and as a result, prefers to do combat at close quarters.

Rockruff caught through normal gameplay cannot evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc. A unique Rockruff that can evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc will be wirelessly distributed via Nintendo Network as a special early purchase bonus for owners of Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon. Players will be able to receive their Rockruff from the games’ launch on  November 17 until   January 10 2018. More details are planned to be announced later this year.


Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are launching worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS on November 17th. A completely new Pokemon game is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch – you can read more about that here.

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  • Just Some Guy

    Holy fuck, treating this form like some super special entity is beyond retarded. Sad because I actually liked this Pokémon.

  • Maria Maasaa

    So it says that Rockruffs ‘caught’ can’t become this form. Does this mean people can breed the one they get to give them out?

  • Zombie_Barioth

    If its an ability I would think so, but then it could just as well be a hold item.

    If it has a new ability though I would imagine that Rockruff will too, that would be the simplest way for the game to know which form it should become. How they’d sort it out with it’s existing ones I have no clue.

  • Maria Maasaa

    It’s possible it’s just needs the HA. Unless they will be coming up with some no evo idea for it.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I know, it already has 3 though. One of them would have to change is what I mean.

    True, they could have it evolve another way, but it would have to be a way normal Rockruff can’t do.

    That pretty much leaves ability or item, plus a possible 2nd condition like only evolving at dusk to fit with the other forms.

  • Maria Maasaa

    Not at all. Rockruff’s HA changes between the two forms of Lycanroc. Midday can have Keen Eye or Sand Rush while it’s HA stays Steadfast. And Midnight can have Keen Eye or Vital Spirit with it’s HA changing to No Guard. And seeing as it’s Dusk form is getting the new ability Tough Claws the HA might play a part in that.

    Just wish they would have added a new typing to it.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I know that, but there’s nothing about it which prevents any normal Rockruff from becoming Dusk form.

    So unless it gets a new HA there’s gotta be something else to it.

    I don’t think any Pokemon has had more than 3 abilities.

    Maybe event HA’s will be an exception or something.

  • Maria Maasaa

    Other then the game it will be in

  • Zombie_Barioth

    The game version by itself wouldn’t change that, something has to be telling the game not to let it become one of the other forms, and normal ones not to become dusk form.

    If they replaced steadfast with tough claws or some other ability that would do it.

    The time restriction would just fit and keep it from conflicting with the other forms, so it’d only evolve into dusk form in the evening. If there’s a dawn form then it would cover early morning.

  • Maria Maasaa

    It does though. Why do you think Rotom can’t be the other forms in the game(s) it’s introduced. Or breed until 5th gen?

  • Zombie_Barioth

    That’s a bit different, D/P didn’t have the code to deal with Rotom’s different forms, it wouldn’t even recognize them.

    The games need something to check for to tell the special Rockruff from normal ones.

    If its an ability or item then the games just have to check for that.

  • Maria Maasaa

    Do you think about what you are saying before you type? Because you just agreed with what I said.

    Why is this form not in the other games? Because there is no code for it to be there. Just like there is no code for the hoenn megas to be in X/Y. It’s the game that is the difference.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Yeah, but apparently you don’t.:P

    I’m saying that if it were just the game version then any normal Rockruff would be able to become dusk form.

    In other words, its like how the original games know not to let it become the other version’s form.

  • Maria Maasaa

    :3c Now it’s fun time

    So a mon has never changed abilities between games? Oh wait Gengar and Scolipede come to mind.

    Which isn’t the case. Any normal Rockruff can’t become Dusk form in the original games. And they easily could if the code was there for it. Just like Rotom could be all the forms in 4th gen if the code was there, The other games know not to because THEY CAN’T. You can’t get a Politoad in 1st gen because there is no code for that. The method for getting it isn’t in the game.

    And I’m pretty sure GF isn’t going to add an form in that people can’t breed into fighting form. Unless it’s a legendary/mystic. And like I said before, both forms of Lycanroc have differing HA when they evolve. Tough Claws is just going to be Dusk forms HA. The reason you won’t get it normally in game is because most people who just play through the game don’t go looking for HAs.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    That’s not what I’m saying. I never suggested they never change abilities, just that Rockruff’s already corresponds with ones for it’s existing forms.

    Either it has a 2nd hidden ability giving it 4 abilities total, or the ability has nothing to do with it.

    And I wasn’t talking about it becoming dusk form in the original games, I was comparing it to how the other version exclusive forms work.

    S.O.S battles would be “normal gameplay”.

    Its possible that its a communication issue seeing as they said something similar about the other forms.

    I’m a bit skeptical, but that’s the most ‘go out of your way’ activity if something isn’t replacing them.

    And come to think of it, Ash’s Rockruff will be dusk form, so it has to work within the anime too.

  • Maria Maasaa

    Please don’t tell me you aren’t bringing the anime into this. The thing that almost never follows the games rules.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    You do know they actually plan the two in conjunction with one another don’t you?

    When they have tie-ins like with dusk form Lycanroc, or Ash-Greninja for example, its not by coincidence. Its literally what Pokemon Co. is there for, to manage brand.

    Not to mention, Satoshi Tajiri, junichi Masuda, and Ken Sugimori are actually the producers.

    And not to derail things, but what rules are that? Not game mechanics I hope, those don’t usually translate well to anime adaptations to begin with.

  • Maria Maasaa

    Yeah man they totally planned it that way with the anime coming out after the games. And why there is always a game out before the newest season.

    Ash-Greninja does NOT work like it does in the game. We didn’t even get Ash-Greninja in the game it was suppose to be in (X/Y). There was no reason to have that form in the games. If that’s the case then why don’t moves from the card game show up in the anime/games? That’s part of the BRAND.

    And they are doing different things with the videos games, anime, and card game. Are you saying because they are the producers they can’t change their own work?

    Lets see. That most of the time typing resistance and weakness are not factored into fights. When fighting Brock the second time Pikachu beats a GEODUDE with an ELECTRIC ATTACK. That should not be possible. And that’s just an example from the start of the series. It’s all throughout the series. And the game was out before the anime started so there is no excuse. How about abilities? Most of the time they go unnamed in the anime. I don’t think we even knew what pikachu’s ability was until Diamond/Pearl series. So we don’t even know what ability rockruff will have in the anime. How about moves that don’t work the way they do in the games? Or are used in a way you can’t use them in the game? Check Ash’s Infernape fight against the rival to see what I mean. Or that Ash has had his pikachu FOREVER yet can still lose somehow even with type advantage.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    No, the point was they have a say in both, which means its still their rules wether it follows the games closely or not.

    Everything you’re complaining about could be chalked up to creative liberties.

    Moves, type match ups, and such don’t work that way due to game balance, and of course limited scope.

    As for Ash Greninja, sure it didn’t ‘need’ to be in there, but that’s not much of an argument for why it should or shouldn’t exist.

    Its just a harmless cross-promotion.

  • Maria Maasaa

    It shouldn’t exist because WE DID NOT WORK TO MAKE IT….whatever Ash-Greninja is. If anything they should have worked the feature of what happened between Greninja and Ash INTO THE GAME. Instead of handing of a trinket to remind us to ‘make sure to watch the anime!’.

    But I wasn’t the one you brought up the anime. You did. Creative differences or not; the way to getting Dusk form wouldn’t be revealed that way (other then it being dusk when it happens from the screen shots of it). Also, game balance? We didn’t have ‘game balance’ until 4th gen. And even now we are still working on balance. I mean look at Ice types. Great def but almost worthless in every other way. Even Smogon can’t keep balance in check all the time.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I’m not the one who decided to draw attention to it’s story and writing when it wasn’t remotely relevant.

    How does us not working to make it matter? It was only there for fans of the anime, most of which are kids, who couldn’t care less about that.

    The ‘balance’ you’re referring to is competitive, which isn’t the same as designing a single-player game.

    Would over-leveling/stat-boosting nullifying type matchups be fair gameplay? No. But it does work fine as a plot device.

    And as for the anime revealing dusk form’s evolution, it certainly could.

    That’s something the anime typically does work into it’s plot.

  • Maria Maasaa

    You were though. You brought it up. I didn’t. That’s just a fact.

    Oh well then I guess I’m not a child and ask for more then just a handout. My bad.

    What is there after you finish the game? You want to compete against your friends. And some to compete in tournaments. And Nintendo promotes it. So competitive does play a role.

    Anything can work as a plot device. That doesn’t make it right/true/not suck. Specially from a story telling perspective. I’d like to see Ash learn about typings and use that throughout his time. Maybe learning what moves work well and what don’t. Instead of just throwing pikachu at everything. But it’s a children’s show. That means it gets a pass to do that stuff, right?

    Er…I said it would. But it wouldn’t be in the way the game will present it.

  • Maria Maasaa
  • Zombie_Barioth

    Yep, I saw that. So its ability+time of day, not really surprising. The 1-hour window kinda is though, as is own tempo on Rockruff.

  • Maria Maasaa

    Not throwing it in your face just to be clear. But it wasn’t surprising to me. They can’t really add new evolution mechanics without it being a new main title. It’s usually to showcase new features in the game or the hardware itself.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    When did I suggest they were actually going to do that? I said it was possible, new evolution mechanics aren’t impossible without a new main title.

    They introduce new forms all the time within the same generation, the only difference being they aren’t permanent changes.

    The only thing I found off was Rockruff potentially having four possible abilities rather than the normal 3 since it’d break what seemed to be an unspoken rule. Albeit come to think of it, I suppose there technically isn’t one for limited availability ones.

    I forgot about the ones only obtainable though PokeTransfer, which as far as I know are tournament legible so long as they’re passed to Alola native Pokemon.