New Pokemon Sun and Moon Details: Z-Moves, Adapted Pokemon, and More

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have revealed a bevy of new information for Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.

Six new Pokemon were revealed, alongside brand new Z-Moves and a real-life Z-Ring component. While Z-Moves can only be used once in battle, they unleash powerful moves via both the trainer and his or her Pokemon. New adapted versions of classic Pokemon were also revealed.

Featured above, a new trailer was revealed to showcase all the new information.

You can find all of the new information below, via Nintendo:

Z-Move Illustration


Z-Moves are a new element that has been introduced into the Pokémon battles in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Z-Moves are powerful moves that can only be used once during battle. The explosive force of a Z-Move is the result of both the Trainer and Pokémon releasing their full power together when their wishes resonate with each other. All Pokémon are capable of using Z-Moves in battle.

To use Z-Moves, two key items are required: a Z-Ring and a Z-Crystal. The Z-Ring fits on a Trainer’s arm, and Z-Crystals are set into it. If a Pokémon holds the same variety of Z-Crystal as its Trainer, the two will be able to resonate with one another.


TOMY International will be releasing the Z-Ring for sale at participating retailers. When a player uses a Z-Move in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, their real-life Z-Ring will light up, vibrate, and play sounds to go along with the video and sounds in the game.

Alola Region and Trials

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon take place on an archipelago of tropical islands—four nature-filled islands and one man-made island. The Alola region is known as a resort area that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Alola is surrounded by the sea and has a diverse ecology made up of Pokémon that are native to the region along with Pokémon that have more recently arrived in Alola from other regions. In Alola, humans and Pokémon coexist in a very close relationship and a culture has developed that is different from that in other regions.

One aspect of the unique Alola culture is the island challenge, an adventurous rite that involves traveling through each of the four islands. This event helps young people grow into better Pokémon Trainers. As the main character of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, each player is destined to attempt this island challenge. To complete the island challenge, young trial-goers must overcome the trials on each of the four islands. These trials are not limited to battling with Pokémon. They take a variety of forms including finding items or completing tests of knowledge.

At the end of each trial, a mighty Pokémon known as a Totem Pokémon will be waiting. A Totem Pokémon is much larger than others of its species, and its body is enveloped in a special aura. When Totem Pokémon battle, they summon ally Pokémon to join them. With the support of these allies, the Totem Pokémon become more powerful. Pokémon other than Totem Pokémon sometimes also call on allies to aid them.

The final trial on each island is called the grand trial where Pokémon battle against the kahuna who leads that island. If a trial-goer succeeds in clearing this grand trial, they will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and can move on to the next island.


Each trial has a captain whose role is to provide guidance to trial-goers. All of the captains are Trainers who undertook trials in their own island challenge several years earlier.

Lana is a captain who is an expert with Water-type Pokémon. She is dedicated to her family and is a reliable older sister who watches over her younger sisters. Captain Mallow is an expert with Grass-type Pokémon. She loves cooking, but it seems that sometimes her taste is a bit particular. Specializing in Electric-type Pokémon, Captain Sophocles is good with mechanics and has invented various machines. Captain Kiawe’s expertise is in Fire-type Pokémon, and together with his Marowak, he studies the traditional dances that have been passed down in the Alola region.


Each of Alola’s four islands has a leader, called the island kahuna, who governs the island. Kahunas are chosen by the Pokémon known as guardian deities, which are also found on each island. Hala is the kahuna of Melemele Island, where the main character has just moved to, and he is also the rival character Hau’s grandfather. Hala’s skill is renowned in the Alola region. He gives the player their first partner Pokémon and expects great things from them.

Poké Ride

In the Alola region, certain Pokémon help people reach places that are not accessible using human strength alone. This practice, known as Poké Ride, is typical of the culture of the Alola region, where humans and Pokémon are closely bound together. These Pokémon do not join the player’s team, but they can be called upon anytime for help.

You can find the six new Pokemon below:

Name: Oricorio

Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.

Oricorio Baile Style copy

  • Baile Style
    Type: Fire/Flying
    The Baile Style Oricorio is very passionate, and power fills its body when it dances. It sends downy fluff flying during its intense dances.

Oricorio Pom-Pom Style copy

  • Pom-Pom Style
    Type: Electric/Flying
    The Pom-Pom Style Oricorio is very friendly toward people, and it uses dancing to encourage Trainers who are feeling glum. When it dances, its feathers are charged with static electricity.

Oricorio Pau Style copy

  • Pa’u Style
    Type: Psychic/Flying
    The Pa’u Style Oricorio acts at its own pace, which sometimes makes it difficult to deal with. It sharpens its spirited moves through dance, which increases its psychic power.

Oricorio Sensu Style copy

  • Sensu Style
    Type: Ghost/Flying
    The Sensu Style Oricorio is quiet and collected. By means of its dance, it gathers the spirits drifting about in an area and borrows their power to fight.

Name: Minior

Type: Rock/Flying

Minior are formed in the stratosphere and live by absorbing the detritus around them. When they’ve consumed a large quantity of particles, their bodies become heavy, and they fall toward the planet’s surface. Minior has a hard and heavy outer shell with a core within.

Gumshoos copy

Name: Gumshoos

Type: Normal

Gumshoos is the Evolution of Yungoos. It will call on Yungoos allies and stand in the way of trial-goers.

Fomantis copy

Name: Fomantis

Type: Grass

Fomantis is nocturnal, and it performs photosynthesis while it sleeps during the day by spreading out its leaves in all directions. Because of the danger of staying in the same location two days in a row, Fomantis begins its search for the next day’s spot as soon as the sun sets.

Lurantis copy

Name: Lurantis

Type: Grass

Lurantis draws opponents near to itself with its flowerlike appearance and aroma—and then it takes them down. It’s said to be the most gorgeous of all Grass-type Pokémon, due to its brilliant coloration and elegant moves.

Mudbray copy

Name: Mudbray

Type: Ground

Mudbray could once be found all over the world but is now a protected species. It’s said that the Alola region is the only place in the world where Mudbray can still be found in the wild.

Pokémon Adapted to the Alola Region

Some Pokémon have adapted to the distinctive microclimates of the Alola region and have taken on different forms than they have in other regions. These Pokémon are called regional variants. After taking root in the Alola region, they live like native Pokémon. These regional variant Pokémon can have different appearances and types, and their way of living can also differ from that of the forms previously known.

Alolan Exeggutor copy

Name: Alolan Exeggutor

Type: Grass/Dragon

Unlike other Exeggutor, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head—on its tail! This fourth head controls the tail independently and can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks.

Alolan Vulpix copy

Name: Alolan Vulpix

Type: Ice

It is said that Vulpix came to the Alola region together with humans, but the Fox Pokémon moved to the snowy mountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and thus it ended up taking on this form.

Alolan Ninetales copy

Name: Alolan Ninetales

Type: Ice/Fairy

Alolan Ninetales is able to produce ice crystals from the fur that covers its body. It can use these ice crystals to block attacks, or it can form balls of ice, which it fires like bullets at opponents. These ice missiles have enough power to pulverize rock.

Alolan Sandshrew copy

Name: Alolan Sandshrew

Type: Ice/Steel

Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas, but the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove them to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains where they took on this form.

Alolan Sandslash copy

Name: Alolan Sandslash

Type: Ice/Steel

The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will launch in North American on November 18th and in Europe on November 23rd.

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  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    August 1, 2016 at 9:30 am


  2. Mr_SP
    August 1, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Frozen… Ninetales? Why would a Hawaii analog have an ice-type Ninetales?


  3. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Z-moves sounds like an infinitely stupider version of Mega forms and I already thought those were really dumb to begin with.

    That said the dancing bird is amazing and I really dig the concept of regional variances in pokemon. I hope there’s more than just those five.

  4. Mid 90's Shinigami
    Mid 90's Shinigami
    August 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Didn’t think Vulpix could get cuter but i was proven wrong.

  5. Etherblaze
    August 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Already seeing my team forming up. It’s going to be done in by fire.

  6. Stilzkin
    August 1, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Like Monster Hunter subspecies? i like the idea

  7. Jack
    August 1, 2016 at 9:58 am

    the “We ran out of ideas” thing
    but in monster hunter that actually make more of a design change than one element

  8. Smug
    August 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    The Alolan Exeggutor made me chuckle but what the fuck is the rest of them

    Literally recolors

  9. Stilzkin
    August 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    nice meme

  10. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    August 1, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I prefer Z-moves over mega evolution if only for the fact that it seems like every Pokemon can use them rather than a select few.

    I’m holding out for a region variant for Arbok, since its dex entry specifically states that its patterns differ depending on the region it’s in.

  11. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    August 1, 2016 at 10:19 am

    So they’re actually dropping the “8 gyms, then elite four” formula? That alone got me moderately interested in this game. Sounds kind of like the Orange Islands-inspired game some people have wanted. I was afraid this would be another game doing the same old shit we’ve been doing for 20 years.

  12. chaoguy
    August 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Same. Would have prefered megas (maybe even just an aesthetical change), but this is a great way to put a new spin on old Pokes. Makes me wonder if the Alola variants can breed with their other region counterparts? Ice Ninetails learn fire moves via breeding and such. I imagine changing them on the fly via an item isn’t possible.

  13. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    August 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Whoa what the fuck? ACTUAL CHANGE?

  14. chaoguy
    August 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I don’t mind the idea of this new element, but I hope they keep gyms.
    Some of the challenges showed included “find these items” and a “test of observation”. Unless said puzzles are really clever, I’d prefer to have gyms and badges as well. Who knows, maybe this is the new Pokemon Contest/Dancing/Non-Battle minigame (aside from the Kahunas and Totem Pokes)

  15. Nin
    August 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Damn it, Ice/Steel is such a terrible type that it’s not even funny. Well, Ice is always terrible, but at least Ice/Fairy has novelty factor.

  16. NukeA6
    August 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

    And I thought Pokemon X/Y added the most since Pokemon G/S/C. Nintendo went even further.

  17. ProxyDoug
    August 1, 2016 at 11:36 am


  18. ProxyDoug
    August 1, 2016 at 11:36 am

    What the actual fuck?

  19. Sigurd Chalphy
    Sigurd Chalphy
    August 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Elongated Giraffe Exeggutor*

  20. Nonscpo
    August 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thank you!

  21. Smug
    August 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm


  22. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    August 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Cool, canon Delta Species.

    I actually like the regional variants, except maybe Exeggutor’s. They’re close enough to the original to be recognizable, but have subtle differences aside from pallet.

  23. chaoguy
    August 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Here’s a leak that has proven partly true so far. Not sure on the source, only saw this posted on a message board:

    >No gyms
    >More than 1 evo for Rockruff (including a werewolf)
    >Yungoos’ evolution is fat and hairy.
    >Time works differently in each version
    >New forms for old Pokemon (not Megas, think Shellos/Wormadam)
    >Pokemon transferred from the VC releases will have pre-gen 6 typings/stats.
    >The stone bracelet has nothing to do with Synchro Evolution.
    >Ash-Greninja is in the game.
    >S.S. Anne appears in the game.
    >Larger, but not by much, amount of brand new Pokemon than last gen.
    >Looker, Cynthia, Blue, Zinnia, AZ, and Lance all make appearances.
    >Furfrou’s hair cut can be changed in the new Amie.
    >Some of the new forms for old Pokemon get new animations (Ones I know of include the Abra line)
    >Transferring through Bank will be the only way to get some forms of old Pokemon.
    >There is a Flying type bird Pokemon whose appearance varies by island (think Darwin).
    >There is a 2-stage cat Pokemon that is normal when captured in the wild, but it will inherit the father’s primary type as it’s 2nd type when hatched; the color/pattern varies by type (think Vivillion).
    >The Snowman from the Chinese leaks is real; Ice/Ghost. 2-stage.
    >Butterfree = Bug/Psychic
    >Rattata line = Dark
    >Nidoqueen/Nidoking = Poison/Fighting
    >Ninetales = Fire/Fairy
    >Growlithe line = Water
    >Abra line = Fighting
    >Duduo line = Fighting/Flying

  24. tccboss
    August 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I love the alolan designs for the Pokémon.

  25. scemar
    August 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    absolutely love the idea of pokemon species variations to the region, bravo gamefreak this might be one of the best legitimately cool new features and twists to the formula

    it makes a ton of sense, it doesn’t clash with the rest of the game, it manages to bring back life to old favorites while also offering something new and it can be easily expanded in the next games with more pokemon

    the rest of the stuff sounds cool too, not too hyped for the z moves because I fear they will cheapen the already cheesy game even more but at least the 3DS has been hacked and people are making game modifications with slightly more challenging options so all is good

    overall looking like a great new pokemon title with nice new twists and additions, actually looking forward to it

  26. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    August 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Might as well get this ball rolling.

  27. chaoguy
    August 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Or wait for a review.
    Don’t want to invest in this and find out it’s got no post-game and online is dominated by the same 12 Pokemon.

  28. benzene
    August 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    This looks absolutely retarded. I love it.

  29. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    The games need two new move slots, not a one time OP attack.
    Exeggutor and Vulpix make sense since but the rest are idiotic, why would anything go to the element it’s weakest against for survival when if anything, it should kill it? Why would Ninetails change when in its supposed 1,000 years of life, nothing about it becomes altered beyond its tails?

    Thought meteor Pokemon would end up in the eventual Russian region first.

  30. benzene
    August 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Nah, some pokemon are balanced only by the fact they only have 4 slots. Imagine the insane coverage something like a Dragonite, Salamence et al could get with 6 moves.

  31. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    “So they’re actually dropping the “8 gyms, then elite four” formula”
    This is Gamefreak, at best the Alola challenges will like the added story for G5, at worst it’ll just be a Pokemon Contest/Pokethalon/Pokemusical thing which started taking a nosedive after G4

  32. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    That’s what rebalancing is for, it’s not like the team jumps onto making the next Pokemon afterwards and they don’t really make much else.

  33. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I’m glad to see Gamefreaks definition of a Dragon is still in the works.

  34. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    RIP Dark Gym

  35. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    With how many Pokemon out there now, it would be a fools errand to do this. Even now, the balancing is still whack in favor of the newer mons.

  36. scemar
    August 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    all the more reason to actually take a leap with the franchise’s combat

    if too many moves can present issues, then the logical approach is to offer solutions

    perhaps dividing moves into support and offense or something and having 2 slots be only support moves, or expanding movesets of weaker pokemon or older pokemon so they fit the new paradigm

    I also think the franchise would benefit from improving its combat beyond the limitations it has right now, many of them seem just innertia, stuck with them because they’ve always been there but they no longer seem productive to the experience

  37. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Well it’s not like they do much of anything worthwhile with the games now. You’d think with the time they save by lowballing the content, they’d have the ability to at least build up a story or update the combat so it’s not just being the stronger and faster attacker.

  38. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    The thing with Pokemon is its main audience being casuals and kids. Complain all you want, but their main moneymaker isn’t so concerned if the story or fighting is shallow as long as the general idea of Pokemon is still intact. Now if only Gamefreak quits the habit of dropping good features from previous games to replace them every single gen. Now that is something to bitch about.

  39. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    August 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Most of them are very cute, but Alolan Exeggutor looks like shit. Looks like one of the designers took the wrong drug or something

  40. larverto365
    August 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm


  41. randomdude
    August 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Let’s just hope the story is better. XY’s team flare almost made me put the game away for a while, being more useless than Jessie and Jame and without the comedy

  42. GameZard
    August 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I hope mega evolutions don’t return.

  43. Zombie_Barioth
    August 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    So when Game Freak completely changes types, which effects weaknesses, resistances, and movesets its “running out of ideas”, yet when Capcom does it its not?

    I don’t think you thought that one through very well.:P

  44. Snorlaxation
    August 2, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Unlike with Pokemon Go, I’m loving these “Updates”.

    But two questions:

    How does Vulpix evolve now?
    Will Minior be available in 8 colors, 4 regular and 4 shiny, or will it not be available as a shiny at all?

  45. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    August 2, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I’m reasonably hyped for Pokemon.

  46. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    August 2, 2016 at 2:10 am

    I guess this will work like Deoxys Formes.

  47. Mr. Capo
    Mr. Capo
    August 2, 2016 at 3:20 am

    I hope this game has a meaningful post-E4 content.

    August 2, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Alolan Exeggutor literally looks happy retard. And a Dragon due to a tail? Why not a Chimera?

    Would bang Lurantis. It is like Gardevoir in elegance.

    August 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

    >wrong drug

    The fucking thing looks happy as high.

  50. Melsatix
    August 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you for getting rid of those Badge collecting bullshit. It looks like this part of Pokemon really gets a new look. And since I love Vulpix so damn much… yep, gonna buy it.

  51. TsukuyomiMagi99
    August 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Anything on the hyper training?

  52. chaoguy
    August 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Nothing from leaks. What trailers have show us is a level 100 Pikachu with stats capped at X, but after hyper training it’s stats go up to Y.
    THe assumption is level 100 Pokemon can change their IVs.