Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Story Details, New Z-Moves, More Revealed

Nintendo has shared a new trailer, details, and artwork for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon.

Featured above, the new trailer gives a quick rundown on the upcoming mid-sequel and its changes, namely Lycanrock’s new Dusk Form, the new story tidbits, and the new Z-Moves.

You can find the information below:


Lycanroc (Dusk Form)

  • Category: Wolf Pokemon
  • Type: Rock
  • Height: 2’07”
  • Weight: 55.1 lbs
  • Ability: Tough Claws

It’s been confirmed that a new form of Lycanroc appears in the world of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon known as Dusk Form Lycanroc. The colors of Dusk Form Lycanroc’s body and eyes differ from those of previously discovered Lycanroc, known as Midday Form and Midnight Form.

The moves that Dusk Form Lycanroc can learn also seem to reflect the characteristics of both Midday and Midnight Forms. Dusk Form Lycanroc learns both Accelerock and Counter—moves favored by Midday Form and Midnight Form Lycanroc, respectively.

Accelerock is a Rock-type physical move that always goes first. In Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, only Midday Form Lycanroc could learn this move. Midday Form could learn this move when it evolved from Rockruff. Counter is a Fighting-type move that inflicts double the damage received by an opponent’s physical attack. In Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, Midnight Form Lycanroc learned this move when it evolved from Rockruff.

Dusk Form Lycanroc has the Ability Tough Claws, a different Ability than either Midday Form or Midnight Form. Tough Claws greatly increases the power of moves that make direct contact. A Dusk Form Lycanroc with this Ability would likely favor a different style of battle than Midday Form or Midnight Form.

Get Dusk Form Lycanroc!

Only special Rockruff can evolve into a Dusk Form Lycanroc, and neither this Rockruff nor Dusk Form Lycanroc can be caught in normal gameplay. But you can get a special gift of this Rockruff as an early purchase bonus with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. Players will be able to receive a special Rockruff that can evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc via Nintendo Network from Friday, November 17, 2017, until Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Evolve this special Rockruff and have an adventure in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon together with your Dusk Form Lycanroc!

Alola Region

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon have been powered up with new additions to the story and features of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon! These titles are coming to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on November 17, 2017.

Just as was true for 2016’s Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, these titles will also allow players to enjoy playing in one of nine languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Ominous dark clouds are spreading in the sky above the Alola region, the setting of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. New buildings and landscapes appear that were not previously seen in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.

Necrozma’s New Tale

In Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon, a story unfolds on a grand scale, with the Legendary Pokemon Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma at its center. Secrets about Necrozma and the Alola region—undisclosed in the previous games—will come to light.

New Look for a New Adventure

The look of the main characters’ outfits has changed from the first trip through the Alola region—just in time for them to begin a new adventure! Choose the Pokemon that will become your partner, and set out on a journey through the world of Alola!

Cool Features

New Z-Moves!

In Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, the main character wears a Z-Ring in order to use Z-Moves. In Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon, the main character will put on a Z-Power Ring, which can use even more varieties of Z-Moves than the Z-Ring! And the games also feature new Z-Moves for certain Pokemon!

What’s a Z-Move?

Z-Moves are moves of tremendous power—so powerful that they can only be used once per battle. When a Trainer and their Pokemon combine the force of their wills, the full strength of their effort bursts forth in an epic Z-Move! All Pokemon can use Z-Moves. To use a Z-Move, you must have two key items: a Z-Power Ring and a Z-Crystal.

More Fun with the Z-Power Ring

With the launch of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon,TOMY will be releasing their Pokemon Z-Power Ring around the world. If you put on a Z-Power Ring, your battles and adventures in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon can become even more fun!

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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  1. Snorlaxation
    August 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I really don’t have any desire to get it though. Nothing’s Popped for me yet.

  2. Ckarasu
    August 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    There’s only one thing that would get me pumped about this, and that would be a Pokemon World Tournament style mode ala Black2/White2. Or something with that much meat on it. Recent Pokemon games have lacked in end game.

  3. Maelstrom
    August 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    No, seriously. Did they actually add stuff to this? Why are they being so tight lipped about it? All they’ve ever shown is a bit of gameplay, a new evolution, a new Z move, and more char customization. That’s it.

  4. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    They say new mysteries like it’ll be anything but a dull 5min addition.

  5. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Well ORAS did set the bar pretty low for things like this so wouldn’t be surprising if this pales in comparision to Black2/White2.

  6. CrusaderEsper
    August 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Now we’ve got the boy character wearing spats under his shorts. What a strange world we live in.

  7. chaoguy
    August 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Funnily enough, I heard (as a rumor/anonymous post) the director of Black2/White2 is working on this.
    Whether he does what he does, or follows orders to keep it simple is unknown.

  8. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    They started that shit with Emerald.

  9. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Depends; was ORAS made by the same team that did the previous remakes?

  10. Zombie_Barioth
    August 18, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Because there’s still two months to go yet, and if they release information too quickly they risk losing peoples’ attention.

    Its a marketing tactic, giving out bits of info here and there keeps people talking, theorizing, and on the lookout for more info.

  11. tccboss
    August 19, 2017 at 1:50 am

    that girl trainer is really cute.

  12. Maelstrom
    August 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    This is more tight lipped than it needs to be. We don’t know ANYTHING and launch is in 3 months. THAT is taking it a bit too far

  13. Zombie_Barioth
    August 20, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Not necessarily, that’s 12 weeks, and they’ll probably reveal something at least once, maybe twice every week. That’s how they usually do it.

    Plus, some of it is probably reserved for CoroCoro. They usually get first dibs on ‘leaks’.

  14. Fandangle
    August 20, 2017 at 2:58 am

    It’s a sequel like BW2, but they’re basically using the same map and mostly everything else from the last game. Honestly should’ve been packaged as an expansion to the original game and released digital or in combo packs with the original, but alas dem shekels are shiny.

  15. chaoguy
    August 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Shigeru Ohmori- game designer for Black 2/White 2, but director for ORAS and Sun/Moon.

    If the rumor is true, then Takao Unno (director of Black 2/White 2) will direct Ultra.
    Seems he usually only does graphics.

    As for the teams:
    Game Design leads for Black & White 2 were Teruyuki Shimoyamada, Suguru Nakatsui and Toshinobu Matsumiya.
    For ORAS only “Game Design Balance” is listed https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Staff_of_Pok%C3%A9mon_Omega_Ruby_and_Alpha_Sapphire
    For Sun & Moon “Shigeki Morimoto” is the lead “Battle Planner” https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Shigeki_Morimoto

    And of course, all the above goes out the window if you consider how much the staff might just follow orders from the director, producer, or head of the company.

  16. Maelstrom
    August 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    It’s still annoying af

  17. EroBotan
    August 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    in “slam dunk” they wear spats during the matches