Today’s promised Pokémon Sun and Moon news turned out to be well worth the wait, as The Pokémon Company revealed release dates, the starter Pokémon, and a new trailer to showcase them, along with the cover art for the games.

Pokémon Sun and Moon will be out on November 18 in Japan and North America and November 23 in Europe. The three starter Pokémon are called Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

Rowlet is a Grass/Flying-type Pokémon that resembles a small owl. Its starting move is Leafage. Litten is a Fire-type cat that starts the game with Ember. Finally, Pipplio is a Water-type sea lion, and it begins with Water Gun. As always, they’ve stirred up a lot of controversy over whether or not Pokémon designs used to be more creative.

Take a look at them in the all-new Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer.

Along with the starters, the trailer also shows a little gameplay and a glimpse of the Aola region. It appears to be an island-based region, possibly inspired by Hawaii, and most likely with multiple islands to travel across. The island shown in the trailer is probably the area where the game begins.



The 3D style looks as though it could be more fully realized in this generation, and the Japanese trailer confirms that trainer customization from Pokémon X and Y will return. This is especially good news since customization was not included in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Both the trailer and the cover art display the Sun and Moon mascot Pokémon, which most likely makes them the key Legendary Pokémon in the games.

The Sun Pokémon resembles a lion, while the Moon Pokémon appears similar to a bat. Their names and types haven’t been revealed yet, but that news is sure to come soon.

In November, we’ll be able to play Pokémon Sun and Moon for the first time and see where the Pokémon series goes in its latest generation. Which starter are you planning to pick? And now that the Legendary Pokémon have been revealed, which are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments.

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