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The 7th generation of Pokémon will begin this fall with Pokémon Sun and Moon for the Nintendo 3DS. Let’s go through everything we know about these titles so far.

Release Date

Japan, North America, and Australia: November 18, 2016
Europe: November, 2016


Pokémon Sun and Moon will be set in the Alola region, a tropical area that appears to be inspired by Hawaii.

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One island has been revealed so far, but due to its small size, it is probably the starting area. Since Alola is inspired by Hawaii, it is likely there will be a chain of islands to explore.


Pokémon Sun and Moon will be playable for the first time in nine different languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

The games will also make use of the Pokémon Bank, allowing players to store Pokémon and transfer them to Sun and Moon. For the first time, you’ll be able to transfer Pokémon from Red, Blue, and Yellow, using the Virtual Console releases of those games with the Pokémon Bank.


Player Character – As is now traditional for the series, you’ll be able to play as a male or female character. Like in Pokémon X and Y, you’ll be able to select your character’s appearance, although the extent of customization is still unknown. This was briefly shown in the Japanese trailer that revealed the Sun and Moon starter Pokémon.

Professor Hala – The man who presents the starter Pokémon is unnamed in the English trailer, but the Japanese trailer shows his name to be Hala. “Hala” is the name for a certain type of tree, so his name follows the pattern used by past Pokémon professors.

Kukui – The trailer also shows a man named Kukui welcoming the player to Alola. “Kukui” is another type of tree, which may mean he is a second Pokémon professor alongside Hala. His clothing also suggests he may be a Pokémon professor. He addresses the player as “cousin,” although this may just be a friendly greeting rather than an indication the two characters are related.


Starter Pokémon
Category: “Grass Quill Pokémon”
Type: Grass/Flying
Ability: Overgrow – Powers up Grass-type moves in a pinch
Starting move: Leafage

Starter Pokémon
Category: “Fire Cat Pokémon”
Type: Fire
Ability: Blaze – Powers up Fire-type moves in a pinch
Starting Move: Ember

Starter Pokémon
Category: Sea Lion Pokémon
Type: Water
Ability: Torrent – Powers up Water-type moves in a pinch
Starting Move: Water Gun

These three starter Pokémon were revealed in a special trailer.

The Japanese trailer is also worth watching and revealed additional details.

Mythical Pokémon
Category: “Artificial Pokémon”
Type: Steel/Fairy

A lion-like Legendary Pokémon has been revealed as the mascot of Pokémon Sun, although its name and details are still unknown. Likewise, a bat-like Legendary Pokémon has been revealed as the mascot of Pokémon Moon.

Additionally, the first trailer showed the wireframe for an unknown bird Pokémon that has yet to be revealed.


Vehicles – Fans expect vehicles might play a role in Pokémon Sun and Moon, because they were prominently featured in the announcement trailer. The vehicles shown include an ambulance, a fire engine, and a truck.

Second Region – Many players theorize that Alola will not be the sole region we visit in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Much like how the second generation of Pokémon games (Silver, Gold, and Crystal) opened up the first generation’s region of Kanto after you defeated the Elite Four, it is possible a previous region like Kalos or Unova could be included in Sun and Moon. However, there has been nothing to confirm this so far.

Zygarde – Due to the apparent non-existence of a Pokémon Z to accompany X and Y, along with the sudden increase in information about the sixth generation Legendary Pokémon Zygarde, some players suspect Zygarde will actually play an important role in the new generation.

There is still a lot we don’t know about Pokémon Sun and Moon, but the few details we do know are enough for discussion.

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