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Catastropika Z-Move Artwork
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Introducing Z-Moves

 

A new element has been introduced into the Pokémon battles in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Z-Moves. Z-Moves are moves of great power that can only be used once per battle. When the Trainer and Pokémon’s wishes resonate with each other, and both release their full power together—the result is the explosive force of a Z-Move! All Pokémon can use Z-Moves to perform mightily in battle!

 

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, the two will be able to resonate with one another. Crystals that correspond to each Pokémon type have been found in the Alola region.

 

There are two conditions for performing Z-Moves: a Pokémon must learn a move of the same type as a Z-Crystal, and it must be holding the corresponding Z-Crystal. When you see these moves in action in the game, each overwhelmingly powerful move will be on full display, filling the entire screen!

 

Receive the Z-Ring

 

After your battle against Hau in Iki Town Kahuna Hala hands you a special arm band called the Z-Ring. He explains that, through the use of Z-Crystals, the Z-Ring can draw out the mysterious Z-Power that lies deep within Pokémon. Many of the children in the Alola region may get Z-Rings, but yours is a bit special - he made it for you from the Sparkling Stone that you received directly from Tapu Koko. Professor Kukui goes on to say that the time has come for you to begin your island challenge, but that can wait until tomorrow, after a busy opening day.

 

Special Z-Move Effects

 

Attack boosted by 1 : Tail Whip, Odor Sleuth, Will-o-Wisp. Hone Claws, etc.

Attack boosted by 2 : Mirror Move.

Attack boosted by 3 : Splash.

Defense boosted by 1 : Roar, Spikes, Aqua Ring, Mat Block, Strength Sap, etc.

Sp. Attack boosted by 1 : Gear Up, Psychic Terrain, Telekinesis, Embargo, etc.

Sp. Attack boosted by 2 : Psycho Shift, Heal Block.

Sp. Def boosted by 1 : Stun Spore, Flatter, Charge, Crafty Shield, Confide, etc.

Sp. Def boosted by 2 : Magic Coat, Imprison, Captivate, Aromatic Mist, Powder.

Speed boosted by 1 : Supersonic, String Shot, Sandstorm, Rain Dance, Electric Terrain.

Speed boosted by 2 : Trick, Recycle, Snatch, Me First, Switcheroo, Ally Switch, Bestow.

All stats boosted : Purify, Geomancy, Forest's Curse, Trick-or-Treat, Conversion, etc.

Evasion boosted by 1 : Sand Attack, Kinsis, Camouflage, Lucky Chant, etc.

Critical Hit boost : Foresight, Sleep Talk, Acupressure, Heart Swap, Tailwind.

Restores HP to the next ally switch in : Memento, Parting Shot.

Restores user's HP : Mist, Teleport, Spite, Stockpile, etc.

Makes all moves target the user : Destiny Bond, Grudge.

Accuracy boosted by 1 : Mimic, Defence Curl, Focus Energy, Sweet Scent, Copycat, Defog, Trick Room.

Resets all lowered stats : Shore Up, Dragon Dance, Moonlight, Recover, Leech Seed, etc.

New Sun & Moon Features (Gen VII)

Name

Type

Kind

Power

Accuracy

Range

Battle Effects

Base Move

Breakneck Blitz

Normal

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Normal-type

All-Out Pummeling

Fighting

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Fighting-type

Supersonic Skystrike

Flying

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Flying-type

Acid Downpour

Poison

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Poison-type

Tectonic Rage

Ground

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Ground-type

Continental Crush

Rock

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Rock-type

Savage Spin-Out

Bug

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Bug-type

Never-Ending Nightmare

Ghost

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Ghost-type

Corkscrew Crash

Steel

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Steel-type

Inferno Overdrive

Fire

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Fire-type

Hydro Vortex

Water

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Water-type

Bloom Doom

Grass

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Grass-type

Gigavolt Havoc

Electric

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Electric-type

Shattered Psyche

Psychic

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Psychic-type

Subzero Slammer

Ice

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Ice-type

Devastating Drake

Dragon

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Dragon-type

Black Hole Eclipse

Dark

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Dark-type

Twinkle Tackle

Fairy

Physical/Special

Varies

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Fairy-type

Catastropika

Electric

Physical

210

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Volt Tackle

Sinister Arrow Raid

Ghost

Physical

180

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Spirit Shackle

Malicious Moonsault

Dark

Physical

180

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Darkest Lariat

Oceanic Operetta

Water

Special

195

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Sparkling Aria

Guardian of Alola

Fairy

Special

-

-

Normal

Deals 3/4 to targets HP

Nature's Madness

Stoked Sparksurfer

Electric

Special

175

-

Normal

Inflicts Paralysis

Thunderbolt

Pulverizing Pancake

Normal

Physical

210

-

Normal

Regular Attack

Giga Impact

Extreme Evoboost

Normal

Status

-

-

Self

Each stat raised x2

Last Resort

Rotom Pokédex

Official Artwork for Rotom Dex

Rotom Dex Map

Rotom Dex Map

The Rotom Pokédex

 

The Rotom Pokédex is a convenient tool that records information about the Pokémon that players see and catch during their adventure. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Professor Kukui provides a special Pokédex known as the Rotom Pokédex. It is inhabited by Rotom, a Pokémon with the power to reside in various electronic appliances. The Rotom Pokédex does much more than record Pokémon info—it has its own personality. Besides showing the player’s current location and their next destination, the Rotom Pokédex also provides advice on where to go next, based on the conversations players have with other characters. (Special Artwork)

 

Rotom Dex is a great ally to have at your side during your adventure. By listening to your conversations, Rotom will glean where you should go next and help you stay on course.

 

Rotom shows a map of your current surroundings as you explore. This map shows you where you are in Alola, and where you need to go next. The player icon represents your current location, while flag icon indicates the place that you need to go to continue your adventure. Tap in the center of the map, and Rotom will remind you of the current situation.

 

Tap anywhere else on the map for a larger view of the current island, where handy Pokémon Center icons show you where to find the nearest rest stop. Move the cursor over cities and routes to see what you can find at each location on the top screen. Press (R) and (L) to switch between islands, and zoom in with (Y) for a closer look. Areas that you haven't yet explored will be shaded out, so try to uncover the entire map of Alola!

 

Rotom also takes an active role in your Pokédex, evaluating it for you anytime you ask. Just open your Pokédex and then tap "Pokédex Evaluation" on the lower screen. Rotom may even give you some tips about how to make progress in completing all four of your island Pokédexes.

 

What's a Pokédex?

 

The Pokédex is a high-tech Trainer tool that automatically records and stores info on the Pokémon that you've seen or caught around Alola. To view its data, simple press X to open the X menu, and then select the Pokédex. You'll see that the data is split into four sub-dexes - one for each of Alola's islands. Complete each Island Pokédex in turn as you work toward completing the entire Alola Pokédex!

Poké Ride Artwork

PokéRide Artwork

PokéRide Menu Page

PokéRide Menu Page

PokéRide

 

One aspect of the culture in the Alola region is something known as Poké Ride, in which certain Pokémon help people get to places they wouldn’t be able to reach by using human strength alone. These Pokémon don’t join your team, but you can call on them anytime to receive their help. This practice is typical of the way of life in Alola, where humans and Pokémon are so closely bound together.

 

The land, the sea, the sky—with the power of Pokémon, you can go anywhere!

 

  • Breakable Rocks : Ride Pokémon - Tauros Charge

Riding Tauros is a slightly faster way of travel, but by holding the B Button, it will charge fast. This can destroy boulders that are seen on the ground. Wild Pokémon are 50% less likely to appear.

Tauros Unlocked by : Defeating Hala in Iki Town

 

  • Sniff for Items : Ride Pokémon - Stoutland Search (Only needed to progress through Lush Jungle) Stoutland is generally a faster mode of transportation, but when you press B it will sniff for hidden items. If one is near, a green exclamation mark will appear above its head, but if you're right by the hidden item it will turn red. Wild Pokémon are 50% less likely to appear.

Stoutland Unlocked by : Speak to Mallow in Paniola Ranch

 

  • Rocky Roads : Ride Pokémon - Mudsdale Gallop

Mudsdale is the slowest of the PokéRide Pokémon, but can speed up with the B Button. You will often find rocky terrain which is impassable on any other Pokémon that requires Mudsdale Gallop. Wild Pokémon are 33.3% less likely to appear.

Mudsdale Unlocked by : Speak to Hapu in Route 12

 

  • Movable Rocks : Ride Pokémon - Machamp Shove

Machamp moves at the standard rate of any Pokémon and can run with the B Button. Its special feature is akin to the old HM04, Strength, in that it will push blocks out of the way, often into holes to allow for passage. If the block has been pushed into the hole, then it never will need it again.

Machamp Unlocked by : Speak to Hapu's grandmother in Ancient Poni Path

 

  • Bodies of Water : Ride Pokémon - Lapras Paddle

As HM03, Surf, is just a TM and not used anymore, Lapras is the Pokémon of choice for travelling across water. With this, you can speed up with the B Button and you can fish from on top of Lapras. Wild Pokémon are 50% less likely to appear.

Lapras Unlocked by : Defeating Lana in Brooklet Hill

 

  • Bodies of Water : Ride Pokémon - Sharpedo Jet

Sharpedo is a much more rapid surfer than Lapras. As such, when you hold the B button, it will charge much like Tauros and crash through any rocks blocking the way. You cannot fish when riding Sharpedo. Wild Pokémon are 66.6% less likely to appear.

Sharpedo Unlocked by : Speak to Grimsley in Route 15

 

  • Flying the Sky : Ride Pokémon - Charizard Glide

As Fly is just a mere TM now, Charizard is there to fly you to a variety of areas across the Alola Region at the press of a button.

Charizard Unlocked by : Complete Kiawe's trial in Wela Volcano Park

QR Scanner

QR Scanner

 

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, a QR Scanner function allows players to see information about Pokémon when they scan QR Code patterns. By scanning in special QR Code patterns, fans can register Pokémon of the Alola region to their Pokédex and find out where they live. If they scan in the QR Code for a Pokémon that they haven’t yet caught, players can check its habitat and search it out.

 

Choose "QR Scanner" to fire up the QR scanner function. By using yours system's camera function, you can scan QR Code patterns to easily register Pokémon in your Pokédex! Plus, you can earn some points for an Island Scan.

Battle Royal

Battle Royal

 

Pokémon Sun and Moon feature the addition of a new battle format that has never been seen before: the Battle Royal! Each of the four Trainers chooses three Pokémon and sends one Pokémon into battle at a time. The battle is over at the end of any turn when all of the Pokémon of one Trainer have fainted. The players are ranked, and a victor is declared based on the number of Pokémon each defeated and the number of Pokémon each has remaining in play. While these rules are simple, they also allow players a new way to enjoy Pokémon battles—one where many new strategies may be born, as each player must try to predict who will attack whom, or weigh acting to save a player who’s in a pinch in order to aim for the number-one position!

 

Hyper Training

Hyper Training

 

Pokémon grow stronger by raising their levels and increasing their base stats. However, their power is still affected by the individual strengths innate to each Pokémon. Now, with Hyper Training, Pokémon that have grown to Lv. 100 will be able to increase their individual strengths, which has never been possible before. With Hyper Training, you can increase the strength of the Lv. 100 Pokémon you’ve been adventuring with!

 

Poké Finder

Poké Finder

 

A feature known as the Poké Finder allows you to take pictures of Pokémon you find. It’s loaded into the Rotom Dex. When you use the Poké Finder in certain photo spots scattered throughout the Alola region, you can take pictures of Pokémon.

 

The pictures you take will be evaluated, and as you take better pictures, more features—like the ability to zoom in—become available.

 

Festival Plaza

Festival Plaza

 

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, communication features such as battling and trading are all gathered together in Festival Plaza. This is a place where the festivities never stop, as Pokémon Trainers from around the world meet and mingle. As you progress through your adventure, you'll become able to use Festival Plaza, where you can welcome other people and take requests to keep things hopping. Talk to your visitors to liven things up!

 

People playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon near you and players from around the world who are connected to the Internet will visit Festival Plaza, and you can enjoy playing with them using a variety of communication features, including battling and trading.

 

Shop with Festival Coins

By talking to people and listening to their requests, you can receive Festival Coins, which you can spend in Festival Plaza. There are all kinds of cool stores in Festival Plaza, such as goody shops where you can get deals on items, bouncy houses for Pokémon to train in, and dye houses where you can dye your clothes new colors. The rank of your Festival Plaza increases based on the number of Festival Coins you gather. As its rank goes up, you’ll receive rewards—and the things that you can do in Festival Plaza will also increase!

 

Pokémon Refresh

Pokémon Refresh

 

Use the Pokémon Refresh feature to care for your Pokémon. After a battle, Pokémon sometimes end up all dirty. When that happens, you can take care of them and get them all cleaned up. By caring for your Pokémon, you can also cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on your Pokémon in battle.

 

Pokémon that have grown very affectionate, thanks to petting them a lot and feeding them their beloved Poké Beans, will battle to the utmost for you. Sometimes they’ll avoid attacks from opposing Pokémon—and even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting. Take good care of your Pokémon with Pokémon Refresh, and they’ll be great allies on your adventure!

 

Poké Pelago

Poké Pelago—A Paradise for Pokémon in PC Boxes

 

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, there’s a feature known as Poké Pelago, which Pokémon that have been placed in Boxes can enjoy. Poké Pelago consists of a variety of isles where Pokémon can go exploring, play on athletic equipment, and enjoy other fun activities. If you send many Pokémon to Poké Pelago, you can develop the facilities on your isles—and develop new kinds of isles as well. As these isles are developed and increase in number, you’ll be able to do things like obtain items or raise your Pokémon.

 

Pokémon visiting Isle Abeens, which you can visit from the start, may sometimes choose to join your party. A Pokémon that displays a heart icon in the bubble above its head has taken a liking to you!

 

In Isle Aphun, which you can use once you develop it, you may be able to obtain valuable items.

 

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