August 1st Sun and Moon Information: New Pokémon

So, to kick things off in my day of extended Pokémon Sun and Moon coverage, all the new Pokémon.  In this case, we have a different category of new Pokémon: Alola Form Pokémon.

Alola Form Pokémon

Imagine how Charles Darwin felt when he first started exploring the Galapagos Islands, discovering that different animals evolved to have different characteristics depending on where they live.  Some finches had larger beaks when they needed to crack nuts for food, some had much more slender beaks to get through cracks to eat at bugs.  His discoveries in  this field quite literally changed the way we look at the world today.

Now imagine that Pokémon has taken that concept and applied it quite literally to the Alola region as a stand-in Galapagos.  There you have our brand new Alola Form Pokémon.  So far, only a few Kanto Pokémon have been seen to have new forms, but we’ve gotten some good ones to be honest.


Let’s get this one out of the way first, however.  Since it’s… Special, to say the least.

Exeggutor image courtesy of Bulbapedia.net, Alolan Exeggutor courtesy of Serebii.net

Now, I really like Exeggutor.  It’s actually one of my favorite Generation 1 Pokémon.  I used one the first time I played through Firered, so it has a pretty special place in my heart.  But if you had told me before today that it would somehow come to look even stranger than it already did, I would’ve said you were crazy.

Boy was I wrong.

This new form of Exeggutor changes from a Grass/Psychic-type into a Grass/Dragon-type, it’s got the ability Frisk, and it’s got a hell of a long neck.

According to the official description from the Pokémon website:

The environment of the Alola region, where strong sunlight pours down all year round, brought about this change in Exeggutor’s form. The people of Alola boast that the Alolan Exeggutor is the true form of Exeggutor. 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. This Pokémon excels at whipping its long neck like a lash to attack with its hard heads. But that neck can sometimes become a weakness…”

As much as I’m admittedly turned off by just how excessively goofy this new Exeggutor looks, I do appreciate everything it stands for.  Evolution via the environment it lives in, growing from a kind of squat little pineapple palm tree into a full-fledged high and mighty palm tree with a huge neck to match.  While I’m weary about it, I am curious about what kinds of dragon attacks this guy could possibly learn.  Draco Meteor Exeggcute, anyone?


Vulpix line images courtesy of Bulbapedia.net, Alolan Vulpix line images courtesy of Serebii.net

Remember back in my very first Sun and Moon post, how I talked about who I felt deserved mega evolutions?  Well, this isn’t that, but it’s definitely a wonderful substitute for my Generation 1 fire-type love Ninetails.

These new forms of Vulpix and Ninetails are Ice and Ice/Fairy-type respectively, both with the ability Snow Cloak.  Talk about a total 360 from the originals, which were Fire-types with a hidden ability Drought that had to do with sunny day weather.

According to their official descriptions off the Pokémon website:

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. These Alolan Vulpix live on high mountains that remain covered in snow year-round. They live in small packs of two to five individuals, helping one another survive. Alolan Vulpix can freeze anything solid by expelling breath at a temperature of -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50° C) from its mouth. It doesn’t fare well in the heat, but when the temperature gets too high, it produces ice from its tail to lower the surrounding temperature.”

Alolan Ninetales live on a snowy peak that is revered in the Alola region as a holy mountain. They are treated as sacred emissaries, and people meet them with awe and fear. This Pokémon’s personality is extremely gentle, and at times it has helped humans who seem to be in distress. However, it shows no mercy at all to anyone or anything that dares to damage its territory! The 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 with them, which it fires like bullets at opponents. The power of these ice missiles is great enough to pulverize rock!”

Once again, the fact that environments are taken into account when considering how Pokémon adapt to Alola makes me really excited – especially since we’re getting forms of Pokémon like Ninetails!  The backstories of the Pokémon that have been introduced so far have almost been more interesting to me than the Pokémon themselves, and these Alola forms are no exception.  The fact that Vulpix were brought to the islands and fled to the icy areas of the region is a wonderful way to introduce this idea, even if it’s strange that they wouldn’t flee to warmer, volcanic areas.  In fact, that begs the question of whether we’ll only be seeing Alolan Vulpix in Sun and Moon or whether we’ll see them alongside normal Vulpix on different islands, or something along those lines.

I also greatly appreciate just how much the Pokémon seem to have changed while at the same time staying the same at their core.  Alolan Ninetails is still gentle and merciful, and even revered as a sacred entity by people, much like its normal Fire-type equivalent.  It’s just a really nice touch, in my mind.


Sandshrew line images courtesy of Bulbapedia.net, Alolan Sandshrew line images courtesy of Serebii.net

Ah Sandshrew, a fairly underrated Ground-type from Kanto.  Now, a potentially fairly underrated Ice/Steel-type in Alola.  Let’s be honest, Ice/Steel might be a pretty lousy typing, one with a lot of weaknesses amplified by slow speeds and mixed defenses.  Both Sandshrew and Sandslash have the ability Snow Cloak, just like the Vulpix line.

According to their official descriptions off the Pokémon website:

“Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas. But the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the Sandshrew to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains, where they took on this form. Sandshrew’s body changed to adapt to the harsh environment of the snowy mountains. The Alolan Sandshrew has a shell of ice covering its skin, which is like hard steel. It excels defensively, but it lacks flexibility and can’t curl its body into a ball like a Ground-type Sandshrew can. Its heavy weight makes the Alolan Sandshrew slower than a normal Sandshrew, but the claws on its hands and feet allow it to move across ice without slipping. When it wants to move quickly, it uses its stomach to slide across the ice like a curling rock.”

The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Thanks to their icy coating, these spines are large and sharp. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business. The weight of the ice that covers its body makes these Alolan Sandslash heavier than normal Sandslash, and this causes them to be slower. Yet in snow fields and on ice, they move by creating a path with their claws, and so they’re able to move with swiftness. The sprays of snow kicked up by Alolan Sandslash’s movements are so beautiful that many photographers head for the snowy peaks to capture the moment. However, Sandslash live deep in the mountains, and there is great danger of becoming stranded, so it’s forbidden to climb the mountains without permission.”

The icy caves of Alola seem like they’re going to be a very influential place, at least in terms of evolution.  Honestly, it’s a little strange considering you’d think the forests and beaches would be a prime candidate like they are in real life… But for this line at least, the explanation given is a great one: Volcanic eruptions drove them from their homes and into the icy caverns, where they evolved.  Awesomely done, Pokémon Company.

Also, Alolan Sandshrew skating around like a curling stone.  Adorable.  Just saying.


As I drew from a video analyzing these new additions from shadypenguinn on youtube, this is the kind of thing that a lot of fan Pokémon rom hack games like to include in their stories. It’s also apparently been in the Trading Card Game, so it’s definitely something that appeals to the greater community as well as those interested in the more literal theories of Pokémon evolution.

Personally, I’m really excited to play around with these new variant forms, and whatever other new forms come out when the games do!  They honestly bring to mind the deviant monsters in Monster Hunter Generations… God I’ve been playing a lot of that in my spare time.



New Pokémon

Now then, one more new Pokémon, totally new ones this time.  This post is already very long I know, but imagine how long it would be if I didn’t split the video into multiple posts.  Insanely so.  All images from here on out, by the way, are from Serebii.net, just to clarify ahead of time.


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Gumshoos, the Stakeout Pokémon

Remember Yungoos, the route 1 Normal-type we were introduced to a heck of a long time ago at this point, well here’s it’s evolution: Gumshoos!

Also yes, before I go any further, it does look a lot like Donald Trump.  And that’s hilarious.

However, the design is arguably not actually based on everyone’s favorite new Republican Party nominee.  It’s based on a detective, or a gumshoe as they’re otherwise known.  It evolves into a form that uses a much more detective-like approach to hunting it’s prey, which and has that classic brown trench coat appearance to go along with it.

According to it’s official description off the Pokémon website:

Gumshoos’s method of targeting prey is the exact opposite of Yungoos’s strategy. While Yungoos prowls around, Gumshoos stakes out its prey’s usual routes and waits patiently for it to come by. Gumshoos has a tenacious personality, which is why it targets one prey for so long without wavering. But when the sun goes down, it runs low on stamina, falling asleep right on the spot. Gumshoos can withstand a great deal of hunger. It’s able to stay perfectly still while waiting for its prey, keeping watch without eating a thing.”

There’s some more to say about this guy, but I’ll get into that more in my next post.


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Mudbray, the Donkey Pokémon

Also in relation to an older Pokémon we’ve had revealed to us is Mudbray, the pre-evolution of Mudsdale.  Again, that just about means a lot of this little guy’s characteristics are the same as it’s evolution.  However, it is much more cute.  And it’s description is a little more sad… But I digress.

According to it’s official description off the Pokémon website:

Mudbray could once be found all over the world, but it was overhunted and ended up on the verge of extinction. It’s said that the Alola region is the only place in the world where Mudbray can still be found in the wild. Mudbray boasts superhuman strength—a surprise, considering its small body. Mudbray can carry loads up to 50 times its own weight on its back or dragging behind it. Mudbray loves playing in the mud. It’s easy to live in harmony with this Pokémon, as long as you provide an environment where it can play in the mud. If it can’t frolic in the mire, however, Mudbray will become stressed and may stop listening to orders.”


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Minior, the Meteor Pokémon

So I have talked about my belief that Solrock and Lunatone should get some kind of special treatment in Sun and Moon for obvious reasons, and while this isn’t that it does seem to be in the same vein.  The same space vein!

Minior is a Rock/Flying-type Pokémon with a new ability called Shields Down.  Like the legacy set for it with Pokémon like Zygarde and Mimikyu, this ability allows it to change form when it’s health falls below 50%.  Once it does, the shell it has cracks off, and Minior looks like this:

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Much cuter, that’s for sure.  Minior can also come in different colors, at least four judging by the video that these new guys came in.

According to it’s official description off the Pokémon website:

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 inside it. The Meteor Pokémon seems to be made in such a way that if its shell breaks, it becomes lighter and can deal out quick attacks. When its shell breaks, the core in its center is revealed. You won’t know what color will appear until this happens!
Minior’s core will change color depending on the particular color of the debris it has absorbed. Its pastel coloration has a cute look, so this Pokémon is often used as a design motif for clothing and accessories.”

While the rocky, defensive form of Minior reminds me of a Maw from the Binding of Isaac, which is a little unsettling, it’s more speedy and offensive freed form reminds me of the Luma from Super Mario Galaxy, which is definitely a far more enticing image to think of!  Hopefully it’s not quite as restricted as our other Rock/Flying-type Archeops.


Look at these two cuties, Fomantis and it’s evolved form Lurantis.  They really do hit me in a soft spot, the same spot that Pokémon like Leavanny hit.  They’re a cute Grass-type line that can also be tough, has their own special move, and are smart – at least according to the descriptions they get.  They also both have the ability Leaf Guard.

According to their official descriptions off the Pokémon website:

“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. For Fomantis, photosynthesis is not just a source of energy—it is a necessity to achieve the strength and brilliant coloration of its evolved form. Photosynthesis is precious to Fomantis, and it will fiercely attack those who get in the way of that process. Fomantis excel at long-range attacks like Razor Leaf and Solar Beam. Solar Beam is indeed a powerful move, but since it uses up the energy that the Pokémon has stored through photosynthesis, Fomantis rarely uses it.”

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. Lurantis’s appearance is maintained through detailed grooming. It will trust a Trainer who does a good job of caring for it, but it will apparently have a difficult time growing closer to a lazy Trainer. Lurantis is the Totem Pokémon of Lush Jungle, the site of an Akala Island trial. It will overwhelm trial-goers with the powerful combos it unleashes with the Pokémon allies it calls.”

Look out for Solar Blade as well, which seems like it’s going to be a physical variant of Solarbeam.


When I talked about Darwin’s finches for the Alolan Form Pokémon, I wasn’t solely talking about them.  I was also talking about this guy: Oricorio, the Dancing Pokémon.  The form you find will vary depending on the island you find it on, and each will have a different typing.  Baile Style is Fire/Flying, Pa’u is Psychic/Flying, Pom-Pom is Electric/Flying and Sensu Form is Ghost/Flying.

According to it’s official description(s) off the Pokémon website:

“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.
The Baile Style Oricorio is very passionate, and power fills its body when it dances. It sends downy fluff flying during its intense dances. By igniting this fluff, it can unleash a fiery dance attack.
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. It can attack with these charged feathers, and sometimes it unleashes a powerful electric shock.
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. It’s said that this dance expresses its gratitude to the guardian deity Pokémon.
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. People who migrated from Kanto feel a great liking for this Pokémon because its dance reminds them of their homeland.”

I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I love the different forms of these Pokémon even more in context and theory than I do in just how they are.  That’s not to say the different forms are bad, in fact Oricorio might just be one of my favorite new Pokémon for its diversity in appearances and power.

In fact, one of the best things about it is the new ability is has, Dancer, which allows it to copy a dance-themed move that’s used on the field.  For example, if Quiver Dance or Dragon Dance are used, Oricorio will use the same attack directly after, thus getting the same stat boost.  It also has an attack called Revelation Dance which will change it’s typing based on which variant of the bird you’re using.



Well, that’s it for this post.  It’s been a long one, for sure, and there are even more on the way today!  Or maybe coverage into tomorrow, depending on how much free time I find.  This was arguably the biggest part of the reveals, as we had two different groups of new Pokémon, all of whom are interesting and fun!

If you liked any of these new Pokémon best, let me know in the comments below!  And let me know what other Alolan Forms you’d like to see, since I’m sure that’s going to be a pretty hot topic in the near future.

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4 thoughts on “August 1st Sun and Moon Information: New Pokémon

  1. Great roundup of info! The ice Alola forms look pretty cool, though I fail to see how that abomination of a palm tree with an egg for a tail qualifies as a dragon type. Goodness…

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    1. Yeah honestly I’m still pretty iffy on that too, it seems like a pretty crazy shift to go from Psychic to Dragon on what’s essentially the elongation of a palm tree! However, if they add a cool new Dragon-type attack to go along with the new form, or at least give it something that already exists that’d make sense in it’s move pool, I’m certainly up to giving the guy the benefit of the doubt.

      That or Draco Meteor Exeggutor, I still stand behind that being a really hilarious image to consider.

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