Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Add Story, Photo Mode, Z-Moves, and More

In a busy day for The Pokemon Company, a flurry of announcements involving Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon dropped across the world.

The day started with an extensive new trailer highlighting “[n]ew buildings and landscapes appear that were not previously seen in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.” Updated character designs and outfits are included for the new adventure, which promises “[s]ecrets about Necrozma and the Alola region—undisclosed in the previous games—will come to light.”

New additions to region? Check.
New character designs? Check.
New story? Check.

The trailer goes on to reconfirm a new Pokemon form – Lycanroc (Dusk Form). While we’ve seen it before, the revelation that its ability will be Tough Claws further differentiates it from its previous forms. More interesting, however, is that this form gains the exclusive moves of the others: Counter from midnight form and Accelerock (a priority move in the vein of Aqua Jet) from midday form. The latter has been far more prevalent and useful in competitive play–Rock types shatter some common types–but Counter may have some utility if this form receives a different stat distribution.

From there, GameInformer, carrying on with its week of Pokemon coverage, revealed around four minutes of exclusive footage of the Alola Photo Club mode.

It’s promised to be a “different take” on past photo modes, allowing trainers and their Pokemon to come closer together. It’s a seemingly nifty addition, but another one where mileage will vary if it’s integrated as past photo modes have been.

Finally, a new Z-Move was unveiled, this time at the Pokemon World Championships. Alola’s pseudo-legendary, Kommo-o, gets powered up with a devastating Z-Move with an area-of-effect. As an added bonus, all of Kommo-os stats are raised. This is exactly the kind of buff this pseudo needed to stand toe-to-toe with the pseudos of past games: a wink-and-a-nod shown in the trailer with Kommo-o annihilating Salamence and Garchomp.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon drop November 17, 2017.

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