A Preview of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokemon Sun and Moon, the seventh generation of the twenty-year-old game that’s centered on catching, fighting, training, breeding, and loving fictional and super-powered critters, came out in 2016. In fact, the game sold 14 million units! Now, even though the pair is less than a year old, two new Pokemon games (Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon), are going to launch this November. The question is: will it offer enough new Poke-content to make it worth getting? Well, we’ll see in November.
There’s Pokemon Crystal (Gold and Silver), Emerald (Ruby and Sapphire), and Platinum (Pearl and Diamond). Considering that Pokemon Black and White had a sequel, which also has enhanced features, for each version, instead of a unified one, since Game Freak and Nintendo are doing this in Gen 7, it shouldn’t be that much of a shock.
However, when it comes to the plot, rather than a sequel to Black and White 2, Ultra Sun and Moon is going to be similar to Crystal, Emerald, and Platinum (i.e., it’s revisiting Sun and Moon’s story in an alternate universe). Still, we don’t know how much of the story changes but players are getting new main characters.
Revisiting or Sequel?
On the other hand, there’s a theory that the game might be a continuation of the first two. Apparently, there’s a new set of protagonists in a parallel dimension, and it will pick up from the events of the previous game. The basis of this is Lillie’s ponytail in the official poster (something she won’t wear until later on in the game). However, given how crazy Pokemon fan theories could be, it wouldn’t be a shock that it’s just your usual speculation gone wild.
Well, it seems like characters that got little screen time are going to have a bit more exposure. Take Ryuki, for example, who’s a trainer that will challenge you for your Pokemon League Championship title after beating the game for the first time. You won’t be able to find him outside the Pokemon League in Sun and Moon. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, however, it seems like you finally will.
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Now, who plays Pokemon for the story? Well, the good thing is that Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will have three new Pokemon Forms:
One is Lycanroc Dusk Form, which looks like an orange Midday form Lycanroc with green eyes and black-tipped spiky hair from Lycanroc Midnight Form. Also, Lycanroc will have a Z-crystal exclusive for it: the Lycanium-Z. Upon usage, all terrain on the field is removed. To ensure that everyone will have this Pokemon, Nintendo will give players a free Rockruff that can only evolve to Lycanroc Dusk Form once the game launches.
The other two, on the other hand, is Necrozma’s. In Black 2 and White 2, legendary Pokemon Kyurem can “fuse” with either Reshiram or Zekron, and in doing so, Kyurem changes appearance and becomes able to use the signature move of either Pokemon. In the same fashion, Necrozma can do the same, but with Solgaleo and Lunala. Necrozma becomes Necrozma Mane of Dusk if fused with the former, and Wings of Dawn if with the latter.
2 New Pokemon
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will have two new Pokemon (Ultra Beasts), one for each version.
- Ultra Sun (UB Burst): a clown-looking Pokemon with a spherical head.
- Ultra Moon (UB Assembly): looks like a gray brick tower or fort with four legs and eyes all over it. True to Ultra Beast aesthetics, they have crazy designs. Hopefully, they’ll be as meta as Pheromosa and Celesteela.
Whether you’ll get a copy or not, one thing’s for sure: for something considered as a mere enhanced version, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon is making a rather big jump. The question is: will it successfully land into the lap of the trainer’s favor, or will it fall? We’ll find out on November 17.