Pokémon Sun & Moon Games' Trailer Introduces Aether Foundation, Version Differences

posted on by Karen Ressler
More new Pokémon, Poké Finder photography feature, Ultra Beasts also revealed

The official Pokémon Company International YouTube channel began streaming a trailer introducing multiple new features for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games on Tuesday.

The video introduces two new Pokémon:

  • Type: Null, a Normal-type Pokémon
  • Jangmo-o, a Dragon-type Pokémon

In addition, the video reveals Raticate's Alola form, a Dark- and Normal-type, like Rattata's Alola form.

The two versions of the game will be set 12 hours apart: Pokémon Sun will take place during the day and Pokémon Moon will take place at night. Some of the Pokémon encountered in the wild and during key battles will be different between the versions.

The video introduces new characters, including Gladion, an enforcer from Team Skull. The other new characters are from an organization called the Aether Foundation, which aims to care for Pokémon that have been hurt on its artificial island "Aether Paradise." The characters are:

  • Lusamine, Aether's president
  • Faba, Aether's branch chief
  • Wicke, Aether's assistant branch chief

New features introduced in the video include the Zygarde Cube, which grants the ability to search the Alola region for Zygarde's cells and cores, and Poké Finder, which allows players to take photographs of wild Pokémon.

Finally, the video introduces a "mysterious threat" called Ultra Beasts. There are multiple Ultra Beasts, each with a code name, and the first is revealed in the video as UB-01. The Aether Foundation is researching the Ultra Beasts.

The Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel also streamed a trailer with the same announcements, but with some different footage. The trailer also announces several Pokémon that were previously revealed in English videos.

The Pokémon YouTube channel is also streaming a series of live-action ads for the games. The videos focus on a boy who is moving to Hawaii from Japan and making friends over Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

The games will debut in Japan and North America on November 18, followed by Europe on November 23. The three Starter Pokémon (pictured below) are: the Grass-type Rowlet (Mokuroh in Japan), the Fire-type Litten (Nyabby), and the Water-type Popplio (Ashimari).

The games' new Legendary Pokémon include Solgaleo and Lunala (pictured below):

The games will be available on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, and — unlike in the previous generation — Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). Players can choose their preferred language when they launch each game.

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