Pokemon Sun & Moon: Starters Revealed

We don’t do a ton of news here, but this is a big moment. Pokemon has released their first trailer for the 7th generation of Pokemon. Pokemon knows how to stoke the hype bonfire, and they definitely warmed me up with this two minute video. Check it out below.

 

Okay, let’s break some of this down.

The Starters:

Rowlet:rowlet_2

“Rowlet can attack without making a sound! It flies silently through the skies, drawing near to its opponent without being noticed, and then lashing out with powerful kicks. It can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers.”

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Rowlet is currently my favorite, which is surprising because I normally choose water. Rowlet is incredibly adorable and wears a leaf bowtie. Additionally, Rowlet is the first basic starter who looks capable of using Fly, making him adorable and functional.

Litten:litten_2

“Logical but also passionate, Litten always remains coolheaded and doesn’t show its emotions on the surface.”

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It’s surprising that this is the first time Pokemon has had a cat-like starter. There are numerous cat Pokemon, yet they has never breached the coveted starter role. Based on its colors, I wouldn’t be surprised if Litten ends up being fire/dark, as it has a distinct Houndour vibe.

Popplio:popplio_2

“Popplio’s swimming speed is known to exceed 25 mph. It’s better at moving in the water than on land. Still, when it’s on land, it takes advantage of the elasticity of its balloons to perform acrobatic stunts and jumps.”

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I won’t state my full opinion on Popplio. I don’t care for his design, but I’ll reserve full judgement until I see his other stages.  He certainly looks cool in action, and having a Surf using starter may be handy in the tropical looking world of Sun & Moon.

The Setting:

Get ready for the sun. Pokemon is taking us to the Alola Region. The land seems to be directly related to Hawaii. Mountains, beaches, and lush topical plants are major features shown in the trailer. At one point there seems to be a dormant volcano. There weren’t many details outside of that. I am happy to see such a specific climate in this game. There probably will be some out of place snow area, but I trust that it won’t be too out of place in this clearly tropical region.

The Legendaries:

For now I am going to call them Aslan and Bat-Face. Like in X&Y this game seems to be playing the good legendary v. bad legendary. A giant sun lion seems much more likely to be a representation of good and life than a giant bat monster in the night. I like their design overall, Aslan seems a little uninspired, and not very fitting to the Hawaii-esque setting, but I was planning on getting Moon anyway.

See you at the next announcement!

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-Peter

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