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  • Well, consider the hype for Pokémon’s seventh generation to have officially begun. The first

  • trailer showing actual gameplay from Pokémon Sun and Moon has been released and beyond

  • even the revealed starters, there’s a ton of information to be found here. So let’s

  • not waste any time. Weve got our own personal Hidden Machine, the old Analysis Machine naturally,

  • to discover all the secrets and hidden details from this latest Pokémon trailer! Let’s

  • see if we can catchem all!

  • The most exciting part of any Pokémon game is seeing what new Pokémon there are. And

  • were in for a strong Generation if the Starters are anything to go by. First up is

  • Rowlet, a dual Grass and Flying type which is based on an owl. The Pokémon Company has

  • even released more information about it stating that it’s classified as the Grass Quill

  • Pokémon and has the ability Overgrow. It goes on to say, “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.’

  • Its visual abilities are impressive. The darkness of night is no obstacle to Rowlet!

  • It can twist its neck nearly 180° from front to back so it can see directly behind itself.

  • It has a habit of turning its head in battle to face its Trainer and receive instructions.

  • The move Leafage attacks an opponent by striking it with leaves. Rowlet knows this move from

  • the moment it becomes your partner!” We even see it’s ability to rotate its head

  • 180° during its idle animation. But the most interesting thing here is the move, Leafage.

  • It is a brand-new Grass-type attack that seems designed to give Grass types an early move

  • on par with Ember and Water Gun, and we even see it in action where it sends three green

  • energy balls at its opponent.

  • Next is Litten, the Fire-type starter. Though considering its dark coloring, we do have

  • to wonder if its final evolution could be a dual Fire and Dark type. What we do know

  • thanks to the Pokémon Company is that Litten is classified as the Fire Cat Pokémon and

  • it has the ability Blaze. They describe it as, “Logical but also passionate, Litten

  • always remains coolheaded and doesn't show its emotions on the surface. Litten can attack

  • with flaming hairballs!’

  • Its fur is rich in oils and immensely flammable. Litten grooms itself by licking its fur, and

  • then uses the collected fur as fuel for fireball attacks! When the time comes for Litten to

  • shed its old fur, it all burns up in a glorious blaze. The move Ember attacks an opponent

  • by firing a small flame at it. Litten knows this move from the moment it becomes your

  • partner!” So with that description, Ember is kinda gross when used by Litten. But you

  • can’t deny its effectiveness. We even see Litten lickings its paws during its idle animation

  • before using Ember. And during its attack, we can see the hair on Litten’s back stand

  • on end. But the coolest detail about Litten are the markings on its fur which, when combined

  • with its eyes, resembles the alchemic symbol for sulfur.

  • Finally, there’s Popplio, the Water type Pokémon. The big question with it is whether

  • its final evolution will gain the Ice type. Were not entirely confident about that

  • since the typing and design could make it a little too similar to the Seel and Dewgong

  • family. However, Popplio’s classification is exactly the same as those two as the Sea

  • Lion Pokémon. Unlike them however, its ability is Torrent. The Pokémon Company also gives

  • it this description, “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.’

  • Popplio can snort out balloons made of water! Watch it spin water balloons into a

  • playful battle strategy! Both frivolous and hard-working, Popplio can easily get carried

  • awayunleashing enough power in battle to make quite a spectacle! But Popplio’s determined

  • spirit means it can usually be found practicing hard on its balloon skills. The Water Gun

  • move attacks an opponent by firing a jet of water. Popplio knows this move from the moment

  • it becomes your partner!” And like the others we see it use its Water Gun and see its idle

  • animation. In this case, Popplio takes a very proud-looking stance.

  • What’s clear about all of the starters is that theyre full of personality. From their

  • idle animations to their attacks, they really do stand out. And there might be even more

  • of a connection between the chosen starter and your trainer since, in the Japanese trailer,

  • we see the trainer picking up his chosen Pokémon. It’s a level of interaction we don’t normally

  • see in the Pokémon games. At least outside of Pokémon-Amie.

  • However, we saw two more Pokémon during this reveal trailer. Toward the end, we were given

  • our first look at the titular Legendaries. First is Sun’s Legendary Pokémon which

  • has a definite lion-like design which seems to back up the trademark filed for a Pokémon

  • called Solgaleo. The legendary is located near some kind of ruin with the Sun and Moon

  • symbols on either side of it on nearby columns. Behind it, there’s a carving that shows

  • two hands raised into the air.

  • We see more of the ruin when Moon’s Legendary Pokémon is revealed. Here we see that the

  • ruin seems to be part of a mountain as the hands are shown to be holding up some kind

  • of giant circle. It could be either the sun or the moon or perhaps represent both. It’s

  • difficult to say conclusively. But the Moon Legendary seems to be designed after a kind

  • of bat which is quite fitting. The trademark seems to indicate that its name is Lunaala,

  • but there’s almost no evidence here to back that up.

  • Like many of the past Legendary Pokémon that have represented the generation, Sun and Moon’s

  • are shown to be different yet interconnected. In this case, it’s in the eyes. The Moon

  • Pokémon has orange eyes while the Sun Pokémon has blue, which is the primary color of their

  • opposites. Finally, we get to see the Moon Legendary’s unique move. It brings up its

  • wings into a full moon shape before combining six beams of energy into one massive attack.

  • Unfortunately, we don’t see anything concrete for the Sun Legendary, only that it’s unique

  • move brings the camera close to its eyes before attacking. Still, it does look quite fierce.

  • And, surprisingly enough, that’s every Pokémon that’s been shown so far. Or is it? In the

  • Japanese trailer, a small scene takes place in the trainer’s house. And behind this

  • woman is a Meowth. It’s not much, but it does show that the seventh generation will

  • not be repeating what the fifth generation did and only have brand new Pokémon in the

  • region. Instead we expect the game to keep the sheer variety of Pokémon that Kalos and

  • the sixth generation had.

  • But that’s everything that the trailers and supplementary material has on the Pokémon

  • of Sun and Moon. And were only scratching the surface. Let’s continue on and take

  • closer look at the trainers and the other characters we meet during both trailers. The

  • Japanese trailer actually shows the biggest news when it comes to the trainers, like X

  • and Y, players will be able to choose how their trainer looks. There are four options

  • for each gender though they all follow a similar style.

  • The male trainer has a rather simple design with shorts, a blue and white striped shirt,

  • the customary hat, and a backpack. Meanwhile, the female trainer has a wool cap with tufts

  • sticking up on top like a chicken and a square Pokéball symbol. She’s also wearing shorts

  • and carries a bag while her shirt is tied off in the front. While they may not stand

  • out compared to previous trainers, there’s actually some clever theming with the two

  • of them.

  • The male trainer has a blue hat while the female has orange. Her shirt and shoes are

  • colored yellow while his are blue. So far it seems that the male trainer is themed for

  • Moon while the female trainer is designed for Sun. However, the male trainer also has

  • orange highlights on his shorts which keeps him themed for both versions. Unfortunately,

  • we were unable to find anything blue on the female trainer, though her green shorts are

  • a cooler shade than anything else she’s wearing.

  • Along with the male trainer, we also get a look at his room. We can see his desk next

  • to a window where books and a globe sits. The globe actually displays the real world’s

  • Europe and Africa rather than any Pokémon geography. Next to it, one of the books is

  • open and can likely be read. On the left, there’s a Pikachu doll near the TV. A Wii

  • U is displayed in front of the TV with no NX in sight. So no preview here! Strangely

  • enough, there’s no PC to be seen anywhere in the trainer’s room though we think he

  • has to have one. Just maybe not in the form were used to.

  • And that’s because of a scene from before this during the Japanese trailer. In it, we

  • see a new character, Kukui, either sending a video message to the trainer to welcome

  • him or it’s a live-feed chat. What’s interesting is the aesthetic of a web message is fully

  • here as we see options to minimize, expand, or exit Kukui’s window as well as symbols

  • for the video feed, which is indicated to be on, a camera, and an options menu. You

  • obviously can’t interact with these options at the moment, but we even see that the background

  • wallpaper is of the ocean.

  • This is where the missing PC ties in. What if instead of a desktop computer, the trainer

  • has a laptop or a tablet that is with them at all times, allowing the ability to have

  • a video chat with characters that they meet along the way? Going one step further, what

  • if it’s a laptop that allows you to change out your Pokémon at any time without going

  • to a Pokémon Center. It’s quite the reach and a change we can’t quite see them making

  • for the sake of balance, but it could be a major update to the Pokémon formula.

  • The other key component to this talk with Kukui is that, like Generation 3, your trainer

  • has just moved to this new region, Alola. It’s an obvious play on the word Aloha and

  • the region is guaranteed to be based on Hawaii. And this move and the location is reflected

  • in the live-action segments of the Japanese trailer. It tells the story of a boy and mother

  • moving to Hawaii so it’s possible that there may be details on what the opening story will

  • be in Sun and Moon. For one, the boy’s name is Shohei. Is it possible that this will be

  • the male trainer’s name in the Japanese version? There are more distinct uses of color

  • during these moments as well. Shohei is wearing blue when introduced to his new class and

  • the boy who claps is wearing orange.

  • We believe this nice boy, who later reveals his name to be Hoku, is a real-world stand-in

  • for Sun and Moon’s rival, for lack of a better term. Well detail him in full later,

  • but what’s intriguing is that Hoku chooses the starter that is weak to Shohei’s choice.

  • Could the opposite trainer, the gender you did not choose, be the true rival in the game,

  • just like Serena and Calem from X and Y? Maybe the rival that Hoku represents is more like

  • Shauna from that same game. There’s actually more evidence to support this, but well

  • get to that soon enough as there are a lot of characters introduced in the trailer.

  • But first, let’s look at Kukui. He’s the first character you seem to meet and may even

  • be your cousin unless that’s just a colloquialism. We believe he works as an assistant to Sun

  • and Moon’s professor. After all, he shares a name with the Kukui nut that can be found

  • in Hawaii. It’s had many different uses throughout the history of the islands, but

  • the ancient people actually burned the nut to provide light. They did this by stringing

  • the nuts in a row on a palm leaf midrib before lighting it on one end. Each one took about

  • 15 minutes to burn so it could also be used as a way to tell time. The oil from the nut

  • was also used in lamps. It may be a coincidence but this ties into the light motif that Sun

  • and Moon seem to be going for.

  • In the Japanese trailer, we see the house youre moving into. Boxes are everywhere

  • and there’s a Wailmer pail sitting next to a plant. It’s the same house we saw from

  • before with the Meowth. We can see Kukui’s telltale green shoes meaning this is at some

  • point in the same timeframe. It also means that this woman is the trainer’s mother.

  • She’s wearing a floral sundress as well as glasses on top of her head.

  • Throughout the same trailer, we see moments of Kukui talking to the player. He talks about

  • how it’s your first time in the region and how you need to get out there to meet friends

  • and Pokémon before concluding with a confidentLet’s go!” Kukui seems to be your link

  • and guide to the new region early on, and he may even be married as the video message

  • with him shows a ring on his finger. Though it may just be a visual flourish to his character.

  • As we stated before, we believe Kukui works for the new Professor who we get a good look

  • at here. He seems to be even more laid back than even Professor Sycamore and has a fan

  • tucked into his belt. The Japanese trailer shows that his name is Hala and, fitting tradition,

  • is named after a tree. The Hala tree is one that can be found in Hawaii and even ties

  • into a special location on the island, which well discuss when we talk about the region

  • itself. Needless to say, Hala is the one to give you your first Pokémon. While you receive

  • your starter on a platform that seems to be designed for either ceremonial purposes or

  • Pokémon battles, we can see a building with double doors just to the left which is likely

  • Professor Hala’s lab. An NPC is hanging around nearby, likely to provide more information

  • on it.

  • Just before Hala sends out the Pokémon though, we see a shadow just to the right of the trainer.

  • A person is just off-screen while a wide-brimmed hat or perhaps umbrella sticks out from the

  • side. This person seems to be roughly the same height as the trainer but is standing

  • behind him which could mean it’s your mother. However, there’s a white piece of cloth

  • just below too which your mother just doesn’t wear. So who could this other character be?

  • The last new character we see is this young boy that runs up to the trainer. Considering

  • his backpack, he’s likely the rival for this generation though he seems pretty laidback.

  • We believe he could be tied to the real-world Hoku and become the trainer’s first friend

  • in Alola. He’s also different from past rivals since he is the one running behind.

  • After all, as he’s giving a big grin, we can see Hala’s belt sticking out from the

  • left side of the screen. Also, his hair style is incredibly similar to Hala’s so it may

  • be possible that he’s the Professor’s grandson.

  • As we said before, we wonder if this boy will be a Shauna-type rival for the player since

  • Hoku, who we presume to be this boy’s analogue and possibly even share the same name, picked

  • the starter that was weak to Shohei’s choice. We can’t say for sure, but we are confident

  • on this point. But this scene also has a clue to whether trainer customization really is

  • fully returning for Sun and Moon.

  • While the trainer was wearing a blue-striped shirt before, now it looks like it’s a brown-striped

  • shirt. And the orange highlights on his shorts are now white. So, unless this was a coloring

  • mistake, it looks like different outfits will be available to purchase. The bigger question

  • we have though is how the trainer was able to change his shirt before even receiving

  • his first Pokémon. It’s not a major change so maybe there are limited clothing options

  • at your house that you can choose from? Either way, were confident that youll be able

  • to have your own personal style once again in Sun and Moon.

  • Before we move on to the Alola region itself, there’s a small scene where we can see the

  • trainer’s mother looking out over the island. Could this be a scene where she says goodbye

  • to him before he goes on his Pokémon journey? Or maybe it’s a true farewell as the trainer

  • prepares to leave this island entirely? What do we mean by this? Well, despite the fact

  • that we were shown a pretty detailed map of Alola, we highly doubt it’s everything.

  • Let’s take the region one step at a time though as the trailer reveals more to us.

  • Right off the bat, there’s a tropical feel as were talking with Kukui. Flowers are

  • blooming while a short palm tree can be seen to the right. Then the trainer is off running

  • and we get to see even more. This is just slightly further up the path where he was

  • talking with Kukui. We can see the darker spot from before which the trainer is now

  • running through while an NPC is hanging out on the right. Even more foliage helps sell

  • the tropical nature of the region.

  • The camera is dynamic once again with it panning to the side of the trainer to show off the

  • mountains and ocean in the distance. It’s also possible to see the winding road loop

  • around and continue on. And we believe that most of these landmarks can be visited. Just

  • behind the place where we receive our starter, we can see a sign and a path that leads into

  • what appears to be a dark forest.

  • It’s then that we get an overhead view of Alola, or at least part of Alola. Professor

  • Hala’s lab is the building near the top center. Nearby we can see the ceremonial platform,

  • and it’s surrounded by the same small buildings and even the entrance to the forest guarded

  • by two trees. Following the path south we come to a crossroad. Here we could go north

  • to cross a bridge and explore the mountains east of the forest. There’s likely another

  • side path from there as well in order to reach the nearby beach and a cave that can only

  • be Surfed to.

  • If we take the path east or south, well roughly reach the same destination. Were

  • not sure why there are two paths in this case, but we suppose it does add variety. The paths

  • eventually lead to another building that we believe to be a school. But well give our

  • reasons for that shortly. South of that is a beach house which we think is the trainer’s