Pokémon Sun and Moon: New Features Explained

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Pokémon Sun and Moon: New Features

23 Nov , 2016  

The hype around Pokémon Sun and Moon is real.

If you didn’t know already, it’s been 20 years since the first Pokémon game released and it’s still going strong today.

The Pokémon franchise continues to be innovative with each installment. From introducing new pokémon, the ability to customize your trainer and more.

What do Sun and Moon have to offer in the latest installment? Check out the latest features explained and get ready because you’ll want to play right away!


Pokémon Sun and Moon Release Details

Interested in picking up a physical or digital copy of the game?

Here are the Pokémon Sun and Moon details you need to know:

  • Sun and Moon release in North America on November 18th, 2016.
  • For those in Europe, the game will release on November 22nd, 2016.
  • The game is available to play in 9 different languages.
  • The Sun and Moon Special Demo are available on the Nintendo eShop. You can download the demo right here.


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Pokémon Sun and Moon New Features

We’re going in-depth of what each gameplay feature is offering to the table in Sun and Moon.

So get ready for the new looks and features!


1. Player Customization

Players have the ability to fully customize the look of their character which was first introduced in Pokémon X and Y in 2013.

If you didn’t play X and Y, here’s what the customization feature has to offer:

  • Choosing a preference between three skin tones.
  • Changing the color of hair, the color of eyes, and hair styles.
  • Customizing your character’s clothing style from clothing to accessories.

These customization options will be available to you at the beginning of the game.

You’ll want to save up your in-game currency before you go on a shopping spree for all new items.


2. Import all of your Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank

Nintendo has confirmed that the Pokémon Bank will be available to use in Sun and Moon.

Players can import their Pokémons from the following games:

  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire
  • X and Y

So if you had a powerful team or just want to bring over your favorite Pokémon, you can simply just import them.

Legendaries FTW!



3. QR Codes Will Fill Your Pokédex In No Time

You now have the ability to scan your friend’s Pokémon that will instantly add the specific Pokémon’s information with a scan of the QR code.

When you scan your friend’s QR code:

  • The scanned Pokémon’s information will be added directly to the game’s Pokédex.
  • The Pokémon’s location will show on the map to give you the chance of catching it for yourself.

If you have a friend that has a copy of either Sun or Moon that you don’t have, then this useful feature will save you some extra money and complete your PokéDex much faster.




4. Battle Royal

Sun and Moon introduces an all new multiplayer player experience to the game. In Battle Royal, players will not be playing in the classic head-to-head battle system, but in a free-for-all style where you can battle three other Trainers simultaneously.

You’ll be able to find out who really is the best Pokémon Trainer of them all.

If you have four friends or simply looking to challenge Trainers online, then this will be the place you’ll be at the most.



5. Max Out Your Team With Hyper Training

Grow your Pokémon stronger without having to run through tall grass to grind.

In Sun and Moon, players can max out their team’s stats with the use of Hyper Training.

Hyper Training allows Pokémon to grow stronger after they’ve reached level 100 in order to increase their base stats.

This is a useful mechanic if near the end of the game your team levels are all capped out and want to grow your team stronger.

However, Hyper Training isn’t cheap nor is it easy to obtain.

In order to start Hyper Training, you’ll need to find Bottle Caps which can be found around the island and is collected by the owner of the Hyper Training technique.



6. Z-Rings and Z-Moves

Get ready to use that Z-Ring and the Z-Moves with it!

Every Trainer at some point in their journey gets a Z-Ring.

Z-Rings are an accessory that allows players to unlock powerful and highly damaging attack moves that are specific to each Pokémon.

In order to pull off these combos, you’ll need to find a Z-Crystal that goes along with each Pokémon in order to initiate the mighty move.

There’s a rumor going around too that Nintendo and Game Freak will be releasing a real life Z-Ring. We wonder if that will improve the Sun and Moon experience in its own way.


7. Ride A Tauros Instead

You can now ride Tauros as a main source of transportation to get around faster in Sun and Moon.

Tauros don’t only help with traveling around faster in the game but they break rocks as well – see you later Rock Smash!

In order to “dash” or simply break rocks, you’ll need to hold down the “B” button to perform the move.

This mechanic completely removes the use of TMs and the Bike.

Most fans are pleased with this addition. Instead of having to carry around a Pokémon that can perform a Surf, Cut, Rock Smash and other useful TMs, you’ll be able to access these in a Pokémon Ride menu.

It should be noted that there are other Pokémon you’ll be able to ride depending on your situation and we can’t wait to find out more about it.

P.S. The demo lets players actually ride a Tauros around and it’s pretty awesome.


8. Time Differences Between Each Version

It’s standard for games to have a day-and-night cycle these days.

Pokémon Silver and Gold had the day-and-night cycle since it’s release and has been implemented across future series of the franchise.

Instead of making a traditional day-and-night cycle with the use of the internal clock, Game Freak showed what makes Sun and Moon completely different from each other:

  • Each game will have its own exclusive time-zones.
  • In the Sun version, players sync to the time that the 3DS internal clock is at.
  • The Moon version shifts the time 12 hours ahead of it’s Sun counterpart.

So to break that down, if you are playing  Pokémon Sun during the day then it’ll be daylight. If you’re playing the Moon version it will be nighttime during the day but daytime in the night hours. 



9. Pokémon Snap is Back, Slightly.

Sun and Moon’s PokéFinder is close enough to Pokémon Snap.

The latest PokéFinder system allows players to take photos with their PokéDex to find creatures. Only five pictures are allowed to be taken during any time.

Trainers need to be careful though if they take a picture of certain Pokémon, as they may be attacked by the creature.

You’ll use the PokéFinder mostly during the Trials or when you’re instructed to.



The newest features of Pokémon Sun and Moon is definitely a game changer in the franchise and we can expect these new features to be added to future generations of the Pokémon series.

If you’re a fan of the Pokémon series, we highly suggest that you pick up either Sun or Moon (or both) to add to your collection.


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