Starter Pokémon for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Revealed!

Nintendo released a new trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon that reveals it’s new starter pokemon and region!

The 3 new starter Pokemon are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. They’re a grass owl, fire-y kitten, and a circus seal respectively. Check out the trailer featuring them below.

The Official Pokemon website also uploaded a page explaining each of their eccentricities a bit more in depth than the trailer showcases.

Rowlet, the Grass Starter:

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!






Litten, the Fire Starter:

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!




Popplio, the Water Starter:

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 away—unleashing 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!








Those weren’t the only things revealed to us today, we also got a peak at the new region, Alola which looks to be based off of Hawaii. The gameplay we saw looked very reminiscent of Pokemon X and Y’s mechanics. It seems like Nintendo will be continuing to stick with the same kind of 3D models they used for Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon X/Y.

I was disappointed when I was playing through Alpha Sapphire and there weren’t the surplus of character customization options that X and Y had. It seemed like they were regressing by not having the cool menus that allowed you to change your hair, skin colour, and hat. But apparently Nintendo noticed their errors because an image leaked that had a selection screen of different skin colours. Hopefully they inputted that component again, Pokemon has become such an internationally loved name. It makes sense to have a feature that lets people of all skin colours feel included in the games they’re playing.

On the theme of no multiculturalism and inclusion, Nintendo’s Japan Youtube channel released a Pokemon Sun and Moon commercial touching on both issues. It’s a good sign that Nintendo has realized how many different kinds of people are fans of Pokemon. I think more game developers should be taking note of their fanbase. Maybe they’ll realize they aren’t all white men, and there will be more diverse characters in the future.

Last, but not least, we got the tiniest glimpse of the two Legendary Pokemon of each game. One looks to be a starry Lion and the other a cosmic bat. Two very interesting choices for the main Legendaries of the new generation. But they do look pretty promising.


Well, it’s been a Poke-blast of a morning full of new information, screenshots, and leaks and I’m a weird combination of Exhausted/Excited type. I’ll be keeping up on Pokemon Sun and Moon so stay tuned for more posts here whenever there’s new information released on them.

Pokemon Sun and Moon will be available for the 3DS on this November 18, 2016!

Author: Funké

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