As revealed by Nintendo on June 6 during their Nintendo Direct event, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon will be releasing on Nintendo 3DS towards the end of this year, telling an alternate story to the one told in the Sun and Moon games.
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On top of this, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon are said to include brand new monsters, on top of evolutions for Solgaleo and Lunala, the two Legendary Pokemon that were seen in Pokemon Sun and Moon, respectively. We don’t know what new monsters will actually be included in the game come November, but there’s still time to hear about more new content between now and then.
Up to the eventual release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon near the end of 2017, keep an eye on this page, as we’ll be updating it with any additional information revealed by Nintendo for both games.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Release Date
Although the game made a very brief appearance in the 8-minute Nintendo Direct, Nintendo did reveal that the Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon release date is November 17, 2017 - it will be releasing for 3DS worldwide on the same date.
Despite the release of the Nintendo Switch just months ago, it doesn’t appear at this time as though Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are coming to the console, but Pokken Tournament DX was instead revealed as the Pokemon game coming to the Nintendo Switch.
However, despite eagle-eyed fans noticing that the listing for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon originally mentioned a Switch version on the official Nintendo UK press site, this listing was then removed shortly afterwards.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon New Content
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon might have appeared to merely be re-releases of the games that released last year for the Nintendo 3DS, but this isn’t the case, as Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will tell brand new stories within the world established in Pokemon Sun and Moon.
These new stories will be set within the region of Alola, which we previously explored back in Pokemon Sun and Moon. The Pikachu Island area of Pokemon Sun and Moon could briefly be seen in the Nintendo Direct, meaning that we will be revisiting past locations.
But Pokemon director Junichi Masuda revealed that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would go beyond simply telling new stories, including brand new monsters, as well as new mega-evolutions of the two Legendary Pokemon from each game, these being Solgaleo for Pokemon Sun, and Lunala for Pokemon Moon.
One new feature for the re-release of Pokemon Sun and Moon will be a brand new variety of Z-Moves. If you're not familiar with the term, it's a special move unique to each type of Pokemon, that a trainer can use once during a battle in an attempt to obliterate their opponent.
New Z-Moves aren't the only new content, as players will be able to equip their characters with brand new equipment in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. All of the brand new accessories for each character choice can be seen just below:
The new trailer below for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon promises that new secrets of the Alola region will be revealed. What exactly are these secrets? Your guess is as good as ours.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Dusk Form Lycanroc
Speaking of brand new monsters being revealed for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Dusk Form Lycanroc has just been revealed for the upcoming reissue of the game, the image of which you can see below.
This unique form of the Lycanroc shares similarities between the Midday and Midnight versions of Lycanroc, which were found in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, respectively. Dusk Form Lycanroc can learn both Accelerock and Counter, the former of which is a Rock-type physical move that always goes first, while the latter is a Fighting-type move that inflicts double the damage received by an opponent's physical attack.
However, in order to get the special Rockruff that is needed to evolve the Dusk Form Lycanroc, you'll need to pre-order either Pokemon Ultra Sun or Pokemon Ultra Moon, before they release on November 17, 2017.
Unfortunately, there was no mention of the long-rumored Pokemon Stars, which was slated to be the working title for the port of Pokemon Sun and Moon, which was said to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. However there is still time for an announcement.
For now, this is all the information we have to go on with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. We’ll continually be updating this post with new information from Nintendo as soon as the company announces anything, right up until the worldwide launch of the game on November 17.
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