Prepare for Trouble! Team Rocket Returns in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Prepare for Trouble! Team Rocket Returns in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Also returning: Pretty much every other Pokémon bad guy you pissed off years ago.

While Pokémon has never been afraid to appeal to long-time fans' nostalgic sides, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is going whole-watchog with its callbacks to old Pokémon content.

A trailer for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon published earlier today by The Pokémon Company introduces us to a new team of villains: Team Rainbow Rocket. Yes, Pokémon's first villain troupe is back, and they look fabulous.

They've got strong leadership, too: Giovanni is returning to spearhead the organization. In fact, pretty much all the leaders you put down in previous Pokémon games are coming back for blood. From Archie of Team Aqua to Lysander of Team Flare, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is keyed-up to deliver a beatdown.

At least you'll be able to defend yourself. Legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, and Lugia are lurking beyond Ultra Wormholes, just waiting for you to take them back to our less-crazy dimension (there are fewer Ultra Beasts floating around here, for one thing). The availability of the Legendries varies between Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, so you'll need to trade between versions if you want to catch 'em all.

When you want to take a break from tangling with Team Rocket, you can try out Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon's Battle Agency. Here, you rent Pokémon to fight other trainers and earn special items. You also get to wear a pair of sunglasses while you do the thing. And if sticker-collecting is your jam (it was mine in grade three), you can hunt for stickers someone slapped around Alola and garner rewards for collecting a lot. Think of it as being rewarded for cleaning up sticker-graffiti. Keep Alola beautiful.

Finally, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is bringing back QR codes. You can use them to hunt down Pokémon that normally aren't native to Alola.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on November 17.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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