Pokémon Sun and Moon/Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the first main series games in the seventh generation of the Pokémon franchise, and were released as celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, updated versions of the games, were released a year after Sun and Moon.
The story takes place in the Alola region, an archipelago of islands far away from most other regions in the Pokémon world. Instead of the usual Regional League with Gym Leaders, Alolan Pokémon trainers take the Island Challenge, in which trainers must travel across the four main islands clearing multiple trials and facing each Island's Kahuna.
The player takes the role of a young trainer who moved into Alola from the Kanto region, despite being a foreigner he/she is allowed to take the Island Challenge. Shortly after moving in the Player befriends a kid named Hau who happens to be the grandson of the Island's Kahuna and Lillie, a girl that is too young to take the Island Challenge but is in possession of Cosmog; an incredibly rare Pokémon believed to have come from a different dimension. Hau and the Player begin their Island Challenge, the two decide to travel separately while Lillie tags along the Player as she feels Cosmog, or "Nebby" will be safer around the Player.
The Player, Lillie, and Hau soon run into Team Skull, a group of street punks compromised mostly of trainers that flunked their Island Challenges. Team Skull is trying to sabotage the Island Challenge and capture Cosmog, forcing the Player and Hau to frequently deal with them to protect Lillie and Nebby. As the three continue to face Team Skull, they get involved in a conspiracy regarding the Ultra Beasts; mysterious Pokémon that appear to have come from the same dimension as Cosmog, as well as the Aether Foundation which seems obsessed with capturing the Ultra Beasts and is secretly working with Team Skull.
Why They Rock
- You now move in true 3D space instead of being locked on a grid.
- The new region named Alola is based on Hawaii, USA. Alola's culture is heavily based on Hawaiian culture as well.
- Gym battles are phased out in favor of Island challenge Trials. Trials each have different sequences and at the end of each Trial you fight a powerful Pokémon called a Totem Pokémon which has boosted stats.
- The Pokemon Pelago is a great addition. It allows players to grow Poké Beans which can then be fed to Pokémon in Pokémon Refresh to increase their affection. It also lets players grow berries.
- Pokémon Refresh replace Pokémon Amie and now you can cure status effects in Pokémon Refresh.
- Z-Moves are introduced in this generation which makes Pokémon battles more interesting.
- Regional Variant Pokémon were introduced in this generation which are variations of already existing Pokémon now having different designs and typings.
- The infamous Hidden Machines have been completely removed in favor of the Pokéride system, meaning you no longer have to use suboptimal moves nor waste a team slot for "HM Slaves". Now, you can simply ride a few kinds of Pokémon to do actions that would require an HM or key items to perform in previous games, such as:
- Machamp for Strength
- Charizard for Fly
- Tauros for the Bicycle and Rock Smash
- Lapras for Surf and Fishing on water
- Sharpedo for Surfing really fast and breaking rocks while Surfing
- Stoutland for finding hidden items (Similar to the Dowsing Machine)
- Mudsdale for running across rocky terrain.
- A new type of Pokémon battle, the Battle Royal is introduced.
- The game is a lot more plot driven than previous generations.
- In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Alola Photo Club allows players to take photos of their Pokémon.
- For the first time in this Generation, you actually become the Champion and you can also defend your title by fighting various Characters you met during your adventure in the post-game's title defense.
- Having an extra space in your party to fit an egg during breeding is no longer required, instead you can choose to either replace one of your party member with the egg or send it to the PC so you can start hatching one or multiple later.
- Keep in mind that even with a full party of eggs that reaches the steps required to hatch at the same time, the game only hatches one at a time.
- Hyper Training is introduced in this generation, allowing players to maximize the IVs of their Pokémon.
- In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Team Rainbow Rocket is introduced, which brings back past villainous leaders from an alternate reality in where they succeeded in their goals.
- Frame rate issues are more severe than in previous games and are now even encountered in the overworld sometimes. In double battles, you are nearly guaranteed to encounter frame rate issues now.
- Triple and Rotation battles were removed because of this.
- These games mark the first time when the National Pokédex is unavailable in game since its introduction in Generation III, and only those in the Alola Pokédex have entries, meaning that more than half of all Pokémon don't even have Pokédex entries anymore. In fact, some legendary Pokémon obtainable in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon don't even have Pokédex entries which doesn't make sense as the Pokédex is supposed to catalog information on caught Pokémon.
- On the other hand, this makes obtaining the Shiny Charm easier because you only need to obtain the Pokémon found in-game.
- The National Pokédex was moved to Pokébank as part of the Sun/Moon compatibility update to compensate instead.
- The opening hours are very slow paced and have too many forced tutorials.
- Cutscenes tend to drag on and are unskippable.
- This Generation also marks the first time where you have to beat the game in order for all outsider Pokémon (this also includes the Pokémon that you spent your time breeding and transferred from your older games) to fully obey you regardless of their level.
- Festival Plaza (the way to communicate online in these games) is an underwhelming replacement to the far better PSS.
- The Rotom Pokédex can be annoying, especially in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- While the redesigns are unique, the Regional Variants of already-existing Pokémon are rather pointless and add nothing to the PokéMon other than the designs, moves, and types.
Sun and Moon
- SOS Battles make catching Pokémon more annoying due to Pokémon being unable to be caught if more than one enemy Pokémon is on the field at once, and new Pokémon constantly being called in to replace fainted Pokémon. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon changed this so that you need to use an Adrenaline Orb for wild Pokémon to call for help more than once.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- New forms for Pokémon and entirely new Pokémon were introduced in these games which make players of Pokémon Sun and Moon unable to play with players of the newer games if they use the new forms and new Pokémon, forcing players to buy the new games in order to compete in matches. Also, the newly introduced Pokémon cannot be traded into the old games.
- Ultra Necrozma's battle is infamous for it's difficulty spike.
- The different plot in these games compared to the original Sun and Moon are contentious, namely the fact that Lusamine is less villainous.
- Toxic is highly effective against Totem Pokémon, even though they're boss fights they're technically Wild Pokémon so they can't use healing items, meaning they have no means to get rid of the poison and will die after a few turns. Protect works alongside this tactic to stall out while waiting for the Totem to run out of HP.
- This strategy also works very well against Ultra Necrozma, who is a major difficulty spike.
- Salazzle can poison the Totem Togedemaru despite being Steel type due to its ability Corrosion which allows it to poison every pokemon even steel and poison types.
- It is recommended to save after long cutscenes so that if you have to reload your file you won't have to watch that cutscene again.
- In order to defeat Ultra Necrozma, make sure to use a Zoroark, which has the Illusion ability, with any Poison or Fighting type Pokémon in the last slot of your party, which can force Ultra Necrozma to use Photon Geyser, which does not affect Zoroark as it is a Dark-type Pokémon.
- Alternatively, a Rattata holding a Focus Sash with the moves Endeavor and Quick Attack will also defeat Ultra Necrozma easily. A Focus Sash can be obtained from a dancer in Poni Wilds after defeating her, and Rattata learns Endeavor at level 34.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were very well received for the multiple innovations and new ideas introduced to the series that gave them a different feel from other Generation of Pokémon games. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon on the other hand, while still positively received, were criticized for being too similar to the first Sun and Moon pair.
Sun and Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon