Pokémon Sun and Moon’s new evolutions are too cool for school

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The humble starter Pokémon. A ball of potential, that’ll most likely accompany you from the start of your journey all the way through to your first challenge of the Elite Four and the Pokémon Champion. Starter Pokémon very much are special additions to your collection of pocket monsters, critters that usually boast some of the best designs in any Pokémon game.

So far, Pokémon Sun and Moon is batting two out of three on the design front, as the Rowlet and Litten starters have been utterly adorable. Just don’t ask about Popplio. We don’t talk about Popplio. EVER. But in a new trailer released yesterday, Nintendo showed off the first set of evolutions for these starters in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Check ‘em out below and gaze upon the majesty of Dartrix and its MAGNIFICENT fringe of hair.

Dartrix

Dartrix

Type: Grass-Flying

The Blade Quill Pokémon Dartrix evolves from Rowlet. Dartrix attacks by throwing its knife-edged feathers, and it possesses extremely sharp senses. This Pokémon can detect opponents behind it and can throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment it has.

Torracat

Torracat

Type: Fire

The Fire Cat Pokémon Torracat evolves from Litten. This Pokémon produces flames for its attacks from a bell-like sac attached at the base of its throat. Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack relentlessly. Its mane can sense what is going on around it, even in the dark, and is able to detect the presence of hidden enemies.

Brionne

Brionne

Type: Water

The Pop Star Pokémon Brionne evolves from Popplio. Brionne can dance in perfect time with others and is always cheery and positive. A very hard worker, Brionne learns dances by imitating other members of its colony and can sometimes even learn dances from humans.

As this Pokémon dances, it creates balloons and slaps them into its target, making them explode and deal damage to its opponents.

Looking good! And I especially love how Torracat kneads dough. Dammit Nintendo, you know just how much I love cats, don’t you? In addition to all that, a few new features were announced. The Festival Plaza will allow players to meet up in a festival area for online meet, greet and battles. Players will also be able to earn Festival Coins, rank and prizes along the way.

Festival-Plaza

Then there’s Poké Pelago which will allow “Pokémon that are stored in a PC Box can explore a variety of isles, play on athletic equipment and enjoy other fun activities,” says the press release. But for those of you more concerned with battle? Get ready to Mega-Evolve all over again in Pokémon Sun and Moon as the temporary power-up returns.

The Mega Stones for Pokémon with the capability to Mega Evolve that appear in the Alola region may be received from characters in the game or obtained from special shops.

Lastly, Nintendo announced that a Pokémon Sun and Moon demo would be available on October 18. You’ll need 3100 free blocks on your 3DS to grab it, which works out to around 400MB of data. Pokémon Sun and Moon is out a month later on November 18, so don’t forget to check out our updated Pokédex while your mouse is hovering over this link. Go on, do it.

Last Updated: October 5, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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