Even with Pokémon X and Y introducing the Fairy-Type back in 2013, I’m still the kind of trainer who digs having a few dragons in his team of six. They may be more vulnerable than ever before thanks to the proliferation of Fairy-Type Pokémon and attacks, but Dragons still pack a ton of power, speed and durability into a formidable package.
Hell, they’re the kind of Pokémon that should have Jeremy Clarkson popping up to shout “POOOOOOOOOOWER” next to them every time an ultimate attack is unleashed. Anyway, dragons. They’re hard to find, hard to catch and they take a long time to properly raise. Just ask anyone who suffered getting a Zweilous to level 64 when it traded accuracy for power.
There’s a new dragon in Pokémon Sun and Moon, that goes by the name of Jangmo-o. A new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon revealed the first evolutionary stage for this little fella, which turns him into a new hybrid: Dragon and a dash of Fighting-type added to the mix. Nice. The end result is Hakamo-o and then later on Kommo-o. Here’s the official pokedex entries for those guys, along with a few other new faces because who needs to actually be surprised when Pokémon Sun and Moon is out, right?
The Synthetic Pokémon Silvally is the evolution of Type: Null. This Pokémon changes its type when exclusive items are inserted into the drive on its head, and its somatic cells mutate and glow with different colours of light depending on its type. Silvally has the new Ability RKS System, which causes this Pokémon to change type when holding specific type-related items. It also has the exclusive move Multi-Attack, an attack which changes depending on which type-related item it is holding.
Hakamo-o is the Evolution of Jangmo-o. Hakamo-o dance before battle to show their strength, clanging their scales together. A solitary Pokémon that enjoys training alone, its scales are often torn off, but they grow back nearly immediately. Hakamo-o view the number of lost scales as proof of how ferociously they have fought in battle.
Kommo-o is the Evolution of Hakamo-o. There is a legend that says Kommo-o are covered in glittering scales in order to drive away a great darkness covering the world. This Pokémon can learn the new move Clanging Scales. When using this attack, Kommo-o scrapes the scales covering its body against one another, attacking with a loud clamour. After using this move, Kommo-o’s Defense is lowered.
The Fruit Pokémon Steenee is the Evolution of Bounsweet. The calyx on this Pokémon’s head is very hard, and Steenee attacks by smacking its opponent with it, combined with kicks from its tough legs. This Pokémon’s fragrance is even more delectable than that of Bounsweet.
Only the strongest of Steenee are able to evolve into Tsareena. A very noble Pokémon, Tsareena use their strength to protect and rule over Bounsweet as their queen. This Pokémon attacks with very powerful, majestic kicks and uses its powerful fragrance to mesmerize its opponents. Some Tsareena have the exclusive new ability Queenly Majesty, which prevents opponents from using priority moves.
Ribombee is the Evolution of Cutiefly. This Pokémon collects flower nectar and pollen to make into balls, known as Pollen Puffs, which it can then launch at its opponent in battle. Some of the Pollen Puffs that Ribombee make also have relaxing effects or can relieve tiredness. These Pollen Puffs are distributed all over the Alola region.
As the population of the Alola region increased, dealing with garbage became a serious problem. As a solution, Grimer were imported from other regions and fed primarily on garbage, so their body composition changed—as did their form. What appear to be teeth in this Pokémon’s mouth are in fact residual toxins from the garbage it eats, which have hardened and crystallized. There are more than a hundred Alolan Grimer in Alola’s garbage-processing plants.
Alolan Muk evolves from Alolan Grimer. The Muk in the Alola region produce and store their toxins within their bodies so, unlike Muk in other regions, you won’t detect any unpleasant aromas when you draw near one. Alolan Muk has the same poisonous crystals as Alolan Grimer, but they are all over the surface of its body. Alolan Muk uses them to attack, just like other Pokémon use their fangs or claws.
With this latest bunch of reveals, that brings the total count of new and Alolan pocket monsters up to 66. The last time a really substantial amount of new Pokémon were unleashed were back during the Generation V days, as Pokémon Black and White had a staggering 156 new additions to the menagerie. Pokémon X and Y in comparison, only had 71 new critters to show off. Also obligatory link to my pokédex project.
I’m hoping that Pokémon Sun and Moon leans more towards the Michael Jackson side of the numbers game, as at this rate there’ll be nothing knew to discover. And then beat to within an inch of its life, capture and force it into a deadly bloodsport.
Last Updated: October 17, 2016