Take a closer look at Pokémon Sun and Moon’s new monkey monsters

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MONKEY! Monkeys are awesome. They’re almost like us, except they scratch their butts in public and have no qualms regarding the use of faeces as a projectile weapon. Hang on, that’s exactly what we do here in the office when we lie to people and tell them that we’re working. WE’RE NOT SO DIFFERENT, YOU AND I!

The Pokémon games have been no stranger to ape shenanigans over the years. The most prominent member of that species family obviously being the Pokémon Pearl and Diamond starter Chimchar, which could evolve into Monferno and the super-awesome Fighting/Fire-type Infernape. Monkey business strikes again in Pokémon Sun and Moon this year, as there’ll be at least two new apes to play with alongside a few other new reveals. Take a closer look then at Passimian and Oranguru and the previously revealed evolutions of Rockruff.

But not too close, because they’ve just eaten.

Passimian

Passimian

Type: Fighting

The Teamwork Pokémon Passimian attack by throwing Berries at their foes. They tend to live in troops of 20–30 Passimian, who all follow one leader. These tribes work in teams to train and improve their skills. This Pokémon has the Ability Receiver, an Ability which no previous Pokémon has had. With the Receiver Ability, Passimian can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle.

Passimian only appear in Pokémon Sun.

Oranguru

Oranguru

Type: Normal/Psychic

The Sage Pokémon Oranguru live in the solitary deeps of the Alolan forests and, in fact, were once known as ‘the people of the forests’. Oranguru hold a fan-like object made of leaves and are known to be kind to other Pokémon in the forest, often giving injured Pokémon medicine or hungry Pokémon food. This Pokémon can exclusively learn the new move Instruct, a move which can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately.

Oranguru only appear in Pokémon Moon.

The previously revealed Puppy Pokémon Rockruff can evolve into a different form depending on whether you are playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.

Lycanroc (Midday Form)

Lycanroc-Midday-Form

Type: Rock

In the world of Pokémon Sun, Rockruff is bathed in profuse amounts of solar energy, and Solgaleo’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midday Form. This form is known for speedy movement which can confound its opponents. A very loyal Pokémon, Lycanroc Midday Form dodges opponents’ strikes whilst attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane.

Lycanroc Midday Form can learn Accelerock, a new move unique to the Pokémon, which is guaranteed to strike first, damaging opponents by slamming into them very quickly.

Lycanroc (Midnight Form)

Lycanroc-Midnight-Form

Type: Rock

In the world of Pokémon Moon, Rockruff is bathed in an abundance of lunar energy, and Lunala’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midnight Form. This Pokémon will sacrifice its own safety to strike down its foes. The stronger an opponent is, the more excited Lycanroc Midnight Form becomes, its eyes glowing with the thrill of battle.

This Pokémon feels a deep trust towards a Trainer who can draw forth its true power.

Yesterdays new trailer also announced new Z-Moves for Pikachu and Eevee alongside a host of customisation options for your trainer. Here’s a breakdown of those fly moves as well:

Pikachu

Exclusive Z-Move: Catastropika

Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a super-powered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wraps itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charges into its opponents. This is Pikachu’s most powerful attack.

Eevee

Exclusive Z-Move: Extreme Evoboost

Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon and more – all of the eight Pokémon that Eevee can evolve into – and grants their powers to Eevee. This highly powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def and Speed by 2.

Pokémon Sun and Moon is finally out this November. If you want to spoil the game for yourself slightly, don’t forget that we’ve been keeping our Alolan Pokédex updated for quite a while now.

Last Updated: September 21, 2016

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