At the 2016 Pokémon World Championships today, The Pokémon Company International gave its passionate fans a first look at new Pokémon coming to the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The fascinating Alola region Pokémon will appear in the latest generation of Pokémon video games that will launch in North America on November 18 and in Europe on November 23. Additionally, TPCi announced Pokémon-GX, a new kind of card coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) as part of the Sun & Moon Series, at the brand’s premier fan event in San Francisco.
The newly revealed Alola region Pokémon include:
Crabrawler is a Boxing Pokémon that really hates to lose. It can be found clinging to buildings with its powerful pincers that also pack a powerful punch, or gathering around trees in search of Berries, its favorite food.
The following Alola Region Pokémon were also recently revealed:
Stufful may have a small body, but this Pokémon has extraordinary strength. Despite its cute, fluffy appearance, Stufful dislikes being touched and will flail its arms in protest. Stufful evolves into Bewear.
Sandygast emerges when the grudges of fallen Pokémon soak into the sand after battle, and its tunnel-like mouth can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Sandygast also features a new Water Compaction Ability, never before seen in other Pokémon, where its Defense stat goes up by two if it’s hit with a Water-type move. Sandygast evolves into Palossand.
Palossand disguises itself as a sandcastle, with its shovel on top serving, it is believed, as a radar to search out prey. Unsuspecting small Pokémon are dragged into Palossand’s body through its sandy vortex so it can steal their life force.
A video featuring these new Alola Pokémon can be found here:
In early 2017, the Pokémon Trading Card Game introduces the Sun & Moon Series and new Pokémon-GX cards . The term GX describes special attacks and special Pokémon that are completely new to the Pokémon TCG. These exciting advancements will require players to develop new tactics and strategy as they engage in one of the world’s most popular trading card games.
Each Pokémon-GX has a devastating GX attack that can instantly reverse a player’s disadvantage or create an early-game advantage. A player can’t use more than one GX attack in a game, so deciding which GX attack to use and when poses a strategic challenge.
In Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon, Pokémon-GX will make their first appearance. There are four defining characteristics of Pokémon-GX.
- Only Pokémon-GX have GX attacks which can be used once per game.
- Each Pokémon-GX has a maximum of two attacks in addition to its GX attack.
- Pokémon-GX have ordinary attacks and Abilities besides their GX attack. It’s possible to use different attacks as the situation demands.
- Pokémon-GX have strong attacks and high HP, so they can overwhelm their opponent’s Pokémon without needing to rely on the GX attack.
This extra power comes with a price. When a Pokémon-GX is Knocked Out, the opponent takes two Prize cards, so players need to strategically decide when to use them.
The Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala, who appear on the covers of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, will be featured in the Sun & Moon expansion as Pokémon-GX.
The Sol Burst-GX attack allows a player to attach up to 5 Energy cards from their deck to their Pokémon in any way they like, making it a powerful attack that’s useful for super Energy acceleration.
The Lunar Fall-GX attack lets a player immediately Knock Out any of their opponent’s Basic Pokémon.
A brief video about Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon and the new Pokémon-GX cards can be found here: