Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Release Date, New Pokémon Announced

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Pokémon fans now know the length of their wait: Details revealed about the duo of new games today reveal that the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games will launch for Nintendo 3DS systems on Nov. 18.

Also revealed are the three new starter Pokémon that trainers will choose from in the new games. They are as follows:

Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Rowlet

Name: Rowlet
Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
Height: 1’00”
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Type: Grass/Flying
Starting Move: Leafage

The first of the potential partners is the highly adaptable Grass Quill Pokémon, Rowlet. This Pokémon can fly silently through the skies, sneaking up on its opponent without being noticed. It can attack its opponents using powerful kicks, and it can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers. Rowlet can survey its environment and turn its neck nearly 180 degrees from front to back, so it can see directly behind itself. When in battle, Rowlet turns its head to face its Trainer when waiting for instructions.

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Fire-type Pokémon Litten

Name: Litten
Category: Fire Cat Pokémon
Height: 1’04”
Weight: 9.5 lbs.
Type: Fire
Starting Move: Ember

The cool-headed Fire Cat Pokémon, Litten, is the next choice for a first-partner Pokémon. Litten’s fur is rich in oils and is immensely flammable. It constantly grooms itself by licking its coat, collecting loose fur into balls. It then ignites these hairballs to create fireball attacks. When the time comes for Litten to molt, it burns off all of its fur in one glorious blaze.

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Water-type Pokémon Popplio

Name: Popplio
Category: Sea Lion Pokémon
Height: 1’04”
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Type: Water
Starting Move: Water Gun

The third possibility is the acrobatic Sea Lion Pokémon, Popplio. Popplio can create balloons made of water from its nose and utilize them to create a variety of different strategies and attacks in battle. This Pokémon is better at moving in the water than on land, and can swim at speeds over 25 mph. On land, it uses the elasticity of the balloons it creates to perform jumps and acrobatic stunts.

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You can watch a trailer for both of the new games below!