Pokémon Sun And Moon Footage Shows Three New Monsters And Battles

Nintendo's Treehouse livestream event this year kicked off with new Pokémon Sun and Moon gameplay, and so far, it's looking great.

First off, we have Yungoos, a normal-type monster:

And also Pikapek, a normal/flying woodpecker:

And Grubbin, a bug-type:

Encounters are also slightly different now, as Sun and Moon actually warn you with darkened screen edges before you get into a trainer's field of view (where they will challenge you to a battle).

The trainers themselves also have unique animations, to give battles a bit more flavour.

The gameplay showed off how battles now have new camera angles, Pokémon now cast shadows and how the time of day actually affects the lighting of the field. The menus are also slightly different, with spiffier animations for both levelling up and registering new critters to the Pokedex.

The livestream also took us to one of the early villages you'll be able to visit, where you'll also be able to battle:

There's also a new mode, free-for-all battle against three other people. Winners are decided depending on how many monsters you have at the end, versus how many people you defeated. It's also possible for multiple people to just gang up on someone, if they want:


    Well we have our Pidgey, Rattata and caterpie I guess. Heaven forbid they mix up that tired part of the formula.

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    Next-gen Bidoof!

      Ahh yes. The age old issue of who will be the next HM slave. Yungoos looks like a strong contender.

        God I hope they just decide to get rid of HM's and replace them with Key Items..... can capture animals in balls, can't navigate a twisty plant

        Bodyboard: Surf
        Machete: Cut
        Steroids: Strength


          Problem with that is there would have to be substitute for steroids as the game is directed at a younger audience. Having drug references might pump up the rating. but your spot on the money HM's need to get the hell out.

            Maybe a jack-hammer? Or sledge? Can't think of alternatives...

            Maybe we should start a Change.org 'End HM slavery'

              LOL how about a power glove to replace strength.

                How did you guys think of drugs, outdated technology and hammers before you thought "pulley"?

                  Cause mate its the 21st century lol. Nothing sells it like outdated tech :p

    Is it just me or does the free-for-all mode seem terrible? Four people battling, the first one to lose loses and then the winner is decided from the other three by an algorithm. Seems like a great way to not have fun.

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