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Sun and Moon’s New Starter Pokémon

Five more Pokémon have joined the series’ cast of 722, thanks to this morning’s reveal of Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s starters and, more mysteriously, the legendaries on the boxes’ covers. The games will launch on November 18th; with a new as-yet-unnamed legendary mascot and a new set of grass-, fire-, and water-type starter Pokémon. Check out the trailer below.


Picking a starter Pokémon might be the most important decision a trainer makes in-game. But how does one choose? Helpfully, The Pokémon Company has since updated the games’ website with deeper descriptions of the three newbies. With the increased information, we’re here to help players start building their team of Pokémon so they can be ready when the games arrive, six months from now.

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The starters inclide Popplio, a water-type seal.

Category:             Sea Lion Pokémon
Height:                  1’04”
Weight:                 16.5 lbs.
Type:                      Water
Ability:                  Torrent


Popplio‘s swimming speed is known to exceed 25 mph. It’s better at moving in the water than on land. Still, when it’s on land, it takes advantage of the elasticity of its balloons to perform acrobatic stunts and jumps.

Popplio can snort out balloons made of water! Watch it spin water balloons into a playful battle strategy!

Both frivolous and hard-working, Popplio can easily get carried away—unleashing enough power in battle to make quite a spectacle! But Popplio’s determined spirit means it can usually be found practicing hard on its balloon skills.

The Water Gun move attacks an opponent by firing a jet of water. Popplio knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!


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Litten a fire-type disinterested-looking cat (so exactly like any other cat)


Category:             Fire Cat Pokémon
Height:                  1’04”
Weight:                 9.5 lbs.
Type:                      Fire
Ability:                  Blaze


Logical but also passionate, Litten always remains cool-headed and doesn’t show its emotions on the surface.

Litten can attack with flaming hairballs! Its fur is rich in oils and immensely flammable. Litten grooms itself by licking its fur, and then uses the collected fur as fuel for fireball attacks!

When the time comes for Litten to shed its old fur, it all burns up in a glorious blaze.

The move Ember attacks an opponent by firing a small flame at it. Litten knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!

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Rowlet a grass and flying type owl with an adorable little leafy bow tie (clearly the best of the three).


Category:             Grass Quill Pokémon
Height:                 1’00”
Weight:                3.3 lbs.
Type:                    Grass/Flying
Ability:                 Overgrow


Rowlet can attack without making a sound! It flies silently through the skies, drawing near to its opponent without being noticed, and then lashing out with powerful kicks. It can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers.

Its visual abilities are impressive. The darkness of night is no obstacle to Rowlet! It can twist its neck nearly 180° from front to back so it can see directly behind itself. It has a habit of turning its head in battle to face its Trainer and receive instructions.

The move Leafage attacks an opponent by striking it with leaves. Rowlet knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!



Pokémon Sun‘s story will presumably revolve around the big sunny lion on the cover, where Moon will feature a big crescent-shaped bat. We still don’t know who or what these Pokémon are, but we have it on good authority that they are the legendaries trainers will hunt down in each game.


We still don’t know much else about the new Pokémon games, which will presumably include a wide range of new monsters and the customary tweaks to the battle system and other longstanding gameplay elements. We do know, however, that players will be able to transfer monsters to Sun and Moon from XYOmega RubyAlpha Sapphire, and the 3DS Virtual Console versions of BlueRed, and Yellow via an updated version of the Pokémon Bank app.