Colin Burns
Pokemon Sun and Moon Release Date, Starters, and Debut Trailer Revealed
I'm calling it right now. The fire type will be most popular. Again.
05.10.16 - 1:39 PM

Nintendo has announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be releasing for 3DS on November 18th in North America and November 23rd in Europe. Along with the announcement, we get our first look at the game in action through its debut trailer. Check it out below to meet the three new starting pokémon, see the new Hawaiian-themed region and get a sneak peek of the new perspective.

Wow. That is a lot to unpack. Let's start with the starters…


Pokemon Sun Moon Starter Rowlet

  • Category: Grass Quill Pokémon

  • Height: 1'00"

  • Weight: 3.3 lbs

  • Type: Grass / Flying

  • Starting Move: Leafage

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 degrees 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!


Pokemon Sun Moon Starter Litten

  • Category: Fire Cat Pokémon

  • Height: 1'04"

  • Weight: 9.5 lbs

  • Type: Fire

  • Starting Move: Ember

Logical but also passionate, Litten always remains coolheaded 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!


Pokemon Sun Moon Starter Popplio

  • Category: Sea Lion Pokémon

  • Height: 1'04"

  • Weight: 16.5 lbs

  • Type: Water

  • Starting Move: Water Gun

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!

I am all about that little Litten and I wouldn't be surprised if he is the top pick of this new generation. One of the most interesting parts of this new trailer is the new look for the series. Following in the footsteps of Pokémon X/Y, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are fully 3D and the trailer shows the games moving even further away from the top-down origins of the series. These games seem like they will be the most cinematic Pokémon to date.

Be sure to check out our updated gallery to see a bunch of stills from the trailer. What do you think of the new starters? Let us know over in the forums or on social media!