'Pokemon Sun' And 'Moon': E3 Reveals More New Alola Pokemon, New Pokemon Battle Format

Dustin Kemp

Well, in the first case, that "never-before-seen" claim is not technically accurate. During the initial reveal for Pokemon Sun and Moon way back on February 26, Pokemon fans caught a glimpse of a wire-frame bird that everyone knew was going to be a Pokemon is Sun and Moon. It would obviously be colored in the final design, and there was a lot of Pokemon fan art going around online guessing what it would look like. Today, all that fan art was negated, because the official art for the mysterious wire-frame bird Pokemon was revealed.

The bird Pokemon, which is a normal and flying type, is named "Pikipeck," and its design is clearly inspired by that of a woodpecker. This is made even more obvious by the long description accompanying the Pokemon, which states that it drills holes in trees and stores food and other small objects inside.

The third new Pokemon is "Grubbin," a pure bug type Pokemon with the ability "Swarm," which has been seen in previous Pokemon games.

The Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer and Pokemon site update also reveal more of the details of Magearna, one of Alola's mythical Pokemon. The new Magearna info includes the details of its never-before-seen ability, "Soul Heart," which raises the Pokemon's special attack each time any Pokemon on the field (ally or enemy) is knocked out.

Possibly the most exciting thing revealed in the new Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer, though, was the addition of a brand new battle format: Battle Royals. A Battle Royal is similar to a melee, where four trainers compete with their Pokemon teams and see who can come out on top. The trainers take turns in a circle, with the battle ending when all of one trainer's Pokemon are knocked out. Players gain one point for each opposing Pokemon their team knocked out during the battle, as well as one for each Pokemon on their own team still standing.

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