The complete list of version exclusives for Pokemon Sun and Moon has been leaked.
In the last week, in fact, Pokemon Sun and Moon have been leaked in full. We are not talking about a datamine that exposed all of the game’s code, either. Somehow, hackers managed to crack the 128-digit encryption code the Pokemon company used to lock the game files until release date. Some Pokemon players are now actually uploading full playthoughs of the games to Youtube by using hacked Nintendo 3DSes and illegally distributed Pokemon Sun or Moon roms.
If any Pokemon fans feel the desire to spoil themselves on the game already, they can head over to the Pokemon subreddit, which is currently a veritable treasure trove of leaked info.
Many Pokemon fans might choose to avoid the spoilers and go into Pokemon Sun or Moon in about a week with some content left to discover. For this reason, we will not post any spoilers in this article.
The one piece of content we will discuss that has not yet received official confirmation is the list of version-exclusives. Lots of fans choose to refer to the list before pre-ordering one of the new Pokemon titles in order to decide on an optimal gameplay experience. So without further ado, let’s get into the Pokemon Sun and Moon version exclusives, per a list posted by Redditor VanitaLite.
First, the already-announced ones.
Solgaleo (Pokemon Sun) vs. Lunala (Pokemon Moon) — These are the mascot legendaries. Solgaleo is a steel/psychic type and Lunala is a ghost/psychic type, but they are both bound to have excellent stats.
Lycanroc Midday Form (Pokemon Sun) vs. Lycanroc Midnight Form (Pokemon Moon) — Two version-exclusive evolutions of Rockruff, the pure rock type dog Pokemon. Both Lycanroc forms are pure rock as well, although the Midday form specializes in speed whereas the Midnight form specializes in attack.
UB-02 Expansion (Pokemon Sun) vs. UB-02 Beauty (Pokemon Moon) — What role the ultra beasts will play in the plot of Pokemon Sun and Moon is still not entirely clear, but we do know that the ultra beast labeled “Expansion” looks like a red, muscular, mosquito-human hybrid while the one labeled “beauty” looks more like a wispy feminine spectre.
Passimian (Pokemon Sun) vs. Oranguru (Pokemon Moon) — These two single-stage monkey Pokemon were revealed back in September. Passimian, the fabled rugby monkey Pokemon, is a pure fighting type and has a new ability called “receiver” that lets him inherit the ability of an ally that faints on the field. Oranguru is normal/psychic and has the move “instruct,” which makes the target of the move reuse its previous move.
Now for the newly discovered exclusives.
Tortunator (Pokemon Sun) vs. Drampa (Pokemon Moon) — These two dragon Pokemon are both single-stage, with Tortunator being fire/dragon and Drampa being normal/dragon.
Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Ninetales (Pokemon Sun) vs. Alolan Sandshrew and Alolan Sandslash (Pokemon Moon) — Alolan Pokemon are a new mechanic being introduced in the new titles wherein some Kanto Pokemon are being given slightly altered forms for the new Hawaii-inspired play map. The Ninetales and Sandslash lines, some of the most popular generation one Pokemon, were chosen to receive the “Alola Form” treatment. Both lines bring never-before-seen dual typings to the table — Ninetales is ice/fairy and Sandslash ice/steel. Not only that, but the Pokemon community has come out in raucous support of both designs. This one is bound to be a hard pick for many Pokemon Sun or Moon buyers.
UPDATED INFO: Finally, there are several previously introduced Pokemon that will be exclusive to each title. As per Pokemon Discord, the recent Corocoro leak, nd various Reddit users who havee firsthand experience playing the games, Pokemon Sun exclusives include the evolution lines for Garchomp, Goodra, Rampardos, Carracosta, Braviary, Whimsicott and Kartana (the grass/steel ultra beast). Pokemon Moon exclusives include the lines for Metagross, Flygon, Bastiodon, Archeops, Mandibuzz, Lilligant and Celesteela (the steel/flying ultra beast).
There are also a few very minor visual elements or plot details that may change between the two versions (most notably, the 12-hour time difference in Pokemon Moon), but probably nothing big enough to really influence a decision of which to pre-order.
If you have made up your mind which you want, you can head over to Amazon from here and pre-order a physical copy of Pokemon Sun or Moon. Alternatively, boot up the Nintendo eShop on your 3DS and pre-download one of the titles.
And as always, Train On, Pokemon fans.
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