Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon reveals story in new trailer

The newest trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon from the Official Pokémon YouTube Channel boasts that players can “travel beyond Alola” via the ultra wormholes. Introduced in its predecessor, Pokemon Sun and Moon, players access through portals by riding on Legendary Pokémon from the previous installment, Solgaleo or Lunala. The trailer displays various locations that players can explore in the sequel such as Ultra Megalopolis, “a world where Necrozma has stolen the light.” Here, the player will be able to “battle Ultra Beasts on their home turf.”

It also introduces four members of a new organization, the Ultra Recon Squad. Little is known about the Ultra Recon Squad at this time, but they seem to have arrived in Alola from Ultra Space, the dimension in which Ultra Beasts reside. Their goal appears to be searching for certain “auras” that powerful trainers, such as the player character, radiate. Judging from the trailer, it can be assumed that they benefit from collecting these auras.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun, the player will encounter Dulse and Zossie from the Ultra Recon Squad while, in Ultra Moon, they will deal with Phyco and Soliera. The Ultra Recon Squad is shown battling against the player with a new Ultra Beast, the poison-type UB-Adhesive, implying that they may be a new enemy. Two other Ultra Beasts revealed include UB-Burst, a Fire/Ghost type with a new move called Mind Blown, and UB-Assembly, a rock/steel type. All three of these creatures possess the ability Beast Boost, which increases their most proficient stat every time the Ultra Beast knocks out a Pokémon.

Much of the story remains a mystery, leaving the audience with questions such as, “What do the Ultra Recon Squad want?” and “Why does the player travel to Ultra Space?” In spite of these lingering mysteries, or perhaps because of them, Pokémon remains a popular franchise, continuing to unite fans of all ages across different generations. Pokémon Sun and Moon did an especially good job bringing back the first generation of Pokémon with a twist, introducing the older Pokémon to young fans and allowing older fans to reminisce. Its sequel will be released for Nintendo 3DS on November 17th, 2017.

[Sources: GameSpot, The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel, Polygon]

Written by Jennifer Ly

Jennifer is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science. She has minors in both English and Video Game Development. As an avid fan of RPGs, she enjoys game narrative, world building, and character development.

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