Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon: The Definitive 3DS Pokemon Experience

Last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon celebrated 20 years of Pokémon games with new creatures, a new structure that did away with gym battles, and lots of interesting twists in Pokémon’s increasingly rich lore. Long-term Pokémon fans and newcomers alike loved catching ‘em across the Alola region, and the games proved that there was still plenty of life left in the 3DS.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon take things even further, with brand new story elements, characters, areas, Z-Moves, and general improvements across the board. They build on the original Sun and Moon, offering new challenges and twists that fans have never seen before. It’s the ultimate Pokémon experience, whether you’re a seasoned veteran who has played every previous game or a newcomer who has tried Pokémon Go and wants to try the full Pokémon experience!

Explore Alola

The tropical setting of Sun and Moon returns, with a few changes and additions. Alola was great fun to explore the first time, but it’s been expanded for Ultra Sun and Moon. You’ll be able to visit the newly built Battle Agency, which lets you rent out powerful Pokémon and enjoy intense three on three battles, like in the Nintendo 64 classic Pokémon Stadium. The world is full of new Totem Stickers, too – find the hidden stickers and you’ll be able to unlock totem Pokémon, oversized monsters that will surely intimidate other trainers! There’s also a new Mantine Surf challenge, which lets you compete in surfing contests, and the Alola Photo Club, where you can snap cool shots with all your Poké-pals. All of this is in addition to the main storyline, the online battle and trading modes, the sub-quests, and over 400 unique Pokémon that you can find and capture!

The Ultra Wormholes

The Ultra Wormhole that players travelled through in the original Sun and Moon was just the tip of the iceberg – Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon delve deeper into the mysterious worlds on the other side of these holes. You can explore the Ultra Megalopolis, a world that Legendary Pokémon Necrozma has tainted with darkness, and leap through wormholes to discover the Ultra Beasts that live on the other side.

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Speaking of Ultra Beasts, there will be new ones to discover and collect, including UB Assembly, UB Burst, and UB Adhesive. Even more exciting than that, though, is that every single Legendary from previous games – from Red and Blue through to X and Y – can be found through the Ultra Wormholes! This means you can make a team with one Legendary from each previous generation of Pokémon, if you can find and catch them. The only exceptions are the Pokémon that could not be caught in the wild in previous games, like Mew and Celebi.

You’ll also get to meet the Ultra Recon Squad, a pair of trainers that has travelled through one of these wormholes. Which members of the squad you face off against will depend on which version of the game you’re playing, but by meeting them you’ll learn about their purpose and mission!

Team Rainbow Rocket

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Team Rainbow Rocket brings back all the bad guys from six generations of Pokémon games and unites them under the Team Rocket banner. You can face off against the whole lot again!

Team Rainbow Rocket is a real blast from the past for long-time Pokémon fans, while new fans will get to know the villains that players have loved to hate for twenty years. Battling Giovanni, Cyrus, Maxie, Archie, Ghetsis, and Lysandre again is something that most Pokémon fans did not expect to ever happen – it’s great to have them all back.

The Best Battles Yet

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are enhanced with an improved battle interface and some new features. There are new ultra-powerful Z-Moves at your disposal, courtesy of the new Z-Power Ring. Some Pokémon that did not have Z-Moves in the previous game, such as Kommo-o and Lycanroc, will now be stronger than ever before.

Mimikyu is our favorite – it can hug other monsters unconscious with its incredible (and hilarious) new Z-Move, ‘Let’s Snuggle Forever’.

Some Pokémon also have completely new forms, like Lycanroc’s Dusk form, and Necrozma’s Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings forms.Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are compatible with Pokémon Bank, too, so you can bring your best Pokémon from X/Y, Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, and Sun/ Moon – or even the Virtual Console versions of Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver – into the game and create your dream team!

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is available now, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.

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