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Sun & Moon: Alolan Raichu, Wishiwashi, and More!

Latest trailer showcases new Pokémon in action for the first time, including the new evil Team Skull!

Following this month’s CoroCoro Magazine leaks (and a day or so of leaked information), the latest trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon aired, officially revealing brand new information on some previously revealed Pokémon, as well as showcasing some brand new Pokémon making their debut in the newest entry in the main Pokémon game series!

First, let’s take a look at the latest trailer down below here:

Now let’s take a look at all the new Pokémon that appeared!

Wishiwashi Solo

Name: Wishiwashi (Solo Form)
Category: “Small Fry” Pokémon
Height: 0’08”
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Type: Water
Ability: Schooling

A single Wishiwashi is tiny and weak. Measuring just eight inches from nose to tail, Wishiwashi is very small—even for a Pokémon. Yet the people of the Alola region seem to view it as a terrifying Pokémon…

When it’s in danger, Wishiwashi’s glistening eyes catch the light and shine out, sending an SOS signal to its allies!

Previously revealed in the latest CoroCoro Magazine leaks, Wishiwashi looks pretty wishy-washy – adorable, but pretty feeble nonetheless.  That is, until…

Wishiwashi School

Name: Wishiwashi (School Form)
Category: “Small Fry” Pokémon
Height: 26’11”
Weight: 173.3 lbs.
Type: Water
Ability: Schooling

The seemingly weak Wishiwashi is called the demon of the sea because of its terrifying School Form! When Wishiwashi friends receive an SOS signal, they unite in this huge battle formation!

Wishiwashi that have encountered many dangerous situations and have a lot of experience calling on their allies will be able to emit a bright light from their eyes. They can gather allies and transform into an even more powerful Pokémon! Even Gyarados flee from Wishiwashi’s School Form!

Wishiwashi have a new Ability, Schooling, which no Pokémon has previously had. With Schooling, Wishiwashi can change form in battle to their School Form under certain conditions.

Rather than evolve, Wishiwashi transforms in battle into this monstrous form!  Considering that even wild Gyarados flee from this menacing amalgamation, there’s a good chance that Wishiwashi’s stats in its School Form will be nothing to sneeze at.

It’s worth noting that the Japanese trailer shows that if Wishiwashi School Form takes enough damage, it will revert back to being the diminutive Wishiwashi Solo Form once more.  Overall, I think it’s a really cool concept!


Name: Pyukumuku
Category: “Sea Cucumber” Pokémon
Height: 1’00”
Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Type: Water
Ability: Innards Out

Due to their appearance and their lifestyle, Pyukumuku are considered unappealing to tourists. Part-time work chucking Pyukumuku back into the sea is available at tourist beaches. But no matter how far they’re thrown, Pyukumuku will always return to the same spot.

Once a Pyukumuku finds a place it likes, it won’t budge from it. If someone moves it away, back it comes to the same spot. If it runs out of food to eat in that spot, it’ll stay there—and starve. The people of Alola found this so pitiful that they developed a tradition of chucking Pyukumuku back into the food-rich sea whenever they come across any thin-bellied Pyukumuku.

Pyukumuku are covered with a slippery, viscous fluid that has a moisturizing effect. Pyukumuku can stay on land for a week without drying out. The people of Alola use this fluid for skincare products.

Pyukumuku hate to have their spikes and mouths touched, and if you step on one, it will hurl out its fist-like inner organs to strike at you.

Pyukumuku has a new Ability, Innards Out, which no other Pokémon has had before. With the Innards Out Ability, when this Pokémon faints, it will be able to deal one last bit of damage to its opponent, equal to the amount of HP it had left before it received the final blow.

What absolutely bizarre (but cute) Pokémon! Pyukumuku is based on actual sea cucumbers and their uncanny attributes.  While I’m curious to learn if this Pokémon evolves or not, I’m more interested in the potential of its Ability, Innards Out.  Think of the possibility of switching this Pokémon into an opponent to take a devastating blow, only to have the opponent knocking themselves out in the process!


Name: Morelull
Category: “Illuminating” Pokémon
Height: 0’08”
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Type: Grass/Fairy
Ability: Illuminate / Effect Spore

Morelull are nocturnal Pokémon that walk around at night on their leg-like roots. They move because staying in one spot and sucking all the nutrients from the soil would cause surrounding plants to wither. Morelull uses its leg-like roots to make contact with its fellows and communicate with them.

Morelull broadcast spores that glow brightly when they burst open. Looking at their pulsing light has a soporific effect. It seems that in times of danger, Morelull broadcast these spores.

Seemingly the most adorable mushroom-like Pokémon ever, Morelull looks promising as a Grass/Fairy-type Pokémon with access to Spore (as seen in the trailer) to put foes to sleep with ease.  From Paras to Shroomish to Foongus, mushroom-oriented Pokémon always seem to surprise me with their final appearances and attributes, so I look forward to seeing if Morelull goes any further with its design.

Alolan Meowth

Name: Alolan Meowth
Category: “Scratch Cat” Pokémon
Height: 1’04”
Weight: 9.3 lbs.
Type: Dark
Ability: Pickup / Technician

Meowth is a Pokémon that did not originally live in the Alola region. They were sent to the royal line as an offering from another region, and only a select few could have them as partners.

The Meowth in Alola are distinct for their cunning and their great pride. Two things they really hate—a wound to their pride and dirt on their coins. If either one happens, they fly into hysterics!

It’s said that the Meowth that were offered to the royal family lived a life of luxury and pampering, which led them to have a selfish and prideful attitude. This caused Meowth’s form to change.

The once-rare Alolan Meowth became feral when the monarchy was destroyed, and they have now become regular Pokémon, seen as commonly in the Alola region as elsewhere.

Whereas regular Meowth looks like a happy-go-lucky cat, Alolan Meowth looks absolutely smug.  We previously had a glimpse of this new Alola Form Pokémon during this week’s CoroCoro leak, but now we have a better idea as to how this Dark-type Meowth came to be.

I’m really curious as to how Alolan Persian will turn out…

Alolan Marowak

Name: Alolan Marowak
Category: “Bone Keeper” Pokémon
Height: 3’03”
Weight: 75.0 lbs.
Type: Fire/Ghost
Ability: Cursed Body / Lightning Rod

The Marowak in the Alola region take bones and light both ends on fire by rubbing them against their foreheads. Then they spin the bones around! Marowak’s rarity and its fearsome appearance when it dances with its bone led the people of Alola to dub it a conjurer and regard it with fear.

There are many Grass-type Pokémon—Marowak’s natural enemies—in the Alola region. This makes Alola a harsh environment for Cubone and Marowak. As a result, they live in close union with their partners. It’s said that their great care for their partners allowed them to gain something like a sixth sense and resulted in their changed form.

The Alolan Marowak proves skilled at an attack in which it waves its bone and releases a ball of flame. The fireballs are not that powerful, but they tirelessly pursue the foe!

Even though we already saw Alolan Marowak this past week, seeing it in action is even better!  I have to wonder: is this a physical attack-based Pokémon or a special attack-based Pokémon, because its use of Fire and Ghost-type attacks suggest the latter despite Marowak being more well known for its physical attack prowess.

The Japanese trailer also reveals that its pre-evolution is actually a normal Cubone; the evolution to Alolan Marowak perfectly reflects its adaptation to combat its natural enemies.

Alolan Raichu

Name: Alolan Raichu
Category: “Mouse” Pokémon
Height: 2’04”
Weight: 46.3 lbs.
Type: Electric/Psychic
Ability: Surge Surfer

The Raichu in Alola have two types—Electric and Psychic—and they are able to wield psychic power. What’s more, they can gather their psychic power in their tails and then ride on them to float in the air!

Even Pokémon researchers don’t know why Raichu’s form changed in the Alola region. The people of Alola seem unconcerned by the question. Their guess: maybe it ate too many sweet and fluffy round pancakes!

Raichu has electric sacs on its cheeks, and rubbing them causes a sweet aroma to be released. The mechanism behind this is not clear, but it’s thought to be connected to the psychic power that Alolan Raichu possess.

The Alolan Raichu has a new Ability, Surge Surfer, which no other Pokémon has previously had. With the Surge Surfer Ability, the Pokémon’s Speed will be doubled on Electric Terrain.

I absolutely love this new Alola Form! Alolan Raichu is the first-ever Electric/Psychic-type Pokémon, giving itself plenty of potential in terms of altered stats and moves compared to its classic counterpart.  Given that it uses its own tail like a surf board, one can only hope that Alolan Raichu learns Surf naturally (wishful thinking, I know) – it would certainly give Alolan Raichu more competitive viability, I think!

It seems there’s a push to make the other terrain moves such as Grass Terrain and Misty Terrain more relevant, as first demonstrated with Tapu Koko; hopefully this Raichu’s Surge Surfer Ability will get some proper use beyond a simple novelty in the future.

Finally, in case you missed it, here’s the Japanese trailer which aired the same day as the English trailer:

Pokémon Sun & Moon releases on November 18, 2016.

Seems like it’s mostly Pokémon from the original games that are getting Alola Forms, eh? Makes sense, given that it’s the 20th Anniversary of the franchise.  With that said, I really like how these new forms are turning out, as well as all the new Pokémon making their debut in this game.