E3 2016: Pokémon Shows off Three New Pokémon; Battle Royal
The Pokémon Company has shown off three more Pokémon of the Alola region, which you can see in action in the video above.
The first of the new Pokémon revealed is the Normal- and Flying-type Woodpecker Pokémon Pikipek, which can bore holes in trees by striking them up to 16 times per second. These strikes can do more than drill through hard wood—they can even shatter stone. Pikipek can attack distant opponents by firing seeds with enough force to embed them into the trunks of trees. This Pokémon also likes small glittering objects and will hide these amongst their food stores.
The second new Pokémon announced was the Loitering Pokémon Yungoos. This Normal-type Pokémon is known for its humongous hunger and has a terrible temper when hungry. The majority of its long body is made up of its stomach, and it is never satisfied due to its swift digestion. Trainers will encounter some Yungoos that possess an Ability no other previously discovered Pokémon has had—Stakeout. This Ability means that the Pokémon’s moves can deal twice the normal damage to any Pokémon that switches in or enters the field mid-battle.
The final Pokémon revealed was the Larva Pokémon Grubbin. This Bug-type Pokémon relies on its strong and sturdy jaws, using them as both a weapon in battle and a tool to help them burrow into the ground. Grubbin can spew sticky threads from its mouth and can wrap these threads around trees, enabling this Pokémon to swing around and become much more mobile.
The Pokémon series is also expanding their battle styles to include a four player free-for-all, called Battle Royal. The battle ends not when one person is left standing, but at the end of the round in which one of the trainers loses all of their Pokémon. The victor is then determined by the trainer’s number of KO’s as well as how many of their Pokémon remain.
Finally, we learn a bit more about the legendary Pokémon, Magearna. Magearna will have a special ability, Soul-Heart, that increases its special attack anytime a Pokémon in the arena faints. Magearna will be distributed via QR code in North America at a yet-unannounced date.
Pokémon Sun and Moon will release November 18, 2016.