These Are Your Pokémon Sun and Moon Starters

By Julian Benson on at

Gamefreak has just put out a new trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon and, as well as showing off more of the Hawaii inspired island, it reveals the games' three new starting pokémon: Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

First up is Rowlet:


Clearly based on a baby owl, Rowlet is both a grass and a flying type pokémon. I'm a big fan of that leafy bow tie. Hopefully, as Rowlet evolves she'll become both more fearsome and more dapper. I've my fingers crossed for a monacle by its final stage.

Next up is Litten:


A fire type pokémon, Litten will be a useful member of your squad, particularly if the Hawaiian-style islands of Sun & Moon are host to more leafy pokémon that usual. I'm less sold on its design – I like cartoon cats a lot but there's nothing to grab on to in the same way as Rowlet's bow tie. Though, I guess its tail does look a little like a fuse.

And, finally, we have Popplio:


Okay, now a water type pokémon that looks like a circus seal and is wearing a ruff, I am totally on board with that. Good going, Popplio. Really interested to see where Popplio's evolution takes it because if it sticks with the circus theme then maybe we'll see some cannons by its final stage.

The trailer also gave a glimpse of what looks like the Sun & Moon legendaries:

pokemon sun legendary

pokemon moon legendary

Moving away from the pokémon for the moment, the new trailer also gives us a small look at the new world map:

pokemon sun moon map screen

I'm loving the lushness of the island. Plus, the volcanic island means there's ample places to find rock, fire, and water pokémon.

As well as the new trailer above, there's a Japanese advert, too. It uses much of the same footage as the other trailer but has a bit more of an emotional punch:

Best of all, we have a release date: both games are slated for release on the Nintendo 3DS on November 18th.