The Pokémon Company International revealed today that Pokémon Sun and Moon, due for a late November release, will be getting a playable demo on October 18th. This unprecedented move is more than just a publicity stunt, however. The playable demo offers players the opportunity to obtain a Greninja with the ability “Battle Bond” which, when the correct conditions are met, allows Greninja to change into Ash-Greninja, who has been exclusive to the anime up to this point. When Pokémon Sun and Moon are released, players will be able to transport the Ash-Greninja to the game proper. Nintendo did not specify whether the Greninja in question would keep any levels acquired during the demo, nor did they touch on how the transfer would be done.
Related: Other Denizens Of The Alola Region
Included in the trailer as well are a first look at the first-stage evolutions of the Alola region’s starting Pokémon. These Pokémon are Dartrix, Torracat, and Brionne. Each of these Pokémon display different personalities when interacted with, a feature which Sun and Moon appear to have taken to new heights, with the trailer displaying the ability to feed and pet Pokémon, and even showing a few unique interactions.
The Blade Quill Pokémon Dartrix evolves from Rowlet. Dartrix attacks by throwing its knife-edged feathers, and it possesses extremely sharp senses. This Pokémon can detect opponents behind it and can throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment it has.
The Fire Cat Pokémon Torracat evolves from Litten. This Pokémon produces flames for it’s attacks from a bell-like sac attached at the base of its throat. Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack relentlessly. Its mane can sense what is going on around it, even in the dark, and is able to detect the presence of hidden enemies.
The Pop Star Pokémon Brionne evolves from Popplio. Brionne can dance in perfect time with others and is always cheery and positive. A very hard worker, Brionne learns dances by imitating other members of its colony and can sometimes even learn dances from humans. As this Pokémon dances, it creates balloons and slaps them into its target, making them explode and deal damage to its opponents.
The trailer also revealed several new features, such as “Festival Plaza” where players can interact with one another in a manner similar to Black and White 2′s “Join Avenue” which allows them to earn a currency that can be used to acquire rare and expensive items such as stat-boosters. Catch the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments section!