Pokémon Sun & Moon Starter Pokemon Breakdown Details

Since the very first Pokémon video games made for the Gameboy Color, starter Pokémon have been important. These creatures became series stars in the own right, just as Pikachu did. For lots of people, Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle were the creatures to have in your collection. That choosing each of the creatures meant dealing yourself some advantages and disadvantages made them that much cooler. Along with updated graphics and a new region, the Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon release will bring with it another generation of upgrades. That means more creatures, new mechanics and new starter Pokémon.

Earlier today, Nintendo, the Pokémon Company and Game Freak showed off the new line-up of starter Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Mostly, this game seems as if it’ll keep the old traits and mechanics alive, while giving us new creatures to collect and appreciate.


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Read: Pokémon Sun and Moon Release – 4 Things We Know

New Starter Pokémon: What’s Staying the Same

What’s staying the same are the types of Pokémon that the game starts with. Rather than mix in some new elements, Game Freak decided to keep Grass, Fire and Water creatures in the spotlight from the outset of these two new games. Each creature has a single move that it can do once it’s rewarded to players.


New Starter Pokémon: Rowlet



A Grass and Flying type creature Rowlet is the modern-day successor to Bulbasaur from the classic games. He’s described as the Grass Quill Pokémon, with a height of 1 foot and weight of 3.3 pounds. Apparently, Rowlet can attack Trainers and other creatures without so much as a peep. It also flies completely silently.

Rowlet looks like a tiny round bird, with flat wings, a large beak and two leaves as a bowtie. Players that choose Rowlet as their starter Pokémon can expect the Overgrow ability eventually. It starts out with Leafage, an attack that uses the leaves on its chest.

New Starter Pokémon: Litten


The Fire Cat Pokémon Litten has dark black hair over most of its body and highlights of red, underscoring it’s a Fire Type creature. The cat weighs 9.5 pounds and has the Blaze Ability.


Nintendo describes the Litten as “Logical but also passionate.” It seems that Litten holds its emotions pretty close, which isn’t something we’re used to with most Pokémon. The creature will come with the Ember attack if players choose to use it as their starter Pokémon. Eventually, the creature learns to shoot hairballs covered in flames.

New Starter Pokémon: Popplio


The Sea Lion Pokémon Popplio absolutely doesn’t keep his emotions hidden. The picture Nintendo posted of Popplio this morning includes a huge grin on his face. He’s the replacement for Squirtle and the other Water-Type Pokémon that replaced him in the starter line-up after Pokémon Blue.

Popplio weighs 16.5 pounds and stands a foot tall. He has the Torrent ability, but will come with Water Gun when the game begins. Oddly, Popplio can snort out water balloons, making him just as disgusting as Litten and its flaming hairball ability. The creature is described as having a “determined spirit” in its profile.

New Starter Pokémon: What We Still Don’t Know

Ever committed to only giving players pieces of information before a game release, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company are keeping information about those creatures limited for now. Today, we only know that they will be the starter Pokémon for both games.


What we don’t know is what they’ll evolve into. We don’t even know if each of these creatures will get three evolution forms like their counterparts in earlier games did. Presumably, more information about their evolved forms will come when Nintendo is finally ready to talk about the complete creature line-up for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Such a move would also explain why we don’t know what these starter Pokémon creatures official number designations are in the game’s updated Pokédex.

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Information essential to capturing the creatures and other game mechanics is unknown too. We have no idea how easy each of these creatures will be to capture outside of being chosen as a starter Pokémon. Expect them to possibly be hard to catch though, the point of thinking long and hard about your starter Pokémon is to set your course for the game. It’d seem pretty counter-intuitive to make it easy for them to be caught after the fact.

Read: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Pre-Orders Breakdown

Nintendo has confirmed that the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon release date is November 18th in North America and November 23 in Europe. Retailers are already taking advantage of the release date details with pre-orders. The game will cost $39.99 on release. Smart shoppers in the United States can save 20% on the games with a Games Club Unlocked or Amazon Prime subscription. Presumably, GameStop will offer big Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon release deals closer to launch.

21 Exciting Pokémon Sun and Moon Feature Details

Pokémon Sun and Moon Release Date

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Pokémon Sun and Moon Release Date

Rather than come out and immediately announce the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon release date, Nintendo opted to tease users along. It wasn’t until today that we learned more about the upcoming role-playing game and when we can expect it on store shelves. The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon release arrives in North America on November 18th. Europe will get the game on November 23rd.

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