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Generation VII
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Logos of Pokémon Sun and Moon
Debut EN November 18, 2016
JA November 18, 2016
Pokémon Unknown (44 new)
Main games Sun and Moon
Region introduced Alola
Storage games Bank
Current length EN Not yet released
JA Not yet released

The seventh generation (Japanese: 第七世代 seventh generation) of Pokémon games is the seventh installment of the Pokémon video game series starting with Pokémon Sun and Moon. Like Generation VI, the games of the seventh generation so far will be presented on the Nintendo 3DS.


The seventh generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of Pokémon Sun and Moon on February 27, 2016, the Pokémon 20th Anniversary. These games are scheduled to be released worldwide on November 18, 2016, except in Europe where they will be released on November 23, 2016.

The Generation VII games are not isolated from previous iterations and can communicate with both the Generation VI games and the Generation I Virtual Console re-releases through an online application known as Pokémon Bank. Through Pokémon Bank, Poké Transporter, Poké Transfer, and Pal Park, Pokémon all the way from Generation III can be transferred to Generation VII.

Advances in gameplay

  • The addition of 44 currently known Pokémon, bringing the currently known total to 765.
  • The addition of at least 19 new moves.
  • The addition of at least 23 new Abilities.
  • The player can move freely in any direction, as opposed to the eight-directional grid of the previous generation.
  • The addition of the Rotom Pokédex, a special Pokédex inhabited by a Rotom that doubles as a real-time map on the bottom screen of the Nintendo 3DS.
  • The 3D models used for characters on the overworld are refined, and Trainers can be seen behind their Pokémon during battle, similar to Pokémon Colosseum, XD: Gale of Darkness, and Battle Revolution.
  • Certain NPC trainers may keep their Pokémon in Poké Balls other than the standard Poké Ball.
  • A new battle mechanic, Z-Moves, powerful moves that Pokémon can learn and perform once per battle.
  • A new region to explore, the Alola region, based on Hawaii.
  • The addition of the Island challenge, a traditional rite in the Alola region involving trails guided by Trial Captains, battling Totem Pokémon, and battles with Island Kahunas.
  • The addition of Poké Rides, which allow players to summon Pokémon that they can ride to access otherwise inaccessible areas.
  • A new villainous team, Team Skull.
  • The introduction of Zygarde's four alternate forms, previously shown in the XY&Z arc of the anime's XY series.
  • The addition of regional variants, providing new forms for several old Pokémon based on regional ecology.
  • A new battle mode, Battle Royal, where four players enter into a free-for-all battle. The battle ends when all of one player's Pokémon faint, with the winner being the player who has the highest combined number of knockouts and number of remaining Pokémon.
  • A new battle mode, SOS Battles, where wild Pokémon can summon other wild Pokémon to assist them.
  • The addition of a QR code scanner, which allows players to register Pokémon in their Pokédex and receive event Pokémon.



Main article: Alola

The Alola region was introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. This island region is made up of four main islands and one artificial island.

Starter Pokémon

The starters of the seventh Generation follow the traditional Grass/Fire/Water trio setup. At the beginning of the game, the player must choose between the Grass and Flying-type Rowlet, the Fire-type Litten and the Water-type Popplio.

Generation I: Red & GreenBlue (JP)Red & BlueYellow
Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & Moon
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