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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 and continuing with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which is followed by Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Unlike other generations, the games of the seventh generation were released on two different Nintendo platforms, with the Alola-based games released on Nintendo 3DS and the Let's Go games released on the Nintendo Switch; it is the last generation released on the 3DS and the first one on the Switch.
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 were released worldwide on November 18, 2016, except in Europe where they were released on November 23, 2016.
The second pair of games in this generation, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, were revealed in a Pokémon Direct held on June 6, 2017. The games take place in Alola once again, but with a new story and includes Pokémon that cannot be found in Sun and Moon. The games were released worldwide on November 17, 2017.
The third pair of games, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, were revealed in a press conference held on May 29, 2018. The games will take place in Kanto and are inspired by Pokémon Yellow. They will be released on November 16, 2018.
Some of the Generation VII games can communicate with games from earlier generations. Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon can communicate with the application Pokémon Bank, via which Pokémon from the Generation VI games can be received. By way of Poké Transporter, Pokémon Bank can also receive Pokémon from the Generation V games and the Virtual Console releases of the Generation II and Generation I games, from which they can be moved to Generation VII games. Combined with other inter-generational transfer methods, this makes the seventh generation the first generation since Generation II able to communicate with all previous games. The Let's Go games will also be able to receive Pokémon from Pokémon GO and send a special Pokémon to Pokémon GO.
Advances in gameplay
- The addition of 81 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 802.
- The addition of 80 new moves, bringing the total to 701.
- The addition of 41 new Abilities, bringing the total to 232.
- A new region to explore, the Alola region, based on Hawaii.
- The return of different overworld music depending on the time of day, which was originally introduced in Generation IV.
- A new villainous team, Team Skull.
- 18 Generation I Pokémon have a form unique to Alola known as a regional variant; this aspect of Generation VII is based on selective pressures which occur in the real world.
- The player can move freely in any direction in any area of the game, 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.
- The addition of the island challenge, a traditional rite in the Alola region involving trials guided by Trial Captains, battling Totem Pokémon, and battles with Island Kahunas.
- The introduction of Greninja's Ash-Greninja form and Zygarde's four alternate forms, previously shown in the XY&Z arc of the anime's XY series.
- Six new Pikachu forms based on Ash's Pikachu.
- Two new battle modes:
- A battle that takes part between four Trainers called a Battle Royal, where each participating Trainer aims to defeat each other. The battle ends when all of one Trainer's Pokémon are knocked out, with the winner being the Trainer who has the highest combined number of knockouts and number of remaining Pokémon.
- A battle where wild Pokémon can summon allies to assist them called an SOS Battle.
- The new QR Scanner allows players to register Pokémon in their Pokédex and receive event Pokémon.
- The addition of Poké Rides, which allow players to summon Pokémon that they can ride to access otherwise inaccessible areas.
- The addition of Hyper Training, a system that allows players to exchange special Bottle Caps to maximize the IVs of their Level 100 Pokémon.
- The introduction of the Zygarde Cube, an item that allows the player to collect Zygarde Cells and Cores scattered across the region to assemble their own Zygarde.
- The addition of the Festival Plaza, a hub accessible from the menu that allows the player to interact with other players locally or via the internet, as well as access various shops similarly to Join Avenue.
- The addition of the Poké Pelago, an option accessible from the menu that allows the player to send Pokémon that are stored in a PC Box to various islands, allowing them to gather items, discover wild Pokémon, and even raise their levels and stats.
- The player can now replace one of their party Pokémon with a newly caught Pokémon without having to use a PC.
- One new variant of Poké Ball, the Beast Ball, retaining the 26 found in previous games.
- The introduction of a new evolutionary stone, the Ice Stone.
- During a Pokémon battle, the bottom screen now displays a move's type effectiveness once the player has encountered the Pokémon again.
Alterations from Generation VI
- Several Pokémon can learn new moves upon evolution.
- Pokémon-Amie is replaced by Pokémon Refresh.
- The Player Search System is replaced and incorporated into the Festival Plaza.
- The abandonment of the following elements:
- Counting how many of each species of Pokémon the player has encountered.
- The National Pokédex, with Pokémon from outside the Alola Pokédex having no Pokédex entry at all.
- Horde Encounters, Sky Battles, Inverse Battles*, Triple Battles, and Rotation Battles.
- Super Training, O-Powers, and Poké Miles.
- Contest Spectaculars, Cosplay Pikachu, Super-Secret Bases, Mirage spots, Soaring, and the DexNav from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- The Hall of Fame PC function.
- The experience formula once again takes in account the difference between the Pokémon's levels.
- A Pokémon's speed after Mega Evolution is used to determine the turn order, not its Speed before.
- The following status conditions have been altered:
- Burn now only removes 1/16 of the Pokémon's maximum HP instead of 1/8.
- Paralysis now decreases a Pokémon's speed to 50% instead of 25%.
- Confusion only has a 33% chance of making the Pokémon hurting itself instead of 50%.
- Moves can no longer be used outside of battle.
- Twenty-six Pokémon from earlier generations receive an increase in one or more of their base stats. They are Arbok, Dugtrio, MegaAlakazam, Farfetch'd, Dodrio, Electrode, Exeggutor, Noctowl, Ariados, Qwilfish, Magcargo, Corsola, Mantine, Swellow, Pelipper, Masquerain, Delcatty, Volbeat, Illumise, Lunatone, Solrock, Chimecho, Woobat, Crustle, Beartic, Cryogonal.
Further additions in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- An altered story from Sun and Moon.
- A new post-game scenario, Episode RR, featuring a new villainous team, Team Rainbow Rocket; an alliance between the leaders of the teams of the previous generations.
- Five new Pokémon are introduced: Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, Blacephalon, and the Mythical Pokémon Zeraora, bringing the total to 807.
- The introduction of several new forms.
- The addition of three new moves (Mind Blown, Photon Geyser, and Plasma Fists) and six new Z-Moves (Splintered Stormshards, Let's Snuggle Forever, Clangorous Soulblaze, Searing Sunraze Smash, Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom, and Light That Burns the Sky), bringing the total amount of moves to 719.
- One new Ability is introduced: Ultra Necrozma's Neuroforce, bringing the total to 233.
- An expanded Alola Pokédex, bringing the total to 403.
- A fleshed out Rotom Pokédex, including the the Roto Loto feature.
- New hairstyles and clothing.
- The expansion of Ultra Space and several new locations in Alola.
- The introduction of a new Poké Ride and mini-game: Mantine Surf.
- The introduction of the Alola Photo Club.
- The introduction of the Battle Agency, an addition to the Festival Plaza.
- The replacement of Zygarde Cells and Cores with Totem Stickers, which the player can redeem to receive special, Totem-like 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.
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.
Trial Captains and Totem Pokémon
In Sun and Moon, there are seven Trial Captains and eight Totem Pokémon, Pokémon which are bigger than the rest of their species and have "auras" that increase one of their stats at the beginning of battle. Upon a Totem Pokémon's defeat, the player will get the corresponding Z-Crystal of the same type of the trial.
In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, all of the trials are altered in some way. In addition, the final Trial Captain, Mina has a trial for the player to complete.
After the player completes all the trials on an island, they must battle the kahuna of the island.
- Main article: Kanto
In its fifth appearance, Kanto is set to appear in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! in a capacity similar to Generation I and its previous remakes, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Unlike in other Pokémon games, the starter the player starts with in the upcoming games corresponds with the game they are playing. Players of Let's Go, Pikachu! will start with Pikachu, while players of Let's Go, Eevee! will start with Eevee.
It is confirmed that Gym Leaders will return in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! So far, the only confirmed Gym Leaders are Brock, Misty and Lt. Surge.
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