Pokémon Ultra Sun And Moon Update: Team Rainbow Rocket And More Revealed

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Giovanni and Team Rocket return in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Giovanni and Team Rocket return in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Pokemon Company

The Nov. 2 Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon news didn’t disappoint. A new trailer confirmed Team Rocket’s return, as well as new and returning features to the Gen 7 games.

Team Rocket is now known as Team Rainbow Rocket. Giovanni returns, bringing the bosses from every past game with him. At this point, we don't know what this organization is doing in Alola, but you and your friends will have to take them all down.

Check out the latest Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer below.

Besides Team Rainbow Rocket’s return, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will include the brand new Battle Agency. This feature will allow trainers to rent Pokémon (many times, Legendary Pokémon) and go one-on-one with other trainers. Sometimes, a powerful trainer, like a Trial Captain, will appear and you can receive rare items from defeating them.

Totem Stickers are another new addition. These stickers will be plastered all over the Alola Region (similar to the Zygarde cells) and you can use them to obtain Totem Pokémon to battle with. Some examples from the trailer include Gumshoos, Lurantis for Ultra Sun and Salazzle for Ultra Moon.

The Island Scan from Sun and Moon returns, as even more Pokémon not native to Alola will appear. The examples shown in the trailer are actually starter Pokémon, like Charmander and Greninja.

And finally, Legendary Pokémon will appear in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but this time they’ll appear in the Ultra Wormhole. This should be familiar to those who played Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. In those games, trainers soared into dimension holes created by Hoopa.

It's unclear whether the Legendary Pokémon encounters are random or not. We do know that different Legendary Pokémon will appear depending on the version of the game you have, so trainers will have to trade with friends (or buy both versions) to catch every Legendary in Pokémon’s history, including Yveltal, Xerneas and Zygarde for the first time outside of X and Y.

Pokémon like Celebi, Mew and Jirachi did not appear in the trailer, but that doesn’t mean they won’t appear in the Ultra Wormhole. We'll just have to wait and see.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon release for Nintendo 3DS Nov. 17.

So what do you think of the features and changes coming to Alola? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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