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Pokemon Sun and Moon brings Red and Blue back for a full-circle franchise

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The two Pokémon League champions that started it all have returned.

In the latest trailer for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon released Thursday, the Alola region has gained more notable figures from the Kanto region of the original GameFreak titles Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow. On top of the previously announced Alolan form Kanto Pokémon, Red and Blue, the protagonist and his rival from the original trio of games, will appear on the tropical islands to challenge trainers at the Battle Tree. Proving the games are all connected with Alola as the crux, even Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia can be battled at the tree for a comprehensive look back on the series.

As for new Pokémon, the final evolutions for the three new Alolan starters have been revealed. The owl creature Rowlet’s final form, Decidueye, keeps the Grass typing and gains Ghost for the exclusive move Spirit Shackle, which keeps the opposing Pokémon from running from battle or switching out. Adorable kitten Pokémon Litten becomes the ferocious Incineroar, which earns the Dark typing for extra advantage in battle. Its exclusive move, Darkest Lariat, ignores any stat change of the enemy Pokémon to deliver massive damage. Last up, the cute seel Popplio becomes Primarina, the Water and Fairy type. Sparkling Aria is a soothing move the dancing creature can learn, which heals the target of burns.


The three additional guardians of the Alola region also appeared, Grass/Fairy type Tapu Bulu, Psychic/Fairy type Tapu Lele, and Water/Fairy type Tapu Fini. The new Dark type Persian rounded out the new reveals, bringing even more Kanto Pokémon with a fresh coat of paint.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon release for the Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 18.