With Pokémon Sun and Moon set to be released in November, I have been eagerly awaiting news about my next adventure alongside my new partners/best friends/combat proxies. Today, though, the floodgates have opened with a new trailer revealing details about the new region, the new Pokémon Professor, and of course, the new Starters.

That's right, y'all: We have now met the three starters for Generation 7: Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. Check out the video and some snap judgments on your future partners below!



So obviously, we have the standard rock-paper-scissors array of types here: Grass, Fire, and Water. But the official Pokémon Sun and Moon site has some more information as well. Let's go through it, shall we?



Pokémon Says: Rowlet can attack without making a sound! It flies silently through the skies, drawing near to its opponent without being noticed, and then lashing out with powerful kicks. It can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers.

Its visual abilities are impressive. The darkness of night is no obstacle to Rowlet! It can twist its neck nearly 180° from front to back so it can see directly behind itself. It has a habit of turning its head in battle to face its Trainer and receive instructions.

CA Says: I don't usually go for Grass-type starters, since all Pokémon inevitably fall short of the majesty that is Bulbasaur, but the more I look at this little chum, the more I like them. For one thing, Rowlet is dual type at first stage --- something that I don't think we've seen since Bulbasaur in Gen 1 --- and for another, the idea of a tiny little owl with a bowtie made of leaves is pretty darn cute.



Pokémon Says: Logical but also passionate, Litten always remains coolheaded and doesn't show its emotions on the surface.

Litten can attack with flaming hairballs! Its fur is rich in oils and immensely flammable. Litten grooms itself by licking its fur, and then uses the collected fur as fuel for fireball attacks!

When the time comes for Litten to shed its old fur, it all burns up in a glorious blaze.

CA Says: Litten's official description starts like an online dating profile and then takes a sharp left turn into... well, into something that's like an online dating profile for your Sonic the Hedgehog OC. The Fire starters have been pretty consistently awesome since Charmander, though, and the idea of a weird little kitty cat that horks up its own furballs at floating sentient magnets or whatever has the right combination of awesome and gross-out to be really great.



Pokémon Says: Popplio's swimming speed is known to exceed 25 mph. It's better at moving in the water than on land. Still, when it's on land, it takes advantage of the elasticity of its balloons to perform acrobatic stunts and jumps.

Popplio can snort out balloons made of water! Watch it spin water balloons into a playful battle strategy!

Both frivolous and hard-working, Popplio can easily get carried away — unleashing enough power in battle to make quite a spectacle! But Popplio’s determined spirit means it can usually be found practicing hard on its balloon skills.

CA Says: My Pokémon was very depressed, so it went to the doctor. The doctor said "the great Pokémon clown Popplio is in town. Go and battle him, it will cheer you up. And then my Pokémon said "But doctor... I am Popplio."


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