Pokemon Sun and Moon Release Date and Starters Revealed

Pokemon Sun and Moon finally have a release date.

Pokemon Sun and Moon finally have a release date.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon had a huge new reveal today. The CoroCoro magazine usually shows new info, but the official Pokemon channel posted a video themselves to show a bunch of great new info. They showed the new starters, gameplay, the box legendaries, and solidified the game’s release date.


The 3 new starters for Pokemon Sun and Moon are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

  • Rowlet  is a grass/flying type that looks like an owl.

Pokemon sun and Moon starter rowlet

  • Litten is a fire type that looks like, you guessed it, a kitten.

Pokemon sun and Moon starter Litten

  • Popplio is a water type that looks like a sea lion. His design looks like someone you would see at a circus or other performing venue.

Pokemon Sun and Moon starter Popplio


The video also showcased gameplay footage, showing the new professor, some new locations, and the player characters.

Player customization was shown to return with the Japanese trailer, which shows some extra footage.

The character models while traveling around are also the full ones you see in battle. The previous games used smaller, chibi-style models for the characters outside of battle. 


Each version of Pokemon has a legendary shown on the box art, and that Pokemon is central to the story of that version. Sun and Moon are no different and both legendaries were shown in-game. We also got a picture of the box art.

The Sun legendary looks like a huge, white lion with a sun-shaped mane.

The Moon legendary is a huge, purple bat with moon-shaped wings.

Release Date

Finally, what we’ve been waiting for, the release date! It launches on November 18, 2016.

Pokemon sun and moon release date

Now we know exactly when we will take our next journey into the world of Pokemon and spend countless hours discovering everything it has to offer.

The Official Pokemon Channel on YouTube, the official website, and right here at GameSkinny are excellent places to stay on top of the latest Pokemon news. I’ll continually be on top of these reveals and everything else related to Pokemon! Let me know what you think about everything that was revealed today.

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After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2F97BrR) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/synzergaming).