It's called Ultra Sun and Moon for a reason.
- Possibly Confirmed. New Ultra Beasts will indeed be in the game, more cutscenes of them have been showcased, and one of the new characters actually uses one in their team.
The plot of Ultra Sun/Moon is kind of the same as the originals. this time, Lusamine somehow uses Nihilego's toxins to forcibly fuse Solgaleo/Necrozma or Lunala/Necrozma together. this affects the Pokemon's bioenergy, this distorts their innate realm travelling abilities which they initally gained control over when they evolved. (vs the chaoticness of winding in random worlds, or opening portals directly to Ultra Space as a Cosmog/Cosmoem)
- Most of the game's plot seems the same. Necrozma fuses with the box legends forcibly without any (clear) input by the Aether Foundations. the origin of Necrozma is still left in the air.
The twist is that we're lead to believe that the Ultra Space of this game is actually Earth All Along, Ultra Sun, Moon as well as vanilla Sun and Moon are standard realities. there are 4 realities, and 4 "sister" realities. Sun & Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, and Ultra Earth, a reality where Ultra Space is at its closest. the government of the world as well as Interpol and the Aether Foundation are desperate for survival, many characters may have toughened up or has gone beyond the Moral Event Horizon. the Lusamine of Ultra Earth has became a mindless Dimension Lord. the sudden ambush from Ultra Beasts has pressed down the populace and the only thing keeping them tame is the increased radiation as well as Ultra Lusamine sitting at her throne.
- Confirmed that there are other worlds to explore. The Ultra Recon Squad comes from a world that had its light stolen by Necrozma in the past, though as to if its an entire planet or just a pocket dimension is unknown. also a few Ultra Beasts has been shown to have their own pocket realities. The motives of the Ultra Recon Squad is unknown, as also if there are Ultra versions of existing characters.
- Jossed the ability to see alternate versions of the same characters within an Ultra Space (as an alternate to the main Pokemon World), though Team Rainbow Rocket is a Big Bad Duumvirate composing of Giovanni rounding up all the main villains (and Faba), coming from alternate worlds where their main Player Character never existed, or just failed to stop their plans.
- one reality however is an abandoned Hau'Oli City, inhabited by only 1 person and Guzzlord, however the influence of Ultra Wormholes appear to not have affected the state of the world. maybe an implication that technology was advanced but when the planet's resources collapsed, just about all of humanity left for other planets. besides the Guzzlord (who were apparantly too large to take with them), though as to wherever if the other Ultra Spaces are alternate versions of the same world or not is unsure, though none of the other Ultra Spaces are plot relevant, barring the Megalopolis.
Despite gathering pollution from various shattered realities, Pokemon still thrives. Rockruff, Eevee, Formantis, Yungoos and Rattata now evolves into variants. Rockruff gaining a 3rd Lycanroc forme ("Eclipse"), Espeon/Umbreon will instead gain stat/ability changes as well as adaptional Z-crystals depending on if they're Terranial or Ultra formes. Gumshoos' form would be naturalized towards nighttime, becoming a Big Eater, whereas Raticate would become a Fragile Speedster. it may be possible that there may be Pokemon that evolved differently on Alola might have a cellar structure. To avert Urban Legend of Zelda, Alolan Arcanine/Arbok (opposite rivals of Vulpix/Sandshrew) can only evolve into those forms on Ultra Earth. and although Mankey was formally the opposite exclusive pokemon of Meowth in Red/Blue, there wouldn't be a Alola-Ultra Mankey, due to Alolan Meowth being selectively bred, rather than evolving due to environmental factors. Though maybe they'll become Japanese Macaques? (Water/Psychic, can use scald).
- It's been confirmed that Lycanroc will get a new form in US/UM, but name-wise, it's jossed (it's called the Dusk form).
- Jossed, there are no new Alolan forms.
- Whilst pokemon are unaffected by adapting to Ultra Spaces, Pokemon from the main world will assume their non-Alolan form if evolved there.
- I have some concepts for "Twisted" versions of some famous pokemon like a Snorlax that got trapped in Ultra space and ended up starving and skeletal, desperately trying to consume everything in it's surrounding area in vain to draw nutrients and becoming a Ghost/Normal type or an Dark/Electric type Pikachu.
- Jossed. Necrozma took that role.
- Alternatively, this form seen will be the animation for an exclusive Z-move, probably coded as an OHKO move, for Mimikyu.
- Jossed-ish. They're Necrozma fusions, though the stat spread theory remains valid.
- Jossed for real; the fusions' base stat totals increase by 80.
- The reason Solgaleo and Lunala look monochromatic is because they're in their Radiant Sun and Full Moon phases, respectively, which they only take on when they use their signature moves. Which could imply that Necrozma is forcing them into their alternate forms.
- Maybe they wouldn't outright say that their souls were stolen, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them heavily imply it, such as Rotomdex saying that they are without spirit when in the new forms.
- Jossed; it's just a fusion/absorption.
- Kukui becoming the Team Skull Leader; he's gonna played more serious, Darker and Edgier compared to Guzma.
- Guzma becoming the Alola Professor, or even Kahuna; while he's almost similar personality to his Alternate Self, he'll be a good guy this time.
- Lillie will steal Type:Null from the Aether Foundation, her personality changed drastically to resemble Gladion's.
- Gladion handles Nebby; like Lillie, his personality changes completely, either becoming the new Supporting Protagonist or actually working with the Aether Foundation to help Pokémon.
- Lusamine becomes caretaker of Poké Pelago or another new function; like Mohn, she got lost inside an Ultra Wormhole and came back out with her memories lost, turning into a Nice Girl.
- Mohn remains the Aether Foundation president; he'll be similar to Lusamine, but be played as more of an Anti-Villain, having tried to save his wife (Lusamine) who got lost in an Ultra Wormhole, but ultimately he ends up like her.
- Wicke will be Affably Evil and Faba will demonstrate Good Is Not Nice, subverting their original roles.
Alternatively, with the same idea in mind
- Team Skull or their equivalent is an obliviously evil group who takes the idea of battles bringing out their Pokémon's best and Alolan tradition to the logical extreme, with Kukui replacing Plumeria as the main/top Admin, secretly being led by Colress for his studies.
- Guzma is now a former trial captain/gym leader who trains Plumeria as his replacement, similar to Molayne and Sophocles.
- Lillie is a trainer, who starts her adventure sometime in the middle of yours.
- Gladion will act as your classic Jerk with a Heart of Gold rival who is ahead of you in his adventure.
- Lusamine and Mohn both lead The Aether Foundation as a top secret anti-Ultra Beast group, dedicating themselves to studying Ultra space and how to defend against it. Their latest creation is the semi-successful Type: Full, whom they realize will only achieve its true potential when paired with a loving and experienced trainer.
- Wicke is mainly the same, but acts as a benevolent boss superior to Faba, who's oddly identical to the original up to and including pretending he's the Wicke's boss, although Played for Laughs.
- Nebby is found at a temple/shrine of the moon/sun, as a wild Pokémon who becomes attached to Lillie.
- The most recent trailer shows a Rockruff doing this. It seems walking Pokemon may, in fact, be returning.
- And then the most most recent one didn't. Perhaps it's optional, perhaps it never really happened, who knows.
- Somewhat confirmed actually. There are Pokemon in each island and you have the choice to play with them and have them follow you around the area. You can't keep them since they are already with trainers though.
- This seems unlikely; not only did Colress have nothing to do with Kyurem's fusion with Reshiram/Zekrom (that was Ghetsis' doing), but his focus is on the bonds between trainers and pokémon.
- At the very least, new Ultra Beasts are confirmed to appear.
- Confirmed. Solgaleo and Lunala allow the player to travel through them in a minigame, and the Ultra Beasts can be fought in Ultra Space.
- Jossed; the fusions retain Prism Armor.
- Jossed. A trailer has Mina declaring the start of her trial.
- Seems unlikely. We've never seen new Pokemon mid-generation.
- We haven't seen legendary Pokemon that evolve until Gen VII either but here we are. Compatibility issues aside, ORAS did something similar by introducing new Megas and previous games have introduced new forms mid-generation. Its still highly unlikely that it'll occur but it would be a pretty incredible draw if completely new Pokemon were introduced mid-gen.
- Likely Jossed, given the nature of the Ultra Space Squad, but you never know.
- Alolan Pokemon will get updated/changed stats-With this being an alternative storyline/universe, this can very well allow for Game Freak to fix some of the Mighty Glacier stats of most of the Alolan pokemon or give a more drastic change to the stats of the Alolan form Pokemon to more better differentiate them from their normal counterpart
- Jossed; the Alolan Pokemon's stats remain the same as last time.
- The house is now colored blue as opposed to grey/unpainted
- The house has alot of fully grown plants
- The garage is open with a Pickup inside as well as a surfboard propped near it
- Also to note is that the nearby Areas are far more lively in terms of flora as well as civilization as the nearby Pokemon center has a matching wall separating it from the first route
- Jossed. The posters and trailers have noted some quite substantial changes.
- Jossed. They're Necrozma forms that are fusions.
All universes has a main split with the weapon, then Devon discovering infinity energy. if Anabel somehow got displaced 10 years in time....this is all assuming that all the games doesn't occur at the same point in history across universes. maybe the mass death of People/Pokemon accelerated technological development, similarly to World War 2. Wattson however is his age, but Archie/Maxie were old enough to formally work for Devon when the company were still working out the kinks in Infinity Energy. this leads to ORAS and XY (for real).
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon smooths over some aspects. they're no longer looking at Infinity Energy as a powersource, but rather Bioenergy from pokemon themselves. Dream Energy had just been discovered at the proper point in time (as a standalone BW development. rather than being workable alongside ORAS). Colress eventually recalls the DNA splicers and decides to adapt organic technology on Pokemon themselves to concentrate their power. Maybe Necrozma might be an artificial Ultra Beast? made from organic crystal with an unstable core of energy. the one you see in Sun/Moon may be an escapee from one of many worlds that attempted to create their own armored Pokemon and reformed into a whole being. compare it to the Sci-fi elements of the original 1st generation games to the somewhat magical origins of X/Y and Sun/Moon (mainly the weapon/Magearna) to the hard scientific technology that appears in the backstory of ORAS...this is the route that Ultra Sun/Moon may go, maybe they may even combine elements of development from other realities.
All these universe divergences may become slightly blatant if they outright state that wandering in Ultra Space may eject you into a different time period, or that Amnesia is natural to those who do not have a Ultra Beast to quickly get them through fast enough. however information from other worlds may appear in the form of books or subconscious memories of fallers; this may explain AZ's book and possibly Bonji in the 20th movie. (assuming they are going to pull the "Red is a Faller" card)
Long story short, Ultra Sun/Moon in this universe is like ORAS, except shifted to a point where BW 2 would have occured. Lysandre isn't dead, Yveltal/Xerneas hasn't gotten siphoned. Megas has been discovered on their own in modern times, Dr Fuji (Origins) will be retconned as part of a collective of scientists that worked alongside Colress' father.
- Red and Blue, of course, but this time accompanied by Leaf, whose team will be similar to Red's but with a Clefairy in place of a Pikachu and maybe an Espeon in place of a Lapras.
- Pretty much all the previous player characters and rivals, appearing as new trainers in the Battle Tree. Either the male and female ones will both appear or their gender will depend on that of your player character. In the latter case, their dialogue will not change with their gender.
- N Harmonia, either on vacation or looking for/working with Colress. For bonus points, maybe he'll mention having finally been reunited with Hilbert/Hilda (though they would likely not show him with either of them, for obvious reasons).
- At least one previous Pokemon Professor.
- At least one previous Champion who isn't Cynthia.
- In addition, there will be more post-game content, some of which will involve foreign Pokémon.
Maybe they can even do a gimmick where if you completed Sun/Moon, your Pokemon team and PC's appearance would be saved on the 3DS, and ported to Ultra Sun/Moon as the final boss. If you didn't have data from SM, the boss will have the opposite gender to your current PC, and perhaps even use the opposite cover legendary Pokemon on their team.
- Jossed for now. Necrozma is the one who becomes Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wing Necrozma.
- Jossed. The trailer released in early November confirms that the Gen 4 legendaries are available, some being version-exclusive.
- Partially confirmed. At the very least, she can be encountered earlier.
- Partially confirmed. The new trailer at least confirms that he'll have a bigger role in the upcoming games.
- Adding onto the above, moves that were formerly in Gen I and II TMs can be taught here!
- Confirmed; these games will have move tutors, a shiny new battle facility, and a new method of earning BP in Mantine Surfing.
Potential candidates include.
- Lillie: To tie in with her anime counterpart who raises an Alolan Vulpix. If the games do serve as sequels in the end, she may return from Kanto (and maybe Johto) with a handful of Ice Types on her team.
- Wicke: Some people have noticed her unusual style of clothing when taking Alola's climate into consideration. Then again, she is a scientist.
- A completely new character: Who live in deep within Mount Lanakila. Crabominable is their signature Pokémon, plus their also have Alolan Ninetails and Sandslash.
- This last one is a little unlikely with Hala already having Crabominable
- Going to go out on a limb and say he'll be the main antagonist. He got banished into Ultra Space and is looking to escape.
- Sharpedo will be able to dive, it is one of the few pokemon with a unique model for dive in ORAS.
- There will be a poke ride for rock climb.
- Confirmed: Mantine Surf! Dodge wild Pokemon while doing awesome tricks! And possibly Solgaleo/Lunala on top of that.
Black and White are the only games other than the Sun and Moon original games that do not occur at same time than another pair of games in the series. Beyond this, the games do mention a villainous team of the past (the ancestors of Team Skull).
Necrozma is the Prism Pokemon. And what do prisms do to light?
- This troper will now joss his own theory; they are indeed fusions with Necrozma as the dominant part.
- Adding to this, I wouldn't be surprised if you needed the other two forms in your party as well, as both Olivia's Midday and Gladion's Midnight Lycanroc were present at its evolution.
- Not quite jossed, but leaning towards it, as a special Rockruff that would evolve into Dusk Lycanroc was announced for Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.
- It's apparently jossed. The September 2017 Corocoro states that Rockruff obtained during regular play cannot evolve into Dusk Lycanroc, while the event Rockruff is a special one that can.
- Confirmed for real this time, but it only applies to the event Rockruff.
- Jossed in regards to no new Ultra Beasts. They just felt like taking their sweet time to reveal anything.
Lilly won't exactly have a very fond memory of her, and even though she's officially just the clothes designer for the Foundation, she has a lot of authority. She'll battle you two or three times, using a mix of Fairy and Poison types.
It would make sense, given that Necrozma is based off of prisms and the eyes of the mysterious light bare resemblance to Necrozma.
- Confirmed; to be more specific, it's Ultra Necrozma.
- Guess what? CONFIRMED! Although while Xurkitree's Turf does have a machine look to it, Buzzhole's (and possibly Pheromosa's as well) doesn't look like an ant colony and more like a huge jungle. Only time will tell if Celesteela's will be in the sky or not and what Guzzlord's will look like.
- One that never left the Aether Foundation in the first place, or failed to escape them.
- The one that fell through the wormhole and lost their memory instead of her father.
- The one that gets corrupted by a Nihilego and goes crazy (possibly from losing her mother or brother to the wormhole?) instead of Lusamine, because how much of a Player Punch would that be?
- More like the anime one, where she loves Pokemon but can't touch them due to a mysterious incident she can't remember (possibly related to the wormhole/Ultra Beasts?).
- Lillie has a similar backstory of being afraid to touch Pokemon, which she gets over when she acquires an Alolan Vulpix.
- Lana, Kiawe, Mallow and/or Sophocles might mention going to Pokemon School together.
- More emphasis/references to the Pokemon School in general.
- The special Rockruff that becomes Dusk form is said to be from Professor Kukui.
- You run into a stray Litten in town that likes to steal berries.
Mohn was an untidy, nebbish wreck before Lusamine calmed and refined him out of pure love. but without her around, Mohn became so desperate to get her back that he instead devoted his life into his work rather than his family life. Lusamine eventually started to treat her children as dolls, but since this reality will have Mohn present instead, Wicke will be more of a surrogate, wistfully wondering if Gladion feels that it was his fault that they left without telling him. Wicke herself told Gladion a lie out of keeping him from straying down the same path as his father did but still feels alienated.
Meanwhile, Nebby just straight up cries. not having the Poke(or humanitarian?) ambitions Lusamine had, Mohn instead turns to a group of corrupt scientists (plus Team Rocket?, to secure the funding. they have a lot of leeway) who works on the strange Pokemon in the attempt to breach into Ultra Space. at first it worked, however Nebby almost died within Ultra Space itself, evolving into an Ultra Spacian Cosmoem, noticing the unusual energy readings it emitted, they shackled it down to keep it's power in check (Mirroring Mewtwo from the first movie). After experimenting with other irradiated materials from the Alola region, they noticed that their collections of earth had became new types of evolutionary stones (Unknownst to them, they became Mega Stones).
They'll probably explain the inital origin of the Tapus and the Z-Rings themselves. they just coincidentally remain compatible with Mega Stones that just happened to be discovered in the backstory of the game. by the time the player gets to the climax of the plot, Nebby will have endured countless energy refractions that its body starged to decompose and crystalize, evolving into Necrozma. After hearing the horrifying testimony from Wicke, the player quickly escorts Nebby to the Altar of the Sunne/Moone, due to the (concurrent effects of) Sun and Moon whittling at their reality, causing Ultra Beasts to invade their world.
Somehow, you climb into Ultra Space. Where perhaps Lusamine/Lillie had adapted to the climate, becoming shells of their former selves. or perhaps they have fallen into another reality where Lusamine had been successful with her plot. (similar to the Ultra Earth theory at the top of the page) Necrozma sheds its' armor, transforming into the Energy Being-based form (partially seen on both box arts, namely the eyes), healing it of its torment. the energy-based Solgaleo and Lunala just happened to be refined forms, after wearing the remnants of Necrozma's physical form, becoming (tecnically, by example) reverse-Kyurem. the game will point out that Necrozma's very energy is harmful and has to be contained within a Pokeball, however a contained Necrozma could have access to either of the box legend's moves when it's not an energy being. for competitive balance, you can't have a Unbound Necrozma or the Awakened Legend at the same time, being considered as Preset Megas, similar to Mega Rayquaza.
- All of the above is jossed; Mohn fulfills the same role as before.
With Nintendo trying to break out of its old reputation, Gamefreak is also trying to refresh pokemon by breaking out of the classic formula. Sun and Moon does away with Gyms with a more story focused plot along with being one of the darkest Pokemon games to date. Along with that they try to make more min-maxed Pokemon for the competitive scene. For Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as of the September 13 2017 Nintendo Direct, They have done something no one was expecting by dropping two completely new species of Pokemon mid-generation. While they're Ultra Beasts which does differ from actual pokemon, it shows that Gamefreak has again broken away from their usual planing.
- Confirmed, the only Mythical Pokémon is a pure Electric-Type named Zeraora.
- Lusamine: The Token Good Teammate to the rest of her family.
- Mohn: The leader of the alternate reality's Aether Foundation (which is a Pokemon Wrongs Group in that reality) and a Jerkass, but extremely protective of his family.
- Gladion: Basically the same as his "prime world" counterpart, except without all the sympathetic qualities.
- Lillie: A Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Manipulative Bastard who is rather abusive towards her Nebby.
- Possibly jossed. The latest trailer imply that they're Ultra Space's very own human counterpart residents.
- Jossed for real; they're the Ultra Recon Squad.
- Jossed. See above.
- Jossed; the National Pokédex still isn't in the game to record the numbers there.
- Jossed, however a different apocalyptic scenario is explored: In the Ultra Ruin, accessible through an Ultra Wormhole, it's implied that the world there was devastated by an Alternate Universe Blush Mountain powerplant going critical and suffering a nuclear meltdown which caused an explosion devastating the world. This forced the inhabitants to leave for another planet, except for Guzzlord, which were too heavy to take with them. It's also implied that Guzzlord mutated from another species, or was an existing species which fulfilled a role similar to Alolan Muk in the player's world. In fact, it's also stated that the Guzzlord are slowly going extinct, as they run out of food and start resorting to cannibalism. It's not exactly an "Ultra Wormhole apocalypse," but is perhaps even scarier given that something similar can happen to our world, either by accident or through an act of hate.
Lillie: Possibly this time around Lillie may have not been traumatized by her family's downfall in this version, maybe in this Lusamine hasn't been corrupted/gone completely insane and Lillie lived a more relatively normal albeit sheltered childhood by the time you meet her. as oppose to her (justified) shyness and emotional distance, this time she's a cautiously curious and happy girl finally getting to learn more about the region she's never really explored and possibly even a trainer at some point in the story, same person, different character.
Hau: This time around rather than taking time to enjoy the adventure, Hau will now be more active in partaking in trails, He'll still fulfill being your best in-game friend, this time around he treats as a friendly rival, being quicker to realize his flaws but and actively attempts to change them as the story goes. From the start he'll be classic Hau, as the story progresses his trials and tribulations force him to become a far more competent and skilled trainer to not be left in your dust. To sum it up, He's going to make you work for those battles. Along with that, more of his battles can become lose scenarios for you, as in the first game he had one unique battle where if you lost, you lost and he acknowledges his growth and the game progresses.
- Seemingly confirmed. He took levels in badass and you fight him for the position of champion this time around.
- Confirmed, it can be spotted in the top of the island, as well as popping out of the RV at random.
- Jossed; the lineup is the same as before; the only new additions are Lillie, Professor Kukui, and Sophocles.
- There are multiple universes not unlike the one they (URC) came to, but they've all evolved in ever-varying ways, using the example of AZ's Ultimate Weapon, and potentially Teams Magma or Aqua achieving their plans resulting in several different branches, all resulting in several different universes.
- Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma are considered ordinary Pokemon to the inhabitants of Ultra Space, as opposed to their Legendary status in the world of humans, albeit the former two are bred for their ability to open Ultra Wormholes, even allowing the player to ride into Ultra Space on their personal Solgaleo/Lunala in order to pursue Dusk Mane/Dawn Wings Necrozma to save Nebby. They will comment on Pokemon such as Pikachu and Yungoos looking totally alien from their point of view.
- The Necrozma that stole their world's light is one of two that originated from the USUM universe, and the other one escaped into the Sun/Moon universe to flee the URC, ultimately being captured by the Sun/Moon player after the Ultra Beasts were dealt with.
- After some research, their names aren't that unusual as they're named after types of Seaweed and aquatic plants (which follows the general Floral Theme Naming the Pokemon series follows). But having blue skin is quite a bit unusual.
They will be your actual allies in stopping Necrozma but one of them will betray the group. They could start out legitimately trying to contain Necrozma for whatever reason but as time goes on, the members you interact with become attached to Alola. By the time Necrozma is capable of being stopped with the help of the Ultra recon squad, you'll be betrayed. Depending on version, Dulse reveals an intent of having Necrozma steal Alola's light with the intent of giving it to his own people's light which had long since disappeared, while in Moon, Soleria intends to take Alola's light both to provide for her world, but mostly out of jealousy.
- The 'Allies' part is supported by the fact in one trailer the player character can be seen to run past them while they apparently watch your back. There is great possibility that they will be an example of Not Evil, Just Misunderstood, what with the nature of conflict and Ultra Beasts.
- Confirmed and jossed at the same time. The only non-event Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution that isn't available in these games is Camerupt.
They'll likely try to stop authorities from interfering with Necrozma, thinking that it's doing good, and that it should not be interrupted. The leader will probably see Necrozma in a semi-religious fashion, worshiping it as a god.
But here's the twist: this team is actually a cult, hypnotized or brainwashed by Necrozma itself into doing the Prism Pokemon's bidding. Necrozma uses these people as a distraction, while it draws power. Once Solgaleo/Lunala interferes, it absorbs them, and the player will be forced to separate the merged creatures, and capture Necrozma, ending it's schemes and reversing the brainwashing. Of course, to prevent the inevitable Disc-One Nuke, Necrozma will have to be turned in to Looker and/or the Aether Foundation, so they can try to pacify the Prism Pokemon naturally. Once the Elite 4 is beaten, Necrozma will be returned to the player, and be much less violent.
- I assume he has something on them. Or he chipped Ghetsis like a Suicide Squad member.
- Confirmed; the team leaders Giovanni recruited are from worlds where they fulfilled their goals.
- Supported by this trailer, as Ghetsis has Zekrom. Which begs the question...how did he get that?
- Confirmed by this interview.
- And doubly comfirmed in-game, at least from what Maxie says in this 30-minute preview which GameXplain did on the Rainbow Rocket storyline.
- Jossed. The villains are all from worlds where they won. That said, Sophocles does program a boss Trainer based on Giovanni into the Battle Agency.
- Given that Maxie and Archie still hate each others guts? Possible.
- Semi-confirmed? While they don't actively betray each other, All the Team Leaders have their own desires that results in a Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. The fact that most of them (Aside from Ghetsis, who is the only one who declare his intention to double-cross Giovanni) help you, the player, progress through Team Rainbow Rocket after being defeated could be considered as a betrayal.
- Archie and Maxie do try to fight each other, but can't even get their Pokemon out of the balls before Colress intervenes.
- Sadly jossed, Red however is somewhat mentioned, Giovanni talks about a scenario in which a 10-year old fighting with him is "somewhat familiar to him"
- Jossed. Its coverage attacks are Hyper Voice and Surf in addition to its STAB attacks.
- Maxie: Groudon
- Archie: Kyogre
- Cyrus: Giratina
- Ghetsis: Kyurem
- Lysandre: Yveltal
- The Maxie/Archie bit is more or less confirmed by this trailer at the very least, while Ghetsis is shown with Zekrom. Also, Lysandre may vary depending on the version (Xerneas in Ultra Sun, Yveltal in Ultra Moon).
- Maxie confirmed to have Groudon through this preview.
- Mostly confirmed, but whether Cyrus has Dialga or Palkia, Ghetsis has Reshiram or Zekrom, and Lysandre has Xerneas or Yveltal depends on the version.
I noticed that most of the bricks appear to have eyes on them that flip out to see things. Also, the code name chosen for it, "Assembly" may not only refer to it being assembled as a tower, but may also be an assembly of creatures.
- Confirmed. "While UB Assembly may appear to be made up of stones stacked atop one another, apparently each stone is in fact a separate life-form, and this UB is made up of an assemblage of these life-forms."
Burst seems heavily clown-inspired, and many people view clowns as creepy. It also used an unknown, presumably signature move that was super effective against Decidueye, which supports this theory. Fairy types are also somewhat associated with silliness and trickery, which are commonly associated with clowns. Assembly's multiple glowing eyes gives it a ghostly vibe, and the Rock typing speaks for itself. It also should be noted that the current two version exclusive pairs of UBs share a type with their counterparts.
- Jossed for both. UB Burst is Fire/Ghost while UB Assembly is Rock/Steel.
- Jossed. Stakataka is instead a Rock/Steel Mighty Glacier.
- Jossed. Neither Blacephalon nor Stakataka are number-coded.
- Jossed. As stated above, they're unnumbered.
- Possibly confirmed, the latest trailers talk about Necrozma stealing Alola's "Light". (There's also a preview of a scene with Lusamine telling someone to flee and calling whatever hurt her a monster.)
- He also crushed the sun in one of the trailers.
- Seemingly confirmed, if the title "Strange Evil" in the commercial trailers is anything to go bye.
- Confirmed, as the final antagonist you have to face in the main campaign. The part about Lusamine's insanity is also correct.
- You need to have both a Midday and a Midnight form Lyacanrock in your party. (Based on how Ash's Rockruff evolved in the anime after getting energy from both forms.)
- Needs to evolve at a very specific time, most likely sunset.
- Second method confirmed, specifically for the event Rockruff.
- You can only access it in versions where you can evolve Rockruff into either Midday or Midnight forms, unlike Sun and Moon where you are locked to one of the forms.
- Jossed. They are separate species.
- Jossed. Blacephalon is Fire/Ghost and Stakataka is Rock/Steel.
- Confirmed. Blacephalon is Fire/Ghost and Stakataka is Rock/Steel.
- Doubtful that Burst and Assembly will be played that way because it's been established that Burst will be exclusive to Ultra Sun, while Assembly will be exclusive to Ultra Moon.
- Jossed. The most recent trailer showed that we can fight Buzzwole in it's Home Turf just like the others, confirming one of the pre-release theories (even if Buzzwole's Turf is different from what the WMG entry predicted: a jungle instead of a hive), and it's safe to say that Pheromosa will be fought, too.
- Confirmed. They are Poipole and its evolution, Naganadel.
- Not just poison—it's badly poison the target!
- Jossed. No new signature move.
- Jossed. There are no new Alolan forms.
- Jossed. There are no new Alolan forms.
- Jossed. According to their Pokédex entries, Heracross is already its rhino beetle counterpart, having an enemy relationship while Pinisir is Heracross's buddy counterpart.
- Confirmed. Its highest form, Naganadel, has BST of 540 when UB's BST are usually 570.
- Jossed. Blacephalon has a higher special attack.
- Close enough. Blacephalon's stats is similar to Kartana, but it has higher Attack stat, rather than either defence.
- Jossed. Stakataka does not have any additional forms.
- So the exact same stats as Silvally (95 in everything).
- 95 isn't a prime number though, so if they keep with the theme of prime numbers, this won't work.
- Jossed. Poipole's stats are 67/73/67/73/67/73, totaling 420.
- Confirmed, though Naganadel's BST is 540.
- If their grass typing is removed, then Alolan Gloom will not be able to evolve into Bellosoom.
- If their grass typing is retained, then Alolan Gloom will evolve into regular Bellosoom.
- Jossed. There are no new Alolan forms.
- Close enough. Its battling forms are still the ones it had since Platinum. It still cannot fight in its Rotomdex form, but its Rotom Powers can be used in-battle.
As for the Tracer comparison, I thought they kind of look similar and have similar abilities, especially both being Fragile Speedsters.
The Chief of Seafolk Island could be the son, or even a grandson, of Briney. And his Pelipper could be an evolved Peeko.