The “Pokémon Sun and Moon” hype is undeniably skyrocketing with the passing of each week and with the release of new teaser trailers that continue to whet the appetite of fans while the release of the Nintendo 3DS-exclusive RPGs is still almost two months away. Apart from new Pokémon, Alola forms and new characters, another thing that is fueling the excitement of expectant gamers is the Z-Move.
Z-Moves are powerful attacks players can unleash with their Pokémon using a Z-Ring. The teaser trailers that have been revealed so far introduced this move with focus on certain Pokémon only. However, according to The Pokémon Company (via the “Pokémon Sun and Moon” website), Z-Moves are actually available for every Pokémon type. This means Pokémon belonging to a certain type have the same Z-Move.
Interestingly, the company also confirmed that there is such a thing as Pokémon-exclusive Z-Moves. These Z-Moves are only available for use by specific Pokémon. Thus far, only four Pokémon-exclusive Pokémon have been revealed, and they are for Alolan Raichu, Snorlax, Eevee and Pikachu. Each Z-Move brings out the best in them during a battle. But players should remember that Z-Moves can only be performed once in every battle.
Alolan Raichu’s Z-Move is called Stoked Sparksurfer. Even though no official description of this move is available on the “Pokémon Sun and Moon” website yet, one of the teasers shows what this attack involves. When unleashing this move, Alolan Raichu surfs through air using its tail. Its electric power surrounds Alolan Raichu’s entire body, but its clear that most of it is concentrated on its tail.
On the other hand, Snorlax has a special Z-Move called Pulverizing Pancake. Based on the trailer that features this move, its name captures what this Z-Move does. According to The Pokémon Company, though Snorlax is portrayed as a lazy Pokémon that sleeps all the time, it is capable of releasing its full potential when Z-Power is poured into its Snorlium Z. The result is Snorlax running like a mad man and jumping high enough, so it can crush its opponent when it lands.
As for Eevee, since it is a Normal-type Pokémon that has eight different evolved forms, players can power this Pokémon up using its exclusive Z-Move called Extreme Evoboost. The name of the move actually gives away how the Z-Move is done. Once unleashed, Eevee is going to summon all of its evolved forms, namely: Espeon, Flareon, Glaceon, Jolteon, Leafeon, Sylveon, Umbreon and Vaporeon. All eight would then channel their powers to Eevee, so the latter’s Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed are raised by two.
Finally, the last Pokémon to showcase its exclusive Z-Move in the latest teaser trailer is Pikachu. The Electric-type Pokémon’s exclusive Z-Move is called Catastropika. Considered as Pikachu’s most powerful attack, Catastropika enables Pikachu to borrow its Trainer’s strength and wrap itself with “extra-high-voltage electric power” which it then charges into its opponent.
The Pokémon Company listed Catastropika as Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move; however, it did not do the same thing to Pikachu’s Gigavolt Havoc, which was featured in a previous trailer. This attack is very different from Catastropika since it involves Pikachu just blowing a powerful electric force against its opponent from afar. Could this mean that Gigavolt Havoc is a Z-Move for all Electric-type Pokémon? We will find out soon as more "Pokémon Sun and Moon" trailers get released and more leaks land on the web.
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