Grooming in “Pokémon Sun and Moon” will not be limited to players’ avatars only. The latest teaser trailer for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS-exclusive titles from Game Freak and The Pokémon Company introduced a feature that will allow players to pamper and freshen up their Pokémon.
According to the official “Pokémon Sun and Moon” website, the new feature called Pokémon Refresh will let players care for their Pokémon. The feature was designed to allow players to clean up their Pokémon after a battle.
Since Pokémon pretty much end up all dirty after battling another Pokémon, Pokémon Refresh will allow players to clean them up by brushing the dirt off of them. Poisoned and paralyzed Pokémon can also be cured through this feature, so that every Pokémon can get back into shape fast following an intense battle.
Pokémon Refresh can also be used to ensure that each Pokémon would become stronger and more equipped for battle. The feature lets players pet their Pokémon and feed them Poké Beans for strength and good health. The Pokémon Company noted that pampering Pokémon have some perks — a Pokémon can dodge attacks during battles or hold out in battles instead of fainting early on.
Meanwhile, Polygon sees Pokémon Refresh as a more useful feature than just serving its utilitarian function. The gaming website stated that “Pokémon Sun and Moon’s” new feature cuts down on the items Trainers have to carry around. Before, curing a paralyzed or poisoned Pokémon would require the use of certain items or the help of a Poké Center. Since Pokémon Refresh is a separate mode, players would find it more convenient to enter this mode to heal their suffering Pokémon.
Nevertheless, Polygon thinks that there could be a limit to this feature’s usage that has yet to be fully disclosed. Since “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon” are not arriving until Nov. 18, there’s still more time for The Pokémon Company to reveal more details about this interesting mode.
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