Every new generation of Pokémon brings new features to its games. Some features try new things and some streamline and enhance older features for trainers to enjoy more.
In Pokémon Sun and Moon there are a lot of new features and small changes that make these games the best in the franchise so of course we had to break all the changes down into five of the best features you can find in Sun and Moon.
1. QR Scanner
Once a trainer receives the Rotom Dex, the QR Scanner feature opens up. This feature helps Pokémon trainers find other Pokémon that they wouldn’t find otherwise.
When a Pokémon is caught, their QR Code is registered in your Rotom Dex and you can see it whenever you like. This is a great way for trainers to share with friends as trainers can use the QR Code Scanner on their 3DS to scan QR codes from their friends Rotom Dex.
This will locate Pokémon in their own game.
You can learn everything about the QR Scanner and Codes in our guide.
2. Battle Royal
In Sun and Moon , there’s a brand new battle style called Battle Royal that pits four trainers against each other in a free-for-all.
The rules are simple, the battle doesn’t end until one trainer loses their entire team. Then the battle ends and points are tallied. Trainers gain points for the amount of Pokémon they KO and the amount of Pokémon still remaining on their team.
It’s a fun new way to have battles with friends.
3. Hyper Training
Hyper Training is geared towards competitive battling but this new feature allows for trainers to raise a Pokémon’s Individual Values without having to find a Pokémon with those IVs or breeding it.
By trading Bottle Caps, which are rare, you can choose the stats to max out a Pokémon’s IVs. This is especially helpful for training Legendary Pokémon.
To learn more about IVs, check out our Breeding guide.
In Sun and Moon , HMs are no longer needed. There is no need to give a Pokémon you never wanted in your party HMs to get you around the region.
PokeRide replaces HMs by letting trainers call on certain Pokémon to get through obstacles and to perform other tasks for you. For example, Stoutland acts as your Item Finder while Charizard acts as Fly.
That doesn’t mean some of the HMs like Surf and Fly can’t be taught to your Pokémon but you aren’t forced to give them to members of your party which is something Pokémon fans have been clamoring to have for years.
The biggest change to the battle system in Pokémon Sun and Moon is the introduction of Z-Moves. These powerful attacks give one Pokémon one ultimate attack while giving a neat battle animation to make battles look even better.
Z-Moves can only be used once in battle so trainers will have to strategize and figure out when to use them.
These moves are a great trump card to get trainers out of a pinch but if you want to learn more about Z-Moves, check out our guide.