The starting Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Moon are adorable, but they’re not exactly the most formidable creatures that a master trainer should be sending into battle. Thankfully, you’ll be able to evolve the cute killing machines into something a bit more menacing.
Revealed by The Pokémon Company today, Dartrix is the evolved form of the bird puffball grass-type Pokémon Rowlet. Substantially bigger than its first form, Dartrix attacks with its “knife-edged feathers” and has the ability to easily detect enemies behind it. It also likes to move its “hair” out of its face repeatedly like Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys.
Torracat is the evolved form of the fire-type cat Pokémon Litten, and attacks by launching flames from “a bell-like sac attached at the base of its throat.” Like Dartrix, Torracat also has the ability to detect enemies around it using its mane.
And then there’s Brionne, the evolved form of Popplio. We’re going to be honest — there’s really no getting around the fact that this Pokémon looks like an attraction at a county fair, but Brionne can dance to cheer allies up and launch explosive balloons at enemies. Its water-based attacks also make it a great option for battling against a Dartrix.
Mega Evolutions will also be making its way from X and Y into the new games, and Pokémon who already had the ability to transform in the previous games will also be able to do so here. “Poké Pelago” was announced, as well, letting trainers send unused Pokémon on a vacation of sorts, exploring the isles of Alola and training in an athletic facility.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on November 18. A demo version of the game, featuring “Ash-Greninja,” will be available on October 18 through the eShop.