Pokémon Sunrise Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター サンライズ Pocket Monsters Sunrise) and Pokémon Sunset Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター サンセット Pocket Monsters Sunset) are the paired main series Generation FI games that are set in the Rinto region.
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The games take place in the once peaceful Rinto region which was taken over by the Elite Council two years ago after they came corrupt with power. Since then, the region has become a land filled with fear. The Council's crimes include stealing from and harming innocent civilians, the murder of the previous Champion, and even the destruction of an entire city. Many people don't bother collecting Gym badges any more, seeing as they can no longer challenge the Elite Council. Most of the battles in Rinto take place on routes and in Colosseums. For reasons unknown, the severity of the Council's actions has dropped significantly within the last few months.
The game starts with the player filling in an application form online so that they can receive a starter Pokémon when they graduate from the Trainer Academy. After being seen off by their mother, Claire, they travel to the Academy with their childhood friend AmeliaM/CameronF and Professor Redwood. They successful obtain their starter Pokémon from the headmistress, Cynthia, but the ceremony is interrupted by the vigilante group, the Bandit Squad, who manage to steal some of the remaining Pokémon. Disheartened, the player returns home and sets out on a journey to track down the stolen Pokémon.
From then on, the player must adventure around the Rinto region. Along the way, they will have friendly battles with AmeliaM/CameronF multiple times, as well as less pleasant ones with the troublemaking twins, Shadrick and Kyra. They will also meet up with Axel, a strong yet kind former student of the Academy, in addition to Selina the daughter of the famous Professor Spruce. By proving their strength to the Gym Leaders of Rinto, the player is able to earn their trust and support in stopping the Bandit Squad from terrorizing the region.
However, this isn't as simple as it sounds. In addition to the Bandit Squad, whose actions grow more and more serious, the player must deal with the delirious eco-terrorists, Team Silva, Team Aqua, Team Magma, Team Glacia and Team Terra, all with formidable leaders and dangerous goals. All of this must be done while avoiding the Elite Council, who are determined to eliminate all potentially strong Trainers before they become too much of a threat, including the player. This cannot be done alone, so the player must team up with many other characters along the way, including Lady AnneSr/Lady PrimaSs, a woman who is said to be part of a long line of priestesses with divine powers connected to the legendary Pokémon of the region.
"Welcome to the Rinto region, once a fantastic place home to one of the widest variety of Pokémon, places and people on the planet. However, over the past two years, it has fallen into a state of decline. Will Rinto ever be free from the Elite Council's tyrannical control? What are the motives of the evil Bandit Squad? Who is the mysterious Skye? Prepare to enter a whole new world of mystery and wonder!"
- Main article: Chapter
Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset are divided into chapters that progress upon arriving to a new location, defeating an important NPC, or obtaining an important item. These make it easier to keep track of what the player is supposed to be doing at the current point in the story. Furthermore, they can be reviewed by using an item known as the Diary. There are also Epilogues, which are similar to quests but on a much larger scale. As the name implies, they can only be played after the player has entered the i.e. completed all of the game's chapters.
- Main article: Player character
Unlike previous games, the player now has their own set of stats. They are energy, fullness. Both of these stats gradually decrease over time. If the player's energy runs out, they will collapse and wake up the last Food and Drink, respectively.they visited. If their fullness runs out, their energy will decrease at five times the usual rate, in a similar manner to the "belly" stat from the series. These stats can be replenished by sleeping and consuming
- Main article: Hexaphone
The Hexaphone is a smartphone. Similarly to the , it allows the player to register the phone numbers of other Trainers and call them for a rematch. It also allows the player to play a variety of minigames, that can be purchased and downloaded from the Hexaco Store.
- Main article: Hexapad
The Hexapad is a tablet computer. It allows the player to perform a variety of actions through the use of apps, similar to the . Some of these are free, but most must be purchased from the Hexaco Store.
- Main article: Hexapod
The Hexapod is an MP3 player. It allows the player to listen to all the music in the game, as well as other custom audio files. Certain tracks and remixes of tracks from previous Pokémon games can be downloaded from the Hexaco Store.
- Main article: Weather condition
- Main article: Colosseum
- Main article: Festival
Festivals are special events that take place on certain days of a season, akin to real life holidays. The player can choose to participate in them, and will often be rewarded for doing so. Some festivals are based on real life holidays, such as the Pumkin Festival, which is based on Halloween.
- Main article: Quest
Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset brings back the traditional eight Gyms, alongside eight Gym Leaders. However, three of these Gym Leaders specialise in more than one type. Due to the actions of the Elite Council, most of the Gym Leaders spend the majority of their time outside of their Gyms, as there are so few challengers. For this reason, many of the Gym Leaders must be convinced to return to their Gyms before they can be challenged, and many of the Gyms serve dual purposes. The Gym Leaders are as follows: Beatrice (Bug), Elijah (Wind), Delano (Poison), Bridgette (Fire and Fighting), Seth (Dragon and Ice), Jordan (Psychic), Cindra (Ground, Grass and Water), Jasper (Ghost) and Luna (Dark). Jasper isn't an official Gym Leader, and is battled is the player has six badges or less, whereas Luna is battled if the player has seven badges.
There are now 200 Technical Machines, and, like in and , they have infinite uses. They contain every single move previously available through TMs from previous generations, along with several new ones.
In addition to the changes to the interactions between existing types, two new types have been introduced: the Light type and the Earth type. The former can be considered to be a 'true' type, having several Pokémon and moves pertaining to it, while the latter only has one legendary Pokémon and one move, which is the signature move of said Pokémon. Light-type attacks are strong against Dark, Dragon, Fighting, Ghost, and Dark types, resisted by Fire, Poison and other Light types, and ineffective against Grass and Metal types; Light-type Pokémon are weak to Bug-, Poison-, and Dark-type attacks, and resist Dragon-, Fighting-, Ghost-, Ice-, and Light-type attacks. Earth-type attacks are strong against Fire, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, and Water types, resisted by Bug, Dark, Dragon, Ghost, and Poison types; Earth-type Pokémon are weak to Bug-, Dark-, Dragon-, Ghost-, and Poison-type attacks, and resist Fire, Grass, Ground, Ice, and Water-type attacks.
The Fairy type does not appear in Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset, partly due to being introduced after development of the games began, and partly because the Light type functions very similarly. For this reason, all Fairy type Pokémon that were introduced before Generation VI have their old types, Charm and Sweet Kiss are Normal-type moves once more, while Moonlight has become a Light-type move. For a list of other Pokémon and moves that have changed type, see here.
Changes from previous gamesEdit
Instead of each move having a set amount of PP indicating how many times it can be used, PP in Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset acts as a stat similar to HP, and each move has a different PP cost that deducts from a Pokémon's total PP when it is used. This makes it similar to the MP stat seen in many RPG games. As Pokémon level up, their maximum PP increases, much like other stats, and more powerful moves cost more PP to use. As with HP, an ensemble of new items, moves, and abilities can be used to manipulate PP in various ways. Like in previous games, PP can be replenished by using Ethers, which are now far more common, and can be purchased in Poké Marts.
Experience point formulaEdit
Following on from player's Pokémon type has an advantage over the opponent's then slightly less experience will be gained. Likewise, if the opponent has a type advantage over the player's Pokémon, slightly more experience will be gained. Furthermore, the opponent's Pokémon's , s, CVs, and TVs are a factor. Depending on how large the opponent's EV, IV, CV, and TV totals are, the amount of experience gained increases slightly., the experience point formula has been changed even more. As well as the Pokémon's levels being taken into account, their types are used to determine experience point yield. If the
Type match upsEdit
Many of the previous type match ups in the Pokémon series have been changed drastically in Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset. For example Ice-type moves are now super effective against Water-type Pokémon, and Poison-type moves are now super effective against Fighting-type Pokémon. This has been done in an effort to make battling more interesting, as well as balance out certain types to make battling fairer. For instance, Metal-type Pokémon are now more useful offensively, being super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon, and have also had some of their resistances removed, being weak to Electric-type moves, making them slightly less useful defensively. For a full list of changes, see here.
Pokémon and move typesEdit
As would be expected with the introduction of a new type, several of the Pokémon and moves introduced in previous games have had their types changed accordingly. However some of the changes are completely unrelated to the introduction of the Light-type.
In terms of moves, Comet Punch, Mega Punch, Mega Kick, and Strength have all become Fighting-type moves; Guillotine has become a Metal-type move; Growth and Sweet Scent have become Grass-type moves; Razor Wind and Whirlwind have become Wind-type moves; Haze, Glare, Scary Face, Perish Song, Mean Look, and Smokescreen have become Dark-type moves; Withdraw, Rest, Bounce, and Fling have become Normal-type moves; Tri Attack, Mind Reader, and Foresight have become Psychic-type moves; Sandstorm has become a Ground-type move, and Solar Beam, Swift, Flash, Heal Bell, Morning Sun, Moonlight, Sunny Day, Mirror Coat, Wish, Tail Glow, Luster Purge, Cosmic Power, Signal Beam, Doom Desire, Healing Wish, Flash Cannon, Lunar Dance, Heal Pulse, and Reflect Type have become Light-type moves.
- Main article: Pokémon Sunrise and Sunset Official Soundtrack
The soundtrack contains the majority of the tracks that appear in the game, with the exception of the tracks that play inside houses. This is because they are the same as the tracks that play outside, but with a few instruments removed. Some of the music is original, while some of it is remixed from previous Pokémon games.
- Sunrise and Sunset are the first games to include siblings for the player, as well as the third to include a father.
- Sunrise and Sunset introduce the exact same amount of new Pokémon as the original , 151.
- Sunrise and Sunset introduce more legendary Pokémon than any other game in the series with 15, two more than and .
- Sunrise and Sunset include the most rivals for the player, with five.