Latest Pokemon Sun and Moon reveal introduces baddies, goodies, and new critters

I’m usually the first to defend the creative potential of new Pokemon, but some of the critters turning up in this latest Pokemon Sun and Moon teaser (above) sure feel like a let-down. Type: Null? UB-01? Come on, folks.

It’s not all weird designs and questionable names, however. We also get a look at Alolan Raticate, evolved form of one of Pokemon‘s rare examples of actual real-life evolution. Plus we meet the Aether Institute, a technologically advanced society preserving Pokemon on an artificial floating island (and I’m sure is in no way sinister), and another member of Team Skull, Gladion, who… looks like a Love Live character. Consider:

Search your heart. You know it to be true.

Search your heart. You know it to be true.

It appears that Zygarde shows back up in some capacity as well, as you hang onto one of its “cells” (what, really? gross) and go around collecting parts of its body (???) for ostensible research purposes/making someone care about Zygarde. You do you, buddy. Oh, and there’s a callback to Pokemon Snap, the world’s friendliest rail shooter!

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are due out for the Nintendo 3DS on November 18th.