Z-Moves have become a popular strategic set of moves in Pokemon, with them being capable of delivering incredible damage if you have the right requirements. Well, some more Z-Moves have surfaced for Pokemon UltraSun and Pokemon UltraMoon surrounding the main Legendary Pokemon of the games: Necrozma.
To understand the Z-Moves you will have to first understand that Necrozma has fused itself with the body of both Solgaleo and Lunala (depending on what version you purchase) to form Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma. These Legendary Pokemon have undergone a similar transformation as Zekrom and Reshiram in Pokemon Black and Pokemon White.
New Z-Moves have been unveiled for both of these Legendary Pokemon, wherein Solgaleo takes your opponent to another dimension and lays down an ultra smackdown. Dusk Mane Necrozma/Solgaleo will be able to use Searing Sunraze Smash, a high powered physical move that harnesses the burning ferocity of the sun itself. Searing Sunraze Smash can only be utilised if a Solgaleo who knows Sunsteel Strike is holding the Solganium-Z Z-Crystal. If you do not have the required move or the crystal, there is no Z-Move for you.
Lunala, on the other hand, can utilise Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom which, like Sunraze Smash, takes place in another dimension. A deadly series of moonbeams are combined and unleashed on whatever poor Pokemon is arrayed against Lunala. Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom can be activated if a Lunala holding Lunalium-Z knows the move, Moongeist Beam. Seeing as how Lunala is one of my favourites, I imagine this move will be getting quite some use on my end.
Both Searing Sunraze Smash and Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom will deal damage to your targets bypassing whatever ability the opposing Pokemon has. For example, Mimikyu can no longer mitigate the initial damage with Disguise if this move is used against it.
A new move learnable only by Necrozma will also be present in Pokemon UltraSun and Pokemon UltraMoon. Known as Photon Geyser, this move will compare the Special Attack and Attack stats of the user and deal damage based on the greater of those two. This is essentially a kind of customisable ability where you can alter its damage type.
You may remember the Rotom Dex from Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. He has undergone some changes this time around, with Trainers able to develop a deeper and closer bond with the Rotom inside the Pokedex which opens up special rewards. You will be able to take part in the Roto Loto which provides special rewards that are basically revitalised O-Powers. You gain special boosts, like an exp increase or faster egg hatching which can be activated from your Bag.
If you get close enough with Rotom you will be able to activate Rotom’s Z-Power whilst in battle. This Z-Power is less offensive and more supportive in that it allows your team to use two Z-Powers in one battle, making your Pokemon even more deadly.
Pokemon UltraSun and Pokemon UltraMoon are coming to Nintendo 3DS on November 17th 2017.