Another new Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer has appeared, and buried in there is something that could be a bit of a twist for the competitive scene.
The trailer features a closer look at the new Legendary Pokémon forms, Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, including some new, seriously over-the-top, interdimensional Z-Moves that look like they belong in Final Fantasy 12, and a new move for regular Necrozma itself.
The interesting point for the hardcore fans, though, is the set of changes that are coming to the Rotom Dex - Sun and Moon's version of the traditional Pokédex.
Over time and according to your usage, you'll build up a bond of friendship with your Rotom Dex - it is possessed by a Pokémon, after all - which unlocks special items via the new Roto Loto feature. These will grant various modifiers, like a temporary boost to Exp. Points earned from battle, but most interestingly it unlocks a new Z-Power for the Rotom Dex itself when maxed out which lets you use not one, but two Z-Moves per battle. Here's a look at the trailer:
For competitive players, that's a huge difference. Z-Moves, being the super-strong attacks that they are, can be game-changing as it is, and their single-use limit has been an effective means of balancing the game so far.
It's not clear yet whether the Rotom friendship will affect non-story encounters like the Battle Tree or online modes, but if it does, the combination of Z-Moves would mean a huge shake-up to the balance of the game.
Hopefully, that wouldn't happen - the competitive Pokémon scene has, for the most part, maintained a remarkable amount of variety and balance over the years - but for those already thinking about new strategies in Ultra Sun and Moon, it's a fascinating possiblity.