Pokemon Sun and Moon's New Team Are Trying Way Too Hard To Be Cool

Team Skull

Pokemon Sun and Moon are only a couple of months away from launch, which means Nintendo is busy rolling out plenty of details to get trainers excited for what's to come. Today's announcements are full of reveals, including a bunch of new Pokemon unique to the Alola region, as well as the big reveal of Team Skull, the latest team of antagonists for the series who appear more "too cool for school" than genuinely intimidating.

Not that Pokemon villains need to be evil geniuses, but it's kind of hard to take a group of baddies seriously who adopt a skull (so edgy!) as their logo and wave their arms around like a bunch of wannabe rappers from the '90s. To be clear, we actually kind of dig how ridiculous they are.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company would like folks to remember that, while Pokemon Go is great and all, there's a fully fleshed out Pokemon game still coming this fall. To help spread the word, here's the latest in a series of trailers showing off new Pokemon from Sun and Moon, as well as your first look at the Team Skull leaders and grunts.

According to a press release from Nintendo, Team Skull is all about causing trouble and stealing other peoples' Pokemon. What a bunch of jerks. They're led by Guzma, who apparently "never could become captain" and has a clears throat bone to pick with Professor Kukui, your mentor in Sun and Moon. There's also Plumeria, who is seen as the strict big sister of Team Skull. She's apparently cold as ice, except for when someone messes with her team's grunts.

No details yet as to what Team Skull's plans are in Pokemon Sun and Moon, but we're guessing it's super evil and perhaps the result of listening to far too much hip hop.

As for new Pokemon, Sun and Moon seem to be full of never-before-seen critters. This latest trailer shows off a couple of newcomers, as well as Alolan version of existing Pokemon.

Wishiwashi is a tiny fish Pokemon that doesn't pose much of a threat. In its "school form," though, it's a mighty beast of the sea.

Also introduced in this latest trailer if Pyukumuku, which is basically a black and neon pink sea cucumber, and Morelull, a nocturnal Pokemon that looks like a bunch of glowing mushrooms.

Over to the Alolan Pokemon in Sun and Moon, Alolan Meowth is a new take on that famous cat-type from the animated series, while Alolan Marowak is a skull-faced torch spinner. And then there's Alolan Raichu, who rides on its tail like a surfboard.

Look for all of that and more when Pokemon Sun and Moon launch exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS on November 18.

Ryan Winslett

Staff Writer for CinemaBlend.