The Pokémon Company International has revealed that a special Rockruff will be made available as an early purchase bonus with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
That news comes as they reveal that only special Rockruff can evolve into a Dusk Form Lycanroc, and neither the distributed Rockruff nor Dusk Form Lycanroc can be caught in normal gameplay.
The Rockruff will be distributed on the Nintendo Network from Friday 17th November 2017 – Wednesday 10th January 2018, giving players two months to make sure that they don’t miss out.
Dusk Form Lycanroc
Ability: Tough Claws
Dusk Form Lycanroc shares some of the aspects of Midday Form, such as a four-legged stance and obedience toward its trusted Trainer. But it’s also like Midnight Form – at the moment it attacks, its eyes turn red! Around its neck are four rocks like those of Midday Form, while the mane on its head matches that of Midnight Form.
Little things don’t shake the tranquil demeanour of Dusk Form Lycanroc, but it has a well of intense fighting spirit hidden within, and as a result, it relishes combat at close quarters. It also tries to use Counter when battles get intense.
The moves that Dusk Form Lycanroc can learn also seem to reflect the characteristics of both Midday and Midnight Forms. Dusk Form Lycanroc learns both Accelerock and Counter—moves favoured by Midday Form and Midnight Form Lycanroc, respectively.
Accelerock is a Rock-type physical move that always goes first. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, only Midday Form Lycanroc could learn this move. Midday Form could learn this move when it evolved from Rockruff. Counter is a Fighting-type move that inflicts double the damage received by an opponent’s physical attack. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Midnight Form Lycanroc learned this move when it evolved from Rockruff.
Dusk Form Lycanroc has the Ability Tough Claws, a different Ability than either Midday Form or Midnight Form. Tough Claws greatly increases the power of moves that make direct contact. A Dusk Form Lycanroc with this Ability would likely favour a different style of battle than Midday Form or Midnight Form.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS worldwide on November 17th.