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Rowlet, Litten and Popplio Revealed As Starter Pokémon In Pokémon Sun And Moon

The Pokémon Company International has revealed Rowlet, Litten and Popplio as the starter Pokémon that you will choose between in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

As hinted in February’s Pokémon Direct, the Nintendo 3DS exclusives will welcome “the next era of Pokémon games” in sparking the seventh generation in the series.

The “new world” that players will adventure across is the Alola region, which has seemingly taken inspiration from Hawaii.



Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
Height: 1 ’00 ”
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Type: Grass/Flying
Starting Move: Leafage
Ability: Overgrow

The first of the potential partners is the highly adaptable Grass Quill Pokémon, Rowlet. This Pokémon can fly silently through the skies, sneaking up on its opponent without being noticed. It can attack its opponents using powerful kicks, and it can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers. Rowlet can survey its environment and turn its neck nearly 180 degrees from front to back, so it can see directly behind itself. When in battle, Rowlet turns its head to face its Trainer when waiting for instructions.



Category: Fire Cat Pokémon
Height: 1 ’04 ”
Weight: 9.5 lbs.
Type: Fire
Starting Move: Ember
Ability: Blaze

The cool-headed Fire Cat Pokémon, Litten, is the next choice for a first-partner Pokémon. Litten’s fur is rich in oils and is immensely flammable. It constantly grooms itself by licking its coat, collecting loose fur into balls. It then ignites these hairballs to create fireball attacks. When the time comes for Litten to molt, it burns off all of its fur in one glorious blaze.



Category: Sea Lion Pokémon
Height: 1 ’04 ”
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Type: Water
Starting Move: Water Gun
Ability: Torrent

The third possibility is the acrobatic Sea Lion Pokémon, Popplio. Popplio can create balloons made of water from its nose and utilize them to create a variety of different strategies and attacks in battle. This Pokémon is better at moving in the water than on land, and can swim at speeds over 25 mph. On land, it uses the elasticity of the balloons it creates to perform jumps and acrobatic stunts.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in North America, Australia and New Zealand on November 18th, and in Europe on November 23rd.



  1. Bluejay

    May 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Litten for the win

    • Jarsky

      May 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Rowlett for the win.

      There, fixed it for you xD

    • Anonymous

      May 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Popplio for the win

      • Chelsea Popplio

        June 12, 2016 at 1:00 am


    • Anonymous

      May 15, 2016 at 1:00 am

      I am going to first choose litten, then rowlett, then popplio…

    • Anonymous

      May 17, 2016 at 12:37 am

      Go litten its best

  2. Anonymous

    May 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    go back to school bluejay

  3. L

    May 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Moon legendary
    geography of the region
    Male character model

    Running animation
    Female character’s hat

  4. Anonymous

    May 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    team popplio all the way

  5. Natalie

    May 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    What do the shinies look like?

  6. Anonymous

    May 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    How could you say no to that face? Popplio all day!! I hope it isn’t ugly when it evolves!

  7. Gigi

    May 10, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Slightly disappointed in the water type… considering greninja…let’s wait to see the 3rd evolved form,though. Hope for the best.

  8. Jordy

    May 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Def going for rowlet

  9. Bob

    May 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    And ofcourse the pokemon I would least likely chose is the only one with a secondary type. Grrr! I hope they get one when they evolve.

    • Tyler

      May 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      almost all newer gen, even some older gen get a secondary type on the third evolution

  10. Carl

    May 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    No doubt going for Rowlett I mean he turn when waiting for instructions! How cute and awesome is that?!

  11. Jerrod (@ItsJAtkinson)

    May 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I’m on the fence with Litten and Rowlet. I guess when the game comes out, and we actually get the stats/final evolutions, I can make my final decision. Can’t wait to see this gen’s first bird though!

  12. Lil' Seaweed

    May 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Rowlet is whoodini

  13. Coozie

    May 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Popplio is amazing

  14. Anonymous

    May 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Well, looks like the Grass Type got more love this time… *squeal*

  15. Mason

    May 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I can’t decide if I should take Litten or Rowlet, oh my god
    Well, gotta wait for the third evolution, I guess.

    • Tyler

      May 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      You should surprise yourself and wait until the game comes out to see the final evolution! That is so what im doing and hoping the best!!!

    • Anonymous

      May 17, 2016 at 12:40 am

      Get Litten OK Litten rules its powerful is my guess its cute.

  16. Anonymous

    May 11, 2016 at 12:11 am

    They all look cool, but I’m gonna probably gonna battle with Rowlet first.

  17. Christian

    May 11, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Popplio has it all and is so cute #teamcircuse

  18. Emily Baker

    May 11, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Rowlet and Litten 😀 so excited!! ^_^

  19. Anonymous

    May 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Def Rowlett or litten cuz popplio looks dumb and I think of polio

  20. Anonymous

    May 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    ~Skipping around Aloha with my bright Hawaiian shirt whilst my Popplio plays the ukulele~

    • Anonymous

      May 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm


  21. Anonymous

    May 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I love all three, but I think that I’m team Rowlet!

  22. Spike

    May 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    While rowlett is verry cute, it kinda sucks just based on its typing and does not have the best stats distribution. Fits this Mon will be ice beamed unto obliviom with the 4x damage. Just about every competitive team runs ice beam or ice punch. Some teams more than once. From what I can tell, it’s a special and physical attacker, that lends it to being a sweeper I guess, but it’s definitely a glass cannon like wevile, whobwould ohko this with ice shard alone. It really bad nothing other than its ridiculous cuteness going for it

  23. Anonymous

    May 17, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Litten is so cute I am getting Litten its probably powerful to, hope it evolves into a cute Pokémon like its first evolution.

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