I have just finished my 3rd trial on Pokemon Moon — trials have replaced the gyms in this generation of the Pokemon series. Sun and Moon is set on a series of islands in Alola, which seem to me like a generic “Hawaii.”

So far the trials have all been different. The first searching through a cave to battle 3 pokemon hidden in holes in the cave walls. The new version of Rattata is the “Totem Pokemon” for the first Trial. I feel, like with Pokemon Go, the creators realized how poorly rated Rattata is, and they tried to revamp Rattata. It now has black fur, and a different pattern on the chest. It looks cool, but it’s still the same old damn rat. Once you battle the 3 hidden pokemon, you battle the main “Totem Pokemon” — a big ass overpowered Rattata. Luckily, once you get to that point your pokemon should be leveled up enough to ruin Rattata’s day anyway. I didn’t consider it difficult by any means.

The second Trial was in a set of lakes. Water type pokemon. You somewhat get put in the Trial without knowing it. You are assisting the Captain of that trial to find out what the splashing water is. It turns out to be the new version of Magikarp. Wishiwashi? maybe. Anyway it seems like a shit Pokemon but with a little research you find out that it’s actually pretty OP. It’s currently in my squad just chillin, reaping the benefits of the XP share. Once it hits lvl 25 it evolves into the same damn thing but more badass looking.

The third Trial is fire type. I was not prepared for that shit. I went in with some grass Pokemon, a couple of water and a fairy. Being the experienced Pokemon player, I should have known better, Anyway, the Trail fucked me. Twice. You have to watch a dance by some Marawoks and compare the 2 dances to notice the differences. I watched extremely closely to find out it was just the end pose you needed to pay attention to. Once you pass the piddly Pokemon who fuck your grass Pokemon up, you face the “Totem Pokemon” for the fire type. Which really isn’t bad it just calls in some backup which fucks with your plans. My suggestion is to go in with some ground type that can attack multiple Pokemon at once.

Overall I am enjoying it, it is not like the other for sure but it’s nice to have some change.