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Distillation of themes presented in Alolan games and inspirations for starters and legendary trio
==In-game continuity==
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{{g|Sun and Moon}} occurs two years after the events of {{2v2|Black|White|2}} and {{v2|X and Y|s}}. Various characters from previous generations such as: [[Sina]], [[Dexio]], [[Looker]], [[Salon Maiden Anabel| Anabel]], [[Colress]], [[Red]], and [[Blue]] make appearances, with many of them looking significantly older than in previous games. The newly introduced [[Ultra Wormhole|Ultra Wormholes]] are hinted at being portals that can connect to alternate dimensions and universes and help to expand on the concept of alternate universes that was presented in [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'s [[Delta Episode]].
 
During the postgame missions in Sun and Moon, it is revealed that Anabel fell into an Ultra Wormhole prior to the events of Sun and Moon and became, what the [[International Police]] refer to as, a {{DL|Ultra Wormhole|Fallers|Faller}} and is hinted to be the same Anabel that appeared in [[Pokémon Emerald]]'s {{DL|Battle Frontier (Generation III)|Battle Tower|Battle Tower}}, however, she suffers from {{wp|retrograde amnesia}}. [[Professor Burnet]] who originated from the side game, [[Pokémon Dream Radar]], is revealed to be living in Alola and is researching the phenomena surrounding Ultra Wormholes.
 
{{g|Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon}} are set in an alternate universe similar, but slightly different, to Sun and Moon. The events of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon follow those of the first games, but slightly diverge in its details. Some of the worlds that the player may visit through the [[Ultra Warp Ride]] are hinted at being alternate versions of Alola, such as: the [[Ultra Space Wilds]], and the [[Ultra Ruin]] which is a world that thoroughly hinted at being a destroyed [[Hau'oli City]] from an alternate dimension. In [[Episode RR]], [[Team Rainbow Rocket]] takes over the [[Festival Plaza]] and [[Aether Paradise]] after coming out of Ultra Wormholes, in hopes of taking over other worlds using the Ultra Wormhole technology developed by the Aether Foundation. Team Rainbow Rocket is later revealed to be composed of the [[Villainous teams|villainous team]] leaders from previous generations, with [[Team Aqua]] and [[Team Magma]]'s leaders, [[Archie]] and [[Maxie]], appearing as they they did in [[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire]]. It is also revealed that each of the villainous team leaders are from alternate universes where they were able to successfully achieve their plans; further cementing the concept of alternate universes. Colress plays a major role in Episode RR by sending all of the villainous leaders back to their original dimensions; when confronting Ghetsis, he and Colress recognize each other, despite being from alternate dimensions, due to Colress working for [[Team Plasma]] in both universes.
 
In the postgame [[Episode RR]], [[Team Rainbow Rocket]] takes over the [[Festival Plaza]] and [[Aether Paradise]] after coming out of Ultra Wormholes, in hopes of taking over other worlds using the Ultra Wormhole technology developed by the Aether Foundation. Team Rainbow Rocket is later revealed to be composed of the [[Villainous teams|villainous team]] leaders from previous generations, with [[Team Aqua]] and [[Team Magma]]'s leaders, [[Archie]] and [[Maxie]], appearing as they they did in [[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire]]. It is also revealed that each of the villainous team leaders are from alternate universes where they were able to successfully achieve their plans; further cementing the concept of alternate universes.
 
{{g|Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!}} seems to take place in an alternate universe from [[Pokémon Red and Blue]] and [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen]] as Team Rocket was never disbanded, and Red and Blue have already defeated the [[Indigo League]] and are now renowned Pokémon trainers. Because of this, the player characters are now composed of [[Chase]] and [[Elaine]] with Blue's role as rival being replaced by [[Trace]].
* [[Wild Pokémon]] now appear in the overworld.
* The implementation of the Pokémon Box, a replacement for the [[Pokémon Storage System]] that is accessible from the player's bag.
* The implementation of motion controls. The {{DL|Nintendo Switch|Joy-Con|Joy-Con}} is used to catch wild Pokémon in a way similar to the method used in [[PokemonPokémon GO]].
 
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==Discussion of Generation VII==-->
===Alola thematic motif===
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The seventh generation focuses on themes of nature, alternate dimensions, tradition, and relationships. This generation's starters and main legendary trio designs and inspirations are heavily based on alchemical symbols and imagery. [[Rowlet]], [[Litten]], and [[Popplio]]'s designs are based on the alchemic symbols for salt, sulphur, and mercury, respectively, with the later evolutions being based on symbol variants or other alchemical symbols, and the legendary trio is mainly based on celstial bodies while taking influences from alchemical imagery, specifically the [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d0/Vitriol-1-stolzius_von_stolzenburg-1614.PNG Azoth Mandala], which is also where [[Project AZOTH]] from {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}} gets its name: Solgaleo takes inspiration from the {{wp|Suns in alchemy|alchemical lion}} and the Sun, which represents "anima" or "soul"; Lunala is based on the Moon, which represents "spiritus" or "spirit"; and Necrozma is based on stars and prisms, which represents "corpus" or "body".
The [[Aether Foundation]]'s name is also derives from the fifth alchemical element, {{wp|Aether (classical element)| Aether}}.
 
The Alolan region is one of the most vibrant regions to date. The region of Alola and its citizen's way of life are centered in nature as are the areas they inhabit; their major facilities such as: the [[Pokémon League (Alola)|Pokémon League]], is built into a mountain, and the Alolan battle facility, the Battle Tree, is built onto a tree. The Aether Foundation is an organization that wishes to heal and protect Pokémon from threats such as Team Skull or predatory Pokémon like Mareanie, which prey on Corsola. In fact, the Alolan Pokédex is filled with more examples of Pokémon predator-prey relationships than usual. In an interview with Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, it was stated that Sun and Moon were created with the idea of the revolutions of the sun and the moon in mind, and their how they influence the Earth, as a way to express Pokémon as living creatures. In the same interview, they mention the revolutions of the celestial bodies as being an interesting metaphor for relationships.
 
Tradition in the Alola region is evident through the Island Challenge; the positions and succession of Trial Captains and Kahunas; and the reverent worship surrounding the Guardian Deities and Solgaleo{{sup/7|SUS}}/Lunala{{sup/7|MUM}}. The main villainous team, Team Skull, is composed of trainers who failed the island challenge who want to go against the Alolan traditions and cause mayhem throughout the islands. Professor Kukui states that he greatly values the Alolan traditions but feels that it is time for Alola make a name for itself with its own [[Pokémon League]]. He states that [[Mount Lanakila]] was chosen because it is the same place where the island challenge is always completed and as a way to pay respect to the Solgaleo{{sup/7|SUS}}/Lunala{{sup/7|MUM}} because of its closeness to the Sun{{sup/7|SUS}}/Moon{{sup/7|MUM}}.
 
Generation VII follows in the footsteps of [[Pok%C3%A9mon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'s [[Delta Episode]] by expanding on the concept of parallel universes through the introduction of the Ultra Wormholes, which lead to other worlds and universes. The existence of the Ultra Ruin and the events of Episode RR in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon further confirms the existence of alternate universes. While the Aether Foundaion may focus on the conservation of Pokémon, they also research Ultra Wormholes and the Ultra Beasts that come from them. The Ultra Beasts can be considered invasive species, as they are not native to the dimension that the Pokémon games take place in, mirroring the status of Pokémon like Yungoos and [[Meowth_(Pokémon)|Alolan Meowth]].
 
Throughout the games, there is a major focus on relationships, like the aforementioned Pokémon predator-prey relationships. Z-moves are said to be the physical manifestation of the bond between trainer and Pokémon, which is in a similar vein to Mega Evolution. The storylines of the Alolan games focus on the family running the Aether Foundation, with various characters centralizing on family or relationship-based issues: Lusamine is tormented by the loss of her husband, Mohn, and becomes obsessed with protecting and giving her love to people and Pokémon who she deems "worthy of her love". She later becomes solely obsessed with Nihilego{{sup/7|SM}} or strongly believes that she is the one who must protect Alola and its light from Necrozma{{sup/7|USUM}}. After the events of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she vows to stop "interfering" in her children's happiness, and after meeting an amnesiac Mohn, she sees him smile again and decides that he's happier the way he is. Her initial change in behavior prior to the events of the games is what drives to Lillie to steal [[Nebby]] and Gladion to take [[Type: Null (Pokémon)|Type: Null]]; Gladion is concerned with stopping his mother from opening Ultra Wormholes across Alola for the Ultra Beasts{{sup/7|SM}} or to become strong enough to protect Lusamine and Lilie, due to the disappearance of his father, Mohn{{sup/7|USUM}}. Throughout the story, he tries to become stronger without help, but learns to working together with others, per Hau's advice, during the infiltration of Aether Paradise. He is later deeply grateful to the player character for helping his mother and starts to grow a healthy rivalry towards the player character and Hau; Lillie starts out as shy and reserved, but slowly becomes more confident in herself and her abilities and begins to learn about what everyday life outside of the Aether Paradise. In Sun and Moon, she goes to save her mother in the [[Ultra Deep Sea]] and finally gains the confidence to stand up to her mother regarding her recent behavior, while in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she learns that despite not being a strong trainer that she can support and help those she cares about; Hau suffers from pressure to live up to his grandfather's name with him feeling that he is living in his shadow, but hopes to be as strong as his grandfaher; [[Guzma]] teams up with the Aether Foundation due to Lusamine being the only adult who has ever recognized him for his strength; and Team Skull consider themselves as a sort of family with [[Plumeria]] as a "bigger sister" figure and all the grunts as her "brothers and sisters".
 
==English title screens==
* Generation VII is the only generation in which:
** [[Bicycle]]s do not appear.
** [[HM]]s, [[field move]]s and the [[Dowsing Machine]] are not present - these being replaced by the PokéRide feature in [[Pokémon Sun and Moon]] and [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]], and the [[Secret Technique]] and [[Walking Pokémon]] features in [[PokemonPokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]]
** [[Legendary Pokémon]] and [[Mythical Pokémon]] that are part of an [[List of Pokémon by evolution family|evolutionary family]] were introduced.
** Brand new species of Pokémon are introduced in later games in the generation, and cannot be traded to the earlier games.
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