A new poster for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon suggests that everyone’s favorite travel companion, Lillie, will have a much bigger role in the new games.
The poster, which was uploaded by NeoGaf user GSR and seen below, has Lillie posing with a Pokè Ball, which seems to confirm she completed her goal of becoming a trainer. Pokémon Sun and Moon revealed that Lillie was heading to the Kanto region to become a Pokémon trainer after being inspired by your player’s journey. Lillie was going to prove to both herself and her mother that she could become a trainer instead of just being the travel companion we know her as.
There are a couple of clues we can glimpse from this poster. Lillie’s shoulder bag that carried Cosmog, a Pokémon that she later renamed Nebby, is no longer with her. Instead, she’s carrying the much smaller backpack that we saw in her Z-Power form. Lillie’s hair is also a point of interest for the detail-obsessed. Instead of wearing her hair down like she does for most of the game, it’s up in a ponytail, signifying her Z-Power form. It’s while Lillie is in this form that she ascends to the Altar of the Sunne or Moone and watches Nebby evolve into either Solgaleo or Lunala, depending on which version of the game players chose.
After this moment occurs in the game, both the player and Lillie are brought into Ultra Space — a strange and dark alternate dimension. That may not have seemed like an important detail at the time, but remember that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon take place in an alternate universe. Coincidence? Lillie’s Z-Power form is also how we last saw Lillie before she travelled to Kanto at the end of Pokémon Sun and Moon to pursue becoming a trainer.
The poster also hints at Nebby and Lillie’s reunion. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Lillie tells Nebby that the Pokémon can’t travel with Lillie because she’s not a trainer. Instead, Nebby has to go with the player while Nebby heads off to Kanto to train. On the poster, Nebby is beside Lillie. We can assume that Lillie accomplishes her goal of becoming a trainer in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. She may even return as a trainer and challenge the player to a battle to see how far Nebby as come. Or Nebby may be one of the first Pokémon Lillie catches coming to Alola as a trainer. However it happens, the chances of Nebby and Lillie reuniting are pretty high.
Finally, Lillie’s Z-Power form is another clue. We know that Z-Power will be a big part of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon based on a press release issued earlier this year by The Pokémon Company. A Z-Ring will allow trainers and their Pokémon to issue more powerful moves and more Z-Moves will be introduced in the game than Pokémon Sun and Moon had.
It seems almost certain that Lillie will accomplish her goal of heading to Kanto to become a Pokémon trainer, but the question is when this happens in the game. Does it occur near the beginning or the end? Is Lillie’s quest to become a Pokèmon trainer a big part of the alternate universe storyline that The Pokémon Company is introducing? Pokémon Sun and Moon ended with Lillie promising that she would return to Alola one day. It’s possible that the alternate universe could follow a stronger version of the character upon her return to Alola, having already begun her Pokémon training in Kanto. Unfortunately, we may not know until the game comes out.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be released on Nov. 17 for the Nintendo 3DS.