7. Gyms And Badges Are Gone
The quest to battle gym leaders and earn badges has been a series hallmark since Pokémon Red and Blue, but Sun and Moon take the bold step of ditching these elements altogether. Instead, players are tasked with beating island trials and facing off against various captains on each of the Alola region’s four islands. At the end of these challenges, you’ll still face off against a powerful foe, but the road to get there is much more varied than it’s been in the past. In addition to traditional battles, you’ll also participate in a bunch of non-combat challenges, such as scavenger hunts and quizzes. It’s an interesting way of tying the game’s setting more closely into what you’re doing and helps spice up the franchise’s gameplay formula.