November 18, 2016 9:00 AM EST

Pokémon Sun and Moon, which launch on Nov. 18, bring some of the biggest changes to the iconic game franchise in years.

Rather than collecting gym badges, players are tasked with completing challenges around the fictional islands of Aloha and battling leaders known as “kahunas.” A new element called “Z-Moves” lets trainers unleash powerful moves once per battle if they and their Pokémon meet the right criteria.

The same features that made Pokémon games appealing in the past are still present — the most rewarding parts still involve leveling up, discovering new Pokémon, and winning battles. But the story and gameplay have been remixed just enough to make Sun and Moon seem different. For the first time in a while, Pokémon fans can expect to play a game that feels fresh.

After spending a few days playing Pokémon Moon, here’s a look at some of ways the new games are different from older titles.


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