After the last Pokemon Sun and Moon announcement had an information leak ruin the surprise beforehand, it isn’t a shocker that Nintendo and The Pokemon Company scaled back to the announcement to just one new Pokemon this time. In the latest Pokemon Sun and Moon reveal announcement, we get to meet Turtonator. His name is a play on the word “detonator”, intentionally.
As you can see by his size, Turtonator is one big turtle. He comes with a Fire/Dragon typing, and a special ability called Shell Armor. A unique move that this Pokemon comes equipped with is called Shell Trap, which is highlighted by our new friend in his reveal footage. Turtonator lays down a trap on their turn, and if the opponent had chosen a physical attack to come at them with, the enemy gets hit with an explosion triggered by the trap.
You can read the biography of Turtonator over at the Pokemon website:
Because Turtonator lives on volcanoes, feeding on sulfur and other materials found near volcanic craters, its shell has a layer of explosive material—mostly sulfur. When something strikes this Pokémon, sparks fly from the horns on its shell, igniting an explosion!
In areas around volcanic craters, this Pokémon camouflages itself as a rock and waits for prey. At the moment when its prey steps onto the back of its shell, Turtonator strikes its shell with its own tail, triggering an explosion!
The explosive blasts triggered from Turtonator’s back are released through an orifice located on the middle front of the Pokémon’s body. This is Turtonator’s weak point. Attacks landing on its stomach will cause it a great deal of damage.