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Alola アローラ地方
Alola region
Alola artwork.png
Artwork of the Alola region from Pokémon Sun and Moon
Introduction Pokémon Sun and Moon
Professor Professor Kukui
Starter Pokémon Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio
Regional Villains Team Skull
League
Pokémon League Alola League
League Location Pokémon League
Pokédex
Pokédex List Alola Pokédex
Anime
Series Sun & Moon
Season(s) Sun & Moon (20)
Games
Generation VII
Games Sun and Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Manga
Adventures Debut
In-game map of the Alola region from Sun and Moon

Alola (Japanese: アローラ地方 Alola-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is the setting of Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.

The Alola region is made of up four natural islands and one artificial island. It is a popular resort destination and attracts a lot of tourists from other regions. In Alola, humans and Pokémon coexist in a very close relationship, and a culture has developed that is different from other regions.

Etymology and design concept

Etymology

According to Shigeru Ohmori, the name "Alola" is meant to incorporate a meaning of a land that overflows with life force and supports various forms of life.[1] The name may come from ola, Hawaiian for life, and the traditional Hawaiian greeting aloha.

Design concept

Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world → Alola

Alola is based on Hawaii, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and a state of the United States.[2][3]

History

Dated history

  • c. 500 years prior to the events of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Magearna was built and presented to a king's daughter.

Contemporary history

Cities, routes, and other locations

Alola has nine cities and towns, and a Pokémon League. Like in Unova and Kalos, the routes of Alola start counting again from 1, likely to represent its geographical isolation from the original four regions. There are 17 routes in total.

Demographics

The Alola region has a total population of 392, including all towns, cities, and other areas.

Cities and towns

Map City/Town Population Description
Iki Town SM.png Iki Town 18 An old town where traditions have been passed on for generations. The villagers here are close with Tapu Koko.
Hau'oli City.png Hau'oli City 107 Beachfront: A popular spot where locals like to gather. Even people from other towns come to Hau'oli City to visit this beach.
Shopping District: The bustling center of the city, where you can get everything from fashion items to popular treats to eat.
Marina: A harbor where you can set out for the other islands. It's visited by many people and boats.
Heahea City SM.png Heahea City 68 Considered the "front door" to Akala Island, this town's residents treasure visitors and welcome them most warmly.
Paniola Town SM.png Paniola Town 16 A town located in the middle of Akala Island and surrounded by ranch land and pastures for grazing.
Konikoni City SM.png Konikoni City 44 The large gateway at the entrance gives a unique impression. This is a city of merchants, where you find lots of shops.
Malie City SM.png Malie City 68 A city with an obvious Eastern influence in its design. The architecture is distinctive here.
Outer Cape: A cape famous for its Recycling Plant. The plant is co-managed by people and Pokémon.
Tapu Village SM.png Tapu Village 13 The remains of a village said to have been destroyed by the island's tapu when the people roused its anger.
Po Town SM.png Po Town 23 A town barricaded with tall walls that seem to reach the sky. It is occupied by Team Skull.
Seafolk Village SM.png Seafolk Village 24 The village of a wandering people who live on ships. They all seem to love living free and unfettered.
Pokémon League SM.png Pokémon League 11 The place where the most powerful Trainer in the Alola region will be decided. Coming soon!

Landmarks

Map Landmark Description
Mahalo Trail SM.png Mahalo Trail A mountainous trail that leads to the sacred ruins. The cool air up here is very soothing on the skin.
Hau'oli Cemetery SM.png Hau'oli Cemetery The people and Pokémon on Melemele Island share their lives, and here they have also shared their graves for generations.
Berry fields SM.png Berry fields A Berry field with soft soil. It is the pride and joy of the local Berry master.
Verdant Cavern SM.png Verdant Cavern A cave with a great variety of plants thriving inside it. The light shafting in from above makes for a breathtaking sight.
Melemele Meadow SM.png Melemele Meadow A place where yellow flowers bloom in abundance. You can gather the nectar Oricorio loves to feed on here.
Ten Carat Hill SM.png Ten Carat Hill A great hill formed by the activity of an underwater volcano. It is famous for the hollow in its middle that is open to the air.
Paniola Ranch SM.png Paniola Ranch The ranch managed together by the people and Pokémon living in Paniola Town.
Brooklet Hill SM.png Brooklet Hill The best fishing spot in the Alola region. Its series of cascading waterfalls make it look like a terrace field.
Melemele Sea SM.png Melemele Sea This sea is crowded with Melemele islanders, local Pokémon, and visiting tourists all year round.
Seaward Cave SM.png Seaward Cave A cave that connects Melemele Meadow and Kala'e Bay. It is filled with salty smell of the sea.
Kala'e Bay SM.png Kala'e Bay One of the most scenic spots on Melemele Island. It was chosen as one of the top 100 views in Alola.
Royal Avenue SM.png Royal Avenue A major street that has developed so much thanks to the Battle Royal Dome being on it, making it look like a city street.
Wela Volcano Park SM.png Wela Volcano Park A mountain with steep paths and waste lands. There is a trial site on top.
Lush Jungle SM.png Lush Jungle A heavily wooded tropical rain forest. It's famous for producing ingredients for delicious meals.
Diglett's Tunnel SM.png Diglett's Tunnel Diglett and people worked together to finish digging this tunnel several years ago.
Memorial Hill SM.png Memorial Hill A place where the memories of people and Pokémon linger. Many people come from other islands to visit this graveyard.
Akala Outskirts SM.png Akala Outskirts A grassy stretch along Akala's southern-most coast. It leads from Memorial Hill to the Ruins of Life.
Ruins of Life SM.png Ruins of Life The ruins that enshrine Tapu Lele, one of the land spirits. It is said that life is born here.
Hano Grand Resort SM.png Hano Grand Resort The biggest of all the resorts in the Alola region. The hotel is fully booked a year in advance.
Hano Beach SM.png Hano Beach The beach near Hano Grand Hotel at the Hano Grand Resort. Pyukumuku-chucking is a popular part-time job to do here.
Aether Paradise.png Aether Paradise A VLFS or a "very large floating structure." This is where the Aether Foundation's research facilities are.
Malie Garden SM.png Malie Garden A well-manicured garden located in the middle of Malie City. The large lake within it seems to resemble something...
Mount Hokulani SM.png Mount Hokulani A mountain suitable for observing the stars. There is an observatory on top.
Hokulani Observatory SM.png Hokulani Observatory A research facility for observing and studying various phenomena in space.
Blush Mountain SM.png Blush Mountain The mountain where the Geothermal Power Plant is situated. Its output covers almost all of Ula'ula Island's electric needs.
Secluded Shore SM.png Secluded Shore A small patch of shore on the southern coast of Ula'ula Island. A rather isolated and unwelcoming place.
Aether House SM.png Aether House Where Pokémon and people huddle together.
Thrifty Megamart Abandoned Site SM.png Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site) The original site of the first Thrifty Megamart store. It is said to have been destroyed by the island's tapu.
Haina Desert SM.png Haina Desert A scorching-hot desert beyond Route 13. Trainers often get lost here in this broiling labyrinth.
Ruins of Abundance SM.png Ruins of Abundance The ruins that enshrine Tapu Bulu, one of the land spirits. It is said that life grows here.
Ula'ula Meadow SM.png Ula'ula Meadow A place where red flowers bloom in abundance. You can gather the nectar Oricorio loves to feed on here.
100px Lake of the Moone A place that seems to have some connection to the Alola's Legendary Pokémon. The lake forms a perfect circle.
100px Lake of the Sunne A place that seems to have some connection to the Alola's Legendary Pokémon. The lake forms a perfect circle.
Shady House SM.png Shady House A mansion abandoned by a certain rich citizen. People sometimes call it the "Shady Chateau," too.
Poni Wilds SM.png Poni Wilds The entrance to Poni Island. It connects to Seafolk Village.
Ancient Poni Path SM.png Ancient Poni Path An old path that leads to Vast Poni Canyon. Some people and Pokémon still try to live in the ruins here, but not many.
Poni Breaker Coast SM.png Poni Breaker Coast The southern coast of Poni Island, where rough waves pound mercilessly upon the shore.
Ruins of Hope SM.png Ruins of Hope The ruins that enshrine Tapu Fini, one of the land spirits. It is said that life ends its journey here.
Exeggutor Island SM.png Exeggutor Island It's a paradise for Exeggutor! This island is designated as a special preserve.
Vast Poni Canyon SM.png Vast Poni Canyon The most challenging path on Ula'ula Island. The ups and downs of this canyon are beyond any other.
100px Altar of the Sunne An altar that is said to be closely associated with the Legendary Pokémon depicted in the local folklore.
100px Altar of the Moone An altar that is said to be closely associated with the Legendary Pokémon depicted in the local folklore.
Mount Lanakila SM.png Mount Lanakila The roughest and coldest mountain in the Alola region. A large-scale construction project has been taken up here.
Ruins of Conflict SM.png Ruins of Conflict The ruins that enshrine Tapu Koko, one of the land spirits. It is said that life is tested here.
Poni Grove SM.png Poni Grove A natural path that winds among the many trees. It leads to the eastern side of Poni Island.
Poni Plains SM.png Poni Plains The plains that lead to the northern part of Poni Island. There is also a path connecting to Poni Meadow from here.
Poni Meadow SM.png Poni Meadow A place where purple flowers bloom in abundance. You can gather the nectar Oricorio loves to feed on here.
Resolution Cave SM.png Resolution Cave A cave that leads deep, deep down under the ground. How it got the name "resolution" is not known.
Poni Coast SM.png Poni Coast The north-eastern coast of Poni Island, where the clarity of the water makes it a popular view spot.
Poni Gauntlet SM.png Poni Gauntlet A difficult path that leads to the Battle Tree. It's full of tough Trainers.
Battle Tree SM.png Battle Tree The sacred battle grounds for the toughest Trainers of the Alola region.
Sun Moon Poké Pelago artwork.png Poké Pelago
Sun Moon Festival Plaza artwork.png Festival Plaza

Anime-exclusive locations

Picture Location Description
Clawmark Hill.png Clawmark Hill A mountain located near Professor Kukui's house where wild Pokémon spar at night.
Pokémon School.png Pokémon School A school on Melemele Island where Trainers of varying ages meet to improve themselves. Samson Oak is the principal.
Treasure Island.png Treasure Island An island located near Melemele, which is home to many wild Pokémon.

Geography

Environment

The Alola region consists of four main islands, Melemele Island, Akala Island, Ula'ula Island, Poni Island; and one artificial island, Aether Paradise, which is described as a "Very Large Floating Structure" or VLFS. It is not possible to Surf, or, for that matter, use the Poké Ride's Lapras Paddle or Sharpedo Jet between the islands; those wishing to do so must take boats or the Poké Ride's Charizard Glide. All four islands are to an extent forested and mountainous; most of the cities and towns are on the coastlines, with notable exceptions being Iki Town and Paniola Town. Routes are relatively developed here compared to other regions, with several of them having their own Pokémon Centers in addition to residential buildings.

Melemele Island to the northwest, while steeped in nature, has the least extreme environments, and is home to Alola's largest settlement, Hau'oli City. Its routes gently slope up towards the center of the island to form a gradual mountain, on top of which are the Ruins of Conflict. It is notable for Ten Carat Hill, which was formed out of an underwater volcano and has an open-air hollow in the middle, itself resembling a volcano.

Akala Island, to the northeast, contains Alola's only active volcano, Wela Volcano Park, and has the most settlements of the four islands. It boasts several huge resort hotels, all in Heahea City, one of which has its own beach and golf course. It is notable for Brooklet Hill, whose cascading waterfalls give off the impression of a terrace field.

Ula'ula Island to the southeast is the largest of Alola's islands, and also the most varying in terms of weather and terrain, which is significantly rougher. For such a large island, it has few settlements; one is an abandoned town while another is in ruins and contains just a Pokémon Center. These all sit in the shadow of what is essentially a contiguous mountain range in the heart of the island, which boasts not just three mountains, but also a harsh desert. Towards the southwest is a lagoon with breakable rocks that the Sharpedo Jet can break through.

Poni Island, to the southwest, is more sparsely populated, having only one settlement; and, similar to the Battle Zone in Sinnoh, is full of rugged and harsh environments. The island is mostly mountainous and rocky in part due to the sprawling canyon - which is in itself described as a natural trial site - that takes up over half the island's space, although the coastline areas are more level.

The Aether Paradise, in stark contrast to the natural islands, is strikingly modern, with a huge building in the center that serves as both the main area and the headquarters of its owners, the Aether Foundation. Behind this building is a sprawling mansion that serves as the office and residence of its head.

Climate

Similar to Hoenn, Alola seems to have a warmer climate than in other regions, implying an equatorial climate; Hawaii, which Alola is based on, experiences such climate. However, Mount Lanakila, Alola's highest point, constantly experiences snow and hail, due to its high altitude.

Apart from that, the islands experience a wide variety of weather conditions, especially on Ula'ula Island, which alone is afflicted with not only harsh sun and extreme sandstorm in the desert near its center, but also snow and hail from the aforementioned Mount Lanakila. Frequent rain falls on its northern side, as well as on the northwestern side of Akala Island, where a thriving rainforest grows.

These environmental conditions are reflected in its Pokémon, some of which have adapted to the environmental conditions in different ways; for example, Exeggutor is five times as tall here due to the abundant sunlight.

Ecology

Due to the unique environmental pressures, a number of Pokémon species that appear in Alola have regional variants known as Alola Forms that have different properties to elsewhere in the Pokémon world. For example, in Alola Vulpix moved to snowy mountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and adapted to their new environment by becoming Ice-type.

Island challenge

Main article: Island challenge

The island challenge is a rite of passage in the Alola region consisting of trials on each of Alola's four main islands. Each trial has a Trial Captain who provides guidance to Trainers undertaking a trial. At the end of each trial, Trainers must face a Totem Pokémon in an SOS Battle. The final trial on each island is called the grand trial, where the Trainer must battle the Island Kahuna. The goal of those taking the island challenge is to become the strongest Trainer, known as the island challenge champion.

Captains and Totem Pokémon

Melemele Island

Melemele Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Ilima
Ilima
イリマ Ilima
Verdant Cavern
茂みの洞窟
Verdant Cavern
Normal Gumshoos
GumshoosS
Yungoos
YungoosS
Alolan Raticate
Alolan RaticateM
Alolan Rattata
Alolan RattataM

Akala Island

Akala Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Lana
Lana
スイレン Suiren
Brooklet Hill
せせらぎの丘
Brooklet Hill
Water Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
(School Form)
WishiwashiAlomomola
Wishiwashi and Alomomola
Kiawe
Kiawe
カキ Kaki
Wela Volcano Park
ヴェラ火山公園
Wela Volcano Park
Fire Salazzle
Salazzle
Salandit
Salandit
Mallow
Mallow
マオ Mao
Lush Jungle
シェードジャングル
Shade Jungle
Grass Lurantis
Lurantis
TrumbeakCastform
Trumbeak and Castform

Ula'ula Island

Ula'ula Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Sophocles
Sophocles
マーマネ Māmane
Hokulani Observatory
ホクラニ天文台
Hōkūlani Observatory
Electric Vikavolt
Vikavolt
CharjabugCharjabug
Charjabug ×2
Acerola
Acerola
アセロラ Acerola
Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site)
スーパー・メガやす 跡地
Supermarket Megacheap (Abandoned Site)
Ghost Mimikyu
Mimikyu
HaunterGengar
Haunter and Gengar

Poni Island

Poni Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Mina
Mina
マツリカ Matsurika
None Fairy None None
None Vast Poni Canyon
ポニの大峡谷
Great Canyon of Poni
Dragon Kommo-o
Kommo-o
Hakamo-oScizor
Hakamo-o and Scizor

Island Kahunas

Island Kahuna
Japanese
Island Location
Japanese
Type
Hala
Hala
ハラ Hala
Melemele Island Iki Town
リリィタウン
Liliʻi Town
Fighting
Olivia
Olivia
ライチ Lychee
Akala Island Ruins of Life
命の遺跡
Ruins of Life
Rock
Nanu
Nanu
クチナシ Kuchinashi
Ula'ula Island Malie City
マリエシティ
Malie City
Dark
VSHapu.png
Hapu
ハプウ Hapū
Poni Island Vast Poni Canyon
ポニの大峡谷
Great Canyon of Poni
Ground

Alola League

Main article: Alola League

A Pokémon League for the Alola region was developed on top of Mount Lanakila by Professor Kukui only recently. As a result, the Alola League has no Pokémon Champion. Instead, after defeating the Elite Four, the player must battle Kukui, the founder of the league, in order to formally attain the title of Alola's first Pokémon League Champion.

Elite Four

Alola League
Generation VII
Member
Japanese
Type
VSHala 2.png
Hala
ハラ Hala
Fighting
VSOlivia 2.png
Olivia
ライチ Lychee
Rock
VSAcerola.png
Acerola
アセロラ Acerola
Ghost
VSKahili.png
Kahili
カヒリ Kahili
Flying

Trivia

See also

In other languages

Language Name Origin
French, German,
Italian, Spanish
Alola From its Japanese and English name
Korean 알로라 Alola Transliteration of its Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿羅拉 / 阿罗拉 Āluólā Transliteration of its Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿羅拉 Alòhlāai
Russian Алола Alola Transcription of its English name


References

  1. Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 (recorded)
  2. Pokémon Sun and Moon Japanese official site
  3. Junichi Masuda's LINE blog


Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series KantoJohtoHoennSinnohUnovaKalosAlola
Sevii Islands
Side series Orre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games TCG IslandsFioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkRanseiFerrumCarmonte Island
TCG Southern IslandsHolon
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Pokémon nationRanger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota


Alola
Melemele Trial Completion.png Akala Trial Completion.png Ula'ula Trial Completion.png Poni Trial Completion.png Island Challenge Completion.png
Islands
Melemele IslandAkala IslandUla'ula IslandPoni IslandAether Paradise
Settlements
Iki TownHau'oli CityHeahea CityPaniola TownKonikoni CityMalie CityTapu VillagePo Town
Seafolk VillagePokémon League
Routes
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Landmarks
Mahalo TrailHau'oli CemeteryBerry fieldsVerdant CavernMelemele MeadowSeaward CaveKala'e BayTen Carat Hill
Paniola RanchBrooklet HillMelemele SeaDiglett's TunnelRoyal AvenueBattle Royal DomeWela Volcano ParkLush Jungle
Memorial HillAkala OutskirtsRuins of LifeHano Grand ResortHano BeachMalie GardenMount Hokulani
Hokulani ObservatoryBlush MountainSecluded ShoreAether HouseThrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site)Haina Desert
Ruins of AbundanceUla'ula MeadowLake of the MooneLake of the SunneShady HousePoni WildsAncient Poni Path
Poni Breaker CoastRuins of HopeExeggutor IslandVast Poni CanyonAltar of the SunneAltar of the MooneMount Lanakila
Ruins of ConflictPoni GrovePoni PlainsPoni MeadowResolution CavePoni CoastPoni GauntletBattle Tree
Festival PlazaPoké Pelago
Access to
Ultra Space

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