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Poni Island (Japanese: ポニじま Poni Island) is the southwestern of the four major islands of Alola. Tapu Fini is the island's guardian deity.
Poni Island has one Captain, Mina, for the island challenge, but in Pokémon Sun and Moon, she has not decided on an official trial location or format, and thus does not conduct a trial when first met. The player does, however, encounter an ancient trial in the depths of Vast Poni Canyon, where they meet the present-day captain. At the end, they battle a Totem Kommo-o and its allies for ownership of a Dragonium Z.
Mina's trial is exclusive to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Hapu was recently appointed as its Island Kahuna, and is in charge of its grand trial.
In Sun and Moon, Poni Island's trials are unique in that its Grand Trial is initiated first before its other trials, but its Grand Trial is done last in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Poni Island is also the only island to have an unmanned trial.
Locations on Poni Island
In the anime
Poni Island first appeared in A Dream Encounter!, in which Professor Burnet, Lusamine, Faba, and Wicke were seen at the Altar of the Sunne, investigating reported sightings of the Ultra Beasts, only to find nothing.
The island served as one of the main settings of events from Family Determination! to 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!. After Lusamine had been kidnapped and taken into Ultra Space by a Nihilego, Lillie and Gladion traveled to Poni Island in order to visit the Altar of the Sunne and get the help of Alola's Legendary Pokémon in order to save their mother. After making their way through Vast Poni Canyon, they were joined by Ash, Professor Kukui, and the rest of Lillie's classmates. Upon reaching the altar, the group was surprised to encounter the four guardian deities of Alola, who helped Nebby to evolve into Solgaleo. With Solgaleo's help, Ash and his classmates traveled into Ultra Space, successfully rescuing Lusamine before returning back to their own world.
Ash and his classmates traveled to Poni Island again in That's Some Spicy Island Research! to fulfill a set of personal projects for the Pokémon School: Lillie's project was to observe the wild Pokémon living on the island, Kiawe's was to train himself to become stronger, Lana's was to train with Ida, Mallow's was to develop a new recipe for her family restaurant, Sophocles's was to evolve his Charjabug, and Ash's was to compete in the Poni Island grand trial. During their stay, they also encountered Gladion, who had also come to the island to compete in its grand trial. Following Ash's successful grand trial against the newly appointed Island Kahuna Hapu in A Grand Debut!, the class returned to Melemele Island, each of them having succeeded in their personal projects.
The class briefly revisited Poni Island in A High-Speed Awakening! in order for Sophocles to participate in the Vikavolt race. Despite Team Rocket trying to steal the participating Pokémon, the race was eventually finished properly, with Sophocles barely emerging victorious against his rival Horacio. As a reward for winning the race, Sophocles was awarded with a Buginium Z, while Hapu also gave him a Z-Ring after hearing about how he had helped saving all the Vikavolt from being stolen by Team Rocket.
In the manga
In the movie adaptations
Poni Island appeared in ICYR1, where it was site of one of Ash's island trial. In that trial, he encountered a Totem Kommo-o and battled it. After Ash remembered the day that he met Pikachu, he was able to defeat Kommo-o, clearing the trial.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Poni Island first appeared in Thieving and Boss Crabominable, where it was revealed that most of its residents had been evacuated due to Ultra Beasts rampaging across Alola.
- This is the only one of Alola's four main islands to lack any traditionally numbered routes.
- Aside from the frequent reuse of the proper noun 'Poni', this is the only one of Alola's four main islands that doesn't feature a landmark or settlement with a Hawaiian name.
Poni Island's real-life counterpart is the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Purple is the island's official color.
Poni is Hawaiian for purple.
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