Regional variant

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Normal and Alolan Vulpix in the anime

A regional variant (Japanese: リージョンフォーム Region Form) is a species of Pokémon found in a specific region that takes on a different form than it does in most other regions. These Pokémon have uniquely adapted to habitats that are different than those where its species naturally live in other parts of the world. As such, many things may be different about them, from their appearance and way of living to even their type, moves, Abilities, base stats and height and weight. This is analogous to peripatric speciation in regards to real world phenomena, where a population that is isolated from the rest of the species develop unique traits and eventually evolve into a new species.

Alola

In the Alola region, a species' regional variant is referred to as its Alola Form (Japanese: アローラのすがた Alola form). A Pokémon in its Alola Form is described as Alolan — for example, Exeggutor in its Alola Form is referred to as Alolan Exeggutor. Only Pokémon introduced in Generation I have Alola Forms.

In Alola, when breeding Pokémon whose offspring has a regional variant, the offspring's form depends on its parents. If the female parent is the species' normal form (including in a Ditto pairing) and holds an Everstone, and if the offspring is in the same family as that parent, then the offspring will hatch as the normal form. In all other cases, the offspring will always hatch in its Alola Form.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, if a Pokémon evolves from a species that does not have an Alola Form to one that does, such as Cubone, it will always evolve into its Alola Form and cannot evolve into its normal form. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Pokémon will evolve into its Alola Form while in Alola itself, but can also evolve into its normal form while in Ultra Space.

While Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! take place in Kanto, players can import these Alolan forms from Pokémon GO or receive them in in-game trades.

Pokémon Normal form Alola Form
Image Type Ability Image Type Ability
Rattata Rattata  Normal  Run Away or Guts
Hustle (Hidden)
Alolan Rattata  Dark  Normal  Gluttony or Hustle
Thick Fat (Hidden)
Raticate Raticate  Normal  Run Away or Guts
Hustle (Hidden)
Alolan Raticate  Dark  Normal  Gluttony or Hustle
Thick Fat (Hidden)
Raichu Raichu  Electric  Static
Lightning Rod (Hidden)
Alolan Raichu  Electric  Psychic  Surge Surfer
Sandshrew Sandshrew  Ground  Sand Veil
Sand Rush (Hidden)
Alolan Sandshrew  Ice  Steel  Snow Cloak
Slush Rush (Hidden)
Sandslash Sandslash  Ground  Sand Veil
Sand Rush (Hidden)
Alolan Sandslash  Ice  Steel  Snow Cloak
Slush Rush (Hidden)
Vulpix Vulpix  Fire  Flash Fire
Drought (Hidden)
Alolan Vulpix  Ice  Snow Cloak
Snow Warning (Hidden)
Ninetales Ninetales  Fire  Flash Fire
Drought (Hidden)
Alolan Ninetales  Ice  Fairy  Snow Cloak
Snow Warning (Hidden)
Diglett Diglett  Ground  Sand Veil or Arena Trap
Sand Force (Hidden)
Alolan Diglett  Ground  Steel  Sand Veil or Tangling Hair
Sand Force (Hidden)
Dugtrio Dugtrio  Ground  Sand Veil or Arena Trap
Sand Force (Hidden)
Alolan Dugtrio  Ground  Steel  Sand Veil or Tangling Hair
Sand Force (Hidden)
Meowth Meowth  Normal  Pickup or Technician
Unnerve (Hidden)
Alolan Meowth  Dark  Pickup or Technician
Rattled (Hidden)
Persian Persian  Normal  Limber or Technician
Unnerve (Hidden)
Alolan Persian  Dark  Fur Coat or Technician
Rattled (Hidden)
Geodude Geodude  Rock  Ground  Rock Head or Sturdy
Sand Veil (Hidden)
Alolan Geodude  Rock  Electric  Magnet Pull or Sturdy
Galvanize (Hidden)
Graveler Graveler  Rock  Ground  Rock Head or Sturdy
Sand Veil (Hidden)
Alolan Graveler  Rock  Electric  Magnet Pull or Sturdy
Galvanize (Hidden)
Golem Golem  Rock  Ground  Rock Head or Sturdy
Sand Veil (Hidden)
Alolan Golem  Rock  Electric  Magnet Pull or Sturdy
Galvanize (Hidden)
Grimer Grimer  Poison  Stench or Sticky Hold
Poison Touch (Hidden)
Alolan Grimer  Poison  Dark  Poison Touch or Gluttony
Power of Alchemy (Hidden)
Muk Muk  Poison  Stench or Sticky Hold
Poison Touch (Hidden)
Alolan Muk  Poison  Dark  Poison Touch or Gluttony
Power of Alchemy (Hidden)
Exeggutor Exeggutor  Grass  Psychic  Chlorophyll
Harvest (Hidden)
Alolan Exeggutor  Grass  Dragon  Frisk
Harvest (Hidden)
Marowak Marowak  Ground  Rock Head or Lightning Rod
Battle Armor (Hidden)
Alolan Marowak  Fire  Ghost  Cursed Body or Lightning Rod
Rock Head (Hidden)

In spin-off games

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Alolan Raichu, Vulpix, and Exeggutor are set to appear as Pokémon that can appear from Poké Balls in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In Pokémon GO

Alolan Pokémon first appeared in Pokémon GO on May 30, 2018, with the appearance of Alolan Exeggutor. With the exception of Alolan Rattata and Alolan Raticate, Alolan Pokémon are typically exclusive to special Eggs and Raid Battles. However, Alolan Exeggutor has reappeared in the wild on occasion since its initial debut, and Alolan Diglett and Alolan Geodude have also infrequently appeared in the wild.

In the anime

A group of Alolan Exeggutor in the anime

Alolan Pokémon have been present in the Sun & Moon series since the first episode. Ash first learned about them in The Guardian's Challenge!, where his class discussed the difference between Alolan Exeggutor and Exeggutor from other regions.

An Alolan Persian nicknamed Pershie first appeared in ‪That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!, where it was shown antagonizing a wild Litten. It reappeared in SM083.

Multiple Alolan Rattata and Raticate appeared in To Top a Totem!, where they were harassing a farmer on Melemele Island, stealing his crops. Hala tasked Ash with finding a solution to this problem that doesn't involve battling the pests. Instead, Ash chose to battle the Verdant Cavern Totem Pokémon, Gumshoos, and enlisted its help to scare the Rattata and Raticate away.

Lillie received a Pokémon Egg in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!. It hatched into an Alolan Vulpix she nicknamed Snowy in Racing to a Big Event!. After capturing it in the following episode, Lillie took her first steps towards overcoming her fear of touching Pokémon.

Racing to a Big Event! also featured the debut of Alolan Raichu and Muk. Raichu appeared under the ownership of Nina, while multiple Muk appeared to eat the pancakes dropped during the race.

In Getting the Band Back Together!, an Alolan Dugtrio appeared under the ownership of Professor Kukui's old friend, DJ Leo. Their musical performance drew the adoration of a wild Alolan Diglett, who later joined as another member of their DJ group.

In A Team-on-Team Tussle!, Team Rocket fought a trio of Team Skull Grunts over a Darkinium Z protected by a Totem Alolan Raticate and Ally Alolan Rattata and Raticate. While Jessie and James are ultimately unsuccessful in defeating the Totem, Meowth is able to steal the Z-Crystal while it is distracted.

An Alolan Geodude debuted in Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, where Ash attempted to catch it. After a short battle, the Alolan Geodude punched Ash's Poké Ball into his face with a Thunder Punch and then ran away.

In A Crowning Moment of Truth!, while Ash and his classmates were visiting Wela Volcano Park for the Wela Fire Festival, the festivities were interrupted by a a wild Alolan Marowak, who stole the Wela Crown used in a ceremony. While Kiawe and his Turtonator were defeated by it during their first challenge, they were able to defeat it in a rematch thanks to Turtonator's newly-learned Shell Smash. After being defeated, Marowak gave back the crown and asked to join Kiawe's party.

Alolan Sandshrew and Ninetales debuted in Getting a Jump on the Competition!. The Sandshrew appeared as wild Pokémon native to Mount Lanakila, while Ninetales appeared under the ownership of Cerah.

A wild Alolan Meowth appeared in Acting True to Form!, where it came to Team Rocket looking for a worthy master. It manipulated Jessie and James into turning against Meowth by showing off its abilities, and also earned their favor when they realized it could use their Darkinium Z. When Giovanni and Matori contacted the trio for a report on their activities, the Alolan Meowth became intrigued by them. To this end, it slipped away, stole Meowth's savings, and flew to Kanto to reach Team Rocket HQ, where Matori made it her assistant due to its craftiness.

An Alolan Grimer appeared in a flashback in Turning Heads and Training Hard!, under the ownership of Tupp.

More Alolan Sandshrew appeared in Not Caving Under Pressure! in the caverns underneath Mount Lanakila. Lillie befriended a particularly large Sandshrew, and helped it reclaim its territory from an aggressive Tyranitar. After the battle, Sophocles's Charjabug found an Ice Stone, which the Sandshrew promptly used to evolve into Sandslash. Sandslash rewarded Lillie with an Icium Z as a token of gratitude.

An Alolan Golem and Muk appeared in SM081, under the ownership of members of the Revengers, a heel wrestler group.

In the manga

An Alolan Meowth in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

One of Sun's first known Pokémon is an Alolan Meowth he nicknamed Cent. Moon, meanwhile, owns an Alolan Grimer.

Similar concepts

Main article: Variant Pokémon
A Valencia Island Butterfree

Prior to Generation VII, there were already certain Pokémon that had variations depending on their native geographical area, but, unlike regional variants, these Pokémon do not appear to have adapted to selective pressures; rather, their differences are purely aesthetic, with their type, moves, Abilities, height, and weight remaining the same.

Trivia

  • When a Pokémon undergoes evolution into a regional variant, the background in the evolution animation is green, as opposed to the blue background for all other Pokémon. Conversely, when a Pokémon Egg hatches into a regional variant, the background is blue instead of yellow. Additionally, a different arrangement of the evolution music is played in both of these situations.
  • All non-Alolan Pokémon that can evolve into an Alola Form have a signature move.

In other languages

Regional variant

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 地區形態 Deihkēui Yìhngtaai
Mandarin 地區形態 / 地區形态 Dìqū Xíngtài
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Regionální varianta
Denmark Flag.png Danish Regional variation*
Alola-variant*
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Regionale variant
Finland Flag.png Finnish Alueellinen muunnos
France Flag.png French Forme régionale
Germany Flag.png German Regionalform
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Regionális változat
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma regionale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 리전폼 Region Forme
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Regional variasjon
Poland Flag.png Polish Regionalny wariant
Odmiana regionalna*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Forma regional*
Variante regional*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Variante regional
Russia Flag.png Russian Региональный вариант Regional'nyy variant
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma regional
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Regional variant
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Bölgesel çeşitlilik
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hình thái địa phương

Alola Form

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 阿羅拉的樣子 Alòhlāai-dīk Yeuhngjí
Mandarin 阿羅拉的樣子 / 阿罗拉的样子 Āluólā-de Yàngzi
Denmark Flag.png Danish Alola Form
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Alola Form*
Alola-vorm*
Finland Flag.png Finnish Alola-muoto
France Flag.png French Forme d'Alola
Germany Flag.png German Alola-Form
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Bentuk Alola
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma di Alola
South Korea Flag.png Korean 알로라의 모습 Allora-ui Moseup
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Alola Form
Malaysia Flag.png Malaysian Bentuk Alola
Poland Flag.png Polish Forma Alolańska
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Forma Alola*
Forma de Alola *
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Forma Alola
Russia Flag.png Russian Форма региона Алола Forma regiona Alola
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma de Alola
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Alola Form
Thailand Flag.png Thai ร่างอโลลา Rang Alola
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Alola Formu
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Dạng Alola
Hình thái Alola

Alolan <Pokémon>

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Alolan <Pokémon>
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Alolan <Pokémon>
Finland Flag.png Finnish Alolalainen <Pokémon>
France Flag.png French <Pokémon> d'Alola
Germany Flag.png German Alola-<Pokémon>
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Alola <Pokémon>
Italy Flag.png Italian <Pokémon> di Alola
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Alolan <Pokémon>
Poland Flag.png Polish <Pokémon> Alolański
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese <Pokémon> de Alola
Russia Flag.png Russian <Pokémon> региона Алола <Pokémon> regiona Alola
Spain Flag.png Spanish <Pokémon> de Alola
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Alolan <Pokémon>
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese <Pokémon> hình thái Alola

See also



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