The Official Pokémon Channel released a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon this morning, revealing tons of new information on the Alola Region and the adventures you’ll be having in it this November. One of the most interesting new additions to the Pokémon experience is regional variants.

In the Alola region, you’ll be able to find Pokémon from other regions that have adapted to the distinctive microclimates of Alola, taking on different forms than they normally have. These Alola form Pokémon can have new looks, new types, new attacks, and more.

Here’s what’s been revealed so far:

Alolan Exeggutor

The environment of the Alola region, where strong sunlight pours down all year round, brought about this change in Exeggutor’s form. The people of Alola boast that the Alolan Exeggutor is the true form of Exeggutor.

Unlike other Exeggutor, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head—on its tail! This fourth head controls the tail independently and can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks.

This Pokémon excels at whipping its long neck like a lash to attack with its hard heads. But that neck can sometimes become a weakness…

Alolan Exeggutor is a Grass/Dragon type with the ability Frisk.

Alolan Sandshrew

Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas. But the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the Sandshrew to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains, where they took on this form.

Sandshrew’s body changed to adapt to the harsh environment of the snowy mountains. The Alolan Sandshrew has a shell of ice covering its skin, which is like hard steel. It excels defensively, but it lacks flexibility and can’t curl its body into a ball like a Ground-type Sandshrew can.

Its heavy weight makes the Alolan Sandshrew slower than a normal Sandshrew, but the claws on its hands and feet allow it to move across ice without slipping. When it wants to move quickly, it uses its stomach to slide across the ice like a curling rock.

Alolan Sandshrew is an Ice/Steel type with the ability Snow Cloak.

Alolan Sandslash

The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Thanks to their icy coating, these spines are large and sharp. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.

The weight of the ice that covers its body makes these Alolan Sandslash heavier than normal Sandslash, and this causes them to be slower. Yet in snow fields and on ice, they move by creating a path with their claws, and so they’re able to move with swiftness.

The sprays of snow kicked up by Alolan Sandslash’s movements are so beautiful that many photographers head for the snowy peaks to capture the moment. However, Sandslash live deep in the mountains, and there is great danger of becoming stranded, so it’s forbidden to climb the mountains without permission.

Alolan Sandslash is an Ice/Steel type with the ability Snow Cloak.

Alolan Vulpix

It is said that Vulpix came to the Alola region together with humans, but the Fox Pokémon moved to the snowy mountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and thus it ended up taking on this form.

These Alolan Vulpix live on high mountains that remain covered in snow year-round. They live in small packs of two to five individuals, helping one another survive.

Alolan Vulpix can freeze anything solid by expelling breath at a temperature of −58 degrees Fahrenheit (−50° C) from its mouth. It doesn’t fare well in the heat, but when the temperature gets too high, it produces ice from its tail to lower the surrounding temperature.

Alolan Vuplix is an Ice type with the ability Snow Cloak.

Alolan Ninetales

Alolan Ninetales live on a snowy peak that is revered in the Alola region as a holy mountain. They are treated as sacred emissaries, and people meet them with awe and fear. This Pokémon’s personality is extremely gentle, and at times it has helped humans who seem to be in distress. However, it shows no mercy at all to anyone or anything that dares to damage its territory!

The Alolan Ninetales is able to produce ice crystals from the fur that covers its body. It can use these ice crystals to block attacks, or it can form balls of ice with them, which it fires like bullets at opponents. The power of these ice missiles is great enough to pulverize rock!

Alolan Ninetales is an Ice/Fairy type with the ability Snow Cloak.

So far today we’ve also learned about tons of new Pokémon, a brand-new technique called Z-Moves, and a new “Island Challenge” system which seems to replace the Pokémon League.

Pokémon Sun and Moon launch worldwide on November 18th for Nintendo 3DS. If you’re already sure you want to explore the Pokémon-filled world of Alola, Amazon lets you preorder Pokémon Sun right here and Pokémon Moon right here. You can also preorder the games’ official strategy guide and its hardcover collector’s edition at the respective links.

What do you think of the inclusion of regional variants and Alola-specific forms? Are you happy with the new designs they’ve revealed so far? What Pokémon would you like to see receive a region-specific form in the future? Sound off in the comments! You can also check out screenshots and artwork of all the new Alola forms by clicking below!

Source: The Pokémon Company

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Ben Lamoreux


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