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Michael Mitchell

UPDATE 11/17/16: The original version of this article had the Trapinch and Goomy lines listed for the wrong titles. This has been fixed (thanks, Rowan Francis, for the tip).

For a while now, many players have been looking forward to finally getting their hands on the beautiful Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Ninetails, two of the many Alolan-form classic Pokémon coming in Sun and Moon. However, it seems that the Alolan forms of these two may not come in the version players expected.

Warning: We're about to discuss version-specific Pokémon. If you consider that a spoiler, stop reading here.

For starters, we have a nice overall look at the exclusives thanks to Vishwa on Twitter:

If looking at that isn't self-explanatory, I don't blame you. But that's exactly what I'm here to help with. If you want to see a breakdown of each of the above Pokémon by game and original generation, read on!

(Also note: The above image has Trapinch and Goomy listed for the wrong titles and is missing one new-generation Pokémon from each game.)

All The 'Pokémon Moon'-Exclusive Pokémon

The above Pokémon are all the brand-new ones exclusive to Pokémon Moon. Yes, Pokémon Moon does not have Alolan Ninetails, which makes it considerably harder to decide if it's the better pick of the two games. It does, however, have Drampa whom I find hilarious if for nothing other than the fact that he's a dragon grandpa.

Of course, those are the standouts for me, but here are the names of all the exclusives above (from left to right):

  • Top row: Celesteela, Lunala, and Pheromosa
  • Middle row: Alolan Sandshrew and Alolan Sandslash
  • Bottom row: Drampa, Oranguru, and Lycanroc (midnight form)

In addition to the brand-new Pokémon (and Alolan forms of older ones), Sun and Moon also feature several Pokémon from previous generations. While many of these older-generation Pokémon can be caught in both versions, each game has 14 exclusive ones to consider when deciding which game is for you. Let's break 'em down!

Generation III

  • Top row: Beldum, Metang, and Metagross
  • Bottom row: Trapinch, Vibrava, and Flygon

Generation IV

  • Shieldon and Bastiodon

Generation V

  • Top Left: Archen and Archeops
  • Right: Vullaby and Mandibuzz
  • Bottom Left: Petilil and Lilligant

As I said, there are 14 older-generation Pokémon exclusives for each game, in addition to the new-and-Alolan-form exclusives. Moon is still my choice, but the Sun exclusives definitely are going to draw in a lot of players — especially those after Alolan Ninetails.

All The Pokémon Sun-Exclusive Pokémon

Similar to Moon, there are three legendary/ultra beast Pokémon, two Alolan-form classics, and three Generation VI Pokémon all exclusive to Pokémon Sun. A major draw here, of course, are the Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Ninetails. Of course, those aren't the only ones exclusive to Sun. In order, here are all the exclusives seen above:

  • Top row: Kartana, Solgaleo, and Buzzwole
  • Middle row: Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Ninetails
  • Bottom row: Turtonator, Passimian, and Lycanroc (midday form)

And, as with Moon, there are Pokémon from previous generations also specific to Sun. The major difference to note here is that Sun has three more from Generation IV than Moon, while Generation III is completely exclusive to Moon and Generation VI is completely exclusive to Sun. Whether or not that's a deal-breaker is up to you, but it's an interesting break from the relatively one-to-one similarities between the two versions. In any case, let's get onto the specifics!

Generation IV

  • Top row: Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp
  • Bottom row: Cranidos and Rampardos

Generation V

  • Top Left: Rufflet and Braviary
  • Top Right: Tirtouga and Carracosta
  • Bottom row: Cottonee and Whimsicott

Generation VI

  • Goomy, Sliggoo, and Goodra

Whew! Okay, that's all the version-specific Pokémon you'll be able to find in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Hopefully this gives you a better idea of which game to purchase — though, keep in mind, it's much easier to trade online now!

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