ByMichael Mitchell, writer at
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Michael Mitchell

Have you heard the latest and greatest news about Pokémon Sun and Moon? In addition to all sorts of new Pokémon and abilities coming to the game, it turns out we're getting Alola Form variations on some of the classic Pokémon. Exeggutor has become a fully grown tree, while Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew, and Sandslash have all received Ice type forms. And, oh my god, they are amazing looking.

But why stop there? Alola is a large and diverse reason and surely these five aren't the only to have adapted differently to the island, right? I sure hope so, because the tropical setting along with this new Alola Form revelation has let my mind run wild imagining all the new versions of Pokémon we could see. Here are my top 10 picks for classic Pokémon I want to see Alola Form variants for!

1. and 2. Floral Paras and Parasect


Introduced to different parasitic fungi than most Paras, the Alola Form Paras and Parasect have evolved into their own unique variation representative of the island's wildlife.

Paras and Parasect represent perfect examples of Pokémon affected by nature. It would be a miracle if the Alola region featured absolutely no new types of parasitic plant life, and this would be a great time to show off variants of these two Pokémon when affected by different fungi.

3. Ghost Marowak

As the result of an earthquake during the islands' formative years, a few Marowak became trapped forever in what has now become the black-rock region of the island. They haunt whomever dares come near.

Sure, Cubone had a pretty rough childhood, but some Pokémon are just destined for misfortune. An Alola Ghost-type Marowak would bring this poor fella's story full-circle while also looking pretty awesome.

4. and 5. Tropical Ocean Tentacool and Tentacruel


Migrating to the island via ocean currents, these Tentacool and Tentacruel have adapted to life in the warmer, more vibrant sea. They are extremely powerful predators and other ocean Pokémon fear them.

Similar to Paras and Parasect, these two are perfect fits for an island-themed update. The tropical waters surrounding Alola are sure to lead to vibrant, new forms for these tentacled menaces.

6. and 7. Lava Diglett and Dugtrio


Tectonic shifting separated several Digletts from the rocky mountain home and they grew to become more in tune with the geological makeup of the volcanic region.

The island's volcanic region makes perfect sense as a home for some wayward Digletts and Dugtrios. They could easily take on a mixture of volcanic rock and lava instead of their usual dirt color palette.

8. Jungle Stalker Persian

The deep forest regions of the islands are shrouded in vegetation. Over generations, Persians that roamed to these forests adapted and lost their bright fur in favor of a deep black that helps them blend into their surroundings and stalk their prey.

A jungle location seems like the purrrrfect place to add a panther Alola variant to the devious feline Pokémon's styles and it would make moving through these regions even more perilous, as Persian might be stalking at any moment.

9. Tree-Fruit Victreebell


Taking in the unique nutrients from the island, Weepinbell evolved differently in a way that mirrored the island's fruity vegetation.

Victreebell is a Venus flytrap-like Pokémon who also looks kind of like a banana. Maybe we emphasize that second part a bit more thanks to the islands' unique vegetation?

10. Deep Sea Seaking

Separated from their school, several Seaking wandered to the depths of the ocean. Over time, they lost their need to see and became attuned to the darkness of the ocean floor.

Sure, we already have Chinchou and Lanturn, but what if a Deep Sea Alola Form for Seaking adapted to life in much deeper waters than most and became a pale-eyed, Lanternfish-style Ghost Pokémon?

11. Lava Onix

Centuries ago, a small group of Onix migrated unknowingly toward the island's volcano, drawn in by the heat. After staying there, the Onix took on the volcanic rock's physical properties.

It's Onix, but made of molten rock and lava. What more should I say?

Which Pokémon would you like to see given the Alola Form treatment?


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