One thing I love about Pokémon are the designs. When it comes to the artwork, Game Freak is the best in the business. The studio can even make a trash bag look cute. Game Freak has outdone itself with Pokémon Sun and Moon in terms of the designs, and there are seven Pokémon in particular that really stand out.
7. Alolan Rattata
The Rattata have adapted to the Alola region by changing their environment to avoid the #Yungoos. They have now become Dark/Normal-type Pokémon and steal food for their boss Alolan Raticate.
Alolan Rattata takes inspiration from the stereotypical Japanese Burglar, or the sinister villains of old films — hence the mustache. Alolan Rattata’s fur is black instead of purple like a regular Rattata, which shows that it’s now a Dark type. Rattata also has fur sticking up on its ears and tail, while the fur on its stomach sort of resembles an unidentified type of berry from the Pokémon world.
Alolan Rattata gives a cool, new, dastardly look to Rattata that would make Youngster Joey proud. I will definitely be using Alolan Rattata on my playthrough of Pokémon Sun and Moon.
6. Alolan Ninetales
The #Ninetales of the Alola region have changed to Ice/Fairy type, thanks to residing on a snowy peak that is revered as a holy mountain. They are seen as sacred emissaries and the people revere them with awe and fear.
Alolan Ninetales retain the majestic look we know and love about the Ninetales, with ice-blue fur that's frosted white on its legs and tails. Alolan Ninetales also have blue eyes and a long, wavy mane. The amazing color scheme clearly indicates it's now an Ice-type Pokemon.
I don’t know if I’ll be using #AlolanNinetales in my playthrough, since it seems you can only encounter it late in the game, but I will definitely be trying to use it in competitive, since it’s super strong against Dragon-type Pokémon.
5. Alolan Raichu
The Raichus of the Alola region have become Electric/Psychic-type Pokémon because, according to the people of the Alola region, “maybe [they] ate too many sweet and fluffy round pancakes.” As silly as this suggestion sounds, it does have some merit to it.
Alolan Raichu is pancake brown, with blue eyes, butter-yellow ears, butter-yellow tail, and white hands and toes — simply adorable. I believe Alolan Raichu’s color scheme is based on that of a pancake. I mean, just look at it. Perhap Game Freak is attempting to reference the rice-cooker pancake, a sweet treat that's popular in Japan and made in a rice cooker. These breakfast delights are big, fluffy and very sweet (I should know, I’ve had one), just like Alolan Raichu.
Alolan Raichu is also a reference to the blue-eyed #Puka — a Pikachu that appeared in Episode 67 of the Pokémon anime, who only wanted to surf. Puka also seemed to have psychic abilities, seeing as it could sense and predict waves.
I love this Pokémon — it’s so adorable and unique. I will be using an Alolan Raichu in my playthrough of Pokémon Sun and Moon. I also will be naming my Alolan Raichu Puka!
Mimikyu is a Pokémon so lonely that it dresses like a Pikachu in the hope that people will like it. But if you peek underneath its cloth, you will be stricken with an illness.
#Mimikyu has taken the Pokémon fandom by storm, with tons of fan art and multiple theories about its existence currently circulating. The Pokémon Company has even released a song about this strange little creature.
Mimikyu has to be one of the most popular Pokémon to come out of Pokémon Sun and Moon, largely due to its design, which is little more than a crude cloth made to look like #Pikachu, with a creepy drawn-on smile, scribbled eyes, and two holes so that whatever is underneath can see. The appeal of Mimikyu lies in the fact that it's cute yet kind of creepy. I’ll be catching a Mimikyu for my playthrough, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it does in competitive.
3. Alolan Marowak
Marowak has adapted to the Alola, becoming a Ghost/Fire-type Pokémon to defend itself against the Grass types of the Alola region.
Alolan #Marowak has a gray body and white skull with a symbol on it, and it carries a fiery bone. The design takes inspiration from fire dancers; which is why it’s part Fire type. Its coloring also symbolizes that it's part Ghost type. The fact that Alolan Marowak is part Ghost type is a reference to the Ghost of a Marowak you have to battle in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Alolan Marowak looks amazing and is my favorite Alola-form Pokémon. I will be using one in my playthrough of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Seriously, who else thinks that if #GhostRider had a Pokémon it would be an Alolan Marowak?
#Rowlet, one of the cutest starter Pokémon ever, evolves into Decidueye, one of the coolest final evolutions of a starter ever.
There are a lot of theories doing the rounds about what Decidueye is based on. The theory I like best is that it's based off the legend of Robin Hood, and the now-extinct stilt-owl. The Robin Hood inspiration is supported by the fact that Decidueye wears a hood with a feather sticking out of its head, and that it uses arrows. The stilt-owl inspiration can be seen in Decidueye’s long legs.
Silvally is the evolution of Type: Null, a Pokémon made by the Aether Foundation — and it's freakin' awesome.
Silvally is comprised of a bunch of different Pokémon joined together. This has led many fans to believe Silvally is a Chimera, a mythical creature that's made up of different animals.
Silvally is one of the coolest, most mysterious Pokémon to ever be seen in the franchise. It's like the Frankenstein's monster of the Pokémon world, and I really want to know why it was made and what role will it play in the story of Sun and Moon, and in the future of Pokémon.
Feel free to let me know which Pokémon from Sun and Moon are your favorites in the comments below.