Niantic has recently announced that Alolan form Pokémon will soon start to appear in Pokémon GO, the location-based game welcoming the unique Kanto region variants that were first seen in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
“Sunny days are ahead! Whether your forecast calls for rain or shine, we’re celebrating all around the world by introducing some special Pokémon from the tropical Alola region to Pokémon GO,” the developer shared.
The Alolan forms were originally introduced as a sort of divergent microevolution, similar to that seen in the real world. When Pokemon like Rattata or Vulpix were introduced to the tropical Alolan regions, some developed traits to help them survive new climates and predators. While not technically not “new” Pokemon, the Alolan forms have different looks, types, and moves from the Pokemon originally seen in Pokemon Red and Blue.
Pokemon with Alolan forms are listed below, along with the Aloan variant typing:
• Rattata – Dark / Normal-Type
• Raticate – Dark / Normal-Type
• Raichu – Electric / Psychic-Type
• Sandshrew – Ice / Steel-Type
• SandSlash – Ice / Steel-Type
• Vulpix – Ice / Fairy-Type
• Ninetails – Ice / Fairy-Type
• Diglett – Ground / Steel-Type
• Dugtrio – Ground / Steel-Type
• Meowth – Dark-Type
• Persian – Dark-Type
• Geodude – Rock / Electric-Type
• Graveler – Rock / Electric-Type
• Golem – Rock / Electric-Type
• Grimer – Poison / Dark-Type
• Muk – Poison / Dark-Type
• Exeggutor – Grass / Dragon-Type
• Marowak – Fire/Ghost-Type
“Get ready for some of the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region to appear in their Alolan forms! These unique variants were first seen in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, and they will make their way to Pokémon GO in the coming weeks.
“Keep an eye out for news related to this exciting change—and don’t forget to tell your friends! Stay safe, and happy exploring!”- Developers