Pokemon Ultra Sun + Moon are releasing right around the corner, so I wanted to take a moment to rank ten of my favorite Pokemon from the latest entry. This list only includes Pokemon (and forms) that were introduced brand new in Sun + Moon. Here we go!
10. Minior (all forms)
Found exclusively on Mt. Hokulani, Minior live in the stratosphere and fall to the ground after consuming enough particles in the air. Inside every hard shell is a surprise when it’s cracked open: seven different color variations can be found along with an elusive Shiny version. Even though the different forms aren’t any different save aesthetics, I had fun trying to catch each one and add it to my collection.
I won’t spoil Lunala’s origins here, but I will say that it’s my favorite of this version’s two primary Legendaries. With beautiful wings colored like the night sky, accented by crescent moons and stars, Lunala is known as “the beast that calls the moon”. I wonder if it’s met Skull Kid?
In Hawaii, it’s traditional to receive lei for many special occasions: birthdays, retirements, promotions, and particularly graduations, where you’ll see beaming students barely peaking out from the piles of strung flowers, candy, and money draped around their necks. It’s fitting that Comfey was created to represent this important aspect of Hawaii’s culture. Be sure to get lei’d when you come and visit!
This adorable koala bear cuddling a log is one of the most unique creatures in the Pokemon universe. It spends its entire life sleeping, its movements merely a result of stimuli within their dreams. Being constantly asleep has its advantages: Komala have the ability Comatose, rendering them immune to all status afflictions (except sleep, of course), and they can still attack while sleeping. Neat!
6. Oricorio (all styles)
Oricorio, similar to Minior, have varying forms, one for each island in Alola. These Pokemon gain their unique appearances by drinking the nectar of different colored flowers, bestowing on them corresponding abilities and types. My favorite is the Red Oricorio, its plumage representative of a frilly flamenco dress.
I’m usually quite partial to Dragon types, and the middle evolution of this Dragon-Fighting hybrid appeals to me aesthetically more than its other forms. Its hard scales bestow the Bulletproof and Soundproof abilities, making Hakamo-o immune to many attacks. If you’re curious, “mo’o” in Hawaiian means “lizard”. Local legends are filled with mythical and sacred mo’o.
4. Alolan Muk
There’s a canal in Hawaii that has an infamous reputation: the Alawai Canal. Its waters are widely known to be filthy and contain a host of contaminants, and locals and visitors alike are warned to stay out of it. Curiously enough, it passes right alongside tourist town Waikiki before draining into the ocean. I imagine that the Alolan Muk thrive there, happily feeding off the disgusting gunk to attain its sherbet-like coloration.
3. Alolan Meowth
While standard Meowth excel in cuteness, the Alolan Meowth prefer being fabulous. These mischievous felines sleep most of the day (as cats tend to do), and become active at night to scour the dark streets for glittering coins. Dark is one of my favorite types as well, an attribute which easily secures Alolan Meowth’s high spot on my list.
This spooky yet endearing Pokemon is one of the most recognizable creatures in Sun + Moon. Mimikyu spends its entire life hiding under a cloth, viciously guarding its true appearance from view. Those rumored to have seen it all mysteriously died soon after. This terrifying mythos reminds me of Hawaii’s Night Marchers, a procession of spirits that march to the sound of spectral drums and eerie “oli”, or chants. It’s said that simply looking at them is dangerous: if one of them meets your gaze, it could mean death for you or your loved ones.
1. Alolan Ninetales
Those of you closest to me know I have a soft spot for foxes. Vulpix and Ninetales have been two of my favorite Pokemon from the beginning. Seeing brand new, gorgeous Ice-type forms in Sun + Moon made me happy. Although Alolan Vulpix is just as beautiful (and quite cute, to boot), I chose Alolan Ninetales for my list for its regal, flowing tail and mystical, almost cloud-like appearance.
Who are YOUR favorite Alolan Pokemon? ⭐️