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Alolan Pokemon: What You Should Know

Alolan Pokemon: What You Should Know

Introduction

On May 21st, Pokemon GO announced via Twitter that the Alolan forms of Gen 1 Pokemon will soon be entering Pokemon GO. While it is currently unknown when these new Pokemon will arrive, if we’ll be getting a few or all 18, or what their movesets are, we do know their stats, typing, and what moves they have access to from the main games. With this information and the aid of GoBattleSim, we can get an accurate idea of how they will perform in GO!

Alolan Basics

In the main series games, Alolan forms were introduced in Gen 7 and were specific to the Alola region. Like Castform’s forms, these Pokemon aren’t treated as new Pokemon, but instead as alternate forms despite being different in appearance and type. Unlike Castform’s forms, some Alolan Pokemon have different stats than their originals. If you’re curious about these stat and type changes, click on their icons below to be taken to their page for more details.

A curiosity of the Alolan forms is how Pokemon GO will handle the evolutionary lines. While an Alolan Ninetales evolves from an Alolan Vulpix, the Alolan forms of Raichu, Marowak, and Exeggutor evolve from the original "Kantonian" iterations of Pikachu, Cubone, and Exeggcute. How Pokemon GO will handle these branched evolution lines will be interesting to see. Given that these evolutions are based on being in a specific area in the main games, it could give us an idea of how Pokemon GO will handle Magnezone and Probopass’s evolutions come Gen 4.

New Pokemon

Potentially Meta Relevant

Projected Base Stats

Base HP Base Attack Base Defense Max CP
160 211 229 2916

Projected Moves

Fast Rock Throw, Smack Down, Charge Beam, Spark, Volt Switch, Counter, Hidden Power, Tackle
Charged (STAB) Stone Edge, Rock Blast, Rock Tomb, Discharge, Thunder, Thunderbolt, Thunder Punch, Wild Charge

Projected DPS/TDO Against FB+IB Articuno

Among Electric Generalists

Comments

With a wicked mustache and chest hair of pure metal, Alolan Golem makes its shocking debut in Pokemon GO! As a Rock attacker, Alolan Golem has several advantages over its Kantonian counterpart. Its Rock / Electric typing gives it better matchups against types that Rock counters, such as Ice and Flying. Given that Alolan Golem is not weak to Ice and doubly resists Flying, so it may be a better counter to Articuno, Lugia, and Ho-Oh.

As an Electric attacker, Alolan Golem may briefly claim the position of the best non-legendary attacker of the type if it gets a good moveset with Wild Charge. While its average DPS a tad lower than Jolteon's, Alolan Golem is significantly more tanky. However, a Water weakness may be its Achilles’s heel.

Projected Base Stats

Base HP Base Attack Base Defense Max CP
146 170 207 2184

Projected Moves

Fast Frost Breath, Ice Shard, Powder Snow, Feint Attack, Hex, Hidden Power, Iron Tail, Zen Headbutt
Charged (STAB) Aurora Beam, Blizzard, Ice Beam, Icy Wind, Dazzling Gleam, Moonblast

Projected DPS/TDO Against DT+O Rayquaza

Among Ice Generalists

Comments

Is Alolan Ninetales finally the Ice and Fairy type that we’ve been waiting for? Probably not. The offensive stats just aren’t there. Alolan Ninetales does have an incredible matchup vs. Dragons doubly weak to Ice who are also using Dragon moves, matchups that most Pokemon struggle in.

On Alolan Sandslash: while it has higher Atk than Alolan Ninetales and a nifty Steel typing, neither have access to Avalanche, which greatly hurts their viability prospects.

Projected Base Stats

Base HP Base Attack Base Defense Max CP
190 230 158 2881

Projected Moves

Fast Bullet Seed, Dragon Tail, Confusion, Extrasensory, Hidden Power, Infestation, Iron Tail, Low Kick, Zen Headbutt
Charged (STAB) Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Outrage, Energy Ball, Grass Knot, Seed Bomb, Solar Beam

Projected DPS/TDO Against Hydro Pump Kyogre

Among Dragon Generalists

Comments

In growing its neck to a comically absurd length, Alolan Exeggutor traded 10 Speed for 10 Attack in the main series games. This slightly lowered its Atk and Def stats in Pokemon GO. Despite this, Alolan Exeggutor has 2 potential advantages over its Kantonian counterpart: it can have higher Grass DPS if given Grass Knot, and it has an extra Water resistance. This gives it the potential to edge out Frenzy Plant Venusaur in select matchups, although it has equal potential to be mostly inferior to Kantonian Exeggutor.

As a Dragon attacker, Alolan Exeggutor just doesn’t have the elite stats to compete with legendary Pokemon.

Projected Base Stats

Base HP Base Attack Base Defense Max CP
210 190 184 2709

Projected Moves

Fast Bite, Snarl, Poison Jab, Hidden Power, Infestation
Charged (STAB) Crunch, Dark Pulse, Gunk Shot, Poison Fang, Sludge Bomb, Sludge Wave

Comments

Neither Kantonian Muk nor Alolan Muk have the power to make waves on offense; their typing and stats are geared towards defense. Alolan Muk has only a weakness to Ground, which is a poor attacking type with limited useful attackers. It also gained Psychic, Ghost, and Dark resistances, which could throw off Mewtwo attackers. It's main problem though is that it no longer resists Machamp, which is why Muk was worth consideration on defense in the first place. Upon release, we'll have to do a more in-depth evaluation of its performance. Useful or not, Alolan Muk is sure to be a colorful addition to gyms. 

Closing

Overall, the addition of the Alolan Pokemon brings more questions to the table than Pokemon to the meta. Will the Alolan forms be treated as separate Pokemon with their own candy, or will they be treated as alternate forms like Castform? How will branching evolutionary lines be handled? Will Alolan Raichu keep any hats from an event Pikachu? Will the Alolan forms get their signature moves such as Dragon Hammer and Shadow Bone?

The addition of the Alolan Pokemon before Gen 7 also opens up some new possibilities. For example, if Pokemon GO has imported Alolan forms before Gen 7, we could see Mega Evolutions before Gen 6. It will be interesting to see just how the Alolan forms are implemented into Pokemon GO, as well as what comes after!