Game Rant takes a look at the Alola forms for beloved Pocket Monsters in Pokemon Sun and Moon, drumming up a list of 10 original creatures that deserve some of the limelight.
As two of the (if not the) most anticipated games coming from Nintendo in 2016, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are looking to be the smash hits that fans have been waiting for. After a two year wait following the 2014 release of both Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, the unexpected gap appears to have been utilized in a bid to implement a handful of major changes to the core series. One of these noteworthy alterations comes in the form of Alola variants for first generation characters from the franchise.
With the likes of Vulpix, Sandslash, and Exeggutor all getting Alola forms, this got Game Rant thinking about which of the original 151 creatures should join the action with a new look in the forthcoming pair of titles. After much debate, we’ve established a concrete list of 10 Pocket Monsters that deserve a new coat of paint (and typing to boot), although it’s important to note that this is a subjective piece and far from official.
As an iconic member of Brock’s team from Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, this Rock/Ground-type rather ironically inhabits a soft spot amongst the hearts of longtime followers of the franchise. However, the behemoth has been placed at a disadvantage thanks to its easily thwarted typing and lacklustre stats. While it’s true that its evolved form, Steelix, and resulting Mega Evolution are no laughing matter, Onix could hugely benefit from a new Alola form and type – with Metal Coat returning it to its original evolutionary track if and when trainers obtained it.
There’s little question that Jynx has become one of the most controversial Pokemon ever conceived. After going through some pigment changes to avoid further backlash, fans still don’t have much reason to invest in the evolved form of Smoochum. In this light, an Alola form could change the look and combat capabilities of the longstanding Ice/Psychic-type. There are a bevy of directions that developer Game Freak could take such a variation, and there’s little doubt that the studio could at least make it a little more relevant than it currently is.
Let’s be honest, Spearow and Fearow are both a little… boring. These Flying-types often serve as a vanilla option that’s easily overshadowed by the likes of Pidgey and all of its resulting evolutionary forms. It’s time this duo got an upgrade, and Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon may be able to help out with just that. With Fearow in particular, the design should be a little more frightening in order to live up to the whole “Fear” aspect of its name. Maybe a Dark or Ghost/Flying-type would help instil the sense of dread that fans deserve, but that ultimately would come down to the avenues Game Freak wants to explore.
The beloved butterfly from the first generation is one of the first final evolutions that players got ahold of in the original games. Doing so allowed wannabe Pokemon Masters to gain access to a number of moves that helped them leave the competition in the dust, but there often came a point when Butterfree couldn’t hack it with the ever-growing squad anymore – leaving it to live out the remainder of its days in Bill’s Pokemon Storage System. This Bug/Flying-type needs to get an overhaul now more than ever, and Alola may be just the region to offer that opportunity.
As one of the oddest Pokemon designs currently in existence, the abysmally named Seel and it’s slightly more applauded evolution have fallen by the wayside in recent years. The bland typing of the creatures (Water and Water/Ice, respectively) ensures that they can easily be disposed of by those that know what they’re doing, but Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon can offer entirely new aesthetics for the shrug-able duo. Through brand new (and slightly more imaginative) designs, these horned-seals can find new life – with ample possibilities from a competitive/typing standpoint.