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Regional Variants, also known as Region Forms, are Pokémon having entirely distinct forms in different regions of Pokémon World. These Pokémon adapted uniquely to habitats that are different than those where its species naturally live in other regions, causing genetic drift to occur and eventually resulting in vastly different forms.

They are a further step ahead of other Form Differences, such that they differ greatly not just in their looks, but also types, attack learnsets, base stats and sometimes evolutionary methods.

About

Regional Variants are introduced to Pokémon originated from Kanto in Pokémon Sun and Moon. They gained vastly different forms in Alola because of adaptation to the changes in natural habitat. Thus, those Pokémon are given the form name of "Alola Form" and called as "Alolan", while the original forms of those Pokémon species are recognized by "Kanto Form" or "Kantonian".

18 Pokémon are given Regional Variants in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Wild Pokémon on the main island of Roria are always found in Kanto Form. On the other hand, outlying isles such as Lost Islands feature foreign Pokémon, including some of the Alola Form Pokémon. Certain Pokémon which can evolve into final forms of different Regional Variants will evolve into Kanto Form on the main island and Alola Form on Lost Islands or any of the associated areas.

List of Regional Variants

Below is a table of all Pokémon possessing Regional Variants, along with their types and Abilities. The Kanto Form will be displayed first, followed by the corresponding Alola Form. Italics indicate Hidden Abilities. Blackened rows mean that those Pokémon are not obtainable as of now.

PokémonImageTypeAbilityObtaining Method
Rattata
Rattata-M-Kanto XY
Normal Run Away
Guts
Hustle
Catch in Fortulose Manor
Rattata-Alola SM
Dark
Normal
Gluttony
Hustle
Thick Fat
Catch on Lost Islands
Raticate
Raticate-M-Kanto XY
Normal Run Away
Guts
Hustle
Evolve Kantonian Rattata at Lv. 20 or above
Raticate-Alola SM
Dark
Normal
Gluttony
Hustle
Thick Fat
Evolve Alolan Rattata at Lv. 20 or above overnight
Raichu
Raichu-M-Kanto XY
Electric Static
Lightning Rod
Evolve Pikachu by using a Thunder Stone
Raichu-Alola SM
Electric
Psychic
Surge Surfer Evolve Pikachu on Lost Islands by using a Thunder Stone
Sandshrew
Sandshrew-Kanto XY
Ground Sand Veil
Sand Rush
Breed with a female Sandslash in Lagoona Day Care
Sandshrew-Alola SM
Ice
Steel
Snow Cloak
Slush Rush
Catch in Frigidia Cavern

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Sandslash
Sandslash-Kanto XY
Ground Sand Veil
Sand Rush
Catch on Route 11
Evolve Kantonian Sandshrew at Lv. 22 or above
Sandslash-Alola SM
Ice
Steel
Snow Cloak
Slush Rush
Evolve Alolan Sandshrew by using an Ice Stone
Vulpix
Vulpix-Kanto XY
Fire Flash Fire
Drought
Catch on Route 12
Vulpix-Alola SM
Ice Snow Cloak
Snow Warning
Catch in Frigidia Cavern

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Ninetales
Ninetales-Kanto XY
Fire Flash Fire
Drought
Evolve Kantonian Vulpix by using a Fire Stone
Ninetales-Alola SM
Ice
Fairy
Snow Cloak
Snow Warning
Evolve Alolan Vulpix by using an Ice Stone
Diglett
Diglett-Kanto XY
Ground Sand Veil
Arena Trap
Sand Force
Catch in Cragonos Mines
Diglett-Alola SM
Ground
Steel
Sand Veil
Tangling Hair
Sand Force
N/A
Dugtrio
Dugtrio-Kanto XY
Ground Sand Veil
Arena Trap
Sand Force
Evolve Diglett at Lv. 26 or above
Dugtrio-Alola SM
Ground
Steel
Sand Veil
Tangling Hair
Sand Force
Meowth
Meowth-Kanto XY
Normal Pickup
Technician
Unnerve
Adopt Meowth from Aife's Shelter in Port Decca
Meowth-Alola SM
Dark Pickup
Technician
Rattled
Catch on Lost Islands - Deep Jungle
Persian
Persian-Kanto XY
Normal Limber
Technician
Unnerve
Evolve Kantonian Meowth at Lv. 28 or above
Persian-Alola SM
Dark Fur Coat
Technician
Rattled
Evolve Alolan Meowth with maximum happiness
Geodude
Geodude-Kanto XY
Rock
Ground
Rock Head
Sturdy
Sand Veil
Catch in Cragonos Mines
Geodude-Alola SM
Rock
Electric
Magnet Pull
Sturdy
Galvanize
Breed Alolan Graveler or Alolan Golem
Graveler
Graveler-Kanto XY
Rock
Ground
Rock Head
Sturdy
Sand Veil
Evolve Kantonian Geodude at Lv. 25 or above
Graveler-Alola SM
Rock
Electric
Magnet Pull
Sturdy
Galvanize
Catch in Voltridia Cavern
Evolve Alolan Geodude at Lv. 25 or above
Golem
Golem-Kanto XY
Rock
Ground
Rock Head
Sturdy
Sand Veil
Evolve Graveler by trading
Golem-Alola SM
Rock
Electric
Magnet Pull
Sturdy
Galvanize
Grimer
Grimer-Kanto XY
Poison Stench
Sticky Hold
Poison Touch
Catch in Anthian Sewer
Grimer-Alola SM
Poison
Dark
Poison Touch
Gluttony
Power of Alchemy
N/A
Muk
Muk-Kanto XY
Poison Stench
Sticky Hold
Poison Touch
Evolve Grimer at Lv. 38 or above
Muk-Alola SM
Poison
Dark
Poison Touch
Gluttony
Power of Alchemy
Exeggutor
Exeggutor-Kanto XY
Grass
Psychic
Chlorophyll
Harvest
Evolve Exeggcute by using a Leaf Stone
Exeggutor-Alola SM
Grass
Dragon
Frisk
Harvest
Evolve Exeggcute on Lost Islands by using a Leaf Stone
Marowak
Marowak-Kanto XY
Ground Rock Head
Lightning Rod
Battle Armour
Evolve Cubone at Lv. 28 or above
Marowak-Alola SM
Fire
Ghost
Cursed Body
Lightning Rod
Rock Head
Evolve Cubone at Lv. 28 or above overnight on Lost Islands

Breeding Regional Variants

When breeding Pokémon with Regional Variants, the offspring's form will depend on its parents:

Parents Offspring
The same species and Regional Variant The same form as its parents
The same species with different Regional Variants Alola Form
Kanto Form Other compatible Pokémon (as father) or Ditto Kanto Form
Alola Form Alola Form
Kanto Form with Everstone held
Everstone
Kanto Form

Trivia

  • Certain form differences of Pokémon are dependent on area, such as Shellos family's West and East Sea Forms depending on whether they are found to the west or east of Mt. Coronet, Sinnoh. Another example would be Vivillon's 18 distinct patterns according to its Pokédex entry.
    • However, these differences are aesthetic only. They have no effect on types, abilities, base stats or evolution methods.