Z-Moves and Alola Formes

Hey guys! I am totally pumped about the new info for the Alola Region, band there has been a huge update that is almost as cool as Vanillite! There is a new feature called the Z-Move that is almost like mega evolution, and now, there are special moves for certain Pokémon such as Pikachu, Popplio, Litten, and Rowlett. Also, get ready for Alola Formes in Vulpix, Ninetales, Sandshrew, Sandslash, and Exeggutor.


A new feature has been introduced into the Pokémon battles in Pokémon Sun and Moon: Z-Moves. Z-Moves are moves with insane power that can only be used once per battle. When the Trainer and Pokémon’s wishes resonate with each other, and both release their full power together—the result is the explosive force of a Z-Move! All Pokémon can use Z-Moves to perform well in battle! There are two conditions for performing Z-Moves: a Pokémon must learn a move of the same type as a Z-Crystal, and it must be holding the corresponding Z-Crystal. When you see these moves in action in the game, each overwhelmingly powerful move will be on full display, filling the entire screen!

The four known Z-Moves are Gigavolt Havoc, Bloom Doom, Inferno Overdrive and Hydro Vortex. These moves belong to Pikachu, Rowlett, Litten, and Popplio, respectively.

Alola Formes

Some Pokémon have come from different regions to Alola and adapted to live there. For example, Ninetales lives in the mountains in Alola, so it is an ice type. Exeggutor grows a long neck and an extra head so it looks like a palm tree.

Alolan Exeggutor


CATEGORY Coconut Pokémon
TYPE Grass/Dragon
HEIGHT 35’09”
WEIGHT 916.2 lbs.

The environment of the Alola region, where strong sunlight pours down all year round, brought about this change in Exeggutor’s form. The people of Alola boast that the Alolan Exeggutor is the true form of Exeggutor.

Unlike other Exeggutor, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head—on its tail! This fourth head controls the tail independently and can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks.

This Pokémon excels at whipping its long neck like a lash to attack with its hard heads. But that neck can sometimes become a weakness…

Alolan Vulpix


CATEGORY Fox Pokémon
HEIGHT 2’00”
WEIGHT 21.8 lbs.
ABILITY Snow Cloak

It is said that Vulpix came to the Alola region together with humans, but the Fox Pokémon moved to the snowy mountain peaks to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and thus it ended up taking on this form.

These Alolan Vulpix live on high mountains that remain covered in snow year-round. They live in small packs of two to five individuals, helping one another survive.

Alolan Vulpix can freeze anything solid by expelling breath at a temperature of −58 degrees Fahrenheit (−50° C) from its mouth. It doesn’t fare well in the heat, but when the temperature gets too high, it produces ice from its tail to lower the surrounding temperature.

Alolan Ninetales


CATEGORY Fox Pokémon
TYPE Ice/Fairy
HEIGHT 3’07”
WEIGHT 43.9 lbs.
ABILITY Snow Cloak

Alolan Ninetales live on a snowy peak that is revered in the Alola region as a holy mountain. They are treated as sacred emissaries, and people meet them with awe and fear. This Pokémon’s personality is extremely gentle, and at times it has helped humans who seem to be in distress. However, it shows no mercy at all to anyone or anything that dares to damage its territory!

The Alolan Ninetales is able to produce ice crystals from the fur that covers its body. It can use these ice crystals to block attacks, or it can form balls of ice with them, which it fires like bullets at opponents. The power of these ice missiles is great enough to pulverize rock!

Alolan Sandshrew


CATEGORY Mouse Pokémon
TYPE Ice/Steel
HEIGHT 2’04”
WEIGHT 88.2 lbs.
ABILITY Snow Cloak

Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas. But the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the Sandshrew to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains, where they took on this form.

Sandshrew’s body changed to adapt to the harsh environment of the snowy mountains. The Alolan Sandshrew has a shell of ice covering its skin, which is like hard steel. It excels defensively, but it lacks flexibility and can’t curl its body into a ball like a Ground-type Sandshrew can.

Its heavy weight makes the Alolan Sandshrew slower than a normal Sandshrew, but the claws on its hands and feet allow it to move across ice without slipping. When it wants to move quickly, it uses its stomach to slide across the ice like a curling rock.

Alolan Sandslash


CATEGORY Mouse Pokémon
TYPE Ice/Steel
HEIGHT 3’11”
WEIGHT 121.3 lbs.
ABILITY Snow Cloak

The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Thanks to their icy coating, these spines are large and sharp. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.

The weight of the ice that covers its body makes these Alolan Sandslash heavier than normal Sandslash, and this causes them to be slower. Yet in snow fields and on ice, they move by creating a path with their claws, and so they’re able to move with swiftness.

The sprays of snow kicked up by Alolan Sandslash’s movements are so beautiful that many photographers head for the snowy peaks to capture the moment. However, Sandslash live deep in the mountains, and there is great danger of becoming stranded, so it’s forbidden to climb the mountains without permission.

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