The islands of Alola were given form when underground volcanoes erupted long, long ago. Pokémon came to live in Alola when they flew, swam or were carried on the wind to the isles.

–A book in Trainers' School on third floor

Alola is the region where Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon take place.

Among the starter Pokémon for beginners are Rowlet, the Grass-type Pokémon, Litten, the Fire-type Pokémon, and Popplio, a Water-type Pokémon. In the anime, it is the residence of Lana, Mallow, Sophocles, Kiawe, Professor Kukui and Lillie.

Islands

The Alola region consists of four main islands and one artificial island. The names of the islands are:

Island Challenge

Trial Captains

Name Settlement Type Totem Pokémon Z-Crystal
Ilima SunMoon.png
Ilima
Melemele Island Normal 735.png
GumshoosSUS
020A.png
RaticateMUSUM
Normalium Z Sprite.png
Normalium Z
Lana Image.png
Lana
Akala Island Water 746Sc.png
WishiwashiSM
752.png
AraquanidUSUM
Waterium Z Sprite.png
Waterium Z
Kiawe SunMoon.png
Kiawe
Akala Island Fire 758.png
SalazzleSM
105A.png
MarowakUSUM
Firium Z Sprite.png
Firium Z
MallowART.png
Mallow
Akala Island Grass 754.png
Lurantis
Grassium Z Sprite.png
Grassium Z
SophoclesART.png
Sophocles
Ula'ula Island Electric 738.png
VikavoltSM
777.png
TogedemaruUSUM
Electrium Z Sprite.png
Electrium Z
Sun Moon Acerola.png
Acerola
Ula'ula Island Ghost 778.png
Mimikyu
Ghostium Z Sprite.png
Ghostium Z
Mina.png
Mina
Poni Island Fairy 743.png
Ribombee
Fairium Z Sprite.png
Fairium Z

Island Kahunas

Name Settlement Type Signature Pokémon Z-Crystal
Hala.png
Hala
Melemele Island Fighting 739.png
Crabrawler
Fightinium Z Sprite.png
Fightinium Z
Olivia Sunmoon.png
Olivia
Akala Island Rock 745Mn.png
Lycanroc
Rockium Z Sprite.png
Rockium Z
Nanu Sun and Moon artwork.png
Nanu
Ula'ula Island Dark 053A.png
Persian
Darkinium Z Sprite.png
Darkinium Z
Hapu.png
Hapu
Poni Island Ground 750.png
Mudsdale
Groundium Z Sprite.png
Groundium Z

Pokémon League

Elite Four

Name Type Signature Pokémon
Hala.pngMolayne.png
HalaSM/MolayneUSUM
Fighting/Steel 740.png
Crabominable (Hala)
051A.png
Dugtrio (Molayne)
Olivia Sunmoon.png
Olivia
Rock 745Mn.png
Lycanroc
Sun Moon Acerola.png
Acerola
Ghost 770.png
Palossand
Sun Moon Kahlil.png
Kahili
Flying 733.png
Toucannon

Champion(s)

Games

Name Type Signature Pokémon
SM-Elio.png
Elio
Mix 724.png727.png730.png
Decidueye / Incineroar / Primarina
SM-Selene.png
Selene
Mix 724.png727.png730.png
Decidueye / Incineroar / Primarina

Anime

Name Type Signature Pokémon
Ash SM.png
Ash Ketchum
Mix 025.png
Pikachu

Trivia

An artwork of some Pokémon found in Alola.

  • Alola is based on Hawaii. Its name comes from the Hawaiian greeting, "Aloha".
    • It is also worth noting that this is the first region with a palindromic name.
  • The two legendary Pokémon are Solgaleo, resembling a lion with a sun motif, and Lunala, resembling a bat with a moon motif.
  • This is the first region to have Legendary Pokémon to have Evolved forms.
  • Similar to people in Hawaii, Alolan people use "Alola" as a word of greetings.
  • Much like Johto region, this is the region not to introduce new Fossil Pokémon.
    • As Hawaii, which is where Alola is based on, is an island chain that emerged from the ocean only a few million years ago. Thus, Alola's not old enough to have dinosaur fossils.
  • This is the first main series game region which does not have Gym Leaders.
    • Until the events of the game, there wasn't even an Elite Four or a Champion. However, thanks to the efforts of Professor Kukui, two Kahunas, one Trial Captain, and one past victor of the Isle Challenge become the Alola Elite Four, while the player character becomes the Champion.
    • Victory Road is also absent; instead, the player character travels up Mount Lanakila.
  • In its anime adaption's episodes SM100 and SM101, an alternate dimension of Alola exists, and it is based on the game's Ultra Ruin, until Guzzlord's defeat.
  • It is the first game in the main series without the gym system.
    • Technically, there is one gym in the region. The Kantonian Gym is located in Malie City on Ula'ula Island, although it is only present in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and it does not give any badges.
  • The Alola Pokémon League is currently the only actual Pokémon League Ash ever actually won, besides the Orange League. However, the Alola League is the only Pokemon League that Ash won that is in the games as well as the anime.
  • The adjectival form of Alola is "Alolan".
  • All of the Alolan islands are named after colors in Hawaiian. Melemele is yellow, Akala is pink, Ula'ula is red and Poni is purple.
    • This follows the pattern with Kanto cities, which, too, have the color motif.
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