In my opinion Alolan Ninetales is simply the best Alolan form introduced in the games. This is an elegant, sophisticated redesign that completely overhauls the original design while staying true to the overall look and feel.
Alolan Ninetales is simply great, a fantastic new addition to the Pokemon family. Not content with being one of the best fox Pokemon, Alolan Ninetales has a whole new life thanks to its brand new typing. As an Ice type and a Fairy type Pokémon Alolan Ninetales can take on Dragon type Pokemon with ease, being a great choice to use against Dragon type Pokemon.
This is a great new niche for Ninetales, giving it new utility against not only Dragon types but Dark type Pokemon too. The combination of a fresh new look and new utility makes this Alolan variant the best for me.
Alolan Raichu is my personal favorite Alolan version. I'm biased because I love Raichu, but it's a great new take on an old and often forgotten Pokémon. Gaining the Psychic type in addition to its old Electric type, Alolan Raichu has a whole lot of charm.
Its Surge Surfer Ability is a really nice nod to Hawaiian surfing that pairs really well with the tropical look of A-Raichu. This is a cool Pokemon although it does have a few new weaknesses to deal with.
But it's cute, and even though it's arguably worse than regular Raichu with its single weakness, it's not a bad Pokemon at all and is a lovely update to an old Pokemon.
For me it was a bit of a miss that A-Raichu evolves from a standard Pikachu, since it would have been a much bolder choice to give Pikachu and Pichu brand new Alolan forms.
It's still a great second place option because it gives Gen VII players some new options for Electric and Psychic type Pokémon, and has a fantastic design to boot.
Alolan Golem is a weird little design for Golem, changing it from a rocky tortoise into a rocky tortoise with facial hair. That's also a plug. This is a design that feels like it shouldn't work, but it's a really fun choice.
Swapping out Golem's Ground type for the Electric type instead, Alolan Golem has a unique type combination which gives it a unique utility in game. Golem is usually the worse choice when it comes to dual Rock and Ground type Pokemon, but its Alolan form has niche of its own.
This is a really good choice for A-Golem, which is a major improvement over the original design as well. For me, it's got great new flair and updates a design that was, honestly, a little boring. With a truly fabulous face full of facial hair Alolan Golem is an awesome new design that's easily worth a spot on this list.
Alolan Exeggutor is one of the best regional variants period thanks to its hilarious new look and interesting new typing. This brand new Alolan version of Exeggutor evolves from the standard form of Exeggcute and becomes a Dragon type Pokémon.
Its lore says that the Alolan version is probably the original form as the tropical sun and rich soil of Alola gives it room to grow. Whatever the case, Alolan Exeggutor is a really fun Pokémon.
Although specialized into Special Attack, Alolan Exeggutor's Attack stat is pretty high too, so it can run physical attacks as well just for that extra bit of coverage.
But for me, what's really great about this Alolan version is that it makes me smile.
Alolan Marowak takes the idea that Cubone's mother died and makes it a reality. Kind of.
Alolan Marowak eschews the Ground type of its base form in favor of the much more interesting Fire and Ghost types instead.
This is a bold choice, especially since neither type has any relation at all to little Cubone's type, but it absolutely pays off. The overall design isn't all that different, but this is one of those cases where that's the whole point.
Alolan Marowak looks and feels like Marowak, but in a way that really showcases its lore. And its new dual typing is great in a fight. A-Marowak is the only known Pokémon capable of using the Ghost type move Shadow Bone!
For me, this is a great new look and new typing for this Pokémon, although I'm a little biased because some of my favorite Pokémon are Fire and Ghost dual types.
Still, this Alolan variation is a really great Pokémon with a literally on fire new look, and I'm here for it.
Alolan Dugtrio is one of the Alolan forms that feels like it shouldn't work at all. It's just Dugtrio, but with a fabulous new head of hair. But its new dual type, adding in the very nice Steel typing, gives it some new resistances which can be quite useful in battle.
And it's not just a pretty face, since its new head of hair gives it a Signature Ability in the form of Tangling Hair. Tangling Hair lowers the Speed of opponent Pokemon which make contact with it.
This is arguably worse than the Arena Trap Ability of original Dugtrio, but it does give the Alolan version something new to work with.
I like Alolan Dugtrio. It's not necessarily the best at fighting, and its design is really weird, but it was a brave choice that ended up in a solid new Pokémon. And as a nice little bonus Diglett gets its own Alolan variant in the form of Alolan Diglett.
Alolan Sandslash is a very nice new take on an old Pokémon. Adapted to life in Alola's icy cold mountainous region, Alolan Sandslash is no longer a Ground type but is instead an Ice and Steel type instead!
This radical type change gives it a whole new niche in battle, making it one of the Pokémon which got a wholesale makeover in Generation VII's Pokémon Sun and Moon. Its spikes got swapped for frosty icicles instead, covering its body in its brand new type.
Alolan Sandslash gets a nice new set of resistances to help it survive, while its Attack and Defense stats are great to have in battle.
The evolved form of Alolan Meowth, Alolan Persian is a pure Dark type Pokemon instead of the Normal type of the base form. Alolan Persian has a chunky look and a sleek new coat befitting its new Dark typing.
The base forms of Meowth and Persian have a strong buttociation with Team Rocket, while the Dark type Alolan variant is ironically much less connected with the criminal underworld. But it's a great new look for Persian and gives it a nice new utility, being immune to Psychic type moves.
Not quite as bold as Galarian Meowth's evolved form, Perrserker, and not as elegant as the normal Persian, A-Persian is still one of the best Alolan forms.
Alolan Muk is one of the ugliest Pokemon, but its bad looks are kind of the point. It is, after all, a sentient pile of a polluted goo. But its lore says that it eats pollution and waste products, so it's actually a really eco-friendly Pokemon!
Alolan Muk is a cool Pokémon that has a nice Hidden Ability as a Signature Ability unique to it and Alolan Grimer.
Its Hidden Ability Power of Alchemy lets it copy the Ability of a defeated ally, which can give it access to some insanely interesting strategies.
Other Pokémon may look prettier but A-Muk is a really nice update to an old and forgotten Pokémon whose lore in the Generation VII Pokemon Sun and Moon games gives it a fresh new take.