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Two More Kanto Pokemon Gain New Alola Forms

While several of the old school 151 Pokemon are receiving type changes and design edits designated as Alola forms, Marowak and Raichu’s new forms are arguably the coolest.

Marowak’s evolution can be seen in the Japanese trailer released earlier today, changing from a typical Cubone into a Ghost/Fire type Alola Marowak.


According to the official Pokémon website , Marowak changes in this way because “There are many Grass-type Pokémon—Marowak’s natural enemies—in the Alola region. This makes Alola a harsh environment for Cubone and Marowak. As a result, they live in close union with their partners. It’s said that their great care for their partners allowed them to gain something like a sixth sense and resulted in their changed form.”

It seems like Marowak, the original Team Skull member, has some kind of other wordly connection to the bones it wears, which is why it gained the Ghost type.

The second interesting change is the Electric mouse Raichu. Similar to Marowak and the other new Alola types, Raichu received a minor pallet and design change. It also gained the Psychic type and ability “Surge Surfer,” according to Bulbapedia.

Nintendo’s website also had an explanation, saying “Even Pokémon researchers don’t know why Raichu’s form changed in the Alola region. The people of Alola seem unconcerned by the question. Their guess: maybe it ate too many sweet and fluffy round pancakes!”


While Raichu’s new status type may concern some fans, Twitter users are expressing their delight over the possible throwback to the classic Pokemon trading card and Pokemon Yellow’s Surfing Pikachu.


What do you think about the inclusion of so many various forms for Pokemon Sun and Moon? Let us know down below.


  1. Remember the pikachu with the blue eyes in Pokemon the anime that could surf!? PUKA!

    quote: having been first found by surfing enthusiast Victor shortly after he failed to conquer a large wave, “Humunga-Dunga” (Japanese: ビッグ・チューズデー Big Tuesday). Victor was trying to emulate a feat achieved by his surfing hero Jan two decades ago. Puka looks noticeably older and larger than Ash’s Pikachu, with wrinkles beneath his eyes. His ears have a different shape, similar to mini-humps, while most Pikachu ears are straight and pointy. His eyes are blue, while Ash’s Pikachu’s eyes, as well as most Pikachu eyes, are dark brown. Puka can sense big waves coming to the Seafoam Islands beach where he lives, causing his eyes to glow. Incidentally, he does not use any Electric-type attacks throughout the entire episode

  2. You know call me dense,,,but I JUST now realized that Marowak’s Alola form is a callback to angry mamma Marowak from Pokemon tower. See what I thought is that they gave it ghost type just because they wear the skulls of their dead mothers but it seems to be a reference specifically to the angry Marowak spirit, but I could be just wrong and it really is just as simple as they are ghost type because they wear their dead mother’s skull. I hope it really is a reference to the Marowak spirit of some kind. This game also has tombstones, so hopefully some kind of nod to her.

  3. i like both, im glad riachu is no electric fairy.

    normal type should become lunar/solar types. clifairy being lunar, and lickitung being solar.

    also id like to see an electric bug syther (or ghost bug)
    make currsnt tauros lunars/steel, and then make a solar/fire form thats more ox like and has aztek patterns.

    also a graveler thats ground/water and is like a ball or coral

  4. I think it’s also a throwback to Raichu’s surf animation in the Stadium and Battle Revolution games.

    “There are many Grass-type Pokémon” 7.8/10 Too much Grass

  5. With the way they worded that, they make it sound like Cubone might have a different form as well.

    It feels kind of silly for Cubone and Pikachu to not get new forms and only have their evolutions get one.

  6. When they keep adding new evolutions or variations it just seems like a way to make fewer NEW species. I get that at this point it’s hard to come up with new ones but if you’re gonna do a new generation then do a new one, not a rehashed one. Seeming like there’s more Alola versions than new Pokemon so far.

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