Pokemon Let's Go Alolan Forms: how to get every Alola form
Back on the Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon Sun and Moon shook things up by introducing new forms of existing Pokemon. Now in Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee those Alolan Form Pokemon are back - but you won't be able to find them in the wild. You'll instead have to know how to get them elsewhere. That's where we come in.
It's rather convenient that all of the new Alolan Form Pokemon introduced in Sun & Moon's world of Alola were actually variants of generation 1 Pokemon first encountered in Kanto - the setting of Pokemon Let's Go. As such, it makes sense that there'd be one or two Alolan Form Pokemon out there in Kanto - but in order to get your hands on them you're going to have to transfer them - either from NPC trainers who have visited Alola, or direct from Pokemon Go. These are some of the most unique Pokemon in this game, and that makes them some of the most sought after alongside the original Kanto starter trio of Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle.
Transfering from Pokemon Go is a pretty simple process that involves simply going to Fuchsia City and making use of the Pokemon GO Park facilities, so we're not going to get into that here. Instead, on this page we're going to list all the NPC trainer trades you can perform in Pokemon Let's Go in order to get your mitts on Alolan Form Pokemon - all without needing to mess around with Pokemon Go! Remember, Pokemon Natures are random with these trades, so as with getting the best nature for Pikachu and Eevee you may want to save scum to get the desired nature. Let's get down to it.
Where to get Alolan Rattata in Pokemon Let's Go
Your first opportunity to trade for an Alolan Rattata will come in Cerulean City, very early in the game. In the Cerulean City Pokemon Center you'll find a trainer called Tatianna. She wants to trade a Rattata for a Rattata, and is vague enough that you might not realize this is actually a deal that involves you getting a Rattata that's hugely rare here in Kanto for one that you just caught in Vermillion forest from the hundreds there like five minutes prior. A bargain!
The Alolan Rattata you get will be Level 12. You can of course evolve this into Alolan Raticate, too.
Where to get Alolan Geodude in Pokemon Let's Go
Next up is Geodude in its Alolan form, with hefty eyebrows and a little head of hair. You'll find a Hiker trainer, Higeo, inside the Vermilion City Pokemon Center. Much as with the girl and her Rattata, this guy offers you a Geodude-for-Geodude swap, with the bonus being that once again you get an Alolan Geodude.
The Alolan Geodude will trade over at Level 16, and can of course then be evolved into Graveler and Golem's Alola forms.
Where to get Alolan Diglett in Pokemon Let's Go
Lavender Town is all about the graves and the spooky, downbeat atmosphere, but you can get one of the quirkiest looking Pokemon around here, swapping out Kanto's bald-headed Diglett for an Alolan Diglett with that cute little tuft of blonde hair. Look for a trainer appropriately called Diglette inside the Lavender Town Pokemon Center, and once again action a Diglett for Diglett trade.
Alolan Diglett can be evolved into Alolan Dugtrio, and it trades over to you at Level 25.
Where to get Alolan Sandshrew (Let's Go Pikachu) and Alolan Vulpix (Let's Go Eevee)
Here's a classic Pokemon version exclusives split between games: Sandshrew is exclusive to Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, while Vulpix is exclusive to Let's Go Eevee. This goes for the Alolan forms too, but the end result is the same: In the Celadon City Pokemon Center a trainer will offer you a trade - Sandshrew for Alolan Sandshrew or Vulpix for Alolan Vulpix, depending on your version. Complete the trade and you'll get the Alolan form in return.
Both Alola form Pokemon from this trade arrive at Level 27, and they can be evolved into Alolan Sandslash and Alolan Ninetales respectively.
Where to get Alolan Raichu in Pokemon Let's Go
Alolan Raichu is for our money one of the best Alola forms - I mean, it takes Raichu, universally rejected over its preceeding evolution, and makes it psychic so it can ride its own tail like a surfboard. What's not to love? In Pokemon Let's Go you can find an Alolan native trainer who agrees - and she's willing to trade for a regular Raichu. Find the trainer in the Saffron City Pokemon Center.
The Alolan Raichu arrives at Level 30. Remember, the buddy Pikachu starter Pokemon can't evolve, so you'll need to catch and evolve another Pikachu for this quest even in Let's Go Pikachu.
Where to get Alolan Marowak in Pokemon Let's Go
Alolan Marowak is also one of the most memorable additions from Sun and Moon, and you can find a smartly-dressed old man trainer who has one he's willing to part with in the Fuchsia City Pokemon Center. As ever, you'll have to send him a local Marowak in exchange.
The Alolan Marowak will come out of the trade at Level 38.
Where to get Alolan Grimer (Let's Go Pikachu) and Alolan Meowth (Let's Go Eevee)
As with Sandshrew and Vulpix earlier, getting your hands on the Alolan forms of Grimer and Meowth involves dealing with the version exclusive Pokemon. Head to the Cinnabar Island Pokemon Center. A mohawked punk trainer in the corner has a trade he wants to make, but what that trade is depending on the version. In Let's Go Pikachu he'll want to trade his Alolan Grimer for a regular Grimer, while in let's Go Eevee he'll want a Kanto Meowth for an Alolan Meowth.
These Pokemon can be evolved into Alolan Persian and Alolan Muk, of course, and both arrive from the trade at a respectable Level 44.
Where to get Alolan Exeggcutor in Pokemon Let's Go
Arguably the funniest addition to Pokemon in an age, the over-grown, long-necked Alolan Exeggcutor is happily available for you in Pokemon Let's Go. You'll find a nerd-type trainer hanging out at the Pokemon Center in Indigo Plateau - right towards the end of your journey. The nerd will want a Kanto Exeggcutor in exchange for his super-tlal Alolan Exeggcutor.
As you'd expect for such a late-game trade, the Alolan Exeggcutor arrives at level 46.