|There's a lot of water, but not too much I suppose.|
My trip to Alola, like with anyone who's gone there in the past month or so, began on Melemele Island. I expected the atmosphere to be a lot like Hoenn, given they are both tropical islands. Although a lot of the topography seemed similar, there was something about Alola that definitely made it stand out as different. That is the island culture and the closeness the natives have with the pokémon, specifically the Tapu. I knew I'd eventually end up going around to catch the Tapu to fill my dex. I wonder how the natives feel about me capturing their guardians? I suppose only time will tell how that will affect their various ceremonies and tournaments held in the Tapu's honor.
My travels eventually took me to the various islands to complete trials and battle the kahunas as part of my island challenge. All of my league challenges in other regions felt definitely more isolated. It was me versus the gym leaders and Elite Four. Occasionally, my rival would show up to battle me or what have you, but that's about it. In Kalos, I had a few more friends travel with me early on, but we split up pretty quickly. In Alola, Lillie, Hau, and even Professor Kakui were often around so the journey didn't seem that lonely. It was a nice change.
|This is pretty much how life is every day in Alola.|
One thing I learned about Alola that also sets it apart from every other region I've been to is they have no Pokémon League. Apparently, I came to Alola at the perfect time as Prof. Kakui was looking to start one. I wasn't surprised that the kahunas, for the most part, were promoted to the Elite Four. There was no champion though, well, not before I showed up. Now I'm the champion and when I'm not adventuring I can go and accept new challenges.
|These creatures seem to have little in common|
with each other outside of their ability: Beast Boost.
A research topic for another day.
Obviously, there are still many mysteries surrounding Alola that I will continue to explore in the coming weeks. Once I have had more time studying the regional variants of pokémon in Alola and the Ultra Beasts, I plan on writing a couple "The Science of..." articles about them.