According to information for the Greninja obtained at the beginning of the game's pre-release demo, the name of its original trainer is 'Ash'. This Greninja also met Ash on October 17, 2013, the exact date the first episode of the Pokemon XY Anime was broadcast in Japan. In the episode, Ash Ketchum met Greninja as Froakie.
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In 1883, mongooses were brought into Hawaii to control rat populations, however they never actually came in contact with the rats due to them being nocturnal, and instead became an invasive species. September 1st, 2016's Nintendo Direct confirmed Alolan Rattata/Raticate's rivalry with Yungoose/Gumshoos to be based on this event.
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After you beat Guzma for the first time in Malie Garden, you can take on the "Nugget Bridge" challenge in the same location. This is a direct reference to Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow's Nugget Bridge, right down to the quotes of the trainers and the Pokemon that are used. However, you get a Big Nugget at the end as opposed to the standard Nugget.
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Ula'ula Island is based on the real-life island of Hawaii, AKA the Big Island. Malie City is Hilo, Malie Garden is the Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, Mount Hokulani is Mauna Kea, Blush Mountain is Klauea, the Secluded Shore is Kaimu, Tapu Village is Kalapana, the Haina Desert is Ka Desert, and Mount Lanakila is Mauna Loa.
Melemele Island is based on the real-life island of Oahu. Hau'oli City, its beach, and marina all stand in for Honolulu, Waikiki, and Pearl Harbor. Ten Carat Hill is Diamond Head, Kala'e Bay is Hanauma Bay, Iki Town is Wahiawa, and the Berry Fields represent the Dole Plantation. Given its location, the player character's house is located in an area based on the Hawaii Kai neighborhood.
Exeggutor Island is based on the real-life island of Niihau. Its population is comprised of Native Hawaiians. It's off-limits to everyone but the island's owners, government personnel, and anyone with special permission.
Akala Island is based on the real-life island of Maui. Heahea City is Kahului, Brooklet Hill is the Oheo Gulch, Paniola Town is Makawao, Paniola Ranch is the Haleakala Ranch, the Lush Jungle is Hana, Wela Volcano Park is Haleakala National Park, and the Hano Grand Resort is the Grand Wailea.
Poni Island is based on the real-life island of Kauai. The Seafolk Village is Port Allen, the Poni Wilds are Kalalau Valley, Poni Breaker Coast is Poip (including the Spouting Horn), the Ancient Poni Path and Vast Poni Canyon are Waimea Canyon State Park, Poni Grove is Lhue, the Poni Plains are Wailua, Poni Meadow is the Fern Grotto, Poni Gauntlet is Hanalei Bay, and the Battle Tree is Ha'ena. The positioning of the Battle Tree is especially fitting; Ha'ena also serves as the entry point to the Kalalau Trail, which is infamous for being one of the most beautiful but dangerous hikes in America.
Glameow's ears were uncharacteristically portrayed as being straight upwards, they altered its model from Generation VII onwards so that its' head once again look crescent-shaped.
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NPC:I'll share my Berries for free with any Pokémon, but you'll not have a single one from me!
Team Skull Grunt: So, what? I'm lower than a Pokémon?! I already got self-esteem issues, man!
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A Magmar in a house at Paniola Town: "Magmar pulled out a nice, toasty Quick Ball from...well...somewhere!"
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Ya'll are stupid!
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Lillie:Nebby, get in the bag!
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Connection to Other Media
There's an NPC on Route 8 that talks about building a theme park containing only fossil Pokemon, just like the plot of Jurassic Park. The movie was filmed on the Hawaiian islands, which are what the locations of Pokemon Sun/Moon are based on.
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