Poké Ride is a new addition that lets you ride on so-called Ride Pokémon. As well as being a convenient form of transport, these Ride Pokémon have a wide variety of functions, such as breaking rocks in your path, traversing bodies of water or flying back to previously visited locations.
Indeed, many of these functions used to belong to certain Hidden Machines or items in previous games; thus Poké Ride has effectively replaced them. Even better, Ride Pokémon do not join your party and instead instantly come to your aid when you use your Ride Pager.
You will automatically receive the Ride Pager after defeating Kahuna Hala in Iki Town. Afterwards, you can activate the Ride Pager by pressing the Y button. Additionally, from the Ride Pager menu, you can set up to four D-Pad shortcuts for frequently used Ride Pokémon.
Naturally, not all of the Poke Ride Pokémon are available straightaway. So, like in earlier games, some areas will remain blocked off until you've progressed far enough into the story and gotten the contact details for the Ride Pokemon you need.
Here's all of the Ride Pokémon you will get to explore every nook and cranny of Alola:
To emphasize, the Pokémon registered to your Ride Pager cannot be used in battle, nor will they join your Pokémon party. Of course, they won't be registered in your Pokédex either. Hey, they're not actually your Pokémon after all!
|Tauros Charge||Hold the B button to charge at high speed, kind of like a Bike.
Tauros can also break small rocks in your path while charging.
When riding, encounter rate drops by 50%.
|Obtain the Ride Pager|
|Stoutland Search||Faster travel method.
Hold B to have Stoutland slowly sniff the ground for hidden items.
Blue (!) means it's nearby, red (!) means you can pick up with the A button.
Encounter rate also drops by 50%.
|Mallow at Paniola Ranch|
|Charizard Glide||Lets you instantly travel to areas you've previously visited, like the Fly HM.
There must be a landmark; not all places can be directly flown to.
|Complete Kiawe's trial|
|Mudsdale Gallop||Only way to traverse especially rocky ground in several areas.
Gallops slowly; hold the B button to gallop slightly faster.
Encounter rate drops by 33%.
|Hapu at Route 12|
|Lapras Paddle||Lets you swim in bodies of water, like the Surf HM.
Its normal speed is fairly slow; hold the B button to speed up.
You can fish off of the back of Lapras.
|Lana at Brooklet Hill|
|Sharpedo Jet||Lets you swim in bodies of water, like Lapras but faster.
You can hold B to dash and break small rocks in your path.
However, you cannot fish off of Sharpedo's back.
|Grimsley at Route 15|
|Machamp Shove||Hold B and Machamp will push huge rocks in the direction you're facing, like the Strength HM.||Hapu's grandmother at Ancient Poni Path|