A thoroughly detailed guide for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.
Pokemon UltraSun/UltraMoon are now out and available on the Nintendo 3DS- confirmed to be the final mainline games in the series on Nintendo’s aged portable, these games are nonetheless a great way for the franchise to bow out as it moves towards the Switch. As expanded re-releases of last year’s Pokemon Sun/Moon, they address the flaws those games had while building upon their strengths- the result is you get a packed to the brim title with a lot to see and do.
In this guide, we walk you through seeing and doing that stuff- we will be walking you through the Z-Moves, locations for Legendary Pokemon and Ultra Beasts, Totem Stickers, Trial Captains, Poke-Rides, farming EXP and Money, EV training, and farming Heart Scales. So let’s get started.
Z-Moves are the new mechanic introduced in last year’s game, where, by having your Pokemon hold a specific item, you can charge and level up their moves and make them more spectacular ‘finishers’. Most Z-Moves are generic, and based on Type- some Z-Moves, on the other hand specifically power up a very exact move in your Pokemon’s move pool.
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon introduce over two dozen new Z-Moves to the game- you can check them all out in the video below:
RARE, LEGENDARY POKEMON AND ULTRA BEASTS
There are a ridiculous amount of Legendary Pokemon and Ultra Beasts (the not-really-Legendary-Pokemon-but-let’s-face-it-they-are-Legendary) in Sun/Moon. Game Freak decided to go nuts and tap into six generations’ worth of Legendary Pokemon, in addition to the Legendaries, Mysticals, Ultra Beasts, and Tapu Guardians, that Sun/Moon already had, and put them in this one game.
To be specific, there are 37 Legendaries that you can get your hands on- some of these will be encountered naturally in the story, while others you run into by looking for them. Basically, you have to find them in Ultra Space. In Ultra Space, you will encounter Orange orbs- collect as many of these as you can, these increase your chances of finding Legendaries. Additionally, you will also run into Wormholes of different colors- each of these hide certain Pokemon behind them, for you to catch. Remember, Ultra Beasts can be farmed indefinitely, but a Legendary can only be caught once.
Remember, Ultra Poipole, Lulala and Solgaleo will be encountered in the story (based on what version you are playing); the four Tapo Guardians can be encountered at the shrine at each island once you win the Pokemon League (except Tapo Koko, whom you battle in the main story’s epilogue).
Now for the others, here’s the breakdown:
One thing I am sure you noticed was that Necrozma is missing from that list above- the reason is simple- he warrants his own section.
Necrozma is captured in the post-game: you must make your way to the top of Mount Lanalika to catch him. My advice would be to save your Master Ball for him, since he is really hard to capture otherwise. Once you catch him, Colress will give you items to fuse him with Solgaleo and Lunala.
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon add in a lot of new items to the game; as any long time player of the games has known, items in Pokemon are hugely important, and they can often mean the difference between victory and defeat. Items in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon are every bit as useful as this tradition would suggest.
ROTO LOTO POKEDEX
The upgraded Roto Loto Pokedex is actually going to be very useful for you- it restores the Z-Powers from Pokemon X/Y, which gave you buffs and perks to make your life as a Pokemon Trainer easier. you can find a full list of the new features for yourself below:
TOTEM POKEMON STICKERS
Another completely new thing for you to hunt down in this game are the Totem Stickers- there are 100 of these to find and collect, and if you do so, you can get the six Totem Pokemon in the game (which is, of course, great news, since they’re buffed up versions of normal Pokemon).
How to find 100 Totem Stickers? Why, we’re here to help: check out the video for yourself below!
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon have, much like Pokemon Sun/Moon, removed Super Training and Horde Battles, which were both the preferred methods to EV Train in Pokemon X/Y and OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire. Instead, this time around, players must use new methods to EV train. Mostly, this is reliant on you utilizing the SOS Battles (which is when a wild Pokemon calls for help during battle), to gain EVs- done right, you could end up maximizing your Pokemon’s EVs for a certain stat in as little as seven battles in an SOS chain. Plus, the good news is, unlike last year’s SOS mechanic, which could be interminably annoying, this new one isn’t actually half bad and far more manageable.
That comes later, first, let’s walk you through the basics and specifics of what EV training is, and why you should care about it at all.
But first- what is EV training? EV training is what determines the stat growth of your Pokemon. Every Pokemon that you encounter in the wild gives you Effort Value (or EV) points towards one of your six stats- HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. Receiving four points towards anyone of these stats leads to an additional +1 in that stat. Any Pokemon can receive a total of 510 points, and any one stat can receive a total of 252 EV points.
This is the mechanic that you use to allocate points to your Pokemon for certain stats- since Pokemon doesn’t let you govern what stats will grow for your Pokemon when they level up, you need to leverage EVs to create Pokemon with dedicated roles on your team- you can have a Wall that specializes in high HP and defense, a sweeper with high Attack, a Tank with high HP and Attack, you can have a Pokemon with high Attack and Speed that always hits first, and so on.
One way to do this is to simply fight the Pokemon that yield the EVs you want repeatedly- you can find a list of what Pokemon yield what EV in Alola on Serebii. However, this method can take long, so we’re here to help you quicken things up.
SOS Battles are what we brought up earlier- used right, you can maximize your Pokemon’s EVs for a certain stat in just seven battles within a chain. This is because Pokemon called upon in an SOS battle yield double EVs– so SOS battles can be a very fast way of EV training. Use Adrenaline Orbs to induce SOS battles. Below is a list of the ideal routes that you can go train your Pokemon in for specific EVs:
Use items to speed things up- you can give your Pokemon the Macho Brace, which doubles the EVs that it gets. You can also use supplements to give your Pokemon certain EVs:
In addition to the following items that you can use to gain specific EVs in each battle on top of the ones you would already get from that battle. All of these can be found in the Battle Tree for Battle Points:
Yes, you want your Pokemon to catch a disease. This is because the Pokerus is a unique virus that doubles the EVs you get from any battle. In theory, with the Pokerus, Macho Brace, and an SOS battle, you could end up maxing out any specific EV for a Pokemon in a single battle.
EV Gains Without Battling
Unfortunately, the excellent Super Training, which let you gain and allocate EV Points by participating in minigames, is gone in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. What you do still have, though, are ways to control EV growth for your Pokemon, even if you are a more casual player who doesn’t want to invest in so many items and battles to set up the perfect SOS Chain.
You can keep track of your Pokemon’s EV growth by checking the graph on the top screen when you open up the Pokemon’s Status Screen.
You can ‘improve’ your Pokemon’s IVs using Hyper Training. Hyper Training is found in the Mall in Hau’oli City, which will let you improve either one specific IV for any of your Pokemon, or all of them, by asking for Bottle Caps as payment.
NEW WILD POKEMON
Yes, there are new wild Pokemon you can catch in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, returning ones from older generations you couldn’t get in Sun/Moon. Find the full list below:
MIMIKYU AND DUSK LYCANROC
Okay, so first let’s get the Dusk Lycanroc out of the way. The way to get it is simple- you need a Tempo Rockruff from the Mystery Gift option on the main menu, then level it to 25 between 5:00 PM – 5:59 PM if you are playing Pokémon Ultra Sun and 5:00 AM – 5:59 AM on Pokémon Ultra Moon. If you level up during the wrong time slot, just press B to cancel evolution, and level it up further in the right time slot.
Now, Mimikyu. Mimikyu is… adorable. It might be one of the greatest Pokemon ever created. It’s this adorable disguised ghost Pokemon that dresses up as Pikachu so people will love it. Not only does it have a tragic story, it is also one of the most competitive devastating Pokemon, thanks to an amazing stat distribution, a great typing (Ghost/Fairy), and an ability that lets it absorb all of one attack without taking any damage.
So how do you catch it? Mimikyu is relatively easy to find for a Pokemon this great- albeit you need to be prepared:
Mimikyu is incredible- you won’t regret having it on your team.
EXP AND HEART SCALE FARMING TIPS
Okay, so, like, this goes without saying, but you want to maximize your EXP gain, since it is how your Pokemon level up. Fortunately, you can do so relatively easily with Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon:
Heart Scales are used as currency for Move Tutors, so you can never have too many of them. Getting them is.. not easy.