Pokémon Sun and Moon

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Pokémon Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun box art.jpg Pokémon Moon box art.jpg
Game Freak
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date(s)
JP: November 18, 2016
NA: November 18, 2016
EU: November 23, 2016
AUS: November 18, 2016
Generation VII
Compatible with
Preceded by
Succeeded by

Pokémon Sun and Moon are the latest installments in the main Pokémon series, released for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the introduction titles to Generation VII, with their respective mascots being the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala. The games were revealed on the 20th anniversary of Pokémon Red and Green, in a special broadcast directed by Tsunekazu Ishihara. The games were released worldwide on November 18, 2016, with a November 23, 2016 release for Europe, and requires 3.2 GB (26,215 Blocks) to download.



The game focuses on the story of a young hero/heroine, who had just moved to the Alola region with their mother. Soon after arriving, they meet Hau, a young boy around their age, and Professor Kukui as well as his assistant Lillie. This leads to the player receiving their first Pokémon, with a choice between the Grass/Flying type Rowlet, the Fire type Litten, or the Water type Popplio. The player's main goal is then overcoming the obstacles of the Island Challenge, as well as catching Pokémon to complete the Pokédex. The player will meet a group of ruffians known as Team Skull many times in their journey to become the strongest in Alola.


Rotom Pokédex

Main Article: Rotom Pokédex

One of the biggest new changes to the Pokédex is that it is inhabited by a Rotom. The Rotom Pokédex is given specially to the player by Professor Kukui, and will be a convenient tool on their journey. Outside of recording Pokémon data, it also shows the player their current location and advises them of where they are to head next.

QR Scanner

Main Article: QR Scanner

Implemented into the games is a QR Scanner, which allows the player to scan QR codes to retrieve information on the corresponding Pokémon. Once a QR code is scanned, it will register the Pokémon into the Pokédex, as well as display where it can be found.

Pokémon Global Link

Main Article: Pokémon Global Link

The Pokémon Global Link is a website that connects trainers around the world, currently in use with Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Upon Sun and Moon's release, the website's compatibility with these games will cease and will in turn be updated to run with new features.

Through the Pokémon Global Link, players will be able to host their own Friendly Competitions, allowing players to host their own competitions as well as setting their own rules. In Online Competitions, players will be matched with other trainers around the world to compete for the highest rating, while in Live Competitions players are able to host their own competitions with others in the same space. A QR code with the set regulations will be created, and participants can compete using these regulations by scanning the QR code.

Battle Royal

Main Article: Battle Royal

Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces a new battle format known as the Battle Royal, which pits four players in a free-for-all battle against one another. Players choose three Pokémon to use in battle, and the battle will conclude once all of a player's Pokémon have fainted. A winner is then picked based on how many Pokémon each player defeated.

Festival Plaza

Main Article: Festival Plaza

The Festival Plaza utilizes the communication features, and is where battling and trading can take place. Throughout the player's journey, they will be able to welcome new visitors to the plaza and take requests from them. A variety of shops can also be found here, where players can use Festival Coins. Other features such as taking on missions become available as the rank of the player's plaza increases.

Pokémon Refresh

Main Article: Pokémon Refresh

Trainers can use Pokémon Refresh to take care of their Pokémon, by cleaning them after a battle, as well as also being able to cure Status Conditions. By petting and feeding them Poké Beans often, Pokémon will grow more affectionate towards their trainers by avoiding attacks in battle or holding out when they're on the verge of fainting.

Island Challenge

Main Article: Island Challenge

One of the more unique aspects of these games involves the Island Challenge, set with many trials on each of the four islands in Alola. Each island houses a Trial Captain, who advises the player of the tasks they must complete in order to overcome each trial, including battling and retrieving items.

At the end of each trial, the player must engage in a battle with a Totem Pokémon, a larger and more powerful version of a Pokémon that can call in ally Pokémon to assist. The player must also battle in the Grand Trial against the Island Kahuna, who is the most powerful trainer residing on each island. Once an island's trials have been completed by a trainer, they are able to move on to the next island.

Battle Tree

Main Article: Battle Tree

The Battle Tree is located somewhere in the Alola region, and is a place for strong Trainers to gather after completing the Island Challenge and the Pokémon League. Recognizable characters from previous Pokémon games may be seen here, and can be teamed up with in Multi Battles once defeating them.

Poké Finder

Main Article: Poké Finder

The Poké Finder allows players to take pictures of Pokémon using the Rotom Pokédex. These pictures can be taken in certain photo spots scattered around the region. Each picture taken will be evaluated, and as better pictures are taken more features will become available to the player.

Poké Pelago

Main Article: Poké Pelago

When Pokémon are stored in PC Boxes, they will have access to the Poké Pelago, consisting of a variety of isles that can be developed as more Pokémon are sent there. Isle Abeens allows for wild Pokémon to visit, potentially joining the player's party if they have taken a liking to them. Isle Aphun allows the player's Pokémon to go exploring to find rare and valuable items, including evolutionary stones.

Hyper Training

Main Article: Hyper Training

Hyper Training is a new way to train a player's Pokémon, allowing a Level 100 Pokémon to increase their Individual Values. In order to utilize Hyper Training, the player must exchange Bottle Caps with Mr. Hyper, who can be found in a currently unknown location in the Alola region.


Main Article: Z-Move

Z-Moves are special moves that can be performed by a Pokémon once per battle. To use them, the player wears a Key Item known as the Z-Ring, which can be equipped with Z-Crystals. If a Pokémon holds the same variety of Z-Crystal and knows a move of the same type, a powerful Z-Move will be unleashed. Some Z-Moves will also be exclusive to certain Pokémon, including Alolan Raichu and Snorlax.

Poké Ride

Main Article: Poké Ride

Poké Ride is a feature that allows trainers to call upon certain Pokémon to assist in reaching places that are otherwise unreachable. These Pokémon don't join your team, but they can be called at any time to either fly through the air, travel over rocky terrain or surf through the water. This feature replaces the use of HMs.

New Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces 81 new Pokémon to the Pokédex.

# Name Type Abilities Hidden Ability
722 722 Mini Sprite.png Rowlet Grass.gifFlying.gif Overgrow - Long Reach
723 723 Mini Sprite.png Dartrix Grass.gifFlying.gif Overgrow - Long Reach
724 724 Mini Sprite.png Decidueye Grass.gifGhost.gif Overgrow - Long Reach
725 725 Mini Sprite.png Litten Fire.gif Blaze - Intimidate
726 726 Mini Sprite.png Torracat Fire.gif Blaze - Intimidate
727 727 Mini Sprite.png Incineroar Fire.gifDark.gif Blaze - Intimidate
728 728 Mini Sprite.png Popplio Water.gif Torrent - Liquid Voice
729 729 Mini Sprite.png Brionne Water.gif Torrent - Liquid Voice
730 730 Mini Sprite.png Primarina Water.gifFairy.gif Torrent - Liquid Voice
731 731 Mini Sprite.png Pikipek Normal.gifFlying.gif Keen Eye Skill Link Pickup
732 732 Mini Sprite.png Trumbeak Normal.gifFlying.gif Keen Eye Skill Link Pickup
733 733 Mini Sprite.png Toucannon Normal.gifFlying.gif Keen Eye Skill Link Sheer Force
734 734 Mini Sprite.png Yungoos Normal.gif Stakeout Strong Jaw Adaptability
735 735 Mini Sprite.png Gumshoos Normal.gif Stakeout Strong Jaw Adaptability
736 736 Mini Sprite.png Grubbin Bug.gif Swarm - -
737 737 Mini Sprite.png Charjabug Bug.gifElectric.gif Battery - -
738 738 Mini Sprite.png Vikavolt Bug.gifElectric.gif Levitate - -
739 739 Mini Sprite.png Crabrawler Fighting.gif Hyper Cutter Iron Fist Anger Point
740 740 Mini Sprite.png Crabominable Fighting.gifIce.gif Hyper Cutter Iron Fist Anger Point
741 741b Mini Sprite.png Oricorio (Baile) Fire.gifFlying.gif Dancer - -
741 741e Mini Sprite.png Oricorio (Pom-Pom) Electric.gifFlying.gif Dancer - -
741 741p Mini Sprite.png Oricorio (Pa'u) Psychic.gifFlying.gif Dancer - -
741 741s Mini Sprite.png Oricorio (Sensu) Ghost.gifFlying.gif Dancer - -
742 742 Mini Sprite.png Cutiefly Bug.gifFairy.gif Honey Gather Shield Dust Sweet Veil
743 743 Mini Sprite.png Ribombee Bug.gifFairy.gif Honey Gather Shield Dust Sweet Veil
744 744 Mini Sprite.png Rockruff Rock.gif Keen Eye Vital Spirit Steadfast
745 745d Mini Sprite.png
745n Mini Sprite.png
Lycanroc Rock.gif Keen Eye Sand Rush*
Vital Spirit*
No Guard*
746 746 Mini Sprite.png Wishiwashi Water.gif Schooling - -
747 747 Mini Sprite.png Mareanie Poison.gifWater.gif Merciless Limber Regenerator
748 748 Mini Sprite.png Toxapex Poison.gifWater.gif Merciless Limber Regenerator
749 749 Mini Sprite.png Mudbray Ground.gif Own Tempo Stamina Inner Focus
750 750 Mini Sprite.png Mudsdale Ground.gif Own Tempo Stamina Inner Focus
751 751 Mini Sprite.png Dewpider Water.gifBug.gif Water Bubble - Water Absorb
752 752 Mini Sprite.png Araquanid Water.gifBug.gif Water Bubble - Water Absorb
753 753 Mini Sprite.png Fomantis Grass.gif Leaf Guard - Contrary
754 754 Mini Sprite.png Lurantis Grass.gif Leaf Guard - Contrary
755 755 Mini Sprite.png Morelull Grass.gifFairy.gif Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
756 756 Mini Sprite.png Shiinotic Grass.gifFairy.gif Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
757 757 Mini Sprite.png Salandit Poison.gifFire.gif Corrosion - Oblivious
758 758 Mini Sprite.png Salazzle Poison.gifFire.gif Corrosion - Oblivious
759 759 Mini Sprite.png Stufful Normal.gifFighting.gif Fluffy Klutz Cute Charm
760 760 Mini Sprite.png Bewear Normal.gifFighting.gif Fluffy Klutz Unnerve
761 761 Mini Sprite.png Bounsweet Grass.gif Leaf Guard Oblivious Sweet Veil
762 762 Mini Sprite.png Steenee Grass.gif Leaf Guard Oblivious Sweet Veil
763 763 Mini Sprite.png Tsareena Grass.gif Leaf Guard Queenly Majesty Sweet Veil
764 764 Mini Sprite.png Comfey Fairy.gif Flower Veil Triage Natural Cure
765 765 Mini Sprite.png Oranguru Normal.gifPsychic.gif Inner Focus Telepathy Symbiosis
766 766 Mini Sprite.png Passimian Fighting.gif Receiver - Defiant
767 767 Mini Sprite.png Wimpod Bug.gifWater.gif Wimp Out - -
768 768 Mini Sprite.png Golisopod Bug.gifWater.gif Emergency Exit - -
769 769 Mini Sprite.png Sandygast Ghost.gifGround.gif Water Compaction - Sand Veil
770 770 Mini Sprite.png Palossand Ghost.gifGround.gif Water Compaction - Sand Veil
771 771 Mini Sprite.png Pyukumuku Water.gif Innards Out - Unaware
772 772 Mini Sprite.png Type: Null Normal.gif Battle Armor - -
773 773 Mini Sprite.png Silvally Normal.gif RKS System - -
774 774 Mini Sprite.png Minior Rock.gifFlying.gif Shields Down - -
775 775 Mini Sprite.png Komala Normal.gif Comatose - -
776 776 Mini Sprite.png Turtonator Fire.gifDragon.gif Shell Armor - -
777 777 Mini Sprite.png Togedemaru Electric.gifSteel.gif Iron Barbs Lightning Rod Sturdy
778 778 Mini Sprite.png Mimikyu Ghost.gifFairy.gif Disguise - -
779 779 Mini Sprite.png Bruxish Water.gifPsychic.gif Dazzling Strong Jaw Wonder Skin
780 780 Mini Sprite.png Drampa Normal.gifDragon.gif Berserk Sap Sipper Cloud Nine
781 781 Mini Sprite.png Dhelmise Ghost.gifGrass.gif Steelworker - -
782 782 Mini Sprite.png Jangmo-o Dragon.gif Bulletproof Soundproof Overcoat
783 783 Mini Sprite.png Hakamo-o Dragon.gifFighting.gif Bulletproof Soundproof Overcoat
784 784 Mini Sprite.png Kommo-o Dragon.gifFighting.gif Bulletproof Soundproof Overcoat
785 785 Mini Sprite.png Tapu Koko Electric.gifFairy.gif Electric Surge - Telepathy
786 786 Mini Sprite.png Tapu Lele Psychic.gifFairy.gif Psychic Surge - Telepathy
787 787 Mini Sprite.png Tapu Bulu Grass.gifFairy.gif Grassy Surge - Telepathy
788 788 Mini Sprite.png Tapu Fini Water.gifFairy.gif Misty Surge - Telepathy
789 789 Mini Sprite.png Cosmog Psychic.gif Unaware - -
790 790 Mini Sprite.png Cosmoem Psychic.gif Sturdy - -
791 791 Mini Sprite.png Solgaleo Psychic.gifSteel.gif Full Metal Body - -
792 792 Mini Sprite.png Lunala Psychic.gifGhost.gif Shadow Shield - -
793 793 Mini Sprite.png Nihilego Rock.gifPoison.gif Beast Boost - -
794 794 Mini Sprite.png Buzzwole Bug.gifFighting.gif Beast Boost - -
795 795 Mini Sprite.png Pheromosa Bug.gifFighting.gif Beast Boost - -
796 796 Mini Sprite.png Xurkitree Electric.gif Beast Boost - -
797 797 Mini Sprite.png Celesteela Steel.gifFlying.gif Beast Boost - -
798 798 Mini Sprite.png Kartana Grass.gifSteel.gif Beast Boost - -
799 799 Mini Sprite.png Guzzlord Dark.gifDragon.gif Beast Boost - -
800 800 Mini Sprite.png Necrozma Psychic.gif Prism Armor - -
801 801 Mini Sprite.png Magearna Steel.gifFairy.gif Soul-Heart - -
802 802 Mini Sprite.png Marshadow Fighting.gifGhost.gif Technician - -

New Forms

Although they were first revealed before Pokémon Sun and Moon's announcement, new forms of older Pokémon make their game debut in these games. Greninja gains a new form known as Ash-Greninja. It takes on an appearance similar to Ash Ketchum due to their strong bond. The bond phenomenon allows it to take on new powers and become stronger.

Two new forms of Zygarde appear in these games. Zygarde is made up of Cells and controlled by Cores, and can transform its appearance depending on the number of Cells that have gathered. The original Zygarde is known as 50% Form, while the two new forms are known as 10% Form and Complete Form.

# Name Type Abilities Hidden Ability
658 658a Mini Sprite.png Ash-Greninja Water.gifDark.gif Battle Bond - -
718 718t Mini Sprite.png Zygarde 10% Form Dragon.gifGround.gif Aura Break Power Construct -
718 718c Mini Sprite.png Zygarde Complete Form Dragon.gifGround.gif Power Construct - -

Zygarde Cores and Cells cannot battle on their own, however they are scattered all around Alola, indicated by shining spots on the ground. By collecting them with the Zygarde Cube, the player will become closer to finding Zygarde.

Regional Variants

Main Article: Regional Variant

Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces new forms of old Pokémon, known as regional variants. Certain Pokémon have adapted to the Alola region's climate, in turn taking on new appearances and new types than previously known in other games. These Pokémon live differently than their original counterparts, and possess different abilities and moves than before.

There are 18 regional variants that appear in the games.

Ultra Beasts

Main Article: Ultra Beast

Ultra Beasts are more powerful Pokémon that come from another dimension, and are said to possess such mighty power that could pose a threat to humans and Pokémon alike. Not much is known about these Ultra Beasts, and each of them are known by a specific code name.

Version Exclusives

# Name Type
037 037a Mini Sprite.png Alolan Vulpix Ice.gif
038 038a Mini Sprite.png Alolan Ninetales Ice.gifFairy.gif
408 408 Mini Sprite.png Cranidos Rock.gif
409 409 Mini Sprite.png Rampardos Rock.gif
546 546 Mini Sprite.png Cottonee Grass.gifFairy.gif
547 547 Mini Sprite.png Whimsicott Grass.gifFairy.gif
564 564 Mini Sprite.png Tirtouga Water.gifRock.gif
565 565 Mini Sprite.png Carracosta Water.gifRock.gif
627 627 Mini Sprite.png Rufflet Normal.gifFlying.gif
628 628 Mini Sprite.png Braviary Normal.gifFlying.gif
745 745d Mini Sprite.png Lycanroc (Midday Form) Rock.gif
766 766 Mini Sprite.png Passimian Fighting.gif
776 776 Mini Sprite.png Turtonator Fire.gifDragon.gif
791 791 Mini Sprite.png Solgaleo Psychic.gifSteel.gif
794 794 Mini Sprite.png Buzzwole Bug.gifFighting.gif
798 798 Mini Sprite.png Kartana Grass.gifSteel.gif
# Name Type
027 027a Mini Sprite.png Alolan Sandshrew Ice.gifSteel.gif
028 028a Mini Sprite.png Alolan Sandslash Ice.gifSteel.gif
410 410 Mini Sprite.png Shieldon Rock.gifSteel.gif
411 411 Mini Sprite.png Bastiodon Rock.gifSteel.gif
548 548 Mini Sprite.png Petilil Grass.gif
549 549 Mini Sprite.png Lilligant Grass.gif
566 566 Mini Sprite.png Archen Rock.gifFlying.gif
567 567 Mini Sprite.png Archeops Rock.gifFlying.gif
629 629 Mini Sprite.png Vullaby Dark.gifFlying.gif
630 630 Mini Sprite.png Mandibuzz Dark.gifFlying.gif
745 745n Mini Sprite.png Lycanroc (Midnight Form) Rock.gif
765 765 Mini Sprite.png Oranguru Normal.gifPsychic.gif
780 780 Mini Sprite.png Drampa Normal.gifDragon.gif
792 792 Mini Sprite.png Lunala Psychic.gifGhost.gif
795 795 Mini Sprite.png Pheromosa Bug.gifFighting.gif
797 797 Mini Sprite.png Celesteela Steel.gifFlying.gif

* Lycanroc's forms are exclusive in evolution only. Both forms can be caught in both games.

Other Version Exclusive Features


The adventure of Pokémon Sun and Moon takes place in the Alola region, comprised of four main islands and one artificial island. The region is surrounded by the sea, and attracts tourists from all around the world for its resort feel. The four islands give Alola a rich, diverse ecology, where people and Pokémon form close bonds and indulge in a culture that is different to other regions.


  • Hero/Heroine: The journey of the protagonist is the main focus of the game, being either a male or female. Their adventure takes place soon after moving from the Kanto region to Alola, meeting many people and Pokémon along the way.
  • Hau: A young boy the same age as the player, Hau is quick to become friends with them soon after their move. He is big-hearted and loves Pokémon, and has a weakness for malasadas.
  • Professor Kukui: Professor Kukui is the region's professor, and lives near the player. His main field of research is Pokémon moves, and will take direct hits from Pokémon in order to learn about them.
  • Lillie: A mysterious girl the same age as the player, Lillie works as Professor Kukui's assistant. She doesn't like Pokémon battles, but does enjoy reading.
  • Island Kahunas: The Island Kahunas are the strongest trainers on each island, chosen by the guardian deities, and battle the player in the Grand Trial. The Island Kahunas include Hala, Olivia, Nanu and Hapu.
  • Trial Captains: The Trial Captains provide guidance to the player during the Island Challenge, presenting them with their own created trials for the player to overcome. The Trial Captains include Ilima, Lana, Kiawe, Mallow, Sophocles, Acerola and Mina.
  • Samson Oak: Bearing a striking resemblance to Kanto's own Professor Oak, Samson Oak is a cousin to the famed professor. His main field of study pertains to regional variant Pokémon in Alola.
  • Aether Foundation: The Aether Foundation are a group of people who work to take care of injured Pokémon, based on the artificial island Aether Paradise. They also work on various research projects, including their investigation into Ultra Beasts. Lusamine is the foundation's president, Faba being its branch chief, and Wicke the assistant branch chief.
  • Team Skull: These band of ruffians cause trouble to the player throughout their journey, from stealing Pokémon to messing with trial sites. Team Skull is lead by Guzma, with Admin Plumeria acting as a big sister to the grunts. Gladion also aids the group as an enforcer.


Main Article: Pokémon Sun and Moon Special Demo Version

Announced on October 4, 2016, Nintendo announced the release of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS systems on October 18, 2016, which can be downloaded either through the Nintendo eShop or through Nintendo's homepage. The demo is played through the eyes of the male protagonist, Sun, and gives the player an opportunity to use a special Greninja that allows it to transform into Ash-Greninja in battle. This Greninja can then be transferred to the full game. It also showcases new features such as the Poké Finder and Poké Ride, and includes timed events.


Version Release Fixes
1.1 January 11, 2017 Fixes a glitch that discontinues battles when Z-Memento or Z-Parting Shot were used on Battle Spot
Fixes a glitch that determined the wrong winner when Rocky Helmet causes both players to lose their final Pokémon
Fixes glitch where certain Pokémon wouldn't learn moves upon evolution
Fixes a glitch that causes Pokémon to disappear when Mimikyu holds a Red Card
Battle Tree Pokémon change - Kommo-o's Shell Smash is replaced with Draco Meteor
Battle Royal Pokémon change - Shuckle's Stockpile is replaced with Double Team
Alteration to Japanese text files including a typo of UB-02 Expansion
Various bug fixes
1.2 May 17, 2017 Fixes a glitch that causes a Pokémon to remain on the field after being knocked out by Spiky Shield when using Sky Drop
Fixes a glitch that prevents Scatterbug from relearning Egg Moves through the Move Relearner
Fixes a glitch that allows players to manipulate Poké Pelago when the month changes
Fixes a glitch that allows Eggs to hold items
Fixes a glitch that makes the game crash if an Evolution Item that is the last item in the Bag is used
Various bug fixes


Official Reveal Trailer
May 10 Trailer
June 2 Trailer
June 11 Trailer
June 14 Trailer
July 1 Trailer
June 7 Trailer
July 19 Trailer
August 1 Trailer
August 11 Trailer
August 18 Trailer
August 19 Trailer
September 1 Trailer
September 6 Trailer
September 14 Trailer
September 20 Trailer
October 4 Trailer
October 14 Trailer
October 27 Trailer
November 14 Trailer

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