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Vincent Lau

A new region, a new start!

Throughout the 20 years of Pokémon, the general gameplay has remained unchanged, although Sun and Moon does attempt to spice things up.

Previously, the goal of the game was to defeat the eight Gym Leaders scattered throughout the land, earning you the rights to challenge the Pokémon League and become the Pokémon Champion.

This time there are no Gym Leaders and no Pokémon League in sight. Instead, your goal is to complete the Island Challenge, by traveling to each of Alola’s four islands and passing the various trials and grand trials.

While this is going on, you’ll also be tasked with filling the Pokédex, an electronic encyclopedia containing the details of Pokémon you’ve caught or befriended in Alola and the regions beyond.

Plus not everything is as it seems and eventually your assistance may be required to save Alola from a sinister threat. Just the life of an everyday Pokémon trainer then!


You’re a seemingly average Pokémon trainer who just moved into the Alola region recently. Despite being new to these parts, it’s not long before your boundless aspirations send you off on yet another Pokémon-filled adventure.

Your powers include the ability to travel endlessly without need of rest, or food… or sleep. Wow, you’re a pretty tough guy or girl! To move around, you use the left Circle Pad (located above the D-pad). You can run by holding the B button .

Additionally, you’re a very curious type. If you spot anything or anybody of interest, press the A button to interact. If it’s a person, you’ll strike up a (rather one-sided) conversation, which may advance the storyline or provide clues on how to proceed.

If it’s an item, you may pick it up. Otherwise, it could be a trigger for a puzzle or a hint for how to proceed. In any case, definitely don’t be shy with that A button. After all, you won’t get anything done by doing nothing!

The Locales

Alola is a vast place with a wide variety of locations, from populated towns to peaceful pathways or dwelling places for exotic Pokémon.

Whilst the places you visit can differ a lot in appearance, they generally fall into two types:

  • Town or city: A place where people live, sometimes with their Pokémon. Here, Pokémon battles are generally far and few between. Very often, there is a Pokémon Center where you can rest your Pokémon.
  • Route or dungeon: A place of nature, where wild Pokémon roam free. These places also attract other Pokémon trainers, so battles are aplenty. Most of the time, they connect different towns and cities.

Your Pokémon

They're your partners, but also your friends!

What’s a Pokémon trainer without Pokémon? A not very interesting person in the Pokémon world that’s what! …We kid. Anyway, true to the game’s name, Pokémon–those amiable pocket monsters–are extremely important.

Before your journey properly begins, you’ll be given one of three starter Pokémon to accompany you in your journey. From there, it’s your responsibility to carefully raise your Pokémon, while also capturing and befriending other Pokémon.

With Pokémon by your side, you’ll be safe exploring the wildernesses of Alola, which are teeming with aggressive wild Pokémon. Additionally, you’ll be able to battle other Pokémon trainers, earning valuable experience and improving the bonds between you and your Pokémon.

Pokémon Battles

We have a whole section dedicated to Pokémon battling just ahead, but for now we’ll just briefly discuss the basics of Pokémon battles.

There are two types of Pokémon battles:

  • Wild Battles: Randomly triggered when moving through tall grass or other places where Pokémon may reside. When this occurs, you’ll encounter a random wild Pokémon from that habitat.
  • Trainer Battles: Triggered by speaking to or being spotted by a battle-ready Pokémon trainer.
    For the most part, Pokémon battles occur between two Pokémon - yours versus the wild Pokémon or the opposing trainer’s Pokémon.

During battles, trainers pick moves for their Pokémon to execute, while wild Pokémon select a move from random. The battle is won if the trainer manages to defeat all of the opposing trainer’s Pokémon or, if it’s a wild Pokémon encounter, you KO or capture the wild Pokémon.

Winning battles earns experience for your Pokémon, making them stronger. If you defeat a trainer, you’ll also earn money that you can spend in shops or elsewhere. Capturing Pokémon helps expand your team and fill up the pages in your Pokédex.

Managing your Pokémon

If your Pokémons' HP and PP are running low, give them a rest!

After each Pokémon battle, your Pokémon’s HP and PP may deplete. HP (Hit Points) are your Pokémon’s health–once their HP drops to 0, your Pokémon will faint and be unable to participate in battle. If all Pokémon are knocked out, you’ll be sent straight to the Pokémon Center you last visited.

PP (Power Points) are the number of times a Pokémon can use a particular move. Each move has its own maximum PP value; typically the stronger the move, the less PP it has. Once a move’s PP reaches 0, the Pokémon will be unable to use the move.

HP and PP can be restored by speaking to the nurse manning each Pokémon Center. If you’re far from town, you can also use items such as Potions or Ether, which you can buy from shops or occasionally find lying on the floor.

Saving the Game

Last, but not least, don’t forget to save your game , especially before or after you’ve completed something important or if you need to take a lengthy break from the game. The last thing you want is your long day’s progress slipping through your fingers!


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    12 December 2016
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    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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Welcome to Alola, a region of tropical islands, filled with gorgeous natural beauty and Pokemon never seen before. Having recently moved to Alola, your journey begins soon afterwards. Your adventures will be filled with fascinating and colorful people with quirky island traditions and of course Pokémon. Delight in the mysteries of the brand new Alola region as your travels take you the length and breadth of the region and the secrets of the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala are finally unveiled.

Our massive and comprehensive guide includes the following:

  • A full route and trial battle guide covering your journey from Pokémon novice to eventual Champion.

  • All dungeons and Rite of the Island challenges covered.

  • Detailed breeding and capture guide, including locations for every Pokémon as well as information on the new Alolan forms.

  • Gameplay strategies to maximise your team potential as well as details on Hyper Training.

  • Minigames and secrets uncovered.

  • An explanation of the brand new Rotom Pokédex and loads more!

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