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Pokémon: Sun & Moon
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
Editor(s): Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
First Published: 12-12-2016 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:08 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 18-01-2020 / 15:12 GMT

Pokémon: Sun & Moon Guide

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Akala Island

Route 8 - An Oceanside View

A simple route to let off steam after your fiery trial.

Pokémon Encounters - Route 8

Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Trumbeak Normal/Flying All grass (30%)
Yungoos Normal All grass (30%, Day only)
Rattata* Dark/Normal All grass (30%, Night only)
Salandit Poison/Fire All grass (20%)
Fletchinder Fire/Flying All grass (15%)
Stufful Normal/Fighting All grass (5%)
Crabrawler Fighting Berry Tree pile (100%)
Wimpod Bug/Water Chasing Wimpod (100%)
Pikipek Normal/Flying (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Trumbeak
*** indicates Alolan form.**
Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Tentacool Poison/Fire Surfing (40%)
Finneon Water Surfing (40%)
Wingull Water/Flying Surfing (20%)
Magikarp Water Fishing (79%, 60% Bubbling Spot)
Wishiwashi Water Fishing (20%)
Chinchou Water/Electric Fishing (1%, 20% Bubbling Spot)
Gyarados Water/Flying (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Magikarp

This lengthy route stretches across the entire north side of Akala Island. Most of it is road though. Anyway, start by heading north towards the route sign. To the side is a female Ace Trainer who won’t bat an eyelid until you’ve beaten the other trainers here.

Carry on north past the route sign. Here, there’s a woman staring at the sea. Search the grass mound towards the east for a Max Repel . Return to the main road and slowly head west. Along the north, go up to the trailer. Pick up the Zygarde Cell (25) by the stairs, then go inside.

The female Aether employee just ahead wants you to catch a Stufful found on this route. Show her a Stufful and you’ll earn a decent 5,000 Poke Dollars . Try and continue west and you’ll be stopped by… whoa, it’s Colress from Pokemon Black 2 and White 2!

He’s not looking for a battle; rather, he has a gift for you in the form of TM43 Flame Charge . The upcoming trial is the Grass-type trial, so this TM could be very useful. Hopefully you also caught some Fire-type Pokemon from Wela Volcano Park or elsewhere.

Box Paradise

With Charizard Glide unlocked, you can now access Poke Pelago from the menu. Here, you can let your boxed Pokemon play around the small islands and even develop the small islands into useful facilities.

There’s simply too much too discuss, so we’ll direct you to the Poke Pelago section at the end of our guide instead.

After that insightful chat, you should continue on your way. If you want, you can check the south side of the Aether Foundation trailer for a sneaky Photo Spot. Next, head straight into the nearby tall grass and navigate north-east

Past the tall grass, follow the narrow path east. On the other side, pick up the Big Pearl at the far corner. From here, you can leap over the ledge below to return to where you found the hidden Max Repel. Then go back south to the main road.

West from the tall grass is an almost symmetrical area of tall grass. Circling the grass mound between the tall grass and the road is a stubborn Pokemon trainer. You can evade her by traveling south.

Backpacker Kiana

Pokemon Level Type
Eevee 20 Normal
Eevee, the Pokemon with tons of potential, but a weak Pokemon in itself. Fighting Pokemon will end this battle quick, while Rock and Steel-types are sure to outlast anything Eevee throws at it.

Past here, there’s a male Rising Star standing at the edge of higher ground. Try to run past him and you’ll run into a fight. If you want to avoid a battle, you’ll need to go through the tall grass east from him, then go up the slope and sneak behind him.

Rising Star Mikey

Pokemon Level Type
Bounsweet 20 Grass
Trumbeak 21 Normal/Flying
Mikey starts with a pure Grass-type Pokemon that you might be well acquainted with. It's weak to Fire, Flying, Poison and Bug moves.

Trumbeak is the middle evolution of Pikipek. It’s a bit stronger, but still easily dispatched with Electric or Rock Pokemon. Steel-types are good too.

After you’ve defeated Mikey or stealthily got past him, go and pick up the Hyper Potion in the corner west from him, on lower ground. Next, head south from here to find an easily-missed bunch of tall grass; at the far end is a Miracle Seed .

Useful for Grass-types before you get Grassium Z.

Return to the main road and approach the slope leading to higher ground. Search the corner west from the slope to find a hidden Adrenaline Orb . After that, ascend the slope and head west through the tall grass towards the berry pile.

Continuing west along the road will send you towards the gaze of the female Rising Star. Meanwhile going along the higher path will send you behind her.

Rising Sar Nicki

Pokemon Level Type
Miltank 21 Normal
This silly cow can be stronger than it looks. It has fairly solid stats and can use Bide to double damage sustained within 2 turns and Milk Drink to restore HP. The easiest solution is to send out a powerful Fighting Pokemon. Or you can buff your Pokemon or inflict a status on Miltank.

At the bottom of the slope, the main road will start to bend south-west. Around here, there’s a trainer walking to and fro.

Scientist Tyrone

Pokemon Level Type
Archen 20 Rock/Flying
Shieldon 20 Rock/Steel
A pair of prehistoric Pokemon. There's a reason they died out, but they are formidable opponents if underestimated. Archen is weak to Steel, Rock, Water and Electric Pokemon. It's strong, but after it falls below half HP, its offensive stats plummet.

Shieldon is a tank, but has a pretty bad Type combination. It takes 4x damage from Fighting or Ground moves and it’s weak to Water moves too. Many other Types work OK, so long as you’re not a Normal or Poison-type. It has Sturdy though so one hit KOs are out.

After teaching him a lesson or otherwise, head through the tall grass west from the slope. At the far end, you can pick up a useful Ultra Ball . Back on the main road, head directly south. You should find a friendly tourist in front of the entrance to the Fossil Restoration Centre.

Inside, you can speak to the man in front of the caravan to restore a Pokemon from a Pokemon Fossil. Right now, you don’t have any, but you can get some eventually from Konokoni City later on. For now, search the crate east from him for an Awakening .

Next, go between the traffic cones towards the back of the caravan. At the far end is an elusive Thunder Stone . You can use this to evolve Pikachu into Raichu or Eevee in Jolteon. For the former, note that Raichu won’t learn any more moves, except via TM or other means.

Stone-based Evolutions

Pokemon that have evolved using stones (such as Raichu with the Thunder Stone) do not usually learn any more moves when they Level Up. If your Pokemon still has moves to learn, you may want to wait before using a stone to evolve them.

However, there are exceptions such as Eevee’s evolutions. These evolved Pokemon may still learn moves, but often different ones compared to their prior form.

From the entrance to the Fossil Restoration Centre, keep on going south along the main road. After a while, you will finally reach the Pokemon Centre. There’s a bit more to explore yet, but you should head in first to heal your Pokemon, stock up on items etc.

Once you’re good to go, head west from the Pokemon Centre. Here, there’s another of those roadside motels. Practicing in the car park are a pair of… g-golfers?

Golfer Alan

Pokemon Level Type
Rockruff 20 Rock
Ah, the rock dog; Kukui has one of these and you may have one yourself. Like all Rock-type Pokemon, it's weak to many types: Water, Grass, Ground, Fighting and Steel.

Golfer Maile

Pokemon Level Type
Meowth (Alolan) 20 Dark
It's the Dark-type Meowth you can find roaming Alola. There's nothing really special about it, so take it down with Bug, Fairy or Fighting Pokemon as you would normally.

Next, head for the west-most side of the motel area. Go and grab the Dive Ball sitting precariously by the far corner. Don’t try this at home, kids! If you’re bored, you can visit the motel building itself. The vending machine here sells Soda Pop in addition to Fresh Water, if you’re into that.

Also, chat to the guest for a hilarious experience. Anyway, moving on… head south-east from the motel entrance towards the dirt trail. If you continue east, you’ll return to Route 5, towards the upper half. Before going that way, head south at the fork.

If it’s the day, pick up the Zygarde Cell (26) below the rock. At the bottom of the slope, you’ll reach the rocky coast. Around here, if you look carefully, there’s a Wimpod ahead. As its name suggests, Wimpod are absolute wimps and run at the sight of trouble.

Fail to chase after a Wimpod and you'll have to come back later.

Call Tauros and charge straight at the Wimpod to try and outrun it. They move flippin’ fast, but you should catch them before they escape into their den. Successfully bump into one and you can try to catch it. Also, try to avoid doing too much damage or they’ll flee. Use a Quick Ball first.

From here, paddle west from the coast towards the small island. When you land, be careful as there’s a pair of trainers in the middle looking for a royal scrap.

Karate Family Samuel and Guy

Pokemon Level Type
Machop 19 Fighting
Machop 21 Fighting
Nothing to be scared of here. Just send out your Flying or Psychic-type Pokemon. Ghosts work well too. Otherwise, anything not weak to Fighting can probably survive the bout if you aim true.

Head into the sea to the south and paddle a short distance south-west. Around here is a Water Stone slumbering at the bottom. You can use this to evolve the following Water-types: Poliwhirl, Shellder and Staryu. Or give it to Eevee to evolve it into Vaporeon.

Perhaps a bit longer than anticipated, but we’re done here. …That’s what we’d like you to believe, but don’t forget about the female Ace Trainer waiting by the Route 7 side entrance.

Ace Trainer Eileen

Pokemon Level Type
Wingull 21 Water/Flying
Fearow 22 Normal/Flying
Wingull you should have encountered along the way to Kukui's lab. Zap it with Electric-type moves as those moves do 4x damage. It's pretty weak so most Pokemon should do OK, except those weak to Fire or Flying.

Fearow is the evolved form of Spearow. It may be powered up, but still easily defeated by Rock or Electric-type Pokemon. Fearow is equipped with Flyium Z, so a Pokemon that resists Flying moves (like Rock or Electric) is preferable.

Survive Eileen’s skyward assault and you’ll earn TM58 Sky Drop .

Pokemon Checklist

Quite a few new creatures. Stufful is a rare Normal/Fighting Pokemon. Some have the Fluffy Ability, which halves damage from contact moves, but doubles Fire damage.

Wimpod is downright rubbish until it evolves into the beastly Golisopod at Level 30 or above. Chinchou, which can be found by fishing (preferably in bubbling spots) is a neat Water/Electric Pokemon.

Guide Information

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  • Guide Release
    12 December 2016
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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