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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: 12-06-2020 / 06:11 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 15-07-2020 / 05:49 GMT

Many exotic Pokemon reside in this (mostly) undisturbed jungle.

Pokémon Encounters - Lush Jungle

Outside Areas

Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Caterpie Bug Grass in South area (10%)
Metapod Bug Grass in South area (10%)
Bonsly Rock Grass in South area (10%)
Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Bounsweet Grass Grass in West area (40%)
Pinsir Bug Grass in North area (10%)
Trumbeak Normal/Flying All grass (20%)
Fomantis Grass All grass (20% South/West, 30% North), Shaking tree in West area (100%)
Paras Bug/Grass All grass (20% South, 10% West, 30% North) (Day only)
Morelull Grass/Fairy All grass (20% South, 10% West, 30% North) (Night only)
Comfey Fairy All grass (5%)
Oranguru (Moon only) Normal/Psychic All grass (5%)
Passimian (Sun only) Fighting All grass (5%)
Butterfree Bug/Flying (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Caterpie or Metapod
Sudowoodo Rock (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Bonsly
Happiny Normal (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Bonsly
Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Castform Normal (SOS during rain) Possible ally Pokemon for all Pokemon
Goomy Dragon (SOS during rain) Possible ally Pokemon for all Pokemon

Cave Area

Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Diglett* Rock/Steel Everywhere (30%)
Zubat Poison/Flying Everywhere (70%)
*** indicates Alolan form.**

Mallow is waiting just ahead. Go forward a few paces and she'll quickly fill in you on the trial. True to her nature, you'll be foraging through the jungle for 4 key ingredients: a Mago Berry, Tiny Mushroom, Revival Herb and Miracle Seed.

To prevent cheating, in case you have those items already (you probably do), you need to collect them in the Forage Bag that she gives you. Don't worry about using it, because you'll put the ingredients in automatically. As before the usual rules apply: no catching and no quitting!

Start by heading due west. Call Stoutland and have him sniff around towards the far west. In the corner, where the sun (or moon) is shining through, search to find mushrooms in the soil. Choose "Tiny Mushrooms". You'll be attacked by a wild Parasect (Sun) or Shiinotic (Moon).

Both are weak to Fire, Flying and Poison moves, while Shiinotic is especially weak to Poison moves. That's one ingredient obtained; good job! Next, follow the path east from here north all the way to the end. In the next area, head west around the tall grass.

In the north-west corner is a Photo Spot if you've got the time to spare. Towards the south, you'll hear shaking sounds coming from the west; how suspicious. Before going over, head east and search the south side of the grassy mound for an X. Sp. Attack .

Approach the shaking tree to the far west to be ambushed by a wild Fomantis. Give the Grass-type a taste of your Fire, Flying or Poison Pokemon to send it scurrying back into the jungle. Once it's gone, continue on and search the far corner for a Mago Berry.

Two down, two more to go. Return to the main area via the east. Next, travel east through the row of tall grass to reach another dirt path. Step into the tall grass to the north-east and search the empty corner for a X Defense . Return to the dirt path and follow it down and east.

Stoutland will be working over time.

In the next area, continue east. You'll come across a large breakable rock and another of those giant cube boulders. Navigate to the north-east side of the rock and search there for an X Attack . After that, call Tauros and smash through the rocks to the south.

Towards the west, just before the exit, smash the small pile of rocks. Search the remains of the rock to find a Miracle Seed hiding underneath. Just one more ingredient left! Carry on west to exit. Back in the first area, leap over the ledge ahead. Grab the Big Root along the way.

After returning to the entrance, follow the path north and cut through the tall grass on the right once more. From here, follow the second path north. When you reach the light illuminating from above, turn left to find a Super Potion sitting cozily at the end of the narrow path.

In the final area, there are many areas in the tall grass that you can search, but most of them are red herrings. If you read the sign near the entrance, it tells you that Revival Herbs grow shorter than regular tall grass. So no sense searching the tall grass then.

Anyway, head west from the sign to start with. Search the right side of the nearby rock for a Heal Powder . After that, go back and head north-east from the sign. Search to the right of the sign for a hidden Hyper Potion . In the north-east corner is a mossy rock.

If you level up Eevee around here, it will evolve into the Grass-type Leafeon. Not a bad idea if you're lacking a solid Grass-type. Next, make your way west. Towards the north-east corner, where there's an empty patch, look carefully to the left.

Go up close to the gap in the tree and you can crawl through to the other side. Here, you can find TM86 Grass Knot , which you may have noticed earlier. Back on the other side, go south through the tall grass. Around here is a suspicious area of short grass surrounded by tall grass.

Search the middle of the short grass to find the Revival Herb. Even though you picked the correct spot, you'll still get ambushed by a Fomantis, so don't be surprised. After obtaining all four ingredients, Mallow will ask you to head back to the entrance.

Approach Mallow and everything will be ready in place to summon the Totem Pokemon. Before doing so, you should place your strongest Grass-type slayer at the front of your party.

Totem Pokemon

Pokemon Level Type
Lurantis 24 Grass
The evolved form of Fomantis. This imposing mantis receives a big Speed boost from its aura, so watch your step. It knows X Scissor, a strong Bug-type move, and can use Synthesis to restore health. It may use Solar Blade, a strong Grass-type move that requires a full turn to charge.

However, since Lurantis is holding a Power Herb, the first time it uses Solar Blade, it will skip the charging turn and go straight for the attack. Whenever Lurantis is alone, it may summon Trumbeak or Castform to aid it. The latter is particularly dangerous as it can use Sunny Day.

When Sunny Day is up, Castform changes into a Fire-type. In addition, Sunny Day boosts the efficiency of Lurantis's Synthesis and allow Lurantis to fire off Solar Blade instantly. To make matters worse, Lurantis can use Sunny Day itself.

If you go in blind, you're liable to get beaten to a pulp. The easiest way to handle this battle is with a solid Fire-type Pokemon to take advantage of the increased Fire-type damage from Sunny Day. Other ways include fielding Pokemon that resist Grass and Bug moves.

Dual-type Pokemon whose Types include two from Fire, Flying, Steel or Poison are ideal, as they will take a quarter damage. Such Pokemon include Salandit (Fire/Poison) and the Zubat line (Flying/Poison). Pokemon who are only one of those Types may work as well.

If the going gets tough, don't forget to make use of the Firium Z from Kiawe's trial. You can also use the battle items such as X Sp. Attack to buff your Pokemon's stats and even the odds.

Survive the onslaught and you'll receive Grassium Z , signalling the completion of the trial. You will also receive 10 Nest Balls from Mallow, which you can use to catch the Pokemon in the Lush Jungle or elsewhere. Afterwards, Kukui will come over to congratulate you as well.

You will receive TM67 Smart Strike from the Professor. From here, you're ready to tackle the grand trial of Akala Island. But before that, the Professor has an interesting proposition and that's to visit the Dimensional Research Lab in Heahea City.

Post-Trial Stress Relief

Catch those new Pokemon and fill your Pokedex pages!

While you're here though, you should take the chance to scour the Lush Jungle for rare Grass-type (and other) Pokemon. Earlier the trial, you only encountered Pokemon that ambush you, but now you will find Pokemon wandering freely in the tall grass.

As Kukui said, Olivia is the Rock-type kahuna, so Grass-types would be useful to have, especially if you don't have one already.

Dimensional Research Lab

If you haven't been already, you can find it halfway along the main road of Heahea City. As soon as you're ready, call Charizard and glide back to Heahea City, then follow the main road east. Don't forget to charge with Tauros if you want to get them faster.

You'll know you've found the right place when you spot Lillie just outside the entrance. Approach her and she'll head on inside; follow her. Inside, go towards the elevator in the north-east corner. Inspect the elevator controls on the right to call the elevator. Select "3F" to go shooting up.

Upstairs, you'll meet Professor Burnet. Whoa, another familiar face! For those unacquainted, she's a character from Pokemon Dream Radar, a 3DS game that connects to Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. Hmm, they sure love their Unova connections, huh?

After the conversations are all over, you're encourage to look around. If you want, you can check the bookshelves to learn about the dimension-bending Pokemon. In any case, you should chat to Lillie to learn more about her story. Once you're talked to Lillie, head for the elevator to exit.

Pokemon Checklist

A wide variety of Pokemon can be found here. Rarer finds include Comfey the Fairy-type Pokemon, Passimian (Sun) the Fighting ape or Oranguru (Moon) the Normal/Psychic ape.

Other uncommon finds include Pinsir in the north zone, Bounsweet in the west zone and Castform and Goomy, which occasionally appear as ally Pokemon when it's raining.

Guide Information

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    12 December 2016
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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