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Pokémon: Sun & Moon

Altar of the Sunne/Moone

Vincent Lau

The opposite of the lake, so Sunne in Sun and Moone in Moon.

Upon arrival, Lillie and Hapu will finally catch up with you. Lillie will helpfully heal your party and, after that, you’re feel to continue. Start by making your way up the long, long flight of stairs. Call up "Tauros" IconTauros and charge straight to the top if you’re in a hurry.

At the summit, Lillie will head over to the west side to play the Moon or Sun Flute, depending on which version you’re playing. You should go north-east towards the corresponding square on the opposite side. Step in the middle and you’ll be asked to play the Sun or Moon Flute.

So the legends were true. The Legendary Pokemon of Alola–"Solgaleo" IconSolgaleo in Pokemon Sun and "Lunala" IconLunala in Pokemon Moon–does indeed exist. Why are we not surprised in the slightest? Not only that, but the Legendary Pokemon can help you reach the world of the Ultra Beasts…

Ultra Space

Follow the path north to where Lillie is. You’ll bump into an unfortunate guest who’s got a clear message for you and that’s to stay far, far away. However there’s no way you’re turning back after you’ve come this far. So continue ahead. You’ll find what you’re looking for…

Aether President Lusamine

Pokemon Level Type
"Clefable" IconClefable 50 Fairy
"Milotic" IconMilotic 50 Water
"Mismagius" IconMismagius 50 Ghost
"Bewear" IconBewear 50 Normal/Fighting
"Lilligant" IconLilligant 50 Grass

Lusamine’s party is completely unchanged, but her Pokemon all have much better moves, as well as auras that boost their stats. This is your toughest battle yet, so you need to bring your A-game.

"Clefable" IconClefable is the same bulky Fairy-type as before, but now has more Special Defence and Moonlight to restore HP. End it swiftly with strong Steel or Poison-types or try to power through with a Fire-type to resist Moonblast.

"Milotic" IconMilotic has an Attack boost, which is pretty much useless, except when it uses Flail as a last resort. The biggest change is Recover, which allows it to restore HP. As before, tank it with your Grass-type powerhouses or, failing that, Electric-types.

"Mismagius" IconMismagius receives a Speed boost, which is nasty since it’s pretty fast to begin with; expect it to go first unless you have an even speedier Pokemon. On top of Ghost, Fire and Rock-type moves, it has Pain Split, which shares out HP. Smack it with your physical attackers.

"Bewear" IconBewear has increased Defence, so bad news for your physical attackers. Like Mismagius, it has Pain Split, which is annoying if it survives with low HP; otherwise it’s nothing to be afraid of. Like before, take it out with your special attackers; especially those that resist Fighting.

Finally, "Lilligant" IconLilligant is a beast with boosted Special Attack. In addition, it has Leech Seed to slowly make fun of your Pokemon. Destroy it with your speedy Pokemon resistant to Grass before it gets a chance to sweep the floor with Petal Dance.

Altar of the Sunne/Moone

After that tricky battle, you’ve got a different kind of tricky battle ahead. Approach Solgaleo (Sun) or Lunala (Moon) to begin an epic battle to ensnare the Legendary Pokemon! By the way, if you’re not ready, you can leave now and use "Charizard" IconCharizard Glide to come back.

Legendary Pokemon

Pokemon Level Type
"Solgaleo" IconSolgaleo (if playing Sun) 55 Steel/Psychic
"Lunala" IconLunala (if playing Moon) 55 Ghost/Psychic

First things first, it shouldn’t really be a surprise, but both Legendary Pokemon are capable of dealing a truckload of damage. Especially if they use their signature move–Sunsteel Strike for Solgaleo and Moongeist Beam for Lunala.

Therefore we strongly recommend fielding at least one Pokemon that can resist the Legendary Pokemon’s moves. For Solgaleo, Steel-types are good to resist Sunsteel Strike and Zen Headbutt. But you’ll have to watch out for the Dark-type Crunch.

Meanwhile, Lunala specialises in Ghost-type and Dark-type moves, so a Dark-type is ideal. The next thing you should do is try to inflict a status affliction on the Legendary Pokemon. Paralyse is good since it lasts for the entire battle, but Sleep offers a better catch rate.

For Solgaleo, Paralyse is preferred since you can’t decrease its stats due to its Full Metal Body Ability. At least with Lunala, you can decrease its Special Attack using Snarl or other means. Which you should aim to do to make the battle much easier.

Both Pokemon have Cosmic Power, which boosts both defence stats. On top of that, Lunala has Shadow Shield, which reduces damages while it has full HP. Be sure to take that into account, as you might accidentally overshoot on the second hit, thinking it’s bulkier than it really is.

The general strategy is to try and outlast the Legendary Pokemon, using resistant Pokemon where possible and reducing its stats or causing a status ailment. After that, you slowly whittle down its HP like any other Pokemon, trying to get it as far down as possible without fainting it.

If facing Solgaleo, you can use False Swipe to safely reduce its HP, although it’ll barely do any damage unless you boost your Attack. Meanwhile Lunala is immune to False Swipe since it’s a Ghost, unless you have Foresight ("Decidueye" IconDecidueye can learn both) or Soak etc.

Once the Pokemon’s HP is low and it has a status affliction, it’s time to start chucking your Poke Balls like no tomorrow! Both Pokemon have a decent catch rate, so you shouldn’t be there all day. You do have the Master Ball, but there’s little point using it for something this easy.

By the way, even with resistant Pokemon, the Legendary Pokemon can still do substantial damage, so don’t hesitate to use healing items. You can also give your main Pokemon Leftovers stolen from the "Munchlax" IconMunchlax on Route 1, which gradually restores their HP.

We’ll be using our solar lion/moon bat with pride.

Tame the beast and you’ll be invited to the final trial on Ula’ula Island’s Mount Lanikila. If you want, you can be whisked straight there; it’s up to you.

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    12 December 2016
  • Last Updated
    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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