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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 (????) 14-07-2020 / 22:59 GMT

The road from here is rougher, quite literally.

Pokémon Encounters - Route 12

Name Type Location (Encounter Rate)
Geodude* Rock/Electric Grass (40%)
Elekid Electric Grass (10%)
Torkoal Fire Grass (20%)
Mudbray Ground Grass (30%)
Electabuzz Electric (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Elekid
Chansey Normal (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Elekid
*** Indicates Alolan form**

You've got another full route to explore before reaching the next island trial. Try your best to relax and travel at your own pace. Go forward a few paces to bump into Hapu. She'll add Musdale Gallop to your Ride Pager; fantastic since you can't proceed without it!

East from here is a harsh rocky path that's impossible to traverse normally. Towards the north of this natural obstacle is the boss trainer of this route; he won't indulge you in a battle until you've bested the other trainers.

Anyway, use the Ride Pager to call Mudsdale, then gallop south-east across the rock path. On the other side, be sure to grab the Burn Heal along the north, between the rock path and the rock mound. It can be hard to see during the day, but below the rock mound is a Zygarde Cell (40) .

After that, gallop east past the tall grass and towards the next rock path. If you leave the rock path via the south-east, you'll reach a wide road where a pair of trainers are waiting to ambush you. Although if you keep to the east, you can simply sneak behind them.

Punk Pair Yoko and Lane

Pokemon Level Type
Pancham 29 Fighting
Krokorok 29 Ground/Dark
Pancham is a Pokemon native to Routes 10 and 11. It's a plain ol' Fighting-type so you should know the score.

Krokorok is the middle evolution of Sandile. This sand crocodile is weak to Water, Grass, Ice, Fighting and Fairy-types.

A few paces south-east from the dubious pair is another Zygarde Cell (41) . After checking that your bag isn't bursting, carry on south through the tall grass. Past here, gallop across the rock path, while keeping to the east. On the other side, follow the path through the tall grass.

Down below, there's a trainer wandering around, looking for a fight.

Rising Star Matthew

Pokemon Level Type
Cranidos 30 Rock
A Fossil Pokemon that you can resurrect from the Skull Fossil if playing Pokemon Sun. It has monstrous Attack, so take it out quick with Water, Grass, Ground, Steel or Fighting-types.

After beating him or otherwise, head east around the east patch of tall grass or through it. At the far end is a Hyper Potion that somebody must have left behind. South from Matthew is another rock path that leads towards the exit.

Instead of going that way, return to the Punk Pair. Next, head west through the narrow path between the hills. You'll emerge in an area with tall grass. Follow the grass around clock-wise. Towards the bottom, you'll get jumped by a trainer.

Rising Star Leilani

Pokemon Level Type
Tirtouga 30 Rock/Water
A Fossil Pokemon that you can resurrect from the Cover Fossil in Pokemon Sun. Its Achilles Heel is Grass-type moves, although Electric, Fighting and Ground-types work well too.

Walk towards Leilani, then head south to retrieve an Elixir . Next, go south from the south-east corner of this enclosed area. At the end of the narrow path, you'll need to wade through the tall grass to continue. Make your way to the south-west corner to exit to the other side.

Past here, you'll arrive at what is effectively the endpoint of the route, although we're only halfway done exploring. To the west is the path leading to Blush Mountain, home to the Geothermal Power Plant. It's a small area, so we may as well visit it now.

Pokemon Checklist

Torkoal is a slow but durable Fire-type Pokemon. It can now have the Drought Ability, boosting the power of Fire-type moves. Worth considering if you're a weather fan.

Elekid eventually evolves into the formidable Electivire, if you've got somebody to trade with. Alolan Geodude is part Electric, which is a blessing and a curse. Likewise, it needs to be traded to fully evolve.

Blush Mountain

A tiny side area that's great for catching a breather.

Pokémon Encounters - Blush Mountain

Follow the road north-west. Before long, you'll come across a trainer at the edge of the tall grass. If fighting's not your thing, you can easily sneak behind him.

Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Geodude* Rock/Electric All grass (30%)
Elekid Electric All grass (10%)
Torkoal Fire All grass (10% Sun, 20% Moon)
Charjabug Bug/Electric All grass (10%)
Mudbray Ground All grass (20%)
Turtonator (Sun only) Fire/Dragon All grass (10%)
Togedemaru Electric/Steel All grass (10%)
Electabuzz Electric (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Elekid
Chansey Normal (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Elekid
*** Indicates Alolan form.**

Office Worker Shane

Pokemon Level Type
Psyduck 29 Water
Fearow 30 Normal/Flying
Both Pokemon that are weak to Electric-types. Nothing that will stretch your noggin' at any rate.

In the tall grass behind Shane, search around the middle to discover a hidden Zinc . You also catch sight of a Zygarde Cell (42) north from here, by the side of the pile of rocks. From here, head south-west towards the next row of tall grass.

In the far south-west corner, past the tall grass, is a Sun Stone , which can be all yours. Likewise, if you've got good vision, you should notice another item north from her, to the side of the red truck. Go up to discover it's a Timer Ball .

Carry on north towards the metal fence. Get up real close to the north-west corner for a surprising Photo Spot. Once you're all done here, head east towards the entrance to the Geothermal Power Plant. Inside, chat to the researcher in the back to receive TM63 Embargo .

After promising to keep your mouth shut, go towards the south-west corner of the room. Your fellow sightseeing buddy, Samson Oak is here as well. Speak to him to receive a rare Lure Ball . That's all for now; exit the building and return to Route 12.

Pokemon Checklist

More Pokemon incoming! Charjabug is the middle evolution of Grubbin; if you want to evolve it further, you need to wait until the final island... Togedemaru is a Pikachu-like Pokemon. Cute and deadly, but there are better choices.

Finally, if you're playing Pokemon Sun, you can also find Turtonator, a new Fire and Dragon Pokemon. It can learn Shell Trap, a devastating Fire-type move if the opponent is dumb enough to use a physical move.

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

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