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Pokémon: Ultra Sun & Moon
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
First Published: 23-12-2017 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:11 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 08-08-2020 / 02:41 GMT

People love sending the easiest Pokémon--the ones from Route 1.

Introduced in Pokémon X and Y, this beloved feature can be accessed via Festival Plaza's "Trade" menu, while connected to the Internet. How it works is that you select a Pokemon to trade away and the game randomly assigns you a trade partner from anywhere in the world who happens to be using Wonder Trade at the same time.

Both of you have absolutelyno idea what Pokémon you're getting until the trade actually occurs. There is no feedback involved in the process, so don't expect any negotiations or anything like that. Wonder Trade is great fun because you never know what Pokémon you're going to get and it's also incredibly straightforward to use.

Good in Theory?

Wonder Trade is not without its downsides though. Because of the anonymity, there is no benefit to trading away actually good Pokémon, so chances are you'll be receiving junk most of the time. Think of it like the GTS, where people just want to get rid of their Pikipek and Yungoos.

However, as they say, somebody's junk can be somebody else's treasure. Perhaps this junk is a Pokémon you don't yet own. Or maybe it's a reject Pokémon from somebody's breeding project that you can incorporate into your own breeding project. Or if it's literally junk, hopefully you didn't send anything too valuable...

Even if you do miraculously get something good, that's when your alarm bells should be ringing. While there are some very kind people in the world, the chances of you getting a shiny Pokémon or Level 100 Pokemon with 6 perfect IVs with no strings attached is astronomically slim.

Should you receive such a Pokémon, you can confidently assume that it's cloned (because you don't lose anything that you clone) or, worse, outright hacked. Now, there are no adverse effects of owning cloned or hacked Pokémon, especially if they're for your personal collection, but it's something to keep in mind.

Fair Game

If you're intending to participate in official competitions, we strongly advise not using Pokémon obtained from Wonder Trade. Instead, try to use your own Pokémon or Pokémon traded from people you actually know. Despite what the company says, breeding Pokémon from unknown origins is fine so long as it doesn't have impossible traits.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    23 December 2017
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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In this retelling of the critically acclaimed Pokémon Sun and Moon games, it's time to return to the vivid and lush Alola region as a new Pokémon trainer. Like before, your goal is to go on an unforgettable adventure with your Pokémon companions, traveling across the four islands of Alola, while aiming to surpass the Island Trials. The "Ultra" in the games' titles refers to the many new additions and enhancements, such as an expanded Alola Pokédex, new Ultra Beasts, plus brand new minigames such as Mantine Surf and Ultra Warp Ride. Perhaps you may also finally uncover the secrets behind the mysterious Legendary Pokémon Necrozma...

Version 1.1

  • A full story walkthrough covering every aspect of Alola's famous Island Challenge.
  • Complete encounter tables showing all the Pokémon you can catch in each given location.
  • No stone left unturned! Every single sidequest explained and all hidden item locations.
  • In-depth gameplay tips for beginners and advanced Pokémon trainers alike.
  • Full list of all the Totem Stickers, TMs, Z-Crystals, Z-Moves and more.
  • Detailed overview of the various side activities including the new Mantine Surf and Ultra Warp Ride.
  • Full postgame walkthrough featuring all the activities you can do after becoming Champion.

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