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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 (????) 16-07-2020 / 17:53 GMT

No matter how complicated things get, bigger numbers are usually better.

When you look at your Pokemon's Summary screen, you'll see their stats displayed on the top screen. While experienced Pokemon trainers will know these stats like the back of their hand, they can be quite intimidating for newcomers.

Key Stats

Stat Affects What it Means
HP Health Short for "Hit Points". This is the total health of your Pokémon.
Attack Physical moves The higher this stat, the more damage your Pokémon will deal with physical moves.
Defense Physical moves The higher this stat, the less damage your Pokémon will receive from physical moves.
Sp. Atk Special moves Short for "Special Attack". The higher this stat, the more damage your Pokémon will deal with special moves.
Sp. Def Special moves Short for "Special Defense". The higher this stat, the less damage your Pokémon will receive from special moves.
Speed Priority in battle The higher this stat, the greater the chance of your Pokemon acting first in battle.

Physical or Special?

So far, so good, but how can you tell what's a physical move and what's a special move? Well, when you check a Pokemon's moves (via the Summary screen or by pressing L+A during battle), you will see a specific Category icon above the move's Power and Accuracy.

A red "crash" icon indicates that the move is physical-based, while a blue "spiral" icon indicates that the move is a special one. Or if the icon is a gray "yin-yang", that means it's a status move that's neither physical or special.

Knowing this, the first thing you should do is have your Pokémon specialize in physical or special moves--the choice depending on if their Attack or Special Attack stat is the highest. If both stats are just as high, you've nothing to worry about!

Finally, you should consider your opponent when selecting a physical or special move. Just as some Pokémon have higher Attack or Special Attack, some have higher Defence or Special Defence. Trying to defeat Blissey with special moves could take all day, but a physical move will end it in seconds.

Just Scratching the Surface

That's just an overview of the basics. If you're interested to learn more, check the Advanced Trainer Info section towards the end of our guide. However, we only recommend doing so once you've gotten a better grasp of the core gameplay. Don't run before you can learn to walk!

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    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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