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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 / 02:39 GMT

Time is running out to get a strong Water-type Pokémon for the next trial!

Pokemon Encounters - Surfing

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Finneon Water Surfing everywhere (30%)
Tentacool Water/Poison Surfing everywhere (30%)
Pyukumuku Water Surfing everywhere (20%)
Wingull Water/Flying Surfing everywhere (20%)

Pokemon Encounters - Fishing

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Magikarp Water Standard fishing spots (55%), bubbling fishing spots (45%)
Gyarados Water/Flying SOS from Magikarp
Wishiwashi Water Standard fishing spots (40%), bubbling fishing spots (20%)
Staryu Water Standard fishing spots (5%), bubbling fishing spots (35%)

If you're heading straight to the island trial, this route is super-duper short. From the Royal Avenue entrance, all you have to do is travel north, then north-west at the sign to reach Wela Volcano Park, where Captain Kiawe is waiting. But if you've come all this way, you may as well have a proper look around.

From the sign next to the entrance to Wela Volcano Park, head due east. Just above the Route 7 signpost, there's a slope leading down to a sandy shore. Here, follow the shore south, past the idle Pokémon Breeder. Where the shore ends, sniff around with Stoutland to find a buried Net Ball . Next, summon Lapras along the east side.

To the east of the southern tip of the shore, there's a swimmer circling around a rock.

Swimmer Dakota

Pokémon Level Type
Basculin 18 Water
Psyduck 18 Water

By now, you should hopefully be used to challenging Swimmers with Grass or Electric-types. Because the only Pokémon they have are Water-types. Basculin is a bit of a brute and the biggest threat of the two. It has solid offensive stats, but lacks durability.

To continue, paddle directly north, following the shoreline to the left. After passing the rocky outcrop to the left, land on the central part of the eastern shore. From here, follow the shore south for a moment. When you reach the rocks dividing the shore, have Stoutland search around to dig up a buried Pearl .

Return north to where you landed, then head deeper into the beach, via the north-west. Up ahead, there's a network of 6 small dens, with burrowing Pokémon coming in and out of them. In general, the Pokémon move horizontally between opposite dens, although there is one that does a "S" shape between the top-right and bottom-left dens.

Past the burrowing Pokémon, go up the slope along the west side. Reach the end of this higher path for a Max Repel . Return to the base of the slope, then go north along the shoreline. When you reach the water's edge, ride on Lapras. Next, paddle north to find a female swimmer swimming near two rocks.

Swimmer Tiare

Pokémon Level Type
Alomomola 19 Water

It's almost criminal how this Pokémon isn't the evolved form of Luvdisc. Anyway, this giant sunfish can take a lot of beating, so try to nail it with strong Grass or Electric-types.

From here, position yourself so you're in the middle of the trio of rocks along this northern part of the sea. You'll know it's the right place if you're paddling right above a dormant fishing spot. Now swim south-east, following the rocks surrounding the sea. Along the way, there's a male swimmer moving diagonally near the rocks.

Swimmer Casey

Pokémon Level Type
Surskit 18 Bug/Water

This water-skating bug is weak to Electric, Flying and Rock-types. Although Rock-types should steer clear because of its Water-type moves. Although Grass-types deal neutral damage, they are useful for resisting Surskit's attacks.

Near Casey, there's an item on the seafloor--pick it up to discover it's an Antidote . Afterwards, swim all the way the south. Soon, you'll arrive at the shore of a far-off island. Upon landing, continue south, deeper into the island. When you reach the pond with a bubbling fishing spot, go west along its south side.

Ahead, there's the "queen" of this island doing some flexing exercises. If you want to advance while avoiding her gaze, you need to hug the rock below. Also, when going behind her, make sure she's not stretching down, as she can see between her legs.

Swimmer Vanessa

Pokémon Level Type
Shellder 18 Water

A slow Water-type with high Defense. Grass-types need to be cautious as it knows Icicle Spear. If possible, target its dire Special Defense with special attackers, preferably of the Grass or Electric variety.

Above Vanessa, in the corner north-west from the pond is TM32 Double Team . You won't find anything else on this remote island, so carry on west from Vanessa. On this side of the island, there's a ledge leading to the opposite shore. At this point, you can paddle west to reach the mainland, where you can continue onto Wela Volcano Park.

Pokémon Checklist

While traversing the waters, you can stumble upon Pyukumuku. These sea cucumbers are strictly defensive and do not learn attacking moves. Staryu can be fished up, ideally from bubbling fishing spots. They evolve into an actual Psychic-type, unlike Psyduck and pretty dang fast unlike Slowpoke.

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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...

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  • 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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