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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: 12-02-2019 / 19:30 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 20-09-2019 / 02:16 GMT

Pokémon: Ultra Sun & Moon Guide

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Poni Island

Mount Lanakila (Part 1)

Up and away we go!

Pokemon Encounters - Outside Mount Lanakila

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Glalie Ice Grass patches outside (30%)
Vulpix (Alolan) Ice [Ultra Sun] Grass patches outside (30%)
Sandshrew (Alolan) Ice/Steel [Ultra Moon] Grass patches outside (30%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice Grass patches outside (20%)
Absol Dark Grass patches outside (20%)
Vanillish Ice SOS in the hail
Castform Normal SOS in the rain, sun, hail, or sandstorm

Pokemon Encounters - Inside Mount Lanakila

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Glalie Ice Walking inside caves (30%)
Golbat Poison/Flying Walking inside caves (30%)
Sneasel Dark/Ice Walking inside caves (20%)
Absol Dark [Ultra Sun] Walking inside caves (20%), [Ultra Moon] (10%)
Drampa Normal/Dragon [Ultra Moon] Walking inside caves (10%)

Coming from the stair lift, there is a cave entrance directly ahead that didn’t exist in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Meanwhile the road towards the east that you would’ve followed at the beginning has been blocked off by a landslide. This means you’ll be taking a different path through the mountain, compared to Sun and Moon.

It’s not just your path that’s changed–Pokémon trainers can now be found wandering the mountain, where there previously were none. Plus there’s one more significant change that we’ll talk about later… All of these combined make this final area leading up to the Pokémon League a much more interesting place to explore than before!

Anyway, first step into the tall grass to the right. Although the road ahead is impassible, if you continue past the grass, there’s an Escape Rope waiting to be found. Next, enter the cave entrance surrounded by the torch lights. Inside the icy cavern, there’s a trainer immediately ahead who you cannot avoid.

Ace Trainer Seth

Pokémon Level Type
Scyther 51 Bug/Flying
Malamar 52 Dark/Psychic

Scyther is a fast and hard-hitting Bug and Flying-types. This one can use X-Scissor to deal powerful STAB damage, Air Slash to potentially cause flinch, and Night Slash to combat Psychics and Ghosts. Rock-types are ideal, as they do 4x damage, while Fire, Electric and Ice should also suffice.

Malamar is an evolved Inkay with high Attack and otherwise well-balanced stats. Seth’s Malamar can use Night Slash and Psycho Cut to deal STAB damage, and Superpower to hurt Dark-types and boost its physical stats thanks to its Contrary Ability. It’s weak to Fairy, and doubly weak to Bug.

Head west along the nearby slope, then towards the east after it bends around. At the top, there are two large rocks in the middle of the eastern path, with a female trainer patrolling in an infinity (or rotated eight) shape around the rocks. If you’re trying to avoid fights, it’s easy to go past her if you take it slowly.

Ace Trainer Kailee

Pokémon Level Type
Shiinotic 51 Grass/Fairy
Clefable 51 Fairy

Shiinotic is an evolved Morelull that has high special-based stats, but abysmal Speed. Kailee’s one can use Moonblast for STAB, Spore to inflict sleep, Dream Eater to siphon HP from sleeping Pokémon, and Strength Sap to lower Attack. It’s weak to Fire, Ice, Flying and Steel, and doubly weak to Poison.

Clefable is a fully evolved Cleffa and Clefairy that also has high special-based stats and low Speed, although not as bad. This one can use Metronome to trigger any move at random, Minimize to boost its evade, and Sing to cause sleep with low accuracy. As with all Fairies, Poison and Steel-types are recommended.

After weaving through the two rocks, you’ll reach a point where there’s a slope on the left, a very narrow space above, and a rock blocking the road on the right. Go north, into the narrow space, and search the rock at the end to discover a Rare Candy. Next, squeeze through the rock on the right via the small gap below it.

On the other side of the rock, make your way south. As the path starts to bend, there’s a trainer to the south-west that you’ll need to defeat to get past.

Veteran Alonsa

Pokémon Level Type
Lickitung 52 Normal
Goodra 52 Dragon

Lickitung is a slow and bulky Normal-type found in the postgame areas. For attacks, it can use Chip Away to deal STAB damage that ignores its opponent’s stats changes, Rollout which slowly gets stronger when used in succession, and Power Whip to hurt Rock-types. Fighting-types are recommended.

Goodra is a fully evolved Goomy and Sliggoo with stunning Special Defense and solid offensive stats, but lackluster Defense. Alonsa’s Goodra can use Outrage for STAB damage, and Aqua Tail and Power Whip to combat common Types. Naturally, Ice and Fairy-types are ideal, and physical attackers in general.

Beyond Alonsa is an exit leading to a very small section of Mount Lanakila’s south-eastern side, just past the landslide near the main entrance. Over here, you’ll find TM84 Poison Jab . Return to the cavern and walk back to the point just before you squeezed past the rock. From there, follow the remaining path west.

Ahead, there are two giant cube-shaped blocks. With Machamp’s help, push the block to the left so that it falls straight into the nearby gap, then cross over the block to the other side. Now approach the new block to the left from its north side and shove it down. It’ll fall straight into a gap, creating a shortcut back to the entrance.

Moving on, head north-east from this shortcut and battle the Worker so you can get past.

Worker Ovid

Pokémon Level Type
Relicanth 50 Water/Rock

This presumed extinct Pokémon has exceptional Defense and decent HP and Attack. For attacks, it can use Hydro Pump for STAB, Double Edge to deal with resistant foes, Rest to sleep and restore HP, and Yawn to make your Pokémon sleep. It’s weak to Electric, Ground and Fighting, and doubly weak to Grass.

After Ovid’s toast, run east and push the remaining block into the huge gap on its right. Once you’ve gotten rid of the block, head north and pick up the Max Elixir just above, as well as the Max Revive to the west. Now return to Ovid’s position, then climb up the slope on his left, all the way up to the exit.

Outside, you’ll be at Mount Lanakila’s western side, which–like the cavern you just came from–is new to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. There are two paths you can take. You can either go through the narrow path towards the west or you can wade your way through the wide patch of tall grass directly north. The two paths will converge.

If you go through the tall grass, towards the east side is a small triangular area where no grass has grown. Search the bottom of the larger rock here to find a hidden Full Restore. Further north, after the two paths converge, there are two pairs of martial artists standing far apart of one other near the next cave entrance.

Should you attract their attention or enter their line of sight, you’ll trigger a Double Battle with the martial artists along that row. To avoid the martial artists, simply run past when they’re facing away from the path to the cave entrance.

Sparring Partners Craig and Jason

Pokémon Level Type
Crabominable 51 Fighting/Ice
Hawlucha 51 Fighting/Flying
Pangoro 51 Fighting/Dark

Craig has one Pokémon: a Crabominable. This evolved Crabrawler packs a punch, but is slow like an iceberg. It can use Close Combat and Ice Hammer to deal heavy STAB damage, Iron Defense to boost its Defense, and Dynamic Punch to cause confusion. Pummel it with capable Fire, Psychic or Fairy-types.

Jason has two Pokémon. His Hawlucha is strong and extremely nimble. For attacks, it can use High Jump Kick to deal STAB damage, Sky Attack to charge up a powerful attack, Feather Dance to lower Attack, and Endeavor to make your Pokémon have the same HP. Electric, Psychic and Fairy-types are recommended.

Next up is Pangoro, an evolved Pancham with formidable Attack, but pitiful Speed. This one can use Crunch for STAB damage, Body Slam to try and cause paralysis, and Entrainment to make your Pokémon have the same Ability. Against this fearsome panda, Fairy-types are ideal, while Flying and Fighting-types also work well.

Sparring Partner Allon and Eimar

Pokémon Level Type
Mienfoo 51 Fighting
Machamp 51 Fighting
Bewear 51 Normal/Fighting

Allon has two Pokémon. First up is Mienfoo, an unevolved Pokémon with decent Attack. It can use High Jump Kick to deal STAB damage, U-turn to deal damage and switch out, Bounce to escape and deal damage on the next turn, and Quick Guard to protect its team from priority moves. Your fully evolved Pokémon will make short work of it.

Next is Machamp, which is an actually threatening Pokémon this time, with eye-watering Attack and respectable bulk. This one can use Cross Chop and Submission to deal STAB damage, Dual Chop to surprise Dragons, and Bulk Up to boost its Attack and Defense. Again, a job for your Flying, Psychic and Fairy-types.

Eimar has a Bewear, which is an evolved Stufful with impressive HP and Attack, but worrisome Speed. Eimer’s Bewear can use Hammer Arm, Thrash and Take Down to deal STAB damage, and Pain Split to equally divide its and its opponent’s remaining HP. Flying, Psychic, Fighting and Fairy-types are all good choices.

Once you’ve made it past the martial artists, enter the cave above them. You’ll emerge in a large open space. Make your way north to discover a massive impact crater–and waiting at the heart of the crater, the mysterious Pokémon that attacked you at the Altar of the Sunne/Moone. If you want, approach it to try and capture it.

Legendary Pokémon

Pokémon Level Type
Necrozma 65 Psychic

In its weakened state, Necrozma is a lot less threatening, but it’s never wise to underestimate a Legendary Pokémon. Compared to its other forms, it has slightly weaker offensive and defensive stats. However, these stats are still well above average, and its Special Attack is still fairly monstrous, enabling it to hit pretty dang hard.

For attacks, it can use Photon Geyser to deal heavy STAB damage, Night Slash to hurt Ghosts, Power Gem for all other purposes (like annoying Incineroar), and Iron Defense to greatly boost its Defense. Its Prism Armor Ability prevents critical hits. Basically very similar to previous forms, but now with a defensive option.

Because it’s a pure Psychic-type, Dark-types are ideal for dealing heavy damage and resisting Necrozma’s attacks. Otherwise, if you’re paranoid of knocking out Necrozma with super-effective attacks, you could opt for a Steel-type instead. They also resist Necrozma’s attacks, although they’re not immune to Photon Geyser.

When it comes to the actual catching, you don’t need to worry. For a Legendary Pokémon, Necrozma is incredibly easy to catch, presumably because you weakened it so much during your battle atop Megalo Tower. We’d be very surprised if your first Ultra Ball doesn’t ensnare it–and definitely don’t bother using your Master Ball!

In fact, if you can get Necrozma’s HP low enough and cause paralysis, etc., you could even try catching it with one of the fancier balls, like the Luxury Ball or Dusk Ball. Or if you’re really plucky, you could use the Beast Balls that Lusamine gave you or that you purchased from Aether Paradise. You may want to use Roto Catch for this though.

Unlocking Necrozmas Power

Once you’ve gotten Necrozma on your side, you’ll receive the Ultranecrozium Z that it was holding. Afterwards, Colress will appear to congratulate you. He’ll also give you the N-Solarizer and the N-Lunarizer that he developed, which are used to fuse Necrozma with Solgaleo and Lunala respectively.

Fusing works very similar to Kyurem in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. After choosing the N-Solarizer or N-Lunarizer, you must select Necrozma in your party and then Solgaleo or Lunala in your party. Necrozma will then absorb Solgaleo or Lunala and become Dusk Mane Necrozma or Dawn Wings Necrozma.

Solgaleo and Lunala aren’t lost forever though. So long as you have an empty space in your party, select the N-Solarizer or N-Lunarizer again and point it at the fused Necrozma to split it back into two Pokémon again. Now for the real fun! When Necrozma is fused, if it’s holding Ultranecrozium Z, a new option will appear in battle: Ultra Burst.

Which pitiful fool shall we unleash Ultra Necrozma on...? Sorry, Pelipper.

After selecting "Ultra Burst" and a move, the fused Necrozma will transform into Ultra Necrozma before that round of battle begins. It will then remain in this form until it gets KO’d or the battle ends. Basically, it works like Mega Evolution, but does not occupy a Mega Evolution "slot", so you can still Mega Evolve a Pokémon.

Last, but not least, during subsequent turns, Ultra Necrozma will have access to a unique Z-Move, "Light That Burns The Sky", via Photon Geyser. Yup, you heard right. Ultranecrozium Z allows Necrozma to essentially Mega Evolve and use a Z-Move. This level of sheer brokenness is only surpassed by Mega Rayquaza.

Having captured Necrozma or otherwise, travel east from the impact crater. About halfway up the slope, there’s a narrow path towards the north. Squeeze through the path and head all the way west at the end. Grab the X Sp. Def that must be freezing outside in the cold, then continue east up the slope, towards the exit to the next area.

Pokémon Checklist

You’ll frequently run into Glalie both inside and outside the mountain; this evolved Snorunt can Mega Evolve after you’ve become the Champion. Meanwhile, Sneasel is an agile Dark and Ice-type that can evolve into Weavile if traded whole holding a very rare Razor Claw.

If playing Ultra Moon, Drampa–Turtonator’s counterpart–can be found while exploring the caverns. This Normal and Dragon-type has exceptional Special Attack and decent bulk, but poor Speed. It can have the Berserk Ability, which boosts its Special Attack when below half HP.

Guide Information

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  • Guide Release
    23 December 2017
  • Last Updated
    12 February 2019
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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