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Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon
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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 (????) 21-08-2019 / 20:57 GMT

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Akala Clean-up (Part 1)

Next up is Akala Island, home to the largest number of trial captains.

Game Freak Offices

Your first port of call should be the Game Freak offices, located west from the Dimensional Research Lab in Heahea City. Specifically, you’ll need to head to the middle floor of the office building. There, if you’re confident in your skills, chat to the Veteran towards the left side to begin a very special battle.

GAME FREAK Morimoto and Iwao

Pokémon Level Type
Gengar 57 Ghost/Poison
Machamp 57 Fighting
Dragonite 57 Dragon/Flying
Kecleon 56 Normal
Ambipom 56 Normal
Blissey 56 Normal
This is a Double Battle against Morimoto, the battle planner, and Iwao, the game's director. No pressure! Morimoto's first Pokémon, Gengar, has excellent Special Attack and Speed. It can use Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb for STAB, and Dark Pulse to try and cause flinch. Ground or Dark-types are recommended.

Next can be Machamp, which boasts high Attack, but has low Speed. Its No Guard Ability makes it so that its attacks never miss–and neither will attacks used against it. For attacks, it has Dynamic Punch for STAB and confusion, Stone Edge to counter Flying-types and Poison Jab to slay Fairies. Psychic-types are ideal.

Finally, Morimoto’s Dragonite has stellar Attack and generally great stats. It can use Draco Meteor and Hurricane for STAB–the former greatly reduces its damage output afterwards. It also has Blizzard and Thunder to hit common Types. Ice or Fairy-types are ideal, but be wary of Multiscale weakening the first hit.

Meanwhile, Iwao’s first Pokémon, Kecleon, has good Attack and special bulk, but tragic Speed. Its Protean Ability changes its Type to match the attack it last used. It can use Shadow Claw, Brick Break, Rock Slide and Sucker Punch. Hit it with a fast physical attacker before it changes Type, disrupting your plans.

Ambipom has reasonable Attack and Speed, but low-ish bulk. Iwao’s can use Double Hit for STAB, Aerial Ace to hurt Fighting-types, U-Turn to switch out, and Dual Chop to take a pot shot at Dragons. Unless they’re fast or bulky, Fighting-types should be very cautious. Rock or Steel-types might be the best choice here.

Iwao’s final Pokémon, Blissey, is a humongous special tank and not much else. It can use Dazzling Gleam to counter Fighting-types, and Fire Blast, Blizzard and Thunder to combat a variety of Types. But its damage is so-so. Don’t be afraid of Dazzling Gleam and punch it to oblivion with a Fighting-type or other physical attacker.

The Oval Charm is a godsend for Pokémon breeders!

Succeed against the guys who made the game and you’ll receive an Oval Charm , which increases the chances of finding an egg in the Paniola Ranch Nursery. If you still haven’t had enough fun, you can rematch the pair on subsequent days. You won’t get any more items, but it’s not a bad way to earn extra experience points.

Before leaving the office, if you ever complete the individual island Pokédexes or the entire Alola Pokédex, be sure to chat to Iwao along the right side. For each Pokédex completed, he’ll give you a stamp for your Trainer Passport. Meanwhile, if you finish the entire thing, he’ll give you a coveted Shiny Charm .

This item boosts the chance of encountering a Shiny Pokémon in the wild or as an egg. Normally the chance of finding one is 1 in 4096, but it becomes 1 in 1365 with the Shiny Charm. Which is still small, but less so. You’ll also receive a Karate Gi Outfit if you’re a male or a Pokémon Center Nurse Outfit if you’re a female.

Too Mythical to Count

For the purposes of "completing" your Pokédex, Mythical Pokémon do not count, since they are often distributed for a limited period of time only. That means you don’t need Magaerna, Marshadow or Zeroara to receive the presents for finishing your Pokédex.

Visiting Kiawe

Kiawe’s house can be found in Paniola Town, to the west of the Pokémon Center. Inside, chat to the man sitting at the table to discover he’s Kiawe’s pa. As a sign of friendship, he’ll give you a Protector , which evolves Rhydon when it’s traded while holding it. You can catch Rhyhorn, its unevolved version, via Island Scan.

If you’re playing Ultra Sun and it’s currently night time, you’ll also find Kiawe himself in the first room when you go upstairs. He’ll run off to Thrifty Megamart soon after meeting you. Promptly leave his house and fly to Royal Avenue to chase after him. He’ll battle you near the west entrance of the Megamart.

Captain Kiawe

Pokémon Level Type
Arcanine 60 Fire
Talonflame 60 Fire/Flying
Marowak (Alolan) 60 Fire/Ghost
All in all, Kiawe's team hasn't changed an awful lot since undertaking Mina's trial. Arcanine still has Flare Blitz for a hard-hitting STAB, Crunch to eat up Psychics and Ghosts, and Extreme Speed to go first. Water-types are obviously a solid chance, as are Rock and Ground-types.

Talonflame now has Flare Blitz for a stronger Fire-type STAB, as well as the same Brave Bird and Quick Attack. Just like before, Rock-types are highly recommended, since Talonflame is fast and strong, and can easily hurt super-effective Water and Electric-types.

Finally, Kiawe’s Marowak has learned from Talonflame and also carries Flare Blitz to crash headlong into non-resistant foes. It still has Shadow Bone, but has replaced Bonemerang for Bone Rush for higher potential damage. Water-types are ideal; Ground and Dark-types are also good choices.

Survive Kiawe’s passionate rage and you’ll get the inspiration for the Reverent Battle Style . If you’re playing Ultra Moon instead, don’t worry as you can learn this battle style via another method, which we’ll detail soon enough.

Gift from Colress

By the way, you’re not the only one revisiting old haunts. If you go back to the Aether Foundation trailer on Route 8, where you first spoke to Colress, you’ll find the eccentric scientist has returned. He’ll present you with a Douse Drive , Shock Drive , Burn Drive and Chill Drive .

These items can be given to the Mythical Pokémon Genesect to hold. Doing so will change the Type of its Techno Blast move to match the drive it’s holding, sort of similar to Arceus’s plates or Silvally’s memory drives. Unlike those items though, Genesect itself doesn’t change Type, so the drives merely improve its Type coverage.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    23 December 2017
  • Last Updated
    12 February 2019
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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