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Pokémon: Ultra Sun & Moon

Back to Earth

Vincent Lau

After visiting the gateway to the stars, it’s time to return to terra firma. Let "Charizard" IconCharizard fly you to Malie City, then head north-west from the Pokémon Center to Malie Garden. As you set foot in the garden, there’s a crowd gathered below the bridge up ahead. Go forward to meet the big, bad boss of Team Skull himself.

Team Skull Boss Guzma

Pokémon Level Type
"Golisopod" IconGolisopod 34 Bug/Water
"Masquerain" IconMasquerain 34 Bug/Flying

Guzma appears to be a fan of creepy crawlies. His "Golisopod" IconGolisopod, evolved from "Wimpod" IconWimpod, can be a terror for first-timers. This goliath can use First Impression, a powerful Bug-type move that will nearly always go first. However, it only works on the very first turn that it’s sent out, much like Fake Out.

Therefore you should absolutely send out a Pokémon that resists Bug to deter Golisopod from using this move. Pretty much the only safe Type to use is Flying, since it can use STAB Razor Shell to wash away Rock-types. Also be wary of its Sucker Punch, which goes first if you use an attacking move.

Next up is his "Masquerain" IconMasquerain, which is no less of a threat. This critter, evolved from "Surskit" IconSurskit, can use Bug Buzz and Air Slash for powerful STAB damage. Rock-types are ideal since they deal 4x damage, while Electric, Flying and Ice-types are also great to have. Flying-types should be wary of Icy Wind though.

Having reported back to Kukui and returned his… friend’s mask back, you’ll be free to explore the rest of Ula’ula Island. However, there’s a neat throwback if you exit Malie Garden and re-enter. At the bridge directly ahead, several Pokémon trainers have gathered to re-enact the Nugget Bridge, a gauntlet found in the Kanto region.

Rising Star Elijah

Pokémon Level Type
"Caterpie" IconCaterpie 30 Bug
"Weedle" IconWeedle 31 Bug/Poison

The thing you need about these trainers is that their Pokémon are exactly the same as those used by the original Nugget Bridge trainers. Except they are much higher Level. As such, especially after the Guzma battle, these battles aren’t so much about the challenge, but the experience.

Anyway, these are two Bug Pokémon found in Kanto’s Viridian Forest. "Caterpie" IconCaterpie is also native to Alola, but "Weedle" IconWeedle is nowhere to be found. If you have any Fire, Flying or Rock-types, you know what to do with them.

Lass Rika

Pokémon Level Type
"Pidgey" IconPidgey 30 Normal/Flying
Nidoran (F) 30 Poison

Rika has two Pokémon commonly found in Kanto, but are absent from the Alola region. "Pidgey" IconPidgey is essentially the predecessor of "Pikipek" IconPikipek, the early Normal/Flying-type that can evolve twice. Nidoran (F) is notable for being a gendered Pokémon before Pokémon genders were widely discovered in Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Youngster Tyler

Pokémon Level Type
"Rattata" IconRattata 30 Normal
"Ekans" IconEkans 30 Poison
"Zubat" IconZubat 30 Poison/Flying

For a change, these are all Pokémon that inhabit Alola, although the "Rattata" IconRattata is an original one. If you have a Psychic-type, here’s a good chance to let them loose.

Lass Emmy

Pokémon Level Type
"Pidgey" IconPidgey 30 Normal/Flying
Nidoran (F) 30 Poison

These are the exact same Pokémon used by Rika. Did the original pair of trainers copy each others homework? To be fair, back in the days, there weren’t many Pokémon to choose from. Only 150 versus 800 and counting!

Rising Star Sean

Pokémon Level Type
"Mankey" IconMankey 32 Fighting

To wrap up the challenge, we have a lonesome "Mankey" IconMankey. It’s not particularly scary, but you’d be silly to underestimate any Pokémon. This one know Swagger, which causes confusion and increases your Attack–a painful combination if your Pokémon hits itself.

Defeat all five trainers and you’ll receive your reward: a mouth-watering Big Nugget. As you attempt to leave though, you’ll be persuaded to join a very evil-sounding organization. You could try explaining that you’ve got better things to do, like completing an island challenge. Nope, we didn’t think that would work.

Veteran Don

Pokémon Level Type
"Ekans" IconEkans 32 Poison
"Zubat" IconZubat 32 Poison/Flying

After facing off against the Team Skull boss, this “Team Rocket member” should be easy mode for you. Just let your Psychic or Steel-types play around for a bit and the battle should be over before you know it.

Having conquered Nugget Bridge or otherwise, head east from the bottom of the bridge. Before reaching the small pagoda, there should be a Lass and her "Dewpider" IconDewpider standing in the middle of the path. Approach the pair and the Lass will tell you about her woes–the only solution being a Pokémon battle, of course.

Lass Lisa

Pokémon Level Type
"Dewpider" IconDewpider 28 Water/Bug

You can find wild "Araquanid" IconAraquanid in this garden, so an unevolved one should hardly frighten you. In any case, it’s weak to Electric, Flying and Rock, although the latter is weak to Dewpider’s Water-type moves.

After the battle, you’ll receive 5 Net Balls. Well, that’s enough frolicking in the garden; it’s time to press on and seek out the next island trial! Once you’ve finished preparing for another lengthy journey, travel towards the south-west corner of Malie City. When you reach the Sushi High Roller restaurant at the corner of the road, exit south to reach Route 11.

Riddle Me This!

After humbling Guzma at Malie Garden, there’s something new to be found if you return to the room in Hokulani Observatory where you undertook Sophocles’s trial. Near the bottom-right corner is a scientist who has revamped the "Charjabug" IconCharjabug puzzle board. If you complete all four of his brain-bending puzzles, you can earn a rare PP Max.

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    23 December 2017
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    4 January 2023
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    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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