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Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon

Strategy Guide

Author: Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
First Published: 23-12-2017 / 00:00 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 21-08-2018 / 11:36 GMT

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon Strategy Guide

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Intro and Gameplay

Intro and Gameplay

Ultra Sun vs. Ultra Moon

Exceeding expectations, the enhanced version of Sun and Moon turned out to be a pair of games. As always, there isn’t a huge difference which of the two games–Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon–you play, as the general story and game world are basically the same. The main difference lies in the Pokémon you can catch, although there’s a bit more to it than that.

Time Offset

Alola can feel like a very different place depending on the time of day.

The first noticeable change is apparent as soon as you play the game. Since Pokémon Gold and Silver (although it took a brief hiatus), the time in the game world follows the time in the real world (or at least the time according to your 3DS or 2DS’s clock). This is 100% true for Ultra Sun, but in Ultra Moon, the in-game time is offset by 12 hours .

That means when it’s day in Ultra Sun, it’s night in Ultra Moon, and vice versa. Since the in-game time runs off your system’s clock, you can simply offset your system’s clock by 12 hours to cancel out the effect in Ultra Moon. Of course, you’ll have to be wary about affecting other games you’re playing (like Animal Crossing)!

Exclusive Pokémon

Most of the Pokémon you encounter will be the same no matter if you’re playing Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon, but keeping with tradition, there are some Pokémon that you cannot catch in one game or the other. To obtain these Pokémon, you’ll need to trade with somebody else. Or perhaps trade with yourself if you own the other game–or even a previous game.

Newly added in Sun and Moon

These Pokémon debuted in Sun and Moon and can only be found in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (at the time of writing). As it happens, the exclusivity rules are the same in Sun and Moon. So if you have Sun and Ultra Moon, for example, you can catch all of the listed Pokémon.

Exclusive to Ultra Sun Exclusive to Ultra Moon
Passimian Oranguru
Turtonator Drampa
Vulpix (Alolan) Sandshew (Alolan)
Ninetales (Alolan) Sandslash (Alolan)
Solgaleo Lunala
Buzzwole Pheromosa
Kartana Celesteela
**Newly added in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon**

These Pokémon only exist in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (at the time of writing). As such, you will need access to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to get both. Fortunately, you can find two of each Pokémon per game, making it much more easier to trade!

Exclusive to Ultra Sun Exclusive to Ultra Moon
Blacephalon Stakataka
**Returning Pokémon in Sun and Moon**

These are Pokémon found in previous games in the series (prior to Sun and Moon) that could also be caught in Sun and Moon. As such, you can also trade with Sun and Moon to get these Pokémon. Or alternatively, if you have Pokémon Bank, you can potentially transfer these Pokémon up to fill your dex.

Exclusive to Ultra Sun Exclusive to Ultra Moon
Cottonee Petilil
Whimsicott Lilligant
Rufflet Vullaby
Braviary Mandibuzz
**Returning Pokémon in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon**

These are Pokémon found in previous games in the series (prior to Sun and Moon) that couldn’t be caught in Sun and Moon, but can be caught in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Likewise, you could use Pokémon Bank if you’d rather not trade between these latest pair of games.

Exclusive to Ultra Sun Exclusive to Ultra Moon
Houndour Electrike
Houndoom Manectric
Golett Baltoy
Golurk Cladyol
Clauncher Skrelp
Clawitzer Dragalge
**Legendary Pokémon in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon**

Last but not least, we have Legendary Pokémon found in previous games in the series (prior to Sun and Moon) that can be captured via the new Ultra Warp Ride mini-game. Again, if you’re lacking an Ultra Moon or Ultra Sun trade partner, you can try looking for these Pokémon in older games.

Exclusive to Ultra Sun Exclusive to Ultra Moon
Raikou Entei
Ho-oh Lugia
Latios Latias
Groudon Kyogre
Dialga Palkia
Heatran Regigigas
Tornadus Thundurus
Reshiram Zekrom
Xerneas Yveltal

Exclusive Evolutions

Rockruff is a unique Pokémon that can evolve into one of two different forms depending on which game you’re playing. In Ultra Sun (and Sun), Rockruff evolves into the Midday Form Lycanroc. Meanwhile in Ultra Moon (and Moon), Rockruff evolves into the Midnight Form Lycanroc.

There’s a tiny catch though! Midday Form Lycanroc and Midnight Form Lycanroc–the Pokémon themselves–are not exclusive to any one version. Later in the game, you’ll find both forms in the wild–Midday during the day and Midnight during the night. But if you want your Rockruff to evolve into a different Lycanroc, you will need to trade.

Similarly, there’s one more very special Pokémon that evolves into one of two different Pokémon depending on which game you’re playing. But for the benefit of those venturing into Alola for their very first time, we’ll keep our lips sealed! (Don’t worry, it should become very obvious when you reach that point.)

Alternate Events

While the story and events that take place are largely the same in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, there are some small differences. Most notably, the two members of the Ultra Recon Squad (newly added to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon) that you meet. Also, the Totem Pokémon encountered at the end of your first island trial. And, of course, the scenes involving Solgaleo and Lunala.