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Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
First Published: 23-12-2017 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 06-04-2018 / 13:55 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 15-10-2018 / 18:04 GMT

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Akala Island

Akala Island

Heahea Beach

Your arrival on Akala Island starts differently to Sun and Moon.

Leaving Mememele Island behind, you’ll first arrive at Akala Island’s Heahea Beach. This newly opened beach is the counterpart to Big Wave Beach and offers largely the same services. Before you can go anywhere, you’ll receive Battle Points (BP) for participating in Mantine Surf, the amount depending on your final score.

These valuable points can be spent in the BP shops found in the Mantine Surf spots, the Battle Royal Dome or even the Battle Tree. Also, if you did well in Mantine Surf, scoring over 12,200 points and thus overthrowing the previous high score, you’ll a Star Piece , as well as the instructions for the Lanturn 360 trick.

With that out of the way, you’re free to explore the new island, naturally starting with the beach itself. From where you dismounted, search the area directly south from Mantine, right where the waves touch the sand. With luck, you should uncover a hidden Pearl . South from here, you’ll find a familiar face.

Earlier, you should have bumped into Professor Samson Oak on your way to leave Melemele Island. As he mentioned then, he will give you special Totem-sized Pokémon if you collect enough Totem stickers. You’ll get these Pokémon when you hit the following milestones: 20, 40, 50, 70, 80, 100. Yes, there are a total of 100 stickers to find…

At this point in time, you can have up to 16 stickers, which is sadly short of the first milestone. No matter, you’ll always find Samson Oak standing here, so the only thing to worry about is finding the blasted things! Fortunately, as well as pointing them out throughout our guide, we also have a Totem Sticker List at the end of our guide!

Bigger, but not Better

The Totem Pokémon you receive are much bigger in size, but in terms of stats and Abilities, they’re no different to the wild Pokémon you can capture. Still, just the size of the Totem should be enough to make your opponent shake in their boots! (Satisfaction not guaranteed.)

Soon, finding these hidden items won't be a stab in the dark!

Next, head south-west from Oak, towards the shoreline. Near the corner, there should be a shimmering item floating in the water. Inspect it to discover another letter in a bottle, this time urging you to find somebody on Akala Island who loves dancing and Corsola. Talk about a needle in a haystack! The next part is almost as tough.

From where you found the bottle, slowly walk east, while making sure Samson Oak and the signpost he’s standing next to are visible on screen. When you reach the point where Oak and the signpost are about to vanish off screen, stop, then position yourself so that Oak and the signpost are just about visible in the top-left corner.

Now walk around in a very tight circle a few paces to the right, while searching frantically with the A button. If successful, you should pick up a buried Revive . For guidance, you can check our pictures. But if it’s too much hassle, don’t worry about it. Very soon, you’ll have the means to find hidden items much more easily.

More Mantine Surfing

By the way, if you ride on Mantine from Heahea Beach, you can access Heahea Beach’s slightly harder course, which is a bit longer and has a few more obstacles. This can be a little counter-intuitive, as you’d think the journey from Melemele to Akala would be similar to the reverse journey, but alas…

Basically, each surf spot has its own course and the only factor that determines the course you attempt is where you start from , not where you’re going. Likewise, the scoreboard at each surf spot is for its course, not where you came from. So if you want to compare your current score, you need to head back to where you came from.

Moving on, make your way north-east towards the area with the stalls and scoreboard. The ladies managing the stalls can teach you new moves or give you rare items in exchange for BP. Of note, the moves you can learn here are different to the ones at Big Wave Beach. So make sure to have a gander at least!

Finally, carry on north-east past the stalls, into the slightly secluded area in the far corner. At the end of this area, by the side of the wall, you can find a discarded Soda Pop . That was just the warm up. As soon as you’re ready to properly explore Akala, exit the beach via the south, directly opposite the BP shops.

BP Move Tutor

The BP shop on the left can teach the following moves: Iron Tail, Spite, After You, Giga Drain, Synthesis, Ally Switch, Signal Beam, Gravity, Stealth Rock, Iron Defense, Telekinesis, Magnet Rise, Bounce, Role Play, Fire Punch and Water Pulse.

If you have the BP to spare, Giga Drain is great for Grass-type special attackers, while Fire Punch can be useful for coverage purposes.