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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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Poni Island

Poni Island

Gladion and Lillie

Having completed all four of Alola’s Grand Trials, you’ll be eligible to challenge the newly constructed Pokémon League atop Mount Lanakila on Ula’ula Island. Once you’ve made all necessary preparations, fly to the Tapu Village Pokémon Center. From there, head north from the east side of the Pokémon Center.

You’ll arrive at the base of Mount Lanakila, which you may have briefly visited earlier. Approach the platform at the far end and an old friend will arrive from the stair lift. To thank you for your help earlier, he’ll give you the best present one can give: a no holds barred Pokémon battle!

Pokémon Trainer Gladion

Pokémon Level Type
Crobat 53 Poison/Flying
Zoroark 53 Dark
Silvally 55 Fire, Water or Grass
Lucario 53 Fighting/Steel

Gladion has evolved his Golbat into the blisteringly fast Crobat. This terrifying bat can use Acrobatics to deal powerful Flying-type damage, and Cross Poison, which has a high critical hit ratio and can inflict poison. Like its previous form, you should fight it with Electric, Ice, Rock and Psychic-types. Or resist it with Steel-types.

Next up may be Zoroark, but disguised as Lucario. Unfortunately there’s no easy way to tell which one it is. So you may want to send out a Fighting-type to be safe. If it’s Zoroark, it’ll use Night Daze for STAB damage, Hyper Voice to hit resistant Pokémon, and Grass Knot to punish common Types and heavy opponents. It’ll also be holding Darkium Z.

Silvally is an evolved Type: Null that can change Type depending on the Memory Disk it’s holding. Because Gladion is smart, he’s given it the Memory Disk that’s super-effective against your starter Pokémon–so Fire if you chose Rowlet, etc. It can use Multi Attack for STAB damage, and Crush Claw, X-Scissor and Crunch for other purposes.

Finally, Gladion has a Lucario, which is an evolved Riolu. This aura warrior has high offensive stats and reasonable Speed. For attacks, it can use Aura Sphere to deal special-based STAB damage that never misses, Metal Claw for Steel-type STAB, and Quick Attack to finish off weakened foes. Fire, Ground and Fighting-types are recommended.

After defeating Gladion in his true form, he’ll give you a PP Max on behalf of Lillie. Speaking of, apparently Lillie left for Mahalo Trail on Melemele Island. From here, you’re free to use the stair lift to reach Mount Lanakila proper. But before that, it might be a good idea to take care of some unfinished business.

Plank Bridge

Ahead of your Pokémon League challenge, you should see what Lillie’s been getting up to. Fly to Iki Town on Melemele Island, then head to Mahalo Trail, behind the ceremonial stage. Follow the trail to the very top, where you’ll emerge at the recently fixed Plank Bridge. There, you’ll find Lillie and her Legendary companion.

Now’s your chance to catch Alola’s Legendary Pokémon! Originally you were forced to capture Solgaleo or Lunala at the Altar of the Sunne/Moone to proceed with the story, but this time their capture is optional. Having them on your side would help you with immensely at the Pokémon League. However you can catch them whenever you want.

Legendary Pokémon

Pokémon Level Type
Solgaleo (Ultra Sun) 60 Psychic/Steel
Lunala (Ultra Moon) 60 Psychic/Ghost

Solgaleo, the Sunne Pokémon, has exceptional stats, with HP and Attack as its highest stats. For attacks, it can use Sunsteel Strike, a devastating Steel-type move that ignores Abilities, Zen Headbutt for Psychic-type STAB, Crunch to hurt Ghosts, and Cosmic Power to boost its defensive stats. Its Ability negates stat lowering.

Against this fearsome lion, Dark-types are recommended to inflict damage, then switch over to a Steel-type to resist its STAB attacks. Because you can’t lower its stats, inflicting it with paralysis would be extremely useful. You could also use Battle Items, like Roto Boost, to up your Pokémon’s stats for a potentially drawn out battle.

Lunala, the Moone Pokémon, also has exceptional stats, with HP and Special Attack as it shighest stats. It can use Moongeist Beam, a powerful Ghost-type move that ignores Abilities, Shadow Ball for when Moongeist Beam runs out, Night Daze after Shadow Ball runs out, and Cosmic Power. Its Ability weakens damage when at full HP.

When facing this spooky bat, Dark-types are ideal for resisting its attacks, but you need to be careful when attacking as their attacks do 4x damage. Thankfully Shadow Shield should prevent a one-hit KO. Speaking of, be wary of Shadow Shield when calculating damage, as the first hit you land will be significantly weaker than subsequent hits.

Compared to regular wild Pokémon, the biggest difference is that Legendary Pokémon can hit really, really hard. So bulky Pokémon or Pokémon that resist their STAB moves are essential. On top of that, it can take a lot of Poké Balls to catch Legendary Pokémon, so make sure you have lots ready–especially Ultra Balls.

Other than that, the general strategy is the same: weaken the Legendary Pokémon, then start throwing balls like crazy. Thankfully, both Pokémon do not have access to healing moves, so once you’ve got their HP low enough, you only have to worry about your Pokémon’s HP. If necessary, use Roto Catch if you were lucky to roll one.

Oopsie Daisy

If you accidentally cause the Legendary Pokémon to faint, don’t worry as they will remain in front of Plank Bridge. You can try again–as many time as you need to. That said, when facing other Legendary Pokémon or Pokémon from other worlds, you should save your game in front of them, in case this happens.

After capturing Solgaleo or Lunala, Lillie will hand you a Solganium Z for Solgaleo or a Lunalium Z for Lunala. This Z-Crystal will transform Solgaleo’s Sunsteel Strike or Lunala’s Moongeist Beam into an exclusive Z-Move. In addition, the Z-Crystal can be used by Dusk Mane Necrozma or Dawn Wings Necrozma in a similar manner.