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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 (????) 16-10-2018 / 13:11 GMT

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Postgame

Postgame

Melemele Clean-up (Part 2)

Shopping Mall - Round 2

Rejoice! The shops will no longer withhold their best services from you.

There’s a very good chance that you’ve amassed a respectable sum of money after conquering the Pokémon League–and especially after finishing Episode RR. If you need ideas of where to spend your excess change, consider visiting the Hau’oli City Shopping Mall, to the east of the Pokémon Center (looking at the map).

Inside the mall, a few things have changed ever since you became Champion. To begin with, the trainers in the Battle Buffet are now much higher Level . If you get bored of repeatedly fighting the Elite Four, you can come to the Battle Buffet instead. You may even encounter the Buffet Queen if you’re lucky.

Unlimited Buffet

Normally, you can only visit the Battle Buffet once per day. However, if you walk outside before your 10 turns are up, you can continue to re-enter as many time as you want, so long as you never reach the 10th turn. Of course, you have to pay each time you enter, but you should still earn a net profit.

Next, the stall to the east of the Battle Buffet is now home to a third shopkeeper: Mr. Hyper. If you have any Level 100 Pokémon, he will offer a service called Hyper Training that claims to raise the Pokémon’s stats to the max. A Bottle Cap is required to max one stat, while a Gold Bottle Cap can be used to max all six stats at once.

The Fine Print

What Hyper Training does is max one–or all–of the Pokémon’s IVs. For those unware, IVs (short for "Individual Values") reflect a Pokémon’s "natural talent" and are determined when the Pokémon is generated. Prior to Sun and Moon it was impossible to alter IVs.

Actually, it’s slightly more complicated than that. You see, the Pokémon’s IVs are made to look like they’re maxed, in the status screen and for battle purposes. However, for breeding and Hidden Power calculations, the Pokémon’s IVs are completely untouched.

Thirdly, the man in the easternmost stall is ready to sell you his most precious wares: a variety of plate items that belong to Arceus, the creator of the Pokémon universe–or one of them anyway. However, what he’s selling isn’t the complete collection; the rest of the plates literally fell out of a truck on the way here. Oops.

Plate Area Location
Mind Route 1 Palm tree outside your house (near surfboard).
Earth Route 1 Palm tree towards the east side of the beach.
Flame Trainer's School Towards the north-east, near the incinerator.
Icicle Beachfront Shallow water towards the south.
Insect Shopping District Below the window of the hair salon.
Toxic Shopping District Corner behind the Pokémon Center.
Meadow Shopping District Corner of the road south-west from Town Hall.
Draco Shopping District Below the truck behind the Police Station.
Spooky Hau'oli Cemetery Gravestone near the center.

Origins of Silvally

The plate items function similarly to the Memory Disks for Silvally. When given to Arceus to hold, its Type will change to match the plate, and so will the Type of its signature move Judgment. Unlike the disks, the plates also provide a 20% power boost for the corresponding Type.

By the way, there’s something else we should point out. While Silvally has to hold a disk to change its Type, Arceus has a way of changing its Type without a plate–and that’s by holding a Z-Crystal. This enables non-Normal Arceus to use Z-Moves, although Judgment remains a Normal-type move.

Point your QR Scanner here to add Magaerna to your squad!

Finally, if you scan the special QR code for Magaerna , you can pick up the Mythical Pokémon from the deliveryman in front of here. For those who are picky about their Pokémon, if your lead Pokémon has the Synchronize Ability, there’s a 100% chance of Magaerna having your lead Pokémon’s Nature.

Playtime with Ilima

The last time you probably saw Ilima was during Mina’s Trial. If you want to gaze at his smug face again, you can visit his mansion along the west side of the Hau’oli City Shopping District, near the Town Hall. Ilima himself will be waiting in his room on the top floor and, upon seeing you, he will request a(nother) rematch.

Captain Ilima

Pokémon Level Type
Gumshoos 60 Normal
Smeargle 60 Normal
Komala 60 Normal
Ilima's team has seen little changes since his previous battle, except for being higher Level. Gumshoos still has Hyper Fang for STAB, Super Fang to halve HP, and Crunch to hurt Ghosts. Fighting-types are obviously the way to go; Rock or Steel-types can be useful too.

Meanwhile Smeargle has kept Extreme Speed to attack first, but has replaced its coverage move with stronger versions: Power Whip, Fire Blast and Hydro Pump. Fortunately, it has sub-par stats, so you’ll do fine so long as your Pokémon are reasonably strong.

Finally, Ilima’s Komala still has Slam (and its Z-Move version) for STAB, Wood Hammer to pummel Rock-types, and Sucker Punch to go first if your Pokémon is attacking and inflict decent damage to Ghosts. Plus Zen Headbutt to punish Fighting-types.

Show Ilima how much you’ve improved and you’ll get the inspiration for his Left-handed Battle Style , as well as an Everstone . The next time you visit Ilima, he’ll ask you for a favor. You’ll receive Ilima’s Normalium Z from him, which you must place inside the pedestal at the end of Verdant Cavern.

Without delay, page Charizard and point the fiery lizard towards the Verdant Cavern glide spot along the north side of the island. After arriving, make your way to the Totem’s Den and place Ilima’s Normalium Z into the pedestal. What happens next is a neat throwback to your very first Totem Pokémon battle.

Totem Pokémon

Pokémon Level Type
Gumshoos (Ultra Sun) 60 Normal
Alolan Raticate (Ultra Moon) 60 Normal/Dark
Well, well, it's time for a grudge match with the first totem. As before, the totem you face is different depending on which game you're playing. However, this time around, the totem is much higher Level. Also, at the start of the battle, the totem's stats will all increase by one stage, making it scarier than before.

In Ultra Sun, you’ll face off against Gumshoos again. For attacks, it can use Hyper Fang for STAB, Crunch to hurt Ghosts, Ice Fang to annoy Grass-types etc., and Protect to stall for time. It can summon Yungoos, which can use Super Fang to halve HP, and Torment to prevent your Pokémon from using the same move.

In Ultra Moon, Raticate is your foe instead. It can use Hyper Fang for STAB, Throat Chop to hurt Ghosts and disable sound-based moves, Double Team to boost evasion, and Protect for stalling purposes. It can summon Rattata, which also have Super Fang to halve HP, and Torment to stop you spamming the same moves.

Compared to the first battle, this is a much more difficult battle. But at the same time, you’ll have fought far fiercer totems since then, like Mimikyu or Ribombee. Fighting-types are still highly recommended, but note that the totem has a Chople Berry to reduce the damage of the first attack, and will likely use Protect so it can call for allies.

Triumph against the powered up totem and you’ll receive a Trial Guide Outfit . Which is fitting since you personally helped to set up the trial!

Secret of Success

To finish off, make your way to Guzma’s house on Route 2–it’s the building to the east of the motel. You can easily get there by flying to Hau’oli Cemetery, then traveling north while on Route 2. Inside, head for the back room to bump into Guzma’s mother. She’ll give you Guzma’s favorite TM87 Swagger .

This fiendish move raises the opponent’s Attack by two stages and inflicts confusion. When a Pokémon is confused and hurts themselves, the Pokémon’s Attack is used to calculate damage. So with Swagger, they can potentially deal a lot of damage to themselves. But if not, watch out because the next attack is gonna hurt you!