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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 / 19:20 GMT

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon Strategy Guide

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Ula'ula Island

Ula'ula Island

Route 12 (North)

The road ahead is rough for your feet, but hopefully not your Pokémon.

Pokemon Encounters - Route 12

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Mudbray Ground All grass patches (30%)
Mudsdale Ground SOS from Mudbray
Graveler (Alolan) Rock/Electric All grass patches (30%)
Houndoom Dark/Fire [Ultra Sun] All grass patches (20%)
Manectric Electric [Ultra Moon] All grass patches (20%)
Torkoal Fire All grass patches (20%)

The next island trial is still faraway, but you’re making progress. As you begin heading along this rugged route, Hapu will come along and add Musdale Gallop to your Ride Pager. Excellent timing since you can’t explore this route without it. Wither further ado, call Mudsdale so you can traverse the rocky terrain towards the east.

On the other side, fetch the Burn Heal between the rocky terrain and a rock mound along the north. Next, carry on east, past the tall grass and towards another patch of rocky terrain. As you step on the rocks, there are two paths to follow: you can go south through the tall grass below, or you can continue east along the rocky terrain.

It doesn’t matter which path you choose, but to make things easier, we’ll be heading east first. After crossing the rocky terrain, you’ll find a pair of trainers below, staring to the west. If you’re tired of battling, you can sneak past them by simply squeezing behind them.

Punk Pair Yoko and Lane

Pokémon Level Type
Pancham 32 Fighting
Krokorok 32 Ground/Dark

A Double Battle with a pair of delinquents. Pancham is nothing special, while Krokorok requires some thought. The latter has the Intimidate Ability that lowers the Attack of both your Pokémon. It can also use Swagger to cause confusion. Fairy-types are ideal as they’re super-effective against both.

Below the punk pair, there’s a narrow path towards the west and tall grass to the south. Continue south for now, but remember the narrow path for later. Once you’re free from the tall grass, there’s a small stretch of rocky terrain below–gallop across with Mudsdale. On the other side, cautiously head south along the tall grass.

Below the tall grass, a Pokémon trainer is walking left and right. If you want to sneak past, do so when he’s walking away from you.

Rising Star Matthew

Pokémon Level Type
Cranidos 33 Rock

This hardheaded Pokémon can be restored from the Skull Fossil. Unlike other fossil Pokémon, it’s just a Rock-type and nothing else. Matthew’s Cranidos knows Rock Tomb, which deals damages and lowers Speed. Besides that, it should be a simple affair.

Before moving on, head for the east side of the easternmost tall grass, either through the grass or along Matthew’s path. Over here, there’s a Hyper Potion that’s more useful in your bag than on the floor. From here, heading south-west will take you to a stretch of rocky terrain that leads towards the southern half of the route.

Instead of going that way, head north back to the punk pair. Afterwards, go west through the nearby narrow path. You’ll arrive in a secluded area full of tall grass. For reference, this is where you would arrive if you initially traveled south after the Burn Heal. Anyway, carefully head south through this small area.

Near the south-west is a female trainer looking east, waiting to ambush anyone who comes near. You can avoid her by sticking towards the east side of the area, where there’s no tall grass. However you may wish to fight her to reach the dead end she’s guarding.

Rising Star Leilani

Pokémon Level Type
Tirtouga 33 Rock/Water

This fossil Pokémon can be resurrected from the Cover Fossil. It has a double weakness to Grass, and is weak to Electric, Ground and Fighting. Leilani’s Tirtouga knows Aqua Jet, which usually goes first, so be cautious if your Pokémon has low HP.

Below Leilani, there’s a dead end with an Elixir sitting, waiting to be found. After going that way or otherwise, exit via the narrow path in the south-east corner. On the other side is another enclosed space full of tall grass. Here, head for the south-west corner, past the trainer tips sign, and squeeze through the narrow path.

You’ll arrive at the southern half of this route. Immediately to the left is a surfer dude, who alternates between looking down, at the surfboard he’s wiping, and directly to the south. If you want to run past him, you should do so when he’s focused on his surfboard. Past him, to the west, is the entrance to Blush Mountain.

Surfer Robert

Pokémon Level Type
Remoraid 32 Water
Sandygast 32 Ghost/Ground

Two Pokémon that you might find near a beach. Remoraid is pretty basic stuff, but Sandygast should be treated with caution. This ghoulish sand castle is weak to Grass, Water, Ice, Ghost and Dark. Water-types should be careful as Sandygast gets increased Defense when hit with Water.

Meanwhile to the right is a collector standing near a directional signpost. This devoted fellow is the "boss" trainer of this route, so make a note to come back after you’ve crushed all the other Pokémon trainers here. At this point, there’s more to explore on this route, but we suggest checking out Blush Mountain towards the west.

Pokémon Checklist

Torkoal is a slow-moving Fire-type that can have the Drought Ability, which summons intense sunlight. The Alolan Graveler is Rock and Electric, which is an interesting Type combination, but makes it incredibly weak to Ground.

Ultra Sun players can also find Houndoom, a Dark and Fire-type, while Ultra Moon players may bump into Manectric, a pure Electric-type. Both of these Pokémon are fairly by the numbers, but can Mega Evolve after completing the game.