Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    23 December 2017
  • Last Updated
    6 April 2018
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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Ula'ula Island

Ula'ula Island

Tapu Village & Mount Lanakila

A village that stands in ruins, although nobody remembers what happened.

This village once built to honor the tapu has seen better days. Arriving from Route 13, head west past the empty lot. Bizarrely, this is one of the few empty lots that remains from Sun and Moon. Did the constructors run out of ideas or were they that terrified of the tapu? As you come to the T-junction, you’ll meet Hau again.

After learning some of the history behind the Legendary Pokémon, you may as well visit the Pokémon Center further west. Just outside the entrance, to the left, is a seasoned Pokémon trainer. He’ll tell you how many trainer battles you’ve had and asks to be your next one.

Veteran Angus

Pokémon Level Type
Shelgon 36 Dragon
Sliggoo 36 Dragon
Gabite 36 Dragon/Ground

Now this trainer is a Dragon-type user alright. His first Pokémon, evolved from Bagon, has high Defense, so special attackers–especially Ice or Fairy–are recommended. Although Ice-types should be cautious of its Brick Break.

Next, Sliggoo, evolved from Goomy, has high Special Defense, so physical attackers are the way to go. However your special attackers should do well if they have STAB super-effective moves. Fairy-types need to be mindful this time, since it has Sludge Bomb.

Finally, his Gabite has good Attack and Speed. It also has Rough Skin, which causes damage to physical attackers. Ice-types will do 4x damage, while Dragon and Fairy-types will do 2x. Ice and Fairies, especially slower ones, need to anticipate Gabite’s Iron Head.

Win and you’ll receive a Choice Specs , a powerful held item in the hands of a capable Pokémon trainer. Inside, the right Poké Mart clerk is selling Battle Items. As usual, these can be useful during Totem Pokémon battles, especially for bulking up your defenses. Towards the left is a hiker who posits a trade.

The Choice is Yours

The three Choice items, Choice Band, Choice Specs and Choice Scarf greatly enhance your Pokémon’s Attack, Special Attack and Speed stats respectively. However they only allow your Pokémon to use one move. Therefore you need to choose very wisely (pun not intended).

By the way, your Pokémon will be locked into a move only while they’re on the field. So if you switch out the Pokémon, you can choose a different move (to become locked into). The moves U-Turn and Volt Switch have nice synergy with this tactic.

He wants to trade his Phantump for your Phantump , mainly to test a theory of his. You can find Phantump in Memorial Hill back on Akala Island. After trading your Phantump, the Phantump you receive will automatically evolve into Trevenant. This is useful if you can’t find a real person to trade with.

As it happens, the upcoming trial is the Ghost-type trial and Trevenant is super-effective against Ghost. Trouble is, it’s weak to Ghost itself and slow–therefore it’s almost guaranteed to eat a super-effective hit before it can unleash one of its own. If you seek a Totem-slayer, hunt for a Steel-type instead.

Back outside, if you head north between the Pokémon Center and the empty lot, you can reach the foot of Mount Lanakila.

Mount Lanakila

You'll be coming back here later to challenge the Pokémon League.

Pokémon Encounters - Base of Mount Lanakila

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Snorunt Ice Grass patches near stair lift (30%)
Vulpix (Alolan) Ice [Ultra Sun] Grass patches near stair lift (30%)
Sandshrew (Alolan) Ice/Steel [Ultra Moon] Grass patches near stair lift (30%)
Absol Dark Grass patches near stair lift (20%)
Gumshoos Normal [Day] Grass patches near stair lift (20%)
Raticate (Alolan) Dark/Normal [Night] Grass patches near stair lift (20%)
This is Alola's tallest mountain and the place where the Pokémon League is being built as we speak. However, before you've completed the island challenge, you won't be able to advance up the snowy mountain itself. That said, you can run around in the tall grass in the south-east corner to try and find some snowy inhabitants.

Cold Climate

Although Alola is generally a warm and tropical place, this mountain is so tall that it maintains a cold and snowy climate throughout. While most Pokémon struggle to live here, if you Level Up a Crabrawler here, it’ll unlock its hidden yeti and evolve into the Ice and Fighting-type Crabominable.

Now all of these Pokémon are also found towards the end of Tapu Village, so this little area isn’t actually that special. The only difference is that you won’t encounter Pelipper, which can be useful if you’re trying to train Fire, Fighting or Steel-types. In addition, there’s a chance of hail, which can be annoying.

Pokémon Checklist

Absol is a Dark-type that has excellent Attack, but otherwise average stats. Later in the game, it can Mega Evolve to improve its offensive stats and Speed. While it’s hailing, there’s a chance of Vanillite being called during S.O.S. battles. Those with Snow Cloak will gain Snow Warning when fully evolved.

Ultra Sun players can find the Ice-type Vulpix, which can evolve into the Ice/Fairy Ninetales. If you’re persistent, you can chain S.O.S. battles to get one with Snow Warning. Ultra Moon players will find the Ice/Steel Sandshrew instead. It has good bulk, but takes huge damage from Fire and Fighting-types.

Tapu Village (Continued)

Another chance to catch some cool Ice-type Pokémon.

After briefly visiting Mount Lanakila or otherwise, continue west from the Pokémon Center. Opposite the trainer tips sign, towards the south, is the entrance to Route 14. If you’re curious, you can head there now, but we’ll be going there a bit later. West from here is a winding path going around a patch of tall grass.

Follow the path to the end, then exit via the north to Route 15.

Pokemon Encounters - Tapu Village

Name Type(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Pelipper Water/Flying Grass right outside Tapu Village (30%)
Gumshoos Normal [Day] Grass right outside Tapu Village (30%)
Raticate (Alolan) Dark/Normal [Night] Grass right outside Tapu Village (30%)
Snorunt Ice Grass right outside Tapu Village (20%)
Vulpix (Alolan) Ice [Ultra Sun] Grass right outside Tapu Village (10%)
Sandshrew (Alolan) Ice/Steel [Ultra Moon] Grass right outside Tapu Village (10%)
Absol Dark Grass right outside Tapu Village (10%)
Vanillite Ice SOS when hailing
Castform Normal SOS when raining, sunny, hailing, or sandstorm

Pokémon Checklist

The exact same Pokémon found at the base of Mount Lanakila. With the inclusion of Pelipper, an evolved Wingull. Some Pelipper have the Drizzle Ability, which summons rain at the start of battle. Useful for powering up Pelipper or other Water-types in your party.