7 things for beginners to know in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Are you just beginning your tropical adventure in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for Nintendo 3DS?
Before you delve into your journey, here are seven things to help you get started as you settle into your new home in the Alola region…
1. What’s the difference between Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon?
The first Alola region adventure on Nintendo 3DS is available in two versions: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
Discover the key differences between the two versions, below…
Each version features a different Legendary Pokémon: Solgaleo or Lunala
Some of the Pokémon that appear in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are different – including Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala. These Pokémon play a crucial role in the game’s story, but their place in the world is still wrapped in mystery!
Solgaleo is featured in Pokémon Sun, while Lunala features in Pokémon Moon.
CATEGORY: Sunne Pokémon
WEIGHT: 507.1 lbs.
ABILITY: Full Metal Body
Since ancient times, Solgaleo has been honored as an emissary of the sun. It is referred to with reverence as “the beast that devours the sun.” Solgaleo's body holds a vast amount of energy, and it shines with light when it's active. It has a flowing mane with a remarkable resemblance to the sun. Its signature move is Sunsteel Strike, an attack that charges at an opponent with the force of a meteor, disregarding the target’s Ability.
Solgaleo’s Ability is Full Metal Body, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Full Metal Body Ability, a Pokémon’s stats will not be lowered by the effects of an opponent’s moves or Ability.
CATEGORY: Moone Pokémon
WEIGHT: 264.6 lbs.
ABILITY: Shadow Shield
Since ancient times, Lunala has been honored as an emissary of the moon. It is referred to with reverence as “the beast that calls the moon.” Lunala is constantly absorbing light and converting it into energy. With its wings spread to absorb the surrounding light and glittering like a crescent moon, it resembles a beautiful night sky. Lunala’s signature Moongeist Beam attack releases an ominous beam of light that disregards the target’s Ability.
Lunala’s Ability is Shadow Shield, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Shadow Shield Ability, a Pokémon will take less damage from an attack that lands when the Pokémon has full HP.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are 12 hours apart
There’s a difference in the way time is set in the two games: the two worlds of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are set 12 hours apart!
Except for a few scenes, time in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon is tied to the actual time. Pokémon Sun operates on the same time as your Nintendo 3DS system, but time in the world of Pokémon Moon is shifted by 12 hours.
Each game features version-exclusive Pokémon
Some Pokémon are only found in either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.
Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Sun are:
Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Moon are:
To obtain every Pokémon, you'll need to trade with other players!
2. Strengthen your Pokémon by battling wild Pokémon and Trainers during your adventure
In the Pokémon games, Pokémon battle one another using a variety of moves. These are called Pokémon battles.
You'll take the role of a Trainer and, by battling against other Trainers and wild Pokémon, raise your Pokémon to become stronger.
Pokémon in the wild
Many of the Pokémon you'll battle will be found in the wild, travelling without a Trainer. It's easy to meet Pokémon in patches of tall grass outside towns.
You'll frequently encounter other Trainers around the Alola region. When you meet eyes with another Trainer, a Pokémon battle will start!
Seek out battles with these Trainers to gain valuable experience!
3. Know your Pokémon type!
Every Pokémon has its own type or types, such as Fire-type, Flying-type, or Psychic-type, and the moves that Pokémon use are also split into these various types. Each of those types has its own strengths and weaknesses.
The relationship between these types is what gives Pokémon battles their deep strategy and endless fun!
As an example, look at Fire-type Pokémon. Water-type moves will be super effective against them, but Grass-type moves will not be very effective against them.
In this way, all of the Pokémon types interact with one another!
4. Discover the Pokémon of Alola and Alolan variants
The tropical Alola region has a diverse ecology, and there are many new Pokémon to discover during your adventures. Some kinds of Pokémon are found exclusively in the Alola region, including variants of familiar Pokémon that have never been seen before – until now!
Compare some of the examples below of Pokémon with their Alolan variants:
5. Poké Pelago – a paradise for Pokémon in PC Boxes!
Why keep your Pokémon in your PC Box when it can be enjoying the sunshine with your other Pokémon?
As you progress through the island trials, you’ll unlock Poké Pelago – a collection of isles where Pokémon can go exploring, play on athletic equipment, and enjoy other fun activities.
Here’s what you can do at Poké Pelago:
At Isle Abeens, shake the giant beanstalk and gather the Poké Beans that fall from it...
Filling your Poké Bean crate with Poké Beans can attract wild Pokémon – some might like it so much that they’ll choose to stay!
Harvest all kinds of Berries at Isle Aplenny to give to your Pokémon – there are many types and colours to discover, plus, it’ll save you from spending your precious Pokémon Dollars on items such as Antidotes, thanks to certain Berries’ healing properties!
At Isle Aphun, you can send your Pokémon to explore various cave paths...
...and on their return, they’ll bring you all kinds of items, such as strange stones, rare treasures and more!
Level up your Pokémon or increase their stats with special drinks at Isle Evelup, while they enjoy playtime on the various equipment of the play gym!
Pokémon love relaxing in the hot springs at Isle Avue, and doing so will help increase their friendship. But don’t leave them there too long, as they’ll overheat! You can also leave Pokémon Eggs here to hatch.
The island paradise of Poké Pelago awaits you!
Along with Poké Pelago’s Isle Aplenny, you’ll also find trees around Alola that grow Berries – so be sure to collect them for your Pokémon!
6. Bond with and care for your Pokémon with Pokémon Refresh
Pokémon in the Alola region have a very special bond with their Trainers.
Use the Pokémon Refresh feature to care for your Pokémon, which allows you to cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on your Pokémon in battle.
Pokémon that have grown very affectionate, thanks to petting them a lot and feeding them their beloved Poké Beans, will battle to the utmost for you. Sometimes they’ll avoid attacks from opposing Pokémon – and even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting.
Take good care of your Pokémon with Pokémon Refresh, and they’ll be great allies on your adventure.
7. Travel far and wide with Poké Ride
One aspect of the culture in the Alola region is Poké Ride, in which certain Pokémon help people get to places they wouldn’t be able to reach by using human strength alone.
Although these Pokémon don’t join your team, you can call on them anytime to receive their help. This practice is typical of the way of life in Alola, where humans and Pokémon are so closely bound together.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (sold separately) are out now for Nintendo 3DS!