Ambush encounter

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Ambush encounters are a means of encountering wild Pokémon introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Most of them involve the wild Pokémon chasing the player, or jumping at them from a hiding place. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon encountered by this method may drop items after they are defeated or captured.

Introduced in X and Y

Dropping from the ceiling

In X and Y, some caves have shadows inside. If the player walks on them, a wild Pokémon will drop from the ceiling and attack.

Possible encounters
Graveler Graveler Victory Road Ariados Ariados Terminus Cave, Victory Road
Woobat Woobat Glittering Cave, Reflection Cave Ferroseed Ferroseed Glittering Cave, Reflection Cave
Noibat Noibat Terminus Cave, Victory Road

Shaking trash cans

In X and Y, there are special trash cans in Lost Hotel and Pokémon Village. Occasionally, trash cans contain an item rather than a wild Pokémon.

There are five trash cans in the Lost Hotel. Their locations are:

  • Route 15 side:
    • In the first hallway by the Punk Guy
    • West of the Punk Couple
    • Just right of the Twirling Whirlwind
  • Route 16 side:
    • On the east side of the room north of the south hall
    • In the far southwestern corner

If one of these trash cans is shaking, a Pokémon or an item can be found inside it.

The trash can west of the Punk Couple will contain a Pokémon or item every day, while the remaining four trash cans may only contain a Pokémon or item once a week, on Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, only three of those four trash cans will shake, while the last will remain empty. Both types of trash cans also contain different Pokémon and items (meaning, even on Tuesdays, the daily trash can will contain the same types of Pokémon and items as it does every other day).

There are five trash cans among the field of yellow flowers in Pokémon Village. Their locations are:

  • Three along the south edge of the village, ranging between the tire and the river
  • One west of the tire
  • One northwest of the empty western canopy

If one of these trash cans is shaking, a Pokémon or an item can be found inside it.

The middle trash can along the south edge of the village will contain a Pokémon or item every day, while the remaining four trash cans may only contain a Pokémon or item once a week, on Thursdays. On Thursdays, only three of those four trash cans will shake, while the last will remain empty. Both types of trash cans also contain different Pokémon and items (meaning, even on Thursdays, the daily trash can will contain the same types of Pokémon and items as it does every other day).

In both locations, once a Pokémon or item has been found in a trash can, that trash can will not shake again for the rest of the day. The contents of trash cans are generated upon interaction (so soft resetting may yield different Pokémon or items).

Possible encounters
Banette Banette Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans) Rotom Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Rotom Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans) Rotom Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Rotom Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans) Rotom Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Rotom Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans) Trubbish Trubbish Lost Hotel (Daily trash cans)
Garbodor Garbodor Lost Hotel, Pokémon Village (Tuesday trash cans) Bag Escape Rope Sprite.png Escape Rope Lost Hotel (Daily and Tuesday trash cans)
Bag Super Repel Sprite.png Super Repel Lost Hotel (Daily trash can) Bag Max Repel Sprite.png Max Repel Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Bag Max Elixir Sprite.png Max Elixir Lost Hotel (Daily trash can) Bag Dusk Ball Sprite.png Dusk Ball Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)
Bag Nugget Sprite.png Nugget Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans) Bag Big Nugget Sprite.png Big Nugget Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Bag HP Up Sprite.png HP Up Lost Hotel (Daily trash can) Bag Protein Sprite.png Protein Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)
Bag Iron Sprite.png Iron Lost Hotel (Daily trash can) Bag Calcium Sprite.png Calcium Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Bag Zinc Sprite.png Zinc Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans) Bag Carbos Sprite.png Carbos Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
Bag Honey Sprite.png Honey Pokémon Village (Daily and Thursday trash cans) Bag Poké Toy Sprite.png Poké Toy Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)
Bag Pretty Wing Sprite.png Pretty Wing Pokémon Village (Daily trash can) Bag Prism Scale Sprite.png Prism Scale Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)
Bag Tiny Mushroom Sprite.png Tiny Mushroom Pokémon Village (Daily trash can) Bag Big Mushroom Sprite.png Big Mushroom Pokémon Village (Daily and Thursday trash cans)
Bag Balm Mushroom Sprite.png Balm Mushroom Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans) Bag Max Revive Sprite.png Max Revive Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)
Bag Mental Herb Sprite.png Mental Herb Pokémon Village (Daily trash can) Bag Eviolite Sprite.png Eviolite Pokémon Village (Tuesday trash cans)
Bag Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder Pokémon Village (Tuesday trash cans) Bag Revival Herb Sprite.png Revival Herb Pokémon Village (Tuesday trash cans)

Swooping down from above

In X and Y, Victory Road has shadows in certain locations outside of caves. If the player walks on them, a wild Pokémon will swoop down from above and attack.

Possible encounters
Fearow Fearow Victory Road Skarmory Skarmory Victory Road
Hydreigon Hydreigon Victory Road

Rustling bushes

Rustling bushes were introduced in X and Y and return in Sun and Moon. Sometimes, a bush may start shaking. If the player approaches it, a wild Pokémon will jump out to attack.

Pokémon X and Y

Possible encounters
Audino Audino Route 6 Venipede Venipede Route 6
Heatmor Heatmor Route 18 Durant Durant Route 18

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Possible encounters
Scyther Scyther Poni Plains Cottonee Cottonee Poni Plains
Petilil Petilil Poni Plains

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a rustling bush is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Item Location Games
Aguav Berry Aguav Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling bushes  S  M 
Absorb Bulb Absorb Bulb Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling bushes  S  M 

Introduced in Sun and Moon

Rustling grass

In Sun and Moon, in certain areas, a small part of tall grass might start shaking. If the player approaches it, a wild Pokémon will chase them to attack.

Possible encounters
Rattata Rattata Route 2 Raticate Raticate Poni Plains
Makuhita Makuhita Route 2 Hariyama Hariyama Poni Plains
Yungoos Yungoos Route 2 Gumshoos Gumshoos Poni Plains

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from rustling grass is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Route 2
Item Location Games
Oran Berry Oran Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling grass  S  M 
Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling grass  S  M 
Poni Plains
Item Location Games
Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Raticate or Gumshoos from rustling grass  S  M 
Black Belt Black Belt Sometimes dropped by Hariyama from rustling grass  S  M 

Dirt clouds

In Sun and Moon, certain locations have walls with holes in them, and dirt clouds may come out of them. If the players touches one, a wild Pokémon will attack.

Possible encounters
Rattata Rattata Verdant Cavern Diglett Diglett Route 5, Route 7, Diglett's Tunnel
Dugtrio Dugtrio Vast Poni Canyon, Poni Coast Yungoos Yungoos Verdant Cavern

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a dirt cloud is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Verdant Cavern
Item Location Games
Oran Berry Oran Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M 
Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M 
Route 5 and 7, Diglett's Tunnel, Vast Poni Canyon, and Poni Coast
Item Location Games
Soft Sand Soft Sand Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M 
Big Root Big Root Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M 

Flying shadows

In Sun and Moon, some locations have shadows of Pokémon that are flying around. If the player walks on them, a wild Pokémon will come down from the sky to attack.

Possible encounters
Spearow Spearow Route 3 Fearow Fearow Poni Plains
Rufflet Rufflet Route 3 Braviary Braviary Poni Plains
Vullaby Vullaby Route 3 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Poni Plains

Sometimes, after a flying Pokémon from a shadow is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Route 3
Item Location Games
Pretty Wing Pretty Wing Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from flying shadows  S  M 
Sharp Beak Sharp Beak Sometimes dropped by Spearow from flying shadows  S  M 
Poni Plains
Item Location Games
Sharp Beak Sharp Beak Sometimes dropped by Fearow from flying shadows  S  M 
Health Wing Health Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from flying shadows  S  M 
Swift Wing Swift Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from flying shadows  S  M 
Genius Wing Genius Wing Sometimes dropped by BraviaryS/MandibuzzM from flying shadows  S  M 
Muscle Wing Muscle Wing Sometimes dropped by BraviaryS/MandibuzzM from flying shadows  S  M 

Vast Poni Canyon

This is a special kind of flying shadow ambush encounter that only happens during the trial in Vast Poni Canyon in Sun and Moon. During the trial, while walking through the cave, the player is attacked by a Jangmo-o and a Hakamo-o.

Possible encounters
Jangmo-o Jangmo-o Vast Poni Canyon Hakamo-o Hakamo-o Vast Poni Canyon

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a flying shadow at the trial site is defeated, it will drop an item.

Item Location Games
Heart Scale Heart Scale Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from flying shadows  S  M 

Chase

In Sun and Moon, in certain locations, there are walls with holes in them. Sometimes, a Wimpod will come out from one of the holes and go to another one. If the player touches it, the Wimpod will attack.

Possible encounters
Wimpod Wimpod Route 8, Poni Wilds, Poni Breaker Coast

Sometimes, after a Wimpod is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Route 8
Item Location Games
Big Pearl Big Pearl Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M 
Nugget Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M 
Poni Wilds and Poni Breaker Coast
Item Location Games
Big Pearl Big Pearl Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M 
Nugget Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M 
Big Nugget Big Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M 

Rustling trees

In Sun and Moon, in certain areas, a tree might start shaking. If the player approaches it, a wild Pokémon will jump from the tree to attack.

Possible encounters
Fearow Fearow Route 10 Primeape Primeape Poni Plains
Skarmory Skarmory Route 10 Emolga Emolga Poni Plains
Fomantis Fomantis Lush Jungle

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a rustling tree is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Lush Jungle
Item Location Games
Honey Honey Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling trees  S  M 
Route 10
Item Location Games
Sharp Beak Sharp Beak Sometimes dropped by Fearow from rustling trees  S  M 
Health Wing Health Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from rustling trees  S  M 
Swift Wing Swift Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from rustling trees  S  M 
Clever Wing Clever Wing Sometimes dropped by Skarmory from rustling trees  S  M 
Resist Wing Resist Wing Sometimes dropped by Skarmory from rustling trees  S  M 
Poni Plains
Item Location Games
Wiki Berry Wiki Berry Sometimes dropped by Primeape from rustling trees  S  M 
Cell Battery Cell Battery Sometimes dropped by Emolga from rustling trees  S  M 

Sand clouds

In Sun and Moon, in certain locations, there are small shadows in the sand. In Hano Beach they are stationary, while in Haina Desert they chase the player. If the player touches a shadow in the sand, a wild Pokémon will attack.

Possible encounters
Dugtrio Dugtrio Haina Desert Staryu Staryu Hano Beach
Trapinch Trapinch Haina Desert Sandile Sandile Haina Desert
Sandygast Sandygast Hano Beach

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a sand cloud is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Hano Beach
Item Location Games
Stardust Stardust Sometimes dropped by Staryu from sand clouds  S  M 
Star Piece Star Piece Sometimes dropped by Staryu from sand clouds  S  M 
Spell Tag Spell Tag Sometimes dropped by Sandygast from sand clouds  S  M 
Haina Desert
Item Location Games
Black Glasses Black Glasses Sometimes dropped by Sandile from sand clouds  S  M 
Soft Sand Soft Sand Sometimes dropped by Dugtrio from sand clouds  S  M 
Big Root Big Root Sometimes dropped by Dugtrio from sand clouds  S  M 
Figy Berry Figy Berry Sometimes dropped by Trapinch from sand clouds  S  M 

Water splashes

In Sun and Moon, when surfing in certain locations, a splash may appear in the water. If the player approaches it, it will chase the player and a wild Pokémon will attack.

Possible encounters
Tentacool Tentacool Hano Beach Wailmer Wailmer Poni Wilds
Wailord Wailord Poni Wilds

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a water splash is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Hano Beach
Item Location Games
Poison Barb Poison Barb Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from water splashes  S  M 
Poni Wilds
Item Location Games
Big Pearl Big Pearl Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from water splashes  S  M 

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