Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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Pokémon Ultra Sun
ポケットモンスター ウルトラサン
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Pokémon Ultra Sun's boxart, featuring Dusk Mane Necrozma
Pokémon Ultra Moon
ポケットモンスター ウルトラムーン
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Pokémon Ultra Moon's boxart, featuring Dawn Wings Necrozma
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: RPG
Players: 1-4 players simultaneous
Connectivity: 3DS Wireless, Nintendo Network, IR
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VII core series
GSRR: 6+
Release dates
Japan: November 17, 2017
North America: November 17, 2017
Australia: November 17, 2017
Europe: November 17, 2017
South Korea: November 17, 2017
Mainland China: November 17, 2017
Hong Kong: November 17, 2017
Taiwan: November 17, 2017
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Official site
Nintendo.com (Ultra Sun)
Nintendo.com (Ultra Moon)
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Pokémon Ultra Sun Japanese boxart
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Pokémon Ultra Moon Japanese boxart
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Pokémon Ultra Sun (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ウルトラサン Pocket Monsters Ultra Sun) and Pokémon Ultra Moon (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ウルトラムーン Pocket Monsters Ultra Moon) are the second paired versions of Generation VII and are the upper games of Pokémon Sun and Moon, respectively, featuring an alternate storyline. The games are available on the Nintendo 3DS.

The games were announced worldwide on June 6, 2017, at 11 pm JST through Nintendo Direct. The paired versions were released worldwide on November 17, 2017. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

The games feature Pokémon that did not appear in Pokémon Sun and Moon, including, as a series first, entirely new Pokémon introduced in the midst of a generation.


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The game begins with a video call made by Professor Kukui to the player. Professor Kukui helps create a Trainer Passport for the player before they and the mother move from Kanto to Alola. Meanwhile, at roughly the same time, a young girl is seen escaping what seems to be a lab with an unidentified Pokémon in her bag. As she gets sandwiched between the workers from the lab on one side and alien-looking people in strange uniforms on the other, the Pokémon teleports itself and the girl away from the lab and away from danger.

Three months later, the player, along with the mother and Meowth, are enjoying their new home on Melemele Island. While taking a stroll on Route 1, the player gets attacked by a wild Yungoos, only for a Rowlet, Litten and Popplio to suddenly arrive on the scene and scare it off. Professor Kukui soon joins the player and explains these Pokémon are supposed to be given out as starter Pokémon on behalf of the island kahuna Hala. Excited by what he just saw, he decides to give the player one of the three Pokémon right away. Before arriving to Iki Town, Professor Kukui and the player run into Hala's grandson Hau, who immediately takes a liking to the player. Of the two remaining starter Pokémon, Hau chooses the one that is weak to the player's starter and challenges the player to a battle.

As the player, Professor Kukui and Hau reach Iki Town, the kahuna is nowhere to be found, so Kukui sends the player to the Mahalo Trail in hopes of finding the kahuna. On the trail, the player spots the girl that escaped the lab and follows her to the Plank Bridge.

The Pokémon that the girl was holding escapes her bag as they reach the Plank Bridge, happy about the new environment it is in. Suddenly, a flock of Spearow attack the defenseless Pokémon, leaving the girl worrying and asking the player to save her friend Nebby. As she asks this, one of the Spearow rushes towards the player, making the chosen starter save the day again. Once the Spearow is dealt with, the player rushes in and guards Nebby from further harm before Nebby uses its power to destroy the bridge. Before the player and Nebby fall to their doom, Tapu Koko flies through the Spearow and bring the pair back to safely. Thankful for rescuing Nebby, the girl gives the player a Sparkling Stone that appeared after Tapu Koko's departure.

The player and the girl then return to Iki Town and get greeted by Kukui. Kukui introduces the girl as his lab assistant, Lillie, before the kahuna, Hala, returns from resolving a problem on the island. After Lillie explains the encounter she and the player had with Tapu Koko, Hala gets touched by the moment. Kukui then gives the player a Pokédex and sends them to their mother to show off the new Pokémon. Before the player leaves, Hala notices the sparkling stone and asks if he could borrow it, to which the player obliges, before inviting the player to a festival the following day.

The next day, Kukui stops by the player's house again and takes him to Route 1 so he can teach them how to catch Pokémon. Kukui then lets the player train before going to the festival. Before reaching the festival, the player runs into the alien-looking people who seem preoccupied by auras surrounding Iki Town. They briefly talk to the player before leaving.

At the festival, Hala and Kukui reveal that it is an event where Pokémon battles are held in honor of the Guardian Pokémon in Alola. Hau and the player battle once again in honor of Tapu Koko, and this time the entire town watches, including Lillie, the player's mother, and Meowth. After Tapu Koko approves of the battling, Hala returns the sparkling stone, which is now converted into a Z-Power Ring. Hala explains the Z-Power Ring's powers and the Z-Crystals that can only be acquired by participating in the island challenge, where the player must travel to all four of Alola's islands to become the island challenge champion. Afterward, the player then returns home to prepare for the next day.

The next day, Lillie visits the player and the two head to Kukui's lab. In the lab, Kukui upgrades the player's Pokédex into a Rotom Pokédex and explains more about the island challenge, which includes taking trials and getting recognized by each island kahuna. As the three leave the lab, the sky momentarily darkens. Kukui dismisses the event as an unforeseen eclipse.

Before taking any trials, the player must attend the Trainers' School to learn the basics of battling. Luckily, the player is able to take on the teacher's assignments and the player is able to take Captain Ilima's trial in Verdant Cavern. After beating the teacher in battle, Ilima invites the player to Hau'oli City after the player trains some more.

When the player meets up with Ilima, two Team Skull Grunts appear, but they appear to be minor threats to Ilima. After a quick lesson from the player and Ilima, the Grunts flee and Ilima heals the player's Pokémon before challenging the player to a battle himself. After the battle, Ilima gets impressed by the player's team and allows the player to attempt his trial. On the way to Verdant Cavern, a Crabrawler drags the player to the Big Wave Beach as more Team Skull Grunts are causing trouble with other people. The Grunts get defeated by the player, and they announce to mess with Ilima's trial.

As the player makes it to Verdant Cavern, Ilima explains the rules of the trial and lets the player attempt it. Midway into the trial, the Grunts from earlier challenge the player again and get defeated. The Grunts bother a wild Pokémon in the area, unwittingly helping the player complete the next section of the trial. As the player almost completes the trial, Totem GumshoosUS/Totem RaticateUM ambushes the player and challenges the player to a battle. Upon defeat of the Pokémon, the player completes the trial.

After hearing that Lillie has gone missing, the player heads to Route 3 and into Melemele Meadow, where the player finds Lillie. Lillie again loses Nebby and the player has to go find it. The player finds a small opening and crawls inside, emerging in the Seaward Cave. There the player finds Nebby in the company of the same alien-looking people, Dulse and ZossieUS/Phyco and SolieraUM, one of whom challenges the player to a battle. After dealing with them, the player returns to Lillie with Nebby in tow and they both leave the meadow to be greeted by Hau and Kukui. After hearing that Hau and the player passed their first trial, Kukui sends the player back to Iki Town for their grand trial with island kahuna Hala.

After defeating Hala, the player receives another Z-Crystal and is given a Ride Pager in order to ride Pokémon like Tauros in the Alola region. The player makes way to the next island, Akala Island, surfing on the back of a Mantine. On Akala Island, the player attends the trials of Lana, Kiawe, and Mallow before battling island kahuna Olivia. On Akala Island, the player once again encounters Team Skull and Dulse and ZossieUS/Phyco and SolieraUM as well as new people like a suspicious scientist from Unova called Colress, a neglected member of Team Skull named Gladion who owns a Pokémon called Type: Null, and Hapu, a wanderer traveling the region with her Mudsdale. After defeating the island kahuna, Faba invites the player and Hau to Aether Paradise.

At Aether Paradise, the player and Hau meets the Aether Foundation President Lusamine and learn that the company is responsible for making Aether Paradise a sanctuary for abused Pokémon. In the middle of the meeting, a weird creature from another universe attacks the player and after a short battle retreats to its own world. That's when Dulse and ZossieUS/Phyco and SolieraUM enter the scene once again. Lusamine introduces them as the Ultra Recon Squad, and explains that she is working with them to protect Alola from an otherworldly Pokémon called Necrozma. Lusamine then sends the player and Hau to Ula'ula Island to complete their island challenge.

On Ula'ula Island, the player prepares for the trials of Sophocles and Acerola. While taking these trials, the player learns about a Pokémon League under construction and is challenged to participate in it as soon as the player completes the island challenge. After completing the two trials, the player meets the Team Skull leader Guzma and visits their base at Po Town. After defeating the team in Po Town, Police officer Nanu and Acerola thank the player for rescuing a stolen Yungoos and head to the Aether House.

Upon entering the house, Hau tells the player that Team Skull's Admin, Plumeria, kidnapped Lillie and Nebby. Gladion overhears the conversation and demands Hau and the player to travel with him to the ferry terminal for their next destination. Before the trio leave, Nanu challenges the player as an island kahuna. Nanu gives the player another Z-Crystal and asks Gladion what he is depending on Team Skull for before departing. Gladion reveals to the player and Hau that they have to return to Aether Paradise to rescue Lillie and Nebby. Despite the crazy story, the player and Hau tag with Gladion to Aether Paradise.

At Aether Paradise, employees begin to attack the team as they believe they are intruders. They eventually reach Faba who, after a battle from the player, redirects the trio to the lower level of Aether Paradise, with the trio unaware that it is a trap in order to buy time. After learning of the trap, they head back up to find Faba, who brought reinforcements to battle them. Wicke then appears to them and says that Lillie might be with the President, but it would be hard to get to them. Faba then ambushes them again with more employees. The team defeats the employees and Faba again, resulting in Faba giving them access to the president's office.

The trio then spots Team Skull and Guzma in front of where they need to go. Gladion immediately takes on Guzma, while Hau and the player take out the Grunts. After taking out the Grunts, Guzma takes down Gladion and the player takes his place in battle. Guzma gets defeated by the player again and is forced to let the team move onward. After powering through another battle with DulseUS/SolieraUM, the player runs into Lusamine and Lillie. The player witnesses a darker side of Lusamine and learns that Nebby is being sacrificed to open an Ultra Wormhole to the place where Necrozma dwells. Lillie tries to reason with her mother but fails to do so, resulting in the player going after Lusamine.

Gladion and Hau catch up to the player and Gladion tells his mother she is not ready to fight Necrozma on her own, but again, Lusamine ignores her children and opens the wormhole anyways. She challenges the player to prove her children she can handle any threat with her Pokémon, but even a loss is not enough to deter her, as she calls a similarly stubborn Guzma with her, and they both cross over. After the Ultra Wormhole closes, Lillie checks on Nebby, who has now transformed into a new form. Shocked by Lusamine's actions, Dulse and ZossieUS/Phyco and SolieraUM nevertheless respond to Lillie's plea for help and reveal they came to Alola from their world on the back of a LunalaUS/SolgaleoUM, and that an altar on the final Island of Alola, Poni Island, holds a secret to awakening such a dimension-travelling beast.

The next day, Gladion gives Lillie the Moon FluteUS/Sun FluteUM, helps the player and Lillie get to Poni Island, and recommends finding the island kahuna. The player and Lillie eventually find Hapu again, who reveals the island has no kahuna. The three then travel to the Ruins of Hope where Tapu Fini grants Hapu the honor of becoming Poni Island's new kahuna. Hapu then talks about the Legendary Pokémon SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM and how there needs to be a ceremony at the Altar of the SunneUS/Altar of the MooneUM involving two particular flutes. Lillie shows Hapu the flute Gladion gave her and are told the other flute is on Exeggutor Island. The player then heads to Exeggutor Island to obtain Lillie's flute counterpart.

After the player returns to Poni Island, they and Lillie head to the Altar. On the way to the Altar, they get ambushed by Team Skull. Team Skull battles the player in order to try and get them to talk about where Guzma disappeared to, but Plumeria puts a stop to the battling. Plumeria apologizes for her actions and lets them continue onward in hopes of rescuing Guzma. Soon after, Dulse and ZossieUS/Phyco and SolieraUM catch up to the duo and challenge the player. They explain that now that Lusamine has proven to be untrustworthy, the player is their only chance to stop Necrozma. The player makes way through the Vast Poni Canyon, walking into an unmanned Trial in the process, and completing it.

The player and Lillie reach the Altar and both prepare to play their flutes and either wait until dawnUS or duskUM to summon the Legendary Pokémon. After playing their flutes, an odd power in the Altar forms and takes Lillie's bag to the source of the power. Nebby is taken from the bag and evolves into SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM. Nebby prepares to take the player and Lillie to Ultra Space with its new power, but an Ultra Wormhole suddenly opens, and Guzma and Lusamine fall out of it, followed by a levitating Necrozma. Necrozma immediately spots Nebby and assaults it, ultimately besting it in a battle and merging with it. The player then fights the merged Necrozma, but despite losing, it manages to escape. All the while, other wormholes appear all over Alola, sending Ultra Beasts across the land. The light all over the region also disappears, and the archipelago is plunged into darkness.

Lusamine asks the Ultra Recon Squad for help. However, they brush her off, as they're unwilling to forgive her for her recklessness. Instead, they give the player a uniform like their own and send them across dimensions to the Ultra Recon Squad's world on the back of their own LunalaUS/SolgaleoUM. The player emerges in Ultra Megalopolis, ascends the Megalo Tower and faces Necrozma, now in its true form, a dragon made of light. After the battle, Necrozma disappears, as light returns to Alola. Returning to the Altar, the player learns that after Necrozma and Nebby landed in Alola, they unfused. Necrozma vanished, and Lusamine and Lillie are taking a severely weakened Nebby to Aether Paradise.

The threat of Necrozma is gone, but the player still has one trial to pass in order to complete the island challenge. The player meets the final Trial Captain, Mina, whose trial involves challenging the other Captains to a Pokémon battle. During the trip around the region, the player notices that Sophocles is saying goodbye to his cousin Molayne and that Acerola is nowhere to be found, having left her place in Mina's trial to Nanu. The player completes the trial, after which Hapu invites the player to the Exeggutor Island for the final Grand Trial. After Hapu is bested, the player's island challenge is officially complete. The only thing left to do is challenge the new Pokémon League in Mount Lanakila on Ula'ula Island and become Alola's first ever Champion.

While making way through Mount Lanakila, the player comes across a huge crater with, in the middle of it, a weakened Necrozma. The player gives it some of the light from their Z-Ring and catches it. Then, Colress, who has been watching the battle, arrives, congratulates the player for befriending the beast, and gives them the machines he built for triggering Necrozma's form changes by merging with Solgaleo and Lunala.

When the player reaches the Pokémon League, Professor Kukui greets the player and gives him the choice to battle any of the four members of the Alola League in whatever choice the player decides. The members include former Trial Captain Molayne who uses the Steel type, island kahuna Olivia who uses the Rock type, Trial Captain Acerola, who uses the Ghost type, and Kahili, a former island challenge champion and golfer who uses the Flying type. After the player defeats the Elite Four, they prepare to take a seat in the Champion's chair before Professor Kukui surprises the player with a final challenge, coming from none other than Hau. After winning the battle, the player becomes the first Alola League Champion and is invited back to a big festival in Iki Town to celebrate the big accomplishment.

During the following days, Guzma and Plumeria disband Team Skull. Gladion leaves the region by boat to train overseas and is surprised to see his mother Lusamine wave him goodbye from the Hau'oli Marina.

After the end credits, Hau and the Ultra Recon Squad meet the player outside of their house, congratulate them on becoming the Champion, and invite them along to Poni Island, where Ultra Beasts are still on the loose. On the way to Poni Grove, the player and Hau meet Wicke, who gives the player Type: Null. The player and Hau arrive at Poni Grove to help the Ultra Recon Squad capture BlacephalonUS or StakatakaUM using the provided Beast Balls. One specimen caught by Hau is given to the Ultra Recon Squad and the Aether Foundation for research while the other two are caught by the player to keep. After the crisis is over, the Ultra Recon Squad thank the player and Hau and leave. The player returns home to rest.

Episode RR

Main article: Episode RR

After the search for BlacephalonUS/StakatakaUM, the player takes a break at their house. Sophocles suddenly comes in, saying someone took over the Festival Plaza, and both he and the player immediately teleport there. It turns out the Festival Plaza has been taken over by Team Rainbow Rocket, and the player must battle a Team Rainbow Rocket Grunt at the Battle Agency to buy Sophocles enough time to fully regain his admin rights and kick the villainous team out of Festival Plaza.

Just after the player has returned home, a live television broadcast from Aether Paradise is interrupted when Team Rainbow Rocket makes its entrance there, taking over Lusamine's mansion. When the player arrives to Aether Paradise with Lillie, they find out that Team Rainbow Rocket has taken Lusamine hostage and turned her mansion into their base; Team Rocket's Castle. Upon trying to enter the castle, the player and Lillie are confronted by Faba, who is revealed to have allied himself with the villainous team in the hopes of furthering his own career.

Once Faba has been defeated, the player starts making their way through the castle. Along the way to rescue Lusamine, they must battle and defeat the villainous team leaders Archie, Maxie, Cyrus, Lysandre, and Ghetsis, whom Team Rainbow Rocket had summoned from alternate universes where their respective plans had succeeded. At the deepest part of the castle, the player confronts the team's leader, Giovanni, who reveals his goal being to assemble an army of Ultra Beasts using Aether Foundation's resources. However, once the player has defeated him, he accepts his loss and leaves, causing the mansion to be restored to normal in the process. Faba is punished for his treachery by being demoted to an intern, and Giovanni is seen teleporting away to continue his evil schemes in a different reality.


New Secrets Await Discovery in Alola...

Changes from Pokémon Sun and Moon

Aesthetic changes

  • All HUDs and menus have received graphical updates.
  • Animations leading to battles flash in colors of the rainbow.
  • Trainers' models are now continuously animated when they lose.
  • Trainers' models now have a lead-in animation for Double Battles before throwing their Poké Balls, instead of staying in place.
  • Some locations feature visible wild Pokémon wandering in the background, such as Murkrow and Wingull on Route 1, Magmar on Route 7, Alolan Dugtrio in Diglett's Cave, or Bewear at the end of Poni Gauntlet.
  • The wild Pokémon battle theme has been remixed.
  • The Trainer battle theme has been remixed for regular Trainers. Its original version is played while fighting against Trial Captains.

Location changes

Gameplay changes

Storyline changes

  • The player obtains their first Pokémon on Route 1 from Professor Kukui instead of Iki Town, and does so before saving Lillie.
  • Hau is first fought before arriving in Iki Town, instead of before leaving it.
  • While saving Nebby, the player fights one of the wild Spearow before taking their first step on the bridge.
  • The player receives the island challenge amulet from Hala during the festival instead of obtaining it from Professor Kukui the next day.
  • The first encounter with the two Team Skull Grunts takes place in Hau'oli City itself, rather than at the Marina.
  • Instead of being led to Berry fields by a Delibird, the player is led to Big Wave Beach by a Crabrawler, where the second battle against Team Skull takes place.
  • Instead of wandering in Melemele Meadow, Nebby hides in Seaward Cave.
  • The player and Hau travel from Melemele Island to Akala Island using Mantine Surf instead of hitching a ride on Professor Kukui's boat.
  • Adding Charizard to the Ride Pager does not automatically unlock access to Poké Pelago, the player has to meet Mohn on Route 7 first.
  • Hau forces the player to visit Festival Plaza upon meeting him on Route 8.
  • Molayne does not challenge the player to a battle before Sophocles's trial. Instead, Molayne would give the player the Steelium Z upon meeting him, whereas in the original games, he would give the player the Steelium Z upon completing Sophocles's trial.
  • Bits of dialogue were added between Hau and Guzma, in which they sometimes discuss the purpose and the satisfaction found in the island challenge and battling Pokémon in general.
  • An additional cutscene plays during Acerola's trial, where the character sees an apparition in the shape of Acerola, begging them to leave the site.
  • The player and Lillie are welcomed to Poni Island by Mina instead of the chief of Seafolk Village, though the latter still takes the player to Exeggutor Island.
  • The player visits Exeggutor Island alone, and has to fight three Pinsir pestering the Exeggutor residing there, one of which then helps the player reach the Sun FluteUS/Moon FluteUM.
  • An additional storyline involving Necrozma and the Ultra Recon Squad starts early in the game and converges with Lusamine's storyline when the player reaches Aether Paradise.
    • After the player and Lillie leave Professor Kukui's lab, the sky darkens for a few seconds. Professor Kukui dismisses the phenomenon as a solar (if seen during the day) or lunar (if seen during the night) eclipse, and considers it a good omen.
    • The player frequently runs into Dulse and ZossieUS/Phyco and SolieraUM. On occasion, DulseUS/SolieraUM challenges them to a Pokémon battle.
    • Lusamine's motivations are changed from being obsessed with Ultra Beasts to wanting to save the world from Necrozma by any means necessary. In both cases, she is willing to harm Nebby in order to open up an Ultra Wormhole(s) to achieve her goal. Her first battle against the player happens under the same circumstances but for a different reason, and she does not fight the player a second time.
    • Instead of directly catching Nebby when it evolves into SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM, the player witnesses Necrozma fighting Nebby and merging with it. The player then fights the merged Necrozma and chases it across dimensions all the way to Megalo Tower in Ultra Megalopolis for a final battle.
    • After these events, a weakened Necrozma can be found and captured in Mount Lanakila. Nebby can be captured at Mahalo Trail.
  • Hapu is now fought on Exeggutor Island after all of the trials have been completed.
    • Due to this change, the player cannot return to the Exeggutor Island after collecting the Sun FluteUS/Moon FluteUM until Hapu's grand trial becomes available. Additionally, completing the grand trial is also necessary for the player to fly there directly.
  • Molayne replaces Hala as a member of the Elite Four.
    • Hala can still be rematched during the post-game in Iki Town. Defeating Hala will allow him to give the player the Z-Crystals for the final evolutions of the other two Alola starters, a role Hau did at the beginning of the post-game in the original games.
  • Hau does not challenge the player before their Pokémon League challenge, appearing as the final challenger instead.
  • The player is no longer forced to fight Tapu Koko before the end credits.
  • The quest involving Looker and Anabel investigating Ultra Beasts is replaced with a brief search for BlacephalonUS/StakatakaUM, followed by Episode RR, a larger quest involving Team Rainbow Rocket.
  • Gladion leaves Alola to train overseas in Johto and Kanto, unlike the original games where Lillie and Lusamine were the ones to leave the region at the end of the main story. He later returns to Alola to rematch the player.


See Category:Generation VII Pokémon

Version-exclusive Pokémon

Ultra Sun
0037 Vulpix Vulpix
Alolan Form
0038 Ninetales Ninetales
Alolan Form
Ice Fairy
0228 Houndour Houndour
Dark Fire
0229 Houndoom Houndoom
Dark Fire
0243 Raikou Raikou
0250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Fire Flying
0381 Latios Latios
Dragon Psychic
0383 Groudon Groudon
0483 Dialga Dialga
Steel Dragon
0485 Heatran Heatran
Fire Steel
0546 Cottonee Cottonee
Grass Fairy
0547 Whimsicott Whimsicott
Grass Fairy
0550 Basculin Basculin
0622 Golett Golett
Ground Ghost
0623 Golurk Golurk
Ground Ghost
0627 Rufflet Rufflet
Normal Flying
0628 Braviary Braviary
Normal Flying
0641 Tornadus Tornadus
0643 Reshiram Reshiram
Dragon Fire
0692 Clauncher Clauncher
0693 Clawitzer Clawitzer
0716 Xerneas Xerneas
0766 Passimian Passimian
0776 Turtonator Turtonator
Fire Dragon
0791 Solgaleo Solgaleo
Psychic Steel
0794 Buzzwole Buzzwole
Bug Fighting
0798 Kartana Kartana
Grass Steel
0800 Necrozma Necrozma
Dusk Mane Necrozma
Psychic Steel
0806 Blacephalon Blacephalon
Fire Ghost
Ultra Moon
0027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Alolan Form
Ice Steel
0028 Sandslash Sandslash
Alolan Form
Ice Steel
0244 Entei Entei
0249 Lugia Lugia
Psychic Flying
0309 Electrike Electrike
0310 Manectric Manectric
0343 Baltoy Baltoy
Ground Psychic
0344 Claydol Claydol
Ground Psychic
0380 Latias Latias
Dragon Psychic
0382 Kyogre Kyogre
0484 Palkia Palkia
Water Dragon
0486 Regigigas Regigigas
0548 Petilil Petilil
0549 Lilligant Lilligant
0550 Basculin Basculin
0629 Vullaby Vullaby
Dark Flying
0630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz
Dark Flying
0642 Thundurus Thundurus
Electric Flying
0644 Zekrom Zekrom
Dragon Electric
0690 Skrelp Skrelp
Poison Water
0691 Dragalge Dragalge
Poison Dragon
0717 Yveltal Yveltal
Dark Flying
0765 Oranguru Oranguru
Normal Psychic
0780 Drampa Drampa
Normal Dragon
0792 Lunala Lunala
Psychic Ghost
0795 Pheromosa Pheromosa
Bug Fighting
0797 Celesteela Celesteela
Steel Flying
0800 Necrozma Necrozma
Dawn Wings Necrozma
Psychic Ghost
0805 Stakataka Stakataka
Rock Steel
Totem-sized Pokémon
Ultra Sun
0105 Marowak Marowak
Alolan Form
Fire Ghost
0735 Gumshoos Gumshoos
0738 Vikavolt Vikavolt
Bug Electric
0743 Ribombee Ribombee
Bug Fairy
0754 Lurantis Lurantis
Ultra Moon
0020 Raticate Raticate
Alolan Form
Dark Normal
0752 Araquanid Araquanid
Water Bug
0758 Salazzle Salazzle
Poison Fire
0777 Togedemaru Togedemaru
Electric Steel
0784 Kommo-o Kommo-o
Dragon Fighting


On November 20, 2017, an update for Pokémon Bank was released that allows it to interact with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. In addition to regular storage, the update allows Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to receive Pokémon from the Generation VI games, as well as the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games through the Poké Transporter in a similar method used to transfer from Generation V.

Totem-sized Alolan Marowak, Ribombee, Araquanid, and Togedemaru cannot be transferred to Pokémon Bank. Unlike Spiky-eared Pichu and Cosplay Pikachu, they can be traded, but they cannot leave Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.


Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon a score of 36 out of 40.[1] IGN rated the games an "Amazing" 9.0/10.[2] Both Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon hold a rating of 84% on Metacritic.[3][4]


In the fiscal year of their release, they sold 7.51 million units.[5] As of March 31, 2023, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have sold 9.15 million copies worldwide, making these the lowest selling core series Pokémon games on the Nintendo 3DS.[6]

Japanese sales

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 667,439 individual units on their first week on the Japanese market, being 335,454 from Pokémon Ultra Sun and 331,986 from Pokémon Ultra Moon, with a sell-through of 66.30% and 66.98% respectively.[7] By January 3, 2021, the end of their 164th week, they had sold 1,908,201 copies, being 968,772 from Pokémon Ultra Sun and 939,429 from Pokémon Ultra Moon.[8]

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack sold 247,782 units on its first week, with a sell-through of 84.37%.[7] By December 30, 2018, the end of its 59th week, it had sold 354,970 copies.[9] Combining all releases, the games sold 2,618,141 units, being 1,323,742 from Pokémon Ultra Sun and 1,294,399 from Pokémon Ultra Moon.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 November 19, 2017 1st 667,439 667,439
2 November 26, 2017 1st 168,978 836,417
3 December 3, 2017 1st 107,657 944,074
4 December 10, 2017 3rd 106,094 1,050,168
5 December 17, 2017 3rd 119,005 1,169,173
6 December 24, 2017 3rd 176,789 1,345,962
7 December 31, 2017 4th 61,698 1,407,660
8 January 7, 2018 4th 69,355 1,477,015
9 January 14, 2018 5th 21,494 1,498,509
10 January 21, 2018 8th 16,790 1,515,299
11 January 28, 2018 6th 12,702 1,528,001
12 February 4, 2018 9th 11,028 1,539,029
13 February 11, 2018 12th 9,654 1,548,683
14 February 18, 2018 15th 9,358 1,558,042
15 February 25, 2018 12th 8,614 1,566,656
16 March 4, 2018 8th 9,930 1,576,586
17 March 11, 2018 8th 8,622 1,585,208
18 March 18, 2018 12th 7,708 1,592,916
19 March 25, 2018 15th 7,001 1,599,916
20 April 1, 2018 16th 5,999 1,605,916
59 December 30, 2018 20th 6,257 1,796,584
111 December 29, 2019 - - 1,885,144
164 January 3, 2021 - - 1,908,201

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 November 19, 2017 2nd 247,782 247,782
2 November 26, 2017 6th 20,297 268,080
3 December 3, 2017 11th 10,872 278,952
4 December 10, 2017 14th 11,198 290,149
5 December 17, 2017 15th 12,117 302,266
6 December 24, 2017 17th 17,679 319,945
7 December 31, 2017 27th - 324,944
8 January 7, 2018 29th - -
9 January 14, 2018 32nd - -
10 January 21, 2018 34th - -
11 January 28, 2018 47th - -
16 March 4, 2018 44th - -
17 March 11, 2018 47th - -
59 December 30, 2018 - - 354,970


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Version history

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.0 November 17, 2017 N/A Initial release
1.1 December 13, 2017
  • Various bugs have been fixed in order to provide a smoother gaming experience.
1.2 February 7, 2018
  • Various fixes to improve gameplay.

The double game freeze glitch was fixed.

Beta elements

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Title screens




  • These are the final core series games released for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • All the new Pokémon introduced in these games are weak against Ground attacks.
  • N is the only core series villainous team leader from a previous game to not appear in these games, likely because he is only Team Plasma's puppet leader, whereas Ghetsis is the true mastermind behind the organization.
  • When the boxarts of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are put together, a silhouette clearly representing Ultra Necrozma can also be seen.
  • These are the only core series games:
  • These are the last core series games to date:
    • To feature every Pokémon known at the time of their release.
      • 807 species of Pokémon are included, which is more than any other core series game. Out of all Pokémon games overall, only Pokémon HOME has more species of Pokémon.
    • In which it is possible for Pokémon in the party who have not battled to not gain experience (when the Exp. Share is not turned on).
    • To be directly compatible in multiplayer with games other than the paired releases themselves (namely Pokémon Sun and Moon).

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポケットモンスター ウルトラサン・ウルトラムーン
Chinese Cantonese 精靈寶可夢 究極之日/究極之月
Mandarin 精靈寶可夢 究極之日/究極之月
精灵宝可梦 究极之日/究极之月
French Canada Flag.png Canada Pokémon Ultra Sun et Ultra Moon
France Flag.png Europe Pokémon Ultra-Soleil et Ultra-Lune
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Ultrasonne und Ultramond
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Ultrasole e Ultraluna
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬스터 울트라썬・울트라문
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Pokémon Ultra Sun e Ultra Moon
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Pokémon Ultra Sun y Ultra Moon
Spain Flag.png Spain Pokémon Ultrasol y Ultraluna

See also


Generation I: Red & GreenBlue (JP)Red & BlueYellow
Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!‎
Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
Brilliant Diamond & Shining PearlLegends: Arceus
Generation IX: Scarlet & Violet (The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero)
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