Head to a new island and a big city… and then it’s time to spend some time on the ranch.
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After taking down Island Kahuna Hala and dealing with any leftover business you fancy taking care of over on Melemele Island, it’s time to head to Akala Island.
This island is significantly bigger than Melemele Island with quite a lot to look forward to: a gigantic hotel, the Pokemon nursery, a volcano and more besides. There’s also a new Kahuna, Olivia, and some new captains to take down. Let’s get to it!
This walkthrough is going to keep things simple. We’re not going to write out detailed strings of endless prose telling you where to walk and what to press point-to-point. Instead we’re going to streamline things down: we’ll talk instead about each area of Pokemon Sun & Moon you’ll encounter, listing off the Pokemon that can be caught there, items that can be found there and so on.
Heahea City: Arriving on Akala Island
Okay, so here you are – Akala Island. You end up in a rather large city that rivals the one you just left back on Melemele – but this isn’t even the only city on this island! When you arrive, the island kahuna Olivia will greet you and also introduce you to one of her captains, Mallow. You’ll be tasked with completing more than one trial on this island.
Head on through the city. Be sure to explore the shops, since they have additional items that weren’t available back on Melemele. There’s a few quest-related items you can grab here, as listed below.
Heahea City: Notable items to find
- Rare Candy (Talk to a woman just across the street from the clothes store, closer to you on the screen.)
- 10,000 Poke dollars (Show the blue-shirted man in the clothes shop a Pyukumuku once you catch one.)
Getting the Zygarde Cube from Sina and Dexio
Follow the story beats through Heahea City and you’ll eventually end up at the Tide Song Hotel – you’re chasing after Lillie again, who has gone on ahead. When you get up there you’ll run into a pair of sunglasses-clad tourists from the Kalos region – Pokemon stalwarts will recognise these two from X & Y.
This is Dexio and Sina, and they’ve got something cool for you – but you have to battle one of them first. Which one you fight depends on which game you have.
- In Pokemon Sun, you’ll fight Dexio. He has a Slowpoke (Level 15, weak to Grass, Electric, Bug, Ghost and Dark) and a Espeon (Level 16, weak to Bug, Ghost and Dark).
- In Pokemon Moon, you’ll fight Sina. Sina has a Delibird (Level 15, weak to Rock, Fire, Electric and Steel) and a Glaceon (Level 16, weak to Fire, Fighting, Rock and Steel).
Once you’ve done this fight the pair will hand over the Zygarde Cube, kicking off one of Pokemon Sun & Moon’s most significant side-quests. With that done, it’s onwards to Route 4!
Route 4: Heading to the farm
Route 4 takes you from the bustling city of Heahea up north, to the much more sleepy farming town of Paniola.
It’s a pretty typical route: Along the way you’ll find a selection of Wild Pokemon, some of them new, trainers to battle and some generic but useful loot. As always, we’ll display all that here. Story wise, just make your way through the route: no special worries here.
Route 4: Wild Pokemon Encounters
- Alolan Rattata (Night only)
- Eevee (Rarely)
Route 4: Notable items to find
- Great Ball, Revive, Adrenaline Orb, Revive
Route 4: Pokemon Trainer Battles
- Bellhop Jody: Drifloon (Level 14)
- Collector Ryan: Munchlax (Level 13), Bagon (Level 14)
- Sightseer Scotty: Rattata (Level 14)
- Cook Ernie: Cutiefly (Level 14)
Paniola Town, Paniola Ranch & Moomoo Paddock: the sleepy farm town
This is technically three areas, but they’re all so ultimately similar we’ve slimmed them down to one part of this guide.
Here you’ll battle against your rival once again, but you’ll also find a fishing spot where you can catch some wild Pokemon, shops, a couple of hidden items and so on. Once you reach the ranch proper you’ll find the Pokemon Nursery plus even more items and wild Pokemon. Without further ado…
Paniola Town, Ranch & Moomoo Paddock: Wild Pokemon Encounters
- Barboach (Town fishing spot, rarely)
- Magikarp (Town fishing spot)
- Lillipip (Ranch grass)
- Miltank (Rarely, ranch grass)
- Mudbray (Ranch grass)
- Tauros (Rarely, ranch grass
Paniola Town, Ranch & Moomoo Paddock: Notable items to find
- Amulet Coin, Heal Ball, Ether (Ranch/Paddock)
- Quick Ball (Chat to the Magmar in Captain Kiawe’s house)
- Scope Lens (Talk to & battle the rowdy Tauros on the ranch
- Pokemon Egg (Talk to the Pokemon breeder in the daycare – she’ll hand this egg over. For me, this became an Eevee)
- TM10 – Hidden Power (Talk to the breeder to the left in the Pokemon daycare – she’ll hand over this TM)
- TM88 – Sleep Talk (In Paniola Town but only accessible via a left-hand exit of Route 6)
Rival Battle: Hau
Hau shows his face once again – continue to progress the story and in the town he’ll stop you and ask for a battle. Hau’s starter Pokemon has evolved since you last saw it, and in some instances this will mean access to significantly different moves, so be aware of that.
We’re still at the point in the game where these battles will be challenging but not killer, and the main advice here is to make use of weaknesses and finish it quickly before Hau uses his Z-Power. That’s about it.
- If you chose Rowlet, Hau will have Brionne (Level 17, weak to grass and electric) and Pikachu (Level 16, weak to Ground)
- If you chose Popplio, Hau will have Torracat (Level 17, weak to water, ground and rock) and Pikachu (Level 16, weak to Ground)
- If you chose Litten, Hau will have Dartrix (Level 17, weak to ice, fire, poison, flying and rock) and Pikachu (Level 16, weak to Ground)
Beat Hau down. Proceed to the Ranch where as part of the story you’ll be given the Pokemon Stoutland as a ride pager Pokemon. Be sure to catch some Pokemon around here and the like, then when you’re ready loop back to the Pokemon Center, heal up and head north onto Route 5!