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Pokemon Sun & Moon guide: walkthrough, best starter, QR codes, TM locations, tips

Catch 'em all and become Alola's champion with ease.

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As Pokemon turns 20 years old, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon feel like the most appropriate possible celebration. This is a game that is at once hugely respectful to the Pokemon legacy and jam-packed with fanservice but also a game that clearly has a bunch of exciting new ideas all of its own. It's also really good. That certainly helps.

With a newfound focus on an actually intriguing and exciting story plus a bunch of new Pokemon and some drastically changed systems, Sun & Moon have plenty to offer old and new players alike. While the game is a little too intent on holding your hand early on, when it opens up it really opens up with collectables, optional areas and entirely miss-able gameplay mechanics galore.

Thankfully, we're here to help with all that. Allow us to guide you through your adventure into Alola's island challenge with our guide pages - covering everything from the most basic of information about some of Sun & Moon's new gamplay down to where to find those all-important collectable items such as TMs. Let's get to it, trainer.


Pokemon Sun & Moon: Top Trainer Tips

If you're just starting out as a Pokemon Trainer there's a fair bit about Pokemon Sun & Moon you should definitely know. It doesn't really matter if you're a newcomer to the series, a regular, experienced hand or the person in-between who played a long time ago but is now returning with a faded memory, our tips for beginners will help give you some general rules to follow in Alola... and help you to pick the right starter. Which is very important indeed in the world of Pokemon.

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon beginners guide: 8 quick tips for budding island challenge champions

    Pokemon Sun & Pokemon Moon are here at last. These games are special for a number of reasons - they're changing up the Pokemon formula but are also hugely respectful to Pokemon's impressively huge lineage - they are, after all, releasing in the series' 20th anniversary year. Where should you begin? Here we lay out some of the basic things you absolutely need to know before you head off on your Alola Island Challenge.


Pokemon Sun & Moon: Advanced Trainer Tips & Tricks

Once you've got your Alola island challenge underway and are battling kahunas and taking on trials, there's more you might want to consider. Just how do you evolve that one Pokemon that stubbornly seems to be maintaining one form? Where is that one TM you need to make your team watertight? We cover all this and more in our advanced guide pages - you can see those below.

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon: starter evolutions guide: stats & move lists

    Pokemon Sun & Moon's starter Pokemon change a fair amount as they evolve throughout the game, changing types in some instances and generally becoming more focused on a more specific area in battle. What can you expect for your starter of choice later on in the game? We've got you covered.

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon guide: how to evolve every new Pokemon

    Pokemon Sun & Moon has a bunch of new awesome-looking Pokemon available to you, but as always with Pokemon there's something of an element of mystery around how some of them work. Just in case you're wondering, here's how and when each of the new Pokemon in Sun & Moon that can evolve do so. Some simply require a certain level up while others have more specific demands. We cover it all.

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon guide: QR scanner codes for every Pokemon in the Alola Pokedex

    Once you're a little way through Pokemon Sun and Moon you're going to have an interesting feature pop up in your Pokedex - the QR code scanner. This little feature uses the 3DS cameras and can actually be used to catch rare Pokemon that otherwise aren't available in Alola. You just need the right codes... and we've got a whole bunch of codes right here. Enjoy!


Pokemon Sun & Moon: Collectible Items & Important NPCs

Certain items in the world of Pokemon are one-offs - or at least once-per-game deals. Certain NPCs have a very useful function but also crucially only appear in one place in the vast game world of Alola. Neither of these things make matters particularly easy, but we've got you - here you'll find information on where to find a lot of important stuff!

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon guide: where to find all 100 TMs

    A huge part of any Pokemon game are Technical Machines. Also known as TMs for short, these excellent items allow you to teach moves to your Pokemon. In Pokemon Sun & Moon TMs last forever - a significant change. You just have to grab them once and can use them infinitely, though some of the game's 100 TMs are well hidden. Here's how to find them all.

  • Pokemon Sun & Moon guide: where to find the move reminder and move deleter tutors

    Key to getting your Pokemon's move set right are two easily missable NPCs – the Move Reminder and the Move Deleter. These pair allow you to do two key things as made obvious by their name – delete moves from your Pokemon and relearn moves that their natural level progression allowed them to learn for a second time. Here's where you can find these guys.


Pokemon Sun & Moon Guide: Complete game Walkthrough

Our 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. Here we go!

Pokemon Sun & Moon: Melemele Island Walkthrough

More to come -- stick with us!

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Alex Donaldson

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Alex started out his career in the games media as an over-eager kid working on fan sites, and now has decades of experience. He's the resident expert on esoteric matters such as Pokemon Go, gaming hardware, and genres like RPGs, fighters, and strategy games. Outside of VG247 he's the co-founder of genre-dedicated website RPG Site. He also collects original arcade machines, Lego, and considers himself a whiskey buff.

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