Pokémon Sun and Moon Island Trials Guide
In Pokémon Sun and Moon there are no Gyms, there are no Gym Badges to collect. Instead, when island children become of age (11 years old), they travel the region and partake in the Island Trials.
Island Trials are led and organized by Trial Captains, who give you tasks and challenges that you need to accomplish. After you complete their challenges, you often face a Totem Pokémon, which is a stronger version of the regular Pokémon specie. There are 7 Trials in Alola.
Island Trial #1: Normalium Z
Trial Captain: Ilmia
Location: Verdant Cavern, Melemele Island
The first Island Trial is organised by Ilima and includes finding three Pokémon in the Verdant Cavern.
Once you enter the Verdant Cavern, you are sent to find three Pokémon. This is what to expect inside the cave:
- First encounter Yungoos (Sun) or Rattata (Moon), Level 11
- Half way through the trial, Team Skull appear to mess things up
- Last encounter is a Gumshoos (Sun) or Raticate (Moon) also Level 11.
When defeated, you’re allowed out of the Trial Site towards the Totem’s Den where the Normalium Z can be found.
Island Trial #2: Waterium Z
Trial Captain: Lana
Location: Brooklet Hill – Akala Island
The second Island Trial is run by Lana and takes place in Brooklet Hill as soon as you arrive.
Lana will note some strange activity in the area and ask you to help with the investigation. You descend down the hill, with several encounters with Wishiwashi before reaching the bottom and fighting the Totem Version of Wishiwashi.
Island Trial #3: Firium Z
Trial Captain: Kiawe
Location: Wela Volcano Park, Akala Island
The third trial is organised by Kiawe and boy is it a weird one.
The entire trial consists of a guessing the differences by two dances performed by Alola Marowak. After every guess, you battle Marowak, but if you fail you have to retry, which prolongs the Trial significantly. After you get the final dance correct, Salazzle will battle you.
Totem Pokémon #3: Salazzle
Special Defense increased for the duration of the battle.
|Poison / Fire
||Poison / Fire
Island Trial #4: Grassium Z
Trial Captain: Mallow
Location: Lush Jungle, Akala Island
It’s time to collect herbs and veggies in the Jungle!
Mallow wants you to wander into the Lush Jungle and find some items. The Jungle is filled with Parasects (Lvl 22), Fomantis (Lvl 22) and Formantis (Lvl 23). Mallow will give you a Forage Bag and request you to find 4 items:
- a Mago Berry,
- a Tiny Mushroom,
- a Revival Herb and
- a Miracle Seed
Island Trial #5: Electirium Z
Trial Captain: Sophocles
Location: Hokulani Observatory, Ula’ula Island
It’s time for some sparkling bug fun. The trial begins after you reach the Observatory and defeat Molyane.
Inside the Observatory you’ll meet Sophocles who tries to bring the totem Pokémon to you using a newly created system. Of course, the system fails due to a power cut and you have to fix it by answering 3 audio questions. You will be attacked by Grubbin (Lvl. 27) and two Charjabugs (Lvl. 27) when you answer correctly.
Totem Pokémon #5: Vikavolt
As you answer the previously mentioned questions, Vikavolt is slowly climbing the mountain. Once you answer the final question, Vikavolt appears. Be careful, as all of it’s stats are boosted.
|Bug / Electric
||Bug / Electric
Island Trial #6: Ghostium Z
Trial Captain: Acerola
Location: Route 14, Ula’ula Island
Things are about to get really spooky, as you venture in the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart!
You will meet Acerola as you travel through Ula’ula and she will order you to explore the abandoned store look for ghostly and paranormal activity. Encounters include Gastly, Haunter and Gengar, all Level 30.
Totem Pokémon #6: Mimikyu
As if things weren’t creepy enough, the Trial forces you to follow a Pikachu ghost into a back room of the Megamart. You need to use your Pokéfinder to start the battle with Mimikyu – all of it’s stats are increased.
After you win the battle, Acerola informs you there is no back room in the Megamart. 👻
|Ghost / Fairy
||Ghost / Poison
||Ghost / Poison
Island Trial #7: Dragonium Z
Trial Captain: N/A
Location: Vast Poni Canyon, Poni Island
The last trial has no Trial Captain associated with it.
In the depths of the Vast Poni Canyon, you will find the original trial site where the first trials were held in the past. The trial is simple: walk your way across the path to get Dragonium Z and get attacked by Jangmo-o (Lvl. 40) and Hakamo-o (Lvl. 40).