Pokémon Sun & Moon Guide: Version Exclusive Pokémon

As with every generation of Pokémon games, we have at least two versions of the game. Pokémon Sun & Moon are no different. As such, there are exclusive Pokémon that you can’t catch in the other version. If you’re wanting to complete your PokéDex, you will have to find a friend or someone near you to trade – or venture to the online portion of the game to find those exclusive Pokémon you may need. Here, we will list every single version exclusive, and where to find them.

Pokémon Sun Version Exclusives

Sprite Pokémon Location / (Spawn %) Notes
 alolan_vulpix Vulpix
  • Mount Lanakila
  • Tapu Village
 alolan_ninetails Ninetails Evolve Vulpix With Ice Stone Ensure that you level it up to level 50 as a Vulpix – this is it’s last learned move. Ninetails will not learn level-up moves after you evolve it.
 cranidos Cranidos Buy Skull Fossil in Konikoni City for $7000. After purchasing the Skull Fossil, go to Route 8 and talk to the Fossil Guy to have the fossil turned into a Pokémon.
 rampardos Rampardos Level up Cranidos to Level 30 to evolve it. Have Cranidos and level it up or have someone trade Rampardos to you once it is evolved.
 tirtouga Tirtouga Buy Cover Fossil in Konikoni City for $7000. After purchasing the Cover Fossil, go to Route 8 and talk to the Fossil Guy to have the fossil turned into a Pokémon.
 carracosta Carracosta Level up Tirtouga to Level 37 to evolve it. Have Tirtouga and level it up or have someone trade Carracosta to you once it is evolved.
 546-cottonee Cottonee
  • Malie Garden
  • Melemele Meadow
  • Poni Meadow
  • Poni Plains
  • Ula’ula Meadow
 547-whimsicott Whimsicott Evolve Cottonee with Sun Stone. I would suggest evolving it at level 46 in order to have a chance to learn both Solar Beam (Cottonee) and Hurricane (Whimsicott).
 627-rufflet Rufflet
  • Route 3 (Flying Shadows 30% Chance)
 628-braviary Braviary
  • Poni Plains (Flying Shadows 30% Chance)
Can also level up Rufflet to level 57 to evolve.
 745-lycanroc-daytime Lycanroc (Midday Form)
  • Vast Poni Canyon (Grass 20% Chance)
 Level up Rockruff to level 25 in the daytime to evolve it to Lycanroc Midday Form.
 766-passimian Passimian
  • Lush Jungle (Grass 5% Chance)
 776-turtonator Turtonator
  • Blush Mountain (Grass 10% Chance)
 791-solgaleo Solgaleo
  • Altar of the Sunne
 794-buzzwole Buzzwole
  • Melemele Meadow
 Only after progressing the storyline – you’ll know when.
 798-kartana Kartana
  • Route 17
  • Malie Garden
 Only after progressing the storyline – you’ll know when.

Pokémon Moon Version Exclusives

Sprite Pokémon Location Notes
 alolan_sandshrew Sandshrew
  • Mount Lanakila
  • Tapu Village
 alolan_sandslash Sandslash Evolve Sandshrew With Ice Stone Oddly, Sandslash learns its level-up moves where Ninetails doesn’t.
 410-shieldon Shieldon Buy Shield Fossil in Konikoni City for $7000. After purchasing the Shield Fossil, go to Route 8 and talk to the Fossil Guy to have the fossil turned into a Pokémon.
 411-bastiodon Bastiodon Level up Shieldon to Level 30 to evolve it. Have Shieldon and level it up or have someone trade Bastiodon to you once it is evolved.
 566-archen Archen Buy Plume Fossil in Konikoni City for $7000. After purchasing the Plume Fossil, go to Route 8 and talk to the Fossil Guy to have the fossil turned into a Pokémon.
 567-archeops Archeops Level up Archen to Level 37 to evolve it. Have Archen and level it up or have someone trade Archeops to you once it is evolved.
 548-petilil Petilil
  • Malie Garden
  • Melemele Meadow
  • Poni Meadow
  • Poni Plains
  • Ula’ula Meadow
 549-lilligant Lilligant Evolve Petilil with Sun Stone. I would suggest evolving it at level 46. You will miss out on learning Quiver Dance (Lilligant) at level 28 this way. But it’ll only learn 2 more moves after this one instead of the many Petilil will learn up through level 46.
 629-vullaby  Vullaby
  • Route 3 (Flying Shadows 30% Chance)
 630-mandibuzz  Mandibuzz
  • Poni Plains (Flying Shadows 30% Chance)
Can also level up Vullaby to level 54 to evolve.
 745-lycanroc-midnight Lycanroc (Midnight Form)
  • Vast Poni Canyon (Grass 20% Chance)
 Level up Rockruff to level 25 in the nighttime to evolve it to Lycanroc Midnight Form.
 765-oranguru Oranguru
  • Lush Jungle (Grass 5% Chance)
 780-drampa  Drampa
  • Mount Lanakila (In the Cave 10% Chance)
 792-lunala Lunala
  • Altar of the Moone
 795-pheromosa Pheromosa
  • Verdant Cave
 Only after progressing the storyline – you’ll know when.
 797-celesteela  Celesteela
  • Haina Desert
  • Malie Garden
 Only after progressing the storyline – you’ll know when.

This guide should be complete and up-to-date. If you can think of anything you’d like to see added or if there is something incorrect, feel free to let us know in the comments below! We will do our best to make this a great resource for all of you.

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