Skip to main content

Where to find the rarest Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Moon

The region of Alola was first introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. These games gave us new Pokémon as well as reinterpretations of Pokémon we know and love. Naturally, there are some Pokémon that are obviously better than others, but there are also a few Pokémon that no trainer would want to miss out on. Although these Pokémon aren’t necessarily the hardest to catch, it can be difficult to track them down. 

Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most difficult-to-find Pokémon. Hopefully, this will make your training a little easier. Rather than blindly searching for these elusive Pokémon, we have the location of each one and the best tactics for finding them.

Further reading

Munchlax and Happiny: Route 1

munchlax-thumb-2
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Munchlax, the baby form of the formidable Snorlax, can be caught extremely early in the game. Munchlax can be found in the patches of grass directly to the right of your house on Melemele Island. It’s an exceptionally rare encounter, but it’s in there.

Happiny, the unevolved form of Chansey, can also be caught on Route 1, but only during SOS battles (battles where the Pokémon has called for help). Rumor has it that wild Bonsly are most likely to summon a Happiny to help.

Bagon: Route 3

bagon-thumb
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The dragon Pokémon that eventually evolves into the fearsome Salamance can be found more easily later in the game, but you can run into it very early on Melemele Island (the first island). There’s a single patch of grass on Route 3 to the right of the bridge that leads back to Route 1. Its encounter rate is insanely low, but if you’re determined to have a Salamance on your team right at the start, it is possible.

Passimian/Oranguru: Lush Jungle

oranguru-thumb-2
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The twin (fraternal, not identical) new monkey Pokémon can be found early on, on the second island in Lush Jungle. Passimian only appears in Sun and Oranguru in Moon. They’re both extremely rare encounters in their respective games. All you can do is keep hunting.

Feebas: Brooklet Hill

feebas-thumb
Image used with permission by copyright holder

When it was introduced in generation 3 (Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire), Feebas was insanely hard to catch. Now, it’s just a matter of beating the odds while fishing at Brooklet Hill. Look for fishing spots with bubbles coming out of them to improve your odds of finding the weird fish that evolves into the beautiful Milotic.

Vulpix/Sandshrew: Tapu Village

vulpix-thumb-2
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Vulpix (in Pokémon Sun) and Sandshrew (in Pokémon Moon) have been around in Pokémon forever. But in Alola, they get new typing, and they look awesome. They’re common on the path approaching the Elite Four, but you can actually get them much earlier than that. With a little patience, you can find them in the grass in Tapu Village on the third island.

Mimikyu: Thrifty Megamart

mimikyu-thumb-2
Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you’ve progressed far enough in the story to catch a Mimikyu, then you’ll already know exactly where to get it. But an encounter with the powerful Pikachu wannabe is so rare within the abandoned supermarket that you might find yourself questioning whether it’s in there at all. Rest assured, it is — just keep fainting those Golbats and Haunters until your new best friend appears.

Jangmo-o: Vast Poni Canyon

jangmo-thumb
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Jangmo-o lives in the canyon on Poni Island and is your battle opponent once you arrive there. But like the other monsters on this list, it’s not easy to find this dragon-type Pokémon. You’ll have to search the grasses around the trial site or even crawl around under the nearby branches to find his hiding place.

Aerodactyl: Seafolk Village

aerodactyl-thumb
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Call it a quirky defect, but in Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokemon cannot hide because all the different creatures willingly expose themselves. Just take the case of Aerodactyl, who has his cover blown by Seafolk Village inhabitants. Once you find the trainer in the Huntail boat, he’ll give you Aerodactyl for free, no strings attached. It’s definitely worth the trip to catch this Pokemon.

Dhelmise: Seafolk Village

dhelmise-thumb
Image used with permission by copyright holder

We can safely say that Dhelmise is the strangest Pokemon fish you will encounter while on the hunt. Oddly enough, it’s not actually a fish, and it has ghost/grass typing instead of water typing. Regardless of all that, you can only catch the ghostly anchor when you’re fishing in Seafolk Village. Try to cast your line in bubbly spots because that means something’s below the surface; however, bubbles don’t guarantee you’ll find Dhelmise due to its low encounter rate.

Drampa and Turtonator: Mount Lanakila/Blush Mountain

turtonator-thumb-3
Image used with permission by copyright holder

After you catch the legendary Pokemon, make sure you catch Dramp and Turtonator. These two Pokemon are Sun/Moon exclusives you don’t want to miss. Drampa, the Moon exclusive and dragon/normal type, can be found on Mount Lanakila; Turtonator, the Sun exclusive and dragon/fire type, is on Blush Mountain.

Have fun hunting for these Pokemon.

Editors' Recommendations

Michael Rougeau
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Mike Rougeau is a journalist and writer who lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and two dogs. He specializes in video…
The best Power Armor in Fallout 4 and where to find each set
Fallout 4 key art featuring the power armor suit hung up in an armory.

From the very first Fallout game, the Power Armor has been every wastelander's dream to pilot. This hulking suit of armor can make your normally squishy Vault Dweller nigh unkillable in Fallout 4. But there's more than just one type of Power Armor, and each one has different stats and requirements to wear. Not only that, but some you might find one piece at a time and need to build yourself, while others can be found as a complete set. If you want to make even a Deathclaw think twice about attacking you, only the best Power Armor will do. Here are the best suits in Fallout 4 and where to find them.
Raider Power Armor

This is the only Power Armor in Fallout 4 that even a base-level player can wear right off the bat. While that's great, it does mean it's the weakest option out there. The best stats you can get with it are 500 damage resistance, 250 energy resistance, and 1,050 radiation resistance for a total rating of 1,800. It's great for the early game if you can snag one, but is quickly outclassed by everything else on this list. A guaranteed spawn for this armor is in the cave right beside Skylanes Flight 1665 on your map.
T-45 Power Armor

Read more
Where to find Burnt Books in Fallout 76
Raiders in Fallout 7 fighting near fire.

Crafting is as important a mechanic in Fallout 76 as shooting and looting. As is the case with every Bethesda game, you will be collecting every item in the world that isn't nailed down to use for parts until you're over--encumbered. Being a live service game, you will often also be tasked with hunting down a specific material or item as part of a daily or weekly challenge. One fairly common one is to find burnt books. There are a few smaller stashes of these singed paperbacks around Appalachia, but one location in particular is the mother lode. There are no libraries in the wasteland, but we know the location of the secret stashwhere you'll find all the burnt books you could want.
Where to find burnt books

There are several locations that have a handful of burnt books, but there's one that has well over 100 in a single location. To fill your bookshelves in a single trip, head over to Summersville and go to the house at the location shown on the map. Take out the ghouls outside and enter the house. Whoever lived there must've been quite the book enthusiast as there are stacks of burnt books to loot on each floor of the house. Once trip here and you will complete your quest and stock up on as many burnt books as you need.

Read more
The best weapons in Fallout 4 and where to find them
People standing outside Nuka World.

Bethesda titles are massive, with tons of loot to acquire. From the fantasy series of Elder Scrolls VI, to the sci-fi world of the future in Starfield, the one thing they share is a wide range of weapons. In the wastelands of Fallout 4, and the new Fallout TV show, the weapons (and their cool names) are a major perk. Some weapons might give you an edge, but others feel as if they’re just for show.

While more common weapons like the submachine gun, hunting rifle, or powerful Gauss rifle will serve you well in the wasteland (especially if you add a weapon mod), there are a few rare weapons in the game that you'll want to get your hands on. We've created a guide that covers some of the best weapons in Fallout 4, from high-powered rifles to ghoul-slamming melee weapons, as well as how their performance might affect your gameplay for the better.
Kellogg's Pistol

Read more