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Pokemon Sun & Moon beginners guide:

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Pick your starter Pokemon wisely but also dont stress too much
Its always very early on that Pokemon games hand you your first major RPG-like choice in the for
m of what Pokemon you choose to be your starter. Theres the fire-type kitten Litten, portly owl Rowlett and Popplio, a little sea lion who we think has had some unfair stick online. All three of them are pretty decent, though the three all differ in slightly different ways.

You can read more about the material differences between the three different starters on our dedicated page all about that very topic. If youre keeping things light, however, know this: Litten eventually becomes a physical powerhouse, Popplios final form is focused on special moves, while Rowlet ends up as more of an all-rounder. All three are very viable.

Because all three are viable, this is a key part of our advice: dont sweat it too much. Theres hundreds of Pokemon to catch in Alola, and that means if you end up not liking the way your choice pans out that Pokemon can easily be replaced, or you can always trade with another player via online. Think before making your choice and maybe read up in detail, but dont let it paralyse you for hours itll all be okay.
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Level up your team evenly and with the right strategy

Your Pokemon team is meant to be six Pokemon strong, and so early on in the game we strongly advise you begin catching Pokemon, even weaker ones, to help fill out your team. Think about Pokemon types and try to have a team that can stand up to and dish out damage onto a lot of different enemy types effectively.

Early on in the game youll be rewarded the EXP Share, an item that means all six Pokemon on your team get a small share of EXP from every fight even if they dont participate. We advise you keep this turned on. If you want a particular Pokemon to gain more EXP, consider starting the battle with that weaker Pokemon then swapping it out right away theyll get bonus EXP as if they participated in the fight proper.

Be sure to fight all trainers you find in the world, and if you decide you need to grind and do so against wild Pokemon be careful to do so with Pokemon as the right level dont waste your time on weaklings.
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Bump up the text speed to save yourself some time

Pokemon is of course a kid and family-friendly game, but if theres one major complaint its easy to make about the game its that it can be really rather slow. Very slow, in fact.

One of the first things anyone playing Sun & Moon should do is head to the options menu (press X, then hit options) to change the text speed. Set it to fast. You really wont regret it.

If that isnt fast enough for you, you might also consider turning the battle animations off but if you do that you will miss out on all sorts of cool-looking attack animations though if youve already seen them a thousand times this too will save you quite a bit of time.
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Pick your moves wisely, and dont ignore the non-offensive options

Each Pokemon you catch can have a maximum of four moves and have the option to learn a great many moves beyond that. You can only ever have four at once, however, so youre going to be faced with difficult decisions.

Not every move that unlocks at a high level is going to be good for your specific build or situation, so be careful when learning moves. Pay attention to their attack and accuracy values, as well as other effects they can have.

Also important: while its tempting to focus on offence, dont sleep on the moves that have defensive properties. Moves that can guard you from attack, buff you or debuff your enemy are deceptively powerful, even if they dont dish out damage use them.
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Be a kindly Pokemon Trainer with Refresh, Beans and Malasada

As well as all their battle stats Pokemon have three other key statistics behind-the-scenes that are easy to forget about: Affection, Fullness and Enjoyment.

These stats have a fairly significant impact on the single-player mode of Pokemon Sun & Moon Pokemon who are more affectionate to you will actually be able to do things like endure killing blows more easily in battle, and certain Pokemon only evolve if theyre happy.

Dont neglect these features! Pokemon that become a staple of your team should be spoilt. Use the Pokemon Refresh option on the menu to play with and groom them, plus feed them Poke Beans or Malasada, the latter of which is always available from dedicated cafes in each town in Alola.
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Want some rare Pokemon? Use the QR Code Scanner

Once it unlocks a little way into the game, the QR Code Scanner button on the second page of your main menu in-game is actually deceptively useful itll let you catch rare Pokemon.

Each QR code you scan (and this can be any code from anywhere) will offer you Pokedex data on where in the world of Alola you can catch a certain Pokemon. This is pretty useful in itself, but the twist is that this system can also be used to catch Pokemon that otherwise arent naturally found in Alola.

Weve got an entire page dedicated to some QR codes to scan, so be sure to check that out.

Every ten codes you scan youll be able to do a full island scan doing this spawns a rare Pokemon for one hour only for you to try to catch. You only get ten scans a day, so be sure to do them and catch some rare classics from other Pokemon regions.

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