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is finally here, and one of the most exciting aspects of any new release is getting your hands on those powerful new Legendary pocket monsters. We've already revealed how to get the secret Cosmog and how to evolve it into Legendary form, so here's how to catch the other Legendaries in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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...and spoileriffic, obviously. But you knew that when you clicked on the header, you cheeky monkey. Just in case you don't want any advance information, then perhaps you should focus on your starter Pokémon.

How To Catch Every Legendary In Pokémon Sun and Moon


  • Category: Order Pokémon
  • Type: Dragon/Ground
  • Ability: Power Construct

Zygarde is a Legendary Pokémon which first appeared in Pokémon X and Y before getting its own game with Pokémon Z. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Zygarde takes two new Formes. One is the canine 10% Forme and the other being the Mech-like Complete Forme.

During your travels through the Alola region, you’ll eventually encounter Dexio and Sina, two returning characters from Pokémon X and Y. They'll gift you a Zygarde Cube, which you can use to collect Z-Cells and Z-Cores around the islands of Alola.

To assemble your Zygarde, you need to go to the trailer on Ula-ula island’s Route 16. The Zygarde Forme you can make depends on how many Z-Cells you have collecting (10, 50 or all 100). You need 10 Z-Cells for Zygarde 10% Forme, 50 for a Zygarde 50% Forme and 100 for the Zygarde Complete Forme.

Tapu Koko

  • Category: Land Spirit Pokémon
  • Type: Electric/Fairy
  • Ability: Electric Surge

Tapu Koko is the guardian spirit of of Melemele Island and, once you are the Alola Champion, you can challenge this deity by touching the statue at the end of the Ruins of Conflict. As with all of the Tapu guardians, nothing will happen if you touch the statue before you're the champion.

Tapu Koko’s unique Electric Surge ability charges the battlefield with electricity, buffing any Electric-type moves for Pokémon on the ground and preventing any Pokémon from falling asleep. All the Guardian Deities also possess the Nature’s Madness attack which reduces the target's HP by half.

There's a chance to battle and catch Tapu Koko after you become the Pokémon League champion, but if you accidentally defeat it, you can go back to the Ruins of Conflict and challenge it again.

Tapu Lele

  • Category: Land Spirit Pokémon
  • Type: Psychic/Fairy
  • Ability: Psychic Surge

To challenge Tapu Lele, the guardian deity of Akala Island, touch the statue at the end of the Ruins of Life. You’ll need the Machamp Poke Ride for this.

Tapu Lele scatters glowing scales that inflict status effects on others, and similar to the other guardian deities, has a Surge move that boosts the power of a certain move type and negates another effect for Pokémon fighting on the ground—in this case, Psychic-type moves are boosted, and Pokémon on the ground cannot be targeted by priority moves.

Tapu Bulu

  • Category: Land Spirit Pokémon
  • Type: Grass/Fairy
  • Ability: Grassy Surge

Tapu Bulu is to Grass what Tapu Koko is to Electric, and Tapu Lele is to Psychic. His Surge boosts Grass moves and also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude and Bulldoze.

The guardian deity of Ula’ula Island, Tapu Bulu can be challenged by touching the statue at the end of the Ruins of Abundance. In order to reach the statue, you’ll need to navigate through the Haina Desert in a specific order: Up, Right, Up, Right, Left, Down, Up.

Tapu Fini

  • Category: Land Spirit Pokémon
  • Type: Water/Fairy
  • Ability: Misty Surge

Tapu Fini is the guardian deity of Poni Island. To challenge Tapu Fini, you'll need Machamp again. Get to the end of the Ruins of Hope and touch the statue. Tapu Fini's Misty Surge protects Pokémon from Dragon-type moves, halving damage, and also prevents status afflictions or confusion from affecting them.

How To Catch The Ultra Beasts of 'Sun & Moon'

After you complete the main storyline of Pokémon Sun and Moon, you’ll be approached by the International Police with a mission to catch the Ultra Beasts that were released into Alola following the battle with Lusamine. You'll be given a stack of 10 Beast Balls for every mission and the location of each Ultra Beast, as follows:

  • UB-01 Symbiont/Nihelego: Vela Mountain, Diglett Cave
  • UB-02 Beauty/Phermosa (Moon exclusive): Verdant Cavern
  • UB-02 Absorption/Buzzwole (Sun exclusive): Verdant Cavern
  • UB-03 Lighting/Xurkitree: Memorial Hill, Lush Jungle
  • UB-04 Blaster/Celesteela (Moon exclusive): Haina Desert, Malie Garden
  • UB-04 Kartana (Sun exclusive): Haina Desert, Malie Garden
  • UB-05 Glutton/Guzzlord: Resolution Cave

This is also the order you have to catch them in. For example, Zurkitree will not appear unless you've completed the previous mission and caught Phermosa or Buzzwole.


  • Category: Prism Pokémon
  • Type: Psychic
  • Ability: Prism Armor

Once you've caught all of the Ultra Beasts, Mr. Looker will tell you that he thought he saw another Ultra Beast in the sky above Melemele Island. As it turns out, that's no Ultra Beast, but actually a mysterious Legendary Pokemon known as Necrozma. You can find Necrozma by traveling to Ten Carat Hill, heading out the north exit to Farthest Hollow and running around in the grass to provoke an encounter.

It's a good trick to use a Max Repel to ward off any unwanted encounters before Necrozma shows up. Necrozma is level 75 and will destroy any unprepared players, so make sure you have a high-leveled Pokémon (at least level 70) in the first slot of your party.

Note: Necrozma is NOT actually an Ultra Beast, so your Beast Balls will not work on it. Stock up on Ultra Balls instead before going to Ten Carat Hill.


  • Category: Artificial Pokémon
  • Type: Steel/Fairy
  • Ability: Soul-Heart

The Mythical Pokemon Magearna can't actually be caught in-game. Instead, you’ll have to wait for The Pokemon Company to release a QR Code that will let anyone who scans it obtain a Magearna. You can read more about the details of the giveaway below:

“Visit starting on December 5, 2016, to find the QR Code that will unlock Magearna in your game. To scan a QR Code in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, you’ll need to unlock the QR Scanner feature, which will happen after you complete the main story. Don’t worry if you haven’t completed your game by December 5—the QR Code will be live on until March 5, 2017.”

Magearna has a cool backstory, apparently an artificial construct created by a genius scientist 500 years ago. Magearna has an empathic power to feel the emotions, thoughts and feelings of other Pokémon. If a Pokémon is injured, Magearna feels their pain and will try hard to save it.

Magearna's unique Soul-Heart Ability raises Magearna's Sp. Atk by 1 each time another Pokémon in the area faints.


  • Category: Gloomdweller Pokémon
  • Type: Fighting/Ghost
  • Ability: Technician

The final Pokémon in the Pokédex, the mysterious Marshadow is rumored to be elusive and cowardly, so reclusive that its every existence is a myth. So far there has been no official announcement of Marshadow, and we can likely look forward to a future giveaway event, similar to that of Magearna.


Which Legendary are you most looking forward to?


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