I did it. I finished the Alola Pokedex in Pokemon Sun.
It took a bit of work. I ran the final series of missions that send the player off to catch the ultra beast Pokemon. The missions send you out to catch five different ultra beasts, along with having to engage in three trainer battles to prove you are up to the task, before you are done and rewarded with 1,000,000 in the local currency for the effort.
I did the missions and caught the five ultra beasts. The catch is that there are seven ultra beasts, two of which only appear in Pokemon Sun and two which only appear in Pokemon Moon. So, in order to get all seven, which is required to complete the Pokedex, you have to trade… trade or own two copies of the game or, in my case, use your daughter’s copy of the game.
So I grabbed my daughter’s 3DS and looked into doing the missions on her copy of Pokemon Moon, since she had no interest in doing so herself. She finished up the main story back in December, long enough ago that she couldn’t remember if she had defeated the Elite Four. It turned out she had, though with a really odd team… odd to me anyway… so I ended up trading my team over to her game to run through the missions.
Once I completed them I traded my team back to my copy of Pokemon Sun, then swapped two of the Sun-only ultra beasts for two of the Moon-only ultra beasts (you end up catching multiple of both) and the Alola Pokedex was finally complete. You only need 300 for that, but I hit 301 because of the Magearna download, which you get by using the QR scanner.
I then went to the GameFreak office in the game and got my trainer book stamped to mark the achievement.
After that I figured it was time to unlock the National Pokedex. The ritual for that in past Pokemon titles generally involved going to speak to the local tree-named Pokemon Professor to get them to unlock the National setting on your Pokedex. But when I spoke to the shirtless Professor Kukui, he was still giving me the same line he had last time I spoke to him. There was no mention of a Pokedex upgrade.
After poking about a bit more, I headed to Google to search up the answer.
As it turns out, there is no National Pokedex within Pokemon Sun & Moon. This was a bit of a let down. I wasn’t sure I wanted to attempt it, but being denied the opportunity stung a bit.
I was instead directed to Pokemon Bank, Nintendo’s Pokemon cloud storage application. It had been upgraded back in January to integrate with Pokemon Sun & Moon, something I mentioned in a Friday bullet point post. The app has its own rather sparse site here.
One of the features I did not notice… and which really wasn’t called out all that well… was the integration of the National Pokedex option into Pokemon Bank. That is all you get with Sun & Moon.
I have Pokemon Bank, because of course I do, so I went in to check it out. If you launch it, choose Pokemon Sun or Moon, and go to the menu, there is now a Pokedex option.
This went off and catalogued what I had collected in Pokemon Sun and gave me a total.
That gave me a total of 330 Pokemon, both caught and seen. I had moved some of the legendary Pokemon from last year’s distributions last year over to the game along with a few of the starter Pokemon from past titles in anticipation of a National Pokedex hunt. 330 isn’t bad, but the total is over 800, so I was far from there.
Pokemon Bank also lets you view the Pokemon in a table view by generations if a simple number isn’t enough for you… it certainly isn’t enough for me.
As you can see, I moved some over, but Pokemon Sun & Moon also included a lot of Pokemon from past generations as well, which was a good thing I think.
In all it was kind of neat… though after using the new box interface in Pokemon Sun & Moon, navigating felt very awkward… but was I really going to have to move everything to Sun & Moon to finish the National Pokedex?
But then I wondered… since it didn’t actually say this anywhere… if this was actually a cross-title National Pokedex. If I had it scan other Pokemon Bank compatible titles, would those sum up into a single National Pokedex? So I had it scan Pokemon Y and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and the answer is yes, it is a single cross-title National Pokedex.
So there it is. Across the three titles I have caught 512 types of Pokemon and have seen 650. That gets me a little closer to the past 800 number of the total National Pokedex.
Pokemon Bank also gives you some stats as well under Adventure Records.
You can tell the game I worked on the Pokedex hardest.
This also means that if I want to work on the National Pokedex, my best option is probably to go back to Pokemon Y and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and finish up the regional Pokdexes in those games.
The problem there is that going back to earlier games means giving up whatever UI and control improvements the current generation has introduced, and Pokemon Sun & Moon really went far in improving controls, especially for simple things like handling Pokemon in your storage.
Still, that might be a thing to pursue. I am pretty much done with Pokemon Sun since I don’t do battles and such. Catching them all is generally the end of a title for me, and I haven’t caught them all yet in the past versions. So it is play older titles or wait for the next new title to be announced. The thing is, I think I already know what the next title will be. But that is a topic for another post.