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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon details return of island challenge, Mantine Surf, Alola Photo Club

Posted on September 22, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News

Along with today’s trailers, brand new details about Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon were added to the official website. The latest information covers the return of the island challenge plus the new Mantine Surf and Alola Photo Club features.

Find all of the details collected below. We also have several new screenshots attached.

Island Challenges Revisited

The island challenge is a ritual passed down in the Alola region. Its intention is to help children grow into full-fledged Pokémon Trainers. To complete the island challenge, you must face trials on each of four islands.

Some trials in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon seem to play out in different ways than they did in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

The trials are hosted by the captains found on each island. The content of the trials can vary from running around the area to trying to solve puzzles. At the end of each trial, you’ll face a powerful Pokémon known as a totem. If you defeat it, you’ll complete the trial. The final trial of each island is the grand trial, where you face off in battle against the leader of that island—the island kahuna!


There’s even a new trial with Mina, one of the captains who serve as guides for these trials.


Hau is a boy who becomes your friend as soon as you move to Alola. He’s the same age as you. Hau is known to be a laid-back guy, but through the island challenge, he will come to terms with his reasons for participating in Pokémon battles.


Lillie is a girl about your age. She’s acting as Professor Kukui’s assistant for her own reasons. After experiencing many things during her adventures with you, Lillie will discover a new side of herself.

It has been revealed that the mysterious Pokémon shown on the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon packages is in fact Necrozma, after it has taken over the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo or Lunala. These forms of Necrozma are called Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma.

During your island challenge, you’ll be confronted with troubles involving the Legendary Pokémon Necrozma. You’ll meet mysterious people and Pokémon as you witness the new danger closing in on the Alola region.

Ride the Waves with Mantine Surf!

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, you’ll be able to have fun with Mantine Surf, a sport that lets you do some surfing while riding on Mantine’s back. Mantine Surf isn’t just a way to get between islands—it’s also a sport where you compete for the highest score by pulling off different cool moves! Try to become a top-notch Mantine Surfer by riding Mantine like a pro!

Dash Around Alola with Ride Pokémon

Once you get the Ride Pager item, you’ll be able to go on Ride Pokémon and reach places you couldn’t get to before. As you progress through your adventure, you’ll meet and then gain access to various Ride Pokémon. Dash through the world of Alola with the help of Pokémon!

Take Great Photos with the Alola Photo Club

Take all sorts of photos with the Pokémon you like at the brand-new Alola Photo Club! You choose the Pokémon to appear together with you in the photo, as well as your outfit, the background, camera angle, and more, so you can take the perfect picture. Get an amazing photo with your favorite Pokémon—and show it off to your friends!

After the shoot, you’ll be able to decorate your photo with frames and stickers. You’ll also be able to show other players the photos you took through communication features.

Taking a photo with a Pokémon also makes that Pokémon more affectionate toward you. As their affection toward you increases, your Pokémon will try to do even better than usual during battles. Strengthen your bonds with your Pokémon!


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    Things are starting to look up, preorder has been made.

  • Vigilante_blade

    I’m starting to think I should ksip this one.

    • Dunnington

      Same. I don’t see much of a reason to get it after Sun/Moon. It’s not doing anything different enough to warrant another purchase, let alone two versions of it.

      I’m not cancelling my pre-order yet (I got it on Amazon for the super discounted price), but I’m definitely coming close. If we don’t get more information on what makes these games actually different soon, I’m gonna skip out.

      • No, don’t cancel your pre-order! Keep it and send it to me! x’D

        • Dunnington

          Deal xD That Mantine surfing does look super cool though. I’ve watched it a few times now and it is rather tempting

          • It is~. At first, I was like. . . okay. Then they started doing tricks, and I was sold. x’D

      • Vigilante_blade

        I’m sure it’ll be fun, but I always dislike dthe side stuff in Pokemon.

        • Dunnington

          I’m waiting for an announcement on post game content. If they can include more there, I think I’ll be convinced.

          • Ninty Kad

            It’s basically the same as Black 2/ White 2, where it didn’t show much leading up to release.

          • Devlind

            As the third/fourth versions, probably there’s going to have more than SM, but don’t get your hopes so high.

        • Evan Gustavson

          What? You can either think you’d enjoy it or think you wouldn’t enjoy it, there’s no middle ground.
          I’ve never seen you contradict yourself in the same sentence before.

          • Vigilante_blade

            I thinkt he core game will be fun, but I’m not dealing with weird minigames. Having to do contests in Omega Ruby for a Lucarionite mad eme want to hang myself.

          • Evan Gustavson

            Contests are one thing, but this seems more like those minigames that don’t offer any rewards except MAYBE a trainer card/passport update.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Yep I don’t even care if this isn’t a Sequel game anymore I love what’s going on.

  • WHOAAA! I am so flipping easy, because the purikura mode and Mantine surf won me over alone. x’D

    That is one thing I look forward to the Switch version for. The level of interaction with Pokemon, in HD. I want grooming, contests, and minigames like this in HD.

    Is Ultra also a product of the new blood? S/M already set a standard for me, but I’m adoring Ultra’s additions; this is what I like from sequels. If this is also a new blood/younger dev thing t TPC, they really have it going on!

    • Devlind

      I hope that the Switch game gets rid of all the hand holding and focus on the metagame and the exploring part of the game instead of the side stuff like photos and unnecessary minigames. I feel like the game thinks I’m a dumb kid every time I play SM (Which is why I dropped it immediately after finishing it). I want to feel like the adventure is about me again, not that I’m just a guy that’s around to experience the story of Lillie.

      • I get what you’re saying. But the series is still for children. And plenty of other adults love these features (like me). I think it can do both. If it had scaling difficulty like BotW, that would be great.

        • Devlind

          That’s one of my favorite excuses.

          Yes, they’re for children, but the very first games were too and you can clearly see the gap between them. RBYG is challenging without grinding (there’s plenty of trainers in almost every route), SM isn’t (routes are almost barren and most trainers have around 2 Pokémon). RBGY lets you explore (If you have the right tools, you can even jump over some chunks of the game or take on them in a different order), SM blocks the roads until you watch all the cutscenes and do whatever they want you to do.

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a genwunner (My favorite gens are V and II) and it’s ok if you like this features, I’m not complaining about that. My complains about SM are entirely about the decisions GameFreak took. I think it would be better if they added first difficulty settings and some sort of freedom instead of adding minigames and other one-time-use features.

          • I did say they could add scaling difficulty; but my “excuse” (I’m not excusing it, as I do think they could better balance everything) wasn’t so much about difficulty as it was the other features. You don’t have to like them, but a lot of various audiences enjoy them. I think they can do both, and if they don’t, that’s just a failing on their part.

          • Devlind

            I read my comment again and I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to sound mean about the excuse thingy.

            At the end of the day they’ll end up adding whatever they want. Some people will like it and others not so, but I’m wondering how many more games they can make like this before people start to grow tired of it.

          • It’s fine. ^u^ I think I could have worded myself better too.

            I’m kind of mixed. I do wish they changed things up more, but I think deviating too much just means they should do another side series; which isn’t bad, in my mind. I think that would be best, even. I’d love a main series style game but with a different kind of combat and maybe slightly different story progression.

            We’ll see though. Maybe the Switch version will finally bring something new. And I think US/UM is probably just to hold us over for that version; like with Metroid Samus Returns and MP4.

  • Ninty Kad

    I don’t understand the hate for this game… If anything it fills the “Third version” role of Pokemon rather well, (plus it helps that is wasn’t god awful as X/Y)

    • Devlind

      Well, it’s debatable. People were expecting something along the lines of B2W2 and ORAS since it seemed like they left behind the third version idea (and now it’s even worse, they’re launching 2 games instead of 1). For me, it’s kind of lazy.

  • Devlind

    I’m sooooo excited…

  • Auragar

    That new Mantine minigame is just like it looks so cool haha.

  • Pachirisu

    the island challenge is back? i mean i know it’s important to alola and of course it was coming back, but still 🙁

    • Devlind

      Well, USUM are basically the third version (like Crystal, Emerald and Platinum), so yeah, most of the stuff is going to be the same. I’m a little disappointed too, I thought they were over with this after B2W2 and ORAS.

      • Pachirisu

        i was hoping they’d be more like B2W2 than a third version like emerald… but eh what can you do, it is what it is.

        still buying the game, i’m just disappointed the “alternate story” so far is still pretty much the same just with a few things changed here and there.

  • disqus_7441kMV0j4

    kinda disappointed that this isn’t a sequel I was kinda hoping what happen to Lillie after she went to kanto and How much Hau grows as a trainer.