Power-Up at the Poké Pelago
With the Poké Pelago feature in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, even the Pokémon that have been placed in Boxes can have fun. Poké Pelago consists of a group of isles where Pokémon can enjoy a variety of great activities. They can go exploring and find items, play on athletic equipment to increase their experience or base stats, relax in some hot springs, and help grow Berries.
You’ll need to spend some time populating your Poké Pelago with Pokémon and developing islands using Plain Poké Beans to access the full power of your Poké Pelago. You can’t trick out an island in a day, so read on for some tips on what to prioritize and to find out more about how this island paradise can help you train battle-ready Pokémon more easily than ever before.
You can access the Poké Pelago at any time after you register Charizard in your Ride Pager—press the X Button and then select Poké Pelago. The Poké Pelago button starts on the second screen of the bottom menu, but if you find yourself returning to the Poké Pelago frequently, you may find it more convenient to tap and drag the button to bring it to the first screen.
Stock Up at Isle Abeens
When you first reach the Poké Pelago, you’ll only have access to Isle Abeens. The first island features a giant beanstalk your Pokémon gather around. It won’t help you find a harp or even a golden Zangoose, but shaking the beanstalk periodically will allow you build up your Poké Bean reserves. These valuable items are the currency of the Poké Pelago. You can even tap a Poké Bean with your stylus and then drag your stylus across the other Poké Beans to avoid accidentally interacting with your Pokémon as you collect Poké Beans.
Each island in the Poké Pelago can be developed by trading Plain Beans, and you’ll have to cough up some Plain Beans just to unlock the other four islands, too. You’ll also need a certain amount of Pokémon in your PC to upgrade or unlock islands. Each island can be developed twice after it has been unlocked. As you develop each island, it will become more effective. For example, improving Isle Abeens causes the giant beanstalk to grow, increasing the amount of Poké Beans you’ll be able to collect. The beanstalk may drop Plain Beans, Patterned Beans, or Rainbow Beans. You can consider the Plain Bean to be the standard Poké Bean unit.
Sometimes wild Pokémon may also be enticed to visit the Isle Abeens. These Pokémon won’t join your team through battle. Instead of beaning the wild Pokémon with your attacks, you can increase the odds of wild Pokémon visiting by placing Poké Beans in the crate next to the beanstalk. To make the Pokémon stick around, tap it to see how it’s doing. After one day, you may see the wild Pokémon now has a heart over its head. You can then invite the Pokémon to join your team. New species of Pokémon have the chance to appear after major achievements during your journey, so make sure to keep checking back!
We suggest developing Isle Abeens to its maximum potential before upgrading other islands. This will get you the most Poké Beans, letting you upgrade your other islands faster. Plus, the Poké Bean cost of leveling up Isle Abeens is modest compared to the other islands. You can unlock the remaining Islands in any order.
Cost to unlock Isle Abeens: available immediately!
Cost to develop to Phase 2: 30 Plain Beans, 15 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 3: 90 Plain Beans, 30 Pokémon in your PC
Bountiful Berries at Isle Aplenny
You’ll start collecting Berries at trees around Alola early in your journey, but you won’t be able to grow your own Berries until you reach the Poké Pelago and unlock Isle Aplenny. As you upgrade Isle Aplenny, you’ll be able to grow more Berries, and the Berry trees you plant will have greater yields. Placing Poké Beans in the crate on Isle Aplenny will increase the speed Berries grow at. Depending on the type of Berry, it will ordinarily take between 24 and 72 hours to grow.
Isle Aplenny can be a great way to get more valuable or rare Berries. Here are some Berries Trainers with a green thumb might appreciate:
- Planting a bunch of Lum Berries can cut down on the need for items like Full Heal, Antidote, and Awakening.
- Sitrus Berries can help reduce the need for expensive healing items, such as Full Restore and Max Potion.
- The Berries that reduce a Pokémon’s base stats, yet increase their friendliness are hard to find growing in the wild, but you can grow as many Berries as you want with a few days of work. Pomeg Berry, Kelpsy Berry, Qualot Berry, Hondew Berry, Grepa Berry, and Tamato Berry are great Berries to stock up on if you want to train your Pokémon to be the very best.
Cost to unlock Isle Aplenny: 15 Plain Beans, 15 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 2: 60 Plain Beans, 30 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 3: 135 Plain Beans, 45 Pokémon in your PC
Discover Rare Items at Isle Aphun
On Isle Aphun, you can send your Pokémon into a dark, mysterious cave to have exciting adventures. After 24 hours, your Pokémon will emerge from the cave with some items! You’ll unlock new paths through the cave as you develop Isle Aphun. If you put Poké Beans into the crate on Isle Aphun, it will allow your Pokémon to finish their explorations quicker.
Your Pokémon will often return with items with high resale value. Isle Aphun is a great way to get items such as an Ice Stone, Dusk Stone, and a Dawn Stone, which are needed to help some Pokémon evolve. If you’re really lucky, your Pokémon may also discover a Gold Bottle Cap on some paths, one of the rarest items of all!
Cost to unlock Isle Aphun: 30 Plain Beans, 30 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 2: 90 Plain Beans, 45 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 3: 180 Plain Beans, 60 Pokémon in your PC
Power-Up at Isle Evelup
Isle Evelup is one of the best ways to power-up your Pokémon for battles. Not only can you have your Pokémon gain experience while playing, but you can also send your Pokémon on courses tailored for HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, or Speed to increase its base stats. Developing Isle Evelup will increase the amount of experience or base stats gained while playing. Once Isle Evelup is fully developed, Pokémon will gain four base points for each round of training.
Isle Evelup can be an excellent way to train Pokémon without any stress if you don’t need them in battle immediately. It can also be a great way to train Pokémon with a complex strategy. If you’re looking to train your Pokémon to have increased, but not perfected base stats, such as 244 HP or 148 Attack instead of training two stats to the maximum, you’ll probably find it easier to train your Pokémon on Isle Evelup than to defeat a specific amount of wild Pokémon.
Cost to unlock Isle Evelup: 45 Plain Beans, 45 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 2: 120 Plain Beans, 60 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 3: 225 Plain Beans, 75 Pokémon in your PC
Relax at Isle Avue
After working to develop the first four islands, the relaxing hot springs on Isle Avue may be just what you and your Pokémon need. Leaving Pokémon to relax in the hot springs will increase their friendship. But don’t leave them too long without checking on them, or the heat from the hot spring may overwhelm them instead! Be sure to tap on any Pokémon that seem to be a little addled so they can get back to relaxing.
You can also leave Pokémon Eggs in Isle Avue. If you wait long enough, the Eggs will hatch without the need for you to carry them in your party! Isle Avue is a great way to catch up if you find yourself with a mountain of Eggs to hatch. Placing Poké Beans in the crate on Isle Avue will cause Pokémon to become friendly faster and Eggs to hatch more quickly.
Cost to unlock Isle Avue: 60 Plain Beans, 45 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 2: 150 Plain Beans, 60 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 3: 270 Plain Beans, 75 Pokémon in your PC
As you can see, fully developing the Poké Pelago will require a lot of Poké Beans. Fortunately there are some tricks for getting Poké Beans quickly. Once each day, you can receive some Poké Beans when you order a drink at a café in a Pokémon Center. You can also use seven Plain Beans to send out a Bean Bottle with Mohn each day. If you’re lucky, you might receive some bottles of your own in return!
You can trade Patterned Beans and Rainbow Beans with Mohn to get more Plain Beans. Patterned Beans can be traded for three Plain Beans, while Rainbow Beans can be traded for seven. However, we suggest hanging on to your Rainbow Beans—feeding a Rainbow Bean to your Pokémon will greatly increase its affection, potentially saving you a great deal of time and effort.
We hope you’re enjoying your adventures in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Good luck building a Poké Pelago that will be the envy of your rivals! Check out more Pokémon TCG and video game articles and tournament analysis at Pokemon.com/Strategy.