Even the Pokémon that have been placed in Boxes can help you out and have fun at Poké Pelago in Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon. Poké Pelago consists of a group of isles where Pokémon can enjoy a variety of great activities. Your Pokémon can go exploring for items, play on athletic equipment to increase their experience or base stats, relax in the hot springs, and help grow Berries.
You'll need to spend some time populating your Poké Pelago with Pokémon and developing islands using Poké Beans to access Poké Pelago's full power. 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 raise battle-ready Pokémon.
You can access 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 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
You'll only have access to Isle Abeens when you first reach Poké Pelago. The first island features a giant beanstalk that your Pokémon gather around. The beanstalk won't help you find a harp or even a golden Zangoose, but shaking it periodically will allow you build up your Poké Bean reserves. The beanstalk may drop Plain Beans, Patterned Beans, or Rainbow Beans. These valuable items are the currency of Poké Pelago. You can tap a Poké Bean with your stylus and then drag your stylus across the other Poké Beans to collect them without accidentally interacting with your Pokémon.
You can consider the Plain Bean to be the standard Poké Bean unit. Each island in Poké Pelago can be developed by trading Plain Beans, and you'll have to cough up more Plain Beans to unlock the other four islands. You'll also need a certain amount of Pokémon in your PC to upgrade islands. Each island can be developed twice after it has been unlocked. As you develop each island, it will become more effective. Improving Isle Abeens causes the giant beanstalk to grow, increasing the amount of Poké Beans you'll be able to collect when it's shaken.
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 encourage the Pokémon to 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 then unlock the remaining Islands in any order depending on how you want to play.
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 Poké Pelago and unlock Isle Aplenny. You'll be able to grow more Berries at once as you upgrade Isle Aplenny, and the Berry trees you plant will have greater yields, too. Depending on the type of Berry you've planted, it will ordinarily take between 24 and 72 hours to grow. Placing Poké Beans in the crate on Isle Aplenny will cause Berries to grow more quickly.
Isle Aplenny is a great way to get more valuable or rare Berries. 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. And it's hard to find the Berries that reduce a Pokémon's base stats while increasing their friendliness, but you can grow as many 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—and retrain—your Pokémon to be the very best.
Cost to unlock Isle Aplenny: 15 Plain Beans, 15 Pokémon in
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 even 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
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 your Pokémon gain experience while playing, but you can also send your Pokémon on courses tailored to increase their base stats for HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, or Speed. 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 to battle immediately. It can also be a great way to train Pokémon with a complex strategy. If you're looking to increase many of your Pokémon's stats instead of maximizing two of them, 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
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, 60 Pokémon in your
Cost to develop to Phase 2: 150 Plain Beans, 75 Pokémon in your PC
Cost to develop to Phase 3: 270 Plain Beans, 90 Pokémon in your PC
As you can see, fully developing 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 spend 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 the Alola Region. 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.