Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR Codes are by far the easiest way to complete the “seen” aspect of your Alolan Pokédex, allowing you to simply scan a code (we have a full list below) and register that Pokémon as “seen” there and then.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon’s Island Scan feature works similarly: it’s unlocked after using the regular QR scanner a certain number of times, only this one allows you to find and catch Pokémon in the game.
There are a few caveats to the system, and it will take you some time to scan everything, but below we explain everything you need to know about Island Scan and the Gen 7 QR code functionality.
How QR codes work in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Originally introduced in regular Pokémon Sun and Moon, Island Scan and QR codes are an easy way to acquire Pokémon in the game (especially if you’re prone to Slaking, geddit?). They are different functions, although related, so we will explain them separately here:
QR Codes and QR Scanner:
The QR scanner uses the camera functionality of your 3DS to scan a real, real QR code. Each Pokémon available in the Alola Pokédex has its own QR code (you can access it yourself if you’ve caught the Pokémon by heading to its page in the Pokédex and pressing X) and scanning a Pokémon’s QR code with the QR scanner will add . Pokémon to your Pokédex as “seen”.
So, it’s not a way to catch Pokémon instantly, but “seen” Pokémon that are available to catch in-game, through regular methods or SOS chaining, have their location marked on your map. Volcarona, for example, is only available to be captured in SOS encounters with Larvesta in Lush Jungle, so it will be marked on your map accordingly.
To scan a QR code:
- Open the in-game menu.
- Go to the second page and select the ‘QR Scanner’ option.
- The camera will activate: place the desired QR code in front of it and take a photo of the code with the R button.
To find that Pokémon’s location in the game, head to its page in the Pokédex and then to the Habitat tab. This will show which island and subsequently where on that island you can find it.
The problem is that you can only use the QR scanner 10 times a day. For each scan, you earn 10 points and every 100 points allows you so use the Island Scan function, which we explain below.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Island Scan Explained
Island Scan will reveal one of a selection of non-Alolan Pokémon on your current island for you to catch (full details for Ultra Sun and Moon are at the end of this article). Here’s how to use it:
How to use Island Scan in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon:
- Go to the Scanner option in your menu, as you would with the QR Scanner.
- At the bottom you will see the “Island Scan” option. Tap it or press X.
- This will show you the Pokémon available that day and their location.
- Go to the place within the next hour and try to catch it.
You will have one hour to catch the Pokémon, starting from the moment you use Island Scan. You only have one battle to do it once you’ve found it, and to catch it or not, you have two hours before you can use Island Scan again.
With new Pokémon Island Scan available every day on each island, you should continue scanning QR codes for the next few days; After all, it will take some time to scan every QR code and catch every non-Alolan Pokémon before you have the full game. Good luck!
List of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR codes
There are several ways to view each QR code in the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon Alola Pokédex. Please note that there are some notable exceptions, such as legendary or story-specific Pokémon, that will not be available to scan. An example is the Magearna QR code and event, which we detail separately, but the vast majority of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are not available with any QR code.
There is currently no regular list of images available (you may have seen some regular lists of Sun and Moon QR codes floating around, mistakenly labeled as Ultra Sun and Moon lists), but BeardBear’s YouTube video below presents them all in sequence. If we find a static image version, we will of course update this page.
Finally, note that the codes for regular Pokémon Sun and Moon will indeed work in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but of course they won’t include all the Pokémon added to the Alola Pokédex from the Ultra versions, such as Zorua and Zoroark or Larvitar, Pupitar and Tyranitar.
For more information on Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon, head over to our main Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon guides and walkthroughs hub, which includes guides for the new Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and changes to the Pokédex, Festival Plaza, a list of global missions and rewards. , an explainer on Pokémon Bank, a page dedicated to competitive Pokémon training, including IV training, EVs and hidden stats, Pokémon 6IV breeding explained, and how to farm bottle caps quickly for Hyper Training. Additionally, we have pages about the Rockruff event to get Dusk Form Lycanroc and last but not least, a complete list of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR codes to add all the Pokémon to your Pokédex.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Island Scan Pokémon List
The Island Scan times and available Pokémon are different for the regular versions of Sun & Moon and Ultra, so you’ll find those for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon below. For regular Sun and Moon, we have a page dedicated to Pokémon Sun and Moon QR codes and island scanning.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Island Exploration Pokémon List:
|Day||Melemele Island||Aklala Island||Ula’ula Island||Pony Island|
Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.