Pokémon Sun and Moon - Starter Z Crystal, Route 11, 12, and 13, Ride Mudsdale

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Now you're finished up with Sophocles' Trial on Mount Hokulani, it's time to quickly return to Malie Garden and return Professor Kukui's mask.

Once you're done there, it's on to Route 11, 12, and 13, where you're granted access to Ride Mudsdale on your way through!

Return to Malie Garden, Route 11

As you arrive back at Malie Garden to hand Professor Kukui his mask, you'll find an unpleasant surprise waiting there for you. Team Skull have gathered round Kukui - who's more than happy to take them all on at once in a Battle Royal - until their boss, a chap called Guzma, turns up looking for a fight instead.

Fight Guzma and, when you win, Kukui will hand over your starter's specialist Z Crystal, which accompanies their unique move.

ItemWhere to find
Decidium Z / Incinium Z / Primarium Z From Kukui for defeating Guzma, based on your starter
TrainersPokémonLevel
Team Skull Boss Guzma Golisopod
Ariados
Lvl.31
Lvl.30

Once you're done there, it's time to head down to Route 11. There are few points of interest here, barring a lady who'll heal your Pokémon at the start, so continue with your usual exploration, battling, catching, and searching for items as you go, and carry on to Route 12 from there!

ItemWhere to find
Big Mushroom In long grass on left at start of route
Tiny Mushroom In long grass along top branch of route, near Preschooler Hayden
TM47 Gyro Ball In middle path to dead end amongst some trees and scattered leaves.
Big Mushroom In long grass on lower side of route, past Blackbelt Clayton
Quick Ball Above long grass, above Blackbelt Clayton
TrainersPokémonLevel
Athletic Siblings Ashiba and Sho Fletchinder
Herdier
Lvl.27
Lvl.27
Preschooler Hayden Stufful Lvl.28
Black Belt Clayton Hariyama Lvl.28

Route 12 and Geothermal Power Plant - Hapu and Ride Mudsdale

Following straight on from Route 11, Route 12 is a rocky, uphill route through the hills... with some seemingly impassable terrain.

At least, it's impassable until Hapu - the young lady you met back on Route 6 - turns up with her trusty Mudsdale. She kindly registers the Ride Mudsdale ability to your Ride Pager, and you can now move on through the rocky, uncertain ground ahead. Consider this generation 7's "Rock Climb" ability.

Towards the end of the route, a path branches off to the Geothermal Power Plant. There's not too much up there, but you can poke around a little for a couple interesting tidbits. Other than that, it's relatively straightforward stuff on Route 12, so continue on to Secluded Shore and Route 13!

ItemWhere to find
Burn Heal After first rocky section
Zygarde Cell Behind rock after first rocky section
Elixir Down and left through narrow paths past Rising Star Leilani
Zygarde Cell After Punk Pair, just next to them
X Attack Next to circular rock at bottom of route
PP Up (Hidden) At rock next to little shrub, at very bottom of route above Secluded Shore
TrainersPokémonLevel
Rising Star Leilani Tirtouga Lvl.30
Punk Pair Yoko and Lane Krokorok
Pancham
Lvl.29
Lvl.29
Rising Star Matthew Cranidos Lvl.30
Scientist Jayson Porygon
Magneton
Lvl.28
Lvl.29
Office worker Shane (Power Plant) Psyduck
Fearow
Lvl.29
Lvl.29

Secluded Shore and Route 13

Jutting off from the south end of Route 12 lies the Secluded Shore - which is exactly that, really. Not much lies here, other than some Slowpoke, which are under the protection of a nearby Police Officer, a couple of trainers, and some items.

Take a break, eat a few berries from the tree, and recline on the beach if you like, but not for too long, as you still have Route 13 to traverse as well.

ItemWhere to find
Pearl (Hidden)On beach x2
Big Pearl (Hidden)On beach x2
Aspear x2Cheri Berry
Zygarde CellFar left of beach by the rocky wall
TrainersPokémonLevel
Swimmer SaraAlomomolaLvl.30
Swimmer RobertWhishcash
Sandygast
Lvl.29
Lvl.30

Need more tips? Use our Pokémon Sun and Moon Walkthrough and guide for the main story, our competitive training guide for info on IVs, EV training, Hyper Training and bottle cap farming, and breeding explained, our choice of the best Pokémon Sun and Moon starter from Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, as well as an in-progress list of where to find Zygarde Cells and Cores and our guide to the Battle Tree and both Battling and Trading in the Festival Plaza. We also have a list of QR codes list, Z Crystal locations, Mega Stone locations, Eevium Z Eevee User locations for Extreme Evoboost, evolutions for Alolan Forms and other new Sun and Moon Pokémon and fast way to increase a Pokémon's Happiness, plus how to transfer across Ash-Greninja from the Sun and Moon Demo, where to catch the Tapu Guardians, how to catch the Ultra Beasts, and how to download the Munchlax Mystery Gift.

As you head over into Route 13, Hau turns up to greet you, followed shortly after by Gladion, who actually offers you some help. He tells you both that Team Skull are looking for Lillie's Cosmog, Nebby, as it has the potential to summon incredibly strong Pokémon and cause a genuine disaster.

Gladion actually wants to help protect Cosmog at all costs from Team Skull, even if he is working for them! Hau, meanwhile, is just generally peppy as always, and talks about how wants you both to become champions some day.

The other notable part of Route 13 is the poor Snufful left in one of the Motel rooms on the route, which is rather sad, whilst another man will tell you that the 'answer' is 2-1-4-3 - but what could that mean? He's near the entrance to Haina Desert, so perhaps it could be to do with something there...

ItemWhere to find
Max PotionFrom Hau
Moon StoneNext to oasis in centre of route
Zygarde CellBy building below oasis
Guard SpecOn right of bottom part of route near fisherman, below oasis

You can head into the Desert to the north if you like now, but your Island Challenge lies waiting for you, through Tapu Village, and Route 14.

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