Pokémon Sun and Moon - Route 1, Iki Town Festival, Professor Kukui's Lab

Our complete walkthrough for every step of your latest Pokémon journey.

Now you've had your first Pokémon battle at Iki Town and headed home for the night, it's time to get going to the festival. The next day, after that rather eventful first one in Alola, Kukui turns up at your home again.

This time, via Route 1, the Iki Town Festival, and Professor Kukui's Lab, you'll be learning how to catch Pokémon, making your own way as a proper Pokémon trainer, and starting your adventure for real.

Route 1 - catch your first wild Pokémon and head north

Route 1 is a small route between your house and Iki Town, which you got a glimpse of yesterday with Professor Kukui. Today, after he arrives again at your home, it's time to learn how to catch Pokémon, and then navigate the route on your own for the first time.

ItemWhere to findNotes
Poké Ball x10 From Kukui after watching how to catch Pokémon
Potion x5 From Kukui after watching how to catch Pokémon
Potion Route 1 - The other side of the second patch of grass, by the large rock
Poké Ball Route 1 - By the palm tree the other side of the long grass
Antidote Route 1 - Double back around the fence at the bottom of your screen
Potion Route 1 - The other side of the long grass you saw earlier on with Kukui
Paralyze Heal Route 1 - Top left corner of route before Iki Town

There's not much else to do on Route 1 other than catch the available Pokémon, battle the few trainers that are there, and collect the available items scattered around. Practice your catching technique - it's a little harder this gen! - and train a little if you like, but there's no need to grind for now. Head north to Iki Town again for the Festival when you're ready.

TrainersPokémonLevel
Youngster Jimmy Rattata (Alolan) Lvl. 3
Lass Audrey Caterpie Lvl. 3
Preschooler Oliver Yungoos Lvl. 4

Iki Town Festival - battle with Hau and earn the Z Ring

Once you reach Iki Town, it's time for the festival... which turns out to be a battle! It's in order to honer the guardian, Tapu Koko, and involves another one against your pal Hau, who has some new Pokémon! As it turns out, Hau isn't just some random trainer, either, he's Kahuna Hala's grandson with aspirations of one day being an island Kahuna himself.

Before you battle, Hala gives you back that Sparkling Stone... in the form of a Z Ring! You'll need a Z Crystal to use it though, which you don't have just yet. Make sure your Pokémon are all healed up, and you've caught one or two outside of your starter, then take on Hau.

TrainersPokémonLevel
Hau Pichu
Rowlet / Litten / Popplio
Lvl. 6
Lvl.7

Heading south to Kukui's Lab

The next day, it's Lillie's turn to arrive unexpectedly at your front door, and this time she wants to take you southwards, to Kukui's lab. Head downwards from your house onto the short route, until you hit the beach.

ItemWhere to findNotes
AwakeningThe other side of the first long grass patch.
TrainersPokémonLevel
Youngster KevinGrubbinLvl. 6
LassWingullLvl.7

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.

You'll find an entrance to Ten Carat Hill, down at the bottom left of the beach area. But it's blocked off for now, so you're best off collecting, catching, and defeating what you can before heading in to see Prof. Kukui.

Inside, Kukui gives you a little more info about his studies and the region of Alola in particular, and also tells you something interesting about that Pokédex of yours... it's a Pokémon, Rotom! It's a new version, known as the Rotom Dex, and can now talk to you, guiding you through your journey with something resembling sentience for the first time in the series.

Get accquainted with your new friend, and then head on up to Hau'oli City, the island's main hub and your next destination. North to your house the way you came, then due west to the city!

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