Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR codes are by far the easiest way to fill out the "seen" aspect of your Alolan Pokédex, granting you the ability 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, unlocking after you use the regular QR Scanner a certain number of times, only this one allows you to find and actually catch Pokémon in-game.
There are a few caveats to the system - and it will take you some time to scan then all - but below we explain everything you need to know about Island Scan and Gen 7's 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 a simple way to acquire Pokémon in-game (especially if you're prone to Slaking, geddit?). They are different, albeit related, functions, so we'll explain them separately here:
QR Codes and the QR Scanner:
The QR Scanner uses your 3DS's camera functionality to scan an actual, real-world QR Code. Every Pokémon available in the Alolan Pokédex has it's own QR code - you can access it yourself if you've caught the Pokémon by heading to it's page in the Pokédex and pressing X - and scanning a Pokémon's QR Code with the QR Scanner will add that Pokémon to your Pokédex as "seen".
It's not a way to instantly catch Pokémon, then - but "seen" Pokémon that are available to catch in-game, via regular methods or SOS-chaining, do have their location marked on your map. Volcarona, for instance, is only available to catch by SOS encounters with Larvesta in Lush Jungle, so it'll be marked on your map accordingly.
To scan a QR code:
- Open the menu in-game
- Head to the second page and select the 'QR Scanner' option.
- The camera will activate - place the desired QR code in front of it and snap a picture of the code with the R button.
To find that Pokémon's location in-game, head to its page in the Pokédex, and then to the Habitat tab. This'll show which island and subsequently which location on that island you'll be able to find it.
The catch is that you can only use the QR scanner 10 times a day. For every scan, you earn 10 points, and every 100 points allows you to then use the Island Scan feature, which we explain next.
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 (the full details of which 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:
- Head to the Scanner option in your menu, as you would for the QR Scanner.
- At the bottom you'll see the "Island Scan" option. Tap it or press X.
- This will then show you the Pokémon available that day, and its location.
- Go to the location within the next hour and attempt to catch it.
You'll have an hour to catch the Pokémon, starting from when you use Island Scan. You only get one battle to do so once you've found it, and catch it or not you have two hours before you can use Island Scan again.
With new Island Scan Pokémon available every day on each island, you should continue to scan QR codes and over the coming days - after all, it'll take some time to scan every QR code and catch every non-Alolan Pokémon before you have the complete set. Good luck!
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR code list
There are several ways to see every QR code in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon's Alolan Pokédex. Note there are some notable exceptions - such as legendary or story-specific Pokémon - that won't be available for scanning. One example is the Magearna QR code and event, which we've detailed separately, but the vast majority of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon aren't available with QR codes at all.
Currently there isn't a regular list of images available (you may have seen some regular Sun and Moon QR codes lists doing the rounds, mistakenly labelled as Ultra Sun and Moon lists) but the following YouTube video from BeardBear features them all in sequence. If we find a static image version, we'll of course update this page.
Finally, note that the codes for regular Sun and Moon Pokémon will indeed work in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but they of course won't include all the Pokémon added to the Ultra versions' Alolan Pokédex, like Zorua and Zoroark or Larvitar, Pupitar and Tyranitar.
For more on Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon, head to our main Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon walkthrough and guide hub, which includes guides to new Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Pokémon and Pokédex changes, the Festival Plaza, a list of Global Missions and rewards, an explainer on Pokémon Bank, a dedicated page on Pokémon Competitive Training, including IV Training, EVs and hidden stats, Breeding 6IV Pokémon explained and how to farm Bottle Caps fast for Hyper Training. What's more, we have pages on the Rockruff event for getting Dusk Form Lycanroc and, last but not least, a full Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR codes list for adding all Pokémon to your Pokédex.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Island Scan Pokémon list
The Island Scan schedules and available Pokémon are different for regular Sun and Moon and the Ultra versions, so below you'll just find those for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. For regular Sun and Moon we have a dedicated page on the Pokémon Sun and Moon QR Codes and Island Scan, instead.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Island Scan Pokémon list:
|Day||Melemele Island||Aklala Island||Ula'ula Island||Poni Island|
Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.