Pokémon Sun and Moon Z Crystals are one of the new mechanics introduced into generation seven. Replacing Mega Evolutions from Pokémon X and Y, these are crystals that can be used by a Pokémon for a ultra-powerful 'Z Move'.
You can only perform one Z Move per battle, so choosing which Pokémon and Crystal to use in an encounter is important - but also means you can wipe the floor in random encounters if you so wish.
There are two kinds of Z Crystal in Pokemon Sun and Moon. One set is for every elemental Type in the game, and allows you to replace a move of that Type on a Pokémon with the corresponding Z Move, with strength of that base move impacting how strong the Z Move is. The other type of Z Crystal is for specific individual Pokémon, and replace specific individual moves with a Z-Move.
Each of the fully evolved Starter Pokémon, as well as the likes of Snorlax, Pikachu and Eevee, all have one of these available, and require specific steps to locate outside of the game's story.
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.
Pokémon Sun and Moon Z Crystal locations
The following list contains story-specific Z Crystals first (based on the game's many elemental Types) following by those you can find off the beaten track or through specific quests and steps (which are for specific Pokémon). There are still two Z Crystals - Marshadium Z and Mewnium Z - most likely discovered through datamining that have yet to be located, and we'll update the chart once they have.
|Z Crystal||Type / Pokémon||Move||Location|
|Normalium Z Crystal||Normal Z Crystal||Breakneck Blitz||Found as part of the story; from Verdant Cavern and Illima Trial|
|Fightinium Z||Fighting Z Crystal||All-Out Pummeling||Found as part of the story; from Kahuna Hala Grand Trial|
|Waterium Z||Water Z Crystal||Hydro Vortex||Found as part of the story; from Lana's Trial at Brooklet Hill|
|Firium Z||Fire Z Crystal||Inferno Overdrive||Found as part of the story; from Captain Kiawe's Trial at Volcano Park|
|Grassium Z||Grass Z Crystal||Bloom Doom||Found as part of the story; from Captain Mallow's Trial at Lush Jungle|
|Rockium Z||Rock Z Crystal||Continental Crush||Found as part of the story; from Kahuna Oliva at the Akala Grand Trial|
|Electrium Z||Electric Z Crystal||Gigavolt Havoc||Found as part of the story; from Trial at Hokulani Observatory|
|Steelium Z||Steel Z Crystal||Corkscrew Crash||Found as part of the story; from Trial at Hokulani Observatory|
|Ghostium Z||Ghost Z Crystal||Never-Ending Nightmare||Found as part of the story; from Acerola's Trial on Route 14|
|Buginium Z||Bug Z Crystal||Savage Spin-Out||Found as part of the story; from chest next to Guzma's throne in Po Town|
|Darkinium Z||Dark Z Crystal||Black Hole Eclipse||Found as part of the story; from Officer Nanu at Malie City|
|Poisonium Z||Poison Z Crystal||Acid Downpour||Found as part of the story; from Plumeria in Vast Poni Canyon|
|Groundium Z||Ground Z Crystal||Tectonic Rage||Found as part of story; from Hapu in Vast Poni Canyon|
|Dragonium Z||Dragon Z Crystal||Ultimate Dragon Burn||Found as part of story; from pedestal after beating Vast Poni Canyon Trial|
|Tapunium Z||Tapu Z Crystal (Nature's Madness required)||Guardian of Alola||Found as part of the story; defeating Tapu Koku following Pokémon League win|
|Decidium Z||Decidueye Z Crystal (Spirit Shackle required)||Sinister Arrow Raid||Either as part of the story if your starter (from Kukui after defeating Guzma at Malie Garden) or from Hau after the credits roll|
|Incinium Z||Incineror Z Crystal (Darkest Lariat required)||Malicious Moonsault||Either as part of the story if your starter (from Kukui after defeating Guzma at Malie Garden) or from Hau after the credits roll|
|Primarium Z||Primarina Z Crystal (Sparkling Aria required)||Oceanic Operetta||Either as part of the story if your starter (from Kukui after defeating Guzma at Malie Garden) or from Hau after the credits roll|
|Icium Z||Ice Z Crystal||Subzero Slammer||Mount Lankakila, go right at the first opportunity after you enter|
|Fairium Z||Fairy Z Crystal||Twinkle Tackle||From Mina the artist outside on the bridge in Vast Poni Canyon|
|Flyinium Z||Flying Z Crystal||Supersonic Strike||Use Machamp to move the boulder near the exit in Ten Carat Hill.|
|Pikanium Z||Pikachu Z Crystal (Volt Tackle required)||Catastropika||Found in Konikoni City, from lady surrounded by Pikachu in grass area north of the city|
|Aloraichium Z||Alolan Raichu Z Crystal||Stoked Sparksurfer||Chat to woman inside a house in Seafolk Village with Alolan Raichu in your squad|
|Snorlium Z||Snorlax Z Crystal||Pulverizing Pancake||From Mystery Gift Munchlax event giveaway until January 11, 2017|
|Eevium Z||Eevee Z Crystal||Extreme Evoboost||Find Kagetora and defeat all eight Eevee trainers (see our all Eevee User locations article for exact positions)|
|Marshadium Z||Marshadow Z Crystal||Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike||???|
|Mewnium Z||Mew Z Crystal||Genesis Supernova||From Mewnium Z giveaway for Pokémon Bank users until October 2nd, 2017|