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Pokémon Sun and Moon Z Crystal locations - Find Pikanium Z, Aloraichium Z and more to unlock every Z Move

How to locate every Z Crystal and their respective Z Moves - even exclusives for Snorlaz and Alolan Richu.

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 CrystalType / PokémonMoveLocation
Normalium Z CrystalNormal Z CrystalBreakneck BlitzFound as part of the story; from Verdant Cavern and Illima Trial
Fightinium ZFighting Z CrystalAll-Out PummelingFound as part of the story; from Kahuna Hala Grand Trial
Waterium ZWater Z CrystalHydro VortexFound as part of the story; from Lana's Trial at Brooklet Hill
Firium ZFire Z CrystalInferno OverdriveFound as part of the story; from Captain Kiawe's Trial at Volcano Park
Grassium ZGrass Z CrystalBloom DoomFound as part of the story; from Captain Mallow's Trial at Lush Jungle
Rockium ZRock Z CrystalContinental CrushFound as part of the story; from Kahuna Oliva at the Akala Grand Trial
Electrium ZElectric Z CrystalGigavolt HavocFound as part of the story; from Trial at Hokulani Observatory
Steelium ZSteel Z CrystalCorkscrew CrashFound as part of the story; from Trial at Hokulani Observatory
Ghostium ZGhost Z CrystalNever-Ending NightmareFound as part of the story; from Acerola's Trial on Route 14
Buginium ZBug Z CrystalSavage Spin-OutFound as part of the story; from chest next to Guzma's throne in Po Town
Darkinium ZDark Z CrystalBlack Hole EclipseFound as part of the story; from Officer Nanu at Malie City
Poisonium ZPoison Z CrystalAcid DownpourFound as part of the story; from Plumeria in Vast Poni Canyon
Groundium ZGround Z CrystalTectonic RageFound as part of story; from Hapu in Vast Poni Canyon
Dragonium Z Dragon Z CrystalUltimate Dragon BurnFound as part of story; from pedestal after beating Vast Poni Canyon Trial
Tapunium ZTapu Z Crystal (Nature's Madness required)Guardian of AlolaFound as part of the story; defeating Tapu Koku following Pokémon League win
Decidium ZDecidueye Z Crystal (Spirit Shackle required)Sinister Arrow RaidEither as part of the story if your starter (from Kukui after defeating Guzma at Malie Garden) or from Hau after the credits roll
Incinium ZIncineror Z Crystal (Darkest Lariat required)Malicious MoonsaultEither as part of the story if your starter (from Kukui after defeating Guzma at Malie Garden) or from Hau after the credits roll
Primarium ZPrimarina Z Crystal (Sparkling Aria required)Oceanic OperettaEither as part of the story if your starter (from Kukui after defeating Guzma at Malie Garden) or from Hau after the credits roll
Icium ZIce Z CrystalSubzero SlammerMount Lankakila, go right at the first opportunity after you enter
Fairium ZFairy Z CrystalTwinkle TackleFrom Mina the artist outside on the bridge in Vast Poni Canyon
Flyinium ZFlying Z CrystalSupersonic StrikeUse Machamp to move the boulder near the exit in Ten Carat Hill.
Pikanium ZPikachu Z Crystal (Volt Tackle required)CatastropikaFound in Konikoni City, from lady surrounded by Pikachu in grass area north of the city
Aloraichium ZAlolan Raichu Z CrystalStoked SparksurferChat to woman inside a house in Seafolk Village with Alolan Raichu in your squad
Snorlium ZSnorlax Z CrystalPulverizing PancakeFrom Mystery Gift Munchlax event giveaway until January 11, 2017
Eevium ZEevee Z CrystalExtreme EvoboostFind Kagetora and defeat all eight Eevee trainers (see our all Eevee User locations article for exact positions)
Marshadium ZMarshadow Z CrystalSoul-Stealing 7-Star Strike???
Mewnium ZMew Z CrystalGenesis SupernovaFrom Mewnium Z giveaway for Pokémon Bank users until October 2nd, 2017

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