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Pokémon Sun and Moon - Zygarde Cell locations, Zygarde Core locations

Our complete locations list of the many Zygarde Cells and Cores in the Alola region.

For the first time in a Pokémon game, there are collectibles to find throughout the adventure. Pokémon Sun and Moon Zygarde Cells and Cores are used to create types of Zygarde Pokémon, with the more components you collect, the more options you have to customise the creature(s) you like.

Once you have collected the Zygarde Core when visiting Akala Island for the first time in the story, Zygarde Cores and Cells will appear throughout the game.

It's worth noting that it's easiest to follow the specific locations of each cell within the context of our Pokémon Sun and Moon Walkthrough, as they're taken contextually from how you'll naturally be progressing along each route. If it helps, keep both guides open and collect-as-you-go!

Pokemon Sun and Moon Zygarde Cell locations

Zygarde Cells.

To create Zygarde itself, you'll need to pay a visit to Dexio and Sina over at Aether House, off Route 15.

There, you can use the PC to combine the cells into Zygarde's various forms, depending on the number of cells you've collected.

There are 10 per cent, 50 per cent and 100 per cent forms, whilst you can also use the cells to make multiple Zygardes, too - so up to ten 10 per cent Zygardes, or two 50 per cent ones, for example.

Melemele Island

Since you'll only get the Zygarde Core at the start of the second island (Akala Island) you won't see any first time round. However, post-credits or if you decide to backtrack, the Cells will start appearing.

Iki TownNight; Kahuna Hala's House
Route 1In area that requires Tauros Poke Ride to access
Route 1Top right corner, cliff and grass patch
Hau'oli OutskirtsOn beach, next to house
Hau'oli CityNight; Trainers School, first floor, in the corner of recreation room
Hau'oli CityNight; left of Pokemon Center
Hau'oli CityIllima's House, first floor
Route 2Outside motel, behind parked truck
Hau'oli CemetryUpper left corner, just above grass patch
Verdant CavernUpper right corner
Route 3Lower left area before bridge, next to grass path
Route 3Day; left and above of the bridge
Kala'e BayTo the left of the entrance to Seaward Cave
Ruins of ConflictOutside entrance

Akala Island

Note that as part of the story, you'll get the Zygarde Core after Heahea City - so be sure to backtrack and get those two.

Heahea CityNight; outside Dimensional Research Lab
Heahea CityTide Song Hotel, next to sofa
Route 4Up the slope and immediately below you / the lady in the hat
Paniloa TownDay; southern area, above right-most ramp next to fencing
Paniloa TownNight; southern area, next to left-most ramp
Route 5Right of Pokemon Center but on an upper ledge, so apporach from Route 8 / Lush Jungle direction
Royal AvenueNight; right of Pokemon Centre
Royal AvenueDay; empty car park space below Thrifty Megamart
Route 7Surfing as north as possible, then it's on the sandy shore by a rock at the sea's edge.
Wela Volcano ParkOn the way down the mountain to the left
Route 8 / Top of Route 5Next to white lab-like building's entrance, near start of the route
Route 8 / Top of Route 5Day; behind a rock at the start of second part of the route, near the little rocky area
Lush JungleBy the Machamp Poke Ride boulder before the way out to Route 8
Diglett's TunnelBy crate with the nugget, between two nearby rocks
Konikoni CityNight; go up outside town, by fence on the cliff
Akala OutskirtsBy ledge through the gap in the grass to the left of the route, by Black Belt Kenji
Hano Grand ResortBeach, lower part under parasol
Hano Grand ResortBeach, head further up and inspect structure on grass area

Ula'Ula Island

Malie CityDay; between two yellow trucks near entrance to Malie Garden
Malie CityNight; inside Community Centre
Outer CapeDay; in car park space
Route 10Day; Just after 4th Stufful and Trainer Tips sign, in front of grassy tree growth and Ace Trainer
Hokulani ObservatoryNight; down left side of the long corridor
Route 11Night; below and across dirt path of Black Belt Clayton
Route 12Behind rock after first rocky section
Route 12After Punk Pair, just next to them
Secluded ShoreDay; far left of beach by the rocky wall
Secluded ShoreNight; far right of beach by the rocky wall
Geothermal Power PlantBehind a pair of rocks to the right of the Power Plant entrance
Route 13By building below the oasis
Route 13Night; left of Motel
Haina DesertBy a small growth of green ferns deep right and up into the desert
Tapu VillageIn front of fence opposite PMC, between girl and fisherman
Route 14Night; next to Fisherman
Route 14Right down the very end of the route, behind a broken old bit of road
Route 15On bottom right side of beach
Aether HouseDay; in back left room in front of bookshelf in back left corner
Route 16Day; left of Pokemon Centre
Ula'Ula MeadowAlong planked path on right soon after entering
Ula'Ula MeadowUpper left corner, on the way to Lake of the Moone / Lake of the Sunne
Route 17Jumping down first ledge to the right hand side, not left, from top right point of route
Route 17On corner of wall leading into Po Town
Po TownDay; in front of dark red truck on left towards top of route, between two Skull Grunts and their Grimer
Po TownNight; in front of yellow truck on the right
Mount LanakilaOn the left in front of rock just after Escape Rope
Mount LanakilaLeft of PMC next to biggish rock, bottom side of route
Ruins of AbundanceLeft of the entrance

Aether Paradise

Aether ParadiseDown the end of the platform by entrance to Secret Lab B
Aether ParadiseSkull area - all the way to the right and up the steps
Aether ParadiseDay; Outside mansion, far left and a little round the corner of building at the end of the bridge, after beating Guzma.
Aether ParadiseInside mansion, under a small side table with a lamp, on the right as you enter the mansion at the end after Guzma
Aether ParadiseNight; outside, lower left corner of area

Poni Island

Seafolk VillageInside Restaurant boat that seafolk chief was standing on, under a table on the left
Seafolk VillageIn front of some wooden planks in back right of town
Poni WildsOn the beach between some rocks, on the right
Poni WildsDay; On small muddle raised up platform by ledge, along bottom of route
Poni WildsNight; far right of the route before going up ramp with single tree
Ancient Poni PathIn front of wall by where you chat with Hapu and her grandma
Ancient Poni PathDay; to the right of Hapu's house, behind the well
Ancient Poni PathNight; inside corner of the outside walls of the house
Poni Breaker CoastDay; on the right past geyser after entering route
Poni Breaker CoastNight; far right before Ruins of Hope
Ruins of HopeBottom of the spiral path just by a sprout of green mushroom-type objects
Vast Poni CanyonAfter crossing first external bridge, inside, on the right behind a small rocky mound
Vast Poni CanyonCross second bridge, head inside to a room with both water and Machamp Shove boulders. It's on the left, just down the ramp as you enter.
Vast Poni CanyonFrom that cave, instead of climbing ladder after clearing Machamp boulders, head downwards through them to an exit to a small external area. Cell is left, through the long grass out there.
Vast Poni CanyonBehind Machamp boulder in shortcut area between start and end of route, after you climb down the big tree, head left and south to go inside and move the boulder.
Poni PlainsUpper left mountainous area, on final step when coming down
Poni PlainsDay; In the middle of the area, next to a tree
Poni PlainsNight; Below ledge on the upper right
Poni GroveOn the outside corner as you enter
Poni GroveOn the outside edge above long grass
Poni CoastIn canyon just below Honeymooners
Poni CoastFar right edge, next to water
Poni GauntletBy first upper-most bridge when you enter
Poni GauntletFinal bridge before Battle Tree
Poni MeadowBefore you head to Resolution Cave, head down the ledges below
Resolution CaveDay; Before you enter Resolution Cave
Resolution CaveUp the path and on the ledge inside cave
Resolution CaveNight; On the right as soon as you enter
The full Zygarde form.

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 Zygarde Core locations

There are five Zygarde Cores in total, many of which you should bump into as part of the story (you're looking for a pink sparkle in the environment). All of these will teach your Zygarde a new move, as mentioned below.

Thousand ArrowsMelemele Island, Iki TownHala's house, back right room, outside on the porch
Dragon DanceAkala Island, Konikoni CityUpstairs in Olivia's house, in her room with the stuffed toys
Thousand WavesUla'Ula Island, Route 17At back of the police station in front of hanging clothes
Core EnforcerPoni Island, Ancient Poni PathIn Hapu's bedroom, far right in her house through door with Meowth
Extreme SpeedMelemele Island, Your HouseBedroom, by your bed