With every new iteration of the Pokémon franchise, there are some new additions to keep the gameplay evolving and one such addition are Z-Moves in Pokémon Sun and Moon. In order to obtain Z-moves, you require Pokemon Sun and Moon Z-Crystals.
Pokemon Sun and Moon Z-Moves are special abilities that can be performed only once per battle but if used at the right time can drastically change the outcome. Alongside abilities, Z-Moves also allow use of boosted versions of some Status effects that give improved buffs during combat.
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Pokemon Sun and Moon Z-Crystals Locations, Z-Moves, Z-Ring
To use these movies, players need access to a Z-Ring as well as Pokemon Sun and Moon Z-Crystals that correspond to a specific type of a Z-Move. The Z-Ring is acquired as players progress through the story of Pokémon Sun and Moon while Z-Crystals are obtained from different places in the Alola region as players explore the world.
The Pokémon which is to use these Z-Moves must be holding the correct corresponding Z-Crystal and should be able to use that crystal, since there are some crystals in the game which are tied to specific Pokémon. The Pokémon also needs to know a move of the same type as the Z-Crystal.
Pokemon Sun and Moon has a total of 18 general Z-Crystals each corresponding to a different type of Pokémon. These general crystals can be used by any Pokémon for the corresponding move as long as it meets other criteria. There are also eight Pokémon specific Z-Crystals which can only be used by those specific Pokémon including Pikachu, Snorlax, Primarina and four others.
Generally, as a rule of thumb, Z-Moves that deal direct damage have more of an impact if paired with a strong attack.
Pokemon Sun and Moon Z-Crystal Locations and Z-Moves
The list below will help players find all the Z-Crystals in the game as well as mention their usage.
Obtained after defeating the first Kahuna during the Grand Trials and boosts Fighting-type moves into “All-Out Pummeling”
Acquired after defeating the second Kahuna and boosts Rock-type moves into “Continental Crush”.
Reward for defeating the third Kahuna which boosts Dark-type moves into “Black Hole Eclipse”.
Boosts Ground-type moves into “Tectonic Rage” and is earned by defeating fourth Kahuna.
Reward for completing Verdant Cavern trial on Melemele Island. Boosts Normal moves into “Breakneck Blitz”.
Akala Island’s first trial, Brooklet Hill gives his crystal which boosts Water moves to Hydro Vortex.
Second trial of Akala Island, Wela Volcano Park and boosts Fire to Inferno Overdrive.
Third Akala Island trial in Lush Jungle that enables Bloom Doom on Grass moves.
Ula’ula Island’s first trial Hokulani Observatory rewards this which enables Gigavolt Havoc.
Abandoned Site trial on Ula’ula Island that unlocks Never Ending Nightmare for Ghost type.
Obtained from Mina while going through Vast Poni Canyon to enable Twinkle Tackle on Fairy type moves.
On a pedestal in Mount Lanakila’s caves on Ula’ula Island which enables Subzero Slammer.
obtained from Plumeria at Ancient Poni Path after getting the Sun and Moon Flutes. Unlocks Acid Downpour
Behind Machamp boulder in Ten Carat Hill. Flying moves are changed to Supersonic Skystrike.
From the stones near an exit in Haina Desert to unlock Shattered Psyche. Correct order for stones is 2, 1, Up and 4.
This is unique to Pikachu and is given by a woman near Konikoni City’s Lighthouse. Unlocks Catastropika which has 210 Base Power.
Obtained from a suitcase in Guzma’s room inside the Shady House on Ula’ula Island. Boosts Bug moves into Savage Spin-Out.
Need to defeat Totem Kommo-o to get this and unlock Devastating Drake.
Boosts steel moves into Corkscrew Crash and is acquired by completing the Hokulani Observatory trial,
Once Guzma has been defeated at Malie Garden, Professor Kukui will give this to players. This crystal is unique to Decidueye and upgrades Spirit Shackle to Sinister Arrow Raid with 180 base power.
Similar to Decidium but for Incineroar and unlocks Malicious Moonsault which has 180 base power and Physical Damage.
Similar to Decidium and Incinium but unique to Primarina and unlocks Oceanic Operetta with 195 base power and deals Special Damage.
Acquired during the epilogue after fighting Tapu Koko. It is unique to Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele, Tapu Fini and Tapu Koko.
Obtained by showing an NPC and Alolan Raichu. Unique to Alolan Raichu and unlocks Stoked Sparksurfer.
Obtained through Mystery Gift before 11th January 2017. It is unique to Snorlax and works with Giga Impact to unlock Pulverizing Pancake with 210 base power.
Obtained by beating all the trainers in the Battle Royal stadium who have different forms of Eevee. Players need to finish the Pokémon League first and then head to the Mega Mart besides Battle Royal stadium. It boosts all of Eevee’s stats by two stages through Extreme Evoboost.
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