Trading Pokémon between game versions has been a feature of the series since day one, but we've come a long, long way since tethering together two Game Boys with link cables. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, acquiring information about a Pokémon you don't have is as easy as scanning a QR code with your Nintendo 3DS's camera.
This Pokemon Sun and Moon guide tells you everything you need to know about using Pokémon Sun and Moon's QR code scanner to its fullest, including how you can use it to catch otherwise unobtainable Pokémon. Make sure to check out our Pokémon Sun and Moon guide for more hints, tips, and walkthroughs!
How Do I Turn On my QR Code Scanner in Pokemon Sun and Moon? How do I use it?
You can find the QR Scanner on the second page of your "X" menu. Activate it, and point the Nintendo 3DS's outer camera at a QR code. Hold R to scan a code, and don't let go until the scan is done. Simply tapping the button won't work.
Where Do I find QR Codes in Pokemon Sun and Moon?
It's easy to miss, but every entry in your PokéDex has its own QR code – including Shiny Pokémon! When you look at an entry in the PokéDex, press "X" to enlarge the Pokémon's QR code for easy scanning (these PokéDex QR codes may only appear after you finish the game's main story; we haven't confirmed yet).
Imgur has a gallery of Pokémon Sun and Moon's QR codes. You can also get codes off this YouTube video by Prosafia Gaming.
What's the Point of Scanning QR Codes in Pokemon Sun and Moon?
Scanning a QR code marks that Pokémon as "seen" in your PokéDex. From there, you can use your PokéDex to zoom in on that Pokémon's stomping grounds and catch it.
If you scan enough QR Codes, you also earn points for the Island Scan. Island Scan gives you the opportunity to hunt down Pokémon that aren't native to Alola's PokéDex, including the starters from Johto.
How Does Island Scan Work in Pokemon Sun and Moon?
Every time you scan a QR code, you earn ten points. Once you have 100 points, you can activate Island Scan. When Island Scan is activated, you're notified of a foreign Pokémon's presence, and you have an hour to catch it.
The type of Pokémon you can catch varies depending on which island you're on (Melemele, Akala, Ula'ula, or Poni) and which day of the week it is.
Which QR Code Pokémon Can I Catch with Island Scan? When? Where?
Special thanks to Ruin4r on the Pokémon subreddit for this info:
- Monday: Totodile in Seaward Cave
- Tuesday: Deino in Ten Carat Hill
- Wednesday: Horsea in Kala'e Bay
- Thursday: Klink in Hau'oli City
- Friday: Chikorita in Route 2
- Saturday: Litwick in Hau'oli Cemetery
- Sunday: Cyndaquil in Route 3
- Monday: Spheal in Route 7
- Tuesday: Luxio in Route 8
- Wednesday: Honedge in Akala Outskirts
- Thursday: Venipede in Route 4
- Friday: Bellsprout in Route 5
- Saturday: Marill in Brooklet Hill
- Sunday: Gothita in Route 6
- Monday: Swinub in Tapu Village
- Tuesday: Duosion in Route 16
- Wednesday: Roselia in Ula'ula Meadow
- Thursday: Staravia in Route 10
- Friday: Vigoroth in Route 11
- Saturday: Axew in Mount Hokulani
- Sunday: Rhyhorn in Blush Mountain
- Monday: Conkeldurr in Poni Plains
- Tuesday: Togekiss in Poni Gauntlet
- Wednesday: Leavanny in Poni Meadow
- Thursday: Serperior in Exeggutor Island
- Friday: Samurott in Poni Wilds
- Saturday: Emboar in Ancient Poni Path
- Sunday: Elektross in Poni Grove
What's This About QR Codes and 'Charges'?
You can't spam Pokémon Sun and Moon's QR code scanner; scanning one QR code comes with a two-hour recovery period. However, you can snap up to ten QR codes at once. In other words, you can scan ten QR codes, use Island Scanner, and log the deficit. After twenty hours, you'll be able to scan ten more codes and use the Island Scanner again.
You can also snap one QR code every two hours if you really want to. Either way, one QR code / Island Scanner "cycle" takes twenty hours to recharge, so don't use it recklessly.
Where Do I Find Magearna's Code in Pokemon Sun and Moon?
You can find the QR code for this legendary Steel / Fairy-type on the official Pokémon website. The code is available until March 5, 2017.
Now that you know how to scan QR codes and catch loads of rare Pokemon with 'em, learn where to find evolutionanry stones.