Pokémon Sun and Moon: What Pokémon to Import with Pokémon Bank - Rare Pokemon

Pokémon Sun and Moon: What Pokémon to Import with Pokémon Bank - Rare Pokemon

Here are the Pokémon you'll want to grab from older games with Pokémon Bank.

January's here, and that means that the release of the Generation VII Pokémon Bank is here. The Pokémon Company's long-running storage service that acts as a bridge between the many different Pokémon games, the Pokémon Bank will finally allow us to access all the Pokémon not found in Pokémon Sun/Moon. This Pokemon Sun and Moon guide will tell you what Pokemon to import with the Pokemon bank.

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Game Freak recently released the appropriate update for the service. But unless you're a completionist, you're only going to want to transfer over a handful of the most desirable ones. It can be difficult to pin down exactly which Pokémon to transfer over. Though of course the ultimate decision is a personal one, we've nevertheless provided a list of suggestions for the best Pokémon to rescue from obsolete games.

Starter Pokemon to Import Into Pokemon Sun and Moon

Simultaneously some of the most played and the most sought-after Pokémon across all generations, starter Pokémon are good candidates to bring over. Because they are the first Pokémon you receive in any given game, they almost universally are the ones you put the most time into, and thus will have something of an attachment to them. That's not even mentioning how they're always some of the most powerful options in the game. On a more practical level, though, Pokémon Bank is a realistic way for you to snag a bunch of starters you've never gotten before, then trade them on the Global Trade Station for any you're missing. Starters are always good trade fodder no matter what game they come from.

  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charizard
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise
  • Treecko
  • Grovyle
  • Sceptile
  • Torchic
  • Combusken
  • Blaziken
  • Mudkip
  • Marshtomp
  • Swampert
  • Turtwig
  • Grotle
  • Torterra
  • Chimchar
  • Monferno
  • Infernape
  • Piplup
  • Prinplup
  • Empoleon
  • Chespin
  • Quilladin
  • Chesnaught
  • Fennekin
  • Braixen
  • Delphox
  • Froakie
  • Frogadier
  • Greninja

Legendaries to Import Into Pokemon Sun and Moon

There's no denying the fact that Legendary Pokémon are powerful fighters, and there's a host of different kinds to choose from. If you're into competitive play, many are banned in official tournaments, but not all of them. Otherwise, pick your favorites. Of particular interest is the Legendaries that are referenced but not found in Sun/Moon, such as the Rayquaza Move Tutor that teaches Dragon Ascent, as well as the Pokémon-specific items that you can buy in the mall on the first island.

  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mewtwo
  • Mew
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Lugia
  • Ho-Oh
  • Celebi
  • Regirock
  • Regice
  • Registeel
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Jirachi
  • Deoxys
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Heatran
  • Regigigas
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia
  • Phione
  • Manaphy
  • Darkrai
  • Shaymin
  • Arceus
  • Victini
  • Cobalion
  • Terrakion
  • Virizion
  • Tornadus
  • Thundurus
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Landorus
  • Kyurem
  • Keldeo
  • Meloetta
  • Genesect
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Diancie
  • Hoopa
  • Volcanion

Solrock and Lunatone - Import Into Pokemon Sun and Moon

You may remember the strange bald man in Haina Desert who has amnesia and talks incoherently to you about wanting to see a specific sun or moon-related Pokémon. At first, he appears to be talking about Solgaleo and Lunala, the cover Pokémon of Sun and Moon, but he rejects them if you show them to him. What he actually wants to see is Solrock and Lunatone, two Pokémon originating from Generation III. Show the one that matches your game version – Solrock for Sun, Lunatone for Moon – and you'll get a special scene and receive an evolution stone for your trouble. It takes very little effort to do, so you might as well if you've got one of these Pokémon and access to the Bank.

Beartic and Mantine - Import Into Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokémon go through countless little revisions between Generations, whether it's stat boosts/nerfs or changes to the way certain moves work. But some gain more than others, and the non-Alola Pokémon that got the biggest boost are Beartic from Generation V and Mantine from Generation II. Beartic now has an even more monstrous Attack, and an ability that can double its Speed, its one shortcoming. Mantine, meanwhile, got significantly beefier with an HP upgrade. If you have access to them, these two are among the best you could import.

Non-Alola Form Pokémon - Import Into Pokemon Sun and Moon

With all the buzz about the new Alola Forms of several Generation I Pokémon, it's easy to forget that their Kanto cousins might as well be different Pokémon for the most part. The type shifts can vastly change strategy and development, so having access to the Kanto versions opens up your options that much more.

  • Rattata
  • Raticate
  • Raichu
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetails
  • Diglett
  • Dugtrio
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Geodude
  • Graveler
  • Golem
  • Grimer
  • Muk
  • Exeggutor
  • Marowak

Other Pokemon

  • Weedle
  • Kakuna
  • Beedrill
  • Pidgey
  • Pidgeotto
  • Pidgeot
  • Ekans
  • Arbok
  • Nidoran ♂
  • Nidorino
  • Nidoking
  • Nidoran ♀
  • Nidorina
  • Nidoqueen
  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Venonat
  • Venomoth
  • Ponyta
  • Rapidash
  • Farfetch'd
  • Doduo
  • Dodrio
  • Seel
  • Dewgong
  • Onix
  • Steelix
  • Krabby
  • Kingler
  • Voltorb
  • Electrode
  • Tanglea
  • Tangrowth
  • Tyrogue
  • Hitmonchan
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmontop
  • Lickitung
  • Lickilicky
  • Koffing
  • Weezing
  • Mime Jr.
  • Mr. Mime
  • Smoochum
  • Jynx
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Kabuto
  • Kabutops
  • Senret
  • Furret
  • Hoothoot
  • Noctowl
  • Natu
  • Xatu
  • Mareep
  • Flaaffy
  • Ampharos
  • Bellossom
  • Hoppip
  • Skiploom
  • Jumpluff
  • Aipom
  • Sunkern
  • Sunflora
  • Yanma
  • Wooper
  • Quagsire
  • Unown
  • Wobuffet
  • Girafarig
  • Pineco
  • Forretress
  • Dunsparce
  • Gligar
  • Quilfish
  • Shuckle
  • Heracross
  • Teddiursa
  • Ursaring
  • Slugma
  • Magcargo
  • Remoraid
  • Octillery
  • Houndour
  • Houndoom
  • Phanpy
  • Donphan
  • Stantler
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Poochyena
  • Mightyena
  • Zigzagoon
  • Linoone
  • Wurmple
  • Silcoon
  • Beautifly
  • Cascoon
  • Dustlox
  • Lotoad
  • Lombre
  • Ludicolo
  • Seedot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Taillow
  • Swellow
  • Ralts
  • Kirlia
  • Gardevoir
  • Shroomish
  • Breloom
  • Nincada
  • Ninjask
  • Shedinja
  • Whismur
  • Loudred
  • Exploud
  • Skitty
  • Delcatty
  • Mawile
  • Aron
  • Lairon
  • Aggron
  • Meditiite
  • Medicham
  • Electrike
  • Manectric
  • Plusle
  • Minun
  • Volbeat
  • Illumise
  • Spoink
  • Grumpig
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Swablu
  • Zangoose
  • Seviper
  • Corphish
  • Crawdaunt
  • Baltoy
  • Claydol
  • Gulpin
  • Swalot
  • Lileep
  • Cradily
  • Anorith
  • Armaldo
  • Kecleon
  • Shuppet
  • Banette
  • Duskull
  • Dusclops
  • Dusknoir
  • Tropius
  • Chingling
  • Chimecho
  • Wynaut
  • Clamperl
  • Huntail
  • Gorebyss
  • Bidoof
  • Bibarel
  • Kricketot
  • Kricketune
  • Burmy
  • Wormadam
  • Mothim
  • Combee
  • Vespiqueen
  • Pachirisu
  • Buizel
  • Floatzel
  • Cherubi
  • Cherrim
  • Ambipom
  • Buneary
  • Lopunny
  • Glameow
  • Purugly
  • Stunky
  • Skuntank
  • Bronzor
  • Bronzong
  • Chatot
  • Spritomb
  • Hippopotas
  • Hippowdon
  • Skorupi
  • Drapion
  • Croagunk
  • Toxicroak
  • Carnivine
  • Mantyke
  • Snover
  • Abomasnow
  • Yanmega
  • Gallade
  • Rotom
  • Patrat
  • Watchog
  • Purrloin
  • Liepard
  • Pansage
  • Simisage
  • Pansear
  • Simisear
  • Panpour
  • Simipour
  • Munna
  • Musharna
  • Pidove
  • Tranquil
  • Unfezant
  • Bliztle
  • Zebstrika
  • Woobat
  • Swoobat
  • Drilbur
  • Excadrill
  • Audino
  • Tympole
  • Palpitoad
  • Seismitoad
  • Throh
  • Sawk
  • Basculin
  • Darumaka
  • Darmanitan
  • Maractus
  • Dwebble
  • Crustle
  • Scraggy
  • Scrafty
  • Sigliyph
  • Yamask
  • Cofagrigus
  • Zorua
  • Zoroark
  • Minccino
  • Cinccino
  • Ducklett
  • Swanna
  • Deerling
  • Sawsbuck
  • Karrablast
  • Escavalier
  • Foongus
  • Amoonguss
  • Frillish
  • Jellicent
  • Joltik
  • Ferroseed
  • Ferrothorn
  • Elgyem
  • Beheeyem
  • Cubchoo
  • Cryogonal
  • Shelmet
  • Accelgor
  • Stunfisk
  • Mienfoo
  • Mienshao
  • Drudiggon
  • Golett
  • Golurk
  • Pawniard
  • Bisharp
  • Bouffalant
  • Heatmor
  • Durant
  • Larvesta
  • Volcarona
  • Bunnelby
  • Diggersby
  • Scatterbug
  • Spewpa
  • Vivillon
  • Litleo
  • Pyroar
  • Flabébé
  • Floette
  • Florges
  • Skiddo
  • Gogoat
  • Furfrou
  • Espurr
  • Meowstic
  • Spritzee
  • Aromatisse
  • Swirlix
  • Swirlpuff
  • Inkay
  • Malamar
  • Binacle
  • Barbaracle
  • Skrelp
  • Dragalge
  • Clauncher
  • Clawitzer
  • Helioptile
  • Heliolisk
  • Tyrunt
  • Tyrantrum
  • Amaura
  • Aurorus
  • Hawlucha
  • Dedenne
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Hourgeist
  • Bergmite
  • Avalugg
  • Noibat
  • Noivern

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