That’s because each has their own exclusive Pokémon and Legendary Pokémon, as well as differences between the Ultra Recon Squad, Totem Pokémon, and even the time of day. It means that your choice will likely come down to personal preference in relation to the Pokémon that are available to you. Let’s quickly run through the differences.
Pokémon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon Version Exclusive Pokémon
As with previous Pokemon games, there are Pokémon that will only appear in a particular version. That covers both standard and Legendary Pokémon, such as Solgaleo and Lunala who can eventually turn into Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma forms.
The Pokemon that are exclusive to Pokemon Ultra Sun, are: Vulpix, Ninetales, Marowak (Totem size), Omanyte, Omastar, Houndour, Houndoom, Anorith, Armaldo, Cranidos, Rampardos, Cottonee, Whimsicott, Basculin (Red-striped form), Tirtouga, Carracosta, Golett, Golurk, Rufflet, Braviary, Clauncher, Clawitzer, Tyrunt, Tyrantrum, Gumshoos (Totem size), Vikavolt (Totem size), Ribombee (Totem size), Lurantis (Totem size), Turtonator, and Passimian.
Those that are exclusive to Pokemon Ultra Moon, are: Raticate (Totem size), Sandshrew, Sandslash, Kabuto, Kabutops, Electrike, Manectric, Baltoy, Claydol, Lileep, Cradily, Shieldon, Bastiodon, Petilil, Lilligant, Basculin (Blue-striped form), Archen, Archeops, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Skreip, Dragalge, Amaura, Aurorus, Araquanid (Totem size), Salazzle (Totem size), Oranguru, Togedemaru (Totem size), Drampa, and Kommo-o (Totem size),
Pokémon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon Version Exclusive Legendary Pokémon
Players will be able to encounter every Legendary Pokémon that have appeared in the series thanks to the Ultra Wormhole, that, once you leap inside, will lead you to other worlds where they can be caught. There are Legendary Pokémon that are exclusive to each version, though.
The Legendary Pokemon that are exclusive to Pokemon Ultra Sun, are: Raikou, Ho-Oh, Latios, Groudon, Dialga, Heatran, Tornadus, Reshiram, Xerneas, Solgaleo, Buzzwole, Kartana, Dusk Mane Necrozma, and UB Burst.
Those that are exclusive to Pokemon Ultra Moon, are: Entei, Lugia, Latias, Kyogre, Palkia, Regigigas, Thundurus, Zekrom, Yveltal, Lunala, Pheromosa, Celesteela, Dawn Wings Necrozma, and UB Assembly.
Ultra Recon Squad Differences
The Ultra Recon Squad are a strange group that have come from a world that lives beyond an Ultra Wormhole, and, depending on which game you buy, the story will be told from a different perspective.
As with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the two versions are set 12 hours apart from one another and are tied to a real-time clock. That means that Pokemon Ultra Sun operates on the same time as your Nintendo 3DS system, whereas Pokemon Ultra Moon is shifted by 12 hours.
Totem Pokémon Differences
Certain Totem Pokémon that appear in the trials that you take part in will also be different in each version, while players will encounter different Pokémon on the same route depending on whether it is day or night.
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