Ambush encounter

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Ambush encounters are a means of encountering wild Pokémon that was introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Most of them involve the wild Pokémon chasing the player or jumping at them from a hiding place. In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokémon encountered by this method may drop items after they are defeated or caught.

Introduced in X and Y

Dropping from the ceiling

In X and Y, some caves have shadows inside. If the player walks on them, a wild Pokémon will drop from the ceiling and attack.

Possible encounters
  Graveler Victory Road   Ariados Terminus Cave, Victory Road
  Woobat Glittering Cave, Reflection Cave   Ferroseed Glittering Cave, Reflection Cave
  Noibat Terminus Cave, Victory Road

Shaking trash cans

In X and Y, there are special trash cans in Lost Hotel and Pokémon Village. Occasionally, trash cans contain an item rather than a wild Pokémon.

There are five trash cans in the Lost Hotel. Their locations are:

  • Route 15 side:
    • In the first hallway by the Punk Guy
    • West of the Punk Couple
    • Just right of the Twirling Whirlwind
  • Route 16 side:
    • On the east side of the room north of the south hall
    • In the far southwestern corner

If one of these trash cans is shaking, a Pokémon or an item can be found inside it.

The trash can west of the Punk Couple will contain a Pokémon or item every day, while the remaining four trash cans may only contain a Pokémon or item once a week (on Tuesdays). On Tuesdays, only three of those four trash cans will shake, while the last will remain empty. Both types of trash cans also contain different Pokémon and items (meaning, even on Tuesdays, the daily trash can will contain the same types of Pokémon and items as it does every other day).

There are five trash cans among the field of yellow flowers in Pokémon Village. Their locations are:

  • Three along the south edge of the village, ranging between the tire and the river
  • One west of the tire
  • One northwest of the empty western canopy

If one of these trash cans is shaking, a Pokémon or an item can be found inside it.

The middle trash can along the south edge of the village will contain a Pokémon or item every day, while the remaining four trash cans may only contain a Pokémon or item once a week (on Thursdays). On Thursdays, only three of those four trash cans will shake, while the last will remain empty. Both types of trash cans also contain different Pokémon and items. This means that, even on Thursdays, the daily trash can will contain the same types of Pokémon and items as it does every other day.

In both locations, a trash can will not shake again for the rest of the day after a Pokémon or item has been found inside. The contents of trash cans are generated upon interaction, so soft resetting may yield different Pokémon or items.

Possible encounters
  Banette Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)   Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)   Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)   Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  Rotom Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)   Trubbish Lost Hotel (Daily trash cans)
  Garbodor Lost Hotel, Pokémon Village (Daily trash cans)   Escape Rope Lost Hotel (Daily and Tuesday trash cans)
  Super Repel Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)   Max Repel Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  Max Elixir Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)   Dusk Ball Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)
  Nugget Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)   Big Nugget Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  HP Up Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)   Protein Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)
  Iron Lost Hotel (Daily trash can)   Calcium Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  Zinc Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)   Carbos Lost Hotel (Tuesday trash cans)
  Honey Pokémon Village (Daily and Thursday trash cans)   Poké Toy Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)
  Pretty Wing Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)   Prism Scale Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)
  Tiny Mushroom Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)   Big Mushroom Pokémon Village (Daily and Thursday trash cans)
  Balm Mushroom Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)   Max Revive Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)
  Mental Herb Pokémon Village (Daily trash can)   Eviolite Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)
  Heal Powder Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)   Revival Herb Pokémon Village (Thursday trash cans)

Swooping down from above

In X and Y, Victory Road has shadows in certain locations outside of caves. If the player walks on them, a wild Pokémon will swoop down from above and attack.

Possible encounters
  Fearow Victory Road   Skarmory Victory Road
  Hydreigon Victory Road

Rustling bushes

Rustling bushes were introduced in X and Y, and they return in Sun and Moon. Sometimes, a bush may start shaking. If the player approaches it, a wild Pokémon will jump out to attack.

Pokémon X and Y

Possible encounters
  Audino Route 6   Venipede Route 6
  Heatmor Route 18   Durant Route 18

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Possible encounters
  ChanseyUSUM Poni Plains   Scyther Poni Plains
  CottoneeSUS Poni Plains   PetililMUM Poni Plains

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a rustling bush is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Item Location Games
  Aguav Berry Sometimes dropped by Scyther from rustling bushes  S  M  US  UM 
  Absorb Bulb Sometimes dropped by CottoneeSUS/PetililMUM from rustling bushes  S  M  US  UM 
  Oval Stone Sometimes dropped by Chansey from rustling bushes  US  UM 

Introduced in Sun and Moon

Rustling grass

In certain areas of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, a small part of tall grass might start shaking. If the player approaches it, a wild Pokémon will chase them to attack.

Possible encounters
  RattataSM Route 2   OranguruUM Lush Jungle
  EkansUSUM Route 2   PassimianUS Lush Jungle
  DrowzeeUSUM Route 2   Raticate Poni Plains
  Makuhita Route 2   HariyamaSM Poni Plains
  DunsparceUSUM Route 2   PyroarUSUM Poni Plains
  YungoosSM Route 2   Gumshoos Poni Plains
  SteeneeUSUM Lush Jungle

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from rustling grass is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Route 2
Item Location Games
  Oran Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling grass  S  M  US  UM 
  Chesto Berry Sometimes dropped by Drowzee from rustling grass  US  UM 
  Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling grass  S  M  US  UM 
  Poison Barb Sometimes dropped by Ekans from rustling grass  US  UM 
Poni Plains
Item Location Games
  Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Raticate or Gumshoos from rustling grass  S  M  US  UM 
  Black Belt Sometimes dropped by Hariyama from rustling grass  S  M 
  Iapapa Berry Sometimes dropped by Pyroar from rustling grass  US  UM 

Dirt clouds

In Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, certain locations have walls with holes in them, with dirt clouds coming out of the holes. If the players touches one of the dirt clouds, a wild Pokémon will attack.

Possible encounters
  RattataMUM Verdant Cavern   Diglett Route 5, Route 7, Diglett's Tunnel
  Dugtrio Vast Poni Canyon, Poni Coast   YungoosSUS Verdant Cavern

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a dirt cloud is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Verdant Cavern
Item Location Games
  Oran Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M  US  UM 
Route 5 and 7, Diglett's Tunnel, Vast Poni Canyon, and Poni Coast
Item Location Games
  Soft Sand Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Big Root Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from dirt clouds  S  M  US  UM 

Flying shadows

In Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, some locations have shadows of Pokémon that are flying around. If the player walks on them, a wild Pokémon will come down from the sky to attack.

Possible encounters
  Spearow Route 3   Fearow Poni Plains
  Rufflet Route 3   Braviary Poni Plains
  Vullaby Route 3   Mandibuzz Poni Plains

Sometimes, after a flying Pokémon from a shadow is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Route 3
Item Location Games
  Pretty Wing Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 
  Sharp Beak Sometimes dropped by Spearow from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 
Poni Plains
Item Location Games
  Sharp Beak Sometimes dropped by Fearow from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 
  Health Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 
  Swift Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 
  Genius Wing Sometimes dropped by BraviaryS/MandibuzzM from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 
  Muscle Wing Sometimes dropped by BraviaryS/MandibuzzM from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 

Vast Poni Canyon

This is a special kind of flying shadow ambush encounter that only happens during the trial in Vast Poni Canyon in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. During the trial, while walking through the cave, the player is attacked by a Jangmo-o and a Hakamo-o.

Possible encounters
  Jangmo-o Vast Poni Canyon   Hakamo-o Vast Poni Canyon

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a flying shadow at the trial site is defeated, it will drop an item.

Item Location Games
  Heart Scale Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from flying shadows  S  M  US  UM 

Chase

In certain locations of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, there are walls with holes in them. Sometimes, a Wimpod will come out from one of the holes and go to another one. If the player touches it, the Wimpod will attack.

Possible encounters
  Wimpod Route 8, Poni WildsSM, Poni Breaker Coast, Dividing Peak TunnelUSUM

Sometimes, after a Wimpod is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Route 8 and Dividing Peak Tunnel
Item Location Games
  Big Pearl Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M  US  UM 
  Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M  US  UM 
  Big Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M  US  UM 
Poni Wilds and Poni Breaker Coast
Item Location Games
  Big Pearl Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M  US  UM 
  Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M  US  UM 
  Big Nugget Sometimes dropped by Wimpod  S  M  US  UM 

Rustling trees

In certain areas of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, a tree might start shaking. If the player approaches it, a wild Pokémon will jump from the tree to attack.

Possible encounters
  Fearow Route 10   Primeape Poni Plains
  PinecoUSUM Route 10   AipomUSUM Poni Plains
  Skarmory Route 10   Emolga Poni Plains
  FomantisSM Lush Jungle

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a rustling tree is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Lush Jungle
Item Location Games
  Honey Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from rustling trees  S  M 
Route 10
Item Location Games
  Sharp Beak Sometimes dropped by Fearow from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Health Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Swift Wing Sometimes dropped by Fearow from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Clever Wing Sometimes dropped by Skarmory from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Resist Wing Sometimes dropped by Skarmory from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Chesto Berry Sometimes dropped by Pineco from rustling trees  US  UM 
Poni Plains
Item Location Games
  Wiki Berry Sometimes dropped by Primeape from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Cell Battery Sometimes dropped by Emolga from rustling trees  S  M  US  UM 
  Mago Berry Sometimes dropped by Aipom from rustling trees  US  UM 

Sand clouds

In certain locations of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, there are small shadows in the sand. In Hano Beach, they are stationary, while in Haina Desert, they chase the player. If the player touches a shadow in the sand, a wild Pokémon will attack.

Possible encounters
  Dugtrio Haina Desert   Staryu Hano Beach
  Trapinch Haina Desert   Sandile Haina Desert
  Sandygast Hano Beach

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a sand cloud is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Hano Beach
Item Location Games
  Stardust Sometimes dropped by Staryu from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Star Piece Sometimes dropped by Staryu from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Spell Tag Sometimes dropped by Sandygast from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 
Haina Desert
Item Location Games
  Black Glasses Sometimes dropped by Sandile from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Soft Sand Sometimes dropped by Dugtrio from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Big Root Sometimes dropped by Dugtrio from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 
  Figy Berry Sometimes dropped by Trapinch from sand clouds  S  M  US  UM 

Water splashes

When surfing in certain locations of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, a splash may appear in the water. If the player approaches it, it will chase the player and a wild Pokémon will attack.

Possible encounters
  Tentacool Hano Beach   DragalgeUSUM Poni Breaker Coast
  Wailmer Poni WildsSM/Poni Breaker CoastUSUM   ClawitzerUSUM Poni Breaker Coast
  Wailord Poni WildsSM/Poni Breaker CoastUSUM

Sometimes, after a Pokémon from a water splash is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Hano Beach
Item Location Games
  Poison Barb Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from water splashes  S  M  US  UM 
Poni Wilds
Item Location Games
  Big Pearl Sometimes dropped by Pokémon from water splashes  S  M 

Introduced in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Shadows of invisible Kecleon

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Dividing Peak Tunnel can have shadows of invisible Kecleon. If the player touches one, the wild Kecleon will attack.

Possible encounters
  Kecleon Dividing Peak Tunnel

Sometimes, after a Kecleon is defeated or caught, it will drop an item.

Dividing Peak Tunnel
Item Location Games
  Persim Berry Sometimes dropped by Kecleon  US  UM 
  Sitrus Berry Sometimes dropped by Kecleon  US  UM 

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