QR Scanner

The QR Scanner (Japanese: QRスキャン QR Scan) is a feature introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon that allows the player to scan QR Codes to record a Pokémon as seen in their Pokédex. When enough QR Codes have been scanned, the player will also be able to use the Island Scan (Japanese: スキャン Island Scan) function to find rare Pokémon. The QR Scanner is accessed from the menu.

Artwork of the QR Scanner being used

QR Code Scan

The QR Code Scan screen

The QR Scanner's main function is scanning QR Codes. Scanning any QR Code records the Pokémon it describes as seen in the Pokédex if it is not already.

The player is limited in the number of times they can scan QR Codes in succession. This limit is indicated by a row of 10 scan icons along the top of the 3DS's upper screen. When the player performs a scan, one of these icons becomes darkened. These scans recharge at a rate of one every two hours. If the 3DS's time is changed, the QR Scanner's usable scans will be reset to 0.

The QR Scanner remembers what QR Code patterns have been scanned and will not allow the player to scan the same pattern twice. This memory is reset when the player uses Island Scan.

Each QR Code the player scans also earns the player points. QR Codes produced by the Rotom Pokédex are Alola Pokédex QR Codes and are worth 10 points. Some QR Codes produced for other official uses are called Special QR Codes and are worth 20 points. Random QR Codes can also be scanned by the QR Scanner as Wonder QR Codes (even if they are completely unrelated to Pokémon). Wonder QR Codes display a Pokémon that is not native to Alola based on the pattern scanned and are worth 10 points. The player can earn a maximum of 100 points, at which point the Island Scan function will be unlocked for use.

Alola Pokédex QR Codes can be produced by the Rotom Pokédex for almost any registered Pokémon. Some "special Pokémon" have no QR Codes in the Pokédex. However, the Alola Pokédex QR Code format can also support patterns for almost any Pokémon, including special Pokémon or those outside of the Alola Pokédex.

Special QR Codes

These are Special QR Codes that are worth 20 points when scanned.

For the second Global Mission, the Pokémon Global Link website released five Special QR Codes. Although these five Pokémon are in the Alola Pokédex, the patterns that would be produced by the Rotom Pokédex differ from these patterns.

Bagon Dhelmise Lapras Mimikyu (Disguised Form) Stufful

A Magearna QR Code event was specially distributed for Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. Unlike most other QR Codes, it unlocks an event in the player's game, and each of the QR Codes below only works for games from a specific region. These codes cannot be scanned until the player becomes Champion after beating the Alola League. This Magearna is Shiny-locked.

Japanese region QR Code Taiwanese region QR Code American region QR Code PAL region QR Code Korean region QR Code

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, another QR Code for a Partner Cap Pikachu was added to the game. Like Magearna, these codes are region-specific, with the exception of the American and PAL region sharing the same code. They cannot be used until the player reaches Akala Island.

Unlike Magearna, this Pikachu can be Shiny due to a bug. The Shiny coloration appears identical to the standard Pikachu. However, entrance sparkles will still appear in battle and the Shiny symbol will still appear on the status screen.

Japanese region QR Code American and PAL region QR Code Taiwanese region QR Code Korean region QR Code

QR Code patterns on Moncollé Get figures are also Special QR Codes, as are those released via data broadcasting alongside Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon episodes. These patterns are also region-exclusive.

Island Scan

When the player has accumulated 100 points from scanning QR Codes, they can use Island Scan. Island Scan searches the island the player is currently on for rare Pokémon. On Alola's natural islands, it will always find a Pokémon; on Aether Paradise or in Ultra Space, Island Scan will fail and will not count as a use. The Pokémon it will find depends on the island and the day of the week. These Pokémon are all Pokémon that are not native to the Alola region.

When Island Scan finds a Pokémon, it tells the player where it can be found and starts a timer that counts down from one hour. This denotes how long the player will be able to find the Pokémon. It cannot call for help, and if the Pokémon is knocked out or caught, the Island Scan ends immediately even if the time has not run out. Running away from the Pokémon does not end the Island Scan timer.

If the player runs from and repeatedly encounters the designated Island Scan Pokémon, the Pokémon will have its Nature, Ability, and other data randomly generated each time it is encountered. Island Scan Pokémon also know specific Egg Moves (unless the Pokémon has none).

Melemele Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
12 Metal Claw Mo Seaward Cave  
12 Aqua Jet
13 Assurance Tu Ten Carat Hill  
14 Rototiller
18 Dragon Breath We Kala'e Bay  
18 Water Pulse
8 None Th Hau'oli City  
9 Rage Powder
10 Leech Seed Fr Route 2  
10 Grassy Terrain
10 Acid Sa Hau'oli Cemetery  
9 Endure
12 Double Kick Su Route 3  
12 Counter
Akala Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
19 Aqua Ring Mo Route 7  
19 Belly Drum
20 Eerie Impulse Tu Route 8  
20 Low Kick
23 Destiny Bond We Akala Outskirts  
24 Wide Guard
14 Toxic Spikes Th Route 4  
14 None
16 Acid Spray Fr Route 5  
16 Grassy Terrain
17 Aqua Jet Sa Brooklet Hill  
17 Counter
17 Dark Pulse Su Route 6  
17 Misty Terrain
Ula'ula Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
31 Freeze-Dry Mo Tapu Village  
33 Icicle Spear
33 Night Shade Tu Route 16  
35 Power Trip
34 Leaf Storm We Ula'ula Meadow  
36 Heavy Slam
27 Roost Th Route 10  
29 Steel Wing
27 Hammer Arm Fr Route 11  
29 Power-Up Punch
28 Iron Tail Sa Mount Hokulani  
30 Counter
30 Skull Bash Su Blush Mountain  
32 Guard Split
Poni Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
57 Drain Punch Mo Poni Plains  
57 Reversal
59 Future Sight Tu Poni Gauntlet  
61 None
57 Me First We Poni Meadow  
57 Grassy Terrain
43 Glare Th Exeggutor Island  
45 Spikes
43 Brine Fr Poni Wilds  
44 Bestow
43 Superpower Sa Ancient Poni Path  
44 Wish
55 None Su Poni Grove  
55 None


In other languages

QR Scanner

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese QR掃描 QR Soumìuh
Mandarin QR掃描 / QR扫描 QR Sǎomiáo
  Dutch QR-scanner
  French Scanner QR
  German QR Code-Scanner
  Italian Scanner QR
  Korean QR 스캔 QR Scan
  Spanish Lector QR

Island Scan

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 島嶼掃描 Dóujeuih Soumìuh
Mandarin 島嶼掃描 / 岛屿扫描 Dǎoyǔ Sǎomiáo
  Dutch Eilandscan
  French Scanner des îles
  German Insel-Scanner
  Italian Scanner isola
  Korean 섬스캔 Seom Scan
  Russian Сканирования острова Skanirovaniya ostrova
  Spanish Escáner Insular

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