QR Scanner

Artwork of the QR Scanner being used

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.

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 was also specially distributed and, unlike any other QR Code, unlocks an event in the player's game where they can receive a Magearna. Also unlike most other QR Codes, 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.

         
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.

       
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
 
Totodile
12 Metal Claw Mo Seaward Cave  
Squirtle
12 Aqua Jet
 
Deino
13 Assurance Tu Ten Carat Hill  
Onix
14 Rototiller
 
Horsea
18 Dragon Breath We Kala'e Bay  
Horsea
18 Water Pulse
 
Klink
8 None Th Hau'oli City  
Scatterbug
9 Rage Powder
 
Chikorita
10 Leech Seed Fr Route 2  
Bulbasaur
10 Grassy Terrain
 
Litwick
10 Acid Sa Hau'oli Cemetery  
Litwick
9 Endure
 
Cyndaquil
12 Double Kick Su Route 3  
Charmander
12 Counter
Akala Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
 
Spheal
19 Aqua Ring Mo Route 7  
Spheal
19 Belly Drum
 
Luxio
20 Eerie Impulse Tu Route 8  
Combusken
20 Low Kick
 
Honedge
23 Destiny Bond We Akala Outskirts  
Honedge
24 Wide Guard
 
Venipede
14 Toxic Spikes Th Route 4  
Beedrill
14 None
 
Bellsprout
16 Acid Spray Fr Route 5  
Grovyle
16 Grassy Terrain
 
Marill
17 Aqua Jet Sa Brooklet Hill  
Marshtomp
17 Counter
 
Gothita
17 Dark Pulse Su Route 6  
Ralts
17 Misty Terrain
Ula'ula Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
 
Swinub
31 Freeze-Dry Mo Tapu Village  
Swinub
33 Icicle Spear
 
Duosion
33 Night Shade Tu Route 16  
Prinplup
35 Power Trip
 
Roselia
34 Leaf Storm We Ula'ula Meadow  
Grotle
36 Heavy Slam
 
Staravia
27 Roost Th Route 10  
Pidgeot
29 Steel Wing
 
Vigoroth
27 Hammer Arm Fr Route 11  
Monferno
29 Power-Up Punch
 
Axew
28 Iron Tail Sa Mount Hokulani  
Axew
30 Counter
 
Rhyhorn
30 Skull Bash Su Blush Mountain  
Rhyhorn
32 Guard Split
Poni Island
Sun and Moon Day Location Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Level Special move Pokémon Level Special move
 
Conkeldurr
57 Drain Punch Mo Poni Plains  
Aggron
57 Reversal
 
Togekiss
59 Future Sight Tu Poni Gauntlet  
Rotom
61 None
 
Leavanny
57 Me First We Poni Meadow  
Leavanny
57 Grassy Terrain
 
Serperior
43 Glare Th Exeggutor Island  
Chesnaught
45 Spikes
 
Samurott
43 Brine Fr Poni Wilds  
Greninja
44 Bestow
 
Emboar
43 Superpower Sa Ancient Poni Path  
Delphox
44 Wish
 
Eelektross
55 None Su Poni Grove  
Eelektross
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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