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As with all Pokémon games, the much-anticipated Pokémon Sun and Moon have certain things exclusive to each version. Traditionally, this means certain Pokémon you can only catch in one game or the other, but increasingly, Pokémon games have had a few exclusive features based on the game version, too.

So, what exclusives do Pokémon Sun and Moon have?



First, the Legendary Pokémon is different. Pokémon Sun has the lion-like Solgaleo, while Pokémon Moon has the bat-like Lunala. As for regular Pokémon, very few exclusives have been announced. Pokémon Sun gets a Fighting-Type Pokémon called Passimian, and Pokémon Moon gets a Normal- and Psychic-Type called Oranguru. Finally, one Pokémon has version-exclusive evolutions. If you want Rockruff to evolve into Midday Form Lycanroc, you need Pokémon Sun, and if you want it to evolve into Midnight Form Lycanroc, you need Pokémon Moon.

But Pokémon aren’t the only exclusives in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

The mysterious Ultra Beasts, which may or may not be catchable like Pokémon, also have one exclusive to each version. Pokémon Sun includes UB-02 Absorption, and Pokémon Moon has UB-02 Beauty. The role these mysterious beings will play in the game is still unknown, as they’ve been presented as threats to both humans and Pokémon, but rumors suggest they can be caught.

Totem Pokémon, special Pokémon you fight while completing your island Trials, also vary. They have only announced one difference—the Totem Pokémon in Verdant Cavern will be Gumshoos in Pokémon Sun and Alolan Raticate in Pokémon Moon—but the others will likely be different as well.

Finally, there is a time difference between the two games. Pokémon Moon’s clock is set 12 hours apart from Pokémon Sun. In short, this means that if you play Pokémon Sun during the day, it will be day in-game, but if you play Pokémon Moon during the day, it will be night in-game.

Which Pokémon version interests you more? Are there any particular exclusives that make you lean toward Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon? Let us know in the comments below.

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