Pokémon Sun and Moon demo guide - How to unlock Ash-Greninja and transfer to the full game (2023)

A breakdown of how to get the demo-exclusive Pokémon and other bonus items.

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The Pokémon Sun and Moon demo - available to download from the 3DS eShop mid-morning on October 18 - will give players a small taste of the full game's many new mechanics, from Z-Moves, to the Pokémon Snap-style camera and island Trials, and reward you with some goodies in the process.

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Once you've finished the 30 minute or so teaser, you'll unlock Ash-Greninja - a special edition Pokémon similar to the one belonging to Ash in the anime - to transfer into the full game, alongside additional items through some optional bonus challenges.

Pokémon Sun and Moon demo guide: How to unlock Ash-Greninja in the full game

To unlock Ash-Greninja, you have to complete the main story of the demo. Here's a complete walkthrough of what's required.

After the opening cutscene where your receive your Ash-Greninja, leave City Hall and fight the Team Skull Grunts outside (your Water Shuriken should make light work of the rival Yungoos).

Once done, head north to the Pokémon Centre, where Hau will give you a Super Potion and introduction to Professor Kukui. Agree to his Trial, and head to the north of the edge of the town, and speak to the man to travel to Ten Carat Hill.

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In Ten Carat Hill, battle your way through the patches of tall grass and lone trailer to the cave in the north, where Professor Kukui is waiting. He will task you with finding four Pokémon with a Poké Finder as part of a trial.

To take a picture, move to a spot where you sense the Pokémon and investigate, then move the viewpoint with either the 3DS console or Circle Pad, and take a snap with the R or A buttons at the right time. You'll then have to defeat the Pokémon in battle.

Here are the Trial Pokémon locations:

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  • First Jangmo-o - Wall directly left of Professor.
  • Second Jangmo-o - Head down path left of Professor, then take the fork in the road up. It's on the upper wall just after the fork.
  • First Hakamo-o - Stay on this upper path and go left, being careful not to drop down the ledge. It's at the wall at the end.
  • Totem Hakamo-o - Leave the cave in the north west and head north.

Though Kukui's Pikachu will be in your party, Greninja's Night Slash and Aerial Ace are effective against the two Jangmo-o's, while Aerial Slash comes in handy against Hakamo-o. In the Totem battle, Rockfluff also shows up, but use Water Shuriken to quickly take care of it.

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Once the battle is over, you'll receive a Z-Ring and Z-Crystal 'Electirum Z' for Pikachu as a reward.

You then have to face Team Skull Admin Plumeria in a final battle. Make use of your new Z-Move with Pikachu to easily win the battle, completing the demo. Congratulations!

By restarting the demo, you have the chance to send your Ash-Greninja to the full version of the game. There is, however, more challenges to complete and items to unlock before Sun and Moon releases...

Other items to transfer from the Pokémon Sun and Moon demo to the full version

When the Trial is over, you can reload the demo to continue exploring Hau'oli City and Ten Carat Hill to take part in additional challenges (some of which require the newly-unlocked Ride Pager item to dash through giant rocks) rewarding you with additional items you can take into the full version upon release.

Here's every secret we know about so far:

  • At the end of the main road where the Pokémon Centre is based is a row of Slowpokes blocking the road. Talk to the women on the left to warp you to the Mahalo Trail. Smash through the rocks to the top of the path where you'll receive 3x Stardusts to take into the full game.
  • In Ten Carat Hill, fight the three Pokémon Trainers throughout (one between the two patches of grass, one on the upper right path between the smashable rocks, and one at the very end by the cave you might have fought on the way to the Trial) to activate a fight with Ace Trainer Sheri near the very start of the area. Defeat her Jangmo-o and Pikachu (the latter of which we'd recommend using a Super Potion before facing with its powerful electric attacks) using the Water Shuriken move to receive a Star Piece.
  • In Ten Carat Hill, there is a rock directly on the right you can smash through with the ridable Tauros to access the Pokémon Catching Challenge. Catch as many Pokémon as you can with the Pokéballs you've given to get rewards. After three we received a Nugget, and then went all the way to 19 and got nothing at all, so that might be all there is to find - but will update if there's something more. (And no, you don't keep caught Pokémon!)

Throughout Hau'oli City, there are residents who you can interact with a certain number of days to receive additional objects. Below is every known resident and the dates you should return to them:

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  • 1 day, October 18th (10x Pretty Wings): Visit the guy outside the Pokémon Centre the day after you play it. "Not today, not the day after tomorrow. It's gotta be tomorrow. Got it?"
  • 5 days, October 23rd (No item, in-game cutscene): Woman outside City Hall. "I'm meeting up [in 5 days] with a guy who helped me out when I sprained my ankle the other day."
  • 12 days, October 30th (1x Balm Mushroom): Speak to the man inside City Hall. "Guess how many days until my sweet li'l Pikachu's birthday? Just 12! I wonder if someone will help me celebrate."
  • 18 days, November 5th (No item, in-game cutscene) Policeman in the Marina. "According to my informants, there's a shady deal going down right here in a matter of days - 18 to be exact. I wonder if I'll be able to handle it by myself...'
  • 24 days, November 11th (1x Comet Shard) Lady in the Ferry Station. "I have to sail away on a ship in 24 days."

If you're struggling with the above, try restarting your system or trying again an hour or so later to see if it unlocks, as how the game works out these days exactly is uncertain; changing the 3DS clock doesn't change their phases, and the first unlock didn't occur despite playing it 24 hours after we started our demo playthrough (one day before release). Either way, returning on the above days should be your best bet to receive the additional items.

How to transfer Ash-Greninja and other items to the full version of Pokémon Sun and Moon

Once you've completed the demo's main story, and have the full version of the game in your 3DS, reload the demo and enter the Pokémon Center, then chat to Professor Kukui on the right. Select the 'Send to full version', then select the unlocked item to send it to the full game.

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Then, load up your copy of Pokémon Sun or Moon and head into a Pokémon Center there. Collecting your Greninja and items works in much the same way as Mystery Gift collection from previous games - there'll be a delivery person standing just to the left of the Pokémon Center counter, in Sun and Moon this'll be a man dressed in an orange t-shirt. Talk to him, and he'll hand you your stuff! It's as simple as that.

There's a small but important caveat though; if the 3DS has both a card-based and download version of the game, the card-based version will be prioritised out of the two. Bear that in mind!

Need more tips? Use our Pokémon Sun and Moon Walkthrough and guide for the main story, our competitive training guide for info on IVs, EV training, Hyper Training and bottle cap farming, and breeding explained, our choice of the best Pokémon Sun and Moon starter from Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, as well as an in-progress list of where to find Zygarde Cells and Cores and our guide to the Battle Tree and both Battling and Trading in the Festival Plaza. We also have a list of QR codes list, Z Crystal locations, Mega Stone locations, Eevium Z Eevee User locations for Extreme Evoboost, evolutions for Alolan Forms and other new Sun and Moon Pokémon and fast way to increase a Pokémon's Happiness, plus how to transfer across Ash-Greninja from the Sun and Moon Demo, where to catch the Tapu Guardians, how to catch the Ultra Beasts, and how to download the Munchlax Mystery Gift.

Other things to note about the Pokémon Sun and Moon demo:

  • Upon release, the demo has been datamined to reveal the game's complete Pokedex, new Alolan forms and more. Spoilers within!
  • Aside from select moments (such as the Trial and Pokémon Catching Challenge), you cannot catch any additional Pokémon beyond your starting Greninja.
  • Other Pokémon in the game we encountered in the wild and battle are Rockruff, Pikipek, Pikachu, Yungoos, Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o.
  • It is reportedly possible to encounter Shiny creatures in the wild. Shame you can't catch and keep them, eh?
  • Despite accumulating money through winning Trainer battles, there's seemingly nowhere to spend your cash.
  • You cannot choose to manually save, but the demo will do so after completing the Trial and unlocking any transferable items.
  • The Greninja's ability, Battle Bond, allows it to transform into Ash-Greninja if you cause another Pokémon to faint, and causes its Water Shuriken move more powerful - perfect for the several Trainer battles you come across. Make use of it!
  • Once you've completed the game, tap the lower screen (outside of the eShop and video buttons) to make the Poké Radar animate.
  • It's possible to pirouette by spinning the Circle Pad round and round (as seen here), something we'll be doing non-stop in the final game too.
  • It's possible to encounter wild creatures in both the City, by entering gates that take you to small patches of tall grass. In theory, you could probably level up your Ash-Greninja before you transfer it - assuming it'll take into account any leveling and not just the starting stats seen below!
  • The starting stats of the Ash-Greninja you'll be taking into the full game are as follows (note the Nature and Characteristic could be randomised for each demo, so let us know if you receive anything different!):
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Name: Greninja
Type: Water Dark
Trainer: Ash
Level: 36
HP: 105
Attack: 96
Defence: 60
Speed: 126
Special Defense: 63
Special Attack: 101
Moves: Water Shuriken (Water), Aerial Ace (Flying), Double Team (Normal), Night Slash (Dark)
Ability: Battle Bond ("Defeating an opposing Pokémon strengths the Pokémon's bond with its Trainer, and it becomes Ash-Greninja. Water Shuriken becomes more powerful.")
Nature: Hardy
Note: Apparently a fateful encounter.
Characteristic: Alert to sound
Ribbon: Souvenir Ribbon - A Ribbon for cherishing a special memory.

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How do I get Ash-Greninja in full game? ›

Defeat Team Skull Admin Plumeria to complete the demo and unlock Ash-Greninja.

Can you transfer Ash-Greninja to ultra sun from demo? ›

You can not transfer it from the Sun and Moon Demo. So your only option is Pokemon bank.

How do I claim Ash-Greninja? ›

First, launch the Pokémon Sun and Moon demo and head to the Pokémon Center. Talk to Professor Kukui and when he asks what you want to do pick the option "bring to full version." Then select Ash-Greninja, along with any other items you want to hold onto.

Can Ash-Greninja be transferred? ›

According to a report by US Gamer, you can transfer the Ash-Greninja over to the full Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon games. Once you've finished Professor Kukui's instructions and taken out the competition, Ash-Greninja will remain in your possession.

What evolves into Ash-Greninja? ›

During the battle, Ash's Frogadier evolves into an immensely powerful Greninja!

Who has Ash-Greninja? ›

Ash-Greninja's ability, Battle Bond, activated. This Greninja is a Water/Dark-type Pokémon that was owned by Ash and was the first Pokémon he obtained in the Kalos region.

What series does Ash get Ash-Greninja? ›

Ash-Greninja made its debut in Pokémon the Series: XYZ. It would later be accessible in the video game series, starting in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Will Greninja return to Ash in alola? ›

The Rare Ash-Greninja

For such a truly unique character to drop out of the Pokemon canon seems strange and unusual, however, Greninja will finally return to Ash's side.

Does Greninja rejoin Ash in Pokemon Journeys? ›

Will Greninja return to Ash's team in Pokemon Ultimate Journeys. The short answer is no, he will not return. As shared by another user on Twitter, Ash's team has already been confirmed in publications hyping the Pokemon Journeys episode.

Why was Ash-Greninja removed? ›

Greninja is one of the most powerful pokemon of Ash Ketchum. Probably the most powerful. But he left that pokemon in Kalos in order to protect the entire Kalos from some kind of strange evil vines which can destroy the entire Kalos region.

Why is Ash's Greninja so special? ›

Ash Greninja is a rare phenomenon that happens with Greninja and it's trainer with a strong bond. Not everyone has a good bond between their pokemon like Ash's new Charmander in other series and Chimchar. Even with a good bond, not all trainer can put so much trust and can sync movements and thoughts like Ash.

Who is Ash's most powerful Pokémon? ›

Ash Ketchem's 6 Strongest Pokemon, Ranked
  1. 1 Pikachu.
  2. 2 Charizard. ...
  3. 3 Greninja. ...
  4. 4 Sceptile. ...
  5. 5 Lucario. ...
  6. 6 Infernape. Ash's Infernape had a tragic backstory, being abandoned by its previous trainer Paul as a Chimchar, but this just ended up being the fuel that Infernape needed to become one of Ash's strongest Pokemon. ...
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How did Ash-Greninja lose to Charizard? ›

On August 18th 2016, Alain's Mega Charizard X knocked out Greninja with BURASTO BURN at the climax of Kalos League.

Is Ash-Greninja in sun and moon? ›

Ash-Greninja is a special variant of Greninja that is unlocked by completing certain requirements in the Pokemon Sun and Moon Exclusive demo.

Does Ash have mega Greninja? ›

Seems like Greninja's the only Ash's pokémon which mega evolved. It's not just Ash's Greninja, even the previous leader of the Ninja village in Kalos was also a Mega/Ash-Greninja. Notice that the Kalos Region found out Mega Evolution and his rivals Alain and Sawyer, both of them had a pokemon which could mega evolve.

Is Ash-Greninja legendary? ›

All greninja except for Ash's are normal, but Ash's has a chance to beat a legandary due to his speed, meaning Ash's Greninja is legendary.

How did Ash's Greninja Mega evolve? ›

During the battle, Charizard Mega Evolved and managed to hit Greninja with a powerful Thunder Punch. This triggered its transformation into Ash-Greninja, and it was able to match Charizard in combat with its increased power.

What level does Ash-Greninja evolve? ›

Greninja (Japanese: ゲッコウガ Gekkouga) is a dual-type Water/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation VI. It evolves from Frogadier starting at level 36. It is the final form of Froakie.

Who can defeat Ash? ›

Ash was eventually defeated by Tobias, but not without having defeated his Darkrai, as well as his Latios, which is also a legendary Pokémon, whom Ash also defeated in a draw with his final Pokémon, making Ash the only known trainer to have defeated two of Tobias' legendary Pokémon.

Who will be Ash's wife? ›

Serena is the appropriate match for Ash's wife if Liko is his daughter. Serena is a Pokemon Performer who accompanied Ash on his journey through the Kalos region. Her primary goal is to be crowned Kalos Queen.

Is Ash Greninja in Scarlet and Violet? ›

Like Charizard and Cinderace before it, Greninja is the latest seven-star raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The limited time event gives you and your friends a chance to catch the Kalos water starter, but it's a tough battle.

What episode does Ash Greninja return? ›

| Pokémon Journeys Episode 108 Review.

Did Ash release his Greninja? ›

This has led to him having to make some difficult decisions in the past and release some of his loyal companions, making for some tearful goodbyes. Many of these came as a major shock to anime viewers at the time, but none were as surprising as Ash releasing arguably the strongest Pokemon he'd ever trained; Greninja.

Who won Ash or Leon? ›

With Leon's healthy Cinderace and Charizard, the odds were against Ash and Pikachu and many thought that he wouldn't be able to come out as the winner. But to fans' high hopes and relief, Ash managed to win with Pikachu and was declared winner of the Masters Championship.

Will Greninja return to Ash team? ›

Ash's Greninja is returning to the Anime soon, but what makes Ash-Greninja so special? The 100th episode of the Pokemon Journeys featured a new opening title sequence that teased a number of upcoming plot points and Pokemon that will be appearing during what is presumed to be the final stretch of the series.

Does Ash-Greninja return in Pokemon master journeys? ›

Back. Pokemon Journeys has finally brought Ash Ketchum's fan favorite Greninja back to the anime after so many years away, and the newest episode of the series demonstrated just how strong their bond still is with a cool new battle!

Where is Ash's Greninja now? ›

In most cases, he was either returned to the Professor Sycamore because of disobedience, or abandoned them of his own accord. Froakie blocking the attack to protect Pikachu. Greninja first appeared as a Froakie when he observed Pikachu shocking Bonnie, Clemont and Ash outside the Lumiose Gym.

Why did Ash get rid of Greninja? ›

Later on, Ash and Greninja finally managed to activate the form during the Gym battle against Wulfric, but despite that, Greninja still lost due to being frozen by Avalugg's attacks. Blaming himself for their loss, Ash decided to leave Greninja at the Pokémon Center and walked off into the Winding Woods alone.

Who is Ash's most powerful Pokemon? ›

Ash Ketchem's 6 Strongest Pokemon, Ranked
  1. 1 Pikachu.
  2. 2 Charizard. ...
  3. 3 Greninja. ...
  4. 4 Sceptile. ...
  5. 5 Lucario. ...
  6. 6 Infernape. Ash's Infernape had a tragic backstory, being abandoned by its previous trainer Paul as a Chimchar, but this just ended up being the fuel that Infernape needed to become one of Ash's strongest Pokemon. ...
Feb 1, 2023

What episode does Ash's Greninja mega evolve? ›

Series protagonist Ash Ketchum's Greninja is the most prominent; he first appeared as a Froakie in the first episode "Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!", was caught by Ash in the following episode "Lumiose City Pursuit!", and evolved from Frogadier into Greninja in episode seven of XYZ, "A Festival of Decisions ...

Will Charizard return to Ash in galar? ›

N calls the battle to an end, and observes that the two Pokémon have found real respect for each other. Ash asks if Charizard would like to rejoin him on his journey, and the answer is an enthusiastic yes! So, it's off once again to the White Ruins, but now with Charizard along, reunited with our heroes once again!

Is Greninja still Ash's Pokemon? ›

Ash's Greninja was arguably his strongest Pokemon, so fans were shocked to see him release it. Here's why he made the tough choice. The Pokemon anime has seen Ash go through a number of different adventures with various companions and Pokemon by his side.


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