For all those Pokemon Sun & Moon players out there, here’s a useful guide on how to capture one of the most badass Pokemon out there: Salamence. The first time I saw this dragon Pokemon, I was reminded of the Nordic beasts mentioned in old fairy tales. You may find that it’s hard to get at this beast of a Pokemon, but it turns out, there is a method to get Salamence. In fact, you can get a level 10 Salamence on the island you start on, Melemele Island. Now this method involves a little bit of luck but hey, they call it “Beginner’s Luck” for a reason right? So here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to get Salamence early on Pokemon Sun & Moon.
Step 1: Finish the trial against the Totem Gumshoos first. This is will activate the SOS/ally calling mechanic and you’ll need that to make this work. Do this before you set out to find a Bagon.
Step 2: Complete Mallow’s trial on Akala island. That’ll allow you to purchase and Adrenaline Orb. This is an item that will increase the chances of a wild Pokemon to call for help. Now while this step isn’t entirely necessary, it makes things easier. You may be able to see where I’m going with this now. After completing Mallow’s trial, you’ll be able to purchase the Orb in Hau’oli City, Heahea City, Konikoni City, Malie City, Paniola Town, Pokémon League, Royal Avenue, Seafolk Village and Tapu Village.
Step 3: Make sure you have lots of Revives like Potions, Super Potions, Berries, Ethers and Elixirs. You may need a lot of them to go up against a badass like Salamence.
Step 4: Head to route 3 on Melemele island and CROSS the wooden bridge you find; don’t start looking for a Bagon before you do. After that, look for the first patch of grass to your right. There’s a very SLIM chance you’ll find a Bagon there.
Step 5: When you find a Bagon, use the Adrenaline Orb right away. Its health will get low and it will immediately call for help. The trick here is to make it call for help over and over so a Salamence arrives.
Step 6: You may have to do this a couple of times to a Bagon to get a Salamence out of hiding, but it’s the most sure-fire way of getting the beast early. Once Salamence arrives, gear up and catch that sucker. With a little bit of luck, you may just have a significant one up over your friends to beat them into submission.
Happy hunting, go catch ’em all and keep coming back for more guides to capture bigger and badder Pokemon in Pokemon Sun & Moon.