A new element to this game is the Rite of Island Challenge. In this, the player travels across the Alola Region in order to pass the challenge. There are several layers to the challenge
Island Challenge Trials

The Island Challenge Trials are small quests set off by the various Trial Captains of each of the islands. These trials aren't about battling Pokémon but require for you to find items or complete knowledge tests. For example, Mallow requests you find four specific items while Kiawe asks you to find the difference between two things.

There are over four Trial Captains that set you on these quests.

Totem Pokémon

At the end of the trial, you will come across Totem Pokémon. These are more powerful versions of various Pokémon, larger than others of its species. When they battle, they will often summon ally Pokémon to take you on.

Verdant Cave - Melemele Island: Gumshoos (Sun) / Alolan Raticate (Moon)
Lush Jungle - Akala Island: Lurantis
Grand Trials

After the trial and defeating the Totem, then you will be able to face the Grand Trial. This Grand Trial has you battle against the kahuna of the island. If you defeat the Kahuna in battle, then you will be recognised as having cleared the trials and allowed to continue to the next island for the trials.

Trial Captains


US Name: Ilima
Jp. Name: Ilma

An expert in Normal-type Pokémon, Captain Ilima graduated from the Trainers’ School and is a hero to the students of that school.


US Name: Lana
Jp. Name: Suiren

Lana is a captain who is an expert with Water-type Pokémon. She is dedicated to her family and is a reliable older sister who watches over her younger sisters.


US Name: Mallow
Jp. Name: Mao

Captain Mallow is an expert with Grass-type Pokémon. She loves cooking, but it seems that sometimes her taste is a bit particular...


US Name: Sophocles
Jp. Name: Marmane

Specializing in Electric-type Pokémon, Captain Sophocles is good with mechanics and has invented various machines..


US Name: Kiawe
Jp. Name: Kai

Kiawe is a captain whose expertise is in Fire-type Pokémon. Together with his Marowak, he studies the traditional dances that have been passed down in the Alola region.



US Name: Hala
Jp. Name: Hala (ハラ)


Hala was introduced in the Pokémon Sun & Moon trailer in May. He initially gives you your first Pokémon at the start of the game. However, in the Nintendo Treehouse stream, it was revealed that Hala is one of the strongest trainers on Melemele Island. He runs the festival that commemorates Melemele Island's guardian, Tapu Koku. It was then confirmed that he was the Island Kahuna


US Name: Olivia
Jp. Name: Lychee (ライチ)


Olivia is the kahuna of Akala Island, the second island you visit on your island challenge. Her skill is extraordinary, as can only be expected from someone chosen to serve as kahuna at such a young age. Yet she still insists that she is just a normal girl.. She uses a Lycanroc

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