S.O.S. Battles

S.O.S. Battles are a new featured introduced in Pokémon Sun & Moon where wild Pokémon will call for help, and this returns here. This is most notably seen during the Totem Battles in the Island Trials, but they also happen in standard wild encounters. As a Pokémon gets lower and lower in health, they will often call for help. This will bring another Pokémon into the battle, causing it to become a Double Battle against your single Pokémon. .

As the S.O.S. Battles chain, there are a variety of perks. As the chain increases, you have a higher chance of getting Pokémon with maximum IVs, capping at 4 max IVs. This is also the only way you can find Pokémon with their Hidden Abilities. In addition to that, the likelihood of encountering a Shiny Pokémon also increases. This resets when an SOS Battle ends either through defeating all Pokémon or by causing a Pokémon of an evolution line different to the original Pokémon be the last on the field.

  • Defeated Pokémon - 5+ - 1 IV of 31 Guaranteed
  • Defeated Pokémon - 10+ - 5% Chance of Hidden Ability
  • Defeated Pokémon - 10+ - 2 IVs of 31 Guaranteed
  • Defeated Pokémon - 20+ - 10% Chance of Hidden Ability
  • Defeated Pokémon - 20+ - 3 IVs of 31 Guaranteed
  • Defeated Pokémon - 30+ - 30% Chance of Hidden Ability
  • Defeated Pokémon - 30+ - 4 IVs of 31 Guaranteed
  • Defeated Pokémon - 70+ - Shiny Pokémon Chance increased by 3 giving a 1 in 1024 chance without Shiny Charm and 1 in 683 chance with Shiny Charm

For competitive players, there's yet another perk. As you progress through the chain, the Effort Points yielded from each Pokémon are multiplied by 2 which results in the Effort Values you receive getting increased. As such, with this, a Power Item and PokéRus, you can get 36 Effort Points from one Pokémon being defeated and max a stat out in 7 KOs in a chain. Do note, however, that a chain will reset at 255

Activating S.O.S. Battles

S.O.S. Battles can happen in any battle, but due to the Effort Point element and Shiny Pokémon element, you may wish to force it to carry on. There are many ways to make S.O.S. Battles more likely. The first is to simply keep the Pokémon at a low amount of health. A move such as a False Swipe will work for this. Here, the Pokémon has a higher chance of calling for help. It won't call for help if it currently has assistance. As of Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, this has been altered to have it so wild Pokémon will only call for help once unless you use an Adrenaline Orb.

The best way is to use the item, the Adrenaline Orb. This item is found in all Pokémon Centers and, when used during a wild battle, will make the likelihood of the Pokémon calling for help even higher. You can only use one per battle, but the effect should last for the duration

The ability of the Pokémon you have in battle is also one that factors into S.O.S. Battles. If your Pokémon has the abilties Intimidate, Pressure or Unnerve then the opposing Pokémon is more likely to call for help.

Do note that even if a Pokémon calls for help, it is not guaranteed that a wild Pokémon will come to its aid. If it is afflicted by a status condition, then it will not call for help. Legendary Pokémon and Island Scan Pokémon will not call for help. Minior & Komala also won't call for help.

S.O.S. Battles - Different Pokémon

The even better thing about S.O.S. Battles is that they don't necessarily call the same Pokémon. In the encounter listings, there are up to 8 different rows of Pokémon and when a Pokémon calls for help, it will select a random encounter row and give you a Pokémon of the same slot in that row as the Pokémon you are facing. Our Pokéarth Section allows for checking these tables.

Due to this, there are many Pokémon that will only appear when you call for an S.O.S. Battle, such as Mareanie. You can also get low level versions of fully evolved Pokémon, like a Salamence when you have an SOS Battle with Bagon in Route 3. If you knock out the original Pokémon and the new Pokémon isn't part of the same evolution line, then no more Pokémon will be called

In addition to this, certain forms of Floette and Flabébé can only be obtained through S.O.S. Battles.

List of Pokémon Exclusive to S.O.S. Battles

No. Pic Name Type Abilities Base Stats Locations
HP Att Def S.Att S.Def Spd
#025
Pikachu
ピカチュウ
Static
Lightningrod
35 55 40 50 50 90 Route 1
#035
Clefairy
ピッピ
Cute Charm
Magic Guard
Friend Guard
70 45 48 60 65 35 Mount Hokulani
#039
Jigglypuff
プリン
Cute Charm
Competitive
Friend Guard
115 45 20 45 25 20 Route 4
Route 6
#053
Persian
ペルシアン
Fur Coat
Technician
Rattled
65 60 60 75 65 115 Malie Garden
#080
Slowbro
ヤドラン
Oblivious
Own Tempo
Regenerator
95 75 110 100 80 30 Kala'e Bay
#094
Gengar
ゲンガー
Cursed Body 60 65 60 130 75 110 Thrifty Megamart - Abandoned Site
#119
Seaking
アズマオウ
Swift Swim
Water Veil
Lightningrod
80 92 65 65 80 68 Brooklet Hill
Malie Garden
#121
Starmie
スターミー
Illuminate
Natural Cure
Analytic
60 75 85 100 85 115 Route 7
Hano Beach
#122
Mr. Mime
バリヤード
Soundproof
Filter
Technician
40 45 65 100 120 90 Hau'oli City - Shopping District
#124
Jynx
ルージュラ
Oblivious
Forewarn
Dry Skin
65 50 35 115 95 95 Seaward Cave
#125
Electabuzz
エレブー
Static
Vital Spirit
65 83 57 95 85 105 Mount Hokulani
#126
Magmar
ブーバー
Flame Body
Vital Spirit
65 95 57 100 85 93 Wela Volcano Park
#143
Snorlax
カビゴン
Immunity
Thick Fat
Gluttony
160 110 65 65 110 30 Route 1
#148
Dragonair
ハクリュー
Shed Skin
Marvel Scale
61 84 65 70 70 70 Poni Gauntlet
Poni Meadow
#149
Dragonite
カイリュー
Inner Focus
Multiscale
91 134 95 100 100 80 Poni Gauntlet
#164
Noctowl
ヨルノズク
Insomnia
Keen Eye
Tinted Lens
100 50 50 86 96 70 Lush Jungle - South
Lush Jungle - West
Lush Jungle - North
#169
Crobat
クロバット
Inner Focus
Infiltrator
85 90 80 70 80 130 Lush Jungle - Cave
Resolution Cave - 1F
Resolution Cave - B1F
#171
Lanturn
ランターン
Volt Absorb
Illuminate
Water Absorb
125 58 58 76 76 67 Route 8
Akala Outskirts
#178
Xatu
ネイティオ
Synchronize
Early Bird
Magic Bounce
65 75 70 95 70 95 Akala Outskirts
#185
Sudowoodo
ウソッキー
Sturdy
Rock Head
Rattled
70 100 115 30 65 30 Route 1
Route 5
Lush Jungle - South
Lush Jungle - West
Lush Jungle - North
#196
Espeon
エーフィ
Synchronize
Magic Bounce
65 65 60 130 95 110 Route 4
Route 6
#197
Umbreon
ブラッキー
Synchronize
Inner Focus
95 65 110 60 130 65 Route 4
Route 6
#199
Slowking
ヤドキング
Oblivious
Own Tempo
Regenerator
95 75 80 100 110 30 Kala'e Bay
#224
Octillery
オクタン
Suction Cups
Sniper
Moody
75 105 75 105 75 45 Route 8
Kala'e Bay
Melemele Sea - East
Melemele Sea - West
#242
Blissey
ハピナス
Natural Cure
Serene Grace
Healer
255 10 10 75 135 55 Poni Plains
#302
Sableye
ヤミラミ
Keen Eye
Stall
Prankster
50 75 75 65 65 50 Ten Carat Hill - Cave
Ten Carat Hill - Undersea Cave
Vast Poni Canyon - Inside
Vast Poni Canyon - 2F
Vast Poni Canyon - 2F Deep
Vast Poni Canyon - B1F
Vast Poni Canyon - 3F
#319
Sharpedo
サメハダー
Rough Skin
Speed Boost
70 120 40 95 40 95 Poni Breaker Coast
#340
Whiscash
ナマズン
Oblivious
Anticipation
Hydration
110 78 73 76 71 60 Paniola Town
Poni Gauntlet
Poni Meadow
Seaward Cave
Vast Poni Canyon - B1F
#342
Crawdaunt
シザリガー
Hyper Cutter
Shell Armor
Adaptability
63 120 85 90 55 55 Vast Poni Canyon - B1F
#343
Baltoy
ヤジロン
Levitate 40 40 55 40 70 55 Haina Desert
- Ultra Mooon
#367
Huntail
ハンテール
Swift Swim
Water Veil
55 104 105 94 75 52 Route 15
Melemele Sea - East
Melemele Sea - West
#368
Gorebyss
サクラビス
Swift Swim
Hydration
55 84 105 114 75 52 Route 15
Melemele Sea - East
Melemele Sea - West
#372
Shelgon
コモルー
Rock Head
Overcoat
65 95 100 60 50 50 Kala'e Bay
#373
Salamence
ボーマンダ
Intimidate
Moxie
95 135 80 110 80 100 Route 3
#424
Ambipom
エテボース
Technician
Pickup
Skill Link
75 100 66 60 66 115 Poni Plains
#428
Lopunny
ミミロップ
Cute Charm
Klutz
Limber
65 76 84 54 96 105 Poni Grove
#440
Happiny
ピンプク
Natural Cure
Serene Grace
Friend Guard
100 5 5 15 65 30 Route 1
Route 4
Route 5
Route 6
Hau'oli City - Shopping District
Lush Jungle - South
Lush Jungle - West
Lush Jungle - North
Mount Hokulani
Poni Grove
Seaward Cave
Wela Volcano Park
#448
Lucario
ルカリオ
Steadfast
Inner Focus
Justified
70 110 70 115 70 90 Poni Grove
#622
Golett
ゴビット
Iron Fist
Klutz
No Guard
59 74 50 35 50 35 Haina Desert
- Ultra Sun
#624
Pawniard
コマタナ
Defiant
Inner Focus
Pressure
45 85 70 40 40 60 Route 17
#637
Volcarona
ウルガモス
Flame Body
Swarm
85 60 65 135 105 100 Lush Jungle - Cave
#662
Fletchinder
ヒノヤコマ
Flame Body
Gale Wings
62 73 55 56 52 84 Route 8
Wela Volcano Park
#675
Pangoro
ゴロンダ
Iron Fist
Mold Breaker
Scrappy
95 124 78 69 71 58 Route 10
Route 11
#733
Toucannon
ドデカバシ
Keen Eye
Skill Link
Sheer Force
80 120 75 75 75 60 Route 11
Poni Grove
Poni Plains
#747
Mareanie
ヒドイデ
Merciless
Limber
Regenerator
50 53 62 43 52 45 Route 9
Melemele Sea - East
Melemele Sea - West
#758
Salazzle
エンニュート
Corrosion
Oblivious
68 64 60 111 60 117 Lush Jungle - Cave
Wela Volcano Park
#783
Hakamo-o
ジャランゴ
Bulletproof
Soundproof
Overcoat
55 75 90 65 70 65 Vast Poni Canyon - Under Tree
Vast Poni Canyon - Top
#784
Kommo-o
ジャラランガ
Bulletproof
Soundproof
Overcoat
75 110 125 100 105 85 Vast Poni Canyon - Under Tree
Vast Poni Canyon - Top

Weather S.O.S. Battles

In some areas of the game, there is often natural weather. In Malie Garden, Exeggutor Island, Lush Jungle and Route 17, there is rain. In Haina Desert, there is often a Sandstorm and in Tapu Village & Mount Lanakila, there is snow. With this, when the weather is in effect, the game will instead shift to include a new and unique SOS Battle table. This table provides unique Pokémon that can't be found anywhere else except within the S.O.S. Battles during the weather. This means getting the Pokémon can be somewhat tricky.

However, there is a twist with this. In these areas, you are able to use the corresponding weather move in the areas in order to bring the Pokémon. It doesn't have to be natural weather.

List of Pokémon Exclusive to Weather S.O.S. Battles

No. Pic Name Type Abilities Base Stats Locations Weather
HP Att Def S.Att S.Def Spd
#061
Poliwhirl
ニョロゾ
Water Absorb
Damp
Swift Swim
65 65 65 50 50 90 Malie Garden
Rain
#062
Poliwrath
ニョロボン
Water Absorb
Damp
Swift Swim
90 95 95 70 90 70 Malie Garden
Rain
#186
Politoed
ニョロトノ
Water Absorb
Damp
Drizzle
90 75 75 90 100 70 Malie Garden
Rain
#351
Castform
ポワルン
Forecast 70 70 70 70 70 70 Route 17
Exeggutor Island
Haina Desert
Lush Jungle - South
Lush Jungle - West
Lush Jungle - North
Malie Garden
Mount Lanakila - Mountainside
Mount Lanakila - Mid-Point
Tapu Village
All
#444
Gabite
ガバイト
Sand Veil
Rough Skin
68 90 65 50 55 82 Haina Desert
Sand
#582
Vanillite
バニプッチ
Ice Body
Snow Cloak
Weak Armor
36 50 50 65 60 44 Tapu Village
Snow
#583
Vanillish
バニリッチ
Ice Body
Snow Cloak
Weak Armor
51 65 65 80 75 59 Mount Lanakila - Mountainside
Mount Lanakila - Mid-Point
Snow
#704
Goomy
ヌメラ
Sap Sipper
Hydration
Gooey
45 50 35 55 75 40 Route 17
Lush Jungle - South
Lush Jungle - West
Lush Jungle - North
Rain
#705
Sliggoo
ヌメイル
Sap Sipper
Hydration
Gooey
68 75 53 83 113 60 Exeggutor Island
Rain
 
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