Pokemon Sun and Moon QR Code Scanning guide

Check this guide out for info on QR Codes in Pokemon Sun and Moon!

There is a new feature in Pokemon Sun and Moon that lets you scan QR codes of Pokemon others have captured. You can also show others QR codes of your own Pokemon.

I'm going to tell you how this QR Scanning works and the benefits for doing so. Keep in mind that there are time restrictions, so you should get on scanning QR codes as soon as it is available to you.

This guide will go over scanning QR codes in Pokemon Sun and Moon including: 

  • QR Scanner - How to scan QR codes and how it works.
  • Island Scan - What it is and why it helps.

QR Scanner

Early in the game, after doing the intro tasks, you will get access to the QR Scanner in your menu. This allows you to scan QR codes of Pokemon.

Whenever someone catches a Pokemon, they get a QR code for it in their Pokedex.

  • To find the QR code you can give others, just press X when viewing a Pokemon you have captured in your pokedex.

Others can upload these pictures to the internet for people to scan

  • When you scan a Pokemon QR code, it will be added to your pokedex.
  • This is helpful for finding it in the wild, or choosing it as an option when trading online.

Reddit user Reckless_Chomp posted this album for QR codes.

  • When you first start, you will be able to do 10 QR scans.
  • Whenever you scan, you get 10 points.
  • After using up the initial scans, you will only get 1 scan every 2 hours.
  • When you get 100 points, 10 scans, you will be able to do an Island Scan.

Island Scan

 pokemon sun and moon island scan

This is a feature that allows you to catch a rare Pokemon on one of the islands. 

  • When you get 100 points, you can start an Island Scan.
  • This searches each island for a rare Pokemon and reveals it.
  • You only get an hour to catch the rare Pokemon, if you don't get to it in time, it goes away.

I missed my first scan, which was Chikorita, because I was still in the beginning story and it appeared in a route I could not go to it yet.

The Pokemon that appears on island scan is determined by the island you scanned on and the day of the week. Below is a chart of which Pokemon are available, what day, and what island.

Pokemon Melemele Akala Ula'ula Poni
Sunday  Cyndaquil Gothita Rhyhorn Elektross
Monday  Totodile Spheal Swinub  Conkeldurr 
Tuesday Deino Luxio Duosion  Togekiss
Wednesday Horsea  Honedge Roselia Leavanny 
Thursday Klink Venipede Staravia  Serperior
Friday Chikorita Bellsprout Vigoroth  Samurott 
Saturday Litwick Marill Axew  Emboar


That's it for my guide on QR Scanning in Pokemon Sun and Moon. Let me know if you have any questions or discoveries of your own!

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2F97BrR) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/synzergaming).

Published Jul. 20th 2017

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