Previous Pokémon games had several differences between the two versions. In all games there were different Pokémon in different locations and Ruby & Sapphire took it further by having a different storyline between the games and Black & White took it further to take areas and battles to be different. Pokémon Sun & Moon however take it even further and have changed both the passage of time, as well as so much more. This page will detail all the non-Pokémon Version Exclusives.

Time

The biggest and most notable change between Pokémon Sun & Moon is the change to the time of day. Pokémon Sun & Moon have a 12 hour differentiation, with Pokémon Sun being set by normal time and Pokémon Moon being set by a different time. This means that if playing Pokémon Moon in the daytime, night shall be experienced. As such, encounters and even some in-game events will differ.

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Totem Pokémon

In the game, you will play through the various Island Trial Challenge and towards the end of them, you will face up against a more powerful Totem Pokémon. In the Verdant Cavern of Melemele Island, the Totem you face will differ between the games. In Pokémon Sun it is Gumshoos, and in Pokémon Moon it is Alolan Raticate.

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Story

While the story remains largely the same between the two games, the culmination at the end has a different Pokémon that Nebby evolves into. This is mirrored by the Cosmoem you evolve in the game later on.
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Clothing

Clothing is another version exclusive. There are multiple outfits, mostly just colours, which are version exclusive. Sun has the colours Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink & Beige while Moon has the colours Green Blue, Navy Blue, Purple & Grey. These clothing options however can be purchased through the Festival Plaza when you encounter other players wearing them.

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Trial Captains

During the game, you can battle various Trial Captains after completing their trial. However, there is a difference. In Pokémon Sun, you have the ability to meet and battle the Fire-type Captain, Kiawe while in Moon you have the ability to battle the Grass-type Captain, Mallow. At time of writing, no way has been discovered to get these battles in the other games.

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Festival Plaza

Festival Plaza is another feature with Version Exclusives. As you level up through the plaza, you will be given a variety of different stores you can use to gain access to more activities. However, some of these stores, or in most cases the higher ranks of them, can only natively be obtained in one game or the other. They can, however, be obtained through interacting with other players who have them.

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General Store ★★General Store ★★★
General Store ★★★★General Store ★★★★★
Soft Drink Parlor ★★Ball Shop ★★
Soft Drink Parlor ★★★Ball Shop ★★★
Pharmacy ★★Battle Shop ★★
Pharmacy ★★★Battle Shop ★★★
Clink-Clunk Land ★★Thump-Bump Park ★★
Clink-Clunk Land ★★★Thump-Bump Park ★★★
Clink-Clunk Land ★★★★Thump-Bump Park ★★★★
Clink-Clunk Land ★★★★★Thump-Bump Park ★★★★★
Stomp-Stomp House ★★Stomp-Stomp House ★★★
Stomp-Stomp House ★★★★Stomp-Stomp House ★★★★★
Rare Kitchen ★★★Rare Kitchen ★★
Rare Kitchen ★★★★★Rare Kitchen ★★★★
Friendship Parlor ★★Friendship Café ★★
Friendship Parlor ★★★Friendship Café ★★★
Friendship Parlor ★★★★Friendship Café ★★★★
Friendship Parlor ★★★★★Friendship Café ★★★★★
Team RedTeam Yellow
Team GreenTeam Blue
Team OrangeTeam Navy Blue
Team PurpleTeam Pink
Battle Tree

In theBattle Tree, after defeating them, you have the ability to scout a variety of trainers. However, some of these trainers are exclusive to each version and you cannot battle or Scout them in the other version.

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Plumeria

Guzma

Sina

Dexio

Kiawe

Mallow
 
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