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SOS Battles

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SOS Battles are a brand feature introduced in the Seventh Generation where Wild Pokemon can call for help from other Pokemon. This is seen quite often during Totem Battles in Island Trials, but this can also happen in standard wild encounters as well. As the initial Pokemon gets lower and lower in HP, they will often call for help. This will usually bring another Pokemon into battle, causing it to become a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. While this can be frustrating to some, SOS Battles have a number of benefits to then as the battle carries on.

As the SOS Battle Chain increases, the is a much higher chance of getting Pokemon with Maximum IVs, capping at 4 Max IVs. This is also the only known way in-game of finding Pokemon with their Hidden Abilities. In addition to those perks, the likelihood of encountering a Shiny Pokemon also increases, providing the best odds of finding one in-game.

SOS Battles also help competitively with your Pokemon: as the Chain continues, the Effort Value Points earned from each Pokemon are multiplied by 2 which result in the EVs you receive getting increases. With this concept, plus a Power Item and PokeRus, a Pokemon can get 36 Effort Value Points from just one Pokemon being defeated, which a maxed out stat from 7 KO'd Pokemon in just one Chain.

And SOS Battles can happen in any battle really, but due to these given benefits, players might want to force an SOS Battle, and they can do so in a number of ways. Firstly, a player can keep the initial Pokemon at a low health, allowing it to continue to call for help if it doesn't presently have some. Another way is for players to use the new item called the Adrenaline Orb, which can be used in a Wild Battle for a higher chance of the initial Pokemon calling for help. By also having a Pokemon with the abilities of Intimidate, Pressure or Unnerve, there is a higher chance for a Pokemon getting help. But there is a never a guarantee a Pokemon will call for help; Legendary Pokemon and Island Scan Pokemon will never call for help, Minior and Komala will never call for help, and Status Conditioning doesn't increase the chances either.

But when a Pokemon does call for help, it doesn't always mean the same Pokemon will always come. In all actuality, there are usually eight possible Pokemon per each slot that can be called upon (shown in our Walkthrough Pages). Also, 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.

Exclusive SOS Pokemon

Pikachu - Route 1 & Hau'oli City

Clefairy - Mount Hokulani

Jigglypuff - Route 4 & Route 6

Persian - Malie Garden

Slowbro - Kala'e Bay

Gengar - Abandoned Thrifty MegaMart

Seaking - Brooklet Hill & Malie Garden

Starmie - Route 7 & Hano Beach

Mr. Mime - Hau'oli City Shopping District

Jynx - Seaward Cave

Electabuzz - Mount Hokulani

Magmar - Wela Volcano Park

Snorlax - Route 1

Dragonair - Poni Gauntlet & Poni Meadow

Dragonite - Poni Gauntlet

Noctowl - Lush Jungle

Crobat - Lush Jungle & Resolution Cave

Lanturn - Route 8 & Akala Outskirts

Xatu - Akala Outskirts

Sudowoodo - Route 1, Route 5 & Lush Jungle

Espeon - Route 4 & Route 6

Umbreon - Route 4 & Route 6

Slowking - Kala'e Bay

Octillery - Route 8, Kala'e Bay, Melemele Sea

Blissey - Poni Plains

Sableye - Ten Carat Hill & Vast Poni Canyon

Sharpedo - Poni Breaker Coast

Whiscash - Paniola Town, Poni Gauntlet, Poni Meadow, Seaward Cave, Vast Poni Canyon

Cradaunt - Vast Poni Canyon

Baltoy - Haina Desert

Huntail - Route 15, Melemele Sea

Gorebyss - Route 15, Melemele Sea

Shelgon - Kala'e Bay

Salamence - Route 3

Ambipom - Poni Plains

Lopunny - Poni Grove

Happiny - Route 1, Route 4, Route 5, Route 6, Lush Jungle, Hau'oli City Shopping District, Mount Hokulani, Poni Grove, Seaward Cave & Wela Volcano Park

Lucario - Poni Grove

Pawniard - Route 17

Volcarona - Lush Jungle

Fletchinder - Route 8, Wela Volcano Park

Pangoro - Route 10 & Route 11

Toucannon - Route 11, Poni Grove & Poni Plains

Mareanie - Route 9 & Melemele Sea

Salazzle - Lush Jungle & Wela Volcano Park

Hakamo-o - Vast Poni Canyon

Kommo-o - Vast Poni Canyon

In some areas of The Alola Region, there is usually natural weather. When these adverse conditions are in effect, the game with shift to a different method of SOS Battles called Weather Battles. With these battle, certain Pokemon will appear as an SOS Pokemon, one that usually doesn't come when called upon in regular wild encounters like the Pokemon listed above. In these specific areas as well, if there isn't natural weather, a player can use the corresponding weather causing move in battle to activate a Weather Battle and these given Pokemon. But, as mentioned, it must be in one the areas that usually have weather.

Exclusive Weather SOS Pokemon

Poliwhirl - Malie Garden

Poliwrath - Malie Garden

Politoed - Malie Garden

Catsform - All Weather Areas

Gabite - Haina Desert

Vanillite - Tapu Village

Vanillish - Mount Lanakila

Goomy - Route 17 & Lush Jungle

Sliggoo - Exeggutor Island

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  • Pre-Release
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  • Region & Characters
  • Mechanics & Features
  • Poke Pelago
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  • Melemele Island Walkthrough
  • Akala Island Walkthrough
  • Ula'ula Island Walkthrough
  • Poni Island Walkthrough
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  • RR Episode Walkthrough
  • Battle Tree Walkthrough
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  • Ultra Beasts Hunting
  • Wormhole Legendary Pokemon
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