WARNING: This articles contains major story SPOILERS for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Who is Necrozma?
Necrozma is a Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. While it is not known to evolve into or from any Pokémon, it has three other forms:
- Dusk Mane Necrozma, a fusion with Solgaleo using the N-Solarizer
- Dawn Wings Necrozma, a fusion with Lunala using the N-Lunarizer
- Ultra Necrozma, a form obtainable when either Dusk Mane Necrozma or Dawn Wings Necrozma uses Ultra Burst
As both Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, it is the game mascot of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, respectively.
Necrozma’s body appears to be constructed out of black crystalline material; its disproportionately large arms have three claws jutting out of them, as well as a single large whitish crystal protruding backwards from each arm. Its small legs bend backwards like a bird’s and have three toes each. A single small, hook-like wing grows out of each of its shoulders. The large protrusion attached to its head is its tail, which is white in the back with a dark gray symbol resembling a star in the center.
This part of the tail glows while absorbing light that it converts to lasers. The sides of its head and the top of its tail are covered in spikes. Its face is actually a prism-like object known as the brain prism, which possesses a collection of multicolored shapes that resemble eyes. Despite being pitch-black, Necrozma’s body constantly refracts light like a prism.
Necrozma in Battle!
One of the most difficult battles, if not the most difficult battle, in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is the battle with Ultra Necrozma in Ultra Megalopolis. If you haven’t gotten to this point in the game yet, you may be wondering how a battle with just one Pokémon could be so hard.
Ultra Necrozma has extremely high stats, especially in Attack and Special Attack, and it has an aura that boosts all of its stats even more. It also has a very diverse moveset, consisting of Photon Geyser, Smart Strike, Power Gem and Dragon Pulse. Between these four attacks, it’s likely that Ultra Necrozma will have a Type advantage against a good amount of your team, and super effective moves are powered up even more by its ability Neuroforce.
In short, there’s a good chance that Ultra Necrozma has a high enough Speed to attack first against most of your party, will likely have a move that’s super effective against most of your party members and has a high enough Attack and Special Attack that even if there isn’t a Type advantage, Ultra Necrozma is likely to one-shot most of your team.
|At Lv. 50||At Lv. 100|
|157 – 204||304 – 398|
|100 – 174||197 – 344|
|95 – 168||186 – 331|
|118 – 196||233 – 388|
|84 – 155||164 – 304|
|75 – 144||146 – 282|
It’s very possible that you’ll lose to Ultra Necrozma without even getting a single hit in. By the way, you can’t catch Necrozma during this battle, so all you can hope to do is defeat it.
Strategy to beat Ultra Necrozma
Simply put, there are two specific things you need for this strategy: Mimikyu and TM06 Toxic. Many of you can probably figure out where Mimikyu has a unique ability called Disguise, which basically acts as an automatic Substitute at the beginning of every battle. When Mimikyu gets hit with an attack for the first time, the Disguise will take the hit instead and Mimikyu will not take any damage. After this, the Disguise is “busted” and Mimikyu will take damage regularly. Basically, all this does is ensure that Mimikyu will get at least one move in at the beginning of each battle. For this strategy, that one move is all we need.
If you’re with me so far, you’ll want to go catch a Mimikyu. There are two ways to do this:
- One is by wandering around inside the abandoned market that is now the site of Acerola’s Ghost Trial, just south of Tapu Village. Mimikyu has about a 5% spawn rate, so it may take a little while to find one. The other way to get a Mimikyu is by getting the Totem Mimikyu from Samson Oak. To do this, you will need to have collected at least 80 Totem Stickers. Once you have 80, go talk to Samson Oak at Heahea Beach and he’ll give you a Totem Mimkyu.
- The next thing you’ll need is TM06, which teaches Pokémon the move Toxic. You can find this TM at Aether Paradise by going to the dock level and traveling all the way to the bottom left of the area, where you’ll see it lying on the ground. Toxic is a move that can be learned by almost any Pokémon for some reason, but we’ll want to teach it to Mimikyu, since its Disguise ability assures that it’ll be able to use it before Ultra Necrozma knocks it out. Teach your Mimikyu Toxic and make sure you have a full team of six Pokémon. Don’t worry about grinding Mimikyu up so it’s at the same level as the rest of your party; Ultra Necrozma will probably be faster than it anyway, so no need to waste your time right now.
Save in front of Ultra Necrozma before interacting with it just in case this doesn’t work (Toxic has 90% accuracy, so there’s a small chance that you’ll miss, in which case you’ll want to just start over). Use Toxic on your first turn. In all likelihood, Ultra Necrozma will out-speed your Mimikyu and attack first, but the damage will be taken by Mimikyu’s Disguise, so Mimikyu will still be able to get the Toxic in.
- The first turn will end with Ultra Necrozma badly poisoned, so it will take 1/16 damage, reducing its health to 15/16. From here on out, you’re pretty much guaranteed to win no matter what you do. Even if Ultra Necrozma proceeds to sweep your entire party, you’ll still win, just as long as all six slots in your party are filled up.
- On the second turn, Ultra Necrozma will probably take out your Mimikyu, but it’ll take 2/16 damage from the poison, reducing its health to 13/16.
- Next, Necrozma will take out your second party member, then poison will reduce its health to 10/16.
- Necrozma will beat your third party member, its health will reduce to 6/16.
- Necrozma will beat your fourth party member, its health will reduce to 1/16.
- Finally, Necrozma will beat your fifth party member and the poison will take Necrozma out.
With one party member still healthy, you’ve won the battle.