How to transfer content from the pokémon sun and moon demo to the full games

How to transfer content from the pokémon sun and moon demo to the full games

Pokemon Sun & Moon’s special demo is now available to download for Nintendo 3DS via the eShop, and offers a tiny slice of what fans can expect from the highly anticipated game that’s set to celebrate Pokemon’s 20th anniversary.

The demo is a pretty cool freebie since it actually uses locations and other assets from the game but is built as a small stand-alone slice of Pokemon Sun & Moon. By playing it, you’re not spoiling or seeing any of the story of the actual game itself, but rather getting an introduction to its mechanics, world and characters in a one-off spin-off piece.

It gives you a small glimpse taking photos, Pokemon Battles, riding Pokemon, the land of Alola and the game’s newfound sense of style in its presentation, something I greatly praised in my hands-on experience with the full version of the game.

The demo is only 30 minutes long, but it’s well worth your time. As well as the introduction, you’re able to unlock items in the demo that you can transfer over to the final game. In case you’re at all confused or hit a road-block, here’s the important stuff you need to know about that:

How to get Ash Greninja and transfer it to Pokemon Sun & Moon

Getting your hands on Ash Greninja isn’t actually a difficult thing at all. You won’t need to catch this Pokemon or do anything special to obtain it – in fact, the very first scene of the demo is you getting hold of it for free.

As you play through the demo you’ll use this Greninja for a few battles. All of this is easy; the demo is designed to be easy-going for new players. Eventually you’ll have to use the Poke-finder to find 4 Pokemon as part of the storyline – do so. If you’re not sure where they are, we’ve got you covered:

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Pokemon Sun & Moon Demo: Trial Pokemon Locations

  1. Inside the hole that’s in the wall directly to the left of the Professor when you start
  2. Follow the path to the Professor’s left, diagonally down. At a fork in the cave, head upwards. You’ll find another hole in the wall just after the fork.
  3. Continue on the path from the previous bullet point down and to the left. Don’t fall down the ledge, and you’ll find this Pokemon at the path’s end.
  4. Leave the cave from the exit in the top left exit, and then head north from there – it’s right in front of you.

After all this, you’ll find yourself going through a few more battles and also have access to a Pikachu for your troubles. Eventually, you’ll battle Team Skull Admin Plumeria. This is the final battle of the demo, but is still really easy, so don’t sweat it.

How to transfer Ash Greninja to Pokemon Sun & Moon

Once you’ve completed the demo, you can restart the demo over and explore the city of Hau’oli. There are some extra goodies you can find post-completion if you explore around, but more important than that is that this is where you’ll get the chance to send Greninja over to Pokemon Sun & Moon proper. Here’s how you do it.

  • Once you have the full game either on a cart or as a download, have it downloaded to your 3DS or have the cart installed. If you have both the cart installed and the digital version downloaded for some reason, the transfer will default to the cart rather than the download.
  • Load up the demo again and head to the city’s Pokemon Center.
  • Inside the Pokemon Center, chat to Professor Kurui.
  • He’ll chat to you a bit. When given the chance, select ‘send to full version. He’ll do the rest.

The Ash Greninja actually has some pretty impressive stats. I’ll let this excited Pokemon fan on YouTube explain – he crunches the numbers and realizes it’s quite an impressive Pokemon, and thus a decent bonus.

Other bonuses you can transfer

In addition to Ash Greninja, there’s also other bonus items you can find once the demo has been completed. Watch the little trailer for the full game, then boot right back into the demo.

You’ll pick up where you left off and with freedom to explore. You’ll also be given a Ride Pager, and this will let you ride a Tauros and smash through rocks, which will open up a few extra areas of the demo as a result.

There’s also NPCs who seem to hint that events are going to happen inside the demo in the coming days based on the real world date. We’ll check up on some of this and update this page as we figure all that out – so stick with us. We’ll update this page.

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The most recent mainline entries in the Pokémon series are the just-released Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and while both newcomers and veterans already know what’s largely in store because of the recent data mine, there’s still plenty of nooks and crannies to chart, and one of this is Ash-Greninja.

Players were able to play a demo version of the games a month ago, with the embattled Greninja as a default Pokémon, which was promised to be transferable from the demo version to the full games once released.

If you’re one of those who have completed the demo and have been impatiently waiting for the full games to arrive, here’s a handy guide explaining how to transfer Ash-Greninja to the full game.

How To Transfer Ash-Greninja To Pokémon Sun And Moon

Firstly, you must download the special demo of Pokémon Sun and Moon from the Nintendo eShop. Needless to say that you must complete the main story mode, otherwise Greninja won’t assume its Ash form since it requires you to finish the trials before it can listen to any of your commands.

Obviously, you must also have a copy of the full game and create a save data.

You can then head back to the demo version. Assuming you’ve completed all the tasks required in the special demo, head over to the Pokémon Center and talk to Professor Kukui. He will ask what you want to transfer. You can opt to transfer Ash-Greninja along with items you’ve successfully collected while on the island.

How To Unlock Ash-Greninja In The Full Game

Once you’ve completed the transfer process in the special demo version, switch to the full game on your 3DS. Keep in mind that if you have both the cartridge and digital versions of either Pokémon Sun or Moon, your Ash-Greninja and other items will be routed to the cartridge version.

Play Pokémon Sun and Moon far enough to a point where you’ve reached your first Pokémon Center. A guy wearing a striped shirt should be inside. Reserve an empty spot in your party and talk to the guy. He will give you your Ash-Greninja alongside other items you have transferred from the demo, if any.

You have now successfully received your Level 36 Ash-Greninja, but you need to wait a while before you can use it. You can still send it out in battles, but it may not obey you at times. You need to advance through the game in order for higher-level Pokémon to follow your commands, which has been always the case in all Pokémon games.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are out today. If you’re stumped, here’s a handy tip on what version to get and a number of tips on how to navigate your way through Alola, touted as the most unique region of all Pokémon games.

Pokemon Sun and Moon has a demo out now that allows players to unlock the brand-new Ash Greninja for use in the full games once they release. However, there are other items that can be obtained and brought to the soon to release games. Here’s what they are and how to get them.


You can obtain three Stardusts in the demo that can be transferred in the game. To obtain these, you’ll have to go to the end of the road where the Pokemon Center is where you’ll find a bunch of Slowpokes blocking the path. When you reach them, talk to the NPCs to the left and you’ll find yourself at the Mahalo Trail. Using the Ride Pager item you obtain in the demo, you can smash through the rocks you find at the top where you’ll find these Pokemon Sun and Moon items.


You’ll once again need to break through some rocks to obtain this item, only this time it will be with a Tauros at Ten Carat Hill. This will grant you access to the Pokemon Catching Challenge, which is the only part of the demo that lets you catch Pokemon (although you can’t keep them). If you catch at least three, you’ll then be given the Nugget item.

Star Piece

This item is obtained in Ten Carat Hill. There are three trainers here for you to fight, and you’ll need to beat all of them. This will let you fight Ace Trainer Sheri who can be found in the beginning of Ten Carat Hill. She uses a Jangmo-o and a Pikachu. Beat them both and you’ll get this Star Piece.

These are the only items we know of so far, so be sure to check back in for more updates on Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Before the worldwide release of “Pokemon Sun and Moon”, Nintendo 3DS players were able to enjoy a demo version of the game where they were not just able to get free items but own a special Ash-Greninja too. Now as the game is now available for everyone, players should not forget to transfer their Ash-Greninja to their inventory bag as they play the game’s full version.

How to Transfer Ash-Greninja to the Game?

The first thing a player must make sure for the transfer to be possible is to have both the demo version and ‘Pokemon Go and Sun’ full edition installed in the Nintendo 3DS. Then just start the demo version and go to the Pokemon Center. Look for Professor Kukui and you will be asked if you wish to bring the full version. Select Ash-Greninja and any item you want to go with him to the game. Once completed, you can finally enjoy your Ash-Greninja in the full version of the game.

However, if you’re Nintendo 3DS is running a card and a digital version of ‘Pokemon Go and Sun’, your 3DS will prioritize the card version. So in a situation like this, it’s best to remove the card first from the console if the player prefers to have all the items and Pokemon into the digital copy.

Successfully Transferring Ash-Greninja

After the transfer, start the ‘Pokemon Go and Sun’ game and players will find a new NPC at the counter in the Pokemon Canter. Speak to this person so the player can finalize the transfer. Don’t forget to make a spot for Ash-Greninja to your party before speaking or you would be asked to do so before you can finalize the transaction.

Now once you have your Ash-Greninja in ‘Pokemon Go and Sun’ full edition, it’s going to take a while before you can get it to listen to you. So don’t give up and continue improving your relationship with it.

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