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Ash's Alola team.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Besides Pikachu, none of the Alola team have confirmed genders. Nebby, Naganadel and Melmetal are biologically genderless however. The best the others get are implied hints.note 
  • Badass Adorable: Everyone in the team was this to an extent, including Poipole and Meltan before their evolutions and Torracat before its second evolution. Apart from the always-present Pikachu, an electric mouse, we have Rowlet, a barn-owlet, Rockruff, a cute Rock-type puppy that evolves into Lycanroc, a wolf that is just as affectionate as his pre-evolved form, a Litten, who then evolved in a Torracat, a Fire-type cat that warms up to Ash after his capture and has a rivalry with his evolved form, which he finally manages to beat before evolving into an Incineroar himself, a playful Poipole, a Poison bee larva that befriends Pikachu, enjoys his Electric-type moves and expresses itself with drawings, who then evolved into a Poison/Dragon Naganadel off-screen, and Meltan, which is very similiar to mercury in appearence and developes a strong friendship with Rowlet before evolving in the colossus that is Melmetal.
  • Badass Crew: In spite of their goofiness, this might be one of Ash's most battle-solid and strongest teams with all of its members never getting less wins than losses and having overall strong showings. Not to mention it has among its ranks a special form Pokémon, a Mythical Pokémon and (temporarily) an Ultra Beast with all three being powerhouses on their own right. Even the lowly Rowlet is shown capable of defeating things bigger than itself consistently and Incineroar was even able to defeat Kukui's seemingly unstoppable Incineroar as a Torracat even after taking a nasty beating following Kukui's Incineroar boosting itself with Bulk Up and without the need to evolve mid-fight.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • The Alola team all joined Ash because of the kind things he did for them.
      • Rowlet decided to join Ash and became his other partner because he saved it from falling then brought it some food to eat when it got hungry.
      • Lycanroc joined Ash when he helped it learn a new move and used it to defeat a wild Pokémon in battle.
      • Incineroar came with Ash when he didn't leave its side when it was depressed about its mentor's passing.
      • Naganadel really wanted to be with Ash when he saved it from Team Rocket and showed it how PokéBalls work.
      • Melmetal decided to go with Ash when it saw its trusting nature and understood that it wanted to stay with Rowlet.
  • Breaking Old Trends: The first team of Ash's that lacks the regional bird Pokémon, with Rowlet instead filling the role and having been raised by a flock of them. Meltan also exists as his first ever Steel-type, as well as his first ever officially caught Mythical Pokémon. He also never caught any Water-type Pokémon.
    • Additionally, instead of staying with Professor Oak following the end of his travels in the region, they actually stay with Professor Kukui.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: It is this team that grant Ash his first league victory since the Orange League all the way back in the original series and his first ever league victory in a region based on the games.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • They returned in JN037 and JN112 when Ash and Goh visited Alola.
    • Ash uses a rotating team in Aim to be a Pokémon Master for his current roster, where he uses all of his Pokémon. Besides Pikachu, he adds Pokémon of different generations to his team. For each individual entry, see below.
  • Character Focus: Compared to previous teams, all of Ash's Alola Pokémon largely get equal limelight, though spread about in lengthy durations through the series. Rowlet was used mainly through the Melemele and Akala trials. After its evolution and into the Ula Ula trials, Lycanroc got primary use. Torracat has yet to have a dominant era of focus, though gets key mini-arcs spread throughout the show, with Pikachu taking the vast amount of what's left. All four of them are signatures against different rivals as well.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • Ash's Alola team maybe the exact opposite of his Kalos team but their loyal to each other and consider one another family. Also, Ash's Alola team have three members who can't fly while three of the Kalos group does, which two of their members also the opposite of each other.
      • Rowlet is laidback while Greninja is serious but they both value the friendship they share with their teammates and would choose their safety over their own.
      • Lycanroc takes defeats to the heart while Talonflame does not but they both are serious battler that usually rely on close range attacks over long range ones and don't go down so easily.
      • Incineroar doesn't show off itself while Hawlucha does as they both rush into things sometimes but they only do so in order to help others and would protect or help younger Pokémon.
      • Naganadel wasn't timid with its type disadvantage while Goodra was during their first stages but they both greatly admire Pikachu, although they do for different reasons as one looks up to him for his Electric-type moves while the other admires him for his strength, and ran away from their homes then return to them.
      • Melmetal does things on its own while Noivern does not in battle but they both quickly admire a member of their team and considers them a role model.
  • Denser and Wackier: While they aren't all the wackiest of Ash's Pokémon, they are arguably the most consistently wacky team he's had, especially compared to his more serious Kalos squad just beforehand. Even Nebby as a Solgaleo gets the odd goofy moment.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Despite the clownish nature of most of them off-time, they fight as well as most of Ash's Pokémon, and are among the most battle competent of the whole Alola class.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: While in the Ultra Deep Sea, Ash dispatches all of them but Pikachu to assist the other companions.
  • Limit Break: All but Melmetal are trained to use a Z-Move in battle.
  • One of the Kids: The majority of Ash's Alola team evolve at least once. Compared to most previous examples however, they tend to retain a lot of their original personality quirks (and sometimes even gain new ones) and often continue appearing in more playful scenes with the other Pokémon.
  • Olympus Mons: Not only the first team of Ash's to feature a mythical officially (Melmetal), but also an Ultra Beast (Naganadel), and a legendary as a recurrent Guest-Star Party Member (Nebby). Combined with Lycanroc being a rare Dusk forme which, like the other three, has never been caught beforehand, Nanu lampshades Ash's rather elusive team of Pokémon.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A reccuring theme with the Alolan squad is that they tend to be compared to their direct evolution against various rivals throughout the season. The relationship dynamic between Ash's Pokémon and their evolutionary counterparts ranges between Big Brother Mentor towards straight up The Rival, but for the most part they were able to keep up well in a fight against them. The only exception to this trend is Cosmog, Poipole, and Meltan. The former two largely acts as Kid-Appeal Character, whereas Meltan, while lacking rival fits this trope naturally until its evolution into Melmetal.
  • True Companions: Demonstrated especially well this series, since they rarely in their balls, so often interacting and bonding with each other, demonstrating their closeness. They are also shown to be close to the other classmates and their Pokémon, as shown when they protect them independently while in the Ultra Deep Sea. Also, they would lay down their lives for each other and protect one another from trouble.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Given the quirks divided between all of them, they are sometimes shown bickering without Ash as mediator. They do all care about each other, however. SM057 shows how quickly they interchange between tussling and playing happily with each other.

Owned Pokémon

    Rowlet (Mokuroh)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Roger Callagy

Rowlet is the child of a Toucannon and a Trumbeak. It befriended Ash after mistaking Mallow's Bounsweet for food. Its foster parents urged him to join Ash after they were saved from Team Rocket. It's a ditzy Pokémon that loves to sleep, especially in Ash's backpack.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: It's hinted that it has a crush on Mallow's Steenee, but she just sees it as a minor everyday nuisance (after all, Rowlet's debut episode had it attempting to eat her).
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Like an owl, it can rotate its head to look behind itself or tilt its face at a 90-degree angle. The former is useful in battles as Rowlet can literally watch its own back, while the latter tends to be an expression of confusion.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Implied. In SM018, Rowlet's attraction to Bounsweet doesn't seem to be out of thinking she's food but rather because it seems to have a crush on her (heart eyes and all). But just like all the other times, Bounsweet still avoids it, and after evolving into Steenee, she can now effortlessly block off Rowlet.
  • Animal Chick Magnet: During the montage of the Alola starters' trip through Hau'oli City, there's an image of Rowlet (encased in Popplio's bubble) grabbing the attention of a few girls. Justified, as that is a trait of its particular line.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Rowlet's inability to keep up with the flock and absent-mindedness earns it a scolding from Trumbeak, who only gets more miffed when Rowlet falls asleep while getting reprimanded.
  • Badass Adorable: It's a cute, ditzy, round, owl-like creature, but can use Leafage pretty effectively and tears through Team Rocket's nets in a single swipe.
  • Bait-and-Switch: After a collision between Brave Bird and Sky Attack in Ash's Alola League quarterfinal, it appears that both Rowlet and Hau's Decidueye have been knocked out. But Decidueye gets back up (albeit struggles to do so) and Hau is declared the winner...only for Hala to overrule the decision. Turns out Rowlet wasn't actually knocked out; it just fell asleep and gets back up none the worse for wear. The match then resumes and Rowlet is able to win using a combination of its newly mastered Feather Dance and Brave Bird.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Though blundering and lazy, it's a formidable battler. When Litten accidentally torched it with Ember, Rowlet immediately went on the offensive after shaking off the fire. Litten, who had intended to torch Lycanroc, Ash's powerhouse, just for bugging it, was terrified to have angered Rowlet.
  • Big Eater: Ash comments how much Rowlet likes to eat while it scarfs down on melon slices and a banana.
  • Blow You Away: Part Flying-type and knows Peck. In SM118 it learns Brave Bird.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: It's a sleepy goofball in terms of personality, but a pretty darn strong Pokémon with the unique skill to sneak up on opponents. Case in point, it impressively manages to snag a win against Hala's Crabrawler, before falling asleep in midair, forcing Ash to complete the Grand Trial with only Pikachu. It also puts up an impressive fight against Olivia, managing to dodge Continental Crush while carrying Rockruff, and KOing her Probopass with Bloom Doom, only to be knocked out by Rockruff due to Jerkass Ball.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Its family made a brief cameo in SM018, where Rowlet tried asking them for help looking for a Pom-Pom Oricorio. The Toucannon leader helps it to learn Seed Bomb in SM097.
    • Is part of Ash's rotating roster in JN138, alongside Totodile, Corphish and Leavanny.
  • Camera Abuse: Falls into the camera in SM055.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: Rowlet learns Feather Dance shortly before Ash's League battle with Hau, but isn't able to master it until the very end of the battle to dodge Decidueye's Sky Attack.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite its bumbling, lazy behavior, Rowlet has proved a quite effective and surprisingly stealthy opponent in most of Ash's battles.
  • Cuddle Bug: Rowlet takes a liking to Ash, and will curl up against him or stuff itself in his backpack. Though, on occasion, it will get too affectionate and dig its claws into Ash's arm.
  • Cute Owl: Exactly What It Says on the Tin by its appearances and other characteristics.
  • David vs. Goliath: The most notable instance of which is when Rowlet faces off against Hau's Decidueye, its final evolutionary form, in the League.
  • The Ditz: Mistakes a wind chime for food and apparently doesn't seem to get that Mallow's Bounsweet is a Pokémon despite being fought off several times (though Bounsweet are mistaken for food by a large number of Alolan Pokémon).
  • Diving Kick: Its Tackle is depicted like this. When Ash orders it to use Tackle on a confused Salandit, Rowlet extends its claw and kicks it right in the throat and right out the 2nd-floor balcony.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Defied. Ash initially spurns catching Rowlet because he realizes that its part of the family of Pikipek. Toucannon, however, sees that Rowlet likes Ash and encourages it to join him.
  • Flight: Part Flying-type as it knows Peck until it learns Brave Bird in Aiming for the Top Floor! and learns Feather Dance in Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Strategy!.
  • Go Through Me: Rowlet defends Meltan from Meowth's Fury Swipes in Got Meltan.
  • Green Thumb: Is part Grass-type and knows Leafage. Rowlet also marks a return to the regular pattern of Ash catching the regional Grass-type starter, after not catching any Grass-types period in XY. As of SM036, it can use the Grassium Z-Move "Bloom Doom" while in SM075 and SM097, it learns Razor Leaf and Seed Bomb respectively.
  • The Heart: Rowlet maybe lazy and sleeps a lot but does have a big heart as it would risk its safety over its own whenever its friends were endanger.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Getting water splashed on its face? Doesn't even notice. Caught up in Team Rocket's net when they snagged the class' Ride Pokémon? Still perched on the saddle, sound asleep. It takes the Lapras being dropped out from under it for Rowlet to finally wake up. Rowlet's sleeping habit is quite a feat under such circumstances. It even manages to fall asleep right after a battle while still flying.
  • Heroic RRoD: It manages to defeat Hala's Crabrawler, only to need recalling afterwards. Apparently the battle was so exhausting that Rowlet fell asleep afterward still flying.
  • In the Hood: Before its battle with Hau's Decidueye in the Alola League, its foster family makes it a hood based on Decidueye's. It wears the hood in its battles with Hau and Kukui, and it assists with his use of Feather Dance.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Despite its normally lazy, goofy demeanor, Rowlet shows a much more serious and capable approach on the battlefield, obeying Ash's commands succinctly and proving quite strong despite its novice level.
  • Limit Break: It can use the Normal-type Z-Move Breakneck Blitz and the Grass-type Z-Move Bloom Doom.
  • Narcissist: Rowlet shows hints of this an evolution too early, gladly posing for the Camera Fiend RotomDex.
  • Ninja Log: How Rowlet's Feather Dance move works. It sheds a layer of its feathers, leaving behind a decoy to take an attack in its place.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: It just doesn't seem to get the hint that Bounsweet/Steenee doesn't want to be dive-bombed every time she uses Sweet Scent.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Swallows an Everstone in SM097. Unlike Ash's Pikachu or Bulbasaur or Dawn's Piplup, however Rowlet shows no disinterest nor disdain towards evolution; it just really likes the Everstone that it uses as ammo for Seed Bomb. That said, it's clearly content remaining a Rowlet so it can continue to sleep in Ash's backpack.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Just how important is waking Professor Kukui up the morning of his wedding? Very, as Rowlet is awake, even though it's known as a Heavy Sleeper.
    • In SM097, after losing to Hau’s Dartrix, the normally goofy and naïve Rowlet becomes extremely serious in its attempt to defeat Dartrix in a rematch, to such an extent that it trains with its foster family and ends up learning Seed Bomb as a result, which shows that it found a reason to stay the way it is.
  • Out of Focus: A primary character in early Alola episodes and used prominently in all of Ash's trials throughout Melemele and Akala, it's spent most of its time sleeping in Ash's backpack or acting as comic relief in the Ultra Adventures season. It ascends back into focus in parts of Ultra Legends.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The smallest and one of the two unevolved members of the team, but it's no less formidable a fighter than the rest of them. Rowlet is also Ash's first starter Pokémon to have battled and defeated both of its evolved forms.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Meltan's Red; Rowlet is very laid-back compared to the Keet Meltan.
  • Running Gag: Falls asleep at the most inopportune times, its love for Ash's backpack, and being attracted to Bounsweet/Steenee whenever she uses Sweet Scent.
  • The Runt at the End: Not just by species, either; Rowlet is initially slow on the uptake both literally (in its group's flight formation) and figuratively (confusing a wind chime for food).
  • The Slacker: It spends most of its time sleeping while ignoring its surroundings, which comes in handy against Ryuki; after Kiawe's Marowak was one-shotted due to being distracted by the music, Ash decides to use Rowlet specifically because it won't get distracted.
  • Super Spit: Its Seed Bomb attack has it spit out the Everstone it swallowed before swallowing it again.
  • Sleepyhead: Rowlet sleeps most of the time when it doesn't get focus. This is a trait of its species; they use photosynthesis to store up energy during the day and become active at night, similar to real owls.
    Professor Kukui: Rowlet, you're never awake! What's going on here?
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Rowlet has a knack for sneaking up on others, which is used to its advantage in battle.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Rowlet is the Wise Guy to Popplio's Straight Man when they were separated from their Trainers. Rowlet drives Popplio crazy with its tendency to sleep randomly and freak out at the slightest provocation, causing more trouble for Popplio.
  • Team Spirit: Of Ash's current team, it works most frequently in team battles, its flying and evasiveness making for good maneuvers to protect the others.
  • Tennis Boss: Employs this tactic against Professor Kukui's Braviary in Ash's exhibition match; the two birds volley Rowlet's Everstone back and forth, with Rowlet handing a few hits.
  • Those Two Guys: Rowlet and Rockruff tend to serve as something of a Plucky Comic Relief duo when neither is getting individual limelights. Expectedly Rockruff has a higher patience level for Rowlet's behavior compared to most of the others. After Rockruff's evolution, this role seems to have been taken up by Nebby.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Learns Razor Leaf in SM075, Seed Bomb in SM097, Brave Bird in SM118, and Feather Dance in SM132.
  • Truth in Television: Rowlet's ditzy nature is akin to real owls, as they are among the least intelligent birds and are known to make life-threateningly stupid decisions.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: It's an owl, but seems to be awfully fond of fruit.

    Rockruff (Iwanko) -> Dusk Lycanroc (Dusk Lugarugan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara (Iwanko), Keiichi Nakagawa (Lugarugan)
Voiced in English by: Haven Paschall (Rockruff), Michael Liscio Jr. (Lycanroc)

Though it was originally cared for by Professor Kukui, he allowed Ash to capture it after seeing the bond the two had developed. It eventually evolved into a Lycanroc, a form that has never been recorded before.

  • The Ace: The first fully-evolved member of Ash's Alola team, being able to hold its own against Lusamine's Clefable without help and take down the entirety of Nanu's team in a one on three match with only the aide of a single Sitrus Berry pick-me-up two battles through. It also manages to win the Alola league for Ash. Lycancroc is so powerful that after an entire season where Kukui's Incineroar is portrayed to be all but invincible, Lycanroc becomes the first Pokémon in Alola who manages to injure Kukui's Incineroar leaving enough of a mark to force it to be switched out.
  • Animal Jingoism: He's a canine Pokémon, and has a Friendly Rivalry with its teammate Litten, a feline Pokémon.
  • Attack Reflector: Learned Counter during the Ula'ula Island grand trial.
  • Berserk Button: As Dusk Lycanroc, he hates getting dirty and flies into a rage if his opponent messes up his fur. This is Deconstructed in that its anger issues have caused it to ignore his trainer and lose, usually with Lycanroc calming when it realizes what it's done. It overcomes this in SM075.
  • Big Brother Worship: As a Rockruff, it appeared to idolize both Gladion's Midnight Lycanroc and Olivia's Midday Lycanroc. Both would return the favor in the episode when Rockruff evolves.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Well, wolf now, but it retains its friendly demeanor.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Not as clearly as Rowlet, but Lycanroc is the most hyperactive of Ash's Alola squad and occasionally shares Rowlet's dopey habits even after evolving. He's proven to be a very powerful and serious battler on its own accord, however.
  • Canine Companion: To Professor Kukui, and later Ash.
  • Counter-Attack: Learns Counter in SM077. It is used as a Finishing Move to counter the Counter of Gladion's Lycanroc, earning Ash the title of Alola's first Champion.
  • Cuddle Bug: He's very affectionate towards almost anyone. His cuddles are a bit painful due to the rock collar (which has a unique sound effect), but no one really minds.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's a Rock-type, and it knows Rock Throw, Accelerock, and Stone Edge.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Dusk Form Lycanroc's anime debut was three months before its official debut in the UltraSun and UltraMoon games.
  • Fantastic Science: Professor Kukui posits that Rockruff evolved into Dusk Lycanroc because it saw the "green flash" that occurs the moment the Sun disappears from the horizon at sunset.
  • Fatal Flaw: His temper. While it's thankfully not a dominant aspect of his personality, his Power Incontinence means he has problems controlling it when even just mildly annoyed. Nanu very quickly caught onto this and exploited it during his first match with Ash, even just using Krookodile's Intimidate ability started to drive Lycanroc off the handle.
  • Fight Clubbing: In SM015, Ash and Kukui discover Rockruff is taking part in a Pokémon Fight Club apparently spearheaded by two Lycanroc, one Midday and one Midnight.
  • Foreshadowing: In SM015, the RotomDex mentions that Rockruff suddenly becomes aggressive and act on their own when they are close to evolving. The personality change does happen to Rockruff in SM036 and it eventually evolves an episode later.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Does this to Ash during the Grand Trial with Nanu by tackling him, getting him to realize it had mastered its Berserk Mode.
  • Heroic Dog: In SM053, it jumps in front of Lillie to protect her from Lusamine's Clefable's Moonblast attack without being commanded to do so. It also agrees to stay behind to assist Lillie while Ash goes after Lusamine, and is able to hold its own against Clefable without a trainer commanding it.
  • Jumped at the Call: When Kukui gave Rockruff to Ash, Rockruff nosed the Poké Ball's button to capture itself.
  • Keet: A very playful energetic dog, especially as Rockruff.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: It generally acts like a playful hyperactive puppy during casual times, even as Lycanroc, though proves extremely focused and serious whenever sent into battle.
  • Limit Break: As a Rockruff, he used Breakneck Blitz, and as Lycanroc, he's used Continental Crush, and after he learns Stone Edge and Ash receives the Lycanium Z, he can use his species' signature Z-Move, Splintered Stormshards.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: True to its species' nature, Rockruff became loyal to Kukui and Ash even as a wild Pokémon, spending several episodes befriending and obeying them before Ash officially caught it.
  • Marked Change: Even after overcoming its rage issues, its red eyes remain red when it's using its full power.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It spent the whole of Olivia's Grand Trial in an aggressive, nasty temper, before accidentally KOing its own partner, Rowlet, stirring it from its mood immediately after realizing. It's not quite its hyper self afterward, reflecting on its actions even after Olivia reveals why.
  • Neat Freak: After he evolves into Dusk Lycanroc, he will fly into a rage if he gets dirty.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A Rock Throw attack on a Sandygast in SM022 knocked off its shovel, causing it to go berserk, evolve into a Palossand, and almost kill Litten and Ash's RotomDex with Giga Drain.
  • Noble Wolf: It, for the most part, retains the same personality it had as a Rockruff, except when it's angered and its disposition becomes much more savage.
  • The Nose Knows: Has a pronounced sense of smell akin to normal dogs, making him useful for searching for other Pokémon or people.
  • One of the Kids: Compared to other Lycanroc in the anime that seem caring but fairly aloof, Ash's Lycanroc, while more serious than its Rockruff form, retains its playful, goofy side and has a Friendly Rivalry with Litten.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It clings onto the Jerkass Ball throughout most of SM036, doing things like biting Ash just for hugging it and knocking out Rowlet when Ash attempted to continue a tactic he had devised earlier. He had originally thought that Rockruff was just filled with anticipation for Olivia's Grand Trial, but in reality it is on the verge of evolution, with the aggression being a telltale sign of that for its species. Olivia quickly picks up on this and informs the others shortly after the battle ends. While Rockruff's temper had cooled by this point, it wasn't in a much better state, now being left in a remorseful Heroic BSoD from hurting its own teammate. This continues in SM037 when it runs off that night. When Ash pursues it, it bites Ash, disturbing itself even further into getting away from him. Eventually, it comes to the shore of Akala at sunset and starts evolving right as the Sun disappears from the horizon, taking the new Dusk Lycanroc form. Once it's evolved, it again becomes its old friendly self.
  • Oxymoronic Being: RotomDex notes that despite it being a Rock-type, he loves shampoo and water because he's a Neat Freak.
  • Precious Puppy: As a Rockruff, he was a small and cute dog-like Pokémon.
  • Power Incontinence: Its rage mode (red eyes) unlocks great power, but it can't quite control it just yet; it only triggers when it's angered enough, and the only thing that angers it enough to trigger it is its mane getting dirty. He finally becomes able to control this power in SM077, he no longer goes berserk and he can activate the power increase at will.
  • Recurring Character: Though Ash didn't catch it until SM015, it had been living with Ash and Kukui since the first episode.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When angered, his eyes change to that of a Midnight Lycanroc. Once mastered, he uses this as a temporary power boost.
  • Red Herring: It was revealed in SM015 that it was actually a wild Pokémon that Kukui was studying, and hadn't actually captured for himself. Even Ash's classmates assumed that Rockruff belonged to Kukui.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Litten's Blue; Lycanroc is very playful and hyperactive (especially as a Rockruff), which often annoys the calmer Litten.
  • Single Specimen Species: Both Kukui and Olivia were bewildered by its evolution, and RotomDex has no data on this form, suggesting that, at least in the anime, it's the first and only documented member of its kind.
  • Super Mode: His red eyes turn out to have been this all along; once he learns to control his temper, he can activate and deactivate this mode at all.
  • Third-Option Adaptation: After much speculation about which form Rockruff would evolve into, both in-universe and out-of-universe, he evolves not into Midday or Midnight Lycanroc, but the new Dusk Lycanroc introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Those Two Guys: As a Rockruff, it and Rowlet tend to serve as something of a Plucky Comic Relief duo when neither is getting the individual limelight. After it evolves into Lycanroc, it sometimes becomes such with Torracat through their Friendly Rivalry.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Overcomes its rage issues and learns Stone Edge in SM075 while battling against Tapu Bulu. Tapu Bulu even claps for it, showing that the deity has acknowledged Lycanroc's strength. The next episode has it learn Counter while showing Ash it can control that rage in battle.
  • Turns Red: As Lycanroc, it is prone to violent fits when its temper rises, with its eyes literally turning red. It later manages to control these, with Nanu implying this Berserk Mode may be a way for Lycanroc to muster power, not too differently from Infernape's Blaze.
  • Watching the Sunset: Pivotal to how Rockruff evolved into Dusk Lycanroc, evolving during sunset just as the sky gained a green glimmer.
  • What Have I Become?:
    • It starts to become extremely aggressive when nearing evolution. When this escalates into it attacking Ash and its own teammates, Rockruff became horrified by its behavior and attempts to run away.
    • Its Berserk Mode as a Lycanroc started this again until Lycanroc started gaining control of it during the Ula Ula trials.
  • The Worf Effect: After defeating Gladion and starting the battle with Kukui by injuring Incineroar, one would be forgiven for thinking that the rest of the fight would be a cakewalk with Lycanroc on Ash's side. Kukui's Braviary then defeated Lycanroc, if while taking notable damage, to remind you that the battle will not in fact be a cakewalk.

    Litten (Nyabby) -> Torracat (Nyaheat) -> Incineroar (Gaogaen)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

A wild Litten that frequented the beachfront and market of Hau'oli City to gather food for an elderly Stoutland. After Stoutland passed away, Ash offered for it to join his team, which it accepted. It later evolves into Torracat during a battle against the Masked Royal, and into Incineroar after battling Professor Kukui's.

  • Animal Jingoism: It has a rivalry with its canine teammate, Lycanroc, and usually acts irritably towards the latter's playful behavior.
  • Ash Face: Ash accidentally stepped on its tail while racing Pikachu on the beach. It blasted Ash in the face with Ember as a result.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He shows up in SM016 to rescue Popplio and Rowlet from Meowth and Mareanie.
  • Blood Knight: It's usually aloof and just as eager to battle as any of Ash's Pokémon, but when the Masked Royal's Incineroar is involved, it becomes extremely fired up.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Compared to the usual trend of Ash's Fire Starters Took A Level In Jerk Ass later on, Litten starts out a jerk and mellows out by the time Ash catches it. Also, while other Fire starters evolve into their final form at the right moment usually just before the last legs of the journey, Torracat evolves into Incineroar after its final big battle and faints afterwards.
  • Break the Cutie: The death of Stoutland in SM021 causes it to become utterly silent and refuses to eat. It takes Ash in order to get to open up.
  • Butt-Monkey: Early in the series, you could expect something bad or amusing to happen to it almost every time it appears, happens less frequently as the show progresses.
  • The Comically Serious: The most reserved and aloof of Ash's Alola team, and thus often the target of jokes or wounded dignity much in the same way as Kiawe.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed. While still a good guy deep down, Torracat is the most unsociable of Ash's Alolan team by a fair margin, especially as a Litten.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: As The Straight Man to Ash's other Pokémon, it casts a lot of aside glances at its teammates.
  • Cats Hate Water: It refuses to take a bath in SM047 and tries to avoid water activities in SM086. Of course, this is justified since he's a Fire type.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: He trained extensively for Ember, Fire Fang and Flame Charge, though didn't quite master any of them until faced against an opponent.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: While Torracat still couldn't defeat the Masked Royal's Incineroar after evolving, he was the first opponent onscreen to effectively counter its attacks and actually lay some small degree of damage.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Slowly warms to Ash throughout early episodes, and eventually accepts him as his trainer following Stoutland's death.
  • Detect Evil: While Ash sees a wandering Sandygast as harmless, Litten immediately picks up on its malevolent intentions.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Seeing his bond with Stoutland, Ash gave up on catching Litten. After Stoutland passes away though, Ash offers him a chance to join him, which he accepted.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Prior to joining Ash, it appeared in bit parts in several episodes before its proper introduction in SM007. In fact, it appeared in the first episode, where it singed Ash's face for accidentally stepping on its tail.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up: During Ash's battle against Kukui, it exerts the last of its energy evolving and is declared unable to battle while in the middle of its post-victory roar.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Appears to have developed one with Ash's Lycanroc, as shown in SM045. Also seems to have gained one with the Masked Royal's Incineroar, even helping it in a tag-team match when Viren and his goons rig a battle royal.
  • Guile Hero: It tricks Team Rocket into thinking that it will join them when they capture it along with Rowlet and Popplio, only to betray them at the last minute.
  • Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: Sometimes acts irritable or aloof, making it a good foil for the more playful Lycanroc.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Litten was taken in by an aging Stoutland
  • I Surrender, Suckers: It accepts an offer from Team Rocket to join them in exchange for being set free after it, Popplio and Rowlet are captured. However, it turns on them at the last moment, freeing itself, Popplio, and Rowlet while also allowing all three of them the opportunity to send Team Rocket blasting off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It acts cold towards humans it doesn't know, but it gets along with other Pokémon and genuinely cares about its Stoutland companion and worries over its health.
  • Jumped at the Call: After fighting Pikachu for a bit, it willingly jumps at Ash's Pokéball and captures itself.
  • Limit Break: It can use the Normal-type Z-Move Breakneck Blitz and later the Fire-type Z-Move Inferno Overdrive.
  • The Nose Knows: He sniffs the Masked Royal and immediately recognizes him as Professor Kukui.
  • No-Sell: Is able to stop a Blast Burn in its tracks and absorb it into the bell on its neck.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Ash becomes seriously worried after Litten runs up to him in a panic during SM021, begging for help with a collapsed Stoutland. For the rest of the episode, Litten does not do anything jerkish and even Team Rocket decides to lay off after Meowth realizes how grave the situation is.
  • One of the Kids: Downplayed. Litten was already more of The Comically Serious than his classmates, though when he evolves into Torracat, nothing changes about that.
  • Playing with Fire: Litten is Fire-type and can spit flaming hairballs. These are fairly weak to begin with, but it manages an impressively large fireball against an Alolan Persian. Stoutland also attempts to teach it Fire Fang, but Litten doesn't quite get that down until after it joins Ash. It also learns Flame Charge just before it evolves into Torracat. SM108 it learns Fire Blast. It can also use the Fire-type Z-Move Inferno Overdrive,
  • Power-Strain Blackout: During the exhibition match against Kukui, Torracat had to use so much of its own energy and the energy it absorbed from Incineroar's Blast Burn that after defeating Kukui's Incineroar and evolving into one itself, it immediately faints standing up. This is significant because in all previous instances, a Pokémon is shown to get a second wind when they evolve. Torracat was so tired it used up all its current stage's remaining energy just to complete evolution process itself and let out one final roar.
  • Recurring Character: He appears several times and gets a few limelight episodes before officially joining Ash's team.
  • Recurring Element: Ash's third Fire-type in a row to know Flame Charge.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Lycanroc's Red; Litten is often annoyed by Lycanroc's playfulness.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Evolved into Torracat in SM063 after mastering Flame Charge. Torracat demonstrates its new power boost by putting up a much better fight against Masked Royal's Incineroar.
    • While battling the Revengers in SM081, it learns Revenge to turn the tide.
    • The spirit of Stoutland helps it to learn Fire Blast in SM108. It's the first of Ash's Fire types to learn the move.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Ash displayed sympathy during Stoutland's dying moments, Litten accepted Ash as its trainer and became far less hostile and cold-natured.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Its evolution into Torracat was spoiled by a Corocoro magazine issue.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the elderly Stoutland that took him in. After Stoutland passes away, Litten offers food to Ash in the same way he offered food to Stoutland, signifying that he has accepted Ash as his new master.
  • Worthy Opponent: Litten quickly becomes mesmerized by the Masked Royal's Incineroar due to its amazing power displays. Upon meeting it in person, he instantly darts in front of it and challenges it to a battle.

    Poipole (Bevenom) -> Naganadel (Agoyon)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

An Ultra Beast that came from an Ultra Wormhole, Poipole took a great interest in Ash's Pikachu. It would later be caught by Ash himself at the request of Lusamine, who has allowed Ash to keep it until the Aether Foundation finds the Ultra Wormhole it came from. Ash eventually releases it back to its homeworld, it later comes back now as a Naganadel to help save the day once more.

  • Adorable Abomination: It's cute and friendly, but it should be kept in mind that it did originate from Ultra Space. Subverted after its evolution, still remainds friendly towards Ash, but far from cute.
  • Back for the Finale: Returns from Ultra Space in SM140, now an evolved Naganadel.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Uses X-Scissor with it.
  • Big Fancy House: Ash caught it (or rather, it caught itself) in a Beast Ball, making it Ash's first Pokémon to be a caught in a non-standard Poké Ball since Totodile.
  • Cuddle Bug: It's very affectionate towards Pikachu, to the point of making Togedemaru jealous.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: During the battle against Kukui, it ultimately can't match Tapu Koko's power, but it does land a few hits and engages in a spectacular, fast-paced duel.
  • Face of a Thug: Even as the imposing Naganadel, it keeps its affectionate Keet personality.
  • I Choose to Stay: It decides to stay with its hive in Ultra Space at the end of the Necrozma arc to help protect it.
  • Image Song: The third Sun and Moon Japanese opening, Future Connection is written from Poipole's perspective. Appropriately, the first part of the animation is played when it has to say goodbye to the Ultra Guardians.
  • Keet: Extremely playful and curious, prone to screeching happy fits.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: It fills in for Nebby as the mischievous infant of the group.
  • Language Barrier: Unlike most other Pokémon, Team Rocket's Meowth is unable to understand what Poipole is saying. It seems to understand what humans say as much as standard Pokémon however.
  • The Load: Ash only planned to keep it until he found its home. It also doesn't get involved in any battles until SM084, and even then, that was its only battle. Subverted in SM140; as Naganadel, it helps greatly to fight off the rogue Guzzlord. It also defeats Kukui's Lucario quite easily in their exhibition match.
  • Memento Macguffin: The Ultra Guardians amulet it kept since it parted with Ash is the telling sign Naganadel evolved from his Poipole.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tears up after Pikachu scolds it for poisoning Rowlet in self-defense in SM067. It quickly tries to make amends by helping to carry Rowlet.
  • Non-Action Guy: For a long duration it does not battle at all or even use an official attack. Only after it reveals it knows Fury Attack in SM084 does Ash take interest in commanding it. No longer the case after its evolution and return.
  • No Biological Sex: The first genderless Pokémon to have been officially owned by Ash.
  • One of the Kids: Remains the key Keet of the group, even after evolving into Naganadel. After defeating Kukui's Lucario, it spins around happily in front of the group's Pokémon like it did as a Poipole.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When it's not being joyful in doing its paintings, the others realize that it could be trying to tell them something.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Evolves into the part Dragon Naganadel during its time in Ultra Space.
  • Poisonous Person: The first Poison-type Ash has owned since Muk.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves Ash's party in SM090, choosing to remain behind in its homeworld.
  • Shock and Awe: It's revealed to have learned Thunderbolt during its time in Ultra Space.
  • Took a Level in Badass: It comes back as Naganadel after the Alola League, and helps Ash fight off the rogue Guzzlord.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: A preview of SM140 revealed its offscreen evolution. The Ultra Guardians emblem gave it away that the Naganadel was Ash's Poipole all grown up.
  • When He Smiles: Naganadel pulls off a Poipole-esque happy look when it's first brought out in battle against Kukui.

    Meltan -> Melmetal
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Samantha Cooper (Meltan), James Weaver Clark (Melmetal)

A newly discovered Mythical Pokémon, which was one of many that arrived on the Alolan Islands. One timid Meltan amongst this group ends up befriending Ash's Rowlet, which Ash chooses to catch shortly after. During the Alola League, watching Rowlet score a victory for Ash gives Meltan the confidence to get even stronger to further support Ash. It calls upon all the other Meltan around Alola to gather and combine into a new form, which results in them evolving into a Melmetal.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Rowlet is protective of Meltan, though its clinginess can get on its nerves, especially whenever the former accidentally whacks it with its spinning nut.
  • The Big Guy: Out of Ash's five-mon party, Melmetal is the one bringing the lion's share of the power. In the literal sense, it's also by far the biggest mon on the team and the biggest Pokémon Ash has ever owned.
  • Big Eater: It loves devouring anything metal. By the final episode it chomps down on a steel girder like one devours a chocolate bar.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Even after evolving, it's still The Baby of the Bunch compared to the rest of Ash's team. When Melmetal is hit by a strong attack, it cries.
  • Cuddle Bug: As Meltan it likes cuddling with Rowlet, which accidentally gets on Rowlet's nerves sometimes.
  • Cutting the Knot: Disables Faba's Hypno's Hypnosis by eating the amulet itself.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: It knows Flash Cannon. It's also the first Steel-type Ash has ever officially owned.
  • Foreshadowing: After Ash's battle with Hau it sends out a signal to the other Meltan, letting you know its evolution into Melmetal is coming.
  • Fusion Dance: In SM138, it merges with its fellow Meltan, evolving into Melmetal.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Following on from Poipole and Nebby.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In its first battle as a Melmetal, it immediately charges at Gladion's Silvally before taking any direction from Ash.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: Melmetal is the Big Buddy to Rowlet's Little Guy, with Rowlet fitting snugly in the hex nut on Melmetal's stomach. Played with since personality wise, Melmetal still acts the same as when it was a tiny Meltan.
  • Megaton Punch: Melmetal's Double Iron Bash.
  • Metal Muncher: It eats metal.
  • Mighty Glacier: As a Melmetal. It's a big and tough Steel type, but it's also rather slow.
  • No Biological Sex: Like Naganadel, Melmetal is a genderless species.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Due to the nut being used by Team Rocket to fix their van, its nut is a darker hue compared to the other Meltan. It loses this trait after evolving into Melmetal.
  • Odd Friendship: This Keet makes friends with sleepyhead Rowlet.
  • Olympus Mons: The first Mythical Pokémon to be officially captured by a main character.
  • One of the Kids: Like Lycanroc and Torracat, its more childlike facets remain even after evolving into the enormous Melmetal.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As a Meltan, it's the smallest Pokémon Ash has owned, as well as one of the smallest Pokémon overall, but it can battle against much bigger opponents like Druddigon and Hypno.
  • Recurring Element: The third Kid-Appeal Character to be looked after by Ash in Alola, and the second to have a notable bond with Rowlet.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Rowlet's Blue; Meltan is very hyperactive and curious compared to Rowlet's more laid-back nature.
  • Rubber Man: Meltan is capable of shapeshifting its metallic body, and Melmetal can extend its arms when using Double Iron Bash.
  • Shock and Awe: Knows Thunderbolt. This marks the first time one of Ash's Pokémon besides Pikachu knows an Electric move.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: It is very easily distracted whenever there's metal nearby. During the Manalo Conference, it dives straight towards Faba's Hypno while it uses Hypnosis just so it can eat Hypno's pendulum.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Double Iron Bash. Also the only thing Melmetal loves to do more than spinning is flexing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While it has an affinity for all metal, it's become particularly infamous in Professor Kukui's house for eating frying pans. This stops when it evolves into Melmetal and it now devours steel girders instead. In JN037, it munches on a steel pipe.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Meltan doesn't have as much battle experience as Ash's other Pokémon and it sometimes acts without command, but its Flash Cannon is very powerful and oftentimes a One-Hit KO. This applies even more after it evolves — Melmetal is easily outsped and outmatched by Silvally's graceful movements, but the few hits that do manage to connect deal such heavy damage Pikachu has a rather easy time against Silvally afterwards. It is also shown to flinch from certain painful attacks and occasionally move without input from Ash, although Ash generally seems to be able to rein these traits in. The unskilled part is migitated after some training before the exhibition match against Kukui; Melmetal is able to perform its Double Iron Bash much faster, and it easily defeats Kukui's Empoleon.
  • Use Your Head: Knows Headbutt. In SM130, it's shown to be strong enough to completely shatter a Reflect from Faba's Hypno.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • A day after evolving into Melmetal, it loses to Gladion's Silvally in the League finals, though only after Silvally changes its type matchup to have an advantage over it, and it still manages to deal heavy damage to Silvally, allowing Pikachu to easily defeat it afterwards.
    • In the exhibition match, Kukui's Empoleon is shown powerful enough to force a switch-out from Pikachu to Melmetal. Melmetal's weight allows it to easily tank everything Empoleon throws at it and win decisively. It gets turned around when Kukui sends out Incineroar. Though Melmetal manages to keep toe-to-toe for a while, Incineroar soon knocks it out with a point-blank Blast Burn.


Companion Pokémon

Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Namikawa
Voiced in English by: Roger Callagy
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by:: Rolando de la Fuente

A Rotom who inhabits a Pokédex, it can use the onboard computer to communicate with Ash and other humans, and educate humans about the Pokémon that are in an area.

  • Ambiguous Situation: The games and manga imply that his body was created by Clemont, though there is no indication of this being true for the anime counterpart.
  • Amusing Injuries: Gets zapped by Pikachu for pulling his tail and burns its hands on Toucannon's beak.
  • Butt-Monkey: It's already been subjected to quite a lot of physical abuse—Ash even uses it as a springboard for Pikachu during a battle against Team Rocket.
  • Camera Fiend: Likes to take pictures whenever it gets the chance. In SM017 it gains the ability to record video as well.
  • Clueless Detective: Tries to solve the case of Ash's missing Z-Crystal by modeling itself after a famous detective it admires on TV, but not only does its lead on who the culprit is turn out to be completely wrong, it also turns out that Rotom itself was the culprit all along, albeit unintentionally. In SM029, it accuses Lillie of draining the energy of the others, on the sole basis that she's the only one that's not hungry when they wake up.
  • A Day in the Limelight: SM017 focuses on it trying to solve the mystery of Ash's missing Electrium Z-Crystal, while SM057 involves it getting stuck out of its Dex form and trying to return to Ash.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: A visual example where Rotom, while in the Pokédex, can express its emotions uninhibited, yet the 'dex's LCD screen will sometimes show the corresponding emoticon nonetheless.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Subverted. When Sophocles asks it to scan the unhatched egg (that would later hatch into Snowy), Rotom points out that it has no such function. However, it can easily gain new abilities by linking up with electronic devices.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even if it's inhabiting what is currently the most advanced piece of tech around, Rotom's "friends" think very little of it. Ash at one point nonchalantly leaves RotomDex behind, Rotom receives severe backlash from some of the critiques it's made, and the one guy who is interested in Rotom is not exactly the kind of attention Rotom wanted. Zigzagged since Ash has actually thanked Rotom for input at times.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: It's basically a sentient Pokémon encyclopedia, after all.
  • Fan Boy: It's a huge fan of Alolan Detective Laki, a TV show that's popular in Alola. It even dresses up as Laki when solving a case.
  • Good Counterpart: To Meowth, being the talking, non-battling Pokémon of Ash's group.
  • Haunted Technology: It is a Rotom, after all — SM057 has it accidentally switch places with another Rotom that specialized in its appliances. Hilarity Ensues as it tries to get back to the Pokedex.
  • Leitmotif: Looker's theme plays when it's in detective mode. Only in Japanese though.
  • Literal-Minded: Ash tries to help Lillie get over her fear of Pokémon by telling her to view Rotom as a regular Pokédex, but Rotom insists on contradicting him and is unable to keep up the facade.
  • Motor Mouth: When delivering lengthy exposition, Rotom just won't stop. This comes to bite it (and Ash) in the rear when Ash was supposed to be delivering a report on regional variants. Since Ash was merely lip-syncing while Rotom imitates his voice, Ash's lips couldn't keep up and the charade was discovered. Kukui further exposing Rotom was just the clincher.
  • Mr. Exposition: As a sentient Pokédex, its purpose is to provide information on Pokémon and their world. It's so eager to do it, in fact, that it'll interrupt Ash's classmates when they try to explain things about Pokémon they know.
  • Mythology Gag: SM057 has its misadventures start when a Wash Rotom is delivered to Kukui's house — the place where you'd find the appliances to possess it in the 7th generation games.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In a sense. Rotom knows a lot of technical info thanks to the Pokédex archives, but is surprised by the various oddities that are part of the anime. It is surprised to see a talking Meowth and the fact that Ash can convince a Pokémon to let itself be caught flies in the face of what it knows of battling and capturing.
  • Non-Action Guy: Presented only as a companion and Mr. Exposition for Ash, and is technically not even a part of his Alola team so far. It is never shown using any Pokémon moves, even in situations where it would be useful for it to do so.
  • No Biological Sex: Rotom are a genderless species, but while inhabiting the Pokédex it speaks in a male voice and speech pattern.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: During a trip to Kanto, it manages to photograph and catalog the entire Kanto Pokédex within the space of a few hours.
  • Power Copying: By connecting himself to other machines, he can gain their functions. He uses this in SM017 to gain the ability to record video, and again in SM023 to gain the ability to record voices.
  • Red Herring: The fact that Sword and Shield will still be using a Rotom Pokédex (albeit a different model) might mislead fans into thinking that Rotom would stick with Ash for the next series. That would not be the case, since Rotom chooses to stay in Alola instead.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Though inhabiting the RotomDex gives Rotom a wealth of knowledge and the ability to speak human language, Rotom's dex form is seemingly not battle functional. Rotom is still able to talk with other Pokémon, but it does so very sparingly.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • Rotom notes that Pikachu does not like being pulled on the tail and will bite those that try, and does just that to demonstrate. Pikachu electrocutes it (along with Ash and Kukui) instead. Later, after Pikachu's been healed up by Nurse Joy, Rotom decides to test Pikachu's health by pulling his tail, with predictable results.
    • It also pats a Toucannon's beak after noting it can be heated up and used as a weapon and said Toucannon heats up its beak to burn Rotom.
  • Shock and Awe: Ash's Rotom Phone's Pokedex entry for it states that is a pure Electric type.
  • Talking Animal: Thanks to the language software and voice synthesizer built into the Pokédex, Rotom is able to speak as long as it's inhabiting the device. Outside of the Pokédex, it indulges in typical Pokémon Speak.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, it ends sentences with "roto", to represent that it is electric in nature. In the English dub, they forego these tics in favor of simply auto-tuning Roger Callagy's voice.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: After Ash befriends Rowlet and it allows Ash to capture it, Rotom was shocked and confused that Rowlet would purposely allow itself to be captured instead of traditionally battling.
  • Wiki Walk: It is the Alola Pokédex, after all. Aside from looking up information on Pokémon, Rotom also researches other terms that it's not familiar with. Upon visiting Kanto, it very quickly searches and takes information of the entire region's Pokémon, except Mew, which it could not find, though it was Hiding in Plain Sight.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • As noted in Naïve Newcomer, much of the RotomDex's knowledge would be more applicable to the technical environment of the games than the oddities of the anime.
    • Rotom thinks that watching a detective show would make you a great detective. Hilarity Ensues.

    Cosmog -> Cosmoem -> Solgaleo/"Nebby" ("Hoshigumo")

A baby Pokémon spawned by Solgaleo and Lunala, left in Ash's care for reasons unknown.

  • Back for the Finale: Literally; returns for one last appearance in the final Sun & Moon episode.
  • But Now I Must Go: Leaves the group in SM055.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: In its first episode, it cries so loud that all the other Pokémon have to hide behind the desks and cover their ears until Mallow is able to calm it down.
  • Expy: It's a baby that accompanies Ash during his journey and it is important to the plot, its cries hurt your ears, and it is part of a very powerful evolution line. It's basically an Expy of Larvitar from the Johto arc. Just like Squishy from XY&Z, it is a nicknamed Legendary Pokémon accompanying the main cast, is important to the series' plot, and it shares a bag with another Pokémon.
  • Dimensional Traveler: It can travel to other worlds through Ultra Wormholes.
  • Gentle Giant: The first things it does upon evolving into Solgaleo are accepting a hug from Lillie and licking Ash in the face, and it's large enough for Ash, Lillie, Gladion, Mallow, Lana, Sophocles, and Kiawe to all ride on its back.
  • Goo-Goo-Godlike: As a Cosmog, it's an Ultra Beast-like baby Pokémon and the offspring of the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala.
  • Grand Theft Me: Gets possessed by Necrozma at the end of SM088.
  • G-Rated Sex: Basically how the parent Solgaleo and Lunala conceived Nebby.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Like Haunter and Larvitar before, he accompanies Ash as a wild Pokémon.
  • In-Series Nickname: Its nickname is "Nebby". Like with Squishy, Nebby's species is unknown to everyone, thus it is nicknamed for the sake of having a name. Once it evolves into Solgaleo, the cast stop using this nickname and simply refer to it by its species name.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The final form that Nebby evolved into is Solgaleo, just like its "father".
  • Line-of-Sight Name: It got its nickname based on his appearance as a Cosmog.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hoshigumo" is a pun to the Japanese word for "nebula", "seiun". The kanji of "seiun" (星雲) are comprised by the kanji for "hoshi" (星, "star") and "kumo" (雲, "cloud"). In other words, an Alternate Character Reading of "seiun".
  • Mega Neko: Upon evolving into Solgaleo, it becomes a giant lion large enough for Ash, all of his classmates, and Gladion to ride on its back.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Nebby got its nickname from Lillie, like in the games.
    • Nebby is known for not staying in Lillie's bag in the games and thus in anime, Nebby has a tendency has to leave Ash's backpack and explore much to Pikachu's dismay, though not as frequently since it apparently does like to stay in the backpack.
    • The scene of Lillie hugging it as a Solgaleo is taken straight from the end credits of Sun.
  • Ocular Gushers: When it cries as a Cosmog, it cries waterfalls.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: It took Ash to a world that was neither Ultra Deep Sea nor Poipole's world, where they saved an (unknown) Ultra Beast.
  • Panthera Awesome: Evolves into Solgaleo, a giant white lion, in SM052.
  • Picky Eater: When the class is trying to find out what Nebby (as Cosmog) eats, it refuses Pokémon food, some Poké Beans, a sandwich, a cake, a bowl of salad, and a bottle of Moomoo Milk. The only thing it likes is konpeito candies.
  • Pokémon Speak: Unlike Squishy, Nebby makes intelligible noises. However, the way how Pokémon Speak works in Japanese, people have a much harder time to guess a species' name, which is why they can't just call Nebby "Cosmog" because it uses syllable combinations that wouldn't allude to its name unless you already knew it.
  • Psychic Teleportation: It has the ability to teleport itself and others, which is problematic since it's too young to realize that arbitrarily zapping people to random places is unhelpful at best or dangerous at worst. As time goes on, it begins to use this ability more productively, such as in SM049 when it warps Ash, Pikachu, and Snowy to Lillie, and then once again shortly afterward to dodge a Hypnosis attack.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It's an adorable baby Pokémon small enough to fit in Ash's backpack alongside Rowlet.
  • Silly Walk: When not floating, it crawls along the ground using its wisp-like "arms".
  • Spanner in the Works: Nebby's Teleport-happy antics led to Lillie recovering from her Trauma-Induced Amnesia and exposing Faba's cover-up scheme.
  • Sweet Tooth: Its favorite food (and also the only thing it likes to eat) is konpeito candy.
  • Telepathy: Can read minds to some degree, as it teleports people to places that they're thinking about.
  • Those Two Guys: Nebby and Rowlet sleep together in Ash's backpack, and Nebby has been shown to be amused by Rowlet's antics.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Konpeito.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Sun And Moon Anime Pokemon