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The Secret Seven are envious of this septumvirate.note 

A bunch of mysterious, otherworldly and extremely powerful monstrosities from Pokémon Sun and Moon. They were originally not even considered to be Pokémon, but are ultimately revealed to be Pokémon from other dimensions. There are said to be multiple variants of them, with traits that are just as diverse as regular Pokémon. The Aether Foundation is conducting research on each of them, and refer to all of them by a code name. They are also rumored to possess powers that present a threat to both humans and Pokémon. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduces more Ultra Beasts that were not present in Sun and Moon, marking the first time that brand new Pokémon have been introduced mid-generation.


The Legendary Pokémon Cosmog has been hypothesized to be an Ultra Beast In-Universe due to its ability to open Ultra Wormholes into Ultra Space (an aspect shared by its evolutions). Likewise, Necrozma has been described as "almost like" an Ultra Beast, and it and the Cosmog line share similarities with them.note  However, their status as such remains unconfirmed. For more information on them, go here.


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General Tropes

  • Animalistic Abomination: Despite coming from another dimension, they resemble animals, plants and machines that are somewhat familiar:
    • Nihilego is a jellyfish.
    • Buzzwole and Pheromosa are based on insects (a mosquito and cockroach, respectively).
    • Guzzlord has many draconic features like claws, wings, and a large tail. It also resembles a crab with said claws and posture.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: A few of them resemble inorganic things:
    • Xurkitree resembles a mass of power cables.
    • Celesteela resembles a rocket and is about the size and weight of a man-made satellite.
    • Guzzlord also resembles an industrial trash compactor.
    • Stakataka resembles a brick building.
  • Another Dimension: They're Pokémon that came from Ultra Space, a different dimension. Each Ultra Beast has its own sector of Ultra Space, with environments tailored to them. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you visit each sector and battle the Ultra Beasts on their home turf.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Since you have to catch four Kartana or Pheromosa based on the version, their catch rate is way higher than the others at 255, the highest possible value. A Beast Ball is guaranteed to capture them. This is further improved on in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where you instead take the Ultra Wormholes to their home dimensions where they are essentially limitless no matter how many times you visit.
  • Background Music Override: The song Near an Ultra Beast will always play in game instead of the normal route/location music if one is in the location you are. This is helpful as several can be caught in multiple locations.
  • Battle Aura: Every one of them comes with a Totem Aura when you fight them. Apparently this aura, referred to as Beast Boost, originates from Ultra Wormholes — Ultra Beasts travelling through them are bathed in and absorb the energy, while prolonged exposure to Beast Boost caused several Pokémon to grow to large sizes and become Totem Pokémon.
  • Berserk Button: They are drawn to and attack people charged with energy from an Ultra Wormhole, known as "Fallers". It's stated that they're just trying to return to their original dimension, but have been known to kill Fallers in their fruitless attempt.
    • This doesn't seem to be an innate property, however, as once the player has captured them, they don't attack the player.
  • The Blank: Several of the Ultra Beastsnote  do not have visible faces, adding to their eldritch and alien appearances.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: All the Ultra Beasts just want to go back to their home, but they end up killing Fallers in the process due to mistaking their energy for Ultra Wormholes, and they're not very empathetic towards others, thus they pose a significant danger to everything else in their quest.
  • Botanical Abomination:
    • Xurkitree resembles power cables that sometimes take the form of a tree.
    • Celesteela and Kartana are plant-based: Celesteela is based on bamboo and grows like a plant in the ground, while Kartana is made of paper and is implied to grow off the trees found in the Ultra Forest.
  • Chain Lethality Enabler: Beast Boost serves as this for most of the Beasts, and in particular ones with good attacking stats can carve swaths through enemy teams once they get a KO an opponent.
  • Color Motif: Red as seen in their Battle Aura. This is especially emphasized in the Trading Card Game, where the expansion that introduced them was called Crimson Invasion and Ultra Beast cards prominently feature the color.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Their entire shtick. The Ultra Beasts excel massively in a particular stat or two, while their other stats are either average or horribly low.
      • Nihilego has very high Special stats and good speed, but horrible physical stats except its decent HP.
      • Buzzwole has excellent Physical stats and good HP, but poor special stats and low speed.
      • Pheromosa has extremely high speed and is proficient in both Attack stats, but has poor HP and abysmal defenses.
      • Xurkitree has an absurdly high Special Attack stat, but the rest of its stats are mediocre at best.
      • Celesteela is the only exception, since it actually has pretty good stats all around except for its Speed.
      • Kartana has incredibly high Attack, surprisingly high defense, and good speed. However, its special stats and HP are pathetic.
      • Guzzlord has immense HP and decent attack stats, but poor defenses and speed.
      • Naganadel has high speed and Special Attack, but the rest of its stats are rather poor.
      • Stakataka has incredibly high Defenses and deceptively high attack, which is balanced out by its abysmal Sp. Atk, HP, and speed (especially its speed).
      • Blacephalon has good attack, very high Special Attack, and decent speed, but has poor defenses and HP.
    • The player is given Beast Balls to catch the Ultra Beasts, and they should only be used on the Ultra Beasts. Against regular Pokémon, Beast Balls have a pitifully low 0.1x catch multiplier, but against Ultra Beasts, Beast Balls have a very high 5x multiplier. It should also be mentioned that non-Beast Poké Balls (except for a Master Ball) lose any modifiers to catch rate they normally have when used on an Ultra Beast, due to not fully recognizing them as Pokémon.
  • Determinator: At least when found running rampant in Alola; no matter how many times you KO an Ultra Beast, it will keep coming back for more until it is caught. In their home worlds, they'll simply run off into hiding after being defeated.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: They like being stroked and fed Poké Beans as much as any Pokémon.
  • Eldritch Abomination: They're not considered Pokémon at first, but something entirely different that could present a threat to both humans and Pokémon.
  • Energy Absorption: According to Wicke, the energy that fuels their Beast Boost aura lies within Ultra Wormholes. They absorb this energy when crossing over and store it within their bodies. Said energy also leaks onto the planet when the holes open, allowing Totem Pokémon to use it for their own auras.
  • Foil: The version-exclusives all serve as foils to each other. Buzzwole and Pheromosa are masculine and feminine. Celesteela and Kartana are industry and craftsmanship. Stakataka and Blacephalon are order and chaos.
  • Freaky Electronic Music: All of the tracks associated with them are made mostly with synthesizers, in order to emphasise their alien, otherworldly nature.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the post-game, all of them can be captured and befriended by the player. It's suggested that the shock of entering an unfamiliar world was the reason behind their violent behavior — in and of themselves, Ultra Beasts aren't any more inherently evil or vicious than regular Pokémon. Nihilego may not even be sapient (meaning its behavior may be instinctual and motivated by self-preservation, rather than any actual malice).
  • Human All Along: As it turns out, they are indeed Pokémon; they just come from another universe.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: They're not Legendaries, and they lack the raw stats of mascots, but they're still min-maxed to such a degree that they're fully capable of going toe to toe with them.
  • Kill Streak: All of them have the Beast Boost ability, which boosts their strongest stat each time they defeat an opponent; most Ultra Beasts can have their stats tweaked in order to establish boosts to a desired stat.
  • Leitmotif: They all share a battle theme when you encounter any of them, that being Enter the Ultra Beasts.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Their appearances are extremely bizarre and inhuman even by Pokémon standards, but while they do definitely live up to most of that bizarre-ness, they're ultimately still Pokémon and can be captured, trained, and petted more-or-less the same as any other, which takes a lot of the nightmare factor away.
  • Min-Maxing: Almost all of them are extremely proficient in one or two stats, while having one or two terrible stats. Their common Beast Boost ability boosts their strongest stat even further each time they defeat an opponent.
  • My Name Is ???: Until they are caught by the player, this is what they're referred to in battles. The only exceptions are Blacephalon/Stakataka, Kartana in Ultra Sun, and Poipole; the player is told the former's name before encountering them, and the latter two are first used against the player by trainers.
  • No Biological Sex: Though some of them do possess distinct masculine (Buzzwole) or feminine (Pheromosa, Celesteela) characteristics, they are all considered genderless. Justified for Celesteela, since it's a Humongous Mecha.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: With the exception of Nihilego, which possibly lacks any intelligence, the Ultra Beasts are just scared animals attacking what they see as threats. Once Poké Balls are adapted to their biology, they can be caught, and Pokémon Refresh shows them to be as friendly as more familiar Pokémon once calmed down.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: To play up their otherworldly nature, most of the Ultra Beasts have designs that clash significantly with the majority of Pokémon. Some have no eyes, some look more like machines than living creatures, several have odd proportions by series standards, and some look extremely dark by Pokémon standards (like Guzzlord). Nihilego, Xurkitree, and Kartana all in particular stand out, as they have no face nor anything that could pass for one at all.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: While they're quite dangerous in our world, most of them are common organisms in their specific worlds in Ultra Space.
  • Numerological Motif: While they aren't tied to a specific number, the Ultra Beasts' base stats and the levels at which they learn new moves are all prime numbers, except Naganadel's base Speed (121, a prime power). They share this trait with the Cosmog family and Necrozma (except the Speed of Necrozma's non-default forms), hinting at the Ultra Beasts' link to them.
  • Olympus Mons: Actually, averted! Though they share many characteristics with Legendary Pokémon (such as three guaranteed perfect IVs, low catch rates, very high stats, and an inability to breed), and are internally categorized in the same group as "minor" tournament legal Legendaries such as Zapdos and Heatran, officially they aren't part of that group.note  Essentially, Ultra Beasts are a different "class" of Pokémon, similarly to how Starter and Fossil Pokémon aren't grouped together despite having the same gender ratio.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Who honestly realized that other dimensions (besides the Distortion World) had native Pokémon? It's not initially known that these things are even Pokémon at first.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Rumor has it that they have extremely dangerous powers, and it shows from their abilities and in-game stat spreads. Some of them are aggressive, and some end up causing destruction without malicious intentions.
  • Recurring Element:
    • They (at least in Pokémon Sun and Moon) serve as analogues to the dangerous, threatening powers that drive the plot, much like how Kyogre/Groudon/Rayquaza and Dialga/Palkia/Giratina do in their respective games. They also could be a nod to the Pokéstar studios plots and the later games of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon sub-series (as well as Pokémon Rumble Blast), which had eldritch enemies faced in battles.
    • They also serve as analogues to previous alien Pokémon, namely Deoxys and Origin Forme Giratina, though the Ultra Beasts are far more otherworldly in comparison.
  • Secret Art: The Beast Boost ability is exclusive to these guys.
  • Signature Roar: All of their cries ends in a distinctive mechanical "hwoo", which can also be heard from the cries of the Cosmog line and Necrozma.
  • Single Specimen Species: Outright averted, unlike Legendaries, though they have the power to match them. In the Gen VII games, you're able to capture more than one of each — though in Sun and Moon, the numbers are finite, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon allow for an endless number of the original seven Ultra Beasts to be captured. Despite this, they can't be bred while under the player's ownership, and outside of Nihilego's jellyfish-like reproductive cycle it's unknown how they repopulate.
  • The Spook: With Pokémon, you're given a Pokédex classification, the type(s), and a height and weight. Ultra Beasts (excluding Poipole) initially have none of these attributes, which adds to their sense of "wrongness"; when first encountered, they are only listed as "???" and don't show up as seen in the Pokédex until fully registered. However, once they are caught, all of these attributes are filled in, and they can be trained like any other Pokémon.
  • Starfish Aliens: Why people didn't realize they're Pokémon — the pressures of their dimensions resulted in a completely different set of species and even basic biology than more familiar Pokémon.
  • Starfish Language: In the anime, their verbal communication is completely unintelligible to other Pokémon.
  • Status Buff: Their Beast Boost Ability boosts their highest stat with every Pokémon defeated. In addition, when fought in the wild they receive a boost to at least one stat by an aura, akin to Totem Pokémon.
  • Whale Egg: Unlike almost every other Pokémon ever, the Ultra Beasts neither lay, nor are born from, eggs. How they do reproduce is largely unknown, though Nihilego is known to create polyps like real-world jellyfish, and a few Ultra worlds (Ultra Plant, Ultra Crater, and Ultra Forest) suggest some of them reproduce like plants.

Original Seven (Debuting in Sun and Moon)

     General Tropes 
  • Advertised Extra: Nihilego (UB-01) is the only one with any significance to the main plot; both UB-02s show up for a brief scene, but afterwards, they and the others are absent until the postgame.
  • Bonus Boss: All of them are found in the post-game and will likely be the ones most capable of wiping out your entire team in your attempts to catch them. All of them need to be captured to unlock the highest-level Pokémon in the game, Necrozma.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The level of each beast is inversely proportional to how many of them you see in the game. Even though only one can be caught, Nihilego appears in a large group in Ultra Space, and the one that is catchable is level 55. There are 4 each of Pheromosa and Kartana at level 60, two each of Buzzwole, Xurkitree and Celesteela at level 65, and one Guzzlord at level 70.
  • Dummied Out: The Ultra Beasts have shiny palettes as with every Pokémon, but in Pokémon Sun and Moon, they can never show up in said palettes. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon remove this restriction, but you'll only get a shiny Xurkitree, Buzzwole etc. in the original Sun and Moon through trading.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: You end up traveling to Ultra Space for a short while, but it's enough to attract the attention of the Ultra Beasts in the post-game. It's subverted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as the player can explore Ultra Space much more thoroughly and even travel to the Ultra Beasts' home dimensions.
  • Informed Attribute: According to Looker and Anabel, the Ultra Beasts found during the post-game are attacking people and populated areas, necessitating Anabel's protection. Potentially even falls into Gameplay and Story Segregation when said Ultra Beasts can be optionally found in remote, uninhabited areas and aren't even visible on the overworld.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: Each one needs to be caught before their sidequest can progress and the rest of the Ultra Beasts, and eventually Necrozma, can be found.
  • They Would Cut You Up: The reason why Looker decides to entrust their care to the player — it's stated that the captured Ultra Beasts would have been used as research subjects by the International Police, and he figures they'll be happier with you.
  • Walking Spoiler: Their names aren't revealed by the outside marketing, and you don't even learn they have names or that they're even Pokémon at all until you've caught them yourself. However, all that is quickly becoming common knowledge.
  • You Are Number 6: They each have a serial number assigned to them along with a normal name by the International Police.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: It's said their destructiveness is the byproduct of them attacking that which they perceive to be a possible means of returning to Ultra Space (but more often than not isn't). By the end, they actually can go home, given the player has a Legendary Pokémon capable of opening Ultra Wormholes, but by then they're happier staying with them (besides, you're not given the option to send them back).

    UB- 01 Symbiont (Parasite) | Nihilego (Uturoid)  

793: Nihilego / Uturoid (ウツロイド utsuroido)
Code name: UB-01 Symbiont / UB01 Parasite

One of the mysterious Ultra Beasts. It's a Rock/Poison-type made of somehow flexible glass that resembles a jellyfish and is constantly shapeshifting. No one knows if it has emotions, but for some reason, it resembles a young girl. However, the truth about this creature is that it is parasitic in nature. When it finds a fitting host, it injects them with neurotoxins that boost their natural abilities to their fullest form and force them out of control, in order that the victim will protect the Ultra Beast.

Its home dimension, the Ultra Deep Sea, resembles a cave system filled with rock formations that invokes the feeling of being on the ocean floor.

  • The Artifact: Thanks to Lusamine's villainy having a different origin than in the originals, the Aether Paradise battle with Nihilego becomes this in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Once it's defeated/chased off, that's it for its role in the plot.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Nihilego is flexible and malleable despite having a body that is stated to be made of the normally fragile and rigid glass or a substance highly akin to it. Concept art shown at Milan Games Week 2017 reveals that Nihilego grow and breed like real jellyfish do — spawning polyps which grow into ephyra (larva) and then into adults.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Unlike Pokémon from the normal world, Nihilego doesn't reproduce by breeding and laying eggs, but through spawning polyps that grow into larva, and from there into adults. However, while this is bizarre by Pokémon standards, it is how jellyfish reproduce in Real Life.
  • The Blank: Even among the Ultra Beasts, Nihilego still stands out in uncanniness, in that it lacks anything that remotely resembles a face. To be fair, real jellyfish don't exactly have faces either, despite what the Tentacool line would imply.
  • Com Mons: In an unusual case of this, when the player and Lillie go to Ultra Space, dozens of Nihilego are seen, implying it's much more common than the other Ultra Beasts in their native dimension. Ironically, you only end up catching one of them. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, they're actually this, being the most likely encounter in white wormholes.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: You fight a Nihilego just before reaching Ula'ula Island during the story, but you can't catch it owing to Aether Paradise's Poké Ball jamming field.
  • Demoted to Extra: In comparison to its role in the original games, Nihilego gets this treatment in Ultra Sun & Moon due to the changes to Lusamine's character. Necrozma instead become the major antagonistic Pokémon and primary reason for Lusamine's villainy.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: As its body is made out of a glass-like substance, it is classified as part Rock-type.
  • Dump Stat: Its Attack and Defense are very poor.
  • Eldritch Abomination: This jellyfish-like creature's tendency to shapeshift and behavior similar to a young girl add to its other-worldliness. It is even encountered emerging from a glowing portal. Even more so due to its typing. You'd think a amorphous jellyfish would be a Water-type, but no, it's Rock/Poison. It doesn't even follow conventionally understood physical sensibility.
  • Electric Jellyfish: While Nihilego isn't Electric-type, it is capable of learning Electric-type moves via TM.
  • Emotion Bomb: The toxin it injects into those it parasitizes doesn't directly control them, but instead induces extreme excitement and diminishes inhibition and then leaves them to do whatever they want.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Assuming that the nuclei in Nihilego's outer tentacles are its eyes. This is especially evident with Motherbeast Lusamine, where there are more defined eyes at the end of her tentacles.
  • Flying Seafood Special: It's a floating jellyfish.
  • Fusion Dance: A Nihilego that Lusamine captured fuses itself with Lusamine during the climax of Sun and Moon, forming the Mother Beast and giving Lusamine's team Totem boosts, and it's presumably how it parasitizes on its host. The fusion is undone when Solgaleo/Lunala attacks Lusamine before she has a chance to attack Lillie.
  • Gemstone Assault: It learns Power Gem by level up, and it works well with its Special Attack.
  • Glass Cannon: Bonus points for actually being made of glass. While it packs decent HP and high Special Defense while being able to deliver good Special Attacks in return, its physical Defense is dirt-poor and its Rock typing gives it plenty of weaknesses.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In the original Sun and Moon games, due to brainwashing Lusamine. This allows Lusamine to carry out her evil plan, and even before then made her abusive to Gladion and Lillie alongside Team Skull being funded by the Aether Foundation. Virtually everything that happened in the main story was because of this.
  • Hime Cut: It looks like this hairstyle wearing a hat, with some of its tendrils forming limbs. When it latches onto a victim, it has the effect of looking like a wig.
  • Humanoid Abomination: One of its forms is shaped like a little girl.
  • Informed Ability: Pre-release information for Nihilego claims that it is constantly changing shapes and doesn't settle for one form. This is never even mentioned in the game — the game developers don't waste any data rendering this behavior, so all Nihilego in-game use the same model like any other Pokémon. The only time we see one change form is when Lusamine fuses herself with one, though the appearance of the Mother Beast doesn't deviate too much from Nihilego's design.
  • Lighter and Softer: As a result of the shifts in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon's plot, when the player eventually gets to encounter Nihilego in the Ultra Deep Sea, it doesn't seem nearly as monstrous or terrifying as it is in Sun and Moon, where the player, Lillie, and Guzma run for their lives after a swarm of Nihilego appear after Lusamine's been defeated.
  • Light Is Not Good: It is a bright white jellyfish that does not look as monstrous as the other Ultra Beasts. It is actually a parasite that produces neurotoxins capable of making the person infected completely obsessed with it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It's one on the special side of the spectrum. It has good HP and Speed, and great Special stats. However, its physical stats are lacking.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Lusamine's Nihilego grows to a massive size to absorb and fuse with her in the final battle. According to an image on its concept art, it used Z-Crystals on her person to do this (which form eyes at the end of its tendrils).
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Its proper name is derived from the Latin 'nihil', meaning 'nothing', and 'ego', which means 'I'. Its name basically means "I am nothing", in reference to how it's said to possibly not have emotions or sentience. Additionally, Nihil brings to mind Nihilism, while the word "Ego" is usually used in the context of Self-Centeredness or Pride. Y'know, things that are very, very applicable to Lusamine, who is the way she is in the first place thanks to one of these things?
    • Likewise, its Japanese name derives from the word utsuro, which means empty.
    • Both its Japanese name (UtsuroIdo) and English name (NihilEgo) reference Freudian Psychology, which stipulates that humanity is constantly fighting between its instinctual, aggressive side and its socially acceptable side. Guess Nihilego's neurotoxins are swaying that battle in a rather unfortunate direction...
    • As per the Pokémon Speak trope, it may have another one in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, as when encountered at Aether Paradise, its text box reads "Venomenon" — a portmanteau of "venom" and "phenomenon".
  • Mind Rape: Guzma says that one of them "possessed" him, and describes it like this:
    I tried to catch one of those things... but it possessed me! And that’s when it happened! My body, my mind... They started running wild, and I couldn’t do anything about it! It was like I became somebody else, and I finally felt what fear feels like! It was terrifying!
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Nihilego roughly translates from Latin to "I am nothing".
  • Nice Hat: Its star-patterned bell resembles a wide-brimmed hat. In fact, if the player hits it in Pokémon Refresh, it adorably pulls down on the "brim" of its bell to hide from you. This rim is also firm and solid in comparison to the rest of Nihilego's body.
  • Poisonous Person: It is classified as part Poison-type due to its ability to create neurotoxins.
  • Psycho Serum: The neurotoxin it generates is more akin to this, and actually why its title is Symbiosis — victims of it become stronger, but it also induces incredible euphoria and decreases inhibition, which leads them to become more destructive. Nihilego then does its best to seem harmless so that its victims will focus on threats to the nest and rivals, at which point it will expand its territory into the ruins along with its victims' species. Motherbeast Lusamine is what happens when a human is directly host to Nihilego.
  • Red Herring: When it was first revealed, much was made of its shapeshifting abilities and little girl-esque movements. This, combined with its similar look to Lillie, made many theorize that it was Lillie, either as a transformation of hers or Nihilego disguising itself as a young girl. The resemblance is intentional, but purely manufactured in-universe, as it's said that Lusamine picked out Lillie's clothes, thereby projecting her obsession onto Lillie. Nihilego's shapeshifting goes almost completely unmentioned in-game.
  • Shapeshifting: It's stated to never settle on one particular form.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Nihilego is entirely made of glass (which is molten rock, befitting its Rock-type). Concept art reveals parts of its glass body are frosted, colored, and firm in contrast to the flexibility of the rest of the body.
  • Squishy Wizard: No pun intended. Nihilego has very good stats on the special side, but it is extremely low on the physical side.
  • The Symbiote: Literally, and of the parasitic kind. Specifically, it is this towards Lusamine when she fuses with one in Ultra Space, unknowingly succumbing to its neurotoxins due to being blinded with pure rage. Oddly, though, it steers somewhat into mutualism, as her team is given Totem boosts, presumably given by the same Nihilego.
  • Trap Master: Nihilego can learn Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes by level up.
  • Underground Level: Its habitat is a cave, first seen in Sun and Moon when you and Lillie go to Ultra Space, and again in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It is shown filled with glasslike, reflective formations; some resembling stalactites, stools, and various stages of a real jellyfish's life-cycle (e.g. polyp, ephyrae, medusa). The pillar parts are scaly and said to be unpleasant to touch.
  • Useless Useful Spell: The final attack Nihilego learns by level up is the most powerful Rock-type attack, Head Smash. Unfortunately, it's a physical attack, and Nihilego's Attack stat is among its lowest. Not to mention the sheer stupidity of a glass-based lifeform hurling itself at enemies...
  • Villain Teleportation: As an antagonistic presence in Sun and Moon, it tends to move like this in cutscenes, flickering in and out of existence before abruptly appearing somewhere else nearby. In general, it's pretty unsettling, and it gets even more so when five Nihilego start doing it at once during the trip to Ultra Space. (However, Nihilego cannot actually learn the move Teleport.)
  • Walking Spoiler: Nihilego's abilities (namely, its Psycho Serum and shapeshifting) are hard to describe without giving away how they relate to the main plot of Sun and Moon.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Nihilego is the first Ultra Beast encountered in Sun and Moon's story, making its appearance around halfway in, and serves to introduce them to the player. Still the case in the post-game, where it is the target of the first mission and is 10 levels lower than the rest of them.
  • Who Even Needs a Brain?: Nihilego's level of sentience beyond basic self-preservation and instinct is questionable, and much like real jellyfish, it seemingly lacks a brain beyond possibly the small nuclei in the ends of its tentacles (which would match up to a jellyfish's basic set of nerves in the ends of its tentacles).

    UB- 02 Absorption (Expansion) | Buzzwole (Massivoon)  

794: Buzzwole / Massivoon (マッシブーン masshibuun)
Code name: UB-02 Absorption / UB02 Expansion

A Bug/Fighting-type Ultra Beast that appears in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Ultra Sun. It's a giant, hulked-out mosquito thing that absorbs energy to use as fuel to strengthen its unbelievably dense muscles. Its proboscis is strong enough to pierce diamond.

Buzzwole's home dimension, the Ultra Jungle, is a lush rainforest filled with regular trees and extremely tall ones that resemble buff human torsos.

  • Attention Whore: It loves flexing in front of trainers to show off its muscular abs, but the PokéDex does note that it's not clear if this is meant as a boast or a threat.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: It is seen constantly posing whenever it is about to do something. Whether or not this is some form of communication is unknown.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A part Fighting-type with ridiculous amounts of strength in its attacks.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Buzzwole has the appearance of an extremely muscular anthropomorphic mosquito. The "big" part comes with it being 7'10"note  tall (making it among the largest Bug-types, being beaten out mainly by Scolipede and Centiskorch) and weighing 735.5note  pounds, making it the heaviest Bug-type to date.
  • Black Bead Eyes: As shown by the anime, Buzzwole's eyes are actually the black spheres its antennae are attached to, which are the basal joints on a real mosquito.
  • Bring It: Its Sun Pokédex entry notes that it flexes its body to give off this message, though it's unclear if this gesture is intended as a boast or a threat.
  • Dump Stat: It doesn't have much in the way of Special Attack or Special Defense, not that it would make much use of that Special Attack stat anyways, since it can only learn 3 special moves (Hidden Power, Snore, and Round (all of which are moves that nearly every Pokémon can learn)).
  • Elemental Punch: It naturally learns Thunder Punch and Ice Punch, though it does need a Move Reminder to relearn them.
  • Energy Absorption: With its proboscis, it can absorb a target's energy (and even Poké Beans) and use it to bolster its own strength.
  • Flight: Its wings allow it to fly.
  • Flying Brick: Can fly, and possesses superhuman strength and durability.
  • Foil: To Pheromosa, which shares its numerical designation and the Bug/Fighting type combination. Buzzwole's appearance is bulky and masculine, while Pheromosa is slim and feminine. Buzzwole is largely black and red, while Pheromosa is mostly white. While both have humanoid and insectoid features, Buzzwole's insect traits are far more emphasized, with six limbs, bug eyes, and a proboscis, while Pheromosa's figure is mostly humanoid except with a few insect features. In-game, while both have astounding physical attack power, Buzzwole is a Specially Inept Mighty Glacier, while Pheromosa is a Fragile Speedster boasting equal competence with physical and special moves (great at dealing damage, terrible at taking it). Buzzwole's Pokédex entries and stats emphasize its strength, while those of Pheromosa emphasize its speed. Finally, Buzzwole can only be caught in Sun and Ultra Sun while Pheromosa is exclusive to Moon and Ultra Moon.
  • Insect Gender-Bender: It's based on a mosquito and has a very masculine design, but in real life, only female mosquitos suck blood. Justified, though, because it's an alien abomination that only looks like a mosquito.
  • Insectoid Aliens: Buzzwole is a Bug-type Ultra Beast that resembles a mosquito on super steroids.
  • Jungle Japes: Its habitat in Ultra Space shown in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, is a jungle with trees that are shaped like muscled torsos and located close to an erupting volcano.
  • Large Ham: If it making poses in Refresh is anything to go by, it's quite boisterous.
  • Life Drain: It is stated to absorb energy from its opponents, and can learn the moves Leech Life and Drain Punch.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Great physical stats, rather poor special stats.
  • Meaningful Name: Buzz (because it's a mosquito) + Swollen. Additionally, "swole" is a slang term for being very buff/muscular, which it is.
  • Mighty Glacier: Has a whopping 139 in both Physical stats and has an above-average 107 HP, but has a rather lacking speed of 79.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: You see its muscles?note  Buzzwole is packing a whopping 139 in both its Attack and Defense stats, along with a 107 in HP.
  • Rated M for Manly: Despite being genderless (and real life male mosquitos being skinny non-biters), its bulging muscles and constant posing scream this trope. Not to mention, it hails from a world where even the trees appear to be flexing and can leap out of an erupting volcano without being harmed.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: From the little lore it's been presented with, its punches are practically immeasurable in terms of power, backed by an incredible 139 in Attack.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Its body is mainly black and red, and while it isn't "evil", it's seen aggressing Hala in Sun, necessitating a defensive intervention by Tapu Koko.
  • Super Strength: It's big, burly, and its strength is practically immeasurable in contrast to its Beauty counterpart. Even its proboscis can pierce through diamonds.
  • Super Toughness: Its proboscis can pierce diamond, and it's got a Defense as high as its Attack, with a not too shabby HP to boot. Ultra Sun heralds its arrival by implying that it used the blast wave of an erupting volcano to reach you without harm. Just don't bring it out to eat a special attack.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: The upper part of its body is that of a muscular humanoid, whereas its legs are very spindly. However, unlike most instances of this trope, it has four legs, lending it a bit more realism as it can balance itself better.
  • Vampiric Draining: It is said that it absorbs energy to cause a chemical reaction within its body to strengthen itself tremendously not only in power, but in defense. Naturally, it learns Leech Life. When Buzzwole appears in the anime it's shown drinking a Snorlax, the rotund Pokémon deflating like a balloon with startling similarity to the victims of Imperfect Cell.

    UB- 02 Beauty | Pheromosa (Pheroache)  

795: Pheromosa / Pheroache (フェローチェ ferooche)
Code name: UB-02 Beauty / UB02 Beauty

A Bug/Fighting-type Ultra Beast that appears in Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Ultra Moon. It resembles a thin and tall cockroach-like woman with long, insect wing-like hair and long antennae. It is able to use its beauty to charm any lifeform regardless of gender and it can move faster than lightning.

The home dimension of Pheromosa, the Ultra Desert, is an arid landscape filled with white sand and rock formations with blue crystals that resemble buildings. You'll need ride Pokémon to traverse the rocky terrain.

  • Angelic Aliens: Tall and slender, bright white and gold color scheme, and is known for its beauty and grace. Pheromosa pulls the Space Angel look off quite nicely while also looking like a cockroach.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Like its Sun/Ultra Sun counterpart, Pheromosa is part Fighting-type.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Pheromosa's overall appearance seems to evoke an appearance of a cockroach or copepod — with its antennae and hair looking like either the wings of a cockroach or the translucent carapace of a copepod — and itself is 5'11"note  tall.
  • Charm Person: Its beauty is said to be so powerful that it can eliminate its opponent's desire to fight regardless of gender. It is most likely it uses an unknown type of pheromone to achieve the effect. Ironically, it cannot learn Attract, and its lack of a gender means even if it did, it would be useless.
  • Combat Stilettos: Its feet resemble a pair of high heels.
  • Creepy Cockroach: And a delightfully unconventional example as well — most cases of this trope are the stereotypical "cockroaches are dirty, ugly and gross" thing, but here it's flipped on its head; Pheromosa is not only quite beautiful, it's also spotlessly thinks we are the filthy and ugly ones! note 
  • Crystal Landscape: The Ultra Desert, its habitat in Ultra Space shown in Ultra Moon, is dotted with crystal-covered boulders, situated atop and next to stalagmite-like formations.
  • Cute Monster Girl: It is far more humanoid and less monstrous-looking than the other Ultra Beasts.
  • Dump Stat: Pheromosa has extremely low Defense and Special Defense, thanks to having offense and speed as its best defense.
  • Emotionless Girl: With the "girl" part coming from its feminine appearance. For the most part, it doesn't seem to emote, even when fighting, getting hurt, or fainting from being defeated. Petting it in most areas in Pokémon Refresh doesn't seem to change anything. However, pet it in its favorite place atop its head, and this trope is averted. It also makes an adorable little smile when happy in Pokémon Refresh.
  • Floating Limbs: Taking a closer look at its antennae in its official artwork and in-game model reveal that they're levitating just slightly off from where they're supposed to join from its tiara or crown-like headpiece.
  • Foil: To Buzzwole, which shares its numerical designation and the Bug/Fighting type combination. Buzzwole's appearance is bulky and masculine, while Pheromosa is slim and feminine. Buzzwole is largely black and red, while Pheromosa is mostly white. While both have humanoid and insectoid features, Buzzwole's insect traits are far more emphasized, while Pheromosa's figure is mostly humanoid except with a few insect features, namely its antennae, tegmina, and segmented limbs. In-game, while both have astounding physical attack power, Buzzwole is a Specially Inept Mighty Glacier, while Pheromosa is a Fragile Speedster with equal competence with physical or special moves. Buzzwole's Pokédex entries and stats emphasize its strength, while those of Pheromosa emphasize its speed. Finally, Buzzwole can only be caught in Sun and Ultra Sun while Pheromosa is exclusive to Moon and Ultra Moon.
  • Fragile Speedster: Pheromosa is exceptionally fast, but it is also exceptionally frail.
  • Glass Cannon: Both its attack stats are very high, complementing its incredible speed. However, its defenses are terrible.
  • Heal Thyself: It can learn Roost. Although, given how bad Pheromosa is at actually surviving a hit, the value of doing so is questionable.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Of all the Ultra Beasts, Pheromosa is the one that most closely resembles a human being.
  • Insect Gender-Bender: As with Buzzwole. In real life, female cockroaches have shorter wings than males; male cockroach wings extend past their abdomens. Pheromosa has a very feminine design, but its "wings" (or, "hair", in this instance) extend well past its abdomen. Justified, though, because it's an alien abomination that only looks like a cockroach.
  • Insectoid Aliens: Pheromosa resembles a humanoid cockroach, and hails from Ultra Space like the other Ultra Beasts.
  • Informed Ability: It is allegedly so beautiful that any opponent is attracted to it. However, it does not learn any such infatuation moves, and even if it did, they wouldn't work due to the fact that it's considered genderless.
  • Kick Chick: A lot of emphasis is placed on Pheromosa's legs, and they learn quite a number of attacking moves that utilize them — in fact, Pheromosa's only melee attack animations are a few rapid kicks with its right leg or a spinning roundhouse kick with its right leg.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Of the Squishy Wizard variety as a Fighting-type. Pheromosa's Attack and Special Attack are massive, but its defenses are severely lacking.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Has shades of this as a Kung-Fu Wizard. Despite being genderless, it looks like a woman and is known for its beauty and grace. It's also a Glass Cannon with a huge Special Attack stat of 137.
  • Lady of War: Gives off this vibe. One of its defining features is its beauty, and it has a slender appearance yet terrifying offenses and speed.
  • Lean and Mean: Quite exaggerated in this case. Pheromosa can be described as having a borderline stick-figured body. And despite it being 5'11" tall, Pheromosa only weighs 55.1 lbs.note .
  • Light Is Not Good: Most of its body is white, and while it isn't "evil", it's seen aggressing Hala in Moon, necessitating a defensive intervention by Tapu Koko. In Ultra Moon, it's seen aggressing Olivia instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Its name might be a combination of pheromone, hermosa (which means beautiful in Spanish), and formosa (which means shapely in Italian, and beautiful in Portuguese).
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Mostly resembles either a molted cockroach or a copepod, yet has the general anatomy of a stick insect. It's also entirely humanoid.
  • Modesty Shorts: Pheromosa's body structure includes segments that resemble a pair of shorts under a skirt. It's most obvious when it uses its melee attack animation where it kicks with its right leg.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite being stick-thin, Pheromosa's Attack and Special Attack stats are a massive 137.
  • Neat Freak: It does not like touching anything, probably because it thinks that the world is dirty.note 
  • Noodle People: Pheromosa is tall and rail-thin, making it evocative of the second type of noodle people.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Pheromosa's shiny model colors its lower torso and legs black (making it at least resemble tights), which fits with the species' graceful appearance and Neat Freak tendencies.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Very, very long "hair" in the shape of a cockroach's shell.
  • She's Got Legs: Long and slender ones.
  • Shown Their Work: The American cockroach can indeed move exceptionally quickly relative to its body size, explaining Pheromosa's Super Speed. In fact, if comparing speeds to body sizes, Pheromosa is actually slower than a real-life cockroach. Additionally, contrary to popular belief, cockroaches are extremely tidy creatures that hate it when foreign chemicals touch their skin (which includes whatever's on human skin, which means cockroaches do indeed find us disgusting).
  • Super Speed: It's thin and lithe, and said to be faster than lightning, in contrast to its Absorption counterpart. Its stats back up this assessment — Speed is its highest stat, at a base total of 151 (faster than even Electrode and non-Speed Deoxys), making it by far the fastest of the Ultra Beasts (the next fastest, Naganadel, trails behind Pheromosa by exactly 30 points), and also faster all other Olympus Mons — and its Beast Boost ability only makes this speed even more pronounced. It holds the fourth spot for being the fastest, behind Ninjask, Speed Deoxys and Regieleki.
  • Token Good Teammate: Or at least neutral. Whereas all the other Ultra Beasts' Pokédex entries mention their terrifying destructive power, Pheromosa's... talk about how it's fast and doesn't like to touch things.
    Sun: One of the dangerous Ultra Beasts, it has been spotted running across the land at terrific speeds.
    Moon: One of the Ultra Beasts. It refuses to touch anything, perhaps because it senses some uncleanness in this world.
  • Waif-Fu: So slender and frail-looking that it seems it'll break in half at the slightest touch. While its defenses are indeed terrible, it packs monstrous attack stats, including physical attack. You see Buzzwole, with its enormous bulging muscles? Pheromosa's Attack stat is just two points lower.
  • When She Smiles: With the "she" part coming from its feminine appearance. Pet it on top of its head in Pokémon Refresh, and its mouth widens into a smile that reinforces its codename of "Beauty". It also bats its eyelashes while doing so.

    UB- 03 Lighting (Lightning) | Xurkitree (Denjyumoku)  

796: Xurkitree / Denjyumoku (デンジュモク denjumoku)
Code name: UB-03 Lighting / UB03 Lightning

An Electric-type Ultra Beast. This towering, tentacular entity resembles a variety of power cables held together with leaves that resemble zip-ties. It also apparently acts like a tree in its world, sucking in electricity from the ground when it's low on energy. Its whole body emanates discharges occasionally.

Xurkitree's home, the Ultra Plant, is a dark world that's constantly wracked by a perpetual thunderstorm, not that the residents mind, as most of them simply plant themselves in the ground and absorb any lightning that happens to strike. Some Xurkitree can grow to titanic proportions.

  • Animate Inanimate Object: It looks like a bunch of living power cables. Its body is even made of the same materials as electrical wiring.
  • The Blank: Even among the Ultra Beasts, Xurkitree still stands out in uncanniness, in that it lacks anything that even remotely resembles a face.
  • Combat Tentacles: It can use its vine-like cables to attack its opponents in moves like Power Whip, Wrap, and Brutal Swing. That being said, its unimpressive Attack (at least compared to its Special Attack stat) makes access to these moves less than useful.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: It has a truly insane Special Attack (trailing only Mega Mewtwo Y, Attack Forme Deoxys, Primal Kyogre, Mega Rayquaza, and Mega Alakazam) and its movepool is versatile enough to cover its weaknesses and potential roadblocks, but the rest of its stats are lackluster to the point that even the most extreme Min-Maxing will not make Special Attack lower than any other stat, restricting its Beast Boost solely to boost its Special Attack stat. However, because its only super high stat is its Special Attack, unlike the other Ultra Beasts, it doesn't have any terrible stats, with its other stats being fairly decent.
  • Elemental Absorption: If it runs out of electricity, it enters a tree-like state by stabbing its limbs into the ground and absorbing electricity from there.
  • Eternal Engine: Ultra Plant, its habitat in Ultra Space shown in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon gives off this vibe, with electric bolts sparking at random, and the ground having the same appearance of cables and glowing zipties akin to Xurkitree itself.
  • Field Power Effect: It naturally learns Electric Terrain, and it knows it when fought in the wild. This makes it troublesome to deal with during the Ultra Beast sidequest, since not only does it boost its already strong Discharge even further, but it prevents Sleep from being inflicted on it and making it easier to catch.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In its pre-battle animation, Xurkitree extends its right "hand" towards the camera, as if reaching out to grab the player.
  • Glass Cannon: Xurkitree sports the sixth-highest Special Attack in the entire game, and can learn Tail Glow, a move that drastically boosts Special Attack. Unfortunately for it, the rest of Xurkitree's base stats are average at best.
  • Green Thumb: It isn't a Grass-type, but it does learn quite a few Grass-type moves and is even associated with trees.
  • Happy Dance: Judging by Pokémon Refresh, a happy Xurkitree tends to do a wiggly, wavy dance of joy.
  • Kaiju: Ultra Plant reveals that Xurkitree can easily grow larger than most skyscrapers.
  • Large Runt: The Xurkitree you catch might be large by most standards, but as seen in Ultra Plant, they are basically seedlings in comparison to how large Xurkitree can grow, with some of them reaching the size of giant rock formations. It's implied that the very structure you're on is actually a giant Xurkitree.
  • Lean and Mean: Xurkitree is 12'06"note  tall and weighs 220.5lbsnote , making it the tallest Electric type.
  • Noodle People: While "people" is stretching it, Xurkitree is incredibly tall, fairly thin, and has tentacle-like limbs.
  • Power Cord Tail: Xurkitree is a collection of walking power cords, including its tail. It is known to plug itself to the ground to absorb energy.
  • Power Glows: Xurkitree's head and zipties/leaves glow constantly, resembling electric lights. Well, it's not known as the Glowing Pokémon and UB-03 Lighting for nothing.
  • Punny Name: "Xurkitree" sounds like "circuitry," and it resembles electrical wires. While not Grass-type, it learns some Grass moves and looks vaguely like a tree.
  • Shock and Awe: It's an Electric-type that feeds off of electricity.
  • The Speechless: In the anime.
  • Status Buff: It's one of an elite few Pokémon (alongside Volbeat and Manaphy) to learn Tail Glow, which boosts Special Attack by three stages. Given Xurkitree's is already ginormous, almost nothing will survive attacks from it afterwards.
  • Stealth Pun: It is affiliated with electricity and it resembles a tree. It's a power plant!
  • Squishy Wizard: Downplayed — its defenses aren't nearly as bad as fellow Ultra Beast Pheromosa, but it's still on the frail side by average Pokémon standards. This is, however, offset by its utterly monstrous Special Attack, which can be boosted drastically with the rare Tail Glow move. If Xurkitree is able to get in a hit, it will hurt.
  • When Trees Attack: Strangely enough, this walking collection of electrical cables is what passes for a tree in Ultra Space. A very, very dangerous tree indeed.

    UB- 04 Blaster | Celesteela (Tekkaguya)  

797: Celesteela / Tekkaguya (テッカグヤ tekkaguya)
Code name: UB-04 Blaster / UB04 Blaster

A Steel/Flying-type Ultra Beast. Celesteela is an enormous, roughly plant-like being, its most distinctive feature being its two huge arms which resemble floating bamboo shoots. True to its name and typing, though, it's made entirely of metal, and flies like a living starship. It can expel flammable gases from its arms, and absorbs nutrients like a plant. In one sighting, it was seen burning down a whole forest with its exhaust.

The Ultra Crater, Celesteela's natural environment, is a volcanic land filled with geysers, steel root systems and craters left behind by Celesteela as they rocket away when they're finished growing.

  • Acrofatic: Ties with Cosmoem as the heaviest Pokémon in the series, clocking in at a whopping 2204.4 lbs.note , beating out Primal Groudon by a mere 0.4 poundsnote . Despite this, it has been seen zipping through the sky at high speeds, and can even learn the move Acrobatics.
  • Arm Cannon: Made more readily apparent in Pokémon Ga-Olé.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's among the largest Pokémon in the entire series at about 30 feet (9 meters) tall. This size chart can give you an idea of just how unsettlingly large this thing is.
  • Blinding Bangs: Its hair seems to cover the part of its face where eyes would be... If it has eyes there or if the bluish-green circles are its eyes.
  • Blow You Away: Celesteela is half Flying-type due to its ability to use flammable gas to lift itself off the ground. It can naturally learn Air Slash.
  • Confusion Fu: Has varied strong attacks on the Physical and Special side as well as several recovery moves, and thanks to its Jack-of-All-Stats nature it can choose which stat to Beast Boost, making it good at any sort of offense and defense.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Its concept art depicts its mouth as a big happy smile... when it's supposedly angry.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Celesteela is half Steel-type. Notably due to this typing and its massive weight, it's the best Heavy Slam user in the series, able to hit all but a few Pokémon with the move's maximum power.
  • Foil: To Kartana. Both are Steel-type Ultra Beasts with the same numerical code name. Celesteela is exclusive to Moon and Ultra Moon, while Kartana is exclusive to Sun and Ultra Sun. Celesteela is the tallest and heaviest Ultra Beast, while Kartana is the shortest and lightest Ultra Beast. Celesteela's stats naturally make it a Mighty Glacier; Kartana's stats make it a Glass Cannon. Celesteela is part-Flying and learns multiple Grass moves; Kartana is part-Grass and learns multiple Flying moves. Additionally, they both have an oriental theme to their designs: one resembling bamboo and the other an origami figure, and due to this, they can be found in Malie Garden in their respective versions.
  • Flight: A Flying-type, and notably one of the few Pokémon to use rocket-jet propulsion as its method of flight.
  • Floating Limbs: Whether they count as limbs is debatable, but the rocket-booster-like objects at its sides aren't physically attached to its body.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite being among the largest Pokémon in the series, it doesn't appear to be especially ferocious. Most of the danger with it comes from the fact that it accidentally burns down the area around it during liftoff.
  • Green Thumb: Despite not being a Grass-type Pokémon, Celesteela has several plant-like characteristics and is capable of learning many Grass-type moves. It can even absorb nutrients from the ground.
  • Heal Thyself: It learns several Grass-type recovery moves such as Giga Drain, Leech Seed, and even Ingrain.
  • Hime Cut: Appears to sport one from its head, made of metal. Considering its inspiration, it's probably deliberate.
  • Humongous Mecha: Given its Steel/Flying-type, enormously tall and heavy being, as well as its rocket-like design, Celesteela can be considered one. To compare, Celesteela is Zeong with detached limbs!
  • Informed Ability: The Pokédex mentions that it flies at high speed. Its speed is nothing special; in fact, it's Celesteela's worst stat by far. It does learn Autotomize naturally to greatly boost speed, however.
  • Ironic Name: Kaguya-hime was, at least as an infant when she was found in a bamboo stalk, the size of a thumb. Celesteela's thumb is about the size of an average person.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Unlike most Ultra Beasts, Celesteela's stats are all above-average and well-rounded, with none being exceptional nor bad except for its slow speed at 61, but even that can be fixed with Autotomize. Because of this, one can actually tweak its strongest stat to Beast Boost.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Due to being a Jack-of-All-Stats, Celesteela is able to specialize in almost anything from a physical or special attacker, a physically defensive or specially defensive wall or even a mixed attacker favoring a particular attack stat.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Its habitat in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is depicted as an area filled with hot spring-like pools, which suggests that the landscape itself is volcanic.
  • Living Ship: It's capable of space flight, but it also sports a plant-based biology, making it a Tree Vessel of sorts.
  • Long-Lived: In its debut episode of the Pokémon anime (Rise and Shine, Starship!), it was revealed that one particular Celesteela had been growing in Alola for over 200 years after emerging from a naturally occurring Ultra Wormhole.
  • Long Neck: Like Alolan Exeggutor, most of its massive height comes from its absurdly long neck.
  • Meaningful Name: Celestial + Steel, and it's appropriately an airborne being made of steel inspired by a celestial being. Its Japanese name, Tekkaguya, is a mix of tekka (iron) + Kaguya (referencing the folk legend).
  • Magic Knight: Celesteela's Attack and Special Attack are almost equally high, with its highest stat being its Special Attack.
  • Mighty Glacier: Celesteela can take hits and dish out powerful attacks in return, but is rather slow. But it does learn Autotomize to make it a full-on Jack-of-All-Stats to Lightning Bruiser at best. It's even heavy enough that the weight loss from Autotomize means very little with regards to Heavy Slamnote .
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: It's a giant alien bamboo spacecraft princess-like robot.
  • Organic Technology: Self-explanatory; it's a living spacecraft!
  • Plant Aliens: It's implied to have plant-like biology, as it can absorb nutrients like a plant, and can learn several Grass-type attacks. In the Ultra Crater it's shown that they grow like plants before rocketing up into space. In other words, they're "bamboo shoots".
  • Playing with Fire: It is said to be able to use the flammable gas it uses for flight to burn down entire forests, and while it cannot learn any Fire-type moves naturally, it can learn a few through TMs.
  • Robot Girl: A bit more of a subtle example, but Celesteela is one of the more feminine Ultra Beasts...that is also based on a satellite or a spaceship.
  • The Speechless: In the anime.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As strange as it seems, Celesteela has an almost "graceful" appearance despite also being a gargantuan living spaceship.
  • Tiny-Headed Behemoth: Most of Celesteela's bulk is concentrated in the lower part of its body, while its head is relatively tiny and gives it a more aerodynamic shape.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: The flammable gas it expels for flight can burn down its surroundings during take-off, and it can be taught Fire-type moves.

    UB- 04 Blade (Slash) | Kartana (Kamiturugi)  

798: Kartana / Kamiturugi (カミツルギ kamitsurugi)
Code name: UB-04 Blade / UB04 Slash

A Grass/Steel-type Ultra Beast that looks like a tiny samurai warrior made of origami. It doesn't purposefully seem to attack opponents on its own, but its unbelievably sharp body makes it a major threat to deal with. In one sighting, it was seen cutting down a large steel tower with one swipe of its arms.

Its home dimension, Ultra Forest, is a lush forest inspired by a Japanese rock garden, filled with old trees that grow in an angular fashion and rocks. There are also people here that live in harmony with the Kartana and will challenge you to a battle with them.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Its Pokédex entry in Moon notes that it can cut down a steel tower with one slice of its blade. Fittingly, it has an astounding attack stat. As of Generation VII, it has the highest Attack stat of all non-Mega Evolved Pokémon (and third overall, only falling behind Mega Heracross and Mewtwo X). When encountered in Ultra Sun, the wild Kartana effortlessly cuts a large rock before fighting the player.
  • Action Initiative: Learns Vacuum Wave, a Fighting-type attack with increased priority, as a starting move, although it cannot make effective use of it as it's a special attack, and Kartana is a Magically Inept Fighter.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Can learn Aerial Ace naturally, and Smart Strike by TM, both of which always hit unless the opponent uses Protect or similar moves. Sacred Sword is also somewhat this, as it ignores the target's evasion boosts and sports a natural 100% accuracy, but is still vulnerable to Kartana's accuracy being lowered.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Appears to be a living origami figurine.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Can learn Sacred Sword, which ignores defense and evasion boosts.
  • Armored But Frail: Has good Defense but poor HP, which means any moves that bypass its Defense stat make short work of it.
  • Badass Adorable: It's a 1 ft. tall Pokémon that floats around energetically who happens to be part of the powerful Ultra Beasts.
  • Badass Boast: Not that Kartana talks in-game, but its concept art gives it a pretty neat one:
    "And so another unworthy opponent falls before my blade."
    • It's a stock phrase in Japanese media, often given to austere samurai types, such as the most famous user of this phrase, Goemon Ishikawa XIII. Kartana is even voiced by Goemon's current voice actor, Daisuke Namikawa, to seal the Shout-Out deal.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The opening on its face apparently serves as both an eye and a mouth. In Kartana's interactions in Pokémon Refresh, the orifice can be seen "blinking" while it is idle, will dilate when it is happy, and is used to eat Poké Beans. The face itself resembles a paper fortune teller.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: In place of normal arms, it has a pair of stylized paper katanas, with the lower arm carrying the design of the handle and the upper arm being the blade itself. When it makes particularly strong-swings, it claps them together to form a single thicker blade as if holding it with two hands.
  • Blood Knight: While its cry in the anime is a stoic stock phrase about unmatched skill being wasted, Kartana's actual behavior and tendency to repeat "again, I cut, again again" imply it's downright gleeful when it successfully slices something.
  • Blow You Away: Interestingly, even though Kartana's learnset is almost entirely composed of slashing moves, it has Defog as a starting move, which uses wind to remove elements such as hazards and screens from the battlefield. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon allow Kartana to learn Tailwind from Move Tutors. This is likely an allusion to paper fans.
  • Depending on the Writer: Kartana acts very energetic when in Pokémon Refresh, yet its concept art claims its personality is "austere" and includes quotes that befit a no-nonsense samurai. The latter characterization is used in the anime; it has a very deep voice, and says the stock Samurai quote "Once again I have cut a worthless object", backwards.
  • Dimensional Cutter: In the anime, its sword-like arms are capable of slicing through dimensional walls to create Ultra Wormholes.
  • Dump Stat: Its Special Attack and Special Defense are laughably low since it focuses way more on its physical stats.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: As a sword-based being, Kartana is half Steel-type. While it doesn't learn any Steel-type moves via level-up, it can be taught Smart Strike via TM.
  • Eyeless Face: Its entire "face" is nothing more than a gaping mouth, in a sense, though the concept art refers to the yellow spot in its mouth as its eyes.
  • Foil: To Celesteela. Both are Steel-type Ultra Beasts with the same numerical code name. Kartana is exclusive to Sun and Ultra Sun, while Celesteela is exclusive to Moon and Ultra Moon. Kartana is the shortest and lightest Ultra Beast, while Celesteela is the tallest and heaviest Ultra Beast. Kartana's stats make it a Glass Cannon, while Celesteela's stats make it a Mighty Glacier. Kartana is part-Grass and gets access to multiple Flying moves, Celesteela is part-Flying and gets access to multiple Grass moves. Additionally, they both have an oriental theme to their designs: one resembling an origami figure and the other bamboo — and due to this, they can be found in Malie Garden in their respective versions.
  • Glass Cannon: Kartana's Attack is sky-high (and will almost certainly be boosted by Beast Boost on a successful KO), it's reasonably fast, and its Grass/Steel typing with its similarly-high Defense lets it repel physical hits that aren't Fire-based. On the flipside, its Special Defense is absolutely horrible and its HP isn't far behind, so any good special attacker that flies past its resistances (and maybe even some that don't) will have no trouble making it fold.
  • Green Thumb: Kartana is half Grass-type, most likely because its body is made out of paper.
  • Informed Ability: While its Pokédex entries state that Kartana's body is composed of razor-sharp blades that make it dangerous to touch, it can still be petted in Pokémon Refresh with no ill effects. Even its arm blades can be touched safely.
  • Informed Flaw: In research notes about Kartana, it says that it is vulnerable to moisture, likely due to it being a Paper Person. However, it actually resists Water-type moves due to it being part Grass-type.
  • Ironic Name: Its Japanese codename is UB-04 Slash. However, it cannot learn the move Slash.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Kartana's arms are like miniature katanas (as if its own name didn't make it clear enough). Given how the only Pokémon with a higher Attack stat are two Mega Evolutions,note  maybe they really are just better.
  • Keet: It's surprisingly energetic in Pokémon Refresh, with its tendency to float around quickly and spin around excitedly when happy. In the anime, while it spouts a typical stoic samurai phrase, the fact that it tends to repeat "again, again" implies it's more than eager to cut things.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Both its special stats are awful, especially its Special Defense, which is on par with un-evolved Com Mons. Putting it into perspective, Pidgey has better Special Defense than Kartana.
  • Martial Pacifist: Kartana's Pokédex entry in Sun notes that it won't attack unless it's attacked first.
  • Master Swordsman:
    • Kartana is an ace with its sword, and it's described in a Pokédex entry as capable of slicing a building. In fact, almost all of its entire level-up movepool is filled with slash-based attacks.
    • Kartana's home world, the Ultra Forest, has Kartenvoys, Human Aliens that train Kartana and speak with Kendo terms and phrases.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Katana + Art, and it is fitting for a sword-based being that resembles the art form of origami. Coincidentally, its name sounds similar to Curtana, the ceremonial coronation sword of British royalty. The sword's name is also derived from the Latin word Curtus, meaning short, which is reflective of Kartana's small size.
    • Its name might be derived from the Greek word Khartes and the Latin word Charta (pronounced karta), meaning paper.
    • Its name may also be derived from the Sanskrit word, "KartanaM karoti", which means, "to cut", something that Kartana does very well.
    • Its French and German name, Katagami, is a portmanteau of Katana + Origami.
  • Paper People: It looks like an origami figure and is completely flat. Thanks to its massive Attack, it's also going to be giving out the most painful papercuts ever.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Exaggerated Trope. It may be the smallest of the Ultra Beasts at just a foot tall, but it can slice a steel tower in half and it packs an extremely high Attack.
  • Plant Person: It's a Grass-type and the trees in the Ultra Forest bear flowers that resemble Kartana, implying that it's plant-like in nature.
  • Punny Name: Its Japanese name, Kamiturugi, is a pun on kami being a homophone that can mean both "paper" and "deity". As such, the name can be interpreted as either "paper sword" or "divine sword", appropriately enough given its appearance and mind-boggling Attack.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Yes, this creature is an Ultra Beast with the same absurdly strong powers as any other of its kind, but it's also a teeny-tiny paper-craft person that acts adorable and very hyper once befriended.
  • Samurai: Resembles one, and acts and talks (or at least, thinks) like one according to its concept art.
  • Sdrawkcab Speech: Its cry in the anime consists of the phrase "Once again I have cut a worthless object", or portions thereof, played backwards.
  • Secret Art: Kartana is currently the only Pokémon who naturally learns Cut. Since HMs have been rendered obsolete in Generation VII, it's now the only Pokémon in Sun and Moon that can learn it.
  • Token Good Teammate: It's stated to be a Martial Pacifist, and it's the only Ultra Beast aside from Poipole shown peacefully interacting with humans in its home Ultra Space.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Kartana learns practically nothing outside of slashing moves. It is, however, extremely effective with them given its enormous Attack stat and the fact said slashing moves tend to be physical.
  • Weak Against Magic: Kartana's poor base 31 Special Defense makes it particularly weak against special-based moves, especially Fire-type ones due to its 4x weakness to Fire.
  • Weak to Fire: Just like a piece of dry paper, any Fire-type attack that hits before Kartana does will bring its rampage to a grinding halt. It can't even take a Fire Spin, the weakest Fire attack in the game, from anything within its level range.
  • Wutai: Its habitat in Ultra Sun is highly reminiscent of this kind of aesthetic, with trees that resemble Cherry Blossoms and rock formations that wouldn't be out of place in a Japanese-style garden.

    UB- 05 Glutton (Gluttony) | Guzzlord (Akuziking)  

799: Guzzlord / Akuziking (アクジキング akujikingu)
Code name: UB-05 Glutton / UB05 Gluttony

A Dark/Dragon-type Ultra Beast. It's a big, fat, terrifying monster that — true to both of its names — can and will devour anything and everything. It has been said to have swallowed whole mountains, buildings, and even the seas with ease. Bizarrely though, it doesn't seem to excrete any waste products, implying that it fully converts everything it eats into pure energy.

Guzzlord's home dimension is known as the Ultra Ruin, but it looks eerily familiar. Most of its former residents have left the planet and now the decaying city is slowing being eaten away by the Guzzlord. Looking through the rubble and talking to the only person left reveals some horrifying truths about this place. In the anime, the tiny head on top is shown to be its only vulnerable spot.

  • Adaptational Villainy: While the games imply that it is a scavenger in an already dead world, the anime portrays it as an unstoppable monstrosity that destroyed all of Melemele Island in an alternate timeline. This is especially in stark contrast to the other Ultra Beasts, which the anime mostly downplayed as light-hearted threats in Sentai parodies.
  • Adipose Rex: It's very plump, and all of its names contain the word "lord" or "king", implying it holds some level of power over the other Ultra Beasts.
  • After the End: Guzzlord's homeworld, the Ultra Ruin, is in fact an alternate Hau'oli City in a world destroyed by nuclear meltdowns. Humanity has left for other planets sans a couple of people who watch over the dwindling Guzzlord population.
  • Arc Number: Has a particular connection to the number 8; it is the eighth UB species encountered in Sun and Moon note , weighs 888 kg, and is #799 in the National Dex, one short of #800. 8-8 is a Punny Name on the sound of a stomach growling in Japanese, and is a homophone of "ate" in English, though it's also worth noting Grimer is #88 in the National Dex listing, and Alolan-Grimer is approximately 8 times shorter than Guzzlord as well.
  • Belly Mouth: Guzzlord's cavernous mouth is located where its stomach would be.
  • Big Eater: Obviously, Guzzlord has an immense appetite and it eats everything in its path. No one has seen the waste products it leaves behind, however, but it's speculated that it converts the food it eats into energy. Note that while it can learn Stockpile and Swallow, it does not learn Spit Up, unlike most other Pokémon who learn those two other moves.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Its anatomy is bizarre even by Ultra Beast standards, being made of mostly an enormous mouth, inside of which is another mouth, and sporting two tongues, which are also themselves mouths. Its black hide is also akin to hard rubber.
  • Bottomless Bladder: Despite eating constantly, its excrement has never been found. Of course, this presupposes anything Guzzlord eats gets turned to waste at all...
  • The Brute: Unlike most Dark-types, which tend to be Combat Pragmatists, Guzzlord's moveset is largely composed of ways to just smash things that get in its way, such as Thrash, Outrage, Stomping Tantrum and Brutal Swing.
  • Casting a Shadow: It's part Dark-type, which might be due to its gluttonous nature and Obviously Evil appearance.
  • Cephalothorax: Its main body consist of an enormous mouth with some limbs sticking out.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Has godly HP, above-average offenses, but its defenses and Speed are lackluster. To make it even more damage sponge-y, Guzzlord gets Stockpile and Swallow to patch up its defenses and with that, it's capable of regenerating up to a whole health bar.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Guzzlord has a very sinister, eldritch, and villainous design, is part-Dark (a type known for its lack of honor and ethics), and its Japanese name, Akuziking, includes the word "aku" (evil). Despite this, it has no more of a villainous personality or agenda than the other Ultra Beasts, though it's certainly not harmless.
  • Draconic Abomination: It's an eldritch-looking dragon that seemingly lives for devouring everything in sight, has a conveyer belt in its mouth, and can eat just about anything without producing waste.
  • Dump Stat: Its godly HP is balanced out with terrible defenses and Speed.
  • Endangered Species: The sole NPC in the Ultra Ruin mentions that their numbers are slowly decreasing these days (or at least on that specific planet), meaning that they might be in danger of going extinct. You never have to worry about there being a finite number of Guzzlord, though.
  • Extra Eyes: Guzzlord has two sets of eyes: One on its head (the really small thing above its Belly Mouth), and one above its Belly Mouth.
  • Extreme Omnivore: As stated, it is up for eating anything in sight.
  • Fat Bastard: It's one of the fattest Ultra Beasts, a Dark-type based on brutal fighting rather than sneakiness, and has a penchant for eating almost everything it encounters.
  • Final Boss: Guzzlord's the last Ultra Beast that you end up catching in Sun and Moon and it gives off this vibe. Appropriately enough, it sets itself apart as there being only one to catch (Nihilego has this as well, but there were multiple shown in Ultra Space), comes at the highest level, and is far out in a single area. To put it further, it has the lowest catch rate of them at 15. Finally, the bottom floor of Resolution Cave in which it is encountered resembles the format of the same room containing Zygarde in X and Y.
  • Foil: To Zygarde's Complete Forme. They're both Dragon-types that have titanic HP, utter titans sharing roughly similar weight and height values, sport a sort of kingly appearance, share rather similar anatomical features such as a Belly Mouth, and their found locations in their origin games, Terminus Cave for (50%) Zygarde in X/Y, and Resolution Cave for Guzzlord in Sun/Moon, share the exact same layout (and Zygarde eventually moves into Resolution Cave in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon). However, whereas Zygarde Complete is part Ground, is known as the "Order" Pokémon, has a much more righteous and elegant appearance, and is a Lightning Bruiser due to its above average speed and access to Dragon Dance, Guzzlord is far from orderly, being part Dark and having a extremely gluttonous nature, making it resemble an Adipose Rex, and remains only as a Mighty Glacier.
    • The addition of the Ultra Ruin in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon heighten the comparison. Zygarde is a protector of the environment and appears in times of crisis, while in the Ultra Ruin, Guzzlord is cleaning up the rubble of an alternate Hau'oli City. It's left ambiguous as to whether Guzzlord was responsible for the city's destruction, or if they only moved in after it was evacuated and destroyed.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: While it is stated that the Guzzlord population is decreasing in the Ultra Ruin due to running out of things to eat, there's nothing stopping you from catching as many of them as you want, as the original 7 Ultra Beasts can be caught once every visit to their respective home dimension.
    • While Guzzlord is supposed to be constantly hungry and never stop eating, feeding it 3 Poké Beans in Refresh fills it up just like it would any other Pokémon (barring the handful which cannot be fed).
  • Hell Is That Noise: The anime portrays its roar as a man screaming in agony, though it is also heard making some standard Pokémon Speak sounds in its second appearance.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Guzzlord hails from a universe whose instance of the Pokémon world was devastated following a power plant meltdown in Alola and almost all of the human population migrated to other planets while the Guzzlord consume the remains of Hau'oli City. It is implied that Guzzlord may have mutated from another species of Pokémon due to radioactive exposure.
  • Kaiju: Guzzlord is a giant, monstrous being from another universe. In said universe, like any good kaiju, it wreaks havoc over Hau'oli City, and could possibly have been created by the nuclear disasters that devastated that version of the Pokémon universe.
  • King Mook: All of its names have the words "king" or "lord" in them, it's the last Ultra Beast encountered in Sun and Moon, and only one is encountered, while at least two specimens of the other Ultra Beasts are encountered. It's not so rare in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but the Ultra Ruin is the rarest destination of white wormholes in Ultra Warp Ride.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In Sun and Moon, before you face Guzzlord, you're reminded of how dangerous the Ultra Beasts are when Nanu reveals a Faller was "done in" by a Guzzlord ten years prior. Then in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, its habitat is easily one of the darkest things in any Pokémon game.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Lovecraft's monsters are among the inspirations for its design.
  • Meaningful Name: Guzzle + Lord, fitting for a threatening being that eats a lot.
  • Mighty Glacier: Of the variety that also includes Pokémon such as Blissey, in that its durability comes not from its defenses but from a monstrously high HP, to the point that its otherwise-lackluster stats (aside from Attack and Special Attack, which are at best slightly above average) don't stand out nearly as much.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Resembles a crab-dragon hybrid.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Fitting for a monster who's known for eating anything and everything.
  • Multiple Head Case: Like its inspiration; its belly serves as its "main" head, while it also has a small vestigial head that doesn't serve much purpose.
  • Multi Purpose Tongue: Those two claws coming out of its mouth are actually its tongues, which it uses to draw more food into its mouth.
  • Nested Mouths: It has a vertical mouth at the throat of its huge maw.
  • No Indoor Voice: Its cry has a loud reverberation and it is among the few Pokémon that cannot learn the move Confide.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Its own jarringly unearthly design especially stands out from most of the Beasts, looking like something straight out of some other darker RPG.
  • Notzilla: Guzzlord has some reptilian traits just like the famous lizard, and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon make the comparison more overt with its habitat, Ultra Ruin; a devastated city that is suggested to have been destroyed by nuclear disasters, which may also have created Guzzlord via mutating another Pokémon species. On a lighter note, its character design sheet notes its hide is akin to rubber, much like a rubber suit.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Its habitat are the Ultra Ruin; an alternate Alola that was devastated by nuclear meltdowns, suggesting that the species may have come into being through radioactive mutations.
  • One-Track-Minded Hunger: It's not called UB-05 Glutton for nothing. It quite literally lives to eat.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: It's a dragon from another dimension, that's basically a big round blob with a Belly Mouth and Too Many Mouths.
  • Overly Long Tongue: You see those two arm-like appendages extending from its mouth? Those are Guzzlord's tongues. Also qualify as a Multi Purpose Tongue, considering it uses them to attack.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: Guzzlord is perfectly capable of surviving and ingesting materials in a Hau'oli City turned into a radioactive wasteland, and you never need to worry about irradiating yourself or the rest of the world just by being near it.
  • Spikes of Villainy: By far the most "spiky" of the Ultra Beasts. It isn't really evil, but definitely looks the part.
  • Tiny-Headed Behemoth: Guzzlord is 18 feet tall, and has an almost cartoonishly small head above its Belly Mouth that might be ignored at first glance because of it having a second set of eyes above aforementioned mouth.
  • Too Many Mouths: Four of them, to be precise, between the Nested Mouths within its maw and the two mouths that adhere to each of its tongues.

New Ultra Beasts (Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon)

  • Advertised Extra: More so than in Sun and Moon, the Ultra Beasts in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have a minimal impact on the story. Blacephelon (in Ultra Sun) or Stakataka (in Ultra Moon) appear in a brief cutscene and then is capturable in the postgame in a very brief sequence, compared to the lengthy postgame sidequest in Sun and Moon. Poipole is somewhat more prominent, appearing alongside the Ultra Recon Squad several times, but it doesn't do much besides providing a few battles.
  • All There in the Script: None of their codenames are mentioned in-game, only in game trailers. In fact, Naganadel's codename, UB Stinger, wasn't even revealed until a while after the games' release!
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Trailers don't even bother hiding the fact that Ultra Beasts can be captured, and in fact, show off the type of the new Ultra Beasts as well.
  • Lighter and Softer: While they are still very alien compared to normal Pokémon, none of them are as explicitly monstrous as Guzzlord or Nihilego... at least in appearance (barring Naganadel).
  • The Unreveal: Despite the original seven Ultra Beasts getting mini-dungeons of their own, we never see the new Ultra Beasts' habitats; Stakataka and Blacephalon appear in Alola in the postgame (where only two can be caught as opposed to the limitless numbers of the returning Ultra Beasts), and Poipole is given away as a gift. That said, Ultra Megalopolis is in the latter's universe, but we never see where wild Poipole live.
  • You Are Number 6: Averted; while they're still given code names in advertising material, they don't appear in game beyond a brief mention and no longer have numbers. This is due to the fact that the International Police isn't even involved in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, thus any code names they had for these Ultra Beasts aren't mentioned in-game.

    UB- Adhesive (Sticky) and UB- Stinger | Poipole and Naganadel (Bevenom and Agoyon) 

803: Poipole / Bevenom (ベベノム bebenomu)
804: Naganadel / Agoyon (アーゴヨン aagoyon)
Poipole's code name: UB Adhesive / UB:STICKY
Naganadel's code name: UB Stinger / UB:STINGER

A Poison-type Ultra Beast that debuts in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It resembles a small lizard-like alien with glowing blue eyes and a big head, which has needles resembling glue nozzles. It's one of the few Ultra Beasts to be used by an NPC, and is used by the Ultra Recon Squad; after the events of the plot, the Ultra Recon Squad will gift a Poipole to the player. Poipole evolves into the Poison/Dragon Naganadel when leveled up knowing Dragon Pulse.

  • Adorable Abomination: By far, Poipole is the most traditionally "cute" of the Ultra Beasts. It could easily be mistaken for a Mythical Pokémon like Mew or Celebi, and its reveal trailer even shows it adorably fawning over the player in Pokémon Refresh. The only other Ultra Beast that beats it in the smallness department is Kartana.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Naturally learning both Charm AND Nasty Plot can't be a good sign. Poipole's concept art features a lot of drawings showing it in an adorable way... and there's another drawing showing it with a devilish grin. That being said, Poipole is renowned for being remarkably easy for humans to befriend and bond with, especially because of the similar standards of emotion in both species.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: While Naganadel has a recognizable head, mouth, and eyes, this still applies as its brain is actually located in its abdomen (tying into how when it evolves its abdomen retains a shape similar to Poipole's head). Said brain is also connected to the massive stingers on the abdomen, and for this reason Naganadel hates having those stingers touched.
  • Giant Flyer: At 11' 10'' (3.6 metres), Naganadel is very big for a flyer (and is the largest non-Legendary Pokémon known to fly, after Dragonair), although its stinger makes it look larger than it actually is.
  • Glass Cannon: Naganadel has very high Special Attack and Speed stats, as well as powerful special moves. Its Beast Boost ability allows Naganadel to be even stronger or faster every time it defeats an enemy, but its defenses are poor.
  • Guide Dang It!: The Pokédex showing a second slot on Poipole's page is the only indication in game that it has an evolution, and unlike the Cosmog line, which evolves at specific prime numbers, it must relearn Dragon Pulse, which stands out in its otherwise shallow movepool.
  • Image Song: The Sun & Moon anime's third opening song, "Future Connection", is sung from a Poipole's point of view.
  • Killer Rabbit: Poipole is cuddly and adorable, especially when petted in Ultra Sun's/Moon's incarnation of Pokémon Refresh. However, it is an Ultra Beast. While not fully evolved, its BST of 420 is already on par with Mightyena and in general outclasses most of the other not fully evolved Pokémon.
  • Late Character Syndrome: Poipole is the first Ultra Beast available to you in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but despite coming in before the final Trial, the only way to teach it Dragon Pulse and let it evolve into Naganadel is to use the Move Reminder or a Move Tutor. The former NPC doesn't appear until Mount Lanakila's Pokémon Center (i.e. just outside the Pokémon League), and the latter at the Battle Tree (a postgame location), so it's stuck as a Poipole for quite a while. Bear in mind, the original seven Ultra Beasts and several Olympus Mons (including Necrozma) can be caught before it's able to relearn Dragon Pulse.
  • Master of None: Poipole's base stats all round up or down to an average 70. Although it is capable of using Eviolite as an unevolved Pokémon to bolster its defenses, the lack of a reliable recovery move other than Rest prevents it from excelling as a defensive Pokémon.
  • Meaningful Name: Naganadel's name is Naga + Nadel (German for Needle). Fittingly enough, it's a Dragon-Type and has needle-like protrusions.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Its upper body is recognizably draconic, with a head that vaguely resembles Dialga's, but it has the mandibles, abdomen and overall body plan of a wasp.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Poipole and Naganadel both have fully light-blue eyes... which glow in the dark, according to its concept art. Their mouths behave similarly.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer officially revealing Naganadel shows it emerging from a Beast Ball. However, the one Poipole you can ever get always comes in a Poké Ball and the Ultra Recon Squad never evolve their Poipole, meaning there's no current legal way of having or even seeing a Naganadel in a Beast Ball.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Naganadel is a poisonous alien dragon that resembles a wasp.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Imagine an otherworldly wasp/dragon hybrid... whose abdomen used to be its head and happens to contain its brain. Yeah, Naganadel's an UB just as odd as the rest, although it's at least more recognizably draconic than fellow Dragon-type UB Guzzlord.
  • Our Wyverns Are Different: Naganadel, being a dual Poison/Dragon-type with two wings, two arms and an enormous syringe-like stinger at the end of its abdomen, is highly reminiscent of traditional wyverns.
  • Playing with Fire: Naganadel can learn Flamethrower and Fire Blast through TMs to both compliment its high Special Attack and deal with Steel-types, which resist both of its types.
  • Poisonous Person: Poipole is a pure Poison-type.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Its predominant color, and fitting for a Poison-type. Its name is also pronounced similarly to "purple" in a Joisey accent.
  • Sadist: If Poipole's Ultra Moon entry is anything to go by.
    "An Ultra Beast that lives in a different world, it cackles wildly as it sprays its opponents with poison from the needles on its head."
  • Secret Character: Naganadel is one to an extent — the Ultra Recon Squad's Poipole never evolves, and as the only users of the line in the game, the fact that Poipole has a second image spot on its page of the Pokédex is a player's only in-game clue that it even can evolve.
  • Starter Mon: According to its Ultra Sun Pokédex entry, it's well-liked enough to be a starter option in its own world. In fact, Naganadel's base stat total (540) is around the same range as that of a fully-evolved Starter Pokémon.
  • Telepathy: In the anime, Naganadel can communicate telepathically and project images into human and Pokémon minds, possibly because someone needed to Info Dump Necrozma's backstory in place of the Ultra Recon Squad.
  • Token Good Teammate: While none of the Ultra Beasts are truly evil, ignoring some of its sadistic tendencies, it's the Ultra Beast most inclined to express emotions and understand human speech with long enough contact. It and Kartana are also the only Ultra Beasts so far to be used by human NPCs. Similarly, Poipole is the one Ultra Beast that can be obtained only as a gift, and according to its Ultra Sun Pokédex entry, it's even popular enough to be a starter in its home universe.
  • Unique Enemy: Poipole isn't one of a kind, but ironically, unlike the original seven Ultra Beasts and the two other Ultra Beasts added in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, only one copy of Poipole (and thus, Naganadel) is available per game. Given that it's a Starter Mon (which are often hard to come by in the wild) in Ultra Megalopolis, perhaps this is only appropriate.

    UB- Assembly (Lay) | Stakataka (Tundetunde) 

805: Stakataka / Tundetunde (ツンデツンデ tsundetsunde)
Code name: UB Assembly / UB:LAY

A Rock/Steel-type Ultra Beast that debuts in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, exclusive to Ultra Moon. It resembles a four-sided stone brick building propped up on brick legs. Countless eyes can be seen on the inside of the structure that occasionally peep out to view its surroundings. True to its codename, this Ultra Beast is an assembly of numerous stone-like lifeforms into one large creature.

  • Ambiguous Robots: Despite being Rock/Steel-type, the aforementioned stone-like lifeforms can be an indication.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: It resembles a building, but each brick is a lifeform itself.
  • Armored But Frail: Stakataka's base defense is 211; the fourth highest in the game, but not counting Megas, it's only behind Shuckle. Its special defense is quite good too at 101. However, these are both offset by his HP being just 61.
  • The Brute: Its Ultra Moon Pokédex entry calls it a brute. With a height of 18'01"/5.5m (the same as Guzzlord) and an Attack of 131, it's not entirely inaccurate.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: It's part Rock-type.
  • Dump Stat: It has a measly 61 HP, 53 special attack and just 13 Speed. For reference, even Slowpoke is marginally faster than Stakataka.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: It's also part Steel-type. Gyro Ball on it also deserves special mention; because of how incredibly slow it is, its Gyro Balls hits like a train even against anything that resists it and/or is even moderately slow.
  • Extra Eyes: Stakataka is comprised of eyes on bricks. The ones that face inwards act as eyelids.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Every part of its body has an eyeball. This is justified due to Stakataka's nature as a hive of numerous smaller lifeforms.
  • Floating Limbs: Stakataka's leg bricks are not actually attached to its body. Its concept art shows it kicking a tree, with each of the bricks of one of its legs being visibly separated from each other.
  • Foil: To Blacephalon, despite not sharing a type. Stakataka is a Pokémon that puts much of its emphasis into defenses, unlike the more attack-oriented Blacephalon. Its individual bricks all organize itself into a cohesive whole, which invokes order over chaos. Stakataka is also mostly grey in color, as opposed to Blacephalon's much more colorful color palette.
  • Humongous Mecha: It's a building-like Spider Tank.
  • I Am Legion: It's explicitely stated that every single eyed cube that forms it is a living being by its own.
  • Living Structure Monster: Stakataka resembles a brick building when at rest.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: With a Special Attack of 53, Stakataka's not going to be denting much with special moves. Not that it learns a lot of them, anyway; what few it can learn are all through TMs and Move Tutors. Its Special Defense, while nowhere near as dismal, is still lower than its incredible physical Defense.
  • Mighty Glacier: Has a very impressive Defense of 211, a good Special Defense of 101 and a surprisingly great Attack of 131 while its type combination gives it a select few (but severe) weaknesses with some nice resistances. Still, its 13 speed isn't going to win it any races... unless it uses Trick Room (which turns it into a Lightning Bruiser). Stakataka also has the potential to have the most powerful Gyro Ball in the game, having the highest Attack (tied with Dhelmise) and lowest Speed stats of all Pokémon that get STAB from Steel-type moves.
  • Psychic Powers: Learns a surprising number of Psychic moves from TMs and Move Tutors. In total, it actually learns more Psychic moves than it does Rock or Steel.note 
  • Punny Name: Its name sounds like "Stack Attacker"... and, fittingly, it's a stack of bricks that attacks.
  • Reality Warper: It can learn Trick Room to reverse everyone's speed so the fastest become the slowest and vice versa. Luckily for it, it's also one of the slowest Pokémon out therenote .
  • Recurring Element: The individual bricks are one-eyed Steel-types that cluster together, much like Magnemite, Beldum, and Klink.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its eyes are normally blue, but they glow red when angry.
  • Spider Tank: The 150 lifeforms comprising Stakataka arrange themselves into a cuboid form with the corners jutted out and lowered to act like legs. If you play with it in Pokémon Refresh, it might retract its legs to assume a more standard obelisk shape.
  • Tron Lines: In addition to eyes, its sides also sports blue lines close to its edges.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: The living embodiment of this trope. Most of them face inward, but more face outward when it attacks.
  • The Worm That Walks: Every brick in its body is a separate stone-like lifeform, with the entire creature being a composite of many "bricks". Phyco mentions that one Stakataka consists of up to 150 of these separate lifeforms.

    UB- Burst | Blacephalon (Zugadoon) 

806: Blacephalon / Zugadoon (ズガドーン zugadoon)
Code name: UB Burst / UB:BURST

One of the new Ultra Beasts that debuts in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, exclusive to Ultra Sun. It is a thin, white and clownlike Fire/Ghost entity with a detached head that is said to be comprised of countless little sparks. Though it acts foppish and humorous, this is all a ruse — once an enemy lets its guard down, it throws its head at them, which explodes colorfully and deals massive damage.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Mind Blown is very powerful; factor in STAB and Blacephalon's high Special Attack, and not many Pokémon will survive a hit from it. Unfortunately, that includes Blacephalon itself due to the move costing half of its already dismal max HP, allowing at most two uses before it keels over. And if anything does survive... well, taking down Blacephalon just got easier for them.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: It's a colorful ghost entity that possesses a wobbly body and an explosive, regenerating head.
  • The Blank: Subverted. While it appears much like Xurkitree at first glance, the yellow dots on the floral objects decorating the sides of its head do appear to be eyes (since it can blink).
  • Cast from Hit Points: The recoil from Blacephalon's Secret Art Mind Blown is half of its maximum HP. What differentiates it from every other recoil move (and every other percentage-based effect in the game, for that matter) is that Mind Blown's recoil rounds up instead of down, preventing players from stacking an extra hit point to use Mind Blown more than twice without some form of healing.
  • Clown Species: It has a humanoid shape, but it also has the ability to take off its own head and use it in a fireworks display, something humans can't do.
  • Color-Coded Emotions: The colored sparks on Blacephalon's head change in hue to match its emotions. When neutral, there's a mix of blue and pink. When it is upset they all become blue, pink when angered, and yellow when happy.
  • Combat Pragmatist: It deliberately lures its enemies into a false sense of security with its buffoonish behavior, only for it to blow up its own head and steal their vitality.
  • Developers' Foresight: If a Shiny Blacephalon uses Mind Blown, the animation will change the color of the thrown head appropriately. This also extends to any Shiny Pokémon that somehow learns it (e.g. Copycat, Sketch).
  • Dump Stat: It has great offensive stats, but both its HP and defense are a weak 53.
  • Exorcist Head: One of its battle animations has it spin its head around several times.
  • Foil: To Stakataka, its version exclusive counterpart. Unlike the orderly and mostly monochrome Stakataka, Blacephalon is colorful and chaotic. Gameplay wise, Stakataka is a very slow Mighty Glacier that can both take and dish out huge amounts of punishment, while Blacephalon is a speedy Glass Cannon with immense offensive power but paper-thin defenses.
  • Glass Cannon: Its HP and Def are on the poor side, but it can deliver devastating hits with an Atk of 127, a Sp. Atk of 151 and access to a number of powerful special attacks. Its speed is also very good. For reference, this thing hits harder than Gyarados on the physical side and Rayquaza on the special side.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's a humanoid Ultra Beast with a detachable faceless head that can explode.
  • Informed Ability: Blacephalon is said to drain its targets' life vitality after catching them off guard and blowing up its head, but the only move it can learn that gives it anything resembling recovery at the opponent's expense is Pain Split, which just averages out the user and target's current HP amongst themselves. Even with the number of Psychic-type moves it learns, it doesn't get Dream Eater.
  • Life Drinker: After startling victims by exploding its head with Mind Blown, Blacephalon drains their vitality to use as a source of energy.
  • Losing Your Head: It attacks by detaching its own head and causing it to explode. Fortunately, it can grow back almost instantly.
  • Monster Clown: Its frilly neck, white body with vivid multicolor stripes and a puffy orb on its midsection gives it the appearance of a Humanoid Abomination clown. It deliberately moves and acts in a silly manner to lure its opponents into a sense of security and then fires its explosive head at them.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Similarly to Pheromosa, being Noodle People doesn't hinder it from having a good physical attack at 127. Too bad that it lacks a proper physical Fire move to fully utilize its mixed stats (it can learn Shadow Claw by TM).
  • Noodle People: Blacephalon's limbs and body are very thin and it's surprisingly light for its height of 5"11.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: It may act every bit like the goofy clown its appearance suggests it is, but it's extremely dangerous, as it uses the element of surprise to steal its victims' vitality.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Somehow, this interdimensional clown creature with an explosive head is part-Ghost type.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Even compared to the other Ultra Beasts, Blacephalon stands out with a design that is just mindfuck. Nothing about its biology makes any sort of sense whatsoever, being a random mishmash of colors and strange shapes that vaguely resemble a clown figure.
  • Palette Swap: An interesting variation of this occurs with its signature move, Mind Blown: If a Shiny Pokémon, (either a Shiny Blacephalon or a Shiny Smeargle) uses the move, the "Blacephalon Head" used in the move's animation will also be colored as a Shiny.
  • Playing with Fire: It's part-Fire type, and its Secret Art Mind Blown sure seems to fit the same bill.
  • Psychic Powers: Naturally learns several Psychic moves - including the seldom seen Magic Coat - as well as a number of other Psychic attacks and status moves by TMs.
  • Punny Name: Blacephalon = Blast + Cephalon (the Greek word for head). After all, its Mind Blown move blows its head up.
  • Secret Art: It's the only Pokémon to know Mind Blown, a Fire-type attack which involves flinging its head as a grenade. The move deals enormous damage, but unsurprisingly also hurts it by using up half its maximum HP.
  • Soul Power: It's part-Ghost type.
  • The Speechless: In the anime.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: It attacks by taking off its own head and chucking it at the poor sap unfortunate enough to be nearby, whereupon it explodes.
  • The Worf Effect: Its debut trailer shows it oneshotting the pseudo-legendary Metagross with its Secret Art, although the move being a Fire-type used on a Steel-type Pokémon factors into that.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sure, Blacephalon can be a tough nut to crack when you face it in the wild. But pit a Pokémon with the Damp ability against it, and Mind Blown suddenly gets taken off the table, making battling and catching it much easier.
  • Your Head A-Splode: It weaponizes this with its signature move, Mind Blown. A new head grows back immediately, though it sacrifices half of its maximum HP in doing so. This is even invoked down to its name, as seen above. Its Japanese name is even more direct as a full sentence that roughly translates as "The head goes 'boom.'"


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