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Ultra Recon Squad

A team of four people that debut in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. They hail from Ultra Megalopolis, a massive city in a world where the light has been stolen by Necrozma. Their goal is to return light to their world while preventing the same fate from befalling Alola.

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  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Living in a near-lightless dimension for so long has left their skin so pale it looks blue.
  • Anti-Villain: They're a group of Well-Intentioned and Reasonable Authority Figures who just want to save their world and any others from Necrozma - Dulse and Zossie want to stop it entirely, while Phyco and Soliera wish to learn how to control it. They become anti-heroes once they realize that aligning themselves with Lusamine wasn't the best course of action to take. In the past, their greedy ancestors tried to take control of Necrozma and eventually caused it to lose part of its body, reducing it from its Ultra form into the base one introduced in Sun and Moon, where it is in constant agony and needs to keep absorbing light to stay active.
  • Ambiguously Human: Blue skin aside, the fact that they apparently come from a world beyond an Ultra Wormhole, have a technological prowess unmatched by other people in the Pokémon World, and command their own Ultra Beasts, but are unfamiliar with the local customs of Alola (for example, their gesture for the typical "Alola!" greeting is square-shaped instead of the usual rainbow shape) leaves them suspect. They even refer to the people of the regular Pokémon world as "humans", indicating they themselves are not (or at least, do not consider themselves human). Albeit they also use terms like "the humans of the Alola region" which means they could be just distinguishing where they come from rather than saying they themselves are not some form of human.
  • The Glasses Come Off: They only remove their visors when something serious happens, namely Lusamine ruining their plans by deciding to fight it alongside Guzma.
  • Higher-Tech Species: In their home dimension, their answer to most problems is to use their advanced technology to fix or compensate for them, and the idea of training Pokémon, drawing out power via bonds with them and battling with them is fairly alien to them (though they do make use of Pokémon powers on occasion, i.e. their arrangement with their Solgaleo and Lunala, and keep some types as companions). One of the first things they do upon visiting the Pokémon world is reverse-engineer the Poké Ball and help the Aether Foundation create the Beast Ball (in this continuity, that is).
  • Human Aliens: Were it not for their bluish skin (which is implied to be due to living in a world with no light for so long), they'd be indistinguishable from ordinary humans.
  • Olympus Mons: They've managed to capture a UB Adhesive with a Beast Ball and use it in battle. Depending on the version, they have access to a Lunala or Solgaleo that they lend the player so that they may travel to Ultra Space and Ultra Megaopolis after Necrozma assimilates and kidnaps Nebby.
  • Police Are Useless: Zig-zagged. While Ultra Recon Squad played a larger role in Ultra Space investigations in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon than International Police did in Sun and Moon post-game, and each members have battled at least once, their inexperiences in Pokémon battling are explained, due to the absence of Pokémon battling in their dimensions. And their failure in capturing Necrozma from being ravaged to another dimension could explain this trope. Needless to say, they are competent and reasonable, just not on par with the other trainers in Alola.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: Dulse and Zossie are more involved with the plot in Ultra Sun while Phyco and Soliera stay behind in their home world. The reverse applies in Ultra Moon. Their motives in their respective games also differ. In Ultra Sun, they want to stop Necrozma. While in Ultra Moon, they want to make use of Necrozma's power.
  • Strange Salute: They use a greeting gesture similar to the Alolan greeting gesture, which starts with both hands at head-level before moving them out, down, and back in near hip-height in a square shape.
  • Theme Naming: All four major members are named after types of seaweed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The concept of Pokémon battling is relatively unknown to their world, and as such, they're not very experienced battlers. Additionally, Dulse / Soliera only use a single Pokémon in battle, as opposed to most trainers, who carry around several. However, that one Pokémon is usually an Ultra Beast that's always much higher-leveled than most other Pokémon in the vicinity, and probably outlevels the player's team as well.
  • Weapon of Choice: Barring the Furfrou used for the first encounter, UB Adhesive / Poipole is the only Pokémon they use in battle.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In Dulse / Soliera's first battle against the player, they use a Furfrou, which never reappears and is never mentioned again.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: They all react this way when Lusamine tries to take action against Necrozma.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zossie with her red hair has the most normal-looking hair of the lot, with Dulse having purple hair, and Soliera and Phyco both having dark blue hair.

    Captain Phyco (Shionira) 

Phyco / Shionira (シオニラ shionira)
The Captain of the Ultra Recon Squad in Ultra Moon. He has a prominent mustache that he frequently strokes.
  • Badass Mustache: He has a very impressive mustache. He's even seen stroking it in his artwork and in-game as his idle pose.
    • Beard of Evil: A mustache like that comes with a goatee. Subverted in that he isn't actually evil.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to Soliera's brawn.
  • The Leader: In Ultra Sun, he explicitly names himself as the Ultra Recon Squad's captain.
  • Non-Action Guy: He never becomes a Trainer, instead observing Soliera's experiments in Pokémon battling.
  • The Stoic: Always relatively levelheaded no matter the situation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: All of them have this moment, but Phyco's stands out in particular at Altar of the Moone where he reacts somewhat justifiably like this towards Lusamine.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shares his blue coloring with Soliera.

    Soliera (Mirin) 

Soliera / Mirin (ミリン mirin)
The Second in Command of the Ultra Recon Squad in Ultra Moon.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Implied. Overall seems relatively friendly, but seems to have sudden moments of aggression if her battle pose is anything to hint at.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Phyco's brains.
  • The Conscience: Soliera serves as this to Phyco, being the slightly more emotional of the two.
  • Fist Pump: Part of her speaking animation in the overworld. She also does this when she orders her Pokémon to attack in battle.
  • Kiai: Her battle intro is this, complete with a roar and a dramatic pose.
  • The Heart: More or less this, being relatively compassionate and questioning the safety of the player's well being during a talk with Phyco.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Soliera is debatably the curviest Pokemon character to date with shapely legs and a rather large chest.
  • Not So Stoic: On several occasions, particularly in battle.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her bangs cover her right eye. Soliera maintains this hairstyle even while wearing her visor.
  • She's Got Legs: In contrast to Lusamine's slender ones, she has thicker, curvier legs.
  • The Stoic: Usually, much like Phyco and Dulse.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The straightest player of this trope with actual blue hair, besides Phyco.


Dulse (ダルス darusu)
A member of the Ultra Recon Squad in Ultra Sun, a levelheaded man dedicated to the mission to subdue Necrozma and analyze its influence on Alola.
  • Badass Armfold: His default battle stance.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Underneath his visor, Dulse has these, likely to symbolize his unwavering dedication to his mission.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tallest guy paired with the smallest girl.
  • Not So Stoic: Noticeably looks quite surprised whenever he loses against you. His losing quotes also show more emotion than how he appears.
    Dulse: (after first fight) I don't understand!
  • Perpetual Frowner: More so than even Gladion.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm blue to Zossie's energetic red.
  • The Stoic: Has a far calmer and more mature disposition than the younger Zossie.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unique in that his is magenta.

    Zossie (Amamo) 

Zossie / Amamo (アマモ amamo)
A member of the Ultra Recon Squad in Ultra Sun. Appears to be a girl around the age of the protagonist.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite the importance of her mission, Zossie can't help but get excitedly curious over Alolan culture and the concept of a strange new world in general like many children her age would be, and early on in the game she decides that she'd love to be able to do the island challenge sometime.
  • Genki Girl: From what can be seen in her official artwork and Dulse telling her to settle down when they encounter Nebby and the player in Seaward Cave, Zossie is quite energetic. Her idle animation has her place her hands behind her back and cheerfully sway back and forth.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The smallest girl paired with the tallest guy.
  • Neutral Female: She doesn't fight, which is justified because she's not a trainer (though as she learns more about them she decides she'd like to become one).
  • Nice Girl: Zossie is generally friendly and polite to both the player and Dulse and expresses a genuine interest in engaging with Alola's culture.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Zossie is always seen with a smile on her face even in dire situations.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The energetic red to Dulse's calm blue.
  • Tareme Eyes: In contrast to her teammates, Zossie has round-shaped eyes to reflect her innocent and energetic demeanor.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Might just be not only the youngest of the Ultra Recon Squad, but even the youngest official team member.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Inverted — Zossie is the only one without indigo/purple hair, rather having a relatively normal red.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Villain Ultra Recon Squad


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