アセロラ Acerola
Sun Moon Acerola.png
Artwork from Sun and Moon by Ken Sugimori[1]
Age Unconfirmed[2][3]
Gender Female
Eye color Gray
Hair color Purple
Hometown Aether House
Region Alola
Relatives Mentioned father (deceased)
Trainer class Captain*
Elite Four
Generation VII, VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Acerola (Masters)
Games Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Masters EX
English voice actor Christine Marie Cabanos[4] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Shiori Mikami[5] (Masters EX)
Member of Island challenge
Rank Trial Captain
Captain of Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site)
Z-Crystal Ghostium Z
Specializes in Ghost types
Member of Alola League
Rank Elite Four
Specializes in Ghost types
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Debut Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?
English voice actor Lauren Kammerling
Japanese voice actor Sumire Morohoshi
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Debut Shipwreck and "Oh, What Sharp Teeth You Have, Bruxish!"

Acerola (Japanese: アセロラ Acerola) is the Trial Captain of Thrifty Megamart's abandoned site on Ula'ula Island. She is also a Ghost-type Trainer and a member of the Alola Elite Four.

In the core series games

Acerola is a friendly young girl who is the Captain of the trial of the Thrifty Megamart's abandoned site on Ula'ula Island. She is an orphan who lives at the Aether House, where she plays with the children and Pokémon that live there. Acerola is the last living member of an Alolan royal family.

Acerola first appears in Malie City's library, which her father once owned, where she helps the player and Lillie find a book about Alolan Legendary Pokémon. Afterwards, she directs the player to their next trial on top of Mount Hokulani.

In her trial, Acerola asks the player to investigate the abandoned site, using their Poké Finder to take photos of the Ghost-type Pokémon making mischief there. At the end, they must defeat a powerful Totem Pokémon, a Mimikyu.

She later appears as a member of the Alola Elite Four, having taken on the position after kahuna Nanu turned it down.


Acerola's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Initial battle


Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Initial battle


In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Acerola (Masters)

Acerola forms a sync pair with Palossand, Mimikyu, Banette, and Tapu Bulu in Pokémon Masters EX. Acerola joins the player after completing the seventeenth chapter of the PML Arc.

Acerola has also made notable appearances in the game's Main Stories, the PML Arc, and the Villain Arc.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#063   Acerola #0770   Palossand
  ★★★★★☆EX Story
Chapter 17
#063   Fall 2020
#0778   Mimikyu
Disguised Form → Busted Form
  ★★★★★☆EX Seasonal Sync Pair Scout
#063   Acerola #0354   Banette
  ★★★★☆☆EX Trainer Lodge Friendship Level 100
#063   Sygna Suit
#0787   Tapu Bulu  
  ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout


Main article: Acerola/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Acerola in the anime

Acerola debuted in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?. She is close friends with Ula'ula Island residents Piko and Nene, who refer to her as "Big Sis". She read them a story regarding a mischievous spirit known as the Greedy Rapooh and later went for a walk with them. During the walk, they came across Team Rocket, who had accidentally released Greedy Rapooh, which was actually a Gengar, from the shrine that it had been sealed in.

Acerola found herself kidnapped by Greedy Rapooh, who began to steal various items despite her requests for it to stop. Her Shiny Mimikyu, nicknamed Mimikins, eventually rescued her from Greedy Rapooh, which resulted in them falling to the ground. Greedy Rapooh started begging Acerola to take it with her, offering her all the items in its possession, but she refused, believing her work at the library to be more important and valuable. Throwing a tantrum, Gengar tried to forcibly take Acerola with it, but she was saved by Team Rocket, who had followed Gengar in an attempt to get back the Darkinium Z it had stolen from them. Having seen Team Rocket saving Acerola, Nanu chose to give them a Z-Power Ring, allowing them to defeat Gengar. Later, a sympathetic Acerola told Gengar that it could come to visit her at the library from time to time, filling it with happiness. After Nanu had let Team Rocket keep the Z-Power Ring, Mimikins gave Jessie a Mimikium Z as a gift.

In Tough Guy Trials!, Acerola met Ash, who had traveled to Ula'ula Island so he could challenge Nanu to a grand trial. After realizing that Ash was tricked into taking care of Nanu's Alolan Meowth while he left to be lazy somewhere else, Acerola took Ash to her library, where she read a story about "the Blinding One". When Nanu arrived to find his missing kendama, which Acerola had stolen to lure him to her, he was forced by Acerola to accept Ash's challenge to battle him. She later refereed the battle between Ash and his Lycanroc against Nanu and his Krookodile, which Ash lost. When Nanu told Ash he wasn't ready to face him and should just return to Melemele Island, Ash refused and decided to stay on Ula'ula and train for a rematch. Later, at Ash's request, Acerola suggested they go and see Tapu Bulu so it could help Ash.

In Some Kind of Laziness!, Acerola took Ash through Haina Desert to meet with Tapu Bulu at the Ruins of Abundance. There, she watched Ash train with Tapu Bulu to get stronger for his rematch with Nanu. In A Battle Hand-Off!, Acerola accompanied Ash to the Thrifty Megamart so that Ash could participate in his next trial. After arriving, Acerola refereed the battle between Ash and Pikachu against Jessie's Mimikyu. In Guiding an Awakening!, Acerola refereed the grand trial between Ash and Nanu. After Ash won, she bade him farewell as he headed back to Melemele Island.

Acerola appeared in a flashback in Filling the Light with Darkness!.

In Full Moon and Many Arms!, Acerola watched the sunrise alongside Nanu, with Tapu Bulu watching from nearby.

In Securing the Future!, Acerola joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

In A Haunted House for Everyone!, Acerola visited the Pokémon School on Melemele Island, reuniting with Ash and meeting his classmates for the first time. She helped them build a haunted house for Lana's twin sisters Harper and Sarah. Mimikins's presence ended up attracting several Ghost-type Pokémon, including a Mismagius who put everyone to sleep and transported them into a world of nightmarish illusions.

In Battle Royal 151!, Acerola greeted Ash and his classmates when they arrived at the Manalo Stadium. She was revealed to be among the 151 Trainers taking part in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. Acerola competed with her Shuppet and was ultimately among the 16 Trainers remaining when the round ended. The match-ups for the next round revealed that she would be battling Kiawe.

In The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, Acerola went up against Kiawe, using Greedy Rapooh against Kiawe's Marowak. She ended up losing when Marowak retrieved its bone from Greedy Rapooh and knocked it out. In The Final Four! and Getting Down to The Ire!, she watched the battle between Kiawe and Gladion in the stands; and in The Wisdom Not to Run!, she watched the battle between Ash and Guzma.

In Enter the Champion!, Acerola attended the award ceremony for the Manalo Conference winner, only for it to be interrupted when a Guzzlord arrived at the stadium through an Ultra Wormhole.

Acerola reappeared in a flashback in From Z to Shining Z!.


Acerola is used to the supernatural and Ghost-type Pokémon overall, largely because of Mimikins' presence. This was demonstrated by her composure during Mismagius's illusions in A Haunted House for Everyone!, which she noted was normal for her.

Acerola often visits Nanu, who is notoriously lazy, to ensure he is keeping up with his island kahuna duties. She was the one who convinced Nanu to accept Ash's challenges in Tough Guy Trials! and their later rematch in Guiding an Awakening!.


This listing is of Acerola's known Pokémon in the anime:

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This Shiny Mimikyu, known as Mimikins (Japanese: ミミたん Mimi-tan), is Acerola's first known Pokémon. Being the ghost of a deceased Mimikyu, Mimikins is able to float and pass through solid objects.

In Securing the Future!, Mimikins joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

In A Haunted House for Everyone!, Mimikins accompanied Acerola to Melemele Island and visited the Pokémon School. Ash and his classmates were turning it into a haunted house for Harper and Sarah, but Mimikins' presence attracted several other Ghost-type Pokémon.

Mimikins occasionally reappeared by Acerola's side throughout the Manalo Conference arc, although it never actually battled in the tournament.

Mimikins's only known move is Shadow Claw.

Debut Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?
Voice actors
Japanese Kei Shindō
English Sarah Natochenny
Shuppet is Acerola's second known Pokémon. It was used to reveal the Ghost-type Pokémon that appeared at the Pokémon School.

Shuppet reappeared in Battle Royal 151!, where it was used in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. By the time the round ended, it was among the 16 Pokémon still standing.

Shuppet's known moves are Will-O-Wisp* and Foresight.

Debut A Haunted House for Everyone!
Greedy Rapooh
Gengar, nicknamed Greedy Rapooh (Japanese: 欲しがりラプー Greedy Rapooh) and sometimes shortened to simply Rapooh (Japanese: ラプー Rapooh), is a Totem-sized Pokémon that Acerola befriended in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?. Acerola first met Gengar when it broke free from a shrine that Team Rocket accidentally unsealed it from. When Acerola tried to scold Gengar and stop it from causing trouble, it took a liking to her and kidnapped her. It stole a large variety of objects, including Team Rocket's Darkinium Z, in an effort to have Acerola stay with it, but to no avail.

Team Rocket later saved Acerola with the help of Nanu, their new Z-Power Ring, and Black Hole Eclipse. Gengar initially felt rejected by Acerola, but after being told that it can visit her in the library she works in at any time, it happily accepted the offer.

In Securing the Future!, Gengar joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

In The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, Acerola was revealed to have caught Gengar, using it in her battle against Kiawe during the Manalo Conference. However, it was eventually defeated by Kiawe's Marowak.

Greedy Rapooh's known moves are Shadow Ball, Shadow Punch, and Thief, and its Ability is Cursed Body.

Debut Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?
Voice actors
English Marc Thompson
Ride Pokémon
Acerola used a Poké Ride Mudsdale to travel through Haina Desert along with Ash to meet with Tapu Bulu in Some Kind of Laziness!. It appeared again in Guiding an Awakening!, where Acerola used to travel to the Ruins of Abundance to watch Ash and Nanu's grand trial battle.

None of Mudsdale's moves are known.

Debut Some Kind of Laziness!
Voice actors
English H.D. Quinn


Pokémon League

Acerola has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 諸星すみれ Sumire Morohoshi
English Lauren Kammerling
Finnish Saara Lehtonen (SM073-SM090)
Unknown voice actress (SM094-present)
Polish Olga Kalicka
Natalia Jankiewicz (SM088)
Brazilian Portuguese Luísa Viotti
Spanish Latin America Erika Langarica
Spain Tania Ugía


Acerola briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Acerola was first mentioned in Flash and Cosmog's Secret by Mallow, who considered asking Acerola and Ilima to join her, Kiawe, and Lana in raiding Team Skull's base. Acerola properly debuted in Shipwreck and "Oh, What Sharp Teeth You Have, Bruxish!", where she found an unconscious Sun and Lillie on a beach and took them to the Aether House to recuperate.

In A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart, Acerola introduced herself to Sun and Lillie and took them to the abandoned Thrifty Megamart. She gave Sun a trial and tasked him with photographing the Totem Pokémon that lived inside the building. While Sun did the trial, Acerola left to go meet with Mallow's group. Later, she received a photo of the Totem Mimikyu from Sun, who had successfully completed the trial.

In A Raid and Po Town, Acerola, Kiawe, Mallow, Lana, Ilima, and Hau arrived at Po Town. Their presence alerted Team Skull's boss, Guzma, who demanded to know why his base was being invaded. When the Captains revealed they only wanted to talk, Guzma agreed on the condition they made it to him first and then summoned a Pheromosa, Celesteela, and Guzzlord. He had them attack the Captains and Hau. Despite their best efforts, Acerola and the others were completely outmatched by the rampaging Ultra Beasts.

In Confusion and Monsters from Another World, Sun arrived at Po Town, only to get caught up in the commotion. Annoyed the Captains were still fighting, Guzma revealed a Cosmog and had it open more wormholes. Gladion appeared, demanding to know where Guzma got the Cosmog and Ultra Beasts from. Revealing his true aim is to destroy Ultra Beasts, Gladion battled the beasts Guzma summoned with his Type: Null. To everyone's shock, Gladion also revealed the Aether Foundation's president, Lusamine, was the one who gave Guzma Cosmog as part of her plan to create a paradise filled with nothing but Ultra Beasts and herself. Eventually, the beasts broke out of Po Town's barrier, allowing them to wreak havoc on all of Ula'ula Island. Acerola and the other Captains headed off to various locations to evacuate any innocent civilians caught in the beasts' attacks.

In The Truth and Island Kahuna Hapu, Acerola, Sophocles, Molayne, Professor Kukui, and Gladion fought off a Celesteela and Guzzlord at Route 10 to prevent them from reaching Hokulani Observatory. Gladion easily defeated Celesteela and later defeated Guzzlord to prevent it from hurting Lillie.

In Adventure in the Dark Dimension, the Trial Captains and island kahunas were revealed to have spent six months on Exeggutor Island training to prepare for another clash with the Ultra Beasts. After their training was finished, Acerola and the other Captains went to Hokulani Observatory under Molayne's orders. Once they gathered together, Acerola and the others traveled to Mount Lanakila, where a wormhole had opened up earlier. Shortly after they arrived, their ship was attacked by a group of Aether Foundation Employees and their Ultra Beasts. During the battle, Acerola was assisted by Tapu Lele, who transported her to Akala Island in order to battle with some Kartana at Hano Grand Resort.



Sandygast → Palossand
Palossand is Acerola's first known Pokémon. It was first used as a Sandygast to rescue Sun and Lillie after they washed ashore on Ula'ula Island. It used its powers to lift the two into the air and helped move them to the Aether House. Later, it was used to battle the Pheromosa Guzma used at Po Town, but was defeated. After training with the other Trial Captains on Exeggutor Island, it evolved into a Palossand.

None of Palossand's moves are known.

Debut Shipwreck and "Oh, What Sharp Teeth You Have, Bruxish!"
Dhelmise is Acerola's second known Pokémon. It was first used to battle a group of Kartana at Hano Grand Resort.

None of Dhelmise's moves are known.

Debut Transcend!! Ultra Necrozma!

In the TCG

Full Art print of Acerola

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Acerola or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Acerola's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Mimikyu   Cosmic Eclipse   245/236 Dream League   058/049
Mimikyu    Brilliant Stars   TG16/TG30 VMAX Climax   233/184
Mimikyu    Brilliant Stars   TG17/TG30 VMAX Climax   234/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Acerola Su Burning Shadows   112/147 Facing a New Trial   047/049
Burning Shadows   142/147 Facing a New Trial   056/049
      GX Battle Boost   103/114
      SM-P Promotional cards   223/SM-P
      GX Ultra Shiny   128/150
Yellow A Alternate cards   112a/147 Full Metal Wall   054/054
      SM-P Promotional cards   395/SM-P
Acerola's Premonition Su Brilliant Stars   129/172 VMAX Climax   148/184
Brilliant Stars   TG24/TG30 VMAX Climax   255/184



Concept art from Sun and Moon illustrated by Megumi Mizutani Ending screenshot from Sun and Moon

Sprites and models

High-poly model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS sprite from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon


  • Despite Acerola referring to Kahuna Nanu as "uncle", they are not related, as stated on page 174 of the Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: The Official Strategy Guide. "Uncle" and "Aunty" are often used as a label of endearment and closeness of a person of non-familial ties in Hawaii.
  • Acerola is the only Trial Captain who is not battled under the Trainer class "Captain"; the only one who does not participate in Mina's trial; and the only character to be both a Trial Captain and a member of the Elite Four.
  • Acerola is 4'9" (145 cm) tall.
  • According to official artbooks, like Phoebe, Acerola can communicate with Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • In promotional material for the Manalo Conference, Acerola was given the title of (Japanese: 霊界のアイドル Idol of the spirit world).


Language Name Origin
Japanese アセロラ Acerola From acerola
English, Brazilian Portuguese Acerola From her Japanese name
German Lola From Acerola
Spanish Zarala From acerola
French Margie From Malpighia emarginata (scientific name of acerola)
Italian Malpi From Malpighia emarginata
Korean 아세로라 Aserora Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿塞蘿拉 / 阿塞萝拉 Āsāiluólā Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿塞蘿拉 Achoilòhlāai
Indonesian Acerola
Same as her Japanese/English names
From aserola (acerola)
Russian Асерола Aserola Transcription of her English name


  1. Acerola (Burning Shadows 112)
  2. Hala: "The island challenge Kukui spoke of... [...] It is the great adventure that children in the Alola region embark upon, along with their Pokémon, once they reach 11 years of age!" (Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon)
  3. Mallow: "I mean, we have to move on from being captains when we turn 20 anyway." (Pokémon Moon)
  4. Christine Marie Cabanos on Twitter
  5. Nintendo DREAM (vol. 329)

Trial Captains and island kahunas of the Alola region
Verdant Cavern
Brooklet Hill
Wela Volcano Park
Lush Jungle
Hokulani Observatory
Thrifty Megamart
Seafolk Village
Melemele Island
Akala Island
Ula'ula Island
Poni Island

Alola League
Elite Four
Hala Molayne
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four

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