- If you were looking for the Trainer class, see Aether Foundation (Trainer class).
Artwork of Aether Foundation employees from Pokémon Sun and Moon
The Aether Foundation (Japanese: エーテル財団 Aether Foundation) is a major organization based in the Alola region whose goal is to cure hurt Pokémon. The organization shelters Pokémon to keep them safe from threats like Team Skull. Their main headquarters is Aether Paradise, an artificial island they constructed, while the Aether House is their largest base on Alola's main islands.
Lusamine, the president of the organization, later is revealed to be the true antagonist of Pokémon Sun and Moon, having been driven to mass obsession over the Ultra Beasts. A handful of employees, including second-in-command Faba, are followers of her true motives. In contrast to the original paired games, Lusamine's plans are cut short in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon through interference from Necrozma in the games' altered storyline.
In the games
The Aether Foundation's president is Lusamine, who wants to share her love with all of the rescued Pokémon. She is assisted by Faba, the Aether Foundation's second-in-command and Aether Foundation branch chief, and Wicke, the assistant branch chief of Aether Paradise. Anabel identifies Wicke specifically as being of the "Alolan branch of the Aether Foundation", implying the Aether Foundation has branches in other regions as well, albeit this is only in the English version of the games.
The foundation also employs other people, who go out into the field to protect and rescue Pokémon in trouble.
The foundation is conducting research on Ultra Beasts. They are also aware of the existence of the rare and unusual Cosmog and are conducting research on it. One of the professors in Aether Foundation was the one who named the Nebula Pokémon Cosmog. At some point, they also worked on genetical experiments, using several DNA samples from Pokémon of different Types, in order to create Type: Null (named Type: Full at the time) whose purpose was to battle the Ultra Beasts. After several tries, they were unable to perfect the RKS System and the Type: Full samples became more and more uncontrollable, so the project was ultimately scrapped, the samples put on cryogenic suspension and renamed "Type: Null".
Aether Paradise is a privately owned artificial island that was built in the middle of the Alola region by the Aether Foundation. The foundation uses it both as a sanctuary and a research facility. The Aether House located on Route 15 functions partly as an orphanage for human children and Pokémon. In addition, the Aether Foundation hosts outposts at Route 8, Route 16, and in Heahea City.
In the anime
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The Aether Foundation's president, Lusamine, was introduced as Lillie's mother in a picture in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!. The foundation itself, and its employees, debuted in A Dream Encounter!.
In A Mission of Ultra Urgency!, Ash and his classmates became the founding members of a task force called the Ultra Guardians, which is a sub-group of the Aether Foundation. Their goal is to catch Ultra Beasts that have strayed into the Pokémon world, and release them back into Ultra Space to maintain Alola's safety.
In League Offenders and Defenders!, Lillie revealed that every single person at the Aether Foundation helped construct the Manalo Stadium.
Unlike the games, the Aether Foundation is not affiliated with Team Skull.
In the manga
The Aether Foundation debuted in the Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter. It first appeared on a television commercial in Homecoming and the Brilliant Professional Golfer, where two Aether Foundation Employees advertised their organization.
In the TCG
- The Aether Foundation gets its name from the fifth alchemic element, Aether.
- The Aether Foundation are the first primary antagonists in a core series game without the word "Team" (Japanese: 団 -dan) in their name.
- The Japanese names of all important members of the Aether Foundation and the members of Lusamine's family are based on German words.
In other languages