Blacephalon (Pokémon)

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Blacephalon
Fireworks Pokémon
ズガドーン
Zugadoon
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Blacephalon



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Type
Fire Ghost
Unknown Unknown
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Ability
Beast Boost Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Gender unknown
Catch rate
30 (8.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
No Eggs Discovered
Hatch time
30840 - 31096 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
5'11" 1.8 m
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Weight
28.7 lbs. 13.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
257
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
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Def
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Pokédex color
White
Base friendship
0
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Blacephalon (Japanese: ズガドーン Zugadoon) is a dual-type Fire/Ghost Pokémon introduced in Generation VII in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is one of the Ultra Beasts and is known by the code name UB Burst (Japanese: UB:BURST UB: Burst).

Biology

Blacephalon is a colorful, humanoid Ultra Beast. Its slender torso and wide hips are yellow with alternating blue and pink stripes. There is a white sphere in the middle of its body and another on its back in place of a tail. It has thin arms with white frills on its wrists and teardrop-shaped hands. The right arm is pink, while the left is blue. Each arm has a spherical bulge near the shoulder. Its legs are shaped like white high-heeled boots with curled toes. Each foot has a sphere on it: blue on the left and pink on the right. Around its neck is a white frill with a hole in the center.

Blacephalon's head is a white ball with a multitude of pink and blue dots, which are a collection of tiny sparks. On either side of the ball are stars that are blue on the outside, pink on the inside, and have yellow dot-like eyes on the center. The head is not attached to the body and can be removed for use as a weapon. As seen in Pokémon Refresh, the color of the sparks and the color and shape of the stars change with Blacephalon's mood. As seen in the anime, this Ultra Beast can freely move its head around easily and regenerate after blowing it up. It is known to trick its targets through the silly way it walks before blowing its head up without warning. It then steals their vitality to use as energy.[1] Blacephalon is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Mind Blown.

In the anime

Main series

 
Blacephalon in the anime

Major appearances

Blacephalon (anime)

Blacephalon debuted in Twirling with a Bang!. Ash and his classmates first encountered it performing during a fireworks show. The next day, they learned that it was an Ultra Beast and set out as the Ultra Guardians to capture it. However, they also ran into a Xurkitree while trying to find it, and soon, the two Ultra Beasts ended up in a performance showdown, each trying to outperform the other with their moves. Thanks to a distraction from the Ultra Guardians, they were able to distract, weaken, and subsequently capture the two Ultra Beasts at the same time, allowing them to be returned home wherever they come from. It reappeared in a flashback in Securing the Future!.

Minor appearances

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM078 Blacephalon Rotom Pokédex Blacephalon, the Fireworks Pokémon. A Fire and Ghost type. Blacephalon surprises opponents by exploding its own head, then absorbs their energy.

GOTCHA!

A Blacephalon briefly appeared as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

 
Blacephalon in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Blacephalon debuted in An Urgent Task and the Capture of an Ultra Beast. It emerged through one of the Ultra Wormholes opened by Guzma at Po Town. Sun and Anabel attempted to catch it, but regular Poké Balls didn't work on it, and they were narrowly saved by Tapu Bulu, who proceeded to blow Blacephalon away. It reappeared in Thieving and Boss Crabominable.

Multiple Blacephalon appeared in Summon the Emissaries of the Moon and the Sun.

In the TCG

Main article: Blacephalon (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
USUM: #393
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Ultra Sun It slithers toward people. Then, without warning, it triggers the explosion of its own head. It's apparently one kind of Ultra Beast.
Ultra Moon A UB that appeared from an Ultra Wormhole, it causes explosions, then takes advantage of opponents' surprise to rob them of their vitality.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Unobtainable
Ultra Sun
Poni Grove (only two)
Ultra Moon
Trade
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) (Only one, requires unlocking the They Came From The Ultra Beyond! adventure)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable


In side games

Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Mimikyu SeaFinal


Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
53
113 - 160 216 - 310
127
118 - 196 233 - 388
53
52 - 115 99 - 225
151
140 - 223 276 - 441
79
75 - 144 146 - 282
107
100 - 174 197 - 344
Total:
570
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None

Learnset

Blacephalon is available in Sword and Shield Version 1.3.0+.

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Astonish Ghost Physical 03030 100100% 15
011 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 08585% 15
055 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00——% 30
1010 Ember Fire Special 04040 100100% 25
1515 Night Shade Ghost Special 0000 100100% 15
2020 Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
2525 Magic Coat Psychic Status 0000 00——% 15
3030 Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100100% 15
3535 Hypnosis Psychic Status 0000 06060% 20
4040 Mystical Fire Fire Special 07575 100100% 10
4545 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100100% 15
5050 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00——% 20
5555 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 08585% 15
6060 Trick Psychic Status 0000 100100% 10
6565 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 08585% 5
7070 Mind Blown Fire Special 150150 100100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Blacephalon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Blacephalon

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM03  TM03 Fire Punch Fire Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM11  TM11 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM13  TM13 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM17  TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM20  TM20 Self-Destruct Normal Physical 200200 100}}100% 5
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM23  TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM38  TM38 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM54  TM54 Rock Blast Rock Physical 02525 090}}90% 10
TM57  TM57 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM59  TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65  TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM92  TM92 Mystical Fire Fire Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TR02  TR02 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR11  TR11 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR15  TR15 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR25  TR25 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR30  TR30 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TR33  TR33 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR35  TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR36  TR36 Heat Wave Fire Special 09595 090}}90% 10
TR37  TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR38  TR38 Trick Psychic Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TR43  TR43 Overheat Fire Special 130130 090}}90% 5
TR49  TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR58  TR58 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR69  TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR81  TR81 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100}}100% 15
TR82  TR82 Stored Power Psychic Special 02020 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Blacephalon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Blacephalon

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Blacephalon in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Blacephalon in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Blacephalon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Blacephalon

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP BD SP Expanding Force Psychic Special 80 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Blacephalon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Blacephalon
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII After You Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Explosion Normal Physical 250250 100}}100% 5
VII Flame Burst × Fire Special 07070 100}}100% 15
VII Flame Charge Fire Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Knock Off Dark Physical 06565 100}}100% 20
VII Last Resort Normal Physical 140140 100}}100% 5
VII Pain Split Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
VII Recycle Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Smack Down Rock Physical 05050 100}}100% 15
VII Spite Ghost Status 0000 100}}100% 10
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Blacephalon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Blacephalon
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Side game data

Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.42 seconds Base HP: 49
Base Attack: 83 Base Defense: 52 Base Speed: 70
Pokémon GO
80px Base Stamina: 142 Base Attack: 315 Base Defense: 148
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks:
Charged Attacks:

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Blacephalon
 Fire  Ghost 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
   
   
Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
400px 400px
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Blacephalon images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • In the Generation VII games, Blacephalon can learn Magic Coat through level-up but cannot learn it via Move Tutor.
  • Blacephalon could be a counterpart to fellow Ultra Beast Stakataka. Both have high Attack stats and the same base stat total, but Blacephalon has high Special Attack and Speed stats and low defenses, while Stakataka is extremely slow but has a very high Defense. Additionally, both appear in Poni Grove at the same point in the story, with Blacephalon appearing in Ultra Sun and Stakataka appearing in Ultra Moon.

Origin

Blacephalon may be based on clowns with a popping balloon for a head. Its head may also inspired by the Clown Face Nebula. Based on its behavior of startling people in order to drain them of their vitality, it may specifically take inspiration from the evil clown trope found in fiction. Its movements and motions in the Pokémon anime are similar to those of circus performers.

Blacephalon also shares similarities with fireworks and dandelions. Given its slender body and its head being described as made of sparks, it may also be based on sparklers. Its ability to remove its head is similar to the yōkai Nukekubi, as well as the Dullahan of Celtic mythology.

Name origin

Blacephalon may be a combination of blast and encephalon (meaning "the brain"). The name recalls the adjective "acephalous", meaning "having no head".

Zugadōn literally means "head goes boom" (頭がドーン zu ga dōn).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ズガドーン Zugadoon From zu and ドーン dōn or a pun of 頭がドーン zu ga dōn
  French Pierroteknik From Pierrot (stock pantomime character) and pyrotechnique
  Spanish Blacephalon Same as English name
  German Kopplosio From Kopf and Explosion
  Italian Blacephalon Same as English name
  Korean 두파팡 Dupapang From 두 (頭) du and 파팡 papang
  Mandarin Chinese 砰頭小丑 / 砰头小丑 Pēngtóuxiǎochǒu From pēng, 頭 / 头 tóu, and 小丑 xiǎochǒu
  Cantonese Chinese 砰頭小丑 Pīngtàuhsíucháu From pīng, tàuh, and 小丑 síucháu


UB Burst

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese UB:爆炸 UB: Baauja
Mandarin UB:爆炸 UB: Bàozhà
  French UC-Détonation
  German UB Detonation
  Italian UC Fragor
  Korean UB버스트 UB Burst
  Russian УЧ Детонация UCH Detonatsiya
  Spanish UE Explosivo


Related articles

Notes

External links

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