Elio (game)

Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Elio.png
Official artwork from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Age 11[1]
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Blue*, Brown*
Hair color Black*, Blond*, Brown*
Hometown Route 1 (Hau'oli Outskirts)
Region Alola (previously Kanto)
Relatives Mom, unnamed father
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character, Champion
Generation VII
Games Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Masters EX
Champion of Pokémon League (Alola)
Game animation cameos GOTCHA!
English voice actor Mike Dent[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Mitsuki Saiga[3] (Masters EX)
Manga counterpart(s) Sun

Elio (Japanese: ヨウ ) is the male player character in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. His female counterpart is Selene.

In the games

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Elio is an 11-year-old boy who recently moved from the Kanto region to Melemele Island in the Alola region. Early in his adventure, Elio meets the guardian deity of Melemele Island, Tapu Koko, and quickly befriends Lillie, her Cosmog Nebby, and Hau. After receiving a starter Pokémon and Z-RingSM or Z-Power RingUSUM from Melemele's island kahuna, Hala, Elio begins his island challenge in earnest.

During his island challenge, Elio encounters Team Skull, a group of hooligans harassing people and interfering with the island life; the Aether Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting Pokémon; and Gladion, a mysterious boy who works as an enforcer for Team Skull. He also learns about Ultra Beasts, mysterious creatures that exist in a dimension called Ultra Space; and about Professor Kukui's dream of building an Alolan Pokémon League.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Elio eventually finds out that Lusamine, the President of the Aether Foundation, is the mother of both Lillie and Gladion and obsessed with Ultra Beasts. She ends up kidnapping Nebby and using its powers to unleash hordes of Ultra Beasts across the Alola region and travel to Ultra Space. Elio and Lillie travel to Poni Island to search for a way to find her. After Elio has completed all of his island challenge trials, he and Lillie perform a ritual that causes Nebby to evolve into the Legendary Pokémon SolgaleoS or LunalaM, who takes them to Ultra Space. Elio confronts and defeats Lusamine, and they're brought back to Alola by Nebby.

After catching Nebby, Elio climbs to the summit of Mount Lanakila and takes on Alola's newly established Pokémon League and Elite Four. After defeating them, he battles and defeats the League's founder, Professor Kukui, and is declared the first-ever Champion of Alola. During the subsequent celebration in Iki Town, Lillie take Elio to the Ruins of Conflict, where the newly crowned Champion faces Tapu Koko in battle.

Elio is soon contacted by Looker and Anabel of the International Police, who request her help in catching the Ultra Beasts unleashed into Alola due to Lusamine's actions. Elio agrees to this and successfully catches all the Ultra Beasts roaming around Alola.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

During his travels, Elio encounters a group of strange pale people known as the Ultra Recon Squad, who are later revealed to be working with the Aether Foundation. When Lillie and Nebby are kidnapped, Elio follows them and finds out that Lillie's mother Lusamine is seeking to travel to Ultra Recon Squad's home world to stop a Pokémon known as Necrozma before it can threaten Alola. She successfully uses Nebby's powers to travel to this alternate world, leaving Lillie and Elio to figure out how to follow her. They travel to Poni Island and perform a ritual that causes Nebby to evolve into the Legendary Pokémon SolgaleoUS or LunalaUM. However, before Elio and Lillie can go after Lusamine, she's suddenly thrown out of an Ultra Wormhole before them, followed by Necrozma. Necrozma proceeds to battle and absorb Nebby, before traveling back to Ultra Space. With the Ultra Recon Squad's help, Elio travels to their home world of Ultra Megalopolis, where he defeats Necrozma once again and saves Nebby.

After completing his last island challenge trial, Elio climbs Mount Lanakila to reach the newly established Pokémon League at its summit, re-encountering Necrozma along the way. After Elio has defeated the brand-new Alola Elite Four, Professor Kukui arrives and presents Hau as his final challenge before he can claim the championship. Elio successfully defeats Hau one last time, making him the first Champion of Alola.

Later, Elio assists the Ultra Recon Squad in catching some Ultra Beasts roaming around Poni Island. But no sooner has he returned home that he learns of an evil organization called Team Rainbow Rocket appearing in the region. The team takes over Aether Paradise, sets up their base on it, and kindnaps Lusamine. Elio storms the base and takes down the members of Team Rainbow Rocket, including their leader, Giovanni, saving Lusamine and making Team Rainbow Rocket leave Alola.

  Spoilers end here.  

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Elio (Masters)

Elio forms a sync pair with Popplio and its evolved forms Brionne and Primarina in Pokémon Masters EX.



Official artwork from
Sun and Moon
Elio and his Rotom Pokédex Elio and his Pikachu using a Z-Move Poké Ride
Pokémon Refresh Promotional artwork for
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Ultra Megalopolis Mantine Surf in
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Promotional artwork for
Episode RR
Promotional artwork for the
Battle Agency
Promotional artwork for
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by Yusuke Ohmura
Promotional artwork for
Ultra Necrozma and Ultra Burst
Concept art of Elio and Selene from Sun and Moon by Yusuke Ohmura Concept art of Elio from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by Yusuke Ohmura Artwork of Lillie and Elio on Exeggutor Island
for Pokémon Day by Megumi Mizutani

Sprites and Models

Default overworld model from
Sun and Moon
Overworld model wearing Riding Wear from
Sun and Moon
Overworld model wearing aquatic
Riding Wear from Sun and Moon
Default overworld model from
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Choosing the player's appearance
at the beginning of Sun and Moon
Choosing the player's appearance
at the beginning of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon


Main article: Elio (game)/Quotes


Elio's Pokémon Adventures counterpart, Sun

In the anime


Elio briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Sun (Adventures)

Elio's counterpart in Pokémon Adventures is Sun, who is a courier with the goal of earning 100 million yen for a certain purpose.

Pokémon Horizon

Main article: Akira (Horizon)

In Pokémon Horizon, Elio has a counterpart named Akira, who is one year older than Elio.


  • Pre-release media for Pokémon Sun and Moon, including the Special Demo Version, referred to Elio as both Sun (Japanese: サン Sun, Korean: Sun) and Elio. The latter of which is also used on Pokémon Masters EX.
  • Pre-release media for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon referred to Elio as "Ray" (Japanese: コウタ Kouta, Korean: 울트라썬 Ultra Sun).
    • "Ray" is likely a reference to the term "sunray".
  • Unused internal data refers to Elio as (Japanese: カイ Kai), Hawaiian for ocean.
  • Elio is 4'11" (150 cm) tall. This was found from numerous pieces of concept art from other characters where Elio was measured next to them.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ヨウ From 太陽 taiyō (sun)
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian
Elio From Helios, Greek god of the sun
Korean 영태 Yeongtae From 태양 (太陽) taeyang (sun)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小陽 Xiǎo Yáng From 太陽 tàiyáng / taaiyèuhng (sun)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小陽 Síu Yèuhng


  1. Wicke asks if the player and Hau are 11, the minimum age required to take on the Island Challenge, and the player can respond with "Yeah, I am" or "How'd you know?".
  2. Mike Dent's profile on Twitter
  3. Pokémon Masters EX Official Japanese profile on Twitter

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Spin-off games MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
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  This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.