イリマ Ilima
Sun Moon Ilima.png
Artwork from Sun and Moon by Ken Sugimori[1]
Age Unconfirmed[2][3]
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Pink
Hometown Hau'oli City
Region Alola
Relatives Unnamed mother, father
Trainer class Captain
Generation VII
Games Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Member of Island challenge
Rank Trial Captain
Captain of Verdant Cavern
Z-Crystal Normalium Z
Specializes in Normal-types
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Debut Turning Heads and Training Hard!
English voice actor Mike Liscio
Japanese voice actor Yudai Chiba
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Debut A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart

Ilima (Japanese: イリマ Ilima) is the Trial Captain of Melemele Island's Verdant Cavern. He specializes in Normal-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Ilima is a graduate of the Trainers' School on Route 1 and is admired as a hero by the students there. Some call him the "Prince of the Trainers' School". While he typically acts polite and dignified, he becomes a very different person in the midst of Pokémon battles.

The player first meets Ilima alongside Professor Kukui in the Trainers' School after defeating the Teacher there. He later appears at the Marina when two Team Skull Grunts disrupt his conversation with the player. After defeating the Grunts, he challenges the player to a battle.

Ilima later appears as the player's guide to their first trial in Verdant Cavern.

After clearing Hala's grand trialSM/becoming the ChampionUSUM, the player can visit the second floor of his house in the Hau'oli City Shopping District, where Ilima is in his room. He says he is researching on Pokémon battling, and brings the player to the Trainers' School, where he battles the player.

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Ilima can be fought at Hau'oli Cemetery during Mina's trial to earn the Orange Petal. In addition, after the player has defeated him in a battle during the post-game, he will give the player a piece of Normalium Z to be delivered to Verdant Cavern for new trial-goers. When the player tries to place the Z-Crystal on the pedestal in Totem's Den, the Totem Pokémon of Verdant Cavern will challenge them to a rematch. After the Totem is defeated, the player can place the Z-Crystal on its proper place.

According to his mother, Ilima used to study in the Kalos region in the past.


Ilima's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

First battle

  If the player chose Rowlet:

  If the player chose Litten:

  If the player chose Popplio:

Second battle

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

First battle

  If the player chose Rowlet:

  If the player chose Litten:

  If the player chose Popplio:

Mina's trial




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

Sprites and models

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


Main article: Ilima/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Ilima in the anime

Ilima first appeared in Turning Heads and Training Hard!. In the past, Tupp, a to-be member of Team Skull, got annoyed with him when he began to draw groups of girls to him instead. Later in life, Ilima attended and graduated from the Pokémon School, accomplishing a lot of milestone records; this earned him the nickname of "Pokémon School Prince". It was even rumored that he could make Samson Oak's Komala open its eyes, but this ultimately turned out to be false, much to the disappointment of Professor Kukui's class. After graduating, he went to Kalos to study abroad and even participated in the Kalos League.

In the present day, Ilima battled Kagetora and won, earning him the Eevium Z. He later returned to the Pokémon School to say hello to Professor Kukui and Samson Oak, and was introduced to Ash and Lillie. After swimming with Ash and his classmates, Ilima showed them his Z-Ring and Eevium Z, and expressed his desire to get stronger with Eevee without needing to evolve it. Ash, finding something in common with Ilima, challenged him to a battle and he gladly accepted. Unfortunately, the two Trainers were interrupted by a gang of Team Skull Grunts, led by a vengeful Tupp. Ilima and Eevee defeated all of the Grunts by themselves, using a Last Resort boosted by Extreme Evoboost to send them flying away.

In Smashing with Sketch!, Ilima taught Ash and his classmates how to play Pokémon Ping-Pong before participating in a Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament himself. He eventually came face to face with another expert Pokémon Ping-Pong player, Ikari, in the finals. After an intense match, Ilima emerged victorious. Later that day, Ilima boarded a boat headed back to Kalos.

In League Offenders and Defenders!, Ilima returned to Alola to participate in the Manalo Conference. Ash attempted to greet him, only to be knocked over by Ilima's fanbase.

In Battle Royal 151!, Ilima was among the 151 Trainers taking part in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. Using Eevee, Ilima was able to defeat all of the Pokémon that Team Skull used against him before going up against Plumeria and her Salazzle. Ilima was ultimately able to defeat Plumeria and was among the 16 Trainers still standing at the end of the round. The match-ups for the next round revealed that he would be battling Guzma. Ilima was also revealed to be the favorite to win the Alola League.

In Battling Besties!, Ilima went up against Guzma, using his Kangaskhan to battle Guzma's Scizor. Despite Ilima Mega Evolving Kangaskhan, Scizor was able to defeat its opponent through strategy, thus eliminating Ilima from the competition, much to the dismay of his fan girls.

Ilima reappeared in a flashback in The Wisdom Not to Run!.

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


Ilima is polite and charming. He is also multi-talented in an array of sports and a battle strategist at heart. Despite having graduated from the Pokémon School, Ilima's reputation precedes him and his many achievement awards still decorate Principal Oak's office. Girls' hearts are often sent aflutter by Ilima's arrival. However his pleasant nature can be grating for some, namely Tupp of Team Skull and Pokémon Ping Pong rival Ikari.

He believes in being empathetic to bring out the true strengths of his Pokémon. In particular, his Eevee, who he refuses to evolve against its wishes. After Eevee was injured by Plumeria's Salazzle during the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, Ilima refused to let it battle until it was fully healed.


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

Eevee is Ilima's first known Pokémon. It first appeared in Turning Heads and Training Hard!, in which it was seen defeating Kagetora's Eevee, earning its Trainer the Eevium Z. Later, Eevee was used to battle Team Skull, and it managed to single-handedly defeat their Pokémon.

In Smashing with Sketch!, Eevee was seen cheering Ilima on from the sidelines during the Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament.

In Battle Royal 151!, Ilima used Eevee during the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, where it was able to defeat the many Pokémon that Team Skull used against it. It then went up against Plumeria and her Salazzle, eventually managing to defeat it and becoming among the 16 Pokémon remaining at the end.

Eevee's known moves are Swift, Quick Attack, Baby-Doll Eyes, and Last Resort.
Eevee is able to perform the Z-Move Extreme Evoboost.

Debut Turning Heads and Training Hard!
Voice actors
Japanese Risa Shimizu
English Erica Schroeder
Smeargle is Ilima's second known Pokémon. It was used during the Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament, using its Sketch to copy the moves used by the opposing side's Pokémon. Eventually, Ilima and Smeargle won the tournament.

Smeargle's known moves are Sketch, Counter*, Drain Punch*, and High Jump Kick*.

Debut Smashing with Sketch!
Voice actors
English Ryan William Downey

Kangaskhan ↔ Mega Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan is Ilima's third known Pokémon. She was used during the Manalo Conference's first round, where she battled Guzma's Scizor. Despite Mega Evolving, Kangaskhan was soon defeated by Scizor after it kept endangering her baby, thus eliminating her Trainer from the competition.

Kangaskhan reappeared in a flashback in The Wisdom Not to Run!.

Kangaskhan's known moves are Power-Up Punch, Rock Slide, and Low Kick. As a Mega Kangaskhan, her Ability is Parental Bond.

Debut Battling Besties!


Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Ilima has obtained in the Kalos region:

Pokémon League

Ilima has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Pokémon competitions

Ilima has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 千葉雄大 Yudai Chiba
English Mike Liscio
Finnish Akira Takaki
Polish Aleksander Sosiński
Brazilian Portuguese Gustavo Pereira
Spanish Latin America Elliot Leguizamo
Spain Luis Miguel Cajal


Ilima briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Ilima in Pokémon Adventures

Ilima debuted in A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart. He was first mentioned by Mallow, who considered asking him and Acerola to join her, Kiawe, and Lana in raiding Team Skull's base. He first appeared in person at the Melemele Island Trainers' School, where he agreed to help Mallow and the others. Afterward, he met with Hau, who asked to join the Trial Captains confront Team Skull. The two traveled to Po Town, where they met with the others. 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. He then summoned a Pheromosa, Celesteela, and Guzzlord and had them attack the Captains and Hau. Despite their best efforts, Ilima 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 Ultra 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. Ilima and the other Captains headed off to various locations to evacuate any innocent civilians caught in the beasts' attacks.

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, Sophocles and Molayne took everyone 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. With the Z-Moves they had acquired, Ilima and the others managed to defeat the Ultra Beasts.



Yungoos → Gumshoos
Gumshoos is Ilima's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer as a Yungoos walking inside Melemele Island's Trainers' School. Later, it was used to battle the Guzzlord Guzma used at Po Town, but was defeated. After training with the other Trial Captains on Exeggutor Island, it evolved into a Gumshoos. Later, it fought an Aether Foundation Employee's Xurkitree and won with a Z-Move.

None of Gumshoos's moves are known.*

Gumshoos can also perform the Z-Move Breakneck Blitz.

Debut A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart
An Alolan Rattata is Ilima's second known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer walking inside Melemele Island's Trainers' School. Later, it was used to battle the Guzzlord Guzma used at Po Town, but was defeated.

None of Rattata's moves are known.

Debut A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart

In the TCG

Full Art print of Ilima
Main article: Ilima (Sun & Moon 121)

Ilima was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese SM Era). It was first released in the Japanese Collection Sun before debuting in English in the Sun & Moon expansion, with an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card in Collection Sun and Sun & Moon, with an illustration by Sanosuke Sakuma. It makes both players shuffles their hand into their deck and flips a coin. If heads, that player draws 6 cards. If tails, they draw 3 cards.



Language Name Origin
Japanese イリマ Ilima From ʻilima (Hawaiian for Sida fallax), the official flower of Oahu
English, Dutch,
European Portuguese
Ilima Same as his Japanese name
German Elima Similar to his Japanese name
Spanish, Italian Liam Similar to his Japanese name
French Althéo From althéa (Hibiscus syriacus) or the genus Althaea
Korean 일리마 Illima Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 伊利馬 / 伊利马 Yīlìmǎ Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 伊利馬 Yīleihmáh
Brazilian Portuguese Luan From guanxuma (sida)
Russian Илима Ilima Transcription of his English name


  1. Ilima (Sun & Moon 121)
  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. "The left-handed style? Let me think... Well, if you want to learn those kinds of moves, then you should spend time around someone who actually IS left-handed, right?"

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

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