Mallow (anime)

マオ Mao
Mallow SM.png
Art from Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Gender Female
Eye color Green
Hair color Green
Hometown Hau'oli City
Region Alola
Relatives Abe (father),
unnamed mother (deceased),
Ulu (older brother),
unnamed grandfather
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Mallow
Member of Aether Foundation
Rank Ultra Guardian
Anime debut Alola to New Adventure!
English voice actor Jessica Paquet (SM001-SM146)
Emily Cramer (JN037-present)
Japanese voice actor Reina Ueda

Mallow (Japanese: マオ Mao) is a student at the Pokémon School on Melemele Island and one of Ash's former classmates. She debuted in Alola to New Adventure!.



Mallow when she was younger

Mallow grew up in Hau'oli City in the Alola region with her parents and older brother, Ulu, as her father, Abe, ran a restaurant known as the family restaurant. However, Mallow didn't get to see her brother too often as he left to go on a cooking journey.

As a toddler, Mallow had a walk with her mother in a forest on Melemele Island after her mother had just gotten out of a hospital for an unspecified illness. During the walk, they encountered a wild Bounsweet, which Mallow found very cute. As such, her mother caught her and gave the Fruit Pokémon to her as both a gift and her first Pokémon. Instantly, Mallow and Bounsweet became friends and partners. However, her mother was soon forced to return to the hospital. Mallow eventually grew tired of her mother's endless apologies about her condition and yelled that she hated her, before running away. Soon after, Mallow's mother passed away due to her illness.

Sometime later, Mallow met Lana and befriended her after they had an adventure in a forest and met a resident Drampa, which was eventually nicknamed Grandpa Forest. Years later, Mallow received a cookbook from Ulu with recipes of various dishes, which he found from old manuscripts while traveling. Eventually, Mallow enrolled at the Pokémon School with Lana where they became friends with their classmates, Kiawe and Sophocles. Mallow also knew Ilima before he graduated from the Pokémon School and left to study in the Kalos region. Later, Mallow befriended another classmate named Lillie.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Mallow debuted in Alola to New Adventure!, where she was seen riding a Poké Ride Tauros with her classmates Lana and Sophocles at the Pokémon School. She accidentally ran over Ash when he stumbled upon the school and, mistaking him for a new student, introduced him as such to her principal, Samson Oak. After the misunderstanding was cleared up, she decided to show Ash around the campus, introducing him to her teacher, Professor Kukui, along the way. She then witnessed Ash join Kiawe in a scuffle against some Team Skull Grunts, and was amazed by his and Pikachu's battle skills. Shortly after the battle, Ash saw the guardian deity Tapu Koko in the sky, but it flew off before Mallow and the other students could see it.

In A Seasoned Search!, she revealed that her top goal was to make the Aina's Kitchen the best in the world. In order to accomplish this, she had to recreate a special recipe to attract more customers, but the key ingredient, Yellow Nectar, was out of season. After unsuccessfully using Pikachu's Thunderbolt as a substitute, she set off in search of an Oricorio to help find the Yellow Nectar. During a fight with Team Rocket, who tried to steal the Yellow Nectar, Bounsweet evolved into Steenee, and she successfully recreated the secret recipe.

In Mallow and the Forest Teacher!, Mallow had enough of being overworked by her father at the Kitchen, and ran away. She tripped on a rock and fell down a hill, injuring her knee. She was later found by an Oranguru, who helped her recover. Later, when Team Rocket captured her Steenee, Oranguru helped save her just as Abe and her friends arrived. As Abe recognized the Oranguru from his past, Mallow reconciled with him and returned home.

From Family Determination! to 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Mallow was among those who helped Lillie and Gladion in their mission to rescue their mother Lusamine after Lusamine was kidnapped by the Ultra Beast Nihilego. In Ultra Deep Sea, her Steenee, along with Ash's Litten and Rowlet, and Lana and Sophocles's Pokémon, fought and overcame Lusamine's Mismagius, Milotic, and Lilligant, which were under Nihilego's control. The battle ended when Ash and Pikachu performed 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to defeat Nihilego, freeing Lusamine from its grasp.

Mallow in her Ultra Guardian uniform

In The Professors' New Adventure!, Mallow attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet. During the post-nuptials, Lusamine asked Mallow and her classmates to join the Ultra Guardians, a task force dedicated to dealing with any upcoming Ultra Beast incidents, which they accepted.

As a part of the Ultra Guardians, Mallow and her Pokémon have been critical to the success of the group's missions. In A Mission of Ultra Urgency!, Mallow and her classmates were given their first task, capturing a Buzzwole that emerged from an Ultra Wormhole onto Melemele Island and began causing havoc.

In Sours for the Sweet!, Mallow prepared to enter the Alola Bread Festival‎‎ with her father. Due to Abe's back problems, he couldn't enter, but Mallow was saved by the arrival of her brother, Ulu. Together, they entered the competition, but an incident led to Ulu accidentally losing the Berries they were going to use to a Snorlax. With the assistance of her friends and Steenee, Mallow successfully made sweet bread without the Berries, successfully winning the competition. However, by that point, Ulu had left to go on another journey.

In All They Want to Do is Dance Dance!, Mallow and Steenee started practicing for a Pokémon dance in class. When the day of the dance came, Mallow and the others were captured by Team Rocket, except for Steenee, who was doing some last-minute practicing. Mallow witnessed Steenee learn Stomp and subsequently evolve into Tsareena. Thanks to Tsareena, the group was freed and Team Rocket was sent blasting off.

In Filling the Light with Darkness!, mysterious dark clouds appeared over the Alola region, causing all of the adults in Alola to lose their energy and motivation. The next day, Mallow and her classmates embarked on their fifth mission, to investigate the situation at the Altar of the Sunne. Shortly after arriving, Lusamine revealed that Gladion would be joining them as a new member. In order to disperse the clouds, Lana, Kiawe, Ash, and Gladion combined their Z-Power to fuel a device that successfully made the clouds disappear, but they uncovered a hidden Ultra Wormhole in the process. Afterwards, Lusamine took the Ultra Guardians into the ruins, where she showed them a mural depicting the "Blinding One". Before they could translate the mural, the Ultra Guardians were forced to return outside, where they found the wormhole increasing in size. At that moment, a Lunala emerged from the wormhole with a Necrozma chasing after it. The group was eventually able to solve the unfolding crisis in Securing the Future!, where they, their Pokémon, Lunala, Poipole's friends, and everyone else back in Alola shared their Z-Power with Necrozma, causing it to release Nebby. After Ash and Gladion used Nebby and Lunala to replenish Necrozma's strength to revert it to its true form, it restored Poipole's home world back to its original state. Afterwards, the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala traveled back to Alola through the Ultra Wormhole.

Mallow and her mother

In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Mallow and her classmates arrived on Poni Island for their individual research projects for school. Her research project was to focused on how to make dishes with Poni Island radishes. In Run, Heroes, Run!, Mallow succeeded in making the radish-based dishes. She eventually brought them to Hapu for her to taste.

In Memories in the Mist!, Mallow became depressed after learning of Tapu Fini's ability to reunite people with the souls of the deceased. After being comforted by Lana, Mallow admitted she didn't want to see her mother, as she felt guilty about declaring her hatred of her shortly before she passed away. Later, at Hapu's house, Tapu Fini filled the area with mist, causing Mallow to get separated from the others. Mallow was visited by the spirit of her mother, and promptly apologized to her for her past actions. After the mist cleared and her mother's spirit faded away, Mallow encountered a wild Shaymin, which had been attracted to the feelings of gratitude Mallow expressed during her apology, and decided to take it in until it was time for it to fly off.

Mallow after receiving her Z-Ring

In A Recipe for Success!, Mallow visited Oranguru at its forest café to get some Big Mushrooms for her family's restaurant. After learning that Pokémon visited the café in addition to humans, Mallow decided to help Oranguru serve customers and lessen its workload. One of the customers was Tapu Koko, who she fed with a burger made from Poni Island radishes. Tapu Koko enjoyed its meal and gave Mallow a Grassium Z as a reward before leaving. As she reflected on her day, she decided to make Aina's Kitchen a restaurant for both humans and Pokémon. As thanks for helping it, Oranguru gave Mallow the Big Mushrooms she wanted, as well as a worn-out Z-Ring. Later, Mallow returned home and had her new Z-Ring repaired by Olivia, making her the final member of Professor Kukui's class to receive a Z-Ring.

In Battle Royal 151!, Mallow was among the 151 Trainers taking part in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. Using Shaymin, Mallow was among the 16 Trainers still standing at the end of the round. The match-ups for the next round revealed that she would be battling Lana.

In Battling Besties!, Mallow faced Lana in the first round of the Manalo Conference. Despite having the type advantage, Mallow struggled against Lana, and it came to the point where she tried to forfeit, but Tsareena refused to be recalled and wanted to continue battling on her side. Lana encouraged Mallow to keep on battling as well, and as Mallow looked at Tsareena, she remembered all of the times they had spent together. This restored her confidence, and she decided to respect her partner's choice to continue battling. Soon after, they were able to successfully execute a Bloom Doom, which was countered by Lana's Primarina's Oceanic Operetta. Then, after stumbling from exhaustion, Tsareena was defeated by Primarina's Aqua Jet, eliminating Mallow from the tournament.

In Enter the Champion!, Mallow attended the award ceremony for Ash's victory in the Manalo Conference, only for it to be interrupted when a Guzzlord arrived at the stadium through a wormhole. In Z-Move Showdown!, Mallow helped evacuate innocent civilians to safety. When a second, Shiny Guzzlord appeared in the shopping area, Mallow, Lillie, Lana, and Sophocles helped Kiawe, Gladion, and Hau battle it. By combining their Z-Moves into one giant attack, Mallow and the others managed to successfully knock the Shiny Guzzlord back into Ultra Space.

Mallow with her father and Ulu

In Dreams of the Sun and Moon!, with the Alola League over, Mallow and her classmates returned to their usual routine at the Pokémon School. When asked what she planned on doing for the upcoming vacation, Mallow revealed that she planned on renewing Aina's Kitchen so it could accommodate both people and Pokémon. She later invited everyone to a party at her family restaurant, where she allowed her friends' Pokémon to taste-test the new Pokémon menu.

In Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!, Lillie revealed she would be leaving on a journey with Gladion and Lusamine to find her missing father, Mohn, with the help of the Magearna she awakened. The next day, Mallow and the others said farewell to Lillie, taking one last photo with her before she and her family left on a cruise ship. As he flew back home, Ash was greeted by his classmates and Alolan Pokémon, who flew by in their Ultra Guardians uniforms to give him one final farewell. Sometime after the others left for their vacations, Mallow was greeted by Ulu, who had finished his cooking journey. With the Gracideas Ulu brought with him, Shaymin changed into its Sky Forme. Mallow bid farewell to Shaymin, thanking it for the time it spent with her before it flew away with three other Sky Forme Shaymin.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In That New Old Gang of Mine!, Mallow helped organize a welcome party for Ash and Goh when they came to visit Alola. She later joined her classmates in watching a battle between Goh and Kiawe.

In Helping the Hometown Hero!, Mallow attended a party to celebrate the return of Lillie and her family to Alola after they found Mohn, reuniting with Lillie, Ash, and Goh and meeting Chloe. The next day, Mallow watched a Battle Royal match between Ash, Kiawe, Gladion, and Professor Kukui.

In Paring Pokémon While Parrying! and Partners in Time!, Mallow was seen watching Ash's Masters Eight Tournament match against Leon at the Pokémon School.


Mallow and her Z-Ring

Mallow is an upbeat and friendly girl who gets along well with her classmates at the Pokémon School. She admits herself to be so energetic that she sometimes misses important details and jumps to the wrong conclusions. She has a firm sense of right and wrong, such as her distaste for Team Skull's bullying of other students. Much like Brock, Cilan, and Clemont, she is also a talented cook for both people and Pokémon, and as such is a self-proclaimed poster girl at her family's restaurant, Aina's Kitchen.

Mallow and Lillie

Mallow is shown to be very good friends with Lillie. This was demonstrated in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, when she completed her chores early and headed over to see how she was getting on with the Egg; in Getting to Know You!, when she dragged Ash along to see how she and Snowy were getting along; and in Lulled to La-La Land!, when she defended Lillie after Rotom accused her of being the culprit for making everyone hungry.

Mallow with Lana when they became friends

Mallow is also supportive of her best friend Lana. This was demonstrated in They Might Not Be Giants!, when she showed up to watch how Popplio's balloons were doing and explained to Rotom why Lana was acting the way she was whenever she was separated from Popplio. This was seen again in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!, when she showed up to watch how her and Popplio perform Hydro Vortex.

Mallow is a fan of Grass-type Pokémon, as evident in Alola, Kanto!, when she excitedly greeted a Vileplume and two Gloom and called them cute. Mallow has shown to be secretive of what had happened to her mother, as shown in Alolan Open House!, where she lied about both of her parents being busy and in Night of a Thousand Poses! where she talked about Sima, when her other classmates talked about their own mothers. In Memories in the Mist!, it was revealed that she harbors deep regret for snapping at her mother shortly before she passed away from an illness. Mallow only likes to speak to Lana about her mother's death. At the end of the episode, Mallow overcomes her guilt when she is briefly reunited with her mother's spirit in Tapu Fini's mist.

Mallow has shown to have a way of knowing what her family and friends need, and would help them in any way she can; in addition, she is also protective of her friends and Pokémon. Mallow has a tendency to lose her composure when pushed into a corner, often doubting herself. However, Mallow would pick herself back up through the help of her friends. This is shown when making a meal for Tapu Koko while working at Oranguru's place in A Recipe for Success! and perfecting Bloom Doom with Tsareena during her battle with Lana at the Manalo Conference in Battling Besties!.


Mallow with Tsareena and Shaymin

Like Cilan, Mallow mostly specialized in Grass-type Pokémon. Mallow also has her Pokémon help in her cooking and at her families restaurant. Her Tsareena is both her only and strongest Pokémon. However, Mallow took the mythical Pokémon Shaymin under her care and became her second Pokémon until it changed into its Sky Forme and fly away. Although she has shown to have skills in Pokémon battles, Mallow doesn't have a lot of experience like most of her classmates do.

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

On hand

Bounsweet → Steenee → Tsareena



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Ride Pokémon

Mallow was first seen riding a Poké Ride Tauros around Pokémon School in a race with Sophocles and Lana, which ended prematurely when Ash unknowingly crossed the racetrack.

None of Tauros's moves are known.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Mallow was first seen riding a Poké Ride Lapras around Melemele Island.

None of Lapras's moves are known.

Debut Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!
Mallow used a Poké Ride Stoutland to hunt for treasure around Akala Island.

None of Stoutland's moves are known.

Debut Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!
Voice actors
English Marc Thompson
Flygon is Mallow's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

Flygon's known moves are Rock Slide and Fire Blast.

Debut A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Yūji Ueda
Mallow used a Mantine to get from Melemele Island to Treasure Island.

None of Mantine's moves are known.

Debut Alola, Alola!


Main article: Ash's Pikachu

In A Seasoned Search!, while making her Alolan Stew, Mallow ordered Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on her stew.

Debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
Voice actors
Japanese Ikue Ohtani
English Ikue Ohtani
Main article: Sophocles's Togedemaru

In The Ol' Raise and Switch!, Professor Kukui tasked everyone with switching their partner Pokémon with somebody else and Mallow was given Togedemaru.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Mika Kanai
English Kate Bristol


Main article: Oranguru (anime)

Mallow first encountered an Oranguru when she ran away from home after it saved her when she was injured during a fall. Oranguru later rescued Steenee from Team Rocket. When Abe found her, he recognized Oranguru as the one who he befriended in his youth.

Debut Mallow and the Forest Teacher!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka (SM039-SM087)
English Scottie Ray
Grandpa Forest
Main article: Grandpa Forest

Grandpa Forest (Japanese: のおじいちゃん Grandpa Forest) is a Drampa that Mallow and Lana met when they were young. Years later, they met Drampa again after hearing about Harper and Sarah's encounter with it.

Debut Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Jason Griffith (SM059)
Pete Zarustica (SM096-present)


Mallow's Grassium Z

Alola trials

This listing is of the trials Mallow has cleared in the Alola region:

Pokémon League

Mallow has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Pokémon competitions

Mallow has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 上田麗奈 Reina Ueda
English Jessica Paquet (SM001-SM146)
Emily Cramer (JN037)
Czech Adéla Nováková
Danish Sophie Marie Jeppesen
Finnish Yasmine Yamajako
European French Ludivine Deworst
Greek Μελίνα Κατσακούλη Melina Katsakouli
Indonesian Nining Yuningsih (RTV dub)
Italian Sabrina Bonfitto
Polish Aleksandra Kowalicka
Portuguese Brazil Hannah Buttel (SM001JN037)
Naiaama Belle (JN112)
Portugal Flora Miranda
Spanish Latin America Araceli Romero
Spain Carmen López Pascual
Thai ธันวา ภักดีอำนาจ Thanwa Pakdeeamnat
Vietnamese Huỳnh Thị Thu Hiền (SM001-SM043)


Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Artwork from "After the story"[1]


Mallow's schoolbag


Language Name Origin
Japanese マオ Mao From maʻo (Hawaiian for Hawaiian cotton)
English, Dutch Mallow From mallow, a family of plants that includes cotton
French Barbara From Gossypium barbadense (extra-long staple cotton)
German Maho Similar to Japanese name
Italian Ibis From hibiscus
Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese Lulú Possibly from celulosa/celulose (cellulose, referring to cotton fiber)
Korean 마오 Mao Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 瑪奧 / 玛奥 Mǎ'ào Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 瑪奧 Máh'ou Transliteration of Japanese name
Russian Маллоу Mallou Transcription of English name
Thai มาโอะ Mao Same as Japanese name
Turkish Mallow Same as English name


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