The Challenge of Life

Under The Alolan Moon
English opening themes
The Journey Starts Today
The Challenge of Life
Dub OP 22
Artist Dani Marcus and The Sad Truth (additional vocals by James Mosely, Charity Goodin, and Ben Dixon; guitars by James Harman)
Lyrics Ed Goldfarb
Composer Ed Goldfarb

The Challenge of Life is the opening theme song for the English dub of the twenty-second season, Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends. It was used from Lillier and the Staff! to Dreams of the Sun and Moon!. The opening animation is composed of clips from the third and fourth Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon Japanese openings, Future Connection and Your Adventure, as well as a clip from Episode 3 of Where Are You Going, Eevee?, while the ending animation is composed of clips from the second Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon Japanese ending, Twerp, Twerpette.


Rise if you're prepared for the challenge
(Rise to the challenge)
Rise if you're a champion at heart
(Rise to the challenge)

Take my hand, we'll train as one
And triumph together
(Rise to the challenge)
Nothing's gonna stand in our way

Stronger and stronger we'll
Rise to the challenge of




Opening animation spoilers

Ending variants

  1. SM093 - SM102: The original animation.
  2. SM103 - SM145: Sandy now displays its haircut from Lana.


By Pokémon


  • On Netflix, the second ending variant is only first used from SM106.

In other languages

OS: Pokémon ThemePokémon WorldPokémon JohtoBorn to Be a WinnerBelieve in Me
AG: I Wanna Be a HeroThis DreamUnbeatableBattle Frontier
DP: Diamond and PearlWe Will Be HeroesBattle Cry - (Stand Up!)We Will Carry On!
BW: Black and WhiteRival DestiniesIt's Always You and Me
XY: Pokémon Theme (Version XY)Be a HeroStand Tall
SM: Under The Alolan SunUnder The Alolan MoonThe Challenge of Life
JN: The Journey Starts TodayJourney to Your HeartWith YouGotta Catch Em All
HZ: Becoming Me / We Go (English Ver.)
Other: Side by SidePokérap GS / Pokémon Chronicles themeAlways Safe
Under The Alolan Moon
English opening themes
The Journey Starts Today
  This article is part of Project Music, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each Pokémon song, CD and musician.