Ultra Guardians

The Ultra Guardians (Japanese: ウルトラガーディアンズ Ultra Guardians) are an anime-exclusive task force and a sub-group of the Aether Foundation formed by Lusamine. Their goal is to catch Ultra Beasts that have strayed into the Pokémon world, and release them back into Ultra Space to maintain safety in the Alola region.

The Ultra Guardians

The Ultra Guardians base is overseen by Lusamine's Clefable. It is located underneath the Pokémon School and was built by the Aether Foundation. When accepting a mission, the Ultra Guardians will shout out the word "Ultroger" (Japanese: ウルトラジャー Ultroger).

The Ultra Guardians were given Beast Balls and a medical kit containing Full Restores, Max Potions, and some Berries with healing properties that they could use during their missions. They also have Ride Pokémon that help them with transportation.


The Ultra Guardians were first mentioned in The Professors' New Adventure!, when Lusamine invited Ash and his classmates to join the task force during Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet's wedding.

The Ultra Guardians embarked on their first mission in A Mission of Ultra Urgency!, where they were sent out to catch a Buzzwole. Ash eventually managed to do so, allowing it to be sent back to Ultra Space.

In Love at First Twirl!, Ash caught a Poipole to take care of it until the location of its Ultra Wormhole could be discovered.

The Ultra Guardians embarked on their second mission in Rise and Shine, Starship!, where they were sent out to catch the Celesteela they discovered and dug out of a hillside the day before. However, they were unable to catch it due to it being rooted down and were instead forced to create a defensive wall around it to protect the surrounding area from the fire produced by its takeoff.

The Ultra Guardians embarked on their third mission in Twirling with a Bang!, where they were sent out to catch a Blacephalon and Xurkitree. Their initial attempts to catch them proved unsuccessful when the two Ultra Beasts started a performance battle with each other. Ash eventually came up with an idea of the group using their Pokémon to create their own performance to distract the two Pokémon. The plan worked, giving Ash and Lycanroc the chance to perform Splintered Stormshards on the Ultra Beasts, weakening them enough for Lillie and Lana to then catch them. The next day, they were safely sent back to their own home worlds.

In Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!, there was no actual Ultra Guardian mission, but Kiawe, Lana, and Mallow used their Ultra Guardians equipment and Ride Pokémon to help locate Ash, Lillie, and Sophocles, who had been accidentally shrunk by one of Faba's inventions and subsequently gotten lost.

The Ultra Guardians embarked on their fourth mission in The Long Vault Home!, where they were sent out to catch the Stakataka that had appeared at the Pokémon School. However, they were unable to catch it, as it was able to move its blocks around to avoid all of their Beast Balls, forcing the Ultra Guardians to leave it alone for the night while they came up with a different strategy. During the night, Stakataka moved to Viren's construction site, where he and his henchmen mistook it for a pedestal meant for Viren's statue. When the statue was placed on top of Stakataka, it became furious and started stomping around in an attempt to get the statue off of itself. Eventually, Ash and Pikachu were able to remove the statue, causing Stakataka to calm down. Ash also managed to convince Stakataka to let him catch it so that they could return it home. Thus, as the evening rolled around, Stakataka was returned to its home dimension at the Pokémon School.

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, the Ultra Guardians 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, Ash, Kiawe, Lana, 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 any attempt to translate the mural could be done, 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 (whose species could not be identified and was called UB Black for the time being) chasing after it.

The mission continued in Full Moon and Many Arms!, where, despite their best efforts, Necrozma merged with Lunala and became Dawn Wings Necrozma. Nebby attacked Dawn Wings Necrozma using Sunsteel Strike, which freed Lunala from Necrozma's control. However, Necrozma then merged with Nebby, subsequently becoming Dusk Mane Necrozma. Necrozma disappeared through an Ultra Wormhole immediately afterward, leaving Lunala injured. The Ultra Guardians took Lunala back to the Pokémon School to recover. They managed to succeed in this endeavor with the help of Z-Power of their Z-Rings.

The Ultra Guardians on their Ride Pokémon

In The Prism Between Light and Darkness!, the Ultra Guardians and Lunala traveled through an Ultra Wormhole and arrived at Poipole's home world. Shortly after arriving, Poipole introduced everyone to its other Poipole friends and the leader of its hive, Naganadel. With its telepathy, Naganadel revealed to everyone how Necrozma lost its light protecting the world from a meteor, causing everything to become shrouded in darkness. Realizing that Necrozma is the Blinding One spoken of in Alolan legends, the Ultra Guardians decided the best way to free Nebby and restore Poipole's world to its former self was to help Necrozma regain its true form by giving it their Z-Power. After encountering Necrozma again, Ash, Kiawe, Lana, and Gladion fired simultaneous Z-Moves at the Prism Pokémon.

The mission came to an end during Securing the Future!, where they, along with the people and Pokémon of Alola, were able to return Necrozma to its original form. This helped restore Poipole's homeworld in the process. With the Ultra Wormhole about to close, they left, while Poipole decided to remain behind.

The Ultra Guardians set out on another mission in Sparking Confusion!, this time to Wela Volcano Park, after hearing about unusual activity in the area. They discovered that a group of rock hunters was searching for rocks called Spark Stones, in the process disrupting the feeding rituals of a pack of Alolan Geodude and Graveler living at the volcano. The hunters were attacked by their leader, an Alolan Golem, who began attacking indiscriminately. With help from Metang, Ash, Kiawe, and Sophocles were able to calm the group of Alolan Pokémon and stop the magnetic interference coming from the Park. The leader Golem later joined a trio of Hikers who volunteered to conduct future patrols of Wela Volcano Park.

The Ultra Guardians set out on another mission in Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!. One night, Pheromosa appeared from an Ultra Wormhole and began stealing Z-Crystals from Trainers. Attempts by the Ultra Guardians to catch it failed, so they and Faba formed a plan to lure Pheromosa in with their Z-Crystals, which would be surrounded by glue. This failed, however, when Meowth, who had fallen in love with Pheromosa, stepped on the glue instead, allowing Pheromosa to grab the Z-Crystals without getting stuck. The Ultra Guardians were eventually able to catch and return Pheromosa when it was defeated by Bewear.

In Living on the Cutting Edge!, the Ultra Guardians were alerted to the presence of a Kartana that was randomly cutting up objects. They were dispatched and split up to look for it, eventually finding it outside Viren's hotel. Kartana headed for the Pokémon School, but they were able to stop it from causing any further damage. They attempted to catch Kartana, only for it to slice the Beast Ball into pieces. They were contacted by Lusamine, who warned them of a meteor heading for the Pokémon School, and they attempted to stop it from hitting its target. Their attacks failed to stop the meteor, but Kartana was able to cut it into harmless pieces, which fell into the ocean. Kartana then opened up its own Ultra Wormhole by slicing through space and returned home.


Base Medical kit Beast Balls


The Ultra Guardians' Pokémon as seen in Living on the Cutting Edge!, ready to take on another mission


Ride Pokémon

Garchomp is Ash's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

Garchomp's known moves are Fire Blast and Dragon Pulse.

Debut A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
English Shin-ichiro Miki
Dragonair is Lana's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

Dragonair's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
Main article: Kiawe's Charizard

Charizard is Kiawe's personal Ride Pokémon, which he also uses during Ultra Guardian missions.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka (SM001-SM105)
Toru Sakurai (SM106-present)
English Unshō Ishizuka (SM001-SM105)
Toru Sakurai (SM106-present)
Altaria is Lillie's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

Altaria's known moves are Ice Beam and Fire Blast.

Debut A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
Voice actors
Japanese Chika Fujimura
English Jessica Paquet
Metang is Sophocles's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

Metang's known moves are Flash Cannon, Bullet Punch, and Metal Claw.

Debut A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
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
Noivern is Gladion's personal Ultra Guardian Ride Pokémon.

Noivern's known moves are Boomburst and Bite.

Debut Filling the Light with Darkness!
Voice actors
English Marc Thompson





  • The Ultra Guardians uniform is a modified version of the Riding Wear.
  • The Ultra Guardians share similarities with International Rescue from the 1960s TV series Thunderbirds in the sense that they suit up and launch. The scene of Alolan Exeggutor moving their heads is also a reference to said series. In addition, their use of "Ultroger" can be a reference to Thunderbirds' saying "F.A.B."
  • Gladion's uniform being a different design may be a reference to the long-running Super Sentai/Power Rangers series. Many seasons of the series typically have the main characters joined by a "Sixth Ranger" midway into the series. Sixth Rangers typically have their costume differ in design from the core team to make them more distinct.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 究極防衛隊 Jiūjí Fángwèiduì
  Danish Ultravogterne
  Finnish Ultravartijat
  French Ultra-Gardiens
  German Ultra-Wächter
  Italian Ultraprotettori
  Norwegian Ultra Guardians
  Polish Ultrastrażnicy
Portuguese   Brazil Ultraguardiões
  Portugal Ultraguardiães
  Russian Ультра Хранители Ultra Khraniteli
  Spanish Ultraguardianes
  Swedish Ultra Väktarna

Related articles

  Aether Foundation  
Aether ParadiseHeahea CityAether Bases (Route 8Route 16) • Aether House
President Branch Chiefs
Wicke Faba
Other members
Aether Foundation Employees Scientists
Former Related
Professor Mohn Lillie
Animation and manga
Former members: JessieJamesMeowth
Ultra Guardians: AshLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowGladion
See also: Team SkullUltra Recon Squad

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