15 Best Pokemon Sun & Moon Characters (Updated in 2024)

The characters in Pokemon Sun & Moon are pretty good, and some of them are also pretty memorable.

Pokemon Sun & Moon will be known for its great stories, and maybe we’ll get to see more of it in the future.

The best Sun & Moon characters tell a story, and the world of Alola is a must-see for any Pokemon fan.

So, today we’re going to give you a list of the best Pokemon Sun & Moon characters. Let’s take a look!

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Updated in June 2024, by Swati: With Ash staying in the Alola region,

the Sun & Moon season represents a dramatic shift in the series.

There were apparent changes to the animation style, and it featured important turning moments in Ash’s journey,

the most famous of them being his victorious reign as Pokémon League Champion.

And he accomplishes it with a cast of colourful and endearing characters that the fan base still finds appealing.

20. Bewear

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Some Pokémon become anime breakthrough stars because of their distinctive personalities and significant plot roles.

Among these, Bewear offers humorous relief for the majority of the season.

Bewear is kind and gentle; he really likes Team Rocket.

The Pokémon look after the three and even go to Kanto to ensure their safety.

Every now and again, the three also experience Bewear’s obsession with Team Rocket.

It “rescued” them once before they could finally beat Ash and seize his Pikachu.

19. Lana

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The quietest of Ash’s Alola classmates is Lana.

Shy, kind, and calm, she likes to surf, fish, and catch Pokémon of the Water kind,

and she spends much of her time with her Pokémon.

She is the most adventurous among Ash’s friends as well.

Once in Kanto, Lana gets to know Misty, another anime enthusiast of the Water type, really well.

Following their correspondence, Lana even invites her and Brock to visit Alola.

Misty is undoubtedly a friend and an inspiration to Lana.

18. Rowlet

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Rowlet is the second famous character from Sun & Moon.

It is Ash’s Starter Pokémon in Alola, having been his first encounter.

As with a number of Ash’s other Pokémon (Charizard, Bulbasaur, Infernape, and Sceptile), Rowlet has a unique personality that the anime takes a while to develop.

Lighthearted and innocent, Rowlet first enters war with ease.

After falling short of Hau’s Dartrix, Rowlet shows a desire to improve and begins to train harder.

Unlike Ash’s Pikachu or Dawn’s Piplup, and other Pokémon in the anime that did, Rowlet has no interest in evolving.

But it gets tethered to an Everstone it finds along the route, which stunts his growth.

17. Mallow

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Kind and energetic, young Mallow makes hasty decisions.

Like Brock, Cilan, and Clemont before her, she is a great cook.

She is a grass specialist by trade and aspires to someday take over her family’s restaurant, Aina’s Kitchen.

Among all the buddy Pokémon, Mallow may have the saddest past.

She feels awful about how she treated her mother; she passed away soon after. 

In one of the most heartbreaking episodes of the anime,

she reconciles with her mother’s spirit with the aid of the fabled Pokémon Tapu Fini.

16. Kiawe

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Kiawe is Ash’s most experienced and battle-hardened companion.

He holds Pokémon conflicts in the utmost esteem and has a profound admiration for Z-Rings and Z-Moves.

Kiawe is significantly more mature than Ash’s other colleagues, frequently exhibiting a self-important and austere demeanour.

He is also overconfident and prideful, despite his improvement in collaboration with his peers.

Kiawe, a Fire-type specialist, is also prone to overreacting to his emotions.

He once grieved after being granted the opportunity to ride a Kantonian Rapidash.

15. Lillie 


At first, Lillie is shown to be a mysterious girl who plays a big role in the story of Pokémon Sun and Moon.

You will watch her help Professor Kukui and live with him because of your own reasons.

She doesn’t like it when Pokémon get hurt, and it’s clear that she doesn’t like Pokémon battles.

What makes her happy is reading.

The opening cut scene shows her trying to leave Aether Paradise three months before the player’s adventure begins.

Just as she was about to be caught, a mysterious force teleported her away.

Don’t worry too much. This mysterious force is just Co smog, a Pokémon that she has hidden in her bag and calls Nebby.

14. Professor Kukui

Professor Kukui

Kukui has always been interested in how Pokémon fight,

and he often watches Hala’s battles to see how her Pokémon attack.

He uses his Move Index guidebook to keep track of the games.

Kukui made friends with a Litten, which used to belong to his parents, and later bought it.

People would often see them playing with wild Pokémon in the forests of Melemele Island.

Kukui also gave a Totem Trevenant who lived in the woods a Firium Z, which helped it stop sneezing.

Molavne and DJ Leo, two of his childhood friends, are also in his story of friendship.

13. Olivia 

Olivia pokemon

Olivia is the Kahuna of Akala and also owns a jewelry and accessories store in her hometown of Konikoni City.

Olivia thinks she is a normal girl, even though she was chosen as Kahuna at a young age.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, after Necrozma lets loose a few Ultra Beasts around Alola,

she is briefly seen facing off against a BuzzwoleUS/PheromosaUM at the Ruins of Life.

Later, it turns out that Olivia is one of the four Trainers that Professor Kukui asked to be the Elite Four of the Pokémon League of Alola.

12. Plumeria 


Plumeria is the only administrator for Team Skull in Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.

She is first seen and fought at the Akala Outskirts before Olivia’s grand trial.

She is angry with the player for killing so many Team Skull Grunts, and she says so.

Her next appearance is in front of the Aether House on Route 15, where she will fight the player for the second time.

While the player is fighting Team Skull in Po Town, Plumeria goes back to the Aether House and takes Lillie and Nebby to Aether Paradise.

Her last main game appearance is at the Ancient Poni Path,

where she first watches the player fight several Team Skull Grunts and then asks the player to bring Guzma back after he and Lusamine went through an Ultra Wormhole.

She also apologizes by giving them a Poisonium Z.

11. Ilima 


Ilima went to the Trainers’ School on Route 1, and the other students there look up to her as a hero. Some people refer to him as “the Prince of the Trainers’ School.”

He is usually polite and respectful, but when he is in a Pokémon battle, he changes into a very different person.

After beating the Teacher at the Trainers’ School, the player meets Ilima and Professor Kukui for the first time.

Later, two Team Skull Grunts interrupt his conversation with the player at the Marina.

After the player beats the Grunts, he challenges them to a fight. Ilima will later show up in Verdant Cavern to help the player through their first trial there.

10. Hau

hau pokemon

Hau is a boy with a big heart who makes friends with the player right away when they move to the Alola region.

He is the grandson of Hala, who is the Kahuna of Melemele Island. His favorite food is malasada, which is a famous treat in Alola.

One of the people in Iki Town, where they live, says that when Hau was a boy, he saw Hala angry, which scared him so much that he cried.

9. Guzma


Guzma first shows up in Malie Garden, making fun of Professor Kukui and calling both of them “fellow rejects who could never become captains.”

Also, he doesn’t like Kukui’s plan to build a Pokémon League for Alola.

He agrees that some parts of the island challenge are outdated, but he says there’s no need for a League because he thinks he’s the best Trainer in the area.

So that he can keep his position, his Grunts have been stealing every piece of Buginium Z in Alola so that other Trainers can’t use it.

When Kukui tells the player to fight Guzma, the boss notices the player’s Z-Ring and asks why they’re taking on the island challenge.

The player quickly answers that they don’t care about the island challenge and agrees to Kukui’s terms.

8. Lusamine


Lusamine can be found in Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Pokémon Ultra Moon. She is first seen in a picture in a magazine that the player is reading during the opening sequence.

She is officially shown to the player and Hau after the Akala Grand Trial, when they go to Aether Paradise with the player.

Lusamine says that she loves all Pokémon, whether they are from the Alola region or not, because she is the head of the Aether Foundation.

While the player and Hau talk to her in the conservation area, Nihilego comes out of an Ultra Wormhole.

7. Samson Oak

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In Sun and Mood, the player first sees Samson Oak in Malie City on Ula’ula Island. Their Rotom Pokedex lets them know who he is.

He tells the player about his research on regional forms and asks them to meet him in the city’s library,

where he talks about regional forms again before asking the player to show him the local variant of Persian.

When shown an Alolan Persian, he gives the player a Love Ball and explains why regional forms exist and why he thinks the Alolan Persian looks the way it does.

He goes on and on about how his cousin in Kanto gave him a Kanto Pokédex, and how he uses it to compare the Alolan forms of Kanto-native Pokémon to their regular forms.

Finally, he tells the player that the Z-Crystals Samson sent him might bring his cousin’s grandson to Alola one day.

6. Nanu


Nanu is a police officer who helps the player get into Po Town when he or she first meets him or her.

After the player beats Team Skull, he says he is the Kahuna of Ula’ula Island and challenges the player to a grand trial on the island in Malie City.

When the player beats him, he gives them the Darkinium Z and wishes them well as they head to Aether Paradise with Gladion and Hau to save Lillie.

Professor Kukui invites Nanu to join the Alola Elite Four when he makes the Alola Pokémon League.

He says no, though, because he doesn’t have to join, unlike when the guardian deity picked him to be the Kahuna. So, Acerola replaces him in the Elite Four.

5. Mina

Mina pokemon

Mina wanted to be an artist and started painting at a young age.

She got into the habit after the Snubbull in her family accidentally destroyed a picture she made while trying to show it liked it.

She took this as a sign that her art wasn’t good enough and worked to improve it.

She knows Ilima, and Mallow has one of her paintings in the lobby of the restaurant her family owns.

Mina’s friends and family know her for her odd behavior, which her father has compared to that of a fey vagabond.

4. Sophocles

Sophocles pokemon

In the story of Pokémon Sun and Moon, the player meets Sophocles for the first time at the Hokulani Observatory on Ula’ula Island.

The Captain tells the player that he built a machine he calls the “Ping Totem Pokémon 2.0.” To get the Totem Pokémon to come to him, the device sends out sounds that only Pokémon can hear.

He then tells the player that their trial will be a test of his new idea. Sophocles turns on the Ping Totem Pokémon 2.0, which blows a fuse and starts the real trial.

Sophocles is one of the possible opponents the player could face at the Pokémon League when defending their Champion title after the game is over.

3. Gladion


He, his mother Lusamine, and his sister Lillie were all members of the Aether Foundation.

But over time, he saw that his mother was obsessed with Ultra Beasts and realized that if she let Ultra Beasts into Alola, she would ruin the place.

Because of this, he decided to leave the foundation and only told Wicke about it.

Before he left, he stole one of the three weapons that Type: Null had made to fight Ultra Beasts.

After he left the Aether Foundation, he had two goals: to stop his mother and to get Type: Null out of the helmet that was supposed to control it.

He worked as an enforcer for Team Skull in the end, but he was never really a part of the team.

2. Kahili

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Kahili was once the winner of the Island Challenge in Alola.

She was also one of the four Trainers Professor Kukui asked to be the Elite Four of the Pokémon League of Alola.

Also, Kahili is a pro golfer and the daughter of the man who owns the Hano Grand Resort.

The player can meet her after the game is over at Hano Grand Resort, where she will give them TM92 (Trick Room).

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon,

she also shows the player how to do Supersonic Skystrike by briefly appearing on Ten Carat Hill after the player gets the Flyinium Z.

1. Ash Ketchum

 Ash Ketchum

Since moving to the Alola region, Ash has become much more excited than he was in the Kalos region.

He has kept his determination and his love of Pokémon, though.

Ash still has his skills and experience,

like not getting upset when he loses a Trial Challenge or beating multiple Pokémon at once, but he acts a lot more like a child and is much more hyperactive.

Ash is less impatient now, especially during Pokémon battles,

because he has calmed down and is willing to wait. However, he still shows it a few times because he is hyperactive.

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