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ザオボー Sauboh
Sun Moon Faba.png
Art from Sun and Moon
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blond
Hometown Unknown
Region Alola
Trainer class Aether Branch Chief
Aether Foundation
Generation VII
Games Sun and Moon
Specializes in Psychic types
Member of Aether Foundation
Rank Branch Chief
Anime debut SM044
English voice actor NA
Japanese voice actor Mitsuaki Madono

Faba (Japanese: ザオボー Sauboh) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He works at the Aether Foundation. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Aether Branch Chief (Japanese: エーテルしぶちょう Aether Director). He specializes in the Psychic type.

In the games

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Faba appears in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is identified by his signature sunglasses, and is very proud of his position in the Foundation. He sometimes refers to himself as Aether Paradise's last line of defense.

The player first meets Faba at Memorial Hill on their way to the Ruins of Life. Trying to get a Team Skull Grunt to stop harassing a Slowpoke, Faba asks for the player's assistance. After defeating the Grunt, Faba, thankful for the player's help invites them to visit the Hano Grand Resort after they finish their grand trial with Olivia. Upon arriving there, the Faba invites the player, along with Hau, to Aether Paradise.

Faba reappears to stop the player, Hau, and Gladion as they storm the foundation's headquarters for the kidnapped Lillie. Gladion demands that Faba tell him what the foundation is planning, but Faba refuses, taunting Gladion about his past, before battling the player. Faba is defeated and concedes, granting the player's group clearance to the second basement floor, where he claims they will find Cosmog. This, however, turns out to be a lie spun by Faba to give himself time to call in reinforcements and strengthen his Pokémon team. By the time the player's group attempts to head towards Lusamine's quarters, Faba has returned with three Aether Foundation Employees by his side. He reveals he has the key to the way forward in his hands, a plan which Hau calls into question, frustrating the chief. After defeating two of the employees alongside Gladion, the player has a Multi Battle with Faba and the remaining employee, with Hau as their partner. Defeated, Faba is forced to relent, and gives the keys to Hau, who unlocks the way forward.

After becoming Champion, it is revealed that Faba was demoted. Humbled by recent events, Faba is determined to become a new man by integrating himself with the rank and file. Faba requests another battle with the player, and upon defeat, gives the player a Dubious Disc. After that, he will linger in the lobby of Lusamine's mansion on Aether Paradise.

Faba is one of the possible Trainers who will challenge the player for the title of Champion at the Pokémon League. He always appears on the first day of each month.

Under the alias "F" (Japanese: S), Faba keeps a blog on which he posts comments about his job and his beliefs on various subjects. These posts can be viewed on the computer in Aether Paradise's Secret Lab A, where the Type: Null specimens were created. One reveals that he developed the Beast Balls after taking the project over from his predecessor. Another reveals that he designed the control mask technology that would later be used on Type: Null following the failure of the RKS System initialization tests, as a precaution in case such an event took place.


Faba's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

First battle

Second battle


Faba uses this team in both the one-time battle at Aether Paradise and in the Title Defense battles at the Pokémon League.


Memorial Hill
"Stand firm! Think of what the president would say!"
"Why, I am the Aether Foundation's last line of defense! What would become of the foundation if something were to happen to me now?"
"Ah! Here is a promising young Trainer! Fight in my stead, child, and rout these Team Skull ruffians. I will bestow honor upon you, if you do!"
"Yes, indeed. You are a trial-goer, aren't you? You're a splendid Trainer."
"I am deeply impressed! I'd like to reward you by showing you something truly astounding. Once you have finished your grand trial, come to Hano Grand Resort and I will take you to see a wondrous place."
Hano Grand Resort
"So you've come at last."
"Ah. But forgive me. I have yet to introduce myself. You may call me Faba. I told you before that I would show you someplace astounding, right? Well, that wondrous place is...Aether Paradise!"
"Let me tell you about Aether Paradise. Just as the name suggests, Aether Paradise is a veritable paradise for Pokémon that floats far out in the sea surrounding Alola. It is an artificial island, made entirely by human technology, for the protecting of Pokémon! Of course I'm an adult who keeps his promises. So I will prove to you that all I've told you is the absolute truth with a tour of Aether Paradise. You will come, won't you?!"
No: "Hmm. Yes. Well, children are often too frivolous and aimless to properly think through— Ahem. I mean they value their freedom so. But the answer that I want to hear from you is a resounding "Yes!" Now let's hear it!"
Yes: "Good, good. Then you'll come with me. Aether Paradise will amaze you."
"Oh? Even Kahuna Olivia has come to see you off?"
"Then let us enjoy an adventure upon that grand vessel that will take us across the high seas! By which I mean to say, the ferry."
Aether Paradise
"Here we are, you two. This is Aether Paradise."
"Aether Paradise is a facility created for the conservation of Pokémon. It has been outfitted with all of the latest technology for this purpose. Downstairs, our teams work on developing new Poké Balls and more. Yes, all for the sake of Pokémon conservation."
"Though you will not be able to use any of your Poké Balls within Aether Paradise. A jamming signal is broadcast throughout the facility to prevent them from functioning."
"Yes, excuse you! What is the meaning of that form of address? I have a title for a reason! How else will anyone know how important I am?"
"Now, I must go speak with the president about our conservation efforts on Akala... Show these children around, and then take them to meet the president as well."
1F (after Guzma is defeated at the Shady House)
"I, Faba, am the Aether Branch Chief. The only one in the world, I'm irreplaceable."
"And here you come back...uninvited?"
"Hee hee hee! Look at you... Living out in the world hasn't been kind, has it? But I'm still not telling you anything! And you of all people should understand why... Gladion."
"Oh ho... Is that right? Is that what you think?"
"So you wish to battle me? Branch Chief Faba? The man who is called Aether Paradise's last line of defense is to battle a mere child?!"
"As you will!"
  • Upon being defeated
  • After being defeated
"H-h-how can this be?! How could this child..."
"Indeed... The world truly hasn't been kind to you, has it? Look how hard it has made you. If you're looking for Cosmog, I suppose it might be downstairs."
"Well...if you must know... I've heard experiments are held down there. Experiments aiming to tear the very boundaries of the world apart."
"Why not? This is an act of kindness I can do for you thanks to my position as branch chief."
  • If talked to before using the elevator
"...You should descend, promptly. I am being kind. Can't you see that?"
  • After clearing B2F
"My, my...what naughty children. You should just lay your heavy heads down."
"But I knew that you would struggle onward— I could see through every action you would take. So I knew you would try to reach the president."
"And that is why! I knew that I would be able to ambush you here and remedy my previous failure. The only reason I let you in the lower floor was to buy time to gather more staff to stop you."
"Indeed! I have it right here."
"E-enough, you lot! Teach these children a lesson!"
"H-h-h-how can this be? To be cornered by mere children?!"
"E-enough! I will show you the true power of Branch Chief Faba! The man who is called Aether Paradise's last line of defense! We will settle this at last with a Multi Battle!"
  • Upon being defeated
  • After being defeated
"This is why... This is why I can't bring myself to like children."
1F (after the player becomes Champion)
"Well...I'm afraid that the little kerfuffle we went through resulted in my demotion. I am turning over a new leaf and beginning over as one of the rank and file. When all is said and done, I feel like I've become a completely different person. In mind and body."
"Could the new and improved Faba request a battle with you?"
I'd rather not: "No! Does my new and improved form so intimidate you?"
Of course: "Then here I come! The new and improved Faba makes his debut!"
  • Upon being defeated
"What is the meaning of this?!"
  • After being defeated
"So what did you think of the new and improved Faba, hmm? With my newfound charm, you will see me make my comeback within the foundation! And for that I will have to gain quite a bit of support behind me."
"That is just a little token from me, so you won't forget the new Faba. Now watch as I work my way up the ladder of the foundation once more!"
"When I was reduced to this low-ranking position, I had a sudden revelation. I desperately long for that title of respect!"
Lusamine's Room (after the player becomes Champion)
"Young Master Gladion is doing a fine job as the acting president of the foundation. But don't you think it would be more appropriate to have an adult like me fill the position...?"
You're right: "You are surprisingly intelligent for a child!"
You think so?: "This is why I hate dealing with child— Er, I mean... I find it so interesting talking with children."
Pokémon League
First challenge
  • Before battle
"Champion... Now that is a title that everyone in Alola would bow before! I'm already a champion when it comes to power and prestige, after all... Taking this title would be my just deserts!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Th-this child has—!"
  • After being defeated
"I admit you have potential... You have proved to me that my judgment of you when we first met was flawless, as usual. You are a worthy Champion!"
Subsequent challenges
  • Before battle
"As long as you claim that title, I will keep clawing my way here to you! That's right! I'm here to relieve you of the title of Pokémon League Champion!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Th-this child has—!"
  • After being defeated
"You wait... Someday I will claw my way back up here again... but I suppose I should congratulate you first! See how bighearted I am to praise my opponent!"
Aether Paradise Secret Lab A - Blog entries
  • Introduction
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Introduction"
"Are you interested in success, dear readers? Then allow me to introduce myself. My name is F, and I am an elite, self-made man. Here on my blog, I will show you the way to succeed."
  • Multitasking
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Multitasking"
"Currently I am working on the development of a special sort of ball, which I took over from my predecessor, in parallel with another project. Seeing how well I multitask impresses my subordinates and increases their motivation. Showing how skillful you are is a kind of on-the-job training for your underlings."
  • Hedging risks
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Hedging risks"
"I once ventured to undertake a project without notifying my superior. I developed a device to restrain a dangerous life form, in case it became necessary to do so. I had it made for hedging risks to protect myself, but for better or worse, it was made public. It is always essential to consider the risks before one takes action."
  • Massaging the truth
"This is the blog of F, a branch chief working in the Alola region."
"Title: Massaging the truth"
"My superior's family stole the results of our research and ran off. However, I have chosen to never blow this issue out of proportion. I will only be reprimanded for my own mistakes, and surely my superior is also displeased with the actions of her family as well. When necessary, one must always be prepared to massage the truth to protect one's own position. It is not an exaggeration to say that this skill is vital for success."


Faba SM.png
Official artwork from
the Sun & Moon series


VS model from
Sun and Moon
Faba SM OD.png
Overworld model from
Sun and Moon

In the anime

Faba made his anime debut in SM044. He, along with Lusamine, Professor Burnet, and Wicke, investigated the Altar of the Sunne due to Ultra Aura being detected from that location, but they were unable to find anything. He later accompanied Lusamine and Professor Burnet to Professor Kukui's house on Melemele Island, so they could meet Ash and Nebby. He became upset with Lusamine when she entrusted Nebby to Ash, and for not letting the Aether Foundation take care of it instead.

He reappeared in a flashback in SM045. He appeared again in SM046.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 真殿光昭 Mitsuaki Madono


Language Name Origin
Japanese ザオボー Sauboh From Saubohne (German for faba bean)
English Faba From faba bean
French Saubohne From Saubohne (German for faba bean)
German Fabian From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Italian Vicio From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Spanish Fabio From Vicia faba (faba bean)
Korean 자우보 Jaubo Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 扎奧博 / 扎奥博 Zhā'àobó Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 扎奧博 Jaat'oubok Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
Russian Фаба Faba Transcription of English name

Aether Branch Chief

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 以太分部長 Yíhtaai Fānbouhjéung
Mandarin 以太分部長 / 以太分部长 Yǐtài Fēnbùzhǎng
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Šéf odnože Aether Foundation
France Flag.png French Directeur d'Æther
Germany Flag.png German Æther-Regionalleiter
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Aether Alapítvány osztályvezető
Italy Flag.png Italian Capo Filiale Æther
South Korea Flag.png Korean 에테르지부장 Etereu Jibujang
Spain Flag.png Spanish Director Æther

President: Lusamine
Branch Chiefs: FabaWicke
Lower members: Aether Foundation
Aether Foundation Employees
Former members: GladionLillie
Locations: Aether ParadiseAether House

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRapp
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesNebbyWickeFabaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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