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グズマ Guzma
Sun Moon Guzma.png
Art from Sun and Moon
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color White
Hometown Alola Route 2
Region Alola
Relatives Unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Team Skull Boss, Pokémon Trainer
Generation VII
Games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Specializes in Bug types
Member of Team Skull
Rank Boss

Guzma (Japanese: グズマ Guzma) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is the leader of Team Skull. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Team Skull Boss (Japanese: スカルだんかボス Team Skull Boss). He specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.

In the games

Guzma first appears in Malie Garden, taunting Professor Kukui, calling both the professor and himself "fellow rejects who never could become captains." Guzma then criticizes Kukui's idea of building a Pokémon League for Alola; while he agrees that some parts of the island challenge are antiquated, he claims there's no need for a League, as he believes he's the strongest Trainer in the region. To solidify his position, his Grunts have been stealing every piece of Buginium Z across Alola simply to deny its use to other Trainers. When Kukui asks the player to battle Guzma, the boss takes notice of their Z-Ring, and asks why they're taking on the island challenge before immediately dismissing it and accepting Kukui's terms. The player wins, and Guzma leaves, saying he'll remember the encounter.

Later on, the player travels to Po Town to retrieve a Yungoos Team Skull stole from a child living at the Aether House. After getting past an army of Team Skull Grunts and infiltrating their headquarters, the Shady House, the player comes face-to-face with Guzma, who is holding the Yungoos in his personal quarters. He returns the Yungoos after losing to the player again, but vows that he will one day defeat them.

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However, it is subsequently revealed that Team Skull's kidnapping of the Yungoos was a distraction meant to draw the player away from the Aether House so Plumeria could abduct Lillie. At this point, Gladion openly betrays Team Skull and recruits both the player and Hau for a mission to rescue Lillie from where Team Skull took her — Aether Paradise. As the player, Hau and Gladion fight through the Aether Foundation Employees who, along with Faba, are guarding Aether Paradise on Lusamine's orders, they discover a large group of Team Skull Grunts personally led by Guzma guarding the path to Lusamine's mansion, revealing that Lusamine has been secretly controlling Team Skull. Gladion rushes ahead to attempt to defeat Guzma and open the path for the player, but fails, leaving the player to battle Guzma one last time themselves. Guzma relents and allows the player to enter Lusamine's mansion after falling once more. A short while later, he rushes to Lusamine's side after she opens the Ultra Wormhole using Nebby's powers, unleashing Ultra Beasts all over Alola. Encouraging Lusamine to capture the Nihilego that appears in the room so it can be used to crush the player and their friends, Guzma ends up in a battle with Hau while Gladion tries to defeat Nihilego and the player fights Lusamine. Upon her defeat, the Ultra Wormhole and Nihilego begin to disappear. Unwilling to let her plans be thwarted, Lusamine enters the portal, taking Guzma with her.

Guzma is not seen again until after the player and Lillie have helped Nebby recover and evolve from Cosmoem into SolgaleoS/LunalaM. The legendary Pokémon transports the player and Lillie into Ultra Space, where they discover Guzma sitting alone, separated from Lusamine. He reveals that once they arrived in Ultra Space, he tried to capture a Nihilego of his own, only for it to use its parasitic powers to control him. Claiming that he has always lived his life making people afraid of him, Guzma admits that this experience has made him feel true fear for the first time, and warns the player and Lillie that they are stupid for coming to Ultra Space and tells them that Lusamine is too far gone into her insanity to be saved. He sits out and watches as the player battles Lusamine and subsequently separates her from the Nihilego she fused with using the aid of SolgaleoS/LunalaM and is saved from Ultra Space along with the others when SolgaleoS/LunalaM uses its powers to return them to the real world. Upon arrival, Hapu meets the group and has Guzma help her take away the unconscious Lusamine on her Mudsdale.

Once the player becomes Champion, it is revealed that Guzma disbanded Team Skull after returning from Ultra Space. To reflect this new start in life, he no longer wears his gold chain bearing Team Skull's insignia, paints a red X over the insignia on his coat, removes his Team Skull tattoos and changes his sunglasses to a symmetrical pair of round lenses. He can be found in his parents' home on Route 2, where he tells the player to meet him on Hau'oli City's beachfront. There, he expresses a continuing desire to finally defeat the player and challenges them once again. Upon his loss, Hala appears and tells him that he cannot win because he does not recognize his opponents' strength. Hala promises to make a fine trainer out of Guzma, and Guzma leaves after gifting the player his lucky charm, a Dawn Stone. In Moon only, he appears as a potential challenger and Multi Battle teammate at the Battle Tree. In Sun, this appearance is fulfilled by Plumeria instead.

Throughout the game, the player can discover hints about Guzma's past and motivations. He once earned many trophies for Pokémon battling that are still on display in his parents' home, but at some point after taking on his island challenge, he ran away from home. He apparently aspired to become a captain, but was unable to. At some point, he was part of a group centered around a previous kahuna, but after it was struck down by the wrath of one of the guardian deities, Team Skull would rise from its ashes. Guzma wants to fight back against Alola's traditions and assert his own strength. He ultimately fell under Lusamine's influence because she was the only adult who ever acknowledged his strength as a Trainer, inspiring his loyalty to her until the events in Ultra Space.


Guzma's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

First battle

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle

Battle Tree

Guzma appears in the Battle Tree exclusively in Pokémon Moon. He uses three of the Pokémon below in Single Battles, four in Double Battles, and two in Multi Battles.


Malie Garden
"Battle Royal, huh? Nice idea there, Kukui. You can beat down three Pokémon at once, huh?"
"The hated boss who beats you down, and beats you down, and never lets up... Yeah. Big bad Guzma is here!"
"Greetings, cowering public!"
"We have an exciting bout for you tonight! In the opposing corner, the Pokémon professor Kukui! And in this corner, the boss of Team Skull and the hardest guy around, Guzma!"
"Here we are, Kukui... Fellow rejects who never could become captains."
"We've got all these moldy old traditions in Alola—the kahunas, the captains... It's about time we cut out all that silly garbage and make something new for ourselves. Trust me, I get that."
"Don't get me wrong, though, Kukui. We've got no need for a Pokémon League. After all, everyone already knows who the strongest Trainer is on these islands!"
"So you're one of the kids on his/her island challenge? You don't look like Hala's grandson."
"Tch! This move fanatic is getting me all riled up!"
"You've got a Z-Ring, huh, kid?"
"Why even bother with the island challenge? What's the point of it?"
It'll make me strong: "No it won't, you dumb kid!"
That's what I want to find out: "Ha! You don't even know why you're doing it."
"Watch closely, Kukui. Someday I'm gonna destroy you. But first, I'll destroy everything you care about!"
"Wanna see what destruction looks like? Here it is in human form—it's your boy Guzma!"
  • Upon being defeated
"I see. Great work, I guess"
  • After being defeated
"Guzma!!! What is wrong with you?! Now's the time for your vaunted team to let loose and destroy everything!"
"It was <player>, right? I'll remember someone I'll be happy to beat down anytime!"
Shady House
"The hated boss who beats you down and beats you down and never lets up... Yeah. Big bad Guzma is here!"
"I don't really get you, kid, but at least this is a change of pace. It's not every day someone comes straight to me for a beating!"
I'm not here for you: "No bone to pick with me, huh? Then it's for Yungoos, I guess. How sweet of you to help out a sad little girl. Tch!"
I'm here for the Pokémon: "Oh, Yungoos? How sweet of you to help out a sad little girl. Tch!"
"And you came all the way here just for that, huh? Can't you just watch out for your own Pokémon and stay out of other people's business?!"
"You're one messed up kid!"
"You wanna know what I do when some machine messes up? The first thing I do is give it a nice hard smack!"
"I mean, most of the time I smash it to pieces, but hey, what can you do? Now let's see if I can't fix you!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Yeah, yeah. I gotta admit, that was great!"
  • After being defeated
"Guzma! What is wrong with you?!"
"Yo! Give the Pokémon back to the kid. NOW!"
"I'm gonna beat you down one of these days! No matter whose help I need to do it..."
Aether Paradise
"The hated boss who beats you down and beats you down and never lets up... Yeah. Big bad Guzma is here!"
"I did that spoiled little brat a favor and crushed him. Yeah, that was me. Y'know, I kinda liked you, kid. Leaving home like that and wanting to get stronger and stronger. You had some real guts. Going so far as coming over to Team Skull. And rejecting your own mother?! That was impressive."
"And now it's your turn! You little misfits keep getting up in my grill, like a cloud of smoke that I can't brush away. It's time I put out your fire at the source!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Hey, what's up with you? How come I can't smash you?!"
  • After being defeated
"Guzma! What is wrong with you?!"
"Tch. Looks like I got no choice. Go on...go through."
  • If talked to again
"If I want to beat you down... I've gotta get at least as strong as you! I can't believe you beat me down like that!"
Trophy room
"Madam Prez... the experiment was a success, huh? Looks like it's time to catch this wicked Ultra Beast to beat down these annoying upstarts!"
  • After battling Lusamine
"Yes, ma'am..."
Ultra Space
"I'm the Team Skull boss, and I've never been scared of nothing or nobody. Heck, I live my life making people scared of ME! So listen to what big bad Guzma has to say..."
"Y'all are stupid!"
"How in the world did you even get to this place? I've got no idea how you did it, but here you are."
"It's all dark here... I've got no clue what's going on, but there's beasts everywhere... I tried to catch one of those things..."
"but it possessed me! And that's when it happened! My body, my mind... They started running wild, and I couldn't do anything about it!"
"It was like I became somebody else, and I finally felt what fear feels like! It was terrifying!"
"I may be the Team Skull boss, and I've never been scared of nothing or nobody, but..."
"that lady...she's on another level! She's way far gone! She lost her mind over these Ultra Beasts. There's no talking to her, no reasoning with her... She's just gone..."
  • After battling Lusamine
"What now?! What's going on?! And just when things were getting good!"
Altar of the SunneS/Altar of the MooneM
'"Huh? Oh..."
Route 2 (after the player becomes Champion)
"You little brat!"
"I don't know what you think you're doing here, but I actually needed to talk to you. Get your rear over to the Hau'oli City Beachfront!"
Hau'oli City Beachfront (after the player becomes Champion)
"So you showed up..."
"Well, <player>, it's time to battle your boy!"
Wait a minute...: "What did you think I asked you to come here for?!"
Here I come!: "This is to make up for when I had to disband Team Skull! Just so you know, I'll never change! Wanna see what destruction looks like? Here it is in human form—it's your boy Guzma!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You again? How come I can't crush you?!"
  • After being defeated
"Guzma! What is wrong with you?! This outcome hasn't changed at all either!"
"You came all the way here just to watch me lose, huh? Must be nice to be a lazy old island kahuna with nothing better to do..."
"You wanna get beat down, old man?"
"I don't care what you say to me, yo. Beating people down is all I know!"
"What do you know, old man?!"
"You're still trying to front like you're my master, huh? I gave up on you a long time ago."
"I ain't never gonna ask you to forgive me, so don't get it twisted—this is no apology! But shut up and take this! I got it for my first ever victory, and it's always been like my lucky charm!"
"Who knows what the Alolan winds will bring? Next time we meet, I'm counting on you to test how strong I've gotten."
Battle Tree
  • Before battle
"Doesn't matter who I'm up against, I'm gonna beat them down! That's what big bad Guzma is all about!"
  • Upon being defeated
"I guess that's how it is, Champion! But I'm not beat down yet!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Not yet! I could still keep wrecking! Come at me as many times as you want!"
  • When chosen as a partner in a Super Multi Battle
"Heh, I like the looks of this! If it's you and me, we can beat anyone down!"


VSGuzma.pngVSGuzma 2.png
VS model from
Sun and Moon
Guzma SM OD.pngGuzma 2 SM OD.png
Overworld model from
Sun and Moon

In the TCG

Main article: Guzma (Burning Shadows 115)
Full Art print of Guzma

Guzma was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese Sun & Moon Era). First released in the Japanese Darkness that Consumes Light expansion, it made its debut in English in the Burning Shadows expansion, with the regular print featuring an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card in the Burning Shadows and Darkness that Consumes Light expansions, with an illustration by Masakazu Fukuda. Guzma allows the player to switch one of the opponent's Benched Pokémon with their Active Pokémon and, in doing so, the player must switch their own Active Pokémon with one of their Benched Pokémon.

Guzma and Team Skull also appear in a promotional live-action video for the Burning Shadows expansion, performing in a dance competiton against a group of Pikachu. Guzma's actor is unknown.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Guzma in Pokémon Adventures

Guzma debuts in PASM02. He is first seen berating a pair of Grunts after their attempt to skip out on paying Sun for his part-time job ended in their defeat. He orders the Grunts to find Sun so that he can teach him a lesson personally.

Later, Guzma travels to a festival being held at Iki Town. There, he finds the pair of Grunts hosting a Slowpoke Tail stand and proceeds to knock Grunt A unconscious for not informing him that Sun was at the festival. After claiming that Grunt A was injured in an accident, Guzma proceeds to take the Grunt's place in the festival's tournament.

In the first battle of the second round of the tournament, Guzma faces off against Sun. Through the use of tactics, Guzma's Masquerain easily defeats Sun's En, forcing him to switch for Dollar. After Dollar defeats Masquerain, Guzma sends out his Golisopod, which proves to be a powerful opponent. When Golisopod accidentally dirties the coin on Dollar's head with its claws, Dollar gets angry, giving it the strength to defeat Golisopod and allow Sun to move on to the final round. Angered, Guzma flies into a rage and begins knocking his head onto the ground before Grunt A stops him. Now bleeding due to the shards of his broken sunglasses getting embedded into his face, Guzma congratulates his Pokémon for their hard work. As Guzma and the Grunts leave, they are stopped by Olivia, who tells Guzma that as a participant of the tournament, he must stay and watch the other battles. Guzma refuses and tells Olivia that only one person is allowed to give him commands.

Later, Guzma travels to the Ruins of Conflict, where he encounters Gladion. Guzma praises Gladion's skills at the tournament and offers him a job as an Enforcer for Team Skull. To Guzma's surprise, Gladion immediately accepts, but wishes to know about the person Guzma mentioned when he left during the tournament. Guzma feigns ignorance about his earlier statement and tells Gladion to follow him to Team Skull's hideout.


Guzma's Golisopod
Wimpod → Golisopod
Golisopod is Guzma's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer at the Iki Town festival. In the tournament, it was used to battle against Sun's Dollar. Due to being a scavenger in its days as a Wimpod, Golisopod accidentally dirties Dollar's coin with its claws, causing it to fly into a rage and defeat Golisopod.

Golisopod's only known move is First Impression.

Debut PASM05
Guzma's Masquerain
Masquerain is Guzma's second known Pokémon. It was first seen being used to battle against Sun's En at the Iki Town festival tournament and won, but was later defeated by Sun's Dollar.

Masquerain's known moves are Water Sport and Bubble.

Debut PASM06


Language Name Origin
Japanese グズマ Guzma From Guzmania
English, French,
Dutch, Portuguese
Guzma Same as Japanese name
German Bromley From Bromeliengewächse (German for Bromeliaceae, the family that contains Guzmania)
Italian Guzman From Guzmania and Anastasio Guzmán (which Guzmania is named after)
Spanish Guzmán From Guzmania and Anastasio Guzmán
Korean 구즈마 Gujeuma Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 古茲馬 / 古兹马 Gǔzīmǎ Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 古茲馬 Gújīmáh Transliteration of Japanese name
Russian Гузма Guzma Transcription of English name

Team Skull Boss

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 骷髏隊老大 Fūlàuh Deuih Lóuhdaaih
Mandarin 骷髏隊老大 Kūlóu Duì Lǎodà
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Šéf týmu Skull
France Flag.png French Boss Team Skull
Germany Flag.png German Skull-Boss
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Koponya Csapat Főnöke
Italy Flag.png Italian Capo Team Skull
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스컬단의 보스 Seukeol-dan-ui Boseu
Poland Flag.png Polish Szef Zespołu Skull
Portugal Flag.png European Portuguese Chefe do Team Skull
Russia Flag.png Russian Босс Команды Череп Boss Komandy Cherep
Spain Flag.png Spanish Jefe del Team Skull

Related articles

Boss: Guzma
Administrators: Plumeria
Notable Members: Gladion
Lower Members: Team Skull Grunts
Locations: Po TownShady House

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