Artwork from Sun and Moon
|Relatives||Unnamed mother, father|
|Trainer class||Trial Captain|
|Games||Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon|
|Specializes in||Normal types|
|Game animation cameos||GOTCHA!|
|Anime debut||Turning Heads and Training Hard!|
|English voice actor||Mike Liscio|
|Japanese voice actor||Yudai Chiba|
In the games
Ilima is a graduate of the Trainers' School on Route 1 and is admired as a hero by the students there. Some call him the "Prince of the Trainers' School". While he typically acts polite and dignified, he becomes a very different person in the midst of Pokémon battles.
The player first meets Ilima alongside Professor Kukui in the Trainers' School after defeating the Teacher there. He later appears at the Marina when two Team Skull Grunts disrupt his conversation with the player. After defeating the Grunts, he challenges the player to a battle.
Ilima later appears as the player's guide to their first trial in Verdant Cavern.
After clearing Hala's grand trialSM/becoming the ChampionUSUM, the player can visit the second floor of his house in the Hau'oli City Shopping District, where Ilima is in his room. He says he is researching on Pokémon battling, and brings the player to the Trainers' School, where he battles the player.
In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Ilima can be fought at Hau'oli Cemetery during Mina's trial to earn the Orange Petal. In addition, after the player has defeated him in a battle during the post-game, he will give the player a piece of Normalium Z to be delivered to Verdant Cavern for new trial-goers. When the player tries to place the Z-Crystal on the pedestal in Totem's Den, the Totem Pokémon of Verdant Cavern will challenge them to a rematch. After the Totem is defeated, the player can place the Z-Crystal on its proper place.
Ilima's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.
|In-battle model from
Sun, Moon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|VS model from
Sun and Moon
|VS model from|
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|Overworld model from|
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
- Main article: Ilima/Quotes
In the anime
Ilima first appeared in Turning Heads and Training Hard!. In the past, Tupp, a to-be member of Team Skull, got annoyed with him when he began to draw groups of girls to him instead. Later in life, Ilima attended and graduated from the Pokémon School, accomplishing a lot of milestone records; this earned him the nickname of "Pokémon School Prince". It was even rumored that he could make Samson Oak's Komala open its eyes, but this ultimately turned out to be false, much to the disappointment of Professor Kukui's class. After graduating, he went to Kalos to study abroad and even participated in the Kalos League.
In the present day, Ilima battled Kagetora and won, earning him the Eevium Z. He later returned to the Pokémon School to say hello to Professor Kukui and Samson Oak, and was introduced to Ash and Lillie. After swimming with Ash and his classmates, Ilima showed them his Z-Ring and Eevium Z, and expressed his desire to get stronger with Eevee without needing to evolve it. Ash, finding something in common with Ilima, challenged him to a battle and he gladly accepted. Unfortunately, the two Trainers were interrupted by a gang of Team Skull Grunts, led by a vengeful Tupp. Ilima and Eevee defeated all of the Grunts by themselves, using a Last Resort boosted by Extreme Evoboost to send them flying away.
In Smashing with Sketch!, Ilima taught Ash and his classmates how to play Pokémon Ping-Pong before participating in a Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament himself. He eventually came face to face with another expert Pokémon Ping-Pong player, Ikari, in the finals. After an intense match, Ilima emerged victorious. Later that day, Ilima boarded a boat headed back to Kalos.
In Battle Royal 151!, Ilima was among the 151 Trainers taking part in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. Using Eevee, Ilima was able to defeat all of the Pokémon that Team Skull used against him before going up against Plumeria and her Salazzle. Ilima was ultimately able to defeat Plumeria and was among the 16 Trainers still standing at the end of the round. The match-ups for the next round revealed that he would be battling Guzma. Ilima was also revealed to be the favorite to win the Alola League.
In Battling Besties!, Ilima went up against Guzma, using his Kangaskhan to battle Guzma's Scizor. Despite Ilima Mega Evolving Kangaskhan, Scizor was able to defeat its opponent through strategy, thus eliminating Ilima from the competition, much to the dismay of his fan girls.
Ilima reappeared in a flashback in The Wisdom Not to Run!.
Ilima is polite and charming. He is also multi-talented in an array of sports and a battle strategist at heart. Despite having graduated from the Pokémon School, Ilima's reputation precedes him and his many achievement awards still decorate Principal Oak's office. Girls' hearts are often sent aflutter by Ilima's arrival. However his pleasant nature can be grating for some, namely Tupp of Team Skull and Pokémon Ping Pong rival Ikari.
He believes in being empathetic to bring out the true strengths of his Pokémon. In particular, his Eevee, who he refuses to evolve against its wishes. After Eevee was injured by Plumeria's Salazzle during the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, Ilima refused to let it battle until it was fully healed.
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|Eevee is Ilima's first known Pokémon. It first appeared in Turning Heads and Training Hard!, in which it was seen defeating Kagetora's Eevee, earning its Trainer the Eevium Z. Later, Eevee was used to battle Team Skull, and it managed to single-handedly defeat their Pokémon.
In Smashing with Sketch!, Eevee was seen cheering Ilima on from the sidelines during the Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament.
In Battle Royal 151!, Ilima used Eevee during the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, where it was able to defeat the many Pokémon that Team Skull used against it. It then went up against Plumeria and her Salazzle, eventually managing to defeat it and becoming among the 16 Pokémon remaining at the end.
|Debut||Turning Heads and Training Hard!|
|Smeargle is Ilima's second known Pokémon. It was used during the Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament, using its Sketch to copy the moves used by the opposing side's Pokémon. Eventually, Ilima and Smeargle won the tournament.|
|Debut||Smashing with Sketch!|
|English||Ryan William Downey|
|Kangaskhan is Ilima's third known Pokémon. She was used during the Manalo Conference's first round, where she battled Guzma's Scizor. Despite Mega Evolving, Kangaskhan was soon defeated by Scizor after it kept endangering her baby, thus eliminating her Trainer from the competition.
Kangaskhan reappeared in a flashback in The Wisdom Not to Run!.
- At least eight Badges (prior to Turning Heads and Training Hard!)
Ilima has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
- Kalos League - Unknown (prior to Turning Heads and Training Hard!)
- Manalo Conference - Top 16 (Battling Besties!)
Ilima has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
- Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament - Runner-up (one year before Smashing with Sketch!)
- Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament - Winner (Smashing with Sketch!)
Ilima briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.
In the manga
Ilima debuted in A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart. He was first mentioned by Mallow, who considered asking him and Acerola to join her, Kiawe, and Lana in raiding Team Skull's base. He first appeared in person at the Melemele Island Trainers' School, where he agreed to help Mallow and the others. Afterward, he met with Hau, who asked to join the Trial Captains confront Team Skull. The two traveled to Po Town, where they met with the others. Their presence alerted Team Skull's boss, Guzma, who demanded to know why his base was being invaded. When the Captains revealed they only wanted to talk, Guzma agreed on the condition they made it to him first. He then summoned a Pheromosa, Celesteela, and Guzzlord and had them attack the Captains and Hau. Despite their best efforts, Ilima and the others were completely outmatched by the rampaging Ultra Beasts.
In Confusion and Monsters from Another World, Sun arrived at Po Town, only to get caught up in the commotion. Annoyed the Captains were still fighting, Guzma revealed a Cosmog and had it open more Ultra Wormholes. Gladion appeared, demanding to know where Guzma got the Cosmog and Ultra Beasts from. Revealing his true aim is to destroy Ultra Beasts, Gladion battled the beasts Guzma summoned with his Type: Null. To everyone's shock, Gladion also revealed the Aether Foundation's president, Lusamine, was the one who gave Guzma Cosmog as part of her plan to create a paradise filled with nothing but Ultra Beasts and herself. Eventually, the beasts broke out of Po Town's barrier, allowing them to wreak havoc on all of Ula'ula Island. Ilima and the other Captains headed off to various locations to evacuate any innocent civilians caught in the beasts' attacks.
In Adventure in the Dark Dimension, the Trial Captains and island kahunas were revealed to have spent six months on Exeggutor Island training to prepare for another clash with the Ultra Beasts. After their training was finished, Sophocles and Molayne took everyone to Mount Lanakila, where a wormhole had opened up earlier. Shortly after they arrived, their ship was attacked by a group of Aether Foundation Employees and their Ultra Beasts. With the Z-Moves they had acquired, Ilima and the others managed to defeat the Ultra Beasts.
|Gumshoos is Ilima's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer as a Yungoos walking inside Melemele Island's Trainers' School. Later, it was used to battle the Guzzlord Guzma used at Po Town, but was defeated. After training with the other Trial Captains on Exeggutor Island, it evolved into a Gumshoos. Later, it fought an Aether Foundation Employee's Xurkitree and won with a Z-Move.
None of Gumshoos's moves are known.*
|Debut||A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart|
|An Alolan Rattata is Ilima's second known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer walking inside Melemele Island's Trainers' School. Later, it was used to battle the Guzzlord Guzma used at Po Town, but was defeated.
None of Rattata's moves are known.
|Debut||A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart|
In the TCG
- Main article: Ilima (Sun & Moon 121)
Ilima was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese SM Era). It was first released in the Japanese Collection Sun before debuting in English in the Sun & Moon expansion, with an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card in Collection Sun and Sun & Moon, with an illustration by Sanosuke Sakuma. It makes both players shuffles their hand into their deck and flips a coin. If heads, that player draws 6 cards. If tails, they draw 3 cards.
- Ilima is 5'5" (165 cm) tall.
- According to Gester, Ilima is left-handed. After defeating him, Gester will teach the player the left-handed battle style at Outer Cape.
- Ilima was the first character in the main anime series with both a Z-Ring and a Key Stone.
- Ilima is the only notable Normal-type specialist to not be a Gym Leader.
- In the anime, Ilima is the only Normal-type specialist that Ash has met, but not lost to.
|Japanese||イリマ Irima||From ʻilima (Hawaiian for Sida fallax), the official flower of Oahu|
|Ilima||Same as his Japanese name|
|German||Elima||Similar to his Japanese name|
|Spanish, Italian||Liam||Similar to his Japanese name|
|French||Althéo||From althéa (Hibiscus syriacus) or the genus Althaea|
|Korean||일리마 Illima||Transcription of his Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||伊利馬 / 伊利马 Yīlìmǎ||Transcription of his Japanese name|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||伊利馬 Yīleihmáh|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Luan||From guanxuma (sida)|
|Russian||Илима Ilima||Transcription of his English name|
- Hala: "The island challenge Kukui spoke of... It is a journey to overcome your own limitations, as you travel to the far corners of Alola and meet with others along the path. It is the great adventure that children in the Alola region embark upon, along with their Pokémon, once they reach 11 years of age!" (Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon)
- Mallow: "I mean, we have to move on from being captains when we turn 20 anyway." (Pokémon Moon)
- "The left-handed style? Let me think... Well, if you want to learn those kinds of moves, then you should spend time around someone who actually IS left-handed, right?"
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