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マーレイン Mullein
Sun Moon Molayne.png
Concept art from Sun and Moon
Gender Male
Eye color Cadet grey
Hair color Blond
Hometown Unknown
Region Alola
Relatives Sophocles (cousin)
Trainer class Pokémon TrainerSM
Elite FourUSUM
Trial Captain (formerly)
Generation VII
Games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Elite Four of Pokémon League (Alola)
Specializes in Steel-types

Molayne (Japanese: マーレイン Mullein) is a non-player character in the Generation VII games, Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is a Pokémon Trainer who specializes in Steel-type Pokémon. Sophocles affectionately refers to him as Big Mo (Japanese: マーさん Mul-san).

In the games

Molayne is a former Trial Captain, runs the Hokulani Observatory, and also manages the PC box system in Alola. He is a friend of Professor Kukui, the two having taken their island challenge around the same time. Molayne is one of the many Trainers who challenge the player for the title of Pokémon Champion.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Molayne accepts Kukui's offer to be a member of Alola's Elite Four, taking the place of Hala.


Molayne's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

First battle

Title Defense battle

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

First battle



Mount Hokulani
"You're still as fired up as ever, eh, 'Royal'?"
"But I was the captain once, my masked friend."
"It's <player>, right? Thanks for coming all the way up Hokulani to visit us. But our Captain Sophocles is a busy young man. Always calculating comets' paths or working on that Festival Plaza thing of his..."
"So I'll just determine whether you're qualified to take on the trial."
"I'll heal your team first, of course."
  • Before battle
"I'll gladly show you the skills of a Trainer who toughened up while adventuring alongside Kukui back in the day!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You're with Kukui... Looks like he brought along a good Trainer."
  • After being defeated
"Well, well, you certainly seem qualified to take on the trial."
"That guy's as interesting as ever. My old buddy!"
"Welcome to our observatory, <player>!"
Hokulani Observatory
  • First quiz answered wrongly
"Soffy! I'll shut the system down as soon as I can, so hang in there!"
  • Second quiz answered wrongly
"Soffy! I can hear a buzz in your voice! I think I can just about shut the system down..."
  • Third quiz answered wrongly
"Stay calm, Soffy! Electric types can't be paralyzed, after all!"
  • Fourth quiz answered wrongly
"Soffy! If you get tall and skinny, people might mistake you for me! Should I start calling you Uncle Soffy? But wait... how can we be each other's uncles?!"
"Nice work, Captain! You helped <player> here through his/her trial, and your experiment was a success!"
"It seems that your Ping Totem Pokémon 2.0 uses too much electricity. If we can get a little assistance from Charjabug, we should be able to make some improvements."
"Congratulations on clearing your trial! And you, Sophocles. You did well as captain."
"Don't you worry. I'm sure that I made the right choice in naming you captain. Even if you are my cousin."
"Usually it's the island kahuna who appoints the captains. But there are some, er, unusual circumstances here on Ula'ula."
"I see... Then let me reward you!"
"This is one of the Z-Crystals that I collected long ago during my own island challenge to prove my strength and that of my Pokémon. So it seems fitting that it go from me to you. Take it, and use it well."
"And if we're done here, <player>... Could I ask you to do a favor for me? Professor Kukui forgot this."
"He said he would be going back to Malie Garden. Could you take it to him?"
  • If talked to again
"The only reason to start anything is 'cause it seems like it'll be fun. That's all you need!"
Pokémon League

First challenge

  • Before battle
"I came to check on what Kukui has built, and... the Pokémon League is fantastic! It's a place that conveys the awesomeness of Alola to the world. And in that case, I guess that what's important is what kind of Trainer the Champion is."
  • Upon being defeated
"That Kukui...he discovered a great Trainer."
  • After being defeated
"Just as I'd expect from an acquaintance of Kukui's! I too am proud that you are the strongest Pokémon Trainer in Alola! I'll try to come hang out again. Pokémon battles with you are more fun than any game!"

Subsequent challenges

  • Before battle
"I gave the captain position to my cousin Sophocles, but I'm confident in my ability. My strength is like that of a supernova!"
  • Upon being defeated
"That Kukui...he discovered a great Trainer."
  • After being defeated
"Just as I'd expect from the Champion! In every situation, you pick the best moves and items. So I too have to rack my brain in the battle... At some point I want to have a battle with Sophocles and me as a duo versus you and Kukui for all the marbles. Or I guess a Battle Royal?"


Molayne SM concept art.png
Conceptual artwork from
Sun and Moon


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


  • Molayne is the only Storage System developer to battle the player.


Language Name Origin
Japanese マーレイン Mullein From mullein
English Molayne From molayne, alternative spelling of mullein
French Molène From molène, mullein
German Marlon Similar to his Japanese name
Italian Tapso From Verbascum thapsus, common mullein
Spanish Lario From Scrophulariaceae, the family that contains mulleins
Korean 멀레인 Meollein Transliteration of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 馬睿因 / 马睿因 Mǎruìyīn Transliteration of his Japanese name. Contains 睿 ruì, astute
Chinese (Cantonese) 馬睿因 Máhyeuihyān Mandarin-based transliteration of his Japanese name

Big Mo

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 老馬 Lóuh Máh
Mandarin 老馬 / 老马 Lǎo Mǎ

Related articles

Alola League
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Elite Four
Hala Molayne
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Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four

Pokémon Storage System developers

Non-player characters in the core series games
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland KahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester

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