Official artwork from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|Height||4'11" (1.50 m)|
|Eye color||Black*, Blue*, Brown*|
|Hair color||Black*, Blond*, Brown*|
|Hometown||Route 1 (Hau'oli Outskirts) (original hometown unknown)|
|Region||Alola (originally Kanto)|
|Relatives||Mom, unnamed father|
|Trainer class||Pokémon Trainer, player character, Champion|
|Generation||VII, VIII, IX|
|Games||Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Masters EX|
|English voice actor||Mike Dent (Masters EX)|
|Japanese voice actor||Mitsuki Saiga (Masters EX)|
|Member of||Alola League|
|Manga series||Pokémon Adventures|
|Debut||The Grand Entrance and Delivery Boy Sun (Adventures)|
Journey to a New Horizon (Horizon)
Elio (Japanese: ヨウ Yō) is the most commonly used name used for this character, including in promotional videos for Sun and Moon, in merchandise, and in the spin-off game Pokémon Masters EX. He is never directly named in the core series games or their manuals.
The promotional videos and the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version also refer to the character as Sun (Japanese: サン Sun). Promotional videos and trailers for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon refer to him as Ray (Japanese: コウタ Kouta). The game's internal data and English website simply refer to Elio as HERO or hero.
In the core series games
Elio is the male player character in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and because of this, he acts in the role of a silent protagonist like most other player characters in the series. Despite this, he can still make player based decisions, in most cases this will offer unique dialogue with certain characters responding or reacting in certain ways depending on how they're chosen. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Rotom Pokédex will act differently depending on how Elio interacts with it.
As the player character, Elio will interact with most of the game's cast, forming friendships and experience as he travels through Alola on her island challenge. He forms friendly rivalries with Hau and Gladion, as well as a friendship with Lillie. Elio inspires Hau and Lillie to improve on themselves, due to his skill level and kindness with Pokémon.
Elio's known relatives include his mother, and his unnamed father.USUM Elio is native to the Kanto region and currently resides in Alola's Route 1 in the Hau'oli City Outskirts, with his mother and Meowth. Professor Kukui considers him and Lillie to be Elio's neighbor.
Elio, along with his female counterpart, Selene, and Red, are the youngest core series protagonists with known ages at the time of being playable. Being at the age of eleven.
Elio is an 11-year-old boy who's appearance changes based on trainer customization. The player can choose between 4 different preset default appearances, chooseing between Elio's hair, eye and skin color. These defaults otherwise are identical. These default appearances change based on Sun and Moon or Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. In most media and his stock art, Elio uses the default second option to the left, having gray eyes and black hair.
- Pokémon Sun and Moon
Elio's styles his hair as medium-length and layered, black in color. Multiple bangs are swept across his forehead. His hair is long enough to cover the front of his ears and each the back of his neck. Elio's head is topped with a black Baseball Cap with a stripped blue and black bill. The cap's front has a two gray embroided decorations resembling two halves of a Poké Ball. Elio has round eyes, having gray irises. His thin rounded eyebrows match the color of his hair.
Elio has a blue Casual Striped Tee. This shirt is white havign 3 blue stripes with the top stripe having a white circle on the front. The short sleeves have one blue stripe and one white. His white Z-Ring goes around his left wrist, however in some concept art he wears a green, blue and pink threaded wristband instead. His pants, a pair of red Ribbed Capris, are gray with red accents. Large packs go along side the hips and legs, with the legs tapering around his shins. Two buttons are on the front of his pants. Elio wears no socks, and instead wears only a pair of blue and white Water Shoes, coming in three colors, the top half being blue and the soles being a a shadoe of Cyan. A white-wave like pattern interects the halves resembling water. A black strap goes over the ankles. Elio's Nylon Backpack is mainly black and multi-layered. A blue Poké Ball mark is on the top, with the pouch on the front form two half circles in blue. A white zipper goes across the top. The should straps are blue in color.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version
- Main article: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version
Appearing as Sun (Japanese: サン Sun) in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version, they begin their adventure by opening the mail box at their house on Route 1. They open a letter given by an unknown subject, who leaves them with Ash's Greninja. Sun then goes to Hau'oli City, in which they meet up with Hau and get into a fight with Team Skull.
After going to the Pokémon Center, Sun meets Professor Kukui and is taken to Ten Carat Hill to be introduced to trials. Being given a Pikachu, he is tasked to find two wild Jangmo-o and a Hakamo-o and photograph them with the Poké Finder. After completing the trial Sun is given a Z-Ring and an Electrium Z. He then takes on a battle against the Totem Pokémon of the location, a Hakamo-o.
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Background and pre-game
Website blurb: "You will choose to be a hero or heroine in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and you can name yourself whatever you'd like. The story begins right after your character has moved to the Alola region. No sooner have you arrived than your adventures begin to unfold, and you'll meet many people and Pokémon as you grow and learn."
Elio is an 11-year-old boy who recently moved from the Kanto region to Melemele Island in the Alola region. He moved to the region along with his mother. Elio exclusively appears as a player character.
Start of the island challenge
Elio begins his adventure when Professor Kukui asks to see him. After grabbing his bag and hat, he walks with the professor to Iki Town to receive his starter Pokémon from the island's kahuna, Hala. Mistaking the young girl for the kahuna, he runs into Lillie, who's Cosmog, Nebby, has escaped her bag and gets attacked by wild Spearow on an unsteady plank bridge. He quickly protects the Pokémon despite not having one of his own. After the bridge collapses, the island's guardian deity, Tapu Koko, saves the two from falling. Elio quickly befriends Lillie and Nebby and the two proceed to walk back to Iki Town for Elio to choose his first Pokémon. After doing so, he gives the Sparkling Stone to Hala, receives a Pokédex from the professor, and meets Hau, a rival who he befriends and has battles with often. The following day, Professor Kukui teaches Elio how to become a proper Trainer. He battles Hau once again and is given a Z-Ring by Kahuna Hala, officially starting his island challenge. Professor Kukui then updates his Pokédex to the Rotom Pokédex with a Pokémon by the name of Rotom, who becomes a new friend and mentor for the young trainer. After Lillie and Kukui describe the functions of Rotom Dex, Hau comes into the Pokémon Research Lab and the three learn more about their island challenge. Elio then sets out to Alola's Trainers' School with Lillie, who helps helps care for and teach Elio about his Pokémon. Elio gets called to the principal's office (to which Lillie and Rotom jokingly tease him for) and graduates from the school. Elio begins walking to Hau'oli City with his new friends, discussing island life and the upcoming city. As soon as they get to the new city, the three explore the island, and Hau drags Elio to the tourist bureau to upgrade Rotom Dex. After which, Elio takes a group picture with Hau and Lillie using the new function. While on his island challenge through Melemele, Elio runs into the troublesome Team Skull, a group of hooligans harassing people and interfering with the island life. He clears his first trial with Ilima and gets taught how to use Z-Moves from the professor. After finding Nebby who is lost in Melemele Meadow, Elio defeats Hala in his first grand trial and travels with Lillie, Hau and Kukui to the island of Akala to proceed his island challenge.
Trials on Akala Island
On Akala Island, Elio is asked by Lillie, who is currently staying at Heahea City, to help her finding more about and protecting Nebby. On his island challenge, Elio runs into another rival, Team Skull's Gladion, who seems to be berating Hau for how he battles and his strength. Elio defeats the Team Skull enforcer, and goes on with his island challenge, accomplishing Lana, Kiawe and Mallow's trials. Along the way, Elio visits Royal Avenue, where he meets with Hapu, a young Pokémon Trainer going on a small journey herself and The Masked Royal, a masked wrestler who shows her how to perform in Battle Royals at the Battle Royal Dome, as well as Colress, a scientist, on Route 8. Elio makes his way back down to Heahea's Dimensional Research Lab ran by Kukui's wife, Professor Burnet to learn about her research on dimensions. Going through Diglett's Tunnel, Elio has a reencounter with Kahuna Olivia who agrees to do a grand trial with Elio. During their travels on Route 9, they meet Faba of the Aether Foundation, after helping the organization with a problem, asks to meet them at the Hano Grand Resort. Elio faces off against Olivia in a grand trial, with the nearby Lillie and Nebby enjoying the battle. Hau informs Elio about their meet with Faba, to which Lillie declines. Faba brings both Hau and Elio on a tour of Aether Paradise. There, the duo meets Wicke and the company's president, Lusamine, who explains her goals of protecting Pokémon. Elio protects Lusamine from a then unknown Pokémon called an Ultra Beast, reaching the artificial island through an Ultra Wormhole. Under the guidance of Wicke, they are sent to Ula'ula Island and regroup with Professor Kukui and Lillie after the dangerous events that took place.
Elio continues his island challenge, he is informed by Lillie to visit the professor at Malie Garden and come back. Lillie requests help with research at the Malie Library. There, Elio meets with Hapu again and is given access to a book in the library by a Captain, Acerola. After reading The Light of Alola, Elio rides the Exeggutor Express traveling up to Mount Hokulani's observatory and he learns from Professor Kukui about the now developing Pokémon League. Returning to Malie Garden, Elio runs into Guzma, Team Skull's Boss who thinks the Pokémon League and island challenge is unnecessary. Noticing his Z-Ring, Guzma picks a fight with Elio and shows him his strength. Elio regroups with Hau and travels down to Tapu Village to stay at Aether House. Along the way, they run into Gladion once more, aggressively telling the two to protect Cosmog at all costs if they know anything about it. Lillie gets attacked by a Team Skull Grunt after breaking away from Acerola and Hapu, to which Elio jumps in and protects the young lady. After finishing his sixth trial with Acerola, Elio sets out to Po Town, Team Skull's base, to rescue a Yungoos who was living at the orphanage. This turns out to be a scheme conducted by Team Skull's Admin Plumeria, who Elio has fought before, kidnapping Lillie and Nebby and brings them to Aether Paradise. Overhearing the conversation, Gladion forces Elio and Hau to come with him to the facility with certain that Lillie is there.
Rescue at Aether Paradise
The now hostile Aether Foundation attempts to prevent the group from finding out about information on Cosmog and Lillie. Elio goes to Aether's Secret Lab B, and learns more about Cosmog, it's origins, and professor Mohn. Regrouping with Hau and Gladion, Elio takes down Team Skull and rematching their leader once more before reaching the mansion where Lillie and Lusamine are kept. Elio finds out that the President of the Aether Foundation, is in fact the mother of both Lillie and Gladion; and has an obsession with Ultra Beasts. Lillie insists to her mother that Nebby will die if their power is misused. It is revealed Lusamine had ended up kidnapping Nebby, containing the Pokémon in a cage and been using its powers to unleash hordes of Ultra Beasts across the Alola region, ending with both her and Guzma traveling to Ultra Space after a battle. This process has caused Nebby to evolve into Cosmoem (although none of them seem to be aware of this). Under the guidance of Wicke, they stay at Aether Paradise for the night and the next day the group splits off, with Gladion giving Lillie the Moon FluteS/Sun FluteM.
With newfound courage, Elio and Lillie travel to Poni Island's Seafolk Village to search for a way to find Lusamine and save Nebby. The two meet up with Hapu for the third time, and brings them to the Ruins of Hope, watching her become the kahuna of Poni Island. Hapu tells them of a second flute, and a ritual to be performed on top of Poni's Altar. After a small journey through Exeggutor Island, Elio grabs the counterpart of Lillie's flute and is met with Plumeria and Team Skull at Ancient Poni Path, telling them to help Guzma. Elio finishes his last grand trial with Hapu, with the group of three proceeding through Vast Poni Canyon. At the end of the canyon, Elio completes the last of his seven trials, and is met with the Altar of the SunneS/Altar of the MooneM where he and Lillie perform a ritual that causes Nebby to evolve into the Legendary Pokémon from the book in Malie: SolgaleoS/LunalaM. Nebby takes them to Ultra Space and Elio confronts and defeats Lusamine, who berates him for helping and befriending Lillie. After a final showdown against the Lusamine-Nihilego fusion, they're brought back to Alola by Nebby.
Nebby wishes to come with Elio and Lillie on more adventures, but Lillie insists on Elio catching Nebby, saying that he will be Nebby's father now. Lillie says goodbye after Elio has caught Nebby. After catching Nebby, Elio is brought back to Tapu Village by Nanu and climbs to the summit of Mount Lanakila to take on Alola's newly established Pokémon League and Elite Four. His strength is tested by both Hau and Gladion, with words of good luck from Lillie before hand. After defeating the Elite Four, Elio is challenged by one person, the League's founder, Professor Kukui, ending in a win for Elio who is then declared as the first-ever Champion of Alola. During the subsequent celebration in Iki Town, Lillie takes Elio to the Ruins of Conflict, where the newly crowned Champion faces Tapu Koko in battle in thanks for saving him and Nebby on Mahalo Trail. Lillie and Elio are then brought back to the festival and enjoy themselves. Lillie intends to tell Elio something, but gets stopped. The following day, Hau tells Elio of an emergency and that they need to go to the Marina in Hau'oli immediately. It turns out that Lillie is leaving Alola to go to Kanto, and Elio has to say goodbye. After seeing his friend leave, Professor Kukui brings Elio back home.
Elio appears in the credits on a photo on the end screen, a photo that he, Hau and Lillie all took at Hau'oli City from the start of their journey. This photo is a part of an animated sequence. This sequence has a package sitting next to Lillie's pink rucksack. The contents of this package include the photo (among many others) that Elio, Hau and Lillie took at Hau'oli City; Selene's trial amulet, and a letter to Lillie. A quote, "Everyone's smiles shine so brightly. Those smiles led us to so many other people. And those meetings will lead us to a bright future. I'm so glad I got to meet everyone. I'm so glad I got to meet you." is displayed over an image of Lillie and Nebby before this sequence, it can be assumed that she is either talking about the player or Nebby. It is implied that Elio had taken all the other pictures found in the package.
At the start of the day, Hau informs Elio of his victory with Hala, and gives him the two remaining Z-Crystals of the starters. Elio is then contacted by Looker and Anabel of the International Police, who request his help in catching the Ultra Beasts unleashed into Alola due to Lusamine's actions. Elio agrees to this, successfully catching all the Ultra Beasts roaming around Alola. While learning about the Ultra Beasts, Elio soon finds out that he may be a Faller, a person who has gone through Ultra Wormholes and were bathed in tremendous amounts of Z-Power.
Elio eventually finds his way through the rest of Poni Island, gaining access to a Key Stone and Mega Evolution from a revisit with Dexio and Sina, who he has met in Heahea City. At the end of Poni Island, he encounters the Battle Tree and meets Red and Blue, the Battle Tree's Battle Legends.
At Aether Paradise, Elio meets up with Gladion, who is now the acting president of the Aether Foundation. Gladion thanks Elio for his help with his family, especially with Lillie, claiming that Lillie has never smiled so happily since she met Elio. Gladion rewards them with a Type: Null, and says he is looking forward to Alola's strong champion.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Background and pre-game
Like in the original Sun and Moon games, Elio is an 11-year-old boy who moved from Kanto to Alola with his mother. Sometime before his move to Alola, he has met Lt. Surge, the Gym Leader of Vermilion City, and got a signed Autograph from him. He put this autograph on a pedestal in his room.
During his travels, Elio encounters a group of strange pale people known as the Ultra Recon Squad, who are later revealed to be working with the Aether Foundation. When Lillie and Nebby are kidnapped, Elio follows them and finds out that Lillie's mother, Lusamine, is seeking to travel to Ultra Recon Squad's home world to stop a Pokémon known as Necrozma before it can threaten Alola. He successfully uses Nebby's powers to travel to this alternate world, leaving Lillie and Elio to figure out how to follow her. They travel to Poni Island and perform a ritual that causes Nebby to evolve into the Legendary Pokémon SolgaleoUS or LunalaUM. However, before Elio and Lillie can go after Lusamine, she's suddenly thrown out of an Ultra Wormhole before them, followed by Necrozma. Necrozma proceeds to battle and absorb Nebby, before traveling back to Ultra Space. With the Ultra Recon Squad's help, Elio travels to their home world of Ultra Megalopolis, where he defeats Necrozma once again and saves Nebby.
After completing his last island challenge trial, Elio climbs Mount Lanakila to reach the newly established Pokémon League at its summit, re-encountering Necrozma along the way. After Elio has defeated the brand-new Alola Elite Four, Professor Kukui arrives and presents Hau as his final challenge before he can claim the championship. Elio successfully defeats Hau one last time, making him the first Champion of Alola.
Later, Elio assists the Ultra Recon Squad in catching some Ultra Beasts roaming around Poni Island. But no sooner has he returned home that he learns of an evil organization called Team Rainbow Rocket appearing in the region. The team takes over Aether Paradise, sets up their base on it, and kindnaps Lusamine. Elio storms the base and takes down the members of Team Rainbow Rocket, including their leader, Giovanni, saving Lusamine and making Team Rainbow Rocket leave Alola.
|Spoilers end here.|
Due to being the player character, ELio is required to pick between Rowlet, Litten and Popplio as his first partner Pokémon in both Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. In the original Sun and Moon titles, Elio is required to capture Nebby at Poni's altar. A Battle against a wild Alolan Exeggutor on Exeggutor Island is required to be fought in the plot but is not required to be captured. In Sun and Moon, Elio is also required to take part in battle against Tapu Koko, while not required to be caught, Lillie will offer unique dialogue upon capturing. In Sun and Moon's post adventure Elio is tasked to capture 5 of the 7 Ultra Beasts that appear.
In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Lillie with Nebby, will appear on Mahalo Trail in the post-game, Nebby as either SolgaleoUS or LunalaUM will be fought and required to be caught if the event is activated. Elio is required to catch either two BlacephalonUS or StakatakaUM under some orders of the Ultra Recon Squad.
Required in story
First partner Pokémon
In Sun and Moon, Elio will go to the Altar of the SunneS of Altar of the MooneM and Lillie's Cosmoem will evolve into either SolgaleoS or LunalaM depending on version. Lillie decides that Nebby should go with Elio. Nebby will initiate a battle and is required to be caught.
|Pokémon Sun||Pokémon Moon||Pokémon Ultra Sun||Pokémon Ultra Moon|
Depending on the game, Elio is required to capture some Ultra Beasts
- Pokémon Sun and Moon
In Sun and Moon, Elio is required to capture multiple Ultra Beasts during the Looker episode, as a result of the events that happened in the main game.
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
In the spin-off games
- Main article: Style (GO)
- Main article: Elio (Masters)
Elio, in his Pokémon Sun and Moon design, forms a sync pair with Popplio and its evolved forms Brionne and Primarina, along with Espeon in Pokémon Masters EX. Elio became a playable sync pair on April 17, 2021.
Elio first appeared as an NPC during the story event Trials on the Isle. He has also made notable appearances in one of the game's Main Stories, the Villain Arc. Unlike in the original games, both Elio and Selene coexist in this game.
|Sync Dex||Trainer||NDex||Pokémon||Type||Weakness||Role||Base Potential||Availability|
|#122||Elio||#0730||Popplio → Brionne → Primarina♂
||★★★★★☆EX||Sync Pair Scout|
||★★★★★☆EX||Variety Sync Pair Scout|
- Main article: Elio (game)/Quotes
In the anime
Elio briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.
In the manga
- Main article: Sun (Adventures)
Elio's counterpart in Pokémon Adventures is Sun, who is a courier with the goal of earning 100 million yen for a certain purpose.
- Main article: Akira (Horizon)
In Pokémon Horizon, Elio has a counterpart named Akira, who is one year older than Elio.
In the TCG
Elio's first appearance in the TCG is through the Welcome to Alola! Deck Case & Sleeves alongside his female counterpart Selene. He later appears on another set of card sleeves and deck box in the Ultra Alola Adventure merchandise line, featuring artwork by Yusuke Ohmura. Elio, Selene and the Ultra Recon Squad all appear on the Fall in the Ultra Beast merchandise line.
Below is a list of non-TCG related products that Selene, or her Pokémon has been featured on.
- Welcome to Alola!
Selene and Elio were featured among several pieces of merchandising in the Welcome to Alola! line, released in 2016 for commemoration for Pokémon Sun and Moon. The merchandise line included multiple objects and stationary including mugs and notepads, as well as clothing and tote bags. The illustration was drawn by kawayoo, an artist who has worked on the TCG and several promotional and game artwork for the core series.
|Official artwork from
Sun and Moon
|Official artwork from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|Poké Ride||Promotional artwork for|
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|Elio and his Rotom Pokédex||Elio and his Pikachu using a Z-Move||Pokémon Refresh||Promotional artwork for |
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by Yusuke Ohmura
|Ultra Megalopolis||Mantine Surf in
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
|Promotional artwork for
|Promotional artwork for the|
|Promotional artwork for
Ultra Necrozma and Ultra Burst
|Artwork of Lillie and Elio on Exeggutor Island|
for Pokémon Day by Megumi Mizutani
|Concept art of Elio and Selene
from Sun and Moon by Yusuke Ohmura
|Concept art of Elio from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by Yusuke Ohmura|
|In Key artwork for the Welcome to Alola! merchandise line|
|Artwork for the Fall in the Ultra Beast merchandise line|
Raw TCG Art
This character currently has no raw artwork for the TCG, for all images and products relating to this character in the TCG, see their In the TCG section
|Ending screen with Hau and Lillie from Pokémon Sun and Moon|
Sprites and models
|Default overworld model
from Sun and Moon
|Overworld model wearing
Riding Wear from Sun and Moon
|Overworld model wearing aquatic
Riding Wear from Sun and Moon
|Default overworld model |
from Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
|Icons when choosing the player's appearance at the beginning of Sun and Moon|
|Icons when choosing the player's appearance at the beginning of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon|
|Japanese||ヨウ Yō||From 太陽 taiyō (sun)|
|English, German, Spanish,
|Elio||From Helios, Greek god of the sun|
|Korean||영태 Yeongtae||From 태양 (太陽) taeyang (sun)|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||小陽 Xiǎo Yáng||From 太陽 tàiyáng / taaiyèuhng (sun)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||小陽 Síu Yèuhng|
|Japanese||サン Sun||From Sun|
|English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian, Chinese
|Sun||Same as Japanese name|
|Korean||썬 Sun||Same as Japanese name|
|Japanese||コウタ Kouta||From 光 kō (light)|
|English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian, Chinese
|Korean||울트라썬 Ultra Sun||From Ultra Sun|
- Wicke asks the player and Hau "You must be around 11, then?", and the player can respond with "Yeah, I am" or "How'd you know?".
- Hala: "The island challenge Kukui spoke of... [...] 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)
- The player pays 1,000 to get into the Kantonian Gym, which is the entrance fee for children under the age of 15 according to the statues at the entrance.
- People under the age of 20 can buy Z-Noodles in Seafolk Village for 500, which the player can buy.
- Concept art for multiple characters File:Acerola concept art.png
- Mike Dent's profile on Twitter
- Pokémon Masters EX Official Japanese profile on Twitter
- Professor Kukui, Pokémon Sun and Moon:"And that's how you met our new neighbor <player>, huh? He/She just got to Alola yesterday. Help him/her find his/her way around, yeah?"
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|