Trial Captain

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A Trial Captain (Japanese: キャプテン Captain) is a person who designs and presides over a certain island challenge trial and gives guidance to participating Trainers. All of the Trial Captains have previously completed their own island challenge a few years prior. They retire from their position when they turn 20. Like Gym Leaders, they specialize in certain types of Pokémon. They can be identified by the flower-shaped adornment they wear someplace on their bodies, each with a different colored jewel to represent their specialized type. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, there are seven Trial Captains who each preside over a trial in the island challenge, although as shown by the Vast Poni Canyon trial, a trial can exist in a functional form without a Captain to preside over it.

Normally, Captains are chosen by the island's Kahuna. However, in special circumstances, they may be chosen by the previous Captain, as was the case when Molayne chose Sophocles to succeed him after retiring.

All Trial Captains (except Lana, who uses Net Balls) keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

List of Trial Captains

Melemele Island

Melemele Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Ilima
Ilima
イリマ Ilima
Verdant Cavern
茂みの洞窟
Verdant Cavern
Dream Normalium Z Sprite.png
Normal
Gumshoos
GumshoosSUS
Yungoos
YungoosSUS
Alolan Raticate
Alolan RaticateMUM
Alolan Rattata
Alolan RattataMUM

Akala Island

Akala Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Lana
Lana
スイレン Suiren
Brooklet Hill
せせらぎの丘
Brooklet Hill
Dream Waterium Z Sprite.png
Water
Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
(School Form)SM
WishiwashiAlomomola
Wishiwashi and AlomomolaSM
Araquanid
AraquanidUSUM
DewpiderMasquerain
Dewpider and MasquerainUSUM
Kiawe
Kiawe
カキ Kaki
Wela Volcano Park
ヴェラ火山公園
Wela Volcano Park
Dream Firium Z Sprite.png
Fire
Salazzle
SalazzleSM
Salandit
SalanditSM
Alolan Marowak
Alolan MarowakUSUM
Salazzle
SalazzleUSUM
Mallow
Mallow
マオ Mao
Lush Jungle
シェードジャングル
Shade Jungle
Dream Grassium Z Sprite.png
Grass
Lurantis
Lurantis
TrumbeakCastform
Trumbeak and CastformSM
ComfeyKecleon
Comfey and KecleonUSUM

Ula'ula Island

Ula'ula Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Sophocles
Sophocles
マーマネ Māmane
Hokulani Observatory
ホクラニ天文台
Hōkūlani Observatory
Dream Electrium Z Sprite.png
Electric
Vikavolt
VikavoltSM
CharjabugCharjabug
Charjabug ×2SM
Togedemaru
TogedemaruUSUM
SkarmoryDedenne
Skarmory and DedenneUSUM
Acerola
Acerola
アセロラ Acerola
Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site)
スーパー・メガやす 跡地
Supermarket Megacheap (Abandoned Site)
Dream Ghostium Z Sprite.png
Ghost
Mimikyu
Mimikyu
HaunterGengar
Haunter and GengarSM
BanetteJellicent
Banette and JellicentUSUM

Poni Island

Poni Island
Trial Captain
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
Mina
Mina
マツリカ Matsurika
NoneSM Dream Fairium Z Sprite.png
Fairy
NoneSM NoneSM
Seafolk Village
海の民の村
Seafolk Village
USUM
Ribombee
RibombeeUSUM
BlisseyPelipper
Blissey and PelipperUSUM

In the anime

In the anime, trialgoers can freely challenge a Totem Pokémon without having someone to supervise them. As a result, trials are not presided by Trial Captains. However, Lana, Kiawe, Sophocles, and Mallow have appeared as students of the Pokémon School and classmates of Ash. They all debuted in Alola to New Adventure!.

Ilima debuted in Turning Heads and Training Hard! as a graduate of the Pokémon School.

Acerola debuted in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? as a girl living in a library on Ula'ula Island. Like in the games, she has a close relationship with Nanu. She also provided support for Ash with his Ula'ula Island grand trial.

Mina debuted in SM084 as a wandering artist. With the assistance of her Ribombee, Mina can detect the emotions of both humans and Pokémon.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Lana, Kiawe, and Mallow are the first Trial Captains to appear in Pokémon Adventures, debuting in PASM08. The three are initially reluctant to recognize Sun as a trialgoer, but soon Sun and Kiawe bond with each other upon learning that both of them have the same goal of saving money for a certain purpose. Lana, still unconvinced, leads Sun to Brooklet Hill for her trial. Eventually Sun manages to complete Lana's trial by calming the local Totem Pokémon, earning her respect.

While Sun and Lana travel to Brooklet Hill, Moon and Mallow head to Lush Jungle to find the special Mirage Berry meant to be delivered for the guardian deities of Alola. After witnessing a Xurkitree battling Tapu Lele in the sky above the forest, the two start searching for the Mirage Berry, which they eventually find with the help of the local wild Pokémon.

Later, after Professor Kukui's boat is attacked by a wild Bruxish, Sun and Moon are saved and brought to the Aether House, where they meet Trial Captain Acerola, who tasks Sun with clearing her trial at the Thrifty Megamart. Sun eventually clears the trial by befriending the local Totem Pokémon, a Mimikyu, which he even catches and adds to his team.

Ilima, the sole Trial Captain of Melemele Island, later joins Acerola, the Trial Captains of Akala, and Hau in traveling to Po Town to talk with Team Skull. However, when they arrive at Team Skull's base, they are surrounded and attacked by a group of Ultra Beasts, which are soon revealed to have been summoned by a Cosmog in Guzma's possession. The Ultra Beasts eventually break out of Po Town and start rampaging around Ula'ula Island, forcing Molayne and Sophocles to start evacuating people to the Hokulani Observatory.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 隊長 Deuihjéung
Mandarin 隊長 / 队长 Duìzhǎng
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Kapitán zkoušek*
Kapitán ()
Kapitánka ()
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Aanvoerder van de proef
Trialkapitein
France Flag.png French Capitaine d'Épreuve
Germany Flag.png German Captain
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Próba Kapitány
Italy Flag.png Italian Capitano
South Korea Flag.png Korean 캡틴 Kaeptin
Poland Flag.png Polish Kapitanowie Prób*
Kapitan próby*
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Capitão de prova ()
Capitã de prova ()
Russia Flag.png Russian Капитан испытания Kapitan ispytaniya
Spain Flag.png Spanish Capitán ()
Capitana ()

See also


Trial Captains and Island Kahunas of the Alola region
Verdant Cavern
VSIlima USUM.png
Ilima
Brooklet Hill
VSLana USUM.png
Lana
Wela Volcano Park
VSKiawe.png
Kiawe
Lush Jungle
VSMallow.png
Mallow
Hokulani Observatory
VSSophocles.png
Sophocles
Thrifty Megamart
VSAcerola.png
Acerola
Seafolk Village
VSMina 2 USUM.png
Mina
Melemele Island
VSHala.png
Hala
Akala Island
VSOlivia.png
Olivia
Ula'ula Island
VSNanu.png
Nanu
Poni Island
VSHapu.png
Hapu


Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerActorUSUMAether Branch ChiefAether FoundationAether Foundation Employee
Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
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PrincipalPunk GirlPunk GuyPunk PairReporterUSUMRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseer
SwimmerSwimmersSwimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
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Capoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
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Tourist CoupleUSUMUltra Forest KartenvoyUSUltra Recon SquadUSUM
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Non-player characters in the core series games
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
RedBlueWallyCynthiaGrimsleyColressSinaDexioLookerAnabelMorimotoIwao
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
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