The Ultra Beasts are major antagonists in Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon. They are a race of hostile creatures that come from a dimension known as the Ultra Space. It is unclear what their true motives are, but they draw the attention of Lusamine, due to their great power.
Prior to the main events of Sun and Moon, the Ultra Beasts had appeared long ago in Alola. According to the legends, it is said that the Guardian Deities battled these creatures to protect Alola.
Since then, the Aether Foundation devoted their research on these beings. During this time, they worked on a project called the "Beast Killer", where they were developed a new Pokémon to battle the Ultra Beasts called Type: Full. At least three Type: Fulls were made, but when all three went berserk, they were put into stasis, and renamed as Type: Null, deeming the project as a failure. The Aether Foundation also developed special Pokéballs called Beast Balls, which were specifically made to capture the Ultra Beasts.
Meanwhile, the International Police were also investigating the Ultra Beasts. They assigned a team called the UB Task Force to study the creatures and protect them or destroy them. A small group that consisted the members Looker, Nanu, and an unnamed person were investigating on a Guzzlord. The Guzzlord was destroyed, but it killed the unnamed member with it.
Pokémon Sun and Moon
The first Ultra Beast, Nihilego, is encountered at Aether Paradise during the player's first meeting with Lusamine. It eventually disappears from the scene, leaving the group in shock.
Later on, Lusamine reveals her true colors and her plan of harnessing the powers of the Ultra Beasts. She uses Cosmog to create Ultra Wormholes across the entire region, spawning out different kinds of Ultra Beasts. After Lusamine is defeated in battle with the player, she escapes to the Ultra Space with Nihilego and Guzma.
The player and Lillie eventually confront Lusamine again in the Ultra Space where she has become completely influenced by the neurotoxins of Nihilego. Lusamine fuses with it, then engages the player in a battle once more. She is defeated, but is not out cold, until she is blasted away by Solgaleo/Lunala, the final evolutions of Cosmog.
After the player becomes the Champion of Alola, they receive an invitation from the International Police members' Looker and Anabel. They offer them the task to travel around Alola to hunt and capture the remaining Ultra Beasts.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
The roles of the Ultra Beasts have remained unchanged for the most part. However, Lusamine's intentions of capturing the Ultra Beasts are for using them as weapons to protect Alola from Necrozma. Four new Ultra Beasts have also been introduced; Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon. The Ultra Beasts are now captured by travelling the Ultra Wormholes and entering in their own perspective home worlds.
In Episode RR, after the player becomes Champion, Giovanni forms Team Rainbow Rocket and takes over Aether Paradise in plans to make an army of Ultra Beasts, though his efforts are thwarted by the player and Lillie.
Nihilego (UB-01 Symbiont)
- Main article: Nihilego
Nihilego (Rock/Poison) is the first Ultra Beast encountered in the game. It is a jellyfish-like creature with a hollow, clear body. It is said that it's capable of producing a neurotoxin that can affect the mind when possessing its host. It is also reported to be seen behaving like a young girl.
It comes from the Ultra Deep Sea; a world that appears to be a dark cave filled with large rocks that resemble diamonds. This is the only world where the player and Lillie originally encounter Lusamine at. Several Nihilego can be seen floating around the area.
Buzzwole (UB-02 Absorption)
Buzzwole (Bug/Fighting) is the second Ultra Beast encountered in Sun and Ultra Sun, exclusively. It is a muscular mosquito-like creature with massive swells around its body. It is said to be so strong that it can destroy a dump truck with a single punch.
It comes from the Ultra Jungle; a world where there are large trees that appear to have muscles and an active volcano that spawns out the Buzzwole that the player encounters.
Pheromosa (UB-02 Beauty)
Pheromosa (Bug/Fighting) is the second Ultra Beast encountered in Moon and Ultra Moon, exclusively. It is a tall, thin cockroach-like creature that can move at terrific speed. It is said that it refuses to come in contact with anything, likely due to bacteria and parasites around.
It comes from the Ultra Desert; a world that appears to be nothing more but sand, large structures of rocks together and crystals around the area.
Xurkitree (UB-03 Lightning)
Xurkitree (Electric) is the third Ultra Beast encountered in the game. It is a tall, cable-like creature that is capable of generating and storing electricity within its body.
It comes from the Ultra Plant; a world that appears to be filled with mountains, connected by cable-like structures. Several Xurkitrees can be seen on top, harnessing electricity from the ground.
Celesteela (UB-04 Blaster)
Celesteela (Steel/Flying) is the fourth Ultra Beast encountered in Moon and Ultra Moon, exclusively. It is a tall, rocket-like creature that can blast high energy beams from its arms. It is capable of flying at high speeds and can produce heat and gases that can burn down forests.
It comes from the Ultra Crater; a world that appears to have large craters scattered everywhere, emitting steam. It can be seen stuck in one of these craters.
Kartana (UB-04 Blade)
Kartana (Grass/Steel) is the fourth Ultra Beast encountered in Sun and Ultra Sun, exclusively. It is a small, yet sharp creature that resembles a paper craft (specifically an origami). Its blades are said to be so sharp that they are capable of cutting down steel towers with one slash.
It comes from the Ultra Forest; a world that appears to be a large forest with lots of sprouting flowers and leaves slowly falling down.
Guzzlord (UB-05 Glutton)
- Main article: Guzzlord
Guzzlord (Dark/Dragon) is the fifth and final Ultra Beast encountered in Sun and Moon. It is a massive crab-like creature with a large mouth with a pair of pincers in its mouth. It has such a large appetite that it has been seen devouring buildings and mountains. No droppings have never been found.
It comes from the Ultra Ruin; a futuristic world where the Alola region has been destroyed and the environment has been filled with toxic, making it an inhabitable place. It is implied that Guzzlord is a Pokémon that was created from waste, as it has been around for years, eating mainly garbage.
Poipole (UB Adhesive)
Poipole (Poison) is a new Ultra Beast introduced in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It is a small creature with needles protruding from its head. It tends to cackle whenever it sprays poison on its opponents. It is first seen and used by the Ultra Recon Squad in battle. After defeating Necrozma in battle, the player is rewarded with a Poipole of their own.
Naganadel (UB Stinger)
Naganadel (Poison/Dragon) is the evolved form of Poipole. Poipole will evolve into this form if it levels up knowing Dragon Pulse. It is said that Naganadel is capable of storing adhesive poison in its body and fires it out through its needle on its abdomen.
Stakataka (UB Assembly)
Stakataka (Rock/Steel) is an Ultra Beast that appears exclusively in Ultra Moon. It is a large creature that appears to be made up of blocks stacked together. The blocks are said to be separate lifeforms, making Stakataka a colonial organism.
It is encountered in Poni Island, once the player has become Champion of Alola. The player and Hau are given the task by the Ultra Recon Squad to hunt down and capture at least two Stakatakas for research.
Blacephalon (UB Burst)
Blacephalon (Fire/Ghost) is an Ultra Beast that appears exclusively in Ultra Sun. It is capable of creating explosions from its head.
Like its Moon counterpart, it is encountered in Poni Island after the player has become Champion of Alola, given the same task to capture it by the Ultra Recon Squad.
- The Ultra Beasts are encountered in a similar fashion to the legendary Pokémon, both with unique locations, stats, and are genderless. However, whether or not they are legendary Pokémon, or even regular Pokémon for that matter, remains unknown.
- Poipole is the only Ultra Beast that has an evolution.
- Some Ultra Beasts can be caught more than once. For example, in Sun, the player is able to catch two Buzzwole and four Kartana.
- It is said that Lusamine dresses herself and her children after the Ultra Beasts. In Lusmaine's case, she resembles Pheromosa's appearance while her daughter, Lillie, resembles Nihilego.
- Cosmog is stated to be an Ultra Beast as it is capable of opening Ultra Wormholes. Necrozma is also stated to be one as well, being described as the "reminiscent of the Ultra Beasts". However, the player is unable to capture it with Beast Balls.
- According to Shigeru Ohmori, the director of Sun and Moon, the Ultra Beasts are based on the concept of invasive species, which are organisms that are not native and potentially pose a threat to an environment.
- Xurkitree and Poipole are the only Ultra Beasts to have one pure typing.