Professor Kukui

Professor Kukui (Jp. Name: Professor Kukui ククイ博士)

Hometown: Melemele Island, Alola
First Appearence In Episode: Alola to New Adventure!


Professor Kukui is the professor of the Alola Region and teaches at the Pokémon School under Principal Oak. He specialises in Pokémon moves, a speciality he has been interested in since he was a child. When Ash arrived in the region, he offered to take care of him. In addition to teaching at the Pokémon School, Professor Kukui also lives a double life as the famed Pokémon Battle Royal Trainer, the Masked Royal. As Professor Kukui is a proven battler and well known in Alola, he decides to set up the first Pokémon League in the region.

Pokémon on Team


Incineroar is the partner Pokémon of Kukui since he was a child and is Kukui's main partner under his Masked Royal persona. It shares much of Kukui's mannerisms and is an incredibly tough Pokémon in battle. It has often had to face up against up to three challengers at once. It knows the moves Bulk Up, Darkest Lariat, Throat Chop and Cross Chop. Using the Incinium Z, it can also call upon what is often used as its finished in Battle Royals, the Z-Move Malicious Moonsault. It has developed a rivalry with Ash's Torracat.

Evolved prior to Episode: Alola to New Adventure!

Professor Kukui has used his Braviary to help ward off various Pokémon and Team Rocket members. It's a powerful Pokémon with the moves Brave Bird and Rock Slide, but it ended up losing in battle to Gozu's Mega Aggron. It was later used against Ash's Lycanroc & Rowlet during the exhibition match. It has the moves Rock Throw and Steel Wing

Obtained prior to Episode: Revealing the Stuff of Legend!

Professor Kukui called his Lucario to help after Guzzlord came through an Ultra Wormhole and attacked the Alola Pokémon League. It used Dragon Pulse to try and push Guzzlord back into an Ultra Wormhole but fell in battle

Obtained prior to Episode: Guzzlord Attacks! The Decisive Z-Move Battle!!

Professor Kukui called his Venusaur to battle against Ash's Rowlet in the Alola Pokémon League's Exhibition Match. Using its bulb it was able to catch and trap Ash's Rowlet. It eventually defeated Rowlet but fell to Ash's Torracat. It also has the move Solar Beam and Vine Whip

Obtained prior to Episode: Burn with Passion! Get Filled with Intensity! A Full Battle!!!

Professor Kukui called his Empoleon to battle against Ash's Pikachu in the Alola Pokémon League's Exhibition Match. It had previously been used for underwater research. Using its moves such as Drill Peck and Whirlpool, it defended against Ash's Pikachu's attacks but eventually fell to Melmetal

Obtained prior to Episode: Burn with Passion! Get Filled with Intensity! A Full Battle!!!
Pokémon previously owned


Litten was Kukui's partner Pokémon as a child. As he was an eager trainer, when Ash inadvertently travelled back in time, he asked Ash to show him how to use Inferno Overdrive, as he had a Firium z given to him and following that, he challenged Ash to a battle, not wanting Ash to hold back. As Kukui grew up, Litten evolved.

Obtained prior to Episode: A Timeless Encounter