Team Skull make a return in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. However, many of their interactions haven't changed from Sun & Moon until later in the game.

Encounter 1: Hau'oli City

Location: Hau'oli City

Your first encounter with Team Skull is in Hau'oli City. When you go to the Shopping to find Ilima, the Trial Captain, you will be accosted by two Team Skull Grunts who want to take the Pokémon from Ilima. Ilima stands firm in his refusal and you battle the grunt, with Hau complaining at how they tear down Totem Stickers. They leave saying nobody needs to know about their failure.

Encounter 2: Big Wave Beach

Location: Big Wave Beach

As you travel through Route 2, you will get ushered into the Big Wave Beach. When there, you will find Team Skull are harassing one of the Mantine used for Mantine Surf. You need to defeat them.

Encounter 3: Verdant Cavern

Location: Verdant Cavern

During the first Island Trial, the two Team Skull grunts will interrupt as revenge for you getting in their way. They will once again challenge you. Once defeated, however, they will then block various holes where Gumshoos/Raticate will come out of, trying to sabotage your trial.

Encounter 4: Paniola Town

Location: Paniola Town

As you go through Paniola Town, you will see several Team Skull grunts attacking a Vulpix. Vulpix is holding onto a Bottle Cap and the grunts want the Vulpix to give it to them. Once again, you need to defeat them.

Encounter 5: Route 5

Location: Route 5

The next encounter with Team Skull is on Akala Island with a different pair of grunts. These grunts don't battle you but do in fact speak to Gladion, who they yell at for stopping them from stealing the Totem Pokémon. They mention how despite their boss liking Gladion, he will never be a member of Team Skull.

Encounter 6: Route 6

Location: Route 6

When on Route 6, approaching the Royal Avenue, you will see two Team Skull grunts harassing a trainer with Mudsdale and Drifloon. It appears the grunts are the same ones you dealt with on Melemele Island, and their defeat caused them to be exiled to Akala Island. Here, they are trying to take a Drifloon. The trainer introduces herself as Hapu and requests your help in dispatching the Grunts.

Encounter 7: Diglett's Tunnel

Location: Diglett's Tunnel

When travelling through the Diglett's Tunnel, you will encounter two employees who will greet you. They will inform you that Team Skull had been riling up Pokémon in the area and that Team Skull often interfere with Pokémon. Soon after, you and Hau will meet two Grunts who quickly challenge you to a battle

Encounter 8: Memorial Hill

Location: Memorial Hill

As you get to Memorial Hill, you will encounter two Aether Foundation employees battling with two Team Skull grunts. The Aether Foundation employees request your help in dealing with Team Skull so you battle the grunts. After that, you soon meet Plumeria who mentions that Gladion mentioned you. She says about how she's like a big sister who keeps Team Skull together and challenges you for picking on her brothers and sisters.

Team Skull Admin Plumeria GolbatSalandit
Battle Type

Items
Level 26Level 27


Attacks:
Poison Fang
Wing Attack
Confuse Ray
Attacks:
Flame Burst
Dragon Rage
Poison Gas
Hold Item:
No Item
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No Item
Encounter 9: Route 10

Location: Route 10

The next encounter with Team Skull is a very minor encounter in Route 10 where you confront the two grunts waiting for a bus. Defeat them and they mention returning to living large in the mansion.

Encounter 10: Malie Garden

Location: Malie Garden

When you go to Malie Garden, you will see Kukui facing off against two grunts. When you go to help him, someone interrupts. They introduce themself as Guzma, the leader of Team Skull. Guzma has history with Kukui, stating how they were both rejected to being Trial Captains and that the League he's building is irrelevant as everyone knows he's the strongest trainer in Alola. He spots you and your Z-Ring and questions you as to why you bother with it. He then decides to challenge you to destroy things that Kukui loves

Team Skull Boss Guzma GolisopodMasquerain
Battle Type

Items
Level 34Level 34


Attacks:
Sucker Punch
Razor Shell
First Impression
Attacks:
Air Slash
Bug Buzz
Icy Wind
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Encounter 11: Route 15

Location: Route 15

The next encounter with Team Skull is a brief one. As you approach the Aether House, a Team Skull grunt will question Lillie about what's in the bag, since it was moving. You'll battle him and then he'll then quickly run off.

Encounter 12: Route 15

Location: Route 15

After completing Acerola's trial, when you return to the Aether House, you will interrupt Plumeria and two Skull Grunts who weren't expecting you back so soon. They quickly challenge you.

Team Skull Admin Plumeria GolbatSalazzle
Battle Type

Items
Level 37Level 38


Attacks:
Wing Attack
Poison Fang

Attacks:
Dragon Pulse
Flamethrower
Sludge Bomb
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item

After defeating, you then learn that Team Skull stole a child's Yungoos as a message for you to come alone without backup to their base in Po Town to meet their boss.

Encounter 13: Route 17

Location: Route 17

The next encounter with Team Skull is in Route 17. As you are trying to go to Po Town, they then accuse you of coming to mock them because they never were able to complete the Island Challenge. Defeat all the grunts in Route 17 and they will leave, without you being able to get in. Then, a mysterious man will appear and let you in.

Encounter 14: Po Town

Location: Po Town

Po Town is a unique town in that it has been completely overrun by Team Skull. There's grafitti everywhere and they even have control of the Pokémon Center, where they will charge you to heal your Pokémon. You need to navigate various paths to get through Po Town, defeating grunts along the way, in order to make it to the Shady House in the back.

Encounter 15: Shady House

Location: Shady House

In the Shady House, you need to make it up to Guzma's room. To do so, you have to find three passwords scattered across the house. One is Golisopod, another is Tapu Cocoa and the other is Beat Up. You also need to say "No" when asked if you are sure about the passwords. Defeat all the grunts along the way. When you get to Guzma's room, he yells at you to just care about your Pokémon and stay out of his business. He then challenges you.

Team Skull Boss Guzma GolisopodMasquerainPinsir
Battle Type

Items
Level 41Level 41Level 41



Attacks:
Sucker Punch
Razor Shell
First Impression
Attacks:
Air Slash
Bug Buzz
Icy Wind
Attacks:
Throat Chop
Storm Throw
X-Scissor
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item

Defeat him and you'll get the Buginium Z and he'll order his underlings to give Yungoos back. They then mostly evacuate Po Town. However, you quickly learn that this was a distraction and that Plumeria and some grunts have kidnapped Lillie. Gladion suggests going to the Aether Paradise.

Encounter 16: Aether Paradise

Location: Aether Paradise

In the Aether Paradise, as you battle through the Aether employees, when you come to the end you will find that Team Skull has been working with the Aether Foundation to hunt for the Pokémon that Lillie stole, Cosmog. You need to battle through the grunts after Gladion rushes through to attack Guzma. With Guzma having defeated Gladion and chastising him for failing, with him saying how he crushed Gladion, you then have to face Guzma yourself.

Team Skull Boss Guzma GolisopodMasquerainPinsirVikavolt
Battle Type

Items
Level 45Level 45Level 45Level 45




Attacks:
Sucker Punch
Razor Shell
First Impression
Attacks:
Air Slash
Bug Buzz
Icy Wind
Attacks:
Throat Chop
Storm Throw
X-Scissor
Stone Edge
Attacks:
Flash Cannon
Thunderbolt
Bug Buzz
Energy Ball
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item

Defeat him and he will eventually join you up when you're trying to stop Lusamine, however when Lusamine goes into the Ultra Wormhole, Guzma follows her in.

Encounter 17: Ancient Poni Path

Location: Ancient Poni Path

As you go through Poni Island in an attempt to revive Solgaleo/Lunala and retrieve Lusamine & Guzma, you get stopped by a group of grunts who challenge you. Defeat them and Plumeria will appear. She asks if you're really able to get Guzma back, and then apologies for what she did to Lillie, giving you the Poisonium Z.

Encounter 18: Altar of the Sunne/Moone

Location: Altar of the Sunne/Moone

As you reach the Altar of the Sunne/Altar of the Moone, you will notice Guzma getting thrown out of the Ultra Wormhole with Lusamine. After the Necrozma incident, he will start to realise that he has perhaps gone about things wrong.

Encounter 19: Route 15

Location: Route 15

During Mina's Trial, you will encounter Guzma by the Aether House. He will seem very apologetic over what happened and thank you for your help. Hau will ask him about his Golisopod and he'll say how it has been with him since before he did his Island Challenge and that he really likes his team. He will then give you a Grip Claw

Encounter 20: PostGame

Location: Vast Poni Canyon, Route 13, Po Town

Team Skull still has a presence across the Alola Region after completing the game. They will still be in Po Town, though the grunts in the Pokémon Center will sell you a special Team Skull tanktop. Guzma & Plumeria can also be found out of Team Skull clothing and in regular clothing in Route 13, with other former Team Skull Grunts.

Encounter 21: Team Rocket's Castle

Location: Team Rocket's Castle

During the takeover of the Aether Paradise by Team Rainbow Rocket, Guzma will rush up to Aether Paradise worried about Lusamine. With something he cared about being taken by Team Rainbow Rocket, he will assist you in taking out grunts and finding the way to save Lusamine. He will even battle in a Multi-Battle against Team Rainbow Rocket

Pokémon Trainer Guzma GolisopodVikavoltPinsirMasquerainScizor
Battle Type

Items
Level 64Level 64Level 64Level 64Level 64





Attacks:
Sucker Punch
Waterfall
First Impression
Brick Break
Attacks:
Flash Cannon
Thunderbolt
Bug Buzz
Energy Ball
Attacks:
Throat Chop
Storm Throw
X-Scissor
Stone Edge
Attacks:
Air Slash
Bug Buzz
Ice Beam
Energy Ball
Attacks:
X-Scissor
Iron Head
Night Slash
Bullet Punch
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Guzma at the Pokémon League

Details:
Having disbanded Team Skull, Guzma has come up to the league to show that he is a strong trainer.

Pokémon Trainer Guzma GolisopodVikavoltPinsirMasquerainScizor
Battle Type

Items
Level 68Level 68Level 68Level 68Level 68





Attacks:
Sucker Punch
Waterfall
First Impression
Brick Break
Attacks:
Flash Cannon
Thunderbolt
Bug Buzz
Energy Ball
Attacks:
Throat Chop
Storm Throw
X-Scissor
Stone Edge
Attacks:
Air Slash
Bug Buzz
Ice Beam
Energy Ball
Attacks:
X-Scissor
Iron Head
Night Slash
Bullet Punch
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Plumeria at the Pokémon League

No longer a part of Team Skull, Plumeria will mention about how Nanu suggested she come to the League to test the strength. Having obtained a Z-Power Ring, she poses a threat with Poison-type Pokémon..

Pokémon Trainer Plumeria GengarMukCrobatToxapexSalazzle
Battle Type

Items
Level 67Level 67Level 67Level 67Level 67





Attacks:
Shadow Ball
Dark Pulse
Sludge Bomb
Dazzling Gleam
Attacks:
Venoshock
Brick Break
Toxic
Rock Slide
Attacks:
Leech Life
Fly
Poison Fang
Protect
Attacks:
Liquidation
Baneful Bunker
Recover
Poison Jab
Attacks:
Sludge Bomb
Flamethrower
Dragon Pulse
Protect
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:

Poisonium Z
 
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