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マーレイン Mullein
Concept art from Sun and Moon
Gender Male
Eye color Cadet gray
Hair color Blond
Hometown Unknown
Region Alola
Relatives Sophocles (cousin), Sophocles's parents (aunt and uncle, anime)
Trainer class Pokémon TrainerSM
Elite FourUSUM
Trial Captain (formerly)
Generation VII
Games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Masters EX
Elite Four of Pokémon League (Alola)
Specializes in Steel types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Takayuki Kondo[1] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Showering the World with Love!
English voice actor Barrett Leddy
Japanese voice actor Kōsuke Kuwano

Molayne (Japanese: マーレイン Mullein) is a non-player character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is a Pokémon Trainer who specializes in Steel-type Pokémon. Sophocles affectionately refers to him as Big Mo (Japanese: マーさん Mul-san). He also becomes a member of the Alola Elite Four in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

In the core series

Molayne is a former Trial Captain, runs the Hokulani Observatory, and manages the PC box system in Alola. He is a friend of Professor Kukui, the two having taken their island challenge around the same time. He will give the player a Steelium Z afterSM/beforeUSUM taking on Sophocles's trial. After the player has cleared the trial, Molayne also asks the player to deliver Kukui the mask he accidentally left behind.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Molayne is one of the many Trainers who challenge the player for the title of Pokémon Champion. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Molayne instead becomes a member of Alola's newly founded Elite Four by Professor Kukui's request, replacing Hala from Sun and Moon.

Unlike most other characters, Molayne is aware of Kukui's secret identity as the Battle Royal master "Masked Royal", even sometimes referring to Kukui by his alias.


Molayne's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

First battle

Title Defense battle

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Initial battle


In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Molayne (Masters)


Conceptual artwork from
Sun and Moon


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In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun and Moon
VS model from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon


Main article: Molayne/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Molayne debuted in a picture in Love at First Twirl!, where he was introduced as Sophocles's cousin and a close friend of Professor Kukui during Sophocles's class presentation.

Molayne made his physical debut in Showering the World with Love!, where he showed Ash and his classmates around the Hokulani Observatory and, by Kukui's request, also taught them about the life cycle of Minior.

In Turning the Other Mask!, Molayne helped Kukui keep his Masked Royal identity a secret from Ash and Professor Burnet during a handshake event. Molayne came up with a plan that would allow Kukui to be present when Burnet shook the Masked Royal's hand which involved him taking over for Kukui as the Masked Royal. The next day, Molayne met up with Ash and Burnet and sat with them as Kukui wouldn't be present until the last minute. Molayne sat with them whilst Masked Royal and Incineroar put on a demonstration. During the event, Molayne attempted to take Kukui's place as the Masked Royal but was tied up by James and Faba, who had mistaken Molayne for an impostor. Later, when Mad Magmar attacked the event to get revenge on the Masked Royal, Kukui was unable to fight back since Faba had his Incineroar and costume at the time. After Molayne managed to free himself, he used his Magneton to turn the lights off, allowing Kukui to get his Masked Royal costume back in time to defeat Mad Magmar.

In Dreams of the Sun and Moon!, Sophocles mentioned plans to visit Mossdeep City and the Mossdeep Space Center with Molayne for his upcoming vacation. In Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!, Molayne was shown leaving Alola with Sophocles.


Molayne tends to keep to himself and is notably cautious. However, he will go out of his way to help a friend, such as when he offered to impersonate Masked Royal for Professor Kukui during a meet-and-greet event in Turning the Other Mask!. His ingenuity and extensive knowledge on space is respected, especially by his young cousin Sophocles, who refers to Molayne as Big Mo (Japanese: マーさん Mul-san).


Molayne's Magneton
Magneton is Molayne's only known Pokémon. It was first seen interacting with Sophocles's Togedemaru after she had absorbed Pikachu's electricity, causing everyone around them to get shocked.

Magneton reappeared in Turning the Other Mask!, where it caused the lights to go out at the Hau'oli Mini-Mini Battle Royal Dome, allowing Kukui to change into Masked Royal and defeat Mad Magmar.

None of Magneton's moves are known.

Debut Showering the World with Love!
Voice actors
Japanese Kei Shindō‎‎
Reina Ueda
Hitomi Kikuchi‎‎
English Bill Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 桑野晃輔 Kōsuke Kuwano
English Barrett Leddy
Finnish Tuukka Leppänen
Brazilian Portuguese Mckeidy Lisita
European Spanish Álvaro Navarro


Molayne briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

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Molayne in Pokémon Adventures

Molayne debuted in Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull. He and Sophocles were first seen helping innocent civilians escape from the Ultra Beasts that had escaped from Po Town to wreak havoc on Ula'ula Island. They managed to evacuate the people to Hokulani Observatory, but with the beasts still on the loose, they worried that it may eventually get attacked as well. To circumvent this problem, Sophocles decided to use an invention designed to call Totem Pokémon to guide the beasts away from the observatory, though it never worked.

In The Truth and Island Kahuna Hapu, Molayne, Sophocles, Acerola, Professor Kukui, and Gladion fought off a Celesteela and Guzzlord at Route 10 to prevent them from reaching Hokulani Observatory. Gladion easily defeated Celesteela and later defeated Guzzlord to prevent it from hurting Lillie.

Later, Sophocles and Molayne told the Trial Captains and Island Kahunas to gather at Hokulani Observatory. With a Vikavolt-shaped airship, Molayne and Sophocles took the others to Mount Lanakila, where a wormhole had opened up earlier. Shortly after they arrived, their ship was attacked by a group of Aether Foundation Employees and their Ultra Beasts. With the Z-Moves they had acquired, Molayne and the others managed to defeat the Ultra Beasts.


Molayne's Dugtrio
This Alolan Dugtrio is Molayne's only known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer watching people be evacuated to Hokulani Observatory. It later fought against a Celesteela and Guzzlord to prevent them from attacking Hokulani Observatory, but was defeated. Later, it fought an Aether Foundation Employee's Nihilego and won with the help of a Z-Move.

None of Dugtrio's moves are known.*
Dugtrio can also perform the Z-Move Corkscrew Crash.

Debut Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull

In the TCG

Full Art print of Molayne
Main article: Molayne (Unbroken Bonds 181)

Molayne was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese SM Era). It was first released in the Japanese Full Metal Wall subset before debuting in English in the Unbroken Bonds expansion, with artwork by Ken Sugimori. It was also released as a Full Art card in the same Japanese and English expansion, with artwork by Masakazu Fukuda. It allows the player to shuffle a Trainer card from their discard pile to the deck, but only if they discard 2 20px Energy cards first.


  • Molayne is the only Storage System developer to battle the player.
  • Molayne is 6'0" (182 cm) tall.


Language Name Origin
Japanese マーレイン Mullein From mullein
English Molayne From molayne, alternative spelling of mullein
German Marlon Similar to his Japanese name
Spanish Lario From Scrophulariaceae, the family that contains the mullein
French Molène From molène (mullein)
Italian Tapso From Verbascum thapsus (scientific name of the common mullein)
Korean 멀레인 Meollein Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 馬睿因 / 马睿因 Mǎruìyīn Transcription of his Japanese name. Contains 睿 ruì / yeuih (astute)
Chinese (Cantonese) 馬睿因 Máhyeuihyān
Brazilian Portuguese Marcos Similar to his German name
Russian Молейн Molayne Transcription of his English name

Big Mo

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 老馬 Lóuh Máh
Mandarin 老馬 / 老马 Lǎo Mǎ
20px Polish Wielki Mo
20px Brazilian Portuguese Grande Ma

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