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 Marina 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. They leave saying nobody needs to know about their failure.

Encounter 2: Berry Fields

Location: Berry Fields

As you travel through Route 2, a Delibird will come up to you and lead you to the Berry Fields, where there appears to be some sort of commotion. When there, you'll find the same grunts as before and are trying to harass the Berry Master into giving him all of his Berries. Once again, you stop them from managing to succeed.

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: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 25Level 26


Attacks:
Air Cutter
Confuse Ray

Attacks:
Flame Burst
Double Slap
Poison Gas
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Encounter 8: 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 9: Malie Garden

Location: Malie Gardens

When you go to Malie Gardens, 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 GolisopodAriados
Battle Type

Items
Level 31Level 30


Attacks:
Swords Dance
Razor Shell
First Impression
Attacks:
Fell Stinger
Sucker Punch
Shadow Sneak
Infestation
Hold Item:
No Item
Hold Item:
No Item
Encounter 10: 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 11: 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 34Level 35


Attacks:
Air Cutter
Confuse Ray
Poison Fang
Attacks:
Flame Burst
Double Slap
Toxic
Dragon Rage
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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 GolisopodAriados
Battle Type

Items
Level 37Level 36


Attacks:
Swords Dance
Razor Shell
First Impression
Attacks:
Fell Stinger
Sucker Punch
Shadow Sneak
Infestation
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 15: Aether Paradise

Location: Aether Paradise

In the Aether Foundation, 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 GolisopodAriadosMasquerainPinsir
Battle Type

Items
Level 41Level 40Level 40Level 40




Attacks:
Swords Dance
Razor Shell
First Impression
Attacks:
Fell Stinger
Sucker Punch
Shadow Sneak
Attacks:
Air Slash
Bug Buzz

Attacks:
Double Hit
Brick Break
X-Scissor
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 16: 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 17: Ultra Space

Location: Ultra Space

When you go to the Ultra Space to retrieve Lusamine, you will find Guzma there. Guzma will explain how he tried to capture the Ultra Beast, but it instead took control of its mind and now he knows fear, and that Lusamine is too far gone. He then states his desire to leave the place.

Encounter 18: PostGame

Location: 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. Plumeria can also be found out of Team Skull clothing and in regular clothing in Route 13, with other former Team Skull Grunts.

Encounter 19: Route 2, Hau'oli City

Location: Route 2, Hau'oli City

When you go to the house in Route 2, you will find out that it was Guzma's house and he is in it, with the Skull logo scratched off of his clothing. He will say he has unfinished business with you and will meet you on the beach. His mother will mention that she never believed the bad things people said about him. When on the Hau'oli City Beachfront, he will say that despite disbanding Team Skull, he will never change and will show you what destruction is like, in human form.

Pokémon Trainer Guzma GolisopodAriadosPinsirMasquerainScizor
Battle Type

Items
Level 63Level 63Level 63Level 63Level 63





Attacks:
Sucker Punch
Waterfall
First Impression
Attacks:
Fell Stinger
Sucker Punch
Toxic Thread
Cross Poison
Attacks:
Guillotine
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

When defeated, Hala will appear and explain to Guzma that he misses the true meaning of battling. He will then offer to mentor Guzma. Guzma goes to leave, but gives you a Dawn Stone, which he insists is not an apology.

Plumeria at the Pokémon league

Location: Pokémon League

Details:
No longer a member of Team Skull, Plumeria will be convinced by Nanu and Molyane to challenge the Elite Four and so appears as one of the characters who will appear to challenge your title.

Pokémon Trainer Plumeria GengarMukCrobatToxapexSalazzle
Battle Type

Items
Level 61Level 61Level 61Level 61Level 61





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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