Pokemon: Every Ultra Beast, Ranked

In the Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games, players encounter powerful Pokemon who’ve traveled to the region of Alola via Ultra Wormholes that connect the Pokémon world to an extradimensional world known as Ultra Space. These otherworldly Pokemon are known as Ultra Beasts and pose a significant threat to the Pokemon World.

Multiple organizations and prominent individuals have dedicated their lives to fighting against these ferocious monsters, and even the player is tasked with traveling to other dimensions to combat these Pokemon. While all Ultra Beast Pokemon are considered incredibly dangerous, some are far more powerful and hostile than others.

Updated February 1st, 2021 by Benjamin Baker: To further illustrate just how powerful Ultra Beasts could be it seemed appropriate to include their in-game details as well. Now players can see from a gameplay standpoint just how much raw power these monstrous creatures are packing.

11 Stakataka

This Pokemon is a bunch of smaller beings that have combined together to form a large stone tower with legs. The legs can collapse down so that the Pokemon can camouflage as a stone tower or part of a wall. This ability to camouflage can make this Pokemon incredibly dangerous, along with its hatred of anything that rests on top of it.

The reason Stakataka ranks so low is because, if someone can climb on top and stay there while it tries to buck them off, the Pokemon will come to respect that person and become docile.

Stakata is obviously a Rock/Steel type. This gives it good resistances against Rock, Bug, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy with complete immunity to Poison. Unfortunately it makes it weak to Water and very vulnerable to Fighting and Ground. Stakataka is a Defense beast with a 211 Defense decent Attack and Special Defense. Unfortunately it’s HP is a bit low, Special Attack is really low, and it’s Speed is a disturbingly low 13, making it slower than many bottom of the chain evolutions.

10 Pheremosa

Pheremosa is a strange-looking Pokemon that resembles a white cockroach or other insect trying to imitate a lithe woman. This thin body and incredibly long legs allow Pheremosa to run at incredible speeds. It also possesses a pheromone that causes anyone affected by it to stare at Pheremosa in awe.

Ironically, this insect-like creature is thoroughly disgusted by the Pokemon world and is extremely hesitant to touch anything. While her pheromone abilities and high speed make her dangerous, this odd personality quirk could likely be exploited by attacking with Muks or other garbage Pokémon.

In-game Pheremosa is a dual Bug/Fighting type. This means its great against Fighting, Ground, Bug, Grass, and Dark types but incredibly weak to Flying types. Stats-wise it is very fast and hits hard with high Speed, great Attack and Special Attack. Its HP is a bit low and both Defense and Special Defense are awful.

9 Blacephalon

This eccentric Pokemon roughly resembles a brightly colored harlequin with a spherical head covered with multi-colored dots. This Pokemon utilizes its strange appearance to disarm opponents by behaving in a silly manner while getting closer and closer. Once in range, the Pokemon will explode its head violently.

While the opponent is distracted, Blacephalon will sap the prey of its vitality and regenerate its head. It’s an alarming foe to be certain, but if the prey stays focused and keeps their distance, it negates Blacephalon’s primary method of attack.

Blacephalon has an interesting Fire/Ghost typing. This makes it resistant to Poison, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice, and Fairy while being completely immune to Normal and Fighting. It also makes it weak to Ground, Rock, Ghost, Water, and Dark. It’s stats are all over the place with great Special Attack, good Attack, and Speed. But it’s HP and Defense are really low with bad Special Defense.

8 Naganadel

A dragon-like creature with an abdomen resembling a bee or wasp, Naganadel is a dangerous Ultra Beast. The oversized abdomen houses a large sac that can store hundreds of liters of poisonous liquid that it sprays at opponents with its needles over large distances.

What’s worse is that the venomous liquid is extremely adhesive, meaning once it latches onto an opponent, that poor soul will become quickly poisoned and have a tough time removing the toxic substance. The reason it doesn’t rank higher is that it can communicate with humans telepathically and be reasoned with.

In-game Naganadel is a dual Poison/Dragon type. This gives interesting resistances to Fighting, Poison, Bug, Fire, Water, and Electric. It is weak to Ground, Psychic, Ice, and Dragon. It’s only marginally improved stat-wise above Poipole with better Special Attack and Speed, but everything else remains below average.

7 Buzzwole

Buzzwole is an insect-like creature that walks on four spindly legs and has swollen muscles on its arms. This Ultra Beast is incredibly strong and is capable of pulverizing a dump truck in one punch.

What’s even more alarming is that it also has the ability to use its proboscis to stab opponents and drain their energy to further enhance its already bulging muscles. There’s no telling if there’s a limit to Buzzwole’s strength, given enough living beings to feed on, which is immensely concerning given that its base strength is already powerful.

Buzzwole in the games is a Bug/Fighting type which means it’s great against Fighting, Ground, Bug, Grass, and Dark, but really weak to Flying types. In-spite of it’s unlimited strength in the lore this isn’t reflected in-game. Attack and Defense are above average and it has abysmal Special Attack, Special Defense, and it’s Speed is on the low side.

6 Poipole

Poipole is small compared to other Ultra Beasts, but by no means less dangerous. Poipole has a number of spikes on its head that it can use to launch a poisonous substance that’s very adhesive, similar to Naganadel.

What makes this Pokemon more dangerous is that it cackles madly while it coats its enemies with venom, suggesting that it takes joy in poisoning its victims. While it can communicate with humans, it’s likely that it would be like trying to reason with a madman.

Poipole is a pure poison type making it strong against Fighting, Poison, Bug, Grass, and Fairy types. It is weak only to Ground and Psychics. Being low on the evolution chain hurts it’s stats which while well rounded are all on the low side.

5 Kartana

Kartana is an Ultra Beast that sort of resembles a human samurai made out of origami paper. Similar to the Poipole, it’s very small for an Ultra Beast, but every inch of its body is paper thin and razor sharp. This makes attacking it a difficult task, as it can easily dodge attacks and damage Pokemon that come into contact with it.

One swipe of its blade-like arms was said to have cleaved a giant steel tower in half. It doesn’t rank higher because it has a strong weakness to fire and water.

The dual typing of Grass/Steel give Kartana some interesting resistances to Normal, Rock, Steel, Water, Electric, Psychic, Dragon and Fairy. It’s completely immune to Poison while weak to Fighting and really vulnerable to Fire. It’s a glass cannon stat-wise with really high Attack, great Speed, good defense, but low HP, really low Special Defense, and mediocre Special Attack.

4 Zurkitree

Zurkitree is a very large Pokemon that looks like a stick figure made of wire and sparks. This electrical Ultra Beast is capable of delivering massive shocks of electricity and can hijack power plants and other sources of energy to recharge and boost its powers.

It sits at number four because, while the Zurkitree can deal impressive damage, it does need to recharge. When low on energy, it will ‘plug’ itself into the ground and absorb electrical currents from the earth. This weakened state would be a prime opportunity for opponents to attack, assuming they survived the massive discharge prior.

Zurkitree is a pure Electric type meaning it’s strong against Flying, Steel, and other Electric types. The only weakness it has is to Ground types. Zurkitree is good at one thing and one thing only, Special Attacks thanks to a high stat. Everything else is a bit on the mediocre side.

3 Celesteela

This flying Ultra Beast roughly resembles an alien housed inside of a strange rocket. It can use its arms to propel itself through the air at incredible speeds. These arms also store a highly flammable gas that it can use to set fire to entire forests.

A potential weakness lies in its surprisingly plant-like characteristics. Celesteela is said to draw nutrients from soil similar to the Zurkitree and could be attacked during that feeding.

A dual Steel/Flying type makes Celesteela strong against Normal, Flying, Steel, Psychic, Dragon, and Fairy types and utterly immune to Poison and Ground. It’s only real weaknesses are Fire and Electric. Unfortunately the stats don’t give much room to capitalize on this. Everything is average, except Speed which is on the low side. Celesteela is a great tank thanks to typing and stats and that’s kind of it.

2 Guzzlord

Guzzlord is one of the largest and heaviest of all the Ultra Beasts. The spherical dark dragon Pokemon is said to possess an insatiable hunger and is constantly eating anything and everything it comes into contact with.

Its voracious appetite and size enable the Pokemon to consume mountains and entire buildings, making it an incredible threat. It ranks number two for its slow movement, meaning evacuations are possible, and because of how powerful the next Ultra Beast can be.

In the games Guzzlord is a Dark/Dragon type which makes it good against Ghost, Dark, Fire, Water, Grass, and Electric. It’s entirely immune to Psychic. It is unfortunately weak to Fighting, Bug, Ice, Dragon, and really vulnerable to Fairy. This is made up somewhat by an incredibly high HP stat. Yet all other stats are bad with a really low Speed. Honestly its stats seem to line up with the lore to some degree.

1 Nihilego

Nihilego is an Ultra Beast that resembles a humanoid jelly-fish and has mannerisms that resemble a little girl. What makes the Pokemon so dangerous is that it’s a parasite that will latch onto a human or Pokemon, inject a neurotoxin that controls all thoughts, and brings out the violent tendencies of the host. This fusion also increases the power of both Nihilego and the host, as seen in the games when Nihilego infests a young girl before fighting the player.

What makes this Ultra Beast the most dangerous on the list is that it’s capable of taking over other Pokemon. Imagine the destructive potential of a Nihilego that manages to infest, say, a Buzzwole, one of the mega Mewtwos, or another powerful human-sized Pokémon. The games and anime don’t explore this concept at all, but it’s a terrifying possibility, to say the least.

In-game Nihilego has a type effectiveness against Fairies, Normal, Fire, and Bug types being a dual Rock/Poison type. While Nihelego is great against Fairies it is atrocious against Ground. Admittedly Nihigilego’s base stats aren’t terribly impressive. Its Attack and Defense are low, but it does have decent HP, Special Attack, and Special Defense.

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Starting with a secret copy of Warcraft II on his parent’s Windows 95, Ben has developed a lifelong obsession with video games. Drawn to darker and more horrifying games, he enjoys diving into the lore, secrets, philosophies, and complex characters found in those grim worlds. His only hope is there are other odd balls out there who are also attracted to the writhing things found in the digital void.

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