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Blacephalon (ズガドーン, Zugadoon) (codenamed UB Burst) is a Fire/Ghost-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It is an Ultra Beast exclusive to Pokémon Ultra Sun.



Blacephalon looks like a very colorful Headless Horseman in a Jester's outfit.

It mostly has a slender body with very vague limbs and a white collar on top, which holds its clear spherical head in place when it is not using it to Attack. Its spine and pelvic area have blue, pink and yellow stripes. Its legs are slender with high heel like feet and a white color scheme. Its left leg has a blue orb for a knee cap, while its right has a pink orb instead. The colors are swapped for its arms, which end in hooks. Its detachable head has rings of blue and pink dots and has an explosion shape design with the same colors and a yellow spot in the center.


Blacephalon tricks targets into letting their guard down as it draws near with its funny gait, swaying this way and that—then shocks them by blowing up its own head without warning. Before they can recover their senses, it steals their vitality, which it's said to use as a source of energy.


Blacephalon does not evolve.

Game info

In Pokémon Ultra Sun, after Necrozma absorbs Nebby and becomes Dusk Mane Necrozma, a Blacephalon appears in Mahalo Trail through an Ultra Wormhole opened by the Prism Pokémon and faces Hala, Hau and Tapu Koko in a battle.

Game location

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Poni Grove (Ultra Sun only) Two

Pokédex entries

  • Ultra Sun

    It slithers toward people. Then, without warning, it triggers the explosion of its own head. It's apparently one kind of Ultra Beast.

  • Ultra Moon

    A UB that appeared from an Ultra Wormhole, it causes explosions, then takes advantage of opponents' surprise to rob them of their vitality.


Blacephalon's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Astonish 30 100% 15 Ghost Physical
1 Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Special
7 Magic Coat —% 15 Psychic Status
13 Stored Power 20 100% 10 Psychic Special
17 Flame Burst 70 100% 15 Fire Special
23 Night Shade 100% 15 Ghost Special
29 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
31 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
37 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special
41 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
47 Trick 100% 10 Psychic Status
59 Mind Blown 150 100% 5 Fire Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt —% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM23 Smack Down 50 100% 15 Rock Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special
TM38 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM43 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM50 Overheat 130 90% 5 Fire Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status
TM64 Explosion 250 100% 5 Normal Physical
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Blacephalon learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
After You USUM —% 15 Normal Status
Foul Play USUM 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Heat Wave USUM 95 90% 10 Fire Special
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Last Resort USUM 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Pain Split USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Recycle USUM —% 10 Normal Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite USUM 100% 10 Ghost Status
Trick USUM 100% 10 Psychic Status
Uproar USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.




Blacephalon in the anime.

Its first and only appearance was in "Twirling with a Bang!", where it entertained the viewers of a fireworks show, and later tried to compete with a Xurkitree to see who could perform the better form of entertainment. Both were distracted by the Ultra Guardians Super Pokémon fireworks and then knocked out by Ash's Lycanroc, who used Splintered Stormshards to take them both out. It has currently been returned to its home world.


It was one of the Pokémon Guzma's ultra wormholes opened in the Pokémon adventures manga. Both Sun and Salon Maiden Anabel tried and failed to catch it, only to be saved by Tapu Bulu, who got rid of the Ultra Beast.


  • Blacephalon is the only Ultra Beast with a signature move.
  • It is the second Pokémon with Fire as its primary type and Ghost as its secondary type, following the Alolan Form of Marowak.
  • Ironically enough, it can't learn moves that involve draining HP away from the target despite the Pokédex saying so.
  • It can be considered Stakataka's Ultra Sun counterpart. Both Ultra Beasts have identical base stat totals and high Attack stats, with the distribution for the Defense, Special Stats and speed being different (Blacephalon is fast and hits hard specially, but it has very low Defense, while Stakataka is the opposite).They also appear in the same areas (Poni Grove) in their respective games, as well as being fought by Hala, Hau and Tapu Koko at the same point of time in both games.
  • For some reason, Blacephalon can learn Magic Coat via level up but cannot learn it via the move tutor.
  • Blacephalon's head serves as a mood indicator, since the patterns on it can vary.
  • It is able to regenerate its head after using Mind Blown, as shown in the anime.
  • Even if a Pokémon that is not Blacephalon uses Mind Blown, e.g. using Metronome, its head is shown while performing the move. Its color which is dependent on whether the user is shiny or not (white for normal, blue for shiny).


Blacephalon is based on a clown and fireworks. It may also take some inspiration from dandelion seed heads and/or the anime Popee the Performer, which centers around an ill-tempered clown, or the related trope as a whole, due to its actions. It's ability to remove it's head and its Ghost type may reference the Nukekubi, a ghost-like floating head that can drain people of their vitality similarly to a vampire, which Blacephalon's Ultra Moon Pokédex entry references.


Blacephalon is a portmanteau of blast or blaze and the Greek root cephalo-, meaning "head."

Zugadōn is literally "頭がドーン" (zu ga dōn, "head goes kaboom").

Names in other languages

  • French: Pierroteknik (a mix of a misspelling of Pyrotechnique (pyrotechnic) and pierrot, which means clown)
  • Spanish: Blacephalon
  • German: Kopplosio (mix of Kopf (head) and explosion)