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カツラ Katsura
"The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
HeartGold SoulSilver Blaine.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Hometown Cinnabar Island
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation I, II, III, IV
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Cinnabar Gym
Badge Volcano Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut Riddle Me This
English voice actor Michael Haigney
Japanese voice actor Toshiya Ueda

Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym. He hands out the Volcano Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He is a highly intelligent man who uses Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Blaine's title is "The Hotheaded Quiz Master." His strategy is to incinerate challengers with his rough and ready Fire-type Pokémon.

Blaine was once lost in a treacherous, freezing mountain range. He was guided out of the mountains by a Moltres. Apparently, this is what inspired him to train Fire-type Pokémon.

Blaine is a native of Cinnabar Island, and has lived there since before the Pokémon Lab was built.

Blaine is apparently on good terms with Mr. Fuji.

To reach Blaine, challengers have to answer a series of quiz questions about Pokémon. Blaine only takes off his sunglasses when thinking up new quiz questions.

In addition to the Volcano Badge, Blaine gives out TM38 (Fire Blast) in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. In HeartGold and SoulSilver he gives out TM50 (Overheat).

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, the volcano on Cinnabar Island erupted, destroying the town, and leaving Blaine and his Pokémon homeless. Blaine relocated his Gym to the Seafoam Islands, and remains there a whole year after the volcanic eruption back on Cinnabar. He plans to rebuild his gym one day.

He is able to be rebattled in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after collecting his number at any time on Tuesday. He is found on Cinnabar Island. A call to him on Tuesday afternoon will arrange a rematch. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine has added Gym Trainers and a puzzle to the gym, unlike in Gold and Silver where Blaine stood alone in a small room.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Blaine in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Gym Sign - Blaine
What does this person do?
Cinnabar Gym - Blaine
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"My fiery POKÉMON are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers!"
Cinnabar Gym - Super Nerd Derek
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"Our LEADER, BLAINE, became lost in the mountains but good. Night fell and a fiery bird POKÉMON appeared. Its light allowed BLAINE to find his way down safely.
Cinnabar Island - Woman
What is this person like?
"CINNABAR GYM's BLAINE is quite the odd fellow. He's lived on the island since way before the LAB was built."
Cinnabar Gym - Photo
Family and Friends?
"It's a photo of BLAINE and MR. FUJI. They're standing shoulder to shoulder with big grins."
Resort Gorgeous - Pokémon Journal
There's a rumor...
"BLAINE is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
Message from Blaine
  • From: Blaine
  • To: [Player]
"My FIRE POKÉMON! They'll become even more powerful!
And now, a quiz. How many kinds of FIRE-type POKÉMON are there?"


This listing is of Blaine's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Red, Blue and Green

Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym match

Second battle (rematch)

Pokémon Stadium

Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


Pokémon Red/Blue

"Hah! I'm Blaine! I am the Leader of Cinnabar gym! My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"

"I've burned out! You have earned the Volcano badge!"

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

"Hah! I'm Blaine, the red-hot Leader of Cinnabar Gym! My fiery Pokémon are all ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"

"I have burned down to nothing! Not even ashes remain! You have earned the Volcano Badge."

Pokémon Gold/Silver

"Waaah! My Gym in Cinnabar burned down. My fire-breathing Pokémon and I are homeless because of the volcano. Waaah! But I'm back in business as a Gym Leader here in this cave. If you can beat me, I'll give you a Badge. Ha! You'd better have Burn Heal!"

"Awesome. I've burned out... You've earned Volcano badge!"

"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win the next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we'll have to have a rematch."

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

Cinnabar Gym
  • Before battle
"Hey, you! My Gym on Cinnabar Island was burned down by the eruption! But I will not give up! Take a look at this cave. We have turned it into a Gym, and I am still acting as a Gym Leader! I will give you the Gym Badge if you manage to defeat me! Are you ready? Here we go!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"I'll show you the spirit of my cave Gym!"
  • During battle
"We can still do it!"
  • When defeated
"My spirit has not been defeated!"
  • After being defeated
"Awesome. I have burned out... Take this Volcano Badge!"
"Here, I will give you this, too. It's called Overheat! It has a slight drawback, but it's powerful and well worth it!"
"I did lose this time, but I'm going to win next time. When I rebuild my Cinnabar Gym, we have to hold a rematch."
"My Fire-type Pokémon will be even stronger! Just you watch!"
Fighting Dojo
  • Before battle
"You keep your word. That's a good thing, kiddo!"
  • After being defeated
"Waaah! If I had known this Dojo was going to be available, I wouldn't have needed to rebuild my Gym. Wait! I still did, didn't I?"
Pokégear Registering (Cinnabar Island)
"I'll never give up until the day I've rebuilt the Cinnabar Gym! Why not exchange numbers!"
Yes: "Hmmm... We should be able to battle on Tuesday evenings!"'


File:Sugimoriblaineoriginal.png Red Blue Blaine.png FireRed LeafGreen Blaine.png GurenTownGymDeck.jpg
Headshot from
Generation I
Official artwork from Red and Blue. Official Artwork from
Generation III
Artwork from the Guren Town Gym Theme Deck.


File:BlaineRBYsprite.png File:Y Blaine.png File:Blaine 02.png File:SpriteBlaine.png File:BlaineHGSS.gif VSBlaine.png S2 Leader Blaine.png
Blaine's sprite from
Generation I
Blaine's sprite from
Pokémon Yellow
Blaine's sprite from
Generation II
Blaine's sprite from
Generation III
Blaine's sprite from
Generation IV
Blaine's VS sprite from
Generation IV
Blaine's artwork from
both Pokémon Stadiums

In the anime

Blaine in the anime

Blaine appeared in the episodes Riddle Me This and Volcanic Panic.

Blaine ran the Cinnabar Island Gym until the island started to become crowded with tourists. Instead of serious challengers, the Cinnabar Island Pokémon Center started to fill up with freeloading vacationers. Fed up with this, Blaine closed the Gym and opened up a hotel near the island's volcanic hot springs, disguising himself with a wig and sunglasses. He also disguised his voice to be softer and lower pitched than normal. Blaine likes to make up riddles even in inappropriate situations.

When Ash, Misty, and Brock met Blaine, he told them several riddles. Misty deciphered the riddles and eventually the trio found Blaine's hotel, and underneath the hotel in a volcanic cavern was the Cinnabar Island Gym. Ash challenged Blaine to a Gym match, but was easily defeated. After the battle, Team Rocket attempted to steal Blaine's Magmar by freezing it with guns that projected beams of ice. Magmar broke free in the end; however, the sudden cooling of the walls in the lava cave caused the rock to begin to crack, indicating that the Cinnabar Island volcano was going to erupt.

Ash, Blaine, Misty, and Brock used their Water-, Rock-, and Template:Type2 Pokémon to dam the cracks in the walls with boulders. During the emergency, Ash's Charizard and Blaine's Magmar gained an interest in the other's strength, each wishing to test it in battle. Blaine agreed to a rematch with Ash; due to the internal damage of the volcano, it was held on the volcano's crater. At first, Magmar and Charizard were evenly matched, but Charizard's ability to fly gave it an advantage. It lifted Magmar high into the air and used Seismic Toss, slamming Magmar into the volcano. The Spitfire Pokémon was knocked out, and Blaine was defeated.


This listing is of Blaine's known Pokémon in the anime:

Blaine's Ninetales
Ninetales was Blaine's first Pokémon used in his battle with Ash. Despite its beautiful looks, Ninetales proved to be an incredibly powerful Pokémon, knocking out Ash's Squirtle with a single attack. Ninetales was recalled when Ash sent out his Charizard.

Ninetales's only known move is Fire Spin.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Rachael Lillis
Blaine's Rhydon
After Ash chose Charizard in his battle, Blaine countered it by choosing Rhydon. Charizard refused to fight the Ground-type Pokémon, so Rhydon went up against Pikachu in its place. Blaine doubted the Electric-type could defeat Rhydon, but Ash encouraged Pikachu to use Rhydon's horn as a conductor of electricity that eventually caused its defeat. This battle sparked a now well-known meme in the Pokémon fandom, as Rhydon is usually immune to Electric-type attacks.

Rhydon was seen again in a flashback in Bad to the Bone, where it was defeated in a Gym battle by Otoshi's Marowak.

Rhydon's known moves are Horn Drill and Fury Attack.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Blaine's Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked due to Team Rocket's influence, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 上田 敏也 Toshiya Ueda
English Michael Haigney
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Spanish Latin America Bardo Miranda
Spain Luis Mas

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Blaine and Erika

Blaine was a former member of Team Rocket, joining because of his interest in science, conducting experiments on some of Red's future Pokémon, namely Gyarados and Eevee. He was first seen (albeit without a speaking role), studying and generating Mewtwo under the Rocket Game Corner. But after hearing of Red's clashes with Team Rocket, like protecting Mew from Team Rocket, Blaine left, attempting to make up for his evil deeds. When Red reached Cinnabar Island, Blaine was under attack by members of Team Rocket and their newly captured Moltres, on loan from Sabrina.

Blaine had his Rapidash carry Red to his Pokémon Lab, who in return let Blaine use his Gyarados to hold off Moltres, where Red was able to revive an Aerodactyl from a fossil. Aerodactyl helped rescue Blaine and defeat Moltres.

Later, Blaine asked Red to help him in Cerulean Cave. While he was working under Team Rocket, Blaine combined some of Mew's DNA with his own to create a hybrid Pokémon named Mewtwo. Some of Blaine's hand was infected with Mewtwo's DNA, and thus he was able to track the synthetic Pokémon. Because of this, Team Rocket attempted to abduct Blaine to review Mewtwo's whereabouts. Using the Master Ball, Red was able to capture Mewtwo for Blaine after Blaine tried and was seriously injured in the process. This is when Blaine revealed why he quit Team Rocket. He saw Red's compassion for Pokémon in the Rocket Game Corner and it made Blaine realize that he created two monsters, Mewtwo and himself. He then decided that he didn't care what Team Rocket would do to him, but rather that he needed to catch Mewtwo and help it. It was then suggested by Red that he needs to show Mewtwo compassion because all that Mewtwo knows about humans is cruelty and arrogance.

The psychic bond between Mewtwo and Blaine limited them both. If they were apart for too long, both would begin to become ill. Blaine worked for several years trying to find a way to sever the bond without hurting either of them. He then appeared during the Yellow Chapter as one of the "Good" Gym Leaders of Kanto. After Super Nerd William is defeated he uses Growlithe to sniff him down and deduces that Red must have been at Mt. Moon. When William was being lifted away by Agatha and her Gastly Blaine tried to use Growlithe's Fire Blast to knock it out, only for it to almost kill a Caterpie had Yellow not saved it.

He was then seen back on Cinnabar Island training with a Junior Trainer using Mewtwo to practice their connection using a disguise. Yellow then finds out that was Blaine and was simply wearing a disguise because he didn't know who was watching. He then hears a message from Brock reporting that he found an ice sculpture of Red in Mt. Moon. He then travels to Cerise Island with Yellow (albeit by different routes) with Mewtwo, revealing that that was why they were training for. He then runs into Blue and sees several Pokémon, believing them to belong to the Elite Four, but actually belonging to Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina.

During the Cerise Island incident, Sabrina's Spoons of Destiny paired Blaine and Yellow together in the fight against the Elite Four. They intruded on Lt. Surge and Bill's battle with Bruno. They were blocked out by a strange barrier, however, and were kept out since Bruno did not wish for anyone to interfere with their battle. Together, they confronted Lance. However, the bond between Mewtwo and Blaine proved to be their undoing, and they were defeated, leaving Yellow to face Lance alone.

Later, during the Masked Man's plot in Johto, Entei chose Blaine to be its partner. The healing power of Entei's flames was finally able to cut the link between Mewtwo and Blaine, and the two were free to live their lives apart from each other.

Although he's serious for most situations, he also had his comical moments; Blaine had his mustache burnt when he was training and had to use fake ones. Sometimes he may also use riddles to lighten up dark atmosphere.


This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Blaine's Growlithe
Growlithe is Blaine's  Pokémon that was usually seen in searches. He first used it to find the cloth of Super Nerd William after he got possessed by a Gastly.

Growlithe's known moves are Flamethrower and Fire Blast.

Debut As Gastly as Before
Blaine's Rapidash
Rapidash is Blaine's mode of transportation. He first used it to battle the Moltres that Team Rocket had captured with little success, and had it help Red reach his laboratory, where an Aerodactyl could be resurrected from the Old Amber he had acquired earlier.

Rapidash's only known move is Fire Spin.

Debut Holy Moltres
Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine was first seen along with Rapidash battling with Team Rocket. Nothing was known about it at the time as it only made a brief appearance.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut Holy Moltres


Blaine's Mewtwo
Main article: Mewtwo (Adventures)

Mewtwo was created by Blaine in a Team Rocket hideout using a small sample of Mew's DNA and Blaine's own. After it was fully cultivated in the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island, it went berserk and demolished the place before settling in the Cerulean Cave (where it wreaked havoc in the northwestern sector of Cerulean City). Eventually, Red caught word of it and reached the cave out of curiosity before nearly being killed in its psychic tornado. Blaine made a valiant attempt to kill it at all costs, knowing that if he, the only one with the ability to function as a "Mewtwo Radar" was defeated, the world could come to an end. Although this succeeded in eliminating its tornado, the mutant itself still survived, only to be caught with a Master Ball that was thrown by Red in an ingenious maneuver. Mewtwo then went on to be a trained Pokémon belonging to Blaine and fought against Lance in the Yellow chapter, though Blaine's failing health held it back from winning. After it was released a year later, it partnered up with Red much later on to free Deoxys from Giovanni's hands.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Blaine's Entei
Blaine was chosen by Entei to be partnered up for his extensive knowledge of the Fire-type. In return, it offered its help in erasing the painful genetic connection between him and Mewtwo, allowing it to finally be freed. After Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge had been injured fighting the Masked Man in the Indigo Plateau, it was partnered up with Silver instead, and went back to the wild after the villain was defeated.

Entei's known moves are Flamethrower and Fire Blast.

Debut Vs. Slugma

In the TCG

There is a Theme Deck named for Blaine in the Gym Challenge expansion. It has two versions, English and Japanese.


BlaineTCG1.jpg Blaines-Last-Resort.jpg Blaines-Gamble.jpg Blaine-Fervor.jpg
Blaine and the Volcano Badge. Blaine throws a Poké Ball. Blaine gambles. Blaine in an outrage.
Blaines-Quiz2.jpg Blaine-Quiz3.jpg BlaineVS.png
Blaine quizzes a challenger. Blaine quizzes Brock. Blaine's updated VS art.


This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Blaine or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Blaine's Moltres Fire 44 Rare HolographicH Gym Heroes 1/132
Blaine's Growlithe Fire 17 Uncommon Gym Heroes 35/132
Blaine's Kangaskhan Colorless 36 Uncommon Gym Heroes 36/132
Blaine's Magmar Fire 29 Uncommon Gym Heroes 37/132
Blaine's Charmander Fire 16 Common Gym Heroes 61/132
Blaine's Growlithe Fire 15 Common Gym Heroes 62/132
Blaine's Ponyta Fire 16 Common Gym Heroes 63/132
Blaine's Tauros Colorless 34 Common Gym Heroes 64/132
Blaine's Vulpix Fire 9 Common Gym Heroes 65/132
Blaine's Quiz 1 - - Rare Gym Heroes 97/132
Blaine's Last Resort - - Uncommon Gym Heroes 105/132
Blaine's Gamble - - Common Gym Heroes 121/132
Blaine's Arcanine Fire 42 Rare HolographicH Gym Challenge 1/132
Blaine's Charizard Fire 50 Rare HolographicH Gym Challenge 2/132
Blaine - - Rare HolographicH Gym Challenge 17/132
Rare 100/132
Blaine's Ninetales Fire 27 Rare Gym Challenge 21/132
Blaine's Charmeleon Fire 29 Uncommon Gym Challenge 31/132
Blaine's Dodrio Colorless 26 Uncommon Gym Challenge 32/132
Blaine's Rapidash Fire 31 Uncommon Gym Challenge 33/132
Blaine's Charmander Fire 18 Common Gym Challenge 60/132
Blaine's Doduo Colorless 17 Common Gym Challenge 61/132
Blaine's Growlithe Fire 20 Common Gym Challenge 62/132
Blaine's Mankey Fighting 14 Common Gym Challenge 63/132
Blaine's Ponyta Fire 14 Common Gym Challenge 63/132
Blaine's Rhyhorn Fighting 26 Common Gym Challenge 65/132
Blaine's Vulpix Fire 18 Common Gym Challenge 66/132
Blaine's Quiz 2 - - Uncommon Gym Challenge 111/132
Blaine's Quiz 3 - - Uncommon Gym Challenge 112/132
Cinnabar City Gym - - Uncommon Gym Challenge 113/132
Blaine's Typhlosion Fire - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 70/141
Blaine's Magcargo Fire - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 71/141


  • Although Magmar appears as Blaine's signature Pokémon in the anime, he only has one in Generations II and IV, with it not even appearing in his Gym team in Yellow (which went as far as giving Lt. Surge only Raichu to mimic the anime).
    • This may be due to the fact that Riddle Me This aired only a month prior to the release of Pokémon Yellow, by which point Yellow was likely in the final stages of production.
    • This is somewhat circumvented in HeartGold and SoulSilver where in the first match he has a Magmar and in the rematch he has a Magmortar as his signature Pokémon.
  • Despite the Arcanine evolutionary line being his signature Pokémon in Generation I and III, Arcanine is no longer in his party in Generation II and its remakes.
  • Even when the player battles Blaine in a rematch, he still references his "Cave Gym" as if the battle's taking place there.
  • He is the only Gym Leader that battles outside a building for their first battle.
  • He is the only Gym Leader to have a Gym in two different locations.

Design differences

File:Blaine Disguise anime.png
Blaine's anime disguise

Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori artwork for Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is depicted as a slightly balding man with light red hair with no mustache and no sunglasses wearing beach clothes. The old design was reused in the anime (as Blaine's real look) and very briefly in the Pokémon Adventures manga (as a disguise after his mustache was burned).

Later, in Pokémon Blue and outside-Japan Pokémon Red and Blue Versions the artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older, completely bald man with a mustache, wearing sunglasses and labcoat. Despite the artwork changes, his new design was used in all Generation I main series games, including the Pokémon Red and Green Versions. This means that Blaine's design was probably changed very late in the production of Pokémon Red and Green Versions, since his official artwork and his in-game sprite are completely different portrayals.

The reasons for changing the design is unknown; however, the Fame Checker in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen explains why he doesn't always wear sunglasses: "Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine is shown wearing a hat. He wears more sophisticated clothing than his previous lab coat. He also sports a cane that resembles a question mark.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カツラ Katsura The Japanese name for the Japanese Judas tree. Katsura is also a word for "wig" (鬘). From 火 ka ("fire").
English, Italian, Spanish Blaine Sounds similar to blaze or flame.
French Auguste Similar to the word ustion, burn.
German Pyro From Greek πυρ (pyr), fire.
Korean 강연 Gang-yeon*
대머리박사 Daemeoribaksa*
강연 (gang-yeon) means "lecture".
대머리박사 means bald expert (or bald doctor) which describes his look and wisdom.
Chinese (Mandarin) 夏伯 Xiàbó From 夏 (summer) and 伯, uncle (or a respectful term for someone older).

Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Brock OD.png
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Misty OD.png
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Lt Surge OD.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Erika OD.png
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Sabrina OD.png
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
Blaine OD.png
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
Giovanni OD.png Blue
Giovanni Blue

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