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Brycen (Japanese: ハチク Hachiku) is the Gym Leader of Icirrus City's Gym, known officially as the Icirrus Gym. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. He gives the Freeze Badge to Trainers who defeat him.
In the games
Brycen appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Icirrus City's Gym. This Gym will be the seventh to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Brycen will receive the Freeze Badge, along with TM79 (Frost Breath). He also reappears at N's Castle where he and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.
After successfully defeating Brycen in a gym battle, Cheren and Bianca are waiting for you when you exit the gym. After a brief talk, Brycen follows you out and tells the Shadow Triad to reveal themselves, which they do, startling all three of the player, Cheren and Bianca. The Shadow Triad then tell the Player to head to Dragonspiral Tower north of Icirrus City. Brycen and Cheren immediately give chase to them afterwards.
Once at the Dragonspiral Tower, the player will battle through the Team Plasma grunts until they reach the large room with Brycen and Cheren battling Team Plasma in. Brycen tells you to proceed whilst he holds the rest of Team Plasma off. When the player reaches the top floor and N flies away with Reshiram/Zekrom, Brycen will appear and ask what happened. He then escorts Cedric Juniper back into the tower when they look for more clues as to the Legendary Pokemon that the Player must find.
In the past, Brycen was a movie star, but grew bored of making films. Unsure of what to do with himself, he took the advice of Alder and became a Trainer. He traveled alone to an icy cave and trained in silence to gain as much knowledge as possible. Brycen also places importance on concealing his true identity from others.
- "You appear ready to face a Gym Leader. Then... Bring it!"
- During battle (the first non-KO hit)
- "You are strong! No, both you and your Pokémon are strong!"
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "Extreme conditions really test you and train you!"
- "The wonderful combination of you and your Pokémon! What a beautiful friendship!"
- "In honor of your stout heart, I will give you this."
- "You have seven Badges. That means Pokémon up to Lv. 80 will obey you. This TM will convey my regard for your accomplishments."
- "A move that always results in a critical hit: Frost Breath."
- "No matter how many battles I fight, I don't know what strength is. Perhaps you can find the answer."
- "Only those who are weak need to flaunt their strength."
- "In the past, when I was hurt and depressed, Alder shared this with me... There is strength in being with other people and Pokémon. Receiving their support makes you stronger. The young man named Cheren also seems to understand this now."
- "Who are you?"
- "I know you are there! Why don't you show yourselves?
- "Dragonspiral Tower?! What's going on? Hey! Tell me... Now, hang on. Young man, if you're here for a Gym challenge, hang on for a bit. I've got to head to Dragonspiral Tower!"
- "<Player>! We'll hold them here! You go on ahead!"
- "I'm fine, but there's no time!"
- "How could this happen?"
- "Calm down! First, we go back! It's more important to decide what to do next than analyze what just happened."
- "Then, I will go with you."
- "So, this is Dragonspiral Tower. There's a certain heaviness to the air. Did ZekromB/ReshiramW, who woke up here, see something in N?"
- Don't limit yourself to hot or cold, but use them both to your best advantage.
- Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
- Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name TheFridge. Thank yooou! 'Brycen is too cool! He's always acting like Mr. Tough Guy, like he doesn't even feel the cold...but recently, I heard him sneeze inside his chilly Gym!' I guess even a super-cool Gym Leader can catch a cold. Feel better soon, Brycen! 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"
In the manga
Brycen, along with his fellow Gym Leaders, appears at the Celestial Tower to discuss what to do about Team Plasma.
| Cryogonal is Brycen's only known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer at the Celestial Tower.
None of Cryogonal's moves are known.
|| Black & White chapter
- His Japanese Leader title is アイス マスク.
- Brycen is the third Gym Leader who both specializes in the Ice type and is the 7th Gym Leader, the first two being Pryce and Candice.
- Incidentally, in the Pokémon Adventures manga, the villain codenamed "Mask of Ice" has a name similar to Brycen's leader title.
- All three Gym Leaders have their names based around the word "ice."
- Brycen is the only Ice-type specialist to have a team consisting of only pure Ice-type Pokémon.
|| ハチク Hachiku
|| From 淡竹 hachiku, henon.
|| From ice.
|| From the Chinese reading of 竹 (zhú), bamboo.
|| From Dracaena sanderiana, which is also known as the Lucky Bamboo.
|| From Italian variation of Sylvester or Latin silva
|| From junco, Juncus.
|| 담죽 Damjuk
|| Korean reading of 淡竹, which can be taken from Hachiku.