Castle Valet Darach

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コクラン Kokuran
Platinum Darach.png
Artwork from Platinum
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh*/Johto*
Trainer class Castle Valet
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV
Games Pokémon HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Platinum
Brain of Battle Castle
Commemorative print Castle Print

Castle Valet Darach (Japanese: キャッスルバトラー コクラン Castle Butler Kokuran) is the Frontier Brain in charge of serving the Battle Frontier's Battle Castle. Darach is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Castle Valet (Japanese: キャッスルバトラー Castle Butler).

In the games

He is one of the Frontier Brains of the Battle Castle in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. Darach is the host and caretaker of the Battle Castle, managing CP awarded to or spent by Trainers under the orders of Lady Caitlin. As Caitlin's butler, not only does he manage the Battle Castle but he also battles for her in her place and acts as the Frontier Brain of the facility.


Darach has these Pokémon when he is challenged for a print:

Silver Print challenge

Team A

Team B

Gold Print challenge

Team A

Team B


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Reason: needs a list of the quotes determined by the amount of CP earned.


  • After winning a battle
"<player>, good show. A hard-fought win, yes? Lady Caitlin has instructed me to award you x CP."
"<player>, well done. A quite remarkable victory it was. Lady Caitlin has instructed me to award you x CP."
"<player>, bravo. A fantastic victory, to be sure. Lady Caitlin has instructed me to award you x CP."
  • After clearing seven consecutive battles
"Congratulations on clearing seven consecutive battles. For your valiant effort, <player>, please accept this BP. We'll return any items that we were holding for you."

Initial battle

  • Before battle
"Welcome. I am Darach, as you know, and I am the Castle Valet. Lady Caitlin, my employer, is not one to accept defeat willingly. However, for a reason I'm not at liberty to disclose, she cannot battle. Consequently, I will do battle in her ladyship's place. ...Let me assure you that you won't be shortchanged by facing me. En garde!"
  • When defeated
"My Pokémon could not be faulted in any way or form. My hat's off to you."
  • After being defeated
"<Player>, you are truly in possession of a superlative talent! I drew on every reserve of experience and etiquette handed down through our heritage of glorious servitude. But even then, I failed To fend off your inspired and inspiring challenge. I shall see to appeasing Lady Caitlin's displeasure at my loss. <Player>, please do return to our Battle Castle. We will be delighted and honored to have you back!"


  • Before battle
"Your mastery of Pokémon is as breathtaking as ever. <Player>, you certainly are to be commended. ...However, if I may say so, I noticed something about the way you battle. After all, I have the opportunity to watch you closely firsthand. So, what is it that I noticed? As a Trainer myself, it is but proper etiquette to show you in a battle. Let us begin! En garde!"
  • When defeated
"Your skills are superlative as ever! My admiration knows no bounds."
  • After being defeated
"I am humbled... What I'd perceived to be a weakness was only illusory... Or, perhaps you corrected it in the course of our battle. Regardless, your performance was stunning again. Though she cannot say it, Lady Caitlin appears quite taken by your style. For her sake at the very least, please do return to our Battle Castle!"


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Reason: Overworld sprite.

Spr Pt Darach Caitlin.png VSDarach.png
Darach's sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Darach's VS sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Darach as he appears in Pokémon Adventures

Darach appeared alongside Lady Caitlin in the Platinum chapter of Pokémon Adventures. Darach first appeared when Platinum started her challenge of the Battle Castle and was in charge of giving her Castle Points while Caitlin watched the battles. Once Platinum manages to win enough battles to face the Frontier Brain, Looker is shocked to find out that Darach is in fact, the Battle Castle Frontier Brain instead of Caitlin; Darach and Platinum then begin their battle.

In battle, Darach seems to have a different personality, this is shown when he drops his calm demeanor and starts laughing manically while confidently stating that he will win the battle. Despite the power his Pokémon possessed, Darach is eventually defeated once Platinum learns to manage money properly to find out his weaknesses.


On hand
Darach's Houndoom
Houndoom was the second Pokémon that Darach used in his battle against Platinum. It briefly fought Platinum's Lopunny and was defeated by her Empoleon.

Houndoom's only known move is Fire Fang.

Debut Vs. Gallade II
Darach's Staraptor
Staraptor was the third Pokémon that Darach used in his battle against Platinum. It used confusing moves and kept healing itself in its battle against Platinum's Empoleon, but was defeated when she froze it with Blizzard.

Staraptor's known moves are Double Team and Roost.

Debut Vs. Gallade II
Darach's Gallade
Gallade first appeared outside of the Battle Castle being Caitlin's Pokémon. During Platinum's battle with Darach, he was the first Pokémon used in their battle. He managed to defeat Platinum's Rapidash and Lopunny, but was defeated when Lopunny's Cute Charm prevented him from dodging a Dizzy Punch, allowing Empoleon to take advantage of his confused status and defeat him.

Gallade's known moves are Slash, Psycho Cut, Feint, and Night Slash.

Debut Vs. Porygon-Z

In the TCG

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

Darach's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Staraptor Pokémon FB Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo 11/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 080/100
Empoleon Pokémon FB Water Supreme Victors Rare 27/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare 035/100
Staraptor Pokémon FB LV.X Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 147/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 081/100


  • Despite their in-game sprite showing them both together, he and Caitlin do not participate in a Double Battle. This situation is much like the Twins of the Generation II games, and Jessie and James in Pokémon Yellow.
    • However, Double Battles had not yet been introduced in those games at the time.
  • Darach is the only Generation IV Frontier Brain with a signature Pokémon; his Empoleon.
  • A minor character in the Battle Castle says, "Mr. Darach...His feelings for Lady Caitlin are all bottled up...Oh, how I pine for him...", which implies that Darach has feelings for Caitlin, but refuses to show these emotions to her.
  • Darach's in-battle sprite has the most frames of any animated sprite in Generation IV, with five as opposed to the usual three.
  • While he does not appear in Generation V, he is referenced by Caitlin in Black 2 and White 2. She reveals that Darach travels all the way to Unova to clean her villa in Undella Town before returning home.


Language Name Origin
Japanese キャッスルバトラー コクラン Castle Butler Kokuran The Japanese name for an orchid of the Liparis genus.
English Castle Valet Darach A Gaelic word for oak.
French Chambellan Parsley From parsley.
German Kammerdiener Perenus From the perennial plant.
Italian Maggiordomo Paride
Spanish Mayordomo Kokuran Same as Japanese name.
Korean 캐슬버틀러 코크런 Castle Butler Kokeureon A corruption of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 城堡對戰者 石蘭 Castle Battler Shílán From 石蘭 Shílán, Trichoglottis orchid.

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Battle Hall
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Tower Tycoon
Battle Factory
Factory Head
Battle Arcade
Arcade Star

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SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
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