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Champion (Trainer class)

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A Champion (Japanese: チャンピオン Champion) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. It is the name given for the Trainer who last defeated the Elite Four and the previous Pokémon champion.

Although the player character is always introduced to the Champion before challenging the Elite Four, there is often nothing to suggest their status, so it is often a "surprise" to find out that that person is the Champion.

After becoming Champion, the player returns home, rather than staying at the Pokémon League to fight challengers. The previous Champion keeps his/her position. This may be a decision of the player character and his/her family rather than official Pokémon League rules, as Champion Blue also keeps his position.

List of champions


Kanto/Johto Champion Sprites
File:RBChamp.PNG File:YellowChampionBlue.png File:LanceGSCsprite.png File:FL Blue.png File:LanceHGSS.gif
Blue's Champion sprite from
Red and Blue
Blue's Champion sprite from
Lance's sprite from
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Blue's Champion sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Lance's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver


Hoenn Champion Sprites
File:RS Steven.png File:E-Wallace.png
Steven's sprite from
Ruby and Sapphire
Wallace's sprite from


Sinnoh Champion Sprites
File:DP Shirona.png File:CynthiaPlatinum.gif
Cynthia's sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Cynthia's sprite from


In other languages

  • French: Maitre
  • German: Champ
  • Italian: Campione
  • Korean: 챔피언 (Champion)
  • Spanish: Campeón

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