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Cilan (Japanese: デント Dent) is a current traveling partner of Ash Ketchum. He made his debut in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!.
Cilan during a Gym battle
Cilan made his debut in Triple Leaders, Team Threats! running errands in his hometown of Striaton City. He was intrigued to see an Axew and remarked that it and Iris seemed to be perfect partners. He then noticed Pikachu and examined it excitedly, having never seen one before. When Ash explained he wanted to challenge the Striaton Gym, Cilan happily showed them the way. He leads them to a café and sits them down at a table, despite their obvious confusion. After toying with Ash for a bit, Cilan reveals that he, along with his brothers Chili and Cress, were the gym leaders at the Striaton Gym. After introducing their Pokémon to Ash, he and his brothers were shocked to hear he wanted to battle all of them, but they happily accepted his offer. Cilan served the role as the judge for his brothers' battles, and finally faced off as Ash's final opponent. After a heated battle with Cilan, which carried on to Dreams by the Yard Full!, Ash wins and gets the Trio Badge. After the battle, Cilan meets up with Ash at the Pokémon Center and begs him to tell him his battle secrets for future reference as a Connoisseur. After spending the day with Ash and Iris, Cilan decided to accompany them on Ash's journey, serving as the navigation as well as the cook as revealed in Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!.
In A Home for Dwebble!, the group encounters a wild Dwebble making its shell. After it is stolen by a group of thieving Dwebble, Cilan sends his Pansage to follow them. With no luck, the group approached the Dwebble with empathy, but this only scared it and caused it to lash out at their Pokémon. It ends up hitting Pansage with a stray rock, which later ends up making him ill. Once recovered, they try to help Dwebble retrieve his shell which ultimately failed in a 3-to-1 battle. Cilan hatched a plan to lure the Dwebble away with Pokémon food so that the Dwebble to battle them one at a time. The plan was a success and the Dwebble urged to be a part of Cilan's team, who was happy to have him on board.
In A Connoisseur's Revenge! Cilan revealed that he is an Class A Pokémon Connoisseur after Ash found a Connoisseur's shop in a Poké Mart. After doing some shopping, Cilan and Iris find Ash in a different Connoisseur shop belonging to a C-Class Connoisseur named Burgundy. Burgundy instantly recognized Cilan who stated that he had defeated her in a gym battle some time before meeting Ash. Seeking total revenge, Burgundy challenged Cilan to a battle to prove she was a better Connoisseur, putting Ash's Pokémon on the line. Cilan accepted the battle, as well as responsibility for whatever might happen to Ash's Pokémon as a result of the battle, much to Ash's dismay. However, Cilan managed to defeat Burgundy without much trouble, and she decided to start her own journey. As the group was seeing Burgundy off, Cilan stepped forward and offered a few words of encouragement to his new rival, who still swore revenge on him and ran off.
He revealed that he has quite a knack for scientifically thinking in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!, as well as in BW033 when he, Ash, and Iris witnessed a UFO landing. This led them to the home of Professor Imori, a scientist in UFO engineering who Cilan admires.
Cilan showed off some of his skills as a fisherman in BW032 where he fished a Stunfisk out of a lake that was preventing Ash and Oshawott from retrieving a water herb that would heal their poisoned Pokémon, using a lure that resembled himself. Though Stunfisk put up a struggle, Cilan confused it by twirling it around in the air with his fishing rod before he slammed it to the ground. This left it unable to battle and he captured it. These skills were put to use again in BW037 when he managed to hook a Basculin during a fake fishing competition held by the Team Rocket trio.
He also showed some skills as detective in BW035, when he helped search for the missing Audino.
Cilan is an A-class Pokémon Connoisseur who can see the compatibility between a Pokémon and its Trainer. He also tends to use the phrase "It's...time!" when addressing a special scenario, such as when he evaluates Pokémon and human relations he says "It's evaluation time!" in the dub and "It's tasting time!" in the original. During gym battles in the dub, he will use the phrase "It's time for the battle to be served!" When capturing a Pokémon, he uses the line "Such exquisite taste, my _____!" in the dub, and in the original used "_____ゲットでグッドテイスト!".
He has proved himself to be a good cook as he prepares meals for the group. Cilan also navigates the group on their journey through use of his Town Map, much like Max who had a PokéNav, and Brock who had a Pokégear.
As a Connoisseur, he can read into people's personalities and often finds the best ways to approach them. He's patient and caring towards Ash and Iris, often offering them advice when they don't know what to do. While he has been shown to lose his temper, he quickly moves on and will go out of his way to make up for it. He tends to be an optimist looking at things positively rather than wallowing in defeat.
He is also shown to be afraid of the paranormal which has made him a skeptic, preferring to find logical scientific explanations for everything, but when he can't find a logical explanation he is typically the first to flee. His love for science is later emphasized upon encountering a possible UFO sighting which leads to him meeting one of his mentors, Professor Imori. Cilan also has a passion for sleuthing and will sometimes play detective. He even has a special hat that he wears and a magnifying glass. But he does more than just play as he was able to draw conclusions and come up with ideas in order to find the missing Audino in BW035.
He, like his brothers, tends to speak about Pokémon in relation to tea, and the element of tea relating to their own. In Cilan's case, leaves and herbs. All the brothers tend to use hand positions like rock, paper, and scissors - Cilan tends to accentuate words with his fingers.
- Cilan, along with Iris was first revealed in silhouette in a preview for the Best Wishes series that aired after DP183 in Japan on July 1, 2010. The two were revealed in full exactly one month later during a trailer on Pokémon Sunday.
- Cilan is the first of Ash's male friends not to have a traditional Japanese name in the original version of the anime.
- In the games, Cilan can only be battled at the Striaton Gym if the player chooses Oshawott as their starter Pokémon. Notably, Ash has obtained Oshawott from Juniper as his first out of the Unova starter Pokémon, and used him in his Gym battle against Cilan. The same thing also happened to Burgundy, as she battled him once with an Oshawott.
|| デント Dent
|| From dent corn, similar to Pod and Corn's names. May also refer to trident. Also from 田 den, "field".
|| From cilantro.
|| From racine (root), arachide (peanut) or possibly rachis.
|| From Maiskolben (corncob). Related to his brother's name, Maik (Chili) and Colin (Cress).
|| From spiga, ear of corn, and spaghetti.
|| From millo, maize.
|| 덴트 Dent
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 天桐 Tiāntóng
|| Rough transcription of his Japanese name. 桐 is also a name for several unrelated species of trees, such as Paulownia (泡桐), tung tree (油桐), and Chinese parasol tree (梧桐).