|"The Spartan Mayor"|
Artwork from Black and White
|Trainer class||Gym Leader|
|Games||Black and White|
|Leader of||Opelucid Gym|
|Anime debut||Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!|
|English voice actor||Mike Pollock|
|Japanese voice actor||Masaki Terasoma|
Drayden (Japanese: シャガ Shaga) is one of the Gym Leaders of Opelucid City's Gym, known officially as the Opelucid Gym. He specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon and gives the Legend Badge to Trainers who manage to defeat him.
In the games
In White, he will teach Draco Meteor to the player's Dragon-type Pokémon if they have high friendship. He can be found in his home in Opelucid City. However, in this game Iris takes his place as Gym Leader.
Drayden is said to train by wrestling with Pokémon.
Drayden returns once again as a Gym Leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- After Ghetsis's speech
- "The cooperation of people and Pokémon is how Unova came to exist to begin with. If a Pokémon really didn't want anything to do with humans, it would simply leave... Capturing a Pokémon in a Poké Ball doesn't mean you've captured its heart."
- "What's wrong? What does the wandering Champion who left the Pokémon League need from us?"
- "Moments ago, a troublemaker known as Ghetsis was here. He said a Trainer named N has reawakened ZekromB/ReshiramW..."
- "Let me check that I have this straight. This N, or what have you, presumes to set the two Dragon-type Pokémon against each other in battle to test his convictions?"
- "Don't worry, Iris. He is the strongest Trainer in all of Unova."
- "Well, <player>, is it? Come to my home. As Alder asked, I'll tell you everything I can about the legendary Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris, child, please show the way."
- In his house
- "I'll explain. What you are holding is the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW. ReshiramB/ZekromW, who will likely awaken from the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW, and ZekromB/ReshiramW, who is already awake, were once the same Pokémon."
- "One day, however... The twin heroes, the older brother who sought the truth, and the younger brother who sought ideals, began to argue about how to decide which one of them was right... The single Dragon-type Pokémon that had been with them all that time split its body into two. One sided with the older brother, and the other with the younger brother."
- "Because the two of them were once the same entity, their battle raged endlessly and neither one could be declared the winner. They simply exhausted themselves. The twin heroes proclaimed that there was no one side that was right and ceased the conflict."
- "True. Pokémon cannot speak. People may hurt Pokémon even more by imposing their selfish thoughts on them. But, no matter what, Pokémon and people believe in each other, need each other, and will continue to live together..."
- "Sorry. We got a little off topic at the end. That is everything we know. Unfortunately, we don't know how to wake up the legendary Pokémon..."
- "I made a promise to Alder. You must win the Gym Badge from the Opelucid Pokémon Gym."
- In Black
- "<player>, I'll be waiting for your challenge at the Pokémon Gym!"
- In White
- "Iris, you go and be <player>'s opponent at the Pokémon Gym."
- "What will it accomplish to separate the worlds of people and Pokémon? The way we live now, with different beings understanding and forgiving each other, is much richer. That's my belief."
- In his house after player receives the Legend Badge (White only)
- "If you wish, I can teach your Pokémon the strongest Dragon-type move. Would you like your Pokémon to learn that move?"
- Yes; if player has Pokémon in the party that can learn the move
- "Which Pokémon should learn this move?"
- If a Pokémon that can't learn Draco Meteor is selected
- "I'm very sorry, but... This Pokémon cannot learn this move."
- If a Pokémon that knows Draco Meteor is selected
- "Hmm... It looks like this Pokémon already knows Draco Meteor."
- After one of the player's Pokémon learns Draco Meteor
- "Draco Meteor's power is exceptional, but using it lowers the user's Sp. Atk stat."
- Yes; if no Dragon-type Pokémon in the player's party can learn the move
- "Hmm... This Pokémon can learn this move, but your bond of friendship is not yet strong enough. That means I cannot teach it this move."
- Yes; if player has no Dragon-type Pokémon in the party
- "I see... But there are no Pokémon with you right now that can learn this move."
- "Understood. Come again if you change your mind."
Opelucid Gym (Black only)
- Before battle
- "Welcome. Thank you for coming. I am Opelucid Pokémon Gym's Leader, Drayden. As the mayor, I've given everything to developing the city. As a Trainer, I've simply been pursuing greater strength. But what I'm searching for now is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Perhaps you can show me that future, the way Iris has?"
- After the first move
- "I didn't see that coming. You are a very difficult opponent."
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "Now is the moment of truth! This really gets my blood pumping!"
- When defeated
- "This intense feeling that floods me after a defeat... I don't know how to describe it."
- After being defeated
- "Wonderful. I'm grateful we had a chance to meet and battle."
- "Well, now, You've obtained all of the Gym Badges in Unova. Now, all Pokémon will obediently follow your commands. I also want you to have this. It's a TM I'm particularly fond of. It's called Dragon Tail."
- "Dragon Tail is a move that returns the damaged Pokémon to its Poké Ball. In other words, it switches your opponent's Pokémon. Now, I have something to ask of you. Head for the Pokémon League and go after Alder. The Pokémon League is past Route 10, which runs from Opelucid City to Victory Road. I know Alder's strength, but I don't know the depths of N's power..."
- Post game:
- "Pokémon and people do not age because of the passage of time. They get old when the energy flowing in their hearts dries up. This energy in our hearts is powered by truth, ideals, or maybe dreams... That probably changes with what you most hope for in your life."
- "Holder of the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW, please proceed!"
- "I can empathize with some of what you say, but I can't forgive the way you reject everything else!"
Badge Case (Black only)
- Sincere Trainer, keep growing stronger!
- 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 Madame Scale. Thank yooou! 'I'm from Opelucid City, and I just went home for the first time in a long time. I saw Drayden and Iris counting up a big handful of coins! Isn't that setting a bad example for kids, flaunting your wealth like that?' Hmmm... That's living the high life! But you know, the Opelucid Gym Badge is shiny like a coin... Maybe you saw wrong? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"
| Drayden's sprite from
Black and White
| Drayden's VS sprite from
Black and White
| Drayden's overworld sprite from|
Black and White
In the anime
Drayden first appeared in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster! in Iris's flashback where he was introduced as a Dragon master. He witnessed Iris and Excadrill in battle while visiting the Village of Dragons and congratulated her on her victory. Iris then quickly challenged Drayden to a battle which he graciously accepted. However, the Dragon master proved to be too powerful for the young Trainer and Iris and Excadrill lost. He appears to be acquainted with the village elder.
| Drayden's Haxorus appeared in Iris's flashback where it battled against her Excadrill and won. Excadrill's loss to Haxorus is what caused him to disobey Iris for many years.
Haxorus's only known move is Rock Smash.
|Debut||Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!|
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Drayden is first seen in person along with his fellow Gym Leaders and Black.
- His Japanese Leader title is スパルタン メイヤー.
- The only differences between Drayden and Iris's teams are the genders of their Pokémon and their Druddigon's Ability: Drayden has an all-male team and his Druddigon has Rough Skin, while Iris has an all-female team and her Druddigon has Sheer Force.
- Drayden and his counterpart, Iris, are the only Dragon-type specialists that use only pure Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Drayden and Iris's Haxorus are underleveled; Fraxure does not evolve until level 48.
- Drayden is the only male Dragon-type Gym Leader.
|Japanese||シャガ Shaga||From 射干 or 著莪 (シャガ) shaga, Iris japonica or from Fringed iris.|
|English||Drayden||From "dragon" and "den" (as in dragon's den).|
|French||Watson||From the flower genus Watsonia.|
|German||Lysander||From the Spartan general Lysander and fleur-de-lys.|
|Italian||Aristide||From the genus Aristea. May also be named after Aristides.|
|Spanish||Lirio||From lirio (lily).|
|Korean||사간 Sagan||From 사간 (射干) sagan, blackberry lily.|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||夏卡 Xiàkǎ||Transliteration of his Japanese name.|
|Non-player characters in the core series games|
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|