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Falkner (Japanese: ハヤト Hayato) is the Gym Leader of Violet City's Gym, known officially as the Violet Gym. He hands out the Zephyr Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.
In the games
Falkner appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, where he is the first Gym Leader players will encounter. A master of Template:Type2 Pokémon, Falkner runs the Violet Gym, which he inherited from his father; the Pokémon he uses in battle also formerly belonged to him. Falker's father is reported to be traveling, but is never seen in the game (unlike Janine's father).
Known as "The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon", Falkner is adored as a cool and handsome trainer. He is, however, overshadowed by his absent father, who is said to have been cooler and even more handsome. Perhaps because of this, Falkner aspires to be the greatest bird master. Falkner uses, notably, the lowest leveled Pokémon found in any Gym in any region. His Pidgeotto, in fact, is at an illegitimate level. Once defeated in battle, he will award winners with the Zephyr Badge and a Technical Machine: TM31 (Mud-Slap) in Generation II; TM51 (Roost) in Generation IV. In each generation, his Pokémon know the respective TM; Falkner uses this move as part of his battle strategy.
Like all Gym Leaders in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Falkner will venture out of his Gym occasionally. Once the player has obtained the Soul Badge, Falkner will journey every Monday to Celadon City so he can visit the Department Store. He can be found talking with fellow Gym Leader Janine, of Fuchsia City, on the fourth floor, and will exchange Pokégear phone numbers with the player. Once this task has been completed, Falkner will travel to the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City every Saturday morning to accept a rematch with a stronger team of Pokémon. In addition, he may also participate in the Pokéathlon's Supreme Cup in the Jump Course with his Pidgeot, Swellow, and Staraptor.
Falkner is also in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. Unlike other Gym Leaders in this game, all of his Pokémon are of his specialist type.
This listing is of Falkner's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.
Second battle (Rematch)
|| Jump Course|
Pokémon Stadium 2
- "I'm Falkner, the Violet Pokémon Gym leader! People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"
- "...Darn! My Dad's cherished bird Pokémon... All right. Take this. It's the official Pokémon League ZephyrBadge."
- "ZephyrBadge raises the attack power of Pokémon. It also enables Pokémon to use Flash, if they have it, anytime. Here--take this too."
- "By using a TM, Pokémon will instantly learn a new move. Think before you act--a TM can be used only once. TM31 contains Mud-Slap. It reduces the enemy's accuracy while it causes damage. In other words, it is both defensive and offensive."
- "There are other Pokémon Gyms in cities and towns ahead. You should test your skills at these Gyms. I'm going to train hard to become the greatest bird master!"
- "I'm Falkner, the Violet City Pokémon Gym Leader! People say you can clip Flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "The wind is finally with us!"
- "We can still fly!"
- "I understand... I'll bow out gracefully."
- "...For pity's sake! My dad's cherished bird Pokémon... But a defeat is a defeat. All right. Take this official Pokémon League Badge. This one is the Zephyr Badge. With that Badge, Pokémon, including traded Pokémon up to Lv. 20, will obey you without question. It also enables you to use the hidden move Rock Smash anytime outside of battle."
- "By using a TM, a Pokémon will instantly learn a new move. Think before you act - a TM can be used only once. TM51 contains Roost. It restores half the max HP."
- "There are Pokémon Gyms in cities and towns ahead. Make good use of them! As for your next move... I would suggest Azalea Town."
- "There are Pokémon Gyms in cities and towns ahead. You should test your skills at these Gyms. As for your next move... I would suggest Azalea Town. I'm going to train harder to become the greatest Bird Keeper of all!"
- "Hi! I've been waiting for you! It's a pleasure to be able to battle you again!"
- "Mmm... It's still a long way to become the best Trainer..."
- "Out of all the Trainers out there, the best Trainer would have to be my dad."
Janine: "Ha! You don't know a thing! The best Trainer in the world is Koga, one of the Elite Four! Namely--my dad!"
- "You are mistaken. My dad treats Poké..."
Janine: "Please stop this! Why don't you just admit that my dad is the true Trainer!"
- "You were listening, right? You agree my dad is greater, right?"
- Yes: "You do? Just as I thought! You know something? I'm sure we'll enjoy talking about my dad! Here is my number! Give me a call Saturday morning if you want to hear about my dad!"'
- No: "You don't? I thought you were smarter than that. Oh, well. You'll change your mind eventually."
- "So, you did change your mind. You now think my dad is greater?"
- "Hey, this is Falkner. How are you doing? The scaffolding in my Gym was in bad shape when you came to battle, eh? Every year, we give the place a thorough scrubbing. It's a challenge. But the bird Pokémon help us out, so we're able to manage."
- "Hello... OK, now I can hear you. Yeah, I'm in top form. Are there Gym Leaders you haven't battled yet? Step up! Get on it!"
- "Hello... OK, now I can hear you. Yeah, I'm in top form. Let's see... I'm free Saturday morning usually. Please, give me a call then."
In the anime
Falkner's only anime appearance was in the episode Fighting Flyer with Fire.
When Ash's Pikachu was stolen by Team Rocket, Falkner arrived and rescued it with the help of his Pidgeot. He flew around on a glider, yearning to be as close to Flying Pokémon as he possibly could be. He is usually seen with his Hoothoot on his shoulder.
Falkner has a self-righteous attitude when it comes to Pokémon training, which angered Ash. Falkner also expressed an intense dislike for the assumption many trainers make that Flying-type Pokémon will always lose to Template:Type2s, but proved to be slightly hypocritical as he criticized Ash's poor choice of using Chikorita (a Template:Type2 that is weak to Flying-types) in their match.
The Violet Gym itself is a very tall, spiral-shaped building. Falkner conducts his matches on the roof of the Gym, accompanied by many students who chant in unison during his battles.
Ash was able to win the Zephyr Badge, despite his Charizard's wing being severely injured during the match.
| Dodrio was the second Pokémon Falkner sent out to battle Ash's Pikachu. At first Dodrio seemed to have the upper hand with its Agility, Fury Attack and Drill Peck. When Pikachu tried to attack, Falkner ordered Dodrio to Fly, much to Ash's surprise - and Dodrio jumped high in the air. Ash then decided to use that method himself, and ordered Pikachu to dodge Dodrio's Tri Attack by jumping to the air. From above, Pikachu used Thunder, winning the round.
|| Fighting Flyer with Fire
In the manga
In Pokémon Adventures, Falkner is a part-time police officer, first seen in Elekid Incorporated in uniform. Falkner is the arresting officer at the scene after Silver stole Totodile from Professor Elm's laboratory, pinning the burnt yard on Gold. Gold, however, cooperates with Falkner (under threat of interrogation and being arrested) when it is revealed he is the only one to have seen Silver's face, although Gold totally blows it on purpose so he could go after Silver himself. Falkner offers Gold and Joey a place to stay for the night at the police station in Cherrygrove City, but Gold turns it down and runs off with Joey in tow.
Falkner properly introduces himself in Sunkern Treasure when they meet once again. He is revealed not yet to be the Violet Gym Leader, but is training his team in attempt to acquire the position his father (the previous Gym Leader) left behind mysteriously; this is Falkner's dream. Skarmory, a foe Falkner says he's encountered before, then attacks the duo, having been said to be terrorizing the area and is currently attacking herds of Sunkern. Falkner sends Noctowl and Pidgeotto to attack it, but notes they aren't delivering much damage. Gold helps Falkner by sending out his freshly caught Sunbo to bounce Exbo into range of the Skarmory, dealing a heavy blow using Ember. Falkner then catches it, adding it to his team, and invites Gold to train with him. Gold declines the offer, as he has Silver to catch, but they makes plans to meet later once their objectives are met. In this chapter, Bill is also on his way to find Falkner, to tell him a date for his Gym Leader qualification exam has been set.
Falkner in the HG/SS
In VS. Ariados, it is revealed Falkner passed the Gym Leader exam. Unlike in the English games, Falkner's badge is referred to as the "Wing Badge," its Japanese name, instead of the Zephyr Badge (this may be a translation error).
During VS. Raikou and Entei (Part 1) and (Part 2), Falkner is out training Skarmory and Noctowl when he comes across a Bird Keeper poaching. A rainstorm suddenly begins, caused by Raikou's presence. Entei is also there, and Falkner is forced to save the Bird Keeper from being attacked by the duo, escaping on Skarmory. As they fly, the pair of Beasts give chase, and Falkner considers Suicune's recent activity challenging Gym Leaders, and deduces the other two are doing the same. He issues a challenge to them, using Skarmory. Raikou and Entei attack two-on-one, pinning them between fire and electricity. Once they attack at the same time, however, Skarmory uses Agility to dodge as Spark and Fire Blast collide and cancels each other out. Falkner attempts capturing both, but Suicune appears to prevent the Poké Balls from operating with BubbleBeam.
The Bird Keeper suggests escaping, but Falkner isn't interested, instead turning to attack Suicune, who shatters Skarmory's wing. In one last attempt, Falkner tries to capture Suicune, but Raikou and Entei return the previous favor by destroying the Poké Balls. Skarmory begins to plummet to earth. However, Suicune saves the three of them, before the Beast trio flee. With their escape, Falkner laments on how he wouldn't have defeated Raikou and Entei even without Suicune's interference, and formally arrests the Bird Keeper under suspicion of poaching.
Falkner's father is speculated to be Wayne. He also uses Poké Balls that have been turned into boomerangs by attaching Skarmory's shed feathers to their sides.
This listing is of Falkner's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Falkner or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- His Japanese Leader title is 華麗なる飛行ポケモン使い.
- Falkner is the only Gym Leader yet that is encountered first by players that does not use Template:Type2 Pokémon.
- Falkner is the only Gym Leader, besides Brock in Generation I, who gives out a TM that contains a move (Mud-Slap) that is not of his Gym's specialty type.
- However, both of his Pokémon in Generation II can learn Mud-Slap.
- In Generation IV, however, he gives the player TM51, Roost.
- Falkner's Pokémon are the lowest level of any Gym Leader. His level 7 and 9 (9 and 13 in Generation IV) Pokémon include an underleveled Pidgeotto that is unobtainable in games other than Pokémon HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Yellow.
- Falkner is the only Gym Leader from either Kanto or Johto to only use Pokémon of his Gym's specialty type, even in the Pokémon Stadium series.
- Falkner's updated Sugimori artwork depicts him in a pose very similar to that of his Generation II sprite.
- Falkner appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Pidgey to battle.
- Falkner, in Generation IV, became the first Gym Leader that the player encounters first to give out a TM that is incapable of inflicting any damage.
- Counting all media, only two of Falkner's Pokémon are not in the Flying Egg Group; these are Charizard and Gligar, both part of his Round 2 team in Pokémon Stadium 2.
|| ハヤト (Hayato)
|| 隼人瓜 Hayato-Uri, Chayote. 隼人 Hayato literally means "peregrine falcon man". A common Japanese given name.
|| Means one who trains falcons (falconer).
|| From albatross.
|| From Falke, falcon.
|| From volare, to fly.
|| From Pegasus, the winged horse (Pegaso in Spanish).
|| 비상 Bisang
|| Means flight or to fly.
|| 阿速 Ā Sù
|| 速 is taken from 速人 Hayato, an alternate way of writing the name. 速 means fast/rapid/quick and can also be derived from 速度 sùdù (speed/velocity).