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ハヤト Hayato
""The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon""
Art from Gold and Silver
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Blue
Hometown Violet City
Region Johto
Relatives Father (Predecessor as Gym Leader)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Violet Gym
Badge Zephyr Badge
Anime debut Fighting Flyer with Fire
English voice actor Matthew Mitler
Japanese voice actor Akira Ishida

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's title is "The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon". Falkner inherited the Gym from his father, who is never seen but apparently on the road.

Falkner is adored as a cool and handsome trainer, but it's said that his father is even cooler and more handsome. Falkner battles using his father's cherished bird Pokémon, and aspires to be the greatest bird master.

His gym is relatively simplistic, and is filled with bird cages.

The trainers in his gym are Bird Keeper Abe and Bird Keeper Rod.

In addition to the Zephyr Badge, Falkner awards the player with TM31 (Mud-Slap).


This listing is of Falkner's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

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Pokémon Stadium 2

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Round 2

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Falkner sprite from
Generation II

"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 Zephyr Badge."

In the anime

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Falkner 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 prejudice against the Flying-type's weakness 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.


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Voice actors

  • Japanese
  • English
  • Spanish
    • Pablo Sevilla (Spain)
    • Eduardo Garza (Latin-American)
  • Polish
    • Artur Krajewski

In the Pokémon Special manga

Falkner in the manga

In Pokémon Special, Falkner is a part-time police officer, first seen in VS. Elekid 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's revealed he is the only one to have seen Silver's face. Falkner offers Gold and Grant a place to stay for the night at the police station in Cherrygrove City, but Gold turns it down and runs off with Grant in tow.

Falkner properly introduces himself in VS. Sunkern when they meet once again. Despite the inconvenience, Gold catches a Skarmory for him. With it, Falkner was able to pass the Gym Leader exam.

Falkner's father was the previous leader of the Violet City Gym. The father is speculated to be Hayate.

He 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 Special manga.


In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Falkner's Pidgeot Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 1/141
Falkner's Fearow Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 2/141
Falkner's Farfetch'd Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 3/141
Falkner's Dodrio Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 4/141
Falkner's Togetic Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 5/141
Falkner's Delibird Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 6/141
Falkner's Skarmory Metal - Rare HolographicH Pokémon VS (no English release) 7/141
Falkner's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 103/141
Falkner's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 104/141


  • His Japanese Leader title is 華麗なる飛行ポケモン使い.
  • Falkner's right eye is always covered up by his hair (but scenes from the anime prove he has two eyes in that canon). This is much like Zexion, another character Akira Ishida voices.
  • Falkner is the only Gym Leader yet that is encountered first by players that does not use Template:Type2 Pokémon. Ironically, one of the Template:Type2's weaknesses is Rock-type moves.
  • Falkner is the only Gym Leader, besides Brock in Generation I, who gives out a TM that contains a move that is not of his Gym's specialty type.
  • While many claim that Falkner owns an illegal Pidgeotto, this is, in fact, false. Pidgeotto can be captured at level 7 in Route 2 in Gold and Silver, in addition to the level 9 Pidgeotto that can be captured in Pokémon Yellow to parallel the events of the Pokémon anime (Ash catches a Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest).
  • Falkner is the lowest level gym leader in the Pokémon games, with Pokémon at levels 7 and 9.
  • 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.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハヤト (Hayato) 隼人瓜 Hayato-Uri, Chayote. 隼人 Hayato literally means "peregrine falcon man".
English Falkner Means one who trains falcons (falconer).
French Albert From albatross.
German Falk From Falke, falcon.
Italian Valerio From volare, to fly.
Spanish Pegaso From Pegasus, the winged horse (Pegaso in Spanish).
Korean 비상 Bisang Similar to 비행 (flight).
Chinese 阿速 Ā Sù 速 is taken from 速人 Hayato, an alternate way of writing the name.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
Pryce OD.png
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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