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This article is about the Elite Four member. For the member of Team Rocket, see Lance (Team Rocket).

ワタル Wataru
Sugimori art from FireRed and LeafGreen
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Red
Hometown Blackthorn City, Viridian Forest (Special)
Region Johto
Relatives Clair, Dragon Clan Elder
Trainer class Elite Trainer, later Champion
Generation I, II, III, IV
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium, Stadium 2
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Anime debut Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
English voice actor Wayne Grayson
Japanese voice actor Susumu Chiba

Lance (Japanese: ワタル Wataru) is a master Template:Type2 Trainer, a member of the Kanto Elite Four in Generation I and Generation III and the League Champion in Generation II and Generation IV.

In the games

In Generation I and the Generation III remakes, Lance is the fourth and final member of the Elite Four. He must be defeated before facing Blue, the League Champion. By the Generation II games, he has proceeded to become League Champion.

He raises Template:Type2 Pokémon, which are both hard to catch and raise, but he prefers the superiority of Dragon-type Pokémon, believing them to be virtually indestructible.

Known as a cool and heroic Trainer, Lance has a large fan-following. Lance also seems to have a liking for capes, as he is often seen buying identical capes at the Celadon Department Store.

Lance's grandfather was the elder of a famous clan of Dragon masters. Clair is his cousin, and his hometown is Blackthorn City.

Lance appeared at Mahogany Town to help the player fight Team Rocket in Johto. Lance rewards the player with the Whirlpool HM for helping him put an end to Team Rocket's sinister plans.


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.

Pokémon Red, Green and Blue

Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

First battle

Second battle

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First Battle

Second Battle

Tag battle with Clair

Pokémon Stadium

Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

In Pokémon Stadium 2, Lance is the champion, who is fought at the end of the Elite Four. As the player must use the same Pokémon that it used against the Elite Four, Lance is extremely difficult to defeat with Rental Pokémon, but not impossible (due to the element of chance). Once Lance is defeated, the player can battle any gym leaders in the Kanto region at any time.

Round 1

Round 2


File:LanceRB.png File:YellowLance.png File:LanceGSCsprite.png File:FL Lance.png File:LanceHGSS.gif
Lance sprite from
Generation I
Lance sprite from
Pokémon Yellow
Lance sprite from
Generation II
Lance sprite from
Generation III
Lance sprite from
Generation IV

Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, Firered, Leafgreen

"Ah! I heard about you, <player>! I lead the Elite Four! You can call me Lance the Dragon Trainer! You know that dragons are mythical Pokémon! They’re hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior! They’re virtually indestructible! Well, are you ready to lose? Your League challenge ends with me, <player>!"
"That’s it! I hate to admit it, but you are a Pokémon master!"
"I still can’t believe my dragons lost to you, <player>! You’re now the Pokémon League champion! …Or, you would have been, but you have one more challenge ahead. You have to face another Trainer! His name is… <rival>! He beat the Elite Four before you. He is the real Pokémon League champion!"

Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal

"I’ve been waiting for you. <player>! I knew that you, with your skills, would eventually reach me here. There’s no need for words now. We will battle to determine who is the stronger of the two of us. As the most powerful Trainer and as the Pokémon League Champion… I, Lance the dragon master, accept your challenge!"
"…It’s over. But it’s an odd feeling. I’m not angry that I lost. In fact, I feel happy. Happy that I witnessed the rise of a great new Champion!"

Pokémon Stadium 2

"It looks like even the Elite Four couldn't stop you. I'm your last opponent in the Johto Castle!"
"I am still the Champion. I won't hold anything back."
"I've been waiting for you. Allow me to test your skill."
"Hyper Beam!"
"It's all over!"
"Dragonite for the win!"
"That's it. Come back!"
"Ow, bad news!"
"I concede defeat. You might have what it takes to prevail over KANTO's GYM LEADERs."

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Lance in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pokémon League - Lance
What does this person do?
I lead the Elite Four. You can call me Lance the Dragon Trainer.
Pokémon League - Lance
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
You know that dragons are mythical Pokémon. They're hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior. They're virtually indestructible. There's no being clever with them.
Saffron City - Woman
What is this person like?
He stands for justice! He's cool, and yet passionate! He's the greatest, Lance!
Celadon City Department Store - Little Girl
There's a rumor...
We have a customer, Lance, who occasionally comes. He always buys capes. I wonder... Does he have many identical capes at home?
Indigo Plateau - Pokémon Journal
Family and friends?
Lance's grandfather is thought to be the elder of a famous clan of dragon masters.
Indigo Plateau - Young Man
Family and friends?
From what I've heard, Lance has a cousin who's a Gym Leader somewhere far away.

In the anime

Lance in the anime
File:Lance Disguised TR.jpg
Lance disguised as a Team Rocket member

Lance is a Pokémon Trainer famous in the Pokémon League. He is a member of an organization called the Pokémon G-Men.

Lance's first appeared in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution. When Team Rocket started up an evil scheme at the Lake of Rage, Lance showed up to investigate. He met Ash, Misty and Brock there, saving the children from some formidable Rocket Grunts. Ash wanted to help Lance in his mission, but Lance said it was too dangerous.

Team Rocket was trying to investigate the properties of a Template:Shiny2 Gyarados so that they could learn how to force Pokémon to evolve. Lance was able to destroy Team Rocket's machine and blow up their laboratory. Ash was able to calm the Red Gyarados at first, but it continued to go berserk. Finally, Lance caught it to keep it from destroying Mahogany Town.

Lance later appeared again in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, where he helped stop the rampage of Kyogre and Groudon.


This is a list of Lance's known Pokémon:

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Voice actors

  • Spanish
    • Miguel Ángel Garzón (Spain)
    • Enzo Fortuny (Johto) (Latin America)
    • Víctor Ugarte (Hoenn) (Latin America)
  • Polish
    • Aleksander Gawek

In the Pokémon Special manga

Lance is primarily a villain in Pokémon Special. As the leader of the Elite Four, he wishes to exterminate the human race, save for a few people who he deems to be kind enough to Pokémon.

Apparently also from Viridian City, Lance was blessed with the powers of the Viridian Forest as Yellow was. He has the power to telepathically communicate with Pokémon, as well as heal their wounds.

Lance also has the ability to control or brainwash any Dragon-type Pokémon, as well as most Pokémon similar to Dragons (such as Aerodactyl or Tyranitar).

Lance tried to summon Lugia on Cerise Island to help accomplish his goals, but Yellow's Pokémon were able to drive Lugia away. This interested Lance, as he wanted to find out who Lugia's real owner was. It wasn't often that he lost control of dragon-like Pokémon.

Lance disappeared for a while, investigating Lugia and working behind the scenes. He gave Silver advice on how to defeat Team Rocket in Johto, as well as a Tyranitar. Working through Silver, Lance tried to help defeat the Mask of Ice.


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga:

On hand






Lugia (temporarily had
control of, fled)

In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Lance's Charizard Fire - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 97/141
Lance's Gyarados Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 98/141
Lance's Aerodactyl Fighting - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 99/141
Lance's Dragonite Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 100/141
Lance's Ampharos Lightning - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 101/141
Lance's Kingdra Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 102/141
Lance's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 128/141
Lance's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 129/141


  • Every Pokémon Lance battles with, save in Pokémon Stadium, knows Hyper Beam.
  • Lance has battles with two illegal Pokémon: the Aerodactyl that knows Rock Slide that he uses in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and the Dragonite that knows Barrier that he uses in Red and Blue. Furthermore, all his Dragonite from Generation II, as well as in the double battle against Team Rocket and the first battle against him in the Pokémon League in Generation IV, are underleveled.
  • It is interesting to note that as of Pokémon Yellow Lance has red hair, while a card depicting him in Monopoly: Pokémon Edition shows artwork of him with purple hair. This is probably due to the fact that the board game was made before Yellow was released and his sprite in Red and Blue is grayish-blue in color.
  • Though his type theme is Dragon Pokémon, in Generation II, only three of his Pokémon are actually of the Dragon type; all of them Dragonite. Interestingly, all six of his Pokémon have Flying as their secondary type.
  • Lance, Bruno, and Koga are the only members of the Elite Four who have appeared in all four generations.
  • In the rematch battles in HeartGold/SoulSilver, Lance uses every Template:Type2 Pseudo-legendary.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ワタル (Wataru) "Wata wata" is the Japanese onomatopoeia of flapping wings.
English, Italian, Spanish Lance Possibly from a lance, used by knights.
French Peter Could also be derived from petard, a medieval weapon.
German Siegfried Reference to a Nordic hero that killed a dragon called Fafnir.
Korean 목호 (Mokho)
Chinese (Taiwan) 小渡 (Xiǎo Dù) From 渡る Wataru.
Chinese (PRC) 渡 () From 渡る Wataru.

External links

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