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This article is about the Elite Four member. For the member of Team Rocket with the same name in Japanese, see Proton.

ワタル Wataru
HeartGold SoulSilver Lance.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Red
Hometown Blackthorn City (games, anime)
Viridian Forest (Adventures)
Region Johto
Relatives Clair, Dragon Clan Elder
Trainer class Elite Four, Champion
Generation I, II, III, IV
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium, Pokémon Stadium 2
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Champion of Indigo Plateau
Specializes in Template:Type2s
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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon League Champion. By the Generation II games, he has proceeded to become Pokémon League Champion, due to Red going to Mt. Silver to train and leaving him his charge as Champion. He raises Template:Type2 Pokémon, which are both hard to catch and raise. 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 is the elder of a famous clan of Dragon Masters. Clair is his cousin, and his hometown is Blackthorn City.

In Generation II and their remakes, the player first encounters Lance at the Lake of Rage where he watches the player battle the red Gyarados. Lance also appeared in 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.

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 Dept. Store - Girl
  • "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 - Kid
  • Family and friends?
"From what I've heard, LANCE has a cousin who's a GYM LEADER somewhere far away."
Message from Lance
  • From: Lance
  • To: [Player]
"I'm considering going back to my hometown. I want to retrain my DRAGON-type POKÉMON and strengthen them.
I'd like to invite you to my hometown someday."


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

Tag battle with player

Lance battles alongside player against Ariana and a Team Rocket Grunt in the Team Rocket HQ.

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 he or she 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


Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen

  • Before battle
"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>!"
  • When defeated
"That’s it! I hate to admit it, but you are a Pokémon master!"
  • After being defeated
"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

  • Before battle
"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!"
  • When defeated
"…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."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • Before battle
"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!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"All right! I thought this would never happen!"
  • During battle
"I never give up, no matter what. You must be the same?"
  • When defeated
"…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!"


LanceGenI.jpg FireRed LeafGreen Lance.png
Official artwork from
Red and Blue
Official artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen


File:LanceRB.png File:YellowLance.png File:LanceGSCsprite.png File:FL Lance.png File:LanceHGSS.gif HGSS Lance Back.png VSLance.png S2 Champion Lance.png
Lance's sprite from
Generation I
Lance's sprite from
Lance's sprite from
Generation II
Lance's sprite from
Generation III
Lance's sprite from
Generation IV
Lance's back sprite from
Generation IV
Lance's VS sprite from
Generation IV
Lance's artwork from
both Pokémon Stadiums

In the anime

Lance in the anime
Lance disguised as a Team Rocket Grunt

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 Team 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 Red 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:

Lance's Dragonite
Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite is Lance's main Pokémon. In addition to battling, he also uses it to fly around. In Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution and Rage of Innocence, Dragonite helped Lance stop Team Rocket. It was also used to help him battle against Tyson's two Fearow at the same time, as well as to help Lance capture the Red Gyarados that was on a rampage at Mahogany Town.

It also appeared in The Scuffle of Legends where it helped Lance and the others to stop the legendary battle between Kyogre and Groudon.

Debut Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Lance's Gyarados File:ShinyBWStar.png
Gyarados File:ShinyBWStar.png
Main article: Red Gyarados

After being forced to evolve by an experiment of Team Rocket, this Gyarados went rampage around until Lance managed to capture it. It was later used to stop the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.

Debut Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Lance's Gyarados
Not much is known about Lance's other Gyarados. Its only appearance was in Marina's fantasy in The Legend of Thunder!.
Debut The Legend of Thunder!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 千葉進歩 Susumu Chiba
English Wayne Grayson
Danish Mathias Klenske
Hebrew Ido Moseri
Polish Aleksander Gawek
Brazilian Portuguese Francisco Freitas (EP235-EP236)
Celso Alves (AG097-AG098)
Spanish Latin America Enzo Fortuny (EP235-EP236)
Víctor Ugarte (AG097)
Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (AG098)
Spain Jorge Saudinós (EP235-EP236)
Miguel Ángel Garzón (AG097-AG098)

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Lance on his Aerodactyl

Lance is primarily a villain in Pokémon Adventures. 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 Forest, 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).

He first appears at Vermilion before the start of the Vermilion City Surfing Competition. The Dragonair that was to be offered as a prize to the winner was actually his. He then attacked Vermilion City and destroyed it, saying he was looking for something. When Yellow came after him he tried to capture Pika to please Agatha and Lorelei but once Pikachu learned Surf he too failed. Before the battle could continue, he mysteriously disappeared.

He next appeared on Cerise Island battling Blaine and Yellow. When Blaine released Mewtwo Blaine and Yellow were able to gain the upper hand against Lance's Aerodactyl and his two Dragonair. However, due to Blaine's link with Mewtwo they could only battle together for about three minutes and with time running out Blaine decided to target Lance's Poké Balls so he couldn't call out any other Pokémon and would have to battle with his weakened Pokémon that were already out. He succeeded in destroying the balls only for Blaine to be knocked unconscious due to Mewtwo's time out being run too long. Lance then chuckled to himself, revealing that he had called his Pokémon out of their balls before the battle even began.

Lance during the HGSS chapter
During Lance's battle with Yellow both of them were equally matched, Lance luring the battle out onto the top of Cerise Island, a volcano. Lance then once again gained the upper hand by having his Gyarados and Dragonair make green, red, and blue bubbles so they could not be detected in sunlight. Just when it seemed when Yellow was about to lose, Giovanni arrived and helped subdue Lance, using his Rhyhorn to create a sandstorm to make the bubbles visible. But this capturing only proved to be part of his plan, as he needed Giovanni's badge since it was the last badge he needed for the Badge Energy Amplifier to summon Lugia, so he lured Giovanni to the middle of the island so the Earth Badge would be automatically ripped from him and the Amplifier would automatically activate, summoning Lugia. Lance wanted Lugia to help accomplish his goals, but Yellow's Pokémon were able to drive Lugia away once they evolved and Yellow was able to channel their power into Pika's Megavolt. 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 (which Silver promptly returned after awakening from his comatose state following the incident at the Lake of Rage). Working through Silver, Lance tried to help defeat the Masked Man. After this was fulfilled, Lance is briefly seen flying on his Aerodactyl watching the horizon during part of Oak's speech on the radio.

The recently started HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter heavily centers around Lance, or his disappearance, rather, which both Gold and Silver are assigned to investigate on.


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

On hand

Lance's Dragonite
Dratini → Dragonair → Dragonite
Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite was raised as a Dragonair that evolved from a Dratini, which he owned since childhood. It is considered to be Lance's strongest Pokémon, and boasts a hide so thick that it can withstand continued exposure to the heat of lava (and regular attacks are all ineffective).

Debut Extricated from Exeggutor
Lance's Gyarados

Lance's Gyarados
Magikarp → Gyarados
Gyarados was used to shield Lance from the lava on Mt. Cerise using its bubbles. It evolved from a Magikarp.

Gyarados's known moves are BubbleBeam and Hyper Beam.

Debut Extricated from Exeggutor
Dragonair (x4)
Dragonair (x4)
These Dragonair are Lance's mainly-used ones in his Dragonair army. One of them first appeared in a Surfing Contest as a prize. During the contest, Lance brainwashes the Dragonair and it starts launching Whirlpools at the surfers, bringing them down to the sea. Yellow finds out that Lance was responsible for this and battles his Dragonair and loses. Lance used two of his Dragonair to shield himself from the lava at Mt. Cerise by using bubbles. Yellow is once again in his clutches as they, along with Gyarados were responsible for the shaking of the mountain. The four Dragonair each serve a purpose: the first is used to cross the seas and skies, the second changes the direction of energy blasts, the third is used to control the weather (which is used in Lance's first fight against Yellow), and the fourth is used to combine its attack and fight the opponents. Lance usually uses only the first two when fighting opponents, the third against stronger ones, and all four only a very few times.

Dragonair's known moves are Agility, Wrap, Surf, Whirlpool, BubbleBeam, Slam, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Breath of the Dragonair Part 1
Lance's Aerodactyl
Lance's Aerodactyl is mostly used for air transportation. During the battle against Yellow, one of her Pokémon evolved when she battled the fossilized creature resembling a Dragon.

Aerodactyl's known moves are Fly, Hyper Beam, Supersonic, and Wing Attack.

Debut Can't Catch Caterpie!
Dragonair (multiple)
These Dragonair are Lance's Dragon army that are used to attack the mainlands of Kanto. They are first seen attacking Cinnabar Gym while Miles and Evan are inside.

Dragonair's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Bang the Drum, Slowbro
Lance's Tyranitar

Lance's Tyranitar
Pupitar → Tyranitar
Lance loaned his Tyranitar to Silver when it was a Pupitar. Tyranitar made its first official appearance when it was battling Gold and easily defeating Gold's entire team until it got subdued by Togebo's Double-Edge. After battling Lugia at the Whirl Islands, Tyranitar was returned to Lance as Silver was not able to fully control it.

Tyranitar's only known move is Sandstorm, and it has a Quirky nature.

Debut Tyranitar War
Lance's Horsea
Horsea was seen in a flashback of Lance's and Clair's childhood.
Debut The Last Battle II


Lance's Lugia
Lance summoned Lugia to complete his plans of creating a utopia for Pokémon where humans that abuse Pokémon or destroy their habitats would be no more. However, this plan did not work as Lance was eventually beaten, and the Badge Amplifier energy Lugia had absorbed transferred to the soils of mainland Kanto, where it would spread life instead of bringing about death. As a result, it fled from Lance.

It was seen again in the Whirl Islands where it was on a rampage after being controlled by the Masked Man, who caught it just as Gold, Silver, and Crystal were about to. Using its Aeroblast with Ho-Oh's Sacred Fire to demolish the league, the two remained nearly unstoppable until Suicune, Entei, and Raikou appeared alongside their new trainers to fight the villain and free them. Eventually, after much turmoil, Lugia once again fled along with Ho-Oh.

Lugia's known moves are Whirlpool, Psychic, Fly, and Aeroblast.

Debut The Might of... Metapod?!

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


File:Lance Aerodactyl Rock Slide Gold.png
Lance's Aerodactyl using Rock Slide in Gold and Silver
  • In the games, Lance is depicted as being from Blackthorn City, but the Pokémon Adventures manga depicts Lance as being from Viridian Forest (albeit of Blackthorn descent).
  • 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.
    • Though Aerodactyl could have Rock Slide through an event.
  • Starting in 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.
  • 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. All six of his Pokémon have Flying as their secondary type.
    • Additionally, the non-Dragon-type Pokémon used by Lance in the main series (Gyarados, Aerodactyl and Charizard) are all part Flying-type, as well as partially or fully resembling dragons.
  • Lance is the only member of the Johto Elite Four who, on the second time through, still does not have a team of only his type, with Charizard and Gyarados not being Dragon-types.
    • Additionally, both of them are part-Flying-type Pokémon.
Lance disguised as a Team Magma Grunt


Language Name Origin
Japanese ワタル (Wataru) 綿 wata, cotton. 渡る Wataru means crossing.
English, Italian, Spanish Lance Possibly from a lance, used by knights, who fought dragons in legends and fairy tales.
French Peter Could 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) (anime)
小渡 Xiǎo Dù (manga)
From 渡る Wataru.
Chinese (PRC) 渡 () From 渡る Wataru.

Template:Elite Four of Kanto

Games: BlueLanceRedStevenWallace
CynthiaAlderIrisDianthaAll player characters
Anime: CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceJon DicksonTyson
Origins: BlueRed
Adventures: Professor OakRedSteven
EToP: DrakeAsh Ketchum
Zensho: ShigeruSatoshi
Other: Ronald*Rald*

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAliana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNormanCarolineNanny and Pop-PopJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaClembotSanpeiAlainMairinAriaDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierreGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

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