Pearl is impatient and is often accidentally getting himself and his friend, Diamond into trouble. He is the straight man (tsukkomi) of the comedy duo, while Diamond is the funny man. His appearance is based off that of Barry from the video game series.
Compared to Diamond, Pearl is hasty and easily angered and, according to Diamond, always goes out of his way to complete things he has started, which reflects the virtue that he is aligned with: willpower, which also makes him associated with Azelf. Pearl is also very bossy and usually tells Diamond and Platinum what to do.
His father is very skilled in battling, and Pearl has learned a lot from him during his childhood, which has helped him in creating training sessions for Platinum to participate in for practice for her gym challenges. One of his most amazing abilities is his skill of being able to tell what move a Pokémon is preparing to use. Like his two traveling companions, Pearl was not very strong when he first set out on his journey across Sinnoh but now seems to be the strongest of them.
Because the two boys were neighbors during their childhood, Pearl and Diamond are practically as close as brothers. Even though Pearl often yells and smacks Diamond, Pearl truly does care for Diamond. Oppositely, Pearl likes Platinum's arrogant attitude towards Diamond and himself. Despite the fact that he often yells and criticizes her, Pearl always helps Platinum by helping prepare her for her goals and dreams, and is often amazed by her knowledge and perseverance. The two quickly got used to the others personality and have became close friends.
Pearl was first introduced at the New Generation Funny Grand Prix in Jubilife City, where he, along with Diamond, won the Judges' Special Merit Prize. Upon leaving the Grand Prix, Diamond and Pearl's prize was mixed up with Professor Rowan's envelope, causing the boys to, unknowingly, accept the mission to guard Platinum Berlitz on her journey to the top of Mt. Coronet, although they believed they were on a reality show and Platinum was the host.
In Oreburgh City, Platinum decided to challenge gyms, and Diamond and Pearl helped her train, which helped build trust within the young trio. After many different trials and crises together, they finally reached Mt. Coronet, but they soon discovered that the cavern they have entered would not lead to the summit, and therefore had to continued their journey on to the eastern side of Sinnoh.
In Hearthome City, Platinum decided to challenge a Super Contest. In order for the girl to win, Pearl planned a very strict dance program that Platinum would have to perform, which she did, which helped her snag the victory.
Afterward, the trio was attacked by Platinum's true bodyguards, Paka and Uji, who believed that Diamond and Pearl where kidnappers who had taken Platinum for ransom. Thankfully, they were saved by Fantina, who took them to the Lost Tower. Once Fantina deemed it save for them to leave, the trio went to the Solaceon Ruins, where they saved a group of Unown before heading back out on their journey.
In Veilstone City, Diamond and Pearl met up with Paka and Uji for real and had their first true battle with Team Galactic. During this battle, Diamond's Wig and Pearl's Monferno both evolved and Platinum's true identity was revealed to the two boys by Paka and Uji. However, before her real bodyguards had a chance to meet and explain things to the girl, they were banished into another dimension by Saturn. Once this happened, Diamond confessed to Pearl that he knew Platinum wasn't a reality TV host from the beginning, but he had kept it to himself because the misunderstanding was the thing that created and held together their friendship. The two then took an oath that they would protect her and keep their real identities a secret.
Later, following a seperation from Diamond and Platinum at Lake Valor, an adventure in the Great Marsh and Platinum's gym challenge in Pastoria City, they met up with Cynthia at the Pokémon Mansion, and she helped them clear the group of Psyduck that were blocking Route 210. They encountered Cyrus again in Celestic Town when the man broke into the ruins that held Sinnoh's legend of the three lakes. After the showdown with the man, in which Diamond and Pearl had a huge argument that had nearly cost them the victory, the trio ended up in Hearthome once again and Platinum challenged Fantina, who turned out to be the gym leader of the Hearthome Gym.
After gaining a victory, the trio learned of Mr. Berlitz and Professor Rowan had disappeared. In order to find them, the trio went to Canalave City, where they mistook Byron as Mr. Berlitz and Professor Rowan's kidnapper. After realizing the whole thing was a misunderstanding, Platinum finally learned of Dia and Pearl's true identity, and was completely horrified by the shocking news. However, after a horrible night full of nightmares, she decided to keep the boys as her companions and they resumed their journey with the new goal to stop Team Galactic's evil plans.
The trio was then split up to defend the three lakes of Sinnoh and Pearl was assigned to go to Lake Valor. On the way there, Pearl accidentally fell from a cliff in an attempt to save a nest of Wingull and ended up in front of the Fuego Ironworks, where he was reunited with the Luxray that he had befriended near the beginning of his journey and, after it said farewell to its herd, it joined Pearl's team.
Upon leaving the Fuego Ironworks, Pearl met up with Rad Rickshaw and traveled with the man to Lake Valor. Once they arrived, the two went across the lake to the small island in the center, where Pearl fought against Team Galactic's Saturn and witnessed the Galactic Bomb's explosion. The two then fought over the Pokémon of willpower, Azelf, but Pearl lost the fight and collapsed, leaving Saturn with Azelf.
Pearl later awoke in the Pastoria Gym. While there, the gym leader of Pastoria, Crasher Wake suggested the boy catch a Floatzel or a Buizel as they seemed to fit Pearl's personality. After several failed attempts and some encouragement from his Pokémon and his new teacher Wake, Pearl finally caught a Buizel along with a Tauros and a Diglett. After some training with Wake and hearing that Diamond was on a Galactic Airship, Pearl left for Veilstone City in order to infiltrate the Team Galactic Headquarters.
Upon arriving in Veilstone, Pearl noticed that the city was guarded by Team Galactic. Thankfully, he was able to get through with the help of a group of Unown that he, along with Diamond and Platinum, had met in Solaceon Town. Once he managed to get inside of the Headquarters, he was reunited with his former traveling companions and sacrificed his Pokédex in order to save the Lake guardians.
The newly reunited trio then regrouped with Cynthia and headed to the Spear Pillar, where Diamond and Pearl split up with Platinum and Cynthia and time and space begins to distort. As the two boys began to fight Dialga and Palkia, they were ambushed by Cyrus, who commended them from for trying to stop him.
This angered Diamond, who then verbally attacked Cyrus by stating what he believed Time and Space was. Cyrus then had Dialga and Palkia attack the boys but the man had troubles controlling them as one of the Red Chains that had been used to control the Deities had been destroyed by the Gym Leaders. Platinum then returned and revealed that the way to defeat Cyrus was the power of balance and, when Cyrus' control over Dialga and Palkia weakened, the three children and their Pokémon released the Dragons from their constraints. The Dragons then combined their powers to create a sphere to distort Cyrus within it. The three then celebrated their victory with a fist bump.
All of Pearl's Pokémon nicknames are a combination of two syllables of their species name and "Hiko," a common suffix for Japanese boys' names.
Chimhiko was first seen when Platinum lets him out of his Poké Ball and gives him the Pokédex for her bodyguards and instructs him to give it to one of the bodyguards. Matching the description, Chimchar jumps at Pearl and gives him the Pokédex. Right after that, a flock of Starly appear and begin attacking the group, which results in Chimhiko, Wig, Chahiko, and Lax fighting and defeating them after half an hour. When Chimhiko, Wig, and Piplup are training in Eterna City for Platinum's Gym battle with Gardenia, Cynthia walks past them and notices that the three Pokémon are about to evolve, after which all three of them evolve. He evolved later again alongside Wig in Veilstone City. He is quite possibly the most used Pokémon by any of the three Sinnoh Trainers and his speed and agility are often put to good use. He has a Naughty nature and has the ability Blaze.
Pearl befriended this Luxray as a Luxio, and helped it regain its "speech" after its claws had been broken. Luxio later evolved and helped Diamond rescue Pearl and Platinum from a cave-in at Mt. Coronet that was caused by Cyrus. It later appeared to Pearl at Fuego Ironworks, where he officially captured it.
|Due to Team Galactic's Galactic Bomb, this Buizel, along with other Buizel and Floatzel, became hostile towards humans. Pearl caught this one after Crasher Wake made a suggestion to Pearl that he needed more Pokémon on his team. Even though it is a trained Pokémon, he dislikes Pearl and only battles for the boy by attacking him.|
|Diguhiko was caught by Pearl during his training with Crasher Wake. It can dig underground in order to evade attacks from enemies.|
|Tarohiko is Pearl's newest Pokémon and was, like Zeruhiko and Diguhiko, caught during Pearl's training with Crasher Wake. Due to its large size, it can easily ram enemies to the ground and break through walls.|
- Despite being the last of the Sinnoh Trainers to capture a third Pokémon, Pearl has managed to capture four in quick succession and was the first Trainer with a full team.
- Similarly while Diamond was the first to obtain a third Pokémon, he is still the only one of his group to not have a full team.
- Pearl uses a Buizel and has promised to protect Platinum; this is not unlike Platinum's real bodyguards, one of which also uses a Buizel.
- Pearl is the only rival-based Pokédex holder to name his Pokémon.
In other languages
|Japanese||パール Pearl||From the game, Pokémon Pearl.|
|English (Singapore)||Pearl||From the game, Pokémon Pearl.|
|Korean||펄 Pearl||From the game, Pokémon Pearl.|
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