Sage (Trainer class)

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If you were looking for the members of Team Plasma, see Seven Sages.

ぼうず Monk
Spr HGSS Sage.png
Front sprite from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Other names
Introduced in Generation II
Appears in Gold, Silver, and Crystal
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members LiGSC
Anime debut [[]]
TCG debut Undaunted
TCG card Sage's Training
Manga debut {{{manga}}}

A Sage (Japanese: ぼうず Monk) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the main series Generation II games. They appear to be Buddhist monks who are mostly only found in Johto's Sprout Tower, Ecruteak Gym and Bell Tower*.

They generally use Bellsprout and Hoothoot. The ones in Ecruteak Gym use Gastly and Haunter.

Three additional Sages found exclusively in Crystal are collectively called the Wise Trio (Japanese: 3にんしゅう group of 3 men).

In the main series Generation II games, their sprites were edited outside of Japan and Korea, presumably due to Nintendo's policy at the time of removing all religious references in games that they published. This happened again with HeartGold and SoulSilver but only in the Korean version, where the prayer beads were removed, the robes slightly recolored and a red robe on their left shoulder added. Also, their title is changed from Monk (Korean: ) to Ascetic (Korean: 수행자). This latter edit was not done for other localizations.

Li, the oldest of all Sages who is found at the top of Sprout Tower, is referred to as an Elder. This has become a Trainer class of its own in HeartGold and SoulSilver.


Spr GS Sage JP.png Spr GS Sage.png S2 Sage.png Spr HGSS Sage.png Spr HGSS Sage KO.png
Front sprite from
Gold and Silver
Front sprite from
Gold, Silver,
and Crystal
Front sprite from
Stadium 2
Front sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Front sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

Trainer list

Pokémon Gold/Silver

Pokémon Crystal only

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures

The Sages in Pokémon Adventures

The Sages appear at the Sprout Tower and they are named Chow (Japanese: チンネン Chinnen), Nico (Japanese: モクネン Mokunen), Edmond (Japanese: エイソウ Eisō), Jin (Japanese: ソウネン Sōnen), Neal (Japanese: カクネン Kakunen) and Troy (Japanese: カイネン Kainen), respectively known as Peaceful, Mindful, Faithful, Careful, Painful and Thoughtful in the Chuang Yi version. When they see Gold coming to the Sprout Tower, they want recruit him to be one of them, with the name "Nanyanen" (Awful in the Chuang Yi version). However, Gold refuses as he needs to find the Totodile thief and the Sages have the Bellsprout attack him. The Bellsprout are able to weaken Aibo but get burnt by Exbo.


Sage's Bellsprout (×6)
Bellsprout (×6)
The Sages each own a Bellsprout. Due to Gold's refusal of joining them, the Bellsprout battle him. They were able to weaken Aibo but get burnt by Exbo in the process.

Bellsprout's known moves are Swords Dance, Cut and Reflect.

Debut Bellsprout Rout

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring a Sage in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Sage's Training Su Undaunted Uncommon 85/95 Reviving Legends Uncommon 075/080
      Steelix Constructed Standard Deck   016/019
Call of Legends Uncommon        

Other names

Language Title
France Flag.png French Sage
Germany Flag.png German Weiser
Italy Flag.png Italian Saggio
South Korea Flag.png Korean MonkGS
수행자 AsceticHGSS
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pensador

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Only in the Battle FrontierHGSS:

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

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