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The Seven Sages in the opening of Black and White

The Seven Sages (Japanese: 七賢人 Seven Sages) are notable ranking members of Team Plasma. They are a group of intelligent people from all over the world gathered by Ghetsis, who acts as their internal leader.

In the games

Pokémon Black and White

The sages are met individually throughout the games, but all of them are seen together in N's Castle where they block the way to N. All the Gym Leaders (with the exception of Cilan, Chili, and Cress) appear and clear the way to N. They typically refrain from battling, having Grunts do so for them.

After Ghetsis has been defeated, the player must help Looker find the remaining six sages all over Unova. Upon being found, each will give the player a TM.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

The Seven Sages have a different role in the sequels.

Rood is encountered in Driftveil City, living with Anthea and Concordia and several Grunts in the original Team Plasma's safehouse. After losing in a battle with the player, he gives the player N's Zorua. Shortly afterward, he appears on Route 6 after the player has encountered Cobalion. Later, he appears leading the members of the original Team Plasma against Ghetsis's new Team Plasma at the Giant Chasm, occupying their forces to allow the player to reach Ghetsis himself.

Zinzolin has joined the new Team Plasma under Ghetsis's leadership, and battles the player several times. After the end of the game, he visits Undella Town and will give the player research conducted by Ghetsis that allows translation of the coded messages in the Abyssal Ruins. For reaching the end of the Abyssal Ruins, he will give the player a Big Pearl, and subsequently depart.

Gorm appears in Pinwheel Forest, while the player and Cheren are investigating there. He tries to sneak up on them much like he did to Hilbert/Hilda in Black and White in the Dreamyard. He speaks to the two briefly and leaves. Cheren follows him.

It is unknown where the other three sages are during the events of Black 2 and White 2.

Pokémon

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Rood


Zinzolin
Main article: Zinzolin

Quotes

Pokémon Black and White

Ghetsis
Main article: Ghetsis
Gorm

Pinwheel Forest

"How are you holding up, fellow subject of our king?"
"It's not important. We can afford to abandon the Dragon Skull. According to the results of our research, this is not the legendary Pokémon for which Team Plasma is looking. It is completely unrelated. But we will not allow anyone to disrupt our plans and get away with it. We will fix it so you never interfere with us again."
"I am one of the Seven Sages of Team Plasma. Ghetsis, another of the Seven Sages, will liberate Pokémon with words alone! The remainder of the Seven Sages have ordered their compatriots to take Pokémon with full force! But the odds are a little against us now. To you, the Bug Pokémon user Burgh and the Normal Pokémon user Lenora, I say... Know your enemies, know yourself, and know you need not fear the result of a hundred battles... This time, we shall retreat quietly. To secure the liberation of Pokémon we will steal from Trainers! Even though you are Gym Leaders, we will not tolerate any further obstruction from you. In any case, we will settle this someday. I hope you are looking forward to that time as much as I..."

N's Castle

"If you make a mistake and do not correct it, that is a second mistake."
"A single fallen leaf signals the start of autumn. We know our history. The emergence of this castle is the harbinger of change in Unova..."

Dreamyard

"Boo!"
"Were you surprised? Oh, Trainer-who-destroyed-our-castle, I was quite surprised by you!"
"If you surprise them, both Pokémon and people leave themselves open. While they're in a state of surprise, they can't use their powers like they normally would. Our intention was to surprise people by making our castle appear and showing off the legendary Pokémon... At that moment, we planned to deeply impress people's hearts with the awesome power of Team Plasma and the brilliance of our new world."
"Now that I've seen the strength of spirit in you and the Gym Leaders, I wonder how effective that strategy would have been, after all. Maybe that strength of spirit is what's needed to take Pokémon to the next level? Hm... I'm sorry to have wasted your time with this silly conversation. Take this with you."
"My lord N's dream... You were the one who put a stop to that. Please don't ever forget that."
"Musharna is said to appear here. Its Dream Mist makes you see dreams, but they are nothing but illusions. The dreams you realize with your own abilities are the real dreams."
Bronius

Castelia City

"I thought it would be humorous to prepare a hideout right in front of a Pokémon Gym, but we were detected more quickly than I imagined."
"Yes?"

N's Castle

"When the Way is forgotten, duty and justice appear."
"Accursed Gym Leaders!"
"You shall not interfere with Team Plasma... Or our king!"

Chargestone Cave

"When I saw you in Castelia, I did not care about your existence. Here in the Chargestone Cave, Ghetsis tested your ability... Once more, we will test you to learn what it is you are. Team Plasma, come out!"
"The Pokémon of our Team Plasma are also fighting for their Trainers. It was so obvious that I overlooked it... Thank you for reminding me of that. Here, I'd like you to take this."
"Pokémon do their best for their Trainers even when they are injured. I wonder whether my lord N understands what that means?"
"Those who left Team Plasma and are behaving with respect and understanding toward Pokémon... Them, please forgive! However, those who won't interact with Pokémon in a kind and honest way... Even I will never forgive them!"
Rood

Castelia City

"What is it?"

N's Castle

"Superior men understand what is right. Inferior men understand what will sell."
"Constant dripping wears away the stone. I've been waiting in the abyss for this day. No one shall interfere!"

Route 18

"It smells of the sea here. This place has the same ocean smell as where I was born..."
"Ghetsis wandered the lands of this world all over, collecting knowledge of all kinds while searching for like-minded people. From the moment we met, he understood what I desired."
"The ability to understand the minds and the needs of others... This is an ability that everyone needs to survive. My lord N is a kind and excellent person who understands the hearts of Pokémon. But, conversely, perhaps his ability to understand the hearts and feelings of people is not developed enough."
"But... Even that was part of the perfection of Ghetsis's plan. When it comes to Ghetsis, I cannot separate the truths from the lies. See this? I received it from Ghetsis, but I no longer need it. I hope you can put it to good use."
"Someday, if my lord N develops the ability to understand the feelings of people as well as Pokémon, I would like us to gather again. More than anything, I want to see N confront Ghetsis."
"If that is what you desire..."
Zinzolin
Main article: Zinzolin
Giallo

Dragonspiral Tower

"It's finally time. Our lord N will become the hero! What?! Someone made it clear up here?! Now! Stop that Trainer! For our lord N! Everyone who isn't Team Plasma is an enemy! Use all your powers to take them out!"
"The hero will open up the way to a new world! Which means you Trainers can all prepare to lose your Pokémon!"

N's Castle

"Those in accord with Fate are preserved, and those who rebel against Fate perish."
"Well... If anything should happen to our king, it would be disastrous. It would ruin Ghetsis's perfect plan! Our lord N will be disappointed, but the six of us shall defeat you here!"
"You... You're Driftveil's...?!"
"Ghetsis called us the chosen ones. He chose us and gathered us here so we can change the world! For us, defeat is impossible!"

Route 14

"Greetings to you, strong Pokémon Trainer who came to Dragonspiral Tower."
"Are you and ReshiramB/ZekromW building a mutual understanding?" *
"Are you not making friends with ReshiramB/ZekromW?" *
"There is a saying... If somewhere in this world there is someone who understands you, it feels like that person is right beside you, even if you're as far apart as the end of the land and the top of the sky. As my lord N and his Pokémon understand one another, so, too, do you and your Pokémon understand one another. Which is my reason for giving you this..."
"The legend of Unova is about Pokémon and people working together to build a new world! The message is that simple and that strong. If changing the world makes you a hero, anyone can become a hero. As each of us changes what is in our power to change, so the world itself changes."
"Indeed, I shall. Team Plasma changed me, but it could not change the world. I'm looking forward to seeing how you lot will do."
Ryoku

Relic Castle

"Ghetsis told us that once again we should test how much power you have. We will see if you can defeat Team Plasma!"
"Go! Hurry and fall through the flowing sands!"

N's Castle

"One can lose the forest for the trees."
"We can only do our best and leave the rest to fate. We've done everything in our power. All we can do now is believe in our lord N...and wait."

Relic Castle

"I was planning to catch the Pokémon called Volcarona that lives in this Relic Castle and present it to Ghetsis. But the Shadow Triad said that Ghetsis has gone somewhere, right?"
"The Seven Sages... We always said we were complete when the seven of us were together. Now I don't know the meaning of those words anymore. I guess I don't mind, even if we were being used, but the dream is over."
"I no longer need this. Ghetsis gave it to me, but I have no use for it."
"This Relic Castle and our own castle are both crumbling... But what's different is that this Relic Castle is the remains of a civilization. And our castle left nothing behind..."
"Understood. But we don't know much about Ghetsis or our lord N! We haven't even figured out if they are father and son..."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Rood

Driftveil City

  • Before battle
"Oh! So you're interested in Team Plasma, are you?"
"My guest. If you're going to come inside, I would like to see what kind of person you are, Trainer. That's right. In a Pokémon battle. Do you find this acceptable?"
Yes: "Let us begin!"
  • When defeated
"Ho! You fight as if you really understand your Pokémon!"
  • After being defeated
"I apologize for testing you. Being former members of Team Plasma, we must deal with a lot… "
"And that is? Your friend? He may join us."
  • Inside the house
"Let me introduce myself again. My name is Rood."
"More accurately, we're former members of Team Plasma. Because of the incident two years ago, we started taking care of the Pokémon that were separated from their Trainers as a way to atone for our misdeeds. And you are?"
"Is that so… My sincerest apologies…"
"The Pokémon you speak of is not in this place. I imagine it is still being used by Team Plasma now. Just as you say, our apologizing doesn't solve anything. But you can't move forward unless you admit you were wrong and apologize…"
"Team Plasma made Trainers like him suffer… I feel terrible about it… How foolish we were… <Player>, as you can see, I can't do anything to thank you. Actually, I have a favor to ask of you. Could you please look after this Pokémon, Zorua?"
Yes: "Oh! Thank you!"
No: "If you change your mind, please come speak to me again."
"That Zorua is one of the Pokémon that my lord N relied on as a friend during his journey."

Route 6

"That Pokémon…?"
"Oh, Cobalion! What a noble presence!"
"Unforgivable… So the reach of Ghetsis's ambition and malice is growing ever wider and warping the lives of all it touches…"
"Did Cobalion appear in front of you merely by accident? Or to plead with you to solve a problem? Unlike Lord N, I don't have the ability to understand the minds of Pokémon. Therefore, I don't know what that Pokémon is thinking. But if you can befriend Cobalion, it will be a great asset to you on your journey."

Giant Chasm

  • Before Team Plasma's withdrawal
"Aah! I will say it as many times as it takes until you understand! Ghetsis's real plan was to take over the Unova region! Liberating Pokémon was nothing more than an excuse! If anything, it would've made Pokémon suffer!"
"Are your Pokémon OK? You should take these with you!"
"You, too."
"At times like these, those whose hearts weaken, those whose determination falters, can accomplish nothing! To save our old allies, to protect Unova, we will fight!"
"Both of you, go! No, just a moment… Hugh, was it? About the Pokémon you're looking for… In all likelihood, it is in the possession of the Shadow Triad--the dark warriors who appear silently."
"At that time, I believed we were on the side of justice. By serving my king, N, I was going to make a world without war. But I was conceited, and I couldn't see the unhappiness we were causing. That's why I can't let it happen again!"
  • After Team Plasma's withdrawal
"Oh! You're safe! I'm so glad! As for Team Plasma's ship, a man in a white lab coat appeared. He said that a Trainer had given him the answer he'd been seeking, and, as thanks, he would disband Team Plasma…Then he said, "Farewell! Walk a just path with Pokémon!" and he flew the ship away. So everything has been resolved. We were even able to confirm that Lord N is safe."
Gorm

Pinwheel Forest

"Boo!"
"I am Gorm. I was once one of Team Plasma's Seven Sages."
"Wait one moment! I have no plans to confront you. I don't mean to disappoint you, but I doubt I'm a match for either of you in the first place... Hm? What happened to your glasses? Excuse me, but that's not important. I learned of my old ally's recklessness, and I had come here to admonish him... But the matter has already been resolved, and this place made me think... What did we believe in that made us try to steal the Dragon Skull? A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is commiting another mistake. Do you understand what this means? Avoiding all mistakes is impossible, but not fixing mistakes you've made -- that is truly foolish. That being said, this doesn't really concern you, does it? Well then, Trainers, may you and your Pokémon be well."

Sprites and game data

Pokémon Black and White

Sprite Name Location met Location arrested TM given
Ghetsiswalkdown.png Ghetsis Accumula Town N's Castle None
Gormwalkdown.png Gorm Pinwheel Forest Dreamyard TM75 - Swords Dance TM75
(Swords Dance)
Broniuswalkdown.png Bronius Castelia City Chargestone Cave TM69 - Rock Polish TM69
(Rock Polish)
Roodwalkdown.png Rood Castelia City Route 18 TM32 - Double Team TM32
(Double Team)
Zinzolinwalkdown.png Zinzolin Cold Storage TM01 - Hone Claws TM01
(Hone Claws)
Giallowalkdown.png Giallo Dragonspiral Tower Route 14 TM08 - Bulk Up TM08
(Bulk Up)
Ryokuwalkdown.png Ryoku Relic Castle TM04 - Calm Mind TM04
(Calm Mind)

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Name Ghetsis Gorm Rood Zinzolin*
Sprite Ghetsis OD.png Gormwalkdown.png Roodwalkdown.png Zinzolin OD.png Zinzolin OD 2.png

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Seven Sages in Pokémon Adventures

The Seven Sages debuted as a group in Letting Go. They have appeared separately in many locations, mainly supervising Team Plasma Grunts in their various missions.

Ghetsis

Main article: Ghetsis

The first sage to be seen was Ghetsis in An Odd Speech, discoursing over Pokémon liberation to the citizens of Accumula Town.

Gorm

In The Mystery of the Missing Fossil, Black was investigating the disappearance of a Dragon Fossil from Nacrene Museum. He found the skeleton in Pinwheel Forest, where the thieves were lurking, three grunts who met him at Dreamyard and Gorm. The sage was impressed by Black's skill on finding their location and, seeing his potential, commanded the skeleton to attack the boy. Given its fast and accurate move, Black was able to identify the controlling Pokémon and defeated it with the help of Burgh's Whirlipede. Before escaping with the grunts, Gorm revealed that Team Plasma is seeking for a Dragon-type Pokémon to fight by their side.

Pokémon
Gorm's Cofagrigus
Cofagrigus
Cofagrigus was used by Gorm to take control of and animate the Dragonite Fossil. Gorm had Cofagrigus hide itself among the other artifacts so anyone who would try to stop them would be confused as to what was controlling the Fossil. However, their plan was foiled by Black and Burgh, and Cofagrigus was found out. When Gorm told Cofagrigus to retreat, Burgh stopped it with his Whirlipede.
Debut The Mystery of the Missing Fossil

Bronius

The next sage to appear in mission was Bronius. In The Case of the Missing Pokémon, he was responsible for the kidnapping of various Pokémon in Castelia City, including Bianca's Litwick. When he is found at a building right next to Castelia Gym, which is "the root of the human evil" in his words, he reveals that Team Plasma intends to bring "the hero and the black lightning bolt" to Unova.

Ryoku

In To Make a Musical, Ryoku was shown at Desert Resort, where he was waiting for his grunts to reunite so that they could enter Relic Castle. As one of them was unconscious after being defeated by Grimsley's Bisharp, Ryoku decided to leave him behind and go inside, looking for Volcarona. He was last seen with a RageCandyBar in his hands, in front of some Darmanitan in Zen Mode.

Zinzolin

Main article: Zinzolin

When Cheren's Tranquill was stolen, he went with Black to Cold Storage, where many stolen Poké Balls were being kept by Team Plasma. Zinzolin was seen there, guiding the grunts in their deed.

Giallo

Giallo appeared after a fight broke out between Tornadus and Thundurus that was quelled by Landorus. After Landorus took away the other two Pokémon and fled into the sky, Giallo caught them in Poké Balls.

Pokémon
Giallo's Tornadus
Tornadus
Tornadus first appeared battling with Thundurus near the Battle Subway train. After he was taken away Landorus, he was captured by Giallo. Later, Tornadus was used to battle the Gym Leaders at Nacrene City.

None of Tornadus's moves are known.

Debut Battle on a Roller Coaster
Giallo's Thundurus
Thundurus
Thundurus first appeared causing havoc in Nimbasa City. Later, he appeared battling with Tornadus near the Battle Subway train. After he was taken away Landorus, he was captured by Giallo. Later, Thundurus was used to battle the Gym Leaders at Nacrene City.

None of Thundurus's moves are known.

Debut Battle on a Roller Coaster
Giallo's Landorus
Landorus
Landorus first appeared quelling the fight between Tornadus and Thundurus near the Battle Subway train. After taking them away, he was captured by Giallo. Later, Landorus was used to battle the Gym Leaders at Nacrene City.

None of Landorus's moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter

Trivia

  • They share noticeable similarities with the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.
  • Six of the Seven Sages have quoted proverbs from several Chinese philosophers.
    • Sage Zinzolin quotes a proverb from Mencius and a line from Tao Te Ching at N's Castle.
    • Sage Gorm quotes a proverb from Sun Tzu's The Art of War at Pinwheel Forest, and a line from both The Analects and Huainanzi at N's Castle.
    • Sage Bronius quotes another line from Tao Te Ching at N's Castle.
    • Sage Giallo quotes another line from Mencius at N's Castle.
    • In the Japanese version, Sage Ryoku quotes a line from Zhuangzi at N's Castle. In both versions, he also quotes a proverb by Song Dynasty philosopher Hu Yin at N's Castle.
    • Sage Rood quotes another proverb from the Analects and made a reference to a Chinese idiom at N's Castle.
  • With the exception of Ghetsis, their names are references to the colors of the rainbow.
  • The TMs given by the sages are all for stat-raising moves.
    • Of these, Rood is the only sage that gives a TM that raises the user's stats by a total of one stage. The other TMs given either raise one stat two stages or two stats one stage.

Name origin

Gorm

Language Name Origin
Japanese アスラ Azula From azul. Latin for "blue".
English Gorm Gaelic for "blue".
French Azuro From azur. Old French for "blue".
German Caeruleus Latin for "cerulean".
Italian Celio From cielo. Italian and Spanish for "sky".
Spanish Blau German and Catalan for "blue".
Korean 아줄 Azul Same as Japanese name.


Bronius

Language Name Origin
Japanese スムラ Sumra From سمرة sumra. Arabic for "brownness" or "tan".
English Bronius From braun. German for "brown". Also a Lithuanian name.
French Alezan French for "chestnut".
German Aquilus Latin for "brown".
Italian Moreno Spanish for "brown".
Spanish Sumra From سمرة sumra. Arabic for "brownness" or "tan".
Korean 스므라 Semra Same as Japanese name.


Rood

Language Name Origin
Japanese ロット Rot German for "red".
English Rood Dutch for "red".
French Carmine From carmin, French for "carmine".
German Rubius From rubeus, Latin for "red".
Italian Ross From rosso, Italian for "red".
Spanish Ruga From ruĝa, Esperanto for "red".
Korean 로트 Rot Same as Japanese name.


Giallo

Language Name Origin
Japanese ジャロ Giallo Italian for "yellow".
English Giallo Italian for "yellow".
French Auric From aurum. Latin for "gold". Also an oxidation state of gold (Au3+).
German Flavus Latin for "yellow".
Italian Giano Similar to giallo.
Spanish Giallo Italian for "yellow".
Korean 쟈로 Giaro Same as Japanese name.


Ryoku

Language Name Origin
Japanese リョクシ Ryokushi From 緑色 ryokushoku. Japanese for "green".
English Ryoku From ryokushoku. Japanese for "green".
French Glaucus From glaukos. Greek for "bluish-green".
German Viridius From viridis. Latin for "green".
Italian Verdanio From verde. Italian for "green".
Spanish Ryoku From ryokushoku. Japanese for "green".
Korean 녹시 Noksi From 녹 (綠) nok, Korean for "green".


In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Sept Sages
Germany Flag.png German Sieben Weise
Italy Flag.png Italian Sette Saggi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Siete Sabios



King: N
Seven Sages: GhetsisGormBroniusRoodZinzolinGialloRyoku
Notable Members: Shadow TriadAnthea and ConcordiaColress
Lower Members: Plasma GruntsTogariAldithSchwarz and WeissBarretWhi-Two
Buildings: N's CastleP2 LaboratoryPlasma Frigate

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