- Plasma redirects here. For the Plasma Pokémon, see Rotom (Pokémon).
Artwork of Team Plasma Grunts from Black 2 and White 2
Team Plasma (Japanese: プラズマ団 Plasma-dan, literally Plasma Gang) is the villainous team in Unova. Team Plasma's ultimate goal is to "liberate" all Pokémon from their trainers, by either convincing the trainer to release their Pokémon, or by theft. Ghetsis, one of Team Plasma's leaders, exploited the group in an attempt to rule Unova as the only one with Pokémon.
Two years after Team Plasma's defeat, the group returned with new leadership, and an all new bid to rule Unova. A small group from the original Team Plasma was still loyal to N, and took it upon themselves to take care of weakened Pokémon in the wild.
In the games
In Black and White
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Team Plasma is met early in the games. Ghetsis appears in Accumula Town where he is holding a rally trying to get people to join Team Plasma's cause. Following this rally the player will be approached and battled by a person named N. After this, the player will next come across two Team Plasma Grunts at the Dreamyard who are trying to capture a Munna in order to get some Dream Mist to spread their message in people's dreams. After defeating them here they will steal a young girl's Pokémon and hide in the Wellspring Cave. The player will team up with Cheren and save the Pokémon.
After defeating Lenora at the Nacrene Gym, Team Plasma will attack the museum in Nacrene City and steal a bone from the Dragon Fossil. As the player gives chase, N will appear again and battle the player. After this, the player heads into Pinwheel Forest where they will defeat the Team Plasma Grunts, causing Gorm to return the Dragon Skull to player, which he or she then immediately gives to Lenora. The next encounter is in Castelia City where they have stolen Bianca's Munna. After confronting them, they will give Munna back.
After entering Nimbasa City, the player will find two grunts harassing an old man. After defeating them, they will run off. After heading over to the Ferris wheel, N will appear again. N and the player will take a ride on the Ferris wheel where N will reveal that he is the leader of Team Plasma. The two will then battle after getting off the Ferris wheel. The next encounter will be in Driftveil City. Cheren will appear and say that Team Plasma has been seen in the city. Zinzolin and some grunts are at the Cold Storage plotting something. Clay, the Driftveil Gym Leader appears and chases them off.
Later, as the player journeys through the Chargestone Cave, the Shadow Triad appears and takes the player to N and the two will battle again. After being defeated, they will leave. N is then briefly encountered outside the Mistralton Gym where he tests the friendship between the player and their current lead Pokémon. After defeating Brycen at the Icirrus Gym, Team Plasma appears at Dragonspiral Tower where N awakens ZekromB or ReshiramW. After a brief talk with the player, N flies off. Alder, who has also witnessed these events, advises everyone to go to Relic Castle where they run into Ghetsis who tells them it is pointless to continue resisting them and leaves. Ghetsis will then confront the player on the Tubeline Bridge and tell them that even though they have the Light/Dark Stone Team Plasma will achieve its goal. Soon after the player will witness Ghetsis giving another speech in Opelucid City.
After defeating the Elite Four, the player will head to the Champion's room where they will see N after he has defeated Alder. N will then reveal his castle, which rises out of the ground and attaches to the Pokémon League building. The player then chases N into the castle where the Seven Sages try to stop him/her. The Unova Gym Leaders then appear to keep the sages busy while the player searches the castle. Two women who claim to be goddesses and the Shadow Triad will then lead the player to N. Before anything can happen, ZekromW or ReshiramB will appear and the player will have to capture the dragon. The player and N will then have one final battle, with the player proving victorious. Ghetsis arrives and is furious at N and says that he was just working behind the scenes on his true goal of ruling Unova as the only one with Pokémon. He will then challenge the player in rage.
After the player defeats Ghetsis, Cheren and Alder take him away while N tells the player he will continue on with his goal but will do it the right way. After the credits roll, Looker will appear at the player's house and request their help in finding and capturing the other sages of Team Plasma. Each sage will tell some back history on Team Plasma before being arrested. The Shadow Triad will also appear at Marvelous Bridge where they will give the player the Adamant, Lustrous, and Griseous Orbs. They also reveal that they rescued Ghetsis from being arrested and he has now fled.
Before the sage Ryoku is arrested at Relic Castle, he says that he was planning to catch the Pokémon Volcarona and give it to Ghetsis, but no one knows his and N's whereabouts, and that no one even knows if they are really parent and child. Once all the sages are arrested, Looker says that he heard N was seen in a distant land with a Dragon Pokémon.
Genesect was going to be revived from a Fossil and powered up by Team Plasma to create the most powerful Pokémon ever, but the project was abandoned because N felt that any Pokémon modified by science had lost its pureness. However, one scientist kept working on it, annoyed that N denied his talent. This scientist reconstructed Genesect and powered up the gun on its back.
As a part of Ghetsis's plan, Team Plasma had set up a laboratory in N's Castle which was used to attack and break the security around Amanita's Pokémon Storage System and gain master access to it with the intention of releasing every Pokémon that was stored there. Team Plasma had everything ready to begin releasing Pokémon, but this plan would only be carried out on N's command; since N, Ghetsis, and Team Plasma were ultimately defeated by the player, the plan was never executed.
In Black 2 and White 2
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Team Plasma is broken into two different forces. One force remains loyal to N and retains the same purpose; the other is loyal to Ghetsis and serves a new purpose: to take over Unova.
The new Team Plasma first appears at Floccesy Ranch where they try to steal a Herdier, but they are stopped. They are found again in Virbank City, where they attempt to steal the player and Hugh's Pokémon. After fending them off, Hugh believes they have retreated to Castelia City, where they are found in Castelia Sewers. Colress appears in the sewers, where he mentions he is researching how to draw out the most strength from Pokémon. After defeating Burgh at the Castelia Gym, Colress will use a special machine to clear the Crustle blocking off Route 4.
In Nimbasa City, Team Plasma is confronted by Hugh who demands answers from them about a Pokémon kidnapping in Aspertia City. After competing in the Pokémon World Tournament, the player, Hugh, and Cheren confront Team Plasma on their ship which has docked at the PWT. There Zinzolin appears and reveals they have a new plan to take over the Unova region before telling the Shadow Triad to remove the trio from the ship. After winning at the Mistralton Gym, Professor Juniper sends the player to Opelucid City to find out more information about the Legendary Dragon Pokémon from Drayden. On the way, the player and Hugh encounter Zinzolin in Lacunosa Town where they battle him and a grunt in a tag battle.
Following the player's victory at the Opelucid Gym, Team Plasma begin their operation by covering Opelucid City and nearby routes with ice in search of Drayden's DNA Splicers. They are quickly defeated and retreat to the Seaside Cave, although Opelucid City remains frozen for some time. After winning at the Humilau Gym, the player heads to Route 22 where Colress gives them his device to make the Crustle roadblocks disappear. Upon making it past the Crustle, the player defeats the Team Plasma members inside the Plasma Frigate, but once again is removed from the ship by the Shadow Triad and watches the ship fly off.
They track it down to the Giant Chasm where once again they must fight their way through the ship. Upon the defeat of Zinzolin and the new boss Colress, Ghetsis reveals himself as the true mastermind behind Team Plasma. He reveals he never intended to liberate Pokémon two years ago; it was just a ploy to get N to follow his plans. After defeating the Shadow Triad, the player gives chase to Ghetsis and finds him in the deepest part of the Giant Chasm, where he summons Kyurem. Ghetsis orders Kyurem to attack the player, but the attack is stopped at last minute by N who arrives to save them. Ghetsis is not surprised by this, who then uses the stolen DNA Splicers to merge Kyurem with N's Dragon. The player then takes on the new Dragon as well as Ghetsis and puts an end to his plans once and for all. Colress then disbands Team Plasma for good, taking the Plasma Frigate and docking it outside the P2 Laboratory where he continues his research.
There is also a group of disbanded Team Plasma members, still loyal to N, who reside in the house just above Driftveil Gym with Rood, Anthea, and Concordia. Ashamed of their past deeds, they have vowed to make amends by taking in abandoned and abused Pokémon and finding kind and caring Trainers for them. They openly welcome the player into joining their cause to help stop Ghetsis and to help take care of the abandoned Pokémon. As such, Rood gives the player N's Zorua, deeming them a caring Trainer. They also confront the new Team Plasma at the Giant Chasm and help hold them off so the player can enter the Plasma Frigate. The player can also find N's Pokémon in various locations after witnessing a Memory Link.
In the anime
N debuted in New Places... Familiar Faces! followed by Colress, Ghetsis and the grunts from Black 2 and White 2 in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!. Anthea and Concordia also appeared in Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!, and the Seven Sages appeared in a flashback in Secrets From Out of the Fog!.
Team Plasma had a role in Genesect and the Legend Awakened, where multiple grunts were seen overseeing the awakening of the newly-revived Genesect Army. However, they only had control of the Genesect for a short time before the five Pokémon rebelled and violently escaped.
Unlike other teams, Team Plasma has named grunts in the anime. Aldith and Barret are two grunts who answered directly to Colress and Ghetsis and acted as commanders toward other, unnamed grunts. Two others, Schwarz and Weiss, have been seen conducting specific operations and may be of similar rank.
Behind the scenes
Team Plasma was initially set to debut in BW023 and BW024 in a confrontation with Team Rocket, but the episodes were postponed indefinitely due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. TV TOKYO originally announced that they planned to air the episodes on a later date, however no further announcements were made and the episodes have not been discussed since.
With the events depicted in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, the episodes have been retconned out of their original place in continuity. It is unknown if they will ever air in any form. As of March 2014, the TV TOKYO notice that they will one day air is still online, but with the conclusion of the Best Wishes series and beginning of the XY series, it is unlikely this will ever come to pass.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Team Plasma was first seen in An Odd Speech, attempting to build a stage for Ghetsis's speech on the place Black and White were sleeping that night. The next day, Ghetsis gave a speech to the citizens of Accumula Town, urging them to liberate their Pokémon, which some of the listeners actually did. It was later revealed that Black's Tula used to belong to another Trainer until Team Plasma convinced the Trainer to release him, some time after when Black fought N.
Some time after this, three grunts harassed Musha at the Dreamyard and were also behind the artifact robbery of the Nacrene Museum. It is also revealed what Team Plasma is after in order to achieve their ultimate goal: a legendary Dragon-type Pokémon who would help their leader to unite the minds of the people in Unova as one and liberate Pokémon. They kidnapped Bianca's Litwick, together with several other Pokémon and held them in their stronghold in Castelia City, and attempted to save Victini on Liberty Garden. They were also seeking Relic Castle and Volcarona. In Nimbasa City, N traps White in a Ferris wheel car where he reveals himself to be king of Team Plasma.
In the TCG
Team Plasma started being featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the Noble Victories expansion, in which the first member to be featured was N. However, Pokémon belonging to Team Plasma did not appear until the Plasma Storm expansion. Unlike previous villainous teams, Team Plasma's Pokémon are not indicated by name but by a header and the card itself.
- Plasma is a state of matter in which the negative electrons and positive nuclei that usually form atoms become pulled apart and separated. This is analogous with Team Plasma's ideology, which states that people and Pokémon should be separated from one another.
- Team Plasma's Japanese name is a pun: "plasma-dan" can also mean "plasma bullet."
- Plasma can be interpreted as the culmination of both fire and lightning.
- Team Plasma's original theme resembles that of the medieval knights.
- Their logo resembles a shield.
- The lettering in their logo resembles the Chi Rho symbol.
- The symbol on their shield is made up of the letters P and Z, possibly from the transliteration of the Japanese for "plasma", purazuma (プラズマ).
- Ghetsis's clothing resembles the crenelation of a fortified position such as a castle.
- Their base is a castle.
- N is known as "king of Team Plasma" or "Lord N", as opposed to the "boss" used by other villainous teams.
- P2 Laboratory's name is similiar to the Propaganda Due, known as P2 Lodge, a secret Masonic lodge in Italy that implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
- The Italian versions of the game have censored the "P2 Laboratory" by changing its name to "Laboratorio P&P" instead. The Spanish versions changed it to "Laboratorio P+P".
- Team Plasma's theme in Black 2 and White 2 resembles that of classical pirates.
- There is a mark on the grunts' hats which appears to be a toned-down Jolly Roger.
- Their base, the Plasma Frigate, is styled after a sailing ship complete with gangplank, posing as such in Castelia City and the Pokémon World Tournament.
- Ghetsis' cane is modeled after the helm of a ship.
- Ghetsis is seen wearing a type of eyepatch, which in Black 2 and White 2 is darkened to resemble that seen by typical pirates.
- They are now far more open about how malevolent their intentions are; knights are seen as honorable, while pirates are seen as thieving criminals.
- In Black and White, Team Plasma is the only main series villainous team to not have any administrators challenge the player at various points throughout the game. In fact, Ghetsis and N are the only non-grunt members to even battle the player. This is no longer the case in Black 2 and White 2.
|Japanese||プラズマ団 Plasma-dan||From plasma.|
| English, French,
|Team Plasma||Same as the Japanese name.|
|Finnish||Plasmaryhmä||Means "Plasma Group".|
|Polish||Zespół Plazma||Same as the Japanese name.|
|Spanish||Equipo Plasma||Same as the Japanese name.|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Equipe Plasma||Same as the Japanese name.|
|Korean||플라스마단 Peullaseuma-dan||Same as the Japanese name.|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||電漿團 Diànjiāng Tuán||Direct translation of its Japanese name.|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||等離子團 Dánglèihjí Tyùhn||Direct translation of its Japanese name.|
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