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Volkner (Japanese: デンジ Denzi) is the Gym Leader of Sunyshore City's Gym, known officially as the Sunyshore Gym. He hands out the Beacon Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.
In the games
Volkner uses Electric-type Pokémon in his battles. Trainers who defeat him will receive the Beacon Badge, TM57 (Charge Beam), and will be able to use Waterfall outside of battle. In addition, all Pokémon, no matter what level, will obey them. Volkner is friends with Flint, and had become dejected and depressed because no worthy challengers had come to Sunyshore City in a while. He had been considering challenging the Elite Four and spent all his time renovating the Gym's electrical equipment, which put a strain on Sunyshore's power supply and caused a blackout. Apparently, Volkner built the Gym's electrical gear puzzle completely out of boredom. When the player arrives in Sunyshore City, Flint introduces them to Volkner, who agrees to hold off on challenging the Elite Four until after he battles the new challenger.
In Pokémon Platinum, Volkner and Flint appear at the entrance to the Battle Frontier and have a Double Battle against the player and the player's rival. Volkner can later be fought, like the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders, at the Battleground.
In Pokémon Black and White, when Shauntal is battled for a second time, she will occasionally quote a book that she wrote which says,"'Do you know Thunderbolt?' was his first greeting to me. It wasn't until after we battled that I learned his name was Volkner."
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon can be either male or female.
Sinnoh Leaders Tournament
Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament
- "... ... ...so you're the latest challenger up against the Sunyshore Gym...All right, I've decided! If I find you to be weak, I'm going to challenge the Pokémon League. I'm all done with renovating the Gym, so I don't need to be here. More than anything, I want to have battles that can thrill me again. As the toughest Gym Leader in Sinnoh, I'm going to unleash everything in my arsenal on you."
- "...all right, challenger. It's not often, but some Trainers manage to come and challenge me. But they've all been boring battles. I didn't break a sweat beating them. ...Sigh... I'm Volkner, the Gym Leader. They say I'm the top Gym Leader in Sinnoh, but... Anyway, I guess we'd better get this done. I hope you're the Trainer who'll make me remember how fun it is to battle!
- After the player takes any one of his Pokémon down to half HP
- "I get it! You guys are tough! But we can match your toughness!"
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "Here it comes! Get ready for my trump card!
- "This is it! My trump card!"
- "Shocking... I didn't see this coming!"
- "You've got me beat... Your desire and the noble way your Pokémon battled for you... I even felt thrilled during our match. That was a very good battle."
- "...hehehe. Hahahah! ...That was the most fun I've had in a battle since...I don't know when! It's also made me excited to know you and your team will keep battling to greater heights! This is your eighth badge. You've earned this!"
- "That badge will allow you to use the hidden move Waterfall even when you're not in a battle. Waterfall happens to be key if you're going to the Pokémon league. Also, because you've collected all eight badges, any Pokémon at any level will now obey you without fail. I want you to take this too. What's inside that TM57 is the move Charge Beam. It may raise Special Attack if it lands. It's electrifying!"
- "Your next step is the Pokémon League challenge. It's time for you to cross the sea and win your way through the gauntlet that is Victory Road. Demonstrate to the Pokémon League your mastery of your team. Against you, even the Elite Four will be pushed to fend off your challenge!"
Battle Frontier Entrance Hall
- "You only want to go into the Frontier, don't you? I'm sorry about my friend. He's off on his own thing..."
- "I don't know how I managed to get myself into this, but... Show me the skills that got you through the Pokémon League!"
- "Your toughness is something else. We were completely overwhelmed!"
- "Hey! Don't burn out on us! Now you're just getting in the way." (to Flint)
- "Hahaha! That was a blast! Our combination came up short, but you're also a lot tougher as well. Promise me we'll do this again. I'll see to taking this husk home."
- "Your Pokémon... I can feel their power! Of course, you can sense the power of my Pokémon, can't you? Let us battle with you!"
- "Hm? What's up? You do want to battle?" (if "No" is the first answer)
- No: "Aww, come on now. Don't disappoint me..."
- Yes: "Yeah! It's electric, this feeling of anticipation! Let's do it! We're going to make some sparks fly!"
- "You methodically corner me! Just like before!"
- "I even felt thrilled during our match. That was a very good battle."
- "Winning makes me happy and losing leaves me angry... That's no great revelation, but it's what makes me stronger."
- "My ELECTIVIRE demands tough opponents. I'm willing to beg. Let's battle!"
- "Hm? What's up? You're willing to face my ELECTIVIRE? And help toughen up my Pokémon?" (If No is the first answer)
- Yes: "You! And me! Let's make some sparks fly!"
- No: "Well, yeah, and ELECTIVIRE is intimidating. I hear you..."
- "You methodically corner me! Just like before!"
- "I even felt thrilled during our match. That was a very good battle."
- "Some Trainers have Pokémon they just have to have in their party. For me, ELECTIVIRE is that Pokémon..."
- "Hmm... This place gives me ideas about how I can renovate my Gym."
- "My Electivire is a force of nature to be reckoned with. No, don't get me started. I'll tell you another time."
- "When I got my first Gym Badge, I used the move Thunderbolt. Ever since, I've stuck with the Electric type even as I got better. I do it because I don't want to ever forget how happy I was when I won. Incidentally, Flint's fascination with the Fire type is only from his name. Someone told him that a flint is what's used to spark a fire, and that was it."
- "What's wrong? You're looking serious for a change." (to Flint)
- "Don't start! That will make my Gym stand out less." (to Flint)
- "My relationship to Flint? There's no love lost, that's for sure."
In the anime
Volkner was first referred to by Tower Tycoon Palmer in Challenging a Towering Figure!, saying that, after seeing his battling skills, Ash would be able to give Volkner "a shock".
Volkner first appeared in person in Flint Sparks the Fire!. It was revealed in the episode that he had met up with Flint when they were younger and had become rivals and eventually good friends. After Volkner became a Gym Leader, he designed the walkways of Sunyshore City and other technological advancements for the city. He also designed the Sunyshore Tower which supplies electricity to the city.
However, he soon became bored with battling and resorted to giving free Badges to Trainers. After witnessing Ash's battle with Flint, he became interested in battling again and decided to accept Ash's challenge for a Gym battle.
Volkner appeared again in The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, where he and Ash began their Gym battle. However, it was quickly interrupted as Team Rocket stole the Sunyshore Tower, causing a city-wide blackout. After Ash defeated Team Rocket with the help of his newly evolved Torterra, Volkner returned the tower back to its original place. However, as both the tower and Gym were badly damaged, Volkner told Ash that he had to repair them before they could have a rematch. Ash agreed to the terms, saying that he'll spend that time for more training.
Ash challenged Volkner once again in The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!. During the last battle between Infernape and Luxray, Infernape's Blaze was activated once again, but now, Infernape was able to take control of its ability, and by using the powers it gained, it won the match. This earned Ash the Beacon Badge, thus allowing him to enter the Sinnoh League.
This listing is of Volkner's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Pikachu → Raichu
| Raichu is Volkner's very first Pokémon. It first appears in Flint Sparks the Fire! where it reunited with Flint and in the next episode. Raichu has been shown to be outside of its Poké Ball most of the time.
Volkner first received this Raichu as a Pikachu when he was young. It battled with Flint's Chimchar and lost. However, in their rematch, it defeated Chimchar with Iron Tail. Since then, Flint and Volkner became friends/rivals. Later, Pikachu was battling the Proprietor's Houndoom, he was a Pokémon Poacher at the time. Houndoom dealt some damage to Chimchar and Pikachu but Chimchar wasn't able to continue, leaving Pikachu to do it on its own. Volkner was very determined to battle the proprietor. After a long battle, the proprietor ends up defeated and becomes friends with Volkner and Flint.
Pikachu evolved into a Raichu sometime when Volkner was growing up and took the job as becoming the Gym Leader. Raichu was very strong as it defeated several Pokémon such as a Trainer's Weavile and Mothim over time. However, Volkner did not select Raichu in both of his matches against Ash.
Raichu also appeared alongside Volkner during the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Raichu's known moves are Iron Tail, Thunderbolt, Volt Tackle, and Thunder.
|| Flint Sparks the Fire!
|| Luxray ♂
| Volkner's Luxray appeared for the first time in The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, where he battled Ash's Grotle during Ash's Gym challenge. However, the battle was called off due to Team Rocket terrorizing the city.
During the rematch, Luxray first battled with Pikachu, and won after taking hits from several Iron Tails. Ash next used Infernape, which got badly injured during the battle. Due to this, its Ability Blaze got activated. However, this time Infernape was able to control its ability, and with the powers gained through it, the Flame Pokémon quickly defeated Luxray, serving the final blow with a devastating Flame Wheel, earning Ash the Beacon Badge.
Luxray's known moves are Spark, Thunderbolt, Shock Wave, Thunder Fang, Double Team, and Iron Tail.
|| The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!
| Voice actors
|| Sarah Natochenny
| Electivire was the first Pokémon which Volkner used during his rematch against Ash. Ash first used Torterra, but it was easily defeated. Next Ash chose to use Pikachu. With his Thunderbolt, Pikachu triggered Electivire's ability, making it even harder target to hit. However, when one of Electivire's punches connected with Pikachu, the Thunderbolt Pokémon was paralyzed by Pikachu's Static. After this, Pikachu was able to finish Electivire with a well-aimed Iron Tail.
Electivire's known moves are Fire Punch and Ice Punch, and its ability is Motor Drive.
|| The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!
| Voice actors
|| Bill Rogers
In the manga
After Team Galactic capture the Lake trio and defeat Candice, Maylene, and Platinum, Candice and Maylene demand that Byron send someone strong to train them. Because Byron is occupied with protecting Professor Rowan and Mr. Berlitz, he briefly considers sending Roark, but realizes that Roark will not be strong enough and tries to call Volkner instead.
The call initially does not go through because Sunyshore City is in the middle of a blackout caused by Volkner's gym renovations. Volkner, depressed that Pokémon battles have become boring as a result of few strong opponents challenging him, elects to leave the gym when Byron's call gets through.
When Volkner meets Platinum and the two female Gym Leaders, he initially mistakes Platinum as another Gym Leader, indicating that he is quite distant from his colleagues. He attacks them and leaves immediately, as none of them appear strong enough to interest him. Platinum's sincere dedication to impressing him and to inform him of Jupiter's prowess interests Volkner enough for him to send out his Electivire to battle her. He then promises that if she defeats him, he will award her the Beacon Badge. Eventually, the girl succeeds, and he yields it to her. He also gives a Pachirisu to Maylene so she can give it to Platinum while they go off to battle Team Galactic on the Spear Pillar.
While the other Gym Leaders battle Team Galactic on Spear Pillar, Volkner ignores their calls for help and prepares to go home. Before he can leave, Volkner encounters a strange distortion in space right in front of the Sendoff Spring. Feeling excited from this discovery, Volkner calls his friend Flint to help him investigate it.
In the Platinum chapter, he and Flint are seen researching about the strange phenomenon when Flint gets a call from Buck. Later, Volkner and Flint witness Platinum and her friends traveling to the Distortion World. Volkner teases Flint about caring that his younger brother has been injured, though Flint denies it and intends to defeat the person that beat Buck. Later, they arrive at the Sendoff Spring, and enter the Distortion World through the Turnback Cave.
Upon arriving, they are attacked by Giratina and are chased throughout the Distortion World by it. Despite a powerful combination attack they used, Giratina proves too powerful for them and defeats the two with a DragonBreath. They manage to get up soon after, only for Giratina to leave to fight the other legendary Pokémon in the area.
After Charon is defeated, Giratina tries one last time to attack Platinum, only for Flint and Volkner to attack it from behind and defeat it. Satisfied, the two hi-five each other in a prideful boast of their strength.
In the Black & White chapter, a picture of Volkner can be seen in Shauntal's book.
This listing is of Volkner's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
| Elekid the second of Volkner's team seen. He used it in his battle against Platinum where it fought her Lopunny, using its great speed in the battle. However, it was eventually defeated.
Elekid's only known move is Focus Punch.
|| VS. Elekid
| Electivire was the third Pokémon seen on Volkner's team. He used it in his battle against Platinum where it fought her Rapidash and despite its extremely powerful ThunderPunch, it was unable to defeat it unlike Jupiter's Tangrowth, which was able to easily defeat it. Later, it fought Giratina at the Distortion World only to be defeated. It later fought Giratina again, this time actually managing to defeat it.
Electivire's known moves are ThunderPunch and Discharge.
|| VS. Electivire
|| Pachirisu ♀
| Pachirisu was a Pokémon formerly owned by Volkner. Before the battle at the Spear Pillar, Volkner gave Maylene his Pachirisu, which she later gave to Platinum.
|| VS. Dialga and Palkia IV
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Volkner or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Volkner's Japanese Leader title is かがやき しびれさせる スター.
- Volkner and Jasmine have many similarities:
- The cities they both reside in, Olivine City and Sunyshore City, are close to the sea and have lighthouses: the Glitter Lighthouse and the Vista Lighthouse. Consequently, both Jasmine and Volkner are in their respective lighthouse when the player first meets them.
- Something stops both Jasmine and Volkner from battling the player in the beginning: Jasmine's Ampharos is ill, so the player has to get the Secret Potion to heal it, and there is a power outage in Sunyshore City, so the player can't reach it until the player has sorted out the dilemma with Team Galactic.
- They both appear in Sunyshore City in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- All of Volkner's Diamond and Pearl Pokémon are Pokémon that have gender differences.
- In Diamond and Pearl, two of Volkner's four Pokémon, Ambipom and Octillery, are not of his specialty type, though each know one Electric-type move (Shock Wave and Charge Beam respectively). This changed in Platinum, when they were replaced by Jolteon and Electivire.
- Volkner's Electivire is the only Pokémon of a Gym Leader to use Seals in Pokémon Platinum. Coincidentally, it is used in the Double Battle with Flint, who uses his Magmortar, the only Pokémon of a member of the Elite Four to have Seals.
- Volkner is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader to not have any Pokémon with more than one type in Diamond and Pearl.
- Volkner being bored with weak Trainers and few challengers can also be seen in Drake, leader of the Orange League, who had the same feeling, except Drake wasn't just letting challengers take the Winner's Trophy without battling.
- Volkner is the second Gym Leader in anime to own a Raichu that they evolved from Pikachu. The first was Lt. Surge.
- In the anime, Volkner was to be the only Sinnoh Gym Leader that Ash battled who uses his in-game party from Platinum.
||From 田字草 denjisō, the Japanese name for European waterclover. Means electromagnetic (電磁 denji).
||Probably derived from German name "Volker" for "defender". Sounds similar to volt.
||Probably from the term "tension électrique" (electrical tension), usually referred to in English as "voltage".
||From corrente, current.
||From eléctrico, electric.
||May be a combination of 'lightning' (電, jeon) and 'thunder' (震, jin). Alternatively, 전진 (前進) can mean to advance.
||電磁 Diàncí (manga)
電次 Diàncì (anime)
|From 電磁 denji. Means "electromagnetism" or "electromagnetic".|
From the name 電次 denji. Contains 電, electricity. Also sounds similar to 電磁 (electromagnetism).