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Spenser
ウコン Ukon
Emerald Palace Maven Spenser.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Male
Eye color Unknown
Hair color White
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn*/Kanto*
Trainer class Palace Maven
(Frontier Brain)
Generation III
Games Pokémon Emerald
Brain of Battle Palace
Symbol Spirit Symbol
Anime debut Cutting the Ties that Bind
English voice actor Eric Schussler
Japanese voice actor Nachi Nozawa

Palace Maven Spenser (Japanese: パレスガーディアン ウコン Palace Guardian Ukon) is the Frontier Brain and master of the Battle Frontier's Battle Palace. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Palace Maven (Japanese: パレスガーディアン Palace Guardian).

In the games

Spenser's physical being and heartbeat are as one with his Pokémon, his brethren. He has full trust in his Pokémon. He makes loud threats to set his opponent off guard. When defeated, he awards the Spirit Symbol.

Pokémon

Silver Symbol challenge



Gold Symbol challenge



Other

Spenser also has these Pokémon, but they don't participate in battle. Sprites of them are seen as Spenser gets ready for his battle with the player.

Spr 3e 356.png
Dusclops
Spr 3e 298.png
Azurill

Quotes

Initial battle
  • Before battle
"My physical being is with Pokémon always! My heart beats as one with Pokémon always! Young one of a Trainer! Do you believe in your Pokémon? Can you believe them through and through? If your bonds of trust are frail, you will never beat my brethren! The bond you share with your Pokémon! Prove it to me here!"
  • Being defeated
"Ah... Now this is something else..."
  • If the player is defeated
"Your Pokémon are wimpy because you're a wimpy Trainer!"
  • After being defeated
"Gwahahah! Hah, you never fell for my bluster! Sorry for trying that stunt! Here! Bring me the thing!"
His assistant: "My, my, if only you could maintain that facade of distinguished authority... Here! Let's see your Frontier Pass!"
"Your Pokémon's eyes are truly clear and unclouded. I will eagerly await the next opportunity to see you."
Rematch
  • Before battle
"Gwahahah! You've battled your way up again? You must have developed a truly formidable bond with your Pokémon. So be it! This time, I won't bluster or hold back. This time, there's no fooling around. Ready now? Prepare to lose! ... ... ...Kaaah!"
  • Being defeated
"Gwah! Hahahaha!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Gwahahaha! My brethren, we have nothing to fear!"
  • After being defeated
"Well, that was some display! Even fully unleashed, my brethren could not overpower you. You team spirit is truly admirable! Here! Bring me that thing, will you?"
His assistant: "My, my, if only you could maintain a certain level of decorum... Gaaah, here! Hurry with that Frontier Pass, you!"
"Gwahahah! Come see me time and again! My brethren and I will be waiting!"

Sprites

Spr E Spenser.png Spenser OD.png
Sprite from
Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Emerald

In the anime

Spenser in the anime

Spenser made his debut appearance in Cutting the Ties that Bind. He is a kind old man who specializes in herbal medicines, healing Ash's Sceptile when it apparently lost its fighting skills. While he usually rides on his Venusaur, he has a lot of stamina which is shown in battle. Spenser uses the whole of the island he lives on as a battlefield and so battles have an emphasis on nature and include a lot of running around.

In Ka Boom with a View!, Spenser used a Venusaur, Shiftry and Claydol in his battle against Ash, who used his Swellow, Heracross, and Sceptile. After having a heated battle, Spenser eventually lost due to Sceptile learning and using SolarBeam. Spenser made an appearance in a flashback in King and Queen for a Day and another flashback in A Pyramiding Rage along with Noland, Greta, Tucker, Lucy, and Anabel.

Pokémon

This listing is of Spenser's known Pokémon in the anime:

Spenser's Venusaur
Venusaur
Main article: Spenser's Venusaur

Spenser's Venusaur was the second Pokémon chosen by Spenser to go against Ash. It managed to defeat Ash's Heracross, but finally lost to Swellow.

Debut Cutting the Ties that Bind
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Craig Blair
Spenser's Chansey
Chansey
Spenser's Chansey was used to heal the wounds of Ash's Sceptile.

Chansey's only known move is Heal Bell.

Debut Cutting the Ties that Bind
Spenser's Shiftry
Shiftry
Shiftry first appeared in Ka Boom with a View!, where it was the first Pokémon to be sent against Ash, while he chose Sceptile. Before using any move, Shiftry dodged the Bullet Seed from Sceptile and was told to move to the jungle. It had immense speed, but Sceptile was just as fast, as it followed close behind. After the two Grass types reached a small waterfall, both continued their duel. Shiftry managed to push Sceptile into the pool of water, then used Rock Smash to send rocks down into the pool. However, Sceptile escaped up through the waterfall and landed a hit on Shiftry, knocking it out, and winning Ash the first victory.

It reappeared in a flashback in King and Queen for a Day.

Shiftry's known moves are Shadow Ball, Quick Attack, Double Team, and Rock Smash.

Debut Ka Boom with a View!
Spenser's Claydol
Claydol
Claydol appeared in the episode Ka Boom with a View!, where it was the third Pokémon to be sent out against Ash. Claydol had to face Ash's Swellow and Sceptile before being defeated by Sceptile's newly learned SolarBeam. Claydol is the powerhouse of Spenser's team.

Claydol appeared in flashbacks in King and Queen for a Day and A Pyramiding Rage!.

Claydol's known moves are Teleport, Rapid Spin, Sandstorm, Hyper Beam, and Psybeam.

Debut Ka Boom with a View!
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Kōichi Sakaguchi

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 野沢那智 Nachi Nozawa
English Eric Schussler
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Brazilian Portuguese Renato Márcio
Spanish Latin America Jorge Ornelas
Spain Roberto Cuenca Martínez

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Spenser in the Pokémon Adventures manga

Spenser debuts in the Emerald chapter. He is one of the seven Trainers hired by Scott to be a Frontier Brain at the Battle Frontier. Spenser is first seen at the Frontier's opening ceremony, where he participates in a demonstration battle alongside Lucy. Though the battle ends in an easy victory, the ceremony is interrupted by Emerald, who announces that he wishes to conquer the Battle Frontier. The press mistakenly report the incident as allowing an ordinary Trainer to take part in the Battle Frontier before it officially opens a week later. The Frontier Brains decide to use this assumption as free publicity and allow Emerald to challenge the Battle Frontier under the condition that he completes it before it officially opens.

Later, while Emerald is challenging the Battle Pyramid, Noland is attacked by an unknown assailant and several rental Pokémon are stolen. After Noland is taken to a hospital, the other Frontier Brains begin to suspect Emerald as the culprit. They head to the Battle Pyramid to confront Emerald and find him after having defeated Brandon. When they ask him about what happened, Emerald reveals that he did not attack Noland and is actually after the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi. The Frontier Brains find Emerald's explanation suspicious, but decide to follow him into Artisan Cave, where Jirachi is currently located at. Upon arriving, everyone is attacked by a horde of wild Smeargle while Emerald continues inside to find Jirachi. After the Frontier Brains get past the Smeargle, they meet up with Emerald, who has managed to find Jirachi. Emerald attempts to capture Jirachi, but is attacked by Guile Hideout, the actual culprit who attacked Noland. When Jirachi runs off, Emerald attempts to pursue it, only to be attacked by the rental Pokémon Guile had stolen. Spenser, Brandon, Lucy, and Tucker all try to attack Guile to avenge Noland, but are easily defeated. Eventually, Jirachi escapes, forcing Guile to leave to continue his pursuit of it. Injured from the battle, everyone decides to return to the Battle Frontier. When they meet up with Scott again, he reveals that he was aware of Guile and Emerald's true mission the entire time. Scott states that he withheld the information from the Frontier Brains to help them get stronger as they still would have lost even if they had known of Guile beforehand.

The next day, Spenser encounters Ruby and Sapphire near the Battle Palace while Emerald challenges the Battle Dome. Spenser confronts Sapphire and reveals that he is able to tell that she came in contact with the Blue Orb in the past. The two Pokédex holders find Spenser's actions strange and leave to try and investigate. Shortly afterward, Emerald arrives to challenge the Battle Palace after losing to Tucker. Spenser agrees and decides to battle Emerald immediately without going through the usual sets of virtual Trainers. They are interrupted by a phone call, which is the others informing Spenser that Guile managed to captured Jirachi and is heading to the Battle Tower to make his wish. Emerald decides to head off to the Battle Tower and leaves his Pokémon behind to win the Spirit Symbol for him.

At the Battle Tower, Emerald battles Guile, but his spare Pokémon are defeated. Latios arrives and presents Emerald with his team and the Spirit Symbol they managed to win. Using his ability to share his sight with Latias, Latios relays a message from Spenser, who is still at the Battle Palace. Spenser reveals that in the past, he visited his friends, the guardians of the Red and Blue Orbs on Mt. Pyre. When they were away, he briefly touched the Blue Orb, which filled his head with images of the Legendary Pokémon Kyogre. Due to this moment of weakness, Spenser decided to train his spirit to prevent another incident from happening again. In addition to the visions, he gained the ability to tell when other people have touched the Blue Orb, such as Sapphire. Due to this, Spenser managed to find out that Guile not only touched the Blue Orb, but was someone who let its power seep through his entire person.

Guile is impressed by Spenser's skills, but uses Jirachi to wish for a gigantic Kyogre made of seawater to flood the entire Battle Frontier. Spenser and the other Frontier Brains work together to get the press to safety and fight off Guile's rental Pokémon while Emerald and the other Pokédex holders fight Guile. Eventually Emerald and the Pokédex holders manage to defeat Guile and destroy the gigantic Kyogre monster. The day after, an injured Spenser and the other Frontier Brains congratulate Emerald for the hard work he put into saving everyone.

Pokémon

Spenser's Crobat
Crobat
Crobat is Spenser's first known Pokémon. It was used to battle a Swalot and Electrode in the opening ceremony of the Battle Frontier. Despite the type-disadvantage, Crobat, with the assistance of Lucy's Seviper, was able to defeat them. At the Artisan Cave, it was used to battle Guile, only for its attacks to be easily countered. Crobat was used to battle Emerald's team at the Battle Palace, but was eventually defeated.

Crobat's known moves are Poison Fang and Air Cutter.

Debut Swanky Showdown with Swalot
Spenser's Lapras
Lapras
Lapras is Spenser's second known Pokémon. It was first seen taking Spenser and some other Frontier Brains to the Artisan Cave. It was later chosen to be one of the three Pokémon Spenser would use to battle Emerald at the Battle Palace, but it was eventually defeated. When Guile attacked the Frontier with his sea monster Kyogre, Lapras was used to move on the water and helped battle the rental Pokémon.

Lapras's known moves are Ice Beam and Surf.

Debut A Sketchy Smattering of Smeargle
Spenser's Slaking
Slaking
Slaking is Spenser's third known Pokémon. It was first seen being chosen to be one of the three Pokémon Spenser would use to battle Emerald at the Battle Palace, but it was eventually defeated.

None of Slaking's moves are known.

Debut Standing in the Way with Starmie

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

Spenser makes an appearance in The Predestined Battle! where he is defeated by Enta. Spenser then gets his picture taken with Enta for their job well done.

Pokémon

Spenser's Lapras
Lapras
Lapras is Spenser's only known Pokémon. It went up against Enta's Vulpix and lost despite the type advantage.

None of Lapras's moves are known.

Debut The Predestined Battle!

Trivia

  • Spenser's staff has patterns similar to Kyogre's while his arms have patterns that look similar to Unown A.
  • None of the Pokémon used by him in the anime are shown under his possession in the games, and vice-versa.
  • Spenser is the only Hoenn Frontier Brain (excluding Noland) who never uses the RestChesto Berry healing combo on any of his Pokémon.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ウコン Ukon From 鬱金 ukon, turmeric
English Spenser From spirit
French Esteban From esprit, spirit
German Serenus From seele (soul) and serenus (Latin for serene)
Italian Spartaco From spirito, spirit. Also the Italian name of Spartacus
Spanish Aniceto From ánimo, spirit
Korean 우근 Ugeun Transliteration of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 宇康 Yǔkāng Transliteration of his Japanese name. Can be taken as peaceful universe


Palace Maven

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese パレスガーディアン Palace Guardian
Mandarin Chinese 宮殿守護者 / 宫殿守护者 Gōngdiàn Shǒuhùzhě
Finland Flag.png Finnish Palatsintietäjä
France Flag.png European French Capt. Palace
Germany Flag.png German Palastregent
Italy Flag.png Italian Sire Palazzo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 팰리스가디언 Palace Guardian
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Amo Palacio


EmeraldBFLogo.png Hoenn Battle Frontier EmeraldBFLogo.png
Ablity Symbol Battle Tower Ability Symbol
Anabel
Salon Maiden
Anabel
Spirits Symbol Battle Palace Spirits Symbol
Spenser
Palace Maven
Spenser
Knowledge Symbol Battle Factory Knowledge Symbol
Noland
Factory Head
Noland
Brave Symbol Battle Pyramid Brave Symbol
Brandon
Pyramid King
Brandon
Tactics Symbol Battle Dome Tactics Symbol
Tucker
Dome Ace
Tucker
Guts Symbol Battle Arena Guts Symbol
Greta
Arena Tycoon
Greta
Luck Symbol Battle Pike Luck Symbol
Lucy
Pike Queen
Lucy


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