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Tower Tycoon Palmer

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Palmer
クロツグ Kurotsugu
Diamond Pearl Palmer.png
Art from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Male
Hometown Twinleaf Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Barry (son), unnamed wife (games)
Barry (son) (anime)
Pearl (Pokémon Adventures)
Trainer class Tower Tycoon
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV
Games Diamond and Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Brain of Battle Tower
Print Tower Print
Anime debut Historical Mystery Tour!
English voice actor Carmen Borgia
Japanese voice actor Nobuyuki Hiyama

Tower Tycoon Palmer (Japanese: タワータイクーン クロツグ Tower Tycoon Kurotsugu) is the leader of the Battle Tower in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and the Frontier Brain of the same facility in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the games

He is Barry's father. Palmer is very similar to his son in look and character, as he's always in a rush. This is proven when he runs into the player just before his son does on the player's first arrival into the Battle Park.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

On 21st consecutive battle



On 49th consecutive battle



Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

Silver Print challenge



Gold Print challenge



Quotes

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Reason: When victorious against player.

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Initial battle
  • Before battle
"Hi! My name's Palmer. I remember you from when you were in Twinleaf, <player>. You were always playing with my son <rival>, right? You’ve grown up since then, and most impressively, too! So, I'd like you to show me. Show me the bond you’ve built with your Pokémon. Show me the skill you've acquired as a Trainer!"
  • Being defeated (Diamond and Pearl)
"Losing to an outstanding Trainer like you... I can live with that."
  • Being defeated (Platinum)
"I have no problem losing to a spectacular Trainer like you!"
  • After being defeated
"Bravo! One day, I imagine my son will come challenge me just as you have. That’s something I look forward to a great deal. You will become even more skilled the very same way your father did. Keep battling Trainers from around the world and keep growing greater in stature!"
Rematch
  • Before battle
"So, you've come this so far! As the Tower Tycoon, I'll have to give you my best effort. That's how the best Trainers show respect to each other. By Battling all out as dedicated students of Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"Losing to an outstanding Trainer like you... I can live with that."
  • After being defeated
"Bravo! I feel inspired in my heart! It brings back a memory of that day long ago... I went out to the lake with your father that day... We were attacked by a wild Pokémon. We fended it off, but I don't recall how. It was that desperate. That was my first step as a Trainer. I wonder if the professor is doing well? ...That's enough reminiscing. My young friend, the world and your future hold infinite promise. Go on, you can be all that you desire! There is no limit to where you can go!"

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Initial battle
  • Before battle
"Hi! My name's Palmer. I heard a lot about you. You are <player> from New Bark Town, right? You are much younger than I thought. So, I'd like you to show me. Show me the bond you've built with your Pokémon. Show me what you've learned through battles with Trainers!"
  • Being defeated
"I have no problem losing to a spectacular trainer like you!"
  • After being defeated
"Bravo! I imagine many great Trainers will come to challenge me as you have just done. That's something I look forward to a great deal. You will become even more skilled. Keep battling Trainers from around the world and keep growing greater in stature!"
  • After winning
"Ah, wonderful! That was fantastic! Do come again!"
Rematch
  • Before battle
"So, you've come this far! As the Tower Tycoon, I'll have to give you my best effort. That's how the best Trainers show respect to each other. By battling all out as dedicated students of Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"I have no problem losing to a spectacular trainer like you!"
  • After being defeated
"Bravo! I feel inspired in my heart! My young friend, the world and your future hold infinite promise. The spirits of people and Pokémon call for each other in resonance. The resulting bond is finitely strong! Go on, you can be all that you desire! There is no limit to where you can go!"

Sprites

Spr DP Palmer.png Spr Pt Palmer.png Palmer OD.png VSPalmer.png
Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Platinum,
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
VS sprite from
Platinum,
HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In the anime

Palmer in the anime

Palmer has a cameo appearance at the beginning of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, in a battle against Cynthia. He made his debut appearance in Historical Mystery Tour! where he meets up with his son, Barry.

In Challenging a Towering Figure!, a tournament was held in order to see which Trainer was strong enough to battle him. Ash won the tournament and had his battle with Palmer. Even though Ash lost the battle, Palmer still gave him a trophy as recognition for winning the tournament.

Palmer later told Ash about the next Gym being at Sunyshore City and hinted about the Gym Leader of Sunyshore Gym, Volkner.

Palmer has a cameo appearance during the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokémon

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

Palmer's Milotic
Milotic
Palmer's Milotic made a cameo appearance alongside its Trainer during the opening of Arceus and the Jewel of Life where it was seen battling Cynthia's Garchomp.

Milotic's known moves are Aqua Ring, Protect, and Ice Beam.

Debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Palmer's Dragonite
Dragonite
Palmer's Dragonite has only made a brief appearance in the anime. In its scene, it only appeared to help announce Palmer's arrival in Twinleaf Town when he arrived for the annual festival.

None of Dragonite's moves are known.

Debut Challenging a Towering Figure!
Palmer's Rhyperior
Rhyperior
After winning the Twinleaf Festival's annual tournament, Ash was given, as well as a trophy, the chance to battle Palmer in an exhibition match. The match was one-on-one and Palmer chose his powerhouse Rhyperior to battle. In response, Ash chose Grotle as he realized that Palmer would be ready to counter his normal strategy of using speed attacks and decided to focus on power instead.

Rhyperior proved to be a very tough opponent, being able to withstand Grotle's attacks due to its Ability and giving the Grove Pokémon a very tough time. However the tables seemed to turn when Rhyperior forced Grotle to swallow an Energy Ball, giving it a major power boost. Using this Grotle was able to cause significant damage to Rhyperior, but Grotle was simply unable to stand up to the massive attack power of Rhyperior and was defeated.

Rhyperior also appeared alongside Palmer during the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Rhyperior's known moves are Rock Polish, Sandstorm, Megahorn, and Rock Wrecker, and its Ability is Solid Rock.

Debut Challenging a Towering Figure!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 檜山修之 Nobuyuki Hiyama
English Carmen Borgia
Czech Ladislav Cigánek
Danish Peter Holst-Beck
Polish Karol Wróblewski
Brazilian Portuguese Robson Silva
European Spanish Alejandro García

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Palmer in Pokémon Adventures

Palmer first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Argenta, Dahlia, and Thorton in a meeting; afterward they go back to their facilities. Before Palmer can do so, he is attacked by a Pokémon using Bonemerang. Palmer easily catches the thrown bone and the person who attacked him is revealed to be his friend, Riley. Riley had come to ask him about a camera machine he obtained on Iron Island but Palmer decides to ask Thorton about it.

Later, Palmer, along with Argenta, investigates the reason as to why the communication system of the Battle Frontier had gone down. Palmer is shocked to see Platinum and her victory over the Frontier Brains. After Platinum defeats Argenta, Palmer invites Platinum to help her in her investigation of the Distortion World.

After the proper preparations have been made, Palmer, along with Platinum, Riley, Cheryl, and Mira leave to the Distortion World on Palmer's Cresselia. After traveling for some time, Platinum asks Palmer about how he met Cresselia. He reveals that he met Cresselia a few weeks prior on Fullmoon Island after going there to find a way to cure Sailor Eldritch's son from a terrible nightmare that had prevented him from waking up. Afterward, they arrive at the Spring Path, but find that Marley has been captured by the Advanced level Grunt of Team Galactic. However, the Grunt reveals that he does not want to fight and has escaped from Team Galactic. Platinum forces him to take them to where the Distortion World but they are quickly separated upon entering due to the dimension's strange gravity.

After witnessing several battles going on there, Palmer is attacked by Darkrai and is separated further from Platinum and the Grunt. He lands in front of Pearl, surprising his son by falling out of the sky. They have a brief reunion, but it is cut short by Darkrai, who had attacked because Cresselia was hostile towards it. After entering, Pearl is shocked to find his father, Palmer, having fallen out of the sky. Palmer reminds his son to call him "daddy", instead of simply dad, and prepares to battle against the Pokémon that knocked him down, Darkrai. Palmer reveals that it is attacking due to Palmer's Cresselia being hostile towards it. Palmer manages to defeat Darkrai alone, which causes Pearl to wonder why he is not a Gym Leader. Palmer reveals to him that he has a job as the owner of the Battle Frontier and is the Tower Tycoon of the Battle Tower.

When Palmer asks where Diamond is, Pearl sadly informs him that he had died in their previous battle. Suddenly, Diamond appears riding on Dialga's back, revealing that he is still alive. The battle between the legendary Pokémon continues getting more chaotic, and his Cresselia joins in the fight, furious at Darkrai for it giving the Pokémon of Fullmoon Island nightmares. When Charon decides to escape, Platinum borrows Cresselia and chases after him into the real world with Diamond and Pearl, leaving Palmer and the others left behind in process.

After Charon's defeat, Palmer and everyone else who was left behind manages to escape unharmed. Palmer reminds Platinum that she still has one facility to beat at the Battle Frontier - his, and welcomes her upcoming challenge. When Pearl finds it funny that Platinum will fight his father, Palmer reminds him again to refer to him as "daddy".

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, it was revealed that at some point, Palmer had borrowed Brandon's Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. He used the three to awaken the legendary Pokémon Regigigas at the Snowpoint Temple with the hope that he may use it to battle against any threats to Sinnoh. However, due to it being uncontrollable, in addition to it being too peaceful to need its powers, he would later release it, where it would eventually end up in the hands of Diamond.

Pokémon

On hand
Palmer's Cresselia
Cresselia
Cresselia is Palmer's first known Pokémon. She was first used by Palmer to take him, Platinum, Cheryl, and Mira to the Distortion World. According to Palmer, he found her on Fullmoon Island to help heal Sailor Eldritch's son from a nightmare. When Palmer was attacked by Darkrai, he used Cresselia to battle against it.

Cresselia's known moves are Lunar Dance and Psycho Shift, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel II
Palmer's Milotic
Milotic
Milotic is Palmer's second known Pokémon. It was used by Palmer to battle against Darkrai in the Distortion World. It managed to hold its own before being switched out with Cresselia.

Milotic's only known move is Aqua Ring.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel VIII
Borrowed
Palmer's Regirock, Registeel, and Regice
Regirock, Registeel, and Regice
Main article: Brandon's legendary golems

Palmer borrowed Regirock, Registeel, and Regice from Brandon. They were used in order to awaken Regigigas at the Snowpoint Temple so that Palmer could capture it.

Debut All About Arceus IX
Released
Palmer's Regigigas
Regigigas
Main article: Reg

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, it was revealed that Palmer awakened Regigigas with the help of Brandon's Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. He intended to use it in the case of a crisis involving legendary Pokémon, but released it back into Snowpoint Temple after deciding that it wasn't necessary at the time. This same Regigigas would be found by Platinum and later joined Diamond's team, where it was given the nickname Reg.

Debut All About Arceus IX
Status unknown
Palmer's Cranidos
Cranidos
Cranidos was used by a younger Palmer to battle against Crasher Wake in the past. It is unknown if he still has it.

Cranidos's only known move is Head Smash.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel VIII

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Palmer in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Palmer first appears in Look for Giratina! at the Fight Area. When Hareta and Mitsumi arrive there for some training, Palmer attacks them disguised as a member of Team Galactic. He faces Hareta in battle and proves to be a tough opponent but the match ends in a tie.

With the battle having ended, Palmer reveals that he is not a member of Team Galactic and just wanted to fight Hareta after learning he was the son of Kaisei. After attempting to flirt with Mitsumi, Palmer gets into an argument with his son, Jun. Palmer then leaves and gives Hareta a message from Kaisei that tells him to look for Giratina so he can find his father.

Pokémon

Palmer's Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite is Palmer's only known Pokémon. It was used to battle Hareta's Empoleon while Palmer posed as a Team Galactic member. Eventually, the match ended in a tie when the two Pokémon fainted.

Dragonite's known moves are Double Team, Draco Meteor, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Look for Giratina!

In the Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!! manga

Palmer only appears in a flashback in The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!.

Pokémon

Palmer's Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite only appears in a flashback alongside its Trainer.
Debut The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Palmer or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Palmer's Pokémon
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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Regigigas Pokémon FB Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo 9/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 087/100
Dragonite Pokémon FB Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 56/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 073/100
      DPt-P Promotional cards   018/DPt-P
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Palmer's Contribution Su Supreme Victors Uncommon 139/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 091/100
 

Trivia

  • Palmer is the only Trainer to be animated in Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver in his appearance at the end of the battle (his hair and coattails blow in the "wind").
    • Also, his quotes said to the player differ between Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, and HeartGold and SoulSilver, with references to his home in Sinnoh, even including his son, removed.
  • Palmer's battle music in Diamond and Pearl is the same as Cynthia's battle theme. In Platinum, it changes to match the other four Frontier Brains.
    • Interestingly, he was battling Cynthia herself in his first anime appearance, in the cameo at the beginning of the twelfth movie. They both have a Milotic in the games.
  • Palmer's coat has the kanji ō, meaning "king", on the back.
  • Palmer is the only Frontier Brain whose hometown is known.
  • Palmer shares the trait of being the Tower Tycoon of his region with Anabel.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese クロツグ Kurotsugu From 桄榔 kurotsugu, Arenga
English, Italian Palmer From palm
French Koner From conifère, conifer
German Viktor From victory
Spanish Jericor From rigor or Jericho, which is described in the Bible as the City of Palm Trees
Korean 종수 Jongsu From 종수 (棕樹) jongsu, palm tree.
Chinese (Mandarin) 桄榔 Guāngláng*
阿黑 Ā Hēi*
From 桄榔 guāngláng, Arenga
From the kuro (黒, black) in his Japanese name


Tower Tycoon

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese タワータイクーン Tower Tycoon
Mandarin Chinese 對戰大君 / 对战大君 Duìzhàn Dàjūn
France Flag.png European French Aigle Tour
Germany Flag.png German Kampfkoloss
Italy Flag.png Italian Boss Torre
South Korea Flag.png Korean 타워타이쿤 Tower Tycoon
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Amo Torre


JohtoSinnoh BF.png Sinnoh and Johto Battle Frontier JohtoSinnoh BF.png
Battle Castle
Darach
Castle Valet
Darach
Battle Hall
Argenta
Hall Matron
Argenta
Battle Tower
Palmer
Tower Tycoon
Palmer
Battle Factory
Thorton
Factory Head
Thorton
Battle Arcade
Dahlia
Arcade Star
Dahlia

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