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Pyramid King Brandon

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ジンダイ Jindai
Emerald Pyramid King Brandon.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn*/Kanto*
Trainer class Pyramid King
(Frontier Brain)
Generation III
Games Pokémon Emerald
Brain of Battle Pyramid
Symbol Brave Symbol
Anime debut Battling the Enemy Within
English voice actor Craig Blair
Japanese voice actor Masayuki Omoro

Pyramid King Brandon (Japanese: ピラミッドキング ジンダイ Pyramid King Jindai) is the Frontier Brain and chief of the Battle Frontier's Battle Pyramid. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Pyramid King (Japanese: ピラミッドキング Pyramid King).

In the games

Any Trainer arriving at the top of the Battle Pyramid just after Brandon must battle against him for the status of the Pyramid's conqueror.

Brandon appreciates the grand life of the explorer. He recalls the passion, danger, and desperation of his death-defying and life-affirming adventures. When defeated in battle, he'll praise the grandeur of the match and hand over the Brave Symbol.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Brandon is revealed to have worked with Mauville TV to produce various television programs detailing the search for the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion in the Kalos, Johto, and Sinnoh regions.


Silver Symbol challenge

Gold Symbol challenge


Initial battle

  • Before battle
"Young adventurer... Wouldn't you agree that explorations are the grandest of adventures? Your own wits! Your own strength! Your own Pokémon! And, above all, only your courage to lead you through unknown worlds..."
"Aah, yes, indeed this life is grand! Grand, it is! Eh? I'm Brandon. I'm the Pyramid King, which means I'm in charge here. Most people call me the chief! You coming here means you have that much confidence in yourself, am I right? Hahahah! This should be exciting! Now, then! Bring your courage to our battle!"
  • Being defeated
"That's it! You’ve done great! You've worked hard for this!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Hey! What's wrong with you! Let's see some effort! Get up!"
  • After being defeated
"Hahahah! Grand it was! Grand, yes, indeed! Well done! You've earned recognition! Your Frontier Pass, please!"
"Young explorer! I look forward to our next meeting! "


  • Before battle
"...You've finally returned, young explorer... Your love for adventure seems to come deep from within your heart... Yes... You are exactly as I was in my own youth... ... ... ...Ah... The passionate! The dangerous! The desperate! Those days of death-defying, life-affirming adventures are back..."
"Now, then! I sense my courage is off the meter! Everything you have! I'm braced for it all!"
  • Being defeated
"That's it! You've done it! You kept working for this!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Hey! Don't give up now! Get up! Don't lose faith in yourself!"
  • After being defeated
"Hahahah! Remarkable! Yes, it's grand, indeed! Young explorer! You've bested me through and through! Here! I want you to have this!"
"Ah, yes! It just goes to show that I have much to learn still! May our paths cross again! Farewell for now, young explorer!"


Spr E Brandon.png Brandon OD.png
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Overworld sprite from

In the anime

Brandon in the anime

He is shrouded in mystery for most of the Battle Frontier saga. Unlike the other Frontier Brains, his silhouette is not shown on its own during the opening and is only seen in the center of the group shot. Trainers will only find out the location of the Battle Pyramid after they have collected the other six Symbols. This suggests that Brandon ranks higher than the rest of the Frontier Brains in the anime, although in the video games and manga, this position belongs to Anabel. When Ash finally gets his sixth Frontier Symbol in Second Time's the Charm!, he learns that it is located near Pewter City.

His first battle with Brandon occurred in Battling the Enemy Within!. At the time, however, Ash was possessed by an ancient king of the Pyramid who battled Brandon's Regirock with Ash's Sceptile. Sceptile was defeated, although Ash eventually regained control of his body, and the Pyramid was moved to an area near Indigo Plateau.

For their first official, and second battle in Overjoyed!, Ash's Torkoal squared off against Brandon's Registeel. However, Torkoal was, like Sceptile, defeated by Brandon's Legendary Pokémon.

In Gathering the Gang of Four, Ash and his friends met up with Brandon in a forest. In Pace - The Final Frontier!, Brandon and Ash fought in a 4 vs. 4 battle. Brandon's Dusclops defeated Ash's Charizard in the first round, but was then defeated by Ash's Bulbasaur. Then, Brandon's Ninjask squared off against Ash's Squirtle, where Squirtle was able to beat Ninjask with a Skull Bash. In the next round, Squirtle was defeated by Brandon's Solrock, which in turn drew with Bulbasaur. With both competitors left to their last Pokémon, Ash used Pikachu while Brandon unveiled yet another Pokémon from his Legendary collection: this time, a Regice. Despite the odds, however, Pikachu managed to hold its own against the Legendary golem and came out victorious, becoming only the second Pokémon in the anime to have defeated a Legendary Pokémon, after Charizard.

He was seen in a flashback in Pika and Goliath!.

Brandon appeared again in A Pyramiding Rage!, where he wanted to research the Snowpoint Temple. While meeting up with Ash and his friends, he is challenged to a Full Battle by Paul. Paul loses the match easily due to him losing control of his emotions. Brandon later mentions that they would battle again when Paul is ready.

In Pillars of Friendship!, Brandon tries, and fails, to stop Pokémon Hunter J from disturbing Regigigas in the Snowpoint Temple, which then goes on a rampage. It eventually calms down when Brandon saves it from being turned into a statue by J. Brandon then decides to stay at the Snowpoint Temple, not only to rebuild it, but also allow Regirock, Regice, and Registeel to become the new pillars that protect Regigigas.

In Battling a Thaw in Relations!, Paul announced he would return to Snowpoint Temple to re-challenge Brandon. What the outcome of the battle is has yet to be revealed.


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

Brandon's Regirock
Main article: Brandon's Regirock

Brandon used Regirock against Ash during their unofficial battle while Ash was possessed by the King of Pokélantis. Regirock went up against Sceptile and won despite the type-disadvantage. Regirock later sent Team Rocket blasting off along with Registeel during Ash and Brandon's rematch.

Regirock was used in the Full Battle against Paul and was able to easily defeat his Hariyama, Electabuzz, Ursaring, and Magmar.

Debut Battling the Enemy Within!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Brandon's Registeel
Main article: Brandon's Registeel

After the Kanto Grand Festival, Ash was finally allowed an official battle against Brandon in another one-on-one battle. Brandon used Registeel, while Ash used his Torkoal. The two fought hard, and although Registeel was left extremely weak after the battle, it was Torkoal who was defeated. Registeel later sent Team Rocket blasting off alongside Regirock during Ash and Brandon's rematch.

During the Full Battle against Paul, it was easily able to stand up to his Magmar's Fire-type moves, despite the type weakness. It also managed to defeat Paul's Nidoking despite taking damage from its Ground-type and Fighting-type attacks.

Debut Overjoyed!
Voice actors
Japanese Tomoe Hanba
English Tomoe Hanba
Brandon's Dusclops
Dusclops was the first Pokémon used by Brandon during his rematch and proved to be very powerful, being able to take down Ash's Charizard before being defeated by Bulbasaur's Solar Beam.

Dusclops's known moves are Will-O-Wisp, Shadow Punch, Mean Look, and Confuse Ray.

Debut Gathering the Gang of Four!
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers
Brandon's Ninjask
Ninjask was the second Pokémon used by Brandon during his rematch against Ash, where it went up against his Squirtle. Despite a closely fought battle, Ninjask couldn't stand up to Squirtle's Skull Bash and was defeated.

Ninjask's known moves are Aerial Ace, Sandstorm, Double Team, and Sand Attack.

Debut Pace - The Final Frontier!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Billy Beach
Brandon's Solrock
Brandon used Solrock third in the rematch against Ash, and it was able to defeat his Squirtle. After knocking the Tiny Turtle Pokémon out of the match, it then went up against Bulbasaur. The two fought hard for their Trainers, eventually knocking each other out of the battle.

Solrock's known moves are Psywave, Confusion, Shadow Ball, and Solar Beam.

Debut Pace - The Final Frontier!
Brandon's Regice
Main article: Brandon's Regice

After his first three Pokémon were defeated in Pace - The Final Frontier!, Brandon sent out his newly-caught Regice against Pikachu. Regice fought its hardest against the Electric type and looked poised to win, but Pikachu was able to whittle down its strength with Iron Tail and Volt Tackle to claim victory.

During the Full Battle against Paul, Regice battled Ursaring, and was able to defeat his Lairon with no trouble.

Debut Pace - The Final Frontier!
Voice actors
Japanese Tomoe Hanba
English Tomoe Hanba


Brandon's Regigigas
Many centuries ago, Regigigas helped to protect Snowpoint City from a volcanic eruption, and slept inside Snowpoint Temple. There it rested until Pokémon Hunter J destroyed the pillars sealing it, attempting to capture it for a client. Regigigas awakened and went on a rampage threatening Snowpoint City, and after battling Regirock, Registeel, and Regice, was able to bring all three under its control.

All seemed lost until J tried to capture Regigigas again, and Brandon and his Regis all risked their lives to protect it, getting petrified by J's bracelet in the process. After J left due to her client canceling the deal, Regigigas restored the ones who protected it to life and then went back to sleep, with Brandon promising to help rebuild the temple and help protect it from further harm.

Regigigas's known moves are Hyper Beam, Hammer Arm*, Confuse Ray, and Hidden Power.

Debut Pillars of Friendship!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小室正幸 Masayuki Omoro
English Craig Blair
Czech Marek Libert
Danish Peter Zhelder
Dutch Frank Verkerk
Polish Janusz Wituch
Brazilian Portuguese Luiz Antonio Lobue (AG178-AG190)
Leonardo Camilo (DP128-DP129)
Spanish Latin America Rolando del Castro (AG178-AG190)
Manuel Campuzano (DP128-DP129)
Spain Miguel Ángel del Hoyo

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Brandon in the Pokémon Adventures manga

Brandon took witness to Emerald's battle with Noland and immediately refined his facility for him, just in case. He seems to carry a special dislike for Emerald, but treats him fairly - explaining the rules of the Battle Frontier and showing off his Pokémon to the boy before the challenge. He expects Emerald to be tired out during their confrontation, but is surprised to see that Emerald used a Phanpy's Pickup Ability to collect enough items to keep his team refreshed. Brandon says he favors one-hit knockout moves, like Explosion.

Brandon later lends his Pokémon to Palmer, allowing him to capture Regigigas.


The following is the listing for Brandon's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga:

Brandon Regirock Adventures.png
Brandon Registeel Adventures.png
Brandon Regice Adventures.png


  • Brandon tends to yell "Nooo!!" (Japanese: 喝!! Katsu!!) when he disapproves of something in the anime.
  • Whenever Brandon sends out a Pokémon in the English dub of the anime, he first calls out the Pokémon's name and then shouts "I need your assistance!"
  • Brandon is the only character to have been challenged 3 times (including the non-official battle with the Ancient King) by Ash before being defeated. In terms of the number of the battles with Ash, he is one of few known Trainers to have battled Ash more than twice.
  • Both of the teams that he uses in Pokémon Emerald are made up of the members of a Legendary trio found in the Generation III paired versions. Coincidentally, both trios can also be found in Platinum, but not in Diamond and Pearl.
  • All the Pokémon Brandon uses in Emerald are used by Battle Chatelaine Dana during the Super Triple Battle in Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Brandon is the only in-game character whose all known teams consist entirely of Legendary Pokémon.
  • In the Italian version of the Diamond & Pearl series, Brandon's translated name was changed from Baldo to Mariano.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ジンダイ Jindai From 神代杉 Jindai-Sugi, Cryptomeria buried under volcanic ashes.
English Brandon From brave
French Bayar From bravoure, bravery
German Brian From Bravour, bravery
Italian Baldo From baldo, bold
Spanish Valente From valentía, courage
Korean 기선 Giseon From 용기 yonggi (courage) and 선 seon (ancient)
Chinese (Mandarin) 神代 Shéndài From his Japanese name. Literally means age of the gods.

Pyramid King

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ピラミッドキング Pyramid King
Mandarin Chinese 金字塔法老 Jīnzìtǎ Fǎlǎo
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pyramidikuningas
France Flag.png European French Roi Pyramide
Germany Flag.png German Pyrakönig
Italy Flag.png Italian Re Piramide
South Korea Flag.png Korean 피라미드킹 Pyramid King
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Rey Pirámide

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

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Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis and BroSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORAS
Secret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefGarçonGardenerMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlTouristWaitressWorker

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