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Drayden

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Drayden
シャガ Shaga
"The Spartan Mayor"
Black White Drayden.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Yellow
Hair color White
Hometown Opelucid City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym LeaderBB2W2
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Opelucid Gym
Badge Legend Badge
Specializes in Dragon types
Anime debut Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
English voice actor Mike Pollock
Japanese voice actor Masaki Terasoma

Drayden (Japanese: シャガ Shaga) is the Gym Leader of Opelucid City's Gym, known officially as the Opelucid Gym. He specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon and gives the Legend Badge to Trainers who manage to defeat him. In Pokémon White, Iris held the title of Opelucid City Gym Leader instead.

In the games

Drayden appears in Pokémon Black and White where he is the mayor of Opelucid City. In Black, he is the Gym Leader of Opelucid City's Gym, the last Gym to be challenged by the player in the region. Trainers who defeat Drayden will receive the Legend Badge, along with TM82 (Dragon Tail).

In White, he will teach Draco Meteor to the player's Dragon-type Pokémon if they have high friendship. He can be found in his home in Opelucid City. However, in this game, Iris takes his place as Gym Leader.

He also reappears at N's Castle where he and many of the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.

Drayden is said to train by wrestling with Pokémon.

Drayden returns once again as a Gym Leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, but as the player's seventh Gym challenge. The TM Drayden gives away remains the same.

After the Gym battle, Drayden takes the player to his home in Opelucid City and tells them about the legendary Dragon-type Pokémon Kyurem. Shortly afterwards, an explosion will be heard from outside, caused by the Plasma Frigate's ice cannon. Drayden sends out his Haxorus to crush the ice with Dragon Tail, but finds that it is unbreakable when Zinzolin shows up looking for the DNA Splicers. After rounding up all the Team Plasma Grunts and defeating Zinzolin in battle, the Shadow Triad shows up and steals the DNA Splicers, after which the player battles one of them. Even though the player wins, the Shadow Triad escapes with the Splicers. Cheren then shows up and Drayden tells the player to head to Humilau City.

Pokémon

Pokémon Black



Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Gym battle
Easy Mode/Normal Mode


Challenge Mode


Pokémon World Tournament

Drayden uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. He will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Haxorus.

Unova Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Quotes

Pokémon Black and White

Opelucid City

"The cooperation of people and Pokémon is how Unova came to exist to begin with. If a Pokémon really didn't want anything to do with humans, it would simply leave... Capturing a Pokémon in a Poké Ball doesn't mean you've captured its heart."
"What's wrong? What does the wandering Champion who left the Pokémon League need from us?"
"Moments ago, a troublemaker known as Ghetsis was here. He said a Trainer named N has reawakened ZekromB/ReshiramW..."
"Let me check that I have this straight. This N, or what have you, presumes to set the two Dragon-type Pokémon against each other in battle to test his convictions?"
"Don't worry, Iris. He is the strongest Trainer in all of Unova."
"Well, <player>, is it? Come to my home. As Alder asked, I'll tell you everything I can about the legendary Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris, child, please show the way."
  • In his house
"I'll explain. What you are holding is the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW. ReshiramB/ZekromW, who will likely awaken from the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW, and ZekromB/ReshiramW, who is already awake, were once the same Pokémon."
"One day, however... The twin heroes, the older brother who sought the truth, and the younger brother who sought ideals, began to argue about how to decide which one of them was right... The single Dragon-type Pokémon that had been with them all that time split its body into two. One sided with the older brother, and the other with the younger brother."
"Because the two of them were once the same entity, their battle raged endlessly and neither one could be declared the winner. They simply exhausted themselves. The twin heroes proclaimed that there was no one side that was right and ceased the conflict."
"True. Pokémon cannot speak. People may hurt Pokémon even more by imposing their selfish thoughts on them. But, no matter what, Pokémon and people believe in each other, need each other, and will continue to live together..."
"Sorry. We got a little off topic at the end. That is everything we know. Unfortunately, we don't know how to wake up the legendary Pokémon..."
"I made a promise to Alder. You must win the Gym Badge from the Opelucid Pokémon Gym."
  • In Black
"<player>, I'll be waiting for your challenge at the Pokémon Gym!"
  • In White
"Iris, you go and be <player>'s opponent at the Pokémon Gym."
"What will it accomplish to separate the worlds of people and Pokémon? The way we live now, with different beings understanding and forgiving each other, is much richer. That's my belief."
  • In his house after player receives the Legend Badge (White only)
"If you wish, I can teach your Pokémon the strongest Dragon-type move. Would you like your Pokémon to learn that move?"
  • Yes; if player has Pokémon in the party that can learn the move
"Which Pokémon should learn this move?"
  • If a Pokémon that can't learn Draco Meteor is selected
"I'm very sorry, but... This Pokémon cannot learn this move."
  • If a Pokémon that knows Draco Meteor is selected
"Hmm... It looks like this Pokémon already knows Draco Meteor."
  • After one of the player's Pokémon learns Draco Meteor
"Draco Meteor's power is exceptional, but using it lowers the user's Sp. Atk stat."
  • Yes; if no Dragon-type Pokémon in the player's party can learn the move
"Hmm... This Pokémon can learn this move, but your bond of friendship is not yet strong enough. That means I cannot teach it this move."
  • Yes; if player has no Dragon-type Pokémon in the party
"I see... But there are no Pokémon with you right now that can learn this move."
  • No
"Understood. Come again if you change your mind."

Opelucid Gym (Black only)

  • Before battle
"Welcome. Thank you for coming. I am Opelucid Pokémon Gym's Leader, Drayden. As the mayor, I've given everything to developing the city. As a Trainer, I've simply been pursuing greater strength. But what I'm searching for now is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Perhaps you can show me that future, the way Iris has?"
  • After the first move
"I didn't see that coming. You are a very difficult opponent."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Now is the moment of truth! This really gets my blood pumping!"
  • Being defeated
"This intense feeling that floods me after a defeat... I don't know how to describe it."
  • After being defeated
"Wonderful. I'm grateful we had a chance to meet and battle."
"Well, now, You've obtained all of the Gym Badges in Unova. Now, all Pokémon will obediently follow your commands. I also want you to have this. It's a TM I'm particularly fond of. It's called Dragon Tail."
"Dragon Tail is a move that returns the damaged Pokémon to its Poké Ball. In other words, it switches your opponent's Pokémon. Now, I have something to ask of you. Head for the Pokémon League and go after Alder. The Pokémon League is past Route 10, which runs from Opelucid City to Victory Road. I know Alder's strength, but I don't know the depths of N's power..."
  • Post game:
"Pokémon and people do not age because of the passage of time. They get old when the energy flowing in their hearts dries up. This energy in our hearts is powered by truth, ideals, or maybe dreams... That probably changes with what you most hope for in your life."

N's Castle

"Holder of the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW, please proceed!"
"I can empathize with some of what you say, but I can't forgive the way you reject everything else!"

Badge Case (Black only)

Sincere Trainer, keep growing stronger!

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Opelucid Gym

  • Before battle
"Welcome. Thank you for coming. I am the Opelucid Pokémon Gym Leader, Drayden. As the mayor, I've given everything to developing the city. As a Trainer, I've simply been pursuing greater strength. But what I'm searching for now is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Perhaps you can show me that future, the way Iris has?"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Whatever move you chose, it fills me with the heat of battle!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"My blood burns with even more fire at this age! I've still got some fight in me!"
  • Being defeated
"This bitterness that floods me after a defeat… The heart that does not succumb to such a feeling is filled with energy and life!"
  • After being defeated
"Wonderful. I'm grateful that we had a chance to meet and battle. It reminded me that Pokémon battles are about working with others to meet our challenges together."
"Well, now. You've obtained seven of the Gym Badges in Unova. That means Pokémon up to Lv. 80, including those received in trades, will follow your commands obediently. I also want you to have this. It's a TM I'm particularly fond of. It's called Dragon Tail."
"Dragon Tail is a move that returns the damaged Pokémon to its Poké Ball. In other words, it switches your opponent's Pokémon. Professor Juniper asked me to tell you about the legendary Dragon-type Pokémon that created Unova. Please wait outside."
  • Post battle
It is not the passage of time that causes Pokémon and people to age. When the energy that flows in their heart dries up, that's when they get old. The heart's energy is powered by truth, ideals or maybe dreams... No doubt it changes depending on what you most hope for in life.

Opelucid City

  • In front of the Gym
"I'll show you the way. Follow me."
  • In the streets
"This way."
"We're here. OK! Come inside."
  • In his house
"Let me tell you the story. It's a long story, but listen closely. It was two years ago when the two dragon Pokémon were awakened. The white dragon Pokémon, Reshiram, sought what is true, with the desire to usher in a new world of goodness. And the black dragon Pokémon, Zekrom, pursued what is ideal, with the desire to usher in a new world of hope. Reshiram and Zekrom were once a single Pokémon. You may wonder why it split in two. The single dragon Pokémon had helped the twin heroes bring a new region into being. But the twin heroes--the younger brother who sought ideals and the older brother who sought the truth--sundered the region in two as they fought to see which of them was right. In that desperate hour, the single dragon Pokémon split its body into a white Pokémon and a black Pokémon, even though ideals and truth don't need to be in opposition! As the story goes, a third dragon Pokémon, Kyurem, also came into existence in that era. And there may be proof of this to be found in a treasure passed down in my family for generations: the DNA Splicers. Professor Juniper's research determined that the materials in the splicers date back to the same era as the materials used in building the Dragonspiral Tower. Oh, the DNA Splicers are stored very safely. I guard them because I don't know what kind of power might lie within them. But here's what's been bothering me… Could there be one more dragon Pokémon? Even if Kyurem really exists, we don't know what kind of Pokémon it is. For starters, the two Pokémon the ancient Pokémon split into are both overwhelmingly powerful. So if Kyurem exists, could it be just a husk--a shell that was left over?"
"Hm? What was that sound?"
  • In the streets (after Team Plasma's attack)
"What was that?"
"This world of ice… Haxorus! Use Dragon Tail!"
"That's enough, Haxorus!"
"Not only did the ice stay unbroken, there's not even a scratch on it! What's going on?"
"I remember you from N's Castle."
"Do you think someone who knows what you did two years ago will just hand them over quietly?"
"Those foul villains! <Player>! I want you to help me! We're going to drive Team Plasma out of Opelucid City!"
  • If spoken to before beating Zinzolin
"They're getting tougher! <player>! Take care of the others!"
  • In front of the Gym (after Team Plasma's attack)
"You're even better than I hoped. Thanks to you, we drove them off. I'm grateful to your Pokémon, also. After all that, the least I can do is heal them with this medicine."
"Wait here a moment. I'll be right back."
"Harrumph… That's a new record for making it there and back. Look, <player>. These are the DNA Splicers!"
"This is what they were after! We're really fortunate Team Plasma didn't get their hands on them! I don't know what their goal is, but I'm sure they're planning something wicked."
"It's beyond my imagination to think you'd use one of the Seven Sages to find out where the splicers were!"
"If they've been stolen from us, we'll just have to take them back!"
"Oh no! Ah! No! No, no, it's not your fault, <player>. You were impressive! It's me who's let everybody down."
"Augh! If there were only two of me! Then I could protect the town and chase after them, too!
"Hello, Cheren. You have certainly grown. I hear you filled in for Lenora by becoming the Gym Leader in Aspertia City."
"Very well. I'll do my part--and thanks. The chase I'll leave to you! But…don't do anything reckless."
"Humilau City, huh… Is there anything to the north of Undella Town? <Player>, protect Pokémon from Team Plasma! All people should think for themselves about the nature of the relationship between people and Pokémon. It's not something Team Plasma gets to decide for everyone!"

Memory Link - A New Light

  • Opelucid City - Present
(to player) "I was just reminded of Iris. Yes, the Champion. That Iris..."
  • Flashback - Drayden and Iris's house
"Well done, Iris."
"Ah yes... I was thinking about the past. I traveled all over the world looking for a successor. I even went to remote places such as the Village of Dragons. That's where I met you, Iris."
"Yes. I was surprised. You were one with your Pokémon and battling with such joy. Just watching you made me smile. Your opponents felt disappointed by their defeat, but at the same time they enjoyed the battle. It was completely natural for me to decide I wanted to make you my successor."
"I found your reactions to be a breath of fresh air. And as a condition to leave the Village of Dragons, you wanted to broaden your experiences and become the Champion... So as I promised, I've been training you as a Trainer and as a Gym Leader. An order directly from Alder came as I was training you."
"He lost to N and retrained himself. He asked me to help with his special training, but it was ghastly. He wanted to become an immense obstacle for you, the new Champion... For that alone, he pushed himself incredibly hard."
"Don't forget that feeling. And now, if I may change the subject... When you came to Opelucid City, I gave you those clothes, right? You're the Champion, now. It's all right to dress up a little."
"What is important is your mental preparation as the Champion, Iris. When I was little, Poké Balls didn't exist yet. Sometimes Pokémon would run away from awful Trainers who didn't try to understand them."
"Good! If anyone can do it, you can."
  • End of flashback
(to player) "I wonder what kind of Champion she'll become."

Pokémon World Tournament

  • Before battle (first round)
"What I want to find is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future."
  • Before battle (second round)
"Thinking about aging is thinking about the time you have left. Now, since there are fewer things I can do, what I want to find is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future."
  • Before battle (final round)
"What I want to find is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Let's battle with everything we have: your skill, my experience, and the love we've raised our Pokémon with!"
  • Being defeated
"This instense feeling that floods me after a defeat... I don't know how to describe it."
  • If the player is defeated
"Harrumph! I know your ability is greater than that!"
  • After being defeated
"Wonderful. I'm grateful we had a chance to meet and battle. Make a bright future--not just for yourself, but for others as well."
  • After winning
"How unsatisfying! Promise that we'll see each other here once again!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"I may be old, but I desire victory! This desire is the energy for life! It's the power to surpass who I was the previous day! I complement you on your victory, but next time, victory will be mine!"

National Gymquirer

Pokémon Black and White

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Madame Scale. Thank yooou! 'I'm from Opelucid City, and I just went home for the first time in a long time. I saw Drayden and Iris counting up a big handful of coins! Isn't that setting a bad example for kids, flaunting your wealth like that?' Hmmm... That's living the high life! But you know, the Opelucid Gym Badge is shiny like a coin... Maybe you saw wrong? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Opelucitizen. Thank yooou! 'Drayden is a man among men who puts himself on the line to protect the people living in our city. He always gives his all, even in training. According to his training schedule I just happened upon, he does:'
1. 10,000 sit-ups
2. 10,000 push-ups
3. 10,000 squats
Isn't that outrageous?' Huh... How old is that guy anyway? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

Sprites

Spr BW Drayden.png Spr B2W2 Drayden.png Drayden OD.png VSDrayden.png
Sprite from
Black
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

Drayden in the anime

Drayden first appeared in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster! in Iris's flashback where he was introduced as a Dragon master. He witnessed Iris and Excadrill in battle while visiting the Village of Dragons and congratulated her on her victory. Iris then quickly challenged Drayden to a battle which he graciously accepted. However, the Dragon master proved to be too powerful for the young Trainer and Iris and Excadrill lost. He appears to be acquainted with the village elder.

Drayden appeared in person for the first time in A Village Homecoming! where he was introduced as the Opelucid Gym Leader, and again in the next episode where he had a battle with Iris and won. Drayden was also revealed to be the President of the Opelucid Academy, a prestigious academy located in Opelucid City, where he handpicks the students to study at the academy. He appears to have an interest in Iris, and once scolded her at the academy for failing to recognise Fraxure's exhaustion during a battle. It was also revealed that Drayden had talked with the Elder, recommending Iris to go on a journey, and about the possibility of Iris one day becoming the Gym Leader of the Opelucid Gym.

Drayden makes a cameo appearance in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

Pokémon

Drayden's Haxorus
Haxorus
Drayden's Haxorus appeared in Iris's flashback where it battled against her Excadrill and won. Excadrill's loss to Haxorus is what caused him to disobey Iris for many years.

It reappeared in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, where it battled against Iris's Excadrill again. Both Pokémon fought a tough battle, which ended in a tie after a clash of Drill Run and Giga Impact.

Haxorus's moves are Rock Smash and Giga Impact.

Debut Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Tom Wayland
Drayden's Druddigon
Druddigon
Drayden used Druddigon as his second in his battle against Iris. It battled against Iris's Dragonite, and after a very tough match, finally emerged victorious with its Dragon Tail attack, winning the match for Drayden.

Druddigon was shown to be very strong, being able to withstand Dragonite's super effective Ice Beam and intercept it in the middle of a Dragon Rush.

Druddigon's moves are Dragon Claw, Flash Cannon, Double Team and Dragon Tail.

Debut Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Marc Thompson

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 寺杣昌紀 Masaki Terasoma
English Mike Pollock
Danish Jan Tellefsen
German Christoph Jablonka
Polish Zbigniew Konopka
Russian Petr Ivashenko
Spanish Latin America José Luis Orozco
Spain Luis Mas

In the manga

Drayden in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Drayden is first seen in Black's imagination as he expresses his desire to defeat all the Gym Leaders. Later, after the incident at Nacrene City, Drayden is called by Brycen and informed that Black was chosen by the legendary Pokémon, Reshiram. When Black starts his training to get stronger with Brycen, Drayden talks with the Gym Leader about their methods. While Brycen worries that they would be no different than Team Plasma for using Reshiram, Drayden believes that they don't have any choice, as they have the power of Zekrom on their side.

After finishing his training, Black meets Drayden in person and is shocked to find out that Iris is under Drayden's tutelage. To prove that she isn't lying, Iris challenges Drayden to a battle, but is quickly defeated. He then leaves Iris with Black to go do his own business elsewhere. Later, at his Gym, Drayden announces that after some discussion, the Pokémon Association has agreed to change the Pokémon League's start time three months to one week.

A week later, he is challenged by Black, who points that even though he doesn't have 8 Badges, if he gains his final Badge before the League officially starts, he can still enter. Drayden decides to allow a quick one-on-one Gym battle against Black and loses, giving Black his final Gym Badge and clearance into the League. During the Pokémon League, Drayden serves as an announcer.

Drayden is often accompanied by a female assistant, named by VIZ Media as Hisoka.

Pokémon

Drayden's Druddigon
Druddigon
Druddigon is Drayden's only known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Iris' Fraxure, where it easily defeated its opponent. When Drayden was speaking to the press in front of his Gym, Druddigon roared at the crowd to get them to quiet down. During Drayden's Gym battle against Black, Druddigon went up against Black's Brav. With its speed, Druddigon proved to be a powerful foe, but was defeated when Brav opened a door to let in a blizzard, freezing Druddigon in place and making it defenseless from an attack.

Druddigon's known moves are Dragon Tail, Dragon Rage, and Rock Climb, and its Ability is Sheer Force.

Debut School of Hard Knocks

Trivia

  • His Japanese Leader title is スパルタン メイヤー.
  • In Black and White, the only differences between Drayden and Iris's teams are the genders of their Pokémon and their Druddigon's Ability: Drayden has an all-male team and his Druddigon has Rough Skin, while Iris has an all-female team and her Druddigon has Sheer Force.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese シャガ Shaga From 射干 or 著莪 (シャガ) shaga, Iris japonica or from Fringed iris.
English Drayden From "dragon" and "den" (as in dragon's den).
French Watson From the flower genus Watsonia.
German Lysander From the Spartan general Lysander and fleur-de-lys.
Italian Aristide From the genus Aristea. May also be named after Aristides.
Spanish Lirio From lirio (lily).
Korean 사간 Sagan From 사간 (射干) sagan, blackberry lily.
Chinese (Mandarin) 夏卡 Xiàkǎ Transliteration of his Japanese name.


Gym Leaders of the Unova region
Striaton Gym Trio Badge
Cilan OD.png Chili OD.png Cress OD.png
Cilan Chili Cress
Nacrene Gym Basic Badge
Lenora OD.png
Lenora
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Burgh
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Elesa
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Clay
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Skyla
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Brycen
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Cheren
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Roxie
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png
Marlon


Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMomCherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPokémon World Tournament participantsName RaterJudge

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