Barry (game)

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パール Pearl
Art from Diamond/Pearl
Gender Male
Hometown Twinleaf Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Palmer, unnamed mother
Trainer class Trainer, Rival
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl

Pearl (Japanese: パール) is the rival character in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

The character Pearl from the Pokémon Special manga is based off of this Pearl.

A version of the character also appears in the Pocket Monsters DP manga.

Pearl is always in a hurry, and because of this, often crashes into other people or misses important details. He is incredibly determined and it is very difficult to discourage him; the only thing that has done this so far was his crushing loss to the Team Galactic Commander, Jupiter. He is also quite the braggart, often boasting about his battling prowess or how cool his Pokémon are. Pearl does have a soft side however, as seen after the wild Starly attack.

Pearl is also one to take risks and quickly jump into action; it was this behavior that caused the player and himself to be attacked by wild Starly, setting off the chain reaction that would result in the player receiving his/her first Pokémon.

After becoming the Sinnoh League Champion, the player can find him training at Stark Mountain during the week, and at the Fight Area on weekends, ready to battle. Unlike the player and Lucas/Dawn, Pearl did not receive a Pokédex, due to him rushing out of Professor Rowan's lab before Rowan could give him one.

It is unknown how he was able to get to the Battle Zone, as the sailor in Snowpoint will only ferry the player there if they have become the Champion; however, it can assumed that the sailor may have made an exception for Pearl considering the Tower Tycoon is his father.


This listing is for Pearl's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

First battle (As partner)
Second battle
Third battle
Fourth battle
Fifth battle

Sixth battle (As partner)
Seventh battle
Weekend battles

Optional names for Pearl

Language Diamond Pearl
  • Barry
  • Damion
  • Tyson
  • Markus
  • Clint
  • Ralph
  • Lewis
  • Tommy
  • ジュン Jun
  • シゲル Shigeru
  • コウジ Kōji
  • トシノブ Toshinobu
  • ヒサシ Hisashi
  • ソウスケ Sōsuke
  • アキト Akito
  • ノゾム Nozomu
  • Enzo
  • Yan
  • Marcus
  • Niels
  • Romain
  • Quentin
  • Mattéo
  • Alexis
  • Lutz
  • Gary
  • Marco
  • Jochen
  • Dirk
  • Arnold
  • Armin
  • Bastian
  • Clint
  • Ruggero
  • Livio
  • Tommaso
  • Israel
  • Rosendo
  • Marcos
  • Uriel
  • Germán
  • Pablo
  • Fabio
  • Ignacio

If player doesn't give the name for Rival, in the Japanese Diamond the name パール Pearl is automatically given. In Pearl at the same situation, the name ダイヤ Dia is automatically given. In English version, the same thing happens. However, in the English version of Pearl, the automatically-given name is Diamond, not Dia. This is because while the English games have higher character count limits for name fields, the player's and rival's names in the Japanese game can only be five characters long. ダイヤ Dia is three characters long, while the full name ダイヤモンド Diamond exceeds the count at six characters.


  • All Japanese default names for Pearl come from game staff members' first names. They are all listed in the game's credits. Jun is from Jun'ichi Masuda, production director and music composer. Shigeru is from Shigeru Ōmori, game design leader. Kōji comes from Kōji Nishino, a game designer. Toshinobu is from Toshinobu Matsumiya, game scenario author. Hisashi is from Hisashi Sogabe, battle system programmer. Sōsuke is from Sōsuke Tamada, field system programmer. Akito is from Akito Mori, communication system programmer and Nozomu is from Nozomu Saito, also one of programmers.
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