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ハチク Hachiku
"Ice Mask"
Black White Brycen.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Light blue
Hometown Icirrus City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation V
Games Black and White
Leader of Icirrus Gym
Badge Freeze Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s

Brycen (Japanese: ハチク Hachiku) is the Gym Leader of Icirrus City's Gym, known officially as the Icirrus Gym. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. He gives the Freeze Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the games

Brycen appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Icirrus City's Gym. This Gym will be the seventh to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Brycen will receive the Freeze Badge, along with TM79 (Frost Breath). He also reappears at N's Castle where he and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.

After successfully defeating Brycen in a gym battle, Cheren and Bianca are waiting for you when you exit the gym. After a brief talk, Brycen follows you out and tells the Shadow Triad to reveal themselves, which they do, startling all three of the player, Cheren and Bianca. The Shadow Triad then tell the Player to head to Dragonspiral Tower north of Icirrus City. Brycen and Cheren immediately give chase to them afterwards.

Once at the Dragonspiral Tower, the player will battle through the Team Plasma grunts until they reach the large room with Brycen and Cheren battling Team Plasma in. Brycen tells you to proceed whilst he holds the rest of Team Plasma off. When the player reaches the top floor and N flies away with Reshiram/Zekrom, Brycen will appear and ask what happened. He then escorts Cedric Juniper back into the tower when they look for more clues as to the Legendary Pokemon that the Player must find.

In the past, Brycen was a movie star, but grew bored of making films. Unsure of what to do with himself, he took the advice of Alder and became a Trainer. He traveled alone to an icy cave and trained in silence to gain as much knowledge as possible. Brycen also places importance on concealing his true identity from others.


Pokémon Black and White


Pokémon Black and White

Icirrus Gym

  • Before battle
"You appear ready to face a Gym Leader. Then... Bring it!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO hit)
"You are strong! No, both you and your Pokémon are strong!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Extreme conditions really test you and train you!"
  • When defeated
"The wonderful combination of you and your Pokémon! What a beautiful friendship!"
  • After being defeated
"In honor of your stout heart, I will give you this."
"You have seven Badges. That means Pokémon up to Lv. 80 will obey you. This TM will convey my regard for your accomplishments."
"A move that always results in a critical hit: Frost Breath."
"No matter how many battles I fight, I don't know what strength is. Perhaps you can find the answer."
"Only those who are weak need to flaunt their strength."
  • Post game
"In the past, when I was hurt and depressed, Alder shared this with me... There is strength in being with other people and Pokémon. Receiving their support makes you stronger. The young man named Cheren also seems to understand this now."

Icirrus City

"Who are you?"
"I know you are there! Why don't you show yourselves?
"Dragonspiral Tower?! What's going on? Hey! Tell me... Now, hang on. Young man, if you're here for a Gym challenge, hang on for a bit. I've got to head to Dragonspiral Tower!"

Dragonspiral Tower

"<Player>! We'll hold them here! You go on ahead!"
"I'm fine, but there's no time!"
"How could this happen?"
"Calm down! First, we go back! It's more important to decide what to do next than analyze what just happened."
"Then, I will go with you."
"So, this is Dragonspiral Tower. There's a certain heaviness to the air. Did ZekromB/ReshiramW, who woke up here, see something in N?"

N's Castle


Badge Case

Don't limit yourself to hot or cold, but use them both to your best advantage.

National Gymquirer

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 TheFridge. Thank yooou! 'Brycen is too cool! He's always acting like Mr. Tough Guy, like he doesn't even feel the cold...but recently, I heard him sneeze inside his chilly Gym!' I guess even a super-cool Gym Leader can catch a cold. Feel better soon, Brycen! 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


Spr BW Brycen.png VSBrycen.png Brycen OD.png
Brycen's sprite from
Generation V
Brycen's VS sprite from
Generation V
Brycen's overworld sprite from
Generation V

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

File:Brycen Adventures.png
Brycen in Pokémon Adventures

Brycen, along with his fellow Gym Leaders, appears at the Celestial Tower to discuss what to do about Team Plasma.


Brycen's Cryogonal
Cryogonal is Brycen's only known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer at the Celestial Tower.

None of Cryogonal's moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter


  • His Japanese Leader title is アイス マスク.
  • Brycen is the third Gym Leader who both specializes in the Ice type and is the 7th Gym Leader, the first two being Pryce and Candice.
    • Incidentally, in the Pokémon Adventures manga, the villain codenamed "Mask of Ice" has a name similar to Brycen's leader title.
    • All three Gym Leaders have their names based around the word "ice."
  • Brycen is the only Ice-type specialist to have a team consisting of only pure Ice-type Pokémon.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハチク Hachiku From 淡竹 hachiku, henon.
English Brycen From ice.
French Zhu From the Chinese reading of 竹 (zhú), bamboo.
German Sandro From Dracaena sanderiana, which is also known as the Lucky Bamboo.
Italian Silvestro From Italian variation of Sylvester or Latin silva
Spanish Junco From junco, Juncus.
Korean 담죽 Damjuk Korean reading of 淡竹, which can be taken from Hachiku.

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
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png

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