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チェレン Cheren
"A Leader Who Seeks the Right Path"
Black 2 White 2 Cheren.png
Artwork from Black 2 and White 2
Age 10+BW
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Black
Hometown Nuvema Town
Region Unova
Trainer class Pokémon TrainerBWB2W2
Gym LeaderB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Aspertia Gym
Badge Basic Badge
Specializes in Normal typesB2W2
Game animation debut Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer
English voice actor Jason Griffith
Japanese voice actor Ryōhei Kimura

Cheren (Japanese: チェレン Cheren) is a rival character in Pokémon Black and White, and a Gym Leader of Aspertia City's Gym, known officially as the Aspertia Gym in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. He specializes in Normal-type Pokémon. He gives the Basic Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the games


Cheren is a childhood friend of the player who, like the player, lives in the starting town of Nuvema Town. While he holds a greater knowledge in Pokémon than his friends and tends to offer the player advice during the course of their journey, his comments are often witty and intellectual. He also misunderstands Bianca's humor often, to her dismay. Whilst Professor Juniper describes him as being very honest, she also remarks that he can be 'a little difficult'; his impatience in particular is often seen throughout the earlier stages of his journey. He is also described as being quite judgmental by Alder.

In keeping with the theme of truth and ideals often seen in Black and White, Cheren represents those who pursue ideals—more precisely, as N pointed out in Chargestone Cave, the ideal of strength. His goal is to become the Champion and always strives to become stronger, yet the first time that Alder asked him why he strives to become stronger, he was quite unsure of his reasons. He then starts to ponder to himself how to do so—something that Alder said he used to do with his partner Pokémon as well—and what exactly it means to be strong. Alder also remarked that Cheren is a lot like Marshal.

Like the player and Bianca, Cheren receives a starter Pokémon as a gift from Professor Juniper at the start of the game. He always chooses the starter with a type advantage over the player's starter. The player will encounter and battle him several times throughout the game. After the main storyline, Cheren can be found inside Victory Road where he can be battled once a day.

In Black 2 and White 2, Cheren is the new Normal-type Gym Leader in Aspertia City, the player's home town. He gives away the Basic Badge, replacing Lenora. Trainers who defeat Cheren will receive the Basic Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up). Outside of battle, Cheren works as a teacher at the Aspertia Trainer School.

Cheren appears numerous times throughout the game, such as in Driftveil and Opelucid City, as well as Route 21. He gives the player and Hugh advice and guidance on the current situation, such as the freezing of Opelucid City, where Drayden learns of Cheren's ascension to the position of Aspertia Gym Leader.

He can be called on the Xtransceiver to give the player advice on types and Abilities.


Black White Cheren.png
Official artwork from
Black and White


Spr BW Cheren.png BW Cheren Back.png VSCheren.png Cheren Xtransceiver.png Cheren BW OD.png
Cheren's Trainer sprite from
Black and White
Cheren's back sprite from
Black and White
Cheren's VS sprite from
Black and White
Cheren's Xtransceiver sprite from
Black and White
Cheren's overworld sprite from
Black and White
Spr B2W2 Cheren.png B2W2 Cheren Back.png VSCheren 2.png Cheren Xtransceiver 2.png Cheren OD.png
Cheren's Trainer sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Cheren's back sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Cheren's VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Cheren's Xtransceiver sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Cheren's overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2


Pokémon Black and White

For all of Cheren's teams in Pokémon Black and White, see here

Snivy If the player chose Snivy:

Tepig If the player chose Tepig:

Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Gym battle
Normal Mode

Challenge Mode

Second battle

Tag partner (first)

Tag partner (second)

Pokémon World Tournament

Cheren uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles and all six in Triple Battles.

Driftveil Tournament

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Memory Link (one time only)

Snivy If the player chose SnivyBW:

Tepig If the player chose TepigBW:

Oshawott If the player chose OshawottBW:


Pokémon Black and White

At Nuvema Town

  • After first move
"I've finally become a Trainer... Everything starts from here!"
  • After defeat
"Ah! So that's a Pokémon battle!"
  • After losing
"I made a strange blunder in my first battle, but this feeling I have... I'm finally a Trainer. But first, we'd better go apologize to your mother about this messed-up room."
  • After winning
"This feeling... Finally, I'm a Trainer. On top of that, we'd better go apologize to your mother about this room."

At Striaton City

  • After first move
"Moves that never miss and moves that can attack first... There sure are a lot of different moves."
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"It's important to choose which item your Pokémon holds..."
  • After defeat
"I see! Losing to you means that I still have a lot to learn."

At Route 3

  • After first move
"Ugh! You choose a good move, as usual."'
  • Last Pokémon with low health:
"With my knowledge, I can bring out the strength of my Pokémon!"
  • After defeat:
"Why do you keep beating me? We have the same number of Gym Badges. We should be equals in strength..."

At Route 4

  • After first move
"You seem to understand the importance of the first attack very well."
  • Last Pokémon low on health
"If I can bring out the power of my Pokémon, I can still pull this off and win."
  • After defeat
"Impressive. But why can't I win?!"

At Route 5

  • After first move
"I see. I'm surprised you chose that move."
  • Last Pokémon low on health
"Mind you... It's not over yet!"
  • After defeat
"Well! You are strong, as usual!"

At Twist Mountain

  • After first move
"Your strength... And my strength... Right. Let's test them."
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"Can you be strong even if you lose? Is winning everything?"
  • After defeat
"Pokémon battles are fun. But what is it to be truly strong?"

At Route 10

  • After first move
"I will use everything that I've learned on this journey!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"My Pokémon and I will put all our energy into this battle!"
  • After defeat
"Thank you. You are really great."

At Victory Road

  • After first move
"I know all my strengths and weaknesses now. Soon, I will also know all yours!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"It's not over yet. My Pokémon are with me!"
  • Last Pokémon on low health
"I believe in my Pokémon's strength, so I don't lose my calm."
  • After defeat
"Thank you! I saw what was missing in me."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

At Aspertia Gym

  • Before battle
"Just as this is your first Gym challenge, this is my first Pokémon battle as a Gym Leader! Let's both do our best and have a battle we can be proud of!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO hit)
"To have chosen that move... I see! You'll be a powerful opponent!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"As a Gym Leader, I aim to be a wall for you to overcome!"
  • When defeated
"This! This is what a real Pokémon battle is!"
  • After being defeated
"That battle has made me feel really glad you were my first challenger as a Gym Leader… I give you this in honor of the strength you and your Pokémon showed!"
"Here is your first Gym Badge, the Basic Badge! This is an important milestone! With this Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 20 will obey you, including traded Pokémon."
"And I want you to take this! TM83 can teach your Pokémon the move Work Up! When you use Work Up while battling, it raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk. By the way, TMs can be used as many times as you want!"
"In the Unova region, there are eight Pokémon Gyms and eight Gym Badges! If you're a Trainer, you could collect all of them! That will make it easier to fill the pages of the Pokédex as well! Yes, two years ago, Pokédex in hand, I left on a journey with my friends."

Badge Case

Everyone has a different dream. Search for your life's purpose.

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 3rdGradeGoodyGoody! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Cheren making his thumb and middle finger into a circle like glasses. He said he gave up his glasses so he can focus on Pokemon battles, but maybe Cheren actually misses them' Hm... Maybe a circle is just a circle! 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Cheren (Adventures)

Cheren appears as a supporting character in Pokémon Adventures.

In the Be a Master!! Pokémon BW manga

Cheren is friends with both Monta and Bianca, he is very knowledgable about Pokémon, which Monta dislikes. Anywhere Monta slips up he won't hesitate to tell him the right way. He first appears with Bianca when Monta is attempting to capture a wild Patrat and Watchog. Monta is just about to capture the Watchog which Cheren tells him that it is not the right way. He explains to Monta to remember that when two Pokémon come out at the same time, one should knock out the one they don't want before they can get the one that they do want. Cheren suddenly decides for all of them to take their Pokémon journey together, which a man on his bike overhears. He starts insult them making him and Monta angry.

He uses Tepig in a Double Battle with Monta's Snivy against a Bike Gang King's Braviary, it looks like they were about to lose, but they uses a combination attack which Cheren thinks of, fainting Braviary. Cheren battles Monta in PBW02 using his Tepig, Pansage and Basculin against Monta's Snivy, Panpour and Roggenrola. He starts off with a lecture about triple battles. With his great knowledge of triple battles he gives Monta a hard time, but is eventually defeated.


Cheren's Tepig
Cheren's Tepig is well trained and has a type advantage over Monta's Snivy. It was first used in a Double Battle with Snivy against the Bike Gang King's Braviary. After Snivy tries a Vine Whip which hardly does any damage, he goes in for a fire attack which hardly does any damage too. Tepig is then sent flying with Peck. It goes in with a Fire Pledge with Grass Pledge creating the combination needed to defeat Braviary.

It battles Monta in PBW02 with Pansage and Basculin against Monta's Snivy, Panpour and Roggenrola. It starts off with an Ember on Snivy, before taking a hit for Basculin by switching places with it, not hurting it much. But seconds later, Panpour uses Surf fainting it.

Tepig's known moves are Fire Pledge and Ember.

Debut PBW01
Cheren's Pansage was first seen in a battle against Monta's Snivy, Panpour and Roggenrola with Tepig and Basculin. It gets hurt a tiny bit by Panpour's Surf, but along with Basculin is defeated by a powerful Rock Slide by Roggenrola.

None of Pansage's moves are known.

Debut PBW02
Cheren's Basculin was first seen in a battle against Monta's Snivy, Panpour and Roggenrola with Tepig and Pansage. It is about to get hit by Snivy's Vine Whip but switches places with Tepig. It then gets hit by Panpour's Surf which does not do much damage. But along with Pansage is defeated by a powerful Rock Slide from Roggenrola, fainting it.

None of Basculin's moves are known.

Debut PBW02

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Cheren makes a brief appearance in the very first chapter of Pocket Monsters BW where he along with Black and Bianca go to Professor Juniper's lab to get their first Pokémon.

In the TCG

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

Related cards
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Cheren Su Emerging Powers Uncommon 91/98 White Collection Uncommon 053/053
      BW-P Promotional cards   013/BW-P
      Virizion Strength Deck   012/014
      Terrakion Strength Deck   012/014
      Cobalion Strength Deck   012/014
      Battle Theme Deck: Victini   020/021
Dark Explorers Uncommon 91/108 Reshiram EX Battle Strength Deck   017/018
      Zekrom EX Battle Strength Deck   017/018
      Battle Gift Set: Thundurus vs Tornadus   019/020
      Hydreigon Half Deck   014/015
      Garchomp Half Deck   014/015
      Freeze Bolt SuperRare Holo 063/059


  • His Japanese Leader title is 真理を 求める 者.
  • Cheren, Bianca, and N are the only Trainers in Pokémon Black and White with animated battle sprites.
  • Cheren is the first rival to become a Gym Leader within a generation. Blue was the player's rival in Generation I and III and was a Gym Leader in Generation II and IV.
  • Cheren is the only Gym Leader who gives out a Badge previously given out by another Gym Leader in a different Gym.
  • Cheren does not use any dual-type Pokémon in the Pokémon World Tournament. He shares this trait with Whitney, who is also a Normal-type Gym Leader.
  • Cheren is the only Unova Gym Leader who hasn't made an appearance in the anime.


Language Name Origin
Japanese チェレン Cheren черен čéren, Bulgarian for black.
English, German, Spanish Cheren Same as Japanese name.
French Tcheren Same as Japanese name.
Italian Komor Possibly komor, Hungarian for gloomy.
Korean 체렌 Cheren Same as Japanese name.

Rival characters

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman

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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