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* His Japanese Leader title, shared with Chili and Cress, is {{tt|トライアル トライアングル|Trial triangle}}.
* His Japanese Leader title, shared with Chili and Cress, is {{tt|トライアル トライアングル|Trial triangle}}.
* Cilan is the only male Gym Leader to specialize in {{type|Grass}} Pokémon.
* Cilan is the only male Gym Leader to specialize in {{type|Grass}} Pokémon.
* Cilan is the only Gym Leader with green hair.

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デント Dent
"Triple Trouble!"
Black White Cilan.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Green
Hometown Striaton City
Region Unova
Relatives Chili, Cress (brothers)
Trainer class Gym LeaderBW
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Striaton Gym
Badge Trio Badge
Specializes in Grass types
Anime debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
English voice actor Jason Griffith
Japanese voice actor Mamoru Miyano

Cilan (Japanese: デント Dent) is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym. He specializes in Grass-type Pokémon and will battle the player if they chose Oshawott as their starter Pokémon. He gives the Trio Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the games

Cilan appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Striaton City's Gym, alongside Chili and Cress. This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Cilan battles the player if Oshawott is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat Cilan will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).

During the two years between Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Cilan, along with his brothers, retired from being Gym Leaders to train.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Tag Battle

Cilan can either be partnered with the player, or be one of his or her opponents.

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Black and White

Outside of the Gym

"Yes? Yes, I am a Gym Leader of this town. You are...? Right. You want to challenge the Gym. In that case... What was the first Pokémon you chose? <Starter>... I see. It's weak against <type>-type Pokémon. I think you need to prepare to face that type. I'll be waiting for you inside."

Striaton Gym

  • Before battle
Cilan: "Welcome to the Striaton City Pokémon Gym."
Chili: "I'm Chili! I light things up with Fire-type Pokémon!"
Cress: "I'm a Water-type specialist, and my name is Cress. Pleased to make your acquaintance."
Cilan: "And my name is Cilan. I like Grass-type Pokémon."
Cilan: "Um, you see... As for why the three of us, um, are all here is, well, er..."
Chili: "Oh,enough! Listen up! The three of us will decide whom you'll battle! It'll be based on the type of the first Pokémon you chose!"
Cress: "That is indeed the case. And the partner you first chose was <type> type, it seems."
"...Uh hm. I always seem to lose the timing of... of the dance. Like that. True enough, I did want to... want to have a Pokémon battle with you."
"Nothing personal... No hard feelings... Me and my Grass-type Pokémon will...um... We're gonna battle come what may."
  • Before battle
"So, um, if you're OK with me, I'll, um, put everything I've got into being, er, you know, your opponent."
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Ah! My Pokémon!"
  • After sending his last Pokémon
"Huh? Could it be? Could I have only one Pokémon left?"
  • When defeated
"Er... Is it over now?"
  • After being defeated
"...What a surprise You...are very strong. Seems like not even Chili or Cress could beat you.."
  • After the battle (regardless of starter Pokémon)
"Gym Badges are a proof of a Trainer's abilities. If you have one Badge, Pokémon, including traded Pokémon up to Lv. 20, will obey you without question. We also want you to have this. TM83 contains Work Up. If you use Work Up, the Pokémon's Attack and Sp. Atk go up! By the way, TMs can be used as many times as you want."
"In the Unova region, we are still novice Gym Leaders. Which means the other Gym Leaders are much stronger than we are. We'll need to work hard and improve."
  • Post-game
"In the Unova region, um, we are still novice Gym Leaders. Which means, well, that other Gym Leaders are much stronger than we are. Going...slow...and steady...is OK, so... we compete with one and get, um, stronger and stronger."

Badge Case

The fundamentals of Pokémon battling are type matchups! They're important!

Pokémon Black and White 2

Memory Link - A Triple Team

  • Striation Restaurant - Present
(to player) "Welcome to Striation Restaurant! This place used to be a Pokémon Gym, but a lot has happened..."
(After speaking to the other brothers) "Well, why don't I tell you what happened..."
  • Striation Trainers' School - Flashback
"Chili, are you listening to me? We have to study hard and become full-fledged Gym Leaders as soon as possible..."
"You think so? But it isn't that big of a deal. We may not have made it in time, but Team Plasma is still gone."
"Come on, you two... Don't you think it's a bit strange to get recognition and respect as Gym Leaders just for beating bad guys?"
"I mean... They were overwhelmingly strong."
(to Cress) "You're right. Chili. Cress. I think as long as the three of us act like the Gym Leaders we are now, nothing will ever change.'"
"All right. Let's resign as Gym Leaders and start our training over from the ground up. Then, I'm sure one of us will become a Trainer everyone recognizes as great."
  • End of flashback (if initiated by Cilan)
"Because of that day, we can truly aim for the top!"

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 Cafélover! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Striaton Gym's three Gym Leaders, and they were all out of order! Like, Chili was Cilan, and Cilan was Cress!' Hmmm. Well, I'm not saying you're crazy, but...are you sure they weren't just standing in front of a mirror? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


Spr BW Cilan.png Spr B2W2 Cilan.png B2W2 Cilan Back.png VSCilan.png Cilan OD.png
Cilan's sprite from
Generation V
Cilan's sprite
from Black 2
and White 2
Cilan's back sprite
from Black 2
and White 2
Cilan's VS sprite from
Black and White
Cilan's overworld
sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

Cilan in the anime
Main article: Cilan (anime)

Cilan appears in the anime as one of Ash Ketchum's traveling partners. He was one of the Gym Leaders of the Striaton Gym, as well as a Pokémon Connoisseur, but he decided to travel with Ash and Iris so that he could experience different people, places, and Pokémon to increase his skill as a Connoisseur, instead of being confined to Striaton City. He navigates the group to their various locations, as well as cooks the meals.

In the manga

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga, Cilan appears along with his brothers Chili and Cress. They are seen in PMBW03, where Red and his Pokémon visit a restaurant owned by the three brothers. Clefairy tries to instigate a fight between the brothers, but fails on many occasions.


This listing is for Cilan's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.

Main article: Cilan's Pansage

Pansage is the only known Pokémon of Cilan's. It was sent out while he, Chili and Cress were battling Red's Clefairy. Unfortunately, Clefairy takes the attacks the elemental monkeys were using and makes himself some green tea.

Debut PMBW03

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Cilan in Pokémon Adventures

Cilan, along with his brothers, are first seen when Black sets out on his journey to beat the Pokémon League. Later, Cilan appears at the Striaton Gym with his brothers where they serve tea to signal the start of their Gym battle against the challenger, Black.

After Black, Cheren, and Bianca clear the Gym challenge, they face the Striaton triplets in a battle. Cilan and his brothers prove powerful by using type advantages over their opponents Pokémon. Despite the strength they possess, Cilan, Cress, and Chili are defeated once Black has his Tep use Pansage's fallen leaves to revive Oshawott and Snivy, allowing them to win the battle 3 to 2. Having lost the battle, Cilan presents the challengers with the Trio Badge.

He, like his brothers, tends to move his arms in a certain position, in Cilan's case, held behind his back.


This listing is for Cilan's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Cilan's Simisage
Pansage → Simisage
Main article: Cilan's Pansage

Simisage is Cilan's only known Pokémon which first appeared as a Pansage. Along with being his main Pokémon, Simisage assists Cilan and his brothers in the kitchen by mixing herbs for tea. It, as a Pansage, was used in the battle against Black, Cheren, and Bianca and defeats Bianca's Oshawott by shattering its scalchop and smashing it into a wall. Despite being powerful, Pansage was defeated when Tep uses its previously dropped leaves to revive itself, Oshawott, and Snivy, which allowed them to win the battle.

Later, it was used to battle the Shadow Triad in a Triple battle. Although the battle was tough, Pansage was given a Leaf Stone, enabling it to evolve into a Simisage to become stronger.

Debut A Nickname for Tepig

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Cilan 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 #
Cilan Su Next Destinies Uncommon 86/99 Hail Blizzard Uncommon 050/052
      BW-P Promotional cards   128/BW-P


  • His Japanese Leader title, shared with Chili and Cress, is トライアル トライアングル.
  • Cilan is the only male Gym Leader to specialize in Grass-type Pokémon.


Language Name Origin
Japanese デント Dent From dent corn, similar to Pod and Corn's names. May also refer to trident. Also from 田 den, "field".
English Cilan From cilantro.
French Rachid From racine (root), arachide (peanut) or possibly rachis.
German Benny From Maiskolben (corncob). Related to his brother's name, Maik (Chili) and Colin (Cress).
Italian Spighetto From spiga, ear of corn, and spaghetti.
Spanish Millo
From millo, maize.
Korean 덴트 Dent Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 天桐 Tiāntóng Rough transcription of his Japanese name. 桐 is also a name for several unrelated species of trees, such as Paulownia (泡桐), tung tree (油桐), and Chinese parasol tree (梧桐).

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

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

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