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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 Leader
Generation V
Games Black and White
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).


Pokémon Black and White


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 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 hit)
"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 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!

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 VSCilan.png Cilan OD.png
Cilan's sprite from
Black and White
Cilan's VS sprite from
Black and White
Cilan's overworld sprite from
Black and White

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 Isamu Akai 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 Isamu Akai'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 Pansage
Main article: Cilan's Pansage

Pansage is Cilan's only known Pokémon. Along with being his main Pokémon, Pansage assists Cilan and his brothers in the kitchen by mixing herbs for tea.

Pansage is 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 is defeated when Tep uses its previously dropped leaves to revive itself, Oshawott, and Snivy, which allows them to win the battle.

Debut A Nickname for Tepig


  • His Japanese Leader title, shared with Chili and Cress, is トライアル トライアングル.
  • Currently, he is the only male Gym Leader to specialize in Grass-type Pokémon.
  • He is one of five Gym Leaders who isn't going to be battled in Black 2 and White 2 due to Unova being enveloped in a huge amount of ice due to some freak incident [1]. The other four being Brycen, Lenora, and his brothers.


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

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