Crasher Wake

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Crasher Wake
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
"The Torrential Masked Master!"
Artwork from Diamond/Pearl
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Dark brown
Hometown Pastoria City
Region Sinnoh (Originally born overseas)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Leader of Pastoria Gym
Badge Fen Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut Cream of the Croagunk Crop!
English voice actor Michael Alston Baley
Japanese voice actor Tetsu Inada

Crasher Wake (Japanese: マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask), otherwise known simply as Wake (Japanese: マキシ Maxi), is the Gym Leader of Pastoria City's Gym, known officially as the Pastoria Gym. He hands out the Fen Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Crasher Wake uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in his battles. Trainers receive the Fen Badge, TM55 (Brine) and are able to use Defog outside of battle. Wake has a jovial, enthusiastic, and bombastic personality. Wake's strategy is nothing more than choosing moves that will make his battles more fun, and encourages everyone not to take battles too seriously, and to remember they're supposed to be fun. Crasher Wake uses the prize money he gets from competitive Pokémon battles to help the unfortunate. Crasher Wake has his Pokémon use Defog to keep the weather of Pastoria City clear.

He later appears in the Battle Zone, talking to the player's rival, Barry. The rival also mentions that Wake was born overseas. However, he speaks clearly, without any foreign accent. This may mean he is simply from another region, but this has little evidence.

In Platinum Version, he is first met when players try to enter Veilstone Gym. In Pastoria City, he sings his own theme song, and the rival wants him to be his mentor. Wake also acts when a Galactic Bomb goes off at the Great Marsh. On Stark Mountain, he mentions that he'll be entering a tournament. Wake can also be battled again, like the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders, at the Battleground. His wrestling matches will occasionally be shown on the TV as part of the Pokémon Variety Hour, which he always wins.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he appears in the Celadon Department Store to give the player some Sinnoh starter accessories. He can be found again later, on Route 47.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum



Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

  • Before battle
"Welcome! I don't get challenged very often! The glory you are now beholding is the Pastoria Gym Leader! That's right, I'm Crasher Wake! My Pokémon were toughened up by stormy white waters! They'll take everything you can throw at them and then pull you under! Victory will be ours! Come on, let's get it done!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon:
"Hey! That there! That was a good move!"
  • During battle
"This is where it gets exciting!"
  • When defeated
"Hunwah! It's gone and ended! How will I say... I want more! I wanted to battle a lot more!"
  • After being defeated
"It seems the undertow pulled me under... But I had a great time battling with you! You've earned this!"
"The styles of battling and winning are as widely varied as Trainers are. Do you want to know how I battle? I battle so I can say I had fun at the end, whether I win or lose!"
  • The theme song:
"The ring is my roiling sea. ♪
The towering waves shaped me.
Crash! Crash! Crasher Wake!
Crash! Crash! Crasher Wake!
I’m the tidal wave of power to wash you away!
Put out the fire, Crasher Wake!
Run from electricity, Crasher Wake!
Ah, ah, aaaah!
The ring is my sea. ♪"

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

"A masked guy who looks great in front of a huge torrential waterfall... That's me, Crasher Wake! Who dares to talk to me so freely? Oh! You are that mask-fanatic Trainer I saw at the Celadon Dept. Store! I heard about the great waterfall near Cianwood and decided to come see it. This waterfall is awesome! No human or Pokémon can survive without water, yet the same water can sometimes cause great suffering. You must be a Trainer from this region, right? I hope you'll become a Trainer with the qualities of water--strong, tough to beat, yet refreshing. Good luck, mask-fanatic <player>!"


File:SpriteMakishi.png File:CrasherWakePlatinum.gif VSCrasher Wake.png
Wake's sprite from Diamond and Pearl Wake's sprite from Platinum Wake's VS sprite
from Platinum

In the anime

Crasher Wake and his Pokémon in the anime

Crasher Wake debuted in Cream of the Croagunk Crop! and was one of the judges at the Croagunk Festival.

In A Crasher Course in Power! Ash defeated Crasher Wake and earned the Fen Badge.

He also appeared briefly in a flashback in For the Love of Meowth!.


Crasher Wake's Gyarados
The first Pokémon used by Crasher Wake during the Gym Battle against Ash was his Gyarados which went up against Pikachu. Gyarados showed its strength by standing up to Pikachu's Thunderbolt, but was defeated when Pikachu combined the speed it picked up by falling alongside a Volt Tackle.

Gyarados also appeared briefly in Mamie's flashback in For The Love Of Meowth.

Gyarados's known moves are Dragon Rage and Bite.

Debut A Crasher Course in Power!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Crasher Wake's Quagsire
Crasher Wake used Quagsire as his second Pokémon during his Gym Battle against Ash, and it proved itself to be very tricky, able to counteract Turtwig's high speed with its excellent hearing and as Quagsire had attacks perfectly suited to battle Template:Type2's Ash was forced to recall it.

Quagsire next went up against Buizel and although Quagsire was able to absorb Buizel's SonicBooms with its bulky body it was knocked out by the sheer force of Ice Aqua Jet.

Quagsire also appeared briefly in Mamie's flashback in For The Love Of Meowth.

Quagsire's known moves are Sludge Bomb and Ice Beam.

Debut A Crasher Course in Power!
Voice actors
English Billy Beach
Crasher Wake's Floatzel
Floatzel is Crasher Wake's main Pokémon. It was introduced right after Ash's Buizel got into a fight with Pikachu. Upon seeing his evolved form, Buizel became hyped up for battle and a chance to prove himself to Ash.

Floatzel seems to know many different defensive techniques to guard himself from attacks such as inflating the flotation sac around his body and blocking with his fin. He also knows a variety of different and powerful moves. Crasher Wake claims that Floatzel is powerful to endure even a Giga Impact by using its flotation sac. At one point he uses Ice Fang and it is able to disorient Buizel and freeze part of Pikachu's back. Despite all this, he lost to Buizel after Buizel fired a Water Pulse attack at him which sent him crashing into the ceiling and getting knocked out.

Floatzel also appeared briefly in Mamie's flashback in For The Love Of Meowth.

Floatzel's known moves are Razor Wind, Bulk Up, Whirlpool, and Ice Fang.

Debut A Crasher Course in Power!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 稲田徹 Tetsu Inada
English Michael Alston Baley
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Polish Jakub Szydłowski
Spanish Latin America Raúl Anaya
Spain Roberto Encinas

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

File:Maylene and Wake manga.png
Crasher Wake with his Floatzel and Maylene with her Riolu

Crasher Wake is introduced in VS. Skorupi. Platinum begins to battle him for the Fen Badge in VS. Carnivine; their battle concludes in VS. Floatzel, during which Platinum's Empoleon is able to defeat his Floatzel, only to lose to Quagsire. Afterwards, the Torterra she borrowed from Diamond defeats the second Pokémon with its Giga Drain when Wake concluded Platinum drowned, only to rise back up from the other side and counterattack. Afterwards, he is impressed by Platinum's adaptability and awards her the Fen Badge.

Later, he reappears in Lake Valor to save Rad Rickshaw and Pearl after the Galactic Bomb's explosion dried the lake, and Saturn defeated the latter. He then had his Quagsire and Floatzel to refill the lake using Rain Dance. Soon, after the boy recovers, Wake coaches him to catch a Floatzel much like his own (after noting that he wouldn't give him his), but when he proves unable, instead tells Pearl to try his luck with the weaker Buizel, which he succeeds in. However, having grown intensely distrustful of humans after the incident, it turned out very disobedient, prone to often attack its owner rather than fight for him.

Like in the games, he pays for the facilities and maintenance of Pastoria City with the prize money he earns.



Pokémon DP

He makes a brief cameo in Dialga's Secret Keys, where he is defeated by Hareta. In The Legendary Pokémon, Captured Wake and other Gym leaders appear at Lake Valor saying they will take care of things there and that he should worry about protecting the legendary Pokémon. He appears in A Battle Of Wills as Byron comes to, he asks Wake what's going on to find that Hareta is battling Saturn. In The Battle Rages On Wake is amazed by the size of the wave made by Hareta's Piplup.



In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Floatzel GL Water 37 Rare Holo Rising Rivals 4/111
Quagsire GL Water 35 Common Rising Rivals 76/111
Floatzel GL LV.X Water X Rare Holo LV.X Rising Rivals 104/111


  • His Japanese Leader title is ウォーター ストリーム マスクマン.
  • Crasher Wake's use of his prize money to help the disadvantaged is a common cliché in tales of fictional luchadores, inspired by the real-life luchador Fray Tormenta.
  • Crasher Wake is a Template:Type2 trainer with a pastime involving fighting, in comparison with Brawly, a Template:Type2 trainer with a pastime involving water.
  • All of Wake's Pokémon are ones that have gender differences except Sharpedo.
  • Despite the game claiming that he uses Defog for Pastoria City, none of the Pokémon he uses in battle can learn it. Though it is possible he has a Pokémon capable of using it he doesn't use in battle, he would not be the only Gym Leader to do so if this was the case, as Fantina has a Drifblim she only uses in contests and not battles.
  • With the release of Pokémon Platinum, the order of three Gym battles in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are now shifted: instead of being fourth, Crasher Wake is now fifth in the line-up. Had Ash fought Fantina previous to Maylene, he would have inadvertently gone out of order compared to the D/P line-up, but in order for the Platinum line-up. Ash battled the three shifted Gym Leaders in the order designated by D/P, as Platinum was not released until after Ash fought Crasher Wake, but before Fantina.
  • Crasher Wake is repeatedly referred to in in-game dialog by characters as "Wake, I mean Crasher Wake". This is a jab at the games' inability to hold his full name during battle (where he is identified as "Leader Wake"), and is also present in the Japanese version (where he is called マキシ Maxi instead).


Language Name Origin
Japanese マキシ Maxi/マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask From Maxillaria. Probably referring to his lucha libre mask.
English Crasher Wake Perhaps based on lucha libre names, as his appearance suggests. Sounds similar to crashing wave. A wake is also the set of triangular waves left by something traveling through water (a boat, etc.).
French Lovis le teigneux From l'eau, the water.
German Wellenbrecher Marinus Marinus means of the sea in Latin.
Italian Omar il distruttore From mare, sea.
Polish Wake "Stalowa Pięść" Means Wake "Steel Fist"
Spanish Mananti el Destructor From manantial, the source of a river.
Brazilian Portuguese Montanha Means mountain. Anime only.
Korean 맥실러 Maxiller
맥시멈가면 Maximum Gamyeon
Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 吉憲 Jíxiàn
極限假面 Jíxiàn Jiǎmiàn
吉憲 (auspicious constitution) sounds like 極限 (maximum).
極限假面 is the translation of his Japanese name.


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