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Cress (Japanese: コーン Corn) is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym. He specializes in Water-type Pokémon. He gives the Trio Badge to Trainers that chose Tepig as their starter Pokémon if they defeat him.
In the games
Cress appears in Pokémon Black and White as one of the Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, alongside Cilan and Chili. This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Cress battles the player if Tepig is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat him will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).
- 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."
- "How exceedingly lucky for you that you do not have to face me."
- "That is correct! It shall be I and my esteemed Water types that you must face in battle!"
- "What incredible luck for you--you get to battle the best among the three of us."
- During battle (the first non-KO hit)
- "I see... That might be a good attack."
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "I'll put all my hopes on my last Pokémon!"
- "Lose? Me? I don't believe this."
- "Why, you're quite remarkable. It's the Pokémon League's rule, so--please take this Badge."
- After the battle (regardless of starter Pokémon)
- "If there were 17 siblings in the Striaton City Gym... There could be a specialist for each type of Pokémon."
- "...We heard about the incident with N's Castle. If we had received the message in time, the three of us could have helped."
- The fundamentals of Pokémon battling are type matchups! They're important!
- 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!"
In the anime
Cress makes his debut in Triple Leaders, Team Threats! alongside his brothers, and fellow Gym Leaders Cilan and Chili. Along with Chili, he first makes his appearance when Cilan brings Ash to the Gym where he then proceeds to take his drink order. Ash declines saying he wants to battle the Gym Leader, and as he gets up to leave Cress and his brothers introduce themselves as the leaders. They then lead Ash to the battleground where they introduced their individual Pokémon.
He was the second to battle Ash, where he proceeded to defeat Pikachu. He appears again at the beginning of Dreams by the Yard Full! where he and his brothers present the Trio Badge to Ash. Later he and Chili say goodbye to Cilan, who had decided to travel with Ash and Iris.
He appeared in a flashback in A Connoisseur's Revenge! where he and Chili inform Burgundy that Cilan had gone on a journey and could not battle her again.
Cress reappeared in A Call for Brotherly Love! where he informed Cilan over the phone of the reason why Chili was not at the Gym. Contrary to what Chili had said, he had not left in order to study but had run away. Chili had asked him the night he ran away why he kept losing. Cress told him that he focused too much on offense while giving little consideration to defense. As he feared, Chili took it as an insult and ran away. Cress was pleased when Cilan told him he would help Chili with his battle style and help get his confidence back and thanked him for it.
He, like his brothers, tends to speak about Pokémon in relation to their element, in this case, water. Unlike his brothers, Cress tends to speak about himself in third-person in the Japanese version. All the brothers tend to use hand positions like rock, paper, and scissors—in Cress's case, he tends to accentuate words with his fingers.
This listing is of Cress's known Pokémon in the anime:
In the manga
In the Pocket Monsters BW manga
In the Pocket Monsters BW manga, Cress appears along with his brothers Cilan and Chili. 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 Cress's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Cress in Pokémon Adventures
Cress, along with his brothers, are first seen when Black sets out on his journey to beat the Pokémon League. Later, Cress 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. Cress and his brothers prove powerful by using type advantages over their opponents Pokémon. Despite the strength they possess, Cress, Chili, and Cilan 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, Cress presents the challengers with the Trio Badge.
He, like his brothers, tends to move his arms in a certain position, in Cress's case, crossed in front of him.
This listing is for Cress's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
| Panpour is Cress's only known Pokémon. Along with being his main Pokémon, Panpour assists Cress and his brothers in the kitchen by pouring water for tea.
Panpour was used against Black, Cheren, and Bianca in a Gym battle. Despite proving powerful, they are defeated after the time limit ends after Chili's Pansear is defeated, making the challengers' win with 3 to 2.
Panpour's known moves are Water Gun and Work Up.
|| A Nickname for Tepig
- His Japanese Leader title, shared with Cilan and Chili, is トライアル トライアングル.
- 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 . The other four being Brycen, Lenora, and his brothers.
|| コーン Corn
|| From Corn, similar to Dent and Pod. May also refer to tricorn.
|| From Garden cress and Watercress. Related to Cilan's and Chili's names.
|| From noix, nut.
|| From Maiskolben (corncob). Related to his brother's name, Benny (Cilan) and Maik (Chili).
|| From mais, corn.
| Direct translation of the Japanese name.
|| 콘 Corn
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 寇恩 Kòu'ēn
|| Transliteration of his Japanese name.