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コーン Corn
"Triple Trouble!"
Black White Cress.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blue
Hometown Striaton City
Region Unova
Relatives Cilan, Chili (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 Water types
Anime debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
English voice actor Tom Wayland
Japanese voice actor Makoto Ishii

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).

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


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Tag Battle

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

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Experts/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Black and White

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."
"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!"

Before battle

"What incredible luck for you--you get to battle the best among the three of us."
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"I see... That might be a good attack."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"I'll put all my hopes on my last Pokémon!"
  • When defeated
"Lose? Me? I don't believe this."
  • After being defeated
"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."
  • Post-game
"...We heard about the incident with N's Castle. If we had received the message in time, the three of us could have helped."

Badge Case

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

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Memory Link - A Triple Team

  • Striation Restaurant - Present
(to player) "I hope today is a special day for you."
(After speaking to the other brothers) "A day that's important to me, Cress..."
  • Striation Trainers' School - Flashback
"I guess you're right."
"You're overthinking it, but I can't say the possibility is zero."
"Based on your appearance, you must be the Shadow Triad. But why are you here?"
"We have to admit it. The three Leaders of Striaton City make one full-fledged Trainer."
"Of course, I, Cress, was thinking about that, too."
"OK. So as for the replacement Gym Leader..."
  • End of flashback (if initiated by Cress)
"Part of my past I want to forget... No, I mustn't forget it."

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 Cress.png Spr B2W2 Cress.png B2W2 Cress Back.png VSCress.png Cress OD.png
Cress's sprite from
Generation V
Cress's sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Cress's back sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Cress's VS sprite from
Black and White
Cress's overworld sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

Cress 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.

Cress appeared in a fantasy along with Chili in A Surface to Air Tag Battle Team! and BW103.

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:

Cress's Panpour
Panpour is Cress's only known Pokémon. It first appeared when Cress showed what Pokémon he has and Ash scans it on his Pokédex. It was shown to be an extremely powerful Pokémon, able to defeat Pikachu without suffering any damage despite having a type-disadvantage. It was the second Pokémon to face Ash in his Gym battle, Ash used Pikachu. Panpour's Double Team confused Pikachu, after which Panpour landed a powerful Scratch. Pikachu tried to use Thunderbolt, but Panpour's Water Gun hit Pikachu before he could execute his move. Pikachu then tried a Volt Tackle, but Panpour's Mud Sport stopped Pikachu in his tracks, after which another Water Gun knocked him out.

Panpour reappeared in flashbacks in A Call for Brotherly Love! and BW103.

Panpour's known moves are Double Team, Scratch, Water Gun and Mud Sport.

Debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Marc Thompson

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 石井真 Makoto Ishii
English Tom Wayland
Mandarin Chinese 詹雅菁 Zhān Yǎjīng
Danish Thomas Kirk
Brazilian Portuguese Daniel Figueira
Spanish Latin America Manuel Díaz
Spain Sergio García Marín

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 Battle at the Handsome Restaurant!?, 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 Cress's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.

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

Panpour's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Battle at the Handsome Restaurant!?

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Cress in Pokémon Adventures

Cress, along with brothers Chili and Cilan, are the triplet Gym Leaders of the Striaton Gym. Although they each got their Gym Leader job individually, they were assigned to one Gym. It is later revealed that they were given the shared job to help teach newer Trainers about type advantages. Due to the type they each specialize in, it was the perfect job for them.

Cress and his brothers are first seen in Black's imagination as he sets out on his journey to beat the Pokémon League. Cress later appears in person at the Striaton Gym with his brothers. With the help of his Panpour, Cress serves tea to Black to signal the start of their Gym battle against the challenger. Although only Black challenged the Gym, the brothers allow his friends, Cheren and Bianca, to challenge it as well. After Black, Cheren, and Bianca clear the Gym challenge, they face the Striaton triplets in a battle.

Due to the type advantage their Pokémon have over their opponents, Cress and his brothers prove to be powerful Trainers. Despite the clear advantage they had over their opponents, Cress and his brothers are defeated when Black has his Tep use Pansage's fallen leaves to revive his teammates, allowing them to win the battle 3 to 2. Having lost the battle, Cress presents the challengers with the Trio Badge. Sometime later, Cress and his brothers prepare to head out to an unknown location.

The brothers later confront the Shadow Triad near the P2 Laboratory. They reveal that even though they weren't at Nacrene City during the Dark Stone incident, they were assigned to follow their enemies if the other Gym Leaders were defeated. The Shadow Triad prove to be very powerful foes, and even after evolving their Pokémon, Cress and his brothers still weren't strong enough to defeat them. Suddenly, the Gym Leaders are saved by Keldeo, who had been watching the battle with its mentors.

Believing that the Striaton Gym Leaders to be the better humans, Keldeo attacks the Shadow Triad. Before it can continue, the Shadow Triad attack Keldeo and trap it. Keldeo's mentors, Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion jump down to save it by attacking the Shadow Triad along with Cress, Cilan and Chili. The brothers are heavily injured in the attacked, but only had their clothes damaged. The three realize that they are much weaker than they thought and need to close their Gym and begin training to become stronger.

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.

Cress's Panpour

Cress's Simipour
Panpour → Simipour
Simipour is Cress's only known Pokémon that first appeared as a Panpour. Along with being his main Pokémon, Simipour assists Cress and his brothers in the kitchen by pouring water for tea. It, as a 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.

Later, it was used to battle the Shadow Triad in a Triple Battle. Although the battle was tough, Panpour was given a Water Stone, enabling it to evolve into a Simipour to become stronger.

Simipour's known moves are Water Gun and Work Up.

Debut 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.


Language Name Origin
Japanese コーン Corn From Corn, similar to Dent and Pod. May also refer to tricorn.
English Cress From Garden cress and Watercress. Related to Cilan's and Chili's names.
French Noa From noix, nut.
German Colin From Maiskolben (corncob). Related to his brother's name, Benny (Cilan) and Maik (Chili).
Italian Maisello From mais, corn.
Spanish Maíz
Direct translation of the Japanese name.
Korean Corn Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 寇恩 Kòu'ēn Transliteration of his Japanese name.

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

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappFaba
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesNebbyWickeGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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