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ゲンジ Genji
Ruby Sapphire Drake.png
Artwork from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Elite Four
Generation III
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Elite Four of Ever Grande City
Specializes in Dragon types
Anime debut Vanity Affair
English voice actor Brian Maillard
Japanese voice actor Shōzō Iizuka

Drake (Japanese: ゲンジ Genji) is a Master Dragon-type Trainer and member of the Hoenn Elite Four.

In the games

In Generation III, Drake is the fourth member of the Hoenn Elite Four.

Drake harnesses the strong power of Dragon-type Pokémon that he specializes in. He lives every day to dedicate himself to learn about the Pokémon who saved him. He believes that the Elite Four's challenge is superior to the Battle Frontier.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Elite Four Drake

Harness strong abilities.
Trainer's Pokémon
The raw power of Dragons!
I live to battle every day to learn about Pokémon.RS
I dedicate myself to the Pokémon that saved me.E


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald


Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

  • Before battle
"I am the last of the Pokémon League Elite Four, Drake the Dragon master! In their natural state, Pokémon are wild living things. They are free. At times, they hinder us. At times, they help us. For us to battle with Pokémon as partners, do you know what it takes? Do you know what is needed? If you don't, then you will never prevail over me!"
  • When defeated
"Superb, it should be said."
  • After being defeated
"You deserve every credit for coming this far as a Trainer of Pokémon. You do seem to know what is needed. Yes, what a Trainer needs is a virtuous heart. Pokémon touch the good hearts of Trainers and learn good from wrong. They touch the good hearts of Trainers and grow strong. Go! Go onwards! The Champion is waiting!"
  • Over the PokéNavE
"That voice... <player>, is it? You sound well... I understand there is now a facility call the Battle Frontier that tests the skills of Trainers. However, if you wish to have real battles, there is no substitute for the Pokémon League! Don't you agree, <player>?"


Spr RS Drake.png Drake OD.png
Drake's sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Drake's overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

In the anime

Drake in the anime

Drake is the only member of the Hoenn Elite Four to have appeared in the anime. His only anime appearance was in Vanity Affair.

Drake is a ship captain, and has an entire crew under his command. His first-mate is Fitzwilliam. After witnessing Ash and his Torkoal defeating another Trainer's Scizor, Drake meets Ash and his friends at a restaurant and invites them to his ship. Once on board, Max asks Drake to show them his Pokémon, and Drake invites Ash to have a Pokémon battle with him instead. Drake wins the match easily, helping Ash realize that he had been overconfident recently. When Team Rocket tries to steal Pikachu again after the battle, Drake blasts them off with his Salamence.

After Ash takes his Pokémon to the Pokémon Center, Drake also invites the gang to dine on his ship. During the meal, Drake tells Ash that he too once got overconfident and lost many battles because of it.


This listing is of Drake's known Pokémon in Pokémon anime:

Drake's Shelgon
Shelgon is the first Pokémon Drake used to battle Ash. Ash thought Pikachu's speed and powerful attacks would beat the slow Endurance Pokémon, but he did not take into account Shelgon's high defense. Drake's strategy was to calculate the damage from Ash's attack and wait until Pikachu was close enough (trying to use Iron Tail to finish off Shelgon) before he attacked with a powerful DragonBreath and Dragon Claw combo, winning the round.

Shelgon's known moves are Double-Edge, DragonBreath, and Dragon Claw.

Debut Vanity Affair
Drake's Altaria
For the second round, Drake used Altaria. Despite the type disadvantage, Ash chose Grovyle, thinking it would be able to use the ship's masts like trees. Still, Altaria won the round, winning the match for Drake.

Altaria's known moves are Take Down, DragonBreath, Sky Attack, Aerial Ace, and SolarBeam.

Debut Vanity Affair
Drake's Salamence
When Team Rocket tried to kidnap Pikachu after Ash's and Drake's battle, Drake was furious and unleashed Salamence on them. Salamence easily retrieved Pikachu and blasted Team Rocket away.

Salamence's known moves are Dragon Claw and Flamethrower.

Debut Vanity Affair

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 飯塚昭三 Shōzō Iizuka
English Brian Maillard
Brazilian Portuguese Guilherme Lopes
European Spanish Héctor Cantolla

In the manga

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Drake and Shelgon

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Drake is one of the Hoenn Elite Four members. He, along with Sidney, controlled a Regirock, acquired from the Desert Ruins, which helped in the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. This Regirock, however, fled from their control when Steven died from the stress of coercing the combined efforts of the Elite Four, Wallace, and himself, together with the other two Regis.


This is a listing of Drake's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga

Drake's Shelgon
Shelgon was used by Drake to awaken the chamber containing Regirock. It was also seen with him while the Elite Four were making plans to stop Kyogre and Groudon.

Shelgon's known moves are Headbutt and Double-Edge, and its Ability is Rock Head.

Debut VS. Kyogre & Groudon XIII
Drake's Regirock
Main article: Brandon's Regirock

Drake controlled Regirock with Sidney after it was awaken by his Shelgon. It left after Steven was killed. Regirock was then recaught by Brandon in the mountains.

Debut VS. Regirock, Regice, & Registeel II

In the TCG

Drake was featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Drake or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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 #
Drake's Stadium T [St] EX Power Keepers Uncommon 72/108 World Champions Pack Uncommon 095/108



Language Name Origin
Japanese ゲンジ Genji From 源氏菫 Genji-Sumire, Viola variegata var. nipponica.
English, Italian Drake Similar to and also means dragon. Possible reference to Sir Francis Drake.
French Aragon Similar to the word dragon.
German Dragan Similar to the word Drache (dragon).
Spanish Dracón Close to the word dragón.
Korean 권수 Gweonsu
Chinese (Mandarin) 源治 Yuánzhì From 源治, a possible spelling of Genji.

Hoenn League
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
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Steven Wallace

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