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Drayden (Japanese: シャガ Shaga) is one of the Gym Leaders of Opelucid City's Gym, known officially as the Opelucid Gym. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon and gives the Legend Badge to Trainers who manage to defeat him.
In the games
Drayden appears in Pokémon Black and White where he is the mayor of Opelucid City. In Black, he is the Gym Leader of Opelucid City's gym, the last gym to be challenged by the player in the region.
In White, he will teach Draco Meteor to the player's Dragon-type Pokémon if they have high happiness. He can be found in his home in Opelucid City. However, in this game Iris takes his place as Gym Leader.
He also reappears at N's Castle where he and many of the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.
Drayden is said to train by wrestling with Pokémon.
- "Welcome. Thank you for coming. I am Opelucid Pokémon Gym's Leader, Drayden. As the mayor, I've given everything to developing the city. As a Trainer, I've simply been pursuing greater strength. But what I'm searching for now is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Perhaps you can show me that future, the way Iris has?"
- "I didn't see that coming. You are a very difficult opponent."
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "Now is the moment of truth! This really gets my blood pumping!"
- "This intense feeling that floods me after a defeat... I don't know how to describe it."
- "Wonderful. I'm grateful we had a chance to meet and battle."
- "Well, now, You've obtained all of the Gym Badges in Unova. Now, all Pokémon will obediently follow your commands. I also want you to have this. It's a TM I'm particularly fond of. It's called Dragon Tail."
- "Dragon Tail is a move that returns the damaged Pokémon to its Poké Ball. In other words, it switches your opponent's Pokémon. Now, I have something to ask of you. Head for the Pokémon League and go after Alder. The Pokémon League is past Route 10, which runs from Opelucid City to Victory Road. I know Alder's strength, but I don't know the depths of N's power..."
- "Pokémon and people do not age because of the passage of time. They get old when the energy flowing in their hearts dries up. This energy in our hearts is powered by truth, ideals, or maybe dreams... That probably changes with what you most hope for in your life."
- "Holder of the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW, please proceed!"
- "I can empathize with some of what you say, but I can't forgive the way you reject everything else!"
- Sincere Trainer, keep growing stronger!
- 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 Madame Scale. Thank yooou! 'I'm from Opelucid City, and I just went home for the first time in a long time. I saw Drayden and Iris counting up a big handful of coins! Isn't that setting a bad example for kids, flaunting your wealth like that?' Hmmm... That's living the high life! But you know, the Opelucid Gym Badge is shiny like a coin... Maybe you saw wrong? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"
In the anime
Drayden first appeared in BW033 in Iris's flashback where he was introduced as a Dragon master. He witnessed Iris and Excadrill in battle while visiting the Dragon Village and congratulated her on her victory. Iris then quickly challenged Drayden to a battle which he graciously accepted. However, the Dragon master proved to be too powerful for the young Trainer and Iris and Excadrill lost. He appears to be acquainted with the village's elder.
| Drayden's Haxorus appeared in Iris's flashback where it battled against her Excadrill and won. Excadrill's loss to Haxorus is what caused him to disobey Iris for many years.
Haxorus's known moves are Reversal and Rock Smash.
| Voice actors
|| Kenta Miyake
- His Japanese Leader title is スパルタン メイヤー.
- The only differences between Drayden and Iris's teams are the genders of their Pokémon and their Druddigon's ability: Drayden has an all-male team and his Druddigon has Rough Skin, while Iris has an all-female team and her Druddigon has Sheer Force.
- Drayden and his counterpart, Iris, are the only Dragon-type specialists that use only pure Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Drayden and Iris's Haxorus are underleveled; Fraxure does not evolve until level 48.
|| シャガ Shaga
|| From 射干 or 著莪 (シャガ) shaga, Iris japonica or from Fringed iris.
|| From "dragon" and "den" (as in dragon's den).
|| From the flower genus Watsonia.
|| From the Spartan general Lysander and fleur-de-lys.
|| From the genus Aristea. May also be named after Aristides.
|| From lirio (lily).
|| 사간 Sagan
|| From 사간 (射干) sagan, blackberry lily.