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This article is about the group from Pokémon Horizons. For the games, see Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky.
エクスプローラーズ Explorers
Explorers Logo.png
The Explorers logo
Leader Gibeon
Region Worldwide
Admins Hamber, Amethio, Spinel, Onyx, Agate, Sango
Major targets Liko, Roy, Friede, Rising Volt Tacklers
Base locations Unknown
Anime debut HZ001

The Explorers (Japanese: エクスプローラーズ Explorers) are a mysterious organization that is after Liko's pendant, the Rising Volt Tacklers' sworn enemy, and the main antagonistic organization in Pokémon Horizons: The Series. Its real goals and motivations are currently unknown.


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Amethio battling Friede for the first time

The Explorers were introduced in HZ001. With the goal of obtaining Liko's pendant, Amethio introduced himself as a supposedly representative of Liko's grandmother, requesting her to return the pendant. When Liko attempted to escape she was chased after, and eventually cornered by, Amethio, Zirc, and Onia. Upon the arrival of Friede, the leader of the Rising Volt Tacklers, Amethio engaged in a battle with him. Their battle was cut short after Liko's pendant displayed an unknown power that shielded her from an incoming attack, which Friede used as an opportunity to escape with her. Having witnessed the pendant's mysterious power, the Explorers shifted their objective to acquiring both Liko's pendant and Liko herself, believing her to play a key role in the pendant's secrets.

Following an aerial chase of the Rising Volt Tacklers airship in the following episode, they managed to invade their enemy's ship, the Brave Asagi, where another battle between Amethio and Friede ensued. Due to a powerful Leafage from Liko's Sprigatito, the barrier around the battlefield broke, exposing everyone to the ongoing thunderstorm. This forced the Explorers to retreat, but not without taking Sprigatito as a hostage.

In HZ003, Zirc managed to plant a tracker on the Brave Asagi while the ship was docked at the town where the Explorers were hiding out with Sprigatito. In the next episode, Amethio conferenced with Hamber, his superior, from his team's submarine. When asked if he had informed Gibeon, the Explorers' leader, about Liko's pendant, Amethio replied that he had not yet done so. The trio then set off to follow the Brave Asagi using the tracker's signal.

Amethio, Zirc and Onia attacked the Rising Volt Tacklers in HZ005 and HZ006, in another major operation meant to steal Liko's pendant. They were forced to retreat when a Shiny Rayquaza appeared from Roy's ancient Poké Ball after the ball and pendant synced with each other. Later, Amethio was summoned to a meeting of the Explorers' leadership to give a report to Gibeon. Because of Amethio's acting on his own, Gibeon removed him from the mission and instead assigned Spinel to obtain the pendant. After the meeting, Amethio calmly decided to continue pursuing the Rayquaza, which had disappeared after his team's retreat.

Spinel was later seen spying on the Rising Volt Tacklers in HZ012, and in HZ013, he commenced his attack by using his fleet of Magneton to disable the Brave Asagi near Levincia and briefly successfully obtains Liko's pendant thanks to his Beheeyem.

In HZ021, Amethio, Zirc and Onia arrived in Galar after tracking the black Rayquaza to the Galar Mine. Amethio informed the others that he would now be acting against Gibeon's orders by continuing to pursue Rayquaza, but they still insisted upon following him, which he accepted. In the following episode, Amethio, Zirc and Onia arrived at the Galar Mine as where they came across Liko, Roy, and Friede as they battled them. However, when a Galarian Moltres that had an Ancient Poké Ball arrive and attack them, Onia and Zirc retreated from their battle against Liko and Roy, as Moltres was too powerful for them to battle, while Amethio continued his battle against Friede. However, Amethio retreated in the next episode, as he decided to get the Pokémon that was in the pedant.

Notable Members

Main members

This is the list of Explorers members up to the most recent Japanese episode:

Member Rank Description Debut
Boss The boss of the Explorers who is mentioned for the first time in HZ004 and his voice is first heard in HZ006. He has yet to make a physical appearance in the series. His subordinates hold him in high, almost reverential regard, typically referring to him as "Master Gibeon," behaving in a highly deferential way when in his presence, and identifying the Explorers as "only existing to fulfill" his wishes. HZ006*
Second-in-command The second-in-command of the Explorers. He debuted in HZ004, receiving progress reports from Amethio and his subordinates. In addition to his position as a commander in the organization, he acts as Gibeon's butler. HZ004
Admin The very first admin in the Explorers to be introduced in the series, appearing in HZ001. HZ001
Admin Spinel first appeared in HZ006 in a meeting with the other Explorers Admins. Upon seeing Amethio's flaws, Spinel started mocking him, doubting whether or not he actually saw the black Rayquaza. Amethio and Spinel's squabbles were interrupted by Hamber before Gibeon decided to give Spinel the mission to investigate the Rising Volt Tacklers. HZ006
Admin Onyx first silhouetted in HZ006 in a meeting with the other Explorers Admins. He first appeared properly in HZ016. HZ006
Admin Agate first silhouetted in HZ006 in a meeting with the other Explorers Admins. She first appeared properly in HZ016. HZ006
Admin Sango first silhouetted in HZ006 in a meeting with the other Explorers Admins. She first appeared properly in HZ016. HZ006
Grunt A grunt that works as a trio along with her partner Zirc and their superior, Amethio. HZ001
Grunt A grunt that works as a trio along with his partner Onia and their superior, Amethio. HZ001


This is listing of characters who aided the Explorers in their goals at some point during the events of Pokémon Horizons: The Series:

Trainer HZ016.png
Bisharp's trainer



  • In HZ002, the trio used their watches to change into the organization's standard uniform.
  • In HZ003, Zirc planted a tracker in the husk of the Rising Volt Tacklers' airship. It was later found and destroyed by Quaxly in HZ006.
  • In HZ014, Spinel communicated with his Pokémon using a small transceiver attached to them. He also used the transceivers in HZ016 to communicate with Liko, Roy, and Dot.
Watches Tracker Transceiver
Explorers watch.png Explorers tracker.png Explorers transceiver on Pokémon.png


  • In HZ004, Amethio contacted Hamber from a submarine. This submarine later made further appearances as Amethio, Zirc and Onia's method of transportation around the world.
  • Spinel was seen using a van outfitted with high-tech surveillance equipment as a base of operations in multiple episodes.
  • In HZ016, Spinel used a cargo ship docked in Levincia to transport his van from the city.
Explorers submarine.png


  • In HZ006 and several subsequent episodes, the Explorers leadership are shown using a virtual reality space to meet with each other and give reports to Hamber and Gibeon. The individual members use hologram technology to project themselves into this space, which appears and disappears upon their entering and leaving it. While Hamber and the five Explorers admins move around and interact with each other in this space as if it is real, Gibeon speaks through a holographic monolith that stands at the center of the space.


Amethyo Pokemon 2023 Expression Sheet.jpg Zirc Onia Concept Art 2023.jpg HZ Explorers admins.png
Official artwork of Amethio from Pokémon Horizons: The Series[1] Official artwork of Zirc and Onia from Pokémon Horizons: The Series[2] Official artwork of Onyx, Agate, Sango, and Spinel


  • The Explorers is the first villainous organization created specifically for the anime.
  • The names of the members of the organization presented in the anime refer to gemstones and rocks used in the creation of jewelry.


Language Title
France Flag.png French Explorateurs
Germany Flag.png German Entdecker
Italy Flag.png Italian Esploratori
South Korea Flag.png Korean 익스플로러즈 Explorers
Poland Flag.png Polish Pionierzy
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Desbravadores
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Exploradores
Spain Flag.png Spanish Exploradores


Boss: Gibeon
Administrators: HamberAmethioSpinel
Agents: OniaZirc

Villainous teams
Team RocketTeam AquaTeam MagmaTeam GalacticTeam PlasmaTeam Flare
Team SkullTeam Rainbow RocketTeam YellMiss FortunesTeam Star
Team Great RocketTeam SnagemCipherPhobos BattalionGo-Rock SquadTeam Dim Sun
Team DebonairsPokémon PinchersDark LegionTeam GO RocketTeam BreakExplorers

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