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ハヤト Hayato
"The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon"
HeartGold SoulSilver Falkner.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Blue*
Hair color Blue
Hometown Violet City
Region Johto
Relatives Father (Predecessor as Gym Leader)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Violet Gym
Badge Zephyr Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut Fighting Flyer with Fire
English voice actor Matthew Mitler
Japanese voice actor Akira Ishida

Falkner (Japanese: ハヤト Hayato) is the Gym Leader of Violet City's Gym, known officially as the Violet Gym. He hands out the Zephyr Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Headshot of Falkner from Pokémon Gold and Silver

Falkner appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, where he is the first Gym Leader players will encounter. A master of Template:Type2 Pokémon, Falkner runs the Violet Gym, which he inherited from his father; the Pokémon he uses in battle also formerly belonged to him. Falker's father is reported to be traveling, but is never seen in the game (unlike Janine's father).

Known as "The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon", Falkner is adored as a cool and handsome trainer. He is, however, overshadowed by his absent father, who is said to have been cooler and even more handsome. Perhaps because of this, Falkner aspires to be the greatest bird master. Falkner uses, notably, the lowest leveled Pokémon found in any Gym in any region. His Pidgeotto, in fact, is at an illegitimate level. Once defeated in battle, he will award winners with the Zephyr Badge and a Technical Machine: TM31 (Mud-Slap) in Generation II; TM51 (Roost) in Generation IV. In each generation, his Pokémon know the respective TM; Falkner uses this move as part of his battle strategy.

Like all Gym Leaders in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Falkner will venture out of his Gym occasionally. Once the player has obtained the Soul Badge, Falkner will journey every Monday to Celadon City so he can visit the Department Store. He can be found talking with fellow Gym Leader Janine, of Fuchsia City, on the fourth floor, and will exchange Pokégear phone numbers with the player. Once this task has been completed, Falkner will travel to the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City every Saturday morning to accept a rematch with a stronger team of Pokémon. In addition, he may also participate in the Pokéathlon's Supreme Cup in the Jump Course with his Pidgeot, Swellow, and Staraptor.

Falkner is also in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. Unlike other Gym Leaders in this game, all of his Pokémon are of his specialist type.


This listing is of Falkner's Pokémon in the video games he has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym match

Second battle (Rematch)

EthanAthUnusedHGSSwalkdown.png  Jump  Course
Supreme Cup
277OD.png Swellow
018OD.png Pidgeot
398OD.png Staraptor

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


File:SpriteFalkner.gif File:FalknerHGSS.gif VSFalkner.png
Falkner's sprite from
Generation II
Falkner's sprite from
Generation IV
Falkner's VS sprite from
Generation IV

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"I'm Falkner, the Violet Pokémon Gym leader! People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"
  • When defeated
"...Darn! My Dad's cherished bird Pokémon... All right. Take this. It's the official Pokémon League ZephyrBadge."
  • After being defeated
"ZephyrBadge raises the attack power of Pokémon. It also enables Pokémon to use Flash, if they have it, anytime. Here--take this too."
"By using a TM, Pokémon will instantly learn a new move. Think before you act--a TM can be used only once. TM31 contains Mud-Slap. It reduces the enemy's accuracy while it causes damage. In other words, it is both defensive and offensive."
"There are other Pokémon Gyms in cities and towns ahead. You should test your skills at these Gyms. I'm going to train hard to become the greatest bird master!"

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Violet Gym
  • Before battle
"I'm Falkner, the Violet City Pokémon Gym Leader! People say you can clip Flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"The wind is finally with us!"
  • During battle
"We can still fly!"
  • When defeated
"I understand... I'll bow out gracefully."
  • After being defeated
"...For pity's sake! My dad's cherished bird Pokémon... But a defeat is a defeat. All right. Take this official Pokémon League Badge. This one is the Zephyr Badge. With that Badge, Pokémon, including traded Pokémon up to Lv. 20, will obey you without question. It also enables you to use the hidden move Rock Smash anytime outside of battle."
"By using a TM, a Pokémon will instantly learn a new move. Think before you act - a TM can be used only once. TM51 contains Roost. It restores half the max HP."
"There are Pokémon Gyms in cities and towns ahead. Make good use of them! As for your next move... I would suggest Azalea Town."
"There are Pokémon Gyms in cities and towns ahead. You should test your skills at these Gyms. As for your next move... I would suggest Azalea Town. I'm going to train harder to become the greatest Bird Keeper of all!"
Fighting Dojo
  • Before battle
"Hi! I've been waiting for you! It's a pleasure to be able to battle you again!"
  • After being defeated
"Mmm... It's still a long way to become the best Trainer..."
Pokégear Registering
"Out of all the Trainers out there, the best Trainer would have to be my dad."

Janine: "Ha! You don't know a thing! The best Trainer in the world is Koga, one of the Elite Four! Namely--my dad!"

"You are mistaken. My dad treats Poké..."

Janine: "Please stop this! Why don't you just admit that my dad is the true Trainer!"

"You were listening, right? You agree my dad is greater, right?"
Yes: "You do? Just as I thought! You know something? I'm sure we'll enjoy talking about my dad! Here is my number! Give me a call Saturday morning if you want to hear about my dad!"'
No: "You don't? I thought you were smarter than that. Oh, well. You'll change your mind eventually."

Janine: "Bah!"

"So, you did change your mind. You now think my dad is greater?"
Pokégear Phone
  • Calling you:
"Hey, this is Falkner. How are you doing? The scaffolding in my Gym was in bad shape when you came to battle, eh? Every year, we give the place a thorough scrubbing. It's a challenge. But the bird Pokémon help us out, so we're able to manage."
  • Calling him:
"Hello... OK, now I can hear you. Yeah, I'm in top form. Are there Gym Leaders you haven't battled yet? Step up! Get on it!"
"Hello... OK, now I can hear you. Yeah, I'm in top form. Let's see... I'm free Saturday morning usually. Please, give me a call then."

In the anime

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Falkner in the anime

Falkner's only anime appearance was in the episode Fighting Flyer with Fire.

When Ash's Pikachu was stolen by Team Rocket, Falkner arrived and rescued it with the help of his Pidgeot. He flew around on a glider, yearning to be as close to Flying Pokémon as he possibly could be. He is usually seen with his Hoothoot on his shoulder.

Falkner has a self-righteous attitude when it comes to Pokémon training, which angered Ash. Falkner also expressed an intense dislike for the assumption many trainers make that Flying-type Pokémon will always lose to Template:Type2s, but proved to be slightly hypocritical as he criticized Ash's poor choice of using Chikorita (a Template:Type2 that is weak to Flying-types) in their match.

The Violet Gym itself is a very tall, spiral-shaped building. Falkner conducts his matches on the roof of the Gym, accompanied by many students who chant in unison during his battles.

Ash was able to win the Zephyr Badge, despite his Charizard's wing being severely injured during the match.


Falkner's Hoothoot
Hoothoot was the first Pokémon Falkner used in his battle with Ash. Hoothoot defeated Chikorita rather easily with a few Fly, Peck and Tackle attacks, but couldn't hit Pikachu due to its Agility. Eventually it lost to Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Quick Attack.
Debut Fighting Flyer with Fire
Voice actors
Japanese Yuji Ueda
English Yuji Ueda
Falkner's Dodrio
Dodrio was the second Pokémon Falkner sent out to battle Ash's Pikachu. At first Dodrio seemed to have the upper hand with its Agility, Fury Attack and Drill Peck. When Pikachu tried to attack, Falkner ordered Dodrio to Fly, much to Ash's surprise - and Dodrio jumped high in the air. Ash then decided to use that method himself, and ordered Pikachu to dodge Dodrio's Tri Attack by jumping to the air. From above, Pikachu used Thunder, winning the round.
Debut Fighting Flyer with Fire
Falkner's Pidgeot
Main article: Falkner's Pidgeot

Ash first saw Pidgeot before the battle, when Falkner used it to get rid of Team Rocket. In their battle, Pidgeot defeated Pikachu with a single Whirlwind attack, but then lost to Charizard after a long battle.

Debut Fighting Flyer with Fire
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 石田彰 Akira Ishida
English Matthew Mitler
Italian Luca Sandri
Polish Artur Krajewski
Spanish Latin America Eduardo Garza
Spain Pablo Sevilla

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

File:Falkner Special.png
Falkner in the GSC chapter

In Pokémon Adventures, Falkner is a part-time police officer, first seen in Elekid Incorporated in uniform. Falkner is the arresting officer at the scene after Silver stole Totodile from Professor Elm's laboratory, pinning the burnt yard on Gold. Gold, however, cooperates with Falkner (under threat of interrogation and being arrested) when it is revealed he is the only one to have seen Silver's face, although Gold totally blows it on purpose so he could go after Silver himself. Falkner offers Gold and Joey a place to stay for the night at the police station in Cherrygrove City, but Gold turns it down and runs off with Joey in tow.

Falkner properly introduces himself in Sunkern Treasure when they meet once again. He is revealed not yet to be the Violet Gym Leader, but is training his team in attempt to acquire the position his father (the previous Gym Leader) left behind mysteriously; this is Falkner's dream. Skarmory, a foe Falkner says he's encountered before, then attacks the duo, having been said to be terrorizing the area and is currently attacking herds of Sunkern. Falkner sends Noctowl and Pidgeotto to attack it, but notes they aren't delivering much damage. Gold helps Falkner by sending out his freshly caught Sunbo to bounce Exbo into range of the Skarmory, dealing a heavy blow using Ember. Falkner then catches it, adding it to his team, and invites Gold to train with him. Gold declines the offer, as he has Silver to catch, but they makes plans to meet later once their objectives are met. In this chapter, Bill is also on his way to find Falkner, to tell him a date for his Gym Leader qualification exam has been set.

Falkner in the HG/SS chapter

In VS. Ariados, it is revealed Falkner passed the Gym Leader exam. Unlike in the English games, Falkner's badge is referred to as the "Wing Badge," its Japanese name, instead of the Zephyr Badge (this may be a translation error).

During VS. Raikou and Entei (Part 1) and (Part 2), Falkner is out training Skarmory and Noctowl when he comes across a Bird Keeper poaching. A rainstorm suddenly begins, caused by Raikou's presence. Entei is also there, and Falkner is forced to save the Bird Keeper from being attacked by the duo, escaping on Skarmory. As they fly, the pair of Beasts give chase, and Falkner considers Suicune's recent activity challenging Gym Leaders, and deduces the other two are doing the same. He issues a challenge to them, using Skarmory. Raikou and Entei attack two-on-one, pinning them between fire and electricity. Once they attack at the same time, however, Skarmory uses Agility to dodge as Spark and Fire Blast collide and cancels each other out. Falkner attempts capturing both, but Suicune appears to prevent the Poké Balls from operating with BubbleBeam.

The Bird Keeper suggests escaping, but Falkner isn't interested, instead turning to attack Suicune, who shatters Skarmory's wing. In one last attempt, Falkner tries to capture Suicune, but Raikou and Entei return the previous favor by destroying the Poké Balls. Skarmory begins to plummet to earth. However, Suicune saves the three of them, before the Beast trio flee. With their escape, Falkner laments on how he wouldn't have defeated Raikou and Entei even without Suicune's interference, and formally arrests the Bird Keeper under suspicion of poaching.

Falkner's father is speculated to be Wayne. He also uses Poké Balls that have been turned into boomerangs by attaching Skarmory's shed feathers to their sides.


This listing is of Falkner's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.


In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Falkner or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Falkner's Pidgeot Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 1/141
Falkner's Fearow Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 2/141
Falkner's Farfetch'd Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 3/141
Falkner's Dodrio Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 4/141
Falkner's Togetic Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 5/141
Falkner's Delibird Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 6/141
Falkner's Skarmory Metal - Rare HolographicH Pokémon VS (no English release) 7/141
Falkner's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 103/141
Falkner's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 104/141



Language Name Origin
Japanese ハヤト (Hayato) 隼人瓜 Hayato-Uri, Chayote. 隼人 Hayato literally means "peregrine falcon man". A common Japanese given name.
English Falkner Means one who trains falcons (falconer).
French Albert From albatross.
German Falk From Falke, falcon.
Italian Valerio From volare, to fly.
Spanish Pegaso From Pegasus, the winged horse (Pegaso in Spanish).
Korean 비상 Bisang Means flight or to fly.
Chinese 阿速 Ā Sù 速 is taken from 速人 Hayato, an alternate way of writing the name. 速 means fast/rapid/quick and can also be derived from 速度 sù​dù (speed/velocity).

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
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Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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