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フリード Freed
Professor Friede 2023 Artwork.png
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Yellow
Hair color White
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Anime series Pokémon Horizons: The Series
Debut HZ001
English voice actor Crispin Freeman
Japanese voice actor Taku Yashiro
Member of Rising Volt Tacklers
Rank Commander
Trainer class Rising Volt Tacklers
Generation IX
Games Mezastar

Friede (Japanese: フリード Freed) is a Pokémon Professor and the commander of the Rising Volt Tacklers who appeared in Pokémon Horizons: The Series.

In the anime



Friede prior to forming the Rising Volt Tacklers

Friede grew up somewhere in the Kanto region with his childhood friend Orla and had Charizard as his first Pokémon. After Orla moved to Slateport City in the Hoenn region, Friede finished growing up in Kanto and was taught by Lucca. He came to know the alder on an island in Kanto as he looked after him. Also, Friede meet Ludlow and came to see him as a mentor. Friede eventually became a Pokémon Professor, but quit his job because he didn't want to be cooped up in a lab and lost the passion for researching, and began to live the carefree life with Ludlow on his fishing boat.

As revealed in HZ018, Friede was in the Paldea region with Ludlow when Lucca introduced him to a Flying Pikachu, reigniting his passion for research. Friede eventually managed to convince Pikachu to become partners with him and traveled to Hoenn, where he had Orla convert Ludlow's fishing boat into an airship, which Friede named the Brave Asagi. Once the job was done, Orla and Ludlow joined Friede as the founding members of the Rising Volt Tacklers, with Pikachu serving as airship's figurehead captain.

Later, Friede met Mollie, Murdock, and his niece, Dot, as they joined the Rising Volt Tacklers. One day, Friede was contacted by Lucca as she asked him to bring her daughter Liko, who was attending the Indigo Academy in Kanto, to Paldea and protect her during the journey there.

Pokémon Horizons: The Series

Friede and his Pokémon

Friede debuted in HZ001. He was first seen coming to Liko's rescue on his Charizard's back after she was confronted by Amethio. His Charizard went up against Amethio's Ceruledge, but the confrontation ended abruptly after they witnessed the power Liko's mysterious pendant held. After rescuing her and Sprigatito from falling in the next episode, Friede flew her back to the Brave Asagi and introduced them to the rest of the Rising Volt Tacklers. The Explorers soon attacked the ship, and Friede challenged Amethio to a battle, this time using Captain Pikachu against Amethio's Ceruledge, only for the battle to be cut short by Liko. After Liko's Sprigatito unleashed a Leafage strong enough to break the forcefield around the battlefield, Friede and Liko watched powerlessly as the Explorers fled, kidnapping Sprigatito in the process.

In HZ003, Friede and some of the Rising Volt Tacklers got together to search for Liko's Sprigatito. When Murdock's Rockruff found Onia shopping, Friede and Liko chased her back to a warehouse. There, he clashed against Amethio once again; this time, however, as a distraction to allow for Liko and Rockruff to be able to rescue Sprigatito. After they succeeded, Friede and Liko made their escape. At the end of the day, Friede confirmed that Liko's mother asked the group to protect Liko—something he had briefly mentioned earlier—and they decide to team up to uncover the mysteries surrounding Liko's pendant.

In HZ004, Friede spotted a familiar island off the coast of Kanto and docked the Brave Asagi for maintenance to be done on the airship. In order to gather materials, he sought the alder, but left empty-handed. In the next episodes, Friede confronted Amethio once again on the island's shore. He managed to stall the Explorers's admin with Charizard, but got distracted for a moment, allowing his opponent to launch an assault on Liko, whose pendant activated at the right time to protect her. As the battle went on, Liko's pendant and Roy's ancient Poké Ball reacted to each other's presence. Suddenly, a Black Rayquaza was released from the Poké Ball and quickly forced the Explorers to retreat with a Draco Meteor.

In HZ007, Friede set up a special training session for Liko and Roy after being moved by their determination to get stronger. For the newly-recruited Rising Volt Tacklers to win, they only needed to land a single hit on his Pikachu, which proved to be much more difficult than it initially seemed due to his Double Team. After a break, he encouraged them both to battle against each other in order to see how much they've grown after the training.

Friede and Lucca

In HZ012, after finding out there was a communication issue around their area, Friede went out with his Pikachu and Charizard and he soon found a Magneton using its magnetic field. Friede scared it away with his Pikachu, after that he was able to get a call from Liko, asking him if he could get water for the Berries that they planted, so he brought Ludlow with him to use his Quagsire's Rain Dance. Friede later went to the Artazon's library to find information about the Ancient Poké Ball. Coincidentally, he met his former teacher Lucca, whose Squawkabilly gave him a hint that Liko's grandmother Diana was currently in Galar.

In HZ014, Friede dispersed a group of Magneton disturbing the connection around the Brave Asagi. Fending them off, he restored the connection and left to pursue one of the Magneton. However, this ended up being a lure into an ambush by Spinel, who remotely ordered his Pokémon to attack Friede's Charizard. Driven into a corner, Friede was forced to reveal his Tera Orb, Terastallizing his Charizard and turning the odds enough to force Spinel's Pokémon to retreat.

In HZ022, Friede arrived with Liko and Roy to the Galar Mine to look for the Black Rayquaza, but got separated from them. While looking for Liko and Roy, Friede encounter the Explores again as he battled Amethio again. During the battle, they witness a Galarian Moltres that had an Ancient Poké Ball appear. However, when Captain Pikachu got injured during the battle, Friede stayed to battle the Explores while Liko and Roy left with his partner in order for him to recover. In the next episode, Friede met up with Captain Pikachu, Liko, and Roy at Motostoke's Pokémon Center. After he explained to the group that the Explores retreated the Galar Mine, Friede and the group decided to go back to battle Moltres again. Upon seeing Moltres again, Friede and the group battled the Legendary Pokémon once more. However, they stopped the battle, as Liko was able to calm Moltres down and return to its Ancient Poké Ball.


Friede's rivalry with Amethio

Friede appears to be a young and competent Trainer, albeit rather distracted and forgetful, as he forgets to mention certain things to his friends sometimes. Despite this, Friede is quite protective of his team, whether putting himself in danger to protect the ship or protecting his teammates from opponents, especially the younger members. In HZ004, Friede has stated that he doesn't like to be acknowledged as a Pokémon Professor. If someone were to say his name in any type of formality, he would rather change the subject. When he introduced Liko and Roy as official members of the Rising Volt Tacklers, they both said their thanks and both referred him as "Mister Friede", which Friede quickly corrects them, preferring to be called by his name.

Friede and Captain Pikachu enjoying Murdock's donuts

Friede also has a more immature and silly side, like when he eats the donuts made by Murdock for his niece Dot together with Captain Pikachu, or when he is tricked by a merchant to buy his wares to remember two people who asked him about a Black Rayquaza, however without getting any useful information. Despite this, Friede has shown to be very wise as he offered advice and training for the younger members in order to become great Pokémon Trainers.

Friede respects Lucca as she was his teacher and had done a lot for him, as he won't have met Captain Pikachu, regain his passion for researching and formed the Rising Volt Tacklers without her help and guidance. Friede also seems to be close with Orla, due to being friends with her since childhood. Although they were apart for many years, Friede's friendship with Orla remain strong, as he immediately went to her for help in making an airship and accepted her request in joining him on his adventures. In addition, Friede has a very good relationship with Ludlow and sees him as a mentor. Friede doesn't like to talk about his past, as seen in HZ018, when he didn't give the younger members any answer as to how Captain Pikachu was flying during a battle. However, after Orla told everyone that he was going to share as to how he met Captain Pikachu and the formation of the Rising Volt Tacklers with everyone, Friede gave in and decided to open up to his teammates about his past.


On hand

Friede Charizard.png
Charizard TeraGem Dark.png
Friede Captain Pikachu.png
Captain Pikachu

Traveling with

Friede Rotom Phone.png
Rotom Phone

On the Brave Asagi

RVT Pawmi.png
RVT Shuckle.png
RVT Snorunt.png
RVT Noctowl.png
RVT Carkol.png
RVT Slugma.png
RVT Muk.png
RVT Nosepass.png

Cared for

RVT Fuecoco.png
RVT Quaxly.png

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 八代拓 Taku Yashiro
English Crispin Freeman



Professor Friede Kaneko Concept Art 2023.jpg Professor Friede 2023.png Young Friede Concept Art.png
Concept art of Friede
drawn by Tomomi Kaneko from Pokémon Horizons: The Series[1][2]
Concept art of Friede from
Pokémon Horizons: The Series[3]
Concept art of Young Friede from
Pokémon Horizons: The Series[4]

In the manga

Pocket Monsters

Friede in the Pocket Monsters manga

Friede appeared in the Pocket Monsters manga, playing the same role as he does in the anime.


Friede Charizard HZM.png
Friede Captain Pikachu HZM.png
Captain Pikachu

Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Friede in Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Friede appears in the manga Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~


Captain Pikachu PMLT.png
Captain Pikachu

In the games

Pokémon Mezastar

Friede, in a version based on the anime, appeared in Pokémon Mezastar. In this game, Friede is seen using Sprigatito, Metagross, Fuecoco, and Charizard, with Sprigatito, Metagross, and Fuecoco being Pokémon that he was not seen using in the anime, although it could be a reference to Liko's Sprigatito, Orla's Metagross, and Roy's Fuecoco. In the first Gorgeous Star series, as part of a tie-in with the anime, Rising Volt Tacklers Liko, Roy, Friede or Explorers Admin Amethio, could randomly challenge the player as a Trainer and Battle opponent.


Rising Volt Tacklers Friede
ライジングボルテッカーズ フリード
Mezastar Trainer Friede.png
Difficulty: ★★★★☆
Mezastar Grass type.png
Mezastar Grass type.png Leafage
Mezastar Steel type.pngMezastar Psychic type.png
Mezastar Steel type.png Metal Claw
Mezastar Fire type.png
Mezastar Fire type.png Ember
Mezastar Fire type.pngMezastar Flying type.png
Mezastar Fire type.png Flamethrower


Tag No. Name Type Grade
4-1-024 Charizard FireFlying
P Charizard FireFlying


  • Friede was originally designed by Tomomi Kaneko before being adapted for the anime by the series' character designers.[1][2]


Language Name Origin
Japanese フリード Freed From freedom
English, Spanish, Portuguese,
French, Italian, Dutch, Polish,
Swedish, Indonesian, Vietnamese
Friede Similar to his Japanese name and from Friede (German for peace)
German Friedel Similar to his Japanese name
Korean 프리드 Freed Transcription of his Japanese name


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tweet by アニメ「ポケットモンスター」公式 (@anipoke_PR). Posted on March 3, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Concept art on Natalie (the concept art's file name is "Freed_kaneko2.jpg")
  3. Concept art
  4. Concept art

Related articles

Friede's Pokémon
On hand:
Traveling with:
On the Brave Asagi:
Cared for:

Oak (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters) • ElmBirchRowanAurea JuniperCedric JuniperSycamore (animeMasters)
Kukui (animeMasters) • Burnet (anime) • SamsonMohnMagnoliaSonia (Masters) • LaventonSadaTuro

Pokémon Horizons characters
Protagonists Liko (Sprigatito) • Roy (Fuecoco)
Rising Volt Tacklers Friede (Captain Pikachu) • MollieOrlaLudlowMurdockDot (Quaxly)
Explorers AmethioOniaZircHamberSpinelSangoOnyxAgate
Relatives AlexLuccaDianaRoy's grandfather
Supporting cast Nurse JoyRotom PhonesAnnLuciusNemonaMitchellGym LeadersMany temporary characters
See also: Original anime characters

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