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ワタル Wataru
Sugimori art from FireRed and LeafGreen
Gender Male
Hometown Blackthorn City
Region Johto
Relatives Clair
Trainer class Elite Trainer, later Champion
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Anime debut Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Unknown

Lance (Japanese: ワタル Wataru) is a master Dragon-type trainer, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Pokémon trainers in Kanto and Johto.

In the anime

Lance is a Pokémon Master famous in the Pokémon League. He is a member of an organization called the Pokémon G-Men.

When Team Rocket started up an evil scheme at the Lake of Rage, Lance showed up to investigate. He met Ash, Misty, and Brock there, saving the children from some formidable Rocket Grunts. Ash wanted to help Lance in his mission, but Lance said it was too dangerous. Knocking out a Rocket and taking his clothes, he was able to infiltrate their base. Team Rocket was trying to investigate the properties of a Red Gyarados so that they could learn how to force Pokémon to evolve. Lance was able to destroy Team Rocket's machine and blow up their laboratory. Ash was able to calm the Red Gyarados at first, but it continued to go berserk. Finally, Lance caught it to keep it from destroying Mahogany Town.

Lance later appeared again in Hoenn, where he infiltrated Team Magma and helped stop the rampage of Kyogre and Groudon.

His Japanese voice actor is 千葉進歩 Susumu Chiba, his English voice actor is Wayne Grayson and his Brazilian Portuguese voice actors are Francisco Freitas (Johto League), Celso Alves (Hoenn League).

Marina is a great fan of Lance's, prompting her to call him Fabu-Lance, though this may have just been to match up the movement of her mouth (Wataru has three syllables, while Lance has one).


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

In the games

In Generation I and the Generation III remakes, Lance is the fourth and final member of the Elite Four. He must be defeated before facing Blue, the League Champion. By the Generation II games, he has proceeded to become League Champion.

He raises dragon Pokémon, which are both hard to catch and raise, but he prefers the superiority of Dragon-type Pokémon, believing them to be virtually indestructable.

Known as a cool and heroic trainer, Lance has a large fan-following. Lance often buys identical capes at the Celadon Dept. Store.

Lance's grandfather was the elder of a famous clan of Dragon masters. Clair is his cousin, and his hometown is Blackthorn City.

Lance appeared at Mahogany Town to help the player fight Team Rocket in Johto.


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.

Pokémon Red/Green/Blue

Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen



Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Pokémon Stadium

Round 1 Pokémon
Gyarados Dragonair Aerodactyl Lapras Charizard Kangaskhan
Round 2 Pokémon
Arcanine Snorlax Lapras Electabuzz Charizard Kangaskhan

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1 Pokémon
Charizard Gyarados Aerodactyl Dragonite Steelix Tyranitar
Round 2 Pokémon
Arcanine Kangaskhan Aerodactyl Feraligatr Dragonite Tyranitar

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Lance in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pokémon League - Lance
What does this person do?
I lead the Elite Four. You can call me Lance the dragon trainer.
Pokémon League - Lance
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
You know that dragons are mythical Pokémon. They're hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior. They're virtually indestructible. There's no being clever with them.
Saffron City - Woman
What is this person like?
He stands for justice! He's cool, and yet passionate! He's the greatest, Lance!
Celadon City Department Store - Little Girl
There's a rumor...
We have a customer, Lance, who occasionally comes. He always buys capes. I wonder... Does he have many identical capes at home?
Indigo Plateau - Pokémon Journal
Family and friends?
Lance's grandfather is thought to be the elder of a famous clan of dragon masters.
Indigo Plateau - Young Man
Family and friends?
From what I've heard, Lance has a cousin who's a Gym Leader somewhere far away.

In the Pokémon Special manga

Lance is primarily a villain in Pokémon Special. As the leader of the Elite Four, he wishes to exterminate the human race, save for a few people who he deems to be kind enough to Pokémon.

Apparently also from Viridian City, Lance was blessed with the powers of the Viridian Forest as Yellow was. He has the power to telepathically communicate with Pokémon, as well as heal their wounds.

Lance also has the ability to control or brainwash any Dragon-type Pokémon, as well as most Pokémon similar to Dragons (such as Aerodactyl or Tyranitar).

Lance tried to summon Lugia on Cerise Island to help accomplish his goals, but Yellow's Pokémon were able to drive Lugia away. This interested Lance, as he wanted to find out who Lugia's real owner was. It wasn't often that he lost control of dragon-like Pokémon.

Lance disappeared for a while, investigating Lugia and working behind the scenes. He gave Silver advice on how to defeat Team Rocket in Johto, as well as a Tyranitar. Working through Silver, Lance tried to help defeat the Mask of Ice.


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.

On hand


  • Lugia (Temporarily had control of, fled)

In the TCG

Lance appeared in the Pokémon VS set.


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG.




Language Name Origin
Japanese ワタル (Wataru) ((Currently unknown))
English Lance Possibly from a lance, used by knights, or Lancelot, one of King Arthur's best knights.
French Peter ((Currently unknown))
German Siegfried Reference to a Nordic hero that killed a dragon called Fafnir
Hebrew לאנס A phonetical translation of "Lance"
Russian Лэнс A phonetical translation of "Lance"
Chinese 阿渡 (A Du) A direct translation of "Wataru"
Korean 목호 (Mokho)

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