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コウセイ Kōsei
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Trainer class Sage, Elder
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, and Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver

Li (Japanese: コウセイ Kōsei) is a Pokémon Trainer that first appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions. He is the Elder of Sprout Tower Sages. He is an elderly man appearing to be of Chinese or Japanese descent. His attire consists of a large purple robe covering most of his body, with a yellow robe over his right shoulder with a Poké Ball pattern. His attire is typical of Buddhist monks in Japan. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Elder (Japanese: ちょうろう Elder).

The title of Elder existed in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal but wasn't a Trainer class until Generation IV. Instead, it was just an honorific title that Sages used when referring to Li. Before the introduction of the class, Li simply belonged to the Sage class.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"So good of you to come here! Sprout Tower is a place of training. People and Pokémon test their bonds to build a bright future together. I am the final test. Allow me to check the ties between your Pokémon and you!"
  • When defeated
"Ah, excellent!"
  • After being defeated
"You and your Pokémon should have no problem using this move. Take this Flash HM. Flash illuminates even the darkest of all places. But to use it out of battle, you need the Badge from Violet's Gym."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

"You showed us what you've got and it's indeed good... Take this Technical Machine. However, you should care more about your Pokémon. The way you treat your Pokémon can be too harsh... Remember, Pokémon are not tools of war..."
  • Before battle
"So good of you to come here! Sprout Tower is a place of training. People and Pokémon test their bonds to build a bright future together. I am the final test. Allow me to check the ties between you and your Pokémon!"
  • When defeated
"Ah, excellent!"
  • After being defeated
"Hmm...The way you battle is quite elegant. You should be able to stand up to Falkner. And you should be able to make good use of this... It is a Technical Machine called Flash. Take it with you!"
"When a Pokémon learns Flash, you can illuminate caves no matter how dark they may be. You can try it on Bellsprout for example..."
"I hope you learn and grow from your journey."


Spr GS Sage JP.png Spr GS Sage.png Spr HGSS Li.png
Li's sprite from
Gold and Silver (JP and KO)
Li's sprite from
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Li's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver


  • In Pokémon Gold and Silver, his original full title in battle of Sage Li may have been a pun on the word sagely.
  • Despite officially being of the Trainer class "Elder" in HeartGold and SoulSilver, his title outside of battle in Gold and Silver was "Elder," so in both generation of games, his title and name as Elder Li may have been a pun on the word elderly.
  • Although he cannot be battled, another Elder, found in the Dragon's Den has the same overworld sprite as Li.


Language Name Origin
Japanese コウセイ Kōsei Possibly from 光 (light), Flash's source of power.
English Li From light. May also be a pun of "sagely" or "elderly".
French JoachimGSC
German Marek
Italian Vico
Spanish Anselmo
Korean 청성 Cheongseong

Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrie
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetDudeCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

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