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Palace Maven Spenser (Japanese: パレスガーディアン ウコン Palace Guardian Ukon) is the Frontier Brain and master of the Battle Frontier's Battle Palace. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Palace Maven (Japanese: パレスガーディアン Palace Guardian).
In the games
Spenser's physical being and heartbeat are as one with his Pokémon, his brethren. He has full trust in his Pokémon. He makes loud threats to set his opponent off guard. When defeated, he awards the Spirits Symbol.
Silver Symbol challenge
Gold Symbol challenge
Spenser also has a Dusclops and Azurill, but they didn't participate in battle. Sprites of them are seen as Spenser gets ready for his battle with the player.
- "My physical being is with Pokémon always! My heart beats as one with Pokémon always! Young one of a Trainer! Do you believe in your Pokémon? Can you believe them through and through? If your bonds of trust are frail, you will never beat my brethren! The bond you share with your Pokémon! Prove it to me here!"
- "Ah... Now this is something else..."
- "Gwahahah! Hah, you never fell for my bluster! Sorry for trying that stunt! Here! Bring me the thing!"
- His assistant: "My, my, if only you could maintain that facade of distinguished authority... Here! Let's see your Frontier Pass!"
- "Your Pokémon's eyes are truly clear and unclouded. I will eagerly await the next opportunity to see you."
- "Gwahahah! You've battled your way up again? You must have developed a truly formidable bond with your Pokémon. So be it! This time, I won't bluster or hold back. This time, there's no fooling around. Ready now? Prepare to lose! ... ... ...Kaaah!"
- "Gwah! Hahahaha!"
- "Well, that was some display! Even fully unleashed, my brethren could not overpower you. You team spirit is truly admirable! Here! Bring me that thing, will you?"
- His assitant: "My, my, if only you could maintain a certain level of decorum... Gaaah, here! Hurry with that Frontier Pass, you!"
- "Gwahahah! Come see me time and again! My brethren and I will be waiting!"
In the anime
Spenser made his debut appearance in Cutting the Ties that Bind. He is a kind old man who specializes in herbal medicines, healing Ash's Sceptile when it apparently lost its fighting skills. While he usually rides on his Venusaur, he has a lot of stamina which is shown in battle. Spenser uses the whole of the island he lives on as a battlefield and so battles have an emphasis on nature and include a lot of running around.
In Ka Boom with a View, Spenser used a Venusaur, Shiftry and Claydol in his battle against Ash, who used his Swellow, Heracross, and Sceptile. After having a heated battle, Spenser eventually lost due to Sceptile learning SolarBeam.
This listing is of Spenser's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Shiftry first appeared in Ka Boom with a View!, where it was the first Pokémon to be sent against Ash, while he chose Sceptile. Before using any move, Shiftry dodged the Bullet Seed from Sceptile and was told to move to the jungle. It had immense speed, but Sceptile was also just as fast, as it chased it all along. After the two Grass-types reached a small waterfall, both continued to duel out. Shiftry manages to push Sceptile into the pool of water, and using Rock Smash to send rocks down into the pool. However, Sceptile escaped up through the waterfall and lands a hit on Shiftry, knocking it out, and wining Ash the first victory.
Shiftry's known moves are Shadow Ball, Quick Attack, Double Team, and Rock Smash.
|| Ka Boom with a View!
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Spenser in the Pokémon Adventures manga
Spenser fought alongside Lucy during the press show-off of the Battle Frontier during its grand opening, using a Crobat with Poison Fang. Having touched the Blue Orb before, Spenser is able to recognize people who have once held the Blue Orb, such as Sapphire. However, it is this very ability that led Ruby and Sapphire to think that he was Guile Hideout.
| Spenser's Lapras was used in the Frontier battle against Emerald where it put up a great fight against Emerald's Pokémon.
|| VS Shedinja
| Little is known about Spenser's Slaking as it was used in a Frontier battle against Emerald's Pokémon.
|| VS Shedinja
- Spenser's staff has patterns similar to Kyogre's while his arms have patterns that look similar to Unown A.
- None of the Pokémon used by him in the anime are shown under his possession in the games, and vice-versa.
|| パレスガーディアン ウコン Palace Guardian Ukon
|| 鬱金 Ukon, turmeric.
|| Palace Maven Spenser
|| From spirit.
|| Capt. Palace Esteban
|| From esprit, spirit.
|| Palastregent Serenus
|| From seele, soul.
|| Sire Palazzo Spartaco
|| Italian name of Spartacus
|| Amo Palacio Aniceto
|| From ánimo, spirit.
|| 팰리스가디언 우근 Palace Guardian Ugeun
|| Similar to Japanese name 'Ukon'
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 宮殿守護者 宇康 Palace Guardian Yǔkāng
|| Phonetically similar to Ukon. His name can mean "healthy universe".