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| "The Teacher of Winter's Harshness"
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
| Eye color
|| Black*, Brown*
| Hair color
|| White, Brown*
|| Mahogany Town
|| Sheila (wife), children, grandchildren
| Trainer class
|| Gym LeaderGSCHGSS|
|| II, IV, V
|| Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Stadium 2
| Leader of
|| Mahogany Gym
|| Glacier Badge
| Specializes in
|| Ice types
| Anime debut
|| Rage of Innocence
| English voice actor
|| Jimmy Zoppi
| Japanese voice actor
|| Motomu Kiyokawa|
Kōichi Sakaguchi (young)
Pryce (Japanese: ヤナギ Yanagi) is the Gym Leader of Mahogany Town's Gym, known officially as the Mahogany Gym. He is an expert in Ice-type Pokémon. He gives the Glacier Badge to Trainers who defeat him at his Gym.
In the games
Pryce appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, where he is the seventh Gym Leader to be challenged in the Johto region. A specialist of the Ice-type, Pryce is known as "The Teacher of Winter's Harshness". Pryce is the oldest Gym Leader players will face in the games: he has been training Pokémon for over fifty years, and the Pokémon he battles with have been with him since before Ethan, Kris, and Lyra were born. The secret behind his power is—like Chuck—his daily meditation under a waterfall. Pryce claims that this strengthens both his body and his mind.
Pryce's Mahogany Gym cannot be challenged the first time the player arrives in Mahogany Town. A man is blocking entry to the Gym: he will only leave once Team Rocket has been defeated at their headquarters and the Gyarados at the nearby Lake of Rage have been calmed. Once an icy maze inside the Gym has been traversed, Pryce will battle with the player. Upon defeat, he will yield both the Glacier Badge, and an Ice-type Technical Machine. This varies from generation to generation: TM16 (Icy Wind) will be given in Generation II, and TM07 (Hail) is given in Generation IV.
Like all Gym Leaders in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pryce will often travel outside of his Gym. Every morning between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM, he will head north to the Lake of Rage's west shore. Here, he awaits the player and will give out his Pokégear phone number so the two can battle again in future. This battle will take place on Monday mornings, in Saffron City's Fighting Dojo.
Pryce also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. Like other Gym Leaders' teams in this game, he uses a variety of Pokémon not of his specialist type. Uniquely, Pryce uses a legendary Pokémon: the Ice/Flying legendary bird, Articuno.
This listing is for Pryce's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.
Second battle (Rematch)
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon can be either male or female.
Johto Leaders Tournament
Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament
"Pokémon have many experiences in their lives, just like we do. I, too, have seen and suffered much in my life. Since I am your elder, let me show you what I mean. I have been with Pokémon since before you were born. I do not lose easily. I, Pryce--the winter trainer-- shall demonstrate my power!"
"Ah, I am impressed by your prowess. With your strong will, I know you will overcome all life's obstacles. You are worthy of this Badge!"
"When the ice and snow melt, spring arrives. You and your Pokémon will be together for many years to come. Cherish your time together!"
- "Pokémon have many experiences in their lives, just like we do. I, too, have seen and suffered much in my life. Since I am your elder, let me show you what I mean. I have been training Pokémon since before you were born. I do not lose easily. I, Pryce - the Winter Trainer - shall demonstrate my power!"
- Sending out the last Pokémon
- "Humph... You are quite the Trainer."
- "Willow is my middle name. Willow is flexible and not easily broken. I'm not giving up yet."
- "Hmm. Seems as if my luck has run out."
- "I am impressed by your prowess. With your strong will, I know you will overcome all life's obstacles. You are worthy of this Badge! That Badge will raise the Special stats of Pokémon. It also lets your Pokémon use Whirlpool to get across real whirlpools."
- "And this... This is a gift from me! That TM contains Hail. It summons a hailstorm that lasts for five turns. The hailstorm damages all types except Ice."
- "When the ice and snow melt, spring arrives. You and your Pokémon will be together for many years to come. Cherish your time together!"'
- "Finally. No need for words. A Pokémon battle is the way for us to communicate."
- "Mmm... Impressive!"
- "The strong rain falling on the surface seems to be agitating the raging lake. This must have some purpose that we meet again. Why don't we exchange our phone numbers?"
- Yes: "I make it a habit to train myself on Monday mornings to give this lazy body a spine. You could be a good training partner. I'll be waiting for your call!"
- No: "That's OK, too. People ought to have their own ideas. That's the way it is."
- "So? Will you exchange numbers with me?"
- Pryce calling the player:
- "Yes, this is Pryce. How are you doing? Just like one of my children... No. You’re more like one of my grandchildren... There’s such an age difference between myself and the Trainers who defeat me nowadays... But you know, the strange thing is that when I lose, I don’t feel disappointed. I just feel happy. Just happy that such talented Trainers have come to see me. ...I just wanted to talk to someone about that, so I called you. That’s all."
- "Yes, this is Pryce. How are you doing? Do you know why they call me the winter Trainer? Do you recall that my middle name is “Willow”? The willow tree looks like it withers in winter’s cold. But really, it sprouts dozens of new buds. My fighting style is also strong just like that... It’s written in old books, you know. You should look it up sometime."
- "Hello... Oh, hi, how are you? I'm doing fine, thanks. You know, there are Gym Leaders out there who are stronger than me. You should try battling them. I don't think you'll lose."
- "Hello... Oh, hi, how are you? I'm doing fine, thanks. I usually get up pretty early... If we're going to battle, I'm at my best in the morning... How about you give me a call on Monday morning!"
- "Hello... Oh, hi, how are you? I'm doing fine, thanks. Oh, perfect timing... I was starting to get bored... Do you want to battle again?"
- No: "I see. Well, that's how it's got to be... If you ever change your mind, give me a call. Remember, I'm free on Monday mornings."
- Yes: "Honesty is good. So I'll meet you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City, then?"
- "What? I can’t hear you very well. I think we’ve got a bad connection. Well, if you have something you want to talk to me about, go somewhere else and try calling again."
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In the anime
Pryce appeared in three episodes of the Pokémon anime. He had a cameo appearance in Rage of Innocence, and he was featured as the Gym Leader of Mahogany Town in As Cold as Pryce and Nice Pryce, Baby!.
In the anime, Pryce was a champion Trainer in his youth, but was severely burned in a battle. While he was bedridden, his Piloswine went out the door during a severe snow storm and never came back. He believed it had abandoned him, and he grew bitter. He became more cold-hearted and believed that Pokémon are for battling and nothing more. Because of this, he refused to fight Ash, thinking him to be a weak Trainer. When Ash compelled him to a battle, Pryce finally accepted. Using his Dewgong, he beat Ash's Phanpy easily.
Later when Ash again tried to talk Pryce into a battle, they stumbled onto a cave where they found Pryce's Piloswine frozen in ice. It had some plants that aided in the healing of burns. It was then that Pryce realized that Piloswine had gone in search of medicine for him, and only the snow storm trapping the Pokémon in ice prevented it from returning to him. Piloswine was defrosted and on being reunited with Piloswine, Pryce lost his cold-heartedness and became happy again.
The next morning, Ash battled Pryce in a Gym battle. After a fierce battle, Pryce forfeited as his Piloswine became tired and he knew it would serve no purpose to keep going.
This listing is for Pryce's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime:
In the Gym
This is a listing for Pryce's Pokémon in the Gym:
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Pryce in Pokémon Adventures
Pryce is a frail man confined to a wheelchair. He rarely leaves his Gym, and uses his Pokémon to create fantastic ice sculptures. With the use of his Pokémon, he also makes it appear like the sculptures can move and attack. That is how he simulated a battle against Suicune while fooling those who were invited over to watch, including Whitney and DJ Mary.
Despite his frailness, he is still the representative of the Johto Gym Leaders and was thus automatically pitted against Erika, who represented Kanto's Gym Leaders, in the exhibition match which he won.
However, he has a sinister side—he is also the criminal mastermind Masked Man.
He kidnapped Silver, Green, Sham, and Carl (Will and Karen willingly joined him) when they were children. Pryce raised them to be his servants. Even though Green and Silver escaped, he continued to raise the other four as his slaves.
Then, after Giovanni disbanded Team Rocket, he was able to recruit the now-leaderless Rocket Grunts as his underlings. Some came willingly; others were mind-controlled with masks.
In his youth, Pryce had lost two of his Lapras in an avalanche. He never got over the traumatic event, and it seemed to scar him emotionally. He stopped at nothing to gain Celebi's power so that he could travel through time and be reunited with his Pokémon.
Unfortunately, the power of Celebi's time travel almost caused the world to freeze over. Apparently, time travel causes temperatures to plummet. Gold followed Pryce through time and his Pichu destroyed the GS Ball, freeing Celebi.
Pryce vanished in the time vortex. To this day, no one knows what became of him.
This listing is for Pryce's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
|| Seel (×2)
| Pryce's two Seel were seen as his pets.
Although it is not explicitly stated which moves they know, Pryce commands them to animate his ice statues while he is training by rapidly freezing and defrosting them.
|| Irked Igglybuff and Curmudgeonly Cleffa
|| Egg → La Glace (CY: Glacier)
| La Glace (Japanese: ヒョウガ Hyouga) is a Lapras that hatched from an Egg that its parents, La Prus and La Pris, created. It was reunited with its parents after traveling through time after Celebi was freed from the GS Ball.
La Glace's only known move is Ice Beam.
|| Irked Igglybuff and Curmudgeonly Cleffa
|| La Prus and La Pris (CY: Laprus and Lapris)
| La Prus (Japanese: ラ ・ プルス La Prus) and La Pris (Japanese: ラ ・ プリス La Pris) are the father and mother of La Glace, respectively. They died after being caught in an avalanche during Pryce's youth. Pryce then decided to capture Celebi in order to travel in time and reunite with them. Although Pryce never reunited with them, they were able to reunite with their child after La Glace traveled to the past.
|| The Last Battle XIV
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Pryce makes an appearance in PM100 where Isamu Akai challenges him after he took care of Giovanni and Team Rocket at the Lake of Rage.
| Swinub is Pryce's first revealed Pokémon.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Pryce or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- His Japanese Leader title is 冬の厳しさを教える者.
- Pryce is the only Gym Leader that forfeited to Ash.
- In the games, Pryce is the only male Johto Gym Leader to have a Generation II Pokémon. Each of the other four male Johto Gym Leaders have only Generation I Pokémon.
- He is one of two Johto Gym Leaders to have lost to Ash in a second battle; him in an official Gym battle (via TKO; the first was an unofficial one-on-one battle—Dewgong vs. Phanpy); the other being Whitney in a Gym battle rematch.
- Pryce appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Seel in battle.
- Pryce is the only Gym Leader whose highest-leveled Pokémon is at a lower level than the highest-leveled Pokémon of the Gym Leader before him.
- As stated by in-battle dialogue in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and later during random calls on the Pokégear, Pryce's middle name is Willow, which also happens to be his Japanese name's translation.
- In Generation II, a Boarder in Pryce's Gym states that the secret to Pryce's power is his daily meditation under a waterfall. In Generation IV, this is changed to his sitting on top of "very cold ice".
|| ヤナギ Yanagi
|| From 柳 yanagi, willow.
|| From ice.
|| From froid, cold.
|| Means northern brightness.
|| From freddo, cold.
|| From frío, cold.
|| 류옹 Ryuong
|| 류 is from 柳, which is taken from 柳 yanagi.
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 柳伯 Liǔbó
|| 柳 is taken from 柳 yanagi, while 伯 (uncle) is also a respectful term used to refer to someone older.
| Chinese (Mainland China)
|| 柳伯 Liǔbó*
| Same as Taiwanese name.|
Literally "Ancient willows".