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ヤナギ Yanagi
""The Teacher of Winter's Harshness""
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Brown*
Hair color White, Brown*
Hometown Mahogany Town
Region Johto
Relatives Sheila (wife)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Mahogany Gym
Badge Glacier Badge
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 Template:Type2 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 Template:Type2, 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 Gold, Kris, and Kotone 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 Saturday morning between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, he will head north to the Lake of Rage. 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.

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle

Second battle

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


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Pryce's sprite from
Generation II
Pryce's sprite from
Generation IV
Pryce's VS sprite from
Generation IV

"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!"

In the anime

Pryce 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.

Pryce in his youth

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:


Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 清川元夢 Motomu Kiyokawa
坂口候一 Kōichi Sakaguchi (young)
English Jimmy Zoppi
Polish Krzysztof Zakrzewski
Spanish Latin America César Arias
Spain Javier Franquelo

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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Pryce in Pokémon Adventures

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.

However, he has a sinister side—he is also the criminal mastermind Masked Man.

He kidnapped Silver, Green, Chermaine, and Keane (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.

As Pryce

Seel ×2

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Pryce or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Pryce's Dewgong Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 39/141
Pryce's Cloyster Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 40/141
Pryce's Lapras Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 41/141
- Unnumbered Promotional cards (no English release) -
Pryce's Articuno Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 42/141
Pryce's Sneasel Darkness - Rare HolographicH Pokémon VS (no English release) 43/141
Pryce's Piloswine Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 44/141
Pryce's Delibird Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 45/141
Pryce's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 111/141
Pryce's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 112/141


  • 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 is the only male specialist in Ice-type Pokémon.
  • Pryce appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Seel in battle.
  • Pryce is the only gym leader whose strongest Pokémon is weaker then the strongest Pokémon of the gym leader before him.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ヤナギ Yanagi From 柳 yanagi, willow.
English Pryce Very dear; rhymes with ice.
French Fredo From froid, cold.
German Norbert Means northern brightness.
Italian Alfredo From freddo, cold, icy.
Spanish Fredo From frío, cold.
Korean 류옹 Ryuong 류 is from 柳, which is taken from 柳 yanagi.
Chinese 柳伯 Liǔbó 柳 is taken from 柳 yanagi.

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Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
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Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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