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Shadow Triad
ダークトリニティ Dark Trinity
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The Shadow Triad in the Black 2 and White 2 trailer
Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Gender Male
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Anime debut [[]]
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut Letting Go (Adventures)

The Shadow Triad (Japanese: ダークトリニティ Dark Trinity) are the faithful servants of Ghetsis and N and are high ranking members of Team Plasma.

The Shadow Triad are completely loyal to Ghetsis because he once saved their lives.

In the games

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A Shadow Triad member (second from the left) in the opening of Black 2 and White 2

They appear many times in Pokémon Black and White, mostly to escort the player to either N or Ghetsis. They make very sudden ninja-like appearances, appearing seemingly out of thin air.

The Shadow Triad are the ones who enabled Ghetsis to evade arrest, creating an opening in which Ghetsis was able to escape Cheren's confinement. After defeating Team Plasma, they appear at Marvelous Bridge and on the orders of Ghetsis, give the player the Adamant Orb, Lustrous Orb, and Griseous Orb—the three orbs of the creation trio. However, on Ghetsis's orders, they make no attempt to find him.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the Shadow Triad are first seen with Zinzolin on the Plasma Frigate. After the player, Cheren, and Hugh finish off the remainder of the Team Plasma Grunts, Zinzolin has the Shadow Triad to escort the player off the ship.

The Shadow Triad are later seen in Opelucid City after it has been frozen by the Plasma Frigate. They steal the DNA Splicers so that Ghetsis can use it on Kyurem, but are chased by the player and Drayden. After finally being caught, one of the members challenges the player to a battle, and even though he loses, they still get away.

The Shadow Triad are seen again on the Plasma Frigate after talking to Ghetsis about Kyurem. Each member battles the player after they give Hugh back his sister's Liepard. After defeating them, they allow the player to leave but warn them about Ghetsis and Kyurem, and end up staying behind with Hugh and Liepard.

After entering the Hall of Fame, they remain in Icirrus City and challenge the player monthly. Still loyal to Ghetsis, they attempt to restore his spirit by defeating the player.


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Opelucid City

Plasma Frigate

Icirrus City

They are all fought individually, in a Single Battle, Triple Battle, and Rotation Battle, respectively.


In Ghetsis's room in the Plasma Frigate, the Purrloin stolen from Hugh's sister is revealed to have evolved into a Liepard and returned to Hugh by the first Shadow Triad member to battle the player.

Purrloin → Liepard


Pokémon Black and White

Chargestone Cave

"... ...Come. ... My lord N, we brought the one you wanted."
"... ...Come. ... There are stairs going down ahead. Team Plasma is waiting for you there."

Icirrus City

"... Impressive, Gym Leader of Icirrus City. We, the Shadow Triad, are beings of shadows...and not easily noticed. Our mission was to speak only with <player>, but so be it. Ghetsis has a message for you: come to Dragonspiral Tower. It is there that our lord N waits for you. ...Now, our mission is complete."

Tubeline Bridge

"... ...Come."
"...Ghetsis. We brought the one you wanted."

N's Castle

  • First encounter
"... ...Come."
"In this castle, you may rest your Pokémon and access your PC. Fear not."
"First, have your Pokémon rest in that room. When they are healed, it is our lord N's wish that you be moved to the innermost part of this castle."
  • Second encounter
"A battle between you and our lord N will reveal whether our lord N is an ideal heroB/a true heroW. It will also reveal how you feel about protecting the current world, where people live with Pokémon."
  • Third encounter
"That room was the world that was provided to our lord N..."
"I don't feel anything, even when I go into the room... But you may feel something."

Marvelous Bridge

"... ...You, huh."
"Ghetsis is gone. He went off somewhere alone after we rescued him from the castle."
"From the day Ghetsis saved our lives, we have sworn to be loyal to him. Even now, after he ordered us not to search for him."
"Also, Ghetsis said to give you this..."
"As well as this..."
"And this, also."
"Ghetsis... Where did he find these? What was he planning to do with them? Why did he give them to you? There's no way to know now. Is he testing you? Or...using you?"
"We, the Shadow Triad, have always been and will always be the loyal servants of Ghetsis. And Ghetsis's ambitions will never cease!"
"Never shall we meet again. Farewell!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

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"By the way, we are not your..."

Opelucid City

"As we suspected... The hiding place was in the Gym. Well thought out. If Drayden isn't there, we can't get in. If he is there, he's the strongest guard we could possibly face. It also explains why the Pokémon Gym was remodeled. Whatever. The DNA Splicers are in our hands now."
"Now you know, then. We will accomplish our goals, no matter what the cost. We don't have the ability to captivate the hearts of others like Lord N does. Instead, we will bend people to our will with brute force. Two years was a surprisingly long wait."

In front of the Route 11 gate

  • Before battle
"Heh heh... You don't really think you can take the DNA Splicers back, do you?."
  • When defeated
"I hate to admit it, but... You're a good Trainer."
  • After being defeated
"Aww. How unlucky. I don't happen to be the one holding the DNA Splicers. I was just buying time for the others to escape. Cheerio, bye-bye, whatever."

Memory Link - A Triple Team

"Then... We'll battle you."
"We came on a whim... To vent... To pass time... It doesn't matter."
"Too easy..."
"These three aren't worth worrying about. We must focus on the other Gym Leaders so that next time they won't get in our way..."
"Well... Lord Ghetsis is waiting. We must catch that Pokémon."


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Concept art from
Black 2 and White 2


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Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Shadow Triad in Pokémon Adventures

The Shadow Triad are first seen reporting to Ghetsis after observing N's battle with Black in Accumula Town. They are later stationed in a humvee, spying on the Dark Stone via Roggenrola, Woobat, and Tympole camera-bots, since the stone is under Clay's protection as a favor to Lenora.

Later, while the other Gym Leaders are in Mistralton City discussing what to do with Team Plasma, the Shadow Triad attack Lenora and Hawes while they were about to leave in an attempt to get the Dark Stone. They have the advantage at first, but Lenora is later joined by her fellow Gym Leaders after arriving on a plane.

The Triad split up to fight the Gym Leaders in pairs, allowing an easier battle. The battle goes on with no clear victor until the Triad reveals their trump card, the legendary Pokémon Thundurus, Tornadus, and Landorus. With the power of the three Pokémon, the Triad trap the Gym Leaders in a swirling vortex of wind and electricity.

In their first appearance, they all were wearing identical black masks. In all later appearances, they are seen wearing different masks which resemble the elemental monkeys' facial patterns: the shading technique on each mask matches the techniques used on the monkeys and the bottom of the mask matches the shaping on the monkeys' faces.


Shadow Triad's Lilligant
The Pansage-masked member used a Lilligant to attack Lenora at Nacrene City.

Lilligant's only known move is Mega Drain.

Debut Black & White chapter
Shadow Triad's Larvesta
The Pansear-masked member used a Larvesta to attack Lenora at Nacrene City.

None of Larvesta's moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter
Shadow Triad's Basculin
The Panpour-masked member used a Basculin to attack Lenora at Nacrene City.

None of Basculin's moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter
Shadow Triad's Tornadus
Tornadus was caught by Giallo near the Battle Subway train. Later, the Shadow Triad used Tornadus to battle the Gym Leaders at Nacrene City.

None of Tornadus's moves are known.

Debut Battle on a Roller Coaster
Shadow Triad's Thundurus
Thundurus was caught by Giallo near the Battle Subway train. Later, the Shadow Triad used Thundurus to battle the Gym Leaders at Nacrene City.

None of Thundurus's moves are known.

Debut Battle on a Roller Coaster
Shadow Triad's Landorus
Landorus was caught by Giallo near the Battle Subway train. Later, the Shadow Triad used Landorus to battle the Gym Leaders at Nacrene City.

None of Landorus's moves are known.

Debut Black & White chapter

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Trio des Ombres
Germany Flag.png German Finstrio
Italy Flag.png Italian Trio Oscuro
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Trío Sombrío

King: N
Seven Sages: GhetsisGormBroniusRoodZinzolinGialloRyoku
Notable Members: Shadow TriadAnthea and ConcordiaColress
Lower Members: Plasma GruntsTogariAldithSchwarz and WeissBarretWhitley
Buildings: N's CastleP2 LaboratoryPlasma Frigate

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