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Undubbed character This article is about a character featured in the Pokémon anime who has not yet debuted in the English language dub.
As such, their information may contain romanized Japanese names, rather than dub names.

ケニヤン Kenyan
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Red
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Tomohiro Waki

(Japanese: ケニヤン Kenyan) is a recurring character of the Pokémon anime and a rival of Ash that first debuted in Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!.


Kenyan challenged Ash to a Pokémon battle and chose Blitzle as his partner. Ash planned to battle him with Pikachu but ultimately chose Oshawott. The battle ended up being postponed because Oshawott lost his Scalchop. Cilan politely asks Kenyan to wait until the next day to have another battle with Ash, but he was disappointed and stomped off in anger.

Ash and the gang found Kenyan up in the mountains the next day, powering up his Blitzle using a bike-powered generator. Shortly after, he had his second battle with Ash. He ended up losing but was greatly impressed by Ash's skills. The two shook hands and he bid farewell.

In BW039, Kenyan met up with Ash again in Raimon Town riding on his Zebstrika which had since evolved from Blitzle. He also entered the Don Battle tournament. In the next episode, he went up against Bianca who was his first opponent. Using his powerful Zebstrika, he managed to defeat Bianca's Minccino and advance to the next round. In BW041, Kenyan battled Iris and her Emolga with his Sawk, but they were defeated and eliminated from the tournament.


This listing is of Kenyan's known Pokémon in the anime:

Kenyan's Zebstrika
Kenyan used Zebstrika as a Blitzle in a battle against Ash's Oshawott, but it kicked off Oshawott's Scalchop, which ultimately caused the battle to be postponed. Blitzle re-battled him the next day after being powered up. It managed to destroy the stone Scalchop that Cilan's Dwebble had made for him with Shock Wave. However, because of Oshawott's training with the heavy Scalchop, Oshawott's speed increased dramatically. Blitzle was then defeated after they both crashed into a rock while their Flame Charge and Aqua Jet moves combined into a huge wave of steam.

In BW039, it was revealed to have evolved into Zebstrika. Kenyan also used it in his first battle in the Don Battle tournament against Bianca's Minccino in BW040. Though hit by a barrage of DoubleSlap attacks, it defeated the Chinchilla Pokémon with Stomp and advanced its Trainer to the second round.

Zebstrika's known moves are Shock Wave, Flame Charge, Double Kick and Stomp.

Debut Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
Kenyan's Sawk
Sawk was used during the Don George's tournament in where he battled against Iris's Emolga. Sawk proved a troublesome opponent for Emolga, as he could use his Close Combat to block Emolga's Attract. However, when attacking Emolga, its Static ability kicked in, paralyzing Sawk. When Emolga launched a barrage of Attracts, Sawk was forced to block them all with Close Combat, lowering his defenses gradually. Eventually, Sawk's paralysis rendered him immobile, allowing Emolga to defeat him with a single Volt Switch.

Sawk's known moves are Close Combat, Bulk Up and Double Kick.

Debut BW041
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 脇知弘 Tomohiro Waki


Language Name Origin
Japanese ケニヤン Kenyan Likely from Kenya, one of two countries that Grévy's Zebras inhabit, referencing his main Pokémon.
Korean 케니언 Kenyan Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 甘尼洋 Gānníyáng Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappFaba
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesNebbyWickeGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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