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::: Should we add [[Sunglasses Krokorok]] as Pikachu's rival? [[User:Chomper4|Chomper4]] 14:09, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
::: Should we add [[Sunglasses Krokorok]] as Pikachu's rival? [[User:Chomper4|Chomper4]] 14:09, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
::: How about......No? rivalaries between pokémon are few and far between, and the article is about rivalaries between humans. so just don't.--My r6g4rdz, [[User:Mr-ex777|TEH GIGA-UBER-1337-HAX0R(Mr-ex777)]] 14:47, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
::: How about......No? rivalaries between pokémon are few and far between, and the article is about rivalaries between humans. so just don't.--My r6g4rdz, [[User:Mr-ex777|TEH GIGA-UBER-1337-HAX0R(Mr-ex777)]] 14:47, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
Why doesn't someone add atleast black2-and-white2 rival's artwork since we don't have his sprite yet?[[User:VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP|VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP]] 22:20, 16 April 2012 (UTC)VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP
Why doesn't someone add atleast black2-and-white2 rival's artwork since we don't have his sprite yet?[[User:VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP|VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP]] 22:20, 16 April 2012
== Roketto Dan / Satoshi??? ==
== Roketto Dan / Satoshi??? ==

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Jun why isn't Jun included in this article seeing how he is the main Rival in Diamond and Pearl

He is, there's just no sprite of him uploaded yet. Tom Temprotran 03:42, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Aren't some of those characters "PKMN Trainers" and not "Rivals?" -Happy Mask Man 00:20, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Are Dawn and Lucas really considered rivals? You never battle them, and most of the time their Pokemon aren't as strong as yours.


Is there a reason we are not showing May and Brendan's sprites? They are rivals aren't they? --ケンジガール 05:38, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Wally CAN weaken!

Interestingly, if the player's starter is Treeko, then Wally will be supereffective against the player's starter. As everyone knows, Psychic>Grass.Kirbysaur 22:36, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

No, Psychic is not super effective against Grass. The Dark Fiddler - Smarter than the average bear! 22:39, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
No, it's not. Psychic is 1x against Grass. If you compared this to a Template:Type2 and Bulbasaur, that would be the case as Bulbasaur is part Poison-type. Treecko is only Grass, therefore it doesn't apply. UltimateSephiroth (about me · chat · edits) 22:40, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Oops, I guess I had accidentally mistaken Treeko for a Grass/Poison type. Sorry. Kirbysaur 16:38, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
It can weaken... If someone starts with Torchic and decides to evolve it. Kamus, the kpo... 03:39, 9 January 2010 (UTC)


The article is about TRAINER CLASS named Rival, not sort of characters. Brendan, May, Wally, Lucas, Dawn and Barry never had this title so they shouldn't be there. Maybe there should be a separate article on Rivals (character) and Rival (the class). --Maxim 14:43, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

  • Whether they are called it or not, they still are rivals. PKMN Trainer. Rival. It really doesn't matter. Ryuutakeshi 1:19 August 27, 2009

Blue in Yellow

I'll try to add the yellow sprite of blue on the page, cause it just seems appropriate. Don't worry I'll use the first one, the battles before the S.S. Anne.--DRAGONBEASTX 03:28, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

May and Brendan - Psuedo Rivals?

I don't think May and Brendan should be in the same category as Dawn and Lucas. You never battle Dawn and Lucas. May and Brendan are a different story. I don't think Dawn and Lucas should even be on this page. They are not rivals, AT ALL. --ケンジガール 03:25, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

I (sort of) agree with Maxim's comment two sections above. ~ sol 03:52, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
  Still, they are no normal trainer class, they are part of the storyline, and they use a specific starter. Megamew


It says he's is atleast as old as Brock. Should we compare them? Harley seems like he's atleast twenty,and Brock is around the 14-15 range. Lovely Rose 01:12, 24 June 2009 (UTC)


we need silver's sprite to be removed from the page as on the nintendo website they've updated his sprite--DSDark 03:27, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Actually, someone needs to upload the new version. --ルレ 03:29, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Wally - a Pseudo Rival!

He should be classified as pseudo-rival. He's simply an odd-one out in the rivals category. He has a preset name, doesn't get a starter, doesn't seem to own Pokedex, doesn't count as main game character and, the most important, he NEVER starts any heated rivalry with the player. The player meets him... three times, IIRC. His role in the game is MUCH SMALLER than opposite-gender player's. Indeed, he's much stronger than him/her, but that does NOT make him a true rival. Not every strong trainer is a rival. Bear with it, THERE IS NO TRUE RIVAL IN R/S/E. --Maxim 10:11, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Personally, I don't believe there are any "pseudo rivals" in RSE. You just have two rivals. That's it. With Brendan/May and Wally combined, you have the equivalent of what is a true rival. The only pseudo rivals are Dawn and Lucas. If you fight a trainer repeatedly on your quest, then they're a rival. Period. Calling them pseudo just because they aren't the last ones we fight or because they don't have a true starter is stupid. --ケンジガール 03:55, 30 June 2009 (UTC)


His first sprite is still there,what about this one? I think it's from the Nintendo site,or maybe it's the Pokemon site(I can't recall). Is the picture too small? Lovely Rose 22:48, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, too small, probably. We'll wait on a bigger image. TTEchidna 23:19, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Wally and Brendan/May

I would say that Wally is a pseudo rival and Brendan/May the real rival. I mean, Blue, Silver and Pearl all live in the same town as the player, own a starter Pokémon from the professor, and you get to battle them during the game multiple times. The same applies for Brendan/May, except that they don't battle the player anymore after about 6 badges. Wally is totally different to the others, you have to battle him only twice during the game, he doesn't own a starter Pokémon and doesn't live in the same town. If you consider him a rival, you should also consider Steven Stone a rival (which is stupid, of course), since you meet him several times and in the end also battle with him. --Bisasam 09:35, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Silver sprite????

Should silver's sprite be removed?.... based on the recent trailer on the official website,, Silver's sprite is based on the official artwork.. just asking.. try to see it heres a screenshotFile:Silver Commercial.PNG ....--GASPERshut... 13:17, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

Who's to say the sprite isn't in motion? Like the Platinum sprites. He could have the pose coming into the battle and then move to the other pose. --ケンジガール 13:59, 18 August 2009 (UTC)
Or he could be like Blue and change his sprite every so often. Turtwig A Contributions Talk 14:03, 18 August 2009 (UTC)
if you look close the img,the rival have a costume more similar to silver that the sprite we have already--kyokencl 14:11, 18 August 2009 (UTC)
This is the official sprite for Silver in HGSS (and yes, he does have an animation) But really, since this video isn't all that great of quality we should just wait till we can get a proper sprite up. --Ryuutakeshi 1:33 August 27 2009
If its not the official version of the sprite it needs to be removed --DSDark 03:05, 29 August 2009 (UTC)
It is official. It's just the beta. Beta =/= Unofficial. Let it go already... --ケンジガール 03:24, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Rival Sprite(Silver)

Which one are we using?--Midnight Blue 02:08, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Never mind, I can't read I quess.--Midnight Blue 02:09, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Kotone and Gold are the Psuede Rivals?

Are they?--Midnight Blue 03:16, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

No. They're the pseudo rivals. :P —darklordtrom 05:46, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Pearl need "in the anime" section

Really needs it, like Silver or recently Blue, please --Ash 20:56, 4 December 2009 (UTC)

Kotone and Hibiki/Gold

I completely and utterly fail to see how these two count as pseudo-rivals. You never battle them, or tag battle with them, or even see any of their Pokemon besides that Marill they play with.

I haven't played with a male PC yet, so I don't know what Kotone does, but in HG Hibiki just calls me up and tells me some lie about taking some Pokemon somewhere to see something interesting. That's all. 8( 梅子 08:36, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Next time Kotone calls me in SS, I'll see if I can record it. TTEchidna 05:55, 6 February 2010 (UTC)


Wouldn’t Ronald from the TCG be classed as a rival? Mark and Mint are included in the player character section. I would add him myself but I don’t know how to work tables. Kingofall42 11:33, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

Y in end of each name

shouldn't we add that most of the main rivals names end in Y (Gary, Wally, Barry) only silver was left and he is unnamed he could have a name ending in Y (ok it's just speculation).Badwolf1234 14:32, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

No, that's not important enough to really mention... -Sketch 14:34, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Wally vs. May/Brendan

Why is Wally, who only battles the player twice with a Pokemon that isn't even a starter as the lead member of his team, considered to be the player's rival, even though May or Brendan battle the player regularly with their starter being the traditional advantageous choice against the player's? May and Brendan even get their own battle theme, like almost all the other rivals, whereas Wally doesn't. They seem to fit the classic description of a "rival" way more than Wally does, even though he battles the player in Victory Road and can be battled again after that. Regardless, my question boils down to this: why him and not them? Is it just because they're the player character that isn't chosen that they're just lumped together with Lucas/Dawn and Ethan/Lyra? Teamrocketspy621 20:25, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

I agree. I think Brendan/May are more of rivals and not "pseudo-rivals" until the end where Wally steps up. I think both characters, that is Brendan/May and Wally, are both rivals. Neither are considered pseudo because the both challenge the player continuously, unlike Dawn/Lucas and Ethan/Lyra who only aid the player. I think Brendan/May should be moved out of that "pseudo" box. Pocketfanmk 00:53, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

I also support this. Brendan/May had the Starter Pokémon that trumps yours, were fought at regular intervals...The only thing keeping Wally as the Rival is that he fights you at Victory Road, but that's only because by then your real rival had quit being a Trainer back in Lilycove.
So yeah, move Brendan/May out of the pesuo-rival box. Reign 01:03, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

(trainer class)

Is that really needed? This page talks about the entire existence of rivals in all of Pokémon, while calling it a trainer class leans toward the games. I'm for a split. CuboneKing 22:59, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, I don't know why I moved it... —darklordtrom 08:52, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

Pseudo rivals?

I don't think we should continue using this ambiguous term. The images suggest the difference between "main rivals" and "pseudo rivals" is that the second group are simply player characters, but, well, those would simply be player characters (already included in that article) and NPC's (they already appear in their region NPC template), though not necessarily rivals. The wording in the article seems to suggest that Wally isn't a main rival because he doesn't have a starter whose typing weakens the player's, but then where does Bel fit in? Blue in Yellow? In short, I think we should just stick with a simple, concise definition for a rival in the games. From Wiktionary, a rival is

A competitor (person, team, company, etc.) who is well known to another and has similar skills and achievements. Defeating a rival may be a primary or necessary goal of a competitor.

Taking from that, I think the following is a nice definition for "Pokémon game rival":

A Rival is a recurring character, introduced early in the games, who challenges the player repeatedly in different points of his or her journey and whose Pokémon's levels progress roughly at the same rate as the player's.

So basically, two things are important: that they are well known to each other (introduced early), and that they have similar skills and achievements (levels progress at same rate). This would leave as rivals: Blue, Silver, May or Brendan, Wally, Barry, Cheren, and Bel (basically those in the template), and we would eliminate the vague and contradictory "pseudo rival" term. Anyone agree? Memo326 20:11, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

And give Lucas, Dawn, Ethan, and Lyra the boot? Hell yes I am all for it. 梅子 20:38, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Trivia about similar pokemon

Ash has at least one species of Pokémon each of his major rivals own. Gary captured a Krabby, Paul uses a Torterra and Gliscor, Barry uses a Staraptor and Heracross, and Shooti uses a Janovy.

I think without mentioning Snivy this line can lead to confusion that Ash has a Janovu, while he has no (at least as of now) because of the word "species". So basicly Snivy should be noted because it is the real tie between the two of them, not Janovu. --ЫъГЬ 16:10, 9 December 2010 (UTC)


Well, I think N should be considered a rival, because he battles you most of the times and is in the Trainer class. Can I change the Unova section? - unsigned comment from MickBooterhood (talkcontribs)

He seems like a rival, but he actually is the king of Team Plasma, just like Giovanni is the leader of Team Rocket, that's why it isn't in here, or so I guess. Masatoshitalk 13:06, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
N isn't a rival, he is an evil team leader. Using the Trainer class "PKMNTrainer" doesn't make someone a rival. --SnorlaxMonster 13:07, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Yes, but it is different from other bosses... He doesn't get close to the player and voluntarily asks it to have a 'friendly' battle, and even N does it often. At first we don't really know that he's the king, so from the start it could be the third rival... - unsigned comment from MickBooterhood (talkcontribs)

Perhaps he is meant to appear to be a rival at the first few encounters then you realize he is not a rival at all. Regardless, that is just speculation, and N is not a rival. --SnorlaxMonster 11:01, 5 February 2011 (UTC
Perhaps a pseudo-rival? - unsigned comment from MickBooterhood (talkcontribs)
No, he doesn't even fit the pseudo-rival type. He's not a rival, period. --HoennMaster 19:31, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

Blue's sprite

Why is Blue's FireRed and LeafGreen sprite being used instead of his HeartGold and SoulSilver sprite? Because he is not a rival in that game? - unsigned comment from Spearbeedrill15 (talkcontribs)

Yes. Ataro 01:26, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

Team Magma/Aqua (Manga)

Those don't really seem to fit in with the article in my opinion...or maybe the wording needs to be changed, because they're not individual characters like is mentioned in the Adventures section. It just seems strange that they're the only teams on the entire page. Toujours 00:13, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

BW the only game to have two rivals?

R/S/E had Wally and Brendan/May (depending on which player char u didn't choose), so doesn't that also count as two rivals?--Darknesslover5000 01:07, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Taken care of. --ケンジガール 01:12, 3 September 2011 (UTC)


Ash's rivals and Cilans all have a mid evo starter pokemon from the unova reigon, noteworthy and where?Prinben 06:23, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Stephan has a middle evolution starter Pokémon? Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 06:29, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Well no, you would know what I was on About if you do watch the anime, Trip Servine, Bianca Pignite and Burgundy Dewott?!Prinben 18:02, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
That is true, but Stephan is also Ash's rival and he does not have a middle evolution starter Pokémon, therefore it's not true. --HoennMaster 20:54, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Considering I knew that Stephan does not have a middle starter Pokémon, I think it's safe to assume that I watch the anime. That and I wrote a fair amount of the Best Wishes character articles, and provide screenshots of episodes. But you're right, Trip, Bianca, and Burgundy do have middle starter Pokémon. But they don't count for all rivals. I should also point out that "most rivals" won't cut it either since there are only four to begin with. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 22:03, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Should we add Sunglasses Krokorok as Pikachu's rival? Chomper4 14:09, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
How about......No? rivalaries between pokémon are few and far between, and the article is about rivalaries between humans. so just don't.--My r6g4rdz, TEH GIGA-UBER-1337-HAX0R(Mr-ex777) 14:47, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Why doesn't someone add atleast black2-and-white2 rival's artwork since we don't have his sprite yet?VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP 22:20, 16 April 2012

Roketto Dan / Satoshi???

The Roketto-dan have Kosaburo and Yamato as rivals, however, shouldn't they be Satoshi's rivals, as well. - unsigned comment from JacobTheDoduo (talkcontribs)

No. Their goals are completely different from Ash's. They are antagonists. Rivals refer to those who have similar goals. --ケンジガール 00:27, 4 February 2012 (UTC)