Team Plasma

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Team Plasma
プラズマ団 Plasma-dan
Black White Team Plasma Grunts.png
Artwork of Plasma Grunts
Leader N
Region Unova
Admins Ghetsis, Seven Sages, Shadow Triad
Major targets Dreamyard, Nacrene City, Pinwheel Forest, Liberty Garden Island, Cold Storage, Chargestone Cave, Dragonspiral Tower, Relic Castle
Base locations N's Castle

Team Plasma (Japanese: プラズマ Plasma-dan, literally Plasma Gang) is the villainous team in Unova. Team Plasma's goal is to free Pokémon from humans.

In the games

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Team Plasma is met early in the games. Ghetsis appears in Accumula Town where he is holding a rally trying to get people to join Team Plasma's cause. Following this rally the player will be approached and battled by a person named N. After this, the player will next come across two Plasma Grunts at the Dreamyard who are trying to capture a Munna in order to get some Dream Mist to spread their message in people's dreams. After defeating them here they will steal a young girl's Pokémon and hide in the Wellspring Cave. The player will team up with Cheren and save the Pokémon.

After defeating Lenora at the Nacrene Gym, Team Plasma will attack the museum in Nacrene City and steal a bone from the Dragon fossil. As the player gives chase, N will appear again and battle the player. After this, the player heads into Pinwheel Forest where they will defeat the Plasma Grunts and return the Dragon Bone to the museum. The next encounter is in Castelia City where they have stolen Bianca's Munna. After confronting them, they will give Munna back and leave.

After entering Nimbasa City, they player will find two grunts harassing an old man. After defeating them, they will run off. After heading over to the Ferris wheel, N will appear again. N and the player will take a ride on the Ferris wheel where N will reveal that he is the leader of Team Plasma. The two will then battle after getting off the Ferris wheel. The next encounter will be in Driftveil City. Cheren will appear and say that Team Plasma has been seen in the city. Sage Vio and some grunts are at the Cold Storage plotting something. Clay, the Driftveil Gym Leader will appear and chase them off.

Later, as the player journeys through the Chargestone Cave, the Shadow Triad appears and takes the player to N and the two will battle again. After being defeated, they will leave. N is then briefly encountered outside the Mistralton Gym where he tests the friendship between the player and their Starter Pokémon. After defeating Brycen at the Icirrus Gym, Team Plasma appears at the Dragonspiral Tower where N will awaken ZekromB or ReshiramW. After a brief talk N flies off. Alder, who has also witnessed these events advises everyone to go to Relic Castle where they run into Ghetsis who tells them it is pointless to continue resisting them and leaves. Ghetsis will then confront the player on the Tubeline Bridge and tell them that even though they have the Light/Dark Stone Team Plasma will achieve its goal. Soon after the player will witness Ghetsis giving another speech in Opelucid City.

After defeating the Elite Four, the player will head to the Champion's room where they will see N after he has defeated Alder. N will then reveal his castle, which rises out of the ground and attaches to the Pokémon League building. The player then chases N into the castle where the Seven Sages try to stop them. The Unova Gym Leaders then appear to keep the sages busy while the player searches the castle. Two women who claim to be goddesses and the Shadow Triad will then lead the player to N. Before anything can happen, ZekromW or ReshiramB will appear and the player will have to capture the dragon. The player and N will then have one final battle, with the player proving victorious. Ghetsis arrives and is furious at N and says that he was just working behind the scenes on his true goal of ruling Unova as the only one with Pokémon. He will then challenge the player in rage.

After the player defeats Ghetsis, Cheren and Alder take him away while N tells the player he will continue on with his goal but will do it the right way. After the credits roll Looker will appear at the player's house and request their help in finding and capturing the other sages of Team Plasma. Each sage will tell some back history on Team Plasma before being arrested. The Shadow Triad will also appear at the Marvelous Bridge where they will give the player the the Adamant, Lustrous, and Griseous Orbs.

Before the sage Ryoku is arrested at Relic Castle, he says that he was planning to catch the Pokémon Volcarona and give it to Ghetsis, but no one knows his and N's whereabouts, and that no one even knows if they are really parent and child.

Once all the sages are arrested, Looker says that he heard N was seen in a distant land with a Dragon Pokémon.

Some Plasma Grunts will also appear during the Liberty Pass event where they will take over Liberty Garden Island and try to capture Victini.

Genesect was going to be revived from a fossil and powered up by Team Plasma to create the most powerful Pokémon ever, but N was against the project because he felt that any Pokémon modified by science had lost its pureness, which is why the project was abandoned. However, one scientist kept working on it, annoyed that N denied his talent. This scientist reconstructed Genesect and powered up the gun on its back.

In the anime

Although Team Plasma has yet to make a proper appearance in the anime, Giovanni has mentioned a secret organization operating in the Unova region and wants to draw them out. They are set to debut in BW023 and BW024 in a confrontation with Team Rocket.


  • A plasma is a state of matter in which the negative electrons and positive nuclei that usually form atoms become pulled apart and separated. This is analagous with Team Plasma's ideology, which states that people and Pokémon should be separated from one another.
  • Like Team Rocket and Team Galactic, Team Plasma's Japanese name is a pun: "plasma-dan" can also mean "plasma bullet."
  • Plasma can be interpreted as the culmination of both fire and lightning.
  • Team Plasma's style seems to resemble that of the medieval knights.
    • Their logo resembles a shield.
    • The lettering in their logo resembles the Chi Rho symbol.
    • The symbol on their shield is made up of the letters P and Z, from the transliteration of the Japanese for "plasma", pulazuma (プラズマ).
    • Ghetsis's clothing even resembles the top portion of a castle or tower.
  • Team Plasma is the first main series villainous team to not have any admins challenge the player at various points throughout the game. In fact, Ghetsis and N are the only non-grunt members to even battle the player.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Japanese プラズマ団 Plasma-dan From plasma.
English, French, German, Italian Team Plasma Same as the Japanese name.
Spanish Equipo Plasma Same as the Japanese name.
Korean 플라스마단 Plasma Dan Same as the Japanese name.

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

Villainous teams
Team RocketTeam AquaTeam MagmaTeam GalacticTeam PlasmaTeam FlareTeam SkullTeam Rainbow Rocket
Team Great RocketTeam SnagemCipherGo-Rock SquadTeam Dim SunTeam DebonairsPokémon PinchersPhobos Battalion