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Wallace (Japanese: ミクリ Mikuri) is a Master Water-type Trainer. He was once the Gym Leader of Sootopolis City's Gym, known officially as the Sootopolis Gym, in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, wielding the Rain Badge. He was promoted to Champion of the Elite Four in Emerald. He is apparently close to Steven Stone, and assists him in the Cave of Origin quest in Ruby/Sapphire. He was taught by Juan, who takes his place as Gym Leader in Emerald.
In the games
In Ruby and Sapphire, he runs Sootopolis City Gym where he gives out the Rain Badge as well as TM03 (Water Pulse). By the time of Emerald, Steven has left his post as Champion and Wallace challenges the league, becoming Champion himself, while his mentor, Juan, becomes Gym Leader. His Pokémon as Champion are also Water-type Pokémon.
This listing is for Wallace's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.
As Gym Leader
- "My name is Wallace. I'm this town's Gym Leader. I've also been entrusted with the protection of the Cave of Origin. This sunshineR/downpourS is caused by a power emanating from the Cave of Origin. That… That is the Red OrbR/Blue OrbS. I see. Follow me.
- "The Cave of Origin is ahead. No one from Sootopolis is permitted to enter the Cave of Origin. But you must go. Together with your Red OrbR/Blue OrbS. You must go regardless of what awaits you inside the Cave…"
- "You must go together with your Red OrbR/Blue OrbS. You must go regardless of what awaits you inside the Cave…"
- "Allow me to formally introduce myself. I am Wallace. The Gym Leader of Sootopolis. There's something about you… A difference in your demeanor. I think I sense that in you. What happened inside the Cave of Origin, and what you did, I will likely learn through our upcoming battle. Now, show me. Show me the power you wield with your Pokémon. And I, in turn, shall present you with a performance of illusions in water by me and my Pokémon!"
- "Bravo. I realize now your authenticity and magnificence as a Pokémon Trainer. I find much joy in having met you and your Pokémon. You have proven yourself worthy of the Rain Badge. Accept it."
- "Having that Badge assures you full obedience of all your Pokémon to every command you make. The Badge also allows the use of the HM move Waterfall to scale walls of cascading water. And, so you never forget the battle we shared, take this…"
- "The TM I handed you contains Water Pulse. In use, it will occasionally confuse the target with ultrasonic waves."
- If talked to once again and player skipped Fortree Gym
- "There remains but one Badge to obtain in Hoenn. If you wish to challenge the Pokémon League, you must obtain the last Badge from the Gym in Fortree
- If all 8 Badges are collected
- "Trainers who have gathered all the Gym Badges of Hoenn should make way for the ultimate destination. The Pokémon League. Travel to the easternmost reaches of Hoenn, to the island Ever Grande. The Pokémon League is there."
- After finding the Sky Pillar, before solving crisis
- "Oh? <player>? Haven't you scaled the Sky Pillar yet? I'm sure that you can make it to the top of the Sky Pillar…
- "<player>… The leaders of Team Magma and Aqua, I don't think they meant harm. It wouldn't hurt to hear what they have to say for themselves."
- After solving crisis and talking to both Archie and Maxie.
- "<player>… My eyes didn't deceive me. Thanks to your help, Sootopolis… No, all of Hoenn was saved. On behalf of the people, I thank you. This is a gift from me. Please accept it. That Hidden Machine contains Waterfall. If you have the Rain Badge, a Pokémon that has learned that HM move can force its way up waterfalls. And where does one get the Rain Badge? You know, don't you? That's right! You have to beat the Sootopolis Gym Leader. When you're all set to go, step through that door."
- "I'm sure that you will be dazzled by my mentor's breathtakingly elegant battle style."
- "Ah, so you are <player>? I've heard tales of your exploits. My name is Wallace. I was once the Gym Leader of Sootopolis, but something came up. So now, I've entrusted my mentor Juan with the Gym's operation. … … … … … … … … … … … … Groudon and Kyogre, the two Pokémon wreaking havoc here, are considered to be super-ancient Pokémon. But there aren't just two super-ancient Pokémon. There is one more somewhere. Somewhere, there is a super-ancient Pokémon named Rayquaza. It's said that it was Rayquaza that becalmed the two combatants in the distant past. But even I have no clue as to Rayquaza's wherabouts… <player>, do you perhaps know where Rayquaza is now? If you do, please tell me."
- "The Cave of Origin? But that's right here! I need you to do better than that! Please, I need you to think about where Rayquaza might be right now."
- "Mt.Pyre? But when I met the old lady there earlier, she made no mention of it. I very much doubt that the old lady would try to hide something from me… <player>, could you think about this more carefully for me?"
- "The Sky Pillar? That's it! It must be the Sky Pillar! <player>, there's no a moment to lose! We'll head to the Sky Pillar right away!"
- "Huh? You don't remember? Hmm… That's a problem… Can't you remember somehow?"
- "Oh, my, I'm terribly sorry! In my haste, I didn't noticed that I'd left you behind! I've opened the locked door of Sky Pillar. <player>, let's be on our way! It's an earthquake! There's not a moment to waste! We've got to hurry! Hmm… The situation is getting worse… This isn't good… The weather distortion is spreading even here… <player>. Rayquaza should be farther up from here. I'm worried about Sootopolis. I've got to go back. Everything is in your hands now. Don't fail us!"
- "Welcome, <player>. That incident in Sootopolis City... That was superb work, putting an end to that crisis all by yourself. Oops! It wouldn't be fair to say that you alone ended the crisis. You overcome that difficult situation by working as one with your Pokémon. We Trainers raise Pokémon by giving them items and by teaching them new techniques for battle. But we ourselves also learn many things from Pokémon. And this is where your achievements are put to the test against what others like you have achieved. Now! Who can most elegantly dance with their Pokémon in Hoenn? Show me right here and now!"
- "I, the Champion, fall in defeat... That was wonderful work. You were elegant, infuriatingly so. And yet it was utterly glorious! Kudos to you, <player>! You are a truly noble Pokémon Trainer!"
- "The Pokémon you sent into battle... At times they danced like a spring breeze, and at times they struck like lightning. It was with light, yet surefooted, elegance that you led your Pokémon. Even I felt bedazzled by your masterful performance! You now stand at the glorious peak of the Pokémon League. I now proclaim you to be the new Hoenn region... "
- "<Player>! No, let me rephrase that properly. The new Champion! Come with me." [to Rival] "I'm sorry, but... From here on, only those Trainers who have become Champions may enter. You'll have to wait outside with Prof. Birch."
- "This room... This is where we keep records of Pokémon that prevailed through harsh battles. It is here that the League Champions are honored. Come on, let's record your name as a Trainer who triumphed over the Pokémon League, and the names of the partners who battled with you."
Leader WallaceRS / Champion WallaceE
- Dignity and respect.
- Trainer's Pokémon
- I prefer Pokémon of grace.
- Aquatic illusions best suit my distinctive elegance.RS
- I represent beauty as well as intelligence.E
In the anime
Wallace first appeared in Our Cup Runneth Over! as a Contest Master in Sinnoh. After watching Ash and Dawn's practice match against each other, he asks Ash to enter the Wallace Cup with his Buizel. He also does a practice appeal in the episode with his Milotic for Ash and the others.
He makes further appearances in Staging a Heroes Welcome, Pruning a Passel of Pals!, and Strategy With a Smile! acting as the judge for the Wallace Cup. He also awarded Dawn the Aqua Ribbon following her win at the Contest.
It is mentioned that, like in the game, Wallace is the former Sootopolis City Gym Leader and later the Hoenn Champion. It was revealed in Battling the Generation Gap! that the Pokémon stylist Lila designed his outfit for Contests.
He made a brief cameo in SS024 in Dawn's dream.
This listing is of Wallace's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Milotic is currently Wallace's only known Pokémon in the anime. Previously, Milotic had helped Wallace become Contest Master with the help of its beauty and skill. It first debuted in Our Cup Runneth Over! when Wallace had a secret training session with it out on a lake. Ash and his friends came across them and were impressed. Milotic even gave Pikachu and Piplup a ride around the lake on its back.
Milotic helped Wallace make his sensational entrance to the Wallace Cup. It's clear that Wallace's fans also have a great love for Milotic as they went wild when it appeared. It even helped pass out the ribbon to Dawn after she won the Wallace Cup.
Milotic's known moves are Aqua Ring, Dragon Pulse, Safeguard, Twister, and Hydro Pump.
|| Our Cup Runneth Over!
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Pokémon Adventures, he is the Sootopolis Gym Leader, in addition to being a Contest master as well as the protector of the Cave of Origin. Wallace also takes Ruby under his wing, much like how Winona did for Sapphire. Despite having aligned himself with Team Aqua, he has a strong sense of justice, and is the first of the aligned Gym Leaders to renounce his loyalty, convincing Winona, who sided with the Magmas, to do the same.
It was revealed in Volume 21 that Wallace was the Hoenn League Champion who had entered the Hall of Fame. However, he renounced the title as he expressed his wish of following his mentor, Juan's, footstep of becoming a Gym Leader of his city. According to Steven, what Wallace did not mention to the director of the Pokémon Association is that there is a second reason for his renouncement: He was trying to stay with Winona, the Fortree Gym Leader.
He and Winona apparently had some sort of relationship in the past, speculated by most fans to have been romantic. Although it is largely unconfirmed whether Winona still has feelings for him, it is quite obvious that he still has feelings for her, based on the scene where the two say their goodbyes before they leave to fight Kyogre and Groudon in Volume 20.
Wallace regained the title of Champion after Steven had a premonition that he would die in the upcoming battle between Groudon and Kyogre.
Wallace usually travels on an "Air Car", which can travel on both the land and the air.
This listing is for Wallace's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
|| Richard ♂
| Richard (Jp: リチャード) was first used in a Contest appeal along with Wallace's other Pokémon. He was able dazzle the audience. Later, Richard defeated Ruby in the final round. Richard was used against Groudon in VS. Kyogre & Groudon XVII.
Richard's only known move is Ice Ball.
|| VS. Luvdisc I
|| Phillip ♂
| Phillip (Jp: フィリップ) was used in a Contest located in Fallarbor. He was able dazzle the audience. Later, Phillip defeated Ruby in the final round. During the clash of Kyogre and Groudon, Phillip was used in the battle against Mitch.
Phillip's known moves are Surf and Tickle.
|| VS. Luvdisc I
|| Charles ♂
| Charles (Jp: チャールズ) was used in various Contests as well as many battles. During the Contest in his debut appearance, he was able to defeat Ruby. He was seen battling a Team Magma grunt during Kyogre and Groudon's clash.
Charles's known moves are Horn Attack and Surf.
|| VS. Luvdisc I
- Wallace is the only Gym Leader that did not appear in his home region in the anime. He makes his first appearance in Our Cup Runneth Over!. He is not the only Gym Leader to appear outside of his home region, however, as Misty, Brock, and Jasmine all appear in other regions in addition to their home regions.
- Wallace's Pokémon in Ruby and Sapphire are the same Pokémon used by Juan against Ash in the anime.
- A number of Wallace's lines before, during and after the player's battle with him in Pokémon Emerald are extremely similar to Steven Stone's at the same time periods in Ruby and Sapphire. In particular, the line Wallace says upon defeat is the same as Steven's, only with references to elegance added.
- While Wallace's hair, cape and top half of his clothing are colored teal in his official Sugimori artwork and the anime, they are colored blue in his game sprites and the manga.
- Wallace is promoted from eighth Gym Leader to League Champion, doing the opposite that Blue does between Generation I/III and Generation II/IV.
- He is the first of two former Gym Leaders to have done this, the other being Iris.
- Wallace is the second Champion to use the same type as one of the regional Gym Leaders, the first being Lance, whose Dragon-type specialty is shared with his cousin Clair.
- Wallace is the only Champion whose entire team is his specialty type.
- Wallace kept two Pokémon when he was promoted to Champion of the Elite Four: Whiscash and Milotic.
- His only known Pokémon in the anime was Milotic, while he had Whiscash, but not Milotic in the manga.
- This is likely due to the fact that Ruby, his student, would eventually acquire a Milotic when Mimi evolves in Volume 22.
||ミクリ Mikuri, Sparganiaceae.
||Possible references to mer, (sea).
||A pun on the word Wasser (water).
||Possible relation to Adriatico, the Adriatic Sea.
||Possible derivation from pluvial or pluvioso (pluvial or rainy).
||Transliteration of his Japanese name.