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テッセン Tessen
"The cheerfully electrifying man!"
Ruby Sapphire Wattson.png
Artwork from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color White
Hometown Mauville City
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Gym LeaderRSE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation III, V
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Mauville Gym
Badge Dynamo Badge
Specializes in Electric types
Anime debut Watt's with Wattson
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Ken'ichi Ogata

Wattson (Japanese: テッセン Tessen) is the Gym Leader of Mauville City's Gym, known officially as the Mauville Gym. Trainers who defeat him receive the Dynamo Badge. He is a jolly old man who specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.

In the games

Wattson's title is "The cheerfully electrifying man!" The citizens of Mauville think of him as "eccentric," and one of his students affectionately referred to him as a "tough coot." He prefers to employ Electric-type Pokémon, and is a generally jovial man.

Wattson founded Mauville; he once had a desire to convert Mauville in an expansion project, but abandoned that plan. Instead, he installed switch-controlled dynamos in his Gym that create doors of electricity.

In addition to the Dynamo Badge, Wattson gives out TM34 (Shock Wave), in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

If the player returns to Mauville after getting Surf, Wattson will ask him or her to go to New Mauville on an errand for him. If the player completes the task, Wattson will give TM24 (Thunderbolt), as a sign of his appreciation.


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Gym battle

First rematch

Second rematch

Third rematch

Fourth rematch

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Wattson uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles and all six in Triple Battles.

Hoenn Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Mauville Gym
  • Before battle
"I've given up on my plans to convert the city, I have. And so, I put my time into making door traps in my Gym. Oh? Now, what are you doing here? What's that? You say you've gotten past all my rigged doors? Wahahahah! Now, that is amusing! Then, I, Wattson, the Leader of Mauville Gym, shall electrify you!"
  • When defeated
"Wahahahah! Fine, I lost! You ended up giving me a thrill! Take this Badge!"
  • After being defeated
"With this Dynamo Badge, Pokémon can use Rock Smash out of battle. And, it will make your Pokémon a little bit faster, too. Hmm... You should take this, too!"
"That TM34 there contains Shock Wave. It's a trustworthy move that never misses! You can count on it!"
"Wahahahah! Go forth and endeavor, youngster!"RS
"I swell with optimism, seeing a promising young Trainer like you!"E

Pokémon Emerald

  • Before battle
"Ah-ha! Here at last! I know what you want. You want to battle my Pokémon! Wahahahaha! I'll make sparks fly from you! Don't say I didn't warn you!"
  • When defeated
"Oof... Our batteries ran dry..."
  • After being defeated
"We'll have to recharge our batteries again. When we're fully charged up, we'll gladly accept your challenge. So, come back again sometime, won't you?"

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Leader WattsonRS / Swell Shock WattsonE

I choose to electrify.
Trainer's Pokémon
Get shocked by electricity!
Wahahahaha! The secret to health is laughter!RS
One must never throw a match. Even I must not.E


Spr RS Wattson.png Spr B2W2 Wattson.png Wattson III OD.png Wattson OD.png
Wattson's sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Wattson's sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Wattson's overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Wattson's overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Wattson in the anime

Wattson first appeared in Watt's with Wattson?. He filled his Gym in Mauville City with many traps, pit-falls, roller coasters, and other tricks and pranks, much like Lt. Surge in Vermilion City. Wattson believed his gadgetry was not only hilarious, but kept Trainers on their toes.

One of Wattson's tricks was a robotic Raikou that ended up super-charging the electricity in Pikachu. As a result, Ash's Pikachu was able to completely wipe out Wattson's team on its own, using a series of super-powerful Thunderbolts.

Losing so easily really depressed the usually cheerful Gym Leader. Wattson left everyone a note saying that he went away to think. Uncharacteristically glum, he wandered off to the local power plant and met a friendly Electrike.

Afterwards Team Rocket stole all the Electric-type Pokémon from the power plant, so Wattson, Ash, Brock, Max, and May pursued them.

Wattson used the Raikou robot to stop them in their tracks, while Pikachu and Electrike used Iron Tail and Bite to free the wild Pokémon. Ash tried to return the Dynamo Badge, but Wattson told him to keep it. Electrike decided to stay with Wattson.

Wattson again appeared in Manectric Charge. He saved most of the group's Pokémon from another Team Rocket kidnapping attempt. The battle caused Electrike to evolve into Manectric. They were on their way back to Petalburg City, but Ash and his friends took time out for a battle.

Ash's Torkoal fought against Wattson's Manectric in a fierce battle, which Manectric won.


This listing is of Wattson's Pokémon in the anime.

Wattson's Magnemite
Magnemite was the first Pokémon used by Wattson in his Gym battle against Ash. Due to Pikachu being powered-up by the exploding mecha-Raikou, it was defeated with only a single Thunderbolt.

Magnemite has worked with Wattson for a number of years, during which Wattson and Magnemite overcame Magnemite's struggle to master Thunder Wave.

Magnemite's known moves are Swift and Thunder Wave.

Debut Watt's with Wattson?
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein
Wattson's Voltorb
Voltorb was the second Pokémon used by Wattson against Ash. Like Magnemite, it was defeated with a single Thunderbolt.

Voltorb's only known move is Screech.

Debut Watt's with Wattson?
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Wattson's Magneton
Magneton was the final Pokémon used Wattson during the Gym battle. By this point in the match, both Wattson and Magneton were determined to defeat Ash, but Magneton couldn't stand up to Pikachu's super-charged Thunder and was also knocked out in a single hit.

Magneton's only known move is Zap Cannon.

Debut Watt's with Wattson?
Wattson's Manectric
Electrike → Manectric
Main article: Wattson's Manectric

Manectric first appeared as an Electrike after Wattson's defeat by Ash, he came to the Power Plant in Mauville City. After cheering him up, he sent Team Rocket blasting off together with Ash's Pikachu. After this, it stayed with Wattson. It is seen again when the gang returns to Mauville City. Electrike evolved into Manectric after defeating Team Rocket. Ash decided to challenge Wattson and Manectric to a training match with his Torkoal. After a fierce battle, Manectric emerged victorious.

Debut Watt's with Wattson?
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Darren Dunstan

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 緒方賢一 Ken'ichi Ogata
English Dan Green
European French Jean-Daniel Nicodème
Polish Andrzej Chudy
Brazilian Portuguese Carlos Silveira (AG040)
Fábio Moura (AG059)
Spanish Latin America Armando Réndiz (AG040)
Jorge Santos (AG059)
Spain Fernando Hernández

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

File:Wattson and Flannery.png
Wattson and his Electrike (right) with Flannery and her Magcargo (left)

Wattson is the cheerful Gym Leader of Mauville, who enjoys cracking jokes that include puns on people's names. His motto was "Be cheerful, no matter when or where". He doesn't care when or where the battles take place, every challenge to him qualifies as a Gym battle. He doesn't even care about the result, and would often give out Badges as long as his challengers do their best. Because of this attitude, Sapphire was very annoyed with him.

When Sapphire first met the elderly Gym leader, he and the Trick Master were trying to locate a rampaging Donphan with tricks developed by the latter. But they had mistaken Sapphire as the Donphan and trapped her and her Pokémon with the tricks. Sapphire inquired whether the turning door on the ground was also part of their traps. It was actually the secret entrance to New Mauville, the secret underground city Wattson and Trick Master had been trying to find for some time.

Mauville had been having the problem of land shortage and overcrowding because of the growing number of children in the city. As both Wattson and Trick Master cherish children a lot, they hoped they could find this secret city for them. Later, Sapphire saved Wattson from an overcharged generator and got the New Mauville, which is a large amusement park, into operation. Thankful for her help, Wattson gave her the Dynamo Badge.

After being informed about Team Magma and Team Aqua's schemes, he sided with Team Magma because of his city's problem of land shortage. When the two ancient Pokémon were awakened, he was assigned to fight against Kyogre, and later Amber, one of the Aqua Admins. He was knocked into the sea after being attacked from behind by a Shedinja, but Sapphire's Wailord saved his life. He was left on the Pokémon Association's aircraft as he was too injured to continue fighting.


This listing is for Wattson's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

On hand
Wattson's Manectric
Electrike → Manectric
Main article: Wattson's Manectric

Manectric is Wattson's main Pokémon. He first appeared as an Electrike when he was battling some Pokémon belonging to some children along with his two Magnemite. They were able to defeat them all. He later evolved into a Manectric and became big enough to serve as Wattson's transportation.

Debut VS. Electrike I
Wattson's Magnemite
Magnemite (×2)
Wattson's two Magnemite were first seen with his Electrike battling Pokémon belonging to certain children. They were able to defeat the Pokémon. Later, it was seen being weak to float in the air due to the fact that their electricity was revoked by the out of control power generator.

None of Magnemite's moves are known.

Debut VS. Electrike I
Status unknown
Wattson's Magneton
Magneton was one of the Pokémon whose electricity was sucked up by the power generator in New Mauville as the generator went out of control. After the generator was stopped, it is unknown if Magneton was an official member of Wattson's team since it didn't make any appearance outside of the New Mauville arc.

None of Magneton's moves are known.

Debut VS. Electrike I
Wattson's Voltorb and Electrode
Voltorb and Electrode
Voltorb and Electrode were one of the Pokémon whose electricity was sucked up by the power generator in New Mauville as the generator went out of control. After the generator was stopped, it is unknown if Voltorb and Electrode were an official member of Wattson's team since it didn't make any appearance outside of the New Mauville arc.

None of Voltorb and Electrode's moves are known.

Debut VS. Electrike I

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Wattson in Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire

Wattson appears in Christmas Night Is Battle Night! where he challenges Red to a battle with his Electrike.


Wattson's Electrike
Main article: Wattson's Electrike

Electrike is Wattson's only known Pokémon. He used it to challenge Red to a battle.

Debut Christmas Night Is Battle Night!


  • Like Lt. Surge is in Kanto, Wattson is the third Gym Leader encountered on a journey, and is similarly enamored with trap doors and Electric-type Pokémon.
  • In Ruby and Sapphire, he is the only Gym Leader without a single Pokémon introduced in Generation III. This changed in Emerald when Electrike and Manectric were added to his initial roster.
    • Additionally he is the only Gym Leader outside of Johto who doesn't have a Pokémon introduced in the generation he first appears as a Gym Leader.
  • Wattson is the only Electric-type specialist that is not shown with blond hair and blue eyes.


Language Name Origin
Japanese テッセン Tessen From 鉄線 tessen, iron/steel wire. It is also an alternative name given to the flower, Clematis. This is also the name origin for Lt. Surge, another Gym Leader who uses Electric-type Pokémon.
English Wattson From "watt", a unit of power.
French Voltere Pun on "Voltaire" and "volt."
German Walter Possible relation to "watt" or "volt."
Italian Walter Possible relation to "watt" or "volt."
Spanish Erico Possible derivation of "eléctrico" (electric).
Korean 암페어 Ampeeo A Hangul spelling of the word "ampere."
Chinese (Mandarin) 鐵旋/铁旋 Tiěxuán From 鉄旋, an alternative spelling for Tessen. Literally "Iron whirl".

Gym Leaders of the Hoenn region
Rustboro Gym Stone Badge
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Dewford Gym Knuckle Badge
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Mauville Gym Dynamo Badge
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Lavaridge Gym Heat Badge
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Petalburg Gym Balance Badge
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Fortree Gym Feather Badge
Winona OD.png
Mossdeep Gym Mind Badge
Tate Liza
Tate and Liza
Sootopolis Gym Rain Badge
Wallace OD.png Juan OD.png
Wallace Juan

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