Cal (game)

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Cal (Japanese, Generation II: ヒカル Hikaru, Generation IV: ひかる Hikaru) is a traveling Pokémon Trainer. He first appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver, in which he was a Trainer that could be battled in Viridian City's Trainer House. His sprite is the same as the sprite used for Ethan in Pokémon Gold and Silver; this also applies to Pokémon Crystal, despite the fact that it introduced a new sprite for Ethan himself. He only appears in the Trainer House if the player has never used Mystery Gift before. If the player has used Mystery Gift, he is replaced with a Trainer with the same name and party of the last person the player used Mystery Gift with. His Pokémon are the fully-evolved Johto first partner Pokémon at level 50. The three games also hold unused Trainer data for Cal, with one team consisting of the three unevolved first partner Pokémon at level 10, and the second forms of the first partner Pokémon at level 30.

He also appeared in Pokémon Stadium 2 with a new unique character design as the opponent in the standard battle modes. He appears in the Battle Now and Free Battle modes as a CPU opponent. In Battle Now, he has access to the same Pokémon pools the player does. In Free Battle, Cal uses a team of Pokémon the player assigns him, except in the case of battles under Challenge Cup rules, in which case Cal receives Pokémon randomly in the same way the player does.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cal has been given the appearance of an Ace Trainer.

In the core series games


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Unused data

In the Generation II games' code, there is unused battle data with Cal having the Johto first partner Pokémon in their basic and middle forms, as well as the final forms encountered normally. Because Kanto is not legitimately reachable until late in the game, it is unknown how these Pokémon were intended to be encountered.

In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium 2

Battle Now
Main article: Pokémon Stadium 2/Battle Now Round 1
Main article: Pokémon Stadium 2/Battle Now Round 2
Free Battle - Challenge Cup Rules
Poké Ball Class

Great Ball Class

Ultra Ball Class

Master Ball Class



In the core series

Spr GS Ethan.png Spr HGSS Ace Trainer M.png
Sprite from
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
EthanGSCwalkdown.png Ace Trainer m HGSS OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In other games

S2 Pokémon Trainer Cal.pngS2 Pokémon Trainer Cal alt.pngS2 Pokémon Trainer Cal alt2.png
Portraits from
Stadium 2


Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal

  • Before battle
"I traveled out here just so I could battle you."
  • Being defeated
"I lost... Darn..."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • Before battle
No: "Fine--next time!"
Yes: "It's MATCH!"
  • If the player wins
"You win... THANKS!"
  • If the player loses
"VICTORY! Thank you!"
  • If talked to again
"Fine--next time!"


Language Name Origin
Japanese ヒカル HikaruGSC
ひかる HikaruHGSS
From 光る hikaru (shine or glitter)
Hiragana form of ヒカル Hikaru
English Cal Possibly from カル karu in his Japanese name
French Julot
German Hermann
Italian Enea
Spanish RolánGSC
Korean 빛나 BitnaGSC
빛남 BitnamHGSS
From 빛나 bitna (light, gleam, or glow)
From 빛남 bitnam (brightness or splendor)

Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMom (Kanto)Mom (LGPE)RedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillCelioMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimoKoichi
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanErik and SaraLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneMinaCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper

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