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コクラン Kokuran
Platinum Darach.png
Artwork from Platinum
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region SinnohPt
Trainer class Castle Valet
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV
Games Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Masters EX
Commemorative print Castle Print
English voice actor Brian Timothy Anderson[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)

Darach (Japanese: コクラン Kokuran) is the Frontier Brain in charge of serving the Battle Frontier's Battle Castle. Darach is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Castle Valet (Japanese: キャッスルバトラー Castle Butler).

In the games

He is one of the Frontier Brains of the Battle Castle in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. Darach is the host and caretaker of the Battle Castle, managing CP awarded to or spent by Trainers under the orders of Lady Caitlin. As Caitlin's butler, not only does he manage the Battle Castle but he also battles for her in her place and acts as the Frontier Brain of the facility. Darach will challenge the player on their 21st consecutive battle and award a Silver Print if defeated. He will battle the player again if the player reaches the 49th battle, this time handing out the Gold Print if defeated.

While Darach does not appear in Generation V, he is referenced by Caitlin in Black 2 and White 2. She reveals that Darach travels all the way to Unova to clean her villa in Undella Town before returning home.


Darach has these Pokémon when he is challenged for a print:

Silver Print challenge

Team A

Team B

Gold Print challenge

Team A

Team B


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Reason: needs a list of the quotes determined by the amount of CP earned
  • After winning a battle
"<player>, good show. A hard-fought win, yes? Lady Caitlin has instructed me to award you x CP."
"<player>, well done. A quite remarkable victory it was. Lady Caitlin has instructed me to award you x CP."
"<player>, bravo. A fantastic victory, to be sure. Lady Caitlin has instructed me to award you x CP."
  • After clearing seven consecutive battles
"Congratulations on clearing seven consecutive battles. For your valiant effort, <player>, please accept this BP. We'll return any items that we were holding for you."
Initial battle
  • Before battle
"Welcome. I am Darach, as you know, and I am the Castle Valet. Lady Caitlin, my employer, is not one to accept defeat willingly. However, for a reason I'm not at liberty to disclose, she cannot battle. Consequently, I will do battle in her ladyship's place. ...Let me assure you that you won't be shortchanged by facing me. En garde!"
  • Being defeated
"My Pokémon could not be faulted in any way or form. My hat's off to you."
  • After being defeated
"<Player>, you are truly in possession of a superlative talent! I drew on every reserve of experience and etiquette handed down through our heritage of glorious servitude. But even then, I failed To fend off your inspired and inspiring challenge. I shall see to appeasing Lady Caitlin's displeasure at my loss. <Player>, please do return to our Battle Castle. We will be delighted and honored to have you back!"
  • Before battle
"Your mastery of Pokémon is as breathtaking as ever. <Player>, you certainly are to be commended. ...However, if I may say so, I noticed something about the way you battle. After all, I have the opportunity to watch you closely firsthand. So, what is it that I noticed? As a Trainer myself, it is but proper etiquette to show you in a battle. Let us begin! En garde!"
  • Being defeated
"Your skills are superlative as ever! My admiration knows no bounds."
  • After being defeated
"I am humbled... What I'd perceived to be a weakness was only illusory... Or, perhaps you corrected it in the course of our battle. Regardless, your performance was stunning again. Though she cannot say it, Lady Caitlin appears quite taken by your style. For her sake at the very least, please do return to our Battle Castle!"

Pokémon Masters EX

Battle interface (voice clips)
  • VS screen
"En garde!"
  • Battle start
  • Using Pokémon move
  • Using item
"Allow me!"
  • Using Sync Move
"Let us begin. En garde!"
  • Defeat
"Defeat can be quite humbling."
  • During conversation
"My hat's off to you."
"Let me assure you, you won't be shortchanged by facing me."
Battle Villa
  • Before battle
"Welcome, <player>. Your skill has certainly lived up to expectations."
"But let me assure you that you won't be shortchanged by facing me."
"Now, then! En garde!"
  • After being defeated
"Our Pokémon could not be faulted in any way, shape, or form."
"My hat's off to you."
Story Event - Family Ties
  • Pasio's Elegant Ladies
"Excellent battle, Miss Lillie."
"I could tell you were giving it your absolute best. Well done indeed!"
"I think it's wonderful that you're working so hard to improve yourself."
"Wouldn't you agree, Lady Caitlin?"
"Hoho, it seems your hardworking spirit must have rubbed off on the two of them, Miss Lillie. They look perfectly exhausted."

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Darach appears as an NPC in Pokémon Masters EX. He is the one of the bosses in the Battle Villa and appears in the story event Family Ties and Chapter 27 of the Main Story. In the Battle Villa, his sync pair partner is his Houndoom, and in the Main Story, it's his Gallade.



Spr Pt Darach Caitlin.png Darach OD.png VSDarach.png
Sprite with Caitlin from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Platinum,HeartGold, and SoulSilver
VS sprite with Caitlin from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Spr Masters Darach.png VSDarach Masters.png
Model from
Pokémon Masters EX
VS model from
Pokémon Masters EX

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Darach appeared alongside Lady Caitlin in the Platinum chapter. Darach first appeared when Platinum started her challenge of the Battle Castle and was in charge of giving her Castle Points while Caitlin watched the battles. Once Platinum manages to win enough battles to face the Frontier Brain, Looker is shocked to find out that Darach is in fact, the Battle Castle Frontier Brain instead of Caitlin; Darach and Platinum then begin their battle.

In battle, Darach seems to have a different personality, this is shown when he drops his calm demeanor and starts laughing manically while confidently stating that he will win the battle. Despite the power his Pokémon possessed, Darach is eventually defeated once Platinum learns to manage money properly to find out his weaknesses.


Darach's Gallade
Gallade first appeared outside of the Battle Castle, acting like Caitlin's bodyguard. During Platinum's battle with Darach, he was the first Pokémon used in their battle. He managed to defeat Platinum's Rapidash and Lopunny, but was defeated when Lopunny's Cute Charm prevented him from dodging a Dizzy Punch, allowing Empoleon to take advantage of his confused status and defeat him.

Gallade's known moves are Psycho Cut, Feint, and Night Slash and his Ability is Steadfast.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z
Darach's Houndoom
Houndoom was the second Pokémon that Darach used in his battle against Platinum. It briefly fought Platinum's Lopunny and was defeated by her Empoleon.

Houndoom's only known move is Fire Fang.

Debut Getting the Drop on Gallade II
Darach's Staraptor
Staraptor was the third Pokémon that Darach used in his battle against Platinum. It used confusing moves and kept healing itself in its battle against Platinum's Empoleon, but was defeated when she froze it with Blizzard.

Staraptor's known moves are Double Team and Roost.

Debut Getting the Drop on Gallade II

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Darach or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Darach's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Staraptor Pokémon FB Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo 11/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 080/100
Empoleon Pokémon FB Water Supreme Victors Rare 27/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare 035/100
Staraptor Pokémon FB LV.X Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 147/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 081/100


  • Caitlin appears in Darach's VS and in-battle sprites, despite the fact that she does not battle alongside him.
    • Darach's VS sprite is the only VS sprite in the Generation IV and V games to feature more than one character.
    • Darach's in-battle sprite has the most frames of any animated sprite in Generation IV, with five as opposed to the usual three.
  • Darach is the only Generation IV Frontier Brain with a signature Pokémon: his Empoleon.
  • An NPC in the Battle Castle says "Mr. Darach... His feelings for Lady Caitlin are all bottled up... Oh, how I pine for him...", which implies that Darach has feelings for Caitlin, but refuses to show these emotions to her.


Language Name Origin
Japanese コクラン Kokuran From 黒蘭 kokuran (pantropical widelip orchid)
English Darach From darach (Gaelic for oak)
German Perenus From perennierende Pflanze (perennial plant)
Spanish Kokuran Transcription of his Japanese name
French Parsley From parsley
Italian Paride From liparide (widelip orchid)
Korean 코크런 Kokeureon Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 石蘭 / 石兰 Shílán From 虎頭石蘭 hǔtóushí lán (Liparis nakaharai)
Chinese (Cantonese) 石蘭 Sehklàahn
Vietnamese Kokuran Transcription of his Japanese name

Castle Valet

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese キャッスルバトラー Castle Butler
Chinese Cantonese 城堡對戰者 Sìhngbóu Deuijinjé
Mandarin 城堡管家 Chéngbǎo Guǎnjiā *
城堡對戰者 Chéngbǎo Duìzhànzhě *
城堡對戰士 Chéngbǎo Duìzhànshì *
France Flag.png European French Chambellan
Germany Flag.png German Kammerdiener
Italy Flag.png Italian Maggiordomo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 캐슬버틀러 Castle Butler
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Mayordomo
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Quản gia Lâu đài

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