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If you were looking for the character from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet whose Japanese name is Chili, see Rika.
ポッド Pod
"Triple Trouble!"
Black White Chili.png
Artwork from Black and White by Yusuke Ohmura[1]
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Red
Hair color Red
Hometown Striaton City
Region Unova
Relatives Cilan, Cress (brothers)
Trainer class Gym LeaderBW, Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V, VII, VIII, IX
Games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, Masters EX
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Shintarō Asanuma (Masters EX)
Member of Unova LeagueBW
Rank Gym Leader
Leader of Striaton Gym
Badge Trio Badge
Specializes in Fire-types
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
English voice actor Lucien Dodge
Japanese voice actor Masakazu Morita
Manga series Pocket Monsters BW
Pokémon Adventures
Debut PMBW02 (PMBW)
Welcome to Striaton City!! (Adventures)

Chili (Japanese: ポッド Pod) is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym. He specializes in Fire-type Pokémon. He gives the Trio Badge to Trainers that chose Snivy as their starter Pokémon, if they defeat him.

In the core series games

Chili appears in Pokémon Black and White as one of the Gym Leaders of the Striaton City Gym, alongside Cilan and Cress. This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Chili battles the player if Snivy is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat Chili will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).

During the two years between Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Chili, along with his brothers, retired from being Gym Leaders to train.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Multi Battle

Chili can either be partnered with the player, or be one of their opponents.

Pokémon World Tournament

Chili uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. He will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Simisear.

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders/Mix Master Tournament

National Gymquirer

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Cafélover! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Striaton Gym's three Gym Leaders, and they were all out of order! Like, Chili was Cilan, and Cilan was Cress!' Hmmm. Well, I'm not saying you're crazy, but...are you sure they weren't just standing in front of a mirror? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Chili appears as an NPC in Pokémon Masters EX and first appears in the Curious Tea Party costume event. He forms a sync pair with Simisear.



Chili BW anime.png
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Sprites and models

In the core series

Spr BW Chili.png Spr B2W2 Chili.png Chili OD.png B2W2 Chili Back.png VSChili.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from Black 2 and White 2 Overworld sprite from Generation V Back sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
Black and White

In other games

Spr Masters Chili.png VSChili Masters.png
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX


Main article: Chili/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Chili in the anime

Chili debuted in Triple Leaders, Team Threats! alongside his brothers, and fellow Gym Leaders Cilan and Cress. Along with Cress, he made his first appearance when Cilan brought Ash to the Gym. He began offering Ash various items off the lunch menu, who declined, exclaiming he wanted to battle the Gym Leader. Chili and his brothers introduced themselves as the Leaders and gave Ash the choice of who he wanted to battle. In a first, Ash decided to battle all three brothers. Chili was the first to battle Ash and lost against his Tepig.

In Dreams by the Yard Full!, Chili and his brothers presented Ash with the Trio Badge. Later Chili and Cress said their goodbyes to Cilan, who decided to travel with Ash and Iris.

Cilan mentioned in A Rival Battle for Club Champ! that Trip had battled Chili and defeated his Pansear with his Servine, earning himself the Trio Badge. He appeared in a flashback in A Connoisseur's Revenge!, where he and Cress informed Burgundy that Cilan had gone on a journey and could not battle her again, so he battled her in Cilan's place and was defeated.

At some point, Chili left the Striaton Gym on a journey, after becoming frustrated with a series of consecutive losses. He met up with Cilan, Ash, and Iris in Driftveil City in A Call for Brotherly Love!, where he challenged Cilan to a battle. However, his Pansear was quickly defeated by Cilan's Pansage. Angered, Chili blamed the loss on Pansear, and Pansear ran away. Chili left to relieve his frustration by stuffing his face when Cilan approached him and offered to help, after learning from Cress that Chili's role as Gym Leader has suffered because of his consecutive losses. Chili apologized to Pansear and helped it try to learn Solar Beam. After successfully learning the move and refining his techniques, his Pansear had a battle with Ash and Oshawott and won. Chili thanked his brother for his help and planned to return to the Striaton Gym.

Young Chili with his brothers

Chili reappeared in a fantasy along with Cress in A Surface to Air Tag Battle Team!. He also reappeared in flashbacks in Curtain Up, Unova League!, and Crowning the Scalchop King!. In addition, Chili made cameo appearances in the ending Let's Join Hands and in the ending credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

In Survival of the Striaton Gym!, Chili and Cress journeyed to Paladin Island and appealed to Cilan to protect the Striaton Gym by defeating Morana. Chili had rashly wagered ownership of the Gym on Morana's victory over all three brothers in response to her accusations of his being afraid. He returned to Striaton City once Cilan had defeated Morana.


Chili, like his brothers, tends to speak about Pokémon in relation to their element. In Chili's case, his element is Fire and so he often talks about his fiery passion when battling. His personality also fits this motif, as Chili can be described as hotheaded and reckless. In times of anger Chili will always visit a donut shop to calm himself down. All the brothers use hand positions like rock, paper, and scissors - Chili tends to accentuate words with his fists.

He is markedly confident and hopes to one day open a Fire-type Gym. However, A Call for Brotherly Love! revealed that Chili had been struggling after suffering consecutive losses as Gym Leader. With the help of Cilan's Pokémon Connoisseur evaluation, Chili was able to refine his battle style. He learned that his "offense is the best defence" techniques were perfectly suited for battle and went on to help Pansear master Solar Beam for a wider move set. Chili was also able to tap into his anger as a source of strength.


This listing is of Chili's known Pokémon in the anime.

Chili Pansear.png

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 森田成一 Masakazu Morita
English Lucien Dodge
Mandarin Chinese 吳東原 Wú Dōngyuán
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Danish Mikkel Christiansen
Finnish Lauri Tanskanen
European French Grégory Praet
German Patrick Roche
Hindi नचिकेत दिघे Nachiket Dighe
Italian Renato Novara
Norwegian Scott Maurstad
Polish Grzegorz Drojewski (BW005-BW058)
Mateusz Rusin (BW140)
Brazilian Portuguese Matheus Moreira
Bruno Mello (BW006, BW103)
Diego Lima (BW140)
Spanish Latin America Carlos Díaz
Spain Pablo Tribaldos
Vietnamese Văn Tài (BW005-BW006)
Kiêm Tiến (BW058)
Quang Tuyên (BW140)

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Chili briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer as part of a team with his brothers Cilan and Cress.


Chili briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters BW

In Pocket Monsters BW, Chili appears along with his brothers Cilan and Cress. They are seen in PMBW02, where Red and his Pokémon visit a restaurant owned by the three brothers. Clefairy tries to instigate a fight between the brothers, but fails on many occasions.


This listing is for Chili's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.

Main article: Chili's Pansear

Pansear is the only known Pokémon of Chili's. It was sent out while he, Cilan and Cress were battling Red's Clefairy. Unfortunately, Clefairy takes the attacks the elemental monkeys were using and makes himself some green tea.

Debut PMBW02

Pokémon Adventures

Chili in Pokémon Adventures

Chili, along with his brothers Cilan and Cress, is one of the Leaders of the Striaton Gym. Despite each brother obtaining their job as Gym Leaders individually, they were all assigned to the same Gym. This decision was due to the types they specialized in being useful in teaching new Trainers about type matchups.

Like his brothers, Chili tends to keep his arms in a certain position. In his case, he keeps them held at his hips.

Chili debuted in Welcome to Striaton City!!, where the Striaton Gym was visited by a young Trainer named Black. Although only Black challenged the Gym, his friends Cheren and Bianca were allowed to participate as well. After completing the Gym puzzle, Black, Cheren, and Bianca faced the triplets in a three-on-three "Trio Battle". With their knowledge of type matchups, Chili and his brothers initially held the advantage, even after Chili's Pansear was knocked out. Despite this, the battle ended in the Striaton Gym Leaders' loss when Black's Tep used Pansage's fallen leaves to revive its fallen teammates. With only two active Pokémon on the Striaton Gym Leaders' side when the time limit ended, Black and his friends were declared the winners by default and were each awarded a Trio Badge as proof of their victory.

In The Shadow Triad, Chili, Cilan, and Cress confronted the Shadow Triad at the P2 Laboratory. The brothers were given the task of pursuing Team Plasma if the other Gym Leaders failed to protect the Dark Stone from them. The Shadow Triad proved to be very strong, and even after they evolved their Pokémon, Chili and his brothers were unable to defeat their opponents. The brothers were rescued by Keldeo, who had been watching the battle and determined the Gym Leaders to be the better humans. The Shadow Triad took that opportunity to try and capture Keldeo, forcing its mentors, Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion, to step in and rescue it, using their swords to send both the Gym Leaders and Shadow Triad flying.


Chili's Simisear
Pansear → Simisear
Main article: Chili's Simisear

Simisear is Chili’s only known Pokémon. It was first seen helping the triplets serve Black, Bianca, and Cheren some tea, brewing the tea itself. Later, it engaged the three of them with Panpour and Pansage. It later fought the Shadow Triad at the P2 Laboratory.

Debut Welcome to Striaton City!!

In the TCG

Full Art print of Chili & Cilan & Cress
Main article: Chili & Cilan & Cress (Fusion Strike 227)

Chili was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as part of Chili & Cilan & Cress during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Fusion Arts expansion before debuting in English in the Fusion Strike expansion, with an illustration by Yusuke Ohmura. It was also released as a Full Art card and Secret card in both expansions, with an illustration by Sanosuke Sakuma. It allows the player to search for up to three Fusion Strike style Pokémon and put them into their hand, then shuffle their deck.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ポッド Pod From pod corn, matching to his brothers being named after corn. May also involve tripod and ホット hot.
English, Brazilian
Portuguese, Vietnamese
Chili From chili pepper
German Maik From Maiskolben (corncob), matching to his brothers being named Colin (Cress) and Benny (Cilan)
Spanish Zeo From the maize genus Zea and ζέω zeo (Greek for "to boil")
Chili* From his English name
French Armando From amande (almond) and ardent (burning)
Italian Chicco From chicco (grain)
Korean Pat Transcription of his Japanese name. Similar to 핫 hot
Chinese (Mandarin) 伯特 Bótè Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 伯特 Baakdahk Mandarin-based transcription of his Japanese name

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Striaton Gym Trio Badge
Cilan OD.png Chili OD.png Cress OD.png
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Lenora OD.png
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
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Clay OD.png
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Skyla OD.png
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Brycen OD.png
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Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
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Cheren OD.png
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Roxie OD.png
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Marlon OD.png

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughHugh's sisterCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaLookerNColressMorimotoNishinoPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym Leaders • Elite Four (UnovaBB) • PWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesmanSpecial CoachesGuidance counselors

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLunalaNecrozmaStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioDrone RotomHero duoLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

PM GreenBlueYellowGoldSilver
Professor OakBillBill's wife
BrockMistyLt. SurgeErikaSabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanniLoreleiBrunoAgathaLance
Professor ElmEarlClefairy RangersKurtDJ MaryChairmanKiyo
PMRS RubySapphireRedBlue
Professor BirchMr. StoneMr. BrineyMaxieTetsuyaRydelRydel's rival
Dr. TakedaScott
PMDP DiaKazuki
Professor RowanMarsLookerCharon
Dai FugōOkane Daisukī
PMBW BlackBiancaCheren
Professor JuniperNCedric JuniperGhetsis
PMXY ShaunaProfessor SycamoreSerena
PMSM HalaLillie

Characters appearing in Pokémon Masters EX
Pasio ScottieBettieLearRachelSawyerPauloTina
Kanto BrockMistyLt. SurgeErikaBlaineLoreleiBrunoAgathaJanineKogaBlueGiovanniLeafLanceProfessor OakRedSabrinaJessieJamesAshElaineChase
Johto KrisBugsyWhitneyPryceClairWillKarenLyraEthanSilverJasmineMortyFalknerEusineArcherArianaPetrelProton
Hoenn BrendanRoxanneBrawlyFlanneryNormanWinonaTateLizaPhoebeDrakeNolandGlaciaZinniaStevenWallaceWallyLucyLisiaMayMaxieArchieSidneyCourtney
Sinnoh BarryRoarkGardeniaMayleneCrasher WakeCandiceFlintThortonCherylMarleyCynthiaFantinaDawnCyrusVolknerDarachLucasAaronBerthaLucianLookerAdamanIridaPalmerArgentaAkariReiRileyDahlia
Unova RosaClaySkylaBrycenIrisRoxieMarlonShauntalMarshalCherenHilbertHildaElesaCaitlinGrimsleyBurghAlderNateBiancaNGhetsisIngoEmmetHughColressLenora
Kalos GrantKorrinaRamosWulfricSieboldWikstromViolaCalemValerieClemontSerenaLysandreProfessor SycamoreDianthaEvelynNitaHelenaKaliShaunaEmmaOlympiaDrasnaDanaKatherineTierno
Alola HauSophoclesMinaOliviaHapuKahiliNanuAcerolaKukuiPlumeriaGuzmaLusamineGladionLillieMolayneMallowSeleneElioLanaKiaweHalaThe Masked RoyalNaomiAnabelRyuki
Galar GloriaPiersLeonMarnieRaihanNessaBeaHopAllisterSoniaBedeGordieMelonyVictorBall GuyRoseOleanaEvePetey
Paldea NemonaPennyIonoGrushaGeeta
NPCs Professor BellisTristaTriciaTrinniaMeowthTabithaMattShellyMarsJupiterSaturnCilanChiliCressChuckShadow TriadTrevorMalvaFabaTeam Break

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