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ゲンジ Genji
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Drake.png
Artwork from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Elite Four
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Elite Four of Ever Grande City
Specializes in Dragon types
English voice actor Steve Kramer (Masters)
Japanese voice actor Masaharu Sato (Masters)
Anime debut Vanity Affair
English voice actor Brian Maillard
Japanese voice actor Shōzō Iizuka

Drake (Japanese: ゲンジ Genji) is a Dragon-type Trainer and member of the Hoenn Elite Four.

In the games

Drake is the fourth and final member of the Elite Four.

Drake believes that the Elite Four's challenge is superior to the Battle Frontier. He is an old shipmate and friend of Mr. Briney. In Generation VI, he can also be met aboard the S.S. Tidal.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Elite Four Drake

Harness strong abilities.RSE
Harnessing the strongest stats.ORAS
Trainer's Pokémon
The raw power of Dragons!RSE
The latent power of Dragon types!ORAS
I live to battle every day to learn about Pokémon.RS
I dedicate myself to the Pokémon that saved me.E
I battle every day to understand and be understood by my Pokémon.ORAS


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Initial battle



Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

  • Before battle
"I am the last of the Pokémon League Elite Four, Drake the Dragon master! In their natural state, Pokémon are wild living things. They are free. At times, they hinder us. At times, they help us. For us to battle with Pokémon as partners, do you know what it takes? Do you know what is needed? If you don't, then you will never prevail over me!"
  • Being defeated
"Superb, it should be said."
  • After being defeated
"You deserve every credit for coming this far as a Trainer of Pokémon. You do seem to know what is needed. Yes, what a Trainer needs is a virtuous heart. Pokémon touch the good hearts of Trainers and learn good from wrong. They touch the good hearts of Trainers and grow strong. Go! Go onwards! The Champion is waiting!"
  • Over the PokéNavE
"That voice... <player>, is it? You sound well... I understand there is now a facility called the Battle Frontier that tests the skills of Trainers. However, if you wish to have real battles, there is no substitute for the Pokémon League! Don't you agree, <player>?"

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon League
First battle
  • Before battle
"I am the last of the Pokémon League Elite Four, Drake the Dragon master! In their natural state, Pokémon are wild living things. They are free. At times, they hinder us. At times, they help us. For us to battle alongside Pokémon as partners, do you know what it takes? Do you know what is needed?"
"If you don't, you will never prevail over me!"
  • Being defeated
"Superb, it should be said."
  • After being defeated
"You deserve every credit for coming this far as a Pokémon Trainer. You do seem to know what is needed. Yes, what a Trainer needs is a true and virtuous heart. It is through their contact with Trainers that Pokémon learn right from wrong. The influence of their Trainers' good hearts helps them grow strong!"
"Go! Go onward! The Champion is waiting!"
  • Before battle
"Oh, I've been waitin' for you! My Pokémon and I are going to show you everything we've got! Well then, you had better get ready to try and stop me!"
  • Being defeated
  • After being defeated
"I got a glimpse inside your heart! There's nothing for me to say to you! Go forth, Trainer! Go on to your next challenge with your head held high!"
S.S. Tidal
  • Corridor
"Briney, it's like the good old days, having you guide the rudder again after all this time. And it's great to see Peeko again, too!"
"Well then, I'll see you later on! Full speed ahead, Briney!"
  • Deck
"Oh... It's you. How about it? How's the old S.S. Tidal treating you? I can tell from the sea breeze on my skin that my old friend has still got it."

Pokémon Masters

Menu interface (voice clips)
  • After being recruited
"I am Drake, of the Hoenn Elite Four! Let me see if you truly know what it takes to be a Trainer!"
  • Sync pair viewer
"If you don't know what a Trainer truly needs, you will never prevail over me!"
"Remember, what a Trainer needs is a true and virtuous heart."
  • Selection screen (forming team)
"Let us press onward together!"
  • Upon learning a new move
"You've done it!"
  • Upon leveling-up
"I'm one step closer to my goal!"
  • Upon reaching max level
"We've reached the pinnacle!"
  • Upon unlocking a new level cap
"A Trainer's true worth is in the strength of their spirit!"
  • During conversation
"Now, let's get going!"
"Do your worst!"
Battle interface (voice clips)
  • VS screen
"Here's everything we've got!"
  • Battle start
  • Using Pokémon move
  • Using item
"Take this!"
  • Using Trainer move
"Let's finish this!"
  • Using Sync Move
"Full speed ahead!"
  • "Watch out" emote
"Pay attention!"
  • Defeat
"Well played!"
Pokémon Center
  • Random conversation
"I've got an old friend in Hoenn. The way he handles a rudder is quite impressive."
"Why, I can still remember all the times we set sail together like it was yesterday."
"Cherish your friends. Someday, the time you spent together will become wonderful memories."
  • If spoken to again
"I wonder how ol' Briney and Peeko are doing."
"In our day, Briney and Drake were names that echoed throughout our hometown."
  • Random conversation
"Back when Briney and I were trying to be the greatest sailors in the world, we used to spend a lot of time talking."
"We talked about all kinds of things and sure did have a lot of fun."
"Especially that one time... Hahahaha!"
"Hey, don't give me that suspicious look!"
  • If spoken to again
"I talk about all kinds of things, but it was really just about ships, like arguing over which one we should set sail on next."
"Yes, Briney and I have been crazy about ships since way back."
"And now I feel the same way about Pokémon."
"What do you think? Do you want to have some fun talking Pokémon with me?"
  • Random conversation
"Let me tell you, <player>, Hoenn is a great place--full of beautiful nature and, more than anything, a nice place to live."
"When you've gotten a little stronger, we should go visit it at the same time."
"I know you're a Trainer I can count on, so it shouldn't be too far off in the future!"
  • If spoken to again
"When you do make it there, I'll already be waiting for you as one of the Hoenn League Elite Four!"
"Just because you make it to me, don't think that I won't go down without a fight!"
"And because it's you, this ol' Drake will give you everything he's got!"
  • Random conversation
"Kids catching Pokémon are so adorable."
"I saw one recently that was so cute, I decided to say something. But that kid was scared of me and ran away."
"Briney has mentioned it from time to time, but do I really have such a scary face?"
  • If spoken to again
"Maybe I should practice making nice faces sometimes so that adorable kids don't hate me."
"Hmmm, let's see... Like this? No, no, no... Like this, right?"
"This is tough. How can I get a happy, smiling face like yours?"


Ruby Sapphire Drake.png
Artwork from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald


Spr RS Drake.png VSDrake.png VSDrake Masters.png
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
VS model from
Drake OD.png Drake ORAS OD.png Spr Masters Drake.png
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Overworld model from

In the anime

Drake in the anime

Drake appeared in Vanity Affair. He is a member of the Hoenn Elite Four and a ship captain who has sailed all around the world. Drake has an entire crew under his command, and his first mate is Fitzwilliam.

After witnessing Ash and his Torkoal defeating another Trainer's Scizor, Drake met Ash and his friends at a restaurant and invited them onto his ship. Once on board, Max asked Drake to show them his Pokémon, but Drake invited Ash to have a three-on-three Pokémon battle with him instead. Drake won the match easily, helping Ash realize that he had been overconfident recently. When Team Rocket attempted to steal Pikachu after the battle, Drake blasted them off with his Salamence.

After Ash took his Pokémon to the Pokémon Center, Drake invited the group to dine aboard his ship. During the meal, Drake told Ash that he had become too overconfident once and lost many battles because of it. He explained that he eventually found concentrating on the match and freeing himself of "idle thoughts" was critical to being a strong competitor.


Drake is stern and often in deep concentration, which allows him to think clearly during a battle. He takes the time to observe his opponent's strategies, and he challenges out-of-the-box Trainers like Ash. Drake's strategy is dependent on which Pokémon he selects; for example, his Altaria's wings help it evade and land sneak attacks, whereas his Shelgon's high defenses make it ideal for tougher opponents.


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This listing is of Drake's known Pokémon in Pokémon anime:

Drake's Shelgon
Shelgon is the first Pokémon Drake used to battle Ash. Ash thought Pikachu's speed and powerful attacks would beat the slow Endurance Pokémon, but he did not take into account Shelgon's high defense. Drake's strategy was to calculate the damage from Ash's attack and wait until Pikachu was close enough. As Pikachu tried to use Iron Tail, Shelgon attacked with a powerful Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw combo, winning the round.

Shelgon's known moves are Double-Edge, Dragon Breath, and Dragon Claw.

Debut Vanity Affair
Drake's Altaria
For the second round, Drake used Altaria. Despite the type disadvantage, Ash chose Grovyle, thinking it would be able to use the ship's masts like trees. Still, Altaria won the round, winning the match for Drake.

Altaria's known moves are Take Down, Dragon Breath, Sky Attack, Aerial Ace, and Solar Beam.

Debut Vanity Affair
Drake's Salamence
When Team Rocket tried to kidnap Pikachu after Ash's and Drake's battle, Drake was furious and unleashed Salamence on them. Salamence easily retrieved Pikachu and blasted Team Rocket away.

Salamence's known moves are Dragon Claw and Flamethrower.

Debut Vanity Affair

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 飯塚昭三 Shōzō Iizuka
English Brian Maillard
Finnish Jarmo Mäkinen
Brazilian Portuguese Guilherme Lopes
European Spanish Héctor Cantolla

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Drake in the Ash & Pikachu manga

Drake appeared in Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!. After Ash defeated a Trainer's Scizor with Pikachu, Drake met Ash on a ship, where he challenged him to a Double Battle using Shelgon and Salamence. Even though Ash lost, Drake complimented him on raising his Pokémon very well.


Drake's Shelgon
Shelgon was sent out along with Salamence in a Double Battle against Ash's Pikachu and Swellow. It lost to their combined efforts despite putting up a great fight.

Shelgon's only known move is Dragon Breath.

Debut Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!
Drake's Salamence
Salamence was sent out along with Shelgon in a Double Battle against Ash's Pikachu and Swellow. Salamence was able to easily defeat Pikachu and Swellow as Shelgon's defeat tired them out.

Salamence's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Drake in Pokémon Adventures
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Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Drake and the other Elite Four members were called by Steven to help protect the Hoenn region from the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. Drake was initially stationed at Ancient Tomb as part of the plan to unseal Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. When the titans are unsealed, Drake is tasked with controlling Regirock alongside Sidney. The Elite Four, Steven, and Wallace all control the three Pokémon in three pairs of two and use their power to keep the power released from Groudon and Kyogre's battle from spreading throughout Hoenn. They manage to keep the power contained for several weeks, but the strain is too much for Steven and he eventually dies, causing the three Pokémon to lash out and flee. Drake later mourns Steven's death before his revival at the hands of Ruby's Celebi.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

Drake appears alongside Mr. Stone and Briney, and it is revealed that the three used to sail together. Drake assists Steven and Mr. Stone in preventing a meteoroid from crashing into the planet. Due to Drake's expertise on Dragon-type Pokémon, he is asked with assisting in investigating the cave paintings in Granite Cave. Afterward, they travel to Sea Mauville to use a machine called the Absorber to power a dimensional shifter that will transport the meteoroid to another location. The process is interrupted by Zinnia and her small army of former Team Magma and Aqua Grunts. The group attacks to steal and destroy the dimensional shifter, but a Hoopa appears and causes Sapphire and the shifter to be transported to somewhere else.

Ruby later arrives and manages to convince Zinnia to leave, but reveals that he stole a scroll from her when she wasn't looking. Ruby asks Drake for information on Rayquaza so that it can be used to stop the meteoroid. Drake agrees and takes everyone to Meteor Falls, where Dragon-type users gather. On their way to Meteor Falls, Hoopa is attacked by Blaise and Amber, who manipulate it into summoning Groudon and Kyogre from their resting places. The two super-ancient Pokémon make their way to Maxie and Archie, who use the restored Red and Blue Orbs to revert Groudon and Kyogre into their Primal forms. To test Kyogre's new power, Archie has Kyogre create a giant whirlpool to sink the S.S. Tidal into the sea. After escaping and making their way to shore, Drake, Ultima, and Briney are saved by the Draconids and taken to Meteor Village to recuperate. As he rests, the Meteor Village Elder recognizes Drake as someone who trained in Meteor Falls in his youth.

Later, Drake, along with various people from around Hoenn, is called to Sootopolis City to assist in stopping Grand Meteor Delta, a giant meteoroid threatening to destroy the planet. When the plan to attack Grand Meteor Delta starts, Drake and the others have their Pokémon attack the meteoroid at the same time. This, combined with the might of Mega Rayquaza, successfully shatters Grand Meteor Delta into pieces.


Drake's Shelgon

Drake's Shelgon
Bagon → Shelgon
Shelgon is Drake's only known Pokémon. He was used by Drake to awaken the chamber containing Registeel. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, he was revealed to have evolved from a Bagon.

Shelgon's only known move is Headbutt, and his Ability is Rock Head.

Debut The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIII
Drake's Regirock
Main article: Brandon's Regirock

Regirock was awakened by Steven and the Elite Four to be used to contain Groudon and Kyogre's power. Drake controlled Regirock with Sidney while the others controlled Regice and Registeel. After Steven died from the strain of controlling the three Pokémon, Regirock lashed out and ran away. It was later found by Brandon and captured.

Debut A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II
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In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring Drake or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Drake'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 #
Altaria Colorless EX Power Keepers Rare Holo 2/108 World Champions Pack Rare 077/108
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Drake's Stadium T [St] EX Power Keepers Uncommon 72/108 World Champions Pack Uncommon 095/108



Language Name Origin
Japanese ゲンジ Genji From 玄参 genjin (Ningpo figwort) and 幻獣 genjū (mythical beast)
English, Italian Drake From drake and possibly Sir Francis Drake
German Dragan From Drache (dragon) or dragan (Irish for dragon)
Spanish Dracón From dragón (dragon)
French Aragon From dragon
Korean 권수 Gweonsu Possibly from 권 (權) gweon (power) and 수 (獸) su (beast)
Chinese (Mandarin) 源治 Yuánzhì From the Japanese name 源治 Genji
Chinese (Cantonese) 源治 Yùhnjih
Vietnamese Genji Transcription of his Japanese name

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