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Drake (Japanese: ユウジ Yūji) is the Orange Crew Supreme Gym Leader of the Orange League, and he lives on Pummelo Island. Trainers who defeat him in a Full Battle at Pummelo Stadium receive the Winner's Trophy and enter the Orange League Hall of Fame as Honored Trainers.
In the anime
At some undetermined time, Drake became the champion of the Orange League and was recognized as the strongest Trainer in the Orange Archipelago. His partner is a Dragonite, which is easily his strongest Pokémon, as it managed to defeat three of Ash's Pokémon in a row.
Drake debuted in Hello, Pummelo!, where he wondered when he would finally meet a challenger capable of defeating him. During his time as leader of the Orange Crew, Drake remained undefeated no matter how many challengers tried to beat his team of powerful Pokémon.
After easily foiling Team Rocket's attempt to steal Dragonite, Drake accepted Ash's challenge for the Winner's Trophy. Battling in a stadium overlooked by a statue of Dragonite, Drake's first four Pokémon fainted while only managing to defeat Lapras. In Enter the Dragonite, when Ash had four Pokémon remaining, Drake called upon Dragonite to battle Charizard, Squirtle, Tauros, and Pikachu in turn, finally succumbing to Pikachu's Thunder attack. Drake was extremely impressed with Ash and his Pokémon and presented Ash with the Winner's Trophy as proof of his victory.
Although the English dub implies that Drake is merely a fifth Gym Leader in the Orange League, the Japanese version specifically uses the title Head Leader to denote his importance. Additionally, Drake is not necessarily a Pokémon League Champion either, given that it is not clarified whether or not he ever actually had to defeat a previous Head Leader in order to take the title (though it is suggested). In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, he is referred to as the Orange Crew Supreme Gym Leader. Ash battles him in Surf's Up, Pikachu.
In both the anime and the manga, Ash was the first person to defeat Drake in Orange League history. Many Trainers never even got past Drake's first Pokémon, Ditto, apparently losing their cool seeing a copycat defeat their own Pokémon. Before Ash's challenge, Drake seemed bored and wondered if anyone would ever defeat him. He keeps his prized Dragonite's Poké Ball around his neck. Though no one prior to Ash had ever knocked out four of his Pokémon in a row, it is implied that some Trainers did get past his five other Pokémon only to be defeated by Dragonite, as the announcer says that he has saved Dragonite for last many times before.
This listing is of Drake's known Pokémon in the anime:
|Ditto was Drake's first Pokémon used against Ash. With its Transform, it was able to completely mimic Pikachu and match all of its attacks. However, in the end Pikachu was able to outpace Ditto due to Ditto's physical condition remaining the same despite its transformation. It was defeated after Pikachu managed to stand up and knock Ditto to the ground with its tail after a prolonged race using Agility.
Ditto's only move is Transform.
Ditto has also used Thunder*, Thunder Shock*, Agility*, and Quick Attack* via Transform.
|Drake's third Pokémon used against Ash was Gengar. Ash initially sent out Tauros, but after a failed attempt at Fissure which allowed Gengar to counter with Confuse Ray, prompting Ash to switch Tauros for Lapras. Lapras avoided a Hypnosis attack by diving underwater where upon surfacing both Lapras and Gengar launched their respective Ice Beam and Night Shade attacks simultaneously which resulted in a massive explosion knocking out both Pokémon.
Gengar's known moves are Confuse Ray, Hypnosis, and Night Shade.
In the manga
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Drake in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Drake appears as Ash's final opponent in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. After defeating the other Orange League Gym Leaders, Ash goes to battle Drake at Pummelo Island. The battle starts with Ash using his Pikachu and Drake with his Ditto. After a long, tough battle, Pikachu manages to defeat his clone with a well executed Swift attack.
Most of the battle is not shown and it shows Drake with only his Dragonite left while Ash still has three Pokémon. Drake sends out his Dragonite which proceeds to easily defeat Ash's Squirtle. Next, Dragonite faces Ash's Charizard and despite the fact that it is smaller than its opponent, Dragonite eventually defeats it. Lastly, Dragonite faces Ash's Pikachu and despite the clear advantage it possessed, Pikachu climbs into its mouth and shocks it from the inside, defeating it. Afterwards, Drake commends Ash for his victory.
This listing is of Drake's known Pokémon in the manga:
|Ditto was the first Pokémon Drake used against Ash. With its powerful ability to take the form of its opponent, it was a dangerous foe for Pikachu. However, a well-used strategy allowed Pikachu to defeat its doppelgänger.
Ditto's only move is Transform.
|The Orange Crew Supreme Gym Leader
- Drake's Electabuzz used all of the Electric-type moves introduced in Generation I except for Thunder Wave, meaning that it used all the damaging Electric moves known at the time.
- Drake's Gengar unofficially used the Levitate Ability to avoid Tauros and his Fissure attack despite the concept of Abilities not being present at the time. Gengar officially obtained the Ability in Generation III through VI.
- Drake is the only official Gym Leader in the anime to not give out a Badge upon his defeat.
- Drake is the first Trainer to participate in a Full Battle against Ash.
- He is also the only Gym Leader to have his gym require Full Battles.
- Coincidentally, Ash goes on to own a Dragonite and Gengar which he uses in his team to become Monarch of the World Coronation Series, both which Drake also owns.
|Possibly from りゅう ryuu (dragon)
|Possibly from draco, Latin for dragon
|From 勇次 Yūji. Also, 勇 means brave.