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Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius
G-Cis Harmonia Gropius
Black 2 White 2 Ghetsis.png
Artwork from Black 2 and White 2 by Yusuke Ohmura[1]
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Red
Hair color Gray-green
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Relatives N (foster son), Anthea and Concordia (foster daughters)
Trainer class Team Plasma
Generation V, VII, VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Ghetsis (Masters)
Games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Masters EX
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Hikaru Hanada[2] (Masters EX)
Member of Team Plasma
Rank SageBW/LeaderB2W2
Member of Team Rainbow Rocket
Rank Member
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Pokémon Generations
Pokémon Evolutions
Debut Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! (Series)
The King Returns (Generations)
The Plan (Evolutions)
English voice actor Bill Rogers (Series)
Patrick Seitz (Generations)
Armen Taylor (Evolutions)
Japanese voice actor Masaki Aizawa (Series)
Shō Hayami (Generations)
Takehito Koyasu (Evolutions)
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Pocket Monsters BW
Debut An Odd Speech (Adventures)

Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius (Japanese: ゲーチス・ハルモニア・グロピウス G-Cis Harmonia Gropius) is one of the Seven Sages and the true mastermind behind Team Plasma.

In the core series games

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Ghetsis first appears in Pokémon Black and White, holding a speech in Accumula Town, where he is trying to rally its citizens. After that, he appears at several points in the game, trying to warn the citizens of the oncoming change, and he is often the one that comes to rescue other Seven Sages if they are nearing arrest. After the player and Alder come to the Relic Castle he is already there and tells them that if they are to battle N, they must retrieve the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW. He also appears making a similar speech to his one in Accumula Town in Opelucid City. He later appears at the castle during N's takeover and taunts the player before battling N. After the player defeats N, he reveals he has been using N and revived ZekromB/ReshiramW for N to use, and calls N a disappointment. He reveals that his and Team Plasma's motive for stealing Pokémon was a lie all along and that Ghetsis wanted to ensure that he was the only person in Unova with Pokémon, so he could dominate the region (this was previously foreshadowed by him referring to himself during speeches referring to Team Plasma's goals before correcting himself and saying Team Plasma). According to a Grunt in the castle, he was even learning of ways to manipulate hearts of people. Alder and Cheren both hear the truth from Ghetsis. Ghetsis battles the player in a rage, despite N's protest. After the battle, Alder and Cheren arrest Ghetsis and take him away. He is not seen again in this game.

During the post-game, Cheren reveals that the Shadow Triad had helped Ghetsis to escape. When the player meets the Shadow Triad for the final time on Marvelous Bridge, they reveal that Ghetsis is currently on the run. He has lost everything, including his Pokémon, and only the Shadow Triad are still loyal to him. For some reason, he has ordered the Shadow Triad to stop looking for him and deliver the player the Adamant, Lustrous, and Griseous Orbs.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Ghetsis is revealed to be the true mastermind behind the new Team Plasma, which had seemingly been led by Zinzolin, Colress, and the Shadow Triad. After Colress is defeated, Ghetsis confronts the player and angrily denounces Colress as being more interested in science than in Team Plasma's ambitions, even after being appointed as the organization's official leader. He leaves the player to fight the Shadow Triad while he enters the Giant Chasm with Kyurem. By the time the player catches up with him, Ghetsis has prepared his plan to freeze all of Unova. He summons Kyurem to his side and orders it to use Glaciate on the player, only for N to arrive with ZekromB2/ReshiramW2 and interfere. This however was part of Ghetsis's plan, and while berating N for causing what will happen to Unova as a result of N's refusal to be his pawn in the previous games, Ghetsis uses the DNA Splicers to forcibly revert ZekromB2/ReshiramW2 into its stone form. Kyurem then fuses with the stone, creating Black KyuremB2/White KyuremW2. Ghetsis challenges the player to fight Black KyuremB2/White KyuremW2, preventing it from being captured via a signal from his cane that disrupts the function of Poké Balls. Upon the defeat of Kyurem, its Absofusion is reversed, separating it back into Kyurem and ZekromB2/ReshiramW2. Ghetsis flies into a rage and attacks the player, starting a final battle. When he is defeated, he suffers a mental breakdown and violently rejects the compassion N shows him. The Shadow Triad take him away from the Giant Chasm and later inform the player that Ghetsis has lost his heart and is no longer mentally capable of any further criminal deeds, finally ending his threat to Unova.

An alternate universe version of Ghetsis, as he appears in Pokémon Black and White, appears as a member of Team Rainbow Rocket in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. This Ghetsis, like the other members of Team Rainbow Rocket, was brought from a world where his plans succeeded, in his case successfully separating Pokémon from humans. After arriving in the game's world, Ghetsis began pondering the reasons for his being summoned. He then concluded that his purpose was to travel between worlds and liberate all Pokémon from people, consolidating power in himself so that he may rule over all of existence. For this purpose, he intends to use Giovanni as a pawn, reasoning that a human with an evil nature will be easier to manipulate than a freak without a human heart. Refusing to allow the player to reach Giovanni and interfere with his plans, Ghetsis challenges the player, using ZekromUS/ReshiramUM as part of his team. After being beaten, he refuses to accept his loss and strikes Lillie, taking her as a hostage. Ghetsis demands that the player throw down their Poké Balls if they wish to ensure Lillie's safety. No matter the player's choice, Colress appears in the room, rescues Lillie, and recognizes Ghetsis as not being the Ghetsis he knows. Ghetsis recognizes him as the Colress of the game's world, but fails to understand why he is opposing his plans, prompting Colress to declare that he simply hates Ghetsis altogether. Colress then utilizes a newly developed device to warp Ghetsis back to his original world.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2


Black 2

Spr 5b2 646B.png
Dragon Ice
Held item:
Noimage.png None Noimage.png
Kyurem Lv.55
Dragon Special
Normal Physical
Fusion Bolt
Electric Physical
Freeze Shock
Ice Physical

White 2

Spr 5b2 646W.png
Dragon Ice
Held item:
Noimage.png None Noimage.png
Kyurem Lv.55
Dragon Special
Normal Physical
Fusion Flare
Fire Special
Ice Burn
Ice Special

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Ghetsis's Pokémon are kept in Master Balls. His final Pokémon differs between the two versions.

Pokémon Ultra Sun

Pokémon Ultra Moon

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Ghetsis (Masters)

Ghetsis, in his Black 2 and White 2 design, forms a sync pair with Kyurem in Pokémon Masters EX. Ghetsis became a playable sync pair on May 4, 2021.

In this game, Ghetsis was taken from a different world during the events of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, as he is about to confront the player from the original game when he is suddenly interrupted by Hoopa's ring. He has made notable appearances in the game's Main Stories: the Legendary Adventures, and is the overall secondary antagonist of the Villain Arc.The whereabouts of Ghetsis from this game's continuity are currently unknown.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#124 VSGhetsis Masters.png Ghetsis #0646 MastersIcon0646.png Kyurem
IceIC Masters.png
SteelIC Masters.png
Masters Tech.png ★★★★★☆EX Legendary Adventures
Father or Foe



Ghetsis Concept Art.jpg Black White Ghetsis.png Ghetsis anime art.png
Concept artwork Official artwork from
Black and White
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Sprites and models

Spr BW Ghetsis.png VSGhetsis.png Spr B2W2 Ghetsis.png VSGhetsis 2.png Spr USUM Ghetsis.png VSGhetsis USUM.png
Sprite from
Black and White
VS sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
High-poly model from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
VS sprite from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Ghetsiswalkdown.png Ghetsis OD.png Ghetsis OD2.png Ghetsis USUM OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Black and White
Overworld sprites from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld model from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon


Main article: Ghetsis/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Ghetsis in the anime

Ghetsis is the head and founder of Team Plasma, often referred to as "Lord Ghetsis" by his underlings. He serves as the main antagonist of the Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N arc. He was initially set to debut in the original BW024, but this episode was never aired and later reconned out of continuity.

Prior to the events of the anime, Ghetsis, the Seven Sages and the rest of Team Plasma resided in a mansion where N, Anthea and Concordia were raised in isolation from humanity, only allowing them contact with each other and Pokémon that had been abused by humans. Ghetsis, presenting himself as a fatherly figure to N, informed the boy that he would grow up to become Team Plasma's greatest leader in their crusade against Pokémon oppression. These plans ultimately came to a head two years before the events of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, when Ghetsis summoned N to stand before the Seven Sages in a ceremony on the mansion's balcony. However, sensing Ghetsis's corrupt intent, Reshiram interrupted the ceremony and destroyed the mansion before flying away. In the confusion, N escaped with Anthea and Concordia, all three realizing Ghetsis's deception as a result of these events.

Ghetsis first appeared in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, where he contacted Colress via hologram transmitter for an update on the Pokémon control experiments being conducted at the Floccesy Town observatory. During their conversation, Ash, his friends and Looker approached the observatory, and Ghetsis gave Colress permission to test the Pokémon being used in the experiment on them.

Ghetsis made his physical debut in Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!, receiving another update on the Pokémon control experiment from Colress. Later, from his command center, Ghetsis spoke to several Team Plasma Grunts, who had separated into groups to spy on Cedric Juniper's excavation of the White Ruins, search for N and the mysterious "Project G" and develop "Project F" in eastern Unova. He again conferenced with Colress and Aldith in the next episode, and appeared in flashbacks to the past that N revealed to Ash and his friends.

Conducting the Ceremony of Revival

In Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!, Ghetsis met with Colress, Aldith, and Barret via hologram, revealing his plans for the Light Stone and telling Colress that his control device would soon need to control its most powerful target yet.

Ghetsis briefly appeared via communicator with Colress in Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals! before arriving at the White Ruins in Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!. With his followers having subdued Team Plasma's enemies, Ghetsis took the Light Stone and placed it on a pedestal in the ruins, then used his staff to initiate the ritual leading to Reshiram's awakening. In What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!, Ghetsis successfully summoned Reshiram and, with the help of Colress's machine, took control of it. He turned its power against his enemies and sent it on a rampage, but when Pikachu managed to resist the control device and shock Reshiram, it escaped Ghetsis's control. He angrily reproached Reshiram for its rebellion, only to have his escape route cut off when Reshiram destroyed Team Plasma's aircraft. Ghetsis and his henchmen were ultimately arrested by Looker, and he was last seen in the back of a police van with Colress, Aldith and Barret, slumped over in defeat.


While Ghetsis frequently projects a calm demeanor, it is an act designed to mask his true nature as a mad, power-hungry tyrant. His persona is seen to easily slip when his goals are delayed or he feels frustrated, such as by Colress's more casual attitude towards Team Plasma's objectives, causing him to become much more serious and demanding. He cares little for even his most faithful followers, allowing them to be caught up in Reshiram's rampage once he gained control of it via Colress's device. When he faces opposition he easily flies into an enraged state that causes him to take reckless action, even screaming angrily at Reshiram after losing control over it despite having no way to subdue it. After facing defeat, however, he finally gave up and was left silent by his failure as the police took him away.


Ghetsis's Reshiram
Main article: Reshiram (anime)

Ghetsis first summoned Reshiram in a ceremony two years prior to the events in the anime. However, his plan to control it failed, as his goals led Reshiram to become enraged and destroy Team Plasma's mansion before flying away. These events were recounted by N in a flashback in Secrets From Out of the Fog!.

In Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!, N surrendered the Light Stone to Team Plasma in exchange for Colress releasing Ash's Pikachu from his control. Ghetsis then arrived at the White Ruins and initiated the ceremony, resulting in Reshiram's resurrection in What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!. This time, Ghetsis had Colress use his Pokémon Control Device on Reshiram, placing it under Team Plasma's control. Ghetsis ordered it to go on a rampage, turning its power on both his enemies and his own followers, but when Pikachu fought Colress's control and shocked it, Reshiram began to regain its free will.

Reshiram helped Pikachu destroy the machine, freeing all the controlled Pokémon, but then went on an even more violent rampage, stopping only when N managed to talk it down. Ghetsis still refused to admit defeat, however, admonishing Reshiram for disobeying him. After Ghetsis was captured along with the other members of Team Plasma, N came to understand Reshiram's motivations, and it departed peacefully.

Debut Secrets From Out of the Fog!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 相沢正輝 Masaki Aizawa
English Bill Rogers
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Italian Luca Sandri
Polish Miłogost Reczek
Brazilian Portuguese Tatá Guarnieri
Spanish Latin America Dan Osorio
Spain Gabriel Jiménez

Pokémon Generations

Ghetsis appeared in The King Returns. He was in the Giant Chasm alongside Kyurem, finishing his plans to freeze Unova. Despite N and his Reshiram's attempt to stop them, he managed to fuse Reshiram and Kyurem into White Kyurem to further his plans. He was then challenged by Hilbert and his Zekrom.


Ghetsis's Kyurem

Ghetsis's White Kyurem
Kyurem ↔ White Kyurem
Kyurem appeared when Ghetsis commanded it to freeze the entire Unova region, but when N and his Reshiram came to stop them, Ghetsis used the DNA Splicers to fuse Kyurem with Reshiram and turn it into White Kyurem.

Kyurem's known moves are Blizzard and Ice Burn.

Debut The King Returns

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 速水奨 Shō Hayami
English Patrick Seitz
Brazilian Portuguese Alexandre Moreno
European Spanish Eduard Itchart


Ghetsis briefly appeared as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

Pokémon Evolutions

Ghetsis appeared in The Plan, narrating his plan to control the Unova region through the manipulation of people and Pokémon. Through flashbacks, he was seen taking N as a child, crowning him as Team Plasma's king, and telling Accumula Town about the liberation of Pokémon. Eventually, with N having controlled Zekrom, Ghetsis met with Hilda and dared her to battle N.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 子安武人 Takehito Koyasu
English Armen Taylor
Italian Diego Baldoin
Brazilian Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque
Spanish Latin America Arturo Mercado Jr.
Spain Gonzalo Faílde

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Ghetsis in Pokémon Adventures
Ghetsis in the eleventh chapter


Black & White arc

Ghetsis debuted in An Odd Speech. At Accumula Town, Ghetsis introduced Team Plasma and their campaign to the general public. He gave a speech encouraging the townspeople to liberate their Pokémon and return them to the wild. While some chose to ignore his words, several people were swayed by Ghetsis's words and proceeded to release their Pokémon.

In The Battle Within, the Seven Sages watched as the Shadow Triad and Unova Gym Leaders battled for possession of the Dark Stone. Ghetsis left, revealing he was going to Nacrene City to join the battle. In Finding Truth, Black was tricked by a Team Plasma Grunt in disguise into revealing where the Dark Stone was kept. Once the stone was located, Ghetsis attacked Black with his Eelektross, knocking him unconscious. Ghetsis took the Dark Stone to N at the Dragonspiral Tower, where he proceeded to awaken the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom.

In Cold Hard Truth, Team Plasma launched their attack on the Pokémon League, surrounding the building with N's Castle. As a form of mockery and display of Team Plasma's power, the Gym Leaders were hoisted on cross-like fixtures and displayed in front of the masses. While Black went ahead to face N, a group of regular Trainers led by Hiker Andy fought the sages in his place, eventually succeeding in freeing the Gym Leaders. Outnumbered, the sages fled, but Ghetsis chose to sneak into the castle, where N and Black were having their final battle.

In The Power of Dreams, Ghetsis found N unconscious, having already lost to Black. Ghetsis revealed his connection to N and that he had been manipulating his adoptive son as a pawn in his scheme to make Pokémon illegal for everyone other than Team Plasma. He attacked Black, hoping to silence him and prevent the public from ever learning of N's defeat. Black struggled initially due to Ghetsis's team being tailored to counter his own, but with his Musharna, Musha, Black uncovered and defeated Ghetsis's secret weapon—a Volcarona. Once the rest of Ghetsis' team had fallen, Black had the sage trapped in a prison of Stone Edge pillars, putting an end to Team Plasma's ideals.

In A Difficult Parting, Ghetsis watched as N bid his farewells to Black and White before leaving. Once N left, Black's Reshiram began reverting into the Light Stone. Ghetsis used Colress's Beheeyem to free himself from the prison and send Black flying towards Reshiram, preventing him from being trapped inside of the Light Stone as well.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

In Innocent Scientist, Colress revealed that Ghetsis is still an active member of Team Plasma, though he had given up his leadership to the scientist.

In Therian Forme III, Ghetsis arrived at Driftveil City, where he found Colress in battle with Blake. Using his Colress Machine, Colress took control of Zinzolin's Kyurem and had it loaded onto Team Plasma's flying ship, the Plasma Frigate. The frigate was flown to Castelia City, where it used a special Kyurem-powered cannon to freeze several buildings and people solid.

In N Returns, Ghetsis and Colress found that N had returned to Unova due to Zekrom being attracted to Kyurem's growing power. Ghetsis took command of Kyurem and set out to battle with his former son. Upon being warned to not let his paternal feelings get the better of him, Ghetsis assured Colress that he never felt any sort of attachment towards N.

In Abyssal Ruins, Ghetsis obtained the DNA Splicers, which allowed Kyurem to revert Zekrom back into the Dark Stone, trapping N inside with it. Kyurem absorbed the Dark Stone, transforming it into Black Kyurem. Reacting to Zekrom's absorption, the Light Stone reverted into Reshiram, freeing Black in the process. Black and White briefly fought Kyurem, but were distracted when N was ejected from the Dark Stone, giving Ghetsis the chance to attack and escape. Not wanting N to interfere with his control over Kyurem, Ghetsis knocked him off of Kyurem's back, sending him into the ocean below. Unbeknownst to Ghetsis, Colress secretly took N aboard the Plasma Frigate, curious about his ability to hear the voices of Pokémon.

In Deduction Time, Ghetsis and Colress followed Kyurem, who had started moving towards the Giant Chasm of its own free will. Noticing the Swords of Justice were giving chase, Ghetsis ordered the Shadow Triad to attack them.

In The Final Battle: Crushed Ambition, Ghetsis was confronted by Whitley, N, Alder, and Looker deep within the Plasma Frigate. N stated he intended to take all the Pokémon stolen by Team Plasma and return them to where they properly belonged. Ghetsis denied this, declaring that he'd rather die along with his dream than live as a prisoner. He activated a self-destruct mechanism, causing an explosion that tore the Plasma Frigate apart from the inside, sending everyone flying. Ghetsis was saved by N, who stated that despite everything, he still loved Ghetsis as a father. Disgusted, Ghetsis rejected N's love, calling him a monster while beating his former son unconscious and bleeding. As he plummeted towards the ground, Ghetsis laughed at his villainy, only to be surprised when he was caught by Zekrom, who delivers him into Looker's custody.

Later, as he was being arrested by the International Police, Ghetsis swore to one day return and restart his ambition to manipulate and lead the people. Whitley assured Ghetsis that his schemes would never succeed, stating that even if he were to somehow fool humans into following him, the Pokémon hurt by Team Plasma wouldn't be tricked and would never forgive him. Noticing the liberated Pokémon had begun to glare at him with anger in their eyes, Ghetsis fearfully broke down and walked into the police helicopter for his own safety.


On hand
Ghetsis's Hydreigon
Hydreigon is Ghetsis's first known Pokémon. He was used by Ghetsis to fly to the Dragonspiral Tower so that he could meet and give the Dark Stone to N. He is shown to be very powerful, as he was able to easily defeat Black's entire team in a short amount of time. At N's Castle, he was used to battle Black, where his Fire-type moves gave him an advantage over Black's Tula. Eventually, he was defeated by an X-Scissor from Tula.

None of Hydreigon's moves are known and his Ability is Levitate.

Debut The Battle Within
Ghetsis's Eelektross
Eelektross is Ghetsis's second known Pokémon. It was first used by Ghetsis to attack and stun Black so that the Dark Stone could be easily taken from Nacrene Museum. At N's Castle, it was used to battle Black, where its Electric-type allowed it to gain an easy advantage over Black's Costa and Brav. Eventually, it was defeated by a Flare Blitz from Bo.

Eelektross's only known move is Discharge*, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Finding Truth
Ghetsis's Seismitoad
Seismitoad was used alongside the other Seven Sages' Pokémon to fend off several Trainers that were trying to rescue the captured Gym Leaders. Later, it is one of the Pokémon Ghetsis used in his battle against Black at N's Castle. Its Water-type gave it an advantage over Black's Bo. Eventually, it was defeated by Musha's Hidden Power.

Seismitoad's only known move is Hydro Pump*, and its Ability is Swift Swim.

Debut Triple Threat
Ghetsis's Cofagrigus
Cofagrigus is one of the Pokémon Ghetsis used in his battle against Black at N's Castle. Thanks to its Ghost-type, it easily had an advantage over Black's Musha. Eventually, it was defeated by Brav's Sky Drop.

None of Cofagrigus's moves are known.

Debut The Power of Dreams
Ghetsis's Toxicroak
Toxicroak was used to battle Alder and Looker on the Plasma Frigate, but was defeated.

None of Toxicroak's moves are known.

Debut The Final Battle: Crushed Ambition
Ghetsis's Drapion
Drapion was used to battle Alder and Looker on the Plasma Frigate, but was defeated.

None of Drapion's moves are known.

Debut The Final Battle: Crushed Ambition
Status unknown
Ghetsis's Volcarona
Volcarona is one of the Pokémon Ghetsis used in his battle against Black at N's Castle. Volcarona was found in the Relic Castle, where it was later captured and eventually produced an Egg that hatched into the Shadow Triad's Larvesta. Ghetsis used it to camouflage itself with the sun, allowing it to make Hydreigon's Fire-type attacks more powerful in secret. Eventually, it was found out when Black had Musha eat his dreams and then defeated by Costa's Stone Edge. Afterward, Ghetsis expressed disappointment in its easy defeat.

Volcarona did not appear in the Black 2 & White 2 arc, thus leaving its current whereabouts unknown.

None of Volcarona's moves are known and its Ability is Flame Body.

Debut The Power of Dreams
Ghetsis's Kyurem

Ghetsis's Kyurem
Main article: Tao trio (Adventures)

Kyurem was originally caught by Zinzolin, but was taken control of by Colress with the Colress Machine. When N arrived to confront Team Plasma and put a stop to their plans, Colress gave Ghetsis the Colress Machine so he could use Kyurem in battle.

Debut Cold Storage Battle

Pocket Monsters BW

Ghetsis talks with a Team Plasma member on what to do with Pokémon being released. Clefairy disguises himself as a ninja and listens in.

Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends

Ghetsis appeared in Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends.

In the TCG

Full Art Ghetsis
Main article: Ghetsis (Plasma Freeze 101)

Ghetsis was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese Black & White Era). It was first released in the Japanese Team Plasma Battle Gift Set and the English Plasma Freeze expansion, with artwork by Yusuke Ohmura. A Full Art version of the card with artwork by Kanako Eo was released in the Japanese Spiral Force expansion and the English Plasma Freeze expansion. It forces the opponent to reveal their hand and shuffle all Item cards found their into their deck. Then, the player draws a number of cards equal to the number of Item cards the opponent shuffled into their deck. This card has been banned from the Expanded format since August 17, 2018.

Boss's Orders

During the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era), Ghetsis was featured on new copies of Boss's Orders. The Japanese Triplet Beat subset and the English Paldea Evolved expansion included a Regular print with artwork by NC Empire, an ultra rare version illustrated by Hideki Ishikawa, and a special illustration rare print with artwork by hncl. Like previous copies of Boss's Orders, the card lets the player switch in one of their opponent's Benched Pokémon to the Active Spot.

Other cards

In Japan, as part of the Team Rainbow Rocket's Ambition campaign, seven Pretend Boss Pikachu cards were released as SM-P Promotional cards, one of which resembled Ghetsis.


Ghetsis's right arm in the Pokémon Black and White game intro
  • During a fan meeting event held in the Yokohama Pokémon Center on August 5, 2012, Junichi Masuda revealed that Ghetsis's full name was initially G-Cis Harmonia Gropius (ゲーツィス・ハルモニア・グロピウス). Note the different Katakana spelling for his first name.
  • Ghetsis was designed by Keiko Moritsugu.[3]
    • In Moritsugu's original design for Ghetsis, he is 180cm (6'6") tall.
  • The top of Ghetsis's robes in his Black and White appearance resemble the battlements of a castle.
  • Ghetsis has several unique attributes:
    • He is the only villainous team leader in the core series games that uses a pseudo-legendary Pokémon.
    • He is the only villainous team leader in the anime to be arrested successfully at the conclusion of his plot.
    • He is the only one out of all the core series villainous team leaders who is never battled more than once per game.
    • He is the only villainous team leader to serve as the final main game opponent in a core series game.
      • He was also the first final main game opponent to not be a Champion in the core series games.
  • In Black 2 and White 2, all of Ghetsis's Pokémon he also had in Black and White are two levels lower in Normal Mode and six levels lower in Easy Mode. However, they are two levels higher in Challenge Mode.
  • Ghetsis's right arm is almost always concealed. In the core series, it is only seen in Pokémon Black and White's game intro, where it is shaded darker than his left arm, while in the anime, it is not seen at all. In Pokémon Generations, both of his arms appear to be fully functional, although he still primarily uses the left one. In Pokémon Evolutions, he is depicted with both arms intact, but is seen wearing a dark glove over his right hand and arm.
    • In Black 2 and White 2, Ghetsis mentions that he is going to take the player down with his "own hand" in singular, instead of "hands" in plural.
    • If Ghetsis's model in Pokémon Masters EX is viewed with his cape removed, it can be seen that his right arm is intact and is usually held behind his back. The model cannot be viewed in this fashion in normal gameplay, but his right arm can be glimpsed in some animations.[4] The Pokémon Center Boss Pikachu plush of Ghetsis also has its right arm in a similar position.
    • In addition to this, his right eye remains hidden by an eyepiece. In the games, he also appears to have trouble moving the right side of his mouth, as shown by his in-game sprites and models.
    • Early concept art for Ghetsis depicts him without his eyepiece and shows that his right eye has a scar around it.
  • Ghetsis's anime incarnation appears to combine traits of his two video game incarnations. His personality is similar to his characterization in Black and White, but his outfit and open motives are taken from Black 2 and White 2.
  • Ghetsis bears some resemblance to Giovanni in his goals of world domination, a focus on Pokémon theft, uncaring and selfish parenthood, and the degradation of his sanity after being twice defeated by a child. However, Giovanni is shown to have mentally recovered in Black 2 and White 2, whereas it is left unclear if Ghetsis will ever recover.
  • In Black and White, Ghetsis's Hydreigon has a super effective move against all of N's Pokémon in his final team.
  • Ghetsis's Hydreigon is the only NPC Pokémon to have minimum friendship, and is, therefore, the only one to use Frustration with maximum power.
  • Ghetsis's cloak in Black and White and the fact he always has one eye covered may be inspired by Balor, a figure in Irish folklore. Some tales state that Balor has anywhere from one to three eyes, one of which is described as "poisonous." Balor's grandson Lugh is said to always put out this evil eye, which may be reflected in the eye Ghetsis keeps covered by his monocle.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ゲーチス G-Cis From "G" and "Cis" (C♯), the pitches of the timpani used in his battle theme. The combination of "G" and "Cis" is a tritone, a dissonant musical interval previously referred to as Diabolus in Musica (The Devil in Music) in the 18th century.[5] Could also be romanized as Goetis, derived from Goetia, Greek for "sorcery".
English, Indonesian, Vietnamese Ghetsis From the pronunciations of "G" and "Cis" in German[5]
French Ghetis Romanization of his Japanese name
German G-Cis Romanization of his Japanese name drawing directly from its etymology
Italian Ghecis Romanization of his Japanese name
Spanish Ghechis Romanization of his Japanese name
Korean 게치스 Gechiseu Transliteration of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 魁奇思 Kuíqísī Transliteration of his Japanese name. Possibly from 魁首 kuíshǒu, 魔鬼 móguǐ, and 奇思妙想 qísīmiàoxiǎng
Chinese (Cantonese) 魁奇思 Transliteration of his Japanese name. Possibly from 魁首, 魔鬼, and 奇思妙想
Russian Гетсис Getsis Transliteration of his English name
Thai เกซิส Kesit Transliteration of his Japanese name

Language Name Origin
Japanese ハルモニア Harmonia Latin for "harmony"
English, German, French, Italian, Vietnamese Harmonia Same as Japanese name
Spanish Armonia From armonía (harmony)
Korean 하르모니아 Harmonia Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 哈爾孟尼亞 Hā'ěrmèngníyǎ Transliteration of Japanese name

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