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If you were looking for the character of the day in Battling With a Clean Slate! whose Japanese name is Alva, see Alvin.
ジャービス Jarvis
Alva M19.png
Gender Male
Eye color Lavender
Hair color Lavender
Hometown Azoth Kingdom
Region Kalos
Anime debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
English voice actor Billy Bob Thompson
Japanese voice actor Kōichi Yamadera

Alva (Japanese: ジャービス Jarvis) is the main antagonist of Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. He is the Mega Evolution Councillor of the Azoth Kingdom.

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In the movies

As an Azoth Kingdom councillor, Alva is knowledgeable in the art of arcane science and the history of the kingdom. For several years, he educated Raleigh, the young prince of the kingdom, who also had interests in these subjects. However, unbeknownst to many — save for Kimia, Raleigh's sister, who did not trust him and was suspicious of his motives — he is actually a corrupt man plotting to seize control of the Azoth Kingdom for himself. For this purpose, Alva brainwashed Raleigh into swearing loyalty only to him, and developed his own type of arcane science — dubbed "neo-arcane science" — in order to create a technique called "Mega Wave", which, unlike Mega Evolution, can force many Pokémon to Mega Evolve at once and follow the orders of those with Mega Wave devices.

Alva first appeared when his henchmen, Levi and Cherie, delivered Magearna to him and Raleigh after fighting off an attack by Volcanion. While Raleigh introduced himself to Magearna, he waited quietly until Volcanion returned with Ash in tow. Using the Mega Wave jewel set in his staff, he attacked them with a Mega Alakazam, Mega Glalie, and Shiny Mega Gengar. After a short standoff, Volcanion escaped with both Ash and Magearna, angering him. Shortly afterward, Levi, Cherie, and the Pokémon caught Team Rocket sneaking into the castle. Alva met with Team Rocket in his office and, sensing an opportunity after realizing they know Ash well, recruited them to aid his cause. He supplied them with Mega Wave bracelets, along with a Heracross and Pinsir, then tracked the location of Ash, his friends, Volcanion and Magearna so he could send Team Rocket after them.

Alva on his airship

Later, after Team Rocket failed their mission, Alva personally led a massive attack against the Nebel Plateau, Magearna and Volcanion's home. He trapped Ash, Volcanion, and many of the resident Pokémon in machines that tortured them with electrical currents. When Levi and Cherie demanded that Magearna surrender to them in exchange for the safety of the hostages, it gave in and boarded their airship. Raleigh became excited by their success, but Alva simply had his Gengar paralyze Magearna and open the hatch on its chest, revealing its Soul-Heart. Realizing that Alva intended to remove the Soul-Heart, which would effectively "kill" Magearna, Raleigh tried to stop him from doing so. Undeterred, Alva had Levi force Raleigh to watch as he removed the Soul-Heart and discarded Magearna's body and then ordered his army of Pokémon to use Hyper Beam on the Nebel Plateau, seemingly killing all of the humans and Pokémon there. Finally, he put the horrified Raleigh to sleep with Gengar's Hypnosis. En route back to the Azoth Kingdom, Meowth realized he could still hear Magearna's voice in the Soul-Heart, rallying Jessie and James to try and take it back from Alva. However, Alva blasted off Jessie and James, but held Meowth hostage so he could continue translating Magearna's voice.

Alva installed the Soul-Heart in a machine deep within the kingdom's castle, transforming part of the city's walls into a flying fortress designed by Nikola to defend the city in ancient times. When he realized that his enemies survived his attack at the Nebel Plateau and are approaching aboard Kimia's flying machine, he became excited to test the weapons the castle has on them. He began charging the fortress's laser cannon, but it did not fire, as Magearna was actively fighting his control. Alva fortified himself inside the control room while Levi and Cherie went out to fight off the group with their army of Mega Wave Pokémon. However, Ash, Greninja, Kimia, her Mega Gardevoir, and Volcanion managed to break through their defenses and reach him. He trapped them in the same electrical torture machines he used earlier, then decided to break Magearna's spirit by using Gengar's Mean Look on it, forcing it to use the laser cannon on the Nebel Plateau.

The act of destroying its home caused Magearna's soul to fade from the Soul-Heart, pleasing Alva, who ordered another shot to finish off both the plateau and all its residents. It fired, but was blocked through a combination of the efforts of the Plateau's Pokémon and Squishy, who briefly took on its Complete Forme to overpower the attack. Volcanion broke itself and the others free from the machines. Panicking, Alva ordered Gengar to attack, but Pikachu countered its Shadow Ball with Electro Ball. Alva dropped his staff as a result of the blowback, and Ash jammed it into the machinery, breaking the Mega Wave jewel in the process. As a result, all of the Mega Wave Pokémon reverted back to their original states and escaped from the fortress. Realizing that his plans were thwarted as a result of Ash removing the Soul-Heart, Alva locked the fortress into a collision course with the Nebel Plateau in the hopes of destroying it and killing all of his enemies. Then, he attempted to escape using a jetpack, but Greninja, who had become Ash-Greninja, threw a Water Shuriken at him. The attack failed to achieve a direct hit, but it still disabled his jetpack, causing him to spiral out of control into the forest below.

During the film's ending credits, Kimia found Alva stuck in a tree and arrested him using the same magnetic bands used earlier on Ash and Volcanion. He attempted to flee, but was pulled back onto her aircraft by the magnets.


Alva is sadistic and megalomaniacal, and shows little regard for any lives other than his own, be they human or Pokémon. He spent years teaching Raleigh to be loyal to him, and recruited Team Rocket for their help against Ash, only to drop them without a second thought once he had no more use for them. His sadistic traits even extend to flat-out torture; his Mega Wave technique causes terrible pain to the Pokémon it is used on, and he forced Magearna to surrender by electrocuting its friends, as well as Ash and his friends' Pokémon. He later tried to force it to destroy the Nebel Plateau, for the sole purpose of breaking its spirit so it wouldn't resist any more of his commands.

When defeated, however, Alva was also shown to be cowardly and spiteful, programming his flying castle to crash into the Nebel Plateau so it would kill all of his enemies as well as Volcanion and Magearna's friends, while he attempted to escape using a jetpack. He refused to surrender even after his arrest by Kimia, attempting to flee until one of his own magnetic bands trapped him on her craft, at which point he finally resigned himself to defeat.


This listing is of Alva's known Pokémon in the anime:


Alva's Gengar

Alva's Mega Gengar
Gengar Shiny Mezastar Mega Evolution icon.png
This Shiny Gengar is Alva's main Pokémon which he controlled using the Mega Wave. It is able to Mega Evolve into Mega Gengar which Alva used to do all his evil bidding. After Alva's Mega Wave crystal was destroyed, Gengar came to its senses and immediately abandoned Alva.

Gengar's known moves are Psychic, Shadow Ball, Haze, Mean Look, and Hypnosis.

Debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Marc Thompson


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Cherie's Banette

Alva's Mega Banette
Banette ↔ Mega Banette
Although mainly controlled by Levi and Cherie, Alva still appeared to hold some control over Banette before it escaped control, as he ordered it to use Hyper Beam on Ash and his friends.

Banette's known moves are Hyper Beam and Will-O-Wisp.

Debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Voice actors
English Carter Cathcart
Alva's Houndoom

Alva's Mega Houndoom
Houndoom ↔ Mega Houndoom
Although mainly controlled by Levi and Cherie, Alva still appeared to hold some control over Houndoom before it escaped control, as he ordered it to use Hyper Beam on Ash and his friends.

Houndoom's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Alva's Tyranitar

Alva's Mega Tyranitar
Tyranitar ↔ Mega Tyranitar
Although mainly controlled by Levi and Cherie, Alva still appeared to hold some control over Tyranitar before it escaped control, as he ordered it to use Hyper Beam on Ash and his friends.

Tyranitar's known moves are Hyper Beam and Stone Edge.

Debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Alva's Swampert

Alva's Mega Swampert
Swampert ↔ Mega Swampert
Although mainly controlled by Levi and Cherie, Alva still appeared to hold some control over Swampert before it escaped control, as he ordered it to use Hyper Beam on Ash and his friends.

Swampert's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Voice actors
English Carter Cathcart
Alva's Aggron

Alva's Mega Aggron
Aggron ↔ Mega Aggron
Although mainly controlled by Levi and Cherie, Alva still appeared to hold some control over Aggron before it escaped control, as he ordered it to use Hyper Beam on Ash and his friends.

Aggron's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Voice actors
English Carter Cathcart


Alva model sheet 1.png Alva model sheet 2.png
Model sheet for the anime

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 山寺宏一 Kōichi Yamadera
English Billy Bob Thompson
Danish Torbjørn Hummel
Finnish Juhani Rajalin
Italian Luca Ghignone
Korean 신용우 Shin Yongu
Polish Szymon Kuśmider
Brazilian Portuguese Alexandre Moreno
Russian Антон Савенков Anton Savenkov
Spanish Latin America Igor Cruz
Spain Alejandro García
Roberto Encinas (trailer)
Thai อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล Apinan Teeranantakul

In the games

From June 9 to August 31 2016, a Gengar based on Alva's Shiny Gengar was distributed to players who inserted a serial code that was given away at 7-Eleven stores in Japan from July 9 to 15, 2016. It was also distributed via Nintendo Zones at Pokémon Centers, Pokémon Stores, and the Oyabe Pokémon Store outlet in Japan from July 30 to August 31, 2016.

#0094 Gengar Blue pentagon VI.pngShinyVIStar.png 
Cherish Ball summary IV.png Level 50 HOME094 s.png
GhostIC XY.png PoisonIC XY.png
Ability: Levitate
Held item: Gengarite Gengarite
ID: 07096
OT: ジャービス
Met: Pokémon Movie 16 (fateful encounter)
Nature: Random
Ribbon: Wishing Ribbon Wishing Ribbon
Mean Look
Normal Status
Psychic Status
Psychic Special
Hyper Beam
Normal Special
Games Method Region Location Duration
XYORAS serial code Japanese online July 9 to August 31, 2016
XYORAS Nintendo Zone Japanese Japan July 30 to August 31, 2016
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the receiving system's date when the Wonder Card is received.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Alva appears in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, the manga adaptation of the nineteenth Pokémon movie by Kemon Kawamoto.


  • Sean Schemmel voiced Alva in the English dub of the film's teaser trailer.
  • Disney XD closed captions incorrectly refer to Alva as Eliphas, Nikola's Japanese name, several times.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ジャービス Jarvis From Jabir ibn Hayyan, a prominent Muslim alchemist sometimes considered to be the father of early chemistry
English, French, Italian Alva From Thomas Alva Edison
Korean 자비스 Jarvis Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 賈維斯 Jiǎwéisī Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 查維斯 Jāwàihsī Transliteration of Japanese name
Thai จาวิส Jarvis Same as his Japanese name
Vietnamese Jarbisu Transliteration of Japanese name

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