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For the character of the day from Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!, see Leon (BW045). For the Pokémon with the Japanese nickname of Leon, see Sparky.
ダンデ Dande
Sword Shield Leon.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield
Gender Male
Eye color Yellow
Hair color Purple
Hometown Postwick
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed mother, Hop (younger brother)
Trainer class Champion, Pokémon Trainer
World Champion (anime)
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Champion of Wyndon Stadium
Game animation debut Letter
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Takahiro Sakurai
Anime debut JN012
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Daisuke Ono

Leon (Japanese: ダンデ Dande) is the Champion of the Galar region's Pokémon League in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In the games

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Leon first appears in the games' introduction movie, where he is introduced as Galar's undefeated Champion by Chairman Rose at Wyndon Stadium. He exchanges greetings with his opponent Raihan, who is challenging him with Duraludon, before Gigantamaxing his Charizard. Their subsequent battle is not shown on-screen, but Leon defeats Raihan to retain his title.

Later, Leon travels via train to Wedgehurst, where he entertains a crowd outside Wedgehurst Station with Charizard until Hop and the player meet him. Together, the trio return to Hop and Leon's home in Postwick. Once there, Leon reveals the gifts he brought for Hop and the player — the starter Pokémon Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble. He allows the player and Hop to choose which of the three Pokémon they want, then adds the remaining Pokémon to his own party. Leon then watches the battle between the player and Hop before joining in a barbeque dinner he and Hop's mother hosts at their home.

In the English versions of the games, Hop refers to Leon by the nickname Lee. In all other languages, he is merely referred to as "older brother" or "brother".

League Cards

This is a transcript of the back of Leon's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Normal League Card
"Leon is known far and wide for taking part in the Gym Challenge at the tender age of 10 years old—and even more so for claiming victory in the Champion Cup on his first attempt. Ever since that victory, he and his partner Charizard have remained unbeaten in both League and exhibition matches. He is called "the unbeatable Champion" and is a hero to many Trainers. He has but one weakness: a dismal sense of direction. But don't worry—wherever he ends up, he makes sure everyone has a champion time!"
Rare League Card
"Leon's dream, even when he was still the Champion, was to make Galarian Trainers the strongest Trainers in the world. In order to fulfill that dream, he has rebuilt Rose Tower into the Battle Tower, a facility dedicated to Pokémon battles. People say that he seems even more lively now than he was as Champion. Leon has also commented that another reason he likes the tower so much is because it's impossible to get lost inside. Leon's biggest problem now is apparently coming up with a new signature catchphrase to replace "Let's have a champion time!""


Pokémon Sword and Shield

Capture tutorial (optional)

Caught in tutorial
Normal Unknown
Held item:
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Wooloo Lv.7
Championship Match

Leon will Gigantamax his Charizard at the first opportunity.

Grookey If the player chose Grookey:

Scorbunny If the player chose Scorbunny:

Sobble If the player chose Sobble:

Battle Tower

In the Battle Tower, Leon's team is randomly selected each time, but with Charizard guaranteed in the last slot (which he may still switch into at any time). He will Gigantamax his Charizard at the first opportunity.

Beginner Tier

Poké Ball Tier

Great Ball Tier

Ultra Ball Tier

Master Ball Tier

Champion Cup rematches

Leon may reappear at the Champion tournament in Wyndon Stadium after receiving his rare League Card at the Battle Tower. He will Gigantamax his Charizard at the first opportunity.

Grookey If the player chose Grookey: