Ben (Ranger)

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ナツヤ Natsuya
Art from Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Oblivia
Relatives Grandfather*
Trainer class Pokémon Ranger, Player character
Generation IV
Games Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Anime debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part One)
English voice actor Wayne Grayson
Japanese voice actor Tatsuya Hasome

Ben (Japanese: ナツヤ Natsuya) is a Pokémon Ranger. He is the male player character in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs.

In the games

Ben is the male playable character in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs. His female counterpart is Summer. If chosen by the player, he will be partnered with a ukulele-wielding Pichu. If the player chooses Summer, however, his partner will be a Staraptor.


As player

Ukulele Pichu

As an NPC



Gs Ben f.png Gs Ben b.png
Front sprite Back sprite

In the anime

Ben in the anime
Ben as a child

Ben debuted in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part One), where he attempted to stop the Pokémon Pinchers from gaining control of other Pokémon. However, he was eventually attacked during his mission, and he crash-landed on an island where the Ukulele Pichu was located.

Ben made his main series debut in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!, where he was assigned to bring a rare Heatran that knows Eruption to a wild park for its own safety. Throughout the episode, Ben was shown to have a very optimistic attitude, thanks to his grandfather's advice when he was younger. Eventually, with the help of Ash and his friends, he managed to capture Heatran via his Capture Styler and helped it escape to safety.


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Pokémon controlled via the Capture Styler

Ben's Staraptor
Staraptor was flying nearby the Ranger Union when Ben captured it. Along with Ben, it was attacked by the Pokémon Pinchers, causing them to crash-land on an island. It is unknown what happened to Staraptor afterwards.

None of Staraptor's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part One)
Voice actors
English Sarah Natochenny
Ukulele Pichu
Ukulele Pichu
Main article: Ukulele Pichu

Pichu first appeared after Ben came crashing down on an island. It attacked him several times before he attempted to capture it.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part One)
Voice actors
Japanese Kei Shindō
Ben's Cranidos
Ben and Pichu witnessed the Pinchers stealing a piece of a monument with a symbol on it. Ukulele Pichu tried to fight against the Pinchers, but when the Pinchers' Cranidos fought back, Pichu was hurled into a wall, breaking its ukulele. The Pinchers successfully escaped with the stone symbol, leaving Ben and Pichu to fight Cranidos, which was actually under the Pinchers' control. Ben successfully captured Cranidos, releasing it back into the wild.

None of Cranidos's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part Two)
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers
Ben's Pidgeot
Pidgeot was captured by Ben as he was spying on Heatran.

None of Pidgeot's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!
Ben's Heatran
Ben captured this Heatran in order to stop it from rampaging around and causing trouble.

Heatran's known moves are Eruption and Magma Storm, and its Ability is Flash Fire.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!

Pokémon summoned using the Ranger Sign

Ben's Feraligatr
Feraligatr was summoned twice by Ben. The first time was to rescue him from falling. Feraligatr was able to carry him across a river, where they met Ash and his friends. The second time was to rescue him from falling again, this time into a volcano. It was then asked to use Ice Beam on the volcano.

Feraligatr's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 羽染達也 Tatsuya Hasome
English Wayne Grayson
Finnish Petrus Kähkönen
Polish Janusz Wituch
Brazilian Portuguese Alex Minei
Spanish Latin America Alfredo Leal
Spain Jorge Saudinós

In the manga

Ben in the manga adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs

In the Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs manga

Ben appeared in the manga adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs.


Ben Staraptor RGS.png
Ukulele Pichu RGS.png
Ukulele Pichu


The alternate colored Ben
  • An alternate coloration of Ben was featured in an official artwork that featured multiplayer mode. The Ranger has dark brown hair, orange goggles, and an orange-and-green Ranger uniform. The artwork is featured on the back of the Guardian Signs game case.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナツヤ Natsuya From 夏 natsu, summer.
English Ben Short for Benjamin, meaning "son of the south".
French Sully Possibly from sud, south
German Julian From Juli (July), a month in summer
Italian Martino From marino, marine
Portuguese* Bruno
Spanish Verán From verano, summer.
Korean 하눌 Hanul From 하 (夏) ha, summer
Chinese (Mandarin) 夏也 Xiàyě From the name 夏也 Natsuya. Contains 夏 xià, summer.

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