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 1)
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


Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs special

Ben as a child

Ben debuted in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part 1), where he attempted to stop the Pokémon Pinchers from gaining control of a Latios. However, he was eventually attacked during his mission by Red Eyes, and he crash-landed on Dolce Island where he captured a Ukulele Pichu.

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part 2), Ben flew over to Rasp Cavern on Renbow Island to disrupt the Pinchers' attempts to steal a Ranger Sign. While Red Eyes and his crew escaped with the Sign, Ben managed to free a Cranidos in the process. He chased after the fleeing Pokémon Pinchers, and they were all confronted by a more daunting opponent, Raikou.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Ben in the anime

Ben made his main series debut in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!, where he was assigned to bring a rare Heatran that knows Eruption to the National Park for its own safety. His first attempt was interrupted by Team Rocket's RoboDiglett, and he lost his Capture Styler as a result. The Rocket trio later found the device and plotted to use it capture the Heatran for themselves.

Meanwhile, Ben encountered Ash and his friends after falling into a river, and he enlisted their help with his mission. Using the increase in ground temperature as a guide, Ben lead them up a mountain and through a cave system, where they soon encountered the special Heatran. Team Rocket appeared again, but the nabbed Capture Styler failed to operate as it was synchronized with Ben. The trio resorted to their RoboDiglett, but the unfolding battle caused the cave system to begin collapsing. Eventually, with the help of Ash's group, he managed to capture Heatran via his Capture Styler and helped it escape to safety.


Ben is remarkably optimistic even in the most difficult of situations. He attributes his positive outlook to his grandfather, who encouraged him to give everything a go. Ben is also highly knowledgeable and uses his field experience, such as feeling the ground for increasing heat to locate Heatran in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!.


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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 Dolce Island. It is unknown what happened to Staraptor afterwards.

None of Staraptor's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part 1)
Voice actors
English Sarah Natochenny
Ukulele Pichu
Ukulele Pichu
Main article: Ukulele Pichu

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

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part 1)
Voice actors
Japanese Kei Shindō
Ben's Cranidos
Ben and Pichu witnessed the Pinchers stealing a piece of a monument from Rasp Cavern with a Ranger Sign 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 Sign, leaving Ben and Pichu to fight Cranidos. Ben successfully captured Cranidos, releasing it back into the wild.

None of Cranidos's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part 2)
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, namely because it knew the move Eruption. Afterwards, Ben planned to take Heatran to the National Park to prevent it from being harmed by others.

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. Ben called on Feraligatr's help once again, this time to freeze over the boiling magma in order to rescue Heatran from harm.

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
Italian Davide Albano
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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