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ピオニー Peony
Sword Shield Peony.png
Art from Sword and Shield by Ken Sugimori[1]
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Gray
Hometown Unknown
Region Galar
Relatives Rose (older brother)[2]
Peonia (daughter)
Penny (daughter)[a]
Unnamed wife
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, former Champion
and Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Member of Galar League (formerly)
Rank Gym Leader, Champion
Specializes in Steel-types
Anime series Pokémon: Twilight Wings
Debut The Gathering of Stars
English voice actor Nazeeh Tarsha
Japanese voice actor Tsuguo Mogami
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Debut PASS32

Peony (Japanese: ピオニー Peony) is a character in The Crown Tundra in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Like his estranged brother Rose, he uses Steel-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Peony is the younger brother of Rose, though this is not often publicly mentioned.[2] From childhood, he always felt pressured because he was constantly compared to Rose, who was described as being quite gifted, which caused Peony to become rebellious over time, becoming a delinquent who ran away from home. He eventually had his talents recognized and became a Gym Leader, specializing in Steel types. He was a powerful Trainer who posed a challenge to many, so much so that he even eventually became a Champion, though he left the Pokémon League shortly after Rose became the Chairman. He eventually found his way into exploring the Crown Tundra in hopes of learning more about the many Legendary Pokémon that inhabit it. He is often mistaken for his older brother, Rose due to his strong resemblance to him.

Peony has an odd relationship with his daughter Peonia. While he very much cares for her, he has an extremely boisterous personality and insists on taking her along in adventures, though as it currently stands, Peonia does not have interest in Peony's "adven-tours" and wishes to do things her own way. Peony even made a poster of himself in Peonia's travel planner, which she discarded quickly.

Peony appoints the player as the leader of his expedition team upon arriving in the Crown Tundra. Throughout the exploration, he serves as a mentor figure for the player, giving advice on where to search for certain Legendary Pokémon, and the player reports back to him after catching each Legendary Pokémon native to the region. After the player has completed all legendary quests, he tries to bring Peonia along on an "adven-tour", but then they both end up going to the Max Lair for Dynamax Adventures, where they discover that Ultra Beasts have inhabited the lair. He entrusts the player once more with finding Ultra Beasts. When the player captures Legendary Pokémon or Ultra Beasts from the Dynamax Adventures, they can show said Pokémon to Peony and he will make different comments on them. He can also be rematched daily here.

In the story The Sacred Bonds of Sovereign and Steed!, Peony is frequently possessed by Calyrex, who uses his body as a vessel to speak to the player.

Peony also makes appearances in the Galarian Star Tournament.

League Cards

This is the transcript of Peony's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Normal League Card
"Peony is a former Steel-type Gym Leader. His powerful and dynamic battle style meant that anyone stuck on pitch maintenance had their work cut out for them. To this day, he is known as "Steel Peony" and has many fans, especially among men. This photo is actually a composite photo, made before Peony came to the Crown Tundra. It was originally a poster Peony stuck in the travel planner he made for his daughter, but she threw it away in short order. Peony liked the way it looked and decided to use it for his League Card."
Rare League Card
"Though this is seldom addressed publicly, Peony is, in fact, Rose's younger brother. Peony was compared to his brilliant older brother since he was born, causing him to gradually rebel and become a delinquent. He eventually ran away from home, only to eventually become a Gym Leader once his talent was recognized. He was even Champion once, but shortly afterward, Rose became League Chairman. This caused Peony to vanish entirely from the League. The Copperajah on Peony's team has been there since it was a Cufant. It was the first Pokémon Peony caught together with his brother."


Peony's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

First battle

Winning this fight is not mandatory. The player will not black out and the story will progress either way.


Galarian Star Tournament

Peony uses these three Pokémon as both a partner and potential opponent in the Galarian Star Tournament.

Max Raid Battles

Peony can occasionally appear as a partner to assist the player in Max Raid Battles in the Crown Tundra. If encountered in Dynamax Adventures, he will use a rental Pokémon.



GST Peony icon.png Peony Logo.png
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu
Peony's logo from the

League Cards

League Card Peony.png League Card Peony rare.png
Peony's League Card in
Sword and Shield
Peony's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield


Main article: Peony/Quotes

In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Peony appeared in The Gathering of Stars where he was seen chasing after his daughter Peonia in a train headed for the Crown Tundra. He was invited to the Galarian Star Tournament and was seen walking out on to the field for the opening ceremony.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Peony debuted in PASS32. He followed Peonia to the Crown Tundra, hoping they could participate in a father-daughter "adven-tour". Wanting nothing to do with her father, Peonia asked Bede, Hop, and Marnie to keep her hidden from Peony. They agreed, but upon noticing Peony's resemblance to Rose, Bede's dedication to the chairman led him to exposing Peonia. At the station, Marnie challenged Peony to battle on the condition that if she won, Peonia would be allowed to go where she wanted. Peony agreed, but was eventually defeated, earning Peonia her freedom.

In PASS34, after Bede, Hop, and Marnie agreed to take Peonia's place, Peony took the trio to his base of operations in Freezington. There, he explained what they would be doing on the adven-tour. In PASS37, Bede returned from a failed expedition alongside Henry Sword. Noting that Henry's personality resembled Rose's, Peony immediately took a disliking towards the boy.

In PASS38, Peonia returned from the Max Lair and agreed to take part in the adven-tours, much to Peony's delight. He also allowed Henry to join at Peonia's request. Later that night, a horrified Peonia found her father's body suddenly floating in the air. Bede explained that Peony was possessed by Calyrex, the King of Bountiful Harvests, so that it could communicate with humans. Henry, Bede, and Peonia agreed to help restore Calyrex to its former glory in order to obtain the missing Rusted Sword.

In PASS40, Peony awoke at the Crown Shrine, where he found Henry, Bede, and Peonia in battle with a Gigantamaxed Corviknight and Butterfree. Peony immediately joined in and easily took down the Gigantamaxed pair. Later, after the Rusted Sword was found, Henry and Bede said farewell to Peonia and Calyrex. Peony later expressed regret at not being able to thank Henry and Bede for fighting the Darkest Day unleashed by his younger brother.


Peony's Copperajah
Copperajah is Peony's first known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Marnie's Morgrem in exchange for Peonia's freedom. Despite the type advantage, Copperajah was eventually defeated after Morgrem evolved into a Grimmsnarl. It was later used to battle a wild Gigantamax Corviknight and Butterfree at the Crown Shrine.

Copperajah's known moves are Heavy Slam and Rock Slide.

Debut PASS32
Peony's Aggron
Aggron is Peony's second known Pokémon. It was first used to battle a wild Gigantamax Corviknight and Butterfree at the Crown Shrine.

Aggron's only known move is Rock Slide.

Debut PASS40

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Peony or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Peony's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Ice Rider CalyrexV Water Astral Radiance TGV TG14/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 220/184
Ice Rider CalyrexVMAX Water Astral Radiance TGV TG15/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 221/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Peony Su Chilling Reign Uncommon 150/198 Silver Lance U 067/070
Chilling Reign Rare Ultra 197/198 Silver Lance SR 082/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 220/198 Silver Lance HR 090/070
      S-P Promotional cards   241/S-P
      VMAX Climax   156/184


  • Peony's uniform number is "082", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for おやじ oyaji, meaning "father".
  • Peony is the only Champion who is never battled with a full team of six Pokémon.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ピオニー Peony From peony
English, German,
Spanish, Italian
Peony Same as his Japanese name
French Dhilan From the order Dilleniales
Korean 피오니 Pioni Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 皮歐尼 / 皮欧尼 Pí'ōuní Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 皮歐尼 Pèih'āunèih
Russian Пеони Peoni Transcription of his English name
Brazilian Portuguese Peônio From the genus Paeonia (peony)


  1. Penny is implied to be the daughter of Peony, as she uses Peony's specific phrase "Adven-tour"[3] during a conversation with her father.[4]


  1. Peony (Chilling Reign 150)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Peony's rare League Card: "Though this is seldom addressed publicly, Peony is, in fact, Rose's younger brother.". (Pokémon Sword and Shield - The Crown Tundra)
  3. Peony: "[...] go ahead and get crackin' on the grand Peony Adven-tour [...]" (Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra)
  4. Penny: "Oh my GOSH, Dad, would you just drop it?! I told you-friends! I'm going with friends! No, you DON'T need to be worried about it! We are perfectly capable of taking care of ourselves! Ughhh, no, it's not gonna be an "Adven-tour"-no one says that! Honestly. I'm hanging up now!" (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero epilogue - Mochi Mayhem)

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