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ネズ Nezu
Sword Shield Piers.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Black and white
Hometown Spikemuth
Region Galar
Relatives Marnie (younger sister)
Trainer class Gym Leader, Pokémon Trainer
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield, Masters EX
Leader of Spikemuth Gym
Badge Dark Badge
Specializes in Dark types
Member of Team Yell
Rank Captain
Game animation debut Assistant
English voice actor Edward Bosco[1] (Pokémon: Twilight Wings)
Aleks Le [2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Kishō Taniyama[3] (Pokémon: Twilight Wings, Masters EX)

Piers (Japanese: ネズ Nezu) is the Gym Leader of Spikemuth and the captain of Team Yell. He specializes in Dark-type Pokémon. He gives the Dark Badge to Trainers who defeat him. During the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, he retires from his position as a Gym Leader and passes the title on to his little sister, Marnie.

In the core series games

Piers is the seventh Gym Leader Galarian Trainers face in their Gym Challenge. He is well known for writing songs and singing as he regularly does so in Spikemuth. More often he tends to reveal his strategy to his opponents, yet he has the strength and skills to win regardless. Spikemuth is the only Gym in Galar not built over a Power Spot; previously, Rose had asked Piers to relocate his Gym to a faraway Power Spot, but Piers refused and opted to be the only Gym Leader not to use Dynamax. As a result, the town is rarely visited by fans, which Piers blames himself for letting his home fall into obscurity and dilapidation. He has been desperately trying to support the town with his Dark-type Pokémon but often gets frustrated with the limits of his strength[4].

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Piers is the only Gym Leader absent from the Gym Challenge's opening ceremony in Motostoke. He makes his first appearance once the player clears the Spikemuth Gym Challenge, where it is revealed that the Team Yell Grunts are actually Spikemuth Gym Trainers in disguise, and that their leader is Piers. After the player defeats Piers, Marnie approaches him for her turn at the Gym Challenge. Their conversation reveals that Piers had previously planned to stand down as Gym Leader after the Champion Cup ended and pass down the role to his little sister. However, Marnie refused the offer, stating that she could not be a Gym Leader if she succeeds in becoming Champion.

After the player defeats Marnie in the Champion Cup Semifinals in Wyndon, Piers rededicates Team Yell to cheering on the player instead. He and Team Yell assist the player and Hop in accessing Rose Tower by helping them find the Macro Cosmos's League staff hiding the monorail key needed to reach the tower.

Piers plays a vital role in helping to stop the Dynamax Pokémon created by Sordward and Shielbert. Having now stepped down as a Gym Leader following the Champion Cup's conclusion, he accompanies the player and Hop to all the stadiums in Galar to help their Gym Leaders defeat the Dynamax Pokémon. After the player captures ZacianSw/ZamazentaSh, Piers gives them his rare League Card and returns to Spikemuth, where he can be found giving a concert to the members of Team Yell. He can also appear as an opponent in the player's Champion tournaments despite no longer being a Gym Leader.

League Cards

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

Normal League Card
"Spikemuth lacks a Power Spot that would allow Pokémon to Dynamax, and thus not many fans come to visit the town. Piers feels responsible for allowing his town to fall into obscurity and dilapidation. Once in battle, Piers tends to get riled up and will often reveal his strategy early on, but he has the strength and skill to triumph regardless. However, his true passions are singing and song writing, and his talents in these fields are well-known. As such, he currently hopes that his younger sister will take over as Gym Leader."
Rare League Card
"Here are some words from Piers when he first became the Gym Leader of Spikemuth. "Uh... ... ... The name's Piers. It's too bad we can't Dynamax our Pokémon in Spikemuth, but you could say we have a more authentic style of Pokémon battles. And I plan on showin' that off. And well... I have a younger sister, and she's got way more talent than me. But until she's old enough to become Gym Leader, I'll keep rockin' with my crew and make sure Spikemuth stays lively!""


Piers keeps his Pokémon in Dusk Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Gym battle

Max Raid Battle partner

Piers uses this Pokémon in the Max Raid Battles in Turffield, Hulbury, and Motostoke Stadiums.

Champion tournaments

Galarian Star Tournament

Caught for someone else
Marnie's Morpeko
When Marnie was five, Piers caught this Morpeko as a present to his little sister, which eventually became her starter Pokémon. According to her League Card, Marnie's Morpeko helped her become less of a crybaby and more cheerful and outgoing.
Debut Pokémon Sword and Shield

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Piers (Masters)



GST Piers icon.png
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

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


Main article: Piers/Quotes

In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Assistant, Piers was walking on the streets of Wyndon.

In Sky, Piers refused to take part in an interview about Leon in Wyndon. Later, he, Marnie, and her Morpeko watched the battle between Leon and Raihan on her phone in Spikemuth.

In The Gathering of Stars, Piers was seen with the rock band Maximizers onstage. He was later seen at Wyndon Stadium, walking out onto the field for the tournament's opening ceremony.


Piers briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the TCG

Full Art print of Piers
Main article: Piers (Darkness Ablaze 165)

Piers was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Infinity Zone expansion before debuting in English in the Darkness Ablaze expansion, with an illustration based on the take artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card and Secret card in both expansions, with an illustration by kirisAki. Piers allows the player to search their deck for an Energy card and a Darkness-type Pokémon card, reveal them, and put them into their hand. The player then shuffles their deck.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ネズ Nezu From 杜松 nezu (temple juniper)
English Piers From the genus Juniperus and possibly pierce
German Nezz Similar to his Japanese name
Spanish Nerio From enebro (juniper) and possibly negro (black)
French Peterson From peteron (common juniper)
Italian Ginepro From ginepro (juniper) and possibly nero (black)
Korean 두송 Dusong From 두송 (杜松) dusong (temple juniper)
Chinese (Mandarin) 聶梓 / 聂梓 Nièzǐ From the transcription of his Japanese name and possibly 梓 (catalpa)
Chinese (Cantonese) 聶梓 Nihpjí
Brazilian Portuguese Pietro From junípero (juniper) and possibly preto (black)

Related articles


Captain: Piers (Masters)
Lower members: Team Yell Grunts
Spikemuth Gym Trainers
Related: Marnie (Masters)
Locations: Spikemuth


Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium Grass Badge
Hulbury Stadium Water Badge
Motostoke Stadium Fire Badge
Stow-on-Side Stadium Fighting Badge
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Ghost Badge
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium Fairy Badge
VSOpal.png VSBede 2.png
Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium Rock Badge
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Ice Badge
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym Dark Badge
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Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium Dragon Badge

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