Piers

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Piers
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
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Leader of Spikemuth Gym
Badge Dark Badge
Specializes in Dark types
Member of Team Yell
Rank Captain

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 games

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!""

Pokémon

Piers keeps his Pokémon in Dusk Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Spikemuth


Champion Cup rematches


Caught for someone else

Marnie's Morpeko
Morpeko
When Marnie was five, Piers caught this Morpeko as 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

Artwork

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

Trivia

  • Piers's League Number is "061", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 悪い warui, meaning "bad".
  • Piers is the second villainous teams leader to be fought as a Gym Leader, the first being Giovanni in Generations I, III, and VII.
    • Like Giovanni, Piers eventually passes on his Gym Leader status to another Trainer. Coincidentally, both Giovanni's and Piers's successors are introduced as rivals before becoming Gym Leaders.
    • Interestingly, Piers is the first Dark-type Gym Leader, but also keeps with the long tradition of villainous team leaders using Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Unlike past villainous team leaders, Piers has no evil intentions or goals. Instead, his only intention is for his sister Marnie to take over his role as Gym Leader.

Names

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


Leader: Piers
Lower members: Team Yell Grunts
Spikemuth Gym Trainers
Related: Marnie
Locations: Spikemuth


Games: Core series: Team Rocket: Giovanni
Team Rainbow Rocket:
Team Magma: Maxie
Team Aqua: Archie
Team Galactic: Cyrus
Team Plasma: NColressGhetsis
Team Flare: Lysandre
Team Skull: Guzma
Team Yell: Piers
Side series: Team Snagem: Gonzap
Cipher: EviceGreevil
Spin-off games: TCG series: Team Great Rocket: King Biruritchi
Trozei series: Phobos Battalion: Baron Phobos
Mystery Dungeon series: Team Skull: Skuntank
Ranger series: Go-Rock Squad: Gordor
Team Dim Sun: Blake Hall
Team Debonairs: Kincaid
Pokémon Pinchers: Societea
Rumble series: Dark Legion: Dark Rust
Anime: Team Rocket Madame BossGiovanni
Manga: Adventures: Team Rocket GiovanniMasked Man
Pocket Monsters: Team Rocket Giovanni
RéBURST: Great Gavel Fraud
Horizon: Team Kings Meja

Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium Grass Badge
VSMilo.png
Milo
Hulbury Stadium Water Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
Motostoke Stadium Fire Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
Stow-on-Side Stadium Fighting Badge
VSBea.png VSAllister.png
Ghost Badge
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium Fairy Badge
VSOpal.png VSBede 2.png
Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium Rock Badge
VSGordie.png VSMelony.png
Ice Badge
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym Dark Badge
VSPiers.png VSMarnie 3.png
Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium Dragon Badge
VSRaihan.png
Raihan

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