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Raihan (Japanese: キバナ Kibana) is the Gym Leader of Hammerlocke's Gym, known officially as Hammerlocke Stadium. He specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon. He gives the Dragon Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He's also well-known for utilizing weather tactics in his battles.
In the games
Raihan is the eighth and final Gym Leader of the Galar League, and he is recognized as the strongest Gym Leader in Galar. He is also the self-proclaimed rival of Champion Leon, and despite a losing streak of 0 to 10 against him, he is the only person who has come close to beating him, having managed to knock out more of Leon's Pokémon than anyone else. He's said to be strong enough to become a Champion if he moved to another region, but has refused to do so out of desire of wanting to defeat Leon. He is often seen taking selfies on his Rotom Phone, a habit he initially picked up to remind him of the pain of defeat, but one which eventually spread to other parts of his lifestyle.
While Raihan specializes in the Dragon type, he will often use Pokémon of other types to set up weather conditions such as sandstorm and harsh sunlight. Uniquely amongst Galar's Gyms, Raihan's Gym also heavily focuses on Double Battles.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Raihan first appears during the game's opening cut-scene, having an exhibition match with Leon. The player first meets Raihan in Hammerlocke to get his permission to visit the local vault, which contains tapestries about Galar's history. Once the player has earned seven Gym Badges, they challenge and defeat Raihan. Immediately afterwards, Raihan is also challenged and beaten by Hop. The player rematches Raihan in the Champion Cup in Wyndon and beats him once again. When Rose starts the Darkest Day, Raihan organizes the evacuation of Hammerlocke to keep people safe from the event.
During the post-game, Raihan helps the player, Hop, and Piers in defeating a group of Dynamax Pokémon let loose at the Hammerlocke Stadium by Sordward and Shielbert. During this encounter, Raihan admits that Piers managed to give him a tough challenge in the Champion Cup, despite his refusal to use Dynamax, and suggests that they should have a battle where neither of them uses it.
This is a transcript of the back of Raihan's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- Normal League Card
- "Raihan is commonly regarded as the most skilled Gym Leader in the Galar region. He has striven for victory in every environment, and as a result, he has adopted a battle style where he utilizes weather effects to their fullest. It is rumored that he could easily become another region's Champion should he choose to move, but it seems that to Raihan, defeating Leon is much more important. His uploaded selfies are quite popular. Occasionally he'll post a photo that only shows a sandstorm."
- Rare League Card
- "Raihan started taking selfies so as to never forget the pain of his defeats, but more recently he has been taking photos showing off his training routine, his fashion choices, and the like, causing some fans to leave harsh comments whenever he loses to Leon. It's true that Raihan is on a ten-nil losing streak against Leon, but no other Pokémon Trainer has managed to KO as many of Leon's Pokémon as Raihan has. Raihan no doubt looks forward to taking a selfie after finally defeating Leon."
Raihan keeps his Pokémon in Ultra Balls.
In all battles, Raihan will Gigantamax his Duraludon at the first opportunity.
This battle is a Double Battle.
Galarian Star Tournament
- Wyndon Stadium (intro)
- "Exhibition or not, Leon, your pristine record is about to end—when I beat you here today!"
- "Oh! If it isn't the Trainer endorsed by the Champion! Let's see... What was your name again?"
- "Ah, right! <player>!"
- "And if Leon himself recognized your potential... then I guess you'll grow into quite the Trainer."
- "All the same, though, anyone wanting to challenge the mighty Raihan has to prove they're up to it by earning seven Gym Badges first."
- "Ah, so you're here to see our treasures, are you?"
- "Gaining a better understanding of Pokémon by studying history certainly isn't a bad idea."
- "I like your spirit, kid! Follow me, why don't you."
- Hammerlocke vault
- "I'll even spare you one of my League Cards."
- "Now on you go! If it's the vault you want, it's up those stairs there."
- If spoken to again before continuing to the vault
- "That girl's up there, too. You know. Miss Clever Cogs."
- After speaking to Sonia within the vault
- "The tapestries in the vault depict the heroes of the Galar region's past."
- "I suppose if we've got any modern hero, it'd have to be our Champion, Leon."
- "Your goal is to defeat that superstar Leon. So go conquer Route 6 and train yourself up along the way to Stow-on-Side!"
- "If you want your chance to battle the great Raihan for yourself, collect those Gym Badges!"
- "You'll need seven of them - and the next one is waiting for you in Stow-on-Side, down Route 6."
- Hammerlocke vault
- "Let's see, how many Gym Challengers are left? Huh... Not even ten, eh?"
- "All right then. <player>! Time to explain the great Raihan's Gym mission!"
- "The rules are simple! All you’ve got to do is defeat three Gym Trainers that I personally trained—in Double Battles!"
- "The Gym Challenge is meant to be, well... challenging, wouldn’t you say? Naturally there aren’t too many Gym Challengers who can make it this far."
- "And that’s why I provide a format where you can really show off the brilliant combinations you and your Pokémon should be capable of!"
- "That’s probably more than enough out of me. Time for someone else to take the spotlight! Come on, Sebastian! You’ll be first!"
- After defeating Sebastian
- "Time to face the second Trainer! Come on, Camilla!"
- "You’ve made it to the third and last Trainer! Your moment to shine, Aria!"
- If the player tries to exit mid-challenge
- "Something the matter, <player>? You’re not done with my Gym mission yet."
- Never mind: "Hah! Then hurry up and get it over with! I want to battle you already!"
- I want to withdraw: "Are you sure you want to withdraw?"
- Yes: "Fair enough. But you’re not the type to simply give up, right? I’ll be waiting for you to come back soon."
- "Nice one, <player>! You’ve completed my Gym mission! Come on. Time to head to the Gym Stadium. You’ve earned the right to face me yourself!"
- Hammerlocke Stadium
- "Finally, a challenger made it! I’ve been waiting for someone to battle... Though I’ve got to admit I didn’t think it’d be you!"
- "But I guess I should've expected no less from a Pokémon Trainer that Leon saw promise in."
- "And you aim to defeat Leon... Do you have any idea just how high a hurdle that is? As his greatest rival, I guess that I—Raihan—will have to show you!"
- "Gym Leader Raihan doesn't simply control the weather. He also seeks two-on-two battles! You must be prepared for any situation against a foe like him!"
- Upon sending out last Pokémon
- "It might be impossible to pull off a combo going solo, but it's not impossible for me to still win!"
- "Bring the storm! My partner will send everyone in the stadium flying!"
- "Let's do it... Time for our G-Max Depletion! The dragon's roar will cut right through you!"
- "Let the winds blow! Stream forward, Sandstorm!"
- Upon reactivating Sandstorm
- "The winds rise again! Stream forward, Sandstorm!"
- "Ho? Not bad—changing the weather to Hail like that!"
- "Pulling out a Sunny Day! Hah! That's not a bad countermeasure!"
- "I might have lost, but I still look good. Maybe I should snap a quick selfie..."
- "In the aftermath of the furious battle... I feel as pure and refreshed as when the sky clears after a storm."
- "What can I possibly say? Calling myself Leon’s rival? Seems I’d grown quite conceited for someone who can’t even claim the title of Champion! Overconfident in both myself and my team!"
- "I’ll give you what you want, then. The proof of your victory—the Dragon Badge!"
- "You’ve collected all of the Gym Badges from the Galar region!"
- "Now, win your way through the Semifinals and Finals for your chance to challenge Leon! You must! You owe us that much at least, for beating us in battle here today!"
- "Hey! <player>!"
- "Sorry to hold you up, but there was something I forgot."
- "First off, as a sign of my respect... Here. TM99. It contains the move Breaking Swipe."
- "And secondly...here’s the Dragon-type Gym uniform, the mark of true strength!"
- "Number <player's number>, Challenger <player>! You’ve completed the Gym Challenge! Good on you, kid. Now, prove your strength to the whole region at the Champion Cup!"
- "There you are, Leon’s little brother! Don’t worry—I’ll give you a battle that’ll make you want to quit the Gym Challenge altogether!"
- "I’ll be seeing you, <player>! Let’s have another epic battle someday! If you’re feeling up to it, you might want to go train hard in the Wild Area!"
- Hammerlocke Station
- "And you never stopped nattering on through the entire battle... You're pretty different from the Champion in that!"
- "But your strength is genuine, as proven by the Dragon badge you won from me. You came at me with all the force of a raging storm, and even I was blown away!"
- "Listen up, you two!"
- "Battle your way through the Champion Cup tournament to face Leon! One of you ought to!"
- Wyndon Stadium
- "You’re really something else, kid. You’ve made it all the way here! I guess that’s why the Champion himself endorsed you, yeah?"
- "Leon’s my rival—and he chose you. So I’ve got to first prove I’m better than you if I’m to beat him! I’ve reworked my whole team, and now we’re all geared up for one-on-one battles!"
- "You might be thinking that you beat me once already... But if you think I’m the same Raihan you faced during the Gym Challenge, you’ll soon regret it!"
- "My lovely Pokémon and I have become much stronger than we were before... But you just blew right past us! Beyond anything I’d imagined!"
- "I’m still pretty young myself, but it just goes to show that there’s always someone younger coming up, reaching further than you ever dreamed... And you’ve got your whole future ahead of you!"
- "Keep up the momentum! Prove that Leon’s not unbeatable!"
- Hammerlocke (Darkest Day)
- "Well, if it isn’t <player> and Hop! It’s a real shame, the way things have turned out. You make it all the way to the Championship Match, then something like this has to happen!"
- "And Chairman Rose thinking that the energy pouring from the Darkest Day would somehow be the key to saving Galar’s future? It all seems a bit mad, if you ask me... I can’t follow at all how that’s supposed to work."
- "And he’s gone... That Hop never changes. Always in a rush about something, isn’t he?"
- "The key thing is that no one’s been harmed. We Gym Leaders worked together with the city’s Pokémon, and we’ve got everyone evacuated."
- "And you, you’re fixing to help our Champion? To save everyone in the Galar region?"
- Of course I am: "Our greatest-ever Champion and the greatest- ever challenger, along with his/her fiercest rival... all teaming up against the Darkest Day... I almost feel sorry for it!"
- That’s where I’m going now!: "Go on then, our great challenger! Into Hammerlocke Stadium with you!"
- Hammerlocke Stadium (Sordward and Shielbert)
- "Nice timing, you lot!"
- "The stadium’s just about reached its limit! There’re simply too many Dynamax Pokémon running wild in there!"
- "So that’s what’s caused all this? That’s a problem, all right... But before we get that sorted, we’ve got to do something about these Dynamax Pokémon!"
- "Glad we’ve got you all here now. Though we’ve already done the bulk of the work!"
- "Fantastic! Looks like we’ve got ourselves together an unbeatable team!"
- "Especially you, Piers! The way you battled me in the Champion Cup... You really had my Dynamax Pokémon up against the wall!"
- "Right! Everyone, split up so we can each take down one of the Dynamax Pokémon! Let’s do it!"
- After defeating the Dynamax Pokémon
- "You guys are the greatest! You really got me out of a tough spot here! I think I’d better snap a quick one to remember this victory by."
- "I’ll take care of the Pokémon that went wild. No need for you all to worry about that."
- "<player>! Give me a ring if things should go to pot again."
- "I’m always happy to lend a hand if I can. The great Raihan is here for you anytime!"
- "And Piers! You and I have got to battle again. This time, no Dynamaxing for either of us!"
- "Wishing Stars being used for evil... I assume you all are already looking into who’s behind it, right? Carry on, then. I’ll take care of things here at Hammerlocke Stadium!"
- Wyndon Stadium (rematch)
- "I’m going to defeat the Champion, win the whole tournament, and prove to the world just how strong the great Raihan really is!"
- "I look this good even when I lose. It’s a real curse. Guess it’s time for another selfie!"
- "Considering how many likes the photos of my defeats to you get, I bet a victory photo would just explode! Wait... Have I got my priorities mixed up?"
In the anime
In the main series
In Toughing It Out!, Raihan had a battle against Leon during the World Coronation Series in Wyndon. His Duraludon battled Leon's Charizard, only to be defeated.
Raihan reappeared in a flashback in JN042.
Like his game counterpart, Raihan has a great rivalry with Leon, the real reason he entered the World Coronation Series. As expected of a Masters Eight member, Raihan is an exceptional Trainer, being able to enter the Master Class shortly after the current season of the competition begins.
This listing is of Raihan's known Pokémon in the anime:
In Pokémon: Twilight Wings
In Early-Evening Waves, Raihan was briefly seen on a magazine cover. In Sky, Raihan had a battle against Leon at Wyndon Stadium.
This listing is of Raihan's known Pokémon in Pokémon: Twilight Wings:
| Goodra was the first Pokémon used by Raihan during his battle against Leon. It went up against Leon's Aegislash, but it was unable to defeat it.
Goodra's known moves are Surf and Thunder.
| Voice actors
|| Allegra Clark
|| Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon
| Duraludon was the last Pokémon used by Raihan during the battle. It went up against Leon's Gigantamax Charizard.
None of Duraludon's moves are known*.
As a Gigantamax Duraludon, it can use Max Guard.
In the GOTCHA! music video
Raihan briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.
In the manga
In the Pocket Monsters manga
Raihan appeared in JNM10, where he played the same role as in the anime.
This listing is of Raihan's known Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters manga:
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Raihan in Pokémon Adventures
Raihan debuted in the Sword & Shield chapter. He was first seen on the gates of Hammerlocke, speculating on which Trainers would be able to earn the right to face him in the Gym Challenge. Later, in front of the Hammerlocke gate, Raihan met Sōdo Tsurugi, who had come to see the Hammerlocke vault. After a short battle that ended in Raihan's victory, Sōdo was taken to the vault, only for him and Raihan to find Sonia under attack by a wild Oranguru. By teaming up, Raihan and Sōdo managed to calm Oranguru down.
| Duraludon is Raihan's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer as he wondered about the Trainers participating in the Gym Challenge.
None of Duraludon's moves are known.
|| Sword & Shield chapter
|| キバナ Kibana
|| From 黄花藤 kibanafuji (common laburnum), may also incorporate 牙 kiba (tusk, fang)
|| From golden rain and golden chain (names for the common laburnum)
| German, Spanish, French,
|| From Laburnum anagyroides (scientific name of the common laburnum). Also, Roy means King in french.
|| From laburno (laburnum)
|| 금랑 Geumrang
|| From 금사슬나무 geumsaseunnamu and 노랑꽃등 norangkkotdeung (names for the common laburnum)
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 奇巴納 / 奇巴纳 Qíbānà
|| Transcription of his Japanese name
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 奇巴納 Kèihbānaahp