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Ronald (Japanese: ランド Lando) is the rival of Mark and Mint in Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!. Later, in Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! he infiltrates Team Great Rocket as GRX (Japanese: GRX).
In the games
In both games, Ronald appears at some points and challenges the player to a duel that starts automatically, without any input from the player. Once Ronald appears and talks to the player, the player does not have the chance to perform common tasks like editing the deck or saving the game before dueling Ronald.
In Pokémon Trading Card Game
As the player character's rival, he fights the player from time to time during the normal course of the gameplay. He plays four different decks as the player progresses through the game.
I'm Ronald Deck
After the player obtains the second Master Medal, Ronald will appear in the lobby of the club and battle the player with the I'm Ronald Deck. The player only has one chance to win this duel. Should the player be successful, the player will earn a promotional Jigglypuff card.
Powerful Ronald Deck
After the player obtains the fifth Master Medal, Ronald will appear in the lobby of the club and battle the player with the Powerful Ronald Deck. The player only has one chance to win this duel. Should the player be successful, the player will earn a promotional Super Energy Retrieval card.
Invincible Ronald Deck
During the story of the game, there are two Challenge Cup matches. One takes place between the player's third and fourth Master Medals, and another occurs between the sixth and seventh. Ronald is the third opponent the player must face, and he will be using the Invincible Ronald Deck.
If the player defeats Ronald during the first Challenge Cup, the prize is a promotional Mewtwo card.
Legendary Ronald Deck
After the player defeats the four Grand Masters for the first time at the Pokémon Dome, Ronald will come to battle with the Legendary Ronald Deck using the Legendary Cards he just inherited. After he has been defeated, he will lose the powers of the Legendary Cards and can never be battled again at Pokémon Dome. Ronald will re-appear occasionally at the Challenge Cup using the Invincible Ronald Deck.
In Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!
Duelling against Ronald alias GRX
Ronald appears several times during the game. In the beginning of the game, when the player enters a club building for the first time, Ronald talks about Team Great Rocket, and uses the Card Pop! function with the player. He also appears after the player has earned two pieces of GR Coin, and if defeated, he gives the player a rare Super Energy Retrieval card.
Ronald is met again on the GR Island when entering Game Center for first time, as Ronald appears and gives away the Bill's PC card. Shortly after that, he may be seen again at the GR Grass Fort, now belonging to Team Great Rocket as member GRX. He then challenges the player to a 6-prize match, in which he uses a deck focusing on Pokémon. When defeated, he reveals his identity and mission to recover the cards stolen by Team Great Rocket and gives one of both Team Rocket's Ambition and We Are Team Rocket booster packs.
When the player has defeated the Fort Leader at the GR Fire Fort or at the GR Water Fort, based on which event happens before, Ronald appears once again. If the player defeats him in a 6-prize duel, Ronald awards him with a Computer Error card.
Ronald is met again at the Team GR Castle. He has just been defeated by King Biruritchi, and he wants to test the player. If the player wins the match, Ronald gives another copy of the Super Energy Retrieval.
After the defeat of King Biruritchi, Ronald can be seen in Mason Laboratory. He's working on a new deck and won't duel the player. If the player take part in the Grand Master Cup, Ronald challenges the player with his Ronald's Ultra Deck.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
- "Well, getting the <club> Medal wasn't that hard! If I keep this up, I should be able to get the Legendary Pokémon Cards!"
- "What? It's you, <player>! What are you doing? Huh? That's a deck! Are you... trying to get the Legendary Pokémon Cards?"
- No: "It's useless trying to hide it! I know you came here for the Medal! You're out of your league!"
- Yes: "What!?! I can't believe it! You? The Legendary Pokémon Cards? Ha ha ha ha ha! Don't make me laugh!!!"
- "Alright! Listen up! I'll teach you what it's about! To inherit the Legendary Pokémon Cards, you must defeat the 8 Club Masters and get the 8 Medals! Then you have to go to Pokémon Dome and defeat all 4 of the Grand Masters there!!! There's no way you can do it!!! You might as well just give up and go home! 'Cause the Legendary Pokémon Cards are gonna be mine! I already won the first Medal! See ya, <player>! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!"
- After the player earns their second Medal
- "Hi, <player>! How ya doin'?"
- "So you won the second Medal? You must have been really lucky!"
- "I'll see how good you really are! Come on, let's duel!"
- "We'll play with 6 prizes! If you win, I'll give you a really rare card!"
- When defeated (first battle)
- "I... I wasn't really trying that hard!"
- "Well, a loss is a loss, so I'll have to give you this card."
- "It won't be so easy next time! See ya!"
- When viewing the Plate of Legends before all Medals have been earned
- "Hi, <player>. What are you doing here?"
- "Yes! The Legendary Pokémon Cards will be inherited here at Pokémon Dome! Of course I, Ronald, will inherit the cards!"
- "Hey, did you collect the Medals?"
- Yes: "Hey, <player>! You only have <number> Medals!"'
- "I've already collected <number+1>! Why don't you just give up? See ya!"
- No: "Duh! That's pretty obvious! There's no way you could collect them all! Why don't you just give up? See ya!"
- When met in Challenge Hall
- "Hi, <player>! Are you competing in the Challenge Cup, too?"
- "I'm the one who's going to defeat 3 opponents! The prize, LV60 Mewtwo, belongs to me! You just sit tight and watch me win!"
- "See ya! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
- Third match of Challenge Cup
- "Hey, <player>! I'm not gonna lose to you!"
- "LV60 Mewtwo belongs to me!"
- "You see! I'm the better player? Two more opponents to go to win the Challenge Cup!"
- Lobby of Challenge Hall (if lost)
- "Hey, it's <player> - the loser of the Challenge Cup!"
- "What? You're asking if I won? I lost to the third opponent!"
- "I just lost my concentration. But I'll win the next Challenge Cup! Of course I'll pulverize you! See ya! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
- Lobby of the Challenge Hall (fourth Medal)
- "Hey <player>, too bad you're late!"
- "The Challenge Cup is over! I defeated 3 opponents and won the prize - Mewtwo! See ya! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
- "Hi, <player>. So you've finally come this far?"
- "I've already won 5 Medals! By the time you win your 8th Medal, I will have inherited the Legendary Pokémon cards!"
- "I'll catch you later! See ya! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
| Artwork from Pokémon Trading Card Game
|| Artwork from Pokémon Card GB2
|| Artwork from Pokémon Card GB2
In the manga
In the Pokémon Card GB The Comix manga
Ronald appears as the main character in Pokémon Card GB The Comix, a one-shot manga based on the video game of the same name. In Pokémon Card GB The Comix, Ronald duels his rival Mark, but ultimately loses.
Ronald uses the following Pokémon cards in his duel against Mark:
|| Seel → Dewgong
| Dewgong is a Water-type card used by Ronald in his deck. Ronald began the duel with Seel as his Active Pokémon. On his second turn, Ronald Evolved Seel into Dewgong. As Dewgong, it Knocked Out Mark's Scyther using a combination of its Aurora Beam attack and PlusPower. Eventually, Dewgong was Knocked Out by Mark's Ivysaur.
|| Pokémon Card GB The Comix
| Magmar is a Fire-type card used by Ronald in his deck. Magmar was placed on the Bench on Ronald's fourth turn, and became the Active Pokémon on his fifth turn after Dewgong was Knocked Out. Magmar had the advantage over Mark's Ivysaur (and then Venusaur after it Evolved) due to the type advantage of Fire over Grass. However, it was Knocked Out by Mark's Charizard after it was swapped out from Venusaur.
|| Pokémon Card GB The Comix
- In Pokémon Trading Card Game, Ronald is the only duelist non-player character without a class (such as "Club Master" or "Club Member"). At the start of all duels against Ronald, there is a space behind Ronald's name, which would be the space normally located between the duelist class and the character name. This happens since the Japanese version, and was not fixed in any of the localized versions.
|| ランド Lando
|| Possibly from hand or random.
| English, French, German, Italian
|| Similar to Japanese name.
|| Similar to English name.