Sage (Trainer class)

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Sage redirects here. For other uses, see Sage (disambiguation).
ぼうず Monk
Sage TCG.png
TCG artwork by Masakazu Fukuda
Other names
Introduced in Generation II
Appears in Gold, Silver, and Crystal
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members LiGSC
Anime debut The Show (Evolutions)
TCG debut Undaunted
TCG card Sage's Training
Manga debut Bellsprout Rout (Adventures)
The Gym Challenges Begin!! (Pocket Monsters series)

A Sage (Japanese: ぼうず Monk) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in Generation II. They appear to be Buddhist monks who are mostly only found in Johto's Sprout Tower and Ecruteak City.

They generally use Bellsprout and Hoothoot. The ones in the Ecruteak Gym use Gastly and Haunter.

Three additional Sages found exclusively in Crystal are collectively called the Wise Trio (Japanese: 3にんしゅう group of 3 men).

In the Generation II core series games, their sprites were edited outside of Japan and Korea, presumably due to Nintendo's policy at the time of removing all religious references in games that they published. This happened again with HeartGold and SoulSilver but only in the Korean version, where the prayer beads were removed, the robes slightly recolored and a red robe on their left shoulder added. Also, their title is changed from Monk (Korean: 중) to Ascetic (Korean: 수행자). This latter edit was not done for other localizations.

Li, the oldest of all Sages who is found at the top of Sprout Tower, is referred to as an Elder. This has become a Trainer class of its own in HeartGold and SoulSilver.



In the core series

Spr GS Sage JP.png Spr GS Sage.png Spr HGSS Sage.png Spr HGSS Sage KO.png
Sprite from
Generation II (JP/KR)
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sage II OD.png Sage OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In other games

S2 Sage.png
Portrait from
Stadium 2

Trainer list

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Pokémon Evolutions

A Sage appeared in The Show, being amongst the audience watching the Kimono Girls perform.


Sage's Bellsprout
Bellsprout is the Sage's only known Pokémon. It was seen with him during the Kimono Girls' performance.

None of Bellsprout's moves are known.

Debut The Show

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Sages in Pokémon Adventures

Sages named Chow (Japanese: モクネン Mokunen), Nico (Japanese: チンネン Chinnen), Edmond (Japanese: エイソウ Eisō), Jin (Japanese: ソウネン Sōnen), Neal (Japanese: カクネン Kakunen), and Troy (Japanese: カイネン Kainen), respectively known as Peaceful, Mindful, Faithful, Careful, Painful and Thoughtful in the Chuang Yi version, appeared at the Sprout Tower in Bellsprout Rout. When they saw Gold entering the tower, they wanted to recruit him to be one of them, with the name "Nanyanen" (Awful in the Chuang Yi version). However, Gold refused, as he needed to find the Totodile thief he was chasing. The Sages had the Bellsprout attack him as payback, but they were all defeated by Exbo.


Sage's Bellsprout
Bellsprout (×6)
The Sages each own a Bellsprout. They battled against Gold, but were defeated by Exbo.

Bellsprout's known moves are Swords Dance, Cut, and Reflect and their Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut Bellsprout Rout

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

A group of Sages appeared in The Gym Challenges Begin!!.

Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire

A group of Sages appeared in Let's Go Catch The Dumpling Thief!!.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring a Sage in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Sage's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Hoothoot Colorless Astral Radiance TGH TG12/TG30 Battle Region CHR 073/067
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Sage's Training Su Undaunted Uncommon 77/90 Reviving Legends Uncommon 075/080
      Steelix Constructed Standard Deck   016/019
Call of Legends Uncommon 85/95      


In other languages

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Chinese, Vietnamese and Brazilian Portuguese (if differs) names for individual Sages, as well as manga names in different languages (if they differ from game names)
Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 和尚 Wòhséung
Mandarin 和尚 Héshàng
France Flag.png French Sage
Germany Flag.png German Weiser
Italy Flag.png Italian Saggio
South Korea Flag.png Korean JungGSC
수행자 SuhaengjaHGSS
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Sábio
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pensador
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hòa thượng

Sprout Tower Sages

Japanese English French German Italian Spanish Korean Chinese (Mandarin)
チンネン Chinnen Nico
Eckart Plato EugenioGSC
진연 Jin-yeon*
친넹 Chinneng*
珍念 Zhēnniàn
モクネン Mokunen Chow
Quentin Helmut Renato Brandon 묵연 Muk-yeon*
모꾸넹 Mokkuneng*
莫念 Mòniàn
エイソウ Eisō Edmond
Ludger Orazio Octavio 영창 Yeongchang*
에이소 Eiso*
永宗 Yǒngzōng
ソウネン Sōnen Jin
Alfonse Detlev TaleteGS
Séneca 상연 Sang-yeon*
소우넹 Souneng*
宗念 Zōngniàn
カクネン Kakunen Neal
Achille Lukas Livio Augusto 가연 Gayeon*
카꾸넹 Kakkuneng*
格念 Géniàn
カイネン Kainen Troy
Ingolf Aristo Jeremías 명연 Myeong-yeon*
카이넹 Kaineng*
戒念 Jièniàn

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalHGSSSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery Man*CHGSSDouble TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollectorCowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdol
JoggerLadyNinja BoyParasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerRancherReporter
Rich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialiteTuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

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