Silver (game)

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This article is about the character. For the game titled "Pokémon Silver Version", see Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions.

Silver
シルバー Silver
HeartGold SoulSilver Silver.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Gray*, Red*
Hair color Dark red
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto or originally Kanto, then moved to Johto
Relatives Giovanni (father)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Passerby, Rival
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium 2, Masters
Game animation debut The Legacy
English voice actor Lucien Dodge (Generations)
Joe Zieja (Masters)
Japanese voice actor Ryōta Ōsaka (Generations)
Unknown (Masters)
Anime debut A New Oath
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Unknown
Manga counterpart(s) Silver, Silver, Black, Tsubaki

Silver (Japanese: シルバー Silver) is the rival character of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, playing opposite Ethan, Kris, or Lyra. He is the son of Team Rocket Boss Giovanni.

During the first battle against him in HeartGold and SoulSilver, he is given the unique Trainer class Passerby (Japanese: とおりすがり Passerby) with the placeholder name Boy (Japanese: しょうねん Boy).

In the games

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Silver first appears in the Generation II games, lurking outside of Professor Elm's lab, looking through the window. When talked to, he will deny everything and push the player away. During the player's journey to Mr. Pokémon's house, Silver makes his move, stealing one of Elm's two remaining starter Pokémon (coincidentally always the one that is strong against the player's choice). He will meet with the player on the outskirts of Cherrygrove City, battling to get through. A policeman will later ask for the name of the rival, and the rival will be called the name the player gives for the rest of the game.

Silver shows a strong dislike of Team Rocket. He considers them to be weak, and vows to take them, as well as any other weak Trainer, down. He steals a Pokémon from a Trainer in Cianwood City and while Ethan/Kris/Lyra attempts to take down Team Rocket in Mahogany Town and Goldenrod City, he interferes to prove himself. It is in the Mahogany hideout that he meets with Lance, Champion of the Elite Four at Indigo Plateau. Silver challenges Lance and is easily defeated by the dragon Trainer, who then proceeds to berate Silver for his callous ways towards training Pokémon. Though Silver is outraged for losing to someone with such an attitude, the loss and Lance's words ultimately set him on the path to becoming a better person. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, when Team Rocket takes over the Goldenrod Radio Tower, Silver first blows the player's Team Rocket disguise, unaware of the player's plan to sneak in by pretending to be a member of Team Rocket. He later follows the player to the Goldenrod underground and they battle Team Rocket, hoping that Lance will reappear and he can request a rematch.

By the time the player reaches Victory Road, Silver battles against the player not out of malice, but to prove that he is a good Trainer. He is defeated and departs to continue training. The player battles Silver on Mt. Moon, and though he loses he claims he can feel his Pokémon getting stronger, and resolves to train at Dragon's Den.

After the player has become Champion, Silver can indeed be found training in the Dragon's Den on Tuesday and Thursday, where he cannot be battled. On Monday and Wednesday, he will appear at Indigo Plateau and will challenge the player to a battle if they appear there. He does not appear at all on Friday or the weekends, indicating that he may in fact take the day off, resting his Pokémon. When battled this seventh and final time at Indigo Plateau, Silver seems to have finally learned to care for his Pokémon properly, as his Golbat has evolved to Crobat, which only occurs when Golbat is very friendly. This is further expressed in Generation IV when his starter Pokémon starts to follow him around, much like the player's Pokémon; Professor Elm even expressly states that Silver's Pokémon have come to trust him when Silver returns to the lab, presumably to return the starter he stole. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Lance and Clair will appear in the Dragon's Den and challenge the player and Silver to a Multi Battle following the battle at Mt. Moon giving him the chance to avenge his loss from earlier.

In terms of personality, Silver is initially the darkest of the rivals in the series. While most other rivals are generally good-natured, or at least zestful enough to crack a joke at the player, Silver is (at first) cruel, hateful, power-obsessed and even physically abusive, pushing the player character around several times. Even after he starts to become kinder, he remains a rather serious individual. He does, however, express genuine happiness when Elm allows him to keep the Pokémon he stole.

Giovanni and Silver's relationship is first alluded to in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, when Team Rocket Scientist Gideon at the Rocket Warehouse on Five Island asks Red if he is "Giovanni's kid" but concludes he is not, saying that "Giovanni's kid has red hair." More information is revealed in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver when a fateful encounter Celebi is brought to Ilex Forest shrine: Celebi takes the player back in time three years to witness Giovanni abandoning Silver to go into seclusion because of his defeat at the hands of Red. Silver's hate for Team Rocket apparently stems from the failure of his father.

Silver also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2, where he's simply called "Rival". He can be battled in White City once the player has cleared every Stadium Mode and the Gym Leader Castle, acting as the final opponent of the game. His party consists of three Legendary Pokémon with a base stat total of 680, which the player is allowed to face with a full party of six Pokémon. Defeating Silver ends the game, and, in Round 1, also unlocks Round 2.

Pokémon

The starter Pokémon that Silver has will depend on which Pokémon the player chose to bring on Professor Elm's errand at the beginning of the game. As with most rivals, it will be the Pokémon whose type weakens that of the player's starter.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

For Silver's Pokémon in Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions, see here.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Second battle

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Third battle

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Fourth battle

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Fifth battle

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Sixth battle

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Multi Battle with the player
Silver in the Dragon's Den

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Rematches

Chikorita If the player chose Chikorita:



Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:



Totodile If the player chose Totodile:



Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

New Bark Town
"…… So this is the famous Elm Pokémon Lab …… What are you staring at?"
Cherrygrove City
  • Before battle
"…… …… …… You got a Pokémon at the Lab. What a waste. A wimp like you. …… …… …… Don't you get what I'm saying? Well, I too, have a good Pokémon. I'll show you what I mean!"
  • Being defeated
"Humph. Are you happy you won?"
  • If the player is defeated
"Humph. That was a waste of time."
  • After the battle
"…… …… …… My name's ???. I'm going to be the world's greatest Pokémon trainer."
Sprout Tower
"… …Humph! He claims to be the Elder but he's weak. It stands to reason. I'd never lose to fools who babble about being nice to Pokémon. I only care about strong Pokémon that can win. I really couldn't care less about weak Pokémon.
Azalea Town
  • Before battle
"…Tell me something. Is it true that Team Rocket has returned? What? You beat them? Hah! Quit lying. You're not joking? Then let's see how good you are."
  • Being defeated
"… Humph! Useless Pokémon! Listen, you. You only won because my Pokémon were weak."
  • After being defeated
"I hate the weak. Pokémon, trainers. It doesn't matter who or what. I'm going to be strong and wipe out the weak. That goes for Team Rocket too. They act big and tough in a group. But get them alone, and they're weak. I hate them all. You stay out of my way. A weakling like you is only a distraction."

Burned Tower

  • Before battle
"…… …… …… …Oh, it's you. You wanted to get stronger, so you came for the legendary Pokémon that's supposed to be here. That's your story, right? Well, that's not going to happen. Because I'm going to get it! I'm going to be the world's greatest trainer, so a legendary Pokémon would be perfect for me. …Well, anyway. I'm getting tired of having a wimp like you always showing up."GS
"…… …… …… …Oh, it's you. I came looking for some legendary Pokémon that they say roosts here. But there's nothing here! Nothing after all the trouble of coming to this dump? No way! It's all your fault!"C
  • Being defeated
"…Humph! This is why I hate battling wimps. There's no challenge in it."
  • After being defeated
"…Aw, whatever. You would never be able to catch a legendary Pokémon anyway."GSC
"Humph! What are you doing falling into a hole? Some genius you are! Serves you right!"C
Olivine City
"… You again? There's no need to panic. I don't bother with wimps like you. Speaking of weaklings, the city's Gym Leader isn't here. Supposedly taking care of a sick Pokémon at the Lighthouse. Humph! Boo-hoo! Just let sick Pokémon go! A Pokémon that can't battle is worthless! Why don't you go train at the Lighthouse? Who knows. It may make you a bit less weak!"
Team Rocket HQ
"… Didn't I tell you that I was going to destroy Team Rocket? …Tell me, who was the guy in the cape who used dragon Pokémon? My Pokémon were no match at all. I don't care that I lost. I can beat him by getting stronger Pokémon. It's what he said that bothers me… He told me that I don't love and trust my Pokémon enough. I'm furious that I lost to a bleeding heart like him. …Humph! I don't have the time for the likes of you!"
Goldenrod Underground
  • Before battle
"Hold it! I saw you, so I tailed you. I don't need you underfoot while I take care of Team Rocket. …Wait a second. You beat me before, didn't you? That was just a fluke. But I repay my debts!"
  • Being defeated
"…Why… Why do I lose? I've assembled the toughest Pokémon. I didn't ease up on the gas. So why do I lose?"
  • After being defeated
"…I don't understand… Is what that Lance guy said true? That I don't treat Pokémon properly? Love… Trust… Are they really what I lack? Are they keeping me from winning? I… I just don't understand. But it's not going to end here. Not now. Not because of this. I won't give up my dream of becoming the world's best Pokémon trainer!"
Victory Road
  • Before battle
"Hold it. …Are you going to take the Pokémon League challenge? …Don't make me laugh. You're so much weaker than I am. I'm not like I was before. I now have the best and strongest Pokémon with me. I'm invincible! <player>! I challenge you!"
  • Being defeated
"…I couldn't win… I gave it everything I had… What you possess, and what I lack… I'm beginning to understand what that dragon master said to me…"
  • After being defeated
"…I haven't given up on becoming the greatest trainer… I'm going to find out why I can't win and become stronger…. When I do, I will challenge you. And I'll beat you down with all my power. …Humph! You keep at it until then."
Dragon's Den
  • When first talked to
"… What? <player>? …No, I won't battle you now… My Pokémon aren't ready to beat you. I can't push them too hard now. I have to be disciplined to become the greatest Pokémon trainer…"
  • If talked to again
"… Whew… Learn to stay out of my way…"
Mt. Moon
  • Before battle
"…… …… …… It's been a while, <player>. …Since I lost to you, I thought about what I was lacking with my Pokémon… And we came up with an answer. <player>, now we'll show you!"
  • Being defeated
"…… …… …… I thought I raised my Pokémon to be the best they could be… …But it still wasn't enough…"
  • After being defeated
"…… …… …… …You won, fair and square. I admit it. But this isn't the end. I'm going to be the greatest Pokémon Trainer ever. Because these guys are behind me. …Listen, <player>. One of these days I'm going to prove how good I am by beating you."
Indigo Plateau
  • Before battle
"Hold it. You're going to take the Pokémon League challenge now? That's not going to happen. My super-well trained Pokémon are going to pound you. <player>! I challenge you!"
  • Being defeated
"… OK--I lost…"
  • After being defeated
"…Darn… I still can't win… I… I have to think more about my Pokémon… Humph! Try not to lose!"

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

New Bark Town
"… So this is the famous Elm Pokémon Lab… …What are you staring at?"
Cherrygrove City
  • Before battle
"… You got a Pokémon at the Lab. What a waste. That's a Pokémon that's too good for a wimp like you. … Don't you get what I'm saying? Well, I too have a good Pokémon. I'll show you what I mean!"
  • Starter at critical health
"…Humph! You're doing OK for someone weak."
  • Being defeated
"…Humph! Are you happy you won?"
  • If the player is defeated
"…Humph! That was a waste of time."
  • After the battle
"…Do you want to know who I am? I'm going to be the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer."
"Give it back! That's my Trainer Card! Oh no! You saw my name…"
Sprout Tower
"… …Humph! He calls himself the Elder, but he was no match for me. Sure enough, those who lecture how you should be "nice" to Pokémon… They cannot defeat me. All I care about are strong Pokémon that win every time. The rest of them don't mean anything to me."
Azalea Town
  • Before battle
"…Tell me something. Is it true that Team Rocket has returned? What? You beat them? Hah! Quit lying. Are you serious? Then let's see how good you are."
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"Say, you've got a lot of nerve, coming here…"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"That's ridiculous. There's no way I could lose to a wimp like you!"
  • Being defeated
"… Humph! Useless Pokémon! Listen, you. You only won because my Pokémon were weak."
  • If the player is defeated
"I knew you were lying."
  • After being defeated
"I hate the weak. Pokémon, Trainers. It doesn't matter who or what. I hate to see them hanging around. That goes for Team Rocket, too. They think they are big and tough as long as they are in a group. But get them alone, and they're weak. I hate them all. You stay out of my way. You won't be an exception if you get in my way."
Burned Tower
  • Before battle
"……………… ……Oh, it's you. You must be here to catch the legendary Pokémon to make yourself look strong. That is only a dream. You see, the legendary Pokémon suits a Trainer like me who has sworn to become the strongest Trainer. A battle with Team Rocket Grunts is just right for you!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"Out of desperation, weak people sometimes do OK at fighting back."
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"Don't you get that I'm going easy on you?"
  • Being defeated
"…Humph! I'm not fighting with another weakling ever again. It's just too much playing around."
  • After being defeated
"…Aw, whatever. You would never be able to catch a legendary Pokémon anyway."
Olivine City
"… You again? There's no need to be alert. I don't bother with wimps like you. Speaking of weaklings, the city's Gym Leader isn't here, and is supposedly taking care of a sick Pokémon at the Lighthouse. Humph! Boo-hoo! Just let sick Pokémon go! A Pokémon that can't battle is worthless! Why don't you go train at the Lighthouse? Who knows? It may make you a bit of a better Trainer!"
Team Rocket HQ
"… So you are messing with them again. Humph, you must really like Team Rocket so much. … Tell me, who was the guy in the cape who used Dragon-type Pokémon? My Pokémon were no match at all. I don't care that I lost. I can beat him by getting stronger Pokémon. It's what he said that bothers me… He told me that I don't love and trust my Pokémon enough. I'm furious that I lost to a bleeding heart like him. …Humph! I don't have time for the likes of you!"
Goldenrod Radio Tower
  • Before battling the Team Rocket Grunt
"Hey Team Rocket! Stop going around in groups and troubling people. You cowards! …Huh? Are you <player>? What are you doing here? No way… You think you're strong now that you look like them? That's foolish! You shouldn't wear those things!"
  • After battling the Team Rocket Grunt
"I see. You were trying to be sneaky… Huh! A typical idea of the meek! No matter. I'll let you handle this. I have to defeat the Dragon Tamer… What's his name…? Lance! After that… it will be your turn. Be ready for it!"
Goldenrod Tunnel
  • Before battle
"Hold it! What I told you before was to deceive you. I thought it would let me tail you, and it would lead me to Lance. Well, he never showed up. …No matter. I was planning to beat you after Lance, but since you are here, I will repay my debts!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"Hey, hey! Why so serious?"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"No way…"
  • Being defeated
"…Why… Why do I lose? I've assembled the toughest Pokémon. I haven't eased up on the gas. So why do I lose?"
  • After being defeated
"…I don't understand. Is what that Lance guy said true? That I don't treat Pokémon properly? Love… Trust… Are they really what I lack? Are they keeping me from winning? I… I just don't understand. But it's not going to end here. Not now. Not because of this. I won't give up my dream of becoming the world's best Pokémon Trainer!"
Ecruteak City
"How…? How is this possible? How can I lose to mere Kimono Girls…? You were watching me, <player>… Yeah, that's right! I never thought defeating five Kimono Girls would be so hard… I got beaten to a pulp… … You must have come here for the same reason, right? Don't get cocky just because you defeated Team Rocket! These Kimono Girls are insanely strong. Go ahead! See if you can defeat them. But I'm not going back. I don't want to see you win."
Victory Road
  • Before battle
"Hold it. …Are you going to challenge the Pokémon League? Victory Road is at its end, for sure. But did you notice…? You didn't see any real Trainers on the way, did you? Man, they were all spineless! Well, the fact that you have come this far means you're not one of them. But! Your journey ends here! Because… right here, right now… I will crush you!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"I see. Seems like it wasn't just luck that's gotten you this far."
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"Humph! You were too strong…"
  • Being defeated
…I couldn't win… I gave it everything I had… What you possess and what I lack, I'm beginning to understand what that Dragon Tamer said to me…"
  • After being defeated
"……………… I haven't given up on becoming the greatest Trainer… I'm going to find out why I can't win and become stronger… When I do, I will challenge you. I'll beat you down with all my power. …Humph! You keep at it until then."
Mt. Moon
  • Before battle
"Hey, <player>! You're here in Kanto, too? Some of the Trainers here are tough, which makes it easy to train my Pokémon! <player>! I know you are strong… But… I can't help but challenge you!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"I see. You weren't coming to Kanto just to show off…"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"I see you weren't playing around, either…"
  • Being defeated
"Humph! I guess it can't be helped…"
  • If the player is defeated
"Hmm, seems my Pokémon are pretty good."
  • After being defeated
"My training's still not good enough…? My Pokémon are so weak, it makes me frustrated… But I can feel that they are getting better after each battle… ……………… Tch! They're still too weak! I need to give them more training… I know! I should take them to Dragon's Den! See ya, <player>!"
Dragon's Den
"…What? Are you here to make fun of my training? Humph! I took my time coming all the way here, but the Master won't tell me anything, and he's making a big deal out of it... So I decided to train my Pokémon here instead."
"You! Where have you been all this time? Prepare to lose to me this time. I challenge you!"
"Humph! You can't beat me one-on-one, can you?"
"You must be kidding! That embarrassing one in the weird costume for me? No way I can battle with her! <player>! Come to my side! We'll beat Lance together!"
  • After the battle
"<player>... It wasn't supposed to go this way… Anyway, I am not giving up beating you! I'll train my Pokémon and...my own heart, too. I'll come back as the toughest challenge for you!"
  • If talked to again at a different day
"... Whew... Learn to stay out of the way..."
Indigo Plateau
  • Before battle
"Hold it. You're going to take the Pokémon League challenge now? You'll have to give up on that. My well-trained-beyond-recognition Pokémon are going to pound you. Right now, right here! I challenge you!"
  • Sending out last Pokémon
"Why?! I've still got one left!"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"Do you think you've won already?"
  • Being defeated
"… OK. I lost…"
  • If the player is defeated
"… Whew… With my partners, I'm going to be the Champion!"
  • After being defeated
"…Oh, no… I still can't win after all that training… I…I have to believe more in my Pokémon… …No big deal. Sorry to have got in the way. Don't forget to rest your Pokémon before you challenge the Champion!"
Route 22 (event)
"You told me… you were the number one in the world! Are you gonna quit? What are you going to do now?"
"What aspect of you was number one? Gathering so many only to be defeated by a mere child!"
"I don't understand you! You don't make any sense!"
"I don't want to understand you! I will never become someone like you. A coward when you're alone and acting like a tyrant when you're in front of other cowards! I will become strong! I will become a stronger man all by myself! All by myself!"
"…What are you staring at?"

Pokémon Stadium 2

  • Before team selection
"I didn't think you'd make it this far. Come on! Let's settle this now!"
  • Before battle
"Yo! You finally got here! Now we'll decide things once and for all!"
"You just get on my nerves! I'll whip you right now!"
"There's room for only one Champ! I'll make you understand that!"
  • Sending out first Pokémon
"Prepare to lose!"
  • Sending out a new Pokémon
"<Pokémon>!"
"<Pokémon>! Smash it!"
"Do it, <Pokémon>!"
"<Pokémon>, finish it!"
"Pull back, <Pokémon>!"
"Switch, <Pokémon>!"
"Good! Switch, <Pokémon>!"
"Next!"
  • Own Pokémon faints
"Arrrrgh! <Pokémon>!"
"Ugh! That's impossible!"
  • Player's Pokémon faints
"Hey! You're looking pale!"
"Drill that home! I can do that, too!"
  • Player's Pokémon lands a critical hit
"Hmph! So you got a critical hit. Don't start celebrating just yet!"
"Quit showing off!"
"What are you doing?"
  • If the player is defeated
"Do you see? I'm the best!"
  • After being defeated
"Are you happy that you won? Hmph! Sure. Go ahead and brag about it."
"What? What is it that I lack?"
"What… Why?!? This should have been perfect!"
  • After winning
"Lose to you? Never!"
"What are you thinking?"
"The bottom line is that you can't beat me, no matter what you do."
"You're wasting your time playing with those wimpy Pokémon."
  • If the battle ended in a draw
"Hmph! How could I have only tied against the likes of you?"
  • If the player runs from the battle
"There you go. Go on home to your mommy."

Pokémon Masters

Menu interface (voice clips)
  • After being recruited
"My name's Silver. I'm gonna be the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer."
  • Sync pair viewer
"I hate the weak."
"Make sure your Pokémon are healed up if you're going to be battling."
  • Selection screen (forming team)
"Let's see what you're made of."
  • Selection screen (disbanding team)
"Later!"
  • Upon learning a new move
"We're the greatest in the world!"
  • Upon leveling-up
"...Humph! Naturally."
  • Upon reaching max level
"One step closer to being the greatest!"
  • Upon unlocking a new level cap
"I have no limits!"
Battle interface (voice clips)
  • Battle start
"All right!"
  • Using Pokémon move
"Now's our chance!"
"Get 'em!"
  • Using Trainer move
"Now!"
  • Using Sync Move
"We're the greatest!"


  • Switching in
"My turn!"
  • Recalling fainted Pokémon
"Why… Why did I lose?"
  • "Nice" emote
"Not bad!"
  • "Watch out" emote
"Look out!"
  • "Let's do this" emote
"We're the greatest!"
  • "Thanks" emote
"I appreciate it."
  • Defeat
"Tch..."
  • Victory
"Heh."
"Heh heh. They were no match for us."
Legendary Event - Pure Hearts and Rainbow Wings
  • Oh, Ho-Oh!
"Ho-Oh..."
"You must be that kid Ethan mentioned. <player>, or whatever."
"Ethan and I were in the middle of a battle when the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh flew overhead."
"He decided to cut our battle short so he could go off and look for it!"
"You're friends with Ethan, right? Then come with me."
"That fool is definetly in over his head."
  • On the Lookout for Ho-Oh
"*sigh*"
"Hey, don't go spouting nonsense! I'm not your friend. You and I are..."
"Hmph. Never mind."
Nice to meet you!: "Hmph... Sure."
Let's go find Ho-Oh together!: "*sigh*"
"I'm just... dumbfounded. You're like a Psyduck with Cloud Nine, the way you always have your head in the clouds."
"We're talking about a Legendary Pokémon that can soar through the sky to go wherever it wants. Do you understand what that means?"
"How exactly are we supposed to search for it when it could literally be anywhere?!"
"Not only that, but even though it's an artificial island, Pasio is still pretty enormous."
"If you had stopped to think for even a second... you would've realized that we'll never find Ho-Oh if we just wander around aimlessly looking for it."
"Hmph. Finally you're starting to see reason."
"<player>, I know Ethan forced you to come along. Let's just go our separate ways for now."
I won't give up that easily!: "Even so, we can't do much searching if we don't have a plan, now can we?"
Let's come up with a plan to find it!: "How are we supposed to do that? If it were that easy to find a Legendary Pokémon, we wouldn't be in this mess."
"What?"
"H-hey! Ethan!"
"Hmph. Does he really think this plan will work?"
"... ... ..."
"... ... ..."
"Fine... I guess I'll come along."
"But if Ethan's wrong about this, I'm never gonna let him live it down!"
  • Seek the Kimono Girl!
"Ethan! Would you mind telling us just who you're looking for already?"
"A Kimono Girl?!"
What's the matter?: "It's not important... Just something that happened in Johto a long time ago."
You really think one of the Kimono Girls would be on Pasio?: (no dialogue)
"Huh?! The Kimono Girl isn't alone. What are you doing here, Lance?"
"Don't worry about me. I can hear you talk just fine from here."
"A Trainer who's pure of heart..."
"... ... ..."
"Actually... I think I'll sit this one out."
"I don't really care about Ho-Oh. I've just been along for the ride this whole time."
"You two can go without me."
"Later."
"The Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh..."
"Hmph... What's the point? It's not like it's going to appear before me anyway."
"Besides, I've got you."
"And even if I did go... what if my presence keeps Ho-Oh away from the area altogether? *sigh*"
"Lance..."
  • Lance and Silver
"What do you want? I'm not in the mood for a battle right now."
"Tsk! If you only came here to rub salt in old wounds, I'm leaving."
"You keep talking like that, people might think you've retired the cape to become a Pokémon Professor."
"... ... ..."
"You think it's that easy for people to change?"
"I'm a Trainer who's done some pretty terrible things. I stole someone's Pokémon, and I treated people like garbage if they got on my nerves."
"And worst of all, my dad is..."
"... ... ...
"They're not my friends."
"They're rivals, not friends! And that goes for you, too!"
"I haven't forgotten what it felt like when you completely destroyed me in battle."
"I'm going to get stronger here on Pasio! I'm going to become the greatest Trainer in the world!"
"And when I do, I'm coming for you! You'd better be ready!"
"All right, party's over..."
"Hmph! What're you so happy about?"
"My goal is to be the greatest Trainer in the world."
"If Ho-Oh does decide to show up... maybe I'll just make it my partner by force!"
"I'm not just gonna stand around and watch while one of you idiots gets to join up with Ho-Oh."
"That's the same cry I heard yesterday..."
"H-hey!"
"Hmph! How can they be so casual about this? Don't they realize they're going up against a Legendary Pokémon?"
"Stil..."
"If they find it first, I'll be pretty upset..."
"Let's go, <player>! We're going to be the first ones to find Ho-Oh, not them!"
  • The Choices We Make
"We've been climbing for what feels like forever and haven't seen so much as Ho-Oh's shadow."
"But I've heard its cry a few more times since we started, so we must be getting closer."
Let's keep looking. Don't give up!: "Of course. I still have to prove that I'm the greater Trainer."
Maybe Ethan already found it.: "Not a chance. I know Ethan. If he found it already, he would've told us by now."
"That's the kind of guy he is. Believe me, I've spent more time with Ethan than I'd care to admit."
"Speaking of which..."
"you kinda remind me of him."
Really?: "Yeah. Not in terms of appearance or personality. It's more... your eyes."
How so?: "I'd say it's your eyes."
"They're always looking off to the distance, giving off this kinda... gleam. It used to really annoy me whenever I saw eyes like yours."
"But... now I don't really get that way around you or Ethan."
"The old me definetly would've just challenged you to a battle and not thought twice about it."
"Maybe I'm..."
"What was that? It sounded close!"
"Ah!"
"Ho-Oh... It's really here."
"Does that mean I'm...? No, it's because you're here. Right, <player>?"
"Gah! It doesn't matter! That's not important now!"
"Ho-Oh! Now that you've finally revealed yourself, I'm going to make you my partner Pokémon!"
"You want to see how strong I am? Then let the battle begin!"
"Tsk! Who'd be calling me now? This better be important..."
"Huh? Ethan? Actually, this is perfect."
"Hey, Ethan! Guess what we just fou—"
"What?!"
"Hey! Ethan?! Ethan!"
"Drat! We need to go help Ethan, <player>..."
"But Ho-Oh..."
"If I pass up this chance, I might never get a second one..."
"But Ethan..."
"Go, Sneasel!"
"You're all pathetic."
"I bet you thought you were so clever, ganging up on them to get the upper hand."
"If there's one thing I hate more than anything..."
"it's people like you!"
  • A Pure Heart Revealed
"Just don't get in my way, Ethan!"
Ethan and Silver sync up so well together!: (no dialogue)
Wow, Silver! You're a natural leader!: "Of course I am! Who do you think you're talking to?"
"What?!"
"Tch! Quite a crowd she's brought."
"You think like a weakling."
"Relying on superior numbers to win a fight just reveals how weak and pathetic you really are."
"But I'm different!"
"I believe in the power of the Pokémon I've trained! Even if I stand alone against a sea of opponents, I'll fight to the very end!"
"That's the way I battle! Because I'm going to be the greatest Trainer in the world!"
Let's battle them together!: "You guys..."
We won't lose!: "You guys..."
"Hmph! Just don't get in my way."
"That cry!"
"What's it doing here?"
"... ... ..."
"I'm fine right here."
"I don't want to see Ho-Oh become your partner."
"We both know Ho-Oh prefers Trainers who are pure of heart..."
"It'd be one thing if I could make it my partner by proving my strength. But as long as this is Ho-Oh's decision, I've got no chance."
"I'm just... not that kind of Trainer."
"I'm fine."
"Shut up! I said I'm fine!"
"Ho-Oh? Why?"
"Ethan..."
Of course!: "<player>..."
C'mon! Ho-Oh is waiting for you!: "<player>..."
"Hmph. You're all too sentimental for your own good. We're talking about a Legendary Pokémon, after all."
"But, if you insist..."
"Listen up, Ho-Oh! My goal is to become the greatest Trainer in the entire world!"
"I don't care if you're a Legendary Pokémon! If you get in my way, I'll leave you behind! Got it?!"
"Heh. Looks like you're just as determined as I am. Good. I like that."
"Together, we'll be the strongest sync pair in the world!"
Pokémon Center
  • Event blurb
"*sigh* How did I get dragged into this?"
  • Event conversation
"Ethan, that dope... Does he really think it'll be that easy to find Ho-Oh?"
"I hope you've already realized what a waste of time this is... Anyway, c'mon. You can tag along with us for a bit."
Sync Pair Story - A Day with Silver
"What determines whether you win or lose in a Pokémon battle is your judgment as a Trainer."
"Even with a strong partner, you could still lose if your judgment is bad."
"Hmph! I guess you could say I was like that not too long ago."
Really?: "I didn't care about any Pokémon unless it was strong enough to win..."
What do you mean?: "I didn't care about any Pokémon unless it was strong enough to win..."
"That's how I used to think. I focused only on my Pokémon and ignored my own weaknesses."
"Things are different now. Even if I had the most powerful Pokémon in the world, I'd know better than to rely solely on its strength."
"I know I've still got a ways to go to before I become the best Trainer."
"I'm sure I'm not drawing out my partner's full strength. When we lose, it's because I wasn't good enough."
You think so?: "Of course. Chalking up a victory or defeat to their Pokémon is how a weak Trainer thinks..."
That's not true!: "Of course it is. Chalking up a victory or defeat to their Pokémon is how a weak Trainer thinks..."
"Hmph. Maybe I said more than I should've."
"That's it for training. I want to give my Pokémon a break."
"The greatest Trainer should always be aware of their partner's physical condition and act accordingly... I guess."
"My Pokémon couldn't do much for me if it were broken. You have to take care of your belongings, after all..."
"What's with that look?"
Pokémon aren't tools.: "Hmph. I know that."
Pokémon are precious friends.: "Hmph. I know that."
"I'm done treating Pokémon like those weaklings in Team Rocket did."
"Anyway, training time is over. C'mon. Go rest wherever you want."
"Uh... Couldn't you go somewhere with a bit more room? You're not exactly small."
"Hey! I told you to go wherever you want! Tch! What's with you?"
"Is what I'm saying not reaching it or something?"
I don't think that's it.: "What do you mean?"
I'm sure it understands you.: "What do you mean?"
"Are you saying you know what my Pokémon is thinking?"
It wants to stay by your side, Silver.: "Is that so? Then I guess it's doing what I told it to do..."
It's resting exactly where it wants!: "Hm. I guess it's doing what I told it to do..."
"Hmph... Whatever."
"... ... ..."
"I came here to help you train, but I guess it turns out I could learn a thing or two from you, too."
""Love and trust toward Pokémon." That's what Lance said. Looks like <player> gets it..."
"I guess it'd be all right to join you for a little more training some other time."
"But make sure you're ready. I hate weaklings, so I'll leave you behind if you can't keep up!"

Artwork

Gold Silver Silver.png Rival.jpg GameFreak Silver.png Silver PS2.png
Official artwork from
Gold and Silver
Artwork from the Game Freak website Ken Sugimori's design of Silver for the anime Artwork from Stadium 2

Sprites

Spr GS Silver 1.png Spr GS Silver 2.png Spr HGSS Silver.png Spr HGSS Silver Beta.png HGSS Silver Back.png VSSilver.png Silver opening.png
Main game
sprite from
Generation II
Post-game
sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Beta sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Back sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Silver II OD.png Silver OD.png S2 Silver.pngS2 Silver alt.pngS2 Silver alt2.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portraits from
Stadium 2
Sprite from the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Spr Masters Silver.png VSSilver Masters.png
Model from
Masters
VS Model from
Masters

Counterparts

In the anime

In the main series

Silver in the anime

Silver only appearance in the anime was a brief cameo, in the original Japanese opening of The Legend of Thunder! (A New Oath). In this opening, he was shown defeating Jimmy with his Nidoking, only to be defeated later on when Jimmy's Cyndaquil fully evolved into Typhlosion.

Pokémon
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Nidoking



Young Silver in Pokémon Generations

In Pokémon Generations

Silver appeared in The Legacy. He was seen meeting up with Looker outside the Indigo Plateau, discussing his relationship and last meeting with Giovanni that ultimately led to their estrangement. During the conversation, Silver asserts that he decided to stay out of his father's affairs, and he tells Looker that it is his job to find Giovanni before going off to face the Elite Four.

Voice actors
Language Voice actor
Japanese 逢坂良太 Ryōta Ōsaka
English Lucien Dodge
European Spanish Ángel de Gracia

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Silver (center) in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Silver briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer as part of a team with Hugh and Wally.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Silver in Pokémon Adventures
Main article: Black (Golden Boys)

The character Black who appears in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga is based on Silver.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Silver (Adventures)

Silver's counterpart in the Pokémon Adventures manga is also named Silver. They share several similarities, such as stealing a starter from Professor Elm, in the manga's case, Totodile, owning a Sneasel, and being Giovanni's son.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Main article: Tsubaki (JBA)

Tsubaki from Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure is based on Silver.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Silver (Pocket Monsters)

Silver has a counterpart in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga named Silver.

Trivia

Paul's official art in the anime
  • A 1997 pamphlet describing Gold and Silver mentions that the rival character lives in the same town as the protagonist. This aspect of his character was apparently discarded by the time of the final release, as his hometown was not elaborated upon in the games and it is implied to not be New Bark Town since he seems to be unfamiliar with Professor Elm's lab at the beginning of the game.
  • In Generation IV, Silver is depicted with two different eye colors. His eyes are gray in his Generation IV artwork while they are red in the HeartGold and SoulSilver games, as seen in the opening animation.
  • In the original Gold, Silver, and Crystal games, when battled at Indigo Plateau, the Champion theme is played instead of his rival theme.
  • The English script of the Celebi event in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver never states that Silver is Giovanni's son, unlike the Japanese script.
  • Silver has achieved a high score of 2000 at Pal Park, which serves as the default high score.
  • In the battle in the Goldenrod Tunnel in the remakes, his team when the player starts with Cyndaquil are all two levels lower than the same team he uses if the player were to start with another starter.
  • In the original games, at level 16, Silver's Croconaw is underleveled in the second battle, when Totodile usually does not evolve into Croconaw until level 18. This is fixed in the remakes.
    • His Haunter was also underleveled at level 20 in the third battle, when Gastly usually does not evolve until level 25. This is fixed in the remakes where instead his Haunter remains a Gastly.
  • Silver is the only rival whose team does not change in accordance to his starter, nor does he have any types that cover for his starter's initial type.
  • Art of Silver on Game Freak's website depicts him with a Houndoom, despite not owning one within the games.
  • In the Generation II core series games, Silver is the only Trainer who doesn't have a Trainer class.
  • While Silver did not appear in the main anime series, he was considered by much of the fandom to have a close counterpart in the character of Paul, who was Ash's main rival throughout Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl. Like Silver, Paul believed in raising the power of his Pokémon through harsh training as opposed to forming a trusting relationship, which put him at odds with Ash throughout the series. Also, Paul's official art shows him in the same pose as Silver does in one of his official artwork by Ken Sugimori.

Names

Silver is used as the official name for this character in Bandai's Pokémon Scale World collection[1][2][3] and in Pokémon Masters. It is also his default name if the player provides a blank name for him in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Crystal, although his default name differs on other games, which call him "Gold" (ゴールド Gold)S, Soul (ソウル Soul)HG, or "Heart" (Japanese: ハート Heart)SS.

Until the reveal of his official name, "Silver" (Japanese: シルバー Silver) was almost universally used in fanon as the name for this character. Some fans instead called him "Kamon" (Japanese: カモン Kamon) to discern him from his Pokémon Adventures counterpart and an unrelated anime character. This name is taken from the suggested names for Ethan in both the Japanese and English versions of Pokémon Silver; this is similar to some fans calling Blue "Gary", since the name is found as one of the options for the player in international Pokémon Blue and for the rival in international Pokémon Red.

Language Name Origin
Japanese シルバー Silver From Pokémon Silver
English, French Silver From Pokémon Silver
German Silber From Pokémon Silberne Edition (Pokémon Silver)
Spanish Plata From Pokémon Edición Plata (Pokémon Silver)
Italian Argento From Pokémon Versione Argento (Pokémon Silver)
Korean 실버 Silver Transliteration of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 小銀 Xiǎo Yín From 銀 yín / ngàhn (silver)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小銀 Síu Ngàhn

Passerby Boy

Language Title
France Flag.png French Passant Garçon
Germany Flag.png German Passant Junge
Italy Flag.png Italian Ragazzino Passante
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나그네 소년 Nageune Sonyeon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Transeúnte Chico

References


Rival characters
BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryCherenBiancaHughCalem/Serena
ShaunaTiernoTrevorHauGladionTraceHopBedeMarnieKlaraAvery
RonaldPaulo


Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrie
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetDudeCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides


Characters appearing in Pokémon Masters
Pasio ScottieBettie
Kanto BrockMistyLt. SurgeErikaBlaineLoreleiBrunoAgathaJanineKogaBlueGiovanniLanceLeafProfessor OakRedSabrina
Johto KrisBugsyWhitneyPryceClairWillKarenLyraEthanSilverJasmine
Hoenn BrendanRoxanneBrawlyFlanneryNormanWinonaTateLizaPhoebeDrakeNolandGlaciaZinniaStevenWallaceWally
Sinnoh BarryRoarkGardeniaMayleneCrasher WakeCandiceFlintCherylMarleyThortonCynthiaFantinaDawn
Unova RosaClaySkylaBrycenIrisMarshalShauntalRoxieMarlonCherenHilbertHildaElesaCaitlinGrimsley
Kalos GrantKorrinaRamosWulfricSieboldWikstromViolaCalemValerie
Alola HauOliviaSophoclesMinaHapuKahiliNanuAcerolaKukuiGuzmaPlumeria
NPCs PauloProfessor BellisLearSawyerRachelTristaTriciaTrinnia
MallowDarachTeam Break

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