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ソウジ Souji
Sorrel M20.png
Gender Male
Hometown Veilstone City
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Unnamed parents
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut I Choose You!
English voice actor David Oliver Nelson
Kate Bristol (child)
Japanese voice actor Kanata Hongō
Chinami Nishimura (child)

Sorrel (Japanese: ソウジ Souji) is a major character who appeared in I Choose You!. He is a young Trainer and one of Ash's traveling companions in that movie. His goal is to become a Pokémon Professor and he is currently on a journey gathering data on Legendary Pokémon.

In the movies

Sorrel when he was younger

When Sorrel was younger, his family owned a Luxray that he was close to. One day, he and Luxray got lost in a forest during a blizzard, and Luxray covered him and used its body so he could be warm. When the blizzard was over and it was morning, Sorrel realized that Luxray had frozen to death. As a result, he distanced himself from other Pokémon. Later on, an encounter with a Lucario, which he caught, restored his faith in making friends with Pokémon.

Sorrel first appeared in a Pokémon Center, where he overheard another Trainer mention the appearance of a wild Entei. He was among the Trainers who went out into the nearby forest to seek out Entei, and had a brief battle with Entei using Lucario. After Entei fled, he introduced himself to Ash and Verity before leaving them with a warning that rain would be coming soon.

Ash and Verity encountered Sorrel again some time later, when they took a Charmander abandoned by Cross to a cave for shelter. He assisted them in healing Charmander with his medicine-making skills and decided to travel with them. When Entei came into the cave to watch over a group of wild Pokémon, Sorrel explained the mythology of the legendary beasts and their relationship to Ho-Oh. When Ash revealed his possession of a Rainbow Wing, the three decided to travel to Mount Tensei in the Raizen Mountains, where Ho-Oh was said to live.

As their adventures continued, Ash introduced Sorrel and Verity to his mother Delia via a video call from another Pokémon Center. Sorrel found a book about Ho-Oh in the Pokémon Center's library, from which the group learned of the danger the Rainbow Wing could pose if held by someone with an impure heart. He watched as Ash battled Cross's Incineroar with his newly evolved Charmeleon and lost decisively. That night, Ash snapped and lashed out in anger over his loss, rejecting Sorrel, Verity, and even Pikachu. However, he apologized for this a short while later. Seeing Ash's reunion with Pikachu, Sorrel decided to explain his past to Ash and Verity, telling them of Luxray's death, his decision to distance himself from Pokémon, and his life-changing meeting with Lucario.

After witnessing Ash's emotional farewell to his Butterfree, Sorrel reached Mount Tensei with Ash and Verity. There, they encountered Bonji, the author of the book they read earlier. With Bonji in tow, the group used the Rainbow Wing to show the way to the crystal altar on Mount Tensei where Ho-Oh would be summoned. However, before Ash could place the Rainbow Wing on the altar, the group was ambushed by Cross, who had covertly followed them to the Raizen Mountains. Sorrel watched with Verity and Bonji as Ash fought Cross once more, finally coming out victorious over Incineroar once Charmeleon evolved into Charizard. Cross confessed that he had also seen Ho-Oh, but was not gifted the Rainbow Wing like Ash was. Unwilling to accept this outcome, Cross stole the Rainbow Wing, causing it to immediately turn black due to his evil heart. When he placed it on the altar to summon Ho-Oh, Marshadow appeared instead and attempted to seal the Rainbow Wing away, only to be corrupted by the darkness surrounding it.

Marshadow used its power to take control of the Pokémon who had assembled to see Ho-Oh, turning them against the humans. Sorrel was forced to fight off the attack alongside Verity and a repentant Cross, but they were unable to turn the tide of the battle. Once the situation was resolved, Ash placed a new Rainbow Wing on the altar, calling Ho-Oh forth to heal all of his friends. Sorrel watched with the others as Ash challenged Ho-Oh to a battle with Pikachu. Afterwards, the group left Bonji behind and traveled to a Pokémon Center near Mount Tensei. They all decided to go their separate ways, with Sorrel wishing to find the three legendary birds of Kanto.

During the movie's ending credits, Sorrel and Lucario encountered an Articuno while traveling through a snowy area, much to their delight.


Sorrel was shown to care for Pokémon, such as when he helped look after a Charmander after it had been abandoned, by making medicine. He also chastised Ash when he believed he was responsible for leaving Charmander out during a storm.


This listing is of Sorrel's known Pokémon in the anime:

Sorrel's Lucario
Lucario is Sorrel's only known Pokémon.

Lucario's known moves are Aura Sphere and Bone Rush.

Debut I Choose You!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Bill Rogers


Luxray that Sorrel Befriended
Luxray is a Pokémon belonging to Sorrel's family that watched over him when he was little. It froze to death trying to protect Sorrel from the cold.

None of Luxray's moves are known.

Debut I Choose You!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Billy Bob Thompson

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 本郷奏多 Kanata Hongō
西村ちなみ Chinami Nishimura (child)
English David Oliver Nelson
Kate Bristol (child)
Czech Robin Pařík
Finnish Akira Takaki
Italian Stefano Pozzi
Korean 엄상현 Eom Sanghyeon
Polish Sebastian Machalski
Karolina Bacia (child)
Brazilian Portuguese Eduardo Drummond
Spanish Latin America José Luis Piedra
Spain Carlos Larios
Swedish Daniel Melén
Thai อภินันท์ ธีระนันทกุล Apinan Teeranantakul

In the games

A Japanese event distributed an in-game representation of Sorrel's Lucario, along with Verity's Piplup and Ash's Charizard via serial code and local wireless.

The serial codes could be obtained by collecting two different virtual stamps via 7-SPOT at 7-Eleven stores in Japan. The serial codes were available from August 1 to 20, 2017 at 7 am to 7 pm, and can be redeemed from August 1 to 28, 2017. The local wireless were available at Pokémon Center stores and Pokémon Stores in Japan from August 22 to September 3, 2017.

#0448 Lucario Black clover.png
Poké Ball summary IV.png Level 40 448Lucario.png
FightingIC SM.png SteelIC SM.png
Ability: Steadfast
Held item: None
ID: 170715
OT: ソウジ
Met: 2017 Pokémon Movie (fateful encounter)
Nature: Serious
Ribbon: Wishing Ribbon Wishing Ribbon
Aura Sphere
Fighting Special
High Jump Kick
Fighting Physical
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Special
Extreme Speed
Normal Physical
Games Method Region Location Duration
SM serial code Japanese online August 1 to 28, 2017
SM local wireless all Pokémon Center stores, Japan
Pokémon Stores, Japan
August 22 to September 3, 2017
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is picked up from the deliveryman.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

In the manga

Sorrel in I Choose You!

Movie adaptations

Sorrel appeared in the manga adaptation of the 20th movie, where his role is largely the same.


On hand
Sorrel's Lucario
Lucario is Sorrel's partner Pokémon, often seen outside of its Poké Ball.

None of Lucario's moves are known.

Debut I Choose You!
Sorrel's Luxray
Luxray was seen in Sorrel's flashback when he spoke to Ash about caring for his Pokemon.

None of Luxray's moves are known.

Debut I Choose You!


  • Sorrel is referred to as Souji, his Japanese name, on the Pokémon official site for Asia.
  • The Luxray belonging to Sorrel's family is one of a few Pokémon in the anime who are known to have perished and were never brought back to life.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ソウジ Souji
English Sorrel From sorrel, a perennial herb in the Polygonaceae family
French Honoré From honoré (honored)
German Konstantin From constant
Italian Sami Similar to his English name
European Spanish Samuel Similar to his English name
Korean 민준 Minjun
Chinese (Mandarin) 宗次 Zōngcì From the Japanese name 宗次 Souji
Chinese (Cantonese) 宗次 Jūngchi From the Japanese name 宗次 Souji
Brazilian Portuguese Sérgio Similar to his English name
Thai โซจิ Souji Same as Japanese name
Vietnamese Souji Same as Japanese name

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonDoctor ZedGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked MarauderLawrence IIILeviMarcus
MerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyPokémon huntersPokémon poacherRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDadaDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (M01)
Mewtwo (M16)MoltresPalkiaPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Spiky-eared PichuSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekrom
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolChrom MolybdenumCTV news crewDabuDavidDionaDonuke
Dr. FujiDundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsHoytInfiJasonJennyJoeJudy
KaiKakoKanataKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMeta GroudonMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPhossa MolybdenumPokémon Baccer teams
Queen IleneQueen RinRavineRaymondRickRossSchuylerSharonShepShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTanner
TappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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