Team Plasma

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Team Plasma
プラズマ団 Plasma-dan
Black 2 White 2 Team Plasma Grunts.png
Artwork of Team Plasma Grunts from Black 2 and White 2
Leader NBW, ColressB2W2, GhetsisBWB2W2
Region Unova
Admins Seven Sages, Zinzolin, Shadow Triad
Major targets Dreamyard, Nacrene City, Liberty Garden, Cold Storage, Chargestone Cave, Dragonspiral Tower, Relic Castle, Pokémon League, Opelucid City, Giant Chasm, White Ruins*
Base locations N's CastleBW, Plasma FrigateB2W2, P2 Laboratory
Anime debut Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!
Adventures debut An Odd Speech

Team Plasma (Japanese: プラズマ Plasma-dan, literally Plasma Gang) is the villainous team in Unova. Team Plasma's original goal was to "liberate" all Pokémon from their Trainers, by either manipulating the Trainer to release their Pokémon, or by theft. Ghetsis, Team Plasma's true leader, exploited the group in an attempt to rule Unova as the only one with Pokémon.

Two years after Team Plasma's defeat, the group returned with a new goal to rule Unova by freezing it using Kyurem. A small group from the original Team Plasma was still loyal to N, and took it upon themselves to take care of weakened Pokémon in the wild.

In the games

In Black and White

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.
Artwork of Team Plasma Grunts from Black and White

Team Plasma is met early in the games. Ghetsis appears in Accumula Town where he is holding a rally trying to get people to join Team Plasma's cause. Following this rally the player will be approached and battled by a person named N. After this, the player will next come across two Team Plasma Grunts at the Dreamyard who are trying to capture a Munna in order to get some Dream Mist to spread their message in people's dreams. After defeating them here they will steal a young girl's Pokémon and hide in the Wellspring Cave. The player will team up with Cheren and save the Pokémon.

After defeating Lenora at the Nacrene Gym, Team Plasma will attack the museum in Nacrene City and steal a bone from the Dragon Fossil. As the player gives chase, N will appear again and battle the player. After this, the player heads into Pinwheel Forest where they will defeat the Team Plasma Grunts, causing Gorm to return the Dragon Skull to player, which the player then immediately gives to Lenora. The next encounter is in Castelia City where they have stolen Bianca's Munna. After confronting them, they will give Munna back.

After entering Nimbasa City, the player will find two grunts harassing an old man. After defeating them, they will run off. After heading over to the Ferris wheel, N will appear again. N and the player will take a ride on the Ferris wheel where N will reveal that he is the leader of Team Plasma. The two will then battle after getting off the Ferris wheel. The next encounter will be in Driftveil City. Cheren will appear and say that Team Plasma has been seen in the city. Zinzolin and some grunts are at the Cold Storage plotting something. Clay, the Driftveil Gym Leader appears and chases them off.

Later, as the player journeys through the Chargestone Cave, the Shadow Triad appears and takes the player to N and the two will battle again. After being defeated, they will leave. N is then briefly encountered outside the Mistralton Gym where he tests the friendship between the player and their current lead Pokémon. After defeating Brycen at the Icirrus Gym, Team Plasma appears at Dragonspiral Tower where N awakens ZekromB or ReshiramW. After a brief talk with the player, N flies off. Alder, who has also witnessed these events, advises everyone to go to Relic Castle where they run into Ghetsis who tells them it is pointless to continue resisting them and leaves. Ghetsis will then confront the player on the Tubeline Bridge and tell them that even though they have the Light/Dark Stone Team Plasma will achieve its goal. Soon after the player will witness Ghetsis giving another speech in Opelucid City.

After defeating the Elite Four, the player will head to the Champion's room where they will see N after he has defeated Alder. N will then reveal his castle, which rises out of the ground and attaches to the Pokémon League building. The player then chases N into the castle where the Seven Sages try to stop them. The Unova Gym Leaders, except the Striaton Gym Leaders, then appear to keep the sages busy while the player searches the castle. Two women who claim to be goddesses and the Shadow Triad will then lead the player to N. Before anything can happen, ZekromW or ReshiramB will appear and the player will have to capture the dragon. The player and N will then have one final battle, with the player proving victorious. Ghetsis arrives and is furious at N and says that he was just working behind the scenes on his true goal of ruling Unova as the only one with Pokémon. He will then challenge the player in rage.

After the player defeats Ghetsis, Cheren and Alder take him away while N accepts his beliefs were misguided. After the credits roll, Looker will appear at the player's house and request their help in finding and capturing the other sages of Team Plasma. Each sage will tell some back history on Team Plasma before being arrested. The Shadow Triad will also appear at Marvelous Bridge where they will give the player the Adamant, Lustrous, and Griseous Orbs. They also reveal that they rescued Ghetsis from being arrested and he has now fled.

Before the sage Ryoku is arrested at Relic Castle, he says that he was planning to catch the Pokémon Volcarona and give it to Ghetsis, but no one knows his and N's whereabouts, and that no one even knows if they are really parent and child. Once all the sages are arrested, Looker says that he heard N was seen in a distant land with a Dragon Pokémon.

Some Team Plasma Grunts will also appear during the Liberty Pass event where they will take over Liberty Garden and try to capture Victini.

Genesect was going to be revived from a Fossil and powered up by Team Plasma to create the most powerful Pokémon ever, but the project was abandoned because N felt that any Pokémon modified by science had lost its pureness. However, one scientist kept working on it, annoyed that N denied his talent. This scientist reconstructed Genesect and powered up the gun on its back.

As a part of Ghetsis's plan, Team Plasma had set up a laboratory in N's Castle which was used to attack and break the security around Amanita's Pokémon Storage System and gain master access to it with the intention of releasing every Pokémon that was stored there. Team Plasma had everything ready to begin releasing Pokémon, but this plan would only be carried out on N's command; since N, Ghetsis, and Team Plasma were ultimately defeated by the player, the plan was never executed.

In Black 2 and White 2

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Team Plasma is broken into two different forces. One force remains loyal to N and, seeking atonement, dedicates itself to the protection of Pokémon that were separated from their Trainers; the other is loyal to Ghetsis and serves a new purpose: to take over Unova.

The new Team Plasma first appears at Floccesy Ranch where they try to steal a Herdier, but they are stopped. They are found again in Virbank City, where they attempt to steal the player and Hugh's Pokémon. After fending them off, Hugh believes they have retreated to Castelia City, where they are found in Castelia Sewers. Colress appears in the sewers, where he mentions he is researching how to draw out the most strength from Pokémon. After defeating Burgh at the Castelia Gym, Colress will use a special machine to clear the Crustle blocking off Route 4.

In Nimbasa City, Team Plasma is confronted by Hugh who demands answers from them about a Pokémon kidnapping in Aspertia City. After competing in the Pokémon World Tournament, the player, Hugh, and Cheren confront Team Plasma on their ship which has docked at the PWT. There Zinzolin appears and reveals they have a new plan to take over the Unova region before telling the Shadow Triad to remove the trio from the ship. After winning at the Mistralton Gym, Professor Juniper sends the player to Opelucid City to find out more information about the Legendary Dragon Pokémon from Drayden. On the way, the player and Hugh encounter Zinzolin in Lacunosa Town where they battle him and a grunt in a tag battle.

Following the player's victory at the Opelucid Gym, Team Plasma begin their operation by covering Opelucid City and nearby routes with ice in search of Drayden's DNA Splicers. They are quickly defeated and retreat to the Seaside Cave, although Opelucid City remains frozen for some time. After winning at the Humilau Gym, the player heads to Route 22 where Colress gives them his device to make the Crustle roadblocks disappear. Upon making it past the Crustle, the player defeats the Team Plasma members inside the Plasma Frigate, but once again is removed from the ship by the Shadow Triad and watches the ship fly off.

They track it down to the Giant Chasm where once again they must fight their way through the ship. Upon the defeat of Zinzolin and the new boss Colress, Ghetsis reveals himself as the true mastermind behind Team Plasma. He again reveals that he never intended to liberate Pokémon two years ago; it was just a ploy to get N to follow his plans. After defeating the Shadow Triad, the player gives chase to Ghetsis and finds him in the deepest part of the Giant Chasm, where he summons Kyurem. Ghetsis orders Kyurem to attack the player, but the attack is stopped at last minute by N who arrives to save them. Ghetsis is not surprised by this, who then uses the stolen DNA Splicers to merge Kyurem with N's Dragon. The player then takes on the new Dragon as well as Ghetsis and puts an end to his plans once and for all. Colress then disbands Team Plasma for good, taking the Plasma Frigate and docking it outside the P2 Laboratory where he continues his research.

There is also a group of former Team Plasma members, still loyal to N, who reside in the house just above Driftveil Gym with Rood, Anthea, and Concordia. Ashamed of their past deeds, they have vowed to make amends by returning the Pokémon taken from their Trainers, as well as caring for the Pokémon whose Trainers they couldn't find. They openly welcome the player and Hugh into their cause to help stop Ghetsis and take care of the abandoned Pokémon. As such, Rood gives the player N's Zorua, deeming them a caring Trainer. They also confront the new Team Plasma at the Giant Chasm and help hold them off so the player can enter the Plasma Frigate. The player can also find N's Pokémon in various locations after witnessing a Memory Link.

On Victory Road, Backpacker Mae mentions that she was a Team Plasma Grunt, and that she battled Hilbert/Hilda.

In the anime

In the main series

Team Plasma Grunts in the anime

Before Team Plasma's proper appearance in the anime, Giovanni mentioned a secret organization operating in the Unova region and wanted to draw them out.

N debuted in New Places... Familiar Faces! followed by Colress, Ghetsis and the grunts from Black 2 and White 2 in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!. Anthea and Concordia also appeared in Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!, and the Seven Sages appeared in a flashback in Secrets From Out of the Fog!.

Team Plasma had a role in Genesect and the Legend Awakened, where multiple grunts were seen overseeing the awakening of the newly revived Genesect Army. However, they only had control of the Genesect for a short time before the five Paleozoic Pokémon rebelled and violently escaped.

In Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!, Team Plasma attacked the White Ruins in order to steal the Light Stone discovered by Cedric Juniper. After successfully obtaining the stone, Ghetsis performed a ritual that resurrected Reshiram from the stone. Using Colress's Pokémon Control Device, Ghetsis then took control of Reshiram, but with the support of Ash's Pikachu, Reshiram was able to fight back against its controllers and destroy the control machine. Ghetsis, Colress, and the Plasma Grunts present were subsequently arrested by the International Police, thus bringing down the organization.

Unlike other teams, Team Plasma has named grunts in the anime. Aldith and Barret are two grunts who answered directly to Colress and Ghetsis and acted as commanders toward other, unnamed grunts. Two others, Schwarz and Weiss, have been seen conducting specific operations and may be of similar rank.

Postponed episodes

Team Plasma, in their incarnation from the original Black and White games, was initially set to debut in BW023 and BW024 in a confrontation with Team Rocket over the Meteonite. They intended to use the Meteonite's ability to influence Pokémon into leaving their Trainers.

These episodes were postponed indefinitely due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. With the events depicted in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, the episodes have been retconned out of continuity altogether. It is unknown if they will ever air in any form.

In Pokémon Generations

Team Plasma Grunts in Pokémon Generations
Black 2 and White 2 Team Plasma Grunts in Pokémon Generations

Team Plasma first appeared in The Uprising. The Seven Sages (except Ghetsis) and multiple Grunts appeared at the Pokémon League after N's Castle rose from the ground and surrounded the League. The team was faced by the Gym Leaders from Unova, who arrived to stop them.

Team Plasma reappeared in The Frozen World, this time assuming its role from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. The team attacked Opelucid City and froze the city using Kyurem, allowing Zinzolin to steal the DNA Splicers from Drayden.

In The King Returns, Ghetsis was seen in Giant Chasm, where he ordered Kyurem to continue freezing Unova. He was confronted by N and Reshiram, but managed to fuse Reshiram with Kyurem using the DNA Splicers, creating White Kyurem. At the end of the episode, Hilbert arrived with his Zekrom to put a stop to Team Plasma's plans.

In the manga

Team Plasma Grunts in Pokémon Adventures
Team Plasma Grunts in the Black 2 & White 2 chapter

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Black & White chapter

Team Plasma was first seen in An Odd Speech, where they were attempting to build a stage for Ghetsis's speech on the place Black and White were sleeping that night. The next day, Ghetsis gave a speech to the citizens of Accumula Town, urging them to liberate their Pokémon, which some of the listeners actually did. It was later revealed that Black's Tula used to belong to another Trainer until Team Plasma convinced the Trainer to release him, some time after when Black fought N.

Some time after this, three grunts harassed Musha at the Dreamyard and were also behind the artifact robbery of the Nacrene Museum. It is also revealed what Team Plasma is after in order to achieve their ultimate goal: a Legendary Dragon-type Pokémon who would help their leader to unite the minds of the people in Unova as one and liberate Pokémon. They kidnapped Bianca's Litwick, together with several other Pokémon and held them in their stronghold in Castelia City. Later, they also attempted to capture Victini at Liberty Garden. Ryoku also sought to capture Volcarona of Relic Castle. In Nimbasa City, N trapped White in a Ferris wheel car and announced himself as the king of Team Plasma.

Several Team Plasma operations throughout this chapter were conducted by the Shadow Triad; in particular, their kidnapping of the Unova Gym Leaders at the same time that they set their sights on stealing the Dark Stone. At the end of the arc, several Team Plasma Grunts escaped.

Black 2 & White 2 chapter

One of the Team Plasma Grunts who escaped, Whitley, became a Pokédex holder by this chapter, which was set two years after the previous arc. By that time, Team Plasma reemerged as a new force led by Colress, who designed the Grunts' new attire.

In the TCG

Team Plasma started being featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the Noble Victories expansion, in which the first member to be featured was N. Team Plasma was featured through the Plasma Storm to Legendary Treasures expansion as a classification of cards, which certain effects of cards directly interacted with them.

Team Plasma's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Torterra Grass Plasma Storm Rare 003/135 Plasma Gale U 003/070
Amoonguss Grass Plasma Storm Uncommon 013/135 Plasma Gale C 008/070
Infernape Fire Plasma Storm Rare Holo 017/135 Plasma Gale R 011/070
Sharpedo Water Plasma Storm Rare 033/135 White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   004/018
Jellicent Water Plasma Storm Rare 039/135 Black Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   003/018
Beartic Water Plasma Storm Rare 041/135 Plasma Gale U 022/070
Magnezone Lightning Plasma Storm Rare 046/135 Plasma Gale R 025/070
Rotom Lightning Plasma Storm Uncommon 049/135 Plasma Gale C 026/070
Weezing Psychic Plasma Storm Rare Holo 058/135 Plasma Gale R 031/070
Crobat Psychic Plasma Storm Rare Holo 055/135 Plasma Gale R 029/070
BW Black Star Promos   BW51 BW-P Promotional cards   181/BW-P
Giratina Psychic Plasma Storm Rare 062/135 Plasma Gale R 035/070
BW Black Star Promos   BW74 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   002/016
Garbodor Psychic Plasma Storm Rare Holo 066/135 Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   004/017
Garbodor Psychic Plasma Storm Rare 067/135 Plasma Gale C 037/070
Beheeyem Psychic Plasma Storm Rare 070/135 Plasma Gale C 039/070
Liepard Darkness Plasma Storm Rare 084/135 Plasma Gale C 045/070
Scrafty Darkness Plasma Storm Rare 086/135 Plasma Gale C 047/070
Skarmory Metal Plasma Storm Rare 087/135 BW-P Promotional cards   177/BW-P
Klinklang Metal Plasma Storm Rare Holo 090/135 Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   008/017
Durant Metal Plasma Storm Uncommon 091/135 Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   009/017
Durant Metal Plasma Storm Uncommon 092/135 Plasma Gale C 048/070
Druddigon Dragon Plasma Storm Rare 094/135 Plasma Gale C 050/070
Snorlax Colorless Plasma Storm Rare 101/135 Plasma Gale U 055/070
      BW-P Promotional cards   207/BW-P
Watchog Colorless Plasma Storm Uncommon 112/135 Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   011/017
Watchog Colorless Plasma Storm Rare 113/135 Plasma Gale C 061/070
Bouffalant Colorless Plasma Storm Rare 114/135 BW-P Promotional cards   178/BW-P
Leafeon Grass Plasma Freeze Rare 11/116 Thunder Knuckle U 006/051
Flareon Fire Plasma Freeze Uncommon 12/116 Thunder Knuckle U 007/051
Chandelure Fire Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 16/116 Spiral Force R 009/051
Vaporeon Water Plasma Freeze Uncommon 20/116 Thunder Knuckle U 009/051
Glaceon Water Plasma Freeze Rare 23/116 Spiral Force R 012/051
Seismitoad Water Plasma Freeze Rare 26/116 Spiral Force U 015/051
Vanilluxe Water Plasma Freeze Rare 29/116 Thunder Knuckle U 014/051
Cryogonal Water Plasma Freeze Uncommon 30/116 Thunder Knuckle U 015/051
Kyurem Water Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 31/116 Thunder Knuckle R 016/051
Jolteon Lightning Plasma Freeze Uncommon 34/116 Spiral Force U 016/051
Muk Psychic Plasma Freeze Rare 46/116 Thunder Knuckle U 024/051
Espeon Psychic Plasma Freeze Uncommon 48/116 Spiral Force U 024/051
Sableye Psychic Plasma Freeze Rare 49/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   001/016
Metagross Psychic Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 52/116 Thunder Knuckle R 027/051
BW Black Star Promos   BW75 BW-P Promotional cards   197/BW-P
Cofagrigus Psychic Plasma Freeze Rare 56/116 Spiral Force R 027/051
Cofagrigus Psychic Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 57/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   004/016
Umbreon Darkness Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 64/116 Thunder Knuckle R 031/051
Absol Darkness Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 67/116 Spiral Force R 033/051
Weavile Darkness Plasma Freeze Rare 66/116 Spiral Force U 032/051
Krookodile Darkness Plasma Freeze Rare 70/116 Spiral Force U 036/051
Bisharp Darkness Plasma Freeze Rare 73/116 Thunder Knuckle U 033/051
Bisharp Darkness Plasma Freeze Uncommon 74/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   007/016
Hydreigon Darkness Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 78/116 Thunder Knuckle R 036/051
Steelix Metal Plasma Freeze Rare 79/116 Spiral Force U 037/051
Raticate Colorless Plasma Freeze Rare 88/116 Spiral Force U 041/051
Landorus Fighting BW Black Star Promos   BW79 BW-P Promotional cards   192/BW-P
Druddigon Dragon BW Black Star Promos   BW80 BW-P Promotional cards   201/BW-P
Darkrai Darkness BW Black Star Promos   BW73 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   005/016
Masquerain Grass Plasma Blast Rare 2/101 Megalo Cannon U 002/076
Accelgor Grass Plasma Blast Rare 8/101 Megalo Cannon U 008/076
Volcarona Fire Plasma Blast Rare 13/101 Megalo Cannon R 012/076
Octillery Water Plasma Blast Uncommon 19/101 Megalo Cannon C 015/076
Glalie Water Plasma Blast Uncommon 22/101 Megalo Cannon U 017/076
Relicanth Water Plasma Blast Uncommon 24/101 Megalo Cannon C 018/076
Froslass Water Plasma Blast Rare 23/101 BW-P Promotional cards   211/BW-P
Eelektross Lightning Plasma Blast Rare Holo 33/101 Megalo Cannon R 025/076
Escavalier Metal Plasma Blast Rare 61/101 Megalo Cannon U 052/076
Ursaring Colorless Plasma Blast Uncommon 76/101 Megalo Cannon C 063/076
Chatot Colorless Plasma Blast Uncommon 77/101 Megalo Cannon C 064/076
Porygon-Z Colorless Plasma Blast Rare 74/101 Megalo Cannon R 061/076
BW Black Star Promos   BW84 BW-P Promotional cards   208/BW-P
Genesect Grass BW Black Star Promos   BW86 BW-P Promotional cards   219/BW-P
Pretend Grunt Pikachu Lightning       SM-P Promotional cards   014/SM-P
Pretend Boss Pikachu Team Plasma Lightning       SM-P Promotional cards   195/SM-P
Team Plasma's Pokémon-EX
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
MoltresEX Fire Plasma Storm Rare Holo ex 014/135 White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   001/018
ArticunoEX Water Plasma Storm Rare Holo ex 025/135 Plasma Gale R 016/070
Plasma Storm SuperRare Holo 132/135 Plasma Gale SR 072/070
ZapdosEX Lightning Plasma Storm Rare Holo ex 048/135 Black Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   007/018
LugiaEX Colorless Plasma Storm Rare Holo ex 108/135 Plasma Gale R 059/070
Plasma Storm SuperRare Holo 134/135 Plasma Gale SR 074/070
BW Black Star Promos   BW83      
Legendary Treasures Rare Holo ex 102/113 EX Battle Boost   086/093
HeatranEX Fire Plasma Freeze Rare Holo ex 13/116 Spiral Force R 006/051
Plasma Freeze Rare Ultra 109/116 Spiral Force SR 052/051
ThundurusEX Lightning Plasma Freeze Rare Holo ex 38/116 Thunder Knuckle R 020/051
Plasma Freeze Rare Ultra 110/116 Thunder Knuckle SR 052/051
BW Black Star Promos   BW81      
DeoxysEX Psychic Plasma Freeze Rare Holo ex 53/116 Spiral Force R 025/051
Plasma Freeze Rare Ultra 111/116 Spiral Force SR 053/051
BW Black Star Promos   BW82      
TornadusEX Colorless Plasma Freeze Rare Holo ex 98/116 Thunder Knuckle R 046/051
Plasma Freeze Rare Ultra 114/116 Thunder Knuckle SR 054/051
GenesectEX Grass Plasma Blast Rare Holo ex 11/101 Megalo Cannon R 010/076
Plasma Blast SuperRare Holo 97/101 Megalo Cannon SR 078/076
DialgaEX Dragon Plasma Blast Rare Holo ex 65/101 Megalo Cannon R 053/076
Plasma Blast Rare Ultra 99/101 Megalo Cannon SR 080/076
PalkiaEX Dragon Plasma Blast Rare Holo ex 66/101 Megalo Cannon R 054/076
Plasma Blast Rare Ultra 100/101 Megalo Cannon SR 081/076
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
N Su Noble Victories Uncommon 92/101 Red Collection U 066/066
Noble Victories Rare Ultra 101/101 Red Collection SR 071/066
Dark Explorers Uncommon 96/108 Reshiram-EX Battle Strength Deck   016/018
      Zekrom-EX Battle Strength Deck   016/018
      Master Deck Build Box EX   041/046
BW Black Star Promos   BW100 BW-P Promotional cards   180/BW-P
      BW-P Promotional cards   218/BW-P
Fates Collide Uncommon 105/124 Awakening Psychic King U 076/078
      Zygarde-EX Perfect Battle Deck   014/019
Yellow A Alternate cards   105a/124 The Best of XY   180/171
Colress Su Plasma Storm Uncommon 118/135 Plasma Gale U 064/070
Plasma Storm SuperRare Holo 135/135 Plasma Gale SR 075/070
      Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   014/017
      Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   012/016
      Extra Regulation Box   035/048
Colress Machine I Plasma Storm Uncommon 119/135 Plasma Gale U 062/070
      Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   012/017
      Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   009/016
Hypnotoxic Laser I Plasma Storm Uncommon 123/135 Plasma Gale U 063/070
      Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   013/017
      Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   010/016
      BW-P Promotional cards   175/BW-P
Plasma Frigate St Plasma Storm Uncommon 124/135 Plasma Gale U 066/070
      Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   016/017
      Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   015/016
Team Plasma Grunt Su Plasma Storm Uncommon 125/135 Plasma Gale U 065/070
      Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   015/017
      Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   014/016
      BW-P Promotional cards   176/BW-P
Plasma Energy Colorless E Plasma Storm Uncommon 127/135 Plasma Gale U 067/070
      Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck   017/017
      Black Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   018/018
      White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   018/018
      Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   016/016
Plasma Freeze Uncommon 106/116 Spiral Force U 051/051
      Thunder Knuckle U 051/051
Plasma Blast Uncommon 91/101 Megalo Cannon U 076/076
Frozen City St Plasma Freeze Uncommon 100/116 Spiral Force U 049/051
Ghetsis Su Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 101/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   013/016
      Spiral Force U 048/051
Plasma Freeze SuperRare Holo 115/116 Spiral Force SR 055/051
Shadow Triad Su Plasma Freeze Uncommon 102/116 Thunder Knuckle U 049/051
Team Plasma Badge I       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Plasma Freeze Uncommon 104/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   011/016
Team Plasma Ball I       BW-P Promotional cards   179/BW-P
Plasma Freeze Uncommon 105/116 Thunder Knuckle U 047/051
Reversal Trigger I Plasma Blast Uncommon 86/101 Megalo Cannon U 070/076
G Booster I Plasma Blast Rare Holo 92/101 Megalo Cannon R 075/076
G Scope I Plasma Blast Rare Holo 93/101 Megalo Cannon R 074/076
N's Resolve Su Cosmic Eclipse Uncommon 200/236 Dream League U 045/049
Cosmic Eclipse Rare Ultra 232/236 Dream League SR 066/049


  • Plasma is a state of matter in which the negative electrons and positive nuclei that usually form atoms become pulled apart and separated. This is analogous with Team Plasma's ideology, which states that people and Pokémon should be separated from one another.
    • Plasma can be interpreted as the culmination of both fire and lightning.
  • Team Plasma's original theme resembles that of the medieval knights.
    • Their logo resembles a shield.
    • The lettering in their logo resembles the Chi Rho symbol.
      • The symbol on their shield is made up of the letters P and Z, possibly from the transliteration of the Japanese for "plasma", purazuma (プラズマ).
    • Ghetsis's clothing resembles the crenelation of a fortified position such as a castle.
    • Their base is a castle.
    • N is known as "king of Team Plasma" or "Lord N", as opposed to the "Boss" title used by other villainous teams.
  • Team Plasma's theme in Black 2 and White 2 resembles that of classical pirates.
    • There is a mark on the grunts' hats which appears to be a toned-down Jolly Roger.
    • Their base, the Plasma Frigate, is styled after a sailing ship complete with gangplank, posing as such in Castelia City and the Pokémon World Tournament.
    • Ghetsis' cane is modeled after the helm of a ship.
    • Ghetsis is seen wearing a type of eyepatch, which, in Black 2 and White 2, is darkened to resemble that seen by typical pirates.
    • They are now far more open about how malevolent their intentions are; knights are seen as honorable, while pirates are seen as thieving criminals.
    • They also bear a resemblance to ninjas, which is reflected in the increased prominence of the Shadow Triad.
  • Team Plasma is the only main series villainous team to not have any administrators challenge the player at various points throughout Black and White. In fact, Ghetsis and N are the only non-grunt members to even battle the player. This is no longer the case in Black 2 and White 2.
    • It is also encountered the earliest in their own game of all villainous teams to this date.


Language Name Origin
Japanese プラズマ団 Plasma-dan From plasma
English, French,
German, Italian
Team Plasma Same as Japanese name
Spanish Equipo Plasma Same as Japanese name
Korean 플라스마단 Plasma-dan Same as Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 等離子隊 / 等离子队 Děnglízǐ Duì* From 等离子体 děnglízǐtǐ, plasma
電漿團 Diànjiāng Tuán* From 電漿 diànjiāng, plasma
Chinese (Cantonese) 等離子隊 Dánglèihjí Déui* From 等離子體 dánglèihjí, plasma
等離子團 Dánglèihjí Tyùhn*
Finnish Plasmaryhmä Same as English name
Greek Ομάδας Πλάσμα Omádas Plásma Same as English name
Indonesian Tim Plasma Same as English name
Malaysian Kumpulan Plasma Same as English name
Polish Zespół Plazma Same as English name
Brazilian Portuguese Equipe Plasma Same as English name
European Portuguese Equipa Plasma Same as English name
Russian Команда Плазма Komanda Plazma Same as English name
Thai แก๊งพลาสม่า Gang Plasma
กลุ่มพลาสม่า Klum Plasma
แก๊งค์พลาสม่า Gang Plasma
Same as Japanese name
Vietnamese Nhóm Plasma
Băng Plasma
Transliteration of Japanese name

Related articles

King: N (animeAdventuresMasters)
Seven Sages: Ghetsis (Masters) • GormBroniusRoodZinzolinGialloRyoku
Notable members: Shadow TriadAnthea and ConcordiaColress
Lower members: Team Plasma GruntsTogari*Aldith*
Schwarz and Weiss*Barret*Whitley*Whitley's mother*
Buildings: N's CastleP2 LaboratoryPlasma Frigate

Villainous teams
Team RocketTeam AquaTeam MagmaTeam GalacticTeam PlasmaTeam FlareTeam SkullTeam Rainbow RocketTeam Yell
Team Great RocketTeam SnagemCipherPhobos BattalionGo-Rock SquadTeam Dim Sun
Team DebonairsPokémon PinchersTeam GO RocketTeam Break