Tyson (Hoenn)

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テツヤ Tetsuya
Tyson Hoenn.png
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Mauville City
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Like a Meowth to a Flame
English voice actor Marc Diraison
Japanese voice actor Kenji Nojima

Tyson (Japanese: テツヤ Tetsuya) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Mauville City and one of Ash's rivals.


Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

Tyson and Ash

Tyson first appeared in Like a Meowth to a Flame, where he rescued Ash and his friends from a flock of Murkrow with his Meowth. They quickly became friends as it turns out they were going to the same place to eat and because Tyson has a certain fondness for food like May. The group met up with him interacting with Charles Goodshow, where he found out that Ash and Brock were also torch-runners in the past. Later, Team Rocket, disguised as an Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy, went up to Tyson and ran off with the tournament's Moltres-flamed torch. He warned Ash and the gang that they ran off with the torch and chased after them. Tyson stopped their balloon by having his Metagross use Confusion. His Meowth successfully took the torch from the talking one and finished the villains with Thunderbolt.

In Saved by the Beldum, he came to Ash's and Morrison's rescue from Team Rocket's pit traps. Once again, his Meowth sent them away but this time, with an Iron Tail. He later battled Vivica and her Persian in the first round of the Ever Grande Conference. Tyson used Meowth and ended up winning the round, only for him to have to restrain Meowth from attacking any further.

In Shocks and Bonds, Tyson went up against Johnny. By the time Ash and his friends arrived to watch the battle, Tyson's Donphan and Johnny's Blastoise were already knocked out. Tyson was able to defeat Johnny when Sceptile successfully used Solar Beam on Aggron.

He then watched the Full Battle between Ash and Katie. Tyson defeated his opponent's Rhydon with Meowth in A Judgment Brawl after Ash defeated Katie.

He battled Ash in Choose It or Lose It! and At the End of the Fray!. Tyson was a very tough opponent for Ash as both sides were down to their last Pokémon, Pikachu and Meowth respectively. After a long battle, both sides were having trouble standing up. However, Meowth emerged victorious when it was the only one standing. Tyson congratulated Ash for a good battle. Tyson then went on to the finals and ended up winning the Hoenn League Conference, having the chance to battle the Hoenn Elite Four.

After the Ever Grande Conference, he said goodbye to Ash and his friends as he left Ever Grande City in The Scheme Team.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Battling as Hard as Stone!, Tyson was seen watching Steven's Masters Eight Tournament match against Ash on television.


Tyson is generally laid-back and humble. He regularly compliments others like when he noted Brock's skills as a Pokémon Breeder after his picky Meowth took a liking to Brock's handmade food. He enjoys traveling between towns to reach the next Gym, and takes time out of his training schedule to try out the local eateries.

He has a deep and personal connection with his Pokémon, giving them pep talks and makes an effort to spend time with them.

In battle, Tyson is stern and quickly takes charge of the situation. He is a tactical Trainer who makes use of type advantages and brute force. Tyson was taken aback by some of Ash's unconventional methods and stamina in At the End of the Fray. While confident in his abilities, he continues to hone his techniques by observing others in battle.


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

Tyson's Meowth
Main article: Tyson's Meowth

Meowth is Tyson's main Pokémon. Tyson first met Meowth when it fought a Persian. After Tyson took care of Meowth in a lodge, it became his reliable partner, especially in the Pokémon League. It was usually seen outside its Poké Ball.

Debut Like a Meowth to a Flame
Voice actors
Japanese Yasuhiro Takato
English Maddie Blaustein
Tyson's Metagross
Tyson's Metagross debuted in Like a Meowth to a Flame, when its Trainer used it to recover the Moltres Flame from Team Rocket. It was later seen training along with other of Tyson's Pokémon in Choose It or Lose It!. Metagross finally battled Ash's Pokémon in At the End of the Fray. It took out Ash's Swellow and Grovyle, but lost to Pikachu.

Metagross's known moves are Confusion, Psychic, Hyper Beam, and Meteor Mash.

Debut Like a Meowth to a Flame
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Kōichi Sakaguchi
Tyson's Sceptile
Tyson's Sceptile was first seen in Shocks and Bonds, where it was battling Johnny's Aggron. It won by finishing Aggron off with Solar Beam. In Choose It or Lose It!, Sceptile was able to easily defeat a Rhydon, advancing Tyson into the top eight. It was then seen training for the battle against Ash, before being Tyson's opening Pokémon against Ash's Glalie. Both Pokémon fired Solar Beam and Ice Beam, respectively, which caused a double knockout for both sides.

Sceptile's known moves are Detect, Bullet Seed, and Solar Beam.

Debut Shocks and Bonds
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Darren Dunstan
Tyson's Donphan
Tyson's Donphan was first seen on the scoreboard having been defeated in the Double Battle against Johnny, his Aggron and his Blastoise. It was later seen training along with other of Tyson's Pokémon in Choose It or Lose It!. In the next episode, Donphan battled Ash's Swellow and proved to be a formidable opponent, but was ultimately unable to defeat it.

Donphan's known moves are Sandstorm and Rollout.

Debut Shocks and Bonds
Tyson's Shiftry
Tyson's Shiftry debuted in Choose It or Lose It!, where it was training for next day's battle. In At the End of the Fray, Shiftry went up against Ash's Torkoal and lost to a single Flamethrower.

Shiftry's known moves are Mega Kick and Shadow Ball.

Debut Choose It or Lose It!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
English Eric Stuart
Tyson's Hariyama
Tyson's Hariyama debuted in Choose It or Lose It!, where it was training for next day's battle. In At the End of the Fray, Hariyama came out as Tyson's third Pokémon. It was able to defeat Ash's Torkoal and Corphish, before falling to Swellow.

Hariyama's known moves are Arm Thrust, Brick Break, Focus Punch, and Seismic Toss, and its Ability is Thick Fat.

Debut Choose It or Lose It!
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein


Tyson with the Ever Grande Championship Trophy

Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Tyson has obtained in the Hoenn region:

Pokémon League

Tyson has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 野島健児 Kenji Nojima
English Marc Diraison
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
European French Grégory Praet
Italian Alessandro Rigotti
Brazilian Portuguese Nestor Chiesse
Spanish Latin America Gabriel Ortiz
Spain Pablo Sevilla


  • Two of the Pokémon Tyson owns, Sceptile and Donphan, are the evolved forms of Ash's Pokémon, Grovyle and Phanpy, both of whom would go on to evolve into those respective forms in the following season.


Language Name Origin
Japanese テツヤ Tetsuya
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian
Tyson Similar to his Japanese name
Korean 철희 Cheolhui From 철 (鐵) cheol (iron), hanja reading of Japanese 鉄 tetsu
Chinese (Mandarin) 哲也 Zhéyě From the Japanese name 哲也 Tetsuya
Russian Тайсон Taison Transcription of his English name

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