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クロツグ Kurotsugu
Diamond Pearl Palmer.png
Artwork from Diamond and Pearl by Ken Sugimori[1]
Gender Male
Hometown Twinleaf Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Barry/Barry/Pearl (son)
Unnamed wife (games)
Trainer class Tower Tycoon
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Masters EX
Commemorative print Tower Print
Game animation debut Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
English voice actor Kaiji Tang (Evolutions)
Brook Chalmers[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Masakazu Morita (Evolutions)
Takanori Hoshino (Masters EX)
Anime debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
English voice actor Carmen Borgia
Japanese voice actor Nobuyuki Hiyama

Palmer (Japanese: クロツグ Kurotsugu) is the leader of the Battle Tower in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and the Frontier Brain of the same facility in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, acting under the title of Tower Tycoon (Japanese: タワータイクーン Tower Tycoon).

In the Japanese version, he shares his Trainer class with Anabel, but in the English version, Anabel uses the title of "Salon Maiden" instead.

In the core series games

Palmer is Barry's father and very similar to his son in look and character, as he is always in a rush. In the Sinnoh games, he's first encountered when the player first arrives at the Fight Area. He's a childhood friend of the Sinnoh player character's father, with whom he experienced a similar start to his Trainer career as the player character does in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl only, Palmer can team up with Barry at the Battle Tower, revealing that his son has succeeded in defeating him.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

On 21st consecutive battle

On 49th consecutive battle

Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

Silver Print challenge

Gold Print challenge

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

On 21st consecutive battle

On 49th consecutive battle

Master Class Single Battles (Rank 10)

Master Class Doubles Battles (Rank 10)

For each team, Barry uses the first and second Pokémon on the list, and Palmer uses the third and fourth.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Palmer (Masters)

Palmer forms a sync pair with Regigigas in Pokémon Masters EX. His Regigigas is capable of Dynamaxing. Palmer became a playable sync pair on September 16, 2023.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#181 VSPalmer Masters.png Palmer #0486 MastersIcon0486.png Regigigas Dynamax icon.png Buddy Move Icon Masters.png
NormalIC Masters.png
FightingIC Masters.png
Masters Physical Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout


Sprites and models

Spr DP Palmer.png Spr Pt Palmer.png Palmer OD.png VSPalmer.png Palmer BDSP OD.png VSPalmer BDSP.png VSPalmer 2 BDSP.png Sticker Template Palmer Background.png
Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
VS sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Battle Tower VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Sticker Template background from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl


Main article: Palmer/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Palmer in the anime

Palmer debuted in a cameo at the beginning of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where he had a battle against Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia.

Palmer made his main series debut in Historical Mystery Tour!, where he arrived in Twinleaf Town and met up with his son Barry. He revealed that he had also visited Xatu's Forest, and informed his son of the importance of looking to the past and its connection to the future.

Palmer was revealed to be visiting his hometown to attend the Twinleaf Festival. There, a battle tournament known as the Festival Battle Challenge was being held to determine which Trainer would be given the opportunity to battle the head of Sinnoh's Battle Tower. Ash won the tournament in Challenging a Towering Figure! and had his battle with Palmer. Even though Ash lost, Palmer still gave him a trophy as recognition for winning the tournament. Palmer later suggested Ash challenge the Gym located in Sunyshore City and hinted about the unmotivated Sunyshore Gym Leader, Volkner.

Palmer made a cameo appearance during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.


Palmer is a confident showman who enjoys the crowd's attention and inspiring new generations of Pokémon Trainers. He raises his Pokémon with respect, which has made them virtually unbeatable in battle.


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

Palmer's Milotic
Palmer's Milotic made a cameo appearance alongside its Trainer during the opening of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where it was seen battling Cynthia's Garchomp.

Milotic's known moves are Protect, Water Pulse, and Ice Beam.

Debut Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Palmer's Dragonite
Palmer's Dragonite only made a brief appearance, where it helped announce Palmer's arrival in Twinleaf Town.

None of Dragonite's moves are known.

Debut Challenging a Towering Figure!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Kiyotaka Furushima
Palmer's Rhyperior
After winning the Twinleaf Festival's annual tournament, Ash was given, along with a trophy, the chance to battle Palmer in an exhibition match. The match was one-on-one and Palmer chose his powerhouse Rhyperior to battle. In response, Ash chose Grotle as he realized that Palmer would be ready to counter his normal strategy of using speed attacks and decided to focus on power instead.

Rhyperior proved to be a very tough opponent, being able to withstand Grotle's attacks due to its Ability and giving the Grove Pokémon a very tough time. However the tables seemed to turn when Rhyperior forced Grotle to swallow an Energy Ball, giving it a major power boost. Using this Grotle was able to cause significant damage to Rhyperior, but Grotle was simply unable to stand up to the massive attack power of Rhyperior and was defeated.

Rhyperior briefly appeared alongside Palmer during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Rhyperior's known moves are Rock Polish, Sandstorm, Rock Wrecker, and Megahorn, and its Ability is Solid Rock.

Debut Challenging a Towering Figure!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Tom Wayland

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 檜山修之 Nobuyuki Hiyama
English Carmen Borgia
Czech Ladislav Cigánek
Danish Peter Holst-Beck
Finnish Juhani Rajalin
European French Philippe Allard
Polish Karol Wróblewski
Brazilian Portuguese Robson Silva
Spanish Latin America Roberto Carrillo
Spain Alejandro García

Pokémon Evolutions

Palmer appeated in The Rival, where he was challenged by his son Barry at the Battle Tower. After a long and tough match, Barry was able to achieve his dream of defeating his father. Palmer, happy to see his son having grown strong, asked him whom he was going to defeat next.


Palmer's Milotic
Milotic is Palmer's first known Pokémon. In his battle against Barry, it was seen defeating his Heracross, before being defeated off-screen.

Milotic's only known move is Dragon Pulse.

Debut The Rival
Palmer's Dragonite
Dragonite is Palmer's second known Pokémon. In his battle against Barry, it was defeated by his Staraptor.

None of Dragonite's moves are known.

Debut The Rival
Palmer's Rhyperior
Rhyperior is Palmer's third known Pokémon. In his battle against Barry, it beat his Staraptor, before losing to his Empoleon, making Barry the winner of the match.

Rhyperior's known moves are Rock Wrecker and Thunderbolt.

Debut The Rival

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 森田成一 Masakazu Morita
English Kaiji Tang
Brazilian Portuguese Fred Mascarenhas
Spanish Latin America Emmanuel Alejandro
Spain Santiago Martínez de la Escalera

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures



Palmer trained with Crasher Wake when they were younger, as seen in a flashback in Alternate Dimension Showdown VIII.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

It was revealed that at some point, Palmer had borrowed Brandon's Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. He used the three to awaken the Legendary Pokémon Regigigas at the Snowpoint Temple with the hope that he may use it to battle against any threats to Sinnoh. However, due to it being uncontrollable, in addition to it being too peaceful to need its powers, he would later release it, where it would eventually end up in the hands of Diamond.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

He returned to Sinnoh, where he made a cameo by calling Brandon on the phone.

Platinum arc

Palmer first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Argenta, Dahlia, and Thorton, in a meeting; afterwards, they go back to their facilities. Before Palmer can do so, he is attacked by a Pokémon using Bonemerang. Palmer easily catches the thrown bone and the person who attacked him is revealed to be his friend, Riley. Riley had come to ask him about a camera machine he obtained on Iron Island but Palmer decides to ask Thorton about it.

Later, Palmer, along with Argenta, investigates the reason as to why the communication system of the Battle Frontier had gone down. Palmer is shocked to see Platinum and her victory over the Frontier Brains. After Platinum defeats Argenta, Palmer invites Platinum to help her in her investigation of the Distortion World.

After the proper preparations have been made, Palmer, along with Platinum, Riley, Cheryl, and Mira leave to the Distortion World on Palmer's Cresselia. After traveling for some time, Platinum asks Palmer about how he met Cresselia. He reveals that he met Cresselia a few weeks prior on Fullmoon Island after going there to find a way to cure Sailor Eldritch's son Vijay from a terrible nightmare that had prevented him from waking up. Afterward, they arrive at the Spring Path, but find that Marley has been captured by the Advanced level Grunt of Team Galactic. However, the Grunt reveals that he does not want to fight and has escaped from Team Galactic. Platinum forces him to take them to where the Distortion World but they are quickly separated upon entering due to the dimension's strange gravity.

After witnessing several battles going on there, Palmer is attacked by Darkrai and is separated further from Platinum and the Grunt. He lands in front of Pearl, surprising his son by falling out of the sky. They have a brief reunion, but it is cut short by Darkrai, who had attacked because Cresselia was hostile towards it. After entering, Pearl is shocked to find his father, Palmer, having fallen out of the sky. Palmer reminds his son to call him "daddy", instead of simply dad, and prepares to battle against the Pokémon that knocked him down, Darkrai. Palmer reveals that it is attacking due to Palmer's Cresselia being hostile towards it. Palmer manages to defeat Darkrai alone, which causes Pearl to wonder why he is not a Gym Leader. Palmer reveals to him that he has a job as the owner of the Battle Frontier and is the Tower Tycoon of the Battle Tower.

When Palmer asks where Diamond is, Pearl sadly informs him that he had died in their previous battle. Suddenly, Diamond appears riding on Dialga's back, revealing that he is still alive. The battle between the Legendary Pokémon continues getting more chaotic, and his Cresselia joins in the fight, furious at Darkrai for it giving the Pokémon of Fullmoon Island nightmares. When Charon decides to escape, Platinum borrows Cresselia and chases after him into the real world with Diamond and Pearl, leaving Palmer and the others left behind in process.

After Charon's defeat, Palmer and everyone else who was left behind manages to escape unharmed. Palmer reminds Platinum that she still has one facility to beat at the Battle Frontier - his, and welcomes her upcoming challenge. When Pearl finds it funny that Platinum will fight his father, Palmer reminds him again to refer to him as "daddy".


On hand
Palmer's Cresselia
Cresselia is Palmer's first known Pokémon. She was first used by Palmer to take him, Platinum, Cheryl, and Mira to the Distortion World. According to Palmer, he found her on Fullmoon Island to help heal Sailor Eldritch's son from a nightmare. When Palmer was attacked by Darkrai, he used Cresselia to battle against it.

Cresselia's known moves are Lunar Dance and Psycho Shift, and her Ability is Levitate.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel II
Palmer's Milotic
Milotic is Palmer's second known Pokémon. It was used by Palmer to battle against Darkrai in the Distortion World. It managed to hold its own before being switched out with Cresselia.

Milotic's only known move is Aqua Ring.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel VIII
Palmer's Regigigas
Main article: Reg

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver arc, it was revealed that Palmer awakened Regigigas with the help of Brandon's Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. He intended to use it in the case of a crisis involving Legendary Pokémon, but released it back into Snowpoint Temple after deciding that it wasn't necessary at the time. This same Regigigas would be found by Platinum and later joined Diamond's team, where it was given the nickname Reg.

Debut Bogging Down Quagsire
Status unknown
Palmer's Cranidos
Cranidos was used by a younger Palmer to battle against Crasher Wake in the past. It is unknown if he still has it.

Cranidos's only known move is Head Smash.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel VIII
Palmer's Regirock, Registeel, and Regice
Regirock, Registeel, and Regice
Main article: Brandon's legendary giants

Palmer borrowed Regirock, Registeel, and Regice from Brandon. They were used in order to awaken Regigigas at the Snowpoint Temple so that Palmer could capture it.

Debut A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Palmer first appears in Look for Giratina! at the Fight Area. When Hareta and Mitsumi arrive there for some training, Palmer attacks them disguised as a member of Team Galactic. He faces Hareta in battle and proves to be a tough opponent but the match ends in a tie.

With the battle having ended, Palmer reveals that he is not a member of Team Galactic and just wanted to fight Hareta after learning he was the son of Kaisei. After attempting to flirt with Mitsumi, Palmer gets into an argument with his son, Jun. Palmer then leaves and gives Hareta a message from Kaisei that tells him to look for Giratina so he can find his father.


Palmer's Dragonite
Dragonite is Palmer's only known Pokémon. It was used to battle Hareta's Empoleon while Palmer posed as a Team Galactic member. Eventually, the match ended in a tie when the two Pokémon fainted.

Dragonite's known moves are Double Team, Draco Meteor, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Look for Giratina!

Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!

Palmer briefly appears in a flashback in The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!.


Palmer's Dragonite
Dragonite only appears in a flashback alongside its Trainer.

None of Dragonite's moves are known.

Debut The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Palmer or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Palmer'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 #
Regigigas Pokémon FB Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo 9/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 087/100
Dragonite Pokémon FB Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 56/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 073/100
      DPt-P Promotional cards   018/DPt-P
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Palmer's Contribution Su Supreme Victors Uncommon 139/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 091/100


  • Palmer is the only Trainer to be animated in Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver in his appearance at the end of the battle (his hair and coattails blow in the "wind").
    • Also, his quotes said to the player differ between Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, and HeartGold and SoulSilver, with references to his home in Sinnoh, even including his son, removed.
  • Palmer's battle music in Diamond and Pearl and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is the same as Cynthia's battle theme. In Platinum, it changes to match the other four Frontier Brains.
    • Interestingly, he was battling Cynthia herself in his first anime appearance, in the cameo at the beginning of the twelfth movie. They both have a Milotic in the games.
  • Palmer's coat has the kanji ō, meaning "king", on the back.
  • Palmer is the only Sinnoh/Johto Frontier Brain:
  • Palmer shares the trait of being the Tower Tycoon of his region with Anabel.


Language Name Origin
Japanese クロツグ Kurotsugu From 桄榔 kurotsugu (dwarf sugar palm)
English, Italian Palmer From palm
German Viktor From victory
Spanish Jericor From rigor or Jericho, which is described in the Bible as the City of Palm Trees
French Koner From conifère (conifer)
Korean 종수 Jongsu From 종려 (椶櫚) jongnyeo (palm) and 수 (樹) su (tree)
Chinese (Mandarin) 桄榔 Guāngláng* From 桄榔 guāngláng (sugar palm)
阿黑 Ā Hēi* From the Japanese 黒 kuro
Chinese (Cantonese) 桄榔 Gwōnglòhng From 桄榔 gwōnglòhng (sugar palm)
Vietnamese Kurotsugu Transcription of his Japanese name

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