Victor (game)

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マサル Masaru
Sword Shield Victor.png
Official artwork from Pokémon Sword and Shield
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Brown*, Light blue*, Gray*
Hair color Brown*, Blond*, Black*
Hometown Postwick
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Victor (Masters)
Games Sword and Shield, Masters EX
English voice actor Ben Thao[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Hiro Shimono (Masters EX)
Anime series Pokémon: Twilight Wings,
Pokémon Evolutions
Debut Sky (Twilight Wings)
The Champion (Evolutions)
English voice actor Aleks Le (Evolutions)
Japanese voice actor Kaichi Miyata (Twilight Wings)
Kohsuke Tanabe (Evolutions)
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Counterpart(s) Henry Sword
Debut Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon

Victor (Japanese: マサル Masaru) is the male player character in Pokémon Sword and Shield. His female counterpart is Gloria.

In the core series games

Character profile

Victor is a young boy who lives with his mother in the town of Postwick in the Galar region. One day, his friend Hop invites him to meet his big brother Leon, the Champion of the Galar League, so that they both can receive a first partner Pokémon from him. After also receiving an endorsement from Leon later on, as well as obtaining a Dynamax Band from Professor Magnolia, each of them sets out on their Gym Challenge, collecting eight Badges from Gym Leaders across the region, while also dealing with the troublesome actions of Team Yell along the way.

Victor eventually collects the eight required Badges and travels to Wyndon, the biggest city in Galar and the setting of the Champion Cup, where he competes for the right to challenge Leon. Victor wins the tournament, but his battle with Leon is interrupted before it can even begin by the actions of the Galar League Chairman Rose, who has awakened a Pokémon known as Eternatus and brought about an event called the Darkest Day, which Galar had previously experienced thousands of years ago. Victor teams up with Hop and the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta to defeat Eternatus, before catching it and ending the second Darkest Day. He then proceeds to battle Leon and defeat him, ending his career as the undefeated Champion of Galar and making Victor the new Champion.

Later, Victor and Hop are forced to deal with a group of rampaging Dynamax Pokémon let loose by a pair of rich brothers named Sordward and Shielbert, who are trying to reinstate the monarchy of Galar and denigrate Zacian and Zamazenta. Eventually, the brothers' plans are stopped, and both Victor and Hop end up catching one of the two Legendary Pokémon.

The Isle of Armor

Sometime during his journey, Victor travels to the Isle of Armor, where he meets a new rival, KlaraSw/AverySh, and is taken under the wing of former Champion Mustard as a student of his Dojo. Victor competes in a series of trials with his new rival, eventually defeating them in a final battle, earning them the right to inheirit the Dojo's "secret armor", the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu. After growing close with his new Pokémon, Victor and Kubfu challenge one of the Towers of Two Fists, culminating in a battle between Master Mustard and his own Kubfu. The two are successful, and Kubfu learns the secret of the tower, allowing it to evolve into Single Strike or Rapid Strike Style Urshifu.

After resolving the incident with Sordward and Shielbert, Victor returns to the dojo, where he finds Hop conducting research on Sonia's behalf. Mustard tells him that Urshifu hates the taste of Max Soup, so, in order for it to unlock its Gigantamax potential, a special ingredient is needed to make it drink the Max Soup. He doesn't reveal what this ingredient is, though, and leaves it to the duo to figure it out on their own. After a few bad guesses, Victor and Hop travel to Honeycalm Island, where Victor gets thrusted into a Max Raid Battle against a Dynamax Vespiquen. After defeating it, he finds the missing ingredient; Max Honey. Upon returning to the dojo, Mustard informs Victor that he wants to battle him in a no-holds-barred battle, where he uses his full power. In the battle, Mustard uses his own Gigantamax Urshifu. After being defeated, Mustard declares that he has nothing more to teach him.

The Crown Tundra

Sometime during his journey, Victor travels to the Crown Tundra, where he meets the retired Gym Leader Peony, who recruits him as the leader of his exploration team, and tasks him with investigating three mysteries surrounding the tundra. In the first mystery, Victor meets Calyrex, the former king of the Crown Tundra, and helps it reunite with its steed, Glastrier or Spectrier (as chosen by the player). In the second mystery, he investigates ruins scattered around the tundra, encountering and catching the legendary giants. In the third mystery, Victor pursues the Galarian legendary birds across Galar. Upon solving these mysteries, Victor finds a note describing a fourth mystery that Peony does not recall writing. Upon bringing it to the Max Lair, he learns about Ultra Beasts and Necrozma, and is eventually able to catch Necrozma in a Dynamax Adventure.

Sometime after the events of the Sordward and Shielbert incident, The Isle of Armor, and The Crown Tundra, Victor receives a call from Leon, receiving an invitation to a new type of competition called the Galarian Star Tournament at Wyndon Stadium. Victor partners with Hop or Marnie in the inaugural Multi Battle tournament, and emerges victorious after defeating Leon and Raihan (if his partner is Hop) or Raihan and Piers (if his partner is Marnie), in the finals.


Victor is a short young boy with fair skin, short brown hair, and similar shades of brown eyes. He wears a gray beanie with circle patterns, a red T-shirt with a logo that resembles a Poké Ball and rolled-up sleeves, and blue jeans with a tartan green pattern for the pockets, along with brown running shoes. He also carries around a huge brown suitcase on his back to store his items. He has a checkered pattern on the pockets of his jeans.

During official matches, Victor wears a standard numbered Gym Challenger uniform. The initial one is a white striped collared shirt, which bears many logos. He also wears long white socks, as well as white shoes with red outlines, and striped shorts with logos. On his right arm, he wears a thumbless glove next to his Dynamax Band.

In The Isle of Armor, his hair is tied into a single bun. He wears a yellow jacket with a black undershirt. On his waist is a white karate belt and red and blue ends. He wears black shorts with yellow lines and black kneeguards with a yellow Poke Ball logo. He also wear white sneakers with yellow shoelaces and white socks.

In The Crown Tundra, he wear expedition clothing which consists of a red jacket and trousers with pockets and white zippers on them. He also wears black gloves, brown boots and a black hard hat with Peony's logo on them. There's a red cloth tied to his right arm.

His appearance can be customized during the game.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon GO

Main article: Style (GO)

For the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Victor's outfit was released as free style options in Pokémon GO. For each release of the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, style options based on outfits from The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra have also been made for free.

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Victor (Masters)

Victor forms a sync pair with Rillaboom, Spectrier, and Greedent in Pokémon Masters EX. His Rillaboom is capable of Gigantamaxing, while his Spectrier is capable of Dynamaxing. Victor became a playable sync pair on October 7, 2022.

Victor first appeared as an NPC during the solo event Severely Strained Relations. Victor has also made notable appearances in one of the game's Main Stories, the Villain Arc. Unlike in the original game, both Victor and Gloria coexist in this game.

Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role EX role Base potential Availability
#157 VSVictor Masters.png Victor #0812 MastersIcon0812.png Rillaboom Dynamax icon.png
GrassIC Masters.png
FireIC Masters.png
Masters Physical Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout
#157 VSVictor Masters.png Victor #0897 MastersIcon0897.png Spectrier Dynamax icon.png
GhostIC Masters.png
DarkIC Masters.png
Masters Field.png ★★★★★☆EX Special Sync Pair Event
#157 VSVictor Palentines 2024 Masters.png Palentine's 2024
#0820 MastersIcon0820.png Greedent Buddy Move Icon Masters.png
NormalIC Masters.png
FightingIC Masters.png
Masters Support.png Masters Tech.png ★★★★★☆EX Seasonal Sync Pair Scout



Victor Gloria SwSh concept art.jpg Sword Shield Victor Gym Challenge Uniform.png Sword Shield Victor Isle of Armor.png Sword Shield Victor Crown Tundra.png
Concept art from Sword and Shield Artwork of Victor in his
Gym Challenge uniform
Artwork of Victor from
The Isle of Armor expansion
Artwork of Victor from
The Crown Tundra expansion
Sword Shield Gym Challenge artwork.png The Isle of Armor Key Art.png The Crown Tundra Key Art.png
Artwork of Victor with Scorbunny battling Milo Artwork of Victor in The Isle of Armor key art visual Artwork of Victor in The Crown Tundra key art visual


Victor Icon SWSH-1.png Victor Icon SWSH-2.png
Victor Icon SWSH-3.png Victor Icon SWSH-4.png
Icons when choosing the player's appearance
at the beginning of Sword and Shield


Main article: Victor (game)/Quotes


In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Victor appeared in the post-credits scene of Sky, alongside Gloria. They requested a Flying Taxi to take them somewhere.

Voice actors
Language Voice actor
Japanese 宮田 海地 Kaichi Miyata

Pokémon Evolutions

Prior the events of The Champion, Victor had his match against Leon interrupted before it could even begin because of the Darkest Day. Although Leon tried to control the situation, Victor and Hop were forced to take his place when he was unable to stop the event. In the midst of battle against Eternatus, Zacian and Zamazenta appeared and joined the Trainers. With their help, they managed to weaken Eternatus enough for Victor to catch it.

In the present day, Victor prepared to start his Championship Match against Leon.

Victor's Inteleon
Inteleon is Victor's first known Pokémon. He used it to battle against Eternatus.

Inteleon's only known move is Snipe Shot.

Debut The Champion
Victor's Eternatus

Victor's Eternatus
Eternatus is Victor's second known Pokémon. It was caught by him in order to stop the Darkest Day.

None of Eternatus's moves are known.

Debut The Champion
Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Victor has obtained:

Voice actors
Language Voice actor
Japanese 水中 雅章 Kohsuke Tanabe
English Aleks Le
Latin American Spanish Miguel Ángel Leal


Victor briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, using Gigantamax Cinderace against Leon's Charizard.

In the manga

Victor's Pokémon Adventures counterpart, Henry Sword

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Henry Sword

Victor's counterpart in Pokémon Adventures is Henry Sword. He specializes in fixing and maintaining tools various Pokémon use in battle, such as Sirfetch'd's leek.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Victor or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Victor'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 #
Galarian ArticunoV Psychic Astral Radiance TGV TG16/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 230/184
Shadow Rider CalyrexV Psychic Astral Radiance TGV TG17/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 235/184
Shadow Rider CalyrexVMAX Psychic Astral Radiance TGV TG18/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 236/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Friends in Galar Su Brilliant Stars Uncommon 140/172 VMAX Climax   149/184
Silver Tempest TGU TG23/TG30 VMAX Climax SR 258/184


  • Victor, along with Gloria, was designed by Megumi Mizutani.[2]
  • Even though the player can choose the player character's uniform number, official artwork depicts their uniform number as "227", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 無事な bujina, meaning "safely". It also could be a reference to February 27, the release date of Pokémon Red and Green.
  • Pre-release media referred to Victor as both "Victor" and "Sword" (Japanese: ソード Sword, Korean: 소드 Sword).
  • Victor is the first player character to appear with a customized playable skin color outside the games, appearing with a darker skin in Pokémon Evolutions.
  • During a scene where the player, along with Sonia and Hop, are at Bob's Your Uncle at Circhester City, if the player picks the gag response to Sonia's question about the tapestry there, Victor/Gloria will actually speak and say "Exactly! Bob, with his brilliant smile must be part of the legend!", making Sonia react in disbelief. This makes it the only time Victor and Gloria can directly speak.
    • Oddly, even though there is a speaking text box for this line, the smaller black box that usually displays the character speaking is absent.


Language Name Origin
Japanese マサル Masaru From 勝る masaru (to surpass). Forms a pun of 勝利 shōri (victory) and 優勝 yūshō (championship) with ユウリ Yuuri (Gloria)
English, German, Spanish,
French, Italian
Victor From victory
Korean 승재 Seungjae From 승 (勝) seung (victory) and 재 (才) jae (talent). Forms a pun of 승리 (勝利) seungni (victory) and 우승 (優勝) useung (championship) with 우리 Uri (Gloria)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小勝 / 小胜 Xiǎo Shèng From 勝 / 胜 shèng / sīng (victory). Forms the phrase 優勝 / 优胜 yōushèng / yāusīng (championship) with 小優 / 小优 Xiǎo Yōu / Síu Yāu (Gloria)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小勝 Síu Sīng


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