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デンジ Denzi
"The Shining, Shocking Star"
Diamond Pearl Volkner.png
Art from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blond
Hometown Sunyshore City
Region Sinnoh
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPt
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation IV, V
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Black 2 and White 2,
Masters EX
Leader of Sunyshore Gym
Badge Beacon Badge
Specializes in Electric types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Chris Hackney[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Anime debut Flint Sparks the Fire!
English voice actor Eli James
Japanese voice actor Hirofumi Nojima
Daisuke Sakaguchi (child)

Volkner (Japanese: デンジ Denzi) is the Gym Leader of Sunyshore City's Gym, known officially as the Sunyshore Gym. He hands out the Beacon Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.

In the core series

Volkner uses Electric-type Pokémon in his battles. Trainers who defeat him will receive the Beacon Badge, TM57 (Charge Beam), and will be able to use Waterfall outside of battle. In addition, all Pokémon, no matter what level, will obey them. Volkner is friends with Flint, and had become dejected and depressed because no worthy challengers had come to Sunyshore City in a while. He had been considering challenging the Elite Four and spent all his time renovating the Gym's electrical equipment, which put a strain on Sunyshore's power supply and caused rolling brownouts, which the player experiences when first arriving in Sunyshore. Apparently, Volkner built the Gym's electrical gear puzzle completely out of boredom. When the player arrives in Sunyshore City, Flint introduces them to Volkner, who agrees to hold off on challenging the Elite Four until after he battles the new challenger.

In Pokémon Platinum, Volkner and Flint appear at the entrance to the Battle Frontier and have a Double Battle against the player and the player's rival. Volkner can later be fought, like the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders, at the Battleground.

In Pokémon Black and White, when Shauntal is battled for a second time, she will occasionally quote a book that she wrote which says, "'Do you know Thunderbolt?' was his first greeting to me. It wasn't until after we battled that I learned his name was Volkner."

He also battles the player in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 in the Pokémon World Tournament.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Gym battle

Multi Battle with Flint


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Volkner uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. He will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Electivire.

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Gathered! Gym Leader!

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Volkner (Masters)


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Conceptual artwork from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl


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Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
Volkner IV OD.png Volkner OD.png Badge Case Volkner.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Sprite from the Badge Case


Main article: Volkner/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Volkner in the anime

Volkner grew up battling gangs and Pokémon poachers on the streets of Sunyshore City. He came across Flint and decided to challenge him to a battle, though he lost the match. Volkner challenged Flint sometime later and won, thus igniting an intense rivalry. The two later became friends after battling against the Proprietor in a Tag Battle. When Flint turned 20 he left Sunyshore to pursue his own journey, and eventually became a member of the Sinnoh Elite Four, while Volker assumed the role of Sunyshore City's Gym Leader.

After becoming the Gym Leader, Volkner became more interested in technology and he distanced himself from battling. The obsession led him to design the automated walkways of Sunyshore, installation of solar panels and the city's famous Sunyshore Tower.

In Challenging a Towering Figure!, Volkner was first mentioned by Palmer, who said that, after seeing his battling skills, Ash would be able to give Volkner "a shock". In Fighting Ire with Fire!, Paul also hinted that something was amiss at the Sunyshore Gym, angrily calling it illegitimate.

In Flint Sparks the Fire!, when Ash arrived at the Sunyshore Gym, he was surprised that Volkner had installed a machine at the entrance that was simply giving away free Beacon Badges to Trainers. Ash was determined to have a genuine Gym battle so he began knocking on the door, only to be taken off the property by its robotic security. Flint noticed this and escorted Ash and his friends to Volkner's location at the Sunyshore Tower. Ash requested a battle from Volkner, but he declined and stated that he was bored.

Later, Volkner walked into the Proprietor's café and quickly began arguing with Flint. The Proprietor then suggested that Flint battle Ash instead, and requested that Volkner watch the match. After witnessing Ash's battle with Flint, he became interested in battling again and decided to accept Ash's challenge for a Gym battle.

Young Volkner with his Pikachu

In The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, Volkner and Ash began their Gym battle. However, it was quickly interrupted as Team Rocket stole the Sunyshore Tower, causing a citywide blackout. After Ash defeated Team Rocket with the help of his newly evolved Torterra, Volkner returned the tower back to its original place. However, as both the tower and Gym were badly damaged, Volkner told Ash that he had to repair them before they could have a rematch. Ash agreed to the terms and said that he would use the extra time for more training.

In The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Ash returned to Sunyshore to be the first to challenge Volkner since Team Rocket stole the Sunyshore Tower. During the last round between Infernape and Luxray, Infernape's Blaze was activated once again. This time, however, Infernape was able to take control of its Ability, and by using the powers it gained, it won the match. This earned Ash the Beacon Badge, thus allowing him to enter the Sinnoh League.

Volkner made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Volkner's silhouette was seen at the end of JN065, where it was revealed he had entered the World Coronation Series.


Volkner is renowned for being "electrifying" and nicknamed the "Shining Shocking Star of Sunyshore" because of his enthusiasm and technique in battle. He utilizes offense moves as a defensive strategy to counter an opponent's efforts. Volkner aims to attack his opponent's Pokémon at close range to ensure the most damage. He is regarded as bright and intelligent, though he is prone to becoming obsessed with his interests and tires of them when things become predictable.

However, after becoming the Sunyshore Gym Leader and experiencing numerous weak challengers, Volkner completely lost any interest in battling. Furthermore, Volkner became completely aloof and somewhat cold, always having an empty look on his face, and always speaking in a bored tone. His aloofness even went as far as boringly telling Flint to punch him if he felt like it after being threatened by the former, and Volkner's disinterest seemed to have extended towards his friends, as Volkner seemed to have gained some level of resentment towards Flint, once sarcastically referring to him as "Mr. Elite Four", possibly from the fact that Flint became able to travel whilst Volkner remained in Sunyshore City, surrounded by weak challengers.

After witnessing Ash putting himself in harm's way to protect his Pikachu, Volkner seemed to have finally snapped out of his disinterest, as Ash's actions reminded him of his own protective actions in his childhood regarding his Pikachu, and seeing Ash's determination, as well as hearing the Proprietor's speech about Volkner's determination causing him to abandon his ways as a Pokémon poacher, finally caused Volkner to reignite his battling spirit. Volkner also returned to his previously cheerful and confident self.

Since Ash's challenge in The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Flint reported that news of Volkner's return to battling spread quickly throughout the region, as countless potential challenger's were queuing to go up against him, although Volkner declined all of them, keeping his promise to have his first official return match against Ash.

He holds deep respect and immense sentiments for his hometown of Sunyshore. His technology projects and massive construction efforts were designed to highlight Sunyshore's best assets and separate it from its previously grimy and criminal gang history.


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

Volkner's Pikachu

Volkner's Raichu
Pikachu → Raichu
Raichu is Volkner's very first Pokémon. He first appeared in Flint Sparks the Fire!, where he reunited with Flint, and in the next episode. Raichu has been shown to be outside of his Poké Ball most of the time.

Volkner first received his Raichu as a Pikachu when he was young. He battled with Flint's Chimchar and lost. However, in their rematch, Pikachu defeated Chimchar with Iron Tail. Since then, Flint and Volkner became friends and rivals. Later, Pikachu was battling the Proprietor's Houndoom, when the latter was a Pokémon poacher at the time. Houndoom dealt some damage to Chimchar and Pikachu, but Chimchar wasn't able to continue, leaving Pikachu to do it on its own. Volkner was very determined to battle the Proprietor. After a long battle, the Proprietor was defeated and became friends with Volkner and Flint.

Pikachu later evolved into a Raichu prior to Volkner becoming the Sunyshore City Gym Leader. Raichu was very strong as he defeated several Pokémon such as a Trainer's Weavile and Mothim over time. However, Volkner did not select Raichu in both of his matches against Ash.

Raichu briefly appeared alongside Volkner during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Raichu's known moves are Iron Tail, Thunderbolt, Volt Tackle, and Thunder.

Debut Flint Sparks the Fire!
Volkner's Luxray
Volkner's Luxray appeared for the first time in The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, where he battled Ash's Grotle during Ash's Gym challenge. However, the battle was called off due to Team Rocket terrorizing the city.

During the rematch, Luxray first battled with Pikachu, and won after taking hits from several Iron Tails. Ash next used Infernape, which got badly injured during the battle. Due to this, his Ability Blaze got activated. However, this time Infernape was able to control his Ability, and with the powers gained through it, the Flame Pokémon quickly defeated Luxray, serving the final blow with a devastating Flame Wheel, earning Ash the Beacon Badge. Luxray was seen in a flashback in League Unleashed!.

Luxray's known moves are Spark, Thunder, Shock Wave, Thunder Fang, Double Team, and Iron Tail.

Debut The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!
Voice actors
English Sarah Natochenny
Volkner's Electivire
Electivire was the first Pokémon which Volkner used during his rematch against Ash. Ash first used Torterra, but it was easily defeated. Next Ash chose to use Pikachu. With his Thunderbolt, Pikachu triggered Electivire's Ability, making it an even harder target to hit. However, when one of Electivire's punches connected with Pikachu, the Thunderbolt Pokémon was paralyzed by Pikachu's Static. After this, Pikachu was able to finish Electivire with a well-aimed Iron Tail.

Electivire's known moves are Fire Punch and Ice Punch, and its Ability is Motor Drive.

Debut The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers
Volkner's Jolteon
Jolteon was the second Pokémon used by Volkner during his and Ash's rematch. It has impressive agility and was shown to be able to use consecutive Shadow Ball attacks. Ash chose to use his Infernape, which soon defeated the Lightning Pokémon with a Mach Punch.

Jolteon's known moves are Thunderbolt and Shadow Ball.

Debut The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Kayzie Rogers


Pokémon competitions
World Coronation Series
  • Rank: Unknown (as of JN065) (Ultra Class)

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 野島裕史 Hirofumi Nojima
阪口大助 Daisuke Sakaguchi (as a child)
English Eli James
Czech Petr Gelnar
Finnish Antti Timonen
German John-Alexander Döring
Polish Bartosz Martyna
Brazilian Portuguese Felipe Zilse
Spanish Latin America Javier Olguín
Spain David Robles
Swedish Mikael Regenholz


Volkner briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters DP

Volkner appeared in a flashback in PMDP07.

Pokémon Adventures

Volkner and his Electivire with Candice and her Froslass


Diamond & Pearl chapter

After Team Galactic capture the Lake trio and defeat Candice, Maylene, and Platinum, Candice and Maylene demand that Byron send someone strong to train them. Because Byron is occupied with protecting Professor Rowan and Mr. Berlitz, he briefly considers sending Roark, but realizes that Roark will not be strong enough and tries to call Volkner instead.

The call initially does not go through because Sunyshore City is in the middle of a blackout caused by Volkner's Gym renovations. Volkner, depressed that Pokémon battles have become boring as a result of few strong opponents challenging him, elects to leave the Gym when Byron's call gets through.

When Volkner meets Platinum and the two female Gym Leaders, he initially mistakes Platinum as another Gym Leader, indicating that he is quite distant from his colleagues. He attacks them and leaves immediately, as none of them appear strong enough to interest him. Platinum's sincere dedication to impressing him and to inform him of Jupiter's prowess interests Volkner enough for him to send out his Electivire to battle her. He then promises that if she defeats him, he will award her the Beacon Badge. Eventually, the girl succeeds, and he yields it to her. He also gives a Pachirisu to Maylene so she can give it to Platinum while they go off to battle Team Galactic on the Spear Pillar.

While the other Gym Leaders battle Team Galactic on Spear Pillar, Volkner ignores their calls for help and prepares to go home. Before he can leave, Volkner encounters a strange distortion in space right in front of the Sendoff Spring. Feeling excited from this discovery, Volkner calls his friend Flint to help him investigate it.

Platinum chapter

He and Flint are seen researching about the strange phenomenon when Flint gets a call from Buck. Later, Volkner and Flint witness Platinum and her friends traveling to the Distortion World. Volkner teases Flint about caring that his younger brother has been injured, though Flint denies it and intends to defeat the person that beat Buck. Later, they arrive at the Sendoff Spring, and enter the Distortion World through the Turnback Cave.

Upon arriving, they are attacked by Giratina and are chased throughout the Distortion World by it. Despite a powerful combination attack they used, Giratina proves too powerful for them and defeats the two with a Dragon Breath. They manage to get up soon after, only for Giratina to leave to fight the other Legendary Pokémon in the area.

After Charon is defeated, Giratina tries one last time to attack Platinum, only for Flint and Volkner to attack it from behind and defeat it. Satisfied, the two hi-five each other in a prideful boast of their strength.

Black & White chapter

A picture of Volkner can be seen in Shauntal's book.


This listing is of Volkner's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Volkner's Raichu
Raichu is the first Pokémon seen in Volkner's possession. He used it in Platinum's Gym battle where it managed to defeat her Empoleon after escaping from its Blizzard's ice.

Raichu's known moves are Discharge, Light Screen, and Thunderbolt.

Debut Encountering Elekid
Volkner's Elekid
Elekid the second of Volkner's team seen. He used it in his battle against Platinum where it fought her Lopunny, using its great speed in the battle. However, it was eventually defeated.

Elekid's only known move is Focus Punch.

Debut Encountering Elekid
Volkner's Electivire
Electivire was the third Pokémon seen on Volkner's team. He used him in his battle against Platinum where he fought her Rapidash and despite his extremely powerful Thunder Punch, he was unable to defeat him unlike Jupiter's Tangrowth, which was able to easily defeat him. Later, he fought Giratina at the Distortion World only to be defeated. He later fought Giratina again, this time managing to defeat it.

Electivire's known moves are Thunder Punch and Discharge, and his Ability is Motor Drive.

Debut Shorting Out Electivire
Given away
Volkner's Pachirisu
Pachirisu was a Pokémon formerly owned by Volkner. Before the battle at the Spear Pillar, Volkner gave Maylene his Pachirisu, which she later gave to Platinum.

Pachirisu's known moves are Captivate and Last Resort, and her Ability is Run Away.

Debut Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia IV

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Volkner in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Volkner makes a brief appearance in Gathering of the Legendary Pokémon!. He watched Hareta's battle with Koya in the audience.

In the TCG

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

Volkner'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 #
Luxray Pokémon GL Lightning Rising Rivals Rare Holo 9/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo 029/090
      DPt-P Promotional cards   014/DPt-P
Raichu Pokémon GL Lightning Rising Rivals Rare 31/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare 027/090
Luxray Pokémon GL LV.X Lightning Rising Rivals Rare Holo LV.X 109/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo LV.X 030/090
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Sunyshore City Gym St Rising Rivals Uncommon 94/111 Bonds to the End of Time Uncommon 082/090
Volkner's Philosophy Su Rising Rivals Uncommon 98/111 Bonds to the End of Time Uncommon 079/090
Volkner Su Ultra Prism Uncommon 135/156 Ultra Moon U 062/066
Ultra Prism Rare Ultra 156/156 Ultra Moon SR 071/066
Yellow A Alternate cards   135a/156 Tag Bolt TR 095/095
      GX Starter Decks   120/131
      GX Ultra Shiny   133/150
      Jolteon-GX Starter Set Lightning   034/038
      Tag All Stars   153/173


The Double Battle against Flint and Volkner
  • Volkner's Japanese Leader title is かがやき しびれさせる スター.
  • Volkner and Jasmine have many similarities:
    • The cities they both reside in, Olivine City and Sunyshore City, are close to the sea and have lighthouses: the Glitter Lighthouse and the Vista Lighthouse. Consequently, both Jasmine and Volkner are in their respective lighthouse when the player first meets them.
    • Something stops both Jasmine and Volkner from battling the player in the beginning: Jasmine's Ampharos is ill, so the player has to get the Secret Potion to heal it, and there is a power outage in Sunyshore City, so the player can't reach it until the player has sorted out the dilemma with Team Galactic.
    • They both appear in Sunyshore City in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
  • All of Volkner's Diamond and Pearl Pokémon belong to species that have gender differences.
  • In Diamond and Pearl, two of Volkner's four Pokémon, Ambipom and Octillery, are not of his specialty type, though each know one Electric-type move (Shock Wave and Charge Beam respectively). This changed in Platinum, when they were replaced by Jolteon and Electivire.
  • Volkner's Electivire is the only Pokémon of a Gym Leader to use Seals in Pokémon Platinum. It is used in the Gym Battle and rematch as well as the Double Battle with Flint, who uses his Magmortar, the only Pokémon of a member of the Elite Four to have Seals.
  • Volkner is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader to not have any Pokémon with more than one type in Diamond and Pearl.
    • He also does not use any Pokémon with more than one type in the initial battle in Platinum, but he uses a Lanturn in the post-game rematches at the Battleground.
  • Volkner being bored with weak Trainers and few challengers can also be seen in Drake, the Supreme Gym Leader of the Orange League, who had the same feeling, except Drake wasn't just letting challengers take the Winner's Trophy without battling.
  • In the anime, Volkner was to be the only Sinnoh Gym Leader that Ash battled who uses his in-game party from Platinum.
  • In the anime, Volkner was the only eighth Gym Leader Ash battled to have all of his Pokémon fully evolved.


Language Name Origin
Japanese デンジ Denzi From 田字草 denjisō (European waterclover) and 電磁 denji (electromagnetism)
English, German,
Brazilian Portuguese
Volkner From volt
Spanish Lectro From eléctrico (electric)
French Tanguy From tension électrique (electric tension)
Italian Corrado From corrente (current)
Korean 전진 Jeonjin From 전 (電) jeon (electricity; lightning), 진 (震) jin (thunder), and 전진 (前進) jeonjin (advance)
Chinese (Mandarin) 電次 / 电次 Diàncì* From 電磁 / 电磁 diàncí (electromagnetism)
電磁 Diàncí* From 電磁 diàncí (electromagnetism)
Chinese (Cantonese) 電次 Dihnchi From 電磁 dihnchìh (electromagnetism)
Vietnamese Denzi Transcription of his Japanese name

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