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Frontier Brain

A Frontier Brain (Japanese: フロンティアブレーン) is a Pokémon Trainer who presides over a certain Battle Frontier facility. Frontier Brains appear in Emerald, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver. Those from Hoenn hand out Symbols to Trainers who rise through the ranks and show true skill in each of the facilities, while those from Sinnoh and Johto hand out commemorative prints for the same reason.

Hoenn Frontier Brains

Hoenn Battle Frontier
Frontier Brain
Japanese
Facility
Japanese
Symbols
Spr E Noland.png
Factory Head Noland
ファクトリーヘッド ダツラ
Factory Head Datsura
Battle Factory
バトルファクトリー
Battle Factory
Knowledgesymbolsilver.png
Silver Knowledge Symbol
Knowledgesymbol.png
Gold Knowledge Symbol
Spr E Greta.png
Arena Tycoon Greta
アリーナキャプテン コゴミ
Arena Captain Kogomi
Battle Arena
バトルアリーナ
Battle Arena
Gutssymbolsilver.png
Silver Guts Symbol
Gutssymbol.png
Gold Guts Symbol
Spr E Tucker.png
Dome Ace Tucker
ドームスーパースター ヒース
Dome Superstar Heath
Battle Dome
バトルドーム
Battle Dome
Tacticssymbolsilver.png
Silver Tactics Symbol
Tacticssymbol.png
Gold Tactics Symbol
Spr E Lucy.png
Pike Queen Lucy
チューブクイーン アザミ
Tube Queen Azami
Battle Pike
バトルチューブ
Battle Tube
Lucksymbolsilver.png
Silver Luck Symbol
Lucksymbol.png
Gold Luck Symbol
Spr E Spenser.png
Palace Maven Spenser
パレスガーディアン ウコン
Palace Guardian Ukon
Battle Palace
バトルパレス
Battle Palace
Spiritssymbolsilver.png
Silver Spirits Symbol
Spiritssymbol.png
Gold Spirits Symbol
Spr E Brandon.png
Pyramid King Brandon
ピラミッドキング ジンダイ
Pyramid King Jindai
Battle Pyramid
バトルピラミッド
Battle Pyramid
Bravesymbolsilver.png
Silver Brave Symbol
Bravesymbol.png
Gold Brave Symbol
Spr E Anabel.png
Salon Maiden Anabel
タワータイクーン リラ
Tower Tycoon Lila
Battle Tower
バトルタワー
Battle Tower
Abilitysymbolsilver.png
Silver Ability Symbol
Abilitysymbol.png
Gold Ability Symbol

Sinnoh/Johto Frontier Brains

Sinnoh and Johto Battle Frontier
Frontier Brain
Japanese
Facility
Japanese
Prints
VSPalmer.png
Tower Tycoon Palmer
タワータイクーン クロツグ
Tower Tycoon Kurotsugu
Battle Tower
バトルタワー
Battle Tower
TowerSilverprintL.png
TowerSilverprintD.png
TowerSilverprintLy.png
TowerSilverprintE.png
Silver Tower Prints
TowerGoldprintL.png
TowerGoldprintD.png
TowerGoldprintLy.png
TowerGoldprintE.png
Gold Tower Prints
VSThorton.png
Factory Head Thorton
ファクトリーヘッド ネジキ
Factory Head Neziki
Battle Factory
バトルファクトリー
Battle Factory
FactorySilverprintL.png
FactorySilverprintD.png
FactorySilverprintLy.png
FactorySilverprintE.png
Silver Factory Prints
FactoryGoldprintL.png
FactoryGoldprintD.png
FactoryGoldprintLy.png
FactoryGoldprintE.png
Gold Factory Prints
VSDahlia.png
Arcade Star Dahlia
ルーレットゴーデス ダリア
Roulette Goddess Dahlia
Battle Arcade
バトルルーレット
Battle Roulette
ArcadeSilverprintL.png
ArcadeSilverprintD.png
ArcadeSilverprintLy.png
ArcadeSilverprintE.png
Silver Arcade Prints
ArcadeGoldprintL.png
ArcadeGoldprintD.png
ArcadeGoldprintLy.png
ArcadeGoldprintE.png
Gold Arcade Prints
VSDarach.png
Castle Valet Darach
キャッスルバトラー コクラン
Castle Butler Kokuran
Battle Castle
バトルキャッスル
Battle Castle
CastleSilverprintL.png
CastleSilverprintD.png
CastleSilverprintLy.png
CastleSilverprintE.png
Silver Castle Prints
CastleGoldprintL.png
CastleGoldprintD.png
CastleGoldprintLy.png
CastleGoldprintE.png
Gold Castle Prints
VSArgenta.png
Hall Matron Argenta
ステージマドンナ ケイト
Stage Madonna Kate
Battle Hall
バトルステージ
Battle Stage
HallSilverprintL.png
HallSilverprintD.png
HallSilverprintLy.png
HallSilverprintE.png
Silver Hall Prints
HallGoldprintL.png
HallGoldprintD.png
HallGoldprintLy.png
HallGoldprintE.png
Gold Hall Prints

In the anime

The Generation III Frontier Brains in the anime

The Frontier Brains were first mentioned by Scott in The Scheme Team when he told Ash about the Battle Frontier. The first Frontier Brain, Noland, made his debut in Numero Uno Articuno. Over the course of the ninth season, the other six Generation III Frontier Brains also made their appearances at their respective facilites. Brandon reappeared in the Diamond & Pearl series episodes A Pyramiding Rage! and Pillars of Friendship!.

Palmer is the only Generation IV Frontier Brain to have appeared in the anime, debuting in Historical Mystery Tour!. In the next episode, Ash battled Palmer at the Twinleaf Festival, but was defeated. Palmer also made cameo appearances in Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

In the manga

The Hoenn Frontier Brains in the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Hoenn Frontier Brains were important characters in the Emerald chapter, where they were challenged by Emerald in a seven day challenge to defeat each of them at their own facilities. They also helped to fight against the armored villain named Guile Hideout, who was after the Legendary Wish Pokémon, Jirachi.

The Sinnoh Frontier Brains appeared in the Platinum chapter, where each of them, save Palmer, were challenged by Platinum. While Palmer was not battled by Platinum, he assisted the Sinnoh Pokédex holders and the Stat Trainers in the final battle against Team Galactic in the Distortion World.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

Enta battled each of the seven Frontier Brains in the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga, although his battles with Noland, Greta, and Brandon occured off-panel. He managed to defeat six of them, but eventually tied with Anabel.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Palmer is the only Frontier Brain to appear in the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga, debuting in Look for Giratina!, where he was encountered by Hareta, Mitsumi, and Jun at the Fight Area.

Trivia

  • The original Japanese name of every Frontier Brain is derived from a flower, tree, fruit, or other plant. The same naming convention also applies to Gym Leaders, as well as the Champions and members of the Elite Four, with the exceptions of Blue and Cheren, who were not Gym Leaders or Champions in their original appearances.
  • The title of "Frontier Brain" was given to the top performers in the Pokémon Emerald Ultimate Frontier Brain Battle.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 開拓之腦 / 开拓之脑 Kāituò-zhī Nǎo
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rintamapäällikkö
France Flag.png French Meneur de Zone
Germany Flag.png German Kampfkoryphäen
Italy Flag.png Italian Asso Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 프런티어 브레인 Frontier Brain
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Cérebro da Fronteira
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Cerebro de la Frontera
Spain Flag.png Spain As del Frente