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Juan
アダン Adan
"The Gym Leader with the beauty of pure water!"
Emerald Juan.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Gray and white
Hometown Sootopolis City
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Gym LeaderE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Coordinator*
Generation III, V
Games Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Sootopolis Gym
Badge Rain Badge
Specializes in Water types
Anime debut The Great Eight Fate!
English voice actor Sean Schemmel
Japanese voice actor Shō Hayami

Juan (Japanese: アダン Adan) is the Gym Leader of Sootopolis City's Gym, known officially as the Sootopolis Gym. He left his Gym in the care of his former student Wallace, but returned after Wallace moved up to the position of Pokémon League Champion, replacing Steven from previous versions. He gives the Rain Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Water-type Pokémon.

In addition to being a Gym Leader, in the anime, Juan is also an accomplished Coordinator.

In the games

Match Call

Dandy Charm Juan

Strategy
I use splendid waterpower.
Trainer's Pokémon
Pokémon of elegance!
Self-Introduction
The adulation of beautiful ladies fills me with energy!

Pokémon

Pokémon Emerald

Gym battle


First rematch


Second rematch


Third rematch


Fourth rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Hoenn Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Quotes

Pokémon Emerald

Sootopolis Gym
  • Before battle
"Let me ask you. Did you know? Ah, I should not be so coy. It was I who taught Wallace everything there is to know about Pokémon. Once, I had given up my position as the Gym Leader. In my place, I had entrusted Wallace with the Gym. However, a compelling reason arose for me to make a comeback. Ah, but enough chatter. Let us begin our match, shall we? Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"
  • Being defeated
"Ahahaha, excellent! Very well, you are the winner. From you, I sense the brilliant shine of skill that will overcome all. However, compared with me or even Wallace, you are lacking in elegance. Perhaps I should make you a loan of my outfit? ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Hahaha, I merely jest! Rather than my clothes, I shall reward you with this, the Rain Badge."
  • After being defeated
"Having the Rain Badge shall assure you the full obedience of all your Pokémon to your every command. The Rain Badge also allows the use of the HM move Waterfall to scale walls of cascading water. And, so that you never forget the battle we shared, take this..."
"The Technical Machine I handed you contains Water Pulse. In use, it will occasionally confuse the target with ultrasonic waves."
"The Trainers who have gathered all the Gym Badges of Hoenn should make way to the ultimate destination. The Pokémon League. Travel to the easternmost reaches of Hoenn, to the island of Ever Grande. There, you shall find the Pokémon League."
Rematch
  • Calling the player (ready for a rematch):
"Hoho... <player>... Our Sootopolis Gym has finally reopened. If you wish to see me, you are welcome to visit anytime."
  • Before battle
"Ah, this Gym had returned to its usual state of serenity... But our young typhoon has returned to put us to the test again! Well, my friend, most certainly! I shall be delighted to dance with you as often as you wish!"
  • Being defeated
"Ahahaha, you are the winner! You have defeated me again!"
  • After being defeated
"If I told you to become my apprentice, you will refuse, I am sure. I would like to make a gift of my coat to you. But again, you will refuse. I imagine that to be so. And that, my friend, is a certain sign of nobility!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"Since I've made my comeback, I've been focused on elegance! Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"Let's win while showing the elegance of Pokémon's moves. Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"
  • When defeated
"Ahahaha, excellent! Very well, you are the winner."
  • If the player is defeated
"Ahahaha, I'm the winner! Which is to say, you lost."
  • After being defeated
"From you, I sense the brilliant shine of skill that will overcome all! However, you are somewhat lacking in elegance. Perhaps I should make you a loan of my outfit? ... Hahaha, I merely jest!"
  • After winning
"I'm not concerned with dynamism. I care about winning beautifully!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"I see! Your elegance radiates glitz and glamor. It's only natural that you won the tournament."

Sprites

Spr E Juan.png Spr B2W2 Juan.png Juan III OD.png Juan OD.png
Sprite from
Emerald
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Juan in the anime

Juan is quite the celebrity type in Sootopolis, putting on shows with his Pokémon. He has many female fans, and is considered very dashing. In addition to being a Gym Leader, he is a former winner of the Grand Festival. He appeared in The Great Eight Fate and Eight Ain't Enough when he battled Ash, who won the Rain Badge after a tough battle.

He has a butler, Sebastian, who also serves as the Sootopolis Gym assistant. Juan uses unique rules in his Gym matches: the first round is a Double Battle held in a large swimming pool, while the other rounds are held in a battlefield that resembles a lake surrounded by land.

Juan also makes a cameo appearance in a flashback in Playing The Leveling Field!.

Pokémon


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

On hand

Juan's Milotic
Milotic
Milotic first appeared in The Great Eight Fate where it was used in a water exhibition. It also won in a battle against Team Rocket. Milotic is Juan's strongest Pokémon as well as most experienced. It won Juan many Contests as well as the Ribbon Cup many years ago when he was a Pokémon Coordinator. He later used Milotic as his final Pokémon in the Gym battle against Ash.

With its elegant grace and power, it was able to gain the upper hand against Ash. It defeated Ash's Swellow with Hydro Pump and Twister and put up a good fight against Pikachu as well thanks to its ability to Recover after Electric attacks and drawing in Pikachu's Thunder with Iron Tail. However, Pikachu pulled Milotic below the water and then used Thunder to defeat it earning Ash the Rain Badge.

Milotic's known moves are Twister, Hydro Pump, Iron Tail and Recover.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Luvdisc
Luvdisc
Luvdisc first appeared in The Great Eight Fate! where it put a dazzling performance with the other of Juan's Pokémon, it was later captured by Team Rocket but helped to get free.

The second round of his battle with Ash, Juan chose Luvdisc against Grovyle. Luvdisc started out with Water Pulse, but Grovyle dodged in time and countered with Leaf Blade. Luvdisc, however, was fast enough to dodge that attack and use Sweet Kiss, confusing Grovyle. Grovyle hit itself in confusion, and Luvdisc finished it off with Water Gun, which resulted in a loss for Grovyle despite the type advantage. Ash switched back to Corphish. The two Pokémon kept dodging each other's attacks, until Luvdisc dived underwater and Ash ordered Corphish to hit the water with Crabhammer. Corphish's attack, however, sprayed the battlefield with water, simulating heavy rain, which activated Luvdisc's Ability, Swift Swim, allowing it to move even faster than before. Eventually, though, Corphish managed to hit Luvdisc with another Crabhammer, taking it out of the battle.

Luvdisc's known moves are Water Pulse, Sweet Kiss and Water Gun, and its Ability is Swift Swim.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Rachael Lillis
Juan's Sealeo
Sealeo
Sealeo made a cameo during its first appearance in Team Rocket's electric net but was eventually freed.

In the next episode, Sealeo was one of the two Pokémon Juan used in the first round of his battle with Ash. Sealeo used Blizzard on Pikachu and Snorunt, but Snorunt countered it with Icy Wind. It then tried to hit Pikachu with Aurora Beam, but Pikachu dodged. When Ash switched Snorunt for Corphish and attacked with BubbleBeam, Sealeo dived into the water and tried hitting Pikachu again, but once again Pikachu dodged. After Sealeo was left alone against both of Ash's Pokémon it used Ice Ball repeatedly and almost won the battle, but was eventually taken down by Corphish's Crabhammer.

Sealeo's known moves are Blizzard, Aurora Beam and Ice Ball.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Maddie Blaustein
Juan's Seaking
Seaking
Seaking battled alongside Sealeo in the Double Battle against Pikachu and Snorunt. It used Horn Drill to reflect Pikachu's Electric attacks at Snorunt. When Ash's Pokémon were attempting to attack from up close, Seaking hit Snorunt with Hyper Beam, forcing Ash to switch Snorunt for Corphish. Seaking then dived and used Horn Attack, but Corphish caught it by the horn. Seaking followed up with Horn Drill, damaging Corphish, but was then hit by Pikachu's Iron Tail and fainted.

Seaking's known moves are Horn Drill, Hyper Beam and Horn Attack.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart
Juan's Whiscash
Whiscash
The fourth Pokémon Juan used against Ash was Whiscash, who easily defeated Ash's Corphish with Surf and Rock Smash. Ash then chose Swellow, but Whiscash grabbed it and used Tickle, followed by Hyper Beam. Juan thought he won the round, but Swellow recovered and used Aerial Ace, even after Whiscash dived underwater. After missing another Hyper Beam and getting hit by another Aerial Ace, Whiscash was unable to battle.

Whiscash's known moves are Surf, Rock Smash, Tickle and Hyper Beam.

Debut Eight Ain't Enough!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Eric Stuart

At Sootopolis Gym

Juan's Gorebyss
Gorebyss
Juan's Gorebyss was a Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit, it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It was two of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture all the Pokémon with an electric net. It with Juan's Barboach and Tentacruel were able to break through.

It appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

Gorebyss's known moves are Water Gun and Safeguard.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Azurill and Seadra
Azurill and Seadra
Juan's Azurill and Seadra were Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit, it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles. It was one of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture all the Pokémon with an electric net. But the help of the other Pokémon got it free.

Azurill appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

Azurill and Seadra's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Goldeen
Goldeen
Juan's Goldeen was a Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit, it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It was one of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture all the Pokémon with an electric net. But the help of the other Pokémon got it free.

It appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

Goldeen's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Wailmer
Wailmer
Juan's Wailmer was a Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit, it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It was one of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture all the Pokémon with an electric net. But with the help of other Pokémon got it free.

Wailmer's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Corsola, Barboach, and Chinchou
Corsola, Barboach, and Chinchou
Juan's Corsola, Barboach and Chinchou were Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit from the water, it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles. It was three of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture all the Pokémon with an electric net. It with Juan's Gorebyss and Tentacruel were able to break through helping the others escape.

Barboach appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

Corsola and Chinchou's only known move is BubbleBeam and Barboach's known moves are Water Gun and Mud Sport.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Wingull, Pelipper and Masquerain
Wingull (×2), Pelipper and Masquerain
Juan's two Wingull, Pelipper and Masquerain were Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit from the air, it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles. It was three of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture all the Pokémon with an electric net. But were able to break through helping the others escape.

Wingull and Masquerain appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

Wingull and Pelipper's only known move is Water Gun and Masquerain's only known move is BubbleBeam.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Staryu
Staryu (multiple)
Juan's multiple Staryu were Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit, it is unknown if he uses it in Gym battles. It was one of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture one and the other Pokémon with an electric net. But the help of the other Pokémon got it free.

Staryu known moves are Water Gun and BubbleBeam.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Tentacruel
Tentacruel (multiple)
Juan's multiple Tentacruel were Pokémon Juan used in the Sootopolis City Water Exhibit from the water, it is unknown if he uses them in Gym battles. It was one of many of Juan's Pokémon used to make a dazzling performance, until Team Rocket attempted to capture one and the other Pokémon with an electric net. It with Juan's Gorebyss and Barboach were able to break through helping the others escape.

It appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

Tentacruel's only known move is BubbleBeam and one of them also knows Mirror Coat.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!
Juan's Spheal
Spheal
Juan's Spheal was seen as being one of Juan's Pokémon being caught in Team Rocket electric net, with the help of the other Pokémon it was able to get out.

It appeared in a recap in Eight Ain't Enough!.

None of Spheal's moves are known.

Debut The Great Eight Fate!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 速水奨 Shō Hayami
English Sean Schemmel
Brazilian Portuguese Cassius Romero
Spanish Latin America César Arias
Spain Antonio Esquivias

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Juan and his Clamperl (right) with Norman and his Slaking (left)

Juan was once Wallace's mentor and the Sootopolis Gym Leader. Later, Wallace succeeded him as the Gym Leader after winning the Hoenn Pokémon League. When Hoenn got into the crisis because of the fight between Groudon and Kyogre, Wallace had to take up the place as the Champion and asked Juan to take over as the Gym Leader again.

He was the one who rescued Tate and Liza when they were trapped in Blaise's fire illusion in Mt. Pyre, as well as Ruby and Sapphire when they were being blown away by the Groudon's and Kyogre's energy in Sootopolis. He brought all of them to the Mirage Island and requested Liza and Tate to train Ruby and Sapphire about Double Battle, in order to prepare the two Trainers for the final showdown against Groudon and Kyogre. Juan himself also trained Ruby and Sapphire to increase their mental strength, so that they would not be controlled by the two Orbs, as Maxie and Archie had been.

As he had been Wallace's mentor, Ruby respected him right from the beginning and calls him "Grand Master" (大師匠, dai shishou).

Juan would sometimes use French phrases like "Bonjour" and "très bien". However, in the VIZ Media translation these were replaced by Spanish phrases such as "Buenos días" and "muy bien", likely due to the Spanish origins of his English name.

Pokémon

This listing is for Juan's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Juan's Luvdisc (×2)
Luvdisc (×2)
Both Luvdisc were mostly seen traveling with Juan out of their Poké Balls. They were used to assist Ruby and Sapphire in their training.

None of Luvdisc's moves are known.

Debut With a Spoink in Your Step II
Juan's Kingdra
Kingdra
Kingdra was first used to call out a Water Screen. Within the screen was Kyogre and Groudon. It was then used in Ruby and Sapphire's training.

Kingdra's only known move is Water Pulse.

Debut With a Spoink in Your Step I

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese アダン Adan From 阿檀 Adan (thatch screwpine) and 灘 nada (open sea)
English, French, German Juan Pronounced similarly to water. Possibly a reference to Don Juan, a Spanish womanizer.
Italian Rodolfo From Rodolfo Valentino (a famous seducer) and golfo (gulf)
Spanish Galano From galán (gallant) and galeón (galleon)
Korean 아단 Adan Transliteration of Adan
Chinese (Mandarin) 亞當/亚当
Yǎdāng/Yàdāng
Transliteration of his Japanese name. Refers to Adam.


Gym Leaders of the Hoenn region
Rustboro Gym Stone Badge
Roxanne OD.png
Roxanne
Dewford Gym Knuckle Badge
Brawly OD.png
Brawly
Mauville Gym Dynamo Badge
Wattson OD.png
Wattson
Lavaridge Gym Heat Badge
Flannery OD.png
Flannery
Petalburg Gym Balance Badge
Norman OD.png
Norman
Fortree Gym Feather Badge
Winona OD.png
Winona
Mossdeep Gym Mind Badge
Tate Liza
Tate and Liza
Sootopolis Gym Rain Badge
Wallace OD.png Juan OD.png
Wallace Juan


Coordinators
Kanto
Daisy Oak**Drew*Harley*Jessie*May*Solidad*
Johto Dawn*Drew*Harley*May*Solidad*
Hoenn Courtney*Dawn*Drew*Harley*Jessie*Juan*May*Robert*Ruby*Sapphire*Wallace*
Sinnoh Dawn*Fantina**Jasmine*Jessie*Johanna**Kenny*May*Nando*Ursula*Zoey*
Other Haruka*Marina*Wallace*


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Last modified on 18 July 2014, at 08:10