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Riley

If you were looking for the character of the same name from Pokémon Adventures, see Riley (Adventures).

Riley
ゲン Gen
Diamond Pearl Riley.png
Art from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Anime debut Steeling Peace of Mind!
English voice actor Marc Diraison
Japanese voice actor Yū Mizushima

Riley (Japanese: ゲン Gen) is a Pokémon Trainer from Sinnoh. He specializes in Pokémon with high Attack. He first appeared in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and made subsequent appearances in Pokémon Platinum and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the games

Riley is one of five Trainers who can join with the main character during an event in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Later, he can join the player in competition at Sinnoh's Battle Tower and, in Pokémon Platinum, can be battled at the Battleground after the Stark Mountain subquest. All of his Pokémon excel in the Attack stat. He also appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver in a similar capacity.

Riley's first appearance in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum is at Iron Island. He helps the player to get through the deep mines on the island, and assists in the defeat of some Team Galactic grunts. After the Grunts have been defeated, Riley offers the player a Pokémon Egg that eventually hatches into a Riolu. In Platinum, he will give the player HM04 (Strength) before he or she enters Iron Island's cave.

Apparently, Byron had previously asked Riley to become a Gym Leader, though Riley politely refused, saying that Byron's son Roark should be considered first.

Riley mentioned to the Team Galactic members that Iron Island actually belonged to him, suggesting he may be the owner of the mines and someone else reopened the island as a place for wild Pokémon to live as well as a place for people to train.

Pokémon

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl



Given away as an Egg
Spr 4d 447.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
Inner Focus or Steadfast
Held item:
None
Riolu/ Lv.1
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Foresight
Normal Status
Endure
Normal Status
  --  
   

Pokémon Platinum

Iron Island


Given away as an Egg
Spr 4p 447.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
Inner Focus or Steadfast
Held item:
None
Riolu/ Lv.1
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Foresight
Normal Status
Endure
Normal Status
  --  
   
Battleground


Battle Tower

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Rampardos Salamence Metagross
Spr b 4d 409.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
Bag Choice Scarf Sprite.png Choice Scarf
Rampardos Lv.50
Head Smash
Rock Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Giga Impact
Normal Physical
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Spr b 4d 409.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
Bag Iron Ball Sprite.png Iron Ball
Rampardos Lv.50
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Payback
Dark Physical
Avalanche
Ice Physical
Fling
Dark Physical
Spr b 4d 373.png
Types:
Dragon Flying
Ability:
Intimidate
Held item:
Bag Cheri Berry Sprite.png Cheri Berry
Salamence Lv.50
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Aerial Ace
Flying Physical
Aqua Tail
Water Physical
Scary Face
Normal Status
Spr b 4p 376.png
Types:
Steel Psychic
Ability:
Clear Body
Held item:
Bag Occa Berry Sprite.png Occa Berry
Metagross Lv.50
Hammer Arm
Fighting Physical
ThunderPunch
Electric Physical
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Aerial Ace
Flying Physical
Entei Pinsir Ursaring
Spr b 4p 244.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
Bag Shuca Berry Sprite.png Shuca Berry
Entei Lv.50
Fire Fang
Fire Physical
Return
Normal Physical
Roar
Normal Status
Reflect
Psychic Status
Spr b 4p 244.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
Bag King's Rock Sprite.png King's Rock
Entei Lv.50
Fire Fang
Fire Physical
Bite
Dark Physical
Iron Head
Steel Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Spr b 4p 127.png
Type:
Bug Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
Bag Lax Incense Sprite.png Lax Incense
Pinsir Lv.50
X-Scissor
Bug Physical
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Giga Impact
Normal Physical
Spr b 4p 217 m.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Quick Feet
Held item:
Bag Life Orb Sprite.png Life Orb
Ursaring Lv.50
Hammer Arm
Fighting Physical
Fire Punch
Fire Physical
ThunderPunch
Electric Physical
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Breloom Rhyperior Garchomp
Spr b 4p 286.png
Types:
Grass Fighting
Ability:
Effect Spore
Held item:
Bag Big Root Sprite.png Big Root
Breloom Lv.50
Drain Punch
Fighting Physical
Giga Drain
Grass Special
Synthesis
Grass Status
Leech Seed
Grass Status
Spr b 4p 464 m.png
Types:
Ground Rock
Ability:
Lightningrod
Held item:
Bag Expert Belt Sprite.png Expert Belt
Rhyperior Lv.50
Fire Punch
Fire Physical
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
ThunderPunch
Electric Physical
Aqua Tail
Water Physical
Spr b 4p 445 m.png
Types:
Dragon Ground
Ability:
Sand Veil
Held item:
Bag Bright Powder Sprite.png BrightPowder
Garchomp Lv.50
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Double Team
Normal Status
Sandstorm
Rock Status
Spr b 4p 445 m.png
Types:
Dragon Ground
Ability:
Sand Veil
Held item:
Bag White Herb Sprite.png White Herb
Garchomp Lv.50
Draco Meteor
Dragon Special
Earth Power
Ground Special
Flamethrower
Fire Special
Surf
Water Special
Lucario Dragonite Tyranitar
Spr b 4p 448.png
Types:
Fighting Steel
Ability:
Inner Focus
Held item:
Bag Muscle Band Sprite.png Muscle Band
Lucario Lv.50
Close Combat
Fighting Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Blaze Kick
Fire Physical
Shadow Claw
Ghost Physical
Spr b 4p 149.png
Types:
Dragon Flying
Ability:
Inner Focus
Held item:
Bag Choice Band Sprite.png Choice Band
Dragonite Lv.50
Outrage
Dragon Physical
Giga Impact
Normal Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Spr b 4d 248.png
Types:
Rock Dark
Ability:
Sand Stream
Held item:
Bag Chople Berry Sprite.png Chople Berry
Tyranitar Lv.50
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Crunch
Dark Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Dragon Dance
Dragon Status
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lucario Tyranitar
Spr b 4p 448.png
Types:
Fighting Steel
Ability:
Inner Focus
Held item:
Bag Scope Lens Sprite.png Scope Lens
Lucario Lv.50
Cross Chop
Fighting Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
ThunderPunch
Electric Physical
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Spr b 4d 248.png
Types:
Rock Dark
Ability:
Sand Stream
Held item:
Bag White Herb Sprite.png White Herb
Tyranitar Lv.50
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Shadow Claw
Ghost Physical
Aqua Tail
Water Physical
Spr b 4d 248.png
Types:
Rock Dark
Ability:
Sand Stream
Held item:
Bag Chople Berry Sprite.png Chople Berry
Tyranitar Lv.50
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Crunch
Dark Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Dragon Dance
Dragon Status
Spr b 4d 248.png
Types:
Rock Dark
Ability:
Sand Stream
Held item:
Bag None Sprite.png None
Tyranitar Lv.50
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Shadow Claw
Ghost Physical
Aqua Tail
Water Physical
Salamence Absol
Spr b 4h 373.png
Types:
Dragon Flying
Ability:
Intimidate
Held item:
Bag Razor Fang Sprite.png Razor Fang
Salamence Lv.50
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Fire Fang
Fire Physical
Thunder Fang
Electric Physical
Dragon Dance
Dragon Status
Spr b 4p 359.png
Type:
Dark Unknown
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
Bag Razor Claw Sprite.png Razor Claw
Absol Lv.50
Night Slash
Dark Physical
Psycho Cut
Psychic Physical
X-Scissor
Bug Physical
Aerial Ace
Flying Physical
Spr b 4p 359.png
Type:
Dark Unknown
Ability:
Super Luck
Held item:
Bag Chople Berry Sprite.png Chople Berry
Absol Lv.50
Sucker Punch
Dark Physical
Facade
Normal Physical
Double Team
Normal Status
Taunt
Dark Status
Spr b 4p 359.png
Type:
Dark Unknown
Ability:
Super Luck
Held item:
Bag Quick Claw Sprite.png Quick Claw
Absol Lv.50
Punishment
Dark Physical
Swagger
Normal Status
Attract
Normal Status
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Entei Breloom Slaking Ursaring
Spr b 4h 244.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
Bag Shuca Berry Sprite.png Shuca Berry
Entei Lv.50
Fire Blast
Fire Special
SolarBeam
Grass Special
Hyper Beam
Normal Special
Sunny Day
Fire Status
Spr b 4p 286.png
Types:
Grass Fighting
Ability:
Effect Spore
Held item:
Bag Shell Bell Sprite.png Shell Bell
Breloom Lv.50
Focus Punch
Fighting Physical
Seed Bomb
Grass Physical
Giga Impact
Normal Physical
Spore
Grass Status
Spr b 4p 289.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Truant
Held item:
Bag Lax Incense Sprite.png Lax Incense
Slaking Lv.50
Facade
Normal Physical
Shadow Claw
Ghost Physical
Slack Off
Normal Status
Yawn
Normal Status
Spr b 4h 217 f.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Quick Feet
Held item:
Bag Toxic Orb Sprite.png Toxic Orb
Ursaring Lv.50
Facade
Normal Physical
Superpower
Fighting Physical
Crunch
Dark Physical
Protect
Normal Status
Machamp Garchomp Dragonite
Spr b 4p 068.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
No Guard
Held item:
Bag Focus Sash Sprite.png Focus Sash
Machamp Lv.50
Revenge
Fighting Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Payback
Dark Physical
Counter
Fighting Physical
Spr b 4p 445 f.png
Types:
Dragon Ground
Ability:
Sand Veil
Held item:
Bag Bright Powder Sprite.png BrightPowder
Garchomp Lv.50
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Double Team
Normal Status
Sandstorm
Rock Status
Spr b 4h 149.png
Types:
Dragon Flying
Ability:
Inner Focus
Held item:
Bag Razor Claw Sprite.png Razor Claw
Dragonite Lv.50
Dragon Rush
Dragon Physical
Fire Punch
Fire Physical
ThunderPunch
Electric Physical
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Gyarados Heracross
Spr b 4h 130 m.png
Types:
Water Flying
Ability:
Intimidate
Held item:
Bag Chesto Berry Sprite.png Chesto Berry
Gyarados Lv.50
Waterfall
Water Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Rest
Psychic Status
Dragon Dance
Dragon Status
Spr b 4h 130 m.png
Types:
Water Flying
Ability:
Intimidate
Held item:
Bag Persim Berry Sprite.png Persim Berry
Gyarados Lv.50
Outrage
Dragon Physical
Waterfall
Water Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Giga Impact
Normal Physical
Spr b 4p 214 m.png
Types:
Bug Fighting
Ability:
Guts
Held item:
Bag Coba Berry Sprite.png Coba Berry
Heracross Lv.50
Megahorn
Bug Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Facade
Normal Physical
Shadow Claw
Ghost Physical


Spr b 4p 062.png
Poliwrath
Spr b 4h 112 m.png
Rhydon
Spr b 4p 473 m.png
Mamoswine
Spr b 4h 257 m.png
Blaziken
Spr b 4h 454 m.png
Toxicroak
Spr b 4h 297.png
Hariyama
Spr b 4d 308 f.png
Medicham
Spr b 4h 486.png
Regigigas
Spr b 4h 392.png
Infernape
Spr b 4p 475.png
Gallade

Quotes

Iron Island

"...You are? OK, you're <player>. I'm Riley. I'm a Trainer, yes, and it is a bit odd that I would be training here. If you'd like, we could team up. The wild Pokémon here are restless. I'll heal up your Pokémon if they get hurt."
"Ha ha! I'd have to agree with you. People training here would be those with too much time on their hands."
"This used to be a fairly thriving ore mine once upon a time. I guess the steel ore's played out. There's only Pokémon here now."
"Have you met Byron? The Leader of Canalave Gym? He's asked me to become a Gym Leader, but there's his son Roark to consider."
"Imagine what it would be like for a Steel-type Pokémon user to battle a Steel type. Would that be like battling yourself, I wonder? I mean, it's a lot harder to defeat one's self than anyone else."
"What's going on here, though? The native Pokémon are restless... I don't like this... Let's hurry."
"I get it now. You're responsible for agitating the Pokémon. I don't care what good reason you may have, but I don't want you bringing any trouble into my mine."
"To share in all the joys and all the sorrows... This is how all the Trainers and Pokémon live in Sinnoh! I won't allow anyone to deny that code of ethics! Come on, <player>! This is one battle we cannot lose!"
"Thanks. You really helped me out. Listen, I have a Pokémon Egg here. Would you take it with you?"
Yes (open party slot): "Thanks! I'd like you to show the Pokémon that's inside the Egg all sorts of new places. Spending time with you was very enjoyable. I intend to test my skills in other places from now on. Let's meet again! Take care on the way out."

The Battleground

  • Before battle
"Hi. Long time, no see. If it's all right with you, I'd like to challenge you to a battle right now."
No: "Oh, all right. Then we'll wait till you're ready."
"That look you have... I take it you're ready for battle?"
Yes: "We're pulling out all the stops to put your Pokémon down."
  • During battle
"Your team! I sense your strong aura!"
  • When defeated
"At times we battle, and sometime we teamed up. It's great how Trainers can interact."
  • After being defeated
"If I weren't on Iron Island then... If you hadn't arrived on Iron Island then... Perhaps we would have never met. Or, would we have met elsewhere?"

The Battleground (variant)

  • Before battle
"You and I, we're both Trainers. Let's forego the small talk and proceed right to battle. That's my style!"
No: "All right, then. So, what've you got to tell me?"
"See? It just doesn't feel right if we don't battle, does it?"
Yes: "Battling is our way of greeting!"
  • During battle
"Your team! I sense your strong aura!"
  • When defeated
"At times we battle, and sometime we team up. It's great how Trainers can interact."
  • After being defeated
"Know your enemy. If you know your opponent's Pokémon and what moves they use... If you have intelligence like that, your chances of winning are much improved."

In the anime

Riley in the anime

Riley made his first appearance in the anime in Steeling Peace of Mind!. He is a Trainer specializing in Steel-types and is currently staying at Iron Island for the study of said type. Due to the strange behavior of the Steel types on the island due to Team Galactic, he decided to investigate it with the help of his Lucario.

In Saving the World From Ruins!, it was revealed that Riley is training to be an Aura Guardian with his Lucario and as such he is able to use Aura effectively. He was then shown to be an advanced user of Aura.

After Team Galactic planted bombs under Iron Island, Riley and his Lucario trapped the explosion using their Aura and sent it away from the island, foiling Team Galactic's plan. Later he decided to help Professor Carolina in the study of the island so that he could get to know it better.

Pokémon

Riley's Lucario
Lucario
Main article: Riley's Lucario

Lucario is Riley's only known Pokémon. Similar to Riley, Lucario also has the power of using Aura.

Debut Steeling Piece of Mind!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 水島裕 Yū Mizushima
English Marc Diraison
Czech Pavel Tesař
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Brazilian Portuguese Sílvio Giraldi
Spanish Latin America Igor Cruz
Spain Juan Amador Pulido

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Riley and his Lucario

Riley makes a cameo appearance in the last round of the Emerald chapter, Epilogue, on a boat heading to the Battle Frontier.

Riley later appears in Grumpy Gliscor where he saves Diamond and Sailor Eldritch from crashing into a large boulder with his Lucario. He reveals that he is there to train Diamond in increasing his battling skills on Byron's request. Once they arrive on Iron Island, they have a test battle to see just where Diamond's skills are lacking in. After defeating Diamond, Riley deduces that his weakness is the lack of speed and takes him to cave in order to train.

After three days of training, Riley reveals Diamond's next task: to retrieve a Pokémon Egg. After finding the boss of the cave, a Steelix, injured from a battle, they realize that someone must have attacked it and go searching for them. As they search, Riley is attacked by a Pokémon and has his and Lucario's face covered with honey, blinding them. The attackers are revealed to be two Roughnecks who were hired by Team Galactic to make a mess on the island and have stolen the Egg. With their technique that can prevent Aura users from finding them, Riley and Lucario are helpless to stop them but Diamond steps in their place. Diamond manages to defeat them without harming the Egg and with the ability to sense Aura again, Riley and Lucario finish the two off. The Egg hatches into a Riolu and Riley decides that Diamond has finally passed his test. After Diamond reveals that someone was targeting him, Riley realizes someone is spying on them. After knocking down a flying camera machine, Riley checks the machine and feels a malicious Aura emanating from it. Riley and Diamond then say their goodbyes.

Later, Riley appears at the Spear Pillar, having tracked the Aura on the camera machine to this location. Although the Aura he saw was that of the Advanced level Grunt, it turns out there was an even darker one coming from deeper inside: the Aura belonging to Sird. Riley attacks Sird and the other Commanders but they manage to escape.

Riley later appears at the Battle Frontier where he presents the machine to Palmer in hopes of being able to track Sird since the Aura he used to track her before had disappeared. Palmer then gives the machine to Thorton in hopes of his technological expertise will be of some help.

After Thorton finishes fixing the machine, Riley uses his Aura to lead everyone to where the owner is. He, along with Palmer, Platinum, Cheryl, and Mira all set off to the Distortion World. Eventually, they manage to track the owner of the machine, the Advanced level Grunt. The Grunt, who had escaped from Team Galactic out of fear, takes them to the Distortion World, under Platinum's request.

Upon entering the Distortion World, everyone is separated due to the dimension's strange gravity. While the others land safely, Riley lands onto a floating island and is left alone. Later, he manages to meet up again with the others after the legendaries get into a huge brawl.

He rescues Marley from getting crushed by a falling Regigigas that was put to sleep by Darkrai. When Charon tries to escape after getting his flying machine broken, Riley is left behind along with the others while Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum chase after Charon.

After Charon's defeat, Riley and everyone else who was left behind manages to escape unharmed. When Riley ponders where Darkrai went off to when the legendary Pokémon all begin to leave, the Advanced level Grunt shows it is flying to parts unknown.

Pokémon

Riley's Lucario
Lucario
Main article: Riley's Lucario

Lucario is Riley's main Pokémon which he uses in battles. It has a variety of powerful moves and the ability to sense Aura, an ability that Riley shares.

Debut Grumpy Gliscor
Riley's Riolu
Riolu
Riolu is a Pokémon that was stolen by two Cue Balls while it was an Egg but was retrieved by the combined efforts of Diamond and Riley.

None of Riolu's moves are known.

Debut Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim II

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Riley in Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Riley appears in Serious Training on Iron Island!! along with his Lucario where he rescues Hareta from B-2's Graveler. Later, he gives Hareta a Pokémon Egg containing a Riolu.

Pokémon

Riley's Lucario
Lucario
Main article: Riley's Lucario

Lucario is Riley's only known Pokémon. He trained it while on Iron Island. It rescued Hareta from B-2's Graveler. It fought bravely against his Drapion later on and won with the teamwork of Hareta's Riolu after it hatched.

Debut Serious Training on Iron Island!!

Trivia

  • Of all the potential partners in the Battle Tower, Riley has the largest pool of Pokémon to choose from.
  • Riley is the only human in the games confirmed to be able to use Aura, as displayed in his intro animation and through a line of in-battle speech where he mentions feeling the player's Aura. In the anime, he is one of two known and currently living human users of Aura, the other being Ash.
  • Riley has many similarities with Sir Aaron from Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. In addition to design similarities, both Trainers have a Lucario and can use Aura.
    • The design of the necklace Riley wears is the same as the pattern on Sir Aaron's gloves. It's also the same as the pattern on Groudon's arm.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ゲン Gen From 紫雲英 Genge, Chinese milk vetch. Also similar to 玄米 genmai, unmilled rice.
English Riley From rye. It also resembles "Riolu".
French Armand From Sir Aaron's name.
German Urs
Italian Marisio*
Fabiolo*
From mais, maize.
From Latin faba, bean.
Spanish Quinoa From quinoa, a pseudocereal.
Korean 현이 Hyeon'i hyeon is a Korean reading of 玄, read as gen in Japanese.
Chinese (Mandarin) 亞玄 Yǎxuán From 亞朗 Yǎlǎng (Sir Aaron) and 玄米 genmai.


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