Open main menu

Bulbapedia β

ビート Beet
Sword Shield Bede.png
Art from Pokémon Sword and Shield
Gender Male
Eye color Purple
Hair color Platinum blond
Hometown Unknown
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed parents
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Leader of Ballonlea Stadium
Badge Fairy Badge
Specializes in Psychic types (as a Pokémon Trainer)
Fairy types (as a Gym Leader)
Game animation debut Sky
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor N/A

Bede (Japanese: ビート Beet) is one of the rival characters in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the others being Hop and Marnie. He initially specializes in Psychic-type Pokémon, but is eventually scouted by Opal to succeed her as a Fairy-type Gym Leader, and thus changes his specialty type accordingly. As the Gym Leader of Ballonlea Stadium, he gives the Fairy Badge to Trainers who defeat him.


In the games

Bede is one of the player's rivals. He is a prideful young man who had been personally sponsored by Rose, who gave Bede his first Pokémon, later revealed to be his Hatterene, upon visiting his orphanage when he was a child. While he is competing in the Gym Challenge to become Champion, he has been gathering Wishing Stars in large quantities to help the Chairman realize his ambition. However, in his zealous pursuit of Wishing Stars, Bede brings harm to a historic landmark in Stow-on-Side, and he is disowned by Rose and disqualified from the Gym Challenge.

After the player returns from Ballonlea to Hammerlocke with the Fairy Badge, Opal notices the sulking Bede and is struck with inspiration, asking him to become her successor. Bede reluctantly agrees, believing he will become stronger in the process. Bede eventually returns as a Gym Leader, interrupting the finals of the Champion Cup and demanding to battle the player, staking his career on his victory. After losing, Bede, who had begun to regret accepting Opal's offer, reveals he was planning on using the result of the battle as an excuse to get away from his mentor. However, after hearing the crowd cheer him on despite his loss, he feels obligated to continue training, figuring he will be able to completely take over for Opal soon.

After the player becomes Champion, the player, Hop, and former Gym Leader Piers head to Ballonlea Stadium while trying to stop Sordward and Shielbert, but in the lobby, Bede confidently declares that he has taken care of the Dynamax Pokémon running rampant in his Stadium already. The player's group attempts to leave but Bede refuses to let them go until he has a battle with the new Champion. After some assurance from Opal, the group decides to indulge Bede. During the battle, Bede acknowledges the player's strength, and after being defeated, accepts them as Champion. A more humble Trainer now, Bede swears he'll overcome his weakness and, in his words, "reach the pinnacle of what Fairy types can do."

League Cards

This is a transcript of the back of Bede's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Normal League Card
"Bede spent some time living in an orphanage after his family ran into some trouble when he was young. He always had difficulty getting along with others and would constantly get into fights. That is until one day Rose visited the facility. Rose gave Bede a Pokémon, which changed Bede's life forever. He showed talent as a Trainer and threw himself into Pokémon battles, becoming stronger by the day. He has joined the Gym Challenge with an endorsement from the chairman himself, and Bede plans to prove that the chairman's faith was not misplaced."
Rare League Card
"He was appointed by the former Gym Leader Opal to become the new Gym Leader of Ballonlea Stadium. The general consensus is that Opal's harsh training has in fact mellowed him out. Though he himself has never confirmed nor denied this, it should be noted that he no longer refuses to give autographs. Additionally, it seems his skills as a Pokémon Trainer have also increased rather dramatically. Recently, his intrusion during the Finals of the Champion Cup has gained popularity, and fans wish to see that kind of performance again. Bede himself is not sure how to react."


Bede keeps his Pokémon in Great Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

First battle

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle

Bede will Gigantamax his Hatterene at the first opportunity.

Fifth battle

Champion tournaments

Bede will Gigantamax his Hatterene at the first opportunity.

Rose's Copperajah
Bede used this Copperajah he borrowed from Rose to destroy the mural in Stow-on-Side in pursuit of Wishing Stars. It was confiscated after the Chairman disavowed him. It is unknown if this Copperajah is the same Copperajah the Chairman uses in battle.

None of Copperajah's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Sword and Shield


050Diglett.png This article is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this article to add missing information and complete it.

Motostoke Stadium
"I was endorsed by the chairman himself."
"In other words, among all those elite enough to get an endorsement, I'm the most elite of all."
"So why don't you clear off and not try talking to me again, would you?"
"It's positively criminal of you, wasting the time of someone as important as I am."
Galar Mine
"Coming this way? I'd advise against it."
"Any trainer with a Wishing Star is in for a beating from me and my Pokémon!"
  • Before battle
"You're the Gym Challenger endorsed by the Champion, aren't you?"
"What a joke."
"You are aware that the chairman is more important than the Champion, right?"
"I was chosen by the chairman himself, so that makes me more amazing than you!"
"I suppose I should prove beyond doubt just how pathetic you are and how strong I am."
  • After the first non-KO hit
"I'm just giving your Pokémon a little chance to shine. That's all."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh dear, what have I been doing? Well, whatever. Let's just get this over with."
  • Upon using a special move
"This is a good time to test out a move I’ve been interested in lately."
  • Upon being defeated
"I see... Well, that's fine. I wasn't really trying all that hard anyway."
  • After being defeated
"Well, that was unexpected. I suppose you're more able than I thought."
"Naturally, I'll remember your battle style and strategies now."
"I'm sure to easily defeat you if and when we face each other in an official match."
"Now that we've established that, I won't waste any more time on you."
"I've already gathered every Wishing Star in this area."
"I promise to do everything in my power to assist you, too, Chairman!"
"Bede, sir."
"I will prove your faith in me was well placed, Chairman. I won't lose to anyone!"
"Anyway, I will be on my way now."
Galar Mine No. 2
"You again..."
"I'd feel sorry for my Pokémon if I made them take part in a battle against low-level opponents."
"I'm not in the mood to deal with weaklings right now."
"Then again, I suppose it's a form of mercy to crush weak opponents early on."
"If you're under the misguided impression that you're stronger than me, then surely you would be up for a Pokémon battle."
Naturally!: "It's utterly inconceivable that I, the challenger chosen by the chairman, would lose!"
Hold on a minute...:"Hmph! I've no time to deal with pathetic Trainers!"
  • After the first non-KO hit
"Hmph. Looks like you've grown a bit. Only a little bit, though!"
  • Upon using a special move
"It's not every day I get to battle you, so I suppose I may as well try out this move."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Excellent! Not everyone can corner my team like this!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You showed at least a little effort, so I decided I should let you win!"
  • After being defeated
"Ah, pardon me. It seems I must take back my words."
"You're not weak—you just lack talent. Your chances of completing the Gym Challenge are pretty slim, I must say. Here, I'll give you this. Something to show you at least tried."
"Now, where shall I go next to collect Wishing Stars?"
Wild Area
"Don't waste your efforts. It's not like either of you would ever make it through the Gym Challenge, anyway."
"The Champion really must have been off his rocker to endorse the likes of you."
"I mean, it seems Hop here can't even throw a Poké Ball propely."
"How tiresome... Fine. I'll battle you over there. Maybe that will help you finally understand just how weak you are."
"All this prattle about <player> and the Champion and whatnot... Do you not have anything of your own to show?"
Hammerlocke Hills
"Oh, it's you... I doubt Hop would be coming. It's only natural."
"After such a humiliating defeat, there's no way he could look the Champion in the eye. I'm sure he'll withdraw from the challenge."
"Here, just look at the Gym Badges I've already won."
"Anyway, I have a meeting with the chairman, so I must excuse myself."
"Mr. Chairman! I've been collecting both Wishing Stars and Gym Badges as fast as I can!"
"If I gather enough Wishing Stars, that'll help solve the problem that's been bothering you, right, Mr. Chairman?"
"With all due respect, sir, I was able to show Hop, one of the Champion-endorsed Trainers, just outclassed he was."
"I'm sure I'll be able to defeat the Champion. No, I WILL defeat the Champion!"
"Destroy it! Destroy it all! We're going to find those Wishing Stars!"
"We've got to bring the chairman more Wishing Stars if we want to please him!"
"Copperajah! If you are truly the chairman's Pokémon, then you should feel grateful for this chance to help him find Wishing Stars!"
"Oh my. You again... So you think that you can start collecting Wishing Stars now and get in the chairman's favor?"
"That's the way of things, is it? I see. So you do have some cunning in you. But I won't have it! I won't allow anyone to stand in my way!"
  • After the first KO hit
"Hmph. I've already seen more than enough to judge you and your team's abilities."
  • Before sending out last Pokémon
"I have to win this for the chairman! Do you really think I'd let you keep me from everything I want?"
  • After being defeated
"This has to be some kind of mistake. I demand a do-over."
"But why...? How can this be? How could someone like you get in my way?"
"I was the one chosen by the chairman... I was the one who was to defeat the Champion..."
"I am one of the elite--someone who can shoulder the future of the Galar region!"
  • After being confronted by Oleana and Chairman Rose
"Who cares for some ancient ruin when the next thousand years are at stake?!"
"Did you stand in the path of a Pokémon's Simple Beam or something? How do you expect to support the chairman with that sort of thinking?"
  • After being disqualified from his Gym Challenge
" must be joking, right? You're disqualifying me from the Gym Challenge? But you're the one who endorsed me! There are a hundred different ways we could sort this out... Why are you choosing the worst possible option?!"
"Come to gawk at me now that I've had my Challenge Band taken away and my Gym Challenger status revoked? Can you really afford to waste time like this?"
  • If replied "Of course!"
"Well I suppose so. You no longer have to worry about catching up with me, after all."
"I'll have you know, though, that I haven't given up! I must become the Champion in order to help out the chairman! I will go and ask him to let me rejoin the Gym Challenge!"
  • After being spotted by Opal
"Huh? Wha--?!"
"M-Ms. Opal? What in the world has gotten into you?!"
"Are you... Are you testing me? Very well, I accept! In fact, I plan on making sure you see my full talents and tell me everything you know about the Wishing Stars!"
Wyndon Stadium
  • Interrupting the finals
"A moment, if I may. Does anyone here even remember me? I am Bede, the challenger who was forced to withdraw from the Gym Challenge!"
"I have a score to settle with Challenger <player> here. I'm aware that this is against the rules, but I must ask nonetheless... Let me battle him! I'll stake my career as a challenger on this battle. If I lose, I'll retire from being a Trainer."
"I know this is ridiculous of me. But I had to say something! Ever since you showed up, everything I've done has gone wrong!"
"It was Oleana who asked me to gather Wishing Stars for the chairman, but then the chairman himself disowned me... And then that strange old lady comes out of nowhere and drags me into a boot camp on Fairy-type Pokémon! Do you have any idea what I've been through?! Covered in pink, dealing with quizzes and battles with Fairy-type Pokémon every day! And here I am, pouring my heart out to you... when I've never lost my cool before!"
"My will hasn't been broken yet!"
  • After sending out first Pokémon
"We've faced too much to quit now! We've got no choice but to win!"
  • Before sending out last Pokémon
"Tsk! What's with that calm expression... Think you're gonna win?"
"We'll show you a truly great pink. It's time for my dear Hatterene to Gigantamax!"
"I learned this move from that old gran! I plan on making it my own!"
  • After being defeated
"I couldn't win, but at least I was able to show everyone how great Fairy types are."
"Well, I lost..."
"B-but this isn't what I planned! If I was able to defeat you, then everything would be fine. Even if I lost, I was going to use retiring as an excuse to get away from that old lady! You just keep messing up my plans! With everyone cheering me on like this, I have no choice but to continue my training as the Fairy-type Gym Leader! Though I suppose with my talents, I'll be able to overtake Ms. Opal in no time."
Ballonlea Stadium
"Hmph. You lot."
"You think I, the elite Fairy-type Gym Leader, would have any kind of trouble?"
"Please...please don't tell me you came here to help? First of all, you're a bit late to be of any use, and second, I didn't need any help."
"Oleana tricked and used me... From now on, only I decide how I live! And I think what I should do now is have a battle with you, <player>!"
"But this has nothing to do with Ms. Opal. This battle's for me! Now don't dillydally! Your only option is to accept!"
  • After the challenge is accepted
"My Pokémon and I have risen from the ashes... I'll grant you a brief glimpse at how amazing we've become."
  • After sending out the first Pokémon
"My days as a Gym Leader have made me stronger than you."
  • Before sending out last Pokémon
"You just might be the strongest Champion in Galarian history."
  • If replied "That's right!"
"I'll carve my name into Galar's history, too. By defeating you!"
  • After losing the match
"This must be some mistake! I mean, I'm the one who's the Gym Leader!"
"Thank you for the battle. I can now accept you as the Champion. It's painful to admit, but I've come to realize a few of my weaknesses. But I'll keep getting stronger. I'll reach the pinnacle of what Fairy types can do. "
  • After handing his rare League Card
"Now then, as the Gym Leader, I will do my duty and clean the stadium."
Forest of Focus
"My Hatterene was given to me by the chairman. We've been through thick and thin together--- she's a very important Pokémon to me."
  • Encountered in the rain
"Out for a nice carefree stroll in this bad weather? You're certainly an odd one...aren't you?"


In the anime

In Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Bede appeared in Sky, where he was watching the battle between Raihan and Leon together with his Hatenna in the stadium.


Bede's Hatenna
Hatenna was seen beside Bede and watching the battle between Raihan and Leon.

None of Hatenna's moves are known.

Debut Sky

In the manga

Bede in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Bede debuted in PASS06. He was first seen in front of the Galar Mine, unable to enter due to a large boulder blocking the entrance. Shirudomiria, Hop, and Marnie combined their Pokémon's attacks to move the boulder. After the others went inside, Sōdo pointed out that Bede was protecting the boulder and speculated his goal was to obtain Wishing Stars found inside the mine. Later, everyone gathered at Turffield Stadium, where they each fought a Gym battle against Milo and won.

Later, Bede learned that Rose had dinner with Sōdo in Hulbury, infuriating him. Wanting to have Sōdo retire from the Gym Challenge, Bede challenged him to a battle but lost. Despite this, Bede revealed the reason he was collecting Wishing Stars was to help Rose.


Bede's Hatenna
Hatenna is Bede's first known Pokémon. She was first used to shatter a large boulder blocking the Galar Mine, allowing Bede to collect three Wishing Stars.

Hatenna's only known move is Confusion.

Debut PASS06
Bede's Ponyta
A Galarian Ponyta is Bede's second known Pokémon. It was first used to attack Sōdo, but was defeated by Sōdo's Tekkotsun.

Ponyta's known moves are Fairy Wind and Agility.

Debut Sword & Shield chapter


Badges obtained

In the TCG

Full Art print of Bede
Main article: Bede (Sword & Shield 157)

Bede was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese V Starter Set Lightning. It later appeared in the Japanese Sword expansion before debuting in English in the Sword & Shield expansion, with artwork by Naoki Saito. It was also released as a Full Art card and Secret card in the same Japanese and English expansions, with artwork by the same artist. It allows the player to attach a basic Energy card from their hand to one of their Benched Pokémon.


  • Bede's uniform number is "908", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for クレバー kurebā, meaning "clever".
  • Bede is left-handed.
  • The logo of Rose Tower can be seen on the back of Bede's jacket. The same logo is printed on the uniforms of certain Macro Cosmos employees.
  • Bede is the only notable male Fairy-type expert.
  • Bede is the only Trainer to change his type specialization during a game, going from Psychic-type to Fairy-type.
    • He is also the second Trainer known to have changed his type specialization overall, following Jasmine, who used to train Rock-type before becoming the Steel-type expert she currently is.
  • A portion of Bede's battle theme is remixed from the music used during the final battle of the Pokémon World Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ビート Beet From beet
English Bede Similar to his Japanese name or from bede (Danish for beet)
German Betys From Beta vulgaris (scientific name of beet)
Spanish Berto From beterraga (beet)
French Travis From betterave (beet)
Italian Beet Same as his Japanese name
Korean 비트 Beet Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 彼特 Bǐtè Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 彼特 Béidahk Mandarin-based transcription of his Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Beda From beterraba (beet)
Russian Бид Bid Transcription of his English name

Rival characters

Non-player characters in the core series games
Galar Professor MagnoliaMumHopBedeMarnieSoniaLeon
SordwardShielbertMustardKlaraAveryHoneyHydePeonyBall Guy
Team YellMacro CosmosDanGym LeadersMorimotoCara LissJackWatt Traders

Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium Grass Badge
Hulbury Stadium Water Badge
Motostoke Stadium Fire Badge
Stow-on-Side Stadium Fighting Badge
VSBea.png VSAllister.png
Ghost Badge
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium Fairy Badge
VSOpal.png VSBede 2.png
Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium Rock Badge
VSGordie.png VSMelony.png
Ice Badge
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym Dark Badge
VSPiers.png VSMarnie 3.png
Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium Dragon Badge

Project CharacterDex logo.png This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.