Ken (TCG GB)

アカバネ Akabane
Master Ken.png
Club Master Ken
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Trading Card Game Islands
Trainer class Club Master
Generation I
Games Pokémon Trading Card Game;
Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!
Leader of Fire Club
Badge Fire Medal
Specializes in Fire Fire

Ken (Japanese: アカバネ Akabane) is the Club Master of the Fire Club (Japanese: ファイアクラブ Fire Club). He plays using the Fire Charge Deck (Japanese: ほのおのとっしんデッキ Fire Take Down Deck) and gives away the Fire Medal to challengers who defeat him. In Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!, he uses the ゆけ!ウィンディデッキ Go! Windie Deck.

His club is a colosseum filled with flaming torches.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Ken will not battle the player until the player has collected 300 cards or more.

When defeated, Ken will award the main player a Fire Medal and two Mystery Booster packs.

Fire Charge Deck

Main article: Fire Charge Deck (TCG)
Quantity Card Type Rarity
Professor Oak T  
Bill T  
Energy Retrieval T  
Poké Ball T  
Computer Search T  
Defender T  
Potion T  
Full Heal T  
Recycle T  
Gambler T  
Double Colorless Energy   E  
21× Fire Energy   E

Ken's main tactic is a high-risk high return one, using powerful attacks that damage the user as well. A deck with a balance of Water and Fighting types can defeat his deck. An early strike tactic causing slow but steady damage can thwart his strategy of recoil damaging attacks, as they will risk knocking out his Pokémon out as well. Chansey is particularly weak, with its Double-edge causing 80 damage to itself, leaving it open to weaker attacks.

Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!

Go Arcanine! Deck

Main article: Go Arcanine! Deck (TCG)

Go Arcanine! Deck (Japanese: ゆけ!ウィンディデッキ) is played by Ken, the Club Master of the Fire Club. It focuses mainly on   type Pokémon. Defeating Ken will get the player a Island of Fossil booster pack and a Psychic Battle booster pack. Later, Ken acquires some Sky Flying Pokémon packs after the player frees Mitch from the GR Fighting Fort and will then give the player a Psychic Battle pack and a Sky Flying Pokémon pack as prizes instead.

Ken starts the game trapped in a cage with his Fire Club members. After GR3 is defeated for the second time, he leaves the Fire Club and all members are freed. Ken still cannot be battled at this point, but will be able to accept challenges after freeing Steve at the GR Lightning Fort.

Quantity Card Type Rarity
Energy Retrieval T  
Professor Oak T  
PlusPower T  
Switch T  
Pokémon Trader T  
Bill T  
Double Colorless Energy   E  
Fighting Energy   E
12× Fire Energy   E
Water Energy   E


Sprite from Pokémon
Trading Card Game
Main sprite from Pokémon
Trading Card Game 2
Win sprite from Pokémon
Trading Card Game 2
Loss sprite from Pokémon
Trading Card Game 2
Overworld sprite from
GB1 and GB2


Language Name Origin
Japanese アカバネ Akabane From Takumi Akabane, one of the creators of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Also from 赤い akai, red.
English, French, Italian Ken
German Tim
Spanish Héctor

Club Masters of the TCG Islands
Grass Club  
Science Club  
Fire Club  
Water Club  
Lightning Club  
Psychic Club  
Rock Club  
Fighting Club  

  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.