Leon (anime)

ダンデ Dande
Leon anime JN.png
Gender Male
Eye color Yellow
Hair color Purple
Hometown Postwick
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed mother and father,
younger brother
Trainer class Champion, Pokémon Trainer,
Game counterpart Leon
Champion of Galar Pokémon League
Anime debut Flash of the Titans!
English voice actor Alejandro Saab
Japanese voice actor Daisuke Ono

Leon (Japanese: ダンデ Dande) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is the Champion of the Galar region's Pokémon League and becomes the strongest Pokémon Trainer in the world after obtaining the title of Monarch in the World Coronation Series in Flash of the Titans!.

In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, defeating Leon is the main objective of Ash and several other characters.

In the anime

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Leon and Sonia as children


Born and raised in Galar, Leon was a childhood friend of Sonia's. Due to having to take care of his family for a long time, she was his only friend and taught Leon the concepts of a Pokémon battle. During this period, Leon found a Charmander that would become his first Pokémon and what motivated him to go on a Pokémon journey. Sonia and Leon traveled together when they started on their journey.

In his first victory in battle, it was evident that Leon had a natural gift for being a great Trainer. In this period, Leon met more people and knew more about Pokémon. As revealed in Toughing It Out!, Rose was responsible for inserting Leon into the world of Pokémon battles. But, Leon's closeness to Rose ended up driving Sonia away from him, which made the two go their separate ways over time. In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", Rose reveals that his goal with this was to guide Leon so that he would become the hero of Galar, and be able to control Eternatus.

On his Journey, Leon went through the Pokémon League of Galar undefeated, which eventually guaranteed him the top spot among the Eight Masters of the World Coronation Series.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Leon as a teenager

Leon debuted in Flash of the Titans!, where he had a bout against Lance in the finals of the World Coronation Series at Wyndon Stadium, using his Charizard to go up against Lance's Gyarados. After a hard-fought battle, Leon emerged victorious, making him the Monarch of the World Coronation Series. Shortly after the battle with Lance, in The Climb to Be the Very Best!, where Leon heard a commotion outside the stadium and went to see what was happening. Leon saw Ash battling a Gigantamax Drednaw with his Pikachu and noticed that he had Gigantamaxed without a Dynamax Band. He gave Ash advice that allowed him to defeat Drednaw before properly introducing himself to them. The next day, Leon approached Ash and Goh at the Wyndon Pokémon Center and accepted Ash's earlier request for a battle. Beforehand, Leon gave Ash an explanation of how Dynamaxing and G-Max Moves worked and gave him his own Dynamax Band. During the battle, both sides Gigantamaxed their Pokémon, with Pikachu even managing to land a couple hits on Charizard, but in the end, Pikachu was defeated. Ash and Leon then promised to each other that once Ash was strong enough, they would battle again.

Leon reappeared in a flashback in Dreams Are Made of These!, when Ash explains to some kids about his goals.

Leon and Raihan

In Toughing It Out!, Leon has a battle for the World Coronation Series with Raihan and his Duraludon. After a tough match, Leon emerged victorious, with this victory, Leon manages to defend his Monarch title. Afterwards, he greeted Ash and Chairman Rose and encourages Raihan to retrain so they can battle in the future.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, during a series of Pokémon attacks that were using Dynamax and Gigantamax in an uncontrolled way, he had Charizard attack a rampaging Gigantamax Centiskorch. After defeating it, Leon reunited with Ash, and they flew off together to deal with other rampaging Pokémon. Later, they encountered a Dynamax Pangoro, which defeated in Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!. He later took on a Coalossal that had Gigantamaxed and took it down alongside Ash. Soon after, Rose and Oleana arrived. Leon was later seen in Hammerlocke, where it was revealed that he was suspicious of Rose, and that he planned to investigate the city's Energy Plant. This investigation took Leon to the place where Eternatus was being held prisoner, when he ended up breaking free and getting out of control, Leon decided that he had to capture it so he could calm the Pokémon down. Leon met Rose, who revealed his real intentions and, after confronting his former tutor together with Ash, he went to face Eternatus.

Leon about to face Eternatus

In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, Leon and Charizard battled against Eternatus after it was re-awakened, but despite Charizard's best efforts they still struggled against the might of the Legendary Pokémon. When Leon attempted to Gigantamax Charizard, Eternatus absorbed all of the Dynamax energy from the area, preventing Leon from successfully Gigantamaxing Charizard. Along with Sonia, Leon witnesses Ash and Goh joining forces with Zacian and Zamazenta and finally managing to contain the power of Eternatus. When everything was finally resolved, Sonia revealed to Professor Magnolia that Leon was searching for Rose who disappeared after the entire incident. Leon made a cameo appearance at the end of Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start! while watching Ash's World Coronation Series match against Volkner.

In The Sweet Taste of Battle!, Leon visited the Glimwood Tangle before heading to Ballonlea, where he met up with Raihan, Ash, Goh, and Chloe. Leon took part in Opal's All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge, but lost to Ash. He then agreed to referee the battle between Ash and Opal.

In Battle Three With Bea! and A Battle of Mega Versus Max!, Leon appeared at the Stow-on-Side Stadium, watching the World Coronation Series match between Ash and Bea. During the battle, he arrived late, shocking the entire audience and serving as a commentator. At the end of the battle, Leon decided to leave without talking to any of the competitors, which left Ash disappointed.

In JN100, Leon defended his title in a battle against Flint. After yet another victory, Leon met up with Ash and invited him to a training session. Upon arriving at a place within the Wild Area, Leon and Ash decided to camp and participate in activities with some Pokémon they found in the place. After having the experience interrupted by a pair of Corviknight, they discovered that one of the Rookidee from their nest was injured, so they decided to help them. At the end of the day, Leon revealed some feelings and doubts to Ash before leaving to meet with Goh and Sonia.

In JN108, Leon was interviewed giving his opinion on the upcoming battle between Ash and Raihan. In the next episode, he was one of the commentators of said battle at the Hammerlocke Stadium.


Leon doing his signature Charizard pose

Leon is a strong Trainer, having reached the final round of the World Coronation Series and subsequently becoming the Monarch, thus being undefeated for some time. Although Leon comes across as unstoppable, he revealed to Ash that since Darkest Day he felt powerless to deal with the threat. This made him question if there are people stronger than him and how far the strength limit of each one goes. Sonia is apparently the only person who can see this side of Leon, unlike most people, to her, Leon is more child-like in his relationship with Pokémon.

Leon is also a good sportsman, as seen in Flash of the Titans!, when he complimented Lance after their battle and shook his hand and again in all his battles in the World Coronation Series, acting the same way after his battles with Raihan and Flint. Leon also has a very strong sense of justice, refusing to follow Chairman Rose's orders to capture Eternatus for the former's personal ambitions, opting to seal Eternatus away to prevent the Darkest Day from occurring.

Leon and Ash

Leon is remarkably knowledgeable about the Gigantamaxing phenomenon, as seen in The Climb to Be the Very Best!, when he advised Ash on how to battle with his Gigantamax Pikachu in order to deal with a Drednaw that also had Gigantamax. During Ash's battle against Opal, he realized that Pikachu had not Gigantamaxed, but rather bloated from the cream of G-Max Finale. Furthermore, Leon is shown to have great knowledge on how Mega Evolution works, being able to recognize the great bond Lucario has with Ash.

As stated by some people, Leon and Ash have a lot in common, mainly in the way they take care of Pokémon. During the course of the anime it is shown that Leon takes a keen interest in Ash's battles and more than once, Leon declared to Ash his desire to face him in an official battle. This even made Rose offer the same offer he made to Leon to be trained by him, but Ash refused even before knowing Rose's real intentions.

In his battles, Leon tends to change the moves that his Pokémon uses, as seen in Toughing It Out!, where Charizard used three different moves than what it had used previously and always battles on equal terms with the opponent, always Gigantamaxing his Pokémon only after the opponent has the initiative to use it first.

Like his game counterpart, Leon has a difficult time with directions, resulting in him becoming lost in the Glimwood Tangle and needing wild Pokémon to show him the way to Ballonlea and later getting lost while traveling with Ash through the Wild Area.


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

On hand


Charmander → Charmeleon → Charizard ↔ Gigantamax Charizard
Charizard is Leon's starter Pokémon, as well as his ace and capable of Gigantamaxing. It was first seen being used in Leon's battle against Lance in the finals of the World Coronation Series and won.

In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Charizard was used to battle Ash and his Pikachu, and once again, it emerged victorious.

In Toughing It Out!, Charizard was used to battle Raihan and his Duraludon, emerging victorious in the end once more.

In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, Leon called on Charizard to battle Eternatus. It was able to battle the Legendary Pokémon for some time, although Eternatus was able to prevent it from Gigantamaxing. After Leon's failed attempt at catching Eternatus, Charizard was injured in the blast caused by it transforming into its Eternamax form, forcing Leon to recall it.

Charizard's known moves are Flamethrower, Air Slash, Fire Spin, Thunder Punch, Dragon Claw, Dig, Brick Break, Rock Tomb, and Flare Blitz.
As a Gigantamax Charizard, it can use Max Lightning, Max Airstream, G-Max Wildfire, and Max Knuckle.

Debut Flash of the Titans!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Kenta Miyake
Dragapult is Leon's second known Pokémon. In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, Leon used it to battle a Coalossal that had Gigantamaxed alongside Ash's Pikachu and Gengar, eventually taking it down.

In JN100, Dragapult was used in Leon's training. Sometime later, Leon used Dragapult to confront a pair of Corviknight that attacked him and Ash.

Dragapult's known moves are Dragon Darts and Dragon Rush.

Debut Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
Voice actors
English Daman Mills (Dreepy)


Leon borrowed an Alcremie from Opal to take part in the All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge she had arranged.

None of Alcremie's moves are known.

Debut The Sweet Taste of Battle!
During his training with Ash in JN100, Leon encountered a pair of Corviknight that were attacking other Pokémon. After calming one of them, Leon took it away so Ash could save the injured Rookidee in Corviknight's nest.

None of Corviknight's moves are known.

Debut JN100


Pokémon League

Leon has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

World Coronation Series

Leon has competed in the World Coronation Series. His rank and class are as follows:

Pokémon competitions



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Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小野大輔 Daisuke Ono
English Alejandro Saab
Mandarin Chinese 于正昇 Yú Zhèngshēng
European French Ilyas Mettioui
Indonesian Ferry Kurniawan
Italian Mattia Bressan
Polish Wit Apostolakis-Gluziński
Brazilian Portuguese Clécio Souto
Spanish Latin America Alejandro Orozco
Spain Adrián Viador

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Leon debuted in Flash of the Titans!, where he played the same role as he does in the Pokémon Journeys: The Series. He battled Lance for the title of Monarch of the World Coronation Series.

In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Leon had a battle against Ash, where he emerged victorious.

In Toughing It Out!, Leon defended his title in a battle against Raihan.

In JNM13 and JNM14, Leon joined Ash, Goh, and Sonia to prevent Darkest Day from happening. Despite their efforts, they were only able to defeat the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus when they received the help of Zacian and Zamazenta.

Leon made one last appearance on JNM24, in a fantasy together with other Trainers.


This listing is of Leon's known Pokémon in the Pokémon Journeys: The Series manga:

Charmander → Charmeleon → Charizard ↔ Gigantamax Charizard

In the audio drama

Leon in audio drama

In celebration of the airing of JN100, the Pokémon anime's Twitter page has launched a series of audio dramas.

In the "A Morning in the Life of Dande", which was released on March 25, 2022.[2] They show Leon's daily life interacting with characters such as Sonia, Raihan, and his Charizard.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小野大輔 Daisuke Ono


Language Name Origin
Japanese ダンデ Dande From dandelion
English, Brazilian Portuguese Leon From dandelion
French Tarak From Taraxacum, the dandelion genus
German Delion From dandelion
Italian Dandel From dandelion
Spanish Lionel From dandelion
Korean 단델 Dandel From dandelion
Chinese (Mandarin) 丹帝 Dāndì Transliteration of his Japanese name. Contains 帝 (emperor)
Chinese (Cantonese) 丹帝 Dāandai Transliteration of his Japanese name. Contains 帝 dai (emperor)
Russian Леон Leon Transcription of his English name


Trainers in the World Coronation Series
  Master LeonCynthiaStevenLanceDianthaAlainIrisAsh
  Ultra RaihanFlintDrasnaVolknerMarnieBea
  Great KricketinaRintoDozerTony
  Normal KorrinaHaydenVisquezLobOliver

Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeon
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenLeonIris
Origins BlueRed
Generations BlueCynthiaDianthaCalem
Evolutions LeonDianthaAlder
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeon
Other manga Drake (EToP)Ash (EToP)Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisHaxorusCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyGranbullPichu BrothersDelibirdLarvitarLake guardiansMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLight trioStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminRotom PhonesPelipperDrone RotomRecurring wild Pokémon

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