Art from X and Y by Ken Sugimori
|Relatives||Younger brother (deceased)|
Lysandre (younger brother's descendant)
|Trainer class||Pokémon Trainer|
|Games||X and Y|
|Game animation debut||The Redemption|
|English voice actor||Keith Silverstein|
|Japanese voice actor||Takaya Hashi|
AZ (Japanese: AZ) is a mysterious man who appears in Pokémon X and Y. He is the former king of the Kalos region and the creator of the ultimate weapon. In modern Kalos, he has the appearance of a disheveled homeless man. He is said to be over 9 feet (3 meters) tall.
In the games
Three thousand years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, a war broke out between two countries. This long conflict was drawn out and many lives were lost. People treated Pokémon with special powers as mere tools in their conflict, so they gathered lots of Pokémon, including Pokémon with unique powers. In order to emerge victorious, the soldiers believed that they needed even more powerful Pokémon. AZ loved his Floette, which he had received from his late mother, but it was forcefully taken from him by the soldiers and became just another sacrifice in the war.
AZ received the body of his beloved Pokémon some time later, and out of unspeakable grief, he built the ultimate weapon to restore it to life. He succeeded, but unable to overcome his despair, he turned the machine into a weapon, with which he destroyed both sides of the conflict, ending the war. His Floette, disgusted with the fact that the machine was powered by the life energy of other Pokémon, left him.
As revealed by documents kept in Lysandre Labs, AZ's younger brother had wished to claim Kalos out of his own greed. After AZ ended the war with the ultimate weapon, his brother realized the error of his ways and sought to make amends for his actions by burying the weapon, in an attempt to prevent it from ever being used again.
AZ's incredible height resulted from his exposure to the ultimate weapon.
Pokémon X and Y
AZ had kept the key to the ultimate weapon around his neck.
Lysandre captures AZ and takes the ultimate weapon's key, so that he can use it to destroy all life except Team Flare. The player encounters him in a cell in the lowest levels of Lysandre Labs, where he tells the player the story of the history of Kalos.
After the player defeats Lysandre once and for all in the Team Flare Secret HQ beneath Geosenge Town, AZ—now freed from his prison—approaches and thanks them for stopping the weapon from being used again.
After the player defeats Diantha for the first time to become Champion, during the parade in Lumiose City to celebrate the player's success, AZ approaches the stage and challenges the player to a battle, wishing to learn about what a Trainer truly is. After the battle, AZ smiles, thanking the player for freeing him from his long torment. Then, he sees a sparkle in the sky. Having sensed the liberation of AZ's heart, his beloved Floette—who was granted eternal life alongside AZ 3000 years ago—finally returns to him. AZ collapses to his knees, overjoyed that his Pokémon has finally returned. He is not seen again after this.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Mr. Stone mentions that his grandfather used Infinity Energy, the same energy as the ultimate weapon, to improve the lives of people and Pokémon alike, which the Devon Corporation used to grow into one of the top industries in Hoenn.
When the player overhears Wallace's conversation with his master, they discuss that the tree planted in front of the entrance to the Cave of Origin was given to the people of Sootopolis by a "huge man who visited from the Kalos region". Underneath the tree there is a flower of the same kind as the one carried by AZ's Floette.
At the Sky Pillar, Zinnia tells the player that 1000 years ago, "a tall visitor from a distant land" witnessed how Mega Rayquaza stopped a fight between Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. He is quoted to have said, "It is the Δ (Delta), born of the great disturbances in this world. By the bonds born of mankind's wish and the power of the stones, it will calm the troubles that plague the world."
|Floette is first mentioned by AZ when the player initially encounters him on Route 13, where he mutters to himself about "the flower Pokémon".
It is later revealed in AZ's story of the history of the Kalos region that Floette was sent to fight in a war that broke out in Kalos, in which she subsequently died. Out of grief, AZ built a machine to revive her, and succeeded. She left him after realizing that the life force of other Pokémon was used to bring her back to life.
Floette's last appearance is during the parade arranged by Professor Sycamore in Lumiose City. After AZ battles the player and is liberated from his torment, she floats down from the sky and finally returns to him. Neither Floette nor AZ are seen after this.
Unlike other Floette, she has a unique color scheme and holds a different flower.
None of Floette's moves are known.
|Debut||Pokémon X and Y|
- "The Pokémon… The flower Pokémon… The Pokémon that was given eternal life…"
- "Listen, one who will face Lysandre…"
- "A terribly long time ago…"
- "There was a man and a Pokémon. He loved that Pokémon very much."
- "A war began."
- "The man's beloved Pokémon took part in the war."
- "Several years passed."
- "He was given a tiny box."
- "The man wanted to bring the Pokémon back. No matter what it took."
- "The man built a machine to give it life."
- "He brought his beloved Pokémon back."
- "The man had suffered too much. His rage had not subsided."
- "He could not forgive the world that had hurt the Pokémon he loved."
- "He turned the machine into the ultimate weapon."
- "The man became a bringer of destruction that ended the war."
- "The Pokémon that was given life must have known…"
- "That the lives of many Pokémon were taken to restore its life."
- "The resurrected Pokémon left the man."
- "Get the key back. It should not be used. Everything will vanish again. Do you want to know unending pain…like I have?"
- "A long time ago. A very long time ago."
- "The man made an ultimate weapon. Using it required the life force of many Pokémon… The Pokémon granted eternal life learned this."
- "The resurrected eternal Pokémon left the man's side. The man was surprised and sad. He had revived it so they could be together…"
- "Day after day passed, but they were never to meet. Eventually, he became a mere shell of a man. A man condemned to wander forever by the light of the weapon…"
- "And a Pokémon that also wanders eternally…"
- "Where is it now? What do I have to do to meet it?"
- Before battle
- "Battle with me."
- "I want to know what a “Trainer” is."
- After the battle
- "Thank you very much for battling with me. Now I finally feel free…"
- "Free from the part of me mired in sorrow--the part of me that built the ultimate weapon…"
- "It's been 3,000 years…"
|VS model from|
X and Y
|Overworld model from|
X and Y
In the anime
AZ appeared in The Redemption. His backstory from the games was shown, describing how he built a machine to revive his Floette and later turned it into the ultimate weapon to end the Kalos war. Seeing how AZ had taken the lives of many Pokémon for her sake, Floette left him. Afterwards, AZ continued to wander eternally, searching for Floette.
During the parade held to celebrate the new Kalos League Champion, he approached Calem and challenged him to a battle. He eventually lost, but thanked Calem for freeing him from his sorrow. Afterwards, he was finally reunited with his Floette.
|Floette was a Pokémon he befriended 3,000 years ago. One day, Floette perished after being forced to participate in a war. Out of grief, AZ built a machine to revive his fallen friend, but Floette left him after learning that he sacrificed the lives of many Pokémon to power the machine. In The Redemption, she returned to AZ.
None of Floette's moves are known.
|Golurk is AZ's second known Pokémon. It was used to battle Calem, but lost to his Chesnaught.
None of Golurk's moves are known.
In the manga
AZ debuted in PS578. While traveling through the Team Flare Secret HQ's underground section, Emma found AZ locked in a jail cell. Once introductions were made, AZ realized the key around his neck went missing and began panicking to find it.
In PS580, Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna managed to sneak inside the Secret HQ. They found AZ's cell, where he informed them of Lysandre's plans to use the ultimate weapon to wipe out everyone but Team Flare and create a beautiful world. After freeing AZ from his cell, the group headed towards the ultimate weapon's control room, where they found that X failed to defeat Lysandre, but was able to free the Xerneas being used to fuel it. Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna tried removing the ultimate weapon's key, but couldn't pull it out in time before it fired. To Lysandre's frustration, the combined efforts of X, his friends, and the Kalos Gym Leaders successfully weakened the ultimate weapon and prevented it from taking any innocent lives.
In PS581, AZ let himself be captured, buying time for Xerneas and allowing it to take X and his friends back to the surface. In PS586, AZ was revealed to have freed himself and escaped. Before he fled, AZ cryptically warned Lysandre that Team Flare's actions have put them under the surveillance of Zygarde, the Watcher of Kalos.
In PS593, after the defeat of Team Flare, AZ approached the Vaniville children in Lumiose City. Noting how people shunned X and his friends despite their work in saving the region, AZ suggested Team Flare's ambitions weren't wrong and went to go activate the ultimate weapon again. The others tried to stop AZ, but he retaliated with his Golurk. When a stray attack nearly hit Y, AZ stepped in and took the attack, destroying the ultimate weapon's key. The battle was merely an act to prevent X and his friends from heading down the path Lysandre took. With his mind at ease, AZ thanked the Vaniville children, only to be shocked at the return of the Floette that left him 3,000 years ago.
|Floette was a Pokémon he befriended 3,000 years ago. One day, Floette perished after being forced to participate in a war. Out of grief, AZ built the ultimate weapon to revive his fallen friend, but Floette left him after learning that he sacrificed the lives of many Pokémon to power the machine. At the end of the X & Y chapter, she returned to AZ.
None of Floette's moves are known.
|Golurk is AZ's second known Pokémon. It was used to attack X and his friends in order to prevent them from stopping AZ's false attempt at reactivating the ultimate weapon. When Y attempted to reason with AZ, Golurk turned into a cannon in order to attack her. X had Marisso attack Golurk in order to defend Y, but the attack was intercepted by AZ, destroying the ultimate weapon's key in the process. Afterward, AZ recalled Golurk back into its Poké Ball.
None of Golurk's moves are known.
In the TCG
- Main article: AZ (Phantom Forces 91)
AZ was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English XY Series (the Japanese XY Era). It was first released in the Japanese Phantom Gate expansion before debuting in English in the Phantom Forces expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card in both expansions, with an illustration by Naoki Saito. AZ allows the player to return a Pokémon to their hand, with all cards attached to it being discarded.
- AZ is the tallest person in the core series games.
- AZ is the oldest known human in the history of Pokémon, games or otherwise.
- Despite being classified as a Pokémon Trainer, AZ is the only character in the core series who does not have an official Pokémon League title to use the Gym Leader battle theme.
- AZ may be depicted in paintings within Parfum Palace. When one of the paintings is examined after defeating AZ at the end of the story, the player notes that it reminds them of him. A younger AZ is also depicted in a mural displayed in Lumiose Museum.
- All of the Pokémon that AZ uses in battle are Pokémon associated with ancient civilization or longevity; Torkoal is based on a tortoise, which can live for multiple centuries, and both Golurk and Sigilyph are Pokémon thought to be from ancient times. Also, all know Return, indicating a high friendship level with AZ.
- AZ shares several similarities with N from the Generation V games.
- Both use names made up of just capital letters.
- They both befriend the player at the end of the game.
- Both of their identities are unknown until late in the game.
- Both are related to the leaders of villainous teams.
- Unused data for AZ's Floette as an alternate form exists in the internal data of the Generation VI and VII games.
AZ may be based on the medieval Christian legend of the Wandering Jew. AZ may also be based on the Mesopotamian king Gilgamesh; in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the titular king traveled long and far in his quest for immortality for himself after the death of his closest companion, Enkidu.
|AZ||From the letters A and Z, the first and last letters of the English alphabet when listed in the traditional order. Possibly symbolizes the duality of beginning and end.|
|French||A.Z.||From his Japanese name|
|German||Azett||From A and Zett (German reading of Z)|
|Spanish||A. Z.||From his Japanese name|
|Russian||АЗ AZ||Transcription of English name|
|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.|