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Bede
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)

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.

Contents

In the games

Bede is one of the player's rivals. He is a prideful young man who had been personally sponsored by Chairman Rose, who gave Bede his first Pokémon 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 Chairman 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."

Pokémon

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


Championship tournaments

Bede will Gigantamax his Hatterene at the first opportunity.



Borrowed
Chairman Rose's Copperajah
Copperajah
Bede used this Copperajah he borrowed from Chairman 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

Quotes

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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."
"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."
Hulbury
"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?"

Artwork

In the manga

Bede in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Bede debuted in the Sword & Shield chapter. 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, during Sōdo's Gym battle against Milo, Bede called Oleana, promising to bring her the Wishing Stars he collected after he won his Gym battle.

Pokémon

Bede's Hatenna
Hatenna
Hatenna is Bede's only 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 Sword & Shield chapter

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.

Trivia

  • 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.

Names


Language Name Origin
Japanese ビート Beet From beet
English Bede Similar to his Japanese name, also Danish for beet. Likely also related to Bede
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 Biteu 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
Russian Бид Bid Transcription of his English name
Brazilian Portuguese Beda From beterraba (beet)
Rival characters
BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryCherenBiancaHughCalem/Serena
ShaunaTiernoTrevorHauGladionTraceHopBedeMarnieKlaraAvery
RonaldPaulo


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

Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium Grass Badge
VSMilo.png
Milo
Hulbury Stadium Water Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
Motostoke Stadium Fire Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
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
VSRaihan.png
Raihan

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