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)
Game animation cameos Sky
English voice actor Brandon Winckler
Japanese voice actor Takuma Nagatsuka

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 an arrogant, rude 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. The player and Hop first meet him when signing up for the Gym Challenge, though his name is not revealed at the time. 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 surpass 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."

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



Champion tournaments

Bede will Gigantamax his Hatterene at the first opportunity.



Galarian Star Tournament



Borrowed
 
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

Quotes

Main article: Bede/Quotes

Artwork

 
Concept art from Sword and Shield

Sprites

 
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

     
Bede's League Card in
Sword and Shield
Bede's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield
Bede in Opal's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield

In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

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

Bede reappeared in The Gathering of Stars as a Gym Leader. While performing with his Pokémon, Bede was invited to the Galarian Star Tournament by Opal. He later appeared at Wyndon Stadium, walking out onto the field for the tournament's opening ceremony.

Pokémon

This is listing of Bede's Pokémon in Pokémon Twilight Wings:

 

 
Hatenna → Hattrem → Hatterene
Hatterene first appeared as a Hatenna while watching the battle between Raihan and Leon. She reappeared in her fully evolved form in The Gathering of Stars, where she was delivering some tea to Opal.

None of Hatterene's moves are known.

Debut Sky
 
Gardevoir
Gardevoir was seen at Bede's side during a presentation to Opal.

None of Gardevoir's moves are known.

Debut The Gathering of Stars
 
Rapidash
Rapidash was seen at Bede's side during a presentation to Opal.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut The Gathering of Stars

Pokémon Evolutions

Bede appeared in The Champion as a spectator for Leon and Victor's Championship Match.

GOTCHA!

Bede briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Bede debuted in Watch Out!! Strong Rivals. He was first seen in front of the Galar Mine, unable to enter due to a large boulder blocking the entrance. Casey, Hop, and Marnie combined their Pokémon's attacks to move the boulder. After the others went inside, Henry 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.

In Blazing!! Bede's Feelings, Bede learned that Rose had dinner with Henry in Hulbury, infuriating him. Wanting to have Henry 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 after training with Opal

In PASS14, Stow-on-Side, Bede watched Henry's Gym battle against Allister, but felt the former's performance was lacking and quickly left. Afterward, he used Rose's Copperajah to try and destroy the Stow-on-Side mural, but was found by Casey, Marvin, Professor Magnolia, and Allister. Bede was then caught by several League Staff at the request of Rose, who reprimanded Bede for damaging an important piece of Galar's history. As punishment for his actions, Bede was disqualified from the Gym Challenge.

In PASS16, in Hammerlocke, Bede finished his forced withdrawal from the Gym Challenge. He was given a letter from Ballonlea Gym Leader, Opal, but crushed it in his hands without reading it. He was then alerted to a loud rumbling and wondered if it came from the Hammerlocke Energy Plant. At the plant, Bede met Sonia and witnessed Leon trying to enter the building only to be turned away by the League Staff. Worried for Rose's safety, Bede attempted to break in, but was warned by Raihan that his behavior would potentially lower Rose's opinion of him even further should everything be fine.

In PASS20, Bede accepted Opal's invitation and visited her at the Ballonlea Stadium. Opal, having taken a liking to Bede's personality, accepted him as a successor for her title of Gym Leader. He subsequently started undertaking the training necessary to be ready for this position at the Gym.

In PASS25, the Galar Gym Leaders agreed to gather at Rose Tower to find out whether or not Rose intended on bringing harm to the region. Bede and Opal arrived first, but were stopped by Oleana. While Oleana kept the Gym Leaders busy, Bede, Henry, Casey, Hop, and Marnie headed up the elevator to meet with Rose, only to learn he wasn't in the building. Appearing on a video screen, Rose revealed that he would be restarting the Darkest Day in order to ensure Galar has a future. Power Spot lights then began appearing all over Galar, causing Pokémon to begin Dynamaxing at random. While some went back to their hometowns to help deal with the rampaging Dynamax Pokémon, Bede traveled with the others to the Hammerlocke Energy Plant, where they were joined by Leon's group. Upon entering the building, everyone found Rose ecstatic that his plan was a success.

Rose explained he meant no harm to Galar and sent Sordward and Shielbert to defeat Eternatus and prevent the Darkest Day from spiraling out of control. Despite their claims of being descendants of the heroes that once stopped the Darkest Day, Sordward and Shielbert were unable to win, forcing Rose to take their place. Oleana explained that Rose's actions were for the benefit of Galar and requested that everyone help stop Eternatus. The group agreed and made their way to the summit, only to find Rose had already been defeated.

Pokémon

On hand
 

 
Hatenna → Hattrem → Hatterene
Hatterene is Bede's first known Pokémon. She was first used as a Hatenna to shatter a large boulder blocking the Galar Mine, allowing Bede to collect three Wishing Stars. She evolved into a Hattrem sometime during Bede's training with Opal and later into Hatterene while protecting Rose from Eternatus.

Hatterene's known moves are Confusion and Dazzling Gleam.

Debut Watch Out!! Strong Rivals
 

 
Ponyta → Rapidash
A Galarian Rapidash is Bede's second known Pokémon. It was first used as a Ponyta to attack Henry, but was defeated by his Steeler. It evolved into a Rapidash sometime during Bede's training with Opal.

Rapidash's known moves are Fairy Wind and Agility.

Debut Blazing!! Bede's Feelings
Borrowed
 
Copperajah
Copperajah originally belonged to Rose. Bede borrowed it in an attempt to destroy the Stow-on-Side mural in his pursuit for Wishing Stars. Rose took it back after Bede was found out.

None of Copperajah's moves are known.

Debut PASS14

Achievements

Badges obtained

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Bede or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Bede
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Bede Su            
Sword & Shield   157/202 Sword   060/060
Sword & Shield   199/202 Sword   068/060
Sword & Shield   207/202 Sword   072/060
      S-P Promotional cards   027/S-P
      S-P Promotional cards   056/S-P
Champion's Path   050/073      
      S-P Promotional cards   138/S-P
Friends in Galar Su Brilliant Stars   140/172 VMAX Climax   149/184
      VMAX Climax   258/184
 


Trivia

 
Logo of Rose Tower
  • Bede's uniform number is "908", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for クレバー kurebā, meaning "clever".
  • According to his concept art, 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 Trainer to change his type specialization during a game, going from Psychic-type to Fairy-type, though his party still has three Psychic types.
    • 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.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ビート Beet From ビート 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 From his Japanese name
Korean 비트 Beet From 비트 beet
Chinese (Mandarin) 彼特 Bǐtè Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 彼特 Béidahk
Brazilian Portuguese Beda From beterraba (beet)
Russian Бид Bid Transcription of his English name


Rival characters
BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryCherenBiancaNHughCalem/Serena
ShaunaTiernoTrevorHauGladionTraceHopBedeMarnieKlaraAvery
RonaldPauloLearTina


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


Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium  
 
Milo
Hulbury Stadium  
 
Nessa
Motostoke Stadium  
 
Kabu
Stow-on-Side Stadium  
   
 
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium  
   
Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium  
   
 
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym  
   
Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium  
 
Raihan


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