Black (Golden Boys)

ブラック Black
Black Golden Boys.png
Black of Golden Boys
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Trainer class Trainer

Black (Japanese: ブラック Black) is a Trainer from Johto and a character of Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys. He is based on the rival character from Pokémon Gold and Silver.


Black debuts in Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship, as the shadowed Trainer that Gold saw while he was choosing his first partner Pokémon. Black reveals himself after Gold gets a panicked call from Professor Elm mentioning about a robbery in his lab. Black does so by having Chikorita, the Pokémon he stole, attack him with Razor Leaf. He reveals to Gold that the Pidgey he has on his team was the one he released earlier. Black is challenged by a frustrated Gold after hearing the statement. It was his Chikorita versus Gold's Totodile. Black has the upper hand due to the type-advantage his Chikorita has. However, Gold's Pidgey defends Totodile and defeats Chikorita. The defeat does not upset Black as he departs. Black has quickly arrived in Violet City and challenges Falkner where he ends up defeating the Gym Leader.

Black reappears in Extreme Power!! The Friday Pokémon in Union Cave to capture a rare Lapras. It was revealed around that time that his Chikorita has evolved into Bayleef. Black has his Pokémon battle the Lapras so he could catch it. As Bayleef did not handle the Lapras in the way Black expected, he releases it only for Gold to take Bayleef in.

He defeats Gold in battle at a tournament in Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!, however, his tactics were ruled unfair so Gold was declared the winner.

Black reappears in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket where he tries to take on Team Rocket on his own but his Pokémon were no match for them as the radio waves coming from Team Rocket's hideout were the source of Black's Pokémon getting weakened.

Gold has a battle with Black in The Legendary Pokémon despite not wanting to and witnessing the effect of the radio waves on Black's Pokémon. Gold ends up defeating him. Black has another battle with Gold in A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos!! where he will give Gold his Gyarados if Gold defeats him. Jasmine takes Gold's place and defeats Gyarados with her Steelix, only for Gyarados to be unable to carry them to Cianwood City.

In Let's Fight For The Future!!, Black releases a different colored Tyranitar known as the Black Tyranitar that was sealed away years ago. In order to get the Black Tyranitar sealed away again, he had to work with Gold and many other Trainers in order to do so.


He has a strong hatred for what he considers to be "weak" Trainers, such as Gold, as well as Team Rocket, who calls him a traitor. Also, he wants strong Pokémon on his team and releases the ones he deems as weak.

Despite his low opinion of Gold, there are times where they are forced to work together, one of the cases happened in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket where radio waves coming from Team Rocket's hideout are causing the Pokémon to get weak.


Currently owned

Sneasel is Black's signature Pokémon. Black initially borrowed it in the tournament in Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!. He later added it into his team (or stole it) after the tournament. It has been used in many of his adventures.

Sneasel's only known move is Fury Swipes.

Debut Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!
Before Gold challenged Falkner to a Gym battle, Falkner tells Gold that Black used Mareep to defeat his Pidgey and Pidgeotto.

None of Mareep's moves are known.

Debut Falkner The Bird Keeper's Challenge!!

Gastly → Haunter
Black calls Gastly in the Union Cave when Lapras awoke. It successfully slowed down Lapras but Bayleef wasn't able to defeat the Transport Pokémon. Gastly reappears as Haunter in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket where it became exhausted because of the hypnotic waves caused by Team Rocket.

Haunter's only known move is Mean Look.

Debut Extreme Power!! The Friday Pokémon
Magnemite was sent out to take on Grey but collapsed as the hypnotic waves caused it to become weak.

None of Magnemite's moves are known.

Debut Gold and Black VS Team Rocket
Golbat was called out to take on Team Rocket. However, it became weakened from the hypnotic waves.

None of Golbat's moves are known.

Debut Gold and Black VS Team Rocket
Gyarados first appeared defeating a Sailor's Wartortle. Gold wanted to borrow Gyarados in order to get to Cianwood City as he and Jasmine were unsuccessful in finding their own Pokémon to take them there. However, Gold needed to battle him in order to get the prize. So they battle with Black using the Gyarados and Gold using Pikachu. As Pikachu had the type advantage, Gold only commands it to use Agility. Jasmine takes over with her Steelix as she couldn't take it anymore and Gyarados was too powerful, which defeats the Gyarados. Black decides to let Gold borrow Gyarados as Steelix was unstoppable but it could not take them to Cianwood City as it was defeated.

Gyarados's known moves are Dragon Rage, Thrash, and Hydro Pump*.

Debut A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos!!
Black sent out Xatu against Gold's Tyrogue. Due to the double type-advantage, Xatu almost defeated Tyrogue but Tyrogue's meditation in figuring out the real Xatu when it used Double Team caused him to win.

Xatu's known moves are Double Team, Peck, and Psychic*.

Debut The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon
Sometime before Gold and Chris went to Cianwood City, Black stole an Electrode. It used its Explosion attack to move a boulder containing the Black Tyranitar underneath.

Electrode's only known move is Explosion.

Debut Farewell To Pikachu?!


Chikorita → Bayleef
Main article: Gold's Bayleef

Black owned Bayleef as a Chikorita. It was his first Pokémon when he began his journey in Johto. However, he stole the Chikorita from Professor Elm's lab instead of having Elm give it to him. It evolved into a Bayleef prior to meeting up with Gold again. During an encounter with Lapras, Black released the Bayleef after it failed to defeat Lapras and Gold took Bayleef in.

Debut Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship
Main article: Gold's Pidgey

Black released this Pidgey as he thought it was weak. He tells this to Gold when he caught it.

Debut Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship


Black borrowed Alakazam in the tournament in Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!.

Alakazam's only known move is Psychic.

Debut Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!
Black borrowed Quilava in the tournament in Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!.

None of Quilava's moves are known.

Debut Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!
Black borrowed an Umbreon from Bill to fight against Team Rocket in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket.

Umbreon's only known move is Quick Attack.

Debut Gold and Black VS Team Rocket

Golden Boys characters
GoldBlackChrisGreyProfessor Oak

Professor ElmMr. PokémonDJ MaryTakeoKurt
Day-Care CoupleFalknerBugsyWhitneyMorty
ChuckJasmineEusineBlack TyranitarJoey

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