カツラ Katsura
"The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Blaine.png
Art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! by Megumi Mizutani[1]
Gender Male
Hometown Cinnabar Island
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym LeaderRBYGSCFRLGHGSSPE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VII
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, Stadium, Stadium 2, Masters EX
Leader of Cinnabar Gym
Badge Volcano Badge
Specializes in Fire types
Game animation debut File 3: Giovanni
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor UoKen[2] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Riddle Me This
English voice actor Roger Kay
Japanese voice actor Toshiya Ueda

Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym. He hands out the Volcano Badge to Trainers who defeat him in battle. He is a highly intelligent man who specializes in Fire-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Blaine's title is "The Hotheaded Quiz Master." His strategy is to incinerate challengers with his rough-and-ready Fire-type Pokémon. To reach Blaine, challengers have to answer a series of quiz questions about Pokémon. Blaine only takes off his sunglasses when thinking up new quiz questions.

When he once got lost in a treacherous, freezing mountain range, he was guided out of the mountains by a Moltres. Apparently, this is what inspired him to train Fire-type Pokémon. Blaine is a resident of Cinnabar Island, and has lived there since before the Cinnabar Lab was built. He is good friends with Mr. Fuji and used to do Pokémon research with him.

In addition to the Volcano Badge, Blaine gives out TM38 (Fire Blast) in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. In HeartGold and SoulSilver he gives out TM50 (Overheat), and in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, his reward is TM46 (Fire Blast).

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, the volcano on Cinnabar Island has erupted, destroying the town and leaving Blaine and his Pokémon homeless. Blaine relocated his Gym to the Seafoam Islands, and remains there a whole year after the volcanic eruption back on Cinnabar, planning to rebuild his Gym one day.

Blaine is able to be rematched in HeartGold and SoulSilver, after collecting his number at any time on Tuesday on Cinnabar Island. A call to him on Tuesday afternoon will arrange a rematch. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine has also added Gym Trainers and a puzzle to his Gym, unlike in Generation II, where he stood alone in a small cave.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Blaine in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Gym Sign - Blaine
What does this person do?
"Cinnabar Island Pokémon Gym Leader: Blaine The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
Cinnabar Gym - Blaine
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"My fiery Pokémon are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers!"
Cinnabar Gym - Super Nerd Derek
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"Our Leader, Blaine, became lost in the mountains but good. Night fell and a fiery bird Pokémon appeared. Its light allowed Blaine to find his way down safely.
Cinnabar Island - Woman
What is this person like?
"Cinnabar Gym's Blaine is quite the odd fellow. He's lived on the island since way before the Lab was built."
Cinnabar Gym - Photo
Family and Friends?
"It's a photo of Blaine and Mr. Fuji. They're standing shoulder to shoulder with big grins."
Resort Gorgeous - Pokémon Journal
There's a rumor...
"Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
Message from Blaine
  • From: Blaine
  • To: [Player]
"My Fire Pokémon! They'll become even more powerful!
And now, a quiz. How many kinds of Fire-type Pokémon are there?"


Pokémon Red and Blue

Blaine has two Super Potions per Pokémon, using them randomly 25% of the time.

Pokémon Yellow

Blaine has two Super Potions per Pokémon, using them randomly 25% of the time.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Blaine has a Max Potion.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Blaine has two Hyper Potions and a Full Heal.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Blaine uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Blaine will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Arcanine.

Kanto Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Gym battle


In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium

Blaine appears in Pokémon Stadium as the seventh Gym Leader the player faces during the Gym Leader Castle challenge. As usual for Trainers in this game, he also uses Pokémon outside his specialty type.


Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Blaine returns in Pokémon Stadium 2 as part of the Kanto Gym Leader Castle. In this game, his strategy mainly revolves around using Sunny Day to power up his Fire-type moves and use SolarBeam more effectively. Notably, in Round 2, his team includes the Legendary bird Moltres.

During the game's end credits, Blaine is seen having a battle with Pryce at the Mahogany Gym.


Round 1

Round 2

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

Blaine appears in Pokémon Puzzle League as one of the Puzzle League Gym Leaders. He's also an unlockable character for the two-player mode.



Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Blaine (Masters)

Blaine, in his Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen design, forms a sync pair with Ponyta and its evolved form Rapidash in Pokémon Masters EX. Blaine became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#006   Blaine #0078   Ponyta → Rapidash
  ★★★★ Sync Pair Scout



Headshot from
Red and Green promotional art
Headshot from the Japanese
Red and Green manual
Headshot from the Japanese
Blue manual
Official artwork from
Red and Blue
Official artwork from
Official artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Official artwork from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Concept Art from Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee

Sprites and models

In the core series

Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!
Overworld sprite from
Red and Blue
Overworld sprite from
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!

In other games

Portraits from
Stadium and Stadium 2


Main article: Blaine/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Blaine in the anime

Ash and his friends first met a disguised Blaine while they looked for the Cinnabar Gym in Riddle Me This. Prior to the episode, Blaine was forced to close the Cinnabar Gym after the island became a tourist destination because of its hot springs and Trainers were no longer interested. He went on to open the Big Riddle Inn to cash in on the tourist trade. After Misty solved Blaine's riddles, Ash and his friends stayed at Blaine's hotel during their time on Cinnabar Island.

Blaine alerted Ash and his friends to Team Rocket's attack on the Pokémon Lab after he received a phone call. After the group defeated the trio, Blaine, still in disguise, revealed that he operated a Gym "in a place where no firefighter could win". Solving the riddle, the group discovered Blaine's secret Gym, located inside the Cinnabar Volcano, after Misty's Togepi accidentally jumped on one of the hot spring's tap fixtures and revealed a secret entryway.

Blaine in his disguise

Misty went on to solve another riddle and Blaine revealed himself to the group. Ash then challenged Blaine in a three-on-three Gym match. After Blaine's Ninetales defeated Squirtle, Ash selected Charizard, while Blaine called out his Rhydon. Rhydon emerged victorious after Charizard flew away from the battlefield to nap. Pikachu then defeated Rhydon after he used its horn to conduct a powerful Thunderbolt attack. Afterwards, Blaine selected his Magmar as his third and final Pokémon.

In Volcanic Panic, Ash forfeited the battle when Pikachu nearly fell into the Gym's boiling magma. Afterwards, Team Rocket broke into the Cinnabar Gym and attempted to steal Magmar by freezing it with ice projectile guns. Though Magmar broke free, the sudden cooling of the walls in the lava cave caused the rock to crack, triggering a volcanic eruption. Blaine, Ash, and his friends were forced to use their Water, Rock, and Fire-type Pokémon to block the cracks with boulders.

During the crisis, Charizard and Magmar gained an interest in each other's strength, and wished to test it in battle. Blaine agreed to a rematch with Ash, but due to the internal damage of the volcano, it was held on top of the volcanic crater. At first, Magmar and Charizard were evenly matched, but Charizard's ability to fly eventually gave it an advantage. It lifted Magmar high into the air and used Seismic Toss, slamming Magmar into the volcano and knocking it out, earning Ash the victory.


Blaine likes to make up riddles and use puns even in inappropriate situations. Even so, he is a stern opponent and takes his role as Gym Leader very seriously. He values a keen challenger and makes sure they truly earn their Volcano Badge in battle. He has crafted his battle strategy around his Gym's volcanic location, which suits his Fire Pokémon against its biggest weakness, Water Pokémon. The searing heat can also exhaust and overwhelm a challenger.


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

Ninetales was Blaine's first Pokémon used in his battle with Ash. Despite its beautiful looks, Ninetales proved to be an incredibly powerful Pokémon, knocking out Ash's Squirtle with a single attack. Ninetales was recalled when Ash sent out his Charizard.

Ninetales's only known move is Fire Spin.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
English Rachael Lillis
After Ash chose Charizard in his battle, Blaine countered it by choosing Rhydon. Charizard refused to fight the Ground-type Pokémon, so Rhydon went up against Pikachu in its place. Blaine doubted the Electric-type could defeat Rhydon, but Ash encouraged Pikachu to use Rhydon's horn as a conductor of electricity that quickly caused its defeat.

Rhydon's known moves are Horn Drill and Fury Attack.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked because of Team Rocket's icy attack, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart (EP058-EP059)

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 上田 敏也 Toshiya Ueda
English Roger Kay
Arabic مروان فرحات Marwan Farhat
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Brazilian Portuguese Eleu Salvador
Spanish Latin America Bardo Miranda
Spain Luis Mas

Pokémon Origins

Blaine appeared briefly in File 3: Giovanni. He was seen being challenged to a Gym battle and defeated by Red, earning the young Trainer the Volcano Badge, much to Blaine's distress.


Arcanine is Blaine's only known Pokémon. It was used in his Gym battle against Red, but was defeated.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut File 3: Giovanni


Blaine briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Aside from being a Gym Leader, Blaine also works as a Pokémon ecologist.

Red, Green & Blue arc

Blaine debuted in Tauros the Tyrant. He was first seen discussing the creation of Mewtwo with Ken at the Team Rocket Hideout. When Blaine noted the genetic material Team Rocket acquired from Mew's cells wouldn't be enough to fully complete Mewtwo's body, Ken suggested they attempt to capture Mew to obtain more.

In Holy Moltres, Red arrived on Cinnabar Island, where he found several Team Rocket Grunts attacking Blaine. With Red's help, Blaine escaped his pursuers, only for the Grunts to send a Moltres after them. Choosing to stay behind and keep Moltres busy, Blaine had his Rapidash take Red to his secret laboratory, where he used a machine to revive his Old Amber into a living Aerodactyl. With his new team member, Aero, Red managed to wound Moltres, forcing the Grunts to recall it and flee.

In And Mewtwo Too?!, Blaine found Red in battle with Mewtwo in front of Cerulean Cave. After rescuing him from one of Mewtwo's attacks, Blaine revealed that he managed to complete Mewtwo's body by adding some of his human cells into it. Some of Mewtwo's cells also entered Blaine's body as well, linking the two and giving Blaine the ability to track Mewtwo's whereabouts at the cost of slowly taking his life. Red used the Master Ball he borrowed from Blaine to catch Mewtwo, defeating it. Afterward, Blaine apologized for Mewtwo's violent behavior, stating it was born from only being exposed to cruelty of humans. Red suggested Blaine atone by showing Mewtwo compassion as a way of helping it change for the better.

Yellow arc

In Purrrr-sian, Blaine received a call from Erika, who asked that he come help her and Yellow battle Miles, a Super Nerd that had disguised himself as Red, who had gone missing. Along with Brock and Misty, Blaine traveled to Celadon City, where they and Erika cornered Miles, preventing him from escaping and giving Yellow the opportunity to knock Miles unconscious. Afterward, Blaine apologized to Misty for the crimes he committed on her Pokémon during his time in Team Rocket. With his Growlithe, Blaine detected some of Red's scent on Miles's body and found out his last known location was on Mt. Moon.

In Putting It on the Line...Against Arcanine, Yellow made it to Cinnabar Island. She found Camper Evan helping Blaine train together with Mewtwo. Blaine later received a call from Brock, who had gone to Mt. Moon to search for Red, only to find a broken shell of ice in the shape of Red's body. Their call was interrupted by Misty, who informed everyone that an army of the Elite Four's Pokémon had begun attacking various cities around Kanto. Blaine revealed that after some investigating, he discovered the Elite Four's base of operations was on Cerise Island. He sent Yellow to the island first, noting that it'd be more advantageous to enter the island from different directions. Later, after arriving on the island, Blaine encountered Blue as well as his former Team Rocket allies: Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina.

In Allied by Alakazam!, Yellow, Green, and Bill arrived on the island and joined the others. The evil Gym Leaders revealed they came to defeat the Elite Four and suggested everyone work together to take down their common foe. With her Spoons of Destiny, Sabrina split everyone into four groups of two that would face one Elite Four member each. Blaine and Yellow were partnered together against Lance.

In Airing Out Aerodactyl, Lance revealed himself to Blaine and Yellow. Hoping to measure Lance's strength, Blaine stepped up to battle him alone. With Mewtwo's Psywave constructs, Blaine shattered the Ultra Balls on Lance's belt, hoping to prevent him from using his other Pokémon. Left exhausted from battling with Mewtwo for too long, Blaine passed out. His and Mewtwo's efforts were in vain, as Lance'a remaining Pokémon were already out of their Poké Balls and ready to fight. Mewtwo tried to keep battling, but retreated back into its Ball to ensure Blaine's safety.

In The Legend, after the Elite Four were defeated, Blaine returned to the Kanto mainland with Yellow and the others. He and the other good Gym Leaders worked together to repair the damages caused by the Elite Four's army.

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In Yikes, It's Yanma!, the Kanto and Johto Gym Leaders gathered at the Indigo Plateau. They took part in an exhibition tournament for the Pokémon League's opening ceremonies. Blaine was paired up against Clair in the seventh round.

In Entranced by Entei, Blaine was approached by Entei, who had been searching for someone to command it in battle. Blaine agreed on the condition that Entei used its special flames on him. With its Flames of Life, Entei burned the Mewtwo cells in Blaine's body away, curing him of his life-threatening disease. Sensing their connection was severed, Mewtwo left Cinnabar and flew off to parts unknown. Blaine's match with Clair was postponed while he recovered from the effects of Entei's healing.

In Lugia and Ho-Oh on the Loose, Part 1, the Masked Man launched an attack on the Pokémon League. The Gym Leaders all teamed up to battle the Masked Man's army of Grunts. The battle led everyone onboard the Magnet Train, which was a diversion to transport the Gym Leaders away from the stadium. Clair realized the Grunts were under mind control and blamed Blaine, noting his frequent absences as evidence. She used the opportunity to have her exhibition match with Blaine. Clair tried interrogating Blaine on the whereabouts of Lance, who went missing after the battle on Cerise Island. With Entei's power, Blaine easily fended off Clair's attacks and defeated her. He then reassured Clair, stating his belief that Lance is still alive somewhere.

In The Last Battle III, Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge teamed up to confront the Masked Man. By combining Entei, Suicune, and Raikou's strength, they overpowered the Masked Man's Ho-Oh and Lugia before having Suicune trap the man himself between its Crystal Wall. Revealing his body to be fake, the Masked Man broke free and knocked Suicune unconscious, leaving Misty stuck inside the Crystal Wall. Misty was later freed by Eusine, but she, Blaine, and Lt. Surge were left too injured to continue battling, forcing the Suicune, Entei, and Raikou to chase after the Masked Man.

In The Last Battle XIV, after the Masked Man's defeat, Blaine resumed his duties as Gym Leader. As Blaine won his battle with Clair, the Kanto Gym Leaders were declared the victors of the exhibition tournament.

FireRed & LeafGreen arc
Blaine in the twelfth chapter

In Double Down Deoxys, Blaine was visited by Evan and Miles. He noted the scars created from his separation from Mewtwo have begun aching. Blaine speculated it was due to Mewtwo sensing that Mew may be returning to Kanto.

X & Y arc

In Pinsir Glares, Blaine was revealed to have gone to the Kalos region, where he studied under and received a Key Stone from Gurkinn. He later reunited with and re-caught Mewtwo at the Pokémon Village. One day, while getting food in a nearby town, Blaine was sent flying by the ultimate weapon's blast. The Battle Chatelaine sisters found Blaine's unconscious body and took him to the Battle Maison to recover from his injuries. After some time passed, Blaine left for the Pokémon Village, which had been infiltrated by Team Flare.

In Yveltal Steals, Blaine arrived at the village, where he helped Mewtwo battle Lysandre by Mega Evolving it. Blaine and Mewtwo's bond gave Mewtwo the unique ability to Mega Evolve more than once per battle, allowing it to switch between its X and Y forms when needed. This bond also meant Mewtwo received any damage dealt to Blaine, a weakness Lysandre exploited by having Zygarde attack the surrounding area with Land's Wrath. With Key Stones borrowed from his allies, X simultaneously Mega Evolved his five capable Pokémon and used them against Zygarde. Lysandre retaliated with his own Pokémon, only for them to be taken out by Mewtwo and Blue's Charizard. After Lysandre was defeated, Blaine checked the man's wounds, confirming he was still alive but suffered heavy damage to his spinal area

In Floette Returns, Blaine and Blue talked to Professor Sycamore about the final battle with Team Flare. They noted being watched by a small green creature that appeared after Zygarde's defeat. Sycamore dubbed the creature a Zygarde Cell and noted similar creatures being seen in the Alola region and sent his assistants, Sina and Dexio, to investigate.


Although Blaine is serious for most situations, he also had his comical moments. Blaine had his mustache burnt when he was training and had to use fake ones. Sometimes, he may also use riddles to lighten up the dark atmosphere.


This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Rapidash is Blaine's mode of transportation. He first used it to battle the Moltres that Team Rocket had captured with little success, and had it help Red reach his laboratory, where an Aerodactyl could be resurrected from the Old Amber he had acquired earlier.

Rapidash's known moves are Fire Spin and Tackle*.

Debut Holy Moltres
Arcanine was first seen along with Rapidash battling with Team Rocket. Nothing was known about it at the time as it only made a brief appearance.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut Holy Moltres

Mewtwo ↔ Mega Mewtwo X/Y
Main article: Mewtwo (Adventures)

Mewtwo was created by Blaine in a Team Rocket hideout using a small sample of Mew's DNA and Blaine's own. After it was fully cultivated in the Rocket Hideout, it went berserk and demolished the place before settling in the Cerulean Cave (where it wreaked havoc in the northwestern sector of Cerulean City). Eventually, Red caught word of it and reached the cave out of curiosity before nearly being killed in its psychic tornado. Blaine made a valiant attempt to kill it at all costs, knowing that if he, the only one with the ability to function as a "Mewtwo Radar" was defeated, the world could come to an end. Although this succeeded in eliminating its tornado, the mutant itself still survived, only to be caught with a Master Ball that was thrown by Red in an ingenious maneuver. Mewtwo then went on to be a trained Pokémon belonging to Blaine and fought against Lance in the Yellow arc, though Blaine's failing health held it back from winning. After it was released a year later, it partnered up with Red much later on to free Deoxys from Giovanni's hands. In the X & Y arc, Blaine was revealed to have reunited with and re-caught Mewtwo.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Growlithe is Blaine's Pokémon that was usually seen in searches. He first used him to find the cloth of Super Nerd Miles after he got possessed by a Gastly.

Growlithe's known moves are Fire Blast, Roar*, and Ember*, and his Ability is Flash Fire.

Debut As Gastly as Before
Main article: Entei (Adventures)

Blaine was chosen by Entei to be partnered up for his extensive knowledge of the Fire-type. In return, it offered its help in erasing the painful genetic connection between him and Mewtwo, allowing it to finally be freed. After Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge had been injured fighting the Masked Man in Indigo Plateau, it was partnered up with Silver instead, and went back to the wild after the villain was defeated.

Debut Slugging It Out with Slugma

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Blaine in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Red and Green meet Blaine in Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!! while entering a building similar to a Chinese food restaurant. Inside the building, Blaine challenges Red to a Pokémon Quiz. As Red got the quiz wrong, Blaine ends up penalizing him and sends out his Pokémon for each question answered incorrectly. Blaine reappears in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1) where he lends Red a Meowth.


Voltorb (multiple)
Blaine has many Voltorb that were used as a generator when Red entered the building.

None of Voltorb's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine sent out his Primeape when Red got an answer to Blaine's first question wrong.

None of Primeape's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine sent out Golem when Clefairy got an answer to Blaine's second question wrong.

None of Golem's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine sent out Rapidash when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's main Pokémon and his strongest. He sent it out when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine sent out Arcanine when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

Arcanine's only known move is Leer.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Clefairy (multiple)
Blaine has many Clefairy which were sent out when Red's Clefairy got the answer to the final question of the quiz wrong.

None of Clefairy's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine lent his Meowth to Red in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1). It is assumed that he gave back Meowth to Blaine.

None of Meowth's moves are known.

Debut The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1)

Pokémon Zensho

Blaine in Pokémon Zensho

Blaine appeared in Cinnabar Island. He tells Satoshi about his Gym on Cinnabar. Satoshi meets up with him and they have a battle. Blaine uses Arcanine and Satoshi uses Charmeleon which results in Satoshi winning the battle. As a result, his Charmeleon starts to evolve into a Charizard. Blaine explains that he was in Seafoam Islands and his Fire Pokémon were hurt. While he was there, he remembers seeing Articuno fly away. Blaine uses his Charizard to capture the Articuno that has been flying around the island.


On hand
Rapidash was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Ninetales was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

None of Ninetales's moves are known.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Arcanine is Blaine's battling Pokémon. It went up against Satoshi's Charmeleon and lost.

Arcanine's only known move is Fire Spin*.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Articuno is a Legendary Pokémon that flew by to Cinnabar. After Satoshi's Gym battle with Blaine, Blaine decides that he wants to capture it so he has Satoshi help him out. It was a tough fight between Satoshi and Articuno as it was able to freeze his Pikachu but it was taken out by Jigglypuff's Sing, allowing for Blaine to catch it.

Articuno's only known move is Blizzard.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Main article: Satoshi's Charizard (Zensho)

Following the evolution of Satoshi's Charmeleon into Charizard, Blaine borrowed it in an attempt to capture Articuno.

Debut Cinnabar Island

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Blaine in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Blaine appeared as a silhouette in JBA5 alongside his Rapidash and the other Kanto Gym Leaders.


This is a listing of Blaine's known Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga:

Rapidash is Blaine's only known Pokémon. It only appeared as a silhouette.
Debut JBA5

In the TCG

Blaine has an eponymous Theme Deck in the Gym Challenge expansion. Its Japanese counterpart is based on the Cinnabar Gym.


Blaine and the Volcano Badge Blaine throwing a Poké Ball Blaine gambles Blaine in an outrage
Artwork from the
Guren Town Gym Theme Deck
Blaine quizzes a challenger Blaine quizzes Brock Blaine's updated VS art


This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Blaine or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Blaine's Pokémon
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Blaine's Moltres   Gym Heroes   1/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Growlithe   Gym Heroes   35/132 Guren Town Gym    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Blaine's Kangaskhan   Gym Heroes   36/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Magmar   Gym Heroes   37/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Charmander   Gym Heroes   61/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Growlithe   Gym Heroes   62/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Ponyta   Gym Heroes   63/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Tauros   Gym Heroes   64/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Vulpix   Gym Heroes   65/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Arcanine   Gym Challenge   1/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Charizard   Gym Challenge   2/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Ninetales   Gym Challenge   21/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Charmeleon   Gym Challenge   31/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Dodrio   Gym Challenge   32/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Rapidash   Gym Challenge   33/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Charmander   Gym Challenge   60/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Doduo   Gym Challenge   61/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Growlithe   Gym Challenge   62/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Mankey   Gym Challenge   63/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Ponyta   Gym Challenge   64/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Rhyhorn   Gym Challenge   65/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Vulpix   Gym Challenge   66/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Typhlosion         Pokémon VS   070/141
Blaine's Magcargo         Pokémon VS   071/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Blaine's Quiz #1 T Gym Heroes   97/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Last Resort T Gym Heroes   105/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Gamble T Gym Heroes   121/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine T Gym Challenge   17/132 Guren Town Gym    
Gym Challenge   100/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Blaine's Quiz #2 T Gym Challenge   111/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Quiz #3 T Gym Challenge   112/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Cinnabar City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge   113/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
Gym Badge I XY Black Star Promos   XY209 XY-P Promotional cards    
Blaine's Last Stand Su Dragon Majesty   58/70 Dragon Storm   048/053
Dragon Majesty   69/70 Dragon Storm   058/053
Hidden Fates   52/68      
Blaine's Quiz Show Su Unified Minds   186/236 SM-P Promotional cards   318/SM-P


  • Although Magmar appears as Blaine's signature Pokémon in the anime, he only has one in Generations II, IV, and VII, with it not even appearing in his Gym team in Pokémon Yellow. This is due to Yellow already being in late development by the time of Blaine's anime debut.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he is one of two Gym Leaders who in the rematches does not have any items on any of their Pokémon (the other being Jasmine).
  • In Red and Blue, a rare glitch can occur, where he will use a Super Potion on Pokémon he just sent out despite them being at full health.
  • Despite the Arcanine evolutionary line being his signature Pokémon in Generations I and III, Arcanine is no longer in his party in Generation II and its remakes.
  • Even when the player battles Blaine in a rematch, he still references his "Cave Gym" as if the battle's taking place there.
  • Blaine is the only Gym Leader to have a Gym in two different locations.
  • In Generation III, most Kanto Gym Leaders who share a specialty type with a Hoenn Gym Leader give out the same prize TM as the Hoenn counterpart. Blaine is the exception, rewarding TM38 (Fire Blast) instead of TM50 (Overheat), as Flannery does. He does reward TM50 in Generation IV, however.
  • Blaine’s new design and cane in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver may be a reference to The Riddler, particularly the hat, cane and Blaine’s gym revolving around riddles.
  • Blaine’s portrait in Pokémon Stadium is the only one to not use his headshot from Pokémon Red and Green promotional material. Instead, it uses his headshot from the manual of the Japanese version of Red and Green.

Design differences

Blaine's anime disguise

Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori artwork for Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is depicted as a bald man with light red hair to the back and side of his head, with no mustache and no sunglasses wearing beach clothes. The old design was reused in the anime (as Blaine's real look) and very briefly in the Pokémon Adventures manga (as a disguise after his mustache was burned).

Later, in Pokémon Blue and outside-Japan Pokémon Red and Blue Versions the artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older man with a mustache, and no hair on his scalp, wearing sunglasses and lab coat. Despite the artwork changes, his new design was used in all Generation I main series games, including the Pokémon Red and Green Versions. This means that Blaine's design was probably changed very late in the production of Red and Green, since his official artwork and his in-game sprite are completely different portrayals. However, his Red and Green overworld sprite still shows him without glasses, while later in the Yellow Version, his glasses are clearly visible.

The reasons for changing the design is unknown; however, the Fame Checker in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen explains why he doesn't always wear sunglasses: "Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine is shown wearing a hat. He wears more sophisticated clothing than his previous lab coat. He also sports a cane that resembles a question mark.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カツラ Katsura From 桂 katsura (katsura tree), 鬘 katsura (wig), and 火 ka (fire)
English, Spanish, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese
Blaine From blaze and flame
German Pyro From πῦρ pûr (Ancient Greek for fire)
French Auguste From ustio (Latin for burning)
Korean 강연 Gang-yeon* From 강연 (講演) gang-yeon (lecture) and 연 (燃) yeon (burn)
대머리박사 Daemeori-Baksa* From 대머리 daemeori (bald) and 박사 (博士) baksa (doctor)
Chinese (Mandarin) 夏伯 Xiàbó* From 夏 xià (summer) and 伯 (uncle, respectful term for someone older)
假髮 Jiǎfǎ*
胜伯 Shèngbó*
From 假髮 jiǎfǎ (wig)
From the Japanese 勝 katsu (victory) and 伯 (uncle, a respectful term for someone older)
Chinese (Cantonese) 夏伯 Hahbaak From 夏 hah (summer) and 伯 baak (uncle, respectful term for someone older)
Indonesian Blain Similar to his English name
Thai คาสึระ Khasuera Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Katsura Transcription of his Japanese name


  1. Blaine's Quiz Show (Unified Minds 186)
  2. Nintendo DREAM (vol. 329)

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