ハチク Hachiku
"Ice Mask"
Black White Brycen.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light blue
Hometown Icirrus City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym LeaderBW
Movie StarB2W2
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Masters EX
Leader of Icirrus Gym
Badge Freeze Badge
Specializes in Ice types
Game animation debut The Uprising
English voice actor Christopher Niosi (Generations)
Christopher Bevins[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Masaaki Ihara (Generations)
Hiromichi Kogami[2] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!
English voice actor Benjamin Becker
Japanese voice actor Nobuo Tobita

Brycen (Japanese: ハチク Hachiku) is an actor who is the Gym Leader of Icirrus City's Gym, known officially as the Icirrus Gym. He specializes in Ice-type Pokémon. He gives the Freeze Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the core series games

Brycen appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Icirrus City's Gym. This Gym will be the seventh to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Brycen will receive the Freeze Badge, along with TM79 (Frost Breath). He also reappears at N's Castle where he and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.

After successfully defeating Brycen in a Gym battle, Cheren and Bianca are waiting for the player outside of the Gym. Brycen notices the Shadow Triad, who are invisible to everyone else, and demands they reveal themselves. The Shadow Triad does so and tells the player to head to Dragonspiral Tower.

Once at Dragonspiral Tower, the player must battle through Team Plasma Grunts to reach the top. At one point Brycen and Cheren stay behind to hold off Team Plasma while the player goes ahead. After the player reaches the top floor and N flies away with ZekromB/ReshiramW, Brycen arrives and asks what happened. Later, Brycen helps Cedric Juniper investigate Dragonspiral Tower.

In the past, Brycen was a movie star, but retired from acting after injuring himself during the filming of a reckless action scene. Unsure of what to do with himself, he took the advice of Alder and became a Trainer. He traveled alone to an icy cave and trained in silence to gain as much knowledge as possible. Brycen also places importance on concealing his true identity from others. He later decided to return to acting following the downfall of Team Plasma's first incarnation, hoping to communicate the need for a bond between Pokémon and people with his films.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Brycen is no longer a Gym Leader in Unova, having retired to continue acting. However, he appears in the Pokémon World Tournament as a participant along with other Gym Leaders, and can be talked to at his former Gym. He also appears at Pokéstar Studios as a Movie Star, playing the roles of Brycen-Man (Japanese: ハチクマン Hachiku-man), a villain in the Brycen-Man Series, and Mecha Cop (Japanese: メカポリス MechaPolice) in the Full Metal Cop Series.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders/Mix Master Tournament

Pokéstar Studios

Brycen-Man Strikes Back

Brycen-Man Strikes Back 2

Full Metal Cop

Full Metal Cop 2

Full Metal Cop 4

Brycen-Man Strikes Back Harder

National Gymquirer

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name TheFridge. Thank yooou! 'Brycen is too cool! He's always acting like Mr. Tough Guy, like he doesn't even feel the cold...but recently, I heard him sneeze inside his chilly Gym!' I guess even a super-cool Gym Leader can catch a cold. Feel better soon, Brycen! 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Brycen (Masters)

Brycen forms a sync pair with Cryogonal in Pokémon Masters EX. As Brycen-Man, Brycen forms a sync pair with Zoroark. Brycen became a playable sync pair since the game's release, with him appearing as Brycen-Man on April 30, 2024.


Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base potential Availability
#042   Brycen #0615   Cryogonal
  ★★★ Sync Pair Scout


Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base potential Availability
#202   Brycen-Man #0571   Zoroark  
  ★★★★★☆EX Costume Sync Pair Scout



Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Black and White

Pokéstar Studios sprites

Brycen-Man Trainer sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Brycen-Man Prop H1 sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Mecha Cop sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Brycen-Man portrait from
Black 2 and White 2
Mecha Cop portrait from
Black 2 and White 2


Main article: Brycen/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Brycen in the anime
Brycen and his Beartic in a movie called "Enter the Beartic".

Brycen debuted in Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!, where he and his Beartic saved Ash and his friends from a falling boulder. Cilan was the first to recognize him as a famous movie star who had the lead role in many movies, up until he decided to quit acting during production of another movie. He explained that he had come to the mountains for training and started to find traps set up by hunters.

Ash was interested in Brycen's training and tried to copy him and Beartic with his Krokorok, without any good results. During the break in his training, he was asked why he decided to not act in movies anymore, and he explained it was because of an accident that happened onset. Nobody was hurt, but he felt that the accident wouldn't have happened if he was trained better.

Later, Brycen stopped Pokémon poacher Rizzo's attempt to capture a Volcarona by defeating his two Jellicent with his Beartic. After Officer Jenny carted Rizzo off to jail, he found out that Ash was on his way to Icirrus City in order to battle the Gym Leader. It was then that he revealed that he was the Gym Leader of the Icirrus Gym, surprising everyone.

After making it to Icirrus City in Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!, Ash faced Brycen at the Icirrus Gym. In the end, Ash's Krokorok, despite being at a type disadvantage, was able to win against Beartic and secure Ash the Freeze Badge.

He reappeared in a flashback in Curtain Up, Unova League!. He also made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.


Brycen is intensely focused on and off the battlefield. He trains in the mountains around Icirrus City to improve his physical strength and mental sharpness for his role as Gym Leader and as an action movie star. Brycen is also incredibly fit, capable of holding a handstand with ease.


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Brycen has a Beartic as his main Pokémon. Aside from being his battling partner, Beartic had also starred in some movies alongside him. It was first seen in Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!, training with Brycen at the mountains near Icirrus City. Initially, Iris was scared of it. It was later used to stop poacher Rizzo and his two Jellicent, and save the Mountain Guardian, Volcarona.

In Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!, it was the third and final Pokémon used by Brycen during Ash's Gym battle with him. It was able to easily defeat Pignite despite the type disadvantage with its super-effective Brine and Aerial Ace attacks, leaving Ash with just Krokorok. Beartic was repeatedly able to block Krokorok's attacks, until the Desert Croc Pokémon finally scored direct hits on it with Stone Edge and Dig. After this, Krokorok grabbed two stones from his own Stone Edge, and collided with Beartic's Aerial Ace with the stones in his hands, defeating the Freezing Pokémon and earning Ash the Freeze Badge.

As shown in An Epic Defense Force!, Beartic has its own footprint at Pokéstar Studios's Walk of Fame.

It reappeared in a flashback in Certain Up, Unova League!.

Beartic's known moves are Ice Punch, Brine, Icicle Crash, and Aerial Ace.

Debut Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Tom Wayland
Vanillish was the first Pokémon Brycen used against Ash in their Gym battle. At first, Ash sent out Krokorok. However, after Krokorok had failed to land any hits on Vanillish and taken some damage, Ash recalled him and sent out Scraggy instead. Scraggy found it difficult to work properly on an icy field, and was at first unable to land any hits. He was, however, able to block Vanillish's Icicle Spear with his "pants" before firing a Focus Blast. By a stroke of luck, Focus Blast hit Vanillish from behind, and Scraggy was able to finish the Icy Snow Pokémon with a Headbutt.

Vanillish's known moves are Astonish, Icicle Spear, Blizzard, and Mirror Shot.

Debut Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Emily Jenness
Cryogonal was the second Pokémon Brycen used against Ash in their Gym battle. Ash's Scraggy was unable to land a single hit on the Crystallizing Pokémon before he was knocked out by a powerful Aurora Beam. Next Ash sent out his Pignite, whose Flame Charge was blocked by Cryogonal's Reflect. However, despite scoring several hits on Pignite with Rapid Spin and Frost Breath, Cryogonal was unable to withstand the Fire Pig Pokémon's Fire Pledge, and was knocked out.

Cryogonal's known moves are Rapid Spin, Aurora Beam, Reflect, and Frost Breath.

Debut Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 飛田展男 Nobuo Tobita
English Benjamin Becker
Mandarin Chinese 吳東原 Wú Dōngyuán
Czech Petr Neskusil
Finnish Antti L. J. Pääkkönen
Polish Paweł Krucz
Brazilian Portuguese Felipe Grinnan
Spanish Latin America Diego Armando Angeles
Spain Javier Lorca
Swedish Jesper Adefelt

Pokémon Generations

Brycen appeared in The Uprising, in which he was seen outside N's Castle trying to stop the Seven Sages. Together with several other Unova Gym Leaders, he battled the many Team Plasma Grunts to prevent them from achieving Team Plasma's goals.


Brycen's Beartic helped fight against some Team Plasma Grunts.

None of Beartic's moves are known.

Debut The Uprising

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 伊原正明 Masaaki Ihara
English Christopher Niosi


Brycen briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Brycen in Pokémon Adventures



Brycen was an action movie star that excelled in martial arts. After a serious accident, he resigned from acting and became a Gym Leader.

Black & White arc

Brycen, along with his fellow Gym Leaders, first appears at the Celestial Tower to discuss what to do about Team Plasma. Later, he and the other Gym Leaders travel to Nacrene City to help Lenora face the Shadow Triad in order to protect the Dark Stone from being stolen. With his powerful martial arts techniques, Brycen easily gained the upper hand over the thieves.

Brycen as Brycen-Man in the eleventh chapter

Although it seemed like Brycen had defeated the Shadow Triad, he and the other Gym Leaders fall to the Shadow Triad's trump card, the Forces of Nature. Soon, it was revealed that Brycen escaped, and followed Black to where the Dark Stone was being kept, only for it to turn out to be a Team Plasma Grunt in disguise. Team Plasma managed to take the Dark Stone, but it was revealed that the real Brycen actually did escape by substituting himself with an ice sculpture. Brycen finds an unconscious Black in the Dark Stone holding area along with the other Dragon Stone, the Light Stone. Brycen decides to train Black and takes him away to Icirrus City. Afterward, he took Black to the Tubeline Bridge, where he had the Trainer train his team to get stronger. After Black had finished several steps, he was taken to the Icirrus Gym for his final training—a Gym battle against Brycen. After Brycen is defeated, he hands over the Light Stone to Black.

At the Pokémon League, Brycen decides to search for clues on the kidnapped Gym Leaders. After remembering that they had no memories of the kidnapping, Brycen suspects that the Pokémon League competitor Hood Man may have something to do with it due to possessing Beheeyem, a Pokémon that can alter memories. To help with this investigation, Brycen enlists the help of White. While White investigates the League, Brycen digs down to Team Plasma's castle, where he is confronted by five of the Seven Sages. He attempts to retaliate, only to stop once he finds out that Hawes is being used as a hostage. Brycen is approached by Ghetsis, who attacks and knocks him unconscious. When Team Plasma attacks the League, Brycen is held up on a crucifix along with the other Gym Leaders. Soon after, he is freed by Shoko's Patrat and assists in the battle against Team Plasma.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

Two years later, Brycen is revealed to have quit being a Gym Leader to go back to acting in Pokéstar Studios. In a Brycen-Man movie, he plays the titular character and faces off against Whitley, who plays the role of Foongus Girl. Whitley easily wins, but the battle is interrupted by Mecha Tyranitar, which someone had forgotten to turn off. The Mecha Tyranitar causes havoc until Blake, playing the role of Dewott Kid, comes in and saves the day. Afterward, Brycen talks with Whitley and Blake's teacher, Cheren. Although Brycen remembers Cheren from his Badge quest, Cheren confesses that he doesn't have any memory of anything past his adventure with Black in the Cold Storage. Brycen notes that there's a vacant Gym Leader spot in Aspertia City and suggests that Cheren take it, much to Cheren's surprise.


Cryogonal was first seen with its Trainer at the Celestial Tower. Later, Cryogonal was used to battle the Shadow Triad and used its ice chains to easily defeat their Pokémon. When Brycen was training Black, it held Black's leg with an ice chain, forcing Black to try and find out how to break it. In Black and Brycen's Gym battle, it fought Black's Bo, but was quickly defeated.

None of Cryogonal's moves are known, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Up in the Air
Vanillish (×3)
Brycen owns three Vanillish. They were first seen being used to train with Black's Musha, Costa, and Tula. Later, one fought in a Gym battle against Black's Bo, Musha, and Costa. After defeating Bo and Musha, Vanillish was defeated by Costa's Scald, which melted the snow off of its body.

One Vanillish's only known move is Hail, and its Ability is Ice Body.

Debut School of Hard Knocks
Beartic is the fifth Pokémon Brycen is known to have. It was first seen with its Trainer at the Dragonspiral Tower. Later, it fought Black's Costa in a Gym battle. With its powerful claws, Beartic almost defeated Costa, only to be defeated once Costa evolved into Carracosta, giving it the power to win.

Beartic's known moves are Superpower and Focus Blast, and its Ability is Snow Cloak.

Debut School of Hard Knocks
Barbara (Japanese: ばーばら Barbara) is White's Pokémon that she uses in movies. Brycen used Barbara while playing the role of Brycen-Man. He used her to face Whitley, who played the role of Foongus Girl. She fought against Whitley's Foongy, but the battle was interrupted by Mecha Tyranitar. Barbara was defeated when Mecha Tyranitar stepped on her, crushing Barbara with its weight. After everyone had left, White came over and praised Barbara for her good work.

None of Barbara's moves are known.

Debut With a Little Help from My Friends
Brycen used Pawniard while playing the role of Brycen-Man. He used it to face Whitley, who played the role of Foongus Girl. It fought against Whitley's Foongy, but was easily defeated by a Giga Drain.

None of Pawniard's moves are known.

Debut Movie Panic

Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends

Brycen appeared as one of the supporting characters in Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends.

Brycen was first seen in the Icirrus Gym where he and his Beartic were dealing with Team Plasma. He then explained to Touya and his friends about Zekrom. While Touya went after N, he stayed behind with Cheren and Bianca to fend off the remaining Team Plasma Grunts.


Beartic is Brycen's first known Pokémon. While Touya and Bianca went to Icirrus Gym, Beartic and its Trainer were seen staring down at Team Plasma and their Pokémon.

None of Beartic's moves are known.

Debut Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends
Cryogonal is Brycen's second known Pokémon. He sent it out alongside Cheren's Servine and Bianca's Pignite to battle some Team Plasma Grunts that were preventing them from going in the Dragonspiral Tower.

None of Cryogonal's moves are known.

Debut Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends

In the TCG

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

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Bellelba & Brycen-Man Su Cosmic Eclipse   186/236 Tag All Stars   152/173
      Tag All Stars   194/173
Sabrina & Brycen Su SM Black Star Promos   SM246 S-P Promotional cards   142/S-P


  • Brycen's Japanese Leader title is アイス マスク.
  • Brycen is the only Ice-type expert to have a team consisting of only pure Ice-type Pokémon.
  • In X and Y, one of the possible items in the Lost-and-Found job at Hotel Richissime is a Brycen-Man Figure.
  • Brycen's debut movie in Pokémon Adventures, ???(Japanese: 闘え!カビゴン Tatakae! Kabigon). is a reference to Tatakae! Dragon! [3]


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハチク Hachiku From 淡竹 hachiku (henon)
English Brycen From ice
German Sandro From Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo)
Spanish Junco From junco (rushes; junk)
French Zhu From the Mandarin Chinese reading of 竹 zhú (bamboo)
Italian Silvestro From Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) or Fargesia sylvestris and possibly Sylvester Stallone. It could be also derived from Saint Sylvester's Day, which is a winter day for most countries.
Korean 담죽 Damjuk From 담죽 (淡竹) damjuk (henon)
Chinese (Mandarin) 哈奇庫 / 哈奇库 Hāqíkù Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 哈奇庫 Hākèihfu
Vietnamese Hachiku Transcription of his Japanese name


Language Title
  Japanese ハチクマン Hachiku-Man
Chinese Cantonese 哈奇酷俠 Hākèih Huhkhaak*
哈奇庫俠 Ngahpkèihfu Haak*
Mandarin 哈奇酷俠 Hāqí Kùxiá*
哈奇庫俠 / 哈奇库侠 Hāqíkù Xiá*
  French Zhuman
  German Super Sandro
  Italian Fantasilvestro
  Korean 담죽맨 Damjungman
  Brazilian Portuguese Brycen-Man
  Spanish Juncomán
  Vietnamese Hachiku Man

Mecha Cop

Language Title
  Japanese メカポリス Meka Porisu
  French Robokeuf
  German Cyber-Cop
  Italian MechaPolice
  Korean 메카폴리스로 Meka Polliseuro
  Spanish Juncobot

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