Chase (game)

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Chase
カケル Kakeru
Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Chase.png
Art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, player character
Generation VII, IX
Counterpart(s) Chase (Masters)
Games Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Masters EX

Chase (Japanese: カケル Kakeru) is the male player character in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. His female counterpart is Elaine, and is analogous to Red as he appears in Generation I and their remakes, FireRed and LeafGreen, along with Leaf as she appears in the latter two games.

In the core series games

Chase is a young boy from Pallet Town. His adventure begins one day when Professor Oak calls him and his friend Trace to his lab for a starter Pokémon. Chase picks a PikachuP or an EeveeE, while Trace picks the opposite Pokémon. Oak also gives them each a Pokédex with which to record data on all known Pokémon in the Kanto region to fulfill Oak's dream of creating a full guide on all of the Pokémon in Kanto.

From here, Chase and Trace journey across Kanto, collecting Pokémon to build up their teams, and defeating each of the Gym Leaders in turn. During their journey, they also have multiple encounters with Blue, another Trainer from Pallet Town who went on his own journey years earlier.

While traversing through Mt. Moon, Chase has his first encounter with the criminal organization called Team Rocket, which uses Pokémon for their own gain and profit. In addition to the organization's leader, Giovanni, Chase also has multiple run-ins with the Team Rocket Admin Archer and the Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth. Occasionally receiving assistance from Trace, Chase thwarts all of Team Rocket's schemes, most notably their takeover of the Silph Co. in Saffron City. Finally, when Chase challenges the Viridian Gym for his final Badge, he finds out that Giovanni is actually the final Gym Leader. After being defeated at his strongest, Giovanni gives Chase the Earth Badge and disbands Team Rocket in order to focus on bettering himself as a Trainer.

After going through Victory Road, Chase arrives at the Pokémon League at Indigo Plateau, where he confronts and defeats the Elite Four. Upon being defeated, Elite Four member Lance reveals that Trace managed to defeat the Elite Four before him and become the Champion first. Chase and Trace battle for one last time, with Chase defeating him and making him the new Champion.

After becoming Champion, Chase travels to Cerulean Cave to catch the mysterious Pokémon Mewtwo, encounters an equally mysterious girl called Green, learns of Archer's plan to resurrect Team Rocket someday, and challenges the 145 Master Trainers who have appeared around Kanto. Once he has defeated six Master Trainers, Chase challenges another previous Pallet Town Champion, the silent Trainer Red, to a battle at Indigo Plateau.

If Chase is not selected as the main character, he appears to assist the player when they use Support Play, known only as a Support Trainer. His appearance mirrors Elaine's current appearance.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Chase (Masters)

Chase forms a sync pair with partner Pikachu in Pokémon Masters EX. Chase became a playable sync pair on January 31, 2024.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#193   Chase #0025   Pikachu
Partner
Electric
 
Ground
 
  ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout

Gallery

Artwork

     
Chase riding his Charizard Chase and Pikachu Chase and Eevee
     
Exploring with Elaine Encountering the legendary birds Confronting the Elite Four
 
Concept art of Chase from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! alongside Elaine

Sprites and models

   
   
Icons when choosing Chase's appearance
at the beginning of the game.

Counterparts

In the manga

Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu Let's Go! Eievui Adventure Start Comic

In Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu Let's Go! Eievui Adventure Start Comic, Chase is the player avatar of Hajime as he plays through Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!.

Pokémon
 
Pikachu
Pikachu is Chase's first known Pokémon. It was first used to capture a wild Pidgey and then a Mankey. Later, it went up against a Hiker's Onix, but struggled due to its Electric-type moves being ineffective. Eventually, it won with a supereffective Splishy Splash.

Pikachu's known moves are Zippy Zap*, Quick Attack*, Thunderbolt, and Splishy Splash.

Debut Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu Let's Go! Eievui Adventure Start Comic
 
Pidgey
Pidgey is Chase's second known Pokémon. After being encountered in the wild, Chase attempted to catch it, but failed when Hajime missed the ring surrounding it. After some advice from Satoru, Hajmie properly threw the Poké Ball at the ring, allowing Chase to catch it.

None of Pidgey's moves are known.

Debut Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu Let's Go! Eievui Adventure Start Comic
 
Mankey
Mankey is Chase's third known Pokémon. Chase managed to catch it when Hajime and Satoru teamed up and threw a Poké Ball at the same time.

None of Mankey's moves are known.

Debut Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu Let's Go! Eievui Adventure Start Comic

Trivia

  • The name Chase was previously one of the preset names for Ethan in the English version of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver; in the Japanese version, the name カケル was also one of the preset names for Ethan.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Japanese カケル Kakeru From 駆ける kakeru (to dash)
English, French, German
Italian, Spanish
Chase From chase
Korean 태주 Taeju From 주 (走) ju (run)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小驅 / 小驱 Xiǎo Qū From 驅 / 驱 qū / kēui (to dash)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小驅 Síu Kēui


Player characters
Core series RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
HilbertHildaNateRosaCalemSerenaElioSelene
ChaseElaineVictorGloriaReiAkariFlorianJuliana
Side series WesMichaelNateCyndy
Spin-off games MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummer
HeroHeroineTim GoodmanScottieBettie


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