In the games
Clay appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Driftveil City's Gym. This Gym will be the fifth to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Clay will receive the Quake Badge. Shortly after, he appears on Route 6 to aid the player in removing the Galvantula web blocking the entrance to the Chargestone Cave. After his Krokorok removes the web, he gives TM78 (Bulldoze) to the player. He also reappears again at N's Castle where he and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages.
When the player is cornered by the Seven Sages, Clay is the first of the Unova Gym Leaders to march in. He asks the player if he is tired out yet, then the rest of the Unova Gym Leaders, except for Cilan, Chili and Cress, walk in and take positions opposite each sage in pairs. Drayden then tells the player to proceed in pursuit of N.
Once the player gains access to the Driftveil Gym, Clay will be standing outside of the Gym, opposite Ghetsis and some Team Plasma Grunts. Ghetsis refers to Clay as the "Miner King".
When the player encounters the Driftveil Gym Leader inside of Twist Mountain on their first visit after obtaining the Mistralton Gym Badge, he will say that Twist Mountain belongs to him and that the player and Cheren can train on it should they wish to do so.
One of the Trainers the player can battle inside the Driftveil Gym says that Clay is a company president. However, it is not known what business Clay owns. Another Trainer that can be battled inside the Driftveil Gym says that Clay stays at the bottom of the Gym to remind himself that he once had nothing. A backpacker inside the Nacrene City Pokémon Center says that Clay found Fossils on Twist Mountain and donated them to the Nacrene City Museum.
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, he returns as a Gym Leader. The TM Clay gives away remains the same, though he gives it out immediately after the battle rather than outside Chargestone Cave, as there is no longer any Galvantula web blocking the entrance.
After the Gym battle, Clay will take the player up his private lift to the entrance of the Gym and then leaves. Outside of the Gym, he is with Hugh and notices that the player and Hugh are friends, and then proceed to show the two Trainers to the Pokémon World Tournament south of Driftveil City. Once there, he goes inside and tells them both to join in the Driftveil Tournament. Cheren is already there and participates as well. After the tournament, Roxie turns up and learns about the tournament, and leaves again. Clay follows and leaves the player to continue the adventure.
Easy Mode/Normal Mode
Clay 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 his signature Pokémon, Excadrill.
- "Hrmph! So yer the Trainer Elesa was talkin' about, huh. I'm Clay. I'm the Gym Leader 'round these parts. Don't be expectin' no welcome, now. 'Cause when we lowered that bridge, the Team Plasma guys we'd caught done escaped in all the ruckus!"
- "Ya can say whatever ya want. But what's important is y'all showed up, and then Team Plasma escaped. Maybe it's a little heavy-handed, but you oughtta start lookin' for Team Plasma, too. Yer both talented Trainers, aren't ya? Tell ya what... If ya find Team Plasma, I'll let ya challenge my Gym! Life's all about give and take!"
- "Well, I'll be! Hidin' in a chilly old place like this... You guys take these Pokémon robbers!"
- "You guys ain't so bad! Yup, a promise is a promise. Come on an' challenge my Gym!"
- "I don't need no thanks, now. Yer buddies were tryin' to steal some folks' Pokémon."
- "Well, that sounds real nice, if it's true. I may not talk purty, but at least I'm an honest man. You talk real nice, but what yer sayin' kinda sounds like lyin'. So tell me plain, what are ya tryin' to say?"
- "...Well, I can't tell if yer lyin' or not, but I reckon you've won this without a fight. Hrrmph. Fine. Take 'em and git!"
- "Sorry to let Team Plasma go after you tracked 'em down, fellas. Say, why don't we cheer ourselves up with a Pokémon battle? Don't keep me waitin'!"
- "Well.. Think it's about time to see fer myself what it is about yer skills that makes a Gym Leader like Elesa take such a shine to ya."
- During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
- "Well I'll be! Sure didn't see that coming."
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "Givin' up's the easy way out! If I wanted, I could have given up any old time!"
- "Well, I've had enough... and just so you know, I didn't go easy on you."
- "Mrrrmph. I see. But I sure don't like it! Fer such a young 'un, ya have an imposin' battle style. I know ya got people who can dig up yer potential. Mrmph. Here! Take this!"
- "So this is yer fifth Badge, huh? If that's so, Pokémon up to Lv. 60 will obey ya. Also, I'll give ya this TM. ...Well, that was the plan, but I just remembered there's somethin' I want. Wait in front of the cave at the end of Route 6, wouldja?"
- "What's the problem? Go wait in front of the cave at the end of Route 6!"
- "I don't know how much potential ya got, but if ya think ya can go, go wherever, and if ya think ya can do somethin', keep doin' it. Do things how ya want! Decide yer own limits."
- "Mrrrmph! You, huh? Remember what I done told ya? If ya think ya can go, go wherever, and if ya think ya can do somethin', keep doin' it. Do things how ya want! Decide yer own limits."
- "Thanks fer waitin'. Looks like th' nest of an Electric-type Pokémon called Galvantula. Don't know why there's a nest here, but if there are folks havin' problems, th' Gym Leader's th' one ta fix it. Krokorok! Take it out! And this here TM's yours. It's my favorite TM, so ya can teach it ta all of yer Pokémon! It's called Bulldoze. This move does damage and lowers the Speed of any Pokémon it hits. Some Ground-type Pokémon move a little slower than ya'd like. If ya use Bulldoze right, ya can cover that weakness! I don't know how good you really are, but if ya think ya can go, go wherever, and if ya think ya can do somethin', keep doin' it. Do things how ya want! Decide yer own limits."
- "What a surprise. Seein' ya here while I was inspectin' Twist Mountain. Th' two of ya seem a bit more rugged than the last time I saw ya. A li'l bit, anyway..."
- "By th'by... You folks seen that Team Plasma crowd lately? After all the trouble, we Gym Leaders met up and had a chat. But we've got no clue where they are. It's like they're hidin' under a rock. Well, not much to do but wait for 'em to move. Anyhow, this's none o' yer concern. Squirts like the two of ya should just enjoy travelin' with yer Pokémon. Twist Mountain's a fine place to explore! You'll have some fun if you just leave this here path... Weeell... Better ya just see it yerself, 'stead o' listenin' to me yammer. Be seein' ya, sprouts! Feel free to train yerselves on my mountain fer as long's ya like."
- "Can ya manage that?"
- "Still standin', are ya, <player>?"
- "Hrrmph! Ain't just me!"
- "Things aren't gonna go th' way ya fellas think they are! I'm sure o' that!"
- Ya always want to live honestly fer yerself and yer Pokémon
- "Harrumph! Kept me waitin', didn't ya, kid? All right, time to see what ya can do!"
- During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
- "Impressive! That's some strength you've got!"
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "No hard feelings, but I'm extremely stubborn!"
- "Man oh man… It feels good to go all out and still be defeated!"
- "Phew… You're really somethin'! Li'l whippersnapper Trainers who pack a real punch keep showin' up one after another. Mrmph. Here! Take this!"
- "So this is yer fifth Badge, huh? If that's so, Pokémon up to Lv. 60 will obey ya. Here! Take this, too!"
- "Well, I suppose… Come thisaway!"
- "Good dancers are crucial fer puttin' on a good show!"
- "Mrrmph! You, huh? Remember what I done told ya? If ya think ya can go, go wherever, and if ya think ya can do somethin', keep doin' it. Do things how ya want! Decide yer own limits."
In front of the Gym
- "Oh, so you two squirts know each other, huh? Ya both ain't bad, so I wanna show ya somethin'."
- "There's always room for folks to grow and change, ain't there? And, if ya only go after what ya think is right, ya might end up rejectin' all thoughts and opinions other than yer own. That's mighty dangerous."
- "Ya ever heard of the Pokémon World Tournament? Trainers from all over the world gather on up to see who's toughest!"
- "Well then, I'll be waitin' for you at the south end of town!"
Pokémon World Tournament
- Introducing the Tournament
- "Here we are! Whaddya think? Great buildin', huh? Here's where the Pokémon World Tournament takes place! Ain't she purty? Follow me, tads!"
- "This time, I'm gonna have ya participate in the Driftveil Tournament. Anything goes in this here tournament! Eight people will be participatin', and if ya win three times, yer the champion!"
- "Ya know somethin', Cheren. The one who's gotta show everyone what Pokémon battlin' means--is you. And yer pal ain't here, either! I'm countin' on the power of youth, 'cause everyone likes up-and-comin' stars! OK! Whenever yer ready, get on over to reception!"
- After the Driftveil Tournament
- "An outstandin' battle, runts! Now everybody's gonna want to join in on this here tournament an' show their stuff!"
- "See what I mean? People are pourin' in already! If the strongest Trainers from all over join in, it'll raise up everybody's level of skill! An' then, li'l ol' Driftveil City will grow even more and make a heap of money! So keep on bustin' those battles and rilin' everybody up! See ya!"
- Before battle (first round)
- "Yer tougher than ya were when I gave ya that Gym Badge, right? Well, how 'bout we have ourselves a look and see what ya can do now."
- Before battle (second round)
- "How much stronger ya get comes from how much you want to win! Always be loyal to that desire, ya hear?"
- Before battle (final battle)
- "If ya want ta win, don't make excuses! Got it? If yer gonna bellyache, just forget 'bout fightin'! Well, I might be fussin' 'bout nothing when it comes to you."
- "Well, I've had enough... And just so you know, I didn't go easy on you."
- If the player is defeated
- "It's simple, hear! I wanted to win more than ya did!"
- "Fer such a young 'un, ya have an imposin' battle style. I wonder what kind a journey ya had that made ya so strong. But, I still don't like losin'!"
- "What's important is how ya react to losin'. That's why folks who use losin' as fuel to get better are tough."
- In the lobby, after the tournament
- "Am I all right with a Trainer like ya winning the Tournament, ya say? Ya think there're stronger Trainers out there yet? Talented Trainers who think like that are just who I want to come here to Driftveil City!"
Memory Link - Different Bones and Dreams
- "Hey there! What's everyone all gathered up for?"
- (to Burgh) "Found a Fossil in Twist Mountain. I came here to have Lenora look at it and see if ya wanted to keep it here or somethin'."
- "Hmm? Well now... No matter who ya are or when ya die, bones are all that'll be left of ya. When ya think about it, it's amazin'. Even if ya die, ya can make money! Some Fossils are worth a lot, ya know!"
- (to Lenora) "Here ya go! Whaddaya think? It's gotta be worth a mint as a specimen or as a collectible! Which is it?"
- "That so? Guess my Twist Mountain still has unlimited potential! All right! I'll keep on diggin' my Clay Tunnel! Here, Burgh! That plain ol' Fossil's yours! Have a look at it and think about what bones mean to ya."
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- Menu interface (voice clips)
- "Life's all about give and take!"
- "I got more grit than anyone. That's why they call me the Underground Boss."
- Upon unlocking a new level cap
- "Hmm. Now this is what I'm talking about."
- "You look like you could handle yourself."
- "All right!"
- Battle interface (voice clips)
- "Get movin'!"
- "Show me some grit!"
- "Don't slack off now!"
- "Now that's what I call a job well done!"
- Pokémon Center
- "<Player>! Yer finally showin' some true grit, ain't ya."
- "But I reckon you've still got some room to grow in those britches o' yers. Aim for the sky, I always say!"
- "If y'all can face yer opponent head on 'n' win--no cheap tricks--I reckon y'all have got some real skill!"
- "Mayhaps I said a li'l too much just then, for an ol' miner like me, anyway."
- "I do commend ya on yer youth and passion and grit--but that don't mean I gotta like ya!"
- "It ain't often somebody gets a compliment outta ol' Clay!"
- "Gettin' plenty o' rest is part o' yer job! Spread yerself too thin, 'n' you'll surely burn out."
- "As for me, I find that takin' little strolls around town here on Pasio's been a nice breath o' fresh air."
- "This sure is a mighty-fine place. I could learn a thing or two here... Improve my city back home."
- "Lookin' out at all them city streets is one o' the finest parts o' my job, I tell ya!"
- "When I look up at them buildings, shaped like nothin' I ever seen before, heh, even this ol' boss gets excited."
- "Back in Unova, my Excadrill is a must-have business partner when it comes to minin' work!"
- "At one point in my life, I reckon I had truly hit rock bottom. Lower than low."
- "But with Excadrill by my side, I was slowly able to drill my way back up the tunnel."
- "Inch by inch, we rose right back on up to the surface!"
- "To this day, I still dream about all the hard work we did."
- "No matter how tough things get, it'll be all right in the end if you've got yer Pokémon there beside ya!"
- "So keep yer chin up, ya hear? 'Specially when the goin' gets tough."
- "So, ya fancy yerself a bona fide Trainer now, do ya? You're learnin' the ropes pretty well--I'll give ya that!"
- "Just don't go gettin' all content and complacent yet, ya hear?"
- "If yer expectin' a bonus, ya better be willin' to do whatever it takes! No givin' up halfway, got it?"
- "Work 'n' business are all about trust. Seems yer startin' to understand that pretty well!"
- "I ain't never thought about havin' business partners before."
- "But you've got some good prospects, kid. If--and that's a BIG if..."
- "If ya won't take no for an answer, come 'n' see me in Driftveil City!"
- "I'll hire ya on at my company!"
- Special log-in conversation (evening)
- "I know nighttime's for sleepin', but ya know... it's tough to lose so much time."
- Special gift conversation
- "Hey there, kid! Fancy meetin' ya here!"
- "I was just fixin' to give ya this! Go on--use it how ya like!"
- "It's just a trifle, kid. But I expect ya to return the favor someday!"
- "Hrmmph! No need to get all worked up now! That's jus' my way o' sayin' thanks."
- "Yep, I found me someone like that, too!"
- "I like where your head's at, sonny, but that's not right."
- "The one I'm talkin' about is Roark."
- "All that passion he puts into his diggin'. Why, the boy reminds me of a younger me!"
- "And...it got me thinkin'..."
- "If I could get that boy to work for me, we'd be unstoppable!"
- "Think of all the treasures we'd be able to dig up from Twist Mountain!"
- 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 Veildrifter. Thank yooou! 'You know how Gym Leader Clay never takes off his hat? Well, the other day I finally saw him take it off... And underneath his big hat was a fluffy knit hat! He wears two hats! Weird, huh?' Hmm... That seems like it would be way too warm! Still, I wonder if that isn't just Clay's hair sticking up all funny... 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"
In the anime
In the main series
Clay debuted in The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!. Ash and his friends met him right after they had arrived at Driftveil City, and Ash asked him for a battle. However, he refused to battle Ash at the time because he had to check out a mine at the edge of town. Ash would try to battle Clay again in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 but he refused yet again. He claimed that he could not have a battle with him if he did not have any Revival Herbs. When Ash asked what they were, Clay criticized him for not knowing and said that he probably wouldn't be worth battling. However, he did promise a battle if he brought him some Revival Herbs.
After Ash obtained the herbs in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2, he immediately went to Clay in the next episode. He was surprised that Ash was able to get the herbs and finally accepted his challenge. Ash managed to defeat Clay and he gave him the Quake 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.
Clay is shown to have started his life as a miner when he was around Ash's age with his Excadrill. One of his mines would later become the Driftveil Gym. He greatly values experience through hard work and views Ash's youth and inexperience with contempt, though he later gains a new respect for the young Trainer after their battle. Clay prefers a frontal assault style of battling and becomes enraged when Ash uses strategy like his Snivy's Attract to stop his Palpitoad.
This listing is of Clay's known Pokémon in the anime:
In Pokémon Generations
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Clay appeared in The Uprising, where 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.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Clay in Pokémon Adventures
Clay first appeared as a silhouette in Lights, Camera...Action!. While digging around the Desert Resort, Clay and his men unearthed a mysterious stone. Believing the stone to be an ordinary rock, Clay tried throwing it away, only to experience a surge of power rush through his body when he touched it. He debuted in person in Defeating Stoutland, where he called Lenora to inform her of the stone he found. Despite his years as a miner, Clay was unable to find out what the stone was. He requested that Lenora take it to the Nacrene Museum, hoping that her archeological experience would produce better results.
In Drawing Bridges, Clay went to repair the Driftveil Drawbridge, which had been undergoing a malfunction that prevented people from crossing it. There, he encountered Black, a young Trainer that had just run off with a Zorua that was the cause of the malfunction.
In Mine Mayhem, Black attempted to challenge the Driftveil Gym but was turned away due to Clay having a bad mood at the time. Later, Clay sent a Worker retrieve to Black, hoping the boy could help with the stone. During their Gym battle, Clay told Black that Lenora discovered the mysterious stone was the Dark Stone, the dormant form of the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom. He revealed that Team Plasma had been spying on him and Lenora, suggesting they were planning on stealing it. When Clay asked Black to help him and the other Unova Gym Leaders stop Team Plasma, the boy readily accepted. After being defeated, Clay took Black to Mistralton City to meet the others.
In Up in the Air, Clay and Black met with the other Unova Gym Leaders at the Celestial Tower to discuss how to deal with Team Plasma. The Gym Leaders later traveled to Nacrene City to protect the Dark Stone from the Shadow Triad. Despite their teamwork, the Gym Leaders fell to the Shadow Triad's trump card, the Forces of Nature. Clay and the others were kidnapped and taken to Team Plasma's base of operations, N's Castle.
In Dream a Little Dream, Caitlin attempted to find the missing Gym Leaders by using her Gothitelle's Psychic abilities. Though she managed to contact them, the Gym Leaders had their memories of the kidnapping erased, preventing Caitlin from tracking them. During Black's final Gym battle with Drayden, Caitlin relayed a message from the Gym Leaders to Black, giving him the confidence to win the battle and earn his final Badge.
In Cold Hard Truth, Team Plasma launched their attack on the Pokémon League, surrounding the building with N's Castle. As a form of mockery and display of Team Plasma's power, the Gym Leaders were hoisted on cross-like fixtures and displayed in front of the masses. Later, the Gym Leaders were freed by Shoko's Patrat, allowing them to assist in the battle against Team Plasma. After Team Plasma was defeated, Clay and the others watched as N and Zekrom flew off to parts unknown.
In PS546, Clay and his men helped free people trapped in buildings that were frozen over by the Plasma Frigate in Opelucid City.
- Main article: Clay's Excadrill
Excadrill is Clay's first known Pokémon. It was first seen digging up a mysterious stone at the Desert Resort. Later, it was shown guarding the Dark Stone along with Clay's other Pokémon while being spied on by the Shadow Triad. Later, it was used to battle Black in a Gym battle and tied with his Nite. During the battle with the Shadow Triad, it teamed up with Elesa's Pokémon to protect the Dark Stone. At the League, Excadrill helped face Team Plasma.
|| Lights, Camera...Action!
| Krokorok is Clay's second known Pokémon. It was first seen guarding the Dark Stone along with Clay's other Pokémon while being spied on by the Shadow Triad. Later, it was used to battle Black in a Gym battle and was defeated by his Costa.
Krokorok's only known move is Sand Tomb and its Ability is Moxie.
|| Defeating Stoutland
| Palpitoad is Clay's third known Pokémon. It was first seen guarding the Dark Stone along with Clay's other Pokémon while being spied on by the Shadow Triad. Later, it was used to battle Black in a Gym battle and tied with his Musha.
Palpitoad's only known move is Hyper Voice and its Ability is Swift Swim.
|| Defeating Stoutland
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Clay in Pocket Monsters BW
Clay makes an appearance in Pocket Monsters BW.
In the TCG
|| ヤーコン Yakon
|| From yacón (a root vegetable) and possibly 坤 kon (kun: a trigram in I Ching that represents earth)
| English, Brazilian
|| From clay
|| From turnip, a root vegetable
|| Same as Japanese name
|| From bardane (burdock), a root vegetable
|| From rafano (radish), a root vegetable
|| 야콘 Yakon
|| Same as Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 菊老大 Jú Lǎodà
|| From 菊薯 júshǔ / gūksyùh (yacón) and 老大 lǎodà / lóuhdaaih (boss)
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 菊老大 Gūk Lóuhdaaih
|| Transcription of his Japanese name