Cress appears in Pokémon Black and White as one of the Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, alongside Cilan and Chili. This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Cress battles the player if Tepig is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat him will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).
"That is correct! It is I, Cress, Water-type enthusiast, whom you must face in battle!"
Before battle (second round)
"What incredible luck for you--you get to battle the best among the three of us."
Before battle (final round)
"Just as water flowing from high places to low places is natural, so is my victory."
"Lose? Me? I don't believe this."
If the player is defeated
"This is the appropriate result when I'm your opponent."
After being defeated
"How amazing! Even if there were a lot of reasons, you managed to defeat someone as impressive as me!"
"How amazing! Even if there were a lot of reasons, you managed to take on someone as impressive as me!"
In the lobby, after the tournament
"The pairings for the tournament partly contributed to your victory. Please keep training. I plan on retraining myself with the aim of defeating you after you've become even stronger."
Striaton City - Striaton Restaurant
Asking to team up
(first visit)"I'm a Water-type specialist, and my name is Cress. Pleased to make your acquaintance. You there. Would you be so kind as to be my partner in a battle with my siblings?"
(subsequent visits)"What do you think? Will you partner up with me and compete with my siblings?"
No:"Oh, what's this? I'm amazed you turned me, Cress, down."
Yes:"That's wonderful. With me, Cress, as your partner, victory is assured."
"That is correct! It shall be I and my esteemed Water types that you must face in battle! Let's us begin, then! In garde, user of Grass-type Pokémon -- Cilan -- and of Fire-type Pokémon -- Chili!"
After battle (victorious)
(on stage)"My attacks flow like water. You were blessed with an amazing partner."
(main area)"Battling together with you helped me find new potential in myself. That's what I think. I'd like it if you were to team up with me tomorrow as well."
If loses to the player
"Lose? Me? I don't believe this!"
After battle (loses to the player)
"Losing made me realize something. If I were to team up with you, our onslaught would be like a torrent!"
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 Cafélover! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Striaton Gym's three Gym Leaders, and they were all out of order! Like, Chili was Cilan, and Cilan was Cress!' Hmmm. Well, I'm not saying you're crazy, but...are you sure they weren't just standing in front of a mirror? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"
Cress debuted in Triple Leaders, Team Threats! alongside his brothers, and fellow Gym LeadersCilan and Chili. Along with Chili, he first appeared when Cilan brings Ash to the Gym, where he then proceeded to take his drink order. Ash declined, saying that he wanted to battle the Gym Leader, and as he got up to leave, Cress and his brothers introduced themselves as the leaders. They then led Ash to the battleground, where they introduced their individual Pokémon.
He was the second to battle Ash, and proceeded to defeat Pikachu, despite his Panpour's type disadvantage. At the beginning of Dreams by the Yard Full!, he and his brothers presented the Trio Badge to Ash. Later, he and Chili said goodbye to Cilan, who had decided to travel with Ash and Iris.
In A Call for Brotherly Love!, Cress informed Cilan over the phone of the reason why Chili was not at the Gym. Contrary to what Chili had said, he had not left in order to study but had run away. Chili had asked him the night he ran away why he kept losing. Cress told him that he focused too much on offense while giving little consideration to defense. As he feared, Chili took it as an insult and ran away. Cress was pleased when Cilan told him he would help Chili with his battle style and help get his confidence back and thanked him for it.
In Survival of the Striaton Gym!, it was revealed that Cress, as well as Chili, had lost to Morana, and had Cilan not defeated her, they would have lost the Striaton Gym. After Cilan's victory, he returned to Striaton City alongside Chili.
Cress, like his brothers, tends to speak about Pokémon in relation to their element, in this case, water. Unlike his brothers, Cress tends to speak about himself in third-person in the Japanese version. All the brothers tend to use hand positions like rock, paper, and scissors—in Cress's case, he tends to accentuate words with his fingers.
Panpour was given to Cress at a young age when his brothers were also given their first Pokémon. It first appeared when Cress showed what Pokémon he has and Ash scans it on his Pokédex. It was shown to be an extremely powerful Pokémon, able to defeat Pikachu without suffering any damage despite having a type-disadvantage. It was the second Pokémon to face Ash in his Gym battle, Ash used Pikachu.
Cress, along with brothers Chili and Cilan, are the triplet Gym Leaders of the Striaton Gym. Although they each got their Gym Leader job individually, they were assigned to one Gym. It is later revealed that they were given the shared job to help teach newer Trainers about type advantages. Due to the type they each specialize in, it was the perfect job for them.
Cress and his brothers are first seen in Black's imagination as he sets out on his journey to beat the Pokémon League. Cress later appears in person at the Striaton Gym with his brothers. With the help of his Panpour, Cress serves tea to Black to signal the start of their Gym battle against the challenger. Although only Black challenged the Gym, the brothers allow his friends, Cheren and Bianca, to challenge it as well. After Black, Cheren, and Bianca clear the Gym challenge, they face the Striaton triplets in a battle. Due to the type advantage their Pokémon have over their opponents, Cress and his brothers prove to be powerful Trainers. Despite the clear advantage they had over their opponents, Cress and his brothers are defeated when Black has his Tep use Pansage's fallen leaves to revive his teammates, allowing them to win the battle 3 to 2. Having lost the battle, Cress presents the challengers with the Trio Badge. Sometime later, Cress and his brothers prepare to head out to an unknown location.
The brothers later confront the Shadow Triad near the P2 Laboratory. They reveal that even though they weren't at Nacrene City during the Dark Stone incident, they were assigned to follow their enemies if the other Gym Leaders were defeated. The Shadow Triad prove to be very powerful foes, and even after evolving their Pokémon, Cress and his brothers still weren't strong enough to defeat them. Suddenly, the Gym Leaders are saved by Keldeo, who had been watching the battle with its mentors. Believing that the Striaton Gym Leaders to be the better humans, Keldeo attacks the Shadow Triad. Before it can continue, the Shadow Triad attack Keldeo and trap it. Keldeo's mentors, Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion jump down to save it by attacking the Shadow Triad along with Cress, Cilan, and Chili.
He, like his brothers, tends to move his arms in a certain position. In Cress's case, they are kept crossed in front of his chest.
Simipour is Cress's only known Pokémon that first appeared as a Panpour. Along with being his main Pokémon, Simipour assists Cress and his brothers in the kitchen by pouring water for tea. It, as a Panpour, was used against Black, Cheren, and Bianca in a Gym battle. Despite proving powerful, they are defeated after the time limit ends after Chili's Pansear is defeated, making the challengers' win with 3 to 2.
Later, it was used to battle the Shadow Triad in a Triple Battle. Although the battle was tough, Panpour was given a Water Stone, enabling it to evolve into a Simipour to become stronger. Despite this power up, it was still being defeated before Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, attacked both groups to rescue the Keldeo the Shadow Triad had captured.
Cress first appeared in BWGP03. Aside from being a Gym Leader, he was a teacher in a Trainers' School located in Striaton City. When Takurō and Mashiro went to the school, Cress told them about Bado and explained as to who he was. Professor Juniper had him teach the two about the basics of Pokémon while they were there. He gave them an assignment to do. While Mashiro was able to finish it, Takurō had to stay behind.
Later, he appeared in Takurō's flashback where he advised him to go to Wellspring Cave in order to go to the next town as going to different places is an important part of being a Trainer.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
In the Pocket Monsters BW manga, Cress appears along with his brothers Cilan and Chili. They are seen in PMBW02, where Red and his Pokémon visit a restaurant owned by the three brothers. Clefairy tries to instigate a fight between the brothers, but fails on many occasions.
This listing is for Cress's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.
Panpour is the only known Pokémon of Cress's. It was sent out while he, Cilan and Chili were battling Red's Clefairy. Unfortunately, Clefairy took the attacks the elemental monkeys were using and made himself some green tea.