コクラン Kokuran
Platinum Darach.png
Artwork from Platinum
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region SinnohPt
Trainer class Castle Valet
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV
Games Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Masters EX
Commemorative print Castle Print
English voice actor Brian Timothy Anderson[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Yūichirō Umehara[2] (Masters EX)

Darach (Japanese: コクラン Kokuran) is the Frontier Brain in charge of serving the Battle Frontier's Battle Castle. Darach is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Castle Valet (Japanese: キャッスルバトラー Castle Butler).

In the games

He is one of the Frontier Brains of the Battle Castle in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. Darach is the host and caretaker of the Battle Castle, managing CP awarded to or spent by Trainers under the orders of Lady Caitlin. As Caitlin's butler, not only does he manage the Battle Castle but he also battles for her in her place and acts as the Frontier Brain of the facility. Darach will challenge the player on their 21st consecutive battle and award a Silver Print if defeated. He will battle the player again if the player reaches the 49th battle, this time handing out the Gold Print if defeated.

While Darach does not appear in Generation V, he is referenced by Caitlin in Black 2 and White 2. She reveals that Darach travels all the way to Unova to clean her villa in Undella Town before returning home.


Darach has these Pokémon when he is challenged for a print. Each of the print challenges has two variations.

Silver Print challenge

Gold Print challenge


Main article: Darach/Quotes

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Darach (Masters)



Sprite with Caitlin from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Platinum,HeartGold, and SoulSilver
VS sprite with Caitlin from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Platinum chapter

Darach appeared alongside Lady Caitlin in this chapter. Darach first appeared when Platinum started her challenge of the Battle Castle and was in charge of giving her Castle Points while Caitlin watched the battles. Once Platinum manages to win enough battles to face the Frontier Brain, Looker is shocked to find out that Darach is in fact, the Battle Castle Frontier Brain instead of Caitlin; Darach and Platinum then begin their battle.

In battle, Darach seems to have a different personality, this is shown when he drops his calm demeanor and starts laughing manically while confidently stating that he will win the battle. Despite the power his Pokémon possessed, Darach is eventually defeated once Platinum learns to manage money properly to find out his weaknesses.


Gallade first appeared outside of the Battle Castle, acting like Caitlin's bodyguard. During Platinum's battle with Darach, he was the first Pokémon used in their battle. He managed to defeat Platinum's Rapidash and Lopunny, but was defeated when Lopunny's Cute Charm prevented him from dodging a Dizzy Punch, allowing Empoleon to take advantage of his confused status and defeat him.

Gallade's known moves are Psycho Cut, Feint, and Night Slash, and his Ability is Steadfast.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z
Houndoom was the second Pokémon that Darach used in his battle against Platinum. It briefly fought Platinum's Lopunny and was defeated by her Empoleon.

Houndoom's only known move is Fire Fang.

Debut Getting the Drop on Gallade II
Staraptor was the third Pokémon that Darach used in his battle against Platinum. It used confusing moves and kept healing itself in its battle against Platinum's Empoleon, but was defeated when she froze it with Blizzard.

Staraptor's known moves are Double Team and Roost.

Debut Getting the Drop on Gallade II

In the TCG

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

Darach'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 #
Staraptor     Supreme Victors   11/147 Beat of the Frontier   080/100
Empoleon     Supreme Victors   27/147 Beat of the Frontier   035/100
Staraptor   LV.X   Supreme Victors   147/147 Beat of the Frontier   081/100


  • Caitlin appears in Darach's VS and in-battle sprites, despite the fact that she does not battle alongside him.
    • Darach's VS sprite is the only VS sprite in the Generation IV and V games to feature more than one character.
    • Darach's in-battle sprite has the most frames of any animated sprite in Generation IV, with five as opposed to the usual three.
  • Darach is the only Generation IV Frontier Brain with a signature Pokémon: his Empoleon.
  • An NPC in the Battle Castle says "Mr. Darach... His feelings for Lady Caitlin are all bottled up... Oh, how I pine for him...", which implies that Darach has feelings for Caitlin, but refuses to show these emotions to her.


Language Name Origin
Japanese コクラン Kokuran From 黒蘭 kokuran (pantropical widelip orchid)
English Darach From darach (Gaelic for oak)
German Perenus From perennierende Pflanze (perennial plant)
Spanish Kokuran Transcription of his Japanese name
French Parsley From parsley
Italian Paride From liparide (widelip orchid)
Korean 코크런 Kokeureon Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 石蘭 / 石兰 Shílán From 虎頭石蘭 hǔtóushí lán (Liparis nakaharai)
Chinese (Cantonese) 石蘭 Sehklàahn
Vietnamese Kokuran Transcription of his Japanese name

Castle Valet

Language Title
  Japanese キャッスルバトラー Kyassuru Batorā
Chinese Cantonese 城堡管家 Sìhngbóu Gúngā *
城堡對戰者 Sìhngbóu Deuijinjé *
Mandarin 城堡管家 Chéngbǎo Guǎnjiā *
城堡對戰者 Chéngbǎo Duìzhànzhě *
城堡對戰士 Chéngbǎo Duìzhànshì *
  French Chambellan
  German Kammerdiener
  Italian Maggiordomo
  Korean 캐슬버틀러 Kaeseul Beoteulleo
  Spanish Mayordomo
  Vietnamese Quản gia Lâu đài

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