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ゲンジ Genji
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Drake.png
Artwork from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire by Hitoshi Ariga[1]
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Elite Four
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Masters EX
Elite Four of Ever Grande City
Specializes in Dragon types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Masaharu Satō (Masters EX)
Anime debut Vanity Affair
English voice actor Brian Maillard (AG101)
Edward Bosco (JN088)
Japanese voice actor Shōzō Iizuka

Drake (Japanese: ゲンジ Genji) is a Dragon-type Trainer and member of the Hoenn Elite Four.

In the core series games

Drake challenging the player

Drake is the fourth and final member of the Elite Four to be faced at the Pokémon League.

Drake believes that the Elite Four's challenge is superior to the Battle Frontier. He is an old shipmate and friend of Mr. Briney. In Generation VI, he can also be met aboard the S.S. Tidal.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Elite Four Drake

Harness strong abilities.RSE
Harnessing the strongest stats.ORAS
Trainer's Pokémon
The raw power of Dragons!RSE
The latent power of Dragon types!ORAS
I live to battle every day to learn about Pokémon.RS
I dedicate myself to the Pokémon that saved me.E
I battle every day to understand and be understood by my Pokémon.ORAS


Drake uses two Full Restores in Generation III.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Initial battle


In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Drake (Masters)

Drake forms a sync pair with Salamence in Pokémon Masters EX. Drake became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#027   Drake #0373   Salamence
  ★★★★☆☆EX Sync Pair Scout



Artwork from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Sprites and models

Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire


Main article: Drake/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Drake in the anime

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

Drake debuted in Vanity Affair. He is a member of the Hoenn Elite Four and a ship captain who has sailed all around the world. Drake has an entire crew under his command, and his first mate is Fitzwilliam.

After witnessing Ash and his Torkoal defeating another Trainer's Scizor, Drake met Ash and his friends at a restaurant and invited them onto his ship. Once on board, Max asked Drake to show them his Pokémon, but Drake invited Ash to have a three-on-three Pokémon battle with him instead. Drake won the match easily, helping Ash realize that he had been overconfident recently. When Team Rocket attempted to steal Pikachu after the battle, Drake blasted them off with his Salamence.

After Ash took his Pokémon to the Pokémon Center, Drake invited the group to dine aboard his ship. During the meal, Drake told Ash that he had become too overconfident once and lost many battles because of it. He explained that he eventually found concentrating on the match and freeing himself of "idle thoughts" was critical to being a strong competitor.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Drake reappeared in Looking Out for Number Two!, assisting Ash and Goh in finding a Kingdra for Goh's Project Mew Trial Mission in exchange for them helping him out in his treasure hunting hobby by investigating a sunken ancient submersible.


Drake is stern and often in deep concentration, which allows him to think clearly during a battle. He takes the time to observe his opponent's strategies, and he challenges out-of-the-box Trainers like Ash. Drake's strategy is dependent on which Pokémon he selects; for example, his Altaria's wings help it evade and land sneak attacks, whereas his Shelgon's high defenses make it ideal for tougher opponents.

He displayed calm yet furious ire against Team Rocket for attempting to steal Ash's Pikachu and showed no mercy when he sent out his Salamence to punish them and rescue Pikachu from their clutches, demonstrating Drake has no tolerance for Pokémon thieves.


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This listing is of Drake's known Pokémon in Pokémon anime:

Shelgon is the first Pokémon Drake used to battle Ash. Ash thought Pikachu's speed and powerful attacks would beat the slow Endurance Pokémon, but he did not take into account Shelgon's high defense. Drake's strategy was to calculate the damage from Ash's attack and wait until Pikachu was close enough. As Pikachu tried to use Iron Tail, Shelgon attacked with a powerful Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw combo, winning the round.

It reappeared in Looking Out for Number Two!, being by Drake's side for most of the expedition.

Shelgon's known moves are Double-Edge, Dragon Breath, and Dragon Claw.

Debut Vanity Affair
For the second round, Drake used Altaria. Despite the type disadvantage, Ash chose Grovyle, thinking it would be able to use the ship's masts like trees. Still, Altaria won the round, winning the match for Drake.

Altaria's known moves are Take Down, Dragon Breath, Sky Attack, Aerial Ace, and Solar Beam.

Debut Vanity Affair
When Team Rocket tried to kidnap Pikachu after Ash's and Drake's battle, Drake was furious and unleashed Salamence on them. Salamence easily retrieved Pikachu and blasted Team Rocket away.

Salamence's known moves are Dragon Claw and Flamethrower.

Debut Vanity Affair

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 飯塚昭三 Shōzō Iizuka
English Brian Maillard (AG101)
Edward Bosco (JN088)
Finnish Jarmo Mäkinen
European French Daniel Nicodème (AG101)
Peppino Capotondi (JN088)
Indonesian Dadan Sundana (JN088)
Italian Mario Zucca (AG101)
Luca Semeraro (JN088)
Polish Przemysław Bluszcz
Brazilian Portuguese Guilherme Lopes (AG101)
Eduardo Dascar (JN088)
Spanish Latin America César Arias (AG101)
Oscar Bonfiglio (JN088)
Spain Héctor Cantolla


Drake briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Drake in Ash & Pikachu

Drake appeared in Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!. After Ash defeated a Trainer's Scizor with Pikachu, Drake met Ash on a ship, where he challenged him to a Double Battle using Shelgon and Salamence. Even though Ash lost, Drake complimented him on raising his Pokémon very well.


Shelgon was sent out along with Salamence in a Double Battle against Ash's Pikachu and Swellow. It lost to their combined efforts despite putting up a great fight.

Shelgon's only known move is Dragon Breath.

Debut Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!
Salamence was sent out along with Shelgon in a Double Battle against Ash's Pikachu and Swellow. Salamence was able to easily defeat Pikachu and Swellow as Shelgon's defeat tired them out.

Salamence's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!

Pokémon Adventures

Drake in Pokémon Adventures
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Ruby & Sapphire arc

Drake and the other Elite Four members were called by Steven to help protect the Hoenn region from the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. Drake was initially stationed at Ancient Tomb as part of the plan to unseal Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. When the titans are unsealed, Drake is tasked with controlling Regirock alongside Sidney. The Elite Four, Steven, and Wallace all control the three Pokémon in three pairs of two and use their power to keep the power released from Groudon and Kyogre's battle from spreading throughout Hoenn. They manage to keep the power contained for several weeks, but the strain is too much for Steven and he eventually dies, causing the three Pokémon to lash out and flee. Drake later mourns Steven's death before his revival at the hands of Ruby's Celebi.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

Drake appears alongside Mr. Stone and Briney, and it is revealed that the three used to sail together. Drake assists Steven and Mr. Stone in preventing a meteoroid from crashing into the planet. Due to Drake's expertise on Dragon-type Pokémon, he is asked with assisting in investigating the cave paintings in Granite Cave. Afterward, they travel to Sea Mauville to use a machine called the Absorber to power a dimensional shifter that will transport the meteoroid to another location. The process is interrupted by Zinnia and her small army of former Team Magma and Aqua Grunts. The group attacks to steal and destroy the dimensional shifter, but a Hoopa appears and causes Sapphire and the shifter to be transported to somewhere else.

Ruby later arrives and manages to convince Zinnia to leave, but reveals that he stole a scroll from her when she wasn't looking. Ruby asks Drake for information on Rayquaza so that it can be used to stop the meteoroid. Drake agrees and takes everyone to Meteor Falls, where Dragon-type users gather. On their way to Meteor Falls, Hoopa is attacked by Blaise and Amber, who manipulate it into summoning Groudon and Kyogre from their resting places. The two super-ancient Pokémon make their way to Maxie and Archie, who use the restored Red and Blue Orbs to revert Groudon and Kyogre into their Primal forms. To test Kyogre's new power, Archie has Kyogre create a giant whirlpool to sink the S.S. Tidal into the sea. After escaping and making their way to shore, Drake, Ultima, and Briney are saved by the Draconids and taken to Meteor Village to recuperate. As he rests, the Meteor Village Elder recognizes Drake as someone who trained in Meteor Falls in his youth.

Later, Drake, along with various people from around Hoenn, is called to Sootopolis City to assist in stopping Grand Meteor Delta, a giant meteoroid threatening to destroy the planet. When the plan to attack Grand Meteor Delta starts, Drake and the others have their Pokémon attack the meteoroid at the same time. This, combined with the might of Mega Rayquaza, successfully shatters Grand Meteor Delta into pieces.



Bagon → Shelgon
Shelgon is Drake's only known Pokémon. He was used by Drake to awaken the chamber containing Registeel. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc, he was revealed to have evolved from a Bagon.

Shelgon's known moves are Headbutt and Double-Edge*, and his Ability is Rock Head.

Debut The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIII
Main article: Brandon's Regirock

Regirock was awakened by Steven and the Elite Four to be used to contain Groudon and Kyogre's power. Drake controlled Regirock with Sidney while the others controlled Regice and Registeel. After Steven died from the strain of controlling the three Pokémon, Regirock lashed out and ran away. It was later found by Brandon and captured.

Debut A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II
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In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring Drake or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Drake's Pokémon
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 #
Altaria   EX Power Keepers   2/108 World Champions Pack   077/108
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Drake's Stadium T [St] EX Power Keepers   72/108 World Champions Pack   095/108



Language Name Origin
Japanese ゲンジ Genji From 玄参 genjin (Ningpo figwort) or 木患子 mokugenji (goldenrain tree) and 幻獣 genjū (mythical beast)
English, Italian Drake From drake and possibly Sir Francis Drake
German Dragan From Drache (dragon) or dragan (Irish for dragon)
Spanish Dracón From dragón (dragon)
French Aragon From dragon
Korean 권수 Gweonsu Possibly from 권 (權) gweon (power) and 수 (獸) su (beast)
Chinese (Mandarin) 源治 Yuánzhì From the Japanese name 源治 Genji
Chinese (Cantonese) 源治 Yùhnjih
Vietnamese Genji Transcription of his Japanese name

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