Drake harnesses the strong power of Dragon-type Pokémon that he specializes in. He lives every day to dedicate himself to learn about a Pokémon who saved him. He believes that the Elite Four's challenge is superior to the Battle Frontier. He is an old shipmate and friend of Mr. Briney.
"I am the last of the Pokémon League Elite Four, Drake the Dragon master! In their natural state, Pokémon are wild living things. They are free. At times, they hinder us. At times, they help us. For us to battle with Pokémon as partners, do you know what it takes? Do you know what is needed? If you don't, then you will never prevail over me!"
"Superb, it should be said."
After being defeated
"You deserve every credit for coming this far as a Trainer of Pokémon. You do seem to know what is needed. Yes, what a Trainer needs is a virtuous heart. Pokémon touch the good hearts of Trainers and learn good from wrong. They touch the good hearts of Trainers and grow strong. Go! Go onwards! The Champion is waiting!"
"That voice... <player>, is it? You sound well... I understand there is now a facility call the Battle Frontier that tests the skills of Trainers. However, if you wish to have real battles, there is no substitute for the Pokémon League! Don't you agree, <player>?"
"I am the last of the Pokémon League Elite Four, Drake the Dragon master! In their natural state, Pokémon are wild living things. They are free. At times, they hinder us. At times, they help us. For us to battle alongside Pokémon as partners, do you know what it takes? Do you know what is needed?"
"If you don't, you will never prevail over me!"
"Superb, it should be said."
After being defeated
"You deserve every credit for coming this far as a Pokémon Trainer. You do seem to know what is needed. Yes, what a Trainer needs is a true and virtuous heart. It is through their contact with Trainers that Pokémon learn right from wrong. The influence of their Trainers' good hearts helps them grow strong!"
"Go! Go onward! The Champion is waiting!"
"Oh, I've been waitin' for you! My Pokémon and I are going to show you everything we've got! Well then, you had better get ready to try and stop me!"
After being defeated
"I got a glimpse inside your heart! There's nothing for me to say to you! Go forth, Trainer! Go on to your next challenge with your head held high!"
Drake appeared in Vanity Affair. He is a ship captain, and has an entire crew under his command. 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 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 again 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 too got overconfident once and lost many battles because of it.
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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 (trying to use Iron Tail to finish off Shelgon) before he attacked with a powerful Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw combo, winning the round.
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.
Drake debuts in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. He 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.
In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Drake first 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.
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.
Drake was featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Drake or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Drake 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.