ミナキ Minaki
HeartGold SoulSilver Eusine.png
Artwork from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Crystal blue
Hair color Light brown
Hometown Celadon City
Region Kanto
Relatives Unseen grandfather
Trainer class Mystery Man
Generation II, IV
Games Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Masters EX
Game animation debut The Reawakening
English voice actor Kyle Hebert
Japanese voice actor Hiroshi Tsuchida
Takuya Eguchi[1] (Masters EX)
Anime debut For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll
English voice actor Ed Paul
Dan Green (The Legend of Thunder!)
Japanese voice actor Shinji Kawada

Eusine (Japanese: ミナキ Minaki; Eugene in The Legend of Thunder!) is a researcher and expert in the Legendary beasts. For ten years he has chased Suicune, the embodiment of the North Wind, but to no avail.

In the core series games

Eusine first appears in Pokémon Crystal. He is first seen researching the Burned Tower, together with Morty. Later, he battles the player in Cianwood City, just north of the Pokémon Seer, after seeing Suicune escaping from the town, hoping that by battling the player he will earn Suicune's respect as a Trainer. After Suicune has been caught in the Tin Tower, he returns to his hometown, Celadon City, and can be found in Celadon Pokémon Center waiting for the player to catch all three Legendary beasts. After this is accomplished, Eusine will return to the Tin Tower and wait for the player to summon Ho-Oh.

Eusine also appears in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, in which his storyline is almost identical at first but differs in the end. In these games, Eusine follows Suicune to Kanto, chasing it around and ultimately to its final destination — the Cerulean Cape. Before the player can catch Suicune, they must see it along with Eusine at Burned Tower, Cianwood City, Route 42, Vermilion City, and Route 14 in that order before being able to catch it at the Cerulean Cape. It is revealed in these games that when Eusine was young, he was told stories about Suicune by his grandfather, who is very knowledgeable about Johto's folklore. Despite this, Eusine never mentions the Bell Tower, Ho-Oh, or his hometown in these games.


Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Eusine (Masters)

Eusine forms a sync pair with Shiny Suicune in Pokémon Masters EX. Eusine became a playable sync pair on June 15, 2023.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#168   Eusine #0245   Suicune   
  ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout



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Main article: Eusine/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Eusine in the anime

Eusine debuted in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, where he challenged Ash for daring to say that he met the legendary beast Suicune. This might just have been a form of jealousy on his part, for Ash had also seen Ho-Oh as well, while he had yet to encounter it himself. He managed to calm himself down long enough to work with Morty, Ash, and his friends in their quest to retrieve the Tin Tower's sacred Crystal Bells, which had been stolen by Team Rocket. He later encountered Suicune and was set on catching it for himself. However, Suicune used Roar, which sent Alakazam back to its Poké Ball to end the encounter before leaving. The brief encounter left a great impression on Eusine, and he quickly left Ecruteak City to chase Suicune.

In The Legend of Thunder!, Eugene[note 1] assisted Jimmy, Marina, and Vincent in their battle against Attila and Hun. Marina fell for him because he wore a cape, though he was quick to remind her that no one can touch his cape. While he was intent on meeting Raikou, Eugene kept Jimmy and his friends calm throughout the entire ordeal.


Eusine is portrayed as a bold individual with an overwhelming obsession for Legendary Pokémon like Suicune. However, he comes across as arrogant with a slight superiority complex. Due to his immense pride over his knowledge of myths and legends, Eusine is unprepared to listen to others and often assigns himself the leading role, such as when he relegated Kudo to the sidelines as he tracked Raikou in The Legend of Thunder!.

He is apparently very close friends with Morty, who is also an expert on the Ecruteak legends. Morty acts as Eusine's voice of reason, trying to convince him to calm down and ease up, but to no avail. When Eusine left suddenly at the end of For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, Morty's lack of surprise indicates that this has happened before.


This listing is of Eusine's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime:

Eusine first used his Alakazam when he was about to have a battle with Ash, but the battle was called off due to the Bug Pokémon covering the town with their strings. Later, Eusine attempted to use Alakazam in order to protect Ash and his friends from the attacks of several wild Pokémon, but the attacks came through and stopped Alakazam. When Eusine tried to catch Suicune, he sent his Alakazam against the Aurora Pokémon. However, Alakazam was forced to return back into its Poké Ball after Suicune used Roar.

In The Legend of Thunder!, Eugene used his Alakazam to battle Attila and Hun's Steelix and Skarmory.

Alakazam's known moves are Reflect, Disable, Confusion, and Psybeam.

Debut For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Maddie Blaustein

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 川田紳司 Shinji Kawada
English Ed Paul (EP227)
Dan Green (TLoT)
Polish Arkadiusz Detmer
Brazilian Portuguese Mauro Eduardo Lima
European Spanish David Robles (EP227)
Eduardo del Hoyo (TLoT)

Pokémon Generations

Eusine in Pokémon Generations

Eusine appeared in The Reawakening. He was shown recalling the story of how the Legendary beasts came to be while exploring the Burned Tower. He then shared his desire to tell them that people are no longer afraid of them, and that they can be trusted again. At the end of the episode, he caught a long-awaited glimpse of Suicune.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 土田大 Hiroshi Tsuchida
English Kyle Hebert
Brazilian Portuguese Guto Nejaim
European Spanish Pablo Gómez

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Eusine in Pokémon Adventures


Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Eusine is first mentioned by Morty in Misdreavus Misgivings. Morty states that Eusine asked him to use his clairvoyance to search for the Legendary Pokémon Suicune. Due to Suicune's Legendary status, Morty was unable to locate where it slept. After facing and losing to Suicune in battle, Morty calls Eusine to tell him about the encounter.

Eusine physically debuts in Jumping Jumpluff!, where he meets Crystal, another person searching for Suicune. After they introduce themselves to each other, Eusine deems Crystal his rival for their similar goal and proceeds to leave. He accidentally ends up crashing into a barn at the Moomoo Farm, angering the farmhands, who demand that Eusine leave and pay for the damages. By tricking the farmhands by healing their Miltank with what he claims to be "magic", Eusine gets out of having to pay for the broken roof and earns himself free milk in the process. He is immediately approached by Crystal, who saw through the trick and knew that Eusine used a Berry to heal the Miltank. Eusine assumes Crystal had followed him to get a chance at getting close to Suicune, but she states that it was pure coincidence, as she is tracking Suicune with her Pokédex.

Soon after, Suicune appears and attacks the two. Crystal deduces that the Suicune who attacked them is a fake and uncovers its true identity, a Ditto sent to throw them off from the real Suicune's whereabouts. They realize that if someone sent a diversion, the real Suicune must currently be pursued by whoever sent the Ditto. Crystal and Eusine make their way to find Suicune by using Crystal's Pokédex to track its location. Upon spotting the people after Suicune, Eusine leaves Crystal to face the pursuers in battle. He tells Crystal to go after Suicune, who is heading to Ecruteak City. Eusine finds out the pursuers are the Team Rocket Elite Trio and faces them in battle. Eusine succeeds in defeating the trio and steals the Clear Bell they had in their possession. Eusine heads to the Bell Tower, where Crystal is facing Suicune in battle. He arrives just as Crystal had been defeated and blocked from accessing the tower due to Suicune's Crystal Wall. With the Clear Bell, Eusine bypasses the Crystal Wall and heads up the Bell Tower in hopes that Suicune is still there, only to find it already gone. After Crystal wakes up, Eusine realizes that Suicune was heading to the Bell Tower to meets its master, Ho-Oh. Eusine then leaves Crystal to continue his journey to capture Suicune.

During the final battle against the Masked Man, Eusine arrives to rescue Misty and an injured Suicune from being trapped in the Crystal Wall. Due to Misty's injuries, she tells Suicune that it will have to continue the battle against the Masked Man with a new partner. Although Eusine hoped to be chosen, he is disappointed when Suicune chooses Crystal as its new partner. Later, Eusine meets up with Morty, who asks if he is disappointed that he wasn't chosen by Suicune. Eusine confidently states that Suicune will choose him one day, as he did save its life.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Eusine appears at the Johto Safari Zone selling crudely-drawn photos and poems of Suicune to visitors. There, Eusine encounters Silver, who had arrived to search for someone. The meeting is cut short when they are attacked by Petrel of Team Rocket. Eusine is incapacitated by tear gas created from Petrel's Koffing, leaving Silver to battle the villain alone. After facing Petrel and defeating him, Silver obtains the two Plates that were in Petrel's possession. Later, Silver reveals to Eusine about everything he learned from his battle with Petrel. Silver also reveals that the creator of Team Rocket is his father, Giovanni, and that it was created after Silver was kidnapped as a child by the Masked Man. Feeling bad for Silver's plight, Eusine recommends that Silver meet Morty and his clairvoyance to help him find the Plates.

Eusine is immediately attacked by a group of schoolchildren who accidentally mistook him for a Pokémon. The caretaker of the children is revealed to be Crystal, who was leading a school trip. Crystal decides to go with Silver on his journey to find the Plates and stop Team Rocket. Eusine is left behind to tend to the children, much to his frustration. At the end of the ninth chapter, Eusine encounters Suicune again and chases after it, much to Suicune's annoyance.


Electrode is Eusine's first known Pokémon that serves as his mode of land transportation. It was first seen accidentally shocking Crystal's Archy after the two mistook one another for Suicune. While he faced the Team Rocket Elite Trio alone, Eusine lent Electrode to Crystal and had it take her to Ecruteak City. In the HeartGold & SoulSilver arc, it was seen with Eusine while confronting Silver. Electrode later helped take care of the children left in Eusine's care.

None of Electrode's moves are known.

Debut Jumping Jumpluff!
Jumpluff is Eusine's second known Pokémon that serves as his mode of air transportation. It was first seen being used to make an exit after meeting Crystal, but the wind caused Eusine and Jumpluff to land in the Moomoo Farm. Later, it helped face the Team Rocket Elite Trio in battle and defeated them using its spores. In the HeartGold & SoulSilver arc, Jumpluff helped take care of the children left in Eusine's care.

Jumpluff's known moves are Cotton Spore and Leech Seed.

Debut Jumping Jumpluff!
Haunter is Eusine's third known Pokémon. It was used to battle the Masked Man's Gastly to rescue Misty and Suicune. Eventually, it won the battle.

None of Haunter's moves are known.

Debut The Last Battle V

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Eusine in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Eusine was first seen in Farewell To Pikachu?!, arriving at the Cianwood Gym and trying to retrieve Pikachu from Gold. It turned out that Gold's Pikachu was actually a messenger sent from the future by Eusine and Bill using the latter's Time Capsule to guide the present Eusine to a Legendary Pokémon using a special learning device attached to it. Gold wanted to battle Eusine for Pikachu's ownership, but Chuck told them to wait until the next day. The next day, Gold and his Croconaw beat Eusine's Hypno, allowing Pikachu to stay with him and leaving Eusine with no choice but to search for the Legendary Pokémon alone.

Soon after, Black unsealed the Black Tyranitar, Cianwood's Legendary Pokémon, which used to wreak havoc in the Johto region. Eusine was one of the people who helped Gold in fighting the Black Tyranitar.


On hand
Eusine used Hypno against Gold's Croconaw in the battle for Pikachu's ownership. Croconaw eventually won, allowing Pikachu to stay with Gold.

Hypno's known moves are Disable, Hypnosis, and Dynamic Punch.

Debut Farewell To Pikachu?!
Eusine sent out Haunter for the battle against the Black Tyranitar.

None of Haunter's moves are known.

Debut Let's Fight For The Future!!
Eusine sent out Electrode for the battle against the Black Tyranitar.

None of Electrode's moves are known.

Debut Let's Fight For The Future!!
Main article: Gold's Pikachu

Eusine sent Pikachu from the future to the time when Gold battled with Falkner, where it ended up joining Gold's team.

Debut The Legendary Pokémon Appears!


  • There is data in Pokémon Crystal for the gender of every Trainer class in the game, used to select which dialogue pool to sample from when randomly choosing the opponent's dialogue, with the exception of Eusine.
  • Despite being mistakenly known as "Eugene" in the English and Spanish dubs of The Legend of Thunder!, Eusine was correctly named in the Israeli dub, just as in the original series, because the error was caught by the director of the series dub, Maya Bar Shalom. His situation matches that of Vincent.
  • His HeartGold and SoulSilver artwork adds several diamond shaped patterns to his clothes, which resemble those seen on the body of Suicune.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ミナキ Minaki From 水晶 suishō (crystal), which can be divided into 水 mina and 晶 aki
May also be from 君 kimi (monarch), which can be read as kun as a possible reference to Suicune
English, Spanish Eusine Similar to Suicune
Eugene* Corruption of Eusine
German Eusin Similar to Suicune
French Eusine Similar to Suicune
Eugène* Corruption of Eusine
Italian Eugenius Similar to Suicune or a corruption of his English name
Korean 수호 Suho* From 수호 (守護) suho (protection) and 수정 (水晶) sujeong (crystal)
미나키 Minaki* Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 水京 Shuǐjīng * From 水晶 shuǐjīng (crystal)
米那君 Mǐnàjūn*
南其 Nánqí*
南木 Nánmù*
From the partial transcription of his Japanese name and 水君 Shuǐjūn (Suicune)
From 南 minami and 其 ki
From the Japanese name 南木 Minaki
水京 Séuigīng* From 水晶 séuijīng (crystal)
米拿基 Máihnàhgēi
南木 Nàahmmuhk*
Transcription of his Japanese name
From the Japanese name 南木 Minaki
Russian Юсин Yusin Transcription of his English name
Vietnamese Minaki Transcription of his Japanese name


  1. In The Legend of Thunder!, Eusine was mistakenly called "Eugene".

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