Flint (Elite Four)
Art from Diamond and Pearl by Ken Sugimori
|Hometown||Sunyshore City (anime)|
|Relatives||Buck (younger brother),|
|Trainer class||Elite Four|
|Games||Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Masters EX|
|Elite Four of||Pokémon League (Sinnoh)|
|Specializes in||Fire types|
|Game animation debut||Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer|
|English voice actor||Landon McDonald (Masters EX)|
|Japanese voice actor||Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Masters EX)|
|Anime debut||Flint Sparks the Fire!|
|English voice actor||Tom Wayland (DP165-DP180)|
Daman Mills (JN100-present)
|Japanese voice actor||Toru Nara|
Flint (Japanese: オーバ Ōba) is a Fire-type Trainer and member of the Sinnoh Elite Four.
In the core series
In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Flint is the third member of the Sinnoh Elite Four. He is friends with Volkner, the Gym Leader of Sunyshore City. Flint's younger brother is Buck, and their grandfather runs the Battleground.
Flint first encounters the player in Sunyshore City, informing them about the recent blackouts and Volkner's disillusionment as a Gym Leader. He asks the player to bring back the excitement of Pokémon battles to Volkner, standing in front of the Sunyshore Gym's door until the player has talked to Volkner at Vista Lighthouse.
In Pokémon Platinum, Flint and Volkner challenge the player and their rival to a Multi Battle when they first arrive at the Fight Area.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
Pokémon League battles
Multi Battle with Volkner
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Rematch (before Stark Mountain)
Rematch (after Stark Mountain)
Master Class Double Battles (Rank 8)
In spin-off games
Pokémon Masters EX
- Main article: Flint (Masters)
Flint forms a sync pair with his Infernape in Pokémon Masters EX.
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Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Diamond and Pearl
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|VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and
|Battle Tower VS model from|
Brilliant Diamond and
|Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
|Overworld model from|
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
- Main article: Flint (Elite Four)/Quotes
In the anime
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Flint was first mentioned in An Elite Meet and Greet! by Lucian, and again in A Trainer and Child Reunion! by Officer Jenny.
Flint made his physical debut in Flint Sparks the Fire!. He noticed Ash's determination as he walked by the Sunyshore Gym, and went on to escort the group directly to Volkner, who was hiding away in the Sunyshore Tower. After Volkner declined Ash's challenge to a Gym battle, Flint took the group to a café run by his old friend, the Proprietor. Flint explained that he use to battle the Sunyshore street hoodlums with his Chimchar when he was younger. He came across Volkner one day and defeated him in battle, though the next time the pair met, Volkner won. The two soon became rivals and later good friends after having a Tag Battle against the Proprietor. After turning 20, Flint left his hometown and eventually became a member of the Sinnoh Elite Four. At the same time, Volkner became the Sunyshore Gym Leader.
However, Flint constantly returned to Sunyshore City to convince the increasingly despondent Volkner to start battling again. After Volkner refused Ash's challenge for a battle again, Flint battled Ash in his place and defeated Ash's Pikachu, Infernape, and Buizel with his Infernape easily. In the process, Volkner observed the match and became reinvigorated upon observing Ash's teamwork with his Pokémon. Flint was glad to see this development and watched as Volkner reconsidered his decision to turn Ash away.
In The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, Flint sat in the grandstands to watch Volkner go up against Ash. The Gym battle was interrupted by Team Rocket after they stole the Sunyshore Tower and caused the city to have a power outage. Flint, Volkner, and Ash all jumped onto the tower as Team Rocket was beginning to rocket into the sky, though Flint lost his grip and feel into the ocean below. However, he worked with Brock to provide pedal power to the local Pokémon Center during the crisis. Flint later watched as Volkner landed the Sunyshore Tower back onto the ground, and he wished Dawn the best with her upcoming Contests as she and her friends left Sunyshore.
In The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Flint watched Volkner battle Ash again. In the next episode, he saved Kenny's Floatzel from Team Rocket and won against Jasmine in an exhibition match. He also revealed that he would be challenging Cynthia for the title of Sinnoh League Champion.
Ash and his friends watched Flint battle Cynthia at the Champion League on TV in Memories are Made of Bliss!. As mentioned by the emcee, Flint's Infernape managed to defeat two of Cynthia's Pokémon. However, Flint lost the match after his Infernape was defeated by Cynthia's Garchomp.
Flint made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In Meeting Up with the Monarch!, Flint had a World Coronation Series battle against Leon, where he used Infernape against Leon's Charizard, only to lose, causing his rank to drop from 7 to 8.
In Aim For The Eight!, Flint was revealed to have fallen out of the Master Class.
In The Fiery Road to Mastership!, Flint was shown watching Cynthia's Masters Eight Tournament match against Iris.
Flint is a supportive friend, and despite all of his success as a member of the Elite Four, he made several efforts to reach out to Volkner over the years. He is also passionate about battling and a prolific user of defense, a strategy he used to defeat Ash and later Jasmine of the Olivine Gym. In addition to strategy, in Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!, Flint told Ash that having confidence in oneself is just as critical to being a successful Pokémon Trainer.
This listing is of Flint's known Pokémon in the anime:
Chimchar → Monferno → Infernape
Flint also has at least five more Pokémon, which he used during his battle against Cynthia.
This listing is of the Badges Flint has obtained in the Sinnoh region:
- At least eight Badges (prior to An Elite Meet and Greet!)
Pokémon League ranking
Flint has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
- Lily of the Valley Conference - Winner (prior to An Elite Meet and Greet!)
World Coronation Series
Flint has competed in the World Coronation Series. His rank and class are as follows:
- Rank 7 (Master Class; prior to Meeting Up with the Monarch!)
- Rank 8 (Master Class; Meeting Up with the Monarch!)
- Rank unknown (Ultra Class; prior to Big Brother to the Rescue!)
|Conceptual artwork from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl|
Flint briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.
In the manga
Diamond & Pearl chapter
Flint debuts in Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia VI, when Volkner invites him to help him investigate a giant hole that appeared in the Sendoff Spring.
Flint and Volkner are seen in the Fight Area with their Pokémon. They are later seen investigating the hole at the Sendoff Spring when they receive a call from Buck. He tells Buck about the object that he is looking for at Stark Mountain, the Magma Stone, but the reception is lost and they get cut off.
Later, Flint and Volkner witness Platinum and her friends traveling to the Distortion World. Volkner teases Flint about caring that his younger brother has been injured, though Flint denies it and intends to defeat the person that beat Buck. Later, they arrive at the Sendoff Spring, and enter the Distortion World through the Turnback Cave.
Upon arriving, they are attacked by Giratina and are chased throughout the Distortion World by it. Despite a powerful combination attack they used, Giratina proves too powerful for them and defeats the two with a Dragon Breath. They manage to get up soon after, only for Giratina to leave to fight the other Legendary Pokémon in the area.
After Charon is defeated, Giratina tries one last time to attack Platinum, only for Flint and Volkner to attack it from behind and defeat it. Satisfied, the two hi-five each other in a prideful boast of their strength.
|Magmortar is the only known Pokémon in Flint's possession. He was seen with Flint in the Fight Area along with Volkner and his Electivire. Later, he fought Giratina at the Distortion World only to be defeated. Later, he fought Giratina again, this time actually managing to defeat it.
Magmortar's only known move is Lava Plume, and his Ability is Flame Body.
|Debut||Leaping Past Lopunny|
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
Flint appeared in Hareta's Heart's Desire as he found out about the tournament and wanted to compete in it. Rapidash was the first Pokémon sent out. It was up against Hareta's Empoleon. Despite the type-disadvantage, Rapidash was able to defeat Empoleon with a Sunny Day/SolarBeam combo. He recalls Rapidash and sends out Drifblim while Hareta sends out Regigigas and Misdreavus.
However, Hareta had no choice but to use Misdreavus as he was disallowed to use two Pokémon at once. Drifblim was able to defeat Misdreavus with Payback but due to it using Skill Swap beforehand, both Pokémon were out. Hareta than uses his Regigigas and Flint calls out Rapidash once again. Regigigas was able to defeat Rapidash with Mega Punch. Flint has one more Pokémon but resigns before even using it, giving Hareta the win.
Later, in Gathering of the Legendary Pokémon, he along with the Gym Leaders and Sinnoh Elite Four head to the Galactic HQ to take on the remaining Team Galactic grunts.
|Rapidash was the first Pokémon used in the battle against Hareta. It went up against his Empoleon where it was able to knock it out despite the type-disadvantage.
Rapidash's known moves are Agility, Sunny Day, and Solar Beam.
|Debut||Hareta's Heart's Desire|
|Drifblim was used to finish off Hareta's Misdreavus seeing that Hareta could not use both Misdreavus and Regigigas at the same time as it was against the rules to do so. However, after Drifblim went for an attack, it was stopped by Misdreavus's Skill Swap which resulted in both side's Pokémon being knocked out as Misdreavus used Drifblim's Ability Aftermath from the effect of Skill Swap.
Drifblim's only known move is Payback, and its Ability is Aftermath*.
|Debut||Hareta's Heart's Desire|
|After both Drifblim and Rapidash got knocked out, Flint mentions that he has a Steelix, but does not want to send it out for the match as he knows that it wouldn't stand a chance against Hareta's Regigigas.
None of Steelix's moves are known.
|Debut||Hareta's Heart's Desire|
- Eight unknown Badges (prior to A New Battle Begins!)
Flint has competed in the following Pokémon Leagues:
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Flint or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
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.
|Infernape||Rising Rivals||43/111||Infernape Half Deck||003/018|
|Rapidash||Rising Rivals||47/111||Infernape Half Deck|
|Flareon||Rising Rivals||60/111||Infernape Half Deck|
|Houndoom||Rising Rivals||65/111||Infernape Half Deck||010/018|
|Infernape LV.X||Rising Rivals||108/111||Infernape Half Deck||004/018|
|Flint's Willpower||Su||Rising Rivals||91/111||Infernape Half Deck||016/018|
- Although he specializes in Fire types, in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, only two of the five Pokémon that Flint uses are actually Fire-type, with only eight Fire-type moves between them, only four of which are actual attacking moves. Each of Flint's Pokémon knows at least one Fire-type move. In Pokémon Platinum, Flint's entire team consists of his type specialty.
- This can be attributed to the fact that Diamond and Pearl's Pokédex contains only two complete lines of Fire-type Pokémon, both of which he uses the final evolutions of.
- Flint's Magmortar is the only Pokémon of a member of the Elite Four to use Seals in Pokémon Platinum. Incidentally, it is used in the Double Battle with Volkner, who uses his Electivire, the only Pokémon of a Gym Leader to have Seals.
- If the player talks to Volkner in the Villa, he reveals that Flint uses Fire type Pokémon due to his name.
- Flint is the only member of the Sinnoh Elite Four that doesn't have a Pokémon in any of his teams that knows Stone Edge.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Shauntal mentions Flint in one of her pre-battle quotes from her novels. She writes that his hairstyle "would be great with Head Charge," and that he is commanding a Pokémon to use Overheat.
- Flint has the least number of Pokémon (excluding Lv X cards) cards, with only four (the other Sinnoh Elite Four members have five each).
|Japanese||オーバ Ōba||From 大葉 ōba (a variety of green-leaved shiso) and オーバーヒート Overheat|
|English||Flint||From flint (a kind of stone used as a fire starter)|
|German||Ignaz||From ignis (Latin for fire)|
|Spanish||Fausto||From Hefesto (Hephaestus), the Greek god of fire, volcano, and metallurgy|
|French||Adrien||From ardent (burning)|
|Italian||Vulcano||From vulcano (volcano)|
|Korean||대엽 Daeyeop||From 대엽 daeyeop, Sino-Korean reading of 大葉|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||大葉 / 大叶 Dàyè||From the Japanese name 大葉 Ōba|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||大葉 Daaihyihp|
|Vietnamese||Oba||Transcription of his Japanese name|
- ↑ Flint's Willpower (Rising Rivals 91)
- ↑ Landon McDonald on Facebook
- ↑ Nintendo DREAM (vol. 329)
- ↑ Toshinobu Matsumiya on Twitter
|Trainers in the World Coronation Series|
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|