フリード Friede
Professor Friede 2023 Artwork.png
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Yellow
Hair color White
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Anime series Pokémon Horizons: The Series
Debut The Pendant That Starts It All (Part One)
English voice actor Crispin Freeman
Japanese voice actor Taku Yashiro
Member of Rising Volt Tacklers
Rank Commander
Trainer class Rising Volt Tacklers
Generation IX
Games Mezastar, GO
Manga series Pocket Monsters
Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~
Pocket Monsters ~The Detouring Volt Tacklers!!~
Debut HZM01 (PM)

Friede (Japanese: フリード Friede[1]) is a Pokémon Professor and the commander of the Rising Volt Tacklers who appeared in Pokémon Horizons: The Series.

In the anime



Friede prior to forming the Rising Volt Tacklers

Friede grew up somewhere in the Kanto region with his childhood friend Orla and had Charizard as his first Pokémon. After Orla moved to Slateport City in the Hoenn region, Friede finished growing up in Kanto and was taught by Lucca. He came to know the elder on an island in Kanto as he looked after him. Also, Friede met Ludlow and came to see him as a mentor. Friede eventually became a Pokémon Professor, but quit his job because he didn't want to be cooped up in a lab and lost the passion for researching, and began to live the carefree life with Ludlow on his fishing boat.

As revealed in Flying Pikachu, Rising Higher and Higher!, Friede was in the Paldea region with Ludlow when Lucca introduced him to a Flying Pikachu, reigniting his passion for research. Friede eventually managed to convince Pikachu to become partners with him and traveled to Hoenn, where he had Orla convert Ludlow's fishing boat into an airship, which Friede named the Brave Olivine. Once the job was done, Orla and Ludlow joined Friede as the founding members of the Rising Volt Tacklers, with Pikachu serving as the airship's figurehead captain.

Later, Friede met Mollie, Murdock, and his niece, Dot, as they joined the Rising Volt Tacklers. One day, Friede was contacted by Lucca as she asked him to bring her daughter Liko, who was attending the Indigo Academy in Kanto, to Paldea and protect her during the journey there.

Pokémon Horizons: The Series

Friede's rivalry with Amethio

Friede debuted in The Pendant That Starts It All (Part One). He was first seen coming to Liko's rescue on his Charizard's back after she was confronted by Amethio. His Charizard went up against Amethio's Ceruledge, but the confrontation ended abruptly after they witnessed the power Liko's mysterious pendant held. After rescuing her and Sprigatito from falling in the next episode, Friede flew her back to the Brave Olivine and introduced them to the rest of the Rising Volt Tacklers. The Explorers soon attacked the ship, and Friede challenged Amethio to a battle, this time using Captain Pikachu against Amethio's Ceruledge, only for the battle to be cut short by Liko. After Liko's Sprigatito unleashed a Leafage strong enough to break the forcefield around the battlefield, Friede and Liko watched powerlessly as the Explorers fled, kidnapping Sprigatito in the process.

In For Sure! 'Cause Sprigatito's with Me!, Friede and some of the Rising Volt Tacklers got together to search for Liko's Sprigatito. When Murdock's Rockruff found Onia shopping, Friede and Liko chased her back to a warehouse. There, he clashed against Amethio once again; this time, however, as a distraction to allow for Liko and Rockruff to be able to rescue Sprigatito. After they succeeded, Friede and Liko made their escape. At the end of the day, Friede confirmed that Liko's mother asked the group to protect Liko—something he had briefly mentioned earlier—and they decide to team up to uncover the mysteries surrounding Liko's pendant.

In The Treasure After the Storm!, Friede spotted a familiar island off the coast of Kanto and docked the Brave Olivine for maintenance to be done on the airship. In order to gather materials, he sought the alder, but left empty-handed. In the next episodes, Friede confronted Amethio once again on the island's shore. He managed to stall the Explorers's admin with Charizard, but got distracted for a moment, allowing his opponent to launch an assault on Liko, whose pendant activated at the right time to protect her. As the battle went on, Liko's pendant and Roy's ancient Poké Ball reacted to each other's presence. Suddenly, a Black Rayquaza was released from the Poké Ball and quickly forced the Explorers to retreat with a Draco Meteor.

In Special Training with Cap!, Friede set up a special training session for Liko and Roy after being moved by their determination to get stronger. For the newly-recruited Rising Volt Tacklers to win, they only needed to land a single hit on his Pikachu, which proved to be much more difficult than it initially seemed due to his Double Team. After a break, he encouraged them both to battle against each other in order to see how much they've grown after the training.

Friede and Lucca

In The Future I Choose, after finding out there was a communication issue around their area, Friede went out with his Pikachu and Charizard and he soon found a Magneton using its magnetic field. Friede scared it away with his Pikachu, after that he was able to get a call from Liko, asking him if he could get water for the Berries that they planted, so he brought Ludlow with him to use his Quagsire's Rain Dance. Friede later went to the Artazon's library to find information about the Ancient Poké Ball. Coincidentally, he met his former teacher Lucca, whose Squawkabilly gave him a hint that Liko's grandmother Diana was currently in Galar.

In Fly! Wattrel!!, Friede dispersed a group of Magneton disturbing the connection around the Brave Olivine. Fending them off, he restored the connection and left to pursue one of the Magneton. However, this ended up being a lure into an ambush by Spinel, who remotely ordered his Pokémon to attack Friede's Charizard. Driven into a corner, Friede was forced to reveal his Tera Orb, Terastallizing his Charizard and turning the odds enough to force Spinel's Pokémon to retreat.

In Charge! Galar Mine!, Friede arrived with Liko and Roy to the Galar Mine to look for the Black Rayquaza, but got separated from them. While looking for Liko and Roy, Friede encountered the Explores and battled Amethio again. During the battle, a Galarian Moltres that had an Ancient Poké Ball appeared. However, when Captain Pikachu got injured during the battle, Friede stayed to battle the Explores while Liko and Roy left with his partner in order for him to recover. In the next episode, Friede met up with Captain Pikachu, Liko, and Roy at Motostoke's Pokémon Center. After his Charizard recovered from his injures, Friede and the group decided to go back to battle Moltres again in order to calm it down. They succeeded and Moltres returned to its Ancient Poké Ball.

In Reunion at the Ancient Castle!, Friede, Liko, and Roy arrived at Hammerlocke in order to find an Ancient Castle that Diana, Liko's grandmother, was at. Through her Squawkabilly, Friede and his friends were able to find her. They hung out at the castle until the Explorers, who have been following them, arrived at their location. In the next episode, as Diana stalled the enemy group, Friede took Liko and Roy through the castle's underground passage and instructed them to stay at a safe place while he climbed up the tower and tried estabilishing contact with the Brave Olivine. Soon, he was confronted by Amethio once more, and another battle of Charizard versus Ceruledge ensued. Despite initially attacking more carefully and from a distance this time, Amethio tricked them into activating Ceruledge's Weak Armor, which increased its speed again and allowed it to land a flurry of Night Slash attacks. Seemingly overwhelmed and about to be hit by a finishing Psycho Cut, Friede Terastallized Charizard into a Dark type, rendering the opposing attack useless, and finished off the battle by defeating Ceruledge with a supereffective Tera Blast. After Coral set off her Glalie's Self-Destruct, Friede and his Pokémon managed to barely escape the explosion and reunited with the Rising Volt Tacklers.

In HZ031, Friede and his teammates got a lead on Lapras, who happened to be one of Lucius's Pokémon, after they got a led through a ship crew that saw the Transport Pokémon. After failing to get Lapras to come out, Friede realized that something was wrong, as he devised a plan to get the Transport Pokémon back. Through his plan, Friede realized that Lapras was using Mist to distract the ship's members so Wailord and various other Pokémon could steal food from them then lead them out when they were done to avoid suspicious. In the next episode, Friede was able to help prevent the Pokémon from stealing their food, but failed to keep up with them when Lapras used Ice Beam on their ship. Friede, Liko, and Roy decided to follow the create trail to where Lapras and its friends were hiding out. They were able to convince it that they were friends too and the Transport Pokémon returned to its Ancient Poké Ball. However, before setting off, Friede and its friends witnessed the Black Rayquaza arrive at their location.

In HZ033, Friede watched as Amethio and Terapagos, who transformed, battled the Black Rayquaza. After Terapagos collapsed and the Black Rayquaza went off, Friede talked with Diana, who revealed that she was planning to travel on her own again, which he understood. In the next episode, Friede attended a surprise party that Liko and Roy setup for Diana's departure. Once they bid farewell to her, the Rising Volt Tacklers resumed their search for the remaining Six Heroes. However, Friede informed his teammates that they are heading to Paldea first in order to gain information on Terapagos.

Friede and Amethio joining forces to battle Black Rayquaza

In HZ035, Friede took a job assignment from his friend Shine, in order to raise money for supplies, with Liko and Roy accompany him. Their task was to find his Bramblin, which blew away from him, and they were informed that a group of Pokémon hunters were operating near the area. Although they were able to find Bramblin a few times, Friede and his friends failed to keep at one place, which led the Tumbleweed Pokémon getting captured by the Pokémon Hunters. Fortunately, Friede and his friends efforts helped save Bramblin, as it evolved into Brambleghast, and defeated the Pokémon Hunters. After brining Brambleghast back to Shine and bringing in the Pokémon Hunters into the authorities, Friede was able to get paid, which will help the Rising Volt Tacklers get supplies for their return journey to Paldea.


Friede and Captain Pikachu enjoying Murdock's donuts

Friede appears to be a young and competent Trainer, albeit rather distracted and forgetful, as he forgets to mention certain things to his friends sometimes. Despite this, Friede is quite protective of his team, whether putting himself in danger to protect the ship or protecting his teammates from opponents, especially the younger members. In The Treasure After the Storm!, Friede has stated that he doesn't like to be acknowledged as a Pokémon Professor. If someone were to say his name in any type of formality, he would rather change the subject. When he introduced Liko and Roy as official members of the Rising Volt Tacklers, they both said their thanks and both referred him as "Mister Friede", which Friede quickly corrects them, preferring to be called simply by his name.

Friede also has a more immature and silly side, like when he eats the donuts made by Murdock for his niece Dot together with Captain Pikachu, or when he is tricked by a merchant to buy his wares to remember two people who asked him about a Black Rayquaza, however without getting any useful information. He also does not appear to take Amethio seriously, often making snarky remarks before their routinely battles. Nonetheless, he is a formidable Trainer with access to Terastallization and has shown to be very wise, such as in Special Training with Cap!, when he offered advice and training for the younger members of the Rising Volt Tacklers in order to become great Pokémon Trainers.

Friede respects Lucca as she was his teacher and had done a lot for him, as he won't have met Captain Pikachu, regain his passion for researching and formed the Rising Volt Tacklers without her help and guidance. Friede also seems to be close with Orla, due to being friends with her since childhood. Although they were apart for many years, Friede's friendship with Orla remain strong, as he immediately went to her for help in making an airship and accepted her request in joining him on his adventures. In addition, Friede has a very good relationship with Ludlow and sees him as a mentor. Friede seems to be great friends with Murdock and enjoys hanging out with him. Friede even gets along really well with the rest of his teammates, especially Liko and Roy.

Friede doesn't like to talk about his past and his life before forming the Rising Volt Tacklers, as seen in Flying Pikachu, Rising Higher and Higher!, when he didn't give the younger members any answer as to how Captain Pikachu was flying during a battle. However, after Orla told everyone that he was going to share as to how he met Captain Pikachu and the formation of the Rising Volt Tacklers with everyone, Friede gave in and decided to open up to his teammates about his past.


Friede and his Pokémon

Friede's team consists of strong and independent Pokémon who lead the rest of the Pokémon that belong to his teammates and the group who live on the Brave Olivine. Also, Friede's partners are strong in battle and are able to hold their own, but there have been times they were overwhelmed by a stronger opponent. In addition, Friede's Charizard is capable of Terastallization.

This listing is of Friede's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand

Captain Pikachu

Traveling with

Rotom Phone

On the Brave Olivine


Taking care of

As revealed in HZ046, Friede was in charge of Lucius' equipment and Pokémon while Liko traveled around Paldea training at Naranja Academy.


Cared for




Bramblin → Brambleghast
Friede commanded Shine's Bramblin to spin around the cage it and other Pokémon captured by the Pokémon hunters were trapped in order to trigger its evolution. Now as a Brambleghast, it was able to destroy the cage with a powerful Power Whip. Soon after, Friede, Liko, and Roy returned Brambleghast to its original Trainer.

Brambleghast's known moves are Power Whip and Rapid Spin.

Debut HZ035

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 八代拓 Taku Yashiro
English Crispin Freeman
European French Pierre Lognay
German Henry Engels
Indonesian Byas Maulana Diputra
Italian Ezio Vivolo
Portuguese Brazil Guga Almeida
Portugal Samuel Pascoal
Spanish Latin America Eduardo Martínez
Spain Omar Lozano



Concept art of Friede
drawn by Tomomi Kaneko from Pokémon Horizons: The Series[2][3]
Concept art of Friede from
Pokémon Horizons: The Series[4]
Concept art of Young Friede from
Pokémon Horizons: The Series[5]



In the manga

Pocket Monsters

Friede in the Pocket Monsters manga

Friede appeared in the Pocket Monsters manga, playing the same role as he does in the anime.


Captain Pikachu

Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Friede in Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Friede appears in the manga Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~


Captain Pikachu

In the games

Pokémon Mezastar

Friede, in a version based on the anime, appeared in Pokémon Mezastar. In this game, Friede is seen using Sprigatito, Metagross, Fuecoco, and Charizard, with Sprigatito, Metagross, and Fuecoco being Pokémon that he was not seen using in the anime, although it could be a reference to Liko's Sprigatito, Orla's Metagross, and Roy's Fuecoco. In the first Gorgeous Star series, as part of a tie-in with the anime, Rising Volt Tacklers Liko, Roy, Friede or Explorers Admin Amethio, could randomly challenge the player as a Trainer and Battle opponent.


Rising Volt Tacklers Friede
ライジングボルテッカーズ フリード
Difficulty: ★★★★☆
  Metal Claw


Tag No. Name Type Grade
4-1-024 Charizard   
P Charizard   


  • Friede was originally designed by Tomomi Kaneko before being adapted for the anime by the series' character designers.[2][3]
  • When Terastallizing his Charizard, Friede uses the phrase time to go above and beyond (Japanese: 可能性をこえろ surpass your potential).


Language Name Origin
Japanese フリード Friede From freedom and Friede (German for peace)
English, Spanish, Portuguese,
French, Italian, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish,
Swedish, Indonesian, Vietnamese
Friede Same as his Japanese name
German Friedel Similar to his Japanese name
Korean 프리드 Friede Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 弗里德 Fúlǐdé Transcription of his Japanese name


See also

Friede's Pokémon
On hand:
Traveling with:
On the Brave Olivine:
Taking care of:
Cared for:

Oak (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters) • ElmBirchRowanAurea JuniperCedric JuniperSycamore (animeMasters)
Kukui (animeMasters) • Burnet (anime) • SamsonMohnMagnoliaSonia (Masters) • LaventonSadaTuro

Pokémon Horizons characters
Protagonists Liko (FloragatoHatenna) • Roy (Fuecoco)
Rising Volt Tacklers Friede (Captain Pikachu) • MollieOrlaLudlowMurdockDot (QuaxlyTinkatink)
Explorers AmethioOniaZircHamberSpinelCoralSidianChalceGibeon
Relatives AlexLuccaDianaRoy's grandfatherBlanca
Supporting cast Nurse JoyRotom PhonesAnnLiko's homeroom teacherLucius (TerapagosRayquazaSix Heroes) • NemonaClavellGeetaDendraJacqPennyGym LeadersElite FourMany temporary characters
See also: Original anime characters

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