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Kieran
スグリ Suguri
Scarlet Violet Kieran.png
Artwork from Scarlet and Violet DLC
Age Unconfirmed[a][b]
Gender Male
Eye color Yellow
Hair color Black with mauve underlayer
Hometown Mossui Town
Region Kitakami
Relatives Carmine (older sister)
Yukito (grandfather)
Hideko (grandmother)
Unnamed great grandfather
Unnamed ancestor
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, BB League Champion
Generation IX
Games Scarlet and Violet
Member of BB League
Rank Champion

Kieran (Japanese: スグリ Suguri) is a rival character introduced in The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. He is originally from Kitakami and attends Blueberry Academy as a first-year student with his older sister, Carmine. He has a quiet, gentle nature, and often hides behind his big sister. He seems to be curious about the player, though, when they arrive from the Paldea region.[3] He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class BB League Champion (Japanese: ブルベリーグチャンピオン Blueberry League Champion).

He is nicknamed Kiki (Japanese: スグ Sugu) by his sister.

In the core series games

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Reason: Personality and design from his concept art.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The Teal Mask

Kieran is a student of Blueberry Academy native to Kitakami. He and Carmine are chosen to accompany the incoming students from Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV on a cultural tour of the area under the watch of Carmine's teacher Briar. Kieran is paired up with the player character, and accompanies them around Kitakami as they search for three signposts that tell the story of how the Loyal Three laid down their lives to protect the land from the evil Ogerpon. During this time, Kieran admits that he actually admires Ogerpon for her strength and independence.

At the end of the first day in Kitakami, the player, Carmine, and Kieran attend the Festival of Masks. The player and Carmine have a chance encounter with Ogerpon, who flees and drops her Teal Mask. Carmine decides to keep this incident from Kieran, fearing that the knowledge he missed a chance to meet his idol would break his heart. The next day, the player and Carmine learn from the siblings' grandfather that the "Loyal" Three were actually a group of bandits who attacked Ogerpon's Trainer and stole three masks made for her by the siblings' distant ancestor; Ogerpon slew the Lousy Three, but the villagers believed she was attacking them and came to fear her. Unbeknownst to them, Kieran overhears their conversation and concludes that they are excluding him out of contempt. While the player and Carmine search for materials to repair the Teal Mask, Kieran steals the mask, accuses them of treating him like an outcast, and demands the player defeat him in a battle to reclaim the mask.

After the player defeats Kieran, he surrenders the mask as agreed. However, the Lousy Three unexpectedly come back to life and are given food and Ogerpon's stolen masks by the ignorant villagers. While the player, Carmine, and Ogerpon pursue and defeat the Lousy Three, Kieran convinces the villagers that the old legend was mistaken and that Ogerpon was innocent all along. With Ogerpon's reputation rehabilitated, the group returns to Ogerpon's mountain home, where Ogerpon chooses the player to be her Trainer. However, a jealous Kieran demands a final battle with the player for the right to take Ogerpon, irrespective of Ogerpon's wishes. The player defeats Kieran, who watches them catch Ogerpon before fleeing home, locking himself in his room, and refusing to come out or see the player off.

After the end of the tour, Kieran and Carmine are to return early to Blueberry Academy due to an unexpected development in the Great Crater of Paldea. Kieran, now consumed by his resentment towards the player and obsession with strength, vows to become even stronger and ominously declares, "Just you wait" to the player.

The Indigo Disk

Upon returning to Blueberry Academy, Kieran, now sporting a new hairstyle and wardrobe, becomes fixated on Pokémon battling, going so far as to rise in the ranks of the school's unofficial League to become Champion. However, Carmine and the BB League's Elite Four, Drayton, Lacey, Crispin, and Amarys become concerned when he begins using his new authority to bully other students out of the club. Despite Lacey's insistence to keep this as a 'League matter' and have Drayton deal with Kieran himself, Carmine secretly lobbies to have the player brought over to the school under the auspices of wanting to show off her home turf to get them to snap some sense into her brother. Upon discovering the player's arrival at the school, Kieran, against Lacey and Amarys' objections, has the player entered into the BB League at a high stage so he can prove that he is superior to them. However, despite the amount of training he's done, the player's skill as an official League Champion proves too much for Kieran to overcome and he is defeated, causing most of the club to abandon him.

Now humiliated in front of the school, Kieran scrambles to come up with a way to get back at the player. When Briar informs them and Carmine that she's recently gotten permission from Paldea League chairwoman and Top Champion Geeta to search Area Zero for a mysterious Pokémon called Terapagos, Kieran sees this as the perfect opportunity and signs up, reasoning that catching and utilizing a Pokémon even the player doesn't know about will give him the edge needed to defeat them. However, upon reaching the furthest point in the Area Zero Underdepths, Terapagos shows more interest in the player than Kieran, forcing him to use a Master Ball he received during his time as BB League Champion to effectively steal it from them. However, when the player is still able to defeat him, Kieran, under a glory-blinded Briar's instructions, Terastallizes Terapagos and demands it battle the player again. This proves ruinous, however, as Terapagos turns on and attacks Kieran, destroying the Master Ball he caught it with and forcing the player to intervene. Terapagos soon proves to be too powerful for the player to battle on their own though, so Carmine and the player convince the guilt-ridden Kieran to help out, ending with it being caught by the player.

The shock of Terapagos attacking him forces Kieran to finally realize the error of his ways, so he resigns from the BB League's rankings and requests that he and the player start over as friends. The player presumably agrees, and they return to Blueberry Academy. Following these events, it is mentioned by an NPC in the Terarium's Central Plaza that Kieran has also begun taking time off from school altogether to try to rebuild his life.

Mochi Mayhem

After returning to Kitakami with Carmine, Kieran sends the player a letter, inviting them to visit and catch up. Kieran encourages the player to bring friends with them, so the player invites their schoolmates and friends Nemona, Arven and Penny to join them in Kitakami. Once there, Kieran befriends all three schoolmates and is challenged to a battle by Nemona, though he loses. While the group prepares for a welcoming party, Carmine arrives in a trancelike state, dancing and repeating the word "mochi". Kieran states that Carmine has been this way since he sent the player his letter, and fears she has fallen under a curse.

Later, Nemona vanishes from the Kitakami Community Center, so Kieran and the player set out to find her. However, they are confronted by villagers who, like Carmine, are also dancing and saying "mochi". They defeat them in a battle before following Nemona to Kitakami Hall. When they arrive, however, they encounter Kieran's grandmother, also possessed, giving his grandfather a suspicious-looking mochi, which possesses him as well. After defeating them in a battle, Kieran deduces that the mochi is responsible for the unusual behavior of his peers.

Kieran and the player return to Mossui Town to reunite with Arven and Penny, where they encounter a small purple Pokémon who blasts mochi in their direction. Though Kieran and the player avoid being struck by the mochi, Arven and Penny are possessed by the mochi when it lands in their mouths, leaving Kieran and the player to defeat them in battle. Afterwards, they see the mysterious Pokémon again, which they follow to Loyalty Plaza. There, they reunite with Nemona, also possessed, and the Pokémon. Suddenly, the possessed populace of Mossui Town, Arven, and Penny appear from behind. While the players battles Nemona, Kieran volunteers to hold off the possessed townsfolk. After Nemona is defeated, the player is left to battle the mysterious Pokémon, now identified as the Mythical Pokémon Pecharunt. The player catches Pecharunt, putting an end to the possessions it caused.

Several days later, Kieran and Carmine decide to return to Blueberry Academy to resume their school life, bidding farewell to the player and their friends as they return to Paldea. Kieran quickly takes responsibility for his own actions, apologizing to the BB Elite Four and requesting to be dropped from the League altogether to reassess himself.

Pokémon

First battle

Winning this fight is not mandatory. The player will not black out and the story will progress either way.

Before completing The Way Home



After completing The Way Home



Second battle

Before completing The Way Home



After completing The Way Home



Third battle

Before completing The Way Home



After completing The Way Home



Fourth battle

Before completing The Way Home



After completing The Way Home



Fifth battle

Before completing The Way Home



After completing The Way Home



Sixth battle

Kieran will Terastallize his Hydrapple at the first opportunity.

Kieran has special dialogue if the player uses Ogerpon in this battle.



Seventh battle

When Kieran is controlling Terapagos, it is kept in a Master Ball, possesses twice the usual amount of HP, and has a large HP bar at the top of the screen that identifies it as Terapagos, the Indigo Disk.



First Multi Battle partner

Kieran joins the player as a Multi Battle partner against Terapagos at Area Zero.



Second Multi Battle partner

Kieran joins the player as a Multi Battle partner in three battles during Mochi Mayhem.



League Club Room

Kieran will Terastallize his Hydrapple at the first opportunity.



Traded to the player

Upon the third unique interaction with Kieran in the League Club Room, he will trade an Applin to the player in exchange for almost any Pokémon excluding Shiny, Legendary, or Mythical Pokémon.

#0840  Applin     
  Level 15  
Type:
   
Tera Type:  
Ability: Bulletproof
Held item: None
ID: 184745
OT: Kieran
Met: a Link Trade
Nature: Modest
Ribbons
/ Marks:
  
Withdraw
 Water  
Astonish
 Ghost  
Recycle
 Normal  
Sucker Punch
 Dark  
Games Method Duration
SV In-game trade
This Pokémon has a fixed Scale value of 128.
This Pokémon may only be redeemed once per save file.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is redeemed.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

Quotes

Main article: Kieran/Quotes

In the anime

Pokémon: Paldean Winds

Kieran appeared briefly in Breathe Together, along with Carmine in Blueberry Academy as they watch Ohara, Aliquis and Hohma's video from Naranja Academy.

Gallery

Core series game artwork

This is a selection of artwork featuring Kieran from the core series Pokémon games.

     
 S  V 
The Teal Mask
 S  V 
The Indigo Disk
 S  V 
The Indigo Disk final art
   
 S  V 
Settei
(The Teal Mask)
 S  V 
Settei
(Festival of Masks)

Translations

By @PokeSuutamie:[4]

Top left - The shoulder bag is an enamel material.
Bottom left - He has a tendancy to hold his head in his hands.
Middle - Shirt (oversized).
Middle bottom - Summer uniform.
Bottom right - Loves sweet treats/candy. Has a lot in his bag.

Sprites and models

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Multi Battle VS pose when helping the player battle Terapagos; his eyes change back to normal here. Also need his Mochi Mayhem Map icon.
Generation IX
       
 S  V 
Map icon
 S  V 
Model
(The Teal Mask)
 S  V 
Model
(VS pose)
 S  V 
Model
(VS pose at the Dreaded Den)
       
 S  V 
Model
(The Indigo Disk/Mochi Mayhem)
 S  V 
Model
(VS pose in the
Championship match)
 S  V 
Model
(VS pose at the
Area Zero Underdepths)
 S  V 
Model
(VS pose after
The Indigo Disk)

Merchandise

Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Kieran has been featured in a variety of merchandise released exclusively for the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Carmine and Kieran

A Deck Box, sleeves, dividers, and a mat known as Carmine and Kieran, released through the Japanese Pokémon Center, and drawn by kirisAki.[5]

Japan: April 26th, 2024[6]

Example Text

Deck Box
(Front)

Deck Box
(Back)

Dividers

Sleeves

Example Text

Mat

Caption

Caption

Caption

Example Text

Caption

Caption

Caption

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Music

Games Location Song name (Japanese) Song name (English Translation) Composition Arrangement
 S  V  Talking to Kieran スグリと With Kieran Minako Adachi
Hitomi Sato
Hitomi Sato
Battling Kieran 戦闘!スグリ Battle! (Kieran) Minako Adachi Minako Adachi
When Kieran is frustrated
with being left out
歪み Distortion Minako Adachi
Hitomi Sato
Hitomi Sato
During the final battle
against Kieran in The Teal Mask, and when rematching Kieran at Blueberry Academy after beating Mochi Mayhem
決戦!スグリ Decisive Battle! (Kieran) Minako Adachi Minako Adachi
During the final scene of
The Teal Mask
強くならないと I Have to Become Stronger Minako Adachi
Hiromitsu Maeba
Hiromitsu Maeba
When Kieran is seen
kicking a member out of the
League Club
不穏な空気 Unsettling Atmosphere Hitomi Sato Hitomi Sato
Just before the battle against
Kieran at Blueberry Academy
勝負が始まる The Battle Begins Minako Adachi Minako Adachi
Battling against Kieran at Blueberry Academy 戦闘!チャンピオンスグリ Battle! (Champion Kieran) Minako Adachi Minako Adachi
After beating Kieran at Blueberry Academy
and while Drayton chastises
Kieran for losing
敗北のスグリ The Defeated Kieran Minako Adachi Minako Adachi
When Terapagos awakens from its gem 蘇ったテラパゴス Terapagos Comes Back to Life Toby Fox
Rei Murayama
Go Ichinose
Hiromitsu Maeba
When battling Kieran's
Terapagos in the Underdepths
戦闘!テラパゴス Battle! (Terapagos) Rei Murayama
Go Ichinose
Go Ichinose
When Briar prompts Kieran
to Terastalize Terapagos
秘宝の条件 Conditions of the Hidden Treasure Toby Fox Hiromitsu Maeba
When Kieran attempts to
recall Terapagos to its Poké Ball
テラパゴスの暴走 Terapagos's Rampage Toby Fox
Rei Murayama
Go Ichinose
Go Ichinose
When battling Stellar Form Terapagos
alongside Kieran
戦闘!ゼロの秘宝 テラパゴス Battle! (Terapagos - The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero) Rei Murayama
Toby Fox
Go Ichinose
Go Ichinose

In the TCG

 
Special illustration rare print of Kieran
Main article: Kieran (Twilight Masquerade 154)

Kieran was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era). It was first released in the Japanese Transformation Mask expansion and the English Twilight Masquerade expansion, with artwork by GIDORA. An ultra rare version with artwork by the same illustrator and a special illustration rare version of the card illustrated by Teeziro were released in the same sets. This card has two effects, of which one may be chosen by the player: switching their Active Pokémon with 1 of their Benched Pokémon, or adding an additional 30 damage to attacks used against the opponent's Active Pokémon ex and Pokémon V (before applying Weakness and Resistance).

Trivia

  • Carmine's nickname for Kieran, "Kiki", is also the nickname of a particular Delcatty in Pokémon Adventures.
  • When Kieran punches the Loyal Three's shrine after his third battle, a purple mist can be briefly seen in his fist, implying the trio's revival may have something to do with Kieran himself. Kieran also has the same purple in his hair during The Teal Mask as the color of the Toxic Chain, further implying some sort of connection.
  • Kieran is the first NPC shown capturing a Pokémon with a Master Ball.
    • Kieran's Master Ball is also the first official instance of a Master Ball breaking in the games, though this was not in the context of attempting to catch a wild Pokémon but instead attempting to call back the Pokémon already caught by it.
  • Kieran's Dragonite has the Normal Tera Type, which is never seen in normal gameplay.
  • According to Carmine in her League Club conversation with Crispin, Kieran and Crispin are classmates.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese スグリ Suguri From 酸塊 suguri (currant)
English Kieran From currant and ciar (Irish and Scottish Gaelic for dark)
German Jo From Johannisbeere (currant)
Spanish Cass From cassis (blackcurrant)
French Kassis From cassis (blackcurrant)
Italian Riben From Ribes (genus containing the currant)
Korean 카지 Kaji From 까치밥나무 kkachibamnamu (currant)
Chinese (Mandarin) 烏栗 / 乌栗 Wūlì From 烏 / 乌 (black) and 醋栗 cùlì / chouleuht (currant)
Chinese (Cantonese) 烏栗 Wūleuht
Indonesian Suguri From his Japanese name
Brazilian Portugese Kiran Similar to his English name
Thai ซุกุริ Sukuri Transcription of his Japanese name


Kiki
Language Title
  Japanese スグ Sugu
Chinese Cantonese 阿栗 A Leuht
Mandarin 阿栗 Ā Lì
  French Kass
  Italian Rirì
  Spanish Enano

Notes

  1. Carmine says that Kieran is going through "teen angst", implying that he is a teenager;[1] in other languages, Carmine simply attributes his behavior to puberty or adolescence. His actual age is not otherwise known.
  2. In the French version of the game, he is explicitly 14 years old.[2]

References

  1. Carmine: "What's [Kieran's] problem? He's been all bent out of shape since yesterday. [...] Must be teen angst or something. It happens!" (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet)
  2. Roseille: "Kass a quatorze ans, alors il aime bien les créatures qui font peur. C’est aussi pour ça qu’il préfère le Monstre aux Adoramis." (Pokémon Écarlate et Violet)
  3. https://scarletviolet.pokemon.com/en-us/news/new_characters/
  4. Translations of concept art by @PokeSuutamie.
  5. kirisAki confirming she drew the Carmine and Kieran TCG art
  6. The Pokémon Center website, listing the release date of the Carmine and Kieran TCG merch.



Rival and friend characters
Core series BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryLucas/DawnEthan/LyraCherenBianca
NHughCalem/SerenaShaunaTiernoTrevorLillieHauGladionTrace
HopMarnieBedeKlaraAveryNemonaArvenPennyCarmineKieran
Spin-off games RonaldPauloLearTina


Non-player characters in the core series games
Paldea Professor SadaProfessor TuroMomNemonaKoraidonMiraidonGeetaArvenPennyHeath
ClavellJacqDendraMiriamRaifortSaguaroSalvatoreTymeHarrington
CarmineKieranPerrinCyranoBriarTerapagosBilly and O'Nare
Team StarGym LeadersElite FourPokémon League representatives
Kitakami CarmineKieranBriarCaretakerYukito and HidekoOgerponPecharuntPerrinBilly and O'Nare
KoraidonMiraidonNemonaArvenPenny
Blueberry CyranoBriarCarmineKieranKoraidonMiraidonGeetaRikaClavellPerrinSnacksworthSynclaire
BB Elite FourSpecial CoachesGuidance counselors


Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBikerBlack BeltChampionClerk
CyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGym Leader*
HarlequinHikerHooligansHoopsterInfielderJanitorLadyLassLinebackerMaidMotorcyclistMusician
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPokémon Trainer*Policeman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
BeautyB2W2Boss TrainerB2W2GuitaristB2W2
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedian
Fine ActorMovie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Blueberry Academy only:SV
BB League ChampionBB League Elite FourBlueberry Academy Director
DirectorInstructorLeague ClubStudentTop Champion


BB League
 
Crispin
of the BB League Elite Four
 
Amarys
of the BB League Elite Four
 
Lacey
of the BB League Elite Four
 
Drayton
of the BB League Elite Four
 
BB League Champion
Kieran


Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyNemonaGeetaKieranDraytonMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonScottieBettieAshNemonaGeetaCalemSerenaMarnieBedeHopLeafNateRosaSilver
Other
spin-offs
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime LanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenAsh KetchumLeonIrisNemonaGeeta
Other animation Blue (Origins)Red (Origins)Calem (Generations)Edgar Troy (PttP)Ava (PttP)
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonMustardPeonyNemona
Other manga Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)


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