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ワタル Wataru
Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Lance.png
Art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Gender Male
Eye color Brown, Yellow*
Hair color Carmine
Hometown Blackthorn City
Region Johto, Kanto*
Relatives Clair (cousin), Master (grandfather), Father*, Mother*
Trainer class Elite FourRBYFRLGPE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VII
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, Stadium, Stadium 2, Masters EX
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Champion of Indigo Plateau
Specializes in Dragon types
Game animation debut File 4: Charizard
English voice actor Robert Buchholz (Origins)
Ben Diskin (Generations)
Bill Millsap[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Tokuyoshi Kawashima (Origins)
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Generations)
Toshiyuki Morikawa[2] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
English voice actor Wayne Grayson
Japanese voice actor Susumu Chiba

Lance (Japanese: ワタル Wataru) is a Dragon-type Trainer, a member of the Indigo Elite Four in Generation I, Generation III, and Generation VII, and the Pokémon Champion of the Indigo Plateau in Generation II and Generation IV.

In the core series

In Generations I, III, and VII, Lance is the fourth and final member of the Kanto Elite Four. He must be defeated before facing BlueRBYFRLG/TracePE, the Pokémon League Champion. In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, it is revealed he has a Key Stone and Charizardite X, which he uses in rematches against the player after they become Champion. By the Generation II and IV games, he has proceeded to become Pokémon League Champion, due to Red taking a leave of absence from his position to continue his training at Mt. Silver, and leaving Lance to take Red's place as Champion.

He raises Dragon-type Pokémon, which are both hard to catch and raise, and prefers the superiority of Dragon-type Pokémon, believing them to be virtually indestructible.

Known as a cool and heroic Trainer, Lance has a large fan following and seems to like capes, as he is often seen buying identical capes at the Celadon Department Store.

Lance's grandfather is the elder of a famous clan of Dragon Masters. Clair is his cousin, and his hometown is Blackthorn City.

In Generation II and their remakes, the player first encounters Lance at the Lake of Rage where he watches the player battle the Red Gyarados. Lance also appears in Mahogany Town to help the player fight Team Rocket at the Team Rocket HQ. Lance rewards the player with the Whirlpool HM for helping him put an end to Team Rocket's sinister plans.

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Professor Kukui reveals that he challenged Lance at one point, with Pokémon Masters EX specifying that Lance was the Indigo League Champion at that time. The end result of their battle is unknown, however.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Lance in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pokémon League - Lance
  • What does this person do?
"I lead the Elite Four. You can call me Lance the dragon Trainer."
Pokémon League - Lance
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"You know that dragons are mythical Pokémon. They're hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior. They're virtually indestructible. There's no being clever with them."
Saffron City - Woman
  • What is this person like?
"He stands for justice! He's cool, and yet passionate!
He's the greatest, Lance!"
Celadon Dept. Store - Girl
  • "We have a customer, Lance, who occasionally comes. He always buys capes.
I wonder... Does he have many identical capes at home?"
Indigo Plateau - Pokémon Journal
  • Family and friends?
"Lance's grandfather is thought to be the elder of a famous clan of dragon masters."
Indigo Plateau - Kid
  • Family and friends?
"From what I've heard, Lance has a cousin who's a Gym Leader somewhere far away."
Message from Lance
  • From: Lance
  • To: [Player]
"I'm considering going back to my hometown. I want to retrain my Dragon-type Pokémon and strengthen them.
I'd like to invite you to my hometown someday."


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.

Pokémon Red and Blue

For each of his Pokémon, Lance has a Hyper Potion that he uses 50% of the time if the HP falls below 20%.

Pokémon Yellow

For each of his Pokémon, Lance has a Hyper Potion that he uses 50% of the time if the HP falls below 20%.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

First battle


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Multi Battle with the player

Lance battles alongside the player against Ariana and a Team Rocket Grunt in the Team Rocket HQ.

First battle


Multi Battle with Clair

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Lance uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Outside of the event-exclusive tournament, he will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Dragonite.

Champions Tournament

Challenge the Champion Lance!

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

First battle


In the side series

Pokémon Stadium

Lance appears in Pokémon Stadium's Gym Leader Castle as the final member of the Elite Four. This is the only game to date where he isn't seen using his Dragonite.


Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Lance returns in Pokémon Stadium 2, where he serves as the final Trainer in the Johto Gym Leader Castle and must be defeated in order to gain access to the Kanto Gym Leader Castle.

During the game's end credits, he is seen having a battle with Clair.


Round 1

Round 2

In the Japanese version, Feraligatr's held item is Quick Claw instead of Mystic Water.

In spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

Lance appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. He uses a Dragonite to battle.

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Lance (Masters)

Lance forms a sync pair with Dragonite in Pokémon Masters EX.


Official artwork from
Red and Blue
Official artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Official artwork from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Confronting Chase and Elaine


In the core series

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Sprite from
Red and Blue
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Generation II
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Back sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2

In other games

Portraits from
Stadium and Stadium 2


Main article: Lance/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Lance in the anime


Lance is a Master Trainer and the Champion of the Indigo Elite Four and Johto League. He is also a member of the Pokémon G-Men detective organization.

Original series

Lance debuted in a cameo in Marina's fantasy in The Legend of Thunder!. He later physically debuted in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, where he was sent to investigate Team Rocket's scheme at the Lake of Rage. He met Ash and his friends there, saving the trio from some Team Rocket Grunts. Ash wanted to help Lance in his mission, but Lance said it was too dangerous.

Lance disguised as a Team Rocket Grunt

Lance infiltrated Team Rocket's base and stole a Grunt uniform to remain undiscovered. He went on to learn that Team Rocket was trying to investigate the properties of a Red Gyarados so that they could force Pokémon to evolve. Ash and his friends were later captured by Professor Sebastian and Tyson after they tried to intervene in their plans. Lance remained undetected, joining Team Rocket's convoy and helping them transport the Red Gyarados away from the Lake of Rage.

In Rage of Innocence, Lance helped Ash's group escape and defeated the Team Rocket trio with his Dragonite. Lance was then able to destroy Team Rocket's machine and blow up their laboratory. Lance also battled Tyson and defeated his two Fearow. Meanwhile, Ash was able to calm the Red Gyarados at first, but it continued to go berserk. Finally, Lance used his Dragonite to paralyze Gyarados and he then caught it to keep it from destroying Mahogany Town. Before leaving, Lance promised Ash that he would take care of Gyarados.

He reappeared in a flashback in Beauty is Skin Deep. Clair informed Ash and his friends that Lance had previously trained for several months at the Blackthorn Gym in order to perfect his experience with Dragon Pokémon.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, Lance helped stop the battle between Kyogre and Groudon. Lance infiltrated Team Magma's submarine and confronted Shelly, who suspected that he wasn't really a Team Magma Grunt. Shortly after the confrontation, he freed Ash, who had been captured after Pikachu absorbed the Red Orb that controlled Groudon. Lance's Pokémon were later sent into battle to help try to calm the two feuding Legendary Pokémon.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Lance in the finals of the World Coronation Series against Leon

In Flash of the Titans!, Lance, now wearing his Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver attire, faced the Galar League Champion Leon during the finals of the World Coronation Series at Wyndon Stadium. Using his Dynamax Band, he was able to Dynamax his Red Gyarados and pit it against Leon's Charizard, which Leon Gigantamaxed in response. After a fierce battle, Gyarados was defeated, and Lance congratulated his opponent for becoming the Monarch. He also revealed that he had trained at Galar's Dragon-type Gym, and that he had been so impressed by the uniforms he saw there that he had chosen to base his current outfit on them. In this appearance, Lance was referred to as an Elite Four member instead of a Champion, implying he lost the title at some point after his previous appearance.

Lance reappeared in a flashback in the next episode.

In Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start! and A Battle of Mega Versus Max!, Lance appeared in a fantasy along with other Trainers participating in the World Coronation Series.

In JN099, Lance appeared in another fantasy along with other Masters Eight Trainers.

During the reveal of the full Masters Eight roster in JN109, Lance is revealed to be ranked fourth. In this episode, Lance is once again referred to as the Champion of Kanto and Johto.


Lance disguised as a Team Magma Grunt

Lance cares deeply for his Pokémon, and he regards them as friends. He takes his role as a part of the Pokémon G-Men seriously and maintains his conviction towards keeping the world at peace. Lance often disguises himself to infiltrate evil organizations in order to gain valuable information before leaping into action.

Lance is largely independent but still receives assistance from allies like Officer Jenny. He quickly befriended Ash and his friends in Rage of Innocence, after realizing that they were also concerned for Red Gyarados's safety. He then enlisted their assistance to deal with Team Rocket and the Lake of Rage crisis. Lance was surprised to re-encounter Ash and the others in the Hoenn region, and worked with them to disrupt Team Aqua and Team Magma's plans in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends.

Lance is a tremendously powerful Trainer. In Flash of the Titans!, he was revealed to have won the Pokémon World Tournament in Driftveil City, as well as having been strong enough to reach the finals of the World Coronation Series, in which eight of the strongest Trainers from their respective regions gather to compete for the title of Monarch. He was even able to hold his own against Leon, the undefeated Champion of Galar.


This is a list of Lance's known Pokémon in the anime:



Pokémon League

Lance has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

World Coronation Series

Lance has competed in the World Coronation Series. His rank and class are as follows:

Pokémon competitions


Artwork from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series[3]
Official Artwork from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 千葉進歩 Susumu Chiba
English Wayne Grayson
Mandarin Chinese 符爽 Fú Shuǎng (EP235-EP236)
賀宇傑 Hè Yǔjié (AG097-AG098)
Czech Pavel Vondrák
Danish Mathias Klenske (AG097-AG098)
Finnish Tommi Haapaniemi (AG097-AG098)
Hebrew עידו מוסרי Ido Moseri
Italian Nicola Bartolini Carrassi (AG097-AG098)
Polish Aleksander Gawek (EP235-EP236)
Maciej Zuchowicz (JN012)
Brazilian Portuguese Francisco Freitas (EP235-EP236)
Celso Alves (AG097-AG098)
Bruno Carnevale (JN012)
Spanish Latin America Enzo Fortuny (EP235-EP236)
Víctor Ugarte (AG097, JN012)
Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (AG098)
Spain Jorge Saudinós (EP235-EP236)
Miguel Ángel Garzón (AG097-AG098)
Juan Amador Pulido (JN012)

Pokémon Origins

Lance appeared briefly in File 4: Charizard. He was seen being challenged and defeated by Red, allowing Red move on to challenge Blue.


Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite is Lance's only known Pokémon. It was used to battle against Red's Lapras, eventually being defeated by a super effective Ice Beam, winning the battle for Red.

Debut File 4: Charizard

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 川島得愛 Tokuyoshi Kawashima
English Kirk Thornton
European Spanish Antonio Cremades

Pokémon Generations

Lance first appeared in The Challenger. He was first seen talking about Blue, the first Trainer in a long time to collect eight Gym Badges, with the rest of the Kanto Elite Four, and he instructed his colleagues to prepare themselves for the upcoming challenger. Later, he was the last of the Elite Four to be challenged by Blue. After a heated battle, Blue's Blastoise defeated Lance's Dragonite off-screen, making Blue the new Pokémon League Champion.

Lance reappeared in The Lake of Rage. He and Ethan were seen infiltrating the Team Rocket HQ in Mahogany Town, destroying the radio wave generator and ruining Team Rocket's plans to force Pokémon to evolve.


Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite is Lance's only known Pokémon. It was used to battle Blue's Blastoise, eventually being defeated off-screen. It was later used to battle the Red Gyarados and attack Team Rocket HQ.

Debut The Challenger

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 細谷佳正 Yoshimasa Hosoya
English Ben Diskin
Brazilian Portuguese Raphael Rossatto
European Spanish Paco Gázquez


Lance briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Lance on his Aerodactyl


Red, Green, and Blue chapter

Lance was briefly seen in Secrets from Sneasel with his fellow Elite Four, watching the finals of the Pokémon League.

Yellow chapter

Lance debuts in Vermilion City before the start of the Vermilion City Surfing Competition. He took control of the Dragonair that was to be offered as a prize to the winner, then attacked and destroyed Vermilion City, saying he was looking for something. When Yellow came after him, he tried to capture Pika to please Agatha and Lorelei, but once Pikachu learned Surf he too failed. Before the battle could continue, he mysteriously disappeared.

He next appeared on Cerise Island battling Blaine and Yellow. When Blaine released Mewtwo, Blaine and Yellow were able to gain the upper hand against Lance's Aerodactyl and his two Dragonair. However, due to Blaine's link with Mewtwo, they could only battle together for about three minutes, and with time running out, Blaine decided to target Lance's Poké Balls so he couldn't call out any other Pokémon and would have to battle with his weakened Pokémon that were already out. He succeeded in destroying the balls, only for Blaine to be knocked unconscious due to Mewtwo's time out being too long. Lance then chuckled to himself, revealing that he had called his Pokémon out of their balls before the battle began.

Lance during the ninth chapter

During Lance's battle with Yellow, as both of them were equally matched, Lance lured the battle out onto the top of Cerise Island, a volcano. Lance once again gained the upper hand by having his Gyarados and Dragonair make green, red, and blue bubbles so they could not be detected in sunlight. Just when it seemed when Yellow was about to lose, Giovanni arrived and helped subdue Lance, using his Rhyhorn to create a sandstorm to make the bubbles visible. But this capturing only proved to be part of his plan, as he needed Giovanni's Badge since it was the last Badge he needed for the Badge Energy Amplifier to summon Lugia, so he lured Giovanni to the middle of the island so the Earth Badge would be automatically ripped from him. The Amplifier would automatically activate, summoning Lugia. Lance wanted Lugia to help accomplish his goals. Still, Yellow's Pokémon could drive Lugia away once they evolved, and Yellow could channel their power into Pika's Megavolt. This interested Lance, as he wanted to find out who Lugia's real owner was. It wasn't often that he lost control of dragon-like Pokémon.

Prior to Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Lance disappeared for a while, investigating Lugia and working behind the scenes. As seen in a flashback in Returning Pupitar, he gave Silver advice on how to defeat Team Rocket in Johto, as well as a Pupitar.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Silver eventually returned Lance's Pupitar, now evolved as a Tyranitar, after awakening from his comatose state following the incident at the Lake of Rage. Working through Silver, Lance tried to help defeat the Masked Man. After this was fulfilled, Lance is briefly seen flying on his Aerodactyl watching the horizon during part of Professor Oak's speech on the radio. In The Last Battle II, it was revealed that he and Clair shared the same grandparents, but Lance's father had moved to Viridian City and married a woman there.

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter

In Secrets from Sneasel, it was revealed that Lance looked into the mind of Silver's Sneasel for clues regarding Silver's roots, but to no avail.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

Lance calls Professor Oak to tell him about the newly revived Team Rocket's plan to obtain the Mythical Pokémon, Arceus. He requests that a Pokédex holder be sent to meet him at the Pokéathlon Dome, so Professor Oak sends Gold, as he was out of available people. Although he arrives there, Lance never shows up, but his Dragonite attacks the area in an injured frenzy. Gold manages to defeat Dragonite and sets off to discover what happened to its Trainer.

Gold encounters an injured Lance thereafter chasing Arceus to the Ruins of Alph. Lance reveals that he was ambushed by someone earlier and couldn't meet with him. When Gold tries to calm the rampaging Alpha Pokémon, Lance tells him that Arceus is angry at humanity and will only be stopped by someone who can open their heart to it. Because of this, Lance states that Gold will not connect with Arceus until he can connect with his own Pokémon. Annoyed, Gold sets off to face Arceus anyway and has Bugsy take care of Lance in the meantime. Before Togebo leaves, Lance hands it a Shiny Stone, just in case. He also reveals that Gold hadn't connected with his Togebo.

As Gold continues to battle Arceus, Lance sets off to find someone who can help with the battle. Later, he returns with Giovanni and Pryce to combat the Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina which Arceus had created on the Mystri Stage. There, Lance faces Palkia while Giovanni battles Giratina, and Pryce battles Dialga. With his Dragonite's ability to redirect its Hyper Beam, Palkia's ability to manipulate space with Spacial Rend is rendered useless as all redirected attacks are sent back to its original target.

It is later revealed that when Lance went to find help, he arrived at the Ilex Forest, where he heard the voice of Pryce, who was trapped in the crack in time. Upon arriving, he found Giovanni attacking Pryce in a fit of rage. He asks the two men to put aside their differences and help him stop the destruction of Johto. After the battle had ended, Gold asks how a coward like Petrel defeated Lance, who reveals that Petrel defeated him by disguising himself as Yellow, the person with the same powers and birthplace as him. At the end of the chapter, Giovanni entrusts the training of Silver to Lance and Pryce, his two former teachers, so that he can one day face his son.


Lance is primarily a villain. As the leader of the Elite Four, he wishes to exterminate the human race, save for a few people he deems to be kind enough to Pokémon. Apparently, also from Viridian Forest, Lance was blessed with the powers of the Viridian Forest, just like Yellow was. Lance has the power to communicate with Pokémon and heal their wounds telepathically. Lance also has the ability to control or brainwash any Dragon-type Pokémon, as well as most Pokémon similar to Dragons (such as Aerodactyl or Tyranitar).


This listing is for Lance's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga:

On hand
Dratini → Dragonair → Dragonite
Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite was raised as a Dragonair that evolved from a Dratini, which he owned since childhood. It is considered to be Lance's strongest Pokémon and boasts a hide so thick that it can withstand continued exposure to the heat of lava (and regular attacks are all ineffective).

Debut Extricated from Exeggutor

Magikarp → Gyarados
Main article: Lance's Gyarados

Gyarados was used to shield Lance from the lava on Cerise Island using its bubbles. It evolved from a Magikarp.

Gyarados's known moves are Bubble Beam and Hyper Beam.

Debut Extricated from Exeggutor
Dragonair (×2)
These Dragonair are Lance's mainly-used ones in his Dragonair army. One of them first appeared in a Surfing Contest as a prize. Lance brainwashes the Dragonair during the contest, and it starts launching Whirlpools at the surfers, bringing them down to the sea. Yellow finds out that Lance was responsible for this and battles his Dragonair and loses. Lance used these Dragonair to shield himself from the lava on Cerise Island by using bubbles. Yellow is once again in his clutches as they, along with Gyarados, were responsible for the shaking of the mountain. The two Dragonair have four unique abilities: the first is to cross the seas and skies, the second is changing the direction of energy blasts, the third is controlling the weather (which is used in Lance's first fight against Yellow), and the fourth is combining their attacks. Lance usually uses only the first two when fighting opponents, the third against stronger ones, and all four only a few times.

Dragonair's known moves are Hyper Beam, Wrap, Dragon Rage, Agility, Bubble Beam, Slam, and Surf* and their Ability is Shed Skin.

Debut Breath of the Dragonair Part 1
Lance's Aerodactyl is mostly used for air transportation. It was used in the final battle against Yellow's Pokémon, mostly for carrying Lance while he issued commands to the rest of his Pokémon.

Aerodactyl's known moves are Hyper Beam, Supersonic, and Wing Attack.

Debut Can't Catch Caterpie!

Pupitar → Tyranitar
Lance gave his Tyranitar to Silver when he was a Pupitar. Tyranitar made his first official appearance when he was battling Gold and easily defeating Gold's entire team until he got subdued by Togebo's Double-Edge. After battling Lugia at the Whirl Islands, Tyranitar was returned to Lance as Silver was not able to fully control him.

Tyranitar's only known move is Sandstorm, his Ability is Sand Stream as a Tyranitar and Shed Skin as a Pupitar. He has a Quirky nature.

Debut Tyranitar War
Dragonair (multiple)
These Dragonair are Lance's Dragon army that are used to attack the mainlands of Kanto. They are first seen attacking Cinnabar Gym while Miles and Evan are inside.

None of Dragonair's moves are known.

Debut Playing Horsea
This Dragonite was in charge of commanding Lance's Dragon army that is used to attack the mainlands of Kanto. They are first seen attacking Cinnabar Gym while Miles and Evan are inside.

None of Dragonite's moves are known.

Debut Playing Horsea
Aerodactyl (multiple)
These Aerodactyl are Lance's Dragon army that are used to attack the mainlands of Kanto. They are first seen attacking Cinnabar Gym while Miles and Evan are inside.

None of Aerodactyl's moves are known.

Debut Playing Horsea
Main article: Tower duo (Adventures)

Lance summoned Lugia to complete his plans of creating a utopia for Pokémon where humans that abuse Pokémon or destroy their habitats would be no more. However, this plan did not work as Lance was eventually beaten, and the Badge Amplifier energy Lugia had absorbed transferred to the soils of mainland Kanto, where it would spread life instead of bringing about death. As a result, it fled from Lance.

It was seen again in the Whirl Islands where it was on a rampage after being controlled by the Masked Man, who caught it just as Gold, Silver, and Crystal were about to. Using its Aeroblast with Ho-Oh's Sacred Fire to demolish the league, the two remained nearly unstoppable until Suicune, Entei, and Raikou appeared alongside their new Trainers to fight the villain and free them. Eventually, after much turmoil, Lugia once again fled along with Ho-Oh.

Debut The Beedrill All and End All
Status unknown
Horsea was seen in a flashback of Lance's and Clair's childhood.

None of Horsea's moves are known.

Debut The Last Battle II

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Lance in Jō's Big Adventure

Lance meets when he witnesses the Red Gyarados go on a rampage in the Lake of Rage. He assists Jō in fighting the Red Gyarados. After finding out that Ariana and Petrel were responsible for the incident in the Lake of Rage, Lance has a Tag Battle with them with Jō as his partner. Lance and Jō manage to defeat them with Dragonite's Twister. Lance is revealed to become the Champion of the Pokémon League and battles Jō, and Jō single-handedly defeats him with Totodile.


Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite first appeared while Jō was at the Lake of Rage. Later, it was the second Pokémon used in the Pokémon League.

Debut Jō VS Team Rocket
Lance's Charizard appeared in the Pokémon League. It battled against Jō's Totodile and lost to its Aqua Tail.

Charizard's known moves are Air Slash, Shadow Claw, and Dragon Claw.

Debut Betting on the Name of the Strongest!

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Lance in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Lance appears in Space Havoc!! as a regular Elite Four member. Red meets him while on his trip in outer space. Lance gives Red three tests for him to handle. While Red did well on the first two, Lance managed to get on the space shuttle while Red and the gang were on. After the shuttle got destroyed, Lance flew away on his Dragonite while Clefairy had to deal with an upset Professor Oak.

Lance reappeared in The Final Battle!! where he destroyed a village. The villagers ask Red and his Pokémon to defeat Lance. During the match, Clefairy was still no match for his Dragonite, even the weapons he threw. However, when Lance was about to get beaten, Dragonite reveals how he met Lance, but the story is later found out to be a lie, and Lance runs off with his Dragonite, with Red and his Pokémon chasing him from behind.


Main article: Lance's Gyarados

Gyarados was the first test that Red and the gang had to handle. It popped out of a pool of water when Lance commanded it to do so.

Debut Space Havoc!!
Aerodactyl was the second test that Red and the gang had to handle. It appeared when Red went inside a museum, slapping Clefairy using its wing, which sent him bouncing around. Aerodactyl was very fast as it evaded an attack coming from Clefairy; however, Clefairy decided to trick Aerodactyl by luring it into a buffet. After Aerodactyl got full, it could not fly, and one punch coming from Clefairy sent it packing afterward.

None of Aerodactyl's moves are known.

Debut Space Havoc!!
Main article: Lance's Dragonite

Dragonite is Lance's toughest Pokémon.

Debut Space Havoc!!

Pokémon Zensho

Lance in Pokémon Zensho

Lance appeared in PZ10 as the final Elite Four member whom Satoshi battled. Lance used his Dragonite, which was eventually defeated by Satoshi's Charizard, allowing Satoshi to face his rival, Shigeru, in one final battle.



Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Lance in the Pocket Monsters manga

Lance appeared in Flash of the Titans!, where he faced Leon in the World Coronation Series finals.


Gyarados ↔ Dynamax Gyarados

In the TCG

This listing mentions or features Lance or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Lance's Pokémon
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.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Lance's Charizard         Pokémon VS   097/141
Lance's Gyarados         Pokémon VS   098/141
Lance's Aerodactyl         Pokémon VS   099/141
Lance's Dragonite         Pokémon VS   100/141
Lance's Ampharos         Pokémon VS   101/141
Lance's Kingdra         Pokémon VS   102/141
Lance's Charizard    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH133      
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Lance's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS   128/141
Lance's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS   129/141
Lance   Su Dragon Majesty   61/70 Dragon Storm   050/053


Lance's Dragonite using Barrier in Red, Green, and Blue
Lance's Aerodactyl using Rock Slide in Gold, Silver, and Crystal


Language Name Origin
Japanese ワタル Wataru From 綿 wata (cotton) and possibly from 海神 "watatsumi"
English, Spanish, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese
Lance From lance, a weapon used by knights who fought dragons in legends and fairy tales
German Siegfried From Siegfried, a legendary hero who slayed a dragon named Fafnir
French Peter Possibly from petard, a medieval weapon
Korean 목호 Mokho From 목화 (木花) mokhwa (cotton)
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿渡 Ā Dù* From the Japanese name 渡 Wataru
小渡 Xiǎo Dù*
* From the Japanese name 彌 Wataru
華達爾 Huádá'ěr* Transliteration of his Japanese name. Contains 華 huá, magnificent
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿渡 A Douh* From the Japanese name 渡 Wataru
Russian Ленс Lens Transcription of his English name
Thai วาตารุ Wataru Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Wataru Transcription of his Japanese name

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Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeon
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenLeonIris
Origins BlueRed
Generations BlueCynthiaDianthaCalem
Evolutions LeonDianthaAlder
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeon
Other manga Drake (EToP)Ash (EToP)Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)

Trainers in the World Coronation Series
  Master LeonCynthiaStevenLanceDianthaAlainIrisAsh
  Ultra RaihanFlintDrasnaVolknerMarnieBea
  Great KricketinaRintoDozerTony
  Normal KorrinaHaydenVisquezLobOliver

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisHaxorusCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaDanikaQuillonGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyGranbullPichu BrothersDelibirdLarvitarLake guardiansMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLight trioStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminRotom PhonesPelipperDrone RotomRecurring wild Pokémon

  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.