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マイ Mai
Diamond Pearl Marley.png
Art from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Female
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Anime debut Keeping In Top Forme!
English voice actor Dani Marcus
Japanese voice actor Miyuki Sawashiro

Marley (Japanese: マイ Mai) is a Pokémon Trainer from Sinnoh. She specializes in Pokémon with high Speed.


In the games

Marley is one of five Trainers who can join with the main character during an event in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. She first appears in a part of Victory Road only accessible after defeating the Elite Four. Despite her reserved nature, she appears to be fond of Shaymin, and wants to inspect the stone tablet at the end of Route 224 in hopes of meeting it.

Later, she can join the player in competition at Sinnoh's Battle Tower. In Pokémon Platinum, she is also a possible opponent in the Battleground.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Victory Road


Battle Tower

In the Battle Tower, Marley seems to prefer Pokémon with a high Speed stat.

Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver


Victory Road

"...I'm Marley. ...You are? Oh... <player>, will you help me, please? I want to get through this tunnel. Will you let me go with you?"
"...Pokémon shouldn't be hurt... I'll heal them..."
"...You're going back... Too bad... Bye-bye..."
"...You took so long... Please don't make me wait... I felt a little forlorn waiting..."
"...Oh! This is it. There's a stone tablet ahead... I wanted to see the Pokémon that visits, that's all... ...I appreciate your escorting me... ...Just a little..."
  • When walking
"... You're very chatty..."
"...The Pokémon among flowers..."

Route 224

"I... I don't like to talk... I choose my words carefully, but they may still hurt someone accidentally... When I think of that, I clam up... That's why I think this certain Pokémon is so wonderful. It's a Pokémon that conveys the feelings of gratitude in a nice way..."
"That stone tablet... It has a strange feel to it..."
"Thank you... That must have been the Pokémon that conveys the feelings of gratitude... You made it so I could see it... So, I'll have to convey thanks in my own words, too..."
"To you, too... Thank you..."'

The Battleground

"I... is it okay to battle?"
No: ...Oh? ... You can be that mean?"
"...So? ...Are we going to battle?"
Yes: "...OK. I'll do my best."
  • During battle
"...My time with you is drawing to a close."
  • When defeated
  • After being defeated
"...You're so strong. It makes me feel happy. ...I don't know why. This is a strange feeling..."

The Battleground (variant)

"...Oh? A battle? With me?"
No: "...Oh, you. I'm getting to dislike you a little."
"...If you won't battle, I might not come back..."
Yes: "...OK. I... won't lose...!"
  • During battle
"...My time with you is drawing to a close."
  • When defeated
  • After being defeated
"...I might like battling with you. ...Just a little. Only a tiny bit."


Spr Pt Marley.png DP Marley Back.png Spr Masters Marley.png
Sprite from
Back sprite from
Generation IV
Model from
Marley OD.png VSMarley Masters.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
VS model from

In the anime

Marley in the anime

Marley debuted in Keeping In Top Forme!. She was spotted unconscious floating down a river in a boat by Brock. He called out to her, trying to warn her of an oncoming waterfall, but she did not respond. He jumped in the river to stop the boat, and then used Happiny to pull them out of the water. Afterwards, Marley finally woke up and introduced herself.

Because Brock saved her, Marley asked him to escort her to a flower field. Ash and his friends eventually discovered that Marley was harboring an injured Shaymin. She explained that she was approached by Shaymin because it was being attacked by a trio of thugs who wanted to take it.

Marley eventually got to the flower field that had Gracidea flowers, and Shaymin was about to transform into its Sky Forme. There, it defeated Team Rocket and was reunited with its friends. Marley then bid Shaymin farewell. As Shaymin left, Marley informed Ash and his friends that it said goodbye to her telepathically.


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On hand

Marley's Arcanine
When Marley was first attacked by Team Rocket, she was able to use her Arcanine to send them blasting off, and later used Arcanine to escape when she was confronted by them again.

Arcanine's only known move is Flamethrower.

Debut Keeping In Top Forme!
Voice actors
English Tom Wayland


Shaymin Land Forme

Shaymin Sky Forme
Marley befriended and sheltered Shaymin when it was attacked by Team Rocket while traveling to a flower field to reunite with its friends. After meeting up with Ash and friends, Shaymin finally made it to the flower field and, after making it to some hard-to-reach Gracidea flowers, transformed into its Sky Forme and sent Team Rocket blasting off. However, the attack by Team Rocket had destroyed the Gracidea flowers and the ice that had been created to fend off Team Rocket forced Shaymin to transform back into its Land Forme. All looked lost until Shaymin's friends arrived and some Gracidea flowers bloomed, allowing Shaymin to transform again. After saying a fond farewell to Marley, Shaymin left with its friends.

Shaymin's known moves are Seed Flare, Aromatherapy, and Air Slash.

Debut Keeping In Top Forme!
Voice actors
English Amy Palant

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 沢城みゆき Miyuki Sawashiro
English Dani Marcus
Finnish Katja Sirkiä
German Jacqueline Belle
Polish Julia Kołakowska
Brazilian Portuguese Priscila Ferreira
Spanish Latin America Christine Byrd
Spain María Blanco

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Marley in Pokémon Adventures

Marley first makes an appearance in the Battleground battling with Buck. The battle, much to Marley's annoyance, goes without a conclusion as Buck notices Looker spying on them and chases after him while the officer escapes.

Later, after Buck and Looker are sent to the hospital after escaping from Team Galactic on Stark Mountain, Marley is seen worrying near Buck's hospital bed. While there, it is revealed that she has Oak's Letter in her possession.

Later, Marley arrives at Route 224 where she begs for the Pokémon Shaymin to help her. Shaymin reacts to her wish and appears before Marley. Marley is soon captured by the Advanced level Grunt of Team Galactic, but he frees her after Platinum, Cheryl, Mira, Riley, and Palmer arrive. They enter the Distortion World but are separated upon arriving due to the dimension's strange gravity.

There, Mira finds Charon, the man that defeated Buck, and tries to stop him from escaping but is stopped by Jupiter and the other Galactic Commanders. Marley faces Jupiter and her Tangrowth, while Cheryl and Mira fight Mars and Saturn, respectively. Jupiter proves to be a powerful enemy, but with Platinum's information from her first battle with Jupiter, Marley manages to figure out her opponent's strategy.

The battle is interrupted by Giratina as it flies past them so that it can fight with the other Legendary Pokémon in the area. As it flies past her, Shaymin accidentally gets stuck on Giratina's head and gets caught in the ensuing fight. Soon after, everyone begins to gather together and the conversation that follows reminds Marley about what she read in the letter she received from Professor Oak.

The gratitude Shaymin senses makes it decide to join in the fray and it does so by using Worry Seed to wake everyone up from Darkrai's Dark Void. This attack allows everyone to redirect Giratina's attacks to hit Charon, forcing him to retreat. Marley and the others are left behind as Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum chase after Charon to the real world.

After Charon is defeated, Marley asks Shaymin if it wants to stay with her, an offer Shaymin accepts.


Marley's Arcanine
Arcanine is Marley's first known Pokémon. Arcanine was first used to battle Buck's Claydol at the Battleground but never had a real conclusion. Later, it fought Jupiter's Tangrowth at the Distortion World.

Arcanine's only known move is Flare Blitz*.

Debut Leaping Past Lopunny
Marley's Shaymin

Marley's Shaymin
Marley met Shaymin on Route 224 after begging for its help. She quickly befriended it and took it with her into the Distortion World where it got caught in the battle between the other Legendary Sinnoh Pokémon. When Charon tried to escape, Shaymin used Marley's Gracidea Flower to turn into its Sky Forme and chase after him but was defeated. After the battle had ended, Marley asked if it would stay with her and it accepted.

Shaymin's known moves are Worry Seed and Seed Flare.

Debut The Final Dimensional Duel IV

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Marley or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
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 #
Marley's Request Su Stormfront Uncommon 87/100 Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Uncommon 087/092



Language Name Origin
Japanese マイ Mai From 米 mai (rice)
English Marley From barley
German Charlie From barley
Spanish Sémola From sémola (semolina)
French Viviane From avoine (oat)
Italian Risetta From riso (rice)
Korean 미정 Mijeong From 미 (米) mi (rice)
Chinese (Mandarin) 米依 Mǐyī* From 米 (rice)
小舞 Xiǎo Wǔ* From the Japanese name 舞 Mai
Chinese (Cantonese) 米依 Máihyī* From 米 máih (rice)
小舞 Síu Móuh* From the Japanese name 舞 Mai
Vietnamese Mai Transcription of her Japanese name

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