マイ Mai
Diamond Pearl Marley.png
Art from Diamond and Pearl by Ken Sugimori[1]
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Generation IV, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Masters EX
English voice actor Dorothy Fahn[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Sara Matsumoto[3] (Masters EX)
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.

She appears to be related to Mai, having similar hair styles and colors, eye shapes, and naming schemes. Mai has Marley's Japanese name in the English version, along with posing on concept art, as well as Mai's hairclip being where Marley has her bow. However, the exact relationship between the two is unknown.

In the core series games

Marley is one of five Trainers who can join with the main character during an event in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. She first appears in a part of Victory Road only accessible after obtaining the National Pokédex. She is not fond of talking, and although she says that she chooses her words carefully, she is still worried about hurting others with them accidentally. She is fond of Shaymin and wants to inspect the stone tablet at the end of Route 224 in hopes of meeting it. She likes it as it conveys gratitude without the use of words.

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.

If the player has Oak's Letter, Marley can be encountered on Route 224 as the Seabreak Path appears.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Victory Road


Battle Tower

In the Battle Tower, Marley uses mostly Pokémon with high Speed stat.

Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Victory Road

Battle Tower
Master Class Double Battles (Rank 6)

In each team, Marley uses the first and second Pokémon on the list, and Riley uses the third and fourth.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Marley (Masters)

Marley forms a sync pair with Arcanine in Pokémon Masters EX. Marley became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#038   Marley #0059   Arcanine
  ★★★☆☆☆EX Sync Pair Scout


Main article: Marley/Quotes

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, before using 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 bid Shaymin farewell. As Shaymin left, Marley informed Ash and his friends that it said goodbye to her telepathically.


On hand

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
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Daisuke Sakaguchi



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
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Amy Palant

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 沢城みゆき Miyuki Sawashiro
English Dani Marcus
Czech Jana Páleníčková
Finnish Katja Sirkiä
European French Cathy Boquet
German Jacqueline Belle
Italian Francesca Bielli
Polish Julia Kołakowska
Brazilian Portuguese Priscila Ferreira
Spanish Latin America Christine Byrd
Spain María Blanco

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

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.


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 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 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, and its Ability is Natural Cure in Land Forme and Serene Grace in Sky Forme.

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 green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Marley's Request Su Stormfront   87/100 Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky   087/092



Sticker Template background from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Sprites and models

Sprite from
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Back sprite from
Generation IV
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Battle Tower VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Back model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl



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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