ネズ Nezu
Sword Shield Piers.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield by take[1]
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Cyan
Hair color Black and white
Hometown Spikemuth
Region Galar
Relatives Marnie (younger sister)
Trainer class Gym Leader, Pokémon Trainer
Generation VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Piers (Masters)
Games Sword and Shield, Masters EX
English voice actor Aleks Le[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Kishō Taniyama[3] (Masters EX)
Member of Galar League
Rank Gym Leader
Leader of Spikemuth Gym
Badge Dark Badge
Specializes in Dark-types
Member of Team Yell
Rank Captain
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
Debut Battling Turned Up to Eleven! (Series)
Assistant (Twilight Wings)
English voice actor Howard Wang (Series)
Edward Bosco[4] (Twilight Wings)
Japanese voice actor Hiro Shimono (Series)
Kishō Taniyama (Twilight Wings)
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Debut Grrr!! Noble Kidnappers

Piers (Japanese: ネズ Nezu) is a singer-songwriter who is the boss of Team Yell and the Gym Leader of Spikemuth's Gym, known officially as the Spikemuth Gym. He specializes in Dark-type Pokémon. He gives the Dark Badge to Trainers who defeat him. During the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, he retires from his position as a Gym Leader and passes the title on to his little sister, Marnie.

In the core series games

Piers is the seventh Gym Leader Galarian Trainers face in their Gym Challenge. He is well known for writing songs and singing as he regularly does so in Spikemuth. More often he tends to reveal his strategy to his opponents, yet he has the strength and skills to win regardless. Spikemuth is the only Gym in Galar not built over a Power Spot; previously, Rose had asked Piers to relocate his Gym to a faraway Power Spot, but Piers refused and opted to be the only Gym Leader not to use Dynamax. As a result, the town is rarely visited by fans, so Piers blames himself for letting his home fall into obscurity and dilapidation. He has been desperately trying to support the town with his Dark-type Pokémon but often gets frustrated with the limits of his strength[5].

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Piers is the only Gym Leader absent from the Gym Challenge's opening ceremony in Motostoke. He makes his first appearance once the player clears the Spikemuth Gym Challenge, where it is revealed that the Team Yell Grunts are actually Spikemuth Gym Trainers in disguise, and that their leader is Piers. After the player defeats Piers, Marnie approaches him for her turn at the Gym Challenge. Their conversation reveals that Piers had previously planned to stand down as Gym Leader after the Champion Cup ended and pass down the role to his little sister. However, Marnie refused the offer, stating that she could not be a Gym Leader if she succeeds in becoming Champion.

After Piers's initial defeat, the player is awarded with the Dark Badge, TM85 (Snarl), and the Dark Uniform.

After the player defeats Marnie in the Champion Cup Semifinals in Wyndon, Piers rededicates Team Yell to cheering on the player instead. He and Team Yell assist the player and Hop in accessing Rose Tower by helping them find the Macro Cosmos's League staff hiding the monorail key needed to reach the tower.

Piers plays a vital role in helping to stop the Dynamax Pokémon created by Sordward and Shielbert. Having now stepped down as a Gym Leader following the Champion Cup's conclusion, he accompanies the player and Hop to all the stadiums in Galar to help their Gym Leaders defeat the Dynamax Pokémon. After the player captures ZacianSw/ZamazentaSh, Piers gives them his rare League Card and returns to Spikemuth, where he can be found giving a concert to the members of Team Yell. He can also appear as an opponent in the player's Champion tournaments and the Galarian Star Tournament, despite no longer being a Gym Leader.

League Cards

This is a transcript of the back of Piers's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Normal League Card
"Spikemuth lacks a Power Spot that would allow Pokémon to Dynamax, and thus not many fans come to visit the town. Piers feels responsible for allowing his town to fall into obscurity and dilapidation. Once in battle, Piers tends to get riled up and will often reveal his strategy early on, but he has the strength and skill to triumph regardless. However, his true passions are singing and song writing, and his talents in these fields are well-known. As such, he currently hopes that his younger sister will take over as Gym Leader."
Rare League Card
"Here are some words from Piers when he first became the Gym Leader of Spikemuth. "Uh... ... ... The name's Piers. It's too bad we can't Dynamax our Pokémon in Spikemuth, but you could say we have a more authentic style of Pokémon battles. And I plan on showin' that off. And well... I have a younger sister, and she's got way more talent than me. But until she's old enough to become Gym Leader, I'll keep rockin' with my crew and make sure Spikemuth stays lively!""


Piers keeps his Pokémon in Dusk Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Piers's Obstagoon has maximum EVs invested in both HP and Defense.

Gym battle

Max Raid Battle partner

Piers uses this Pokémon in the Max Raid Battles in Turffield, Hulbury, and Motostoke Stadiums.

Champion tournaments

Galarian Star Tournament

Caught for someone else
When Marnie was five years old, Piers caught this Morpeko as a present to his little sister, and it became her first Pokémon. According to her League Card, Marnie's Morpeko helped her become less of a crybaby and more cheerful and outgoing.
Debut Pokémon Sword and Shield

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Piers (Masters)

Piers forms a sync pair with Obstagoon and Low Key Form Toxtricity in Pokémon Masters EX. Piers became a playable sync pair on February 18, 2021.

Piers has also made notable appearances in the game's Main Stories, Legendary Adventures and the Villain Arc.

Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role EX role Base potential Availability
#117   Piers #0862   Obstagoon
  ★★★★★☆EX Sync Pair Scout
#117   Sygna Suit
#0849   Toxtricity  
Low Key Form
    ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout



Concept art from Sword and Shield


Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

Piers's League Card in
Sword and Shield
Piers's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield


Main article: Piers/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Piers in the anime

Piers debuted in Battling Turned Up to Eleven!, where he encountered Ash and Goh when they arrived in Spikemuth, having been tricked into going there by Team Yell in the hopes of making him miss his World Coronation Series battle with Marnie. Piers took Ash to Wyndon in time to attend the match and proceeded to accompany Goh in spectating the battle.

In A Flood of Torrential Gains!, Piers watched Ash's Masters Eight Tournament match against Leon.


Obstagoon is Piers's only known Pokémon. It is a member of the Maximizers and accompanies Piers with his songs.

None of Obstagoon's moves are known.

Debut Battling Turned Up to Eleven!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 下野紘 Hiro Shimono
English Howard Wang
Arabic حسن المصري Hassan El Masri
Hebrew אביב ביקל-שגיא Aviv Bikel-Sagi
Italian Ezio Vivolo
Polish Maciej Radel
Brazilian Portuguese Leonardo Assis
Spanish Latin America Dan Frausto
Spain Javier Sánchez Rodríguez


Official artwork of Piers and Marnie from PASH! Magazine [6]

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Assistant, Piers was walking on the streets of Wyndon.

In Sky, Piers refused to take part in an interview about Leon in Wyndon. Later, he, Marnie, and her Morpeko watched the battle between Leon and Raihan on her phone in Spikemuth.

In The Gathering of Stars, Piers was seen with the rock band Maximizers onstage. He was later seen at Wyndon Stadium, walking out onto the field for the Galarian Star Tournament's opening ceremony.


Piers briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Piers debuted in Grrr!! Noble Kidnappers. At Spikemuth, Raihan met with Piers to discuss Rose's decision to disqualify Bede from the Gym Challenge. A loud sound coming from Route 9 Tunnel interrupted their conversation, and when Piers and Raihan went to investigate, they encountered a crashed Flying Taxi and Leon, who rescued the driver and the passenger, Sonia. While Raihan and Leon took the victims to a hospital in Hammerlocke, Piers was entrusted with a camera Sonia meant for Casey Shield. Piers later found Casey and her friends being attacked by Sordward and Shielbert, who were after Sonia's camera.

Piers gave the camera up but secretly removed its memory card, tricking the brothers into leaving empty handed. When Sordward and Shielbert later returned for the card, Piers, Henry, and Casey successfully uncovered their faces. The brothers attacked Henry and Casey, but were stopped by Piers's Obstagoon. Before Piers could finish them off, Marnie arrived and told him to avoid going too far, allowing Sordward and Shielbert to flee. Later, after regrouping with Henry's group and Hop, Piers and Marnie revealed to everyone that they were siblings.

In Rumble!! The Horrific Darkest Day, Piers and the other Galar Gym Leaders were informed by Leon and Sonia that Rose, Sordward, and Shielbert were working together. Hoping to discover whether or not Rose intended on bringing harm to Galar, the Gym Leaders gathered at Rose Tower, only to be stopped by Oleana. While Oleana kept the Gym Leaders busy, Marnie, Henry, Casey, Bede, and Hop headed up an elevator to meet Rose, only to learn he wasn't in the building. Appearing on a video screen, Rose announced his intention to restart the Darkest Day and ensure the safety of Galar's future. Power Spot lights began appearing all over the region, causing Pokémon to start Dynamaxing at random. Piers and the others traveled to the Hammerlocke Energy Plant, where they ran into Leon's group and found Rose ecstatic that his plan was a success.

In Shock!! Chairman Rose's Plan, Rose explained he meant no harm to Galar and sent Sordward and Shielbert to defeat Eternatus and prevent the Darkest Day from spiraling out of control. Despite their claims of being descendants of the heroes that once stopped the Darkest Day, Sordward and Shielbert were unable to win, forcing Rose to take their place. Oleana explained that Rose's actions were for the benefit of Galar and requested that everyone help stop Eternatus. The group agreed and made their way to the summit, where they found Rose had already been defeated. Piers, Raihan, Leon, Hop, Marnie, Nessa, and Melony managed to take Eternatus down, only for it to get back up and unleash its Eternamax form.

In PASS29, Eternatus quickly overwhelmed Piers and the others, only for Zacian and Zamazenta to appear and assist in the battle against the Gigantic Pokémon. They attempted to wield the Rusted Sword and Shield, but the items and Henry were snatched out of the air by Eternatus. Zacian and Zamazenta struck Eternatus at the same time, creating a massive blast of light. By the time the light cleared, Henry, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus had vanished. Piers and everyone injured during the battle were taken to a hospital to recover from the effects of Eternatus's poison.

In PASS35, after taking special medicine, Piers and the others began to recover from the effects of the poison.


On hand
Obstagoon is Piers's first known Pokémon. It was first seen guiding Raihan to the secret entrance to Spikemuth. It later defeated Sordward's Doublade in Spikemuth, but was stopped from finishing the brothers off by Marnie.

None of Obstagoon's moves are known.

Debut Grrr!! Noble Kidnappers
Malamar is Piers's second known Pokémon. It was first seen protecting Piers from Oleana's Garbodor. It later fought against Eternatus on the Tower Summit.

None of Malamar's moves are known.

Debut Rumble!! The Horrific Darkest Day
Traveling with
Rotom Phone

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Piers or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Piers' Pokémon
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 #
Galarian Obstagoon   Astral Radiance   TG10/TG30 VMAX Climax   207/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Piers Su Darkness Ablaze   165/189 Infinity Zone   095/100
Darkness Ablaze   187/189 Infinity Zone   109/100
Champion's Path   058/073      
Champion's Path   078/073 Infinity Zone   115/100
      Shiny Star V   173/190
Shining Fates   069/072 Shiny Star V   194/190
Astral Radiance   TG28/TG30 VMAX Climax   264/184


  • Piers was designed by take.[7]
  • Piers's uniform number is "061", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 悪い warui, meaning "bad".
  • Piers and Marnie are the first Gym Leaders who specialize in Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Piers's battle music contains remixed parts from N's final battle theme from Pokémon Black and White and the Team Rocket Hideout theme.
  • Piers and Blue are the only Gym Leaders the player character battles for a Badge that do not have a Gym slogan.
  • Piers’ Obstagoon has the maximum amount of EVs invested in two of its stats, unlike most trainers in Sword and Shield. This is likely to make up for the lack of Dynamax in his Gym.
  • Piers is the only main series villainous team leader to date who never uses a Trainer class related to his team. His title as Team Yell's Captain is only revealed in the title of the music for his battle.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ネズ Nezu From 杜松 nezu (temple juniper) and possibly from 鼠色 nezumiiro (dark gray)
English Piers From the genus Juniperus and pierce
German Nezz Similar to his Japanese name
Spanish Nerio From enebro (juniper) and possibly negro (black)
French Peterson From peteron (common juniper)
Italian Ginepro From ginepro (juniper) and possibly nero (black)
Korean 두송 Dusong From 두송 (杜松) dusong (temple juniper)
Chinese (Mandarin) 聶梓 / 聂梓 Nièzǐ From the transcription of his Japanese name and possibly 梓 (catalpa)
Chinese (Cantonese) 聶梓 Nihpjí
Brazilian Portuguese Pietro From junípero (juniper) and possibly preto (black)

Related articles


Captain: Piers (Masters)
Lower members: Team Yell Grunts
Spikemuth Gym Trainers
Related: Marnie (Masters)
Locations: Spikemuth

Villainous team leaders
Core series GiovanniMaxieArchieCyrusNGhetsisColressLysandreGuzmaPiersCassiopeia
Masters EX GiovanniGuzmaCyrusNLysandrePiersGhetsisMaxieArchieColressPauloPenny
BiruritchiGonzapEviceGreevilGordorBaron PhobosBlake HallKincaidSocieteaMunnaDark RustGiovanni
Anime GiovanniMadame BossMaxieArchieCyrusGhetsisLysandreGuzmaPiersGibeon
Adventures GiovanniMasked ManMaxieArchieCyrusNGhetsisColressLysandreGuzmaPiers
Other manga FraudMeja

Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium  
Hulbury Stadium  
Motostoke Stadium  
Stow-on-Side Stadium  
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium  
Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium  
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym  
Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium  

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