Artwork from Sword and Shield by take
|Hair color||Black and white|
|Relatives||Marnie (younger sister)|
|Trainer class||Gym Leader, Pokémon Trainer|
|Games||Sword and Shield, Masters EX|
|Leader of||Spikemuth Gym|
|Specializes in||Dark types|
|Member of||Team Yell|
|Game animation debut||Assistant|
|English voice actor||Edward Bosco (Pokémon: Twilight Wings) |
Aleks Le  (Masters EX)
|Japanese voice actor||Kishō Taniyama (Pokémon: Twilight Wings, Masters EX)|
|Anime debut||Battling Turned Up to Eleven!|
|English voice actor||Howard Wang|
|Japanese voice actor||Hiro Shimono|
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.
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.
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
Max Raid Battle partner
Piers uses this Pokémon in the Max Raid Battles in Turffield, Hulbury, and Motostoke Stadiums.
Galarian Star Tournament
Caught for someone else
|When Marnie was five, Piers caught this Morpeko as a present to his little sister, which eventually became her starter 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)
|Concept art from Sword and Shield|
|Icon from the|
Galarian Star Tournament menu
|Piers's League Card in
Sword and Shield
|Piers's rare League Card in|
Sword and Shield
- Main article: Piers/Quotes
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 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!|
|Official Artwork of Piers and Marnie from PASH! Magazine |
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
Piers debuted in PASS22. 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 PASS25, 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 PASS27, 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.
|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.
|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.
In the TCG
The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Piers or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
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.
|Galarian Obstagoon||Astral Radiance||TG10/TG30||VMAX Climax||207/184|
|Piers||Su||Darkness Ablaze||165/189||Infinity Zone||095/100|
|Darkness Ablaze||187/189||Infinity Zone||109/100|
|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.
- 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's Obstagoon has maximum EVs invested in both Defense and Special Defense.
|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 possibly 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 zǐ (catalpa)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||聶梓 Nihpjí|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Pietro||From junípero (juniper) and possibly preto (black)|
- ↑ Piers (Darkness Ablaze 165)
- ↑ Pokémon: Twilight Wings—The Gathering of Stars The Official Pokémon YouTube channel
- ↑ Aleks Le on Twitter
- ↑ Pokémon Masters EX Twitter (Japanese)
- ↑ Sword and Shield official website
- ↑ https://twitter.com/magazine_pash/status/1491345124592340994
- ↑ Tweet about designing all of the Gym Leaders for Pokémon Sword & Shield
|Gym Leaders of the Galar region|
|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.|