Pryce appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. A specialist of the Ice-type, Pryce is known as "The Teacher of Winter's Harshness". Pryce is the oldest Gym Leader players will face in the games: he has been training Pokémon for over fifty years, and the Pokémon he battles with have been with him since before Ethan, Kris, and Lyra were born. The secret behind his power is—like Chuck—his daily meditation under a waterfall. Pryce claims that this strengthens both his body and his mind.
Pryce's Mahogany Gym cannot be challenged the first time the player arrives in Mahogany Town. A man is blocking entry to the Gym: he will only leave once Team Rocket has been defeated at their headquarters and the Gyarados at the nearby Lake of Rage have been calmed. Once an icy maze inside the Gym has been traversed, Pryce will battle with the player. Upon defeat, he will yield both the Glacier Badge, and an Ice-type Technical Machine. This varies from generation to generation: TM16 (Icy Wind) will be given in Generation II, and TM07 (Hail) is given in Generation IV.
Like all Gym Leaders in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pryce will often travel outside of his Gym. Every morning between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, he will head north to the Lake of Rage's west shore. Here, he awaits the player and will give out his Pokégear phone number so the two can battle again in future. This battle will take place on Monday mornings, in Saffron City's Fighting Dojo.
"Pokémon have many experiences in their lives, just like we do. I, too, have seen and suffered much in my life. Since I am your elder, let me show you what I mean. I have been with Pokémon since before you were born. I do not lose easily. I, Pryce--the winter trainer-- shall demonstrate my power!"
"Ah, I am impressed by your prowess. With your strong will, I know you will overcome all life's obstacles. You are worthy of this Badge!"
After being defeated
"That Badge will raise the Special stats of Pokémon. It also lets your Pokémon use Whirlpool to get across real whirlpools."
"Pokémon have many experiences in their lives, just like we do. I, too, have seen and suffered much in my life. Since I am your elder, let me show you what I mean. I have been training Pokémon since before you were born. I do not lose easily. I, Pryce - the Winter Trainer - shall demonstrate my power!"
Sending out the last Pokémon
"Humph... You are quite the Trainer."
When last Pokémon is at critical health
"Willow is my middle name. Willow is flexible and not easily broken. I'm not giving up yet."
"Hmm. Seems as if my luck has run out."
"I am impressed by your prowess. With your strong will, I know you will overcome all life's obstacles. You are worthy of this Badge! That Badge will raise the Special stats of Pokémon. It also lets your Pokémon use Whirlpool to get across real whirlpools."
"And this... This is a gift from me! That TM contains Hail. It summons a hailstorm that lasts for five turns. The hailstorm damages all types except Ice."
"When the ice and snow melt, spring arrives. You and your Pokémon will be together for many years to come. Cherish your time together!"'
"The strong rain falling on the surface seems to be agitating the raging lake. This must have some purpose that we meet again. Why don't we exchange our phone numbers?"
Yes: "I make it a habit to train myself on Monday mornings to give this lazy body a spine. You could be a good training partner. I'll be waiting for your call!"
No: "That's OK, too. People ought to have their own ideas. That's the way it is."
"So? Will you exchange numbers with me?"
Pryce calling the player:
"Yes, this is Pryce. How are you doing? Just like one of my children... No. You’re more like one of my grandchildren... There’s such an age difference between myself and the Trainers who defeat me nowadays... But you know, the strange thing is that when I lose, I don’t feel disappointed. I just feel happy. Just happy that such talented Trainers have come to see me. ...I just wanted to talk to someone about that, so I called you. That’s all."
"Yes, this is Pryce. How are you doing? Do you know why they call me the winter Trainer? Do you recall that my middle name is “Willow”? The willow tree looks like it withers in winter’s cold. But really, it sprouts dozens of new buds. My fighting style is also strong just like that... It’s written in old books, you know. You should look it up sometime."
"Hello... Oh, hi, how are you? I'm doing fine, thanks. You know, there are Gym Leaders out there who are stronger than me. You should try battling them. I don't think you'll lose."
"Hello... Oh, hi, how are you? I'm doing fine, thanks. I usually get up pretty early... If we're going to battle, I'm at my best in the morning... How about you give me a call on Monday morning!"
On Monday mornings:
"Hello... Oh, hi, how are you? I'm doing fine, thanks. Oh, perfect timing... I was starting to get bored... Do you want to battle again?"
No: "I see. Well, that's how it's got to be... If you ever change your mind, give me a call. Remember, I'm free on Monday mornings."
Yes: "Honesty is good. So I'll meet you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City, then?"
"What? I can’t hear you very well. I think we’ve got a bad connection. Well, if you have something you want to talk to me about, go somewhere else and try calling again."
In the past, Pryce was a Trainer himself. His Piloswine was more like family to him and helped Pryce win many battles. During a national competition, however, Pryce and Piloswine were defeated by a Magmar and left with severe burns to their bodies. While the two were healing together, Piloswine walked off one night during a blizzard and left Pryce alone without explanation. Since then, Pryce had become hostile and cold towards challengers and his other Pokémon, subsequently earning himself the nickname "Icy Pryce".
Pryce's position as the Mahogany Town Gym Leader was revealed in the following episode, much to Ash's shock. Pryce was unimpressed to see Ash, especially with his Pikachu on his shoulder, so he sent out his Dewgong to prove that people and Pokémon can't be friends. Ash called on his Phanpy, but Dewgong froze it with Ice Beam. Pryce then refused Ash's Gym challenge because he deemed him to be a weak Trainer with no strategy before walking off.
Pryce later came across Ash again as he was in the middle of a confrontation with Team Rocket. He tried to guide Ash out of the squabble, but the pair ended up losing their footing and fell into a crevasse. Luckily, Ash's Totodile and Noctowl were able to soften their landing. Pryce was grateful and even healed Totodile with some wild herbs. The pair later discovered a cave thanks to Totodile's earlier Water Gun, and Pryce soon located a leg bracelet that belonged to his Piloswine. They soon reached an ice cavern and found Piloswine encased in ice. Pryce then realized that Piloswine had left years ago to retrieve some herbs that could heal burns and quickly forgave it. Cyndaquil's Flamethrower and Pikachu's Thunderbolt helped free Piloswine from the ice and awaken it. Pryce later teamed up with Piloswine to defeat Team Rocket as they were trying to steal it. Upon returning to the Mahogany Gym, Pryce agreed to have a Gym battle with Ash the following day.
In Nice Pryce, Baby!, Ash returned to the Mahogany Gym the following morning to earn himself the Glacier Badge. For the first round, Cyndaquil went up against Pryce's Dewgong. The battle quickly went underwater, and Cyndaquil emerged victorious after using a close-range Swift attack followed by a Flamethrower. Pryce then sent out Piloswine and it defeated Cyndaquil with a powerful Take Down. Pikachu was sent out next, and while his speed was useless on the icy field, Pikachu was able to slide around and land a few Electric attacks. Despite Piloswine's endurance, Pryce decided to forfeit the match because it was becoming too exhausted to continue. As a result, he awarded Ash the Glacier Badge.
Pryce commonly meditates at a mountain waterfall near Mahogany Town on a daily basis to keep his mind sharp and clear.
Pryce had become an incredibly stressed and cold person after his faithful Piloswine seemingly walked out on him after they lost a battle years ago. He went on to focus his energy and strategy on training a Pokémon's abilities, but had no emotional connection with them. He even refused Ash's initial Gym challenge after deeming him too emotionally involved with his Pokémon. However, after being reunited with his Piloswine and realizing why it left him in As Cold as Pryce, Pryce's sadness was replaced by joy and optimism.
His old friend Sheila had noticed a substantial difference in him by the events of Nice Pryce, Baby!, which were reminiscent of Pryce's younger days. In battle, Pryce proved to be fiercely competitive. He used the battlefield to his full advantage, freezing it over to make an icy wasteland that hindered an opponent's speed based strategies or breaking up the ice to make an underwater field ideal for his many dual Water and Ice Pokémon. Pryce's Dewgong and Piloswine were shown to be excellent at landing direct attacks with their sharp horns and also striking at a distance with their Ice moves.
This listing is for Pryce's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime:
Pryce has owned Piloswine ever since he was a young Trainer. After Pryce was hurt during a battle against a Magmar, Piloswine went looking for healing herbs, but was frozen on the way back. Years later, Ash and Pryce found it and freed it.
When the Legendary Pokémon Suicune begins challenging the Gym Leaders, Whitney, DJ Mary, the Pokémon Association Director, and Hirō go to the Mahogany Gym after deducing that it will be Suicune's next target. There, they encounter Pryce, who welcomes his visitors with warm hospitality. One of his ice sculptures begins moving, which turns out to be Suicune after having been frozen in ice. Pryce helps battle Suicune, but upon its defeat, the Pokémon is revealed to be nothing but an ice sculpture that had appeared to move with the use of Pryce's Pokémon. Pryce reveals that he set up the battle as training in case he was attacked by the real Suicune.
At the Indigo Plateau, Pryce arrives with his fellow Johto Gym Leaders to take place exhibition tournament for the Pokémon League against the Kanto Gym Leaders. Pryce was appointed the representative of the Johto Gym Leaders and is set to face off against Erika of Celadon City, the Kanto representative, in the eighth and final match. Due to Blaine feeling under the weather, his match is postponed, thus moving Pryce and Erika's match up. Pryce then faces Erika in battle, which ends with him as the victor. When the Masked Man attacks the Pokémon League, Pryce disappears as the other Gym Leaders face the army of mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts.
Pryce in his youth
In the climax of this chapter, it is revealed that Pryce is actually the true identity of the Masked Man. After having his disguise destroyed by Gold, Pryce uses the Silver and Rainbow Wings to create a Poké Ball that can capture the Pokémon that can travel through time, Celebi. With it, he escapes into the Crack in Time, only to be pursued by a relentless Gold. After exiting, Pryce is attacked by the other Pokédex holders, but he easily manages to fend them off. When Celebi emerges from its shrine at the Ilex Forest, Pryce captures it and forces it to send him back in time to a certain point in his life. Once they free themselves from his ice prisons, Gold, Silver, and Crystal follow Pryce back in time to stop his evil plan. There, it is revealed that in his youth, Pryce had lost his two Lapras in an avalanche, leaving their child an orphan. Pryce reveals that all along, his plan was to go back in time to reunite his Lapras, La Glace, with its long-lost parents.
Pryce fights against Gold one last time, where it ends with Gold's Pibu destroying Celebi's Poké Ball, freeing it from Pryce's control. Although defeated, La Glace flies to the past, where it is reunited with its parents. Celebi helps heal Pryce's heart by playing a song from his past, bringing the man to tears in the process. Having a change of heart, Pryce expresses his envy at Gold's youth as he willingly lets himself fall into the voids of time, where he was presumed missing.
Pryce returns along with Lance and Giovanni to stop the three Legendary Pokémon created by Arceus. There, Pryce reveals that while he was trapped in the voids of time, he witnessed the beginning of the world, the births of legendary and mirage Pokémon, and a future that was destroyed by thethreePokémon created by Arceus. Knowing what lies ahead, Pryce called out to someone for help, and was heard by Lance. Celebi, having sensed this beforehand, released Pryce out of the Ilex Forest Shrine, where they encountered Giovanni, who was waiting for Celebi's arrival to cure his disease. When Giovanni saw Pryce, he immediately attacked Pryce and would have killed him if it weren't for the intervention of Lance, who told them of the events going on at the Sinjoh Ruins. Although reluctant, the three Trainers formed an alliance to stop the destruction before it could begin.
While Giovanni faced Giratina and Lance faced Palkia, Pryce went up against Dialga with his Swinub. Although Dialga had the ability to manipulate the flow of time, Pryce's past experience with time gives him immunity to its attacks. After Arceus is calmed down by Gold, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina leave to parts unknown, which finally ends the battle. After Celebi helps heal Giovanni's disease, Giovanni entrusts Pryce and Lance to train his son so that in the future, they may battle. In the meantime, Pryce decides to return to his Gym and resume his position as a Gym Leader. Silver forgives Pryce for his past misdeeds and returns the Gym Badge he previously stole from him.
Pryce is a frail man confined to a wheelchair. He rarely leaves his Gym, and uses his Pokémon to create fantastic ice sculptures. With the use of his Pokémon, he also makes it appear like the sculptures can move and attack.
This listing is for Pryce's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Pryce's two Seel were some of the Pokémon he keeps in his Gym. Pryce uses them to sell his ice sculptures and do his shopping. In the battle against Suicune, the Seel were used to quickly freeze and defrost the ice sculpture's limbs, giving it the impression of being a living creature.
Delibird was one of the Pokémon that Pryce keeps inside of his Gym. It was used to manipulate the Suicune ice sculpture and make it appear to be a real Pokémon. It is unknown if this Delibird is the same one which he used as the Masked Man.
Swinub was used to assist Whitney in battling the Suicune ice sculpture and managed to win by freezing it. During Pryce's battle against Erika, it fought against her Bellossom and won. When Pryce was lost in time, it was lost with him and returned when Pryce was freed by Celebi. In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter chapter, Swinub was used to battle against Dialga. It has a Mild nature.
La Prus (Japanese: ラ ・ プルスLa Prus) and La Pris (Japanese: ラ ・ プリスLa Pris) are the father and mother of La Glace, respectively. They died after being caught in an avalanche during Pryce's youth. Pryce then decided to capture Celebi in order to travel in time and reunite with them. Although Pryce never reunited with them, they were able to reunite with their child after La Glace traveled to the past.
This Celebi was the same one that Pryce originally sought after to reunite La Glace with its lost parents. After the events of the third chapter, Pryce waded around in the Crack in Time; only surviving due to Celebi's influence. After sensing the destruction Arceus would bring upon the Johto and Sinnoh regions, Celebi freed Pryce from his prison to help combat the threat.
La Glace (Japanese: ヒョウガHyōga) is a Lapras that hatched from an Egg that its parents, La Prus and La Pris, created. Pryce first used La Glace to give the Suicune sculpture the appearance of attacking its opponents. After Celebi was freed from its Poké Ball, La Glace was reunited with its parents after traveling through time. It is unknown if La Glace returned alongside Pryce during the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter.
Pryce was first seen searching for his lost Pokémon. Red found his Swinub covered in ice, and helped Pryce to try to rescue it. They couldn't get Swinub out, but eventually the ice cracked and Swinub escaped. Pryce and Red then went to his Gym, where Pryce challenged Red to a battle. During the battle, Clefairy tries to dazzle Swinub in order to trick it. Clefairy's plan worked until it put on Piloswine costume, which angered Piloswine and caused it to attack Clefairy. Piloswine then was finally reunited with Pryce and Swinub.
Swinub was introduced while trapped in ice. Red and Pryce were eventually able to set it free. Swinub was then used in the Gym Battle against Red's Clefairy.
Pryce'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.
Pryce is the only Gym Leader whose highest-leveled Pokémon is at a lower level than the highest-leveled Pokémon of the Gym Leader before him.
As stated by in-battle dialogue in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and later during random calls on the Pokégear, Pryce's middle name is Willow, which also happens to be his Japanese name's translation.
In Generation II, a Boarder in Pryce's Gym states that the secret to Pryce's power is his daily meditation under a waterfall. In Generation IV, this is changed to his sitting on top of "very cold ice".