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If you were looking for the Club Member of the Lightning Club in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, see Club Member Brandon.
If you were looking for the male player character of the Hoenn games, see Brendan (game).
Brandon
ジンダイ Jindai
Emerald Pyramid King Brandon.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn*/Kanto*
Trainer class Pyramid King
(Frontier Brain)
Generation III
Games Pokémon Emerald
Brain of Battle Pyramid
Symbol Brave Symbol
Anime debut Battling the Enemy Within
English voice actor Craig Blair
Japanese voice actor Masayuki Omoro

Brandon (Japanese: ジンダイ Jindai) is the Frontier Brain and chief of the Battle Frontier's Battle Pyramid. He is the only character in the games to have the Trainer class Pyramid King (Japanese: ピラミッドキング Pyramid King).

Contents

In the games

Any Trainer arriving at the top of the Battle Pyramid just after Brandon must battle against him for the status of the Pyramid's conqueror.

Brandon appreciates the grand life of the explorer. He recalls the passion, danger, and desperation of his death-defying and life-affirming adventures. When defeated in battle, he'll praise the grandeur of the match and hand over the Brave Symbol.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Brandon is revealed to have worked with TV Mauville to produce various television programs detailing the search for the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion in the Kalos, Sinnoh, and Johto regions.

Pokémon

Silver Symbol challenge



Gold Symbol challenge



Quotes

Pokémon Emerald

Initial battle
  • Before battle
"Young adventurer... Wouldn't you agree that explorations are the grandest of adventures? Your own wits! Your own strength! Your own Pokémon! And, above all, only your courage to lead you through unknown worlds..."
"Aah, yes, indeed this life is grand! Grand, it is! Eh? I'm Brandon. I'm the Pyramid King, which means I'm in charge here. Most people call me the chief! You coming here means you have that much confidence in yourself, am I right? Hahahah! This should be exciting! Now, then! Bring your courage to our battle!"
  • Being defeated
"That's it! You’ve done great! You've worked hard for this!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Hey! What's wrong with you! Let's see some effort! Get up!"
  • After being defeated
"Hahahah! Grand it was! Grand, yes, indeed! Well done! You've earned recognition! Your Frontier Pass, please!"
"Young explorer! I look forward to our next meeting! "
Rematch
  • Before battle
"...You've finally returned, young explorer... Your love for adventure seems to come deep from within your heart... Yes... You are exactly as I was in my own youth... ... ... ...Ah... The passionate! The dangerous! The desperate! Those days of death-defying, life-affirming adventures are back..."
"Now, then! I sense my courage is off the meter! Everything you have! I'm braced for it all!"
  • Being defeated
"That's it! You've done it! You kept working for this!"
  • If the player is defeated
"Hey! Don't give up now! Get up! Don't lose faith in yourself!"
  • After being defeated
"Hahahah! Remarkable! Yes, it's grand, indeed! Young explorer! You've bested me through and through! Here! I want you to have this!"
"Ah, yes! It just goes to show that I have much to learn still! May our paths cross again! Farewell for now, young explorer!"

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

TV Mauville
  • Volcanion special: Part One
"Oh! Get back! If it blows, it could send even huge mountains flying! It can change moisture into super-heated steam in an instant with its internal organs causing a massive explosion!"
"Stay alert at all times! Don't forget your courage sensor!"
  • Volcanion special: Part Two
"Get back! Look at those arm-like things growing out of its back! It uses those to suck in moisture and turn it into a thick fog! If we stay here, we'll be trapped in the fog!"
"Stay alert at all times! Don't forget your courage sensor!"
  • Volcanion special: Part Three
"Oh! Get back! An explosion from Volcanion can even change mountain ranges into plains! It's thought that ancient land masses were formed in that way."
"Stay alert at all times! Don't forget your courage sensor!"

Sprites

Spr E Brandon.png Brandon OD.png
Sprite from
Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Emerald

In the anime

Main article: Brandon (anime)

Brandon is the strongest of all the Frontier Brains, and a major recurring character during the final phase of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire. In Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, he returned to thwart J's plan to capture a Regigigas.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Brandon in Pokémon Adventures

History

Emerald chapter

Brandon is one of the seven Trainers hired by Scott to be a Frontier Brain at the Battle Frontier. Brandon is first seen capturing the Legendary Pokémon Regirock, Registeel, and Regice to be used at the Battle Pyramid. Later, he is seen watching the Battle Frontier's opening ceremony. The ceremony is interrupted by Emerald, who announces that he wishes to conquer the Battle Frontier. The press mistakenly report the incident as allowing an ordinary Trainer to take part in the Battle Frontier before it officially opens a week later. The Frontier Brains decide to use this assumption as free publicity and allow Emerald to challenge the Battle Frontier under the condition that he completes it before it officially opens.

Brandon is the third Frontier Brain Emerald challenges in his quest. After traversing multiple sets of floors, Emerald eventually manages to reach Brandon. Despite having three Legendary Pokémon, Brandon is defeated by Emerald's Sceptile. Upon his defeat, Brandon awards Emerald the Brave Symbol. After Emerald thanks Brandon for the Symbol and heads down the stairs of the Battle Pyramid, he is interrupted by the other Frontier Brains. They reveal that someone attacked Noland earlier and stolen multiple rental Pokémon and they believe the culprit is Emerald.

Emerald reveals that he did not attack Noland and is actually after the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi. The Frontier Brains find Emerald's explanation suspicious, but decide to follow him into Artisan Cave, where Jirachi is currently located at. Upon arriving, everyone is attacked by a horde of wild Smeargle while Emerald continues inside to find Jirachi. After the Frontier Brains get past the Smeargle, they meet up with Emerald, who has managed to find Jirachi. Emerald attempts to capture Jirachi, but is attacked by Guile Hideout, the actual culprit who attacked Noland. When Jirachi runs off, Emerald attempts to pursue it, only to be attacked by the rental Pokémon Guile had stolen. Brandon, Lucy, Spenser, and Tucker all try to attack Guile to avenge Noland, but are easily defeated. Eventually, Jirachi escapes, forcing Guile to leave to continue his pursuit of it. Injured from the battle, everyone decides to return to the Battle Frontier. When they meet up with Scott again, he reveals that he was aware of Guile and Emerald's true mission the entire time. Scott states that he withheld the information from the Frontier Brains to help them get stronger as they still would have lost even if they had known of Guile beforehand.

After Emerald defeats Greta, Noland appears to everyone, revealing that he snuck out of the hospital because he couldn't stand lying in bed doing nothing. He asks Scott for the Jirachi Report so that he could translate it to find out where Jirachi will appear next. That night, Brandon comes in to assist Noland in deciphering the rest of the Jirachi Report. Together, they realize that Jirachi has a third eye, which must be looked at in order for Jirachi to grant someone's wish.

The next day, Brandon assists the other Frontier Brains in ushering people to the Battle Dome. During the tournament, Guile appears and manages to capture Jirachi. Guile uses the rental Pokémon to the attack innocent bystanders and heads to the Battle Tower to make his wish. Once he arrives at the Battle Tower, Guile uses Jirachi to wish for a gigantic Kyogre made of seawater to flood the entire Battle Frontier. Brandon and the other Frontier Brains work together to get civilians to safety and fight off Guile's rental Pokémon while Emerald and the other Pokédex holders fight Guile. Eventually Emerald and the Pokédex holders manage to defeat Guile and destroy the gigantic Kyogre monster. The day after, an injured Brandon and the other Frontier Brains congratulate Emerald for the hard work he put into saving everyone.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

It is revealed that Brandon lent his Pokémon to Palmer, allowing the latter to awaken Regigigas in hopes to use it to protect Sinnoh in times of a crisis. Palmer later released Regigigas back into the wild due to it being hard to control and its power not being needed yet.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

Brandon and the other Hoenn Frontier Brains battle and defeat the Admins of Neo Team Magma and Neo Team Aqua, who had interfered in the launch of a rocket that was made to stop the meteoroid threatening to destroy the world. Later, Brandon and the other Hoenn Frontier Brains are called to Sootopolis City to assist in stopping the meteoroid.

Pokémon

Brandon's Regirock
Regirock
Main article: Brandon's Regirock

Regirock was originally sealed inside the Desert Ruins before being awakened by Steven Stone and the Hoenn Elite Four to be used to help stop the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. The three Pokémon eventually lashed out at their controllers and fled to another location where they were found by Brandon and caught for use in the Battle Pyramid. During Emerald's run of the Battle Pyramid, Regirock was sent out to battle the boy first. Regirock fought Emerald's Sceptile and heavily damaged it with Explosion, causing itself to faint in the process. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, it was seen helping Brandon fight the Admins of Neo Team Magma and Neo Team Aqua.

Debut A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II
Brandon's Registeel
Registeel
Main article: Brandon's Registeel

Registeel was originally sealed inside the Ancient Tomb before being awakened by Steven and the Hoenn Elite Four to be used to help stop the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. The three Pokémon eventually lashed out at their controllers and fled to another location where they were found by Brandon and caught for use in the Battle Pyramid. During Emerald's run of the Battle Pyramid, Registeel was sent out to battle the boy second. Registeel battled against Emerald's Hitmonchan, but was quickly defeated by a series of high-speed punches. Hitmonchan fainted soon after due to Registeel secretly poisoning it with Toxic.

Debut A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II
Brandon's Regice
Regice
Main article: Brandon's Regice

Regice was originally sealed inside the Island Cave before being awakened by Steven Stone and the Hoenn Elite Four to be used to help stop the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. The three Pokémon eventually lashed out at their controllers and fled to another location where they were found by Brandon and caught for use in the Battle Pyramid. During Emerald's run of the Battle Pyramid, Regice was sent out to battle the boy last. Regice fought Emerald's Cubone and easily managed to win, but was defeated by an Iron Tail from Sceptile, which Emerald had used a Revive on during the battle. Later, it was used to battle Guile Hideout at the Artisan Cave, but was easily defeated. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, it was seen helping Brandon fight the Admins of Neo Team Magma and Neo Team Aqua.

Debut A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ジンダイ Jindai From 神代杉 Jindai-Sugi, Cryptomeria buried under volcanic ashes.
English Brandon From brave
French Bayar From bravoure, bravery
German Brian From Bravour, bravery
Italian Baldo
Mariano*
From baldo, bold
Spanish Valente From valentía, courage
Korean 기선 Giseon From 용기 yonggi (courage) and 선 seon (ancient)
Chinese (Mandarin) 神代 Shéndài From his Japanese name. Literally means age of the gods.
Vietnamese Jindai Transliteration of his Japanese name.

Pyramid King

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ピラミッドキング Pyramid King
Mandarin Chinese 金字塔法老 Jīnzìtǎ Fǎlǎo
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pyramidikuningas
France Flag.png European French Roi Pyramide
Germany Flag.png German Pyrakönig
Italy Flag.png Italian Re Piramide
South Korea Flag.png Korean 피라미드킹 Pyramid King
Poland Flag.png Polish Król Piramidy
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Rey de la Pirámide
Spain Flag.png Spain Rey Pirámide
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nhà vua của Kim tự tháp

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