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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

Pyramid King Brandon (Japanese: ピラミッドキング ジンダイ Pyramid King 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).


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.


Silver Symbol challenge

Gold Symbol challenge


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! "
  • 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!"


Spr E Brandon.png Brandon OD.png
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In the anime


Advanced Generation series

His identity was shrouded in mystery for most of the Battle Frontier saga. Unlike the other Frontier Brains, his silhouette was not shown on its own during the opening and was only seen in the center of the group shot. Trainers only found out the location of the Battle Pyramid after they had collected the other six Symbols. This suggests that Brandon ranked higher than the rest of the Frontier Brains in the anime, although in the video games and manga, this position belongs to Anabel. When Ash finally got his sixth Frontier Symbol in Second Time's the Charm!, he learned that the Battle Pyramid was located near Pewter City.

His first battle with Brandon occurred in Battling the Enemy Within!. At the time, however, Ash was possessed by an ancient king of the Pyramid who battled Brandon's Regirock with Ash's Sceptile. Sceptile was defeated, although Ash eventually regained control of his body, and the Pyramid was moved to an area near Indigo Plateau.

For their first official, and second battle in Overjoyed!, Ash's Torkoal squared off against Brandon's Registeel. However, Torkoal was, like Sceptile, defeated by Brandon's Legendary Pokémon.

In Gathering the Gang of Four, Ash and his friends met up with Brandon in a forest.

In Pace - The Final Frontier!, Brandon and Ash fought in a 4 vs. 4 battle. Brandon's Dusclops defeated Ash's Charizard in the first round, but was then defeated by Ash's Bulbasaur. Then, Brandon's Ninjask squared off against Ash's Squirtle, where Squirtle was able to beat Ninjask with a Skull Bash. In the next round, Squirtle was defeated by Brandon's Solrock, which in turn drew with Bulbasaur. With both competitors left to their last Pokémon, Ash used Pikachu while Brandon unveiled yet another Pokémon from his Legendary collection: this time, a Regice. Despite the odds, however, Pikachu managed to hold its own against the Legendary titan and came out victorious, becoming only the second Pokémon in the anime to have defeated a Legendary Pokémon, after Charizard.

Diamond & Pearl series

Brandon in the Diamond & Pearl series

Brandon reappeared in Pikachu's flashback in Pika and Goliath!.

Brandon appeared again in person in A Pyramiding Rage!, where he wanted to research the Snowpoint Temple. While meeting up with Ash and his friends, he was challenged to a Full Battle by Paul. Paul lost the match easily due to him losing control of his emotions. Brandon later mentioned that they would battle again when Paul was ready.

In Pillars of Friendship!, Brandon tried, and failed, to stop Pokémon Hunter J from disturbing Regigigas in the Snowpoint Temple, and as a result, the Colossal Pokémon went on a rampage. It eventually calmed down when Brandon saved it from being turned into a statue by J. Brandon decided to stay at the Snowpoint Temple, not only to rebuild it, but also to allow Regirock, Regice, and Registeel to become the new pillars that would protect Regigigas.

In Battling a Thaw in Relations!, Paul announced that he would return to Snowpoint Temple to re-challenge Brandon. The outcome of the battle has yet to be revealed.


When Brandon first appeared in Battling the Enemy Within!, his personality was shown to be similar to his game counterpart; being highly interested in exploring ruins, and discovering as many mysteries as possible, seen as he was searching for Ho-Oh in his debut. However, different from his game counterpart, Brandon doesn't seem to appreciate foolishness from others, such as harshly scolding Ash and his friends for almost getting them all killed by a giant boulder (one of the ruin's traps) because of their arrival. Nonetheless, Brandon seems to able to forgive rather quickly, as he quickly followed his scolding by explaining to Ash and his friends about the ruins, and Ho-Oh.

Brandon also presents himself as extremely serious and reserved, but despite his serious attitude, Brandon's willing to help others in need, such as when Brandon offered to battle the King of Pokélantis, who had possessed Ash's body, in exchange for the boy's freedom if he managed to win, even offering to hand the King his Pokémon if he lost. Also, despite being known for his harsh attitude, Brandon truly believes in the bond between Trainer and Pokémon, shown during his battle against Paul, telling him that despite the young Trainer being talented, his harsh training methods would never allow Paul to defeat him. He also doesn't believe in brute strength, informing Reggie during their battle, that despite enjoying their battle, Reggie was only relying on his Pokémon's brute strength, disregarding any sort of strategies, and believed that true power came from "inner strength".


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This listing is of Brandon's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand

Brandon's Regirock
Main article: Brandon's Regirock

Brandon used Regirock against Ash during their unofficial battle while Ash was possessed by the King of Pokélantis. Regirock went up against Sceptile and won despite the type-disadvantage. Regirock later sent Team Rocket blasting off along with Registeel during Ash and Brandon's rematch.

Regirock was used in the Full Battle against Paul and was able to easily defeat his Hariyama, Electabuzz, Ursaring, and Magmar.

Debut Battling the Enemy Within!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Brandon's Registeel
Main article: Brandon's Registeel

After the Kanto Grand Festival, Ash was finally allowed an official battle against Brandon in another one-on-one battle. Brandon used Registeel, while Ash used his Torkoal. The two fought hard, and although Registeel was left extremely weak after the battle, it was Torkoal who was defeated. Registeel later sent Team Rocket blasting off alongside Regirock during Ash and Brandon's rematch.

During the Full Battle against Paul, it was easily able to stand up to his Magmar's Fire-type moves, despite the type weakness. It also managed to defeat Paul's Nidoking despite taking damage from its Ground-type and Fighting-type attacks.

Debut Overjoyed!
Voice actors
Japanese Tomoe Hanba
English Tomoe Hanba
Brandon's Dusclops
Dusclops was the first Pokémon used by Brandon during his rematch and proved to be very powerful, being able to take down Ash's Charizard before being defeated by Bulbasaur's Solar Beam.

Dusclops's known moves are Will-O-Wisp, Shadow Punch, Mean Look, and Confuse Ray.

Debut Gathering the Gang of Four!
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers
Brandon's Ninjask
Ninjask was the second Pokémon used by Brandon during his rematch against Ash, where it went up against his Squirtle. Despite a closely fought battle, Ninjask couldn't stand up to Squirtle's Skull Bash and was defeated.

Ninjask's known moves are Aerial Ace, Sandstorm, Double Team, and Sand Attack.

Debut Pace - The Final Frontier!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Billy Beach
Brandon's Solrock
Brandon used Solrock third in the rematch against Ash, and it was able to defeat his Squirtle. After knocking the Tiny Turtle Pokémon out of the match, it then went up against Bulbasaur. The two fought hard for their Trainers, eventually knocking each other out of the battle.

Solrock's known moves are Psywave, Confusion, Shadow Ball, and Solar Beam.

Debut Pace - The Final Frontier!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
Brandon's Regice
Main article: Brandon's Regice

After his first three Pokémon were defeated in Pace - The Final Frontier!, Brandon sent out his newly-caught Regice against Pikachu. Regice fought its hardest against the Electric type and looked poised to win, but Pikachu was able to whittle down its strength with Iron Tail and Volt Tackle to claim victory.

During the Full Battle against Paul, Regice battled Ursaring, and was able to defeat his Lairon with no trouble.

Debut Pace - The Final Frontier!
Voice actors
Japanese Tomoe Hanba
English Tomoe Hanba


Brandon's Regigigas
Many centuries ago, Regigigas helped to protect Snowpoint City from a volcanic eruption, and slept inside Snowpoint Temple. There it rested until Pokémon Hunter J destroyed the pillars sealing it, attempting to capture it for a client. Regigigas awakened and went on a rampage threatening Snowpoint City, and after battling Regirock, Registeel, and Regice, was able to bring all three under its control.

All seemed lost until J tried to capture Regigigas again, and Brandon and his Regis all risked their lives to protect it, getting petrified by J's bracelet in the process. After J left due to her client canceling the deal, Regigigas restored the ones who protected it to life and then went back to sleep, with Brandon promising to help rebuild the temple and help protect it from further harm.

Regigigas's known moves are Hyper Beam, Hammer Arm*, Confuse Ray, and Hidden Power.

Debut Pillars of Friendship!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小室正幸 Masayuki Omoro
English Craig Blair
Czech Marek Libert
Danish Peter Zhelder
Dutch Frank Verkerk
Finnish Aku Laitinen
Polish Janusz Wituch
Brazilian Portuguese Luiz Antonio Lobue (AG178-AG190)
Leonardo Camilo (DP128-DP129)
Spanish Latin America Rolando del Castro (AG178-AG190)
Manuel Campuzano (DP128-DP129)
Spain Miguel Ángel del Hoyo

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Brandon in Pokémon Adventures


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.


Brandon's 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
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
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



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
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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