Raihan
キバナ Kibana
"The tamer of dragons!"
Sword Shield Raihan.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield by take[1]
Gender Male
Eye color Teal
Hair color Black
Hometown Hammerlocke
Region Galar
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield, Masters EX
Leader of Hammerlocke Stadium
Badge Dragon Badge
Specializes in Dragon types
Game animation debut Sky
English voice actor Nazeeh Tarsha (Twilight Wings)
Mike Dent[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Kousuke Toriumi[3] (Twilight Wings, Masters EX)
Anime debut Toughing It Out!
English voice actor Danny Kramer
Japanese voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki (JN027-JN045)
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (JN082-present)

Raihan (Japanese: キバナ Kibana) is the Gym Leader of Hammerlocke's Gym, known officially as Hammerlocke Stadium. He specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon. He gives the Dragon Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He's also well-known for utilizing weather tactics in his battles.

In the core series games

Raihan is the eighth and final Gym Leader of the Galar League, and he is recognized as the strongest Gym Leader in Galar. He is also the self-proclaimed rival of Champion Leon, and despite having a losing streak of 0 to 10 against him, he is the only person who has come close to beating him, having managed to knock out more of Leon's Pokémon than anyone else. He's said to be strong enough to become a Champion if he moved to another region, but has refused to do so out of desire of wanting to defeat Leon. He is often seen taking selfies on his Rotom Phone, a habit he initially picked up to remind him of the pain of defeat, but one which eventually spread to other parts of his lifestyle. Outside of training his Pokémon, his hobbies include fashion and cultivating his social media presence.[4]

While Raihan specializes in the Dragon type, he will often use Pokémon of other types to set up weather conditions such as sandstorm and harsh sunlight. Uniquely amongst Galar's Gyms, Raihan's Gym also heavily focuses on Double Battles.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Raihan first appears during the game's opening cut-scene, having an exhibition match with Leon. The player first meets Raihan in Hammerlocke to get his permission to visit the local vault, which contains tapestries about Galar's history. Once the player has earned seven Gym Badges, they challenge and defeat Raihan. Immediately afterwards, Raihan is also challenged and beaten by Hop. The player rematches Raihan in the Champion Cup in Wyndon and beats him once again. When Rose starts the Darkest Day, Raihan organizes the evacuation of Hammerlocke to keep people safe from the event.

During the post-game, Raihan helps the player, Hop, and Piers in defeating a group of Dynamax Pokémon let loose at the Hammerlocke Stadium by Sordward and Shielbert. During this encounter, Raihan admits that Piers managed to give him a tough challenge in the Champion Cup, despite his refusal to use Dynamax, and suggests that they should have a battle where neither of them uses it.

League Cards

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

Normal League Card
"Raihan is commonly regarded as the most skilled Gym Leader in the Galar region. He has striven for victory in every environment, and as a result, he has adopted a battle style where he utilizes weather effects to their fullest. It is rumored that he could easily become another region's Champion should he choose to move, but it seems that to Raihan, defeating Leon is much more important. His uploaded selfies are quite popular. Occasionally he'll post a photo that only shows a sandstorm."
Rare League Card
"Raihan started taking selfies so as to never forget the pain of his defeats, but more recently he has been taking photos showing off his training routine, his fashion choices, and the like, causing some fans to leave harsh comments whenever he loses to Leon. It's true that Raihan is on a ten-nil losing streak against Leon, but no other Pokémon Trainer has managed to KO as many of Leon's Pokémon as Raihan has. Raihan no doubt looks forward to taking a selfie after finally defeating Leon."

Pokémon

Raihan keeps his Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In all battles, Raihan will Gigantamax his Duraludon at the first opportunity.

Gym battle

This battle is a Double Battle.



Second battle



Champion tournaments



Galarian Star Tournament



In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Raihan (Masters)

Artwork

 
Concept art from Sword and Shield

Sprites

 
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

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

Quotes

Main article: Raihan/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

 
Raihan in the anime

Prior to his introduction to the series, Raihan entered the current World Coronation Series competition just to challenge Leon. During the current season, Raihan was skilled enough to grow rapidly in his rank, soon entering the Master Class.

In Toughing It Out!, Raihan had a battle against Leon during the World Coronation Series in Wyndon. His Duraludon battled Leon's Charizard only to be defeated after a tough battle between the two Trainers. After his victory, Leon greets Raihan for the battle and Raihan says he intends to train more so that he can defeat his rival. Though not shown at the time, it is later revealed that Raihan felt the weight of this defeat more than he appeared.

Raihan reappeared in a flashback in Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!.

In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", Raihan helped Sonia against a group of Macro Cosmos employees who had accosted her outside the Energy Plant and Hammerlocke Stadium. In the following episode, he easily defeated them and then left Sonia so he could take care of rampaging Dynamax Pokémon in the area. After Goh caught Eternatus and the Darkest Day ended, he and Duraludon were seen looking on as the Kommo-o they were battling reverted back to its normal state.

Raihan made a cameo appearance at the end of Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start! while watching Ash's World Coronation Series match against Volkner.

In The Sweet Taste of Battle!, Raihan met Ash and Goh when they all visited Ballonlea for Opal's All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge. He was reluctant to participate, but did so anyway as Opal refused to let him just walk away. However, Raihan's cake ultimately lost to Ash's. He then stayed to watch the battle between Ash and Opal. After the battle, Raihan participated in eating the cakes decorated during the contest, finding Ash's cake very tasty.

Raihan appeared in a fantasy in JN099, along with other Masters Eight Trainers.

In JN107, Ash got notified that his next match would be up against Raihan. In JN108, Raihan noted his surprise that Ash had climbed through the ranks so quickly and began training for the match, declaring his intention to be the one to defeat Leon.

Ash and Raihan battled at the Hammerlocke Stadium in JN109. Utilizing his weather strategies, Raihan quickly started to overwhelm Ash. However, Raihan was ultimately defeated, causing his and Ash's ranks to swap places and Ash rising to the Master Class. Raihan took a commemorative photo with Ash and told him to not lose until he'd get a chance to defeat him and Leon.

 
Raihan and Leon

Character

Like his game counterpart, Raihan has a strong rivalry with Leon, and it is the real reason he entered the World Coronation Series. As expected of a Masters Eight member, Raihan is an exceptional Trainer, being able to enter the Master Class shortly after the current season of the competition begins and is strong enough to knock out several Pokémon from Rose's associates with a single move.

Raihan is also very flirtatious, as seen when he defended Sonia from Rose's associates, during which he called her a "beautiful woman". After fending off Rose's crew, Raihan remarked that he would have asked Sonia out on a date if the circumstances weren't critical and also referred to her as a "lovely lady". This attitude of Raihan over time proved to be a disguise for his real feelings, so Raihan after being defeated by Leon started taking selfies to portray his true emotions.

Pokémon

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

On hand
 

 
Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon
Duraludon is Raihan's first known Pokémon, as well as his ace. It is capable of Gigantamaxing. Raihan used it in his battle against Leon, where it went up against Charizard, only to be defeated.

In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, Raihan used Duraludon to defeat the Pokémon of Oleana's subordinate and other Macro Cosmos employees. Later, after the Darkest Day ended, Duraludon was seen battling a Dynamaxed Kommo-o.

In JN109, Duraludon was the final Pokémon used in Raihan's World Coronation Series match against Ash, where it went up against Lucario. Despite its powerful Max Moves, Duraludon was defeated by Lucario's giant Aura Sphere.

Duraludon's known moves are Metal Claw, Iron Defense, Stone Edge, Steel Beam, and Breaking Swipe.
As a Gigantamax Duraludon, it can use Max Rockfall, Max Steelspike, and G-Max Depletion.

Debut Toughing It Out!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūichi Nakamura
English Billy Kametz
 
Flygon
Flygon is Raihan's second known Pokémon. It was the first Pokémon that Raihan used in his World Coronation Series match against Ash, where it went up against his Dragonite and won, before losing to Gigantamax Gengar.

Flygon's known moves are Dragon Claw, Steel Wing, Sandstorm, and Crunch.

Debut JN109
 
Goodra
Goodra is Raihan's third known Pokémon. It was the second Pokémon that Raihan used in his World Coronation Series match against Ash, where it went up against his Gigantamax Gengar. The confrontation between the two Pokémon eventually led to a double knockout.

Goodra's known moves are Rain Dance, Thunder, Surf, and Hydro Pump.

Debut JN109
Temporary
 
Alcremie
Raihan borrowed an Alcremie from Opal to take part in the All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge.

None of Alcremie's moves are known.

Debut The Sweet Taste of Battle!
Traveling with
 
Rotom Phone

Achievements

 
Raihan's profile in the World Coronation Series
World Coronation Series

Raihan has competed in the World Coronation Series. His rank and class are as follows:

Pokémon competitions

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 鈴木達央 Tatsuhisa Suzuki (JN027-JN045)
松岡禎丞 Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (JN082-present)
English Danny Kramer
Czech Vojtěch Hájek
Finnish Oskari Tamminen
Indonesian Hardianto
Polish Jakub Molęda
Brazilian Portuguese Renan Freitas
European Spanish Alejandro Méndez


Artwork

         
Official artwork from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Official artwork for
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Official artwork for
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Official artwork for
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Official artwork for
Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Early-Evening Waves, Raihan was briefly seen on a magazine cover. In Sky, Raihan had a battle against Leon at Wyndon Stadium.

In The Gathering of Stars, Raihan was seen at Hammerlocke Stadium with his Flygon, receiving an invitation letter for the Galarian Star Tournament from Leon. He was later seen at Wyndon Stadium, walking out onto the field for the tournament's opening ceremony.

Pokémon

This listing is of Raihan's known Pokémon in Pokémon: Twilight Wings:

On hand
 
Goodra
Goodra was the first Pokémon used by Raihan during his battle against Leon. It went up against Leon's Aegislash, but it was unable to defeat it.

Goodra's known moves are Surf and Thunder.

Debut Sky
Voice actors
Japanese
English Allegra Clark
 
Flygon
Flygon was used during the battle between Leon and Raihan. It defeated Leon's Aegislash and then went up against his Dragapult. It reappeared in The Gathering of Stars.

Flygon's known moves are Stone Edge and Draco Meteor.

Debut Sky
 
Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon
Duraludon was the last Pokémon used by Raihan during the battle. It went up against Leon's Gigantamax Charizard.

None of Duraludon's moves are known*.
As a Gigantamax Duraludon, it can use Max Guard.

Debut Sky
Traveling with
 
Rotom Phone

Achievements

Pokémon competitions

GOTCHA!

Raihan briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Raihan debuted in PASS11. He was first seen at the gates of Hammerlocke, speculating on which Trainers would be able to earn the right to face him in the Gym Challenge. Later, in front of the Hammerlocke gate, Raihan met Henry Sword, who had come to see the vault. After a short battle that ended in Raihan's victory, Raihan took Henry to the vault, only for them to find Sonia under attack by a wild Oranguru. By teaming up, Raihan and Henry managed to calm Oranguru down.

In PASS17, when large rumbling came from the Hammerlocke Energy Plant, Raihan had Leon and Sonia move citizens to safety while he went inside to investigate. There, he encountered Rose and Oleana, who admitted they were experimenting with Wishing Stars to find a new source of electricity and prevent an energy crisis a thousand years away. Raihan agreed to keep what he learned secret, but questioned Rose's real intentions, noting that the Wishing Stars Rose had looked like an offering to something.

Later, Raihan traveled to Spikemuth, where he 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 Raihan and Piers 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 device Sonia meant for Casey Shield.

In PASS25, the Gym Leaders gathered at Rose Tower to find out if Rose intended on bringing harm to Galar. Raihan met with Leon, Sonia, and Nessa in Hammerlocke. They planned to join the others in Wyndon, only for Rose to unleash Eternatus and restart the Darkest Day. Power Spot lights began appearing all over the region, causing Pokémon to start Dynamaxing at random. Raihan's group and Henry's group later reunited at the Energy Plant, where they found Rose ecstatic that his plan was a success.

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. By teaming up, Raihan, Piers, Leon, Hop, Marnie, Nessa, and Melony managed to take Eternatus down, only for it to get back up and unleash its Eternamax form.

Pokémon

On hand
 

 
Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon
Duraludon is Raihan's first known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer as he wondered about the Trainers participating in the Gym Challenge. Later, he used it to battle Dynamax Pokémon that were rampaging due to the Darkest Day.

None of Duraludon's moves are known.*
As a Gigantamax Duraludon, it can use G-Max Depletion.*

Debut PASS11
 
Sandaconda
Sandaconda is Raihan's second known Pokémon. It was first used in Raihan's battle against Henry, where it emerged victorious.

Sandaconda's known moves are Sandstorm, Skull Bash, and Slam.

Debut PASS12
 
Goodra
Goodra is Raihan's third known Pokémon. It was first used to help Raihan sneak into the Energy Plant.

None of Goodra's moves are known.

Debut PASS17
 
Flygon
Flygon is Raihan's fourth known Pokémon. It was first used to help Raihan sneak into the Energy Plant. It was later used to battle Eternatus on the Tower Summit.

None of Flygon's moves are known.

Debut PASS17
Borrowed
 
Charizard
Charizard is one of Leon's Pokémon. Raihan borrowed it to transport an injured Cabbie to a hospital in Hammerlocke.
Debut Crackle!! Practice Battle
Traveling with
 
Rotom Phone

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Raihan appeared in Toughing It Out!, where Raihan battled Leon for the title of Monarch in the World Coronation Series. Just like in the anime, he was defeated after an intense battle.

Pokémon

This listing is of Raihan's known Pokémon in the Pokémon Journeys: The Series manga:

 
Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon
Duraludon is Raihan's only known Pokémon, as well as his ace. It is capable of Gigantamaxing. Raihan used it in his battle against Leon, where it went up against Charizard, only to be defeated.

Duraludon's known moves are Metal Claw, Stone Edge, and Steel Beam.
As a Gigantamax Duraludon, it can use Max Rockfall and Max Steelspike.

Debut Toughing It Out!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Raihan in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Raihan'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.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Duraludon V   Evolving Skies   198/203 Skyscraping Perfection   076/067
Duraludon          VMAX Climax   253/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Raihan Su Evolving Skies   152/203 Skyscraping Perfection   063/067
Evolving Skies   202/203 Skyscraping Perfection   077/067
Evolving Skies   224/203 Skyscraping Perfection   084/067
      S-P Promotional cards   228/S-P
      VMAX Climax   150/184
      VMAX Climax   259/184
      S-P Promotional cards   264/S-P
 



Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese キバナ Kibana From 黄花藤 kibanafuji (common laburnum) and possibly 牙 kiba (fang)
English Raihan From golden rain and golden chain (names for the common laburnum)
German, Spanish, French,
Brazilian Portuguese
Roy From Laburnum anagyroides (scientific name of the common laburnum) and possibly roy (Middle French for king)
Italian Laburno From laburno (laburnum)
Korean 금랑 Geumrang From 금사슬나무 geumsaseunnamu and 노랑꽃등 norangkkotdeung (names for the common laburnum)
Chinese (Mandarin) 奇巴納 / 奇巴纳 Qíbānà Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 奇巴納 Kèihbānaahp


References

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


Trainers in the World Coronation Series
  Master LeonCynthiaStevenLanceDianthaAlainIrisAsh
  Ultra RaihanFlintDrasnaVolknerMarnieBea
  Great KricketinaRintoDozerTony
  Normal KorrinaHaydenVisquezLobOliver


Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisHaxorusCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaDanikaQuillonGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyGranbullPichu BrothersDelibirdLarvitarLake guardiansMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLight trioStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminRotom PhonesPelipperDrone RotomRecurring wild Pokémon


  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.