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Raihan
キバナ Kibana
"The tamer of dragons!"
Sword Shield Raihan.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield
Gender Male
Eye color Teal
Hair color Black
Hometown Hammerlocke
Region Galar
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Leader of Hammerlocke Stadium
Badge Dragon Badge
Specializes in Dragon types
Game animation debut Sky
English voice actor Nazeeh Tarsha
Japanese voice actor Kousuke Toriumi
Anime debut Toughing It Out!
English voice actor Danny Kramer
Japanese voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki

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.

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In the 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.

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


Quotes

Main article: Raihan/Quotes

Artwork

Sprites

GST Raihan icon.png
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

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

In the anime

Main series

Raihan in the anime

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.

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.

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 "babe".

Pokémon

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

Raihan's Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon

Raihan's Gigantamax Duraludon
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.

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.

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 and Max Steelspike.

Debut Toughing It Out!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūichi Nakamura

Achievements

Pokémon competitions

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 鈴木達央 Tatsuhisa Suzuki
English Danny Kramer

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
Raihan's Goodra
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
Raihan's Flygon
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 only known move is Stone Edge.

Debut Sky
Raihan's Gigantamax Duraludon
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
479Rotom-Phone.png
Rotom Phone

GOTCHA!

Raihan briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Raihan in Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Raihan appeared in JNM10, 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 Pocket Monsters manga:

Raihan's Duraludon ↔ Gigantamax Duraludon
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 JNM10

Pokémon Adventures

Raihan debuted in the Sword & Shield chapter. 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 Sōdo Tsurugi, who had come to see the vault. After a short battle that ended in Raihan's victory, Raihan took Sōdo to the vault, only for them to find Sonia under attack by a wild Oranguru. By teaming up, Raihan and Sōdo managed to calm Oranguru down.

Pokémon

Raihan's Duraludon
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.

None of Duraludon's moves are known.

Debut Sword & Shield chapter
Raihan's Sandaconda
Sandaconda
Sandaconda is Raihan's second known Pokémon. It was first used in Raihan's battle against Sōdo, where it emerged victorious.

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

Debut Sword & Shield chapter
Traveling with
479Rotom-Phone.png
Rotom Phone

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese キバナ Kibana From 黄花藤 kibanafuji (common laburnum), may also incorporate 牙 kiba (tusk, 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). Also, Roy means King in french.
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


Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium Grass Badge
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Milo
Hulbury Stadium Water Badge
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Nessa
Motostoke Stadium Fire Badge
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Kabu
Stow-on-Side Stadium Fighting Badge
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Ghost Badge
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium Fairy Badge
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Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium Rock Badge
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Ice Badge
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym Dark Badge
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Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium Dragon Badge
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Raihan

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