If you were looking for the Pokémon Masters EX character, see Sawyer (Masters).
ショータ Shōta
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Green
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!
English voice actor Robby Duncan Sharpe
Japanese voice actor Ikue Otani

Sawyer (Japanese: ショータ Shōta) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer and a rival of Ash.


Sawyer getting his first Pokémon


Prior to Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!, Sawyer was living in the Hoenn region. He went to Littleroot Town to visit Professor Birch in order to get his journey started, and he chose Treecko as his first partner Pokémon. With Treecko, he battled a wild Taillow and later met the Hoenn League Pokémon Champion, Steven, along with his Metagross. At some point, he traveled from Hoenn to Kalos.

Pokémon the Series: XY

Sawyer physically debuted in Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!, where he had a Gym battle at the Lumiose Gym against Clemont, who was training for his battle against Ash. His Treecko was easily defeated by Luxray's Wild Charge despite the type-advantage. After losing, he wrote down Clemont's advice regarding the timing of Treecko's moves.

In A Fashionable Battle!, Sawyer intended to challenge the Laverre Gym, only to hear it was closed. Right at that moment Ash arrived, as he wanted to challenge the Gym as well. Sawyer reunited with Clemont and introduced himself to Ash, Bonnie and Serena. Soon after, he had a Double Battle against Ash, which was postponed when they noticed a fashion show going on. He was later picked by Linnea to have a Gym battle with Valerie as part of the fashion show. He used his Bagon against Valerie's Spritzee, but was quickly defeated.

In Fairy-Type Trickery!, Sawyer and his Treecko watched and analyzed Ash's Gym battle against Valerie together. In Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!, he lost his notebook, but later found it thanks to his Slurpuff's strong sense of smell. Later, he had a three-on-three battle against Ash, but lost. During the battle, his Treecko evolved into Grovyle, but still lost to Ash's Frogadier. After that, he said goodbye to Ash and his friends and prepared to head for Coumarine City to challenge Ramos.

In From A to Z!, it was revealed that Sawyer had obtained four more Gym Badges, including the Plant Badge for defeating Ramos. He also told Ash and his friends about Terminus Cave, and helped them fight Team Flare.

In A Meeting of Two Journeys!, it was revealed that he had caught a Honedge, that his Bagon had evolved into Shelgon, and that his Grovyle had evolved into Sceptile. The episode began with his Shelgon in a battle against Ash's Hawlucha, which Hawlucha won. After that, Honedge quickly lost against Pikachu. He then sent out Sceptile, to which Ash responded by sending out his Greninja. They were evenly matched at first, but Sceptile gained the upper hand with Leaf Storm. Greninja, however, managed to endure the attack and transformed into Ash-Greninja, allowing it to defeat Sceptile with ease. After the battle, Sawyer questioned Ash about Greninja's transformation and came with the hypothesis of Ash becoming Greninja. Later, he said goodbye to the group and continued his journey.

In A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!, Sawyer had another three-on-three battle against Ash and finally won. After the battle, he decided to travel with Ash and his friends to Snowbelle City in order to watch Ash's Gym battle. In the following episode, after seeing Ash losing to Wulfric in the Snowbelle Gym, he left the group.

Sawyer's Key Stone

In A League of His Own!, Sawyer and Ash participated in the Lumiose Conference. In Valuable Experience for All!, he won his quarterfinal battle against Tierno. During his win against Tierno, it was shown that sometime after leaving Ash's group in Snowbelle City, he obtained a Key Stone and a Sceptilite, which allows for his Sceptile to Mega Evolve.

In Analysis Versus Passion!, he began his Full Battle against Ash in the semifinals. He started out with Slaking in order to take on Ash's Hawlucha and its battling style. Slaking took several super-effective hits from Hawlucha, but did nothing in response. Instead, it used Slack Off to heal off most of the damage it took, and then defeated Hawlucha by using Counter in response to Hawlucha's Flying Press. Slaking then battled against Ash's Talonflame, where it used Slack Off once again to heal itself. However, all of the damage it had taken caught up to it, allowing Talonflame to defeat it with consecutive Steel Wing, Flame Charge, and Brave Bird attacks. Sawyer then sent out Clawitzer, utilizing Aqua Jet to keep Talonflame pressured, with Sawyer saying the speed attack was inspired by Ash's usage of them. Clawitzer then used Ice Beam to partially freeze Talonflame's wing, and then defeated it when its Aqua Jet overpowered Talonflame's Flame Charge.

Ash then sent out Pikachu as his third Pokémon, with Clawitzer dodging Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Quick Attack. Pikachu then dodged Clawitzer's Ice Beam, which then led to Electro Ball, while Clawitzer countered with Dragon Pulse, causing an explosion that damaged both Pokémon. Clawitzer then attempted to chase down Pikachu with Aqua Jet, but failed. When Pikachu tried to use Iron Tail, Clawitzer managed to grab it, attempting to finish the battle with Water Pulse. This gave Pikachu an opening to hit Clawitzer with Electro Ball at close range, and then finished it off with Thunderbolt. Sawyer then chose Aegislash as his third Pokémon, using Sacred Sword to chop down the trees on the battlefield.

Sawyer and Ash

In the following episode, utilizing the destroyed battlefield to hamper Pikachu's movements, Aegislash was able to lower Pikachu's attack when it used King's Shield to counter Iron Tail, then going on the offensive and scoring consecutive hits with Sacred Sword. However, Pikachu managed to use one of the logs chopped up by Sacred Sword to stop King's Shield from completing, before knocking it out with Thunderbolt. With Sawyer now down three Pokémon, the battlefield changed, while Sawyer sent out his newly evolved Salamence to battle Ash's Noivern. After taking a hit from Boomburst, Salamence's Dragon Rush overpowered Noivern's Dragon Claw. It then used Incinerate to get Noivern close, where it then hit it with Dragon Tail. Noivern then used Boomburst again to counter Incinerate, using the smoke to try and hit Salamence with Acrobatics. Knowing Noivern's ability to see through dust and smoke, Sawyer quickly ordered Salamence to use Protect, and then Dragon Rush to counter Acrobatics, resulting in a tie between the two.

Sawyer then chose Slurpuff as his fifth Pokémon, while Ash chose Goodra, whom Sawyer had never battled before, and as such, didn't have any data on its strengths and strategies. Slurpuff's Flamethrower and Goodra's Ice Beam collided evenly, as Slurpuff hit it with Dazzling Gleam. Slurpuff then used Fairy Wind, but Goodra countered with Bide, Slurpuff limiting the damage with Cotton Guard. Slurpuff then unleashed a constant Flamethrower stream, while Goodra used Bide once more. Sawyer was shocked to see that Goodra had held on after such a powerful attack, and caused the battle to end with another double knockout after Bide and Fairy Wind collided. Down to his last Pokémon, Sawyer sent out Sceptile, while Ash sent Pikachu back out. Sceptile stopped Pikachu's Quick Attack with Leaf Storm, but then took a hit from Thunderbolt. After a stalemate between Iron Tail and Leaf Blade, Sceptile defeated Pikachu with Frenzy Plant.

Ash sent out Greninja as his final Pokémon, sparking a final showdown between the two Pokémon, whose rivalry had only escalated with time. After a brief struggle, Greninja transformed into Ash-Greninja, while Sawyer Mega Evolved Sceptile. Despite Mega Sceptile taking a huge hit from Aerial Ace, Sawyer seemed to match Ash move for move, hitting Ash-Greninja twice with Leaf Storm. Ash-Greninja managed to avoid what would have been a decisive Frenzy Plant, and then using Double Team, before absorbing all of the clones into Water Shuriken, causing the move to grow in size, allowing it to easily push past Leaf Storm, and give Ash the win. Despite the loss, Sawyer felt no disappointment or ill-will towards Ash, expressing his desire to keep on getting stronger and gaining more experience, so that he could continue to grow as a Trainer and eventually surpass Ash, shaking Ash's hand in a friendly respect.

Sawyer and Steven

In Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!, Sawyer and Sceptile ate some Lumiose Galettes with Ash, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, all of their Pokémon, along with Meyer and Clembot. Later on, he and Sceptile viewed some of the battles that had occurred throughout the Kalos League in order to expose themselves to new forms of battle strategies following their loss to Ash. During this, Sawyer expressed that despite gaining a lot of experience and truly enjoying a battle for the first time, and being able to put on a good face in order to wish Ash good luck in the finals, he couldn't ignore the immense frustration that was building up within him as a result of the loss. With tears running down his face, he admitted to Sceptile that he wanted to battle more than he did at the Kalos League. Shaking off his tears, he proclaimed his resolve to gain even more experience, and that by sitting and moping around, he would never be able to surpass Ash one day. The next day, he sat with Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna, as the finals between Ash and Alain began.

In A Towering Takeover!, following the conclusion of Ash and Alain's battle, and Team Flare's attack on Lumiose City, Sawyer and Sceptile worked with Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna, along with each of their first partner Pokémon in an attempt to fight of the roots that were destroying the city. The four then worked alongside their Pokémon to provide relief supplies to survivors. They then all witnessed Lysandre's proclamation to the entire world about Team Flare, Zygarde, and their goals.

In Coming Apart at the Dreams!, the four Trainers met up with Diantha and begged her to allow them assist, saying that they couldn't stand by and watch everything around them be destroyed. Diantha accepted their request, much to their delight, and instructed the four to assist all of the elderly and children still stuck in the area.

Sawyer made a cameo appearance in The Right Hero for the Right Job!, then reappeared along with Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor in Rocking Kalos Defenses! and Forming a More Perfect Union!, where they watched as Ash, his friends, Alain, Mairin, Professor Sycamore, Diantha, the Kalos Gym Leaders, Malva, and Steven fought against the Giant Rock. After Squishy and Z2, in their Complete Forme, destroyed the Giant Rock with Core Enforcer, he celebrated along with the others.

Sawyer and his friends in Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!, Sawyer joined in the dancing throughout Lumiose City, which was created during Serena, Shauna, and Jessie's Showcase performance. He later revealed his intent to assist Steven in learning more about the Giant Rock, so as to learn even more about Pokémon. Promising to one day battle again, he and Ash said their goodbyes.

He appeared in a flashback in Facing the Needs of the Many!, and then physically reappeared in Till We Compete Again!. In the latter episode, Sawyer was seen at Lysandre Labs, helping Steven study the Giant Rock that once resided there. He proceeded to write down notes on what Steven was telling him.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Pride of a Champion!, Sawyer appeared watching the Masters Eight Tournament match between Lance and Diantha on TV, alongside Tierno, Shauna, and Trevor.


Sawyer's notebook

Sawyer is very studious and careful, seeing as how he writes down notes in his notebook after every battle he participates in. He does his best to apply his gained knowledge in battle, but can sometimes lose his calm in critical situations, causing him to make the wrong move and lose. However, Sawyer is shown to be very open to new experiences and doesn't seem to mind losing as long as it gives him a chance to improve himself. This attitude has allowed Sawyer to steadily progress as a Trainer. Furthermore, as he has progressed, he began incorporating Ash's unorthodox strategies, such as using Slaking to counter Ash's Hawlucha' battling style, and using Aegislash to chop down the trees on the battlefield to eliminate Pikachu's hiding spots.

Sawyer learning from Ash's Gym battle

Sawyer appears to look up to Ash as a friend and rival. After meeting Ash and being given helpful advice, Sawyer became more assertive and confident in battle, and his Pokémon reflect this newfound attitude. After witnessing Ash's loss to Wulfric in All Hail the Ice Battlefield!, Sawyer appeared to be disappointed, saying that the Trainer he had been admiring for so long wouldn't have lost, but ultimately promised to believe in his friend, knowing they would see each other in the Pokémon League. This belief ultimately turned true when he saw Ash at the League's Opening Ceremony in A League of His Own!, and was completely confirmed for him during his battle against Ash in the semi-finals.

In A Riveting Rivalry!, Sawyer became visibly panicked during Ash's Greninja's final Water Shuriken attack. Despite this, he quickly recovered from his loss, happily congratulating Ash on his victory and accepting his handshake in a show of good sportsmanship. However, despite putting on a good fight, he later admitted to Sceptile that he felt very frustrated as a result of losing, but was able to shake off his tears to reaffirm his desire to gain experience and one day surpass Ash.

He also admires Steven Stone, as shown in a flashback where he met him and his Metagross in Hoenn. Sawyer also befriended Tierno, Trevor and Shauna during the Lumiose Conference, and the four worked together to oppose Team Flare during their takeover of Lumiose City.


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

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Treecko → Grovyle → Sceptile ↔ Mega Sceptile
Main article: Sawyer's Sceptile

Sceptile is Sawyer's first partner Pokémon. In Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!, it was revealed that it was given to him by Professor Birch as a Treecko. Later in the episode, it evolved into Grovyle while battling Ash's Frogadier.

In A Meeting of Two Journeys!, it was revealed that Grovyle had evolved into Sceptile.

In Valuable Experience for All!, it was revealed that Sceptile was equipped with a Sceptilite, enabling it to Mega Evolve.

Debut Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Bill Rogers

Bagon → Shelgon → Salamence
Salamence first appeared as a Bagon in A Fashionable Battle!, where it was used in a Double Battle alongside Treecko against Ash's Frogadier and Hawlucha until they postponed the battle. It was also used to battle Valerie's Spritzee but lost.

In Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!, Bagon participated in Sawyer's three-on-three battle with Ash. It battled against Pikachu, but lost.

In A Meeting of Two Journeys!, it was revealed that Bagon had evolved into Shelgon. It battled against Hawlucha and lost.

It reappeared in A Riveting Rivalry! during Sawyer's Lumiose Conference semi-final battle against Ash, where it was revealed to have evolved into Salamence. It battled against Ash's Noivern and eventually tied with him.

It appeared again in Till We Compete Again!, during a flashback.

Salamence's known moves are Fire Fang, Dragon Breath, Headbutt, Dragon Claw, Dragon Rush, Incinerate, Dragon Tail, and Protect.

Debut A Fashionable Battle!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Carter Cathcart (as Bagon)
Justin Anselmi (as Shelgon)
Kiyotaka Furushima (as Salamence)
Slurpuff first appeared in Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!, where he was used to find Sawyer's notebook using his strong sense of smell. Later he participated in Sawyer's three-on-three battle with Ash. He battled Hawlucha and lost, despite the type-advantage.

In Valuable Experience for All!, Slurpuff battled against Tierno's Raichu in the Lumiose Conference, but lost to his Blastoise.

In A Riveting Rivalry!, Sawyer used Slurpuff in his semi-final battle against Ash, where he went up against Ash's Goodra. The face-off ended with both Pokémon fainting simultaneously.

He appeared again in Till We Compete Again!, during a flashback.

Slurpuff's known moves are Electro Ball*, Attract, Energy Ball, Flamethrower, Dazzling Gleam, Fairy Wind, and Cotton Guard.

Debut Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!
Voice actors
Japanese Hitomi Nabatame
English Haven Paschall

Honedge → Doublade → Aegislash
Aegislash first appeared as a Honedge in A Meeting of Two Journeys!. It battled against Ash's Pikachu, but lost.

In A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!, it was revealed that Honedge had evolved into Doublade. It battled against Noivern, but despite having the type advantage, lost.

In Valuable Experience for All!, in the Lumiose Conference, it was revealed that Doublade had evolved into Aegislash. It battled against Tierno's Ludicolo and won, but was then defeated by Raichu.

It was later used in Analysis Versus Passion! and A Riveting Rivalry!, where it battled against Pikachu in the semi-finals and was once again defeated by him.

It appeared again in Till We Compete Again!, during a flashback.

Aegislash's known moves are Fury Cutter, Iron Defense, Slash, Night Slash, Swords Dance, King's Shield, and Sacred Sword, and its Ability is Stance Change.

Debut A Meeting of Two Journeys!
Voice actors
English Justin Anselmi (as Honedge and Doublade)
Marc Swint (as Aegislash)
Clawitzer first appeared in A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!, where it was used in a three-on-three battle against Ash. It managed to defeat Noivern and Hawlucha, but lost to Greninja.

It reappeared in Analysis Versus Passion!, being used in the battle against Ash in the Lumiose Conference. It managed to defeat Talonflame, but was soon defeated by Pikachu.

It appeared again in Till We Compete Again!, during a flashback.

Clawitzer's known moves are Crabhammer, Heal Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Ice Beam, Aqua Jet, and Water Pulse*, and its Ability is Mega Launcher.

Debut A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!
Voice actors
English Billy Bob Thompson
Slaking first appeared in Valuable Experience for All!, where it was seen defeating a Medicham in the second round of the Lumiose Conference.

Slaking was later used in the semi-finals against Ash in Analysis Versus Passion!. It battled against Hawlucha and defeated him, but was then defeated by Ash's Talonflame.

It appeared again in Till We Compete Again!, during a flashback.

Slaking's known moves are Slack Off, Counter, and Hammer Arm, and its Ability is Truant.

Debut Valuable Experience for All!
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers


Sawyer's Badges

Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Sawyer has obtained:

Pokémon League

Sawyer has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 大谷育江 Ikue Otani
English Robby Duncan Sharpe
Danish Sonny Lahey
Finnish Antti Lang (XY064-XY135)
Jon-Jon Geitel (XY138)
German Tim Schwarzmaier
Hebrew דור סרוגו Dor Srugo
Indonesian Muhammad Azhari (XY064-XY075)
Leni Marlina (XY094)
Italian Stefano Pozzi (XY064-XY075)
Patrizia Mottola (XY094-present)
Korean 안영미 Yung-mi Ahn
Polish Beniamin Lewandowski
Brazilian Portuguese Raphael Ferreira (S18)
Matheus Perissé (S19)
Russian Прохор Чеховской Prohor Chehovskoy
Spanish Latin America Carlos Siller
Spain Elena Palacios
Vietnamese Nguyễn Kim Anh


  • Sawyer and his Treecko were first shown in Mad-Paced Getter, the second opening song of Pokémon the Series: XY.
  • Sawyer is the first major recurring human character to be voiced by Ikue Otani, the voice actress for Pikachu.
  • The episode Sawyer met Ash, Serena, and Bonnie aired in the same week as the episode where he debuted in the English dub.
  • In Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!, the closed captions show Sawyer's name as Scottie in the dub.
  • Half of Sawyer's team is composed of Pokémon introduced in Generation III, whereas the other half is composed of Pokémon introduced in Generation VI.
    • In addition, half of his Pokémon were seen in all of their evolutionary stages, while the other half only appeared in their fully-evolved form.
  • Sawyer shares his Spanish name with Noland.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ショータ Shōta A common Japanese masculine given name
English, German Sawyer Similar to his Japanese name
Spanish Sabino From saber, to know
French Liam
Italian Sandro Similar to his Japanese name
Korean 승태 Seungtae Korean reading of the Japanese name Shōta (勝太, 昇太, 升太, 承太)
Chinese (Mandarin) 翔太 Xiángtài From the Japanese name 翔太 Shōta
Chinese (Cantonese) 翔太 Chèuhngtaai From the Japanese name 翔太 Shōta
Russian Сойер Soier Similar to his English name

See also

Trainers in League Conferences
Ever Grande
Lily of the Valley
HirokiPikalaMr. ElectricMad MagmarRappZipp
TuppPlumeriaDJ LeoMaster fishermanOluoluKahili

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. 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. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon FearowHo-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarKyogre and GroudonArticunoDeoxysLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaReshiramSuper-ancient PokémonWooperFlorgesSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruNebbyStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestNecrozmaLunalaShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioEternatusDrone RotomLegendary heroesLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

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