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Team Flare
フレア団 Team Flare
Flare logo.png
XY Team Flare Grunts.png
Artwork of Team Flare Grunts from X and Y
Leader Lysandre
Region Kalos
Admins Aliana, Bryony, Celosia, Mable, Xerosic, Team Flare Admins
Major targets Glittering Cave, Route 10, Kalos Power Plant, Poké Ball Factory, Frost Cavern, Geosenge Town, Lumiose City*, Anistar City*
Base locations Lumiose City, Geosenge Town
Anime debut From A to Z!
Adventures debut PS550

Team Flare (Japanese: フレア Flare-dan, literally Flare Gang) is the villainous team in the Kalos region. Their goal is to create a "beautiful and better" world while making money, eliminating everyone who does not follow their standards.

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In the games

In Pokémon X and Y

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Team Flare appears in X and Y. They are first encountered in Glittering Cave, where they attempt to steal fossils off the researcher working there, but are stopped by the player and Serena/Calem. This occurs without the researcher noticing. They next appear in a scene in Route 10, examining the mysterious rock formation. The Grunt defeated in Glittering Cave challenges the player to a rematch.

In Geosenge Town, they are seen examining the rock formations there, when a grunt is encountered by the player and tries to flee. Once he is followed, there appears to be an entrance to a cavern which has been blocked off. This is later revealed to be Team Flare Secret HQ.

On Route 13, it is revealed that a problem inside the Kalos Power Plant is responsible for the blackout in Lumiose City, which is preventing the player from accessing the majority of the city, including the Lumiose Gym. A Team Flare Grunt outside the Power Plant drops a Power Plant Pass, which the player uses to enter the building. Inside the building, a Team Flare Admin and Team Flare Scientist Aliana are siphoning electricity from the Power Plant, causing the blackout. Once they are defeated, the player can progress to Lumiose City.

At Laverre City, Team Flare Grunts are blocking the player from entering Route 15 and the Poké Ball Factory until the player has defeated the Laverre Gym and received the Fairy Badge. At that point Shauna tricks the Grunt guarding the Poké Ball Factory away so the player and Serena/Calem can enter. Although the player defeats them, the Team Flare Scientists are able to steal many of the Poké Balls, with the exception of the Master Ball.

In Frost Cavern, a Trainer's Mamoswine, which the player needs to traverse the snow-blocked Route 17, is upset. Upon reaching the depths of the Cavern, Team Flare, led by Mable, are antagonizing an Abomasnow. Once she has been defeated, the Abomasnow gives the player an Abomasite, and the player is now able to traverse Route 17 on the Mamoswine.

Team Flare does not appear again until the player has received their seventh badge from the Anistar Gym, where Lysandre reveals that he is the leader of Team Flare, and sends out a live broadcast to all trainers around Kalos via the Holo Caster. During the broadcast, Lysandre reveals Team Flare's plans of using the "ultimate weapon", a machine built by the king of Kalos 3,000 years ago that can eliminate all life. To achieve this, Lysandre plans to use XerneasX/YveltalY to activate the machine in Lysandre Labs in Lumiose City.

Lysandre Labs' secret entrance is located inside Lysandre Café, where Lysandre greets the player with a battle, before moving to the basement. Once the player reaches the basement, he is revealed to have imprisoned AZ, who tells the player the history of the ultimate weapon. The player then encounters Xerosic in conversation with Lysandre, whereupon Lysandre promises to deactivate the weapon if the player defeats Xerosic. However, despite this promise, Xerosic still activates the weapon by remote control, even if the player manages to switch off the weapon. The weapon, situated in Geosenge Town, activates from the three menhirs in the center of the town.

Encountering Xerneas
Encountering Yveltal

The player then enters the Team Flare Secret HQ, to the Northwest of the town, which was previously blocked. After battling Lysandre, the player, with the help of Calem/Serena and Shauna, make their way down to the legendary Pokémon. The player encounters the legendary Pokémon, and after catching XerneasX/YveltalY, Lysandre challenges the player to one last battle. After being defeated for the third and final time, Lysandre expresses his disgust towards the fact that his beautiful world will never be a reality. The player and their friends attempt to reason with him, saying that if people cooperate together, a better world is possible, and they use the Mega Evolution achieved by him as proof of the bond he has with his Pokémon. He, however, rejects the idea as mere naivety and then attempts to force immortality on the player and their friendsX/destroy everyone in the buildingY and fires the ultimate weapon using what little power still remains. The blast from the weapon destroys it and buries Lysandre and the HQ under rubble. As a result, Team Flare disbands. It is unknown what becomes of Lysandre afterwards.

Despite the collapse of Team Flare, however, the player encounters them once more. After defeating the Champion, during the main post-game side story, Looker arrives in Lumiose City with the intent of apprehending a criminal he is tracking, enlisting the player and a young homeless girl named Emma to aid him. A crime wave breaks out in the city, and the culprit is ultimately revealed to be one of Team Flare's scientists, Xerosic, conducting an experiment using what little funds he still has following the disbanding of Team Flare. After the player defeats "Essentia," the creation of his project, Xerosic relents and surrenders to Looker, ending Team Flare's reign of terror once and for all.

Elite Four member Malva was also a member of Team Flare; however, she was not revealed to be with them until after Lysandre is defeated. Instead, she is the host of the newscasts occasionally sent through the Holo Caster. Her rank in Team Flare is unknown, although she knows classified information.

In the anime

In the main series

Lysandre debuted in Mega Evolution Special I. He was seen monitoring Alain's Charizard's energy levels during its Mega Evolution from his laboratory, and was apparently pleased with the result. He reappeared in Mega Evolution Special II, when he visited the ruins Steven Stone was investigating, leading to an attack by Mega Rayquaza. In Mega Evolution Special III, thanks to the efforts of Alain, Steven, and their Pokémon, Lysandre was able to secure a gigantic Key Stone, the Giant Rock, for his research.

Malva debuted in person in Mega Evolution Special IV, battling Alain and Charizard with her Mega Houndoom. The battle eventually ended in Alain's victory.

Team Flare, as a collective entity, debuted in From A to Z!, with the Team Flare Grunts and the five Scientists all making appearances. They reappeared in Meeting at Terminus Cave!.

In A Meeting of Two Journeys!, Xerosic and two Team Flare Admins conducted a test of a prototype weapon that was being powered by Zygarde and the Mega Evolution energy.

They infiltrated Prism Tower in Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!, and executed their scheme after the conclusion of the Lumiose Conference in Down to the Fiery Finish!, using Zygarde to slowly destroy the Kalos region, starting with Lumiose City. Starting from A Towering Takeover!, Ash and his friends try to stop Team Flare, with Ash himself getting captured so that Lysandre could closely observe the Bond Phenomenon between Ash and Greninja. During the next episode, Ash broke free, and Alain, shocked by the results of his actions, defected from the team, with the duo facing Lysandre. Meanwhile, Xerosic successfully captured Squishy, while Clemont and Clembot were able to infiltrate the Lumiose Gym, capturing Aliana and Bryony in the process. During the events of Rocking Kalos Defenses!, Lysandre was defeated by Ash, Malva, and Alain and seemingly committed suicide, while Celosia and Mable were defeated and imprisoned by Team Rocket. Lysandre Labs was then destroyed when the Giant Rock transformed into a giant copy of Zygarde. During Forming a More Perfect Union!, Lysandre was revealed to have survived and used the Giant Rock to battle Ash, Alain, Malva, Steven, Professor Sycamore, Diantha, and all of Kalos' Gym Leaders. Eventually, the Giant Rock was destroyed when Squishy and Z2 transformed into Zygarde Complete Forme and attacked it with Core Enforcer. Lysandre was engulfed by the attack and seemingly died as well. Afterwards, Malva promised to hunt down the other Team Flare members and afterwards turn herself in as well.

Unlike the games, where Team Flare hunts down Xerneas or Yveltal, Zygarde is their main target in the anime. Instead of stealing Poké Balls or electricity to further their plans, they utilize energy collected from Pokémon undergoing Mega Evolution.

In Pokémon Generations

Team Flare in Pokémon Generations

Team Flare appeared in The Beauty Eternal, where Lysandre introduced the Holo Caster in Kalos. It was also revealed that Team Flare was secretly in the process of developing "Project Y". Later, Team Flare's secret HQ was seen, where Yveltal was being kept while sleeping in its cocoon form.

In the manga

Team Flare Scientists in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Team Flare appear as the main antagonists of the X & Y chapter. The four Scientists first appear seeking to steal X's Mega Ring with various schemes, but were thwarted several times. Lysandre also made an appearance with Professor Sycamore, acquiring a video file of Xerneas and Yveltal for his research.

After Xerneas and Yveltal's clash in Vaniville Town, Team Flare took all the people and Pokémon in the city and imprisoned them in their HQ, including Y's mother Grace. Using Celosia's Aegislash's mind controlling powers, the villainous team forced their prisoners to transport Xerneas, which had retreated to its tree form, from Route 8 to Geosenge Town to be used as an energy source for the ultimate weapon.

After locating Team Flare's hideout, X and his friends stormed the base, and as a result of their actions, Xerneas was awakened and later joined Y's team, and the ultimate weapon's blast was weakened so that no innocent lives were lost. As a result, Team Flare decided to go hiding in the Pokémon Village in order to plan their next move. Team Flare eventually planned to activate the ultimate weapon again by transporting Pokémon from the Pokémon Village to the stones at the Menhir Trail in order to absorb their bioenergy. Their plan was stopped by the teamwork of Alexa, Bonnie, Clemont, Viola, and the Sky Trainers led by Yvette, while five other Kalos Gym Leaders and three of the Elite Four defeated their forces of grunts stationed elsewhere around Kalos.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Team Flare or their Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Team Flare'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 #
Pretend Grunt Pikachu Lightning       SM-P Promotional cards   014/SM-P
Pretend Boss Pikachu Team Flare Lightning       SM-P Promotional cards   196/SM-P
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Lysandre Su Flashfire Uncommon 90/106 Wild Blaze U 077/080
Ancient Origins Uncommon 78/98 Wild Blaze SR 085/080
Flashfire Rare Ultra 104/106 M Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck   020/021
      M Rayquaza-EX Mega Battle Deck   017/018
      M Master Deck Build Box Power Style   044/049
      M Master Deck Build Box Speed Style   044/049
      BREAK Starter Pack   068/072
      Premium Champion Pack   125/131
      Premium Trainer Box   014/018
      The Best of XY   150/171
      Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Premium Trainer Box   019/020
Battle Compressor I Phantom Forces Uncommon 92/119 Phantom Gate U 079/088
      Premium Champion Pack   104/131
      The Best of XY   114/171
      Ultra Moon Deck Build Box   019/041
      Extra Regulation Box   025/048
Head Ringer I Phantom Forces Rare Holo 97/119 Phantom Gate R 083/088
      M Master Deck Build Box Speed Style   040/049
      Premium Champion Pack   117/131
Jamming Net I Phantom Forces Rare Holo 98/119 Phantom Gate R 082/088
Robo Substitute I Phantom Forces Uncommon 102/119 Phantom Gate U 080/088
      XY-P Promotional cards    
      M Master Deck Build Box Power Style   034/049
      The Best of XY   119/171
Target Whistle I Phantom Forces Uncommon 106/119 Phantom Gate U 078/088
      The Best of XY   109/171
Lysandre's Trump Card Su Phantom Forces Uncommon 99/119 Phantom Gate U 086/088
Phantom Forces SuperRare 118/119 Phantom Gate SR 095/088
Xerosic Su Phantom Forces Uncommon 110/119 Phantom Gate U 085/088
Phantom Forces SuperRare 119/119 Phantom Gate SR 094/088
      Premium Champion Pack   119/131
      The Best of XY   143/171
      Ultra Sun Deck Build Box   028/041
Lysandre ♢ Su Forbidden Light Rare Holo 110/131 Forbidden Light PR 089/094
Lysandre Labs St Forbidden Light Uncommon 111/131 Forbidden Light U 089/094
 

Trivia

  • Many of Team Flare's targets share notable similarities with Team Rocket's targets: a cave where a regional Fossil can be obtained (Glittering Cave and Mt. Moon), a Poké Ball-producing facility where the Master Ball can be obtained (Poké Ball Factory and Silph Co.), a Pokémon burial ground (Route 10 and Pokémon Tower), the regional Power Plant (Kalos Power Plant and Kanto Power Plant), and a location where experiments involving agitating a certain Pokémon are conducted (Abomasnow in Frost Cavern and Red Gyarados at the Lake of Rage).
  • The names of Team Flare's scientists are possibly a reference to solar flares, which are classified as A, B, C, M, or X according to their peak flux range. Those are the scientists' initials in each localization of Pokémon X and Y.
  • According to a girl in Lysandre Café, it costs PokémonDollar.png5,000,000 to join Team Flare.
  • Team Flare is the only pre-Generation VIII villainous team to not receive a 3DS theme based on them.
  • Team Flare's motivation, plans, and mindset resemble those of the real-world Nazi Party, an extremist, fascist political party that controlled Germany and occupied several other European countries, including France, the inspiration of Kalos, from the 1930s to 1945. Like Team Flare, they viewed society's flaws as being caused by people they viewed as inferior and saw themselves as the only people who deserved life. Their fire theme also alluded to the mass cremations in Nazi concentration camps. Additionally, Holo Caster, a Lysandre's device, has a name that sounds similar to the Holocaust, a genocide carried out by the Nazis against European Jews and other groups they saw as inferior.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese フレア団 Team Flare From flare or solar flare and possibly flair
English, French
German, Italian
European Spanish
Team Flare Same as Japanese name
Korean 플레어단 Flare-dan Same as Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 閃焰隊 / 闪焰队 Shǎnyàn Duì* From 閃焰 shǎnyàn, solar flare
閃焰團 Shǎnyàn Tuán*
Chinese (Cantonese) 閃焰隊 Símyihm Déui* From 閃焰 símyihm, solar flare
閃焰團 Símyihm Tyùhn*
Finnish Ryhmä Flare Same as Japanese name
Polish Zespół Flara Same as Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Equipe Flare Same as Japanese name
European Portuguese Equipa Flare*
Team Flare*
Same as Japanese name
Russian Команда Пламя Komanda Plamya From пламя plamya, flame
Latin American Spanish Equipo Flare Same as Japanese name


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