Tierno (anime)

ティエルノ Tierno
Tierno anime.png
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Hometown Santalune City
Region Kalos
Trainer class Trainer
Game counterpart Tierno
Anime debut Summer of Discovery!
English voice actor Todd Haberkorn
Japanese voice actor Anri Katsu

Tierno (Japanese: ティエルノ Tierno) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a Pokémon Trainer from Santalune City and a rival of Ash.


Pokémon the Series: XY

Tierno, Shauna, and Trevor

Tierno debuted in Summer of Discovery! along with Shauna and Trevor, and his Squirtle. He first had a battle against a Trainer's Conkeldurr and won. Later that episode, he battled Ash's Froakie. During his battle with Ash, he revealed that he dreams of forming a dance unit with his Pokémon.

In Foggy Pokémon Orienteering!, Tierno, along with Trevor and Shauna, decided to put the race on hold to help Ash, Serena, and Clemont find Bonnie. The group later encountered a mysterious Pokémon with an X mark on their way back to the camp. Although they arrived too late at the camp to win any points in the race, they declared that helping their friends was totally worth it.

In Battling Into the Hall of Fame!, Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor participated in a Team Battle with Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander, respectively. Their opponents were their new friends and rivals, Ash, Serena, and Clemont and their respective first partner Pokémon. Tierno was the last to defeated in the battle, where his Squirtle was defeated by Ash's Pikachu. He was also seen in a flashback in Showdown at the Shalour Gym!.

Tierno and Ash

In Good Friends, Great Training!, Tierno met Ash during their journey to the Lumiose Gym. He revealed that he already defeated Clembot and earned himself the Voltage Badge. Soon after, Tierno revealed the Pokémon that he caught after the camp: Hitmontop, Ludicolo, Politoed, and Raichu.

Both he and Ash decided to have a Pokémon battle, but it was interrupted by Team Rocket, who captured Ash's Sliggoo and Tierno's Raichu and Wartortle. After the group separated to rescue the Pokémon, Tierno and Bonnie met up with Sliggoo, Raichu, and Wartortle; and decided to go help Ash and Serena. During the confrontation with Team Rocket, Tierno watched as Sliggoo evolved into Goodra and defeated Jessie and James's Pokémon easily. Later, he battled Ash with Wartortle and Raichu, who were defeated by Goodra and Pikachu, respectively.

Tierno watching a Showcase

In Performing with Fiery Charm!, Tierno watched Serena competing in the Dendemille Town Pokémon Showcase along with Shauna and Trevor.

Tierno met Ash and his friends again in Tag Team Battle Inspiration, where he was accompanying Shauna at the Pokémon Showcase that would be held in Anistar City. He revealed that his Wartortle had evolved into a Blastoise and that he had tried to battle at the Gym of the city but lost to the Psychic-type Pokémon from the Gym Leader. Later, Tierno and Ash had a Tag Battle with Serena and Shauna which was eventually called off without any Pokémon getting defeated. He then had a battle again only with Ash, but the winner is not shown. He and Shauna remained in the group, with Tierno that assisted the Pokémon Showcase, which Shauna and Serena participated in, that happened in the next episode alongside Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie.

Tierno made brief appearances in Master Class is in Session! and Performing a Pathway to the Future!, watching the Gloire Showcase Master Class on television along with Trevor.

Tierno entered the Lumiose Conference in A League of His Own!, in which he was seen talking to Trevor during the opening reception. In the following episode, he was revealed to have advanced all the way to the quarterfinals, where he was matched against Sawyer.

Tierno and Sawyer

During the match, Tierno first sent out Ludicolo to battle Sawyer's Aegislash. He commanded Ludicolo to use Rain Dance in order to activate its Swift Swim Ability, but Sawyer's strategy of protecting Aegislash with King's Shield and raising its Attack with Swords Dance proved successful and Ludicolo was knocked out. After that, Tierno decided to use Raichu, and the Mouse Pokémon made quick work of Aegislash with its Dig attack. Sawyer then called out Slurpuff and had it use Attract, infatuating Raichu and prompting Tierno to return it to its Poké Ball.

Tierno dancing

After that, Tierno called out Blastoise, and when Slurpuff used Attract again, it had no effect. Tierno then asked Blastoise to use Hydro Cannon, rendering the Fairy-type Pokémon unable to battle and forcing Sawyer to sent out his last Pokémon, Sceptile, to the field. Blastoise managed to stand his ground for a while, even resisting a super-effective Leaf Blade, but ended up losing after it got hit by Frenzy Plant. Before he fainted, it used Rain Dance to change the weather and make things easier for his teammate Raichu. When Tierno brought Raichu back into battle and commanded her to use Thunder, he was taken aback as Sceptile Mega Evolved and gained the Lightning Rod Ability, thus being unaffected by Thunder. Tierno then had Raichu use Focus Blast, but Sawyer responded by commanding Mega Sceptile to use Dragon Claw, cutting the Focus Blast in half and knocking Raichu unconscious. As a result, Tierno was eliminated from the competition.

After losing, he decided to remain in Lumiose City to watch the rest of the League together with his friends, which he did up until Down to the Fiery Finish!.

In A Towering Takeover!, Tierno joined the fight against Team Flare. Diantha tasked him, Shauna, Trevor and Sawyer with helping the citizens during the crisis. In Coming Apart at the Dreams!, Rocking Kalos Defenses!, and Forming a More Perfect Union!, he watched the crisis unfold on television in a Pokémon Center.

In The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!, Tierno watched the performance that Serena put on to boost morale.

In Till We Compete Again!, Tierno and his group watched some of the wild Pokémon who recently escaped Lumiose City during the Team Flare incident.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

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


Tierno and his friends in Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Much like his game counterpart, Tierno is a dancer. Despite being a rookie Trainer, he can cope well when battling more experienced opponents thanks to his skills, teaching dance moves to his Pokémon so they can evade attacks with ease. He also battles strategically, like Sawyer, by Valuable Experience for All!.

Tierno is very friendly and is always encouraging his friends to do their best. He is very supportive of his close friends Shauna and Trevor, due to knowing them since they were little. Tierno would often watch Shauna's Showcase performances. He also has feelings for Serena, which he demonstrates every time they meet. He was responsible for introducing Shauna to Serena. Tierno quickly befriended Sawyer and respects him as a Trainer.


Tierno and some of his Pokémon prior to Tag Team Battle Inspiration!

Tierno's affinity for dancing is reflected in his party, as he tends to catch Pokémon with special dancing skills such as Hitmontop and Ludicolo. Tierno uses others, like Raichu, to balance his team and have advantages in his next challenges. These dancing skills not only serve as choreography, but they also contribute to the battling method of his Pokémon, where they can more easily dodge more powerful opponents.

Tierno's Pokémon, starting with his first partner Pokémon, tend to follow a team mostly composed of Water-type Pokémon, including using strategies with moves of this type. For example, during his battle against Sawyer, Tierno used techniques such as Rain Dance and Abilities such as Swift Swim to gain a chance of victory.

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

Squirtle → Wartortle → Blastoise
Main article: Tierno's Blastoise

Blastoise is Tierno's first partner Pokémon, which Tierno received from Professor Sycamore when he was still a Squirtle. He is a friendly Pokémon that often dances with his Trainer, but can be annoyed if attacked, as shown when Raichu accidentally hit him with a Thunderbolt. He uses his nimble dance moves to outmaneuver his opponents in battle, using them to defeat a Trainer's Conkeldurr as well as Ash's Froakie.

Debut Summer of Discovery!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Billy Bob Thompson
Ludicolo briefly appeared in Good Friends, Great Training! when Tierno revealed his team to Ash, Serena, and Bonnie. It was caught after the events of the Pokémon Summer Camp.

In Valuable Experience for All!, Ludicolo was used to battle against Sawyer's Aegislash in the Lumiose Conference and lost.

Ludicolo's known moves are Rain Dance, Hydro Pump, and Solar Beam, and its Ability is Swift Swim.

Debut Good Friends, Great Training!
Voice actors
English Bill Rogers
Hitmontop briefly appeared in Good Friends, Great Training! when Tierno revealed his team to Ash, Serena, and Bonnie. He was caught after the events of the Pokémon Summer Camp.

None of Hitmontop's moves are known.

Debut Good Friends, Great Training!
Politoed briefly appeared in Good Friends, Great Training! when Tierno revealed his team to Ash, Serena, and Bonnie. It was caught after the events of the Pokémon Summer Camp.

None of Politoed's moves are known.

Debut Good Friends, Great Training!
Raichu first appeared in Good Friends, Great Training!, where she was one of the Pokémon that Tierno revealed to Ash, Serena, and Bonnie.

Tierno revealed that he caught Raichu specifically for challenging the Lumiose Gym. She was captured by one of the machines of Team Rocket in Ash's Pikachu place. After foiling Team Rocket's scheme, she had a Double Battle with Wartortle against Pikachu and Goodra and lost, even though she fought well.

In Valuable Experience for All!, Raichu was used in Tierno's quarterfinal battle against Sawyer in the Lumiose Conference. She battled Sawyer's Aegislash and Slurpuff, defeating the former and being recalled against the latter. Later, she battled Sawyer's Mega Sceptile but lost.

Raichu's known moves are Thunderbolt, Charge Beam, Focus Blast, Dig, and Thunder.

Debut Good Friends, Great Training!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara


Tierno's Voltage Badge

Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Tierno has obtained:

Pokémon League

Tierno has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

Pokémon competitions

Tierno has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:


  • Despite being confirmed female, Tierno's Raichu lacked her species' usual gender difference in her original appearances. This was fixed in the Japanese version on Hulu.
  • Tierno is similar to Sid from Destiny Deoxys, both having similar builds and outfits, both owning a Blastoise and having a crush on Ash’s female travelling companion at the time, Tierno towards Serena and Sid towards May.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 勝杏里 Anri Katsu
English Todd Haberkorn
Czech Viktor Dvořák
Finnish Unknown voice actor (XY039-XY065)
Peter Pihlström (XY080-present)
European French Alexis Flamant
German Henry Engels
Indonesian Solihin Bumi (XY090)
Srilan Wulan (XY125-present)
Italian Gianluca Iacono
Polish Paweł Ciołkosz
Brazilian Portuguese Marcus Pejon (S17-S18)
Wirley Contaifer (S19)
Russian Прохор Чеховской Prohor Chehovskoy
Spanish Latin America Roberto Gutiérrez (XY039-XY090)
Pascual Meza (XY125-present)
Spain Ignasi Díaz

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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