Official artwork from Pokémon Sword and Shield
|Eye color||Brown*, Light blue*, Gray*|
|Hair color||Brown*, Blond*, Black*|
|Relatives||Unnamed mother and father|
|Trainer class||Pokémon Trainer, player character|
|Games||Sword and Shield, Masters EX|
|Game animation debut||Sky|
|English voice actor||Aleks Le (Evolutions)|
Ben Thao (Masters EX)
|Japanese voice actor||Kaichi Miyata (Twilight Wings)|
Kōsuke Tanabe (Evolutions)
Hiro Shimono (Masters EX)
|Manga counterpart(s)||Henry Sword|
Victor (Japanese: マサル Masaru) is the male player character in Pokémon Sword and Shield. His female counterpart is Gloria.
In the core series games
Victor is a young boy who lives with his mother in the town of Postwick in the Galar region. One day, his friend Hop invites him to meet his big brother Leon, the Champion of the Galar League, so that they both can receive a starter Pokémon from him. After also receiving an endorsement from Leon later on, as well as obtaining a Dynamax Band from Professor Magnolia, each of them sets out on their Gym Challenge, collecting eight Badges from Gym Leaders across the region, while also dealing with the troublesome actions of Team Yell along the way.
Victor eventually collects the eight required Badges and travels to Wyndon, the biggest city in Galar and the setting of the Champion Cup, where he competes for the right to challenge Leon. Victor wins the tournament, but his battle with Leon is interrupted before it can even begin by the actions of the Galar League Chairman Rose, who has awakened a Pokémon known as Eternatus and brought about an event called the Darkest Day, which Galar had previously experienced thousands of years ago. Victor teams up with Hop and the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta to defeat Eternatus, before catching it and ending the second Darkest Day. He then proceeds to battle Leon and defeat him, ending his career as the undefeated Champion of Galar and making Victor the new Champion.
Later, Victor and Hop are forced to deal with a group of rampaging Dynamax Pokémon let loose by a pair of rich brothers named Sordward and Shielbert, who are trying to reinstate the monarchy of Galar and denigrate Zacian and Zamazenta. Eventually, the brothers' plans are stopped, and both Victor and Hop end up catching one of the two Legendary Pokémon.
In The Isle of Armor
Sometime during his journey, Victor travels to the Isle of Armor, where he meets a new rival, KlaraSw/AverySh, and is taken under the wing of former Champion Mustard as a student of his Dojo. Victor competes in a series of trials with his new rival, eventually defeating them in a final battle, earning them the right to inheirit the Dojo's "secret armor", the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu. After growing close with his new Pokémon, Victor and Kubfu challenge one of the Towers of Two Fists, culminating in a battle between Master Mustard and his own Kubfu. The two are successful, and Kubfu learns the secret of the tower, allowing it to evolve into Single Strike or Rapid Strike Style Urshifu.
After resolving the incident with Sordward and Shielbert, Victor returns to the dojo, where he finds Hop conducting research on Sonia's behalf. Mustard tells him that Urshifu hates the taste of Max Soup, so, in order for it to unlock its Gigantamax potential, a special ingredient is needed to make it drink the Max Soup. He doesn't reveal what this ingredient is, though, and leaves it to the duo to figure it out on their own. After a few bad guesses, Victor and Hop travel to Honeycalm Island, where Victor gets thrusted into a Max Raid Battle against a Dynamax Vespiquen. After defeating it, he finds the missing ingredient; Max Honey. Upon returning to the dojo, Mustard informs Victor that he wants to battle him in a no-holds-barred battle, where he uses his full power. In the battle, Mustard uses his own Gigantamax Urshifu. After being defeated, Mustard declares that he has nothing more to teach him.
In The Crown Tundra
Sometime during his journey, Victor travels to the Crown Tundra, where he meets the retired Gym Leader Peony, who recruits him as the leader of his exploration team, and tasks him with investigating three mysteries surrounding the tundra. In the first mystery, Victor meets Calyrex, the former king of the Crown Tundra, and helps it reunite with its steed, Glastrier or Spectrier (as chosen by the player). In the second mystery, he investigates ruins scattered around the tundra, encountering and catching the legendary titans. In the third mystery, Victor pursues the Galarian legendary birds across Galar. Upon solving these mysteries, Victor finds a note describing a fourth mystery that Peony does not recall writing. Upon bringing it to the Max Lair, he learns about Ultra Beasts and Necrozma, and is eventually able to catch Necrozma in a Dynamax Adventure.
Sometime after the events of the Sordward and Shielbert incident, The Isle of Armor, and The Crown Tundra, Victor receives a call from Leon, receiving an invitation to a new type of competition called the Galarian Star Tournament at Wyndon Stadium. Victor partners with Hop or Marnie in the inaugural Multi Battle tournament, and emerges victorious after defeating Leon and Raihan (if his partner is Hop) or Raihan and Piers (if his partner is Marnie), in the finals.
In spin-off games
Pokémon Masters EX
- Main article: Victor (Masters)
Victor forms a sync pair with Rillaboom that's capable of Gigantamaxing in Pokémon Masters EX.
- Main article: Style (GO)
For the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Victor's outfit was released as free style options in Pokémon GO. For each release of the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, style options based on outfits from The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra have also been made for free.
|Concept art from Sword and Shield||Artwork of Victor in his
|Artwork of Victor from
"The Isle of Armor" expansion
|Artwork of Victor from|
"The Crown Tundra" expansion
|Choosing the player's appearance|
at the beginning of Sword and Shield
- Main article: Victor (game)/Quotes
In the anime
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
Victor appeared in the post-credits scene of Sky, alongside Gloria. They requested a Flying Taxi to take them somewhere.
Prior the events of The Champion, Victor had his match against Leon interrupted before it could even begin because of the Darkest Day. Although Leon tried to control the situation, Victor and Hop were forced to take his place when he was unable to stop the event. In the midst of battle against Eternatus, Zacian and Zamazenta appeared and joined the Trainers. With their help, they managed to weaken Eternatus enough for Victor to catch it.
In the present day, Victor prepared to start his Championship Match against Leon.
|Inteleon is Victor's first known Pokémon. He used it to battle against Eternatus.
Inteleon's only known move is Snipe Shot.
|Eternatus is Victor's second known Pokémon. It was caught by him in order to stop the Darkest Day.
None of Eternatus's moves are known.
This listing is of the Badges Victor has obtained:
- Eight Galar Badges (prior to The Champion)
Victor briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, using Gigantamax Cinderace.
In the manga
- Main article: Henry Sword
Victor's counterpart in Pokémon Adventures is Henry Sword. He specializes in fixing and maintaining tools various Pokémon use in battle, such as Sirfetch'd's leek.
In the TCG
The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Victor or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
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.
|Galarian Articuno||Astral Radiance||TG16/TG30||VMAX Climax||230/184|
|Shadow Rider Calyrex||Astral Radiance||TG17/TG30||VMAX Climax||235/184|
|Shadow Rider Calyrex||Astral Radiance||TG18/TG30||VMAX Climax||236/184|
|Friends in Galar||Su||Brilliant Stars||140/172||VMAX Climax||149/184|
|Silver Tempest||TG23/TG30||VMAX Climax||258/184|
- Victor, along with Gloria, was designed by Megumi Mizutani.
- Even though the player can choose the player character's uniform number, official artwork depicts their uniform number as "227", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 無事な bujina, meaning "safely". It also could be a reference to February 27, the release date of Pokémon Red and Green.
- Victor's uniform number in Pokémon Evolutions is 25, a reference to Pokémon's 25th anniversary.
- Pre-release media referred to Victor as both "Victor" and "Sword" (Japanese: ソード Sword, Korean: 소드 Sword).
- Victor is the first player character to appear with a customized playable skin color outside the games, appearing with a darker skin in Pokémon Evolutions.
|Japanese||マサル Masaru||From 勝る masaru (to surpass). Forms a pun of 勝利 shōri (victory) and 優勝 yūshō (championship) with ユウリ Yuuri (Gloria)|
|English, German, Spanish,
|Korean||승재 Seungjae||From 승 (勝) seung (victory) and 재 (才) jae (talent). Forms a pun of 승리 (勝利) seungni (victory) and 우승 (優勝) useung (championship) with 우리 Uri (Gloria)|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||小勝 / 小胜 Xiǎo Shèng||From 勝 / 胜 shèng / sīng (victory). Forms the phrase 優勝 / 优胜 yōushèng / yāusīng (championship) with 小優 / 小优 Xiǎo Yōu / Síu Yāu (Gloria)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||小勝 Síu Sīng|
|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.|