ヴィオ Vio
Black 2 White 2 Zinzolin.png
Artwork from Black 2 and White 2
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color White
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Trainer class Team Plasma
Generation V
Games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Member of Team Plasma
Rank Sage
Specializes in Ice-types
Anime series Pokémon Generations
Debut The Uprising
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Tomoyuki Shimura
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Debut Letting Go

Zinzolin (Japanese: ヴィオ Vio) is one of the Seven Sages of Team Plasma.

In the core series games

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Zinzolin alongside two Plasma Grunts and a Shadow in the opening of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

In Pokémon Black and White, Zinzolin first appears in the Cold Storage with other Team Plasma Grunts, who were planning something. During that time, he had complained about the cold and when the player and Cheren appeared, he ordered the grunts to drive them away. When they failed, Clay and several Workers arrived and arrested him and the Grunts. Later, in Driftveil City, Ghetsis came and forced Clay to release them. At N's Castle, he and the other sages (except Ghetsis) appeared to block the player's way to N. However, he and the other sages were confronted by the Gym Leaders of the Unova League (except Cilan, Chili, and Cress), who held up the sages to allow the player to pass.

After defeating Ghetsis, Zinzolin can be found at the Cold Storage. He remarks on how odd the player is and tells the player about his thoughts, then gives the player TM01 (Hone Claws). When Looker arrives to arrest him, he goes willingly.

Zinzolin reappears as a major antagonist in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. He has joined the new Team Plasma formed by Ghetsis and now acts as one of the group's public leaders, along with Colress. Though he appears several times, usually when the player has major confrontations with Team Plasma, Zinzolin is not fought until the player reaches Lacunosa Town. He confronts the player after Team Plasma uses the Plasma Frigate and Kyurem to freeze Opelucid City. He is also seen in the Giant Chasm leading Ghetsis's forces against Rood and several members of the original Team Plasma opposing them.

After the player enters the Hall of Fame and defeats Hugh in Undella Town, Zinzolin appears there, dressed in a new set of robes. He expresses remorse for his actions and gives the player books of Ghetsis's research that allow translation of the messages in the Abyssal Ruins. He will give the player a Big Pearl upon returning from the end of the Abyssal Ruins, and depart.


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

First battle

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle

Items given

Item Location Games
  TM01 (Hone Claws) Cold Storage  B  W 
  Big Pearl Undella Town  B2  W2 



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White 2
Overworld sprite from
Black and White
First overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Second overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2


Main article: Zinzolin/Quotes

In the anime

Pokémon Generations

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Zinzolin in The Uprising
Zinzolin in The Frozen World

Zinzolin first appeared in The Uprising, where he was shown at N's Castle as it was rising from the ground and surrounding the Unova Pokémon League.

Zinzolin made another appearance in The Frozen World, this time wearing the clothes his game counterpart wears in Black 2 and White 2. He and several Team Plasma Grunts battled Drayden during Team Plasma's attack on Opelucid City. After Colress used Kyurem to freeze the city, Zinzolin was able to steal the DNA Splicers from Drayden.


Cryogonal battled Drayden's Haxorus alongside Weavile and multiple Liepard belonging to some Team Plasma Grunts.

Cryogonal's known moves are Ice Beam and Protect.

Debut The Frozen World
Weavile battled Drayden's Haxorus alongside Cryogonal and multiple Liepard belonging to some Team Plasma Grunts.

Weavile's known moves are Ice Beam and Protect.

Debut The Frozen World

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 志村知幸 Tomoyuki Shimura
European Spanish Santi Lorenz

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Zinzolin disguised as Gray


Black & White arc

Zinzolin appears as a member of the Seven Sages. Three years prior to the start of the chapter, he questions Ghetsis's choice on giving Gorm authority on finding information on Reshiram and Zekrom as he had already begun finding information about the two Dragon Pokémon. Before he could speak any further, he was silenced by Ghetsis.

He first appears alongside the other sages in Letting Go walking with Ghetsis after the latter gave a speech on releasing Pokémon to the public. In Fight in a Cold Climate, Zinzolin directed the capture of Cheren's Snivy. Black and Cheren tracked down the Grunts that had stolen Snivy from Cheren. Together, they rescued Snivy and defeated the Grunts. Zinzolin then appears and praises Black and Cheren's teamwork just before he disappears with the help of a mirror made of ice. After N awakens Zekrom from the Dark Stone, Zinzolin and the other sages watch as N attempts to befriend Zekrom and have it join Team Plasma's cause.

At the Pokémon League, Zinzolin appears as a participant. Going by the fake name Gray (Japanese: グレイ), Zinzolin makes it to the top 8 and is set against Iris as his opponent in the quarterfinals. While battling, he is seen as maniacal about the cold, and uses one of his Cryogonal's techniques to trap Iris's Fraxure in ice chains. However, Iris is able to counter this move through her training with Brycen and eventually defeats Zinzolin.

Later, Zinzolin talks to Hood Man about how the cold heart of a Trainer can bring out the strength in a Pokémon. It is revealed that after the events at the Cold Storage, Cheren became curious decided to return to the area to see how Team Plasma truly was. There, he encountered Zinzolin, who managed to instill Team Plasma's ideals into Cheren's head and made him pursue power. White overhears their conversation, but is quickly spotted by Cryogonal and is strangled. Zinzolin then reveals his true identity to White, which causes Looker to leap into action and use the Super Hard Tight Tape to bind Zinzolin and his Cryogonal together. Freed from Cryogonal's ice chain, White takes the chance to tell Black that Team Plasma had infiltrated the League, but she is taken away by Hood Man, who uses his Beheeyem to Teleport her away.

Zinzolin in the eleventh chapter

Once he defeated Cheren, won the tournament, and awakened Reshiram, Black furiously demands that Zinzolin tell him where Hood Man took White. Zinzolin instead pulls out a switch and activates it to summon N's Castle from the depths of the earth. The other sages emerge from the castle as they watch the chaos unfold. Ghetsis frees Zinzolin from his bindings, but is annoyed that Zinzolin had acted on his own. Black attempts to confront them, but Ghetsis easily defeats Black's team. With no way to save the Gym Leaders, stop the Grunts causing havoc below, and face N in battle, Black is assisted by several Trainers that he had met over the course of his journey. The Trainers battle against the sages and rescue the Gym Leaders from the bindings. The Gym Leaders then help battle the sages, but Zinzolin and the others eventually escape from the battle without being seen.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

Zinzolin and the other Seven Sages were sought after by International Police members Blake and Looker, who aimed to arrest them along with the other remaining Team Plasma members. Zinzolin was first mentioned by the new leader of Team Plasma, Colress, who wished to call Zinzolin to have him return to Team Plasma. When Zinzolin refused to answer the call, he was attacked by Colress and ran to the Cold Storage in order to hide. Colress managed to track Zinzolin down and used his Beheeyem to prevent Zinzolin from escaping. With his target cornered, Colress asked Zinzolin to tell him about Kyurem, the third Unova Legendary Dragon Pokémon.

Zinzolin reveals that despite Ghetsis refusing to allow him to study Unova's Dragon Pokémon, he still went ahead and did so. In his findings, Zinzolin discovered Kyurem and traveled to the Giant Chasm, where he managed to capture it. Colress is impressed by Zinzolin's success, but demands that he hand Kyurem over to him. Angered, Zinzolin refuses and threatens to kill Colress for humiliating him. Unfazed by these claims, Colress tells Zinzolin to try and go through with his threat.

Zinzolin commands Kyurem to attack Colress, who proceeds to dodge its attacks with Klinklang's speed. Colress mocks Zinzolin's lack of skill as a Trainer and pulls out the Colress Machine to use it on Kyurem. Before he can use the device, Colress's arm is bound by the ice crystal chains of Zinzolin's Cryogonal, which had kept itself hidden by turning into steam. Zinzolin has Cryogonal throw the Colress Machine to him so that he may destroy it, but Beheeyem stops Zinzolin before he can grab it. After some thinking, Colress deduces that Zinzolin's goal is to have Kyurem fuse with Reshiram or Zekrom through Absofusion. Colress then decides to retrieve the Colress Machine and has Thundurus and Landorus attack Zinzolin from behind. When Blake arrives at the Pokémon World Tournament construction site, he sees a defeated Zinzolin being thrown out of the Cold Storage.

During his battle against Colress, Blake attempts to arrest the unconscious Zinzolin. Before Zinzolin could be captured, he is lifted into the air by Colress's Beheeyem. Colress reveals that he intends of keeping Zinzolin around, as his knowledge of Kyurem's Absofusion would prove useful.


On hand
Cryogonal is Zinzolin's first known Pokémon. He used it in his battle against Iris, but it is defeated by her Fraxure. Cryogonal is later used to strangle White when it spots her eavesdropping in Zinzolin's conversation with Hood Man. Later, it was used alongside the other Seven Sages' Pokémon to fend off several Trainers that were trying to rescue the captured Gym Leaders. When the Gym Leaders were freed, Cryogonal was left to fight alone with the other sages' Pokémon after the Seven Sages escaped.

Cryogonal's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut The Tournament Continues
Main article: Tao trio (Adventures)

Kyurem is Zinzolin's second known Pokémon. It was created at the same time as Zekrom and Reshiram when they were split from the original Dragon Pokémon that helped with the founding of Unova. It was found at the Giant Chasm, where Zinzolin captured it. After Zinzolin was defeated, Colress took control of Kyurem with the Colress Machine.

Debut Cold Storage Battle

Zinzolin has at least two other Pokémon, as he participated in the quarterfinals of the Unova Pokémon League, which requires a Single Battle involving three Pokémon.


  • In Black and White, Zinzolin quotes a proverb from Mencius and a line from Tao Te Ching at N's Castle.
  • Zinzolin can be seen as Rood's parallel in that Zinzolin is a sage who decided to join the sect that remains loyal to Ghetsis while Rood joins the other sect that is loyal to N.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ヴィオ Vio From violet, French for violet[1]
English Zinzolin From zinzolin, French for reddish purple
French Lilien From lilas, lilac
German Violaceus From violaceus, Latin for violet
Italian Violante From viola, violet
Spanish Menek From menekşe, Turkish for violet
Korean 비오 Vio Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 維奧 / 维奥 Wéi'ào Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 維奧 Wàih'ou
Vietnamese Vio Transliteration of his Japanese name


Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 格雷 Gaaklèuih
Mandarin 格雷 Géléi
  German Grau
  Italian Gray
  Brazilian Portuguese Gray
  European Spanish Gray
  Vietnamese Grey


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