ジル Zir
Zirc anime.png
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Orange
Hair color Black (with an olive mohawk)
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Anime series Pokémon Horizons: The Series
Debut The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Kohsuke Tanabe
Member of Explorers
Rank Grunt

Zirc (Japanese: ジル Zir) is a grunt of the Explorers, Amethio's subordinate, and a recurring supporting antagonist in Pokémon Horizons: The Series.

In the anime


Zirc debuted in The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One alongside the other members of the Explorers. Zirc was the first one to find Liko and her Sprigatito after they tried to escape and confronted them with his Rhydon, only for it to be subdued by Sprigatito's aroma. When Friede from the Rising Volt Tacklers swoop in to defend Liko, Amethio stopped him and Onia from assisting. After Friede escaped with Liko in the next episode, him and the rest of the Explorers gave chase, broke through the airship's defenses, and threatened Liko to give herself up. Friede stopped them from leaving and battled Amethio once more, but they managed to escape after Liko's Sprigatito unleashed a Leafage strong enough to break the forcefield around the battlefield, taking it as a hostage in the process.

In For Sure! 'Cause Sprigatito's with Me!, Zirc kept an eye on the Brave Olivine whilst most of the members of the Rising Volt Tacklers were searching for Sprigatito. Unseen by Ludlow who remained onboard the Brave Asagi fishing, Zirc was able to place an unknown device on the ship.

As of The Ancient Poké Ball, after leaving without a mission to complete, that was now given by Spinel, Zirc decided to follow Amethio in order to discover more about the Black Rayquaza that was summoned from Roy's ancient Poké Ball.

In HZ021, Zirc with Amethio and Onia arrived in the Galar region in order to investigate the Galar Mine. In the next episode, Zirc and his team arrived at the Galar Mine where they came across Roy, Liko, and Friede as they battled them. However, the two groups witness a Galarian Moltres that had an Ancient Poké Ball arrive and attack them. Seeing how powerful Moltres is, Zirc and Onia retreated from their battle against Roy and Liko. In the following episode, Zirc and Onia were with Amethio as they agree to help him get the Pokémon that was in the pedant.

In HZ024, Zirc, Amethio, and Onia reported his findings to Hamber. After giving his information to Hamber, Zirc, Amethio, and Onia followed Liko, Roy, and Friede to an old castle in Hammerlocke. Once they found them at the old castle, Zirc and his teammates surrounded them in order to take the Pokémon away. In the next episode, Zirc tried to prevent Roy and Liko's escape, but failed. However, Zirc was able to find Roy and Liko again, as he and Onia forced them to battle. During the battle, Zirc and Onia retreated once he noticed the Salt Cure from Onyx's Garganacl on the castle's wild Pokémon


He has a cocky personality and is also shown to be ruthless and violent like a brute, Zirc obeys the orders of his superiors such as Amethio without question despite these traits. He is also secretly a fan of Nidothing and watches her videos, where he submits questions under the username (Japanese: サイドンの筋肉 Muscles of a Sidon).


On hand

Rhydon is Zirc's first known Pokémon and his main battler. He used it to battle Liko and her Sprigatito, but it was quickly subdued due to Sprigatito's aroma.

In Found You, Fuecoco!, Rhydon was used to battle members of the Rising Volt Tacklers, battling against Rockruff and Chansey before battling Fuecoco, however Fuecoco later managed to learn ember to take Rhydon out of the fight.

Rhydon's known moves are Rock Blast, Megahorn, and Sandstorm*.

Debut The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One
Skarmory is Zirc's second known Pokémon. Zirc uses Skarmory as his main means of transportation.

Skarmory's only known move is Whirlwind.

Debut The Pendant That Starts It All: Part Two

Traveling with

Rotom Phone

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 田邊幸輔 Kohsuke Tanabe
English N/A


Concept art of Zirc and Onia from Pokémon Horizons: The Series [1]

In the manga

Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Zirc in Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Zirc appeared in the Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~, playing the same role he does in the anime.

Pocket Monsters ~Pucchigumi SP~

Zirc appeared in PGSP01.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ジル Zir From zirconia
English, Latin American Spanish,
French, Brazilian Portuguese
Zirc Similar to his Japanese name


Related articles

Boss: Gibeon
Administrators: HamberAmethioSpinel
Agents: OniaZirc

Pokémon Horizons characters
Protagonists Liko (Sprigatito) • Roy (Fuecoco)
Rising Volt Tacklers Friede (Captain Pikachu) • MollieOrlaLudlowMurdockDot (Quaxly)
Explorers AmethioOniaZircHamberSpinelSangoOnyxAgateGibeon
Relatives AlexLuccaDianaRoy's grandfather
Supporting cast Nurse JoyRotom PhonesAnnTerapagosLuciusNemonaGym LeadersMany temporary characters
See also: Original anime characters

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