Volkner (Jp. Name: デンジ Denzi)

Hometown: Sunyshore City, Sinnoh
First Appearence In Episode: Flint Sparks the Fire!


Volkner is the Gym Leader in Sunyshore City. Volkner is close friends with the Elite Four member Flint and considered him a rival when they were younger. Over time, Volkner started to become apathetic towards Pokémon battling and ended up just giving the badges away without battles. However, after seeing Ash battle against Flint, Volkner started to see in Ash much of the enthusiasm and care that he used to have and so became more welcoming to battles.


Volkner has worked up the ranks and become the Sunyshore City Gym Leader. He also designed and revolutionalised all the technological improvements within Sunyshore City.

Pokémon on Team


Raichu is Volkner's main Pokémon and is often seen outside of its PokéBall. After evolving from Pikachu, Volkner used his Raichu in many of his battles in the Gym. Like Ash's Pikachu, it has many powerful attacks such as Thunderbolt and is the cornerstone of Volkner's team

Obtained prior to Episode: Flint Sparks the Fire!


Luxray is one of the Pokémon on Volkner's team. Using it in his Gym Battle against Ash, Luxray appears to have quick agility and is able to evade Grotle's Razor Leaf attack with ease and manages to use Double Team to its advantage to try and get its opponents to attack its duplicates. It also appears to have several strong attacks such as Discharge, Iron Tail and Thunder Fang which even managed to knock out Ash's Pikachu. It was eventually taken out by Ash's Infernape. Volkner then used it against Ash in the Pokémon World Coronation Series where it was shown to use Electric Terrain and Rising Voltage and fell to Ash's Lucario.

Obtained prior to Episode: Take Off! Sunyshore Tower!


Electivire was the first Pokémon Volkner used in his gym battle against Ash. Volkner used it against Ash's Torterra and Pikachu where it used massive attacks such as Fire Punch & Ice Punch that allow it to strike hard against Pokémon it wouldn't normally be able to hit, and managed to easily defeat Ash's Torterra with these moves. It eventually fell to the power and speed of Ash's Pikachu. It has the ability Motor Drive that allows for it to absorb Electric-type attacks and was shown to know Wild Charge, Iron Tail, and Thunder Punch during the World Coronation Series but fell to Pikachu's 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Z-Move

Obtained prior to Episode: The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!


Jolteon is another of Volkner's Pokémon that he used in his final gym match against Ash. It has powerful attacks like Shadow Ball and Thundershock which helped it face off against Ash's Infernape. It eventually got taken out by Infernape's Mach Punch attack.

Obtained prior to Episode: The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!


Volkner used Rotom during his Hyper Class battle in the World Coronation Series against Ash's Gengar. it has the moves Air Slash, Hex and Thunder Wave at its disposal for great combination of moves, and could move rapidly. It defeated Gengar but fell to Lucario

Obtained prior to Episode: A Super-Electromagnetic Hyper Class Battle!

Pokémon Previously Owned


Pikachu was Volkner's choice Pokémon when he was a kid. He used it in many battles against Flint as well as other adversaries that he encountered. Pikachu had many attacks such as Thundershock at its disposal and quickly became one of Volkner's main Pokémon. He evolved Pikachu into Raichu shortly after Flint left Sunyshore City.

Obtained prior to Episode: Flint Sparks the Fire!
Evolved into Raichu prior to Episode: Flint Sparks the Fire!