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カツラ Katsura
"The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
Art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Gender Male
Hometown Cinnabar Island
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym LeaderRBYGSCFRLGHGSSPE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VII
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, Stadium, Stadium 2, Masters EX
Leader of Cinnabar Gym
Badge Volcano Badge
Specializes in Fire types
Game animation debut File 3: Giovanni
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Anime debut Riddle Me This
English voice actor Roger Kay
Japanese voice actor Toshiya Ueda

Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym. He hands out the Volcano Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He is a highly intelligent man who specializes in Fire-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Blaine's title is "The Hotheaded Quiz Master." His strategy is to incinerate challengers with his rough-and-ready Fire-type Pokémon. To reach Blaine, challengers have to answer a series of quiz questions about Pokémon. Blaine only takes off his sunglasses when thinking up new quiz questions.

When he once got lost in a treacherous, freezing mountain range, he was guided out of the mountains by a Moltres. Apparently, this is what inspired him to train Fire-type Pokémon. Blaine is a resident of Cinnabar Island, and has lived there since before the Cinnabar Lab was built. He is good friends with Mr. Fuji and used to do Pokémon research with him.

In addition to the Volcano Badge, Blaine gives out TM38 (Fire Blast) in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. In HeartGold and SoulSilver he gives out TM50 (Overheat), and in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, his reward is TM46 (Fire Blast).

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, the volcano on Cinnabar Island has erupted, destroying the town and leaving Blaine and his Pokémon homeless. Blaine relocated his Gym to the Seafoam Islands, and remains there a whole year after the volcanic eruption back on Cinnabar, planning to rebuild his Gym one day.

Blaine is able to be rematched in HeartGold and SoulSilver, after collecting his number at any time on Tuesday on Cinnabar Island. A call to him on Tuesday afternoon will arrange a rematch. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine has also added Gym Trainers and a puzzle to his Gym, unlike in Generation II, where he stood alone in a small cave.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Blaine in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Gym Sign - Blaine
What does this person do?
"Cinnabar Island Pokémon Gym Leader: Blaine The Hotheaded Quiz Master!"
Cinnabar Gym - Blaine
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"My fiery Pokémon are all rough and ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers!"
Cinnabar Gym - Super Nerd Derek
Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"Our Leader, Blaine, became lost in the mountains but good. Night fell and a fiery bird Pokémon appeared. Its light allowed Blaine to find his way down safely.
Cinnabar Island - Woman
What is this person like?
"Cinnabar Gym's Blaine is quite the odd fellow. He's lived on the island since way before the Lab was built."
Cinnabar Gym - Photo
Family and Friends?
"It's a photo of Blaine and Mr. Fuji. They're standing shoulder to shoulder with big grins."
Resort Gorgeous - Pokémon Journal
There's a rumor...
"Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."
Message from Blaine
  • From: Blaine
  • To: [Player]
"My Fire Pokémon! They'll become even more powerful!
And now, a quiz. How many kinds of Fire-type Pokémon are there?"


Pokémon Red and Blue

For each of his Pokémon, Blaine has two Super Potions, using them randomly 25% of the time.

Pokémon Yellow

For each of his Pokémon, Blaine has two Super Potions, using them randomly 25% of the time.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Blaine uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Blaine will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Arcanine.

Kanto Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Gym battle


In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium

Blaine appears in Pokémon Stadium as the seventh Gym Leader the player faces during the Gym Leader Castle challenge. As usual for Trainers in this game, he also uses Pokémon outside his specialty type.


Round 1

Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Blaine returns in Pokémon Stadium 2 as part of the Kanto Gym Leader Castle. In this game, his strategy mainly revolves around using Sunny Day to power up his Fire-type moves and use SolarBeam more effectively. Notably, in Round 2, his team includes the Legendary bird Moltres.

During the game's end credits, Blaine is seen having a battle with Pryce at the Mahogany Gym.


Round 1

Round 2

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

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Blaine appears in Pokémon Puzzle League.

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Blaine (Masters)

Blaine forms a sync pair with Ponyta in Pokémon Masters EX.


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In the core series

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In other games

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Portraits from
Stadium and Stadium 2


Main article: Blaine/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Ash and his friends first met a disguised Blaine while they looked for the Cinnabar Gym in Riddle Me This. Prior to the episode, Blaine was forced to close the Cinnabar Gym after the island became a tourist attraction because of its hot springs. He went on to run the Big Riddle Inn, and after Misty solved Blaine's riddles, Ash and his friends stayed at the hotel during their time on Cinnabar Island.

Blaine alerted Ash and his friends to Team Rocket's attack on the Pokémon Lab after he received a phone call. After the group defeated the trio, Blaine, still in disguise, revealed that he operated a Gym "in a place where no firefighter could win". Solving the riddle, the group discovered Blaine's secret Gym, located inside the Cinnabar Volcano, after Misty's Togepi accidentally jumped on one of the hot spring's tap fixtures and revealed a secret entryway.

Misty went on to solve another riddle and Blaine revealed himself to the group. Ash then challenged Blaine in a three-on-three Gym match. After Blaine's Ninetales defeated Squirtle, Ash selected Charizard, while Blaine called out his Rhydon. Rhydon emerged victorious after Charizard flew away from the battlefield to nap. Pikachu then defeated Rhydon after he used its horn to conduct a powerful Thunderbolt attack. Afterwards, Blaine selected his Magmar as his third and final Pokémon.

In Volcanic Panic, Ash forfeited the battle when Pikachu nearly fell into the Gym's boiling magma. Afterwards, Team Rocket broke into the Cinnabar Gym and attempted to steal Magmar by freezing it with guns that projected beams of ice. Though Magmar broke free, the sudden cooling of the walls in the lava cave caused the rock to crack, triggering a volcanic eruption. Blaine, Ash, and his friends were forced to use their Water, Rock, and Fire-type Pokémon to block the cracks with boulders.

During the crisis, Charizard and Magmar gained an interest in each other's strength, and wished to test it in battle. Blaine agreed to a rematch with Ash, but due to the internal damage of the volcano, it was held on the volcanic crater. At first, Magmar and Charizard were evenly matched, but Charizard's ability to fly eventually gave it an advantage. It lifted Magmar high into the air and used Seismic Toss, slamming Magmar into the volcano and knocking it out, earning Ash the victory.


Blaine likes to make up riddles and use puns even in inappropriate situations. Even so, he is a stern opponent and takes his role as Gym Leader very seriously. He values a keen challenger and makes sure they truly earn their Volcano Badge in battle. He has crafted his battle strategy around his Gym's volcanic location, which suits his Fire Pokémon against its biggest weakness, Water Pokémon. The searing heat can also exhaust and overwhelm a challenger.


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

Blaine's Ninetales
Ninetales was Blaine's first Pokémon used in his battle with Ash. Despite its beautiful looks, Ninetales proved to be an incredibly powerful Pokémon, knocking out Ash's Squirtle with a single attack. Ninetales was recalled when Ash sent out his Charizard.

Ninetales's only known move is Fire Spin.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
English Rachael Lillis
Blaine's Rhydon
After Ash chose Charizard in his battle, Blaine countered it by choosing Rhydon. Charizard refused to fight the Ground-type Pokémon, so Rhydon went up against Pikachu in its place. Blaine doubted the Electric-type could defeat Rhydon, but Ash encouraged Pikachu to use Rhydon's horn as a conductor of electricity that quickly caused its defeat.

Rhydon's known moves are Horn Drill and Fury Attack.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Blaine's Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked because of Team Rocket's icy attack, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart (EP058-EP059)
Bill Rogers (BW116)

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 上田 敏也 Toshiya Ueda
English Roger Kay
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Brazilian Portuguese Eleu Salvador
Spanish Latin America Bardo Miranda
Spain Luis Mas

Pokémon Origins

Blaine appeared briefly in File 3: Giovanni. He was seen being challenged to a Gym battle and defeated by Red, earning the young Trainer the Volcano Badge, much to Blaine's distress.


Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine is Blaine's only known Pokémon. It was used in his Gym battle against Red, but was defeated.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut File 3: Giovanni


Blaine briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Aside from being a Gym Leader, Blaine also works as a Pokémon ecologist.


Red, Green & Blue chapter

Blaine was first seen as a member of Team Rocket, studying and creating Mewtwo inside the Rocket Hideout. After hearing about the exploits of Red, a Pokémon Trainer who repeatedly foiled Team Rocket's plans, Blaine decided to leave Team Rocket and turn over a new leaf.

When Red arrived at Cinnabar Island, he found Blaine under attack by members of Team Rocket and their Moltres. Blaine had his Rapidash carry Red to his Pokémon Lab while he stayed behind to fend of Team Rocket. At the Lab, Red used a machine to revive an Aerodactyl from a Fossil. Together with his new Pokémon, Red helped defeat Moltres, forcing Team Rocket to escape.

Later, Blaine asked Red to help him in Cerulean Cave. Here, Blaine reveals to Red that he had created the Pokémon Mewtwo by cloning the eyelash of Mew along with adding his own human DNA to complete it. When Mewtwo escaped from Team Rocket's captivity, only Blaine was able to track it, hence why Team Rocket had been searching for him. With the use of Blaine's Master Ball, Red managed to successfully capture Mewtwo and gave it to Blaine. Afterward, Blaine expressed regret for Mewtwo's violent nature due to only knowing the cruelty of humans and revealed that he left Team Rocket after being inspired by Red's compassionate nature. Red tells Blaine that he should also try showing compassion to Mewtwo as a way of helping it change for the better as well.

Yellow chapter

Blaine is a member of the good Gym Leaders, alongside Brock, Misty, and Erika. Together, the good Gym Leaders assist Yellow in battling Super Nerd Miles, who had disguised himself as Red, who had gone missing. Yellow later meets with Blaine as he trains with Camper Evan on Cinnabar Island while wearing a disguise to hide himself from anyone who might be watching. Together, the two travel to Cerise Island to put an end to the Elite Four's ambitions. Upon arriving there, Blaine and Yellow meet with Blue, Green, Bill, and three of the evil Gym Leaders: Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina.

In order to decide who would fight which Elite Four member, Sabrina used her Spoons of Destiny to split the group into four groups of two. After Blaine is paired up with Yellow, the two head to the top of Cerise Island to battle Lance, the leader of the Elite Four. By working together with Mewtwo, Blaine is able to destroy Lance's Poké Balls, thus preventing him from sending out more Pokémon. Due to their connection with each other, prolonged usage of Mewtwo causes Blaine to be left exhausted and unable battle. Not wanting to risk further harm to Blaine, Mewtwo is forced to return to its Poké Ball, leaving Yellow to face Lance alone.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Blaine is called to take part in an exhibition tournament for the Pokémon League against the Johto Gym Leaders. Blaine was paired up against Clair to fight in the seventh round, but the match is postponed due to Blaine feeling ill. He is later approached by Entei, who had been fighting the other Gym Leaders in search of a Trainer to command it. Blaine accepts the offer, but reveals that he is dying as a result of Mewtwo's cells making their way into his body. Blaine has Entei use its healing flames to burn the cells away, thus healing him and severing his connection to Mewtwo. Mewtwo, now free, leaves Cinnabar to parts unknown.

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Blaine changing his disguise

When the Masked Man attacks the Pokémon League, Blaine and the other Gym Leaders combat his army of mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts. The fight takes them to the Magnet Train, which is used as a diversion to get the Gym Leaders away from the stadium. Clair uses the battle as an opportunity to start the match that had been postponed. Clair attempts to interrogate Blaine on the whereabouts of her cousin Lance, who had gone missing after his defeat on Cerise Island. With Entei's power, Blaine defeats Clair, giving the Kanto Gym Leaders the victory in the exhibition tournament. Blaine then assures Clair that while he may not know where Lance is, he believes that he is still alive.

Later, Blaine teams up with Misty and Lt. Surge to battle the Masked Man. While Blaine uses Entei, Misty and Lt. Surge fight with Suicune and Raikou, respectively. Though they fought hard, Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge are unable to stop the Masked Man from escaping. Due to the injuries their Trainers sustained in the battle, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou are forced to go on ahead without them. After the Masked Man is defeated, Blaine returned to his usual duties of being a Gym Leader.

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter
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Blaine in the twelfth chapter

Blaine is greeted by Evan and Miles, who had come to Cinnabar to visit. Blaine notes that the scars created from his separation from Mewtwo have started to ache. He speculates that this may be due to Mewtwo sensing that Mew may be returning to Kanto.

X & Y chapter

Blaine eventually reunited with and re-caught Mewtwo at the Pokémon Village. One day, he went to a nearby town to buy some foods, only to be caught by the blast from the ultimate weapon. Thanks to the Battle Chatelaine sisters, he was able to receive treatment at the Battle Maison. Blaine would soon leave the Battle Maison once he heard from Peche that Team Flare had begun moving to the Pokémon Village.

While Blaine was away, Team Flare arrived at the village and began abducting the Pokémon there to power their ultimate weapon, earning them Mewtwo's wrath. When Blue and X arrived, they were attacked by Mewtwo, who had been manipulated by Lysandre, the leader of Team Flare. Blaine arrives just in time to stop Mewtwo by Mega Evolving it into Mega Mewtwo Y, who then proceeds to attack Lysandre. Lysandre counters by summoning Essentia and having her use Zygarde to attack everyone. Zygarde's Land's Wrath heavily damages Blaine, forcing Mewtwo to revert to its normal form. When Zygarde attacks again, Blaine has Mewtwo switch Mega Stones so that it may Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo X. Blaine reveals that due to their unique bond, Mewtwo is able to Mega Evolve more than once during a battle.

Despite this ability, Zygarde proves to be more powerful than Mewtwo in its Mega-Evolved state and uses Land's Wrath to defeat Blaine, Blue, and Mewtwo at once. With his allies unconscious, X decides to borrow their Key Stones in order to simultaneously Mega Evolve his five capable Pokémon. With their combined power, X's team fights against Zygarde. When Lysandre attempts to stop X with his own Pokémon, Blaine and Blue arrive in time to defeat them. After some time, X manages to defeat Lysandre, freeing Zygarde from his control and putting an end to Team Flare in the process.

Later, Blaine and Blue talk to Professor Sycamore about the final battle against Team Flare. They reveal that after Zygarde disappeared, a small green creature was spotted watching them from the rubble. Sycamore reveals that similar creatures, which he named the Zygarde Cell, have been seen in the Alola region and sends his assistants, Sina and Dexio, to investigate.


Although Blaine is serious for most situations, he also had his comical moments. Blaine had his mustache burnt when he was training and had to use fake ones. Sometimes, he may also use riddles to lighten up the dark atmosphere.


This listing is for Blaine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Blaine's Rapidash
Rapidash is Blaine's mode of transportation. He first used it to battle the Moltres that Team Rocket had captured with little success, and had it help Red reach his laboratory, where an Aerodactyl could be resurrected from the Old Amber he had acquired earlier.

Rapidash's known moves are Fire Spin and Tackle*.

Debut Holy Moltres
Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine was first seen along with Rapidash battling with Team Rocket. Nothing was known about it at the time as it only made a brief appearance.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut Holy Moltres
Blaine's Mewtwo

Mewtwo as a Mega Mewtwo X
Mewtwo ↔ Mega Mewtwo X/Y
Main article: Mewtwo (Adventures)

Mewtwo was created by Blaine in a Team Rocket hideout using a small sample of Mew's DNA and Blaine's own. After it was fully cultivated in the Rocket Hideout, it went berserk and demolished the place before settling in the Cerulean Cave (where it wreaked havoc in the northwestern sector of Cerulean City). Eventually, Red caught word of it and reached the cave out of curiosity before nearly being killed in its psychic tornado. Blaine made a valiant attempt to kill it at all costs, knowing that if he, the only one with the ability to function as a "Mewtwo Radar" was defeated, the world could come to an end. Although this succeeded in eliminating its tornado, the mutant itself still survived, only to be caught with a Master Ball that was thrown by Red in an ingenious maneuver. Mewtwo then went on to be a trained Pokémon belonging to Blaine and fought against Lance in the Yellow chapter, though Blaine's failing health held it back from winning. After it was released a year later, it partnered up with Red much later on to free Deoxys from Giovanni's hands. In the X & Y chapter, Blaine was revealed to have reunited with and re-caught Mewtwo.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Blaine's Growlithe
Growlithe is Blaine's Pokémon that was usually seen in searches. He first used him to find the cloth of Super Nerd Miles after he got possessed by a Gastly.

Growlithe's known moves are Fire Blast, Roar*, and Ember*, and his Ability is Flash Fire.

Debut As Gastly as Before
Blaine's Entei
Main article: Entei (Adventures)

Blaine was chosen by Entei to be partnered up for his extensive knowledge of the Fire-type. In return, it offered its help in erasing the painful genetic connection between him and Mewtwo, allowing it to finally be freed. After Blaine, Misty, and Lt. Surge had been injured fighting the Masked Man in Indigo Plateau, it was partnered up with Silver instead, and went back to the wild after the villain was defeated.

Debut Slugging It Out with Slugma

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

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Blaine in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Red and Green meet Blaine in Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!! while entering a building similar to a Chinese food restaurant. Inside the building, Blaine challenges Red to a Pokémon Quiz. As Red got the quiz wrong, Blaine ends up penalizing him and sends out his Pokémon for each question answered incorrectly. Blaine reappears in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1) where he lends Red a Meowth.


Blaine's Voltorb
Voltorb (multiple)
Blaine has many Voltorb that were used as a generator when Red entered the building.

None of Voltorb's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Primeape
Blaine sent out his Primeape when Red got an answer to Blaine's first question wrong.

None of Primeape's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Golem
Blaine sent out Golem when Clefairy got an answer to Blaine's second question wrong.

None of Golem's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Rapidash
Blaine sent out Rapidash when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's main Pokémon and his strongest. He sent it out when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Arcanine
Blaine sent out Arcanine when Clefairy got the answer to the quiz wrong.

Arcanine's only known move is Leer.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Clefairy
Clefairy (multiple)
Blaine has many Clefairy which were sent out when Red's Clefairy got the answer to the final question of the quiz wrong.

None of Clefairy's moves are known.

Debut Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Quiz Battle!!
Blaine's Meowth
Blaine lent his Meowth to Red in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1). It is assumed that he gave back Meowth to Blaine.

None of Meowth's moves are known.

Debut The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1)

Pokémon Zensho

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Blaine in Pokémon Zensho

Blaine appeared in Cinnabar Island. He tells Satoshi about his Gym on Cinnabar. Satoshi meets up with him and they have a battle. Blaine uses Arcanine and Satoshi uses Charmeleon which results in Satoshi winning the battle. As a result, his Charmeleon starts to evolve into a Charizard. Blaine explains that he was in Seafoam Islands and his Fire Pokémon were hurt. While he was there, he remembers seeing Articuno fly away. Blaine uses his Charizard to capture the Articuno that has been flying around the island.


On hand
Blaine's Rapidash
Rapidash was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Ninetales
Ninetales was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

None of Ninetales's moves are known.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar was shown in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Arcanine
Arcanine is Blaine's battling Pokémon. It went up against Satoshi's Charmeleon and lost.

Arcanine's only known move is Fire Spin*.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Articuno
Articuno is a Legendary Pokémon that flew by to Cinnabar. After Satoshi's Gym battle with Blaine, Blaine decides that he wants to capture it so he has Satoshi help him out. It was a tough fight between Satoshi and Articuno as it was able to freeze his Pikachu but it was taken out by Jigglypuff's Sing, allowing for Blaine to catch it.

Articuno's only known move is Blizzard.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Blaine's Charizard
Main article: Satoshi's Charizard (Zensho)

Following the evolution of Satoshi's Charmeleon into Charizard, Blaine borrowed it in an attempt to capture Articuno.

Debut Cinnabar Island

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

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Blaine in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Blaine appeared as a silhouette in JBA5 alongside his Rapidash and the other Kanto Gym Leaders.


This is a listing of Blaine's known Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga:

Rapidash is Blaine's only known Pokémon. It only appeared as a silhouette.
Debut JBA5

In the TCG

Blaine has an eponymous Theme Deck in the Gym Challenge expansion. Its Japanese counterpart is based on the Cinnabar Gym.


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Artwork from the
Guren Town Gym Theme Deck
Blaine quizzes a challenger Blaine quizzes Brock Blaine's updated VS art


This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Blaine or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Blaine's Pokémon
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.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Blaine's Moltres 20px Gym Heroes Rare Holo 1/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Blaine's Growlithe 20px Gym Heroes Uncommon 35/132 Guren Town Gym    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Blaine's Kangaskhan 20px Gym Heroes Uncommon 36/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Magmar 20px Gym Heroes Uncommon 37/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Charmander 20px Gym Heroes Common 61/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Growlithe 20px Gym Heroes Common 62/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Ponyta 20px Gym Heroes Common 63/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Tauros 20px Gym Heroes Common 64/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Vulpix 20px Gym Heroes Common 65/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Arcanine 20px Gym Challenge Rare Holo 1/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Blaine's Charizard 20px Gym Challenge Rare Holo 2/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Blaine's Ninetales 20px Gym Challenge Rare 21/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare  
Blaine's Charmeleon 20px Gym Challenge Uncommon 31/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Dodrio 20px Gym Challenge Uncommon 32/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Rapidash 20px Gym Challenge Uncommon 33/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Charmander 20px Gym Challenge Common 60/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Doduo 20px Gym Challenge Common 61/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Growlithe 20px Gym Challenge Common 62/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Mankey 20px Gym Challenge Common 63/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Ponyta 20px Gym Challenge Common 64/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Rhyhorn 20px Gym Challenge Common 65/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine's Vulpix 20px Gym Challenge Common 66/132 Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Typhlosion 20px       Pokémon VS Common 070/141
Blaine's Magcargo 20px       Pokémon VS Common 071/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Blaine's Quiz #1 T Gym Heroes Rare 97/132 Guren Town Gym Rare  
Blaine's Last Resort T Gym Heroes Uncommon 105/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Blaine's Gamble T Gym Heroes Common 121/132 Challenge from the Darkness Common  
Blaine T Gym Challenge Rare Holo 17/132 Guren Town Gym    
Gym Challenge Rare 100/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare  
Blaine's Quiz #2 T Gym Challenge Uncommon 111/132 Guren Town Gym Rare  
Blaine's Quiz #3 T Gym Challenge Uncommon 112/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Cinnabar City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 113/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Gym Badge I XY Black Star Promos   XY209 XY-P Promotional cards    
Blaine's Last Stand Su Dragon Majesty Rare Holo 58/70 Dragon Storm R 048/053
Dragon Majesty Rare Ultra 69/70 Dragon Storm SR 058/053
Hidden Fates Rare 52/68      
Blaine's Quiz Show Su Unified Minds Uncommon 186/236 SM-P Promotional cards   318/SM-P


  • Although Magmar appears as Blaine's signature Pokémon in the anime, he only has one in Generations II and IV, with it not even appearing in his Gym team in Pokémon Yellow.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he is one of two Gym Leaders who in the rematches does not have any items on any of their Pokémon (the other being Jasmine).
  • In Red and Blue, a rare glitch can occur, where he will use a Super Potion on Pokémon he just sent out despite them being at full health.
  • Despite the Arcanine evolutionary line being his signature Pokémon in Generations I and III, Arcanine is no longer in his party in Generation II and its remakes.
  • Even when the player battles Blaine in a rematch, he still references his "Cave Gym" as if the battle's taking place there.
  • Blaine is the only Gym Leader to have a Gym in two different locations.
    • He is also the only Gym Leader so far whose Gym is not in a town or city.
  • In Generation III, most Kanto Gym Leaders who share a specialty type with a Hoenn Gym Leader give out the same prize TM as the Hoenn counterpart. Blaine is the exception, rewarding TM38 (Fire Blast) instead of TM50 (Overheat), as Flannery does. He does reward TM50 in Generation IV, however.

Design differences

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Blaine's anime disguise

Blaine has two separate character designs. The first one is from early Sugimori artwork for Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is depicted as a bald man with light red hair to the back and side of his head, with no mustache and no sunglasses wearing beach clothes. The old design was reused in the anime (as Blaine's real look) and very briefly in the Pokémon Adventures manga (as a disguise after his mustache was burned).

Later, in Pokémon Blue and outside-Japan Pokémon Red and Blue Versions the artwork was revised and he started to be depicted as an older man with a mustache, and no hair on his scalp, wearing sunglasses and lab coat. Despite the artwork changes, his new design was used in all Generation I main series games, including the Pokémon Red and Green Versions. This means that Blaine's design was probably changed very late in the production of Red and Green, since his official artwork and his in-game sprite are completely different portrayals. However, his Red and Green overworld sprite still shows him without glasses, while later in the Yellow Version, his glasses are clearly visible.

The reasons for changing the design is unknown; however, the Fame Checker in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen explains why he doesn't always wear sunglasses: "Blaine is said to remove his dark shades only when he is thinking up new quiz questions."

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blaine is shown wearing a hat. He wears more sophisticated clothing than his previous lab coat. He also sports a cane that resembles a question mark.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カツラ Katsura From 桂 katsura (katsura tree), 鬘 katsura (wig), and 火 ka (fire)
English, Spanish, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese
Blaine From blaze and flame
German Pyro From πῦρ pûr (Ancient Greek for fire)
French Auguste From ustio (Latin for burning)
Korean 강연 Gang-yeon* From 강연 (講演) gang-yeon (lecture) and 연 (燃) yeon (burn)
대머리박사 Daemeori-Baksa* From 대머리 daemeori (bald) and 박사 (博士) baksa (doctor)
Chinese (Mandarin) 夏伯 Xiàbó* From 夏 xià (summer) and 伯 (uncle, respectful term for someone older)
假髮 Jiǎfǎ*
胜伯 Shèngbó*
From 假髮 jiǎfǎ (wig)
From the Japanese 勝 katsu (victory) and 伯 (uncle, a respectful term for someone older)
Chinese (Cantonese) 夏伯 Hahbaak From 夏 hah (summer) and 伯 baak (uncle, respectful term for someone older)
Thai คาสึระ Khasuera Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Katsura Transcription of his Japanese name

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