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デント Dent
"Triple Trouble!"
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Green
Hometown Striaton City
Region Unova
Relatives Chili, Cress (brothers)
Trainer class Gym LeaderBW
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V, VII
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2, Masters EX
Leader of Striaton Gym
Badge Trio Badge
Specializes in Grass types
Game animation cameos Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
Anime counterpart Cilan
Counterpart debut Triple Leaders, Team Threats!

Cilan (Japanese: デント Dent) is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym. He specializes in Grass-type Pokémon and will battle the player if they chose Oshawott as their starter Pokémon. He gives the Trio Badge to Trainers who defeat him.

In the games

Cilan appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Striaton City's Gym, alongside Chili and Cress. This Gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Cilan battles the player if Oshawott is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat Cilan will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).

During the two years between Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Cilan, along with his brothers, retired from being Gym Leaders to train.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Multi Battle

Cilan can either be partnered with the player, or be one of his or her opponents.

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders/Mix Master Tournament


Pokémon Black and White

Outside of the Gym

"Yes? Yes, I am a Gym Leader of this town. You are...? Right. You want to challenge the Gym. In that case... What was the first Pokémon you chose? <Starter>... I see. It's weak against <type>-type Pokémon. I think you need to prepare to face that type. I'll be waiting for you inside."

Striaton Gym

  • Entering the Gym
Cilan: "Welcome to the Striaton City Pokémon Gym."
Chili: "I'm Chili! I light things up with Fire-type Pokémon!"
Cress: "I'm a Water-type specialist, and my name is Cress. Pleased to make your acquaintance."
Cilan: "And my name is Cilan. I like Grass-type Pokémon."
Cilan: "Um, you see... As for why the three of us, um, are all here is, well, er..."
Chili: "Oh,enough! Listen up! The three of us will decide whom you'll battle! It'll be based on the type of the first Pokémon you chose!"
Cress: "That is indeed the case. And the partner you first chose was <type> type, it seems."
"...Uh hm. I always seem to lose the timing of... of the dance. Like that. True enough, I did want to... want to have a Pokémon battle with you."
"Nothing personal... No hard feelings... Me and my Grass-type Pokémon We're gonna battle come what may."
  • Before battle
"So, um, if you're OK with me, I'll, um, put everything I've got into being, er, you know, your opponent."
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Ah! My Pokémon!"
  • After sending his last Pokémon
"Huh? Could it be? Could I have only one Pokémon left?"
  • Being defeated
"Er... Is it over now?"
  • After being defeated
"...What a surprise. You...are very strong. Seems like not even Chili or Cress could beat you.."
  • After the battle (regardless of starter Pokémon)
"Gym Badges are a proof of a Trainer's abilities. If you have one Badge, Pokémon, including traded Pokémon up to Lv. 20, will obey you without question. We also want you to have this. TM83 contains Work Up. If you use Work Up, the Pokémon's Attack and Sp. Atk go up! By the way, TMs can be used as many times as you want."
"In the Unova region, we are still novice Gym Leaders. Which means the other Gym Leaders are much stronger than we are. We'll need to work hard and improve."
  • Post-game
"In the Unova region, um, we are still novice Gym Leaders. Which means, well, that other Gym Leaders are much stronger than we are. Going...slow...and OK, so... we compete with one and get, um, stronger and stronger."

Badge Case

The fundamentals of Pokémon battling are type matchups! They're important!

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Memory Link - A Triple Team

  • Striaton Restaurant - Present
(to player) "Welcome to Striaton Restaurant! This place used to be a Pokémon Gym, but a lot has happened..."
(After speaking to the other brothers) "Well, why don't I tell you what happened..."
  • Striaton Trainers' School - Flashback
"Chili, are you listening to me? We have to study hard and become full-fledged Gym Leaders as soon as possible..."
"You think so? But it isn't that big of a deal. We may not have made it in time, but Team Plasma is still gone."
"Come on, you two... Don't you think it's a bit strange to get recognition and respect as Gym Leaders just for beating bad guys?"
"I mean... They were overwhelmingly strong."
(to Cress) "You're right. Chili. Cress. I think as long as the three of us act like the Gym Leaders we are now, nothing will ever change.'"
"All right. Let's resign as Gym Leaders and start our training over from the ground up. Then, I'm sure one of us will become a Trainer everyone recognizes as great."
  • End of flashback (if initiated by Cilan)
"Because of that day, we can truly aim for the top!"

Pokémon World Tournament

  • Before battle (first round)
"Nothing personal... No hard feelings... Me and my Grass-type Pokémon, um... We're gonna battle, come what may."
  • Before battle (second round)
"So, um, if you're OK with me, I'll, um, put everything I've got into being, er, you know, your opponent."
  • Before battle (final round)
"Nothing personal... No hard feelings... Me and my Grass-type Pokémon, um... We're gonna battle, come what may. I'm looking forward to battling with you."
  • Being defeated
"Huh? Is it over?"
  • If the player is defeated
"Huh? Did I win?"
  • After being defeated
"What a surprise... You are very strong, aren't you? I guess my brothers wouldn't have been able to defeat you either..."
  • After winning
"I guess...I suppose I won, because I've been competing with my brothers Chili and Cress, and we all were able to get tougher."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Well...I'm just glad I was able to bring out the delectable charm of Grass-type Pokémon. I lost, though... Well, more importantly, congratulations!"

Striaton City - Striaton Restaurant

  • Asking to team up
(first visit)"Um. My name is Cilan. I like Grass-type Pokémon. We were Gym Leaders, but in order to improve ourselves further, we are working at this Restaurant and spending every day with Pokémon. How about it? Would you team up with me and take part in a Double Battle?"
(subsequent visits)"How about it? Would you like to team up with me and take part in a Double Battle?"
No: "…Ah, hmm. I must've timed… my invitation poorly… True enough, I did want to… to have a Pokémon battle with you."
Yes: "OK. If you're fine with me, I will put everything I have into being your partner in battle!"
  • Before battle
"OK… So, um, I'm Cilan, I like Grass-type Pokémon, and this is my partner here!"
  • After battle (victorious)
(on stage)"OK… So, um, I'm Cilan, I like Grass-type Pokémon, and this is my partner here!"
(main area)"…What a surprise. You…are very strong. Would you team up with me again sometime? There's still much I want to learn."
  • If loses to the player
"…Huh. Looks like my timing was, um, off?"
  • After battle (loses to the player)
"During the battle I was so taken with your fighting style, I almost lost the timing for giving my Pokémon directions! Next time, I would like to team up with you."

National Gymquirer

Jingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Cafélover! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Striaton Gym's three Gym Leaders, and they were all out of order! Like, Chili was Cilan, and Cilan was Cress!' Hmmm. Well, I'm not saying you're crazy, but...are you sure they weren't just standing in front of a mirror? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


File:Spr BW Cilan.png File:Spr B2W2 Cilan.png File:Cilan OD.png File:B2W2 Cilan Back.png File:VSCilan.png
Sprite from
Black and White
from Black 2
and White 2
sprite from
Generation V
Back sprite
from Black 2
and White 2
VS sprite from
Black and White

In the anime

Main series

Main article: Cilan (anime)

Cilan is Ash Ketchum's former traveling partner in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. He was one of the Gym Leaders of the Striaton Gym, as well as a Pokémon Connoisseur, but he decided to travel with Ash and Iris so that he could experience different people, places, and Pokémon to increase his skill as a Connoisseur, instead of being confined to Striaton City. He navigates the group to their various locations, as well as cooks the meals.

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Cilan briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer as part of a team with his brothers Chili and Cress.


Cilan briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters BW

Cilan appears along with his brothers Chili and Cress in PMBW02, where Red and his Pokémon visit a restaurant owned by the three brothers. Clefairy tries to instigate a fight between the brothers but fails on many occasions.


This listing is for Cilan's Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters BW manga.

Main article: Cilan's Pansage

Pansage is the only known Pokémon of Cilan's. It was sent out while he, Chili and Cress were battling Red's Clefairy. Unfortunately, Clefairy takes the attacks the elemental monkeys were using and makes himself some green tea.

Debut PMBW02

Pokémon Adventures

File:Cilan Cress Chili Adventures.png
Cilan in Pokémon Adventures

Cilan, along with his brothers Chili and Cress, is one of the Leaders of the Striaton Gym. Despite each brother obtaining their job as Gym Leaders individually, they were all assigned to the same Gym. This decision was due to the types they specialized in being useful in teaching new Trainers about type matchups.

Like his brothers, Cilan tends to keep his arms in a certain position. In his case, he keeps them held behind his back.


Black & White chapter

Cilan debuted in Welcome to Striaton City!!, where the Striaton Gym was visited by a young Trainer named Black. Although only Black challenged the Gym, his friends Cheren and Bianca were allowed to participate as well. After completing the Gym puzzle, Black, Cheren, and Bianca faced the triplets in a three-on-three "Trio Battle". With their knowledge of type matchups, Cilan and his brothers initially had the advantage, even after Chili's Pansear was knocked out. Despite this, the battle ended in the Striaton Gym Leaders' loss when Black's Tep used Pansage's fallen leaves to revive its fallen teammates. With only two active Pokémon on the Striaton Gym Leaders' side when the time limit ended, Black and his friends were declared the winners by default and were each awarded a Trio Badge as proof of their victory.

In The Shadow Triad, Cilan, Chili, and Cress confronted the Shadow Triad at the P2 Laboratory. The brothers were given the task of pursuing Team Plasma if the other Gym Leaders failed to protect the Dark Stone from them. The Shadow Triad proved to be very strong, and even after they evolved their Pokémon, Cilan and his brothers were unable to defeat their opponents. The brothers were rescued by Keldeo, who had been watching the battle and determined the Gym Leaders to be the better humans. The Shadow Triad took that opportunity to try and capture Keldeo, forcing its mentors, Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion, to step in and rescue it, using their swords to send both the Gym Leaders and Shadow Triad flying.

Black 2 & White 2 chapter

In Giant Chasm, Cilan and his brothers were seen in Opelucid City, helping people trapped in buildings frozen by the Plasma Frigate.


Cilan's Simisage
Pansage → Simisage
Main article: Cilan's Pansage

Simisage is Cilan's only known Pokémon, which first appeared as a Pansage. Along with being his main Pokémon, Simisage assists Cilan and his brothers in the kitchen by mixing herbs for tea. It, as a Pansage, was used in the battle against Black, Cheren, and Bianca and defeats Bianca's Oshawott by shattering its scalchop and smashing it into a wall. Despite being powerful, Pansage was defeated when Tep uses its previously dropped leaves to revive itself, Oshawott, and Snivy, which allowed them to win the battle.

Later, it was used to battle the Shadow Triad in a Triple Battle. Although the battle was tough, Pansage was given a Leaf Stone, enabling it to evolve into a Simisage to become stronger.

Debut A Nickname for Tepig

In the TCG

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 #
Cilan Su Next Destinies Uncommon 86/99 Hail Blizzard U 050/052
      BW-P Promotional cards   128/BW-P
Chili & Cilan & Cress Su Fusion Strike Uncommon 227/264 Fusion Arts U 098/100
Fusion Strike Rare Ultra 258/264 Fusion Arts SR 115/100
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 273/264 Fusion Arts HR 124/100


  • His Japanese Leader title, shared with Chili and Cress, is トライアル トライアングル.


Language Name Origin
Japanese デント Dent From dent corn, matching to his brothers being named after corn. May also involve trident and 田 den (field).
English, Brazilian Portuguese Cilan From cilantro
German Benny From Maiskolben (corncob), matching to his brothers being named Maik (Chili) and Colin (Cress).
Spanish Millo From millo (maize) and possibly tomillo (thyme)
French Rachid From arachide (peanut) and possibly racine (root) or rachis
Italian Spighetto From spiga (ear of grain) and possibly spaghetti
Korean 덴트 Dent Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 天桐 Tiāntóng Transcription of his Japanese name. Contains 桐 tóng / tùhng (paulownia; tung tree; parasol tree)
Chinese (Cantonese) 天桐 Tīntùhng
Russian Сайлан Sailan Transcription of his Japanese name
Thai เด็นโตะ Dento Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Dento Transcription of his Japanese name

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