Bede is a character who appears in Pokémon Sword and Shield as one of the rivals. He is one of the people who once received endorsement from Chairman Rose but later had his Gym Challenger status revoked. Opal recruited him to be her successor soon after.

He mostly specializes in Psychic types, but changed to Fairy types after successing Opal's position.

Appearance

Bede has a curly head of platinum blond hair and purple eyes that are heavily lashed. He wears a long hot pink and violet coat, a golden wristwatch, a single thumbless glove, a Dynamax Band, white pants that are meshed along the back and pink tabi-style sneakers. His coat has the Macro Cosmos symbol and a pouch stitched on the back.

After becoming Opal's successor, his outfit changes to the pastel Galarian Fairy-type uniform. He wears an overly-baggy shirt that's tied up in the back with a long-sleeved white turtleneck underneath, white and pink shorts with his league number on the left leg, and brightly colored high-top trainers. He keeps the single thumbless glove and Dynamax Band, but ditches the white pants for a pair of mismatched leggings that are striped along the right leg. His eyes also have a noticeable light in them, now.

Personality

Bede is extremely prideful about his ability as a skilled Pokémon Trainer and his endorsement from Chairman Rose, always wanting to prove himself to be worthy. However, he also tends to keep to himself and acts very rude on occasion. This might be due to how he was sent to an orphanage at a young age and lacked socialization skills.

After succeeding Opal's position, he seems to have been mellowed out and no longer refuses to give out autographs. Being subjected to the harsh Fairy-type boot camp of his mentor he more or less starts saying some incredibly silly stuff about Fairy types in general (and the color pink, which he later changes to "the color of Bede!"). He even makes an effort to look after the player, reminding them to take care of their appearance and well-being.

Biography

As a child, Bede was sent to an orphanage after his parents got into some troubles, and this traumatic experience caused him difficulties on socializing with peers, as he always got involved in scuffles constantly. One day, Chairman Rose visited the facility, and gave him a Pokémon (most likely his Hatenna, which later evolved into Hattrem and then Hatterene). Since then, Bede began training himself for Pokémon battles, and joined the Gym Challenge to prove himself to be worthy for the Chairman's endorsement.

Upon encountering the player character at the Galar Mine, Bede chooses them as a rival. He later has rematches with the player character in Galar Mine No. 2. After this, he challenges Hop to a battle and wins. Bede's victory over Hop was shown to have an emotional effect on Hop, causing him to focus more on proving himself as a trainer, not as the Champion's brother.

After defeating the Stow-on-Side Gym, Bede is seen using Chairman Rose's Copperajah to break down a restored mural depicting the hero of Galar. He justifies his motives as he's collecting Wishing Star for the Chairman. After the player character beats Bede, Rose and Oleana show up visibly angered by Bede's negligence over a historic site and revoke his Endorsement. This leaves Bede shocked and mortified.

After arriving at Hammerlocke, Bede confronts the player character when Opal spots him. He is being appreciated by Opal and she takes him under his wing as her apprentice and successor.

During the Champion Cup, Bede interrupts the tournament as the Ballonlea Gym Leader during the Finals, challenging the player into a battle. Although he has lost to the player character in the said interruption, his fans are eager to see such intrusion again as they consider it to be a performance, which he is unsure how to react for now.

After the championship, Sordward and Shielbert unleash several Dynamax Pokémon at the Gyms. By the time the player character arrives at the Ballonlea Stadium, Bede has already taken care of them, and asks for a rematch.

League Card entries

Regular League Card

Bede's League Card.

Bede spent some time living in an orphanage after his family ran into some trouble when he was young. He always had difficulty getting along with others and would constantly get into fights. That is until one day Chairman Rose visited the facility. Rose gave Bede a Pokémon, which changed Bede's life forever. He showed talent as a Trainer and threw himself into Pokémon battles, becoming stronger by the day. He has joined the Gym Challenge with an endorsement from the chairman himself, and Bede plans to prove that the chairman's faith was not misplaced.


Rare League Card

Bede's Gym Leader League Card.

He was appointed by the former Gym Leader Opal to become the new Gym Leader of Ballonlea Stadium. The general consensus is that Opal's harsh training has in fact mellowed him out. Though he himself has never confirmed nor denied this, it should be noted that he no longer refuses to give autographs. Additionally, it seems his skills as a Pokémon Trainer have also increased rather dramatically. Recently, his intrusion during the Finals of the Champion Cup has gained popularity, and fans wish to see that kind of performance again. Bede himself is not sure how to react.


Pokémon

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Solosis
 Type Psychic.gif 
Gothita XY.gif
Gothita
 Type Psychic.gif 
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Hatenna
 Type Psychic.gif 
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Lv. 13 Lv. 15 Lv. 16 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Confusion Psybeam Disarming Voice - - -
Endeavor Tickle Confusion - - -
- Pound Round - - -
- - - - - -


Solosis XY.gif
Solosis
 Type Psychic.gif 
Gothita XY.gif
Gothita
 Type Psychic.gif 
Ponyta Galarian SS.gif
Ponyta
 Type Psychic.gif 
Hatenna SS.gif
Hatenna
 Type Psychic.gif 
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[[]]
 Type .gif 
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[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 21 Lv. 22 Lv. 22 Lv. 23 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Psyshock Psyshock Confusion Psybeam - -
Psybeam Rock Tomb Fairy Wind Disarming Voice - -
Endeavor Psybeam - - - -
- - - - - -


Duosion XY.gif
Duosion
 Type Psychic.gif 
Gothorita XY.gif
Gothorita
 Type Psychic.gif 
Ponyta Galarian SS.gif
Ponyta
 Type Psychic.gif 
Hattrem SS.gif
Hattrem
 Type Psychic.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 32 Lv. 32 Lv. 33 Lv. 35 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Light Screen Fake Tears Fairy Wind Psybeam - -
Reflect Rock Tomb Psybeam Dazzling Gleam - -
Psyshock Psybeam Agility - - -
Psybeam - - - - -


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Mawile
 Type Steel.gif Type Fairy.gif 
Gardevoir XY.gif
Gardevoir
 Type Psychic.gif Type Fairy.gif 
Rapidash Galarian SS.gif
Rapidash
 Type Psychic.gif Type Fairy.gif 
Hatterene Gigantamax SS.gif
Hatterene
 Type Psychic.gif Type Fairy.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 51 - Lv. 51 - Lv. 52 Lv. 53 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Play Rough Dazzling Gleam Psycho Cut Psychic - -
Iron Head Psychic Take Down Dazzling Gleam - -
Crunch Calm Mind Dazzling Gleam Calm Mind - -
- Wish Quick Attack Mystical Fire - -


Mawile XY.gif
Mawile
 Type Steel.gif Type Fairy.gif 
Gardevoir XY.gif
Gardevoir
 Type Psychic.gif Type Fairy.gif 
Rapidash Galarian SS.gif
Rapidash
 Type Psychic.gif Type Fairy.gif 
Hatterene Gigantamax SS.gif
Hatterene
 Type Psychic.gif Type Fairy.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 61 Lv. 61 Lv. 62 Lv. 63 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Play Rough Dazzling Gleam Psycho Cut Psychic - -
Iron Head Psychic Smart Strike Dazzling Gleam - -
Crunch Future Sight Dazzling Gleam Calm Mind - -
Fake Tears Magical Leaf Stomp Mystical Fire - -


Trivia

  • Bede's name may come from the term "bead", as beads (such as prayer beads or magatama) are often associated with mysticism and the supernatural, representing both types he uses. It may also, fitting Pokémon's overall plant naming theme, be derived from "beet".
  • Bede's uniform number, 908, can be read in Japanese as "kū-rei-ba," which sounds similar to the word 'clever'.
  • With his appointment as Opal's successor, Bede is the only notable male Fairy-type specialist.
  • Bede is the second Gym Leader to change type specialties, the first being Jasmine, who specialized in Rock-types before Steel-types.
    • However, Bede is the first Gym Leader to be shown doing so in-game, as Jasmine is never battled using primarily Rock-type Pokémon.
    • Despite switching to specializing in the Fairy-type, Bede's team still mostly consists of Psychic-type Pokémon, as Bede continues to use most of the Pokémon from his first three battles, which are Psychic types that evolve into Psychic/Fairy-type Pokémon.
  • Bede is left-handed.

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