Brycen, also known by his title Ice Mask, is the former Gym Leader of Icirrus City's gym, and is the seventh gym to be challenged by the player character. Brycen made his debut in Pokémon Black and White. He will award the player character the Freeze Badge if they defeat him.
Brycen is a muscular man with blue eyes and teal hair. He wears a blue mask around his eyes, with a "tail" with a purple ribbon. Brycen wears a blue mantle with white hexagonal features, which covers his left arm and torso. Brycen also wears black pants and azure shoes.
Competent and serious, Brycen is a trainer of multiple talents particularly in battling and acting. Judging by his style and battle stances, Brycen may be a tribute to the Shaolin Monks and superheroes.
In his youth, however, he used to be cocky and reckless until he got a severe injury in one instance, thus changing his overall attitude.
The name Brycen comes from "ice".
His Japanese name, Hachiku, is literally 淡竹 (hachiku, a type of bamboo species).
In his youth, Brycen used to be a reckless actor who only cared for victory and fame. Until one day, he got injured during the filming of an action sequence owing to his recklessness. This led to his revelation and became a Gym Leader prior to the events before Black 2 and White 2.
Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
He appears in Virbank City in Pokéstar Studios acting for as the villain of a new film and serves as an actor. If the game is beaten, he can be found in Icirrus City if Memory Link is used. Following the events of Black and White, he had a talk with Alder in which he decides he tells him of his resignation as Gym Leader. Marshal eventually enters and hears them talking, with Marshal eventually questioning him on his decision. Brycen reveals he decided to go back to acting, so that he could act alongside Pokémon and in doing so, help the people conflicted by Team Plasma's ideology for Pokémon liberation. Marshal is worried he may injure himself again as it is revealed he suffered a terrible wound while acting when he was younger. Brycen however appreciating Marshal's concern claims he will be fine, as he now has a goal, different from before when he just acted with no real sentiment but rather only for being cool. Alder asks Marshal if training under him has helped him understand his relationship with Pokémon, and he says it has and asks Alder to spar with him. Alder accepts and Brycen serves as a judge.
If the player has activated Memory Link, he will reveal his story of going back to acting and then excuses himself after he finishes.
Black and White
|Lv. 37||♂||Lv. 37||-||Lv. 39||♂||Lv. ?||-||Lv. ?||-||Lv. ?||-|
|Ability: Ice Body||Ability: Levitate||Ability: Snow Cloak||Ability: Unknown||Ability: Unknown||Ability: Unknown|
|Item: None||Item: None||Item: None||Item: ?||Item: ?||Item: ?|
|Acid Armor||Aurora Beam||Brine||-||-||-|
|Frost Breath||Frost Breath||Icicle Crash||-||-||-|
Black 2 and White 2
- His Japanese Leader title is アイス マスク / Aisu Masuku. "Ice Mask", a title that belonged to Pryce in the manga.
- Brycen has the shortest title amongst the Unova Gym Leaders.
- Brycen is the only Ice-type Gym Leader whose team is pure Ice-type, as all Generation V Ice-type Pokémon, other than Kyurem, are pure Ice-type.
- A little girl says Brycen was once in a film. This could be a hint at Brycen's involvement in Pokéstar Studios in Black 2 and White 2.
- Even though Beartic is considered his signature Pokémon, Brycen leads all his battles in the Pokémon World Tournament with Cryogonal instead. Sometimes, in single, double, or rotation battles, he doesn't even use Beartic.