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For the variant appearing in the games, see Cress.

Cress is a character appearing in Pokémon the Series: Black & White, who is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City in the Unova region.


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Cress is a tall, slender young man with short slicked down blue hair that has a longer side fringe that covers his right eye, and blue eyes. He wears wears a long sleeved white shirt under a black waistcoat with big gold buttons, black slim fit pants, a white apron, and flat brown shoes with pointed toes and golden buckles, much his brothers. He also wears a blue bow tie, corresponding with his hair and eye color, and choice of Water-type Pokémon.


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The name Cress comes from "watercress", a type of aquatic plant.

His Japanese name, Koon, may come from "corn", following the corn theme of his brother's Japanese names and the plant-based naming of most characters.


Cress had two brothers, Chili and Cilan. The two had many battles, with Cress using Panpour. This led to them to accept the idea of bonding with Pokémon and understanding their hearts through battles, which would improve their skill and strength.[1]

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Cilan led Ash and Iris to the Striaton City restaurant, where he was joined by his brothers, Chili and Cress. The three brothers explained to Ash that this was also a Gym and that they all were Gym Leaders, exciting Ash. The three brothers explained that Ash could choose one of them to battle, and sent their Pokémon out, with Cress using Panpour. Ash wanted to battle all three brothers, surprising them, who accepted his request: he'd obtain their badge if he could defeat two of them. Once Chili lost the battle, Cress stepped in, using his Panpour to battle Ash's Pikachu. Panpour, despite the type disadvantage, overpowered Pikachu by evading its attacks with Double Team and using Mud Sport to make him miss. Panpour fired Water Gun to hit Pikachu and defeat it. Cress then watched Ash's match against Cilan.[2]

Cress and Chili continued watching Cilan's match against Ash, who won the battle. Later, Cilan helped Ash and Iris thrwart Team Rocket's plans, and decided to accompany them. He bid farewell to his brothers, who wished him luck in his journeys.[3] A long time ago, Burgundy and Oshawott had challenged Cilan, but lost. Burgundy later wanted to rechallenge Cilan, but was told by Chili and Cress that he left Striaton City Gym.[4] Chili continued to battle, but felt that he was losing battles too quickly. Cress told Chili that he was only using offensive moves, and did not use any defensive techniques. Chili became outraged and ran off on a journey, which made Cress worried, who was left alone in charge of the Gym.

The heroes encountered Chili, who wanted to battle Cilan. The latter defeated Chili, who ran off, so Cilan called Cress for an explanation. Cress explained the situation, and asked of Cilan to attempt to resolve this situation. Cilan did so, which made Chili regret his actions and apologize to Cress.[5]

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Ash remembered battling the Unova Gym Leaders, including Cress, the night before he entered the Unova League.[6] One day, Chili and Cress were challenged by Morana, but instead of their badge, she wanted to take over the Gym. Cress refused, but Chili, being a hothead, accepted her match. Morana defeated them, but since the third Gym Leader, Cilan, was absent, she went to find him and defeat him as well, letting the two "pathetic Gym Leaders" run the Gym before she would return.

Chili and Cress contacted Cilan, who was on a cruise ship to Kanto. The two brothers explained there was trouble ahead, and went to meet up with Cilan. As they did, they noted that the woman, Morana, had arrived. Cilan noted that the fate of the Gym was in his hands, as he battled Morana, with Chili and Cress watching. Cilan defeated Morana, but since he wanted to continue his journeys, Chili and Cress decided to stay around in the Gym to protect it until Cilan's return.[1]


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Voice actors

  • Spanish: Manuel Diaz
  • Iberian Spanish: Sergio Garcia-Marin


See also