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"I'm Falkner, the Violet City Pokémon Gym Leader! People say you can clip Flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"
— Falkner, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Falkner (ハヤト Hayato) is the Gym Leader of the Violet City Gym in Johto. He specializes in using Flying-type Pokémon and, when beaten, will reward the player character with the Zephyr Badge, which allows for the TM Flash to be used outside of battle. He is the very first gym leader of the Johto region. Also, the player character will be able to use the HM Rock Smash, even when outside of battle.

Appearance

Falkner has blue eyes and blue hair, which covers his right eye. He wears wears a white sash, some indigo shorts and a pair of black wristbands with red outlines.

Gold, Silver and Crystal

Falkner wears a light blue jacket with a white outline.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

He wears a white-outlined blue jacket, which is decorated with four white buttons. Falkner has white socks and black shoes.

Personality

Falkner appears to want to become his father's equal.

Etymology

The name Falkner comes from "falconer" (one who trains predatory birds to hunt for sport).

His Japanese name, Hayato, originates from 隼 (hayabusa, falcon) and possibly 早い (hayai, fast, as Flying types are often fast). Following the plant-based naming used with most Gym Leaders, it may also involve 隼人瓜 (hayato-uri, the Japanese name for the pipinola).

Biography

Games

In the Johto region, Falkner's title is "The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon". He inherited the Violet Gym from his father, who is never seen but said to be traveling. Falkner is seen as a "cool" and "handsome" Trainer, but it is said that his father is even more cool and more handsome. He tends to brag about his father, as seen in the Generation II remakes. Falkner defends the Violet Gym using his father's cherished bird Pokémon, and strives to be the greatest bird master.

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, his gym is fairly simplistic, filled with bird cages. In addition to the Zephyr Badge, Falkner awards TM31, Mud-Slap, to those Trainers that manage to defeat him. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, his gym is remodelled. He and his trainers are located high above ground level.

Other appearances

Quotes

"I'm Falkner, The Violet Pokémon Gym leader! People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"

"Dang it! My dad's cherished bird Pokémon... All right. Take this. It's the official Pokémon League Zephyr Badge."

Sprites


Pokémon

Gold and Silver

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Pidgey
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Pidgeotto
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Lv. 7 Lv. 9 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
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Tackle Gust - - - -
Mud-Slap Tackle - - - -
- Mud-Slap - - - -
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Crystal

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Pidgey
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Pidgeotto
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Lv. 7 Lv. 9 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Item: Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Gust - - - -
Mud-Slap Tackle - - - -
- Mud-Slap - - - -
- - - - - -



HeartGold and SoulSilver

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Pidgey
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Pidgeotto
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Lv. 9 Lv. 13 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Keen Eye Ability: Keen Eye Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Item: Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Gust - - - -
Sand Attack Tackle - - - -
- Roost - - - -
- - - - - -


Black 2 and White 2

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Lugia
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Pidgeot BW.gif
Pidgeot
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Noctowl BW.gif
Noctowl
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Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Pressure Ability: Tangled Feet Ability: Tinted Lens Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Leftovers Item: Charti Berry Item: Yache Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Psyshock Air Slash Hypnosis - - -
Aeroblast Tailwind Air Slash - - -
Calm Mind Brave Bird Reflect - - -
Recover Quick Attack Heat Wave - - -


Stadium 2

Quotes

  • "I'm Falkner, The Violet Pokémon Gym leader! People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"
  • "Dang it! My dad's cherished bird Pokémon... All right. Take this. It's the official Pokémon League Zephyr Badge."

Trivia

  • Falkner is referred to as a "Daddy's boy" by Janine due to how much he talks about his dad.
  • In the games, Falkner seems to be popular with female Trainers (who find him to be quite handsome). According to a Picnicker named Liz (who provides gossip to the player character over the PokéGear), Falkner's father is apparently supposed to be more handsome and cooler than his son is.
  • Falkner doesn't own any Johto Pokémon, even though he is a Gym Leader in that region. However, he does use a Noctowl when the player character battles him the second time in HG/SS.
  • Falkner is the first Flying-type Gym Leader and the only male Flying-type Gym Leader so far.
  • While it is reported that his father is traveling, Falkner's pre-battle dialogue in the Pokémon World Tournament is (if he's the opponent in the final round) "I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon! Dad! I hope you're watching me battle from above!"
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