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For the variant appearing in the games, see Gurkinn.

Gurkinn is a character appearing in the anime series.


Gurkinn is a nearly bald, old man, who only has a lock of hair on his head. He has large, yellow eyebrows, which slide down to his ears. Gurkinn wears a red undershirt, some gray rolled pants and a sleeve-rolled jacket, the latter having red outlines and a black mark on the left part of his chest, showing a Key Stone with the Mega Evolution mark. Gurkinn wears black shoes with red soles. He also has a left black fingerless glove, where he keeps his Key Stone.

Pokémon the Series: XY and XYZ

The patch of hair on his head is short and pointed.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

The patch of hair on his head is slightly bigger and is round shaped. Furthermore, the collar on his jacket is set upwards.


Gurkinn is a demanding, strict man, who cares about honor and despises slackering and arrogance. Gurkinn is a powerful trainer, managing to stop Korrina's Mega Lucario's fearsome and berserk attacks. In addition, Gurkinn tends to favor the traditions and customs. However, he usually has confidence and faith in his juniors, notably Korrina, believing in Korrina's potential as a Gym Leader.

When he reappeared in Journeys, Gurkinn has become much easygoing and reasonable, such as forgiving Goh who mistook his Lucario as a wild one, kindly conversing with Goh and reminding him that he was going to miss the yellow flower Flabebe.


The name Gurkinn comes from "gherkin", also known as baby pickles.

His Japanese name, Konkonburu, comes from concombre, French for cucumber.

Both of these names relate to his granddaughter Korrina, who's Japanese name originates from cornichon, the French name for gherkin.


Gurkinn sent Korrina to obtain the Mega Stone for her Lucario, as is the tradition upon becoming a Gym Leader of Shalour City.[1]

Pokémon the Series: XY and XYZ

After Korrina nearly defeated a Blaziken, Gurkinn appeared, as it was his Blaziken, sent to test Korrina's bond with Lucario. Gurkinn was pleased that his granddaughter succeeded and watched as Korrina Mega Evolved her Lucario.[2]

Gurkinn asking McGinty to take the Lucarionite.

Gurkinn watched the battle of Ash against Korrina. Korrina's Mega Lucario, however, after getting hit by Pikachu's Quick Attack, was enraged and became berserk. To stop the battle, Gurkinn sent his own Lucario to stop the attack. Gurkinn was not pleased, for Lucario was consumed by its own power, thinking it was not ready to be Mega Evolved. To see if Lucario is ready, Gurkinn challenged Korrina for a battle, having both of their Lucario Mega Evolve. Even if she had lost every single battle to her grandfather, Korrina had Mega Lucario battle. After getting hit by Aura Sphere, Mega Lucario started disobeying Korrina and attack Gurkinn's Mega Lucario, but was defeated by another Aura Sphere. Gurkinn was enraged, claiming Korrina's Lucario is arrogant, while Korrina was unfit to understand Lucario. Gurkinn dismissed them to Pomace Mountain, where they would have to train with Mabel, another Mega Evolution trainer.[3]

While the group was separated, Korrina had thought of Gurkinn's words, while Clemont believed Lucario couldn't hear her words when it Mega Evolved.[4]

Gurkinn telling Korrina that she's not worthy of a scroll.

After the heroes reached the Tower of Mastery, they were greeted by Gurkinn, who told them about a story of Mega Evolution; one day, a man and his Lucario came to Shalour City and picked up a Key and a Mega Stone, causing the stones to resonate and Lucario to Mega Evolve. The heroes were amazed and saw Korrina was an honorable Gym Leader. Gurkinn disagreed, as he didn't think she was ready to read the secret document. After the dinner, Gurkinn went to bed, but woke up after Team Rocket made some noise and stole the secret document. Korrina re-took the scroll and gave it to Gurkinn. Gurkinn saw Korrina's potential and read the document, which, much to everyone's displeasure, was a scroll written by Gurkinn, which contained no information about the Mega Evolution. The next day, Gurkinn came to the battlefield, where Korrina would have her battle with Ash.[5]

Gurkinn served as a referee for the battle of Ash against Korrina. Despite Korrina's loss, Gurkinn was proud of her, seeing she battled honorably and bravely to the very end. Before the heroes left, he warned Coumarine City's Gym Leader was eccentric, but a formidable opponent.[6]

Korrina, Lucario and Gurkinn were referenced by Clemont, who remembered Ash's gym battle against her as one of his greatest battles when he decided to return to Lumiose City to train for his battle with Ash.[7]

Gurkinn was seen watching the Pokémon Showcase Master Class on television along with Korrina and her Lucario. He also voted for the best performance for each round.[8][9]

Gurkinn was the referee in the Gym match between Korrina and Alain.[10]

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

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Gurkinn returns in PJ025: A Festival Reunion!, alongside his granddaughter Korrina.


On hand


  • Gurkinn is the first character in the anime to have more than one Mega Stone - a Lucarionite, and an Alakazite.
  • Gurkinn looks a lot like Mustard.


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