"Let me ask you. Did you know? Ah, I should not be so coy. It was I who taught Wallace everything there is to know about Pokémon. Once, I had given up my position as the Gym Leader. In my place, I had entrusted Wallace with the gym. However, a compelling reason arose for me to make a comeback. Ah, but enough chatter. Let us begin our match, shall we? Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"
— Juan in Emerald.

Juan is the Gym Leader of the Hoenn Gym in Sootopolis City, where he replaced the former Gym Leader, Wallace, in Emerald. Like Wallace he will award the player character the Rain Badge if he is defeated. He is very popular with the citizens of Sootopolis City.


Juan is a man with dark eyes, a small, trimmed moustache and black hair with two white locks standing out in the front and one on his right side of the head. Juan wears a skin tight black suit, a regal blue mantle, a white scarf with a blue gem etched into it. He also wears purple cargo shorts and a pair of white penny loafers.


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Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald

Juan appears in Pokémon Emerald, replacing Wallace as the 8th Gym Leader, as Wallace has become the Hoenn League Champion.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

After beating Wallace and Lisia in the Master Rank Beauty Contest, Juan will be mentioned by one of them as Wallace's mentor.



Main article: Juan (Adventures)

He helped train Ruby and Sapphire with the two orbs on mirage island. And afterwards he took his position as Gym Leader again when Wallace took the champion title for the region because of the calamities. He watches the fight in Mirage Island and is surprised that Ruby has a Celebi, he states that the reason why there was a time problem in Mirage Island is because Ruby had the time traveling Pokémon, Celebi.


Main article: Juan (anime)

Juan is quite the celebrity in Sootopolis, putting on shows with his Pokémon. He has many female fans, and is considered very dashing. In addition to being a Gym Leader, he is a former winner of the Grand Festival. He appeared in The Great Eight Fate and Eight Ain't Enough when he battled Ash, who won the Rain Badge after a tough battle. He has a butler, Sebastian, who also serves as the Sootopolis Gym assistant. Juan uses unique rules in his Gym matches: the first round is a double battle held in a large swimming pool, while the other rounds are held in a battlefield that resembles a lake surrounded by land. Juan also makes a cameo appearance in a flashback in Playing The Leveling Field!.


Juan's Battle Sprite in Emerald

Juan's Battle Sprite in Black 2 and White 2




Black 2 and White 2


  • Juan's name is a pun on "water," as the "Jua" in "Juan" and the "wa" in "water" are pronounced the same. Adan, his Japanese name, comes from 灘 (nada, open ocean).
  • It is also likely that his name is a reference to legendary womanizer Don Juan, as he fits the archetype of the dashing romantic. His many female fans support this theory.
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