"…It's over. But it's an odd feeling. I'm not angry that I lost. In fact, I feel happy. Happy that I witnessed the rise of a great new Champion!"
— Lance in Gold, Silver and Crystal

Lance is a recurring character in Pokémon. He is a user of Dragon types, and stands as the final Elite Four member in Red, Blue and their remakes.

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal and their remakes, he stands as the Champion of the Pokemon League.

Appearance

Lance is a tall, thin man with bright scarlet red spiked hair, pale skin, and dark eyes.

Red, Green and Blue

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Yellow

His outfit in Yellow is the same as it is in Red, Green and Blue.

Gold and Silver

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Crystal

His outfit in Crystal is the same as it is in Gold and Silver.

FireRed and LeafGreen

Lance wears a blue suit with orange color around his sleeves and on the chest area. He also wears a dark belt around his waist, some brown boots with orange heels, and a brown cloak, which is red on the inside.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

He wears a medieval-looking navy blue tunic with red-orange trim, a brown belt around his waist, and large black boots with orange two rings around the top of each boot. The cuffs of his long sleeves are black with orange zigzagging trim separating the cuff from the navy blue part of the sleeve. He sports a long, flowing cape around his neck which is black on the outside and crimson red on the inside.

Black 2 and White 2

His outfit in Black 2 and White 2 is the same as it is in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

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Personality

Lance is a very noble and respectful person. He is serious about his training and will not hold back his strength when it comes to battling any challengers. He is an expert at training Dragon-Pokémon, and is extremely skilled at battling. He believes that his inner-strength lies in his ability to professionally train Dragons, and he believes deeply in his Pokémon, that they are strong and superior. Despite this, he is a good sport, and will not become angry if he loses to the player character, but will instead gracefully accept defeat, and will happily congratulate them on defeating the Elite Four and becoming the new Champion.

Etymology

The name "Lance" is literally "lance", a weapon often used by knights, who are, in turn, often associated with fantasy and thus dragons.

His Japanese name, Wataru, comes from 渡る (wataru, an uncommon way of saying "to end" in Japanese, as he's the final Elite Four member in Generations I, III, and VII and the Champion in Generations II and IV). Following the plant-based naming of most characters, it could also come from 綿 (wata, the Japanese name for cotton).

Biography

Games

Red, Green and Blue

Lance is a member of the Elite Four in the Kanto region.

Yellow

His role in Yellow is the same as it is in Red, Green and Blue.

Gold and Silver

It is revealed that Lance has a cousin named Clair, who is the Blackthorn City Gym Leader, and who also specializes in using Dragon-type Pokémon. In the two years between Red, Green and Blue and Gold and Silver, he became the Champion of the Johto region.

Crystal

His role in Crystal is the same as it is in Gold and Silver.

FireRed and LeafGreen

Lance is the 4th member of the Indigo Pokémon League, and can perform attacks with his Dragon type Pokémon.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he and Clair will fight a double battle against the player character and their rival.

Black 2 and White 2

In Black 2 and White 2, Lance makes an appearance in the Champion Tournament in the Pokémon World Tournament, having a full team of his signature type, Dragon.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Lance is still the fourth member of the Elite Four of Kanto.

Other appearances

Sprites

Pokémon

Red, Blue and Green

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Gyarados
 Type Water.gif Type Flying.gif 
RB 148 front.png
Dragonair
 Type Dragon.gif 
RB 148 front.png
Dragonair
 Type Dragon.gif 
RB 142 front.png
Aerodactyl
 Type Rock.gif Type Flying.gif 
RB 149 front.png
Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 58 - Lv. 56 - Lv. 56 - Lv. 60 - Lv. 62 - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown
Item: Item: Item: Item: Item: Item: ?
Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam -
Hydro Pump Dragon Rage Agility Supersonic Slam -
Dragon Rage Agility Slam Take Down Barrier -
Leer Slam Dragon Rage Bite Agility -



Yellow

Y 130 front.png
Gyarados
 Type Water.gif Type Flying.gif 
Y 148 front.png
Dragonair
 Type Dragon.gif 
Y 148 front.png
Dragonair
 Type Dragon.gif 
Y 142 front.png
Aerodactyl
 Type Rock.gif Type Flying.gif 
Y 149 front.png
Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 58 - Lv. 56 - Lv. 56 - Lv. 60 - Lv. 62 - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown
Item: Item: Item: Item: Item: Item: ?
Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam -
Hydro Pump Thunderbolt Wrap Wing Attack Blizzard -
Leer Slam Bubble Beam Swift Thunder -
Dragon Rage Thunder Wave Ice Beam Fly Fire Blast -



Gold, Silver and Crystal

C 130 front.gif
Gyarados
 Type Water.gif Type Flying.gif 
C 149 front.gif
Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
C 142 front.gif
Aerodactyl
 Type Rock.gif Type Flying.gif 
C 006 front.gif
Charizard
 Type Fire.gif Type Flying.gif 
C 149 front.gif
Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
C 149 front.gif
Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
Lv. 44 Lv. 47 Lv. 46 Lv. 46 Lv. 47 Lv. 50
Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None
Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam
Rain Dance Thunder Wave Rock Slide Flamethrower Twister Safeguard
Surf Twister Wing Attack Slash Thunder Fire Blast
Flail Blizzard Ancient Power Wing Attack Thunder Wave Outrage



FireRed and LeafGreen

HeartGold and SoulSilver

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Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
[[File:{{{P2}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P2}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P3}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P3}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 40 Lv. - - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Fly - - - - -
Twister - - - - -
Thunder - - - - -
Hyper Beam - - - - -


Black 2 and White 2

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Seadra XY.gif
Seadra
 Type Water.gif 
Aerodactyl XY.gif
Aerodactyl
 Type Rock.gif Type Flying.gif 
Gyarados-F XY.gif
Gyarados
 Type Water.gif Type Flying.gif 
Charizard XY.gif
Charizard
 Type Fire.gif Type Flying.gif 
Dragonite XY.gif
Dragonite
 Type Dragon.gif Type Flying.gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 54 Lv. 54 Lv. 54 Lv. 54 Lv. 55 Lv. ? -
Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Hydro Pump Rock Slide Waterfall Air Slash Outrage -
Dragon Pulse Earthquake Iron Tail Dragon Pulse Fire Punch -
Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam -
- - - - - -


Seadra XY.gif
Seadra
 Type Water.gif 
Aerodactyl XY.gif
Aerodactyl
 Type Rock.gif Type Flying.gif 
Gyarados-F XY.gif
Gyarados
 Type Water.gif Type Flying.gif 
Charizard MegaX XY.gif
Charizard
 Type Fire.gif Type Dragon.gif 
Exeggutor-Alola SM.gif
Exeggutor
 Type Grass.gif Type Dragon.gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 64 Lv. 64 Lv. 64 Lv. 64 Lv. 64 Lv. ? -
Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: None Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Hydro Pump Rock Slide Waterfall Air Slash Mega Drain -
Dragon Pulse Earthquake Iron Tail Dragon Pulse Dragon Pulse -
Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam -
Blizzard Crunch Crunch Thunder Punch Psychic -


Stadium

Gym Leader Castle

Stadium 2

Gym Leader Castle

Trivia

  • In every main series Pokémon game except Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and Black 2 and White 2, all of Lance's Pokémon know the move Hyper Beam.
  • Despite being called a Dragon-type Trainer, Lance actually has more Flying-type Pokémon than Dragon.
  • Lance shares the same battle theme as Red.
  • He's the only Champion that uses more than one pseudo-legendary Pokémon, using three of the Pseudo-Legendary Dragon types (Hydreigon did not exist when Heart Gold and Soul Silver were released).
  • In Red and Blue, Lance's Dragonite could learn Barrier, a move it couldn't learn until Generation VI.
  • In Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, Lance is the only Elite Four member whose Pokémon Mega Evolves.
  • He is quite fond of capes. In fact, some people had witnessed him buying capes that were the same style as the one he wears in Celadon Department Store before.
  • In the Generation II games, Lance's Aerodactyl uses the move Rock Slide, a move Aerodactyl doesn't have access to until Generation III.
  • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are the only games in which all of Lance's team consists of Dragon-type Pokémon.

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