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Rivals Red and Blue.

Rival (ライバル, Raibaru) is a Trainer Class in the game that battles the player often throughout the main storyline. A rival in the game can be a childhood friend of the player (in the case of Blue, Trace, Cheren, Bianca, Barry, Hugh, and Hop), a recently-met neighbor (in the case of Brendan/May, Wally, Calem/Serena, Shauna, Tierno, Trevor, Hau, and Marnie), or an antagonist (in the case of Silver, Bede, and to a lesser extent, Blue). When the player is choosing a First partner Pokémon, the rival will usually get the type that is strong against the player's Pokémon. For example, if the player chooses a Grass-type Pokémon, then the player's rival will pick up a Fire-type Pokémon. The exceptions are Lucas, Dawn, Bianca, Shauna, Hau, and Hop who all choose the Pokémon with a type disadvantage. Wally starts out with a Ralts, rather than a conventional Hoenn starter.

Also, the player can sometimes give their rival a name. The names of the rivals that cannot be named are: Wally, Brendan, May, Cheren, Bianca, Shauna, Calem, Serena, Tierno, Trevor, Hau, Gladion, Hop, Bede, Marnie, Klara, and Avery.

In The Games

Having a rival as the player's opponent was introduced in Generation I with the popular rivalry between Blue/Green* and Red. A rival usually appears in the main game series throughout the game challenging the player to Pokémon battles. Rivals mostly appear early in the main story line. Their First partner Pokémon are usually the one that has a type advantage against the Pokémon that the player has chosen, for example: If the player chose Charmander, the rival will choose Squirtle, because Water is strong against Fire. Some exceptions are Bianca, Hau, Shauna and Hop who choose the starter that is weak against the player's. Most of the player rivals depend more on strength than strategy.

Kanto Johto Hoenn Sinnoh
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Blue/Green Trace Silver Brendan May Wally Barry
Unova Kalos Alola
Cheren Black and White.png Bianca Black and White.png Hugh.png Calem.png Serena Kalos.png Hau.png Gladion.png
Cheren Bianca Hugh Calem Serena Hau Gladion
Hop.png Bede.png Marnie Galar.png Klara.png Avery Galar.png
Hop Bede Marnie Klara Avery


Semi-rival (半ライバル, hanraibaru) is a rival who is more than a Pseudo-Rival but less than a Rival. They will battle the player, but much less frequently than a full Rival.

Shauna Kalos.png Tierno Kalos.png Trevor Kalos.png
Shauna Tierno Trevor


Pseudo-rival (擬似ライバル, Giji Raibaru) is one of the main protagonists from the main Pokémon video game series. They are seen as a helping hand in bringing useful information, giving useful items and helping during tag battles. They are seen as rivals in being more in a competitive manner in completing the Pokédex instead of participating in Pokémon battles.

Johto Sinnoh Unova
Ethan HeartGold and SoulSilver.png Lyra.png Lucas Platinum.png Dawn Platinum.png Nate.png Rosa.png
Ethan Lyra Lucas Dawn Nate Rosa


In the anime series, many rivals for the main characters has been appeared. The rivals in the anime can be compared to that in the video games. The main characters also learns a lot from their rivals during their competitions. Even some of the main characters Pokémon have their own rivalry with other Trainer's Pokémon as well. Known rivalries in the series:


See also