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This article is about the game character Cilan (game). For other uses, see Cilan.

(デント Dento)
"Triple Trouble!"
Hometown Striaton City
Region Unova
Family Chili
Badge Trio Badge
Preferred Type Grass
First Appearance

Pokémon Black and White
BW005: Triple Leaders Team Threats

Class: Gym Leader
Gym Leader

Cilan (デント Dento) is one of the Striaton City Gym Leader trio, along with his two brothers: Chili and Cress. Cilan specializes in Grass-type. He will award you the Trio Badge if he's defeated. Cilan's appearance has a similar outfit to a waiter along with his brothers.

Cilan is the first gym leader to be encountered, but only if the player chose Oshawott at the start of the adventure.


In the games

Cilan is not just a Gym Leader with battling skills, but he is described as a Pokémon Connoisseur and has the ability to see the compatibility between Pokémon and their trainers. He is not the only Gym Leader of Striaton City; Chili and Cress are his partners, also being Gym Leaders. In the games, if you pick Oshawott as your starter Pokémon, he will fight you in Striaton City. Like the other two gym leaders, he has one of Unova's elemental monkey Pokémon.

Cilan is first mentioned in Striaton City by Cheren in the Trainer School before you battle him, mentioning he was there before you arrived. After this battle, you find him outside the Gym. He invites you inside the Gym getting ready for battle. Once you arrive however, he reveals his two brothers: Cress and Chili, who are also Gym Leaders and states one of them will battle you depending on your starting Pokémon. He only battles trainers who own an Oshawott. After this battle, you don't hear from him again until after the end of the game when Bianca mentions that she tried to get the three Striaton City Gym Leaders to help against the sages inside N's Castle, but was too late. Cilan will always stay in the gym no matter what version afterwards.

In Black 2 and White 2, he's no longer a Gym Leader. If Memory Link is used, it is shown in a flashback that the trio begin to question their strength after being unable to battle Team Plasma, as general opinion is that it needs the three of them to make a good trainer, and discuss what needs to be done to correct that. Suddenly the Shadow Triad assaults them on a "whim", and both sides engage in a Battle. However the Shadow Triad easily defeats the Gym Leaders, which makes them leave so as to check on the other Gym Leaders that can be a true threat. The humiliating defeat, makes them admit they can only succeed as a trio. They then decide to resign as Gym Leaders and restart their training from scratch, so that eventually one of them can become a recognized trainer, then when their strengths match each other again, they can be a trio of Gym Leaders once more. They then think on who will be the new Gym Leader.


BW battle sprite

VS. Sprite

B2W2 battle sprite

In the anime

Main article: Cilan (anime)


In the games

Pokémon Black and White

Lillipup BW
 Type Normal 
Pansage BW
 Type Grass 
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Ability: Pickup Ability: Gluttony Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Work Up Work Up - - - -
Helping Hand Lick - - - -
Odor Sleuth Fury Swipes - - - -
Bite Vine Whip - - - -

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lv60stoutland lv62 crustle lv70 simisage



  • His Japanese Leader title, which is also shared with Chili and Cress, is トライアル トライアングル / Toraiaru Toranguru. "Trial Triangle"
  • Notably, the hair of Cilan, Chili, and Cress all resembles the hairstyle of the Elemental Monkeys' evolutions.
  • His name may be a play on the herb/garnish Cilantro.
  • Cress, Chili, and Cilan are the only Unova Gym Leaders who do not use all Pokémon of their type. This is probably caused by the lack of Grass, Fire, and Water types other than the starters before the player reaches Nacrene City.
  • Cilan, along with Chili and Cress, are the only Gym Leaders who do not appear to help the player in N's Castle.
  • Cilan and his siblings' names begin with "C".
  • Regardless of whether the player is male or female, he seems to idolize him/her upon being defeated. This is hinted after the main storyline, where he says "uh" and "um" multiple times while talking to him.
  • Along with Chili and Cress, they are the first gym leader trio.
  • Cilan is the only male Gym Leader specialing in Grass-Type Pokemon. Erika and Gardenia are both females.
  • Unlike his brothers, Cilan is missing the white part of his eyes.

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