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Character Overview

Pearl is one of the two male protagonists in the DP series along with Dia. Quick and smart, he plays the role of the straight man in the Manzai standing comedy which he and Dia practice. In contrast to Dia, his character is hasty and hot-tempered, and according to Dia, he will always see to the completion of something he has decided upon, a reflection of the virtue he represents: willpower. This makes him the most associated with Azelf of the Sinnoh lake trio, which is the willpower Pokémon. Pearl's robust nature is interestingly opposite to the pearl, and is more comparable to the diamond, which has an ultimate toughness.

Among the three Sinnoh Dex Holders, Pearl often plays the role of the leader, and tells Dia and Platinum what to do. His father is apparently someone very skilled in battling, and the things he has learnt from him during his childhood enabled him to design well-structured training session for Platinum to practice for her gym challenges. During Platinum's Super Contest challenge, Pearl is shown to have a talent in dancing as well. In terms of battling, his most remarkable skill is his ability to tell what move a Pokémon is about to use, which gives him an advantage in anticipating the foe's attacks. Pearl was admittedly not very powerful at the beginning, but this gradually changed as he continued on his journey. His experience mainly comes from the training sessions with Platinum for her gym challenges.

As childhood neighbours, Pearl grew up with Dia, and the two share a very close bond with each other. Although Pearl often appears to be abusive in his endless hollering and smacking, he actually cares a lot for Dia, and Dia in turn cherishes this friendship very much. Unfortunately, the two boys had their first clash during the crisis at Celestic Town when Pearl wanted everyone to escape from Cyrus to avoid danger while Dia wanted to stay behind to protect the secret of the ruins. Dia voiced his protest of Pearl always forcing his own views on others, and for the first time decided to follow his own emotions instead. Pearl was eventually moved and matched his partner's actions with his willpower to challenge Cyrus. The boys reconciled afterwards, and resumed their close bond, which was clearly on a more 'equal' ground this time.

On the other hand, Pearl was not particularly thrilled about Platinum's attitude when they first met, because he thought she was too arrogant as a tour guide, which in fact, wasn't her true identity. He was determined to find out her real name which she refused to tell them, and has more than once yelled at the girl for her stubbornness and denial of little gestures she was trying to hide from them. Yet, somehow, Pearl has always ended up assisting Platinum in all of her aspirations, and has more than once found himself impressed by her knowledge and perseverance. Gradually, the two of them got used to each other's ways, and became close companions.

At Veilstone City, the boys finally knew the truth about their misunderstanding after meeting Platinum's real bodyguards, who were unfortunately banished into another dimension by Team Galactic. Pearl decided to officially take over the roles of the bodyguards with Dia after the incident, and keep Platinum safe until they reach Mt. Coronet. However, this secret which the boys kept under good intention was finally known to Platinum at Canalave, and the girl took the news hard, devastated by being fooled by people she trusts so much. Fortunately, she eventually came around and opted to continue their companionship, despite changing their objectives to stopping Team Galactic instead of the original journey's goal. Pearl addresses Platinum as 'Ms Lady' before knowing her real name.

Character Design

Pearl's design is based on the childhood friend and rival of the protagonist in the fourth generation Pokémon titles, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. His hair may be slightly wilder than his game counterpart, but their appearance otherwise show no obvious differences. His trousers also appear to have a bluish green colour instead of being brownish grey. His items are mostly orange in colour, including his Pokédex as well as his Poketch. Occasionally, Pearl is seen without his scarf.

During the Super Contest, he was given a white tuxedo to wear by Platinum, and while the trio were at the Great Marsh, they put on colland-like attires. Pearl's eyes are of a luminous shade of orange.

Pearl's Journey: DP Series

Pearl's journey began when he and Dia attended the New Generation Funny Grand Prix at Jubilife City, and was rewarded with the Judges' Special Merit Prize. However, a collision with Prof. Rowan accidentally swapped the envelopes they were holding, and the two boys ended up receiving the notice to Platinum's bodyguards, who were supposed to escort her to the summit of Mt. Coronet. Believing that they were on a reality show, Pearl deemed Platinum their tour guide and began their long voyage across Sinnoh.

Upon arrival at Oreburgh, Platinum decided to take on gym challenges, and Pearl and Dia started having training sessions with her. The initial distrust among them gradually dissolved as the trio went through crisis after crisis together. They encountered Mars of Team Galactic at the Valley Windworks, and later met up with Cynthia at Eterna, who personally taught them about Pokémon battling. When they finally reached Mt. Coronet, they discovered that the cavern they have entered would not lead to the summit, and thus continued their journey on the eastern side of Sinnoh. However, while inside the cavern, they were ambushed by Cyrus, who decided to punish them for disturbing the peace of the sacred mountain.

After taking part in the Super Contest in Hearthome, they were caught up by Platinum's real bodyguards at Veilstone, and also had their first direct battle with Team Galactic. It was only then that Platinum's real identity was revealed, but before the bodyguards had a chance to meet and explain things to the girl, they were banished into another dimension by Saturn. At this point, Dia finally confessed to Pearl that he knew Platinum wasn't a tour guide right from the start, and kept it to himself since the misunderstanding was the thing that started and maintained their companionship.

Later, following another turmoil at Lake Valor and Platinum's gym challenge at Pastoria, they met up with Cynthia again at the Pokémon Mansion, who helped them clear the pack of Psyducks blocking Route 210. After meeting Cynthia's Grandma, they encountered Cyrus once again at Celestic Town when the man broke into the ruins which contained Sinnoh's legend of the three lakes. Surviving the deadly showdown, the trio ended up in Hearthome again where Platinum challenged Fantina, after which they learnt of the shocking news about Sir Berlitz's disappearance.

At Canalave City, Platinum finally learnt of Pearl and Dia's true identity, and was completely distraught by the shocking news. After a fitful night of nightmares though, she decided to keep the boys as her companions and resumed their journey under the new goal to thwart Team Galactic's evil plans. At this point, the trio split up to protect the three lakes, and Pearl was assigned Lake Valor. On his way there, he accidentally winded up at the Fuego Ironworks and once again met up with the wild Luxray they befriended at the beginning of their journey, who became his team member after they rescued Mr. Fuego.

Pokémon on his Active Team

Chimchar → Monferno → Infernape Nickname: Chimlord OT: Pearl Gender: ♂ Nature: Naughty Ability: Blaze Level N/A Attacks: Close Combat, Ember, Flame Wheel, Focus Punch, Mach Punch, Leer, Overheat, Scratch Info: This Chimchar was one of the three special Pokémon Prof. Rowan wished to study, and was given to Platinum to allocate to one of her bodyguards. It picked Pearl as its trainer on their first encounter, and incidentally shares many traits with the boy. Quick and speedy, it has prompt responses and is able to jump into action right away. Chimlord evolved into a Monferno simultaneously with Roo and Piplup at Eterna City, and used the flames on its tail as a propeller to speed up Pearl's Bicycle on the Cycling Road when he was trying to save Platinum. At Veilstone, Pearl lent Chimlord to Platinum for her gym challenge on Maylene's special request, and it eventually gained victory with its powerful attacks coupled with Platinum's tactics. It evolved into an Infernape along with Roo at Veilstone when Pearl and Dia battled the TG grunts under the guidance of Phool and Ignor, and became even more agile afterwards, as shown in its rescuing of Platinum at the Great Marsh. After Pearl started on his personal journey, it continued to be a great support in his team, and fought down a herd of Magbys left behind by Team Galactic at the Fuego Ironworks.

Chatot Nickname: Chatlord OT: Pearl Gender: ♂ Nature: Hasty Ability: N/A Level N/A Attacks: Aerial Ace, Chatter, Fury Attack, Mirror Move, Pluck Info: This Chatot was the first Pokémon of Pearl, and is very much like him. Quick, smart, and easily irritable, it is almost like the Pokémon version of Dia. Like Pearl always smacks Dia, Chatlord often hits Beh. Chatlord has a habit of repeating the last words or syllables Pearl said, it once eavesdropped on Platinum's phone conversation with Sebastian, which made it learn the phrase 'The Lady'. It was lent to Platinum for her Veilstone Gym challenge along with Chimlord, and has managed to stand its ground against Meditite with its wide range of attacks. At Celestic Town, it tried to keep Cyrus's camera away from the man, but eventually fell victim to Probopass's Gravity. When Pearl started travelling on his own, it fought down two wild Wingulls and later defeated a herd of Team Galactic's Magbys at the Fuego Ironworks.

Luxray Nickname: Raylord OT: Pearl Gender: ♂ Nature: N/A Ability: N/A Level N/A Attacks: Discharge, Shock Wave Info: As a Luxio, this Pokémon ambushed Dia, Pearl and Platinum on Route 203, in an attempt to regain the trust of its herd after it broke its claws and lost the means to communicate with them. Pearl used the spirit of 'butt-in' to help Luxio reconnect with its peers, and Luxio later returned as a Luxray to rescue Pearl and Platinum when Cyrus nearly buried the trio alive in the western cavern of Mt. Coronet. Much later, Pearl went astray on route to Lake Valor, and Luxray showed up once again to help him at the Fuego Ironworks. It demonstrated immense trust in the boy when they worked together to defeat Team Galactic's Houndoom, and officially joined his team after the incident. Luxray possesses x-ray-like vision that can see-through anything, and also packs considerable strength and agility to make it another dependable member on Pearl's party.

Buizel Nickname: Zellord OT: Pearl Gender: ♂ Nature: N/A Ability: Swift Swim Level N/A Attacks: N/A Info: Along with other wild Buizels and Floatzels on Route 213, this Pokémon turned hostile towards humans due to Team Galactic's bombing at Lake Valor. Listening to Crasher Wake's suggestion, Pearl attempted to catch a wild Floatzel for his team, but failed to do so and resorted to the easier Buizels instead. He finally managed to capture this one, but it continued to act antagonistic towards him afterwards. Fortunately, it still obeyed his commands in battle, albeit in a slightly tricky way.

Diglett Nickname: Diglord OT: Pearl Gender: N/A Nature: N/A Ability: N/A Level N/A Attacks: N/A Info: Pearl captured this Diglett on Route 212 as part of his training under Crasher Wake. Diglord possesses great speed, and can easily evade its foes' attacks by retreating underground.

Tauros Nickname: Taulord OT: Pearl Gender: ♂ Nature: N/A Ability: N/A Level N/A Attacks: N/A Info: This Tauros was captured on Route 212 when Pearl underwent an intensive training under Crasher Wake. With its muscular built, Taulord can send multiple foes flying with a single charge.

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