Cilan (Japanese: デント Dent) is one of the three Gym Leaders of Striaton City's Gym, known officially as the Striaton Gym. He specializes in Grass-type Pokémon and will battle the player if they chose Oshawott as their starter Pokémon. He gives tIn the gamesCilan appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Striaton City's gym, alongside Chili and Cress. This gym is the first to be challenged by the player. Cilan battles the player if Oshawott is the chosen starter Pokémon. Trainers who defeat Cilan will receive the Trio Badge, along with TM83 (Work Up).
PokémonPokémon Black and White Leader
Black and White
Leader and Professor
Black and White
QuotesPokémon Black and WhiteOutside of the Gym
"Yes? Yes, I am a Gym Leader of this town. You are...? Right. You want to challenge the Gym. In that case... What was the first Pokémon you chose? <Starter>... I see. It's weak against <type>-type Pokémon. I think you need to prepare to face that type. I'll be waiting for you inside."
Cilan: "Welcome to the Striaton City Pokémon Gym."
Chili: "I'm Chili! I light things up with Fire-type Pokémon!"
Cress: "I'm a Water-type specialist, and my name is Cress. Pleased to make your acquaintance."
Cilan: "And my name is Cilan. I like Grass-type Pokémon."
Cilan: "Um, you see... As for why the three of us, um, are all here is, well, er..."
Chili: "Oh,enough! Listen up! The three of us will decide whom you'll battle! It'll be based on the type of the first Pokémon you chose!"
Cress: "That is indeed the case. And the partner you first chose was <type> type, it seems."
If the player's starter Pokémon is Snivy or Tepig
"...Uh hm. I always seem to lose the timing of... of the dance. Like that. True enough, I did want to... want to have a Pokémon battle with you."
If the player's starter Pokémon is Oshawott
"Nothing personal... No hard feelings... Me and my Grass-type Pokémon will...um... We're gonna battle come what may."
"So, um, if you're OK with me, I'll, um, put everything I've got into being, er, you know, your opponent."
After the first move
"Ah! My Pokémon!"
After sending his last Pokémon
"Huh? Could it be? Could I have only one Pokémon left?"
"Er... Is it over now?"
After being defeated
"...What a surprise You...are very strong. Seems like not even Chili or Cress could beat you.."
After the battle (regardless of starter Pokémon)
"Gym Badges are a proof of a Trainer's abilities. If you have one Badge, Pokémon, including traded Pokémon up to Lv. 20, will obey you without question. We also want you to have this. TM83 contains Work Up. If you use Work Up, the Pokémon's Attack and Sp. Atk go up! By the way, TMs can be used as many times as you want."
"In the Unova region, we are still novice Gym Leaders. Which means the other Gym Leaders are much stronger than we are. We'll need to work hard and improve."
"In the Unova region, um, we are still novice Gym Leaders. Which means, well, that other Gym Leaders are much stronger than we are. Going...slow...and steady...is OK, so... we compete with one and get, um, stronger and stronger."
The fundamentals of Pokémon battling are type matchups! They're important!National GymquirerJingle: "Woo hoo! All right! It's 'The National Gymquirer'!"
Page: "That's right! We collect the hottest gossip about Gym Leaders seen around town! Here is today's letter. From someone going by the name Cafélover! Thank yooou! 'Recently, I saw Striaton Gym's three Gym Leaders, and they were all out of order! Like, Chili was Cilan, and Cilan was Cress!' Hmmm. Well, I'm not saying you're crazy, but...are you sure they weren't just standing in front of a mirror? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"
In the anime
Cilan appears in the anime as one of Ash Ketchum's traveling partners
NamesLanguage Name Origin
Japanese デント Dent From dent corn, similar to Pod and Corn's names. May also refer to trident. Also from 田 den, "field".
English Cilan From cilantro.
French Rachid From racine (root), arachide (peanut) or possibly rachis.
German Benny From Maiskolben (corncob). Related to his brother's name, Maik (Chili) and Colin (Cress).
Italian Spighetto From spiga, ear of corn, and spaghetti.
Spanish Millo From millo, maize.
Korean 덴트 Dent Transliteration of his Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 天桐 Tiāntóng Rough transcription of his Japanese name. 桐 is also a name for several unrelated species of trees, such as Paulownia (泡桐), tung tree (油桐), and Chinese parasol tree (梧桐).