If you were looking for the character of the day from Crisis at Ferroseed Research! with the Japanese name of "Clay", see Clay (BW081).

ヤーコン Yacon
"The Underground Boss"
Black White Clay
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown Driftveil City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation Template:Gen
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Driftveil Gym
Badge Quake Badge
Specializes in {{Ground}} types
Anime debut The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!
English voice actor Sean Schemmel
Japanese voice actor Tsuguo Mogami

Clay (Japanese: ヤーコン Yacon) is the Gym Leader of Driftveil City's Gym, known officially as the Driftveil Gym. He specializes in Ground-type Pokémon. He gives the Quake Badge to Trainers who defeat him.


Clay anime

Clay in the anime

Clay made his first appearance in The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!. Ash and his friends met him right after they had arrived at Driftveil City, and Ash asked him for a battle. However, he refused to battle Ash at the time because he had to check out a mine at the edge of town. Ash would try to battle Clay again in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 but he refused yet again. He claimed that he could not have a battle with him if he did not have any Revival Herbs. When Ash asked what they were, Clay criticized him for not knowing and said that he probably wouldn't be worth battling. However, he did promise a battle if he brought him some Revival Herbs.

Clay young

Clay as a child

After Ash obtained the herbs in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2, he immediately went to Clay in the next episode. He was surprised that Ash was able to get the herbs and finally accepted his challenge. Ash managed to defeat Clay and he gave him the Quake Badge.

Clay is shown to have started his life as a miner when he was around Ash’s age with his Excadrill. One of his mines would later become the Driftveil Gym. He greatly values experience through hard work and views Ash's youth and inexperience with contempt, though he later gains new respect for the young Trainer after their battle. Clay prefers a frontal assault style of battling and becomes enraged when Ash uses strategy like his Snivy's Attract to stop his Palpitoad.


This listing is of Clay's known Pokémon in the anime:

Clay Krokorok
Main article: Clay's Krokorok

Clay's Krokorok first appeared in Battling the King of the Mines!, where it was used to battle Ash's Oshawott. At first Krokorok used dust to blind Oshawott, allowing it to land many successful hits. However, finally Oshawott was able to clean his eyes with his own Water Gun and then defeat Krokorok with Razor Shell.

Krokorok's known moves are Dig, Sandstorm, Bite and Stone Edge.

Debut Battling the King of the Mines!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Marc Thompson
Clay Palpitoad
Main article: Clay's Palpitoad

Clay's Palpitoad first appeared in Battling the King of the Mines!, where he was used in a Gym battle against Ash. He easily defeated Ash's Oshawott, after which he battled with Snivy. Snivy started by using Attract on Palpitoad, which became infatuated, thus making him unable to attack and an easy target for Snivy, which hit him with all of her attacks and finally defeated him with a Leaf Storm.

Palpitoad's known moves are Hydro Pump, Sludge Bomb and Rock Smash.

Debut Battling the King of the Mines!
Voice actors
Japanese Akeno Watanabe
English Carter Cathcart
Clay Excadrill
Main article: Clay's Excadrill

Clay's Excadrill first appeared in Battling the King of the Mines!, where it was used in a Gym battle against Ash's Snivy. It was easily able to block all of Snivy's attacks and then knock her out. Next Ash used Roggenrola. Thanks to its Ability Sturdy, Roggenrola could avoid being knocked out by Excadrill's Horn Drill. Later Roggenrola evolved into a Boldore and defeated the Subterrene Pokémon with its newly learned Rock Blast and Rock Smash attacks.

According to Clay, Excadrill has been his Pokémon since he was a kid, and has helped him with digging out and expanding the mine he was working on that would eventually become the current form of the Driftveil Gym.

Excadrill's known moves are Rapid Spin, Horn Drill, Drill Run and Rock Smash.

Debut Battling the King of the Mines!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Tom Wayland

Voice actorsEdit

Language Voice actor
Japanese 最上嗣生 Tsuguo Mogami
English Sean Schemmel
Mandarin Chinese 于正昇 Yú Zhèngshēng
Latin American Spanish Humberto Vélez

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