Shade is the fifth Gym Leader of the Reborn region. He specializes in the Ghost-type and is fought at the Abandoned Power Plant, where he hands out the Omen Badge, the fourth Gym Badge the player receives.
Shade is a very mysterious man that can seemingly disappear and reappear effortlessly. Many people believe he isn't human and wonder if he's actually dead. He seems to only speak in riddles or very short words. Shade doesn't seem to be completely avoidant of people, as he is willing to talk in an interview and is supposedly Anna's friend.
In the game Edit
Shade is next seen in the Abandoned Power Plant after the player arrives the underground railnet, where the power source was off and Anna suggested that the player can go ask Shade to turn on the backup power source. After losing to the player, Shade agrees to power up the railnet. After seeing the events in the railnet, he tells the player, "...So dying souls offer the keys to your gain... ...Let not them suffer to the poison in vain." before disappearing.
|This article contains plot details about events that occur later in the game.|
He is later encountered after the Water Treatment Center incident, where he reminds the player about the screens in his gym, and that "only two will be taken" before disappearing.
Shade is next encountered at the Glass Workstation where, as revealed by the explanations of Radomus, he pulls the player out of the void created by Gossip Gardevoir, and is also revealed to be a good friend of Luna's and even asked her to come at the Glass Workstation (which Anna asked him to do).
Gym Battle Edit
- "..." -When sending out last Pokemon.
- "...Abyss favors the forsaken..." -After defeat.
|Gym battle speech|
|TM65 (Shadow Claw)|
|Seen on the Profiles channel after obtaining the Cocoon Badge from Shelly|
|A special report from... the Investigation Squad!
Yo, Reborn City! What's up?! We're here with the Reborn Rundown giving you a look at the leaders of the Reborn League! I'm your host, DJ Arclight, now on air!
We've got some sort of mystery for you today, viewers. Let's talk about Shade, the Ghost Gym Leader.
Most people aren't all that sure if Shade is human, a ghost himself, or maybe something else entirely! Given that he rarely speaks, and when he does, he seldom makes common sense, there's not a whole lot we can tell you about this entity.
In battle, look out for his ace Pokemon, Mimikyu! That Pokemon hides nearly as much as the leader himself does, but rather than a sinister smile to top it off, Mimikyu's Disguise makes it hard to hit. Do your best not to let it get the jump on you... or else!
That's all for now, but remember, Trainers, Keep fighting with everything you've got! Hold your spirits high, and even you can defeat the Reborn League!
|Seen on the Interviews channel after saving the Obsidia Ward|
|Gossip Gardevoir's interview intermission!
Hello! Gossip Gardevoir here in Interview Intermission, bringing YOU the inside scoop on Reborn's celebrity figures!
Today we've got a special report with Shade, Reborn's Ghost Gym Leader!
Mister Shade, could you tell us what you're doing when you're not conducting your League Battles?
GARDEVOIR: ...Yes... Um... Do you have any particular hobbies or... aspirations?
GARDEVOIR: Maybe an old childhood-wait, did you even HAVE a childhood? Are you... dead or alive?
GARDEVOIR: Ugh, I knew this would happen. Look, Shade-thingy, Luna really likes you, so I don't want to have to-
SHADE: ...To they who sleep before the screen,
Glazing words and counting sheep,
Find the seer of the unseen,
Deliver her from flat-line creep.
GARDEVOIR: What did you- Hey! Where did he go?! He was here just a second ago... Did he run off? Ugh...
That's all on today's Interview Intermission. Until next time!
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- His name, Shade, can mean either darkness or a ghost.
- Even if it wasn’t apparent at first, three of the images seen in his gym’s four monitors have come true; Corey’s suicide, Amaria’s (failed) attempt at suicide, and Kiki’s death at the hands of Solaris’s Garchomp. The only one remaining is Lin's death.
- His Gengar is named after Corey, as well, implying it may very well be him- especially given that it's the only one of his Pokemon with a nickname.
- If you play with the brightness in his trainer sprite, the word "DIE" will be revealed inside his coat.
- Shade and Terra are the only gym leaders with unique music
- It is implied that Shade is involved in the following cases:
- Suggesting Luna to runaway from El.
- Recommending Noel to be a Gym Leader.
- Helping Anna earn her position.