...Oh, yes, orders. After all, I'm with Team Meteor...And, sorry to say, my current order is to eliminate you. So... don't take it personally or anything, all right?
Taka is an oddly friendly Team Meteor admin who doesn't seem to take their goals so seriously, even giving the player information on how to beat them. He talks very casually for someone of his rank and has a quite a humorous side. Despite being part of Team Meteor, Taka is one of the nicest characters in the game and doesn't mind failing at his missions (although he does worry about the consequences).
In the game[edit | edit source]
Taka is first met at Malchous Forest, where he laments the damage caused by the PULSE Machine. He elaborates on the PULSE project and how it affects the Pokémon it is used on, and claims he'd like to set the Tangrowth free, but that his orders prevent him from doing so. Since these orders also include eliminating the player, Taka then challenges the player to a battle. After winning, he suggests the player pay a visit to the Beryl Ward PULSE.
On the way through the Beryl Ward, the player is trapped in a Nuzlocke cage. If the player refuses to beg Fern to open the cage, a Chatot will open the cage after a minute of waiting. It is heavily implied that this is Taka's Chatot. At the Beryl Ward, the player encounters Taka a second time, along with ZEL and a mysterious agent. He acts far more calm about the player's interference than his comrades, and happily admits to inviting them there. After Heather interrupts their meeting, the mysterious agent commands Taka to team up with ZEL against the player. Upon defeat, Taka decides to escape, inviting ZEL to follow.
Taka is met a third time on Azurine Island with the PULSE-Camerupt and Cain as a hostage. He explains Team Meteor's plans with the PULSE-Camerupt to the player and then challenges them to a battle. After losing to the player, he lets Cain and the player leave and retreats to Pyrous Mountain with the PULSE-Camerupt. This is where the player encounters Taka for the third time with Solaris and Cal, and it is revealed that Solaris is Taka's father. After Cal destroys the PULSE-Camerupt, Taka retreats with the rest of Team Meteor.
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Taka is encountered a fourth time when the player teams up with Titania in the Water Treatment Center. He subtly helps the player and Titania throughout the whole level and assures Titania that Amaria is safe. Titania quickly guesses that Taka has no intention of stopping them, which Taka confirms. After Titania confirms Amaria's condition and takes back the Sapphire Bracelets from Taka, he asks the player to battle him to make it look like he tried so he can uphold his facade. When Titania challenges his attitude, Taka explains that he wants to quit Team Meteor, but that he feels the bloodline he shares with Solaris will not allow it. He states that the only reason he’s a part of Team Meteor is due to his father, and that he doesn't really agree with what they're doing. After Titania refuses, Taka begs the player to show him mercy. The player then has the choice to battle Taka or not.
If you choose to battle Taka in the Water Treatment Center, it will lead you to the Zekrom Route.
If you choose not to battle Taka in the Water Treatment Center, it will lead you to the Reshiram Route.
Zekrom Route[edit | edit source]
If the player chooses to battle Taka in the Water Treatment Center, a relieved Taka will thank you after you defeat him and wish you good luck.
He will be absent from the Tourmaline desert and will not appear again until the Battle of Agate, just before your fight with Solaris. After the player defeats Solaris, Sirius mocks him for being incompetent and compares him to Taka. Taka then steps up and rescues Ciel and Samson, openly betraying Team Meteor. He is last seen running off with Sirius chasing after him.
Reshiram Route[edit | edit source]
If the player chooses not to battle Taka in the Water Treatment Center, he laments the player's decision and leaves the Water Treatment Center in a depressed mood.
Later, when the player reaches the Tourmaline Desert, Taka is encountered a fifth time at the train station, where he challenges the player to another battle, claiming not to have a choice anymore. After losing, he concludes he can no longer go back to Team Meteor and expresses his admiration of the player. He then asks if he can follow the player in the desert. If answered No, Taka will leave the player to explore the desert alone; this action changes the Reshiram to the Zekrom route, which means Taka will not die and appear in Agate City. If you allow him to tag with you, he will be your multi-battle partner throughout the desert, including the Sugiline Cave and Ruins, the Teknite Cave and Ridge, and the Mirage Tower. He will not leave the player until entering the Train Town part of the scrapyard, when he and the player meet Europa. Taka expresses joy at the prospect of staying in Train Town and is given his own apartment train by Europa. He lies down trying to take a nap and asks the player to stay.
Taka is encountered a sixth time when the player climbs Titania's castle tower after having been ambushed by Lin. He tells the player that he is glad to see them and implores them to believe him that he did not want any of this to happen. He then vanishes, claiming that he will find a way to help the player. After reaching the cave part of Titania's gym and battling a Reshiram statue, Lin ambushes the player in a knight's armor and Titania stabs her from behind. It is then revealed that Titania mistakenly stabbed Taka instead of Lin, who then appears to mock Titania and the player even further. After Titania stabs Lin in a second attempt, the player can interact with Taka, who mutters a resigned "this is fine" before dying. Titania, who is haunted by her action, vows to take care of Taka's body after her gym fight with the player.
When the player is trapped in Guardevoir's void, Taka can be seen in a scene with Luna and their parents, Solaris and Elias. If the player defeated Solaris' Garchomp on Pyrous Mountain, Taka appears before the player, seemingly fading in and out of existence. He expresses his wish to be more like the player and implores them not to forget him. He then vanishes.
Pokémon[edit | edit source]
First Battle[edit | edit source]
Double Battle with ZEL[edit | edit source]
Second Battle[edit | edit source]
Third Battle (optional)[edit | edit source]
Taka is fought on a Factory Field a Single Battle format.
You have the choice to battle Taka or not.
Fourth Battle (optional)[edit | edit source]
The battle is only available if you didn't battle Taka in the Water Treatment Center.
Tourmaline Desert Team (optional)[edit | edit source]
After defeating him in a battle, Taka asks the player to go with them while first travelling through the Tourmaline Desert. He will use this team if the player accepts.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- "Looks like you did the thing. Darn." -When sending out last Pokemon in Malchous Forest.
- "Hm. Well, I tried" -After defeat in Malchous Forest.
- "Oh well..." -After defeat in Beryl Ward.
- "I guess that means it's time for this, right?" -When sending out last Pokemon in Azurine Island.
- "Oops. Oh well." -After defeat in Azurine Island.
- "Defeat was never such a relief." -When sending out last Pokemon in the Water Treatment Center.
- "Thank you..." -After defeat in the Water Treatment Center.
- "I know I can't win..."-When sending out last Pokemon in Tourmaline Desert.
- "Not against you..."-After defeat in Tourmaline Desert.
|When accompanying you in Tourmaline Desert|
|Malchous Forest battle speech|
|Beryl Ward battle speech|
|Azurine Island battle speech|
|Water Treatment Center battle speech|
|Tourmaline Desert battle speech|
|[???]: Well, howdy, partners!
[???]: We thought we was hearin' some kinda racket,
[???]: But we figured it was just the local Steelix givin' it a good tussle again.
[Taka]: Uhh, nope. No Steelix.
[Taka]: Just two crazy people with a train.
[???]: Well, you know we all been there. Some good ol' fashioned train-joustin' is the best sport we got out here!
[Taka]: That sounds safe.
[???]: Anyway, my name's Europa! Y'all lookin' for a place to rest?
[Taka]: Rest? I don't think I've heard of that before.
[Europa]: Ohh, you joker! We don't exactly get a lot of visitors out here, but there's a few of us who hang together for our own reasons. Some of us are chasin' peace, others fleein' violence. It don't matter who you are though, you're welcome to stay with us as long as you like. We got each other here, and that's all we need.
[Taka]: This... might work out.
[Europa]: Y'all got a story to tell?
[Taka]: <player> probably has several. And I uh... I'm just looking for somewhere safe.
[Europa]: Well, congrats! You found it! If'n you'd like, I can set you up with one of your own personal trains and what few accomodations we've got.
[Taka]: So-- wait, you guys just, live in the trains out here? Cuz you can?
[Europa]: Pretty much!
[Taka]: Yeah, sounds great.
[Taka]: If it's no trouble, that'd be... a big relief.
[Europa]: Well, right this way, sir!
[Europa]: (to the player) He your boyfriend or somethin'?
[Europa]: (regardless of the answer) Oh, I'm just playin' with ya. But if you lookin' to stay too, the two of you can share, or I'm sure we can find you another car.
(The player enters the train.)
[Taka]: Well, this is perfect.
[Europa]: Y'all like it?
[Taka]: Yeah. This is me.
[Europa]: Then it's all yours! Feel free to clean up or redecorate however you like! And if you need anything, just let me or one of the others know and we'll see what we can do for you. I image y'all are mighty tired, but when you feel up to it, come out and introduce yourselves to the rest of the folk here. Everyone's always excited to meet a new friend! Until then, I'll leave you be. (Europa leaves.)
[Taka]: Maybe I'll take her up on that... Sleep is sounding pretty swell right now. <player>, thanks for bringing me here. I feel like, maybe things will be okay. I guess I'm gonna take a nap, and then... Let's talk more later, okay?
(If you interact with Taka lying on a bench)
[Taka]: Mmm... <player>? You're not going too far, right? I feel like... Maybe I could sleep better if you're near by...
[Taka]: Up here!
[Taka]: I'm so glad to see you. I--
[Taka]: I woke up here, and Lin--
[Taka]: I'm sorry, <player>.
[Taka]: I'm so sorry--
[Taka]: I didn't want her to--
[Taka]: I didn't want this.
[Taka]: I didn't want this...
[Taka]: Please, believe me...
[Taka]: I'll try and find a way to you.
[Taka]: I'll-- find a way down.
[Taka]: Just hold on.
[Taka]: Don't worry...
[Taka]: This is fine...
There's no response anymore...
|In the void (if the player defeated Solaris' Garchomp)|
[Taka]: I don't want--
[Taka]: To... give up...
[Taka]: I want--
[Taka]: To be able... to fight like you...
[Taka]: It hurts...
[Taka]: Don't forget me...
Sprites[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Taka's name means 'Hawk' in Japanese, a reference to his Chatot.
- Taka's sprite heavily resembles Morty from the original Pokemon games.
- Taka is the key character to the splitting routes in later episodes.
- When he tags along with in the desert, he reveals several things about himself and Team Meteor:
- His mother was paid by Solaris to have him
- Luna was a childhood friend of his
- Lin is narcoleptic
- Blake used to babysit him when he was younger
- Solaris asked ZEL to look after Taka when they are not busy with the PULSE
- Taka has been to Sugiline Cave and Mirage Tower before with his father
- Taka cannot swim
- If you backtrack to Train Town after encountering Lin in Titania's gym in the Reshiram path, Taka will still be in the train with no change in his dialogue.
- According to Amethyst, Taka belongs to Reborn user Ice, and gave permission to Amethyst to use him, as well several other characters belonging to him and another user, Will. Chatot as his signature pokemon was also part of the original character (he was also originally supposed to be a flying type specialist, hence the Minior and Gliscor on his team)