Born on November 13th, 2000, Shade grew up in Snowbelle City. He received his first Pokémon, a Fennekin, when he turned ten years old. After Fennekin evolved, he'd caught a Litleo and an Espurr. Soon, the two evolved, and the three are his best friends.
When Braixen was a Fennekin, it had often run away from the professor. When the professor had decided he was going to send the little Fire-type away, Shade had hurriedly claimed it as his own. The professor agreed, and let Shade keep it. One day, after a battle with a trainer, Fennekin evolved into Braixen. It is currently Shade's strongest Pokemon.
Fennekin → Braixen♂
Shade met Pyroar when it was a Litleo. Litleo's front paws were wounded, so Shade took it to a Pokémon Center, where its paws were healed. Litleo, eager to travel with him, was captured. It evolved, and is currently Shade's second strongest party member.
Litleo → Pyroar♀
Espurr joined Shade's party after it rescued him from falling down a gorge with its psychic power. Shade caught him and began traveling with him. It evolved soon after, and is currently the newest member of his party.