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アイリス Iris
"The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons"
Black White Iris.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Purple
Hometown Opelucid City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation V
Games Black and White
Leader of Opelucid Gym
Badge Legend Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut BW001
English voice actor Eileen Stevens
Japanese voice actor Aoi Yūki

Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is one of the Gym Leaders of Opelucid City's Gym, known officially as the Opelucid Gym. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. She gives the Legend Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

Iris appears in Pokémon Black and White. In both versions, she shows up to aid the player, Burgh, and Bianca when Bianca's Munna is stolen; during this time, she acts as "Bianca's bodyguard". In White, she is the Gym Leader of Opelucid City's gym. This gym is the eighth to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Iris will receive the Legend Badge, along with TM82 (Dragon Tail). She also reappears at N's Castle where she and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages. In the summer, she visits Cynthia at Undella Town.

In Black, she will teach Draco Meteor to the player's Dragon-type Pokémon if they have a great bond of friendship. She can be found in Drayden's home in Opelucid City.



Pokémon Black and White

Castelia City

  • At Prime Pier
"I heard this lady's scream and ran after the theif as fast as I could. But this city is so big and so crowded... I'm afraid I lost them."
"But that's so bad! Taking people's Pokémon is really bad! 'Cause it's really nice when people and Pokémon are together! They each have something the other doesn't, and they help each other!"
"I'm gonna be Bianca's bodyguard. So you go after those bad guys, OK?"
  • On Gym Street
"Phew, we got lost. Even with the directions from the Xtransceiver, I couldn't figure it out!"
"OK! This time, I'll join the fight! Come on, Bianca. You too!"
"I am! It's the blackB/whiteW Dragon-type Pokémon, right?
"Bianca! Why are you thanking them? They take people's precious Pokémon!"
"What are you doing? Why are you letting them get away?!"
"OK, if you're happy..."
"Don't worry! I'll keep being your bodyguard!"
"Also, thanks for looking for the Pokémon! Here, this is for you! See you!"

Opelucid Gym

  • Before battle
"Hi! I'm Iris, the amazing strong Gym Leader! Tell me... What Pokémon are you using? How will you fight? Ooh, I'm super curious, so let's just get started!"
  • During battle
"The pain of my Pokémon... I feel it, too!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"No! Not yet! No! We can fight on!!"
  • When defeated
"Aghhhh... I did my best, but we lost..."
  • After being defeated
"Whoooa! That was so cool! I'm sooo happy I could battle a Trainer as strong as you!"
"Hey, that's your eighth Badge, right? That's so cool! Now every Pokémon will do what you ask, no matter how big they are! Know what? I'll give you this TM, too!"
"Dragon Tail doesn't just do damage. It sends the other Pokémon back to its Poké Ball, too! Ooh, hey! I wonder how Mister Alder is doing? I wonder if he's battling that Trainer called N in the Pokémon League right now? Do you know about the Pokémon League? It's past Victory Road, at the end of Route 10!"
  • Post game:
"You've been on a journey and seen a lot of the world. I'm like that, too! I'm from way out in the country. I'm really happy that I've gotten to meet lots of different people and Pokémon!!"

N's Castle

"No need to worry!"
"I won't lose! No way! No way! No way!"

Cynthia's villa

"Oh, hey! Did you see Cynthia's Garchomp? It's too cute!"
"Soon, Drayden and I are going to ride the cruise ship! Castelia City is wall-to-wall people, but if I'm with him, I'll be OK!"
"Sometimes I think about the village where I was born, but I'm totally OK! Because I met lots of Pokémon--and all of you!"
"Look! Look! It's the ocean!"
"The ocean is so pretty. I love it! So I stayed underwater a long time. I made everyone worry!"

Badge Case

Know what? You were very strong! I'll never forget you, ever!

National Gymquirer

Jingle: "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 Madame Scale. Thank yooou! 'I'm from Opelucid City, and I just went home for the first time in a long time. I saw Drayden and Iris counting up a big handful of coins! Isn't that setting a bad example for kids, flaunting your wealth like that?' Hmmm... That's living the high life! But you know, the Opelucid Gym Badge is shiny like a coin... Maybe you saw wrong? 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


Spr BW Iris.png VSIris.png File:BW Iris OD.png
Iris's sprite from
Generation V
Iris's VS sprite from
Generation V
Iris's owverworld sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

Iris in the anime
Main article: Iris (anime)

Iris appears in the anime as one of the traveling partners of Ash Ketchum. The other is one of the first Gym Leaders, Cilan.


  • Her Japanese Leader title is 竜の心を 知る 娘.
  • The only differences between Iris and Drayden's teams are the genders of their Pokémon and their Druddigon's ability: Iris has an all-female team and her Druddigon has Sheer Force, while Drayden has an all-male team and his Druddigon has Rough Skin.
  • Iris and Clair are both female Gym Leaders that train Dragon-type Pokémon. Coincidentally, they are both the eighth Gym Leader the player challenges in Unova and Johto, respectively.
  • Iris is the first Gym Leader since Erika to keep her Japanese name.
  • Iris and her counterpart, Drayden, are the only Dragon-type specialists that use only pure Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • Iris is the only Unova Gym Leader who does not have a secondary occupation.
  • Iris and Drayden's Haxorus are underleveled; Fraxure does not evolve until level 48.
  • In N's Castle, she quotes Dawn's catchphrase: "No need to worry!"


Language Name Origin
Japanese アイリス Iris From iris, possibly the flaming dragon iris or the "dragon drums" (tall bearded iris).
English, French, Italian, Spanish Iris Same as Japanese name.
German Lilia From lilien (lily). Related to the lis (French for lily) in Lysander.
Korean 아이리스 Iris Transliteration of her Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 艾莉絲 Àilìsī Transliteration of her Japanese name.

Gym Leaders of the Unova region
Striaton Gym Trio Badge
Cilan OD.png Chili OD.png Cress OD.png
Cilan Chili Cress
Nacrene Gym Basic Badge
Lenora OD.png
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMomCherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPokémon World Tournament participantsName RaterJudge

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