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アイリス Iris
"The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons"
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Artwork from Black 2 and White 2
Gender Female
Eye color Maroon
Hair color Purple
Hometown Village of Dragons
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym LeaderW
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Opelucid Gym
Badge Legend Badge
Champion of Pokémon League (Unova)
Specializes in Dragon types
Anime debut In The Shadow of Zekrom!
English voice actor Eileen Stevens
Japanese voice actor Aoi Yūki

Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is a Master Dragon-type Trainer. She was once one of the Gym Leaders of Opelucid City's Gym, known officially as the Opelucid Gym, giving out the Legend Badge, in Pokémon Black and White. Two years later, in Pokémon Black and White 2, she is the Champion.

In the games

Iris appears in Pokémon Black and White. In both versions, she shows up in Castelia City 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, as do the other female Gym Leaders and Elite Four members.

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

In Black 2 and White 2, Iris first appears in Castelia City, helping the player look for Team Plasma. She later makes another appearance in Opelucid City, but leaves shortly after meeting the player. Iris's primary role in these games is finally revealed to be that of the new Champion, replacing Alder. After training extensively under Drayden, she battled against Alder upon his decision to retire as Champion and won, gaining the title for herself. As a gift for her victory, Drayden gave her new clothes to replace the ones he had given her after bringing her to Unova.


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Official artwork from
Black and White


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Iris's Trainer sprite from
Black and White
Iris's VS sprite from
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Iris's overworld sprite from
Black and White
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Iris's Trainer sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Iris's VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Iris's normal overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Iris's Champion overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Initial battle (Easy Mode/Normal Mode)

Initial battle (Challenge Mode)

Rematch (Easy Mode/Normal Mode)

Rematch (Challenge Mode)


Pokémon Black and White

Castelia City

  • At Prime Pier
"I heard this lady's scream and ran after the thief 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 City

"What was that about? That speech was off-the-charts strange!"
"Oh! Mr. Alder! ...And the guy/girl who helped out that time."
"Are you talking about Reshiram? Or Zekrom? What's the sudden interest?"
"Oh, no! The Dragon-type Pokémon get along so well!"
"Aww... He's gone. Is he OK? He looked kinda scary."
"You bet! If it's Opelucid City, I can take you anywhere. As for the story of Reshiram and Zekrom, we'll tell you all we know about it! This way!"
"That way!"
"Just a little farther!"
  • In front of Drayden's house
"This is it!"
  • In Drayden's house
"That single Dragon Pokémon, along with twin heroes, brought a new region into being. And people and Pokémon had happy lives!"
"In its pursuit of truth, the white Dragon-type Pokémon sought to usher in a new and better world... Its name was Reshiram. And the other, the black Dragon-type Pokémon, sought ideals and to usher in a new world--a world of hope. Its name was Zekrom."
"But, but... The two heroes' sons started the battle again! And an instant later, Reshiram and Zekrom destroyed Unova with fire and lightning! Then, they disappeared! But, but... If people work with Pokémon in the right way, we don't have to worry anymore about the world being destroyed. I mean, Reshiram and Zekrom worked hard for everyone and made a new region! So, it should be all right, I think."
"Yeah! So I'm never gonna forgive Team Plasma for trying to separate Pokémon and us!"
  • In Black
"Everyone, people and Pokémon can get along and be happy. That's awesome!"
  • In White
"Yay! Look out! I'm really, really strong, just like Drayden!"
  • In Drayden's house after player receives the Legend Badge (Black only)
"Guess what!! I can teach you the strongest Dragon-type move! Fun, huh? Want me to teach your Pokémon this move?"
  • Yes; if player has Pokémon in the party that can learn the move
"OK, great! Which Pokémon should learn this move?"
  • If a Pokémon that knows Draco Meteor is selected:
"This one? Um, but... it looks like this Pokémon already knows Draco Meteor."
  • After one of the player's Pokémon learns Draco Meteor
"Draco Meteor's power is really amazing! But after you use it, your Sp. Atk stat goes down."
  • Yes; if no Dragon-type Pokémon in the player's party can learn the move
"Let me see... Well, this Pokémon can learn the move, but you need to have a really strong bond of friendship first. I don't think I can teach it yet."
  • Yes; if player has no Dragon-type Pokémon in the party
"OK, great! Oh, but... You don't seem to have a Pokémon that can learn this move."
  • No
"OK! Well, if you change your mind, come again, OK?"

Opelucid Gym (White only)

  • 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 (White only)

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

Pokémon Black and White 2

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Castelia City

Opelucid City

"Yahoo! I haven't seen you since I ran into you in Castelia City! Are you here to battle Grandpa? Yep! Opelucid City's Gym Leader, Drayden, is my grandpa. We're not really related, though! Oh! The Gym is that way! Before challenging it, you might want to go to Route 9! Still, your Pokémon really respect you! I feel how much fun your Pokémon are having, even from inside their Poké Balls! Good luck!"

Pokémon League

  • When room is entered (initial)
"Welcome, challenger!"
"I've been waiting for this!"
  • If leaving is attempted
"Whaa?! Where are you going?"
  • Before battle (initial)
"Know what? I really look forward to having serious battles with strong Trainers! I mean, come on! The Trainers who make it here are Trainers who desire victory with every fiber of their being! And they are battling alongside Pokémon that have been through countless difficult battles! If I battle with people like that, not only will I get stronger, my Pokémon will, too! And we'll get to know each other even better! OK! Brace yourself! I'm Iris, the Pokémon League Champion, and I'm going to defeat you!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"The pain of my Pokémon... I feel it, too!"
  • Upon sending out last Pokémon
"I'll hone my mind and become one with Pokémon!"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"No! Not yet! No! We can fight on!!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Aghhhh... I did my best, but we lost..."
"I'm upset I couldn't win! But you know what? More than that, I'm happy! I mean, come on. By having a serious battle, you and your Pokémon, and me and my Pokémon, we all got to know one another better than before! OK, let's go!"
"OK! Go on ahead! Hurry!"
  • In the Hall of Fame room
"So, this room is the Hall of Fame! Your name and your Pokémon's names will be recorded here so these important things will never be forgotten: That you are an excellent and king Trainer! That you are considerate towards Pokémon, and you give them your whole heart! And that your wonderful Pokémon believe in their Trainer with all their hearts, and together you have a strength that knows no bounds!"
"Hey, c'mon! Oh, excuse me... <player>! To the Trainer standing before me! And to the Pokémon at your side! Your beautiful bond has grown strong through battle! In order to make this bond an eternal treasure, your names shall be recorded here!"
  • Before battle (rematch)
"Welcome, challenger!"
"I've been waiting for this!"
"The Trainers who come here are Trainers who desire victory with every fiber of their being! And they are battling alongside Pokémon that have been through countless difficult battles! If I battle with people like that, not only will I get stronger, my Pokémon will, too! And we'll get to know each other even better! OK! Brace yourself! I'm Iris, the Pokémon League Champion, and I'm going to defeat you!"

Memory Link - A New Light

"Yay! I did it! Haxorus, thank you! I won because of you!"
"What did you want to talk to me about, Grandpa?"
"Yep! I was the strongest!"
"I'm so glad I came to Unova! There are many different people and so many different Pokémon! And you know what... In the Village of Dragons, people take living alongside Pokémon for granted. I was surprised some people in Unova didn't think that way!"
"Alder was smiling, though."
"Alder was really, really strong! And even when I felt a bit weak, he encouraged us! He said that even when their backs are against the wall, my Pokémon have an intense look in their eyes. So, that's why I won, but I feel like I still have a lot to learn."
"Are these new clothes? OK, I'll change into them right now!"
"Wooow! It's such a flowing dress!"
"But you were fine, right? I can tell! Your Haxorus loves you very much!"
"I've already decided! I know what kind of Champion I will be! There's a myth in Sinnoh that says that the reason why Pokémon jump out is because they want to thank people. I'm sure that we and Pokémon have helped each other and enriched the world since ancient times. These memories have been engraved in each Pokémon's heart! So, I want Pokémon and people to get closer and closer! As the Champion, I want to tell that to everybody!"

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!"

In the anime

Iris in the anime
Main article: Iris (anime)

Iris appears in the anime as one of the current traveling partners of Ash Ketchum, along with Cilan. Iris has been assigned to venture on a journey of growth and maturity and left her home in the Village of Dragons. She is to raise an Axew as well as achieve emotional growth herself. When she meets Ash near Nuvema Town, she allegedly decides to travel alongside him as a sort of guide since he's new to the region, but officially decides to be a traveling companion after Cilan suggest the three of them stick together. Her ultimate goal is to become a Dragon Master.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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Iris in Pokémon Adventures

Iris is first seen when she goes to the Studio Castelia to inform Burgh of his upcoming Gym battle with Black. After Burgh shows her his newest art piece, Iris insults it by saying his previous paintings were better and causes him to into a brief slump before complimenting the smell of honey on his body.

Later, after the battle between Black and Burgh is finished, Iris returns to inform everyone that she found a girl named Bianca unconscious on the street. They deduce that she must have been the victim of one of the recent Pokémon kidnappings and search for the culprits. They eventually find the thieves, Team Plasma, and retrieve Bianca's stolen Litwick from them.

Much later, Iris encounters Black again and informs him that she is on a journey to gather information on something. Later, she encounters Cedric Juniper and talks about the Swords of Justice's dislike of humans with him.

Iris later returns as one of the competitors in the Pokémon League of Unova. She reveals that she has managed to obtain all eight badges.


Iris's Fraxure
Fraxure is the only Pokémon that Iris is known to own. Fraxure was seen taking Iris to the Studio Castelia. Later, it was used to carry an unconscious Bianca throughout town.

None of Fraxure's moves are known.

Debut Big City Battles


  • Her Japanese Leader title is 竜の心を 知る 娘.
  • In Black and White, 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 Champion to keep her Japanese name.
  • In Black and White, Iris is the only Unova Gym Leader who does not have a secondary occupation.
  • If Pokémon White is considered canon, Iris and Wallace have many similarities: both were trained by Gym Leaders, were the eighth Gym Leader in their respective regions, and later became the Champion, at which point their mentors took their places in their Gyms.
    • However, this is not the case if Pokémon Black is considered canon, because unlike Juan, Drayden was always the Leader of Opelucid Gym in Black, and Iris never was.
    • Also, if Pokemon White is considered canon then Iris's transition from being the eighth Gym Leader to becoming the Champion is the opposite of Blue's transition from being the Champion in Generation I and its remakes to becoming the eighth Gym Leader in Generation II and its remakes.
  • In Black 2 and White 2, during Drayden's flashback, it is implied that Iris is not a native of Unova.
  • Iris considers Drayden to be her grandfather despite the two of them not being biologically related, affectionately referring to him as "Grandpa."


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) or possibly Schwertlilien (iris). Related to the lis (French for lily) in Lysander.
Korean 아이리스 Iris Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 艾莉絲 Àilìsī Transliteration of her Japanese name.

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman


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