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Clair

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Clair
イブキ Ibuki
"The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon"
HeartGold SoulSilver Clair.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light blue
Hometown Blackthorn City
Region Johto
Relatives Lance (cousin), Dragon Clan Elder
Trainer class Gym LeaderGSCHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation II, IV, V
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Pokémon Stadium 2
Leader of Blackthorn Gym
Badge Rising Badge
Specializes in Dragon types
Anime debut Beauty is Skin Deep
English voice actor Megan Hollingshead (EP251-EP255)
Eva Christensen (BW136)
Japanese voice actor Yūko Mita

Clair (Japanese: イブキ Ibuki) is the Gym Leader of Blackthorn City's Gym, known officially as the Blackthorn Gym. Her specialty is Dragon-type Pokémon, and she gives the Rising Badge to Trainers who defeat her. Her cousin is Lance.

In the games

Clair appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver as the Leader of the Blackthorn Gym. She is the eighth and final Gym Leader to be met in the Johto region, and defeating her will allow Trainers to advance to Indigo Plateau. Known as "The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon", Clair is descended from a long line of Dragon-type Trainers including her cousin, Elite Four member Lance, and the elder of Blackthorn's Dragon Clan.

Clair is confident of her abilities as a Trainer, and speaks of herself as "the world's best dragon master". She can hold her own against the Elite Four: her only known loss is against Lance, now the Champion. Even if the player defeats her in battle, she refuses to accept his or her talents unless they pass the "Dragon User's Challenge". The Rising Badge that victors of the Blackthorn Gym are entitled to remains in Clair's possession until Trainers have navigated the Dragon's Den and located a shrine at its center. Only then will Clair acknowledge her loss. She will also encourage the player to excel at the Pokémon League; this is mainly personal, so she will feel less upset about her defeat at the hands of a child. As well as the Rising Badge, she will also issue a Dragon Technical Machine: TM24 (DragonBreath) in Generation II; TM59 (Dragon Pulse) in Generation IV. Many of her own Pokémon know these moves in the respective generations.

The player's rival, Silver, takes to training in the Dragon's Den once the Elite Four have been defeated by the player. In this way, he is said to act as Clair did when she was young herself. She returns here from time to time, and will battle alongside her cousin against Silver and the player. She tries to partner up with Silver after he challenges Lance (who asks the player to be his partner), but Silver insults her outfit and asks the player to partner with him instead. She comes to the Dragon's Den every morning between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM after the player and rival defeat her and Lance, and will give her Pokégear phone number to the player. If called on Friday evening, she will journey to the Fighting Dojo and have a rematch with the player.

Clair makes an additional appearance in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only appearance she makes where she uses Pokémon that are not draconic in origin.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Rematch


Multi Battle with Lance
Clair and Lance approaching for battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Clair uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Clair will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Kingdra.

Johto Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Blackthorn Gym

  • Before battle
"I am Clair. The world's best dragon master. I can hold my own against even the Pokémon League's Elite Four. Do you still want to take me on? ...Fine. Let's do it! As a trainer, I will use my full power against any opponent!"
  • When defeated
"I lost? I don't believe it. There must be some mistake..."
  • After being defeated
"I won't admit this. I may have lost, but you're still not ready for the Pokémon League. I know. You should take the dragon user challenge. Behind this Gym is a place called Dragon's Den. Go and bring me the Dragon Fang from deep inside the Den. That is the test to be accepted as a true dragon user. If you can do that, I will accept you as a worthy trainer. Until then, I won't give you a Badge."

Dragon's Den

"All right. I recognize your true power. This Badge is yours."
"Rising Badge will enable your Pokémon to use the move for climbing waterfalls. Also, all Pokémon will recognize you as a trainer and obey your every command without question. I also want you to have this TM."
"That contains DragonBreath. No, it doesn't have anything to do with my breath. If you don't want it, you don't have to take it. So, you've collected all the Badges. Your destination is the Pokémon League in Indigo Plateau. Do you know how to get there? From here, go to New Bark Town. Then surf east. The route there is very tough. Don't you dare lose at the Pokémon League! If you do, I'll feel even worse about having lost to you!

Pokémon Crystal

Blackthorn Gym

  • Before battle
"I am Clair. The world's best dragon master. I can hold my own against even the Pokémon League's Elite Four. Do you still want to take me on? ...Fine. Let's do it! As a Gym Leader, I will use my full power against any opponent!"
  • When defeated
"I lost? I don't believe it. There must be some mistake..."
  • After being defeated
"I won't admit this. I may have lost, but you're still not ready for the Pokémon League. I know. You should take the dragon user challenge. Behind this Gym is a place called Dragon's Den. There is a small shrine at its center. Go there. If you can prove that you've lost your lazy ideals, I will recognize you as a trainer worthy of a Gym Badge!"

Dragon's Den

"So how did it go? I guess there's no point in asking. You did fail? .................. ...What? You passed?" (steps back) "That can't be!" (steps back more) "You're lying! Even I haven't been approved!"
"I-I understand..."
"Here, this is the Rising Badge... Hurry up! Take it!"
"Rising Badge will enable your Pokémon to use the move for climbing waterfalls. Also, all Pokémon will recognize you as a trainer and obey your every command without question. I also want you to have this TM."
"Wait!"
"I'm sorry about this. Here, take this as my apology."
"That contains DragonBreath. No, it doesn't have anything to do with my breath. If you don't want it, you don't have to take it. What's the matter? Aren't you going on to the Pokémon League? Do you know how to get there? From here, go to New Bark Town. Then surf east to the Pokémon League. The route there is very tough. Don't you dare lose at the Pokémon League! If you do, I'll feel even worse about having lost to you! Give it everything you got."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Blackthorn Gym

  • Before battle
"I am Clair. The world's best Dragon-type master. I can hold my own against even the Pokémon League's Elite Four. Do you still want to take me on? ...Fine. Let's do this! As a Gym Leader, I will use my full power against any opponent!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"One last Pokémon? This is where the real battle begins!"
  • When last Pokémon is at critical health
"You're kidding, right? I'm supposed to win! I already decided!"
  • Being defeated
"I lost... I don't believe it. There must be some mistake..."
  • After being defeated
"I won't concede this. I might have lost, but you're still not ready for the Pokémon League. I know. You should take the Dragon-master challenge. Behind this Gym is a place called Dragon's Den. There is a small shrine at its heart. Go there. If you can prove that you've lost your lazy ideals, I will admit you are a Trainer worthy of a Gym Badge!"

Dragon's Den

  • After the player has passed the test
"So how did it go? I guess there's no point in asking. You did fail? ... ...What? You passed? That can't be! You're lying! Even I haven't been approved!"
"I... I understand... Here, this is the Rising Badge... Hurry up! Take it!"
"The Rising Badge will enable your Pokémon to use the move for climbing waterfalls. Also, all Pokémon will know you as a Trainer and obey your every command without question."
"Wait! I'm sorry about this. Here, take this as my apology."
"That contains Dragon Pulse. Well, Dragon Pulse is kind of er... never mind! It's huge energy of some kind. If you don't want it, you don't have to take it. What's the matter? If you are headed to the Pokémon League, go back to New Bark Town and Surf along Route 27. Your face...is telling me you have some unfinished business... Come on! Whatever you have to face from now, don't you dare give up! If you do, I'll feel even worse about having lost to you! Give it your all."
"Well then, you over there! Will you team up with me?"
  • When defeated
"Oh, I see..."
  • After being defeated
"I must excuse myself. ...<player>, it was a fun battle. That goes for you, too, wise guy."

Fighting Dojo

  • Before battle
"...You are here. Now let's battle!"
  • After being defeated
"Way to go. ... Now give it your all!"

Pokégear Registering (Dragon's Den)

"It's still early, and you've got nothing to do already? I may have time to listen to you. If you insist, I can exchange numbers, too!"
"I can battle you on Friday nights if you insist!"

Pokégear Phone

  • Clair calling the player:
"Yes, it's Clair here... Oh, hi. How are you doing? Lately there seems to be some gossip running through town that I am the latest name in fashion. Well, if I'm that cool that people can't stop talking about me, I can totally understand that sentiment."
"Yes, it's Clair here... Oh, hi. How are you doing? Lately some people from the Radio Station came around, wanting to do a piece on me, or something. My fans definitely won't want to miss watching that! Oh, no! I was confused! It's radio! All those people turning in, and they won't be able to see my glorious face! What about TV? Why hasn't a TV crew come to do a piece on me?!"
  • Calling her:
"Nice to hear from you. How is everything with you? I'm good. What's your point? If you want to battle me again, fine. Friday nights, take it or leave it. Call me then... Maybe I'll answer..."
  • On Friday nights:
"Nice to hear from you. How is everything with you? I'm good. Well, well, you called at the right time! You want to battle again? I'm up for it."
No: "What in the world? Are you trying to make fun of me?!"
Yes: "Ha ha ha. It's great that you're stepping up. I'll be waiting for you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City!"
"Yes, it’s Clair here... Oh, hi. How are you doing? Keep in mind we’re meeting at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City. It’s a promise I’m waiting to keep..."
"Nice to hear from you. How is everything with you? I'm good. I’m waiting for you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City... Don’t wuss out."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
  • "I am Clair. The world's best Dragon-type master."
  • Before battle (second round)
"I am Clair. The world's best Dragon-type master. I can hold my own even against the Pokémon League's Elite Four."
  • Before battle (final round)
"I am Clair. The world's best Dragon-type master. I will use my full power against any opponent!"
  • When defeated
"It's over..."
  • If the player is defeated
"Come on! You've got to get tougher than this!"
  • After being defeated
"I lost? I don't believe it. There must be some mistake... ...You can brag about it. Because you beat me!"
  • After winning
"What I was missing until now... Battling with you made me realize what it is. That's how I feel. You're a mysterious Trainer."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"What?! Come to brag about your victory? Fine. I'll say it to you. Congratulations! You were really tough! There! Are you happy now?"

Artwork

Gold Silver Clair.png
Headshot from
Generation II

Sprites

Spr GS Clair.png Spr HGSS Clair.png Spr B2W2 Clair.png VSClair.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Clair II OD.png Clair IV OD.png Clair OD.png S2 Leader Clair.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Portrait from
Stadium 2

In the anime

Clair in the original series

Clair first appeared in five episodes of the fifth season of the original series anime

As Ash and his friends were near Blackthorn City, they discovered a Dratini and a Gyarados in a river. They discovered that both Pokémon belong to Clair, who was following the Dratini down the river as she prepared to shed her skin. Team Rocket snatched the Dratini, however, and Clair gave chase, demonstrating her highly acrobatic abilities. Dratini escaped, and Ash fought to protect her. During the ensuing battle, however, an electric shock was headed straight for Dratini, but Clair jumped in front of it to absorb the shock. Dratini witnessed her Trainer's devotion, and evolved into a Dragonair in order to put a stop to Team Rocket. Later, Clair was finally able to perform an important ritual to purify the legendary Dragon Fang. Clair then went on to accept Ash's challenge for a Rising Badge.

Clair in the Best Wishes series

During the battle, Ash had the first strike, but the battle was cut short when Team Rocket stole the Dragon Fang. Ash, Clair and Team Rocket all ended up in the Dragon Holy Land, where Team Rocket tricked a Dragonite into helping them. Luckily, Liza and Ash's Charizard arrived to help save the day. Ash's Charizard then helped him earn him his final Johto League Badge by defeating Clair's Dragonair.

Clair reappeared in A Pokémon of a Different Color! when she came to Cave Island in the Decolore Islands to hunt for a Shiny Druddigon. While there, she bumped into Ash and met Iris, Cilan, and Alexa. She revealed that her Dragonair had evolved into a Dragonite, which had a fight with Iris's Dragonite after the latter broke a flower. The Druddigon she was searching for went on a rampage on the island, which she was able to calm down, before it joined her team.

She reappeared in SS028, where Iris met her during her travels in Johto. Clair invited Iris to visit the Blackthorn Gym, where the two had a battle, which eventually ended in Clair's victory.

Although Clair did mention Lance in the anime, he is not her cousin like in the games; instead, she recalled having trained him, or rather him training her at the Blackthorn Gym before joining the Elite Four.

Pokémon

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Kingdra's voice actors.

This listing is of Clair's Pokémon in the anime:

Clair's Dragonite
Dratini → Dragonair → Dragonite
Main article: Clair's Dragonite

Dragonite is Clair's main Pokémon. She first appeared as a Dratini, when she was shedding her skin and Clair was protecting her at that time. When Team Rocket tried to steal Dratini, Clair protected her, which led her to evolve into a Dragonair. With her new powers, Dragonair easily defeated Team Rocket.

She appeared again in A Pokémon of a Different Color!, prior to which she had evolved into a Dragonite.

Debut Beauty is Skin Deep
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara (As a Dratini and Dragonair)
Kensuke Satō (As Dragonite)
English Megumi Hayashibara (As a Dratini and Dragonair)
Kensuke Satō (As Dragonite)
Clair's Gyarados
Gyarados
Gyarados is Clair's hidden powerhouse. It was seen guarding her Dratini. Later, during Ash's rematch with Clair, it managed to defeat Ash's Snorlax and put up a good fight against his Pikachu, but eventually lost to Pikachu's Thunderbolt.

Gyarados's known moves are Hydro Pump, Hyper Beam, Dragon Breath, and Bite.

Debut Beauty is Skin Deep
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Clair's Kingdra
Kingdra
Kingdra was used it in both battles with Ash. In the first battle, Ash first decided to use Pikachu, but as Pikachu's attacks didn't have that much effect on Kingdra, Ash switched to Noctowl, which was easily defeated. Right after this the match was interrupted, as Team Rocket was trying to steal the Dragon Fang.

During the rematch, Kingdra put up a good fight against Ash's Snorlax, but was finally defeated by Snorlax's Ice Punch.

Kingdra's known moves are Twister, Hydro Pump, Agility, Swift, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Fangs for Nothin'
Clair's Druddigon
Druddigon ShinyVStar.png
Druddigon first appeared in A Pokémon of a Different Color! as a wild Pokémon living in a cave in the Decolore Islands. It was attacked by Team Rocket, but blasted them off and went into a rampage. Clair was able to calm it and it decided to join her party.

Druddigon appeared again in SS028, battling against Iris's Dragonite.

Druddigon's known moves are Slash, Dragon Rage, Outrage, Dragon Tail, and Flamethrower.

Debut A Pokémon of a Different Color!
Voice actors
Japanese Tsuguo Mogami
English Marc Thompson

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 三田ゆう子 Yūko Mita
English Megan Hollingshead (EP251-EP255)
Eva Christensen (BW136)
Italian Deborah Morese
Polish Joanna Domańska (EP251-EP255)
Agnieszka Fajlhauer (BW136)
Brazilian Portuguese Rosely Gonçalves
Spanish Latin America Liliana Barba (EP251-EP255)
Maggie Vera (BW136)
Spain María Antonia Rodríguez

In the manga

Clair in Ash and Pikachu

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Clair appears in The Dragonite's Imperial Wrath of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

Pokémon

Clair Dragonair AP.png
Dragonair


In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Clair and her Kingdra (left) with Morty and his Misdreavus (right)

Clair was initially unhappy with the lack of capable Trainers wishing to battle her. Clair then traveled to the Dragon's Den where she met Suicune and battled it. Despite her efforts, she was outclassed by its tactics, and lost rather quickly, due to Suicune's use of Mist to create a reflection or illusion of itself. She then learned from the Dragon Clan Elder that the legendary beasts appear to Trainers they deem worthy which is why Suicune came to Clair. She then deduced that Suicune was looking for a worthy enough Trainer to be its master.

Clair in the HGSS chapter

Later, at the Gym Leaders Challenge, she was to face off against Blaine. This was an important matter for her, because as Lance's cousin, she thought that Blaine would know what became of Lance after Blaine and Lance's battle at Cerise Island the year before.

During the attack by Team Rocket, which ended up with all the Gym Leaders trapped on the recently completed bullet train, she forced Blaine into fighting their duel. Blaine quickly won due to Entei's powerful attacks. Thus, the Kanto Gym Leaders claimed victory, with four wins, three losses and one draw.

She appears years later in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter. In Dealing With A Koffing Fit, she appears in Lance's chamber at Whirl Islands, searching for him and meets Silver. After they fight many Koffing sent by Petrel, Silver returns her the Gym Badge he stole from her Gym. She tells him that Lance called her, mentioning the Safari Zone, Arceus and Plates

Pokémon

This listing is of Clair's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Clair's Kingdra
Kingdra
Nothing is known about Clair's Kingdra as it was just following her around in the Dragon's Den.
Debut Debonaire Dragonair
Clair's Dragonair
Dratini → Dragonair
Main article: Clair's Dragonair

Dragonair evolved from a Dratini prior to Debonaire Dragonair. It is considered to be Clair's strongest Pokémon as it was able to take out Ryu's Seadra.

Debut Debonaire Dragonair

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Clair in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Clair appears in The Ultimate Battle...?! of the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga. She first appeared in the chapter where she was hiding inside a giant Poké Ball from the previous chapter when Red and Green caused a rock slide in the Dragon's Den. Green was interested in Clair and wanted to go out on a date with her. However, she pretended to agree and Green went with her to the Blackthorn Gym. Red followed along and found Green and his Charizard brutally beaten by her. Seeing this made Red's Pokémon scared and ran off. Red managed to get them back. When Red managed to get them back, Clair then revealed herself to be the final Gym Leader of the Johto region. She then had Red and his Pokémon find a way to get to her from the other side of the lava. After a failed attempt from Red's Clefairy in making themselves a bridge to get across, Clair got a bucket of water and a latter to get them out of the lava. With that done, she sends out her Dragonair to battle them. It took a combined effort of all three of Red's Pokémon to win. After the battle, Clair became depressed about the loss and the clones of Clefairy and Tyrogue decided to cheer her up, leaving the real Clefairy and Tyrogue surprised about their actions.

Pokémon

Clair Dragonair PM.png
Dragonair


In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Clair or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Clair's Pokémon
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Clair's Blastoise Water       Pokémon VS Common 046/141
Clair's Jynx Water       Pokémon VS Common 047/141
Clair's Gyarados Water       Pokémon VS Common 048/141
Clair's Dragonite Colorless       Pokémon VS Common 049/141
Clair's Politoed Water       Pokémon VS Common 050/141
Clair's Mantine Water Tyranitar Half Deck     Pokémon VS Common 051/141
Clair's Kingdra Water       Pokémon VS Common 052/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Clair's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 117/141
Clair's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 118/141
 

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese イブキ Ibuki From 伊吹 Ibuki (Chinese Juniper) and 伊吹山 Mount Ibuki. May also be from 息吹 ibuki, breath.
English Clair Rhymes with lair, as in lair of a dragon.
French, German, Italian Sandra From the word dragon.
Spanish Débora Possible relation to the Spanish word dragón or víbora (viper).
Korean 이향 Ihyang From 향나무 hyang-na mu, Chinese Juniper. May also be from 이향 (異鄉) ihyang, strange land.
Chinese (Taiwan) 小椿 Xiǎo Chūn*
小樁 Xiǎo Zhuāng*
椿 refers to the Chinese mahogany.
樁 means stake, pile.
Chinese (Mainland China) 小椿 Xiǎo Chūn Same as Taiwanese name. 


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Falkner
Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Whitney
Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Morty
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Chuck
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Jasmine
Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
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Pryce
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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Clair

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