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Iris

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If you were looking for the character who was originally going to be named Iris, see Princess Salvia.
Iris
アイリス Iris
"The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons"
Black 2 White 2 Iris.png
Artwork from Black 2 and White 2
Gender Female
Eye color Maroon
Hair color Purple
Hometown Village of Dragons*
Blackthorn City*
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym LeaderW
ChampionB2W2
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 counterpart Iris
Counterpart debut In The Shadow of Zekrom!

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

Pokémon

Pokémon 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)


Quotes

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!!"
  • Being 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 2 and White 2

Castelia City

  • After player speaks with Clyde in front of Gym entrance
"Huh? Burgh vanished again?"
"Hmm... Isn't Burgh always vanishing, though? He always says he's got artist's block and just goes wandering out of the Gym."
"Hi there! Who are you?"
"... Looking for Team Plasma? But Team Plasma disbanded two years ago!"
"I guess that doesn't matter! You're having problems, so I'll help you out!"
"Hmm... Now where would suspicious people go to hide?"
"! That's it! That might be where they are!"
  • Beside Pokémon Center
"Hey, c'mon! Thumb Pier is past here!"
"If you mention a suspicious place in Castelia City, the only places that come to mind are Narrow Street and here!"
  • Beside Thumb Pier Entrance
"This way! This way! C'mon! Have a look!
  • Near Sewer entrance
"You can go inside the sewers from here! Whaddaya think? Seems pretty suspicious, right?"
"Yep! The sewers are a perfect place for hiding!"
  • After exiting sewers
"! Your friend... He seemed pretty mad. Did everything go OK in the sewers? So what are you going to do now? You ran into Gym Leader Burgh in the sewers, didn't you? Maybe you should go to the Pokémon Gym and see how far you've come! I'm sure battling will help your Pokémon come to understand you better as a Trainer, too!"

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 the player attempts to leave
"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!"
  • Before battle (rematch)
"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!"
  • 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!!"
  • Being defeated
"Phew... I gave everything I had, but still... I just couldn't win... Thanks, though! We will keep aiming higher!"
  • After 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! Yep, we sure did! OK, let's go!"
"OK! Go on ahead! Hurry!"
  • In the Hall of Fame room (initial)
"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 kind Trainer! That you are considerate toward your 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!"
  • In the Hall of Fame room (rematch)
"You've made it here again! 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 kind Trainer! That you are considerate toward your 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!"

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!"

Artwork

Black White Iris.png
Official artwork from
Black and White

Sprites

Spr BW Iris.png Spr B2W2 Iris.png VSIris.png VSIris 2.png
Sprite from
White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS sprite from
White
Iris BW OD.png Iris OD.png Iris OD 2.png
Overworld sprite from
Black and White
Civilian overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Champion overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Iris in the anime
Main article: Iris (anime)

Iris appears in the anime as one of the former 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

Iris in Pokémon Adventures

In this series, Iris is not the Gym Leader of the Opelucid Gym, but is simply the apprentice of Drayden. She originally lived in Blackthorn City, also known as the Village of Dragons, where she trained to become a master of Dragon-types. Much to Iris's chagrin, the Master of the Dragon Tamer Clan had Drayden come to take her to Unova so that he could tutor her. After arriving in Unova, Drayden introduced Iris to Alder, who would also become her teacher and teaches her about spirituality.

Iris first appears at the Studio Castelia to inform Burgh that a challenger had arrived at his Gym. When Burgh shows Iris his newest art piece, Iris insults it by saying his previous paintings were better, causing Burgh to into a slump. To cheer him back up, Iris compliments the smell of honey on Burgh's body. After Black and Burgh's Gym battle had finished, Iris barges into the Gym with an unconscious Bianca. She reveals that Bianca was attacked and had Pokémon stolen by thieves. With Black's detective abilities, they find out that the thieves were Team Plasma, find out their hiding place, and retrieve all of the Pokémon they had stolen.

At the Tubeline Bridge, Iris meets up with Black again while he trains with Brycen. There, she reveals that Drayden is her master and is training her to become a Dragon-type expert. Black had a hard time believing these claims, which got Iris annoyed at him. To prove that she is telling the truth, Iris requests a battle with Drayden, only to be easily swatted away and defeated. Later, Drayden leaves to go on his own business and has Iris stay with Black for the duration of his training to liven things up. After Black and Brycen's Gym battle ends, Iris reluctantly informs Black that the Pokémon League's start time had been moved up from three months to one week.

At the Unova Pokémon League, Iris appears as one of the competitors that made it to the top 8. There, Iris reveals that she had already gained all eight Badges before she met up with Black at the Tubeline Bridge. In the quarterfinal match, Iris is paired up against Gray. Eventually she manages to win, allowing her to advance to the semifinal rounds. In the next round, Iris faces Black as her opponent. She reveals that she intends to avenge Alder's hurt pride by getting even with N. Although she proves to be a powerful Trainer, Black's determination to beat N proves stronger and he manages to win the battle. When Team Plasma attacks the League, Iris helps protect the bystanders from the Team Plasma Grunts.

Pokémon

Iris's Fraxure

Iris's Haxorus
Fraxure → Haxorus
Haxorus is Iris's first known Pokémon that she owned as a Fraxure. Iris uses it as transportation by riding on its back. At the Tubeline Bridge, it faced Drayden's Druddigon in battle, but was easily defeated. In the Pokémon League, it fought against Gray's Cryogonal and won. In the next round, Fraxure was used against Black's Brav, where it evolved into a Haxorus. Eventually, it was defeated by a super effective Ice Beam from Black's Costa.

Haxorus's known moves are Rock Tomb, Rock Smash, and Iron Tail, and its Ability is Mold Breaker.

Debut Big City Battles
Iris's Druddigon
Druddigon
Druddigon is Iris's second known Pokémon. Iris used it to battle against Black's Tula in the Pokémon League, but later switched it out with her Haxorus. Later, it was used to battle Team Plasma as they attacked the League.

Druddigon's only known move is Bulldoze.

Debut PS516
Iris's Lapras
Lapras
Lapras is Iris's third known Pokémon. Iris used it to battle Drayden when she was younger at Blackthorn City. It faced Drayden's Druddigon in battle and was defeated by it.

None of Lapras's moves are known.

Debut PS516

In the TCG

Main article: Iris (Plasma Blast 81)
Full Art print of Iris

Iris was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Japanese Megalo Cannon expansion, it later debuted in English in the Plasma Blast expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration based on the Yusuke Ohmura artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card, with an illustration by Kagemaru Himeno. Iris causes all attacks by the player's Pokémon to deal 10 more damage against the opponent's Active Pokémon for each Prize Card the opponent has taken.

Trivia

  • 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.
    • In White, Iris's Druddigon has no moves that take advantage of Sheer Force.
  • Iris and Clair are both female Gym Leaders that train Dragon-type Pokémon. Additionally, 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.
  • Iris is the only Unova Gym Leader who does not have a secondary occupation.
  • In the Pokémon White 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 in the Pokémon Black canon, because unlike Juan, Drayden was always the Leader of Opelucid Gym in Black, and Iris never was.
    • Also, in the Pokémon White canon, 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.
  • Iris considers Drayden to be her grandfather despite the two of them not being biologically related, affectionately referring to him as "Grandpa."
  • Iris is the only Champion prior to Generation VI to not participate in the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • The battle with Iris in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is the first battle in any core series game, as well as the only one prior to Generation VI, to show a character with a full-body challenge sprite.
  • Iris is the only Champion to not use any Pokémon that evolve from ones that take 21 egg cycles to hatch, with the lowest being 31 (for Druddigon and Archeops).

Names

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 JuniperMomCherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPokémon World Tournament participantsName RaterJudge

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
Lenora
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Burgh
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Elesa
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Clay
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Skyla
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Brycen
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Cheren
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Roxie
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png
Marlon

Unova League
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Elite Four
Shauntal
VSMarshal.png
Elite Four
Marshal
VSGrimsley.png
Elite Four
Grimsley
VSCaitlin.png
Elite Four
Caitlin
VSAlder.png VSIris cropped.png
Champion
Alder Iris

Games: BlueLanceRedStevenWallace
CynthiaAlderIrisDiantha
Anime: CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceJon DicksonTyson
CynthiaWallaceTobiasAlderVirgilDianthaSteven
Origins: BlueRed
Adventures: Professor OakRedSteven
WallaceCynthiaAlderDiantha
EToP: DrakeAsh Ketchum

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