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アロエ Aloe
"An Archeologist with Backbone"
Black White Lenora 2.png
Art from Black and White
Gender Female
Eye color Light Teal
Hair color Teal
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Relatives Hawes (husband),
Unnamed father
Trainer class Gym LeaderBW
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Nacrene Gym
Badge Basic Badge
Specializes in Normal types
Game animation debut The Uprising
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Saori Takayama
Anime debut A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!
English voice actor Norma Nongauza
Japanese voice actor Atsuko Tanaka

Lenora (Japanese: アロエ Aloe) is an archaeologist who is the Gym Leader of Nacrene City's Gym, known officially as the Nacrene Gym. She specializes in Normal-type Pokémon. She gives the Basic Badge to Trainers who defeat her. In addition to being the Nacrene City Gym Leader, Lenora is also the director of the Nacrene Museum.

In the games

Lenora appears in Pokémon Black and White as the Gym Leader of Nacrene City's Gym. This Gym is the second to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Lenora will receive the Basic Badge, along with TM67 (Retaliate).

She appears again in Pinwheel Forest after the player defeats Team Plasma, where she gives the player a Moon Stone. 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 the two years between Black and White and Black 2 and White 2, Lenora has stepped down from her position as a Gym Leader to focus on her work at the Nacrene Museum. When first visiting the museum she will give the player a choice between the Cover Fossil or Plume Fossil. She also participates in the Pokémon World Tournament.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Black and White

Nacrene Gym

  • Before battle
"Welcome! The director of the Nacrene Museum and the Nacrene Gym's Leader is me! Lenora! Well then, challenger, I'm going to research how you battle with the Pokémon you've so lovingly raised!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO HP loss)
"Now, with that move, I'm beginning to see what kind of Trainer you are."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"No matter how grim the situation, I'll use my research skills to find a winning strategy!"
  • Being defeated
"My theory about you was correct. You're more than just talented... You're motivated! I salute you!"
  • After being defeated
"Your fighting style is so enchanting. It is charming. You are a Pokémon Trainer worthy of receiving this Basic Badge!"
"If you have two Badges, traded Pokémon up to Lv. 30 will obey you. Here, I also want you to have this TM."
"Retaliate does a lot more damage if an ally fainted the turn before you use it! If you master the timing, you can defeat even strong opponents."
"Some problems you can't solve even if you think about them your whole life. Some problems have different answers depending on the person. Still, the reason I can't keep my curiosity down is this: I want to figure out the truth, but I also have a desire for adventure!"
"What? What's going on?! <Player>! You come, too!"
"Now, you wait! Enough fooling around! What's going on?"
  • Post game:
"Oh, it's you! As always, you're raising your Pokémon with a lot of love! By the way, ol' Clay contacted me recently. He said you can find Pokémon fossils in Twist Mountain! Go check it out if you like!"

Nacrene City

"This is a surprise visit! Are you suffering from artist's block again? <Player>! This is Burgh. He may not look like it, but he's Castelia City's Gym Leader!"
"What's up?! Someone just walked away with an exhibit, that's what's up!"
"And these two are...? Your friends? ... ... Bianca and Cheren. Oh, I see. They're Trainers. OK, then. Let's split up and search. I'll head this way. Everyone! Cheren and Bianca, I want you to stay here at the museum. Burgh and <player>, you two search Pinwheel Forest! Got it? Burgh, you show the way! I'm counting on you, everyone!"
"It doesn't look like there are any members of Team Plasma over here... I think I'd better stay here though. Please head to Pinwheel Forest and search very carefully!"

Pinwheel Forest

"<Player>! Burgh! The others didn't have anything... And who are you supposed to be? Is this guy the big boss?"
"They're a speedy bunch. What are you planning to do, Burgh? Are you going to chase them?"
"<Player>! You're holding the Dragon Skull you worked so hard to get back, right? <Player>, thank you so much. With a kind Trainer like you taking care of them, the Pokémon with you must be happy. Here is a token of my gratitude. Please use it carefully! This is a Moon Stone! Some Pokémon evolve when you use this item on them. Now, I must take the Dragon Skull back to the museum! See you! Take care of yourself!"

Nacrene City

"Is this it? Yes, that's right, but is this really a Dragon-type Pokémon? Impressive, as always. That's a good point. It's clear to me that they were trying to steal the Dragon Skull so they could revive the legendary Dragon-type Pokémon. If you would, <player>, take this... ...I see. If things don't go as planned, you'll use this Light StoneB/Dark StoneW. You'll protect the ideal future for us and Pokémon. <Player>, we're counting on you. Please take care of yourself."
"That's it! We've got them, don't we? Don't worry! If we have something for you, we'll come running to find you!"

N's Castle

"So sorry... Not only are we stronger than you, but there are a lot of us!"
"We have been and will continue to be together with Pokémon."

Cynthia's villa

"Aren't Fossils amazing? Although they are not alive and cannot speak, they tell us so much about the era in which they lived. Hee, hee. It was Professor Juniper who said that. "
"TMs can be used as many times as you wish, to be sure. If you teach Retaliate to many different Pokémon, eventually you should find the perfect Pokémon for it! "
"When I was a little girl, my dad, who was a miner, would always bring back bones for me. My young heart was captured by bones! Before I knew it, I was a researcher. "
"Recently, a girl named Bianca came to ask me about Pokémon. A Trainer's curiosity is insatiable at any stage. "
"Cynthia is a famous archeologist. In the course of our research, we have shared many academic conversations."

Badge Case

Curiosity is the spice of life! Without it, life is bland!

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

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Memory Link - Different Bones and Dreams

  • Nacrene Museum - Present
"You! Bones can talk!"
  • Flashback
"Why hello, Burgh. What's up? Suffering from artist's block again?"
"Bones...? This is a museum, so of course we have bones. What are you looking for? Your next motif?"
"So, did you think you would understand something about bones if you came here? Sure thing! Make yourself at home! If you'd like, I can have my husband explain them to you."
"When I was little, my dad worked in a mine, and he would always bring home bones he dug up. I was just a child, but I was brought under the spell of bones. What did the bones look like when they were part of a living being? Why are they shaped the way they are? Things like that captivated me."
(to Clay) "I can't tell if you're kidding, but of course you would think that way. Burgh is trying hard to think about what bones mean to him. Don't be so flippant! So what kind of Fossil have you got there? Let me see."
"Well, I mean this in a good way, but it's an ordinary Fossil. If it isn't worth much as a specimen, you can't sell it for much. But I'm curious about the soil attached to the Fossil..."
"It's very subtle, but it's a bit different from the soil I usually see from Twist Mountain."
(to Burgh) "Why not? You, me, Clay... We all have a different way of thinking about what bones mean to us. It would be kind of creepy if we all felt the exact same way, right? Anyway, I feel sorry for this Fossil. It's just resting, minding its own business, and everyone is saying this and that about it."
  • End of flashback
"You seem all right, but it's natural for people to have different opinions. Don't fight over it--enjoy it. Consider why they might think like that!"

Nacrene Museum

"Some problems you can't solve even if you think about them your whole life. Some problems have different answers depending on the person. Still, the reason I can't keep my curiosity down is this: I want to figure out the truth, but I also have a desire for adventure!"

Pokémon World Tournament

  • Before battle (first round)
"Well then, Trainer, I'm going to research how you battle!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"Well then, Trainer, I'm going to research how you battle with the Pokémon you've so lovingly raised!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"Welcome! I'm the director of the Nacrene Museum and former Leader of the Nacrene Gym, Lenora! Well then, challenger, I'm going to research how you battle with the Pokémon you've so lovingly raised!"
  • Being defeated
"You're impressive! And quite charming, aren't you?!"
  • If the player is defeated
"What's wrong? Could it be you misread what moves I was going to use?"
  • After being defeated
"Your fighting style is so enchanting. It is charming. I'm glad I met you!"
  • After winning
"Ah ha ha! If you lose, make sure to analyze why, and use that knowledge in your next battle!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Battling is second nature to you, isn't it? It's always best to be natural, no matter when it is and what kind of situation you're in. Your victory is the result of that, right?"

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 Bonadventure! Thank yooou! 'I saw it... Lenora, in the middle of the night...talking to bones in the museum! I also heard a man's guttural laugh... It was scary!' I see. Very horrific. But, I'll bet it was just her husband, Hawes. He has a weird laugh... 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


Spr BW Lenora.png Spr B2W2 Lenora.png Lenora OD.png VSLenora.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Black and White

In the anime

In the main series

Lenora in the original version

Lenora made her debut appearance in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!, where she was revealed to have shut her Gym. Later, inside the museum, when a Yamask had possessed Cilan, she appeared and used her Watchog's Illuminate to show the presence of Yamask and returned Cilan to normal. She told them that Yamask had been taken with the exhibit without it knowing and had accidentally dropped its mask. In the end Lenora—along with Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Hawes—released Yamask into the world.

In The Battle According to Lenora!, she accepted Ash's offer to battle her for a Badge; however, Ash's Pokémon were easily defeated. In Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!, she battled Ash in a rematch. This time, Ash was able to defeat her, earning himself the Basic Badge.

She is mentioned in Archeops In The Modern World!. She also reappeared in flashbacks in Curtain Up, Unova League! and Crowning the Scalchop King!, along with making a cameo appearance in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.


This listing is of Lenora's known Pokémon in the anime.

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Lenora's Watchog
Lenora's Watchog debuted in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!, where it activated its Illuminate Ability to reveal Yamask's presence.

In The Battle According to Lenora!, it was sent out to battle Ash's Oshawott, first using Mean Look to prevent it from returning to its Poké Ball. While Oshawott was initially able to withstand its Thunderbolt with its scalchop, Watchog quickly separated Oshawott and its scalchop, allowing it to defeat Oshawott with its Electric-type attack.

Watchog was seen again during Ash and Lenora's rematch in Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!. Like before, it used Mean Look to trap Oshawott, then used Confuse Ray. However, in spite of its confusion, Oshawott was able to knock Watchog out with its newly learned Aqua Jet, knocking itself out in the process.

It reappeared in a flashback in Crowning the Scalchop King!.

Watchog's known moves are Mean Look, Low Kick, Thunderbolt, and Confuse Ray, and its Ability is Illuminate.

Debut A Night in the Nacrene City Museum!
Voice actors
Japanese Akeno Watanabe
English Tom Wayland
Lenora's Lillipup
Lenora's Lillipup debuted in The Battle According to Lenora!, where it battled Ash's Tepig. When it was first sent out, both Iris and Ash were drawn to its cuteness. Despite its cute appearance, however, it was shown to be fierce in battle, to Iris's dismay. In its battle with Ash, it used Roar to send Tepig back, forcing Oshawott to come out. It was then called back to its Ball. Later on, it was sent back out when Watchog defeated Oshawott. It was able to easily beat Ash's Tepig with a powerful Take Down, causing Ash to lose the battle to Lenora.

It reappeared in a flashback in Rematch at the Nacrence Gym!.

Lillipup's known moves are Roar, Shadow Ball, and Take Down.

Debut The Battle According to Lenora!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyomi Asai
Lenora's Herdier
Lenora's Herdier debuted in Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!, when Lenora decided to use it in her second Gym battle against Ash in order to test him against a different Pokémon after his hard training at the local Battle Club. Like Lillipup, it used Roar to force Ash's Tepig to return into its Poké Ball, forcing Oshawott into the battle. After this, Herdier was recalled back into its Ball. It was called out again later to battle Tepig after Oshawott had tied with Watchog. Herdier proved to be far stronger than Lillipup, using the powerful Giga Impact to make things difficult for Tepig. However Tepig was faster and more powerful than before and battled hard, finally taking Herdier out with his newly-learned Flame Charge.

In the dub, this Herdier is stated as being the same Pokémon as Lenora's Lillipup, but now evolved. However, in the original Japanese version, Herdier is not stated to have evolved from Lillipup.

It reappeared in a flashback in Certain Up, Unova League!.

Herdier's known moves are Roar, Shadow Ball, Protect, and Giga Impact.

Debut Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Tom Wayland

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 田中敦子 Atsuko Tanaka
English Norma Nongauza
Mandarin Chinese 詹雅菁 Zhān Yǎjīng
Croatian Danijela Večerinović
Danish Puk Scharbau
German Ute Bronder
Brazilian Portuguese Gilmara Sanches
Spanish Latin America Laura Torres
Spain Licia Alonso

In Pokémon Generations

Lenora appeared in The Uprising, in which she was seen outside N's Castle trying to stop the Seven Sages. Together with several other Unova Gym Leaders, she battled the many Team Plasma Grunts to prevent them from achieving Team Plasma's goals.


Lenora's Herdier
Lenora's Herdier was seen battling against a Team Plasma Grunt's Krokorok.

Herdier's only known move is Tackle.

Debut The Uprising

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 高宮彩織 Saori Takayama
English Unknown
European Spanish Lara Ullod

In the manga

Lenora in Pocket Monsters BW

In the Pocket Monsters BW manga

Lenora has appeared in the Pocket Monsters BW manga. She first appears in Search for the Gym Leader's Weak Point!.


Status unknown
Watchog was seen in Lenora's library.

None of Watchog's moves are known.

Debut Search for the Gym Leader's Weak Point!

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Lenora in Pokémon Adventures

Lenora is the second Gym Leader Black faces in his journey. She is first seen in Black's imagination when he goes to challenge her Gym. Upon entering the Gym for his challenge, Lenora speaks to Black over a video phone and wishes him luck as he tries to reach her. After Black finishes the Gym puzzle, Lenora congratulates the boy for being the fastest challenger to do so. The two then start their Gym battle.

During the battle, Lenora has her Stoutland use moves such as Roar to switch out Black's team to surprise him and attack his other Pokémon. After figuring out her strategy, Black turns the tide by using Whirlwind to send and defeat Lenora's much weaker Patrat. The battle continues until both Trainers have only one Pokémon remaining. Eventually, Black is declared the winner when his Musha is revealed to have fainted second after a double knockout with Stoutland. Having lost the battle, Lenora gives Black the Basic Badge.

Later, Lenora receives a call from Clay. He reveals that he dug out a mysterious stone (later revealed to be the Dark Stone) during one of his digs at Twist Mountain. Feeling nervous about the stone, Clay asks Lenora if she will investigate it. Lenora accepts the request and prepares to leave and retrieve it. Unbeknownst to Clay and Lenora, the stone they were talking about is being spied upon by the Shadow Triad. Later, the Dragon-type Fossil is stolen by Team Plasma. Due to Lenora not being there to help, she sends fellow Gym Leader Burgh to help with the investigation and states she will return soon.

After returning to Nacrene City, Lenora figures out that the stone is actually the Dark Stone, which is the sealed form of one of Unova's Legendary Pokémon, Zekrom. Continued spying attempts from the Shadow Triad get Lenora's attention, which clues her in on the fact that they intend to steal the Dark Stone. She makes a plan with Clay to have all the other Gym Leaders come and help her fend the Shadow Triad off when they finally start their plan to steal the Dark Stone.

Eventually, the Triad begin their raid of the Nacrene Museum, but Lenora immediately notices them when they start. Upon being spotted, the Shadow Triad attack, forcing Lenora to defend herself and hold on until the other Gym Leaders arrive to help. Soon, the other Gym Leaders arrive to give backup to Lenora. When Black arrives to help, Lenora sends him to protect the Dark Stone inside the museum. Together, Lenora and the Gym Leaders prove to be too powerful for the Shadow Triad to defeat.

Just when it looks like the Gym Leaders have won, the Shadow Triad reveal their trump card, the Legendary Pokémon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus. The three Pokémon easily overpower the Gym Leaders and traps them in a swirling vortex of wind and electricity. Having defeated the Gym Leaders, the Shadow Triad decide to keep them captive if they aren't able to retrieve the Dark Stone.

The Gym Leaders are taken to an unknown location and put into a dark room. When Elite Four Caitlin attempts to use her psychic abilities in an attempt to find and rescue the Gym Leaders, she is unable to find their location, but is able to communicate with them. By using this ability, Caitlin connects Black to the Gym Leaders so they can inform him that they're alright.

During Team Plasma's attack on the Pokémon League, Lenora is hoisted up on a crucifix along with the other Gym Leaders so that they and the League can be mocked. Soon after, she is freed by Shoko's Patrat and assists in the battle against Team Plasma.


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

Lenora's Lillipup

Lenora's Stoutland
Lillipup → Herdier → Stoutland
Stoutland is Lenora's first seen Pokémon that she has owned since it was a Lillipup. It was used in Lenora's battle against Black where it shocked the boy with its Roar attack that sent his Musha back into its Poké Ball and later when it froze his Brav with a powerful Ice Fang. Later, it was used to face the Shadow Triad in battle.

Stoutland's known moves are Roar, Ice Fang, Take Down, and Last Resort, and its Ability is Intimidate.

Debut Wheeling and Dealing
Lenora's Patrat
Patrat is Lenora's second seen Pokémon. Patrat was used in Lenora's battle against Black when it was suddenly sent out by his Brav's Whirlwind and was quickly defeated by Brav's Air Slash. Later, it was used to face the Shadow Triad in battle.

Patrat's only known move is Retaliate.

Debut Wheeling and Dealing


Original artwork


Language Name Origin
Japanese アロエ Aloe From Aloe.
English Lenora Possibly from "Normal". Also contains an anagram of aloe.
French, Italian Aloé From her Japanese name.
German, Spanish Aloe From her Japanese name.
Korean 알로에 Aloe From her Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 蘆薈 Lúhuì*
蘆蕙 Lúhuì*
Direct translation of Aloe.
Homophone to 蘆薈 (Aloe).

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