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ナギ Nagi
"The bird user taking flight into the world."
Ruby Sapphire Winona.png
Art from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Gender Female
Eye color Lavender
Hair color Lavender
Hometown Fortree City
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Gym LeaderRSEORAS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation III, V, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Leader of Fortree Gym
Badge Feather Badge
Specializes in Flying types
Anime debut Who's Flying Now?
English voice actor Amy Birnbaum
Japanese voice actor Hyōsei

Winona (Japanese: ナギ Nagi) is the Gym Leader of Fortree City's Gym, known officially as the Fortree Gym. She gives out the Feather Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Flying-type Pokémon.

In the games

Winona runs the Fortree City Gym. She specializes in Flying-type Pokémon and gives out the Feather Badge once defeated. In addition to the Feather Badge, Winona also gives out TM40 (Aerial Ace) in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Leader WinonaRS / Sky Tamer WinonaE

I take advantage of speed.
Trainer's Pokémon
Graceful sky dancers
I can see the ebb and flow of the winds.RS
The ultimate would be to live as one with nature.E


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Gym battle

First rematch

Second rematch

Third rematch

Fourth rematch

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Winona uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Winona always leads with her signature Pokémon, Altaria.

Hoenn Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon


Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Fortree Gym
  • Before battle
"I am Winona. I am the Leader of the Fortree Pokémon Gym. I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of bird Pokémon and I!"
  • When defeated
"Never before have I seen a Trainer command Pokémon with more grace than I... In recognition of your prowess, I present to you this Gym Badge."
  • After being defeated
"With the Feather Badge, all Pokémon up to LV 70, even those received through trades, will obey your every command. You will also be able to use the HM move Fly outside of battle. And this... This is a gift from me."
"TM40 contains Aerial Ace. Its speed... No Pokémon should be able to avoid it."
"Though I fell to you, I will remain devoted to bird Pokémon."
  • Before battle
"We humans can never escape gravity's pull on the ground. But by striving for excellence, we have the power to soar! You have scaled the pinnacles as the reigning Champion. Please, allow me to see your power at full flight!"
  • When defeated
"I failed to reach your height again..."
  • After being defeated
"Even though I have lost, the wings of my heart remain unbroken. I can rise and soar again and yet again. I am convinced of it!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"Witness the elegant choreography of my Pokémon and I!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of my Pokémon and I!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of my Pokémon and I!"
  • When defeated
"A Trainer that commands Pokémon with more grace than I..."
  • If the player is defeated
"Our elegant dance is finished!"
  • After being defeated
"Though I fell to you, I will remain devoted to bird Pokémon."
  • After winning
"I won, but I see you are one with your Pokémon as well. We should have our Pokémon battle each other again someday!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Your devotion... That's what brought you victory. It's praiseworthy."



Spr RS Winona.png Spr B2W2 Winona.png Winona III OD.png Winona OD.png
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Winona in the anime

Winona is the Gym Leader of the Fortree City Gym, and was also known as the most talented Flying-type user. She appeared in Who's Flying Now? and Sky High Gym Battle.

When Ash first arrived at Fortree, she was away from the Gym in order to help out in the Feather Carnival, an annual festival where the whole city celebrates the Flying Pokémon. After getting scared by Brock's "usual ways" and chasing Team Rocket off for trying to steal the Flying-types with her Skarmory, she battled Ash the next day.

Winona used Altaria, Pelipper and a Shiny Swellow against Ash's Grovyle, Pikachu and his own Swellow. After a long battle, Ash won the Feather Badge from her.


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This listing is of Winona's known Pokémon in the anime:

Winona's Skarmory
Winona's giant Skarmory only appeared in the Feather Festival. Each time, it would bring a child and Winona on its back and fly around the festival, including May and Max. It did not participate in the Gym match against Ash. It also helped defeat Team Rocket who were stealing Pokémon from the festival.

Skarmory's known moves are Steel Wing and Drill Peck.

Debut Who's Flying Now?
Winona's Altaria
The first Pokémon Winona used in the Gym battle against Ash was her Altaria. With Grovyle's speed, Altaria's attack did not work again and again. Then finally, with a Leaf Blade, Altaria was defeated, despite the type advantage.

Altaria's known moves are Peck and DragonBreath.

Debut Sky High Gym Battle!
Winona's Pelipper
Winona's Pelipper was the second Pokémon she used against Ash. Ash battled with Pikachu, starting with a Thunderbolt. Pelipper countered with Steel Wing as a ground. Pelipper then used Hydro Pump, but its wing lost contact with the ground and Pikachu used its mistake to its advantage with a Thunder attack. Both Pelipper and Pikachu were knocked out due to the damage they took.

Pelipper's known moves are Steel Wing, Quick Attack and Hydro Pump.

Debut Sky High Gym Battle!
Voice actors
Japanese Chie Satō
English Kayzie Rogers
Winona's Swellow
Swellow ShinyVIStar.png
The final Pokémon Winona used against Ash was her Shiny Swellow. It was shown to be a powerful battler, with powerful attacks like Aerial Ace and Hyper Beam. It defeated Ash's Grovyle easily and almost beat Ash's Swellow, but with a little quick thinking on Ash's part, his Swellow was victorious, winning Ash the Feather Badge.

Winona's Swellow was the fifth Shiny Pokémon to appear in the anime. It is also the first Shiny Pokémon owned by a Gym Leader.

Swellow's known moves are Aerial Ace, Wing Attack, Peck and Hyper Beam.

Debut Sky High Gym Battle!
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Darren Dunstan

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 横手久美子 Kumiko Yokote (credited as 氷青 Hyōsei)
English Amy Birnbaum
Brazilian Portuguese Priscilla Concépcion
Spanish Latin America Erica Edwards
Spain Emma Jiménez

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Winona in Pokémon Adventures

Winona debuts in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. She is tasked by the Pokémon Association with supervising the other Hoenn Gym Leaders. It is her job to guide new Gym Leaders and make sure they keep their Gyms running smoothly.

She makers her first appearance in Hanging Around With Slaking III at the Weather Institute. She stops Norman from battling his son to inform him that he had been spending too much time away from his Gym. She asks Norman to come with her so that he may return to his proper Gym Leader duties. Later, she watches Flannery build up a win streak in her Gym. Winona informs Flannery about Sapphire, a young challenger that has already managed to defeat three other Gym Leaders.

Later, Flannery calls all of the Gym Leaders to Fortree City to have a meeting about the mysterious organizations Team Magma and Team Aqua. The group gets into an argument about which team is the villains and which is on the side of good. When Flannery decides to choose Team Magma as the heroes and Team Aqua as the villains, Winona chooses to trust her friend's judgment and picks the same choice.

Winona meets Sapphire in person when the latter arrives at Fortree City. They have a Gym battle, but not even the evolution of Sapphire's Chic into Blaziken is enough to beat Winona. Although she lost, Sapphire gladly accepts Winona's offer to be trained by her. Winona also reveals that the Legendary Pokémon Kyogre will be awakened soon, and she and the other Gym Leaders want Sapphire to help them prevent chaos from spreading throughout Hoenn. The other Gym Leaders question Winona telling Sapphire all that, since in reality only she and Flannery had actually agreed to Sapphire joining them. Later, Winona agrees to a training session with Sapphire. Due to being angry from a previous argument with Ruby, Sapphire's fury gives her the strength to defeat Winona. Winona praises Sapphire and awards her the Feather Badge for her good work.

When Groudon and Kyogre are awakened, they begin causing droughts and downpours throughout Hoenn. Flannery and Brawly are sent to deal with Groudon while Roxanne and Wattson are sent to deal with Kyogre. Winona is tasked with evaluating the situation and directing the two teams from the sidelines so that they can succeed in their goals. As Winona and Sapphire assist the wild Pokémon caught in the crossfire, they are approached by the former guardians of Mt. Pyre. The guardians reveal that the culprits behind Groudon and Kyogre's awakening are at the Seafloor Cavern, but they have no way of going there to stop them. Ruby also arrives and reveals that with Sapphire's Relly, he and Sapphire will be able to go to the Seafloor Cavern. Although initially finding Ruby's claims ridiculous, Winona allows the two to go through with it when Sapphire says she trusts Ruby's words.

With Ruby and Sapphire gone, Wallace states that he will go to assist Roxanne and Brawly in stopping Groudon. The Pokémon Association Director tells Winona that he will be taking over her supervising duties, which allows her to go and assist her fellow Gym Leaders. Winona goes to help Flannery and Wattson deal with Kyogre, but they are interrupted by the Subleaders of the Sea Scheme of Team Aqua, Amber, Shelly, and Matt. The Subleaders all face one of the Gym Leaders to make sure they can't stop Kyogre from advancing any further. Winona is paired up against Matt, but she manages to easily defeat him. Although defeated, Matt and the other Subleaders manage to keep their opponents occupied long enough for Kyogre to advance to Sootopolis City to battle with Groudon.

With the other Gym Leaders too injured to continue battling, Winona and Wallace both head to Sootopolis City to help Ruby and Sapphire against Groudon and Kyogre. When she arrives, Winona finds Sapphire beaten and worried that they won't be able to win. Winona snaps Sapphire out of it by reminding her that she is fighting for the one she loves. Sapphire thanks Winona for helping bring back her confidence and goes to continue the battle alongside Ruby. After Groudon and Kyogre were defeated and returned to their long slumber, Archie and Maxie came out of hiding to attack the heroes and make sure they won't be able to stop their plans again. Wallace attempts to face the two villains, but they reveal that they have kidnapped Winona. With Winona held hostage, Wallace is forced to give up and allows himself to be defeated. After both Team Magma and Team Aqua are defeated, Winona celebrated the victory with her allies and thanked Sapphire and Ruby for their assistance in the battle.

In the Emerald chapter, Winona appears at the wedding between Wanda and Riley alongside Wallace, Ruby, and Sapphire. She and Wallace stay behind to attend the reception while Ruby and Sapphire go to their mission at the Battle Frontier.

She and Wallace had a romantic relationship in the past. When Wallace beat the Pokémon League, he turned down the position of Champion to take over the Sootopolis Gym after his master, Juan. However, he also had the intention of staying close to Winona. Winona was apposed to this act, as she found the idea of a man much stronger than constantly around her to be smothering, which led to her breaking off their relationship.


This listing is for Winona's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Winona's Altaria
Altaria is Winona's first known Pokémon. It was first seen being used to fly to Norman and tell him to return to his Gym. Later, it faced Sapphire's Chic in a Gym battle. Despite the Combusken's evolution into Blaziken, it wasn't enough to defeat Altaria and was defeated. During the Groudon and Kyogre crisis, Altaria was used to battle Matt and easily managed to defeat him.

Altaria's known moves are Dragon Breath, Sky Attack, Refresh, Dragon Dance, and Flamethrower, and its Ability is Natural Cure.

Debut Hanging Around With Slaking III
Winona's Masquerain
Masquerain is Winona's second known Pokémon. It was first seen being used to train with Sapphire. It was defeated by Sapphire's Troppy's Aerial Ace, giving Sapphire the win. During the Groudon and Kyogre crisis, a tidal wave nearly hit Winona and Sapphire. Masquerain was used to block the wave, but Sapphire's Relly saved them instead.

Masquerain's known moves are Stun Spore and Silver Wind, and its Ability is Intimidate.

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Beautifly
Beautifly is Winona's third known Pokémon. It was first seen being used to train with Sapphire. It was defeated by Sapphire's Phado's Aerial Ace, giving Sapphire the win.

Beautifly's only known move is Whirlwind, and its Ability is Swarm.

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Swablu
Swablu is Winona's fourth known Pokémon. It was first seen being used to train with Sapphire. It was defeated by Sapphire's Rono's Rock Tomb, giving Sapphire the win.

Swablu's only known move is Fury Attack, and its Ability is Natural Cure.

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Skarmory
Skarmory is Winona's fifth known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Matt during the Groudon and Kyogre crisis.

Skarmory's known moves are Air Cutter and Metal Sound.

Debut Bravo, Vibrava


Winona's illegal Altaria
  • Winona and Byron are the only Gym Leaders in the anime to own a giant Pokémon; however, Byron's was only a Fossil.
  • In Emerald, Winona's Dragonair knows Earthquake, a move that it can only legitimately learn in the Dragonite stage. This is possible due to the fact that most Gym Leader's Pokémon in rematches are programmed to know the final form's legitimate moves, regardless of the evolution stage.
  • In Black 2 and White 2, the moveset used by her Skarmory in the Type Expert and World Leaders tournaments is the exact same as the one used in rematches in Emerald.
  • In Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Winona owns an Altaria that knows Dragon Dance, which Altaria does not learn until level 40.
    • In addition, said Altaria is level 33 even though Swablu cannot evolve until level 35.
  • Winona's Gym battle can be skipped until the Pokémon League, where her Badge is required to progress.
  • Winona's team changes from an all-female party in her Gym battle to an all-male party in her rematches in Pokémon Emerald.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナギ Nagi From 梛 nagi (Nageia nagi) and 凪 nagi (calm/lull)
English Winona From winnow, wing, or wind
French Alizée From alizé, trade wind
German Wibke From Wind, Wirbel (vortex), or Schwinge (wing). Possibly a reference to the 1990 European windstorm Wiebke.
Italian Alice From aliseo (trade wind) or ali (wings)
Spanish Alana From ala, wing
Korean 은송 Eunsong*
나기 Nagi*
From 은송 (銀松) eunsong, a variety of the Japanese red pine. The name literally means silver pine.
Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 娜琪 Nàqí Transliteration of Japanese name

Gym Leaders of the Hoenn region
Rustboro Gym Stone Badge
Roxanne OD.png
Dewford Gym Knuckle Badge
Brawly OD.png
Mauville Gym Dynamo Badge
Wattson OD.png
Lavaridge Gym Heat Badge
Flannery OD.png
Petalburg Gym Balance Badge
Norman OD.png
Fortree Gym Feather Badge
Winona OD.png
Mossdeep Gym Mind Badge
Tate Liza
Tate and Liza
Sootopolis Gym Rain Badge
Wallace OD.png Juan OD.png
Wallace Juan

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