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Winona

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Winona
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 LeaderRSE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation III, V
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
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 specializes in Flying-type Pokémon and gives out the Feather Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

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

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

Pokémon

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


Legendary Pokémon Tournament


Quotes

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."
RematchE
  • 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."

Sprites

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.

Pokémon


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

Winona's Skarmory
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
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
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 and her Altaria (left) with Wallace and his Luvdisc (right)

In Pokémon Adventures, Winona is the supervisor of the Hoenn Gym Leaders, much as Erika is the leader of the Kanto Gym Leaders. Her job is to watch over all Hoenn Gym Leaders to ensure the Gyms are running smoothly. She's apparently close to Flannery, as the young Gym Leader's judgment is enough to convince her that Team Magma is the side she should take in the battle between Team Magma and Team Aqua. Later, she is convinced by Wallace to renounce her alliance, as both sides are up to no good.

When Sapphire first battles and loses to Winona, Winona takes her under her wing and trains her. Because of this, Sapphire joins the Gym Leaders' fight against Kyogre and Groudon.

She and Wallace apparently had some sort of relationship in the past, speculated by most fans to have been romantic. Although it is largely unconfirmed whether she still has feelings for him, it is quite obvious that Wallace still has feelings for her, based on the scene where the two say their goodbyes before they leave to fight Kyogre and Groudon in Volume 20.

When Wallace attempted to battle Maxie and Archie single-handedly, she was held hostage by Archie's Tentacruel.

Pokémon

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

Winona's Altaria
Altaria
Altaria is Winona's main Pokémon. It participated in a battle with Team Aqua and Team Magma and was used to battle Matt's Sharpedo where it tried to put up a great fight.

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

Debut Hanging Around With Slaking III
Winona's Beautifly
Beautifly
Beautifly was seen training with Masquerain and Swablu.

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

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Masquerain
Masquerain
Masquerain was seen training with Beautifly and Swablu.

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

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Swablu
Swablu
Swablu was seen training with Masquerain and Beautifly.

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

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory was used to battle Team Aqua and their rivals, Team Magma.

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

Debut Bravo, Vibrava

Trivia

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.

Names

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
Roxanne
Dewford Gym Knuckle Badge
Brawly OD.png
Brawly
Mauville Gym Dynamo Badge
Wattson OD.png
Wattson
Lavaridge Gym Heat Badge
Flannery OD.png
Flannery
Petalburg Gym Balance Badge
Norman OD.png
Norman
Fortree Gym Feather Badge
Winona OD.png
Winona
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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