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スモモ Sumomo
"The Barefoot, Fighting Genius!"
Art from Diamond/Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Pink
Hair color Pink
Hometown Veilstone City
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Unnamed Father (gambler at Game Corner)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Leader of Veilstone Gym
Badge Cobble Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut Lost Leader Strategy!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis
Japanese voice actor Aya Endō

Maylene (Japanese: スモモ Sumomo) is the Gym Leader of Veilstone City's Gym, known officially as the Veilstone Gym. She hands out the Cobble Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Maylene uses Template:Type2 Pokémon in her battles. Trainers who defeat her receive the Cobble Badge, TM60 (Drain Punch) and are able to use Fly outside of battle. Maylene is considered a cute little girl, but adults in the town respect her for her power. Maylene's father gambles at the Veilstone Game Corner. Maylene apparently doesn't know her own strength, as she's totally unsure of how she got to be Gym Leader, and seems rather confused by the whole thing.

Later in Platinum, the player encounters her upon entering Route 217 where she is apparently training by walking to Snowpoint City. She doesn't use Fly—even if she could—so she could train herself. She is also used to the cold, even if she is lightly dressed and barefoot. In Snowpoint's Pokémon Center, she says that she admires Candice for being so studious and that she'll see her later. Later in the game, she can appear at the Battleground, where she and the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders and Trainers can be battled again. After battling her here, she mentions that she believes that being barefoot is healthier than wearing footwear, pointing out that Pokémon go barefoot. Apparently, she also seems to like to eat, saying how it is so great how she can eat all she wants at the Battleground or how she appears in Celadon City in HeartGold and SoulSilver and has entered, as well as currently winning, what appears to be an eating contest.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum


File:SpriteSumomo.png File:MaylenePlatinum.gif VSMaylene.png
Maylene's sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Maylene's sprite from
Maylene's VS sprite from


Veilstone Gym

  • Before battle
"Hello. I'm pleased to meet you. I'm Maylene, and I'm the Gym Leader. I don't really know what it means to be strong, or how I got to be the Gym Leader. But I will do the best I can as the Gym Leader. I take battling very seriously. Whenever you're ready!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh! But this isn't the end, my friend!"
  • During battle
"I'm in a bit of a bind, aren't I?"
  • When defeated
"I shall admit defeat... You are much too strong."
  • After being defeated
"...OK. You win. That was a tough loss. I learned a lot from it. Please, accept this Gym Badge."
"Gee, I'm hungry... Oh, sorry, it's nothing. I didn't say anything. <name>, I can't explain what it means to be strong. I don't know how much effort goes into being strong... But being with Pokémon lets us keep making the effort, doesn't it?"

Route 217 (Platinum only)

"Oh, [player]! Um, are you maybe on your way to Snowpoint City? That's where I'm going, too. If I use Fly, I can get there instantly, but I'm walking for my training. I have no problem with this. I'm used to the cold because I go barefoot and lightly dressed. ...Achoo! Oh, that was nothing. Really, I'm not cold at all. I'll be going now. Please take care!"

Snowpoint City Pokémon Center (Platinum only)

"Brrr... Oh, hi, [player]! Are you taking the Gym challenge now? I'm hoping to see Candice soon, but I'm staying put until I warm up again first. Oh, you should know that Candice is a user of Ice-type Pokémon. I really admire Candice. She's so studious. She wanted to practice against me to learn about the Fighting type. It's because the Ice type matches up badly against the Fighting type."


"...Um, your Villa... Would it be OK if I took a look around?"
"[player], please hear how my training is going. Thanks to my training, I'm beginning to understand the feelings of Pokémon. It lets me choose moves with much more confidence!"
"[player], please hear how my training is going. Thanks to my training, my handwriting has improved tenfold! ...Yes. It has absolutely nothing to do with how strong I am as a Gym Leader."
"...You know those Accessories for Pokémon? Would it be funny if someone were to wear those?" (to Candice)
"...! Th-thank you so much!" (to Candice)
"What makes a Gym Leader a good one?" (to Candice)

In the anime

Maylene in the anime

Maylene made her first appearance in Lost Leader Strategy!.

After being defeated by Paul, Maylene had lost confidence in herself as a Gym Leader, a position she's only held for six months. When Ash challenged her, she declined, much to the annoyance of her Lucario.

Discovering Dawn has similar issues herself (following Dawn's Early Night and Team Shocker!'s contest defeats), Maylene agrees to have a gym battle with her in Crossing the Battle Line!. She managed to defeat Dawn after a hard-fought battle.

She was challenged by Ash next in A Triple Fighting Chance!, an even harder-fought battle which resulted in a tie. With the decision now hers, Maylene considered Ash to have battled well enough that she awarded him the Cobble Badge.

Maylene also appeared in Enter Galactic!.


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

Maylene's Meditite
Meditite first appeared in a flashback in Lost Leader Strategy! where it was used in Maylene's battle against Paul. As Maylene was out of sync with Meditite, it was easily defeated by Honchkrow.

It's first full appearance was during Maylene's Gym Battle against Dawn in Crossing the Battle Line!. Unlike the battle against Paul, in this battle Meditite was used to its full potential, being able to defeat Buneary before being knocked out by Ambipom.

It was next used in the Gym Battle against Ash, where it was able to confuse both Staravia and Chimchar but was unable to defeat them. It eventually fell to Staravia's newly learned Brave Bird.

Meditite's known attacks are Detect, Confusion, Meditate and Drain Punch.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
English Kayzie Rogers
Maylene's Machoke
Machoke first appeared in Lost Leader Strategy! during the flashback of Maylene's Gym Battle against Paul. It was called upon second to battle Honchkrow but it was quickly knocked out by Sky Attack. It was not used during the Gym Battle against Dawn.

It was the first Pokémon used by Maylene during her Gym Battle against Ash, where it put up a strong defense against his Staravia despite the type-disadvantage. Despite this however Machoke was still defeated by the flying-type.

Machoke's known attacks are Cross Chop, Brick Break and Seismic Toss.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
English Tom Wayland
Maylene's Lucario
Main article: Maylene's Lucario

Lucario first appeared alongside Maylene training during Lost Leader Strategy! where it was unhappy with Maylene due to her depression from losing against Paul and as a result their bond was extremely strained. However after defeating Dawn's Ambipom and Piplup he and Maylene were soon back in sync with each other which helped it to defeat Staravia and Chimchar and force Ash's Buizel to a draw during the Gym Battle against Ash.

It was later used to help protect Veilstone City's famous meteorites from being stolen by Saturn during Enter Galactic!.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Bill Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 遠藤綾 Aya Endō
English Rachael Lillis
Czech Klára Šumanová
European French Elisabeth Guinand
Polish Agnieszka Maliszewska
European Spanish Ana Esther Alborg

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Maylene is seen training with her two Pokémon. She almost gets hit by Pearl's Monferno's Ember (when the trio was testing Platinum's newly-earned Zoom Lens) while she was jogging around the city. She challenges Platinum to a match, adding that Platinum must use Monferno against her. Later, she met again with Platinum when she was traveling alone before the battle with Candice in Snowpoint City.


Maylene owns these Pokémon:


Pokémon DP

Maylene has a brief cameo in chapter 7 in volume 2, later in the volume she is seen complaining about only appearing in one panel.



In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Lucario GL Fighting 32 Rare Holo Rising Rivals 8/111
Machamp GL Fighting 64 Uncommon Rising Rivals 46/111


  • Maylene is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to not appear outside her gym at least once in the game. She makes several appearances outside of her Gym in Pokémon Platinum, however, when the player reaches Route 217, at the Pokémon Center in Snowpoint City before beating Candice, and at the Battleground.
  • Maylene's Japanese name is shared with that of one of the Kimono Girls of Ecruteak City. Though that Kimono Girl's name was changed to Komomo in HeartGold and SoulSilver, possibly not to conflict with Maylene's Japanese name.
  • Maylene is one of the youngest Gym Leaders in Sinnoh. However, the youngest Gym Leaders in the Pokémon world seem to hail from Hoenn, being the twins from Mossdeep City, Tate and Liza.
  • With the release of Pokémon Platinum, the order of three Gym battles in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are now shifted: instead of being third, Maylene is now fourth in the line-up. Had Ash fought Fantina previous to Maylene, he would have inadvertently gone out of order compared to the Diamond and Pearl line-up, but in order for the Platinum line-up. Ash battled the three shifted Gym Leaders in the order designated by Diamond and Pearl, as Platinum was not released until after Ash fought Crasher Wake, but before Fantina.
  • She is also the only Gym Leader in Sinnoh to have more Pokémon of the opposite gender than of the same gender as her; in the Veilstone Gym, two out of her three Pokémon are male, while at the Battleground, three out of five are.
  • Maylene is the only Sinnoh Gym leader as of yet to have not lost to Ash at least once.
  • To date, she is the only female Gym Leader that specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • Of all of the trainers that can be fought at the Battleground, Maylene has the strongest Pokémon of any of them. Her Lucario at, Lv. 66, is one level stronger than the rest of the trainers' strongest Pokémon, as all of the rest are at Lv. 65.


Language Name Origin
Japanese スモモ (Sumomo) The Japanese name for the Japanese plum. A reference to sumo wrestling.
English Maylene Sounds like melee.
French Mélina From mêlée, brawl.
German Hilda From the germanic root hildjo, battle.
Italian Marzia From marziale, martial.
Spanish Brega From bregar, to fight.
Korean 자두 (Jadu) Means plum (Direct translation of Sumomo.)
Chinese (Taiwan) 阿李 (Ā Lǐ) From 李, plum.


External links

Gym Leaders of the Sinnoh region
Oreburgh Gym Coal Badge
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Eterna Gym Forest Badge
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Veilstone Gym Cobble Badge
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Pastoria Gym Fin Badge
Crasher Wake OD.png
Crasher Wake
Hearthome Gym Relic Badge
Fantina OD.png
Canalave Gym Mine Badge
Byron OD.png
Snowpoint Gym Icicle Badge
Candice OD.png
Sunyshore Gym Beacon Badge
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