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アイリス Iris
"The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons"
Black White Iris.png
Artwork from Black and White
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Purple
Hometown Opelucid City
Region Unova
Trainer class Gym Leader, Champion
Generation V
Games Black and White
Leader of Opelucid Gym
Badge Legend Badge
Champion of Pokémon League (Unova)
Specializes in Dragon types
Anime debut In The Shadow of Zekrom!
English voice actor Eileen Stevens
Japanese voice actor Aoi Yūki

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


Black White Iris.png
Official artwork from
Black and White


Spr BW Iris.png VSIris.png Iris OD.png Spr B2W2 Iris.png VSIris 2.png
Iris's Trainer sprite from
Black and White
Iris's VS sprite from
Black and White
Iris's overworld sprite from
Black and White
Iris's Trainer sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Iris's VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Normal mode

Challenge mode


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!!"
  • When 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!

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!"

In the anime

Iris in the anime
Main article: Iris (anime)

Iris appears in the anime as one of the current 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

File:Iris Adventures.png
Iris in Pokémon Adventures

Iris is first seen when she goes to the Studio Castelia to inform Burgh of his upcoming Gym battle with Black. After Burgh shows her his newest art piece, Iris insults it by saying his previous paintings were better and causes him to into a brief slump before complimenting the smell of honey on his body.

Later, after the battle between Black and Burgh is finished, Iris returns to inform everyone that she found a girl named Bianca unconscious on the street. They deduce that she must have been the victim of one of the recent Pokémon kidnappings and search for the culprits. They eventually find the thieves, Team Plasma, and retrieve Bianca's stolen Litwick from them.

Much later, Iris encounters Black again and informs him that she is on a journey to gather information on something. Later, she encounters Cedric Juniper and talks about the Legendary musketeers's dislike of humans with him.


Iris's Fraxure
Fraxure is the only Pokémon that Iris is known to own. Fraxure was seen taking Iris to the Studio Castelia. Later, it was used to carry an unconscious Bianca throughout town.

None of Fraxure's moves are known.

Debut Big City Battles


  • 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.
  • Iris and Clair are both female Gym Leaders that train Dragon-type Pokémon. Coincidentally, they are both the eighth Gym Leader the player challenges in Unova and Johto, respectively.
  • Iris is the first Gym Leader since Erika to keep her Japanese name.
  • Iris and Drayden's Haxorus are underleveled in Black and White; Fraxure does not evolve until level 48.
  • In Black and White, Iris is the only Unova Gym Leader who does not have a secondary occupation.


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.

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

Unova League
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
VSAlder.png VSIris cropped.png
Alder Iris

Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman

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