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アテナ Athena
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Red
Hair color Red
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Trainer class Rocket Executive
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Executive

Ariana (Japanese: アテナ Athena) is one of the four Team Rocket Executives introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver. Her name wasn't revealed until Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, though.

In the games

Ariana is the only female Rocket Executive in the reborn Team Rocket in Johto. She appears to be Archer's second-in-command, although upon first challenging the player, she calls herself the interim boss of Team Rocket in place of Giovanni. The player battles her twice, first in the Team Rocket HQ, in a double battle with a Grunt on her side and Lance on the player's side (in Generation II, the player battles her alone), and again in the Goldenrod Radio Tower, where she is the last challenge before Archer. When defeated in the Team Rocket HQ, she notes that the player is strong enough to become an Executive if they joined Team Rocket, and after being beaten in the Radio Tower admits that she admires the player's power.

Ariana seems to appear in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen as an unnamed female Team Rocket Admin in the Rocket Warehouse on Five Island. After the player defeats her, she understands their motivations for opposing Team Rocket and flips a switch to redirect the spinners nearby to give the player easier access back from the warehouse entrance.

Like the other Executives, Ariana was given a major overhaul in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Her identity was expanded on, her color scheme was noticeably changed, and her hair was restyled.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

First battle

Second battle

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle

Second battle


File:GSC Rocket ExecutiveF.png File:AthenaHGSS.png File:VSAthena.png
Ariana's sprite from
Generation II
Ariana's sprite from
Generation IV
Ariana's VS sprite from
Generation IV

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Team Rocket HQ

"Hold it right there!"
"We can't let a brat like you do as you please forever. It'll hurt Team Rocket's pride over and over again. Making it lessen, you see. ...So, it's time to finish you. However strong you may be, if the two of us fight at the same time, you'll have no chance of winning. Don't you agree? Hee hee hee! Sorry, baby. Now, get ready to be thrashed."
"What? You had an accomplice? Where is your sense of dignity? As interim boss in the place of Giovanni, I'll show you how wrong it is to meddle with Team Rocket!"
  • When defeated
"Tch, you really are strong. It's too bad. If you were to join Team Rocket, you could become an Executive."
  • After being defeated
"But that's fine. The broadcast experiment was a total success. It doesn't matter what happens to this hideout now. We have much bigger plans. You'll come to appreciate Team Rocket's true power soon enough. Enjoy yourself while you can... Hee hee hee..."

Radio Tower

  • Before battle
"Hey, you... Remember me from the hideout in Mahogany Town? This time... Hee hee hee. This time... it looks like you're really all alone. All alone... So it should be quite easy. Bring it! Let's finish this!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Hey, what do you think you're doing?!"
  • During battle
"Wh... Wha... Why are you so strong?!"
  • When defeated
"Aaaieeeee! This can't be happening! I fought hard, but I still lost..."
  • After being defeated
"What a waste... not to use your strength to do bad things! Feh... People like you will never in a million years understand our brilliance! It's too bad... I've really come to respect your strength."

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Four Generals in the manga

Ariana appears in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, alongside the other three executives. They appear at the end of the first round to take over control of Team Rocket from Carr, saying that they will stay true to Giovanni's intentions.


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



  • As she is the only female Executive in the Johto's Team Rocket, she could be easily adapted from her Generation II design in Generation IV. In this respect, she is the female counterpart of Archer, who was based on the original male Executive. However, Proton and Petrel, originally using the same sprite as Archer, had to be designed from scratch.
  • Chermaine from Pokémon Adventures is based on Ariana's original Generation II design, and is named differently because of the lack of names for the executives at the time. This makes her Ariana's cross-canon counterpart.
    • This makes her and Archer the only characters with counterparts in the same canon.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アテナ Athena From Athena, a Lockheed Martin expendable launch system.
English Ariana From Ariane, a series of vehicles for space launch use.
French Ariane Same as English name.
German Athena Same as Japanese name.
Italian Atena Same as Japanese name.
Spanish Atenea Same as Japanese name.
Korean 아테나 Athena Same as Japanese name.

Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton


Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad*)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird*, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*

ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*