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If you were looking for the character of the day from Going for a Spinda, see Claire.

イブキ Ibuki
""The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon""
Art from Gold and Silver
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light blue
Hometown Blackthorn City
Region Johto
Relatives Lance, Dragon Clan Elder
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Blackthorn Gym
Badge Rising Badge
Anime debut Beauty is Skin Deep
English voice actor Megan Hollingshead
Japanese voice actor Yūko Mita

Clair (Japanese: イブキ Ibuki) is the Gym Leader of Blackthorn City's Gym, known officially as the Blackthorn Gym. Her specialty is Template:Type2 Pokémon, and she gives the Rising Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

Clair's title is "The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon".

Decending from a long line of Dragon-type trainers, Clair speaks of herself as "the world's best dragon master". She claims she can hold her own even against the Elite Four. Her only known loss had been to her cousin, Lance. Upon her defeat, Clair refuses to accept the challenger is better than her unless they pass the "dragon user challenge".

In Pokémon Crystal Version, defeating Clair would entail navigating the Dragon's Den, finding the shrine at the center, and passing the Dragon User's Challenge given by the elder of the Dragon clan, Clair's grandfather. After some initial disbelief, Clair hands over the badge and encourages the player to win at Pokémon League, so that she wouldn't feel worse about her loss.

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Clair would give out her badge only when the player went into the Dragon's Den and found a Dragon Fang. Once the Dragon Fang was found, Clair would appear behind the player and give him the Rising Badge.

When Silver trains in the Dragon's Den, it's said he acts as Clair did in her youth.

Trainers in her gym: Cool Trainer Paul, Cool Trainer Martha, Cool Trainer Cody, Cool Trainer Mike, Cool Trainer Lola.

In addition to the Rising Badge, Clair gives out TM24 (DragonBreath) in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, or TM59 (Dragon Pulse) in HeartGold and SoulSilver.


This listing is of Clair's Pokémon in the video games she has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle

Second battle (rematch)

Tag battle with Lance

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


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Clair's sprite from
Generation II
Clair's sprite from
Generation IV
Clair's VS sprite from
Generation IV

Pokémon Gold and Silver

"I am Clair. The world's best dragon master. I can hold my own against even the Pokémon League Elite Four. Do you still want to take me on? ...Fine. Let's do it! As a Gym Leader, I will use power against any opponent!"

"I lost? I don't belive it. There must be some mistake... I won't admit this. I may have lost, but you're still not ready for the Pokémon League. I know. You should take the dragon user challenge. Behind this Gym is a place called Dragon's Den. There is a small shrine at its center. Go there. If you can prove that you've lost your lazy ideals, I will recognize you as a trainer worthy of a Gym Badge!"

"All right. I recognize your true power. This Badge is yours."

Pokémon Crystal

"So how did it go? I guess there's no point in asking. You did fail? ......... ...What? You passed? That can't be! You're lying! Even I haven't been approved!"

"I-I understan... Here, this is the Rising Badge... Hurry up! Take it!"

"Wait! I'm sorry about this. Here, take this as my apology."

In the anime

Clair in a flashback in DP143

Clair appears in five episodes of the Pokémon anime, toward the end of the Master Quest saga: Beauty is Skin Deep, Fangs for Nothin', Great Bowls of Fire, Better Eight Than Never and Why? Wynaut!.

As Ash and company near Blackthorn City, they discover a Dratini and a Gyarados in a river. They discover that both Pokémon belong to Clair, who is following the Dratini down the river as it prepares to shed its skin. Team Rocket snatches the Dratini, however, and Clair gives chase, demonstrating her highly acrobatic abilities. Dratini escapes, and Ash fights to protect it. During the ensuing battle, however, an electric shock is headed straight for Dratini, but Clair jumps in front of it to absorb the shock. Dratini witnesses its trainer's devotion, and evolves into a Dragonair in order to put a stop to Team Rocket. Later, Clair is finally able to perform an important ritual to purify the legendary Dragon Fang. Clair then goes on to accept Ash's challenge for a Rising Badge.

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Clair in the anime

Ash has the first strike, but the battle is cut short when Team Rocket steals the Dragon Fang. Ash, Clair and Team Rocket all end up in the Dragon Holy Land, where Team Rocket trick a Dragonite into helping them. Luckily, Liza and Ash's Charizard arrive to help save the day. Ash's Charizard then helps him earn him his final Johto League badge.

Although Clair does mention Lance in the anime, he is not her cousin like in the games; instead, she recalls that he trained under her at the Blackthorn Gym before he joined the Elite Four.


This listing is of Clair's Pokémon in the anime:

Dratini → Dragonair

Voice actors

  • Japanese
  • English
  • Spanish
    • Liliana Barba (Latin-American)
    • María Antonia Rodríguez (Spain)
  • Polish
    • Joanna Domańska

In the Pokémon Special manga

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Clair and her Kingdra (left) with Morty and his Misdreavus (right)

Clair was one of the first of the Gym Leaders to face Suicune. Despite her efforts, she was outclassed by its tactics, and lost rather quickly, due to Suicune's use of Mist to create a reflection or illusion of itself.

Later, at the Gym Leaders Challenge, she was to face off against Blaine. This was an important matter for her, because as Lance's cousin, she thought that Blaine would know what become of Lance after Blaine and Lance's battle at Cerise Island the year before.

During the attack by Team Rocket, which ended up with all the Gym Leaders trapped on the recently completed bullet train, she forced Blaine into fighting their duel. Blaine quickly won due to Entei's powerful attacks. Thus, the Kanto Gym Leaders claimed victory, with four wins, three losses and one draw.


This listing is of Clair's Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga.


In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Clair's Blastoise Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 46/141
Clair's Jynx Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 47/141
Clair's Gyarados Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 48/141
Clair's Dragonite Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 49/141
Clair's Politoed Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 50/141
Clair's Mantine Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 51/141
Clair's Kingdra Water - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 52/141
Clair's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 111/141
Clair's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 112/141


  • Her Japanese Leader title is 聖なるドラゴンポケモン使い!.
  • When Clair is beaten in the game, she is so impressed and frustrated, she refuses to give the player the Rising Badge. Instead, she sets the player on an extra task: He or she must go to Dragon's Den and retrieve the sacred Dragon Fang. When the player has done this, Clair, true to her word, arrives and hands over the badge as well as TM24 (DragonBreath). Afterwards, she says "No, it has nothing to do with my breath." The meaning of this was somewhat lost in translation, as Clair's Japanese name, Ibuki, can be taken to mean "breath". Despite this, a pun remains, as "dragon breath" is a term sometimes used for someone who has halitosis.
  • Clair is one of the few Trainers to have battled Ash more than twice, although the first two official Gym battles were interrupted by Team Rocket. The other known Trainers to have battled Ash more than twice are Pyramid King Brandon, Paul, Gary Oak and Misty.
  • Clair is the only Johto Gym Leader to have an altered team in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver from Pokémon Gold and Silver.
  • Clair is the only Gym Leader in the rematches at the Fighting Dojo in HeartGold and SoulSilver who does not have any post-Generation II Pokémon.
  • Clair is the second Gym Leader to team up with a member of the Elite Four against the player's rival. Volkner was the first.
    • Coincidentally, both Volkner and Clair are the last Gym Leaders of their respective regions.


Language Name Origin
Japanese イブキ (Ibuki) 伊吹 Ibuki, Juniperus chinensis. And Mount Ibuki. Or 息吹 ibuki, breath.
English Clair Rhymes with lair, as in lair of a dragon.
French Sandra From the French word dragon.
German Sandra From the German word Drache.
Italian Sandra From the Italian word drago.
Spanish Débora Possible relation to the Spanish word dragón.
Korean 이향 Ihyang Means strange land.
Chinese 小椿 Xiǎo Chūn

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
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Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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