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カミツレ Kamitsure
"The Shining Beauty"
Black 2 White 2 Elesa.png
Artwork from Black 2 and White 2
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blonde*, Black*
Hometown Nimbasa City
Region Unova
Relatives Grandmother*
Trainer class Gym LeaderBWB2W2
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation V
Games Black and White, Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Nimbasa Gym
Badge Bolt Badge
Specializes in Electric types
Game animation debut Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer
English voice actor Sarah Natochenny
Japanese voice actor Miyuki Sawashiro
Anime debut Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
English voice actor Eileen Stevens
Japanese voice actor Yumiko Kobayashi

Elesa (Japanese: カミツレ Kamitsure) is the Gym Leader of Nimbasa City's Gym, known officially as the Nimbasa Gym. She specializes in Electric-type Pokémon. She gives the Bolt Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games


Elesa makes her debut in Pokémon Black and White, serving as the Nimbasa City Gym Leader. This Gym is the fourth that the player may challenge. The player can challenge her to a battle after riding a series of roller coasters to her location, a process involving the flipping of multiple switches so the tracks take the player to her.

Elesa specializes in Electric-type Pokémon. She utilizes a strategy that involves using Volt Switch between her two Emolga, and later Zebstrika. Upon defeating her, she will reward the player with a Bolt Badge and TM72 (Volt Switch).

Outside of battle, Elesa is a supermodel. She appears when Bianca attempts to convince her father to allow her to become a Pokémon Trainer. Elesa aids her, convincing Bianca's father to give his daughter the permission to follow her dream. When the player leaves Nimbasa City, it is Elesa who appears briefly on Route 5 and tells the bridge guard to lower the Driftveil Drawbridge so the player may cross it. She then appears at N's Castle, where she and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages while the player goes after N. While not strictly relevant to the plot, Elesa also visits Cynthia in the summer at Undella Town, as do the other female Gym Leaders and Elite Four members.

Elesa is good friends with fellow Gym Leader Skyla. In between the events of Black and White and Black 2 and White 2, she confided in Skyla about changing her image. She reveals that she is conscious about the reserved image she displays, and has a fondness for bad puns.

In Black 2 and White 2, Elesa returns as a Gym Leader. The player has to go back to the old Gym and talk to one of Elesa's models where Elesa used to be to have access to the new Gym which is an actual catwalk and fashion show. The TM Elesa gives away remains the same. After gaining access to the new gym and defeating Elesa, she walks the player back down the catwalk to the entrance. She later participates in the Pokémon World Tournament.


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Gym battle
Normal Mode

Challenge Mode

Pokémon World Tournament

Elesa uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles and all six in Triple Battles.

Driftveil Tournament

Unova Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Black and White

Nimbasa City

"Sweetie, you keep going on your travels."
"My name is Elesa. I'm this town's Gym Leader. I also happen to be a model."
"You know, there are many people in this world. There are people whose way of thinking may be completely different from yours. Sometimes, this means you may get hurt."
"But it's important to keep trying, to learn about the differences between yourself and others... To learn that being different is OK. And you shouldn't worry. Trainers always have Pokémon at their side. Pokémon are wonderful. It's not only how cute they can be, but also how much you can depend on them..."
"I'm sure he traveled as a Trainer himself, in the past... Being a parent must be hard."
"Did I meddle unnecessarily? You looked troubled, so I decided to chime in."
"By the way, if you're Trainers, please stop by the Pokémon Gym. I'll teach you a little something about how tough a journey can get."*
"I'm sorry, <player>. I'll be waiting on Route 5."*

Nimbasa Gym

  • Before battle
"Did the fantastic speed leave you dizzy? My beloved Pokémon will be the next one to make your head spin!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO hit)
"You and your Pokémon... are shining brilliantly!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"A properly dramatic victory requires a dash of danger and a pinch of peril."
  • When defeated
"I meant to make your head spin, but you shocked me instead."
  • After being defeated
"My, oh my... You have a sweet fighting style. I mean, you're a great Trainer! Excuse me, I...uh... Oh, here! I want you to have this!"
"If you have four Badges, including this Bolt Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 50, including traded Pokémon, will obey you. Also, here's this move I like. Feel free to use it, um, if you want to."
"Volt Switch lets the Pokémon switch with a different Pokémon after attacking. Of course, if you don't have another Pokémon in your party, you can't switch."
"You're going to Driftveil City next? Of course. There is a Pokémon Gym there, after all. Oh... I bet you won't be able to get there. You know what? I'll fix it so you can cross. Wait for me on Route 5."
"What you'd like to do... What your Pokémon would like to do... Don't you think it could be amazing if those are aligned?"
  • Post game:
"I think the real me is the one who battles with Pokémon as a Gym Leader. A model's job is to make someone else's vision look like a reality. It's interesting but it's not easy..."

Unova Route 5

"Oh, you two are friends... That's nice, how you're helping each other get better by competing. OK, let's go."
"This is Alder, the Unova region's Champion."
"Let's roll. The Driftveil Drawbridge is just ahead."
"Now to contact him... It's me, Elesa. Please lower the drawbridge. I have a couple of Trainers here who want to challenge you. OK... Thanks. Now, watch this! I have a TV gig, so I've got to go. The Gym Leader of the next town may take some getting used to... Do your best, both of you."

N's Castle

"Ignoring Team Plasma... That would be a terrible thing for us Gym Leaders to do."
"I do not appreciate stubborn people."

Cynthia's villa

"I must say it's difficult for people to draw out a Pokémon's charm if they don't have any themselves."
"You know Nimbasa City? You know it runs on energy generated by Electric-type Pokémon? ...Just kidding!"
"Getting wrapped up in worries is bad for your body and spirit. That's when you must short out your logic circuits and reboot your heart."
"Without a word... Without even a whisper... My Pokémon connect me to other Trainers, transmitting the current of my feelings."
"Put bluntly, swimsuits are nothing but cloth, right?"

Badge Case

May you always continue to be a person who brightens your surroundings.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Nimbasa Gym

  • Before battle
"Welcome to the main stage! My beloved Pokémon and your Pokémon shall compete! We're going to see whose star shines brightest!"
  • During battle (the first non-KO hit)
"You and your Pokémon's moves are simply dazzling!"
  • When defeated
"You shocked me through and through! You melted my heart!"
  • After being defeated
"Well… Now you… you're an even more wonderful Trainer than I expected. Your sweet fighting style swept me off my feet! Take this!"
"If you have four Badges, including this Bolt Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 50, including traded Pokémon, will obey you. Also, here's this move I like. Feel free to use it, um, if you want to."
"Volt Switch lets the Pokémon switch with a different Pokémon after attacking. Of course, if you don't have another Pokémon in your party, you can't switch."
  • On the catwalk
"Wait! Please walk with us."
"A shining example of a Trainer… Since that's what you are, you should be able to collect all the Gym Badges and reach the Pokémon League! Then, you and your Pokémon will shine even brighter!"

Memory Link - Taking it to The Next Level

"Skyla, can I ask you a favor?"
"I've decided I need a PR makeover! I wanted to try out my new ideas with you, Skyla!"
"That's right! Here's the thing. I make what everyone thinks is cool into a reality, right? Well, I get to do what I want to do, and while being a model may be difficult, most importantly, it's fun! But the hard parts are really hard. I mean, everyone judges me simply based on my appearance. People say I'm reserved, and that I don't look like the type who would tell jokes!"
"So, I've been thinking about it constantly since then!"
"A sophisticated joke!"
"How should I put it... My looks suggest that I'm not a lot of fun. But I'll tear down that mistaken image with my own hands! I'll say something silly and give someone an opportunity to call me out, so we can all have a good laugh!"
"OK, get a load of this! Throw that misbehaving Klink in the clink!"
"Cofagrigus is so cool! Don't you *cough* agree, Gus?"
"You bought those Fossils from Clay? Did you buy them on Clay-away?"
"Exactly! If I were to make bad puns when I'm supposed to be telling a joke, doesn't it give people even more of an opportunity to tease me and start a funny back-and-forth?"
"Really? I guess I'll just rethink my fashion first."
"You bet! And don't call me Shirley!"

Badge Case

If you shine with an inner light, all that surrounds you will be illuminated by it!"

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 Shocking Supermodel... Hmmm, that sounds like a Gym Leader I know. Well, let's see... 'The Gym Leader Elesa said that Nimbasa's Pokémon can dance a nimble bossa! Nobody laughed, but I thought it was really funny! What do you think?' Hmmm... It really seems like Elesa needs to come up with a sneakier pen name. Well, whatever! 'The National Gymquirer'! We eagerly await your letters!"


Black White Elesa.png Elesa screen 1.pngElesa screen 2.png
Official artwork from
Black and White
Nimbasa Gym screen artwork from
Black 2 and White 2


Spr BW Elesa.png VSElesa.png Elesa BW OD.png Spr B2W2 Elesa.png VSElesa 2.png Elesa OD.png VSElesa 3.png
Elesa's sprite from
Black and White
Elesa's VS sprite from
Black and White
Elesa's overworld sprite from
Black and White
Elesa's sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Elesa's VS sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Elesa's overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Badge showcase sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Elesa in the anime

Elesa made her debut appearance in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, when Ash and Bianca went to one of her modelling shows in order to request a Gym Battle. Elesa was excited to see Ash's Pikachu and even left the runway just so she could get a closer look. Later, Elesa battled Bianca in a three-on-three match and easily defeated all of Bianca's Pokémon with her powerful Zebstrika.

Elesa battled Ash in Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!. Although Ash proved to be a far tougher opponent than Bianca had, she still gave the young Trainer a tough time in her Gym. However Ash was able to pull through and earn himself a Bolt Badge.

Elesa appeared in flashbacks in Climbing the Tower of Success!, Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! and BW103.


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

Elesa's Zebstrika
Elesa's Zebstrika first appeared in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, where it was used in a Gym battle against Bianca's Shelmet, Minccino and Pignite. Zebstrika proved itself to be extremely powerful, knocking out all three of Bianca's Pokémon with little effort.

In Battle-Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, Zebstrika was used against Ash's Palpitoad during his challenge for a badge. However, as Palpitoad was part Ground-type, Wild Charge would not work and Flame Charge did little damage. Although Zebstrika's Double Kick was powerful against Palpitoad, it was hit with Palpitoad's Supersonic, leaving it confused. A combination of Mud Shot and Hydro Pump finally knocked it out.

Zebstrika's known moves are Flame Charge, Double Kick, Wild Charge, and Quick Attack.

Debut Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Marc Thompson
Elesa's Emolga
Elesa's Emolga first appeared in Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, where she was used second in her Gym Battle against Ash. Using a combination of Attract and Aerial Ace, she was able to knock out Ash's Palpitoad. Next, she went up against Snivy. As both Pokémon were female, Attract could not work; however, Emolga was able to defeat Snivy using Aerial Ace and Acrobatics—moves Snivy was weak against. Finally, Emolga was sent up against Pikachu, but since the recent battles had taken their toll, Emolga was knocked out with a single Quick Attack.

She appeared in a fantasy in Climbing the Tower of Success!.

Emolga's known moves are Attract, Acrobatics, Aerial Ace, and Electro Ball.

Debut Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!
Voice actors
Japanese Misato Fukuen
English Misato Fukuen
Elesa's Tynamo
Tynamo was the last Pokémon Elesa used against Ash in their Gym Battle in Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, and is called by Elesa as her "Electric Queen". Ash was confused by the unusual Pokémon that, despite being fish-like in appearance, could float in mid-air. Elesa worked around Tynamo's inability to learn more than a few moves by training her so her Tackle was extremely powerful, causing Pikachu to struggle. However, Pikachu was able to pull himself together and knocked out Tynamo with Iron Tail after repetitively using Thunderbolt on the field. She reappeared in a flashback in BW103.

Tynamo's only known move is Tackle.

Debut Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Alyson Rosenfeld

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小林由美子 Yumiko Kobayashi
沢城みゆき Miyuki Sawashiro (B2W2AT)
English Eileen Stevens
Sarah Natochenny (B2W2AT)
Mandarin Chinese 林美秀 Lín Měixiù
Spanish Latin America Analiz Sánchez
Spain Marta Gil
Pilar Martín (B2W2AT)

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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Elesa in Pokémon Adventures

She is briefly seen with other Nimbasa City officials when talking to White and negotiating with the BW Agency about the Pokémon Musical since Nimbasa City was starting to dwindle with its tourism, although Elesa didn't appear to be very interested. Later, when the Musical was being set up, Elesa was seen dressing up her Zebstrika in support of it. She informs Black that their Gym Battle will have to wait until the Musical ends. Later, Black and Elesa have their Gym battle despite the fact that Black becomes stuck in her Gym's coaster car. Eventually, Black manages to defeat her but before he can take the badge, he is sent to the outside of the Gym from a thunderstorm caused by the Pokémon Thundurus.

Elesa, along with her fellow Gym Leaders, appears at the Celestial Tower to discuss what to do about Team Plasma. Later, she and the other Gym Leaders battle the Shadow Triad in Nacrene City to protect the Dark Stone from being stolen. Despite their teamwork, Elesa and the other Gym Leaders fell to the Shadow Triad's trump card, the Kami trio.


Elesa's Blitzle

Elesa's Zebstrika
Blitzle → Zebstrika
Zebstrika is the first Pokémon that Elesa is known to own. Zebstrika was first seen as a drawing when Black was reading a book while deciding on strategies to defeat Elesa in their upcoming Gym Battle. Later, it was seen in person along with Elesa's other Pokémon while it was seen being dressed up in preparation of the Pokémon Musical. Zebstrika was used against Black in the Gym battle where it defeated his Tula after exploiting its Motor Drive Ability to raise its speed. Eventually, Zebstrika was defeated by Black's Nite. In a flashback that occurred in the same chapter, it was revealed that Elesa owned Zebstrika when it was a Blitzle during her youth.

Zebstrika's known moves are Flame Charge and Volt Switch, and its Ability is Motor Drive.

Debut To Make a Musical
Elesa's Emolga
Emolga (×2)
Emolga are the second and third Pokémon that Elesa is known to own. One Emolga was first seen as a drawing when Black was reading a book while deciding on strategies to defeat Elesa in their upcoming Gym Battle. Later, they were both seen in person along with Elesa and her Zebstrika while she was dressing up her Zebstrika in preparation of the Pokémon Musical. One Emolga was used in the Gym battle against Black where it fought his Nite and was eventually defeated.

Emolga's known moves are Volt Switch, Aerial Ace, and Acrobatics.

Debut To Make a Musical

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Elesa in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Elesa makes an appearance in Pocket Monsters BW as the fourth Gym Leader Red encounters.


Elesa's Emolga
Emolga is Elesa's only known Pokémon where it was usually seen standing with Elesa.
Debut Pocket Monsters BW


  • Elesa's Japanese Leader title is シャイニング ビューティ.
  • Elesa is the only female Electric-type Gym Leader.
  • Elesa is the only returning Gym Leader from Black and White to receive a redesign in Black 2 and White 2.
  • In Elesa's Memory Link's speech she says: "And don't call me Shirley!", a reference to the film Airplane!.
  • She is the only Electric specialist who doesn't have a Raichu at any point.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カミツレ Kamitsure 加密列 (カミツレ) Kamitsure, chamomile, which comes from a corruption of the Dutch term for the plant, kamille, when transcribed to Japanese as カミッレ kamirre. Also from 雷 kaminari, thunder.
English Elesa From Electric. Possibly from Tesla.
French Inezia From the flower genus Inezia.
German Kamilla From kamille, chamomile.
Italian Camelia From Camelia.
Spanish Camila From camomila, chamomile.
Korean 카밀레 Camille From her Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 小菊兒 Xiǎo Jú'ér Possibly from 洋甘菊 yánggānjú (chamomile) and 模特兒 mótè'ér (model).

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

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