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エリカ Erika
""The Nature-Loving Princess!""
Art from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Gender Female
Hometown Celadon City
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation I, II, III
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Celadon Gym
Badge Rainbow Badge
Anime debut Pokémon Scent-sation
English voice actor Unknown
Japanese voice actor Unknown
For the Pokémon coordinator who battled May, see: Erica

Erika (Japanese: エリカ Erika) is the Gym Leader of Celadon City's Gym, known officially as the Celadon Gym. She hands out the Rainbow Badge to trainers who defeat her. She is a serene young woman who specializes in Grass-type Pokémon. She sometimes dresses in elegant kimonos and seems to represent traditional Japanese beauty, and perhaps geisha culture.

In the anime

Erika in street clothes from the Anime

Erika appeared in Pokémon Scent-sation, running a perfumery in Celadon City where she sold a special brand of perfume made from the essence of her favorite Pokémon, Gloom. Misty, Brock, and Pikachu were enamoured with the scents, but Ash insulted the perfume. In protest, the manager, who was later revealed to be the Gym Leader Erika, had him banned from her store and by extension the greenhouse/Celadon Gym.

Jessie and James were sneaking into the gym trying to steal the perfume scents to sell them, but they were stamped with a red X and banned from the gym, too. Ash found them and untied them in exchange for help entering the gym.

Disguised a girl named Ashley, Ash signed up as a student at the Gym. Erika was reading a fairy tale to some Grass-type Pokémon when he found and recognized her. Pikachu instantly recognized Ash and exposed him. Erika finally agreed to a battle for the Gym Badge. However, their match was interrupted when Team Rocket started a fire in the Gym as revenge for being thrown out of the gym.

Ash risked his life to run in and rescue Erika's beloved Gloom, who had once saved her from a wild Grimer when she was a little girl. Out of thanks, Erika awarded Ash with the Rainbow Badge.

She is voiced by 氷上恭子 Kyoko Hikami in the original Japanese version, by Leah Applebaum in the English dub, and by Letícia Quinto in the Brazilian dub.


This is a listing of Erika's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

In the games

Art of Erika from Pokémon Red and Blue

Erika's title is The Nature-Loving Princess.

Erika is ladylike, and a teacher of flower-arranging. She is a quiet girl, but she's well-known in Celadon City.

Erika only collects Pokémon if she considers them attractive, though her definition of attractive seems to include varieties only a botanist could love. She also tends to doze off quite a bit, but will become inspired after a good match.

In addition to the Rainbow Badge, Erika gives out TM21, Mega Drain, in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Pokémon Crystal, and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, she gives out TM19, Giga Drain.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Erika in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Celadon City - sign
  • What does this person do?
"Celadon City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Erika
The Nature-Loving Princess!"
Celadon Gym - Erika
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I am a student of the art of flower arranging.
My Pokémon are solely of the Grass type."
Celadon Gym - Lass Lola
  • What is this person like?
"Our Leader Erika might be quiet, but she’s famous around here."
Celadon Gym - Beauty Tamia
  • What is this person like?
"We only use Grass-type Pokémon at our Gym.
Why? We also use them for making flower arrangements!"
Celadon Gym - Erika
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I would never collect Pokémon if they were unattractive."
Celadon Mansion - Pokémon Journal
  • There’s a rumor...
"Rumor has it that if you peek into Celadon Gym, you can often see Erika snoozing."
Message from Erika
  • From: Erika
  • To: [Player]
"I am so glad that there are strong trainers like you.
That awareness alone inspires and motivates me to try harder.
Please visit me again.


This listing is of Erika's Pokémon in the games in which she has appeared.

Pokémon Red, Blue and Green


Pokémon Yellow


Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Pokémon Stadium

Round 1
Round 2

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1
Round 2


Pokémon Red and Blue

"Hello. Lovely weather isn't it? It's so pleasant. ...Oh dear... I must have dozen off. Welcome. My name is Erika. I am the Leader of Celadon Gym. I teach the art of flower arranging. My Pokémon are of the grass-type. Oh, I'm sorry, I had no idea that you wished to challenge me. Very well, but I shall not lose."

"Oh! I concede defeat. You are remarkably strong. I must confer you the Rainbow Badge."

Pokémon Gold and Silver

"Hello... Lovely weather, isn't it? It's so pleasant... ...I'm afraid I may doze off... My name is Erika. I am the Leader of Celadon Gym. ...Oh? All the way from Johto, you say? How nice... Oh. I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you wished to challenge me. Very well, but I shall not lose."

"Oh! I concede defeat... You are remarkably strong... I shall give you Rainbow Badge..."

"Losing leaves a bitter aftertaste... But knowing that there are strong trainers spurs me to do better..."

In the Pokémon Special manga

In the Pokémon Special manga, Erika is an elegant young princess who gives lectures at universities and practices archery. She is allied with the "good" Gym Leaders of Kanto, and often assists Misty and Brock during crises.

She sent Red out on a quest to capture an unusual Eevee that could change at will between its three elemental forms. Erika threatened to kill Eevee; however, it turned out that she was just testing Red's character.


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

In the TCG

In the TCG, the Erika of Erika allows each player to draw up to three cards. Another card, Erika's Kindness, demonstrates her kindness, depicting her as helping a Growlithe out of the rain. Erika's Maids enables the player to trade two Pokémon in a hand for two others in the deck, both with Erika in their names. Charity is attached to a defending opponent Pokémon, and if that Pokémon is not knocked out, the card returns to the owner's hand; it reduces by 10 the damage taken. Erika's Perfume allows the player to peek at the hand of the opponent and summon a basic Pokémon from the hand to the bench.

As in the anime, she also appears to make fragrances, such as LeAF, depicted on Erika's perfume.

There is a Theme Deck named for Erika in the Gym Heroes expansion. It has two versions, English and Japanese.


Artwork from the cards:


This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Erika or her Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG

In Gym Heroes

In Gym Challenge

In Pokémon VS


  • In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga, Erika was childhood friends with Kaede, who had an unfortunate reaction to a flower wreath Erika gave her at a party and ran off in shame. They met again later when Kaede, now a Team Rocket agent, invaded Erika's Gym. Erika was overjoyed to see her old friend and seemed to disregard any and all ill plots.
  • Erika is the only Gym Leader who originated from the video games and kept her Japanese name.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese エリカ Erika エリカ属 erika-zoku, the Erica genus - heathers.
English/French/German Erika Refers to the Erica genus - heathers.
Korean 민화 Minhwa hwa means flower.
Hebrew אריקה Transliteration of Erika.
Russian Эрика Èrika Transliteration of Erika.
Chinese 艾莉嘉 Ài Lì Jiā Transliteration of Erika.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
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Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
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Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
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Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
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Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
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Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
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Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
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Viridian Gym Earth Badge
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Giovanni Blue