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Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is one of the Gym Leaders of Opelucid City's Gym, known officially as the Opelucid Gym. She specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon. She gives the Legend Badge to Trainers who defeat her.
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.
In Black, she will teach Draco Meteor to the player's Dragon-type Pokémon if they have full happiness. She can be found in Drayden's home in Opelucid City.
- "I heard this lady's scream and ran after the theif 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?"
- "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!"
- "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!"
- "The pain of my Pokémon... I feel it, too!"
- After sending out last Pokémon
- "No! Not yet! No! We can fight on!!"
- "Aghhhh... I did my best, but we lost..."
- "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!"
- "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!!"
- "No need to worry!"
- "I won't lose! No way! No way! No way!"
- "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!"
- Know what? You were very strong! I'll never forget you, ever!
- 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
- Main article: Iris (anime)
Iris appears in the anime as one of the traveling partners of Ash Ketchum. The other is one of the first Gym Leaders, Cilan.
- Her Japanese Leader title is 竜の心を 知る 娘.
- 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 her counterpart, Drayden, are the only Dragon-type specialists that use only pure Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Iris is the only Unova Gym Leader who does not have a secondary occupation.
- Iris and Drayden's Haxorus are underleveled; Fraxure does not evolve until level 48.
|| アイリス Iris
|| From iris, possibly the flaming dragon iris or the "dragon drums" (tall bearded iris).
| English, French, Italian, Spanish
|| Same as Japanese name.
|| From lilien (lily) or possibly Schwertlilien (iris). Related to the lis (French for lily) in Lysander.
|| 아이리스 Iris
|| Transliteration of her Japanese name.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 艾莉絲 Àilìsī
|| Transliteration of her Japanese name.