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スモモ Sumomo
"The Barefoot, Fighting Genius!"
Diamond Pearl Maylene.png
Art from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Pink
Hair color Pink
Hometown Veilstone City
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Unnamed Father (man at Game Corner)
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPt
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation IV, V
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Veilstone Gym
Badge Cobble Badge
Specializes in Fighting types
Anime debut Lost Leader Strategy!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis
Japanese voice actor Aya Endō

Maylene (Japanese: スモモ Sumomo) is the Gym Leader of Veilstone City's Gym, known officially as the Veilstone Gym. She hands out the Cobble Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon.

In the games

Maylene uses Fighting-type Pokémon in her battles. Trainers who defeat her receive the Cobble Badge, TM60 (Drain Punch) and are able to use Fly outside of battle. In addition, all Pokémon up to level 40 will obey them. Maylene is considered a cute little girl, but adults in the town respect her for her power. Maylene's father gambles at the Veilstone Game Corner. Maylene apparently doesn't know her own strength, as she's totally unsure of how she got to be Gym Leader, and seems rather confused by the whole thing.

Later in Platinum, the player encounters her upon entering Route 217 where she is apparently training by walking to Snowpoint City. She doesn't use Fly—even if she can—so she can train herself. She is also used to the cold, even if she is lightly dressed and barefoot. In Snowpoint's Pokémon Center, she says that she admires Candice for being so studious and that she'll see her later. Later in the game, she can appear at the Battleground, where she and the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders and Trainers can be battled again. After battling her here, she mentions that she believes that being barefoot is healthier than wearing footwear, pointing out that Pokémon go barefoot.

Maylene appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver in Celadon City's restaurant, having entered what appears to be an eating contest; piles of empty bowls surround her, amazing her onlookers. In addition, she will occasionally participate in the Pokéathlon's Supreme Cup in the Power Course with her Lucario, Meditite, and Machoke.

Maylene seems to like to eat a lot, saying how it is so great that she can eat all she wants in both the Battleground and Celadon City's restaurant, and is also apparently able to eat many bowls in one sitting.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Gym match


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Maylene IV OD.png  Power  Course
Supreme Cup
448OD.png Lucario
307OD.png Meditite
067OD.png Machoke

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Veilstone Gym

  • Before battle
"Hello. I'm pleased to meet you. I'm Maylene, and I'm the Gym Leader. I don't really know what it means to be strong, or how I got to be the Gym Leader. But I will do the best I can as the Gym Leader. I take battling very seriously. Whenever you're ready!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Oh! But this isn't the end, my friend!"
  • During battle
"I'm in a bit of a bind, aren't I?"
  • When defeated
"I shall admit defeat... You are much too strong."
  • After being defeated
"...OK. You win. That was a tough loss. I learned a lot from it. Please, accept this Gym Badge."
"Gee, I'm hungry... Oh, sorry, it's nothing. I didn't say anything. <Player>, I can't explain what it means to be strong. I don't know how much effort goes into being strong... But being with Pokémon lets us keep making the effort, doesn't it?"

Route 217 (Platinum only)

"Oh, <player>! Um, are you maybe on your way to Snowpoint City? That's where I'm going, too. If I use Fly, I can get there instantly, but I'm walking for my training. I have no problem with this. I'm used to the cold because I go barefoot and lightly dressed. ...Achoo! Oh, that was nothing. Really, I'm not cold at all. I'll be going now. Please take care!"

Snowpoint City Pokémon Center (Platinum only)

"Brrr... Oh, hi, <player>! Are you taking the Gym challenge now? I'm hoping to see Candice soon, but I'm staying put until I warm up again first. Oh, you should know that Candice is a user of Ice-type Pokémon. I really admire Candice. She's so studious. She wanted to practice against me to learn about the Fighting type. It's because the Ice type matches up badly against the Fighting type."


"...Um, your Villa... Would it be OK if I took a look around?"
"<Player>, please hear how my training is going. Thanks to my training, I'm beginning to understand the feelings of Pokémon. It lets me choose moves with much more confidence!"
"<Player>, please hear how my training is going. Thanks to my training, my handwriting has improved tenfold! ...Yes. It has absolutely nothing to do with how strong I am as a Gym Leader."
"...You know those Accessories for Pokémon? Would it be funny if someone were to wear those?" (to Candice)
"...! Th-thank you so much!" (to Candice)
"What makes a Gym Leader a good one?" (to Candice)


  • Before battle
"I think it's OK to keep losing to the same Trainer. Battling that person tells me how much my Pokémon and I have changed. That's why I would like to challenge you for a rematch now, player."
"Yes, what is it, player? Would you maybe like a battle?" (If No was the first answer)
Yes: "OK! Rei! Oh, that's my bow before a match. player, I'm throwing everything I have at you!"
No: "Sigh... I braced myself for a battle. This is a little deflating..."
  • During battle
"This is like back at the Gym, isn't it? I'm in a bit of a bind, aren't I?"
  • When defeated
"I'm forced to admit defeat again. You are much too strong."
  • After being defeated
"I love visiting here. Buck's grandpa cooks for us, and it's all delicious. That's not all! We can eat all we want. Isn't that amazing, player?"

Battleground (alternate)

  • Before battle
"Being together with Pokémon gave me the strength to keep going. Please, player, accept my challenge!"
"player! I know I'm being a pest, but please, accept our challenge!" (If No is the first answer)
Yes: "OK, here we come, player!"
No: "OK! Got it! We'll train much harder so we can battle with you, player!"
  • During battle
"This is like back at the Gym, isn't it? I'm in a bit of a bind, aren't I?"
  • When defeated
"I'm forced to admit defeat again. You are much too strong."
  • After being defeated
"Hello, player! I've heard that it's more healthy to go barefoot. Come to think of it, the Pokémon are all barefooted."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Celadon City

"Munch munch munch... The eatathon contest! I never dreamed of such a wonderful thing. After a strict diet of training, I can eat like a Hippowdon. The winner eats for free, too. That's just a dream come true!"


Spr DP Maylene.png

Spr Pt Maylene.png

Spr B2W2 Maylene.png Maylene IV OD.png Maylene OD.png VSMaylene.png
Maylene's sprite from Diamond and Pearl Maylene's sprite from Platinum Maylene's sprite from Black 2 and White 2 Maylene's overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Maylene's overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Maylene's VS sprite from Platinum

In the anime

Maylene in the anime

Maylene made her first appearance in Lost Leader Strategy!.

After being defeated by Paul, Maylene had lost confidence in herself as a Gym Leader, a position she's only held for six months. When Ash challenged her, she declined, much to the annoyance of her Lucario.

Discovering Dawn has similar issues herself (following Dawn's Early Night and Team Shocker!'s contest defeats), Maylene agrees to have a Gym battle with her in Crossing the Battle Line!. She managed to defeat Dawn after a hard-fought battle.

She was challenged by Ash next in A Triple Fighting Chance!, an even harder-fought battle which resulted in a tie. With the decision now hers, Maylene considered Ash to have battled well enough that she awarded him the Cobble Badge.

Maylene also appeared in Enter Galactic!.


Maylene's Lucario
Main article: Maylene's Lucario

Lucario first appeared alongside Maylene training during Lost Leader Strategy! where it was unhappy with Maylene due to her depression from losing against Paul and, as a result, their bond was extremely strained. However, after defeating Dawn's Ambipom and Piplup, Lucario and Maylene were soon back in sync with each other which helped it to defeat Staravia and Chimchar and force Ash's Buizel to a draw during the Gym battle against Ash.

Lucario was later used to help protect Veilstone City's famous meteorites from being stolen by Saturn during Enter Galactic!.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Bill Rogers
Maylene's Meditite
Meditite first appeared in a flashback in Lost Leader Strategy! where it was used in Maylene's battle against Paul. As Maylene was out of sync with Meditite, it was easily defeated by Honchkrow.

Its first full appearance was during Maylene's Gym battle against Dawn in Crossing the Battle Line!. Unlike the battle against Paul, in this battle Meditite was used to its full potential, being able to defeat Buneary before being knocked out by Ambipom's Double Hit.

It was next used in the Gym battle against Ash, where it was able to confuse both Staravia and Chimchar but was unable to defeat them. It eventually fell to Staravia's newly learned Brave Bird.

Meditite's known moves are Detect, Drain Punch, Confusion, and Meditate.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Kayzie Rogers
Maylene's Machoke
Machoke first appeared in Lost Leader Strategy! during the flashback of Maylene's Gym battle against Paul. It was called upon second to battle Honchkrow but it was quickly knocked out by Sky Attack. It was not used during the Gym battle against Dawn.

It was the first Pokémon used by Maylene during her Gym battle against Ash, where it put up a strong defense against his Staravia despite the type disadvantage. Despite this however Machoke was still defeated by the Starling Pokémon's combination of Quick Attack and Aerial Ace.

Machoke's known moves are DynamicPunch, Brick Break, Cross Chop, and Seismic Toss.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
English Tom Wayland

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 遠藤綾 Aya Endō
English Rachael Lillis
Czech Klára Šumanová
European French Elisabeth Guinand
Polish Agnieszka Maliszewska
Portuguese Brazil Lene Bastos
Portugal Isabel Queirós
European Spanish Ana Esther Alborg

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Maylene and her Riolu and Crasher Wake with his Floatzel

Maylene is first seen training with her two Pokémon, Meditite and Riolu where she overhears a trio of children planning to challenge her Gym. While jogging around the city she almost gets hit by Chimler's Ember (when the trio was testing Platinum's newly-earned Zoom Lens). Due to a misunderstanding she assumes that Platinum was one of the kids who planned to challenge her, she then challenges Platinum to a match, adding that Platinum must use Monferno against her. She later battles Platinum in the Veilstone Gym, but is defeated when Platinum uses her skills at playing the slots to help Monferno defeat her Riolu.

She later appears in Snowpoint City, jogging in the cold where Platinum spots her and asks her to take her to the Snowpoint Gym Leader, Candice. She watches the Gym battle between Candice and Platinum and later, along with Candice, joins Platinum on her quest to stop Team Galactic from blowing up Lake Acuity and capturing the legendary Uxie. Later, at Lake Acuity they are confronted by Team Galactic Commander, Jupiter and despite putting up a good fight, are defeated by her powerful Pokémon and are unable to prevent Uxie from being captured. After being healed they decided to get some training in order to defeat her, Candice calls fellow Gym Leader Byron who then calls and asks Volkner to train them. After some difficulty with their new tutor, they finish their training with him and later at the Spear Pillar, she and Candice fight and defeat Jupiter along with the other Galactic Commanders. She and the other Gym Leaders later fight Team Galactic Leader Cyrus in order to break the Red Chain controlling the legendary Dialga and Palkia and after a tough battle, they are able to break the Chain. However, it turns out the one they broke was the second artificial one that he created.

Later, the Gym Leaders are found unconscious lying in a pile of rubble by Platinum and Cynthia. After helping them out, Maylene, Candice, and Gardenia wake up and give Platinum a Pachirisu, a Froslass, and a Cherrim, respectively. Just after, a stray attack fired from the battle between Diamond and Pearl against Dialga and Palkia knocks them unconscious and melts the Poké Balls, preventing Platinum from using her newly gained team members. Later, when the clash between Dialga and Palkia creates a black hole in the sky, Maylene and the other Gym Leaders are nearly sucked into it before being saved by Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. After Cyrus's defeat, Maylene, the other Gym Leaders, and Cyrus are carried by the Sinnoh Pokédex holders so they can be taken to the hospital to heal their injuries.

It is heavily implied that due to her father's gambling habit, Maylene is actually living in poverty as seen when she is jealous of Platinum's wealth and the fact that her father wears shabby clothing along with that every time he appears, his stomach is seen growling. This was revealed to be a fact when she gave Platinum her Pachirisu.


This listing is for Maylene's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Maylene's Riolu
Riolu is Maylene's strongest Pokémon and her main battler. She uses it in her battle against Platinum and manages to defeat her Chatot but is defeated by Platinum applying her Slots skills to her Monferno. It was later used in her first battle against Jupiter but was eventually defeated by her powerful Pokémon. It was used against the Galactic Commander one last time where it defeated her Tangrowth with an Aura Sphere and Ice Shard combination with Candice's Abomasnow.

Riolu's known moves are Force Palm, Drain Punch, Vacuum Wave, Rock Smash, and Aura Sphere*.

Debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu I
Maylene's Meditite
Meditite is one of Maylene's strongest fighters. It was used in her Gym battle against Platinum but was defeated by her Chatot's Mirror Move. It was later used against Jupiter at the Acuity Lakefront but was defeated by her powerful Pokémon. It was later used against the Galactic Commander once again and later to break the Red Chain on the Spear Pillar.

Meditite's known moves are Bullet Punch, Psycho Cut, Power Swap, and Rock Tomb.

Debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu I

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Maylene in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Maylene has a brief cameo in Dialga's Secret Keys!! where she battled Hareta and gave him the Cobble Badge after her Machoke got defeated by Piplup. At the end of the chapter, she is seen complaining about only appearing in one panel. Later, she was called in by Byron to go to Lake Valor in order to help Hareta take out Team Galactic.


Maylene's Machoke
Maylene sent out Machoke to take on Hareta's Piplup where it was only seen getting beaten.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Dialga's Secret Keys!!
Maylene's Lucario
Main article: Maylene's Lucario

Maylene sent out Lucario to take on Team Galactic after Byron called her in along with the other Gym Leaders.

Debut The Legendary Pokémon Captured

In the TCG

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

Maylene's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Lucario Pokémon GL Fighting Rising Rivals Rare Holo 8/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo 053/090
Machamp Pokémon GL Fighting Rising Rivals Uncommon 46/111 Bonds to the End of Time Uncommon 048/090


  • Maylene is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to not appear outside her Gym at least once in the game. She makes several appearances outside of her Gym in Pokémon Platinum, however, when the player reaches Route 217, at the Pokémon Center in Snowpoint City before beating Candice, and at the Battleground.
  • Maylene's Japanese name is shared with that of one of the Kimono Girls of Ecruteak City. That Kimono Girl's name was changed to Komomo in HeartGold and SoulSilver, possibly not to conflict with Maylene's Japanese name.
  • With the release of Pokémon Platinum, the order of three Gym battles in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are now shifted: instead of being third, Maylene is now fourth in the line-up. Had Ash fought Fantina previous to Maylene, he would have inadvertently gone out of order compared to the DP line-up, but in order for the Platinum line-up. Instead, Ash battled the three shifted Gym Leaders in the order designated by DP, as Platinum was not released until after Ash fought Crasher Wake, but before Fantina.
  • She is also the only Gym Leader in Sinnoh to have more Pokémon of the opposite gender than of the same gender as her; in the Veilstone Gym, two out of her three Pokémon are male, while at the Battleground, three out of five are.
  • Maylene is currently the only known Fighting-type specialist who is female.
  • Of all of the Trainers that can be fought at the Battleground, Maylene has the strongest Pokémon of any of them. Her Lucario, at level 66, is one level stronger than the rest of the Trainers' strongest Pokémon, as all of the rest are at Lv. 65.
    • However Maylene compensates for this, since her strongest Pokémon doesn't hold a Sitrus Berry unlike the other trainers at the Battleground.
  • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, her Pokémon are the same levels that Pastoria Gym Leader Crasher Wake's Pokémon are.
    • This is most likely due to the fact that the player can choose to visit Veilstone or Pastoria simultaneously without affecting the progression of the storyline, meaning Wake and Maylene could be battled in either order.
  • Maylene's Meditite in Pokémon Adventures knows Bullet Punch, Power Swap, and Psycho Cut. These moves are impossible to have at the same time in the games.


Language Name Origin
Japanese スモモ Sumomo The Japanese name for the Japanese plum. A reference to sumo wrestling.
English Maylene Sounds like melee. May also derive from the phrase, "a lean, mean fighting machine."
French Mélina From mêlée, brawl.
German Hilda From the Germanic root hildjo, battle.
Italian Marzia From marziale, martial.
Spanish Brega From bregar, to fight.
Korean 자두 Jadu Means plum (Direct translation of Sumomo.)
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿李 Ā Lǐ From 李 sumomo. Refers to plum.


External links

Gym Leaders of the Sinnoh region
Oreburgh Gym Coal Badge
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Eterna Gym Forest Badge
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Veilstone Gym Cobble Badge
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Pastoria Gym Fin Badge
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Crasher Wake
Hearthome Gym Relic Badge
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Canalave Gym Mine Badge
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Snowpoint Gym Icicle Badge
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Sunyshore Gym Beacon Badge
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Non-player characters in the core series games
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