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Rika (Japanese: チリ Chili) is a member of the Elite Four of the Paldea region. She specializes in Ground-type Pokémon.
In the core series games
Rika is one of the Paldea Elite Four, working under Geeta, and has a laid-back, tomboyish personality. She calls the player "kiddo" as a nickname. Aside from her duties in the Elite Four, she also serves as the receptionist for the Pokémon League, interviewing the player during the first part of the Champion Assessment. She is the first of the Elite Four to be faced. Later, after the player becomes a Champion, she observes their battle against Nemona in Mesagoza.
The player must answer the interview questions correctly in the Champion Assessment in order to be able to challenge the Elite Four. Any incorrect answer results in the player being kicked out immediately, and the player must restart the interview from the beginning.
Rika will Terastallize her Clodsire at the first opportunity.
- At the seventh Gym's lobby, before the Gym battle
- "What's this now? Is this that kid I've been hearing so much about?"
- "Hey, kiddo! I heard you're, like, way too good at battling! Yeah?"
- Yeah!: "Nahaha! You got some spirit, big shot!"
- Not THAT good...: "Pah! You can't fool me that easily. No need to play humble, you hear?"
- "That's me! Rika here, at your service."
- "And hey, I know I'm pretty, but no need to get intimidated or anything."
- "What? I wasn't tryin' to be funny..."
- "Aaanyway... Hmm."
- "Tell you something, kiddo--you look fun. Like, interesting. At a glance, anyway."
- "Oooh, haha. Yeah, that checks out."
- "But the battles you'll face at these gyms really ratchet up the further you go."
- "But not you, right, kiddo?"
- "See you when you hit the Champion Assessment. You show these Gyms what you've got!"
- Pokémon League
- During the Pokémon League's Champion Assessment, with all eight Badges
- "Thank you for coming today."
- "Please, do have a seat."
"I, Rika, will be your interviewer."
"Let's get started with the first portion of the Champion Assessment."
"We begin with the interview."
"First things first—let me see how many Gym Badges you have..."
"Excellent! You have all eight!"
"Next, I'd like to ask you a few questions, if you wouldn't mind, <player's name>."
"Please think carefully, as you may automatically fail the interview depending on your answers."
"How did you get here today?"
- After the player takes a seat
"Please tell me the name of the school you are enrolled in."
- I walked, I rode on my Pokémon, or I came by Flying Taxi: "Very good, very good."
"So, what brings you to the Pokémon League today?"
- Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV: "Ah, that's right."
- Manzana Academy or otherwise: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"Now, what do you intend to do if and when you become a Champion?"
- I came to become a Champion: "Yes, indeed. Why else would you be here, I suppose."
- I came to catch Pokémon or Just for fun, I guess...: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"Tell me: Which of the eight Gyms have you the most difficulty?"
- I want to become stronger, I want to battle Nemona, or I want to find treasure: "I see. Interesting."
"And what was the name of the Gym Leader you faced there?"
- Cortondo Gym, Artazon Gym, Cascarrafa Gym, Levincia Gym, Medali Gym, Glaseado Gym, Montenevera Gym, or Alfornada Gym: "I see."
"But do you remember which type of Pokémon <the Gym Leader> used?"
- The correct answer depends on the answer chosen on the previous question. If the player chooses Katy for Cortondo Gym, Brassius for Artazon Gym, Kofu for Cascarrafa Gym, Iono for Levincia Gym, Larry for Medali Gym, Ryme for Montenevera Gym, Tulip for Alfornada Gym, or Grusha for Glaseado Gym: "I'm glad you seem to remember."
- If the player's answer for Gym Leader does not correspond to the answer for the chosen Gym: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"Building the skills needed for the Champion Assessment is no small feat."
"You must have met a lot of Pokémon to get here, <player>."
"What was the category of the Pokémon you chose to be your first partner?"
- The correct answer depends on the answer chosen on the previous two questions. If the player chooses Bug for Katy, Grass for Brassius, Water for Kofu, Electric for Iono, Normal for Larry, Ghost for Ryme, Psychic for Tulip, or Ice for Grusha: "Wonderful."
- If the player's answer for type does not correspond to the answers for the chosen Gym and its respective Gym Leader: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"Now, please forgive me, but I'm going to repeat a previous question."
"Remind me, what do you intend to do if and when you become a Champion?"
- The correct answer depends on the starter Pokémon the player chose at the start of the game. The possible choices are The Grass Cat Pokémon, The Fire Croc Pokémon, and The Duckling Pokémon.
- If the answer corresponds to the player's chosen starter Pokémon at the start of their adventure: "Very good, very good."
- Otherwise: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"Next is the final question for this interview."
"Do you like Pokémon, <player>?"
- The choices I want to become stronger, I want to battle Nemona, and I want to find treasure appear again.
- If the player answers the same as the first time it was asked: "Ah, yes, that's right."
- Otherwise: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"Good job, kiddo."
"That about wraps up the interview."
"And let me be the first to congratulate you, <player>..."
"You just passed the first part of the Champion Assessment!"
- Yes: "... ... ... ... ... ..."
- No: jump to Champion Assessment failure
"But anyway, time to switch gears and get ready for the next segment."
"The second segment is what we call the Elite Test."
"And you'll be facing the Elite Four in Pokémon battles!"
"...I guess that's pretty obvious from the name of the test, huh."
"Anyway, we're the best the League has to offer. You'll be facing us four in a row—no turning back."
"This won't be a cakewalk—I promise you that. Make sure you're all ready, then go into the room behind me."
Champion Assessment failure (if the player chooses an answer that leads to failing the test)
"That concludes this interview."
"One of the staff will let you know the results. Thank you again for your time."
"Now, please excuse me."
"How'd that happen...?"
When about to battle the player
"Now then, let's get this started, eh?"
"Let good ol' Rika be the first of the Elite Four to take you on!"
"I'd say I'll go easy on you, but…I'd be lying! Think fast!"
- If the player passed on the first try: "On your first try too, no less! Don't think anyone's done that since Nemona."
- If it took more than one try: "Honestly I don't know why you bungled it before..."
- After sending out first Pokémon
- "I finally get to battle you! I've been looking forward to this, so don't you give up too soon!"
- Before sending out final Pokémon
- "Nahahaha! You really are something else, kiddo!"
- "Let's finish this! Go on, Clodsire! Shake things up a bit!"
- "Watch your step, 'cause things are about to get shaky!"
- "Not bad, kiddo."
- "Talk about unfair. No way was I ever gonna win that one."
- "Still, though, what a great battle. Felt good even to lose!"
- "Not a whole lot of Trainers have the skill to make it past the Elite Test... But who knows?"
- "I’m beginning to think you might be one of the few that do, <player>."
- "Better stay on your toes, though—the second of the Elite Four is stronger than me!"
- "You’re up next, squirt! Come on out!"
- "Yeah, I did... He's/She’s no pushover, let me tell you!"
- "I’ll be watching from the side. Avenge me if you can, eh?"
- "I’ll be watching to see just how far you make it, kiddo."
- "Pretty sure you mean “take revenge FOR” me, squirt. Don’t think I did anything wrong by you."
- "Hate to say it, but you lost, Poppy. Better call the next guy!"
- "That’s two of the Elite Four down—but you’ve got another two to go, so hang in there!"
- "Uh... Don’t think he heard you, Larry."
- "Larry, you...you may need to speak up just a little bit more."
- "Haaasselll! You’re up next!"
- "Hassel’s the Elite Four’s last line of defense. I can’t wait to see how you’ll take him on!"
- "Y-you really did it..."
- "Sorry ’bout all this, <player>. The old man can get like that sometimes."
- "Guess I’ve got to do the talking... Anyway, your result for the Elite Test of the Champion Assessment is...a pass! No doubt about it!"
- "Congratulations! I’d say you’re good to go, but...there’s actually just a wee bit more to the Champion Assessment."
- "This’ll be your final trial. See the door back there? Our fearless commander—the final opponent you’ll face for your test—is waiting beyond it. Her skills are so amazing, she was able to strong-arm all of us into joining the Elite Four. You won’t find a mightier Champion."
- "Though I think you’ll do fine, kiddo! You beat me, after all! I’ll patch up your team—on the house—so don’t lose, you hear?"
- "Whoa! Guess you got over your sobs, huh?"
- "All right, <player>... Show us the fight of the century!"
- "“Congratulations” is right! Now I can really say you’re good to go!"
- "Oof, crying again?"
- Rika's Japanese name is the same as Chili's English name.
- In Japanese, Rika speaks in the Kansai dialect, and refers to herself in third-person.
||From chili and 地 chi (ground)
||From pimienta de Cayena (Cayenne pepper)
||From piment de Cayenne (Cayenne pepper)
||From the genus Capsicum
||From her Japanese name
||From 辛 xīn / sān (spicy) and the transcription of her Japanese name