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This article is about the Gym Leader of Rustboro City. For the English voice actress, see Roxanne Beck.

ツツジ Tsutsuji
"The Rock-Loving Honor Student"
Ruby Sapphire Roxanne.png
Artwork from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Gender Female
Eye color Red
Hair color Taupe
Hometown Rustboro City
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Gym LeaderRSE
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation III, V
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
Leader of Rustboro Gym
Badge Stone Badge
Specializes in Rock types
Anime debut Gonna Rule The School!
English voice actor Karen Neill
Japanese voice actor Yuri Shiratori

Roxanne (Japanese: ツツジ Tsutsuji) is the Gym Leader of Rustboro City's Gym, known officially as the Rustboro Gym. Trainers who defeat her receive the Stone Badge. She is a scholar who specializes in Rock-type Pokémon.

In the games

Roxanne's title is "The Rock-Loving Honor Student." Her strategy is Rock-type power attacks. She believes Rock-type Pokémon to be rock solid.

Roxanne became a Gym Leader so that she could apply what she learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle. She wants to face many new opponents to see them demonstrate how they battle and with which Pokémon.

Her desire is to learn all about Pokémon through battling.

In addition to the Stone Badge, Roxanne gives out TM39 (Rock Tomb), in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Leader RoxanneRS / Rockin' Whiz RoxanneE

Rock-type power attackRS
Rock-type power attack.E
Trainer's Pokémon
Rock-solid types are good.RS
I prefer Rock-hard Pokémon.E
Through battling, I want to learn all about Pokémon.RS
A leader of a big Gym bears a lot of responsibility.E


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Gym battle

First rematch

Second rematch

Third rematch

Fourth rematch

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Roxanne uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Roxanne will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Probopass.

Hoenn Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Rustboro Gym
  • Before battle
"Hello, I am Roxanne, the Rustboro Pokémon Gym Leader. I became a Gym Leader so that I may apply what I learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle. Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle, and with which Pokémon?"
  • When defeated
"So... I lost... It seems that I still have much more to learn... I understand. The Pokémon League's rules state that Trainers are to be given this if they defeat a Gym Leader. Please accept the official Pokémon League Stone Badge."
  • After being defeated
"The Stone Badge heightens the attack power of your Pokémon. It also enables them to use the HM move Cut outside of battle. Please take this with you, too."
"That TM39 contains Rock Tomb. It not only inflicts damage by dropping rocks, it also lowers speed. If you use a TM, it instantly teaches the move to a Pokémon. Remember, a TM can be used only once, so think before you use it."RS
"That Technical Machine, TM39, contains Rock Tomb. It not only inflicts damage by dropping rocks, it also lowers speed. If you use a TM, it instantly teaches the move to a Pokémon. Remember, a TM can be used only once, so think before you use it."E
"Since you are so strong, you should challenge other Gym Leaders. By battling many Trainers, you should learn many things."
Slateport City (via PokéNav)E
"Oh, hello, <player>? This is Roxanne of Rustboro City. I heard from Brawly that you're moving up through the ranks of Trainers at an incredible clip. Well, I'd rather not think that I can't beat you. I promise, I will shape up my Gym so that you may challenge us again. I hope you'll be looking forward to that occasion as much as me!"
  • Before battle
"I'm so glad to see you again. I'm Roxanne<sc>, the <sc>Gym Leader here. I'm sure we've both experienced many battles since we last met. I would like to see how much better we've become. Let us battle!"
  • When defeated
"Grr... Again, I have lost..."
  • After being defeated
"I still have much to learn when it comes to battling Pokémon. That awareness makes me love battling all that much more!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle and with which Pokémon?"
  • Before battle (second round)
"By battling many Trainers, you should learn many things."
  • Before battle (final round)
"I apply what I learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle.n Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle and with which Pokémon?"
  • Being defeated
"So... I lost..."
  • If the player is defeated
"I learned many things from our battle."
  • After being defeated
"It seems that I still have much more to learn... I will participate in the tournament again. Will you be my opponent then as well?"
  • After winning
"I won in my battles because I've been able to apply what I've learned."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"You were flawless. You're a role model for Trainers. The way you battle makes it hard to put it any other way. I can understand why you won! I want to learn even more about you!"


Spr RS Roxanne.png Spr B2W2 Roxanne.png Roxanne III OD.png Roxanne OD.png
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the anime

Roxanne in the anime

Roxanne first appeared in Gonna Rule The School. Ash Ketchum and his friends met her when Max found a lost Poliwag from Roxanne's school. Roxanne teaches classes on Pokémon to the citizens of Rustboro. She is in charge of teaching very young children about Pokémon in the Pokémon Trainer's School.

When Ash and company first arrived in Rustboro, Roxanne was not able to answer Ash's challenge because she was still busy with teaching. However, she and the headmaster of the school invited the gang to spend a day in the school. 

In A Winner By a Nosepass, Ash battled Roxanne at the Gym while being filmed by some of Roxanne's students. Ash's Pikachu was able to defeat both of her Pokémon through a combination of pure electrical power and its newly learned Iron Tail technique, which took Roxanne by surprise.

Roxanne apparently knows Professor Oak, as he gives live remote lectures for the students at the school. She also knows about Brock and the Pewter Gym, which shares her specialty.


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

Roxanne's Geodude
Geodude was first seen in Gonna Rule The School, when Roxanne used it to fight off Team Rocket. In the next episode, Geodude was the first Pokémon Roxanne used in her Gym battle with Ash. Geodude easily defeated Treecko with two Mega Punch attacks despite the type disadvantage and Ash's best efforts, since Treecko didn't know any Grass-type moves at the time. Pikachu, however, managed to defeat Geodude with Thunder*.

Geodude's known moves are Mega Punch, Rock Throw, and Rollout.

Debut Gonna Rule The School!
Voice actors
English Michael Haigney
Roxanne's Nosepass
Main article: Roxanne's Nosepass

The next Pokémon Roxanne used in her battle with Ash was her signature Pokémon, Nosepass. Since Pikachu had not much experience in using the move Iron Tail as he had only recently learned it, he was not able to use it effectively against Nosepass. It proved to be a tough opponent for Pikachu. However, eventually Pikachu managed to perfect his Iron Tail, and was able to defeat Nosepass with it, earning Ash the Stone Badge.

Debut The Winner By a Nosepass
Voice actors
English Darren Dunstan

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 白鳥由里 Yuri Shiratori
English Karen Neill
Norwegian Lena Meieran
Polish Iwona Rulewicz
Brazilian Portuguese Rosa Maria Baroli
Spanish Latin America Liliana Barba
Spain María Antonia Rodríguez

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Roxanne in the Ash and Pikachu manga

Roxanne appeared in Trust In Each Other!! of the Ash and Pikachu manga where Ash challenged her to a Gym battle and won.


Roxanne's Geodude
Geodude was the first Pokémon Roxanne sent out during her Gym battle against Ash. It was able to defeat Treecko but lost to Pikachu.

Geodude's only known move is Mega Punch.

Debut Trust In Each Other!!
Roxanne's Nosepass
Main article: Roxanne's Nosepass

Nosepass was the second Pokémon Roxanne sent out during her Gym battle against Ash.

Debut Trust In Each Other!!

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

File:Roxanne Adventures.png
Roxanne and her Nosepass in Pokémon Adventures

Roxanne is an honor student at the Pokémon Trainers School of Rustboro and knows much trivia about Pokémon. She's also extremely arrogant about her intellect.

Roxanne travels around by riding on her Graveler. She keeps her Nosepass's Poké Ball in a hollowed-out book.

In Pokémon Adventures, Sapphire arrived in Rustboro eager to win her first Badge. She entered the Rustboro Gym only to see a classroom full of students listening to a lecture from Roxanne.

Roxanne makes her opponents take a written test as part of the Gym challenge. Due to Sapphire's harshness and lack of experience in classroom Roxanne acted very arrogant toward her, but when she discovered Sapphire got the highest marks in the history of the test due to her tutoring from her father, Professor Birch, she battled her out of annoyance.

Sapphire battled with her Aron only to have Roxanne's Nosepass block her attacks with Harden. Sapphire was unable to withdraw her Aron from the battle thanks to Nosepass' Magnet Pull. Sapphire, however, realized that Nosepass must always face north and had her Aron attack from behind.

In the Hoenn conflict, she sided with Team Aqua. She had worked with Professor Cozmo, who unknowingly assisted the evil team, and reasoned that the Professor wouldn't support an evil group. She changed her mind after Kyogre and Groudon started their rampage.

Roxanne attempted to stop Groudon in Lilycove City by having her Nosepass use Block. It worked, but during a battle with Courtney, the FireHead threatened to kill nearby civilians and so Roxanne yielded, allowing Courtney's Ninetales to knock out Nosepass.


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

Roxanne's Nosepass
Main article: Roxanne's Nosepass

Nosepass is Roxanne's main Pokémon. It battled with Sapphire's Rono and lost. Later, it tried to prevent Groudon from destroying all of Hoenn but was beaten by Courtney's Ninetales.

Debut Blowing Past Nosepass I
Roxanne's Graveler
Roxanne used her Graveler to take her to the Gym Leader's meeting in Hoenn. Later, it partook in the battle with Groudon.

Graveler's only known move is Rock Blast.

Debut Short Shift for Shiftry
Roxanne's Cradily
Cradily was used to battle Courtney's Ninetales. Although Ninetales gained the upper hand, Cradily did not give up easily and kept going.

Cradily's known moves are Ingrain and Constrict, and its Ability is Insomnia*.

Debut The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon X

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

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Roxanne in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Roxanne appears in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga in the chapter Clefairy's Training Camp!!. She was first seen carrying groceries to her gym and invites Red and his Pokémon along. Her Gym was also a Pokémon School. Roxanne showed them inside where her Nosepass resides, reading a book. Roxanne wants her Nosepass to study hard in order to get a good job elsewhere. However, she had trouble as Nosepass wanted something different. Red and his Pokémon help her out. In gratitude, Roxanne wanted to give them the Stone Badge but they decide to give her a donut instead. After much sightseeing with Nosepass, they managed to have Nosepass work as a picnic table. Roxanne became pleased with the decision.


This listing is for Roxanne's Pokémon in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga.

Roxanne's Nosepass
Main article: Roxanne's Nosepass

Nosepass is Roxanne's Pokémon who was studying in her Gym.

Debut Clefairy's Training Camp!!


  • Roxanne was the first Gym Leader that is encountered first in the region to give out a TM containing a move of her signature type; both Falkner and Brock gave out TMs containing moves not of their specialty type in their respective first appearances, changing to their specialty in their games' remakes.
  • Roxanne is the only Rock-type specialist Gym Leader who is female.
  • Roxanne uses all five Pokémon families from the Kanto and Hoenn regions which can be revived from Fossils.
  • In her first battles, all of Roxanne's Pokémon are female. In all subsequent rematches in Emerald, they are all male.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ツツジ Tsutsuji From 躑躅 Tsutsuji, Rhododendron. Also possibly from 地 tsushi, earth.
English Roxanne From rock.
French Roxanne Similar to roche (rock).
German Felizia From Felsen (stone)
Italian Petra From pietra (stone).
Spanish Petra From piedra (stone) and petreo (rocky).
Korean 원규 Wongyu
Chinese (Taiwan) 杜娟 Dùjuān Derived from 杜鵑 Dùjuān (rhododendron). 娟 means beautiful or graceful.
Chinese (Mainland China) 杜鹃 Dùjuān From 杜鵑 Dùjuān (rhododendron). 

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Rustboro Gym Stone Badge
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