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アカネ Akane
"The Incredibly Pretty Girl"
HeartGold SoulSilver Whitney.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Age 16 (estimated by Pokeani)
Gender Female
Eye color Brown*, Pink*
Hair color Pink
Hometown Goldenrod City
Region Johto
Relatives Milton (Uncle*)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Leader of Goldenrod Gym
Badge Plain Badge
Specializes in Template:Type2s
Anime debut A Goldenrod Opportunity
English voice actor Megan Hollingshead
Japanese voice actor Yuko Miyamura

Whitney (Japanese: アカネ Akane) is the Gym Leader of Goldenrod City's Gym, known officially as the Goldenrod Gym. She hands out the Plain Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She is a young woman who uses Template:Type2 Pokémon.

In the games

Headshot of Whitney from Pokémon Gold and Silver

Whitney appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver as the Leader of the Goldenrod Gym. She is the third Gym Leader that Trainers must defeat to move further in the game. She is known as "The Incredibly Pretty Girl!".

Whitney uses the Template:Type2, and although she only began battling a little while ago, her talent attracted the Pokémon League to choose her as a Gym Leader. Her gym is filled with other young girls like herself, who use cute Normal-type Pokémon like Meowth, and is shaped like a Clefairy—a Pokémon she uses in every game she appears in. While in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal all challengers have to do to reach Whitney is navigate through the Gym's maze puzzle, Whitney is initially absent from the Gym in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. She can be found in Goldenrod's Radio Tower attempting to win a Radio Card. If the player helps her, she will return to the Gym. Despite this act of kindness, she will throw a temper tantrum upon defeat and refuse to give the Plain Badge. Once calmed down, however, she will give not only the badge, but TM45 (Attract) as well. Apparently, this move is perfect for a cutie like her, because it makes full use of a Pokémon's cuteness.

Like the other Johto and Kanto Gym Leaders, Whitney will leave her Gym from time to time in HeartGold and SoulSilver. Unlike other Leaders, she will not travel far: just down the road to the Goldenrod Department Store on Saturdays between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Once her Pokégear phone number has been obtained, she will accept rematches on Saturday afternoons at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City. Her team in these battles will be significantly stronger than her team in the initial battles, although her signature Miltank will remain in her party.

Whitney also makes an appearance in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only game in which she appears and uses Pokémon of a type other than Normal (she does use a Nidorina in her anime appearance, however).


This listing is of Whitney's Pokémon in the video games she has appeared in.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym match

Second battle (Rematch)

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


File:SpriteWhitney.gif File:WhitneyHGSS.gif VSWhitney.png
Whitney's sprite from
Generation II
Whitney's sprite from
Generation IV
Whitney's VS sprite from
Generation IV

Pokémon Gold and Silver

"Hi! I'm Whitney! Everyone was into Pokémon, so I got into it too! Pokémon are super-cute! You want to battle? I'm warning you--I'm good!"

"Sob... ...Waaaaaaah! You're mean! You shouldn't be so serious! You...you child, you! Waaaaah! Waaaaah! Snivel, hic...You meanie!"

"...Sniff... What? What do you want? A badge? Oh, right. I forgot. Here's Plain Badge."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Before Battle

"Hi! I'm Whitney! ...You! I saw you at the Radio Tower just now. Everyone was into Pokémon, so I got into it, too! Pokémon are super cute! You want to battle? I'm warning you--I'm good!"

Sending out last Pokémon

"H-hey! Just one left? But... I ain't losin' you hear?"

During Battle

"Poor me!"

When Defeated


After Battle

"Waaaaah! Waaaaah! ...Snivel, hic. ... You meanie!"
"Sniff... What? What do you want? A Badge? Oh, right. I forgot. Here's the Plain Badge. The Plain Badge lets your Pokémon use Strength outside of battle. Oh, you can have this, too! It's Attract! It makes full use of a Pokémon's charm. Isn't it just perfect for a cutie like me? That's right! I heard this thing called the Pokethlon Dome is now open right next to the National Park. You should go try it, since you're so good at battling with your Pokémon!

In the anime

Whitney appeared in the episodes A Goldenrod Opportunity and A Dairy Tale Ending.

Whitney is a sweet but ditzy young lady. She easily gets lost in her own home town.

Ash challenged her to a Gym match, but was unable to stop her Miltank, who constantly used Rollout to deflect attacks.

Whitney's and Morty's appearance in Bagged Then Tagged!.

After his defeat, Whitney invited Ash to her Uncle Milton's dairy farm, where many Miltank were raised to produce milk for consumption.

Ash, Brock, and Misty spent the day taking care of the dairy's many Miltank.

After Ash stopped a barrel-shaped robot piloted by Team Rocket, he came up with a strategy to defeat Miltank. He used Totodile and Cyndaquil to slow it down, then had Pikachu knock it out. With that, Ash won the Plain Badge.

She makes a small cameo along with Morty in Bagged Then Tagged! when it was revealed that Lyra's next gym challenge was supposed to be either one of them.


This listing is of Whitney's known Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

Whitney's Clefairy
Whitney's Clefairy first appeared when Pikachu accidentally knocked onto Clefairy. After shopping, Whitney found that Clefairy is missing, but has been caught by Team Rocket. Then, at the Magnet Train platform, it uses Metronome which turns into Gust, getting Pikachu back.

It is used again as the second Pokémon in the Gym Battle against Ash. It begins with Metronome. However, it turns into a Splash attack. Then, Cyndaquil uses another Flamethrower, so Whitney withdraws it from the match.

Debut A Goldenrod Opportunity
Voice actors
English Tara Jayne
Whitney's Nidorina
Nidorina was the first Pokémon used by Whitney in the Gym battle. Battling against Cyndaquil, it uses Poison Sting and a Tackle, but neither of the attack are a match for Cyndaquil's Flamethrower. Nidorina is soon defeated by Cyndaquil's second Flamethrower.
Debut A Goldenrod Opportunity
Voice actors
Japanese Satomi Koorogi
English Satomi Koorogi
Whitney's Miltank
Main article: Whitney's Miltank

Whitney's Miltank was the last Pokémon used in the Gym battle. It manages to defeat Cyndaquil by using Rollout continuously. Ash then uses Totodile, telling it to use Water Gun; however, it did not slow Miltank down. With another Rollout, Totodile was knocked down. Pikachu was then used to Thunderbolt Miltank, but was ineffective. Pikachu was defeated by the second Rollout.

It appeared again in the next episode, sending Team Rocket flying. Then, in a friendly battle before Ash can challenge Whitney once again, it manages to defeat Ash's Cyndaquil and Totodile, but is defeated by Ash's Pikachu, earning Ash the Plain Badge.

Debut A Goldenrod Opportunity
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 宮村優子 Yuko Miyamura
English Megan Hollingshead
Brazilian Portuguese Fernanda Bulara
European Spanish Cristina Yuste

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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Whitney in Pokémon Adventures

In Pokémon Adventures, Whitney is an actress. She is also good friends with DJ Mary. She is portrayed as a slightly more arrogant and temperamental person than from other appearances.

She met Gold while performing at the Radio Tower in Goldenrod City. The two clashed and ended up competing against each other in a bike race. While Whitney was in the lead they came even when Whitney was blocked off by a large tree, which turned out to be a Sudowoodo hiding from a Rhydon. Whitney was then kidnapped by the Rhydon when she tried to flee. Gold caught Sudowoodo and defeated the Rhydon. In the manga she is mistakenly translated as the Gym Leader of Cherrygrove City.

Whitney isn't a strong Gym Leader, according to Suicune. Whitney is the only Johto Gym Leader, besides Pryce, that Suicune didn't challenge for a right to be its partner in the fight against the Masked Man.


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

"Mil Mil"
"Buff Buff"


(Given to DJ Mary)

In the Golden Boys manga


This listing is for Whitney's Pokémon in the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga.


In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Whitney's Clefable Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 14/141
Whitney's Wigglytuff Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 15/141
Whitney's Persian Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 16/141
Whitney's Lickitung Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 17/141
Whitney's Furret Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 18/141
Whitney's Miltank Colorless - Common Pokémon VS (no English release) 19/141
Whitney's TM 01 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 107/141
Whitney's TM 02 - - Uncommon Pokémon VS (no English release) 108/141


  • Her Japanese Leader title is ダイナマイト プリティ ギャル!.
  • She is the first Johto Gym Leader encountered that uses a Generation II Pokémon in battle, which only half of Johto's Gym Leaders do.
  • In Generation III, a Whitney look-alike, along with Jasmine and Pryce look-alikes, can be seen as an audience member in a Pokémon Contest.
  • In the anime, she is the only Johto Gym Leader to have been defeated by Ash in a rematch, although it also took Ash two battles to defeat Pryce (the first battle was not an official Gym battle).
  • In her rematch in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, she owns both of the dual-type Normal Pokémon who do not have Flying as their secondary type - Girafarig and Bibarel.
  • Whitney appears as an opponent in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. She uses a Clefairy to battle.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アカネ Akane Refers to 茜 akane, a madder; or 明るい (akarui), bright, luminous.
English Whitney It's similar to the word white.
French Blanche Literally means white.
German Bianka From Italian bianco, white.
Italian Chiara From chiaro, light, pale.
Spanish Blanca Literally means white.
Korean 꼭두 Kkokdu reference to 꼭두서니 kkokduseoni, madder red (as in her Japanese name).
Chinese 小茜 Xiǎo Qiàn 茜 is taken from 茜 akane.

External links

Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
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Azalea Gym Hive Badge
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Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
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Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
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Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
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Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
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Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
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Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
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