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Winona
ナギ Nagi
"The bird user taking flight into the world."
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Winona.png
Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Female
Eye color Lavender
Hair color Lavender
Hometown Fortree City
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Gym LeaderRSEORAS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation III, V, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Masters
Leader of Fortree Gym
Badge Feather Badge
Specializes in Flying types
Anime debut Who's Flying Now?
English voice actor Amy Birnbaum
Japanese voice actor Hyōsei

Winona (Japanese: ナギ Nagi) is the Gym Leader of Fortree City's Gym, known officially as the Fortree Gym. She gives out the Feather Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Flying-type Pokémon.

In the games

Winona is the sixth Gym Leader to be fought in the Hoenn region. She is known as the "Bird User Taking Flight Into the World". She is in charge of the Fortree City Gym, and specializes in Flying-type Pokémon. Upon defeat, Winona rewards the Feather Badge as well as TM40 (Aerial Ace) in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald or TM19 (Roost) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to the triumphant player. She can later be battled again multiple times in Emerald after defeating the Elite Four, using teams that progressively become stronger the more she is fought. Winona also makes an appearance in the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2, participating in the Hoenn Leaders, Type Expert, World Leaders, and The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon tournaments.

Winona is a very passionate Pokémon Trainer. She loves Flying types, and has developed a bond so close to them that she claims she has "become one with Bird Pokémon." She also taught how to battle to young trainers such as Picnicker Kylee. After defeating the Elite Four in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Winona can be found atop one of the four transmission towers on the roof level of Mauville City, feeling the wind in her hair. The player cannot interact with her, but can speak to an old woman watching her directly beneath the tower. She asks what could have possibly motivated Winona to do something so reckless and dangerous.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Leader WinonaRSORAS / Sky Tamer WinonaE

Strategy
I take advantage of speed.RSE
I get my advantage through speed.ORAS
Trainer's Pokémon
Graceful sky dancersRSE
Those that dance gracefully in the sky.ORAS
Self-Introduction
I can see the ebb and flow of the winds.RS
The ultimate would be to live as one with nature.E
I can see the patterns hidden in the way the wind blows.ORAS

Pokémon

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire



Pokémon Emerald

Gym battle


First rematch


Second rematch


Third rematch


Fourth rematch onwards


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Winona uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Winona always leads with her signature Pokémon, Altaria.

Hoenn Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire



Quotes

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Fortree Gym
  • Before battle
"I am Winona. I am the Leader of the Fortree Pokémon Gym. I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of bird Pokémon and I!"
  • Being defeated
"Never before have I seen a Trainer command Pokémon with more grace than I... In recognition of your prowess, I present to you this Gym Badge."
  • After being defeated
"With the Feather Badge, all Pokémon up to LV 70, even those received through trades, will obey your every command. You will also be able to use the HM move Fly outside of battle. And this... This is a gift from me."
"TM40 contains Aerial Ace. Its speed... No Pokémon should be able to avoid it."
"Though I fell to you, I will remain devoted to bird Pokémon."
Match CallE
  • After registering her
"Hello, <player>! Thanks to our battle, I've come to understand my weak points! When I reopen the Gym, I won't go down in defeat again!"
  • After defeating Champion, before rematch is available
"You've done it, <player>! News about the new Champion has reached us in Fortree! But... The next time we battle, it's not going to end the same way."
  • When rematch is available
"Is this <player>? Our Gym is back in operation! We're waiting for you in Fortree!"
  • After a rematch
"<Player>... Though I have lost, my wings will never break. Yes, in exactly the same way that you never lost sight of your dream."
RematchE
  • Before battle
"We humans can never escape gravity's pull on the ground. But by striving for excellence, we have the power to soar! You have scaled the pinnacles as the reigning Champion. Please, allow me to see your power at full flight!"
  • Being defeated
"I failed to reach your height again..."
  • After being defeated
"Even though I have lost, the wings of my heart remain unbroken. I can rise and soar again and yet again. I am convinced of it!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"Witness the elegant choreography of my Pokémon and I!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of my Pokémon and I!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of my Pokémon and I!"
  • Being defeated
"A Trainer that commands Pokémon with more grace than I..."
  • If the player is defeated
"Our elegant dance is finished!"
  • After being defeated
"Though I fell to you, I will remain devoted to bird Pokémon."
  • After winning
"I won, but I see you are one with your Pokémon as well. We should have our Pokémon battle each other again someday!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Your devotion... That's what brought you victory. It's praiseworthy."

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Fortree Gym
  • Before battle
"I am Winona. I am the Leader of the Fortree Pokémon Gym."
"I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies..."
"However grueling the battle, we will triumph with grace..."
"Witness the elegant choreography of my bird Pokémon and me!"
  • Being defeated
"Never before have I seen a Trainer command Pokémon with more grace than I..."
  • After being defeated
"I recognize your talent and present you with this Gym Badge."
"With the Feather Badge, all Pokémon up to Lv. 70, even those received through trades, will obey your every command. You will also be able to use the HM move Fly outside of battle. And this... This is a gift from me."
"Roost... With this move, the user can restore its HP by up to half of its max HP by landing on the ground and resting its injured body. However, the user loses its Flying-type designation during the turn, so be cautious. You won against me... I know you'll keep aiming higher and higher! Someday, you may even fly up into the sky... That's the impression I get from you."
  • After becoming Champion
"You became the Champion, a little bird told me. I know you'll keep aiming higher and higher! You'll zip around the land, the sea, and the vastness of the sky... That's the impression I get from you."

Artwork

Ruby Sapphire Winona.png Winona ORAS concept art.png
Official artwork from
Generation III
Conceptual artwork from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Sprites

Spr RS Winona.png Spr B2W2 Winona.png VSWinona.png Spr Masters Winona.png
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Model from
Masters
Winona III OD.png Winona OD.png Winona ORAS OD.png VSWinona Masters.png
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
VS model from
Masters

In the anime

Winona in the anime

Winona debuted in Who's Flying Now?. When Ash and his friends first arrived in the Fortree Gym, they learned that Winona was away from the Gym to help out at Fortree's annual Feather Carnival. She was busy taking the attendants, including Max and May, for joyrides on her Skarmory during the festival.

She eventually agreed to battle Ash. Suddenly, Team Rocket struck the festival as Winona was showing the group the Gym's battlefield. Winona flew to the scene on her Skarmory, and she went on to rescue the stolen Pokémon before sending Team Rocket blasting off. Afterwards, Winona led the nighttime flying display to commemorate the Feather Carnival's grand finale.

Ash and Winona had their Gym battle the following day in Sky High Gym Battle. Ash's Grovyle managed to defeat Winona's Altaria during the first round, after landing a direct Leaf Blade. Ash then sent out Pikachu to fight Pelipper, but both Pokémon ended up fainting after an exchange of Thunderbolt and Hydro Pump, respectively. Afterwards, Winona's Shiny Swellow took out Grovyle with a single Aerial Ace, and Ash subsequently called out his own Swellow. After a long aerial battle, Ash prevailed and won the Feather Badge.

Character

Winona has a deep respect for the sky, and prays to it for good luck prior to taking on a challenger.

Winona is confident in her abilities, and is regarded as a master of Flying Pokémon by the citizens of Fortree City. She commands her Pokémon's flight paths and even the degree angle of their attacks. Her defense strategy in battle is reliant on her Pokémon's ability to fly, but she has trained her Pokémon to fly accurately and cope in all weather conditions. Winona enjoys her Gym's open air layout because it adds an element of unpredictability and challenge to the battle.

Pokémon


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

Winona's Skarmory
Skarmory
Winona's giant Skarmory only appeared during the Feather Carnival. Each time, it would bring a child and Winona on its back and fly around the festival. Its customers included May and Max. It also helped defeat Team Rocket, who were stealing Pokémon from the festival.

Skarmory's known moves are Steel Wing and Drill Peck.

Debut Who's Flying Now?
Winona's Altaria
Altaria
Main article: Winona's Altaria

The first Pokémon Winona used in her Gym battle against Ash was her Altaria. Altaria's attacks did not work against Grovyle due to its speed. It was ultimately defeated with Leaf Blade despite having the type advantage.

Debut Sky High Gym Battle!
Winona's Pelipper
Pelipper
Winona's Pelipper was the second Pokémon she used against Ash. Ash battled with Pikachu, starting with a Thunderbolt. Pelipper countered with Steel Wing as a ground. Pelipper then used Hydro Pump, but its wing lost contact with the ground and Pikachu took advantage of its mistake to use Thunder. Both Pelipper and Pikachu were knocked out due to the damage they took.

Pelipper's known moves are Steel Wing, Quick Attack, and Hydro Pump.

Debut Sky High Gym Battle!
Voice actors
Japanese Chie Satō
English Kayzie Rogers
Winona's Swellow
Swellow Shiny
The final Pokémon Winona used against Ash was her Shiny Swellow. It was a strong battler, using powerful attacks like Aerial Ace and Hyper Beam. It defeated Ash's Grovyle easily and almost defeated Swellow as well, but with a little quick thinking on Ash's part, his Swellow was victorious, winning Ash the Feather Badge.

Winona's Swellow was the first Shiny Pokémon owned by a Gym Leader.

Swellow's known moves are Aerial Ace, Peck, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Sky High Gym Battle!
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Darren Dunstan

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 横手久美子 Kumiko Yokote (credited as 氷青 Hyōsei)
English Amy Birnbaum
Finnish Katja Sirkiä
Brazilian Portuguese Priscilla Concepción
European Spanish Emma Jiménez

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Winona in Pokémon Adventures

History

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Winona is tasked by the Pokémon Association with supervising the other Hoenn Gym Leaders. It is her job to guide new Gym Leaders and make sure they keep their Gyms running smoothly.

She debuts in Hanging Around With Slaking III at the Weather Institute. She stops Norman from battling his son to inform him that he had been spending too much time away from his Gym. She asks Norman to come with her so that he may return to his proper Gym Leader duties. Later, she watches Flannery build up a win streak in her Gym. Winona informs Flannery about Sapphire, a young challenger that has already managed to defeat three other Gym Leaders.

Later, Flannery calls all of the Gym Leaders to Fortree City to have a meeting about the mysterious organizations Team Magma and Team Aqua. The group gets into an argument about which team is the villains and which is on the side of good. When Flannery decides to choose Team Magma as the heroes and Team Aqua as the villains, Winona chooses to trust her friend's judgment and picks the same choice.

Winona meets Sapphire in person when the latter arrives at Fortree City. They have a Gym battle, but not even the evolution of Sapphire's Chic into Blaziken is enough to beat Winona. Although she lost, Sapphire gladly accepts Winona's offer to be trained by her. Winona also reveals that the Legendary Pokémon Kyogre will be awakened soon, and she and the other Gym Leaders want Sapphire to help them prevent chaos from spreading throughout Hoenn. The other Gym Leaders question Winona telling Sapphire all that, since in reality only she and Flannery had actually agreed to Sapphire joining them. Later, Winona agrees to a training session with Sapphire. Due to being angry from a previous argument with Ruby, Sapphire's fury gives her the strength to defeat Winona. Winona praises Sapphire and awards her the Feather Badge for her good work.

When Groudon and Kyogre are awakened, they begin causing droughts and downpours throughout Hoenn. Flannery and Brawly are sent to deal with Groudon while Roxanne and Wattson are sent to deal with Kyogre. Winona is tasked with evaluating the situation and directing the two teams from the sidelines so that they can succeed in their goals. As Winona and Sapphire assist the wild Pokémon caught in the crossfire, they are approached by the former guardians of Mt. Pyre. The guardians reveal that the culprits behind Groudon and Kyogre's awakening are at the Seafloor Cavern, but they have no way of going there to stop them. Ruby also arrives and reveals that with Sapphire's Relly, he and Sapphire will be able to go to the Seafloor Cavern. Although initially finding Ruby's claims ridiculous, Winona allows the two to go through with it when Sapphire says she trusts Ruby's words.

With Ruby and Sapphire gone, Wallace states that he will go to assist Roxanne and Brawly in stopping Groudon. The Pokémon Association Director tells Winona that he will be taking over her supervising duties, which allows her to go and assist her fellow Gym Leaders. Winona goes to help Flannery and Wattson deal with Kyogre, but they are interrupted by the Subleaders of the Sea Scheme of Team Aqua, Amber, Shelly, and Matt. The Subleaders all face one of the Gym Leaders to make sure they can't stop Kyogre from advancing any further. Winona is paired up against Matt, but she manages to easily defeat him. Although defeated, Matt and the other Subleaders manage to keep their opponents occupied long enough for Kyogre to advance to Sootopolis City to battle with Groudon.

Winona in the thirteenth chapter

With the other Gym Leaders too injured to continue battling, Winona and Wallace both head to Sootopolis City to help Ruby and Sapphire against Groudon and Kyogre. When she arrives, Winona finds Sapphire beaten and worried that they won't be able to win. Winona snaps Sapphire out of it by reminding her that she is fighting for the one she loves. Sapphire thanks Winona for helping bring back her confidence and goes to continue the battle alongside Ruby. After Groudon and Kyogre were defeated and returned to their long slumber, Archie and Maxie came out of hiding to attack the heroes and make sure they won't be able to stop their plans again. Wallace attempts to face the two villains, but they reveal that they have kidnapped Winona. With Winona held hostage, Wallace is forced to give up and allows himself to be defeated. After both Team Magma and Team Aqua are defeated, Winona celebrated the victory with her allies and thanked Sapphire and Ruby for their assistance in the battle.

Emerald chapter

Winona appears at the wedding between Wanda and Riley alongside Wallace, Ruby, and Sapphire. She and Wallace stay behind to attend the reception while Ruby and Sapphire go to their mission at the Battle Frontier.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

Winona, along with various people from around Hoenn, is called to Sootopolis City to assist in stopping Grand Meteor Delta, a giant meteoroid threatening to destroy the planet. When the plan to attack Grand Meteor Delta starts, Winona and the others have their Pokémon attack the meteoroid at the same time. This, combined with the might of Mega Rayquaza, successfully shatters Grand Meteor Delta into pieces.

She and Wallace had a romantic relationship in the past. When Wallace beat the Pokémon League, he turned down the position of Champion to take over the Sootopolis Gym after his master, Juan. However, he also had the intention of staying close to Winona. Winona was opposed to this act, as she found the idea of a man much stronger than constantly around her to be smothering, which led to her breaking off their relationship.

Pokémon

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

Winona's Altaria
Altaria
Main article: Winona's Altaria

Altaria is Winona's first known Pokémon. She was first seen being used to fly to Norman and tell him to return to his Gym. Later, she faced Sapphire's Chic in a Gym battle. Despite the Combusken's evolution into Blaziken, it wasn't enough to defeat Altaria and was defeated. During the Groudon and Kyogre crisis, Altaria was used to battle Matt and easily managed to defeat him.

Debut Hanging Around With Slaking III
Winona's Masquerain
Masquerain
Masquerain is Winona's second known Pokémon. She was first seen being used to train with Sapphire. She was defeated by Sapphire's Troppy's Aerial Ace, giving Sapphire the win. During the Groudon and Kyogre crisis, a tidal wave nearly hit Winona and Sapphire. Masquerain was used to block the wave, but Sapphire's Relly saved them instead.

Masquerain's known moves are Stun Spore and Silver Wind, and her Ability is Intimidate.

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Beautifly
Beautifly
Beautifly is Winona's third known Pokémon. It was first seen being used to train with Sapphire. It was defeated by Sapphire's Phado's Aerial Ace, giving Sapphire the win.

Beautifly's only known move is Whirlwind, and its Ability is Swarm.

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Swablu
Swablu
Swablu is Winona's fourth known Pokémon. She was first seen being used to train with Sapphire. She was defeated by Sapphire's Rono's Rock Tomb, giving Sapphire the win.

Swablu's only known move is Fury Attack, and her Ability is Natural Cure.

Debut Master Class with Masquerain
Winona's Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory is Winona's fifth known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Matt during the Groudon and Kyogre crisis.

Skarmory's known moves are Metal Sound and Air Cutter.

Debut Bravo, Vibrava

In the TCG

Cards

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

Winona
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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Winona T [Su] Roaring Skies Uncommon 96/108 Emerald Break U 075/078
Roaring Skies Rare Ultra 108/108 Emerald Break SR 088/078
 

Trivia

Winona's illegal Altaria

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ナギ Nagi From 梛 nagi (Nageia nagi) and 凪 nagi (calm/lull)
English Winona From winnow, wing, or wind
German Wibke From Wind, Wirbel (vortex), or Schwinge (wing). Possibly a reference to the 1990 European windstorm Wiebke.
Spanish Alana From ala (wing)
French Alizée From alizé (trade wind)
Italian Alice From aliseo (trade wind) or ali (wings)
Korean 은송 Eunsong*
From 은송 (銀松) eunsong, a variety of the Japanese red pine whose name literally means silver pine
나기 Nagi* Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 娜琪 Nàqí Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 娜琪 Nàhkèih
Russian Вайнона Vaynona Transcription of her English name
Vietnamese Nagi Transcription of her Japanese name


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