Salon Maiden Anabel

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リラ Lila
Emerald Salon Maiden Anabel.png
Art from Emerald
Gender Female
Eye color Lilac
Hair color Lilac
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn*/Kanto*
Trainer class Salon MaidenE
(Frontier Brain)
Pokémon TrainerSM
Generation III, VII
Games Emerald, Sun and Moon
Specializes in Psychic types*
Brain of Battle Tower
Symbol Ability Symbol
Anime debut Talking a Good Game
English voice actor Hilary Thomas
Japanese voice actor Akiko Kimura

Salon Maiden Anabel (Japanese: タワータイクーン リラ Tower Tycoon Lila) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Tower.

In the games

Generation III

Anabel hears rumors of the player's rankings in the Battle Tower, but she is not impressed. She wants to see their talent in battle for herself. When defeated, she awards the Ability Symbol onto the Frontier Pass.

On the second match, Anabel commends the player's progress and is grateful for the chance to battle without holding anything back, to battle to her fullest.

She is one of the two known Tower Tycoons, the other one being Palmer of the Battle Tower in the Sinnoh region.

Generation VII

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Ten years prior to the events of Sun and Moon, Anabel was found unconscious on a Poni Island beach by Looker and Nanu, who had just completed a mission for the International Police. She had lost most of her memories, only able to tell them her name, that she came from Hoenn, that she protected a tower there, and that she was a powerful Trainer. After being placed in the care of the International Police, they detected incredible amounts of Ultra Wormhole energy coming from her, implying that she was a Faller who was lost in a wormhole for a significant time. Anabel has never been informed of this, however.

Anabel eventually joined the International Police herself and quickly ascended the ranks, until she ended up as Looker's superior in the UB Task Force, a secret division of the International Police that deals with Ultra Beasts. After the player becomes Champion in Pokémon Sun and Moon, they will meet Anabel and Looker when they visit the Route 8 motel on Akala Island.

When the player meets Anabel and Looker, the pair recruit the player to the UB Task Force. Although one of the task force's duties is to either safeguard or destroy the Ultra Beasts, neither Anabel nor Looker wishes to harm them, so they need the help of the new Champion of Alola. Anabel will also battle the player to ensure that they are up to the job.

The group proceeds to track down and catch Ultra Beasts across all four of Alola's islands. After the player catches the first, Nihilego, Anabel arranges for the player to keep the Ultra Beasts, rather than delivering them to the International Police where they would end up as research subjects. During each mission, Anabel's job is to protect nearby populated areas with the assistance of her Pokémon. As the missions continue, however, Anabel starts to show signs of fatigue. Apparently, the Ultra Beasts are being drawn to her strongly as a Faller and becoming extremely aggressive toward her, which is only exacerbated when there are multiple of them that can assail her simultaneously. In the last mission, Looker finally misdirects her away from the action so that she can recover her strength.

After all of the Ultra Beasts have been caught, the International Police HQ grants Anabel and Looker paid leave until they receive their next orders. Anabel plans to spend the time sightseeing around Alola.

Anabel can later be encountered again as a Trainer in the Battle Tree, primarily using Pokémon from her Emerald roster.


Pokémon Emerald

Silver Symbol challenge

Gold Symbol challenge

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Anabel's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

First battle

Battle Tree

Anabel uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double Battles, and two in Multi Battles.


Pokémon Emerald

Initial battle
  • Before battle
"Greetings... My name is Anabel. I am the Salon Maiden, and I am in charge of running the Battle Tower... I have heard several rumors about you... In all honesty, what I have heard does not seem attractive in any way... The reason I’ve come to see you... Well, there is but one reason... Let me see your talent in its entirety..."
  • Being defeated
"Okay, I understand..."
  • If the player is defeated
"It's very disappointing..."
  • After being defeated
"Fufufu, nicely done... Your Frontier Pass, please... Your talent shall be recognized."
"... ... ... ... ... ... You have confidence in your Pokémon battling talent, don’t you? I urge you to keep battling and keep on winning. I will be waiting for you. Until the next time we meet..."
  • Before battle
"You really did come back to see me... ... ... ... ... ... ... You’ve won straight matches to see me... I won’t have to hold back against you... It’s been too long now... Too long since I’ve been able to battle without thinking about anything... Let’s begin, shall we?"
  • Being defeated
"Thank you..."
  • If the player is defeated
"I'm very sorry..."
  • After being defeated
"Fufu, congratulations... Your Frontier Pass, please..."
"That was fun... I have never had a Pokémon battle so enjoyable before... I wish I could battle with you again..."

Sun and Moon

Route 8
"It is an honor to meet you, of course, the first Champion of Alola. Please forgive our rude summons. My name is Anabel. I am the head of a secret division within the International Police. We are the UB Task Force."
UB?: "The UBs are the beasts... otherwise known as Ultra Beasts. They are unidentified life-forms that reside in a different world from the one we live in. That Nihilego creature you encountered was one such beast."
Symbiont?: "Yes, UB-01...Symbiont. I suppose you knew it as Nihilego. The International Police refers to all of the UBs by code names, like Symbiont there. I believe you might recognize it as the Pokémon that the woman Lusamine fused with?"
Regardless of choice:"Just as we had thought..."
"Listen. Everything that we are about to share with you is highly classified information. We must ask that you keep all that you learn here to yourself. The incident that Ms. Lusamine caused... Symbiont wasn't the only UB to appear from the Ultra Wormhole that was temporarily opened at the time."
"And so we have been tasked with three duties. The first is to investigate the ecology of these unidentified UBs. The second is to look out for UBs and protect the people from any harm. And the third is to either protect the UBs... or destroy them..."
"But neither myself nor Looker would like to see that happen. Even if they are UBs, they are living creatures. We would like to protect them and save them."
"And so we finally arrive at the point. Let us dispense with any pretense... We wish for you, the Champion of Alola, to lend us your assistance. <Player>... we want you to join our team. Please give your aid to the UB Task Force."
Battle Tree
  • Before battle
"Being here somehow makes me nostalgic... I remember those days..."
  • Being defeated
"Your's real."
  • If the player is defeated
"That was fun... Thank you..."
  • If picked as a Double Battle partner
"Well, I have let up on my mission, so I'll join up with you."


Spr E Anabel.png VSAnabel.png
Sprite from
VS model from
Sun and Moon
Anabel OD.png Anabel SM OD.png
Overworld sprite
from Emerald
Overworld model
from Sun and Moon

In the anime

Anabel in the anime

Anabel appeared in the episodes Talking a Good Game! and Second Time's the Charm!.

Anabel has the empathic ability to sense the emotions of living beings and communicating with them, ever since she was little, possessing powers similar to Yellow of Pokémon Adventures, although other characters do not seem to regard these as psychic abilities but rather a honed sense of empathy. Nevertheless, she is still portrayed as a sort of Psychic-type specialist. She also shares a strong bond with her Pokémon, calling them "my friend" upon sending them out. She failed to teach Ash and May her empathetic abilities, as their Pokémon receive nothing from them.

Ash and his friends were surprised to learn that Anabel is a girl; when the group arrived at her house, she declined to change her wet clothes in front of them. Ash asked if it was because of May's presence, but Anabel explained that it was because she's female.

Ash lost his first match to Anabel after her powerful Alakazam managed to defeat two of his Pokémon consecutively, shadowing both Ash's Corphish and Tauros. In a rematch, Ash beat her by using the same strategy as in the previous battle. During their farewell, Anabel was shown to have a crush on Ash.

She reappeared a flashback in A Pyramiding Rage!.


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

Anabel's Alakazam
Anabel first called on Alakazam in Talking a Good Game! to help her and Ash when they were attacked by Team Rocket. Alakazam was able to beat them with its powerful Psychic attacks. Ash then realized that Anabel was a Frontier Brain and that he would have to battle Alakazam. Ash chose Corphish for the match. Anabel had the ability to telepathically communicate with her Pokémon and give commands without saying a word. In the end, Alakazam easily defeated Corphish. Alakazam then went on to defeat Ash's Tauros before finally being defeated by his Pikachu, but not before weakening it.

In Second Time's the Charm!, Ash had a rematch with Anabel. Again, she chose Alakazam as her first Pokémon. It went head to head again with Ash's Corphish once again, but this time with a little bit of luck as well as Ash's quick thinking, Alakazam was defeated by Corphish's Bubble Beam.

Alakazam's known moves are Psychic, Psybeam, Focus Punch, and Recover.

Debut Talking a Good Game!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Maddie Blaustein
Anabel's Metagross
Metagross was for the first time seen during Ash's first match against her, where it easily defeated Ash's Pikachu, losing the match for Ash. During Ash's rematch against Anabel, Metagross easily defeated Ash's Corphish, but the Iron Leg Pokémon finally tied with his Tauros, as its Meteor Mash collided with Tauros's Take Down.

Metagross's known moves are Psychic, Iron Defense, Meteor Mash, and Hyper Beam.

Debut Talking a Good Game!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Anabel's Espeon
Espeon, Anabel's favorite Pokémon, was seen during Ash's rematch against her, where it battled against Ash's Pikachu. Even though Espeon at first managed to overwhelm Pikachu with its speed and power, one of Pikachu's Thunderbolts put the lights off, making it impossible for both Anabel and Espeon to see where the next attack was coming from. This cost some critical hits for Espeon, and Pikachu was finally able to defeat the Sun Pokémon with a Volt Tackle, winning the match for Ash and earning him the Ability Symbol.

It also reappeared in a flashback in A Pyramiding Rage!.

Espeon's known moves are Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Zap Cannon, and Psychic.

Debut Second Time's the Charm!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Megumi Hayashibara

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 木村亜希子 Akiko Kimura
English Hilary Thomas
Finnish Elise Langenoja
Italian Daniela Fava
Brazilian Portuguese Gilmara Sanches
Spanish Latin America Rebeca Gómez
Spain Sara Vivas

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Anabel in Pokémon Adventures

Anabel debuts in the Emerald chapter. She is one of the seven Trainers hired by Scott to be a Frontier Brain at the Battle Frontier. Anabel is first seen watching the Battle Frontier's opening ceremony. The ceremony is interrupted by Emerald, who announces that he wishes to conquer the Battle Frontier. The press mistakenly report the incident as allowing an ordinary Trainer to take part in the Battle Frontier before it officially opens a week later. The Frontier Brains decide to use this assumption as free publicity and allow Emerald to challenge the Battle Frontier under the condition that he completes it before it officially opens.

Later, while Emerald is challenging the Battle Pyramid, Noland is attacked by an unknown assailant and several rental Pokémon are stolen. After Noland is taken to a hospital, the other Frontier Brains begin to suspect Emerald as the culprit. They head to the Battle Pyramid to confront Emerald and find him after having defeated Brandon. When they ask him about what happened, Emerald reveals that he did not attack Noland and is actually after the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi. The Frontier Brains find Emerald's explanation suspicious, but decide to follow him into Artisan Cave, where Jirachi is currently located at. Upon arriving, everyone is attacked by a horde of wild Smeargle while Emerald continues inside to find Jirachi. After the Frontier Brains get past the Smeargle, they meet up with Emerald, who has managed to find Jirachi. Emerald attempts to capture Jirachi, but is attacked by Guile Hideout, the actual culprit who attacked Noland. When Jirachi runs off, Emerald attempts to pursue it, only to be attacked by the rental Pokémon Guile had stolen. The other Frontier Brains attempt to avenge Noland by attacking Guile, but are swiftly defeated.

Anabel applauds Emerald for focusing on his mission instead of staying behind to fight and offers to fight Guile while he focuses on capturing Jirachi. Using Raikou's control over lightning, Anabel manages to trap Guile in a cage of electricity. Emerald attempts to use this chance to capture Jirachi, but Guile uses his sword to destroy the Poké Ball and breaks free from the cage. Jirachi takes this chance to flee, forcing Guile to escape as well to continue his pursuit of it. Injured from the battle, everyone decides to return to the Battle Frontier. When they meet up with Scott again, he reveals that he was aware of Guile and Emerald's true mission the entire time. Scott states that he withheld the information from the Frontier Brains to help them get stronger as they still would have lost even if they had known of Guile beforehand.

The next day, Anabel watches the tournament being hosted at the Battle Dome, where Emerald is challenging to obtain his fifth Symbol. As Emerald battles Tucker in the finals, Scott asks Anabel to talk with him somewhere else. This Scott is revealed to be a disguised Guile, who puts Anabel under mind control. After this, Guile returns to the Battle Dome, where he manages to find and capture Jirachi. Guile uses the rental Pokémon to attack innocent bystanders and heads to the Battle Tower to make his wish. Emerald, Noland, Ruby, and Sapphire all head to the Battle Tower to stop Guile, but are forced to traverse the Battle Tower's seventy floors and challenge Anabel on the final floor. Emerald manages to get to Anabel first, but is defeated by the time everyone else arrives.

The stress of the mind control eventually causes Anabel to pass out, forcing Guile to use her as a hostage in order to force Noland to give him the Jirachi Report, which contains the secrets of how to make Jirachi grant his wish. When Noland is unsure about what to do, Guile attacks him and takes the report by force. Now knowing Jirachi's secret, Guile has Jirachi create a gigantic Kyogre made of seawater and uses it to flood the entire Battle Frontier. Anabel is taken to safety by Latios and later awakens to help the Frontier Brains fight off Guile's rental Pokémon while Emerald and the other Pokédex holders fight Guile. Eventually, Emerald and the Pokédex holders manage to defeat Guile and destroy the gigantic Kyogre monster. The day after, an injured Anabel and the other Frontier Brains congratulate Emerald for the hard work he put into saving everyone. Anabel then awards Emerald the Ability Symbol for his skills in traversing the Battle Tower.

In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, Anabel and the other Hoenn Frontier Brains battle and defeat the Admins of Neo Team Magma and Neo Team Aqua, who had interfered in the launch of a rocket that was made to stop the meteoroid threatening to destroy the world. Once finished, Anabel is contacted by Emerald, who asks if any of the Frontier Brains had seen Sapphire in the area. When the Brains deny seeing Sapphire, Emerald thanks them and leaves. Later, Anabel and the other Hoenn Frontier Brains are called to Sootopolis City to assist in stopping the meteoroid.


Anabel's Raikou
Main article: Raikou (Adventures)

Anabel recaught this Raikou after it was released following the battle against the Masked Man. She is said to have captured this Legendary Pokémon during her trip somewhere in Johto. Raikou has been with her since then and she continues to rely on it for all of her battles. Because it carries a large thundercloud on its back, it both allows a handier usage of its trademark Thunder as well as strengthen it. Raikou was first seen with Anabel in Swanky Showdown with Swalot where it witnessed the exhibition tag battle between Lucy's Seviper and Spenser's Crobat against a Swalot and Electrode. It was later used in an attempt to stop Guile Hideout from moving through a Thunder Shock and Thunder combination, but to no avail. Raikou was then used under Guile’s manipulation against Emerald. After Guile Hideout had been defeated, it was seen interacting with Gold, who previously partnered up with it years prior. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, it was seen helping Anabel fight the Admins of Neo Team Magma and Neo Team Aqua.

Debut Slugging It Out With Slugma

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

Anabel in Pokémon Battle Frontier
Anabel as a photographer

Anabel first appears in Introducing the Frontier Brains!, disguised as a photographer. She took a picture of Enta's Vulpix and Feebas. She tells Enta about the Frontier Brains after Rald is defeated by her, prompting him to challenge them in order to discover which one defeated Rald.

After Enta defeats his sixth Frontier Brain, Lucy, he is told that the seventh one is none other than Anabel herself, much to his surprise. Enta's battle with Anabel ends up in a draw after a showdown between Ninetales and Entei.


Anabel's Entei
Entei was the first revealed Pokémon. It was the final Pokémon that went up against Enta after both sides were down to one Pokémon. It battled Ninetales and managed to dodge many of its attacks. In the end, despite putting up a great fight, it ended up defeating Ninetales and got knocked out in the process.

Entei's known moves are Double Team and Fire Blast*.

Debut Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden
Anabel's Alakazam
Alakazam was the first opponent who battled Enta. It went up against Zangoose and won using its speed. Alakazam then went up against Milotic where it was taken out by Milotic's Hydro Pump.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden
Anabel's Snorlax
Snorlax was the second opponent that battled Enta. Snorlax battled Milotic after Milotic defeated Alakazam. Due to Milotic's previous opponent, Snorlax was able to take it out with Body Slam. Snorlax then battled Ninetales and was easily defeated by Ninetales's Hyper Beam.

Snorlax's only known move is Body Slam.

Debut Final Battle: Versus The Salon Maiden


  • Despite being female, in Japanese, Anabel uses the typically masculine personal pronoun ボク boku.
  • It is possible that her design is based on the female Psychic. This theory is further supported by the fact that Anabel uses Psychic-type Pokémon in the anime.
  • Anabel is the only Frontier Brain whose title (in some languages) does not incorporate the second word of their facility's name. However, the Battle Salon is an actual room in a Battle Tower where Trainers can meet each other and team up to participate in Multi Battles.
    • In the anime episode wherein she made her debut, Anabel was mentioned to be the head of the Battle Tower's Battle Salon.
  • Her clothing style varies between the anime, sprites, and artwork.
  • In the anime, her Espeon knows Zap Cannon, a move it could not learn in the games at the time of her anime appearance during Generation III.
  • Both of her teams in Pokémon Emerald use a Psychic-type, one of the Legendary beasts, and a Snorlax.
  • Anabel's ability to sense the feelings of Pokémon is similar to that of N in the anime and Sheena from the twelfth movie.
  • Anabel's battle music in Sun and Moon is a completely unaltered version of her Emerald theme.


Language Name Origin
Japanese リラ Lila From lilas (French for lilac) or lila (Spanish for lilac)
English Anabel From ability
French Cathy From capacité, skill
German Anabel From anlage, asset
Italian Alberta From abilità, ability
Spanish Destra From destreza, skill
Korean 리라 Rira Transliteration of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 莉拉 Lìlā Transliteration of her Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 莉拉 Leihlāai Transliteration of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Lila Transliteration of her Japanese name.

Salon Maiden

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese タワータイクーン Tower Tycoon
Mandarin Chinese 對戰大君 / 对战大君 Duìzhàn Dàjūn
Finland Flag.png Finnish Salonkineito
France Flag.png European French As Du Salon
Germany Flag.png German Kampfkoloss
Italy Flag.png Italian Dama Torre
South Korea Flag.png Korean 타워타이쿤 Tower Tycoon
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Señorita de Salon
Spain Flag.png Spain Dama Torre
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bá chủ Tòa tháp

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