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If you were looking for the character who used the alternate name Ariana, see Aria (anime).
アテナ Athena
HeartGold SoulSilver Ariana.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Red
Hair color Red
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Trainer class ExecutiveGSCHGSS
Generation II, III, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium 2, Masters EX
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Executive
Game animation cameos Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
English voice actor Amber Lee Connors[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Michiko Kaiden (Masters EX)

Ariana (Japanese: アテナ Athena) is one of the Team Rocket Executives introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver. She was not given an official name until Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the core series games

An unnamed female Team Rocket Admin who may be Ariana appears in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen in the Rocket Warehouse on Five Island. After the player defeats her, she seems to understand their motivations for opposing Team Rocket and flips a switch to redirect the spin tiles nearby to give the player easier access back from the warehouse entrance.

Three years later, Ariana is the only female Rocket Executive in the reborn Team Rocket in Johto. She appears to be Archer's second-in-command, although upon first challenging the player, she calls herself the interim boss of Team Rocket in place of Giovanni. The player battles her twice, first in the Team Rocket HQ, in a Double Battle with a Grunt on her side and Lance on the player's side (in Generation II, the player battles her alone), and again in the Goldenrod Radio Tower, where she is the last challenge before Archer. When defeated in the Team Rocket HQ, she notes that the player is strong enough to become an Executive if they joined Team Rocket, and after being beaten in the Radio Tower admits that she admires the player's power.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

First battle

Second battle

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle

Second battle

In the side series games

Ariana also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2. She is the second-to-last member of a group of Team Rocket members who bar the player's progress to the Mahogany Gym after they've defeated Jasmine. Her Pokémon mainly specialize in using Thief and Frustration. She also appears in the Challenge Cup during Round 2, participating in the Poké Ball and Ultra Ball divisions of the tournament.


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Ariana (Masters)

Ariana forms a sync pair with Arbok in Pokémon Masters EX. Ariana became a playable sync pair on September 6, 2023.

Ariana first appeared as an NPC during the Johto chapter of the Villain Arc. She also made notable appearances later in the Villain Arc.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#178 VSAriana Masters.png Ariana #0024 MastersIcon0024.png Arbok
PoisonIC Masters.png
GroundIC Masters.png
Masters Tech.png ★★★★★☆EX Variety Sync Pair Scout


Sprites and models

In the core series

Spr GS Rocket Executive F.png Spr FRLG Team Rocket Grunt F.png Spr HGSS Ariana.png VSAriana.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Rocket Grunt F II OD.png Team Rocket Grunt F III OD.png Ariana OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In other games

S2 Rocket ExecutiveF.pngS2 Rocket ExecutiveF alt.png
Portraits from
Stadium 2


Main article: Ariana/Quotes

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Sham
Sham in Pokémon Adventures
Ariana in Pokémon Adventures

Ariana's first counterpart was based on her Generation II design and named Sham. She appeared in the Gold, Silver & Crystal arc.

After the creation of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a second counterpart with Ariana's new official name and design appears alongside the other three Executives. Ariana and her teammates take control of Team Rocket from Carr, saying that they will stay true to Giovanni's intentions.

Ariana later ambushes Silver and Crystal to prevent them from intruding and interrupting their plans. Using her Pokémon, she manages to pin Silver to a tree while she faces Crystal alone. Despite the type advantage Crystal's Pokémon have, she is easily defeated by Ariana's powerful team. However, using his Rhyperior and the Earth Plate he obtained from Petrel, Silver manages to save Crystal and send Ariana and her Pokémon flying.

Now facing Crystal alone, Ariana finishes off her Pokémon and explains her and her teammate's roles in capturing the legendary Pokémon Arceus. Suddenly, Arceus appears in front of them and Crystal attempts to capture it, shocking the Executives in the process. Despite her tenacity, Crystal ultimately fails in capturing the Pokémon and is sent flying into a tree.

The Executives chase Arceus down and find it battling Gold at the Ruins of Alph. Once Arceus takes them to the Sinjoh Ruins, the four Executives restrain Arceus and force it onto the Mystri Stage. Using its great powers, they force Arceus to create the legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina.

Believing they have pleased their boss, Giovanni, Ariana, Proton, and Archer begin tearing up. However, Silver distracts them by flying towards the Pokémon so Gold and Crystal can finish off the other legendary Pokémon. Once they do so, Arceus, now freed from its restraints, uses its powers to send Ariana and the other Executives flying. During the final battle with Arceus, Ariana stayed away from the fight by hiding behind a rock with her teammates. After the battle had ended, Ariana left with the other Team Rocket members and Giovanni.


Ariana's Arbok
Arbok was first used to attack Carr after he attempted to take over Team Rocket. Later, she was used to ambush Silver and Crystal on Route 38, where she nearly swallowed Silver whole before pinning him to a tree. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Arbok was used to drag Arceus onto the Mystri Stage.

Arbok's known moves are Dig, Glare, Poison Sting, Ice Fang, and Wrap.

Debut Dealing With A Koffing Fit
Ariana's Gloom
Gloom was first used to battle Crystal at Route 38. Despite having a type disadvantage, she manages to nearly defeat Crystal's Archy. Later, she was used to drag Arceus to the Mystri Stage.

Gloom's only known move is Acid.

Debut Pleased as Punch With Parasect
Ariana's Murkrow
Murkrow is Ariana's mode of flight transportation. It was first used to battle Crystal and easily defeated her Monlee. Later, it was used to drag Arceus onto the Mystri Stage.

Murkrow's known moves are Fly and Drill Peck.

Debut Pleased as Punch With Parasect
Ariana's Vileplume
Vileplume was first seen trying to stop Silver from reaching the Pokémon Arceus created.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut All About Arceus V

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Ariana appears in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure, where she oversees the creation of the Red Gyarados. She has a Tag Battle against Jō and Lance.


Ariana's Gloom
Ariana sent out Gloom in a Tag Battle against and Lance where it was easily defeated by the Red Gyarados.

Gloom's only known move is Poison Powder.

Debut Jō VS Team Rocket


  • As she is the only female Executive in the Johto's Team Rocket, she could be easily adapted from her Generation II design in Generation IV. In this respect, she is the female counterpart of Archer, who was based on the original male Executive design. However, Proton and Petrel were designed from scratch.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アテナ Athena From Athena, a Lockheed Martin expendable launch system.
English Ariana From Ariane, a series of European civilian expendable launch vehicles for space launch use
German, Vietnamese Athena From her Japanese name
Spanish Atenea From her Japanese name
French Ariane From her English name
Italian Atena From her Japanese name
Korean 아테나 Athena From her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 雅典娜 Yǎdiǎnnà From her Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 雅典娜 Ngáhdínnàh

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