Elder (Village of Dragons)

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おばば様 Matriarch
Elder BW anime art.png
Gender Female
Eye color Purple
Hair color Gray
Hometown Village of Dragons
Region Unova
Anime debut The Bloom Is on Axew!
English voice actor Kayzie Rogers
Japanese voice actor Wasabi Mizuta

The Elder (Japanese: おばば Matriarch) of the Village of Dragons is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She first appeared in The Bloom Is on Axew!.

In the anime

The Elder in her home

It was revealed in a flashback that she was the one who gave Iris her Axew, with the intent of developing his skills in Pokémon battles. She believed that Iris had the skills necessary in order to raise Axew to one day become a strong Haxorus.

The elder appeared in another one of Iris's flashbacks in The Dragon Master's Path!, where she saw Iris off on her journey to become a Dragon Master. She told Iris that the journey would bring a lot of different experiences, both good and bad, but explained that these experiences would be important for the growth of her and Axew.

In Iris's flashback in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, the elder witnessed Iris's battle against Drayden during the annual tournament in the Village of Dragons and seemed satisfied with her performance. It is unknown what type of connection she has with Drayden.

The Elder and Iris

In The Lonely Deino!, Iris mentioned that she helped a scared wild Druddigon that wandered into the Village of Dragons.

The elder made a cameo appearance in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. She was seen in a flashback telling Iris about Kyurem.

The elder physically debuted in A Village Homecoming!, when Ash and friends passed by the Village of Dragons. During this period, she was introduced to Ash and Cilan, and observed how Iris had been training her Axew. After Iris introduced her Dragonite to her, the elder was forced to separate it from a Haxorus that was sleeping nearby.

In the next episode, she was seen in a flashback talking to Drayden about Iris's future, and how she can become a Gym Leader and Dragon Master.


The Elder is respected by her community for her knowledge of Dragon-type Pokémon. She evaluates partnerships between beginning Dragon Masters and their first Pokémon, which are typically given to the Trainer at a coming of age. Iris mentioned that the Elder "does not like the cold", presumably similar to Iris's dislike of Ice-type Pokémon.


Given away

Iris's Axew
Egg → Axew
Main article: Iris's Axew

In The Bloom Is on Axew!, it was revealed that the elder gave Iris her Axew when he was just a day old.

Debut In The Shadow of Zekrom!
Voice actors
Japanese Minami Tsuda
English Kayzie Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 水田わさび Wasabi Mizuta
English Kayzie Rogers
Finnish Unknown voice actress (BW009)
Susa Saukko (BW027, BW100-BW101)
Katja Aakkula (M15)
German Dagmar Dempe
Polish Anna Apostolakis-Gluzińska
Elżbieta Gaertner (M15)
Brazilian Portuguese Gilmara Sanches (BW009)
Elisa Villon (BW027)
Denise Reis (BW100)
Spanish Latin America Anabel Méndez
Spain Amparo Valencia


Elder M15 character sheet.png
Model sheet for the anime

In the manga

The Elder and Iris in the manga

Movie adaptations

The elder makes an appearance in the manga adaptation of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.


Language Name Origin
Japanese おばば Matriarch
English Village Elder
French Vieille Dame Means Old Lady
German Dorfälteste Means The Oldest of the Village
Italian Vecchia Saggia Means Old Wise
European Spanish Anciana de la Aldea Means Elder of the Village
Dutch Dorpsoudste Means Village Elder
Finnish Vanhin Means Elder
Norwegian Vise Means Wise
Polish Nestorka Means Elder
Brazilian Portuguese Anciã da Vila Means Elder of the Village
Russian Старейшина Stareyshina Means Elder
Swedish Byns Äldsta Means The Oldest of the Village

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLight trioStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioDrone RotomHero duoLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

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