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アンズ Anzu
"The Poisonous Ninja Master"
HeartGold SoulSilver Janine.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Black*, purple*
Hair color Purple*, brown*
Hometown Fuchsia City
Region Kanto
Relatives Koga (father)
Trainer class Gym LeaderGSCHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation II, III, IV, V
Games Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, Stadium 2, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2
Leader of Fuchsia Gym
Badge Soul Badge
Specializes in Poison types

Janine (Japanese: アンズ Anzu) is the Gym Leader of Fuchsia City's Gym, known officially as the Fuchsia Gym. She became a Gym Leader after her father, Koga, was promoted to the Elite Four in Generation II. She specializes in Poison-type Pokémon. She gives the Soul Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

Janine's first appearance was in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Following Koga's promotion to the Elite Four, she succeeded him as the Gym Leader of the Fuchsia Gym. Like her father, she is known as "The Poisonous Ninja Master", and uses Poison-type Pokémon in battle. She appears in the same capacity in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Originally, Janine's goal was to use Poison-type Pokémon just as well as her father. After becoming a Gym Leader, Janine hopes that by applying herself, she'll improve her skills and become better than both her father and (following her loss) the protagonist.

When encountered in her Gym, Janine hides behind the invisible walls that were installed prior to Generation I/III. To further confuse her challengers, the junior Trainers of the Gym are disguised like Janine. Once they have been defeated, the Leader will battle with a team of Poison-type Pokémon. Once defeated, she will yield the Soul Badge and a Poison-type TM: TM06 (Toxic) in Generation II; TM84 (Poison Jab) in Generation IV.

Like the other Gym Leaders of Kanto and Johto, Janine will leave her Gym from time to time in HeartGold and SoulSilver. Every evening between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, she can be found at the Pokémon League Reception Gate near Victory Road, on her way to visit her father and deliver his lunch (from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, she will say she is done delivering the lunch and offer to take a photograph with the player). She will give travelers her phone number, after which she can be called on Monday afternoons to arrange a rematch at Saffron City's Fighting Dojo. On Mondays, she can be found in the Celadon Department Store arguing with Falkner over which of their fathers is the superior Trainer.

Before the events that led to her employment as the Gym Leader, Janine hung around outside the Fuchsia Zoo. She will tell the protagonist of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen that Koga is teaching her how to use Poison Pokémon in an obvious reference to the previously released Generation II games.

Janine also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Kanto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only time in which her active team contains Pokémon not of the Poison-type. Despite this, all her Pokémon in Round 1 know Toxic, a Poison-type move and the TM she gives in the Generation II games.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Janine uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Janine will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Venomoth.

Kanto Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Round 2


Pokémon Gold and Silver

  • Before battle
"Fufufufu... I'm sorry to disappoint you... I'm only joking! I'm the real deal! Janine of Fuchsia Gym, that's me!"
  • Being defeated
"You're a tough one. You definitely won... Here's SoulBadge. Take it."
  • After being defeated
"You're so tough! I have a special gift! It's Toxic, a powerful poison that steadily saps the victim's HP."
"I'm going to really apply myself and improve my skills. I want to become better than both Father and you!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

"My father is Gym Leader of this town. I'm training to use Poison Pokémon as well as my father."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Fuchsia Gym

  • Before battle
"Fufufufu... I'm sorry to disappoint you... I'm only joking! I'm the real deal! Janine of Fuchsia Gym, that's me!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"You've got a great battle technique!"
  • When the last Pokémon is at a critical health
"Not good. Seriously not good."
  • Being defeated
"...!!! So... So strong!"
  • After being defeated
"I see... You have defeated Koga, my father and a member of the Elite Four, to come here. No wonder you are strong! You’ve definitely won... Here's the Soul Badge. Take it."
"You're so tough! I have a special gift!"
"It's Poison Jab, a powerful Poison-type move that may poison its victim."
"I'm going to really apply myself and improve my skills. I want to become much better than both my father and you!"

Fighting Dojo

  • Before battle
"I can't use my ninja technique, but I won't let you win!"
  • After being defeated
"I lost today, but I'll win next time!"

Pokémon League Reception Gate

  • In the evenings (after number registration)
"I'm done taking lunch to my dad, and now I'm on my way home. Do you want to take a picture with me?"
No: "That's a pity."
Yes: "Can you look as cool as me for the picture? Don't you think we look good in the picture?"

Celadon Department Store

"Ha! You don't know a thing! The best Trainer in the world is Koga, one of the Elite Four! Namely--my dad!"
"Please stop this! Why don’t you just admit that my dad is the true Trainer!"

Pokégear Registering (Reception Gate)

"I'm on my way to my dad's house to give him his lunch. The Elite Four has no time to rest, day or night. It's such hard work, you know? Say! Do you want to exchange numbers?"
Yes: "Call me on Monday around noon if you want to battle!"
No: "You don't look like you're scared, but you are, aren't you?"
"Now you want to know my number, don't you?"

Pokégear Phone

  • Calling her
"Hello, hello, hello... Oh, hello, what are you up to? I'm just fine, thanks! Many of the Gym Leaders are much stronger than I am. We've just got to work harder!"
"Hello, hello, hello... Oh, hello, what are you up to? I'm just fine, thanks! My schedule's fairly open on Monday afternoons. Would you mind calling me back then?"
"Sorry? I’m afraid I can’t hear you very well. Must be a bad connection. Can you call again from somewhere else?"
  • Her calling the player
"This is Janine. How are you doing? Hey, can I talk to you about my dad? Only if you want to hear, though. Seriously? I might talk your ear off if I’m not careful!"
"This is Janine. How are you doing? See, I’ve been training with my dad since I was little--to be a Gym Leader. I haven’t even considered taking any other path, really. It’s my dream to someday become a better Gym Leader than Dad!"
"This is Janine. How are you doing? Falkner in Violet City... He’s talking about his dad all the time! Seriously, he’s such a daddy’s boy, he needs to become his own person sometime, you know? What do you mean, I should talk? Ha ha--mind your own business!"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

  • Before battle (first round)
"I'm Janine! Feel the horror of Poison-type Pokémon!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"I'm Janine! I'm a modern ninja! Feel the horror of the Poison-type Pokémon I use!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I'm Janine! The essence of ninjas' moves obtained by training! Feel the horror from the Poison-type Pokémon who've mastered it."
  • Being defeated
"You've got a great battle technique!"
  • If the player is defeated
"I'm Janine! Remember this name!"
  • After being defeated
"I'm going to really apply myself and improve my skills. I want to become much better than both my father and you!"
  • After winning
"Even though I won, you were quite strong! The path of Pokémon is the path of training! Let's meet here again!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"While I admire your victory, I'm disappointed that I lost... I'm still not a full-fledged Trainer yet. I'll train with my father to be better than before and challenge you again!"

Pokémon Stadium 2

  • Before battle
"Yep, I'm Janine. You're saying you beat my father?"
"My Pokémon are masters of poisonous moves."
"I know you're tough. This is deadly serious!"
  • Sending out first Pokémon
"<Pokémon>, go!"
  • Sending out a new Pokémon
"<Pokémon>, give it your best shot!"
"There, that's <Pokémon>!"
"Good, <Pokémon>!"
"You did well, <Pokémon>!"
"<Pokémon>, put it away!"
"You're no good for this!"
"<Pokémon>, come back!"
"All right, that's good enough, <Pokémon>!"
  • Own Pokémon faints
"I give!"
"No! Really?!?"
  • Player's Pokémon faints
"That's the way I like it!"
"Taking that critical hit... You have no luck at all."
  • Player's Pokémon lands a critical hit
"What? That was a critical hit? What do you mean?!?"
"Aww, don't take that."
  • Commanding her Pokémon to use Attract
"There, turn on the Charm!"
"<Pokémon>, Double Team!"
"Baton Pass!"
  • Successfully poisoning the player's Pokémon
"Poisonous moves sap you steadily."
"That'll do."
"That'll do."
  • If the player is defeated
"I avenged our honor!"
  • After being defeated
"I understand losing to Father, but losing to you?"
"Why? How could this happen?"
"Aren't you something. Where did you train?"
  • After winning
"There, there. It went just as I expected. I'll battle someone tougher next time."
"Heh! Sure, winning makes me happy."
"I did it! Not too shabby!"
  • If the battle ended in a draw
"Whew. We can't end it this way."
  • If the player runs from the battle
"Ha, ha, ha! Is that a ninja escape technique?"


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VS artwork from
Generation II


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Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portraits from
Stadium 2
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Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Janine and her Ariados

Janine is the daughter of Koga, and the new Gym Leader in Fuchsia City. She does, however, leave town on many occasions to perform various jobs/simulations for anyone with the money to hire her. She was shown in Crossing Crobat to be in the middle of such a job, pretending to steal a large pearl to test the security at the Goldenrod Museum. After completing it, she pauses on a rooftop to wonder what she is doing with her life.

Her father, being both a ninja and a member of Team Rocket, had hoped to make her a member as well, both serving their master, Giovanni. But with Koga and Giovanni's disappearance, she was left alone and unguided. Searching for not just her father, but a master, Janine found herself in the same situation as Suicune, whom also was searching for a Trainer in its upcoming battle.

Suddenly, Suicune appeared before Janine, and challenged her with her Crobat. Suicune seemed initially caught off-guard by her tactics, but soon won. Before he left, Janine expressed her desires for finding her own master, just as she felt Suicune was.

Janine later fought against Falkner at the Gym Leaders Challenge. Despite overwhelming attacks, she forfeited the match when she left the battlefield, pursuing who she thought was her father. She never did catch the mysterious person, however, and it is unknown if they will ever meet again.


This listing is of Janine's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Janine's Ariados
Ariados is Janine's main Pokémon. He was first seen on a building with her. Later, Ariados was used in battle against Falkner. He defeated Skarmory using the sharp web technique but lost to his Noctowl despite slowing it down with webs.

Ariados's only known move is Spider Web.

Debut Lively Larvitar
Janine's Forretress
Forretress is a Pokémon of Janine's that is non-Poison. She used it to try to escape from some security guards after she tried to steal a Big Pearl from the Goldenrod Museum.

Forretress's only known move is Spikes.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Janine's Crobat
Janine's Crobat was another Pokémon used against Suicune. Despite using his speed to catch Suicune off-guard, he lost. The same result also happened during their rematch.

Crobat's known moves are Leech Life, Double Team, and Wing Attack.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Janine's Weezing
Weezing was only seen when Janine tried to break in the Goldenrod Museum.

None of Weezing's moves are known.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Janine's Grimer
Grimer was first used in the battle against Falkner and lost.

Grimer's known moves are Minimize and Sludge Bomb.

Debut Notorious Noctowl

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Janine in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Janine's only appearance in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure was in a flashback along with her Ariados.

In the TCG

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

Janine's Pokémon
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Janine's Beedrill Grass       Pokémon VS Common 061/141
Janine's Arbok Grass       Pokémon VS Common 062/141
Janine's Venomoth Grass       Pokémon VS Common 063/141
Janine's Weezing Grass       Pokémon VS Common 064/141
Janine's Ariados Grass       Pokémon VS Common 065/141
Janine's Crobat Grass       Pokémon VS Common 066/141
Janine's Shuckle Grass       Pokémon VS Common 067/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Janine's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 119/141
Janine's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 120/141



Language Name Origin
Japanese アンズ Anzu anzu, apricot; 杏 has the on-yomi kyō, referring to Koga's Japanese name.
English Janine 忍者 ninja with syllables reversed.
French Jeannine Similar to the word ninja.
German Janina Similar to the word ninja
Italian Nina Similar to the word ninja
Spanish Sachiko A common Japanese female name.
Korean 도희 Doheui Similar to 독 dok (poison).
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿杏 Ā Xìng 杏 (apricot) is taken from 杏 anzu.
Thai อันสึ Anzu Transliteration of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Anzu Transliteration of her Japanese name

Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Brock OD.png
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Misty OD.png
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Lt Surge OD.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Erika OD.png
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Sabrina OD.png
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
Blaine OD.png
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
Giovanni OD.png Blue
Giovanni Blue

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