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Elesa is Gym Leader of Nimbasa City's gym of the Unova region. This gym will be the fourth to be challenged by the player character. She specializes in using Electric-type Pokémon. She will award the player character the Bolt Badge if defeated. Her first appearance was in Pokémon Black and White.

Like the rest of the Unova gym leaders, Elesa has a career outside of being a gym leader, in which she is a supermodel.

Appearance

Elesa is a tall, very slender young woman. She has bright, almond shaped blue eyes.

Black and White

Elesa has short blonde hair. She wears red, white, and blue headphones with long cords on the sides. Elesa wears a yellow sleeveless top over a black top that exposes her stomach in two sections, thick opaque black tights, and bright yellow stiletto high heels.

Black 2 and White 2

Concept artwork of Elesa for Black 2 and White 2.

Elesa has short black hair, with long extensions tied in two diamond patterned braids. She wears a blue and yellow two piece, made up of a crop top and very short shorts, with a large, fluffy yellow coat, and ballet flats, one red and one blue. Her top and shorts are connected by a hexagon shaped buckle. Elesa also wears new headphones, with cone shaped spikes protruding out of the ear pieces, with the right spike red and the left spike blue. In addition, she wears nail polish, red on her right hand, and blue on her left.

Personality

Elesa is initially portrayed to be a very calm and stoic character. However, she is self-conscious about people's perceptions of her, and believes that others probably do not think she is a fun-loving person due to her stunningly good looks. Much like the other Gym Leaders of her type, Elesa prefers to show off her skills with a sense of style and a performance to accompany it.

Additionally, Elesa has a fondness for bad puns. This is capitalized on in Pokémon Masters, where she makes a variety of Pokémon based puns.

Etymology

The name Elesa derives from "electric" and possibly "laser" or "tesla", a unit of magnetic induction.

Her Japanese name, Kamitsure, comes from 雷 (kaminari, thunder). It could also literally be kamitsure, the Japanese name of the scented mayweed, following the Japanese naming of most characters.

Biography

Black and White

After the player exits the Pokémon Musical for the first time, Bianca's father confronts her and tells her to go home with him. However, Elesa steps in and convinces Bianca's father to let Bianca continue her journey. This makes Bianca admire Elesa and makes her want to be a model just like her. She then tells the player she's waiting in the gym for him/her. After defeating her, she goes out to Route 5 and contacts Clay, telling him to bring the Drawbridge down. When it does come down, she wishes the player good luck and returns to the gym.

She next appears along with the rest of the Unova Gym Leaders, with the exception of Cilan, Chili, and Cress, and battles the Seven Sages, allowing the player to continue.

For the rest of the game, she can be found in her gym.

Black 2 and White 2

She has changed looks, dying her hair black and wearing more revealing outfit. Her Gym is themed after a catwalk. Through the Memory Link it is revealed she's good friends with Skyla and wanted to practice making jokes, in a way to break the image of a serious person that everybody believes her to be, which upsets her. She throws bad puns which Skyla points out, but Elesa says that by doing so, people will poke fun at her and allow a new approach. Skyla thinks such way is old fashioned and should take it with ease. The two then agree to have a Pokémon Battle and Elesa asks Skyla to not call her "Shirley", hinting it to be her true name (and referencing the movie "Airplane!" in the process).

Other appearances

Sprites

Pokémon

Black and White

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Emolga
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Emolga BW.gif
Emolga
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Zebstrika BW.gif
Zebstrika
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Lv. 25 Lv. 25 Lv. 27 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Static Ability: Static Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Quick Attack Quick Attack Quick Attack - - -
Pursuit Pursuit Flame Charge - - -
Aerial Ace Aerial Ace Spark - - -
Volt Switch Volt Switch Volt Switch - - -



Black 2 and White 2

Gym Battle

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Emolga
 Type Electric.gif Type Flying.gif 
Flaaffy BW.gif
Flaaffy
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Zebstrika
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Lv. 28 Lv. 28 Lv. 30 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Static Ability: Static Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Quick Attack Volt Switch Volt Switch - - -
Pursuit Confuse Ray Quick Attack - - -
Volt Switch Thunder Wave Flame Charge - - -
Aerial Ace Take Down Stomp - - -


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Emolga
 Type Electric.gif Type Flying.gif 
Flaaffy BW.gif
Flaaffy
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Joltik BW.gif
Joltik
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Zebstrika BW.gif
Zebstrika
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Lv. 30 Lv. 30 Lv. 30 Lv. 32 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Static Ability: Static Ability: Unnerve Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Sitrus Berry Item: None Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ?
Quick Attack Volt Switch Volt Switch Volt Switch - -
Pursuit Confuse Ray X-Scissor Pursuit - -
Volt Switch Thunder Wave Thunder Wave Flame Charge - -
Aerial Ace Take Down Energy Ball Stomp - -


Driftveil Tournament/Mix Tournament

Electric-type Tournament

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Zebstrika
 Type Electric.gif 
Ampharos BW.gif
Ampharos
 Type Electric.gif 
Luxray BW.gif
Luxray
 Type Electric.gif 
Emolga BW.gif
Emolga
 Type Electric.gif Type Flying.gif 
Eelektross BW.gif
Eelektross
 Type Electric.gif 
Stunfisk BW.gif
Stunfisk
 Type Ground.gif Type Electric.gif 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50
Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Static Ability: Rivalry Ability: Static Ability: Levitate Ability: Static
Item: Life Orb Item: Shuca Berry Item: Expert Belt Item: Flying Gem Item: Choice Band Item: Sitrus Berry
Wild Charge Discharge Wild Charge U-turn Thunderpunch Discharge
Overheat Signal Beam Fire Fang Wild Charge Fire Punch Earth Power
Return Power Gem Ice Fang Acrobatics Dragon Claw Scald
Quick Attack Focus Blast Quick Attack Charm Brick Break Foul Play



Unova Gym Leader Tournament/World Leaders Tournament

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Zebstrika
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Ampharos BW.gif
Ampharos
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Luxray BW.gif
Luxray
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Emolga BW.gif
Emolga
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Eelektross BW.gif
Eelektross
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Stunfisk BW.gif
Stunfisk
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Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50
Ability: Lightningrod Ability: Static Ability: Rivalry Ability: Static Ability: Levitate Ability: Static
Item: Liechi Berry Item: Shuca Berry Item: Sitrus Berry Item: Flying Gem Item: Salac Berry Item: Petaya Berry
Wild Charge Discharge Thunder Volt Switch Zap Cannon Discharge
Flame Charge Signal Beam Energy Ball Acrobatics Flamethrower Earth Power
Thrash Power Gem Bug Buzz Attract Dragon Claw Muddy Water
Me First Cotton Guard Disable Thunder Wave Coil Stone Edge



Trivia

  • Her Japanese Leader title is シャイニング ビューティ "Shining Beauty".
  • She is the only female Electric-type Gym Leader.
  • She is one of the few female Gym Leaders to have more male Pokémon than female Pokémon.
  • Elesa is the only returning Unova Gym Leader in Pokémon Black and White 2 to receive a redesign. She received a second redesign exclusively for Pokémon Masters.
  • Elesa is the first major fashion model in the series.
  • As stated by the magazine Nintendo DREAM, Elesa's slim legs are designed to be extremely slim on purpose just to emphasize on her being a model (which may also be responsible for her high heels in her original design as models have to be able to walk in such shoes), and her stoic appearance plus her robot-like accessories such as her headphones and their cables are based on how real life models are stereotyped as acting emotionless and looking like robots.
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