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Hello. Lovely weather isn't it? It's so pleasant. ...Oh dear... I must have dozed off. Welcome. My name is Erika. I am the Leader of Celadon Gym. I teach the art of flower arranging. My Pokémon are of the Grass-type. Oh, I'm sorry, I had no idea that you wished to challenge me. Very well, but I shall not lose.

–Erika, Pokémon Red, Blue, LeafGreen and FireRed.

Erika is a character that was introduced in Generation I. She serves as the Gym Leader of the Celadon City Gym. Erika specializes in using Grass-type Pokémon, and awards the Rainbow Badge to Trainers that manage to defeat her.

Appearance

Erika is a slender young woman with pale skin and short black hair with cut bangs. Unlike most Gym Leaders, her eye color changes depending on the game she appears in.

Clothing-wise, Erika wears an extremely modest and conservative outfit; in fact, her outfit is among the most conservative of all the female Gym Leaders, with almost her entire body (save for her ankles, neck, face, and hands) being hidden beneath her clothes. The outfit consists of an elegant kimono with an obi (sash), a hairband, Japanese sandals called zōri, and traditional Japanese socks called tabi. However, like with every character that appears in multiple games, what Erika's outfit exactly looks like changes, though the crux of it is the same.

Additionally, while Erika changes her clothes and has been shown wearing casual outfits in the anime, she can never be seen wearing anything else other than her normal outfit in the games.

Personality

Erika, like her style suggests, displays a modest, elegant, and somewhat shy attitude towards the player. She shows no ill-will about being defeated and cares deeply towards her Pokémon. She also has a habit of falling asleep in her Gym, but this is most likely because of being around Grass-type Pokémon.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, however, Erika appears to have a habit of spreading damaging gossip about the other Gym Leaders, especially Clair.

Biography

Games

FRLG Erika

Erika's artwork from FireRed and LeafGreen.

Erika's Gym is filled with grass, flowers and other plants. Additionally, everyone in the Gym is female. The player must use Cut in order to reach Erika in the Gym's center.

Upon defeating her in the Generation I games, Erika rewards the player with the Rainbow Badge, along with TM21 (Mega Drain). In the Generation II and III games, she gives out TM19 (Giga Drain) instead.

Masters

Main article: Erika (Masters)

Manga

Adventures

Main article: Erika (Adventures)

Erika first told Red to catch an Eevee before he could challenge her. Red complied, but he lost to her. However, even though he lost, Erika saw potential in Red and gave him the Rainbow Badge. Later, Erika battled the mind-controlled Pokémon that was aiming for all of the badges. Just like the other Gym Leaders, her badge was also taken. She also fought against Pryce during the competition that was a battle of two regions, namely Kanto and Johto, but she lost.

HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Main article: Erika (JBA)

Anime

Main series

Erika anime

Erika, in the anime

Main article: Erika (anime)

Erika was first seen as the manager of a perfume shop. Due to receiving an insult of the perfume from Ash, Erika banned him from the shop. When Ash and co. made their way to the local Gym, they found out that Erika was also the Gym Leader, where she banned him there too. Erika later on decided to battle him, as she had to under Pokémon League rules. Their match was cut short, however, when Team Rocket decided to set fire to the Gym. After the ordeal, Erika rewarded Ash with a Rainbow Badge for his actions.

Origins

Main article: Erika (Origins)

Movie

Main article: Erika (MS020)

Masters trailer

Main article: Erika (Masters trailer)

Quotes

Celadon Gym - Erika
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I would never collect Pokémon if they were unattractive."

Celadon Mansion - Pokémon Journal
  • 'There's a rumor...'
"Rumor has it that if you peek into Celadon Gym, you can often see Erika snoozing."

Message from Erika
  • From: Erika
  • To: [Player]
"I am so glad that there are strong Trainers like you.
That awareness alone inspires and motivates me to try harder.
Please visit me again.
Zzz..."

Sprites

Pokémon

Red and Blue

RB 071 front
Victreebel
 Type Grass Type Poison 
RB 114 front
Tangela
 Type Grass 
RB 045 front
Vileplume
 Type Grass Type Poison 
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[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P5}}}_RB.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_RB.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 29 - Lv. 24 - Lv. 29 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Wrap Bind PoisonPowder - - -
PoisonPowder Constrict Mega Drain - - -
Razor Leaf - Sleep Powder - - -
Sleep Powder - Petal Dance - - -



Yellow

Y 114 front
Tangela
 Type Grass 
Y 070 front
Weepinbell
 Type Grass Type Poison 
Y 044 front
Gloom
 Type Grass Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_RB.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P5}}}_RB.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_RB.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 30 - Lv. 32 - Lv. 32 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Bind Wrap Acid - - -
Mega Drain Stun Spore Petal Dance - - -
Vine Whip Sleep Powder Stun Spore - - -
Constrict Razor Leaf Sleep Powder - - -



Gold, Silver and Crystal

C 114 front
Tangela
 Type Grass 
C 071 front
Victreebel
 Type Grass Type Poison 
C 189 front
Jumpluff
 Type Grass Type Flying 
C 182 front
Bellossom
 Type Grass 
[[File:{{{P5}}}GS.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}GS.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 42 Lv. 46 Lv. 41 Lv. 46 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Vine Whip Sunny Day Mega Drain Sunny Day - -
Bind Synthesis Leech Seed Synthesis - -
Giga Drain Acid Cotton Spore Petal Dance - -
Sleep Powder Razor Leaf Giga Drain Solar Beam - -



FireRed and LeafGreen

FRLG 071 front
Victreebel
 Type Grass Type Poison 
FRLG 114 front
Tangela
 Type Grass 
FRLG 045 front
Vileplume
 Type Grass Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P5}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_FRLG.png|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 29 Lv. 24 Lv. 29 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Chlorophyll Ability: Chlorophyll Ability: Chlorophyll Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acid PoisonPowder Acid - - -
PoisonPowder Constrict Giga Drain - - -
Stun Spore Ingrain Sleep Powder - - -
Giga Drain Giga Drain Stun Spore - - -



HeartGold and SoulSilver

Black 2 and White 2

Whimsicott BW
Whimsicott
 Type Grass 
Lilligant BW
Lilligant
 Type Grass 
Vileplume BW
Vileplume
 Type Grass Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Prankster Ability: Own Tempo Ability: Chlorophyll Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Mental Herb Item: Occa Berry Item: Power Herb Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Taunt Teeter Dance Solar Beam - - -
Tailwind Quiver Dance Toxic - - -
Giga Drain Petal Dance Venoshock - - -
Substitute Attract Synthesis - - -


Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Tangela XY
Tangela
 Type Grass 
Weepinbell XY
Weepinbell
 Type Grass Type Poison 
Vileplume XY
Vileplume
 Type Grass Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 33 - Lv. 33 - Lv. 34 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Ability: Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Mega Drain Mega Drain Mega Drain - - -
Sleep Powder Poison Jab Moonblast - - -
Bind - - -
- - -


Stadium

Stadium 2

Trivia

  • Erika's name is a play on the plant genus Erica, fittingly for a Grass-type Trainer.
  • In the first release of Pokémon Gold's Japanese rom, the player could see Erika's Tangela at a level higher than 100.
  • Erika's official art and game sprites show her having black hair, but the art in Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Stadium 2 and the anime show her to have blue hair.
  • In the anime, Erika was the second Gym Leader to have a story of how she came to be and have a younger version of herself. The first was Sabrina, also from Kanto. Another one was Clay of the Driftveil Gym.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, all of Erika's Pokémon have the Chlorophyll ability (aside from Roserade, which has Natural Cure) when rematching her.
  • Erika's name is the same in both English and Japanese. This makes her one of the few characters to have the same name in both languages, the others being Iris and Cheren.

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