For other uses, see Iris.

Iris is the eighth and last Gym Leader of the Unova region in the Pokémon White Version only. Iris lives in Opelucid City, and specializes in using Dragon-type Pokémon. She will award the player the Legend Badge if he/she defeats her. In the two-year gap between Pokémon Black and White and Black and White 2, she has become the Unova League Champion.


Iris is a young, thin girl with ruby eyes, dark skin, and long deep purple hair (tied back with yellow bangles in thick ponytails that resemble the petals of an iris blossom).

As a Gym Leader in Pokémon White she wears a long-sleeved yellow shirt with a small pink skirt and a bow around her waist. She wears white pants and pink and white shoes.

As a Champion in Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, she wears royal garments, similar to that of a princess. She is clad in a white and carnation-pink dress with flowing ribbons and frilly ends. Her sleeves are very large and long with bright pink cuffs. She wears small golden crown upon her head with two emeralds encrusted within the triangle-shaped sides. On her feet she wears white sandals with a round green gem encrusted in the center of each shoe.


Iris is a tomboyish, hyper young girl who loves adventure. She has an affinity for Dragon Pokémon and loves to train and play with them. She is a kind, helpful person who will bravely stand up against evil forces and help the player.



Black and White

In Pokémon Black and White, Iris first meets the player in Castelia City, where she helps Bianca train her Pokémon. After defeating the Elite Four and Sinnoh League Champion, Cynthia, in Undella Town, Iris will visit the villa in the Summer season.

Black 2 and White 2

In Black and White 2, Iris meets the player in Castelia City, helping the player find Team Plasma Grunts hiding in the sewers. She appears again at Opelucid City recommending the player to go to Route 9 to train before battle Drayden. She's later encountered after defeating the Elite Four.

If Memory Link is performed, a flashback occurs when talking to Drayden. The flashback reveals how Iris defeats Drayden after a tough battle. Drayden then reminiscences about when he met Iris the first time and how she was a special trainer on the Village of Dragons when he was looking for a successor. Iris mentions how different the Village of Dragons is in comparison to Unova and their relationship with Pokémon. Drayden talks about how tough it was to be trainer on his time without Poke Balls. The two go on to talk her experience battle Alder, and what she will do now as the new Champion. Iris claims she will be one that can encourage people with their Pokémon. Drayden gives her a new outfit.


Main article: Iris (Adventures)


Main series

Main article: Iris (anime)


Main article: Iris (Generations)

Masters trailer

Main article: Iris (Masters trailer)



Black and White

Fraxure BW
 Type Dragon 
Druddigon BW
 Type Dragon 
Haxorus BW
 Type Dragon 
Lv. 41 Lv. 41 Lv. 43 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Rivalry Ability: Sheer Force Ability: Mold Breaker Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Dragon Dance Chip Away Dragon Dance - - -
Dragon Rage Revenge Slash - - -
Dragon Tail Dragon Tail Dragon Tail - - -
Assurance Night Slash Assurance - - -

Black 2 and White 2

First Battle



  • Her Japanese Leader title is 竜の心を 知る 娘 / Ryuu no kokoro wakaru musume "The girl who understands the hearts of dragons"
  • Iris is named after the Iris Flower which is native to Africa and North America.
  • Iris slightly resembles Zekrom, while Drayden resembles Reshiram.
    • Similarly, Drayden can be fought in Pokémon Black and Iris in Pokémon White, whereas Reshiram can be caught in Black and Zekrom in White.
  • Her hair looks like an Emolga (also she owns one in the anime).
  • Drayden is said to be Iris's mentor and plans to let her run the Gym when he retires (only in Black).
  • Iris and Clair are both eighth Gym Leaders in their region and they both use Dragon-type Pokémon. They are also both female.
    • Iris, however, can only be battled for the Legend Badge in White.
  • Iris and Drayden are the only Dragon-type Gym Leaders to use pure Dragon-types.
  • Iris is the first Gym Leader since Erika to retain their Japanese name in the English translations.
  • Iris and Drayden use the same teams but have differences in gender and the ability of their Druddigon. Drayden has an all-male team with a Rough Skin Druddigon, while Iris has an all-female team with a Sheer Force Druddigon.
  • Iris is the only Unova Gym Leader without a second occupation.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, Iris and Drayden's Haxorus were under-leveled as Fraxure does not evolve until Level 48. This was changed in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, with her Haxorus' level increased by 16 as the Champion.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, her Hydreigon is underleved (Level 57 in Normal mode and Level 61 in Challenge Mode), which normally evolves from Zweilous at Level 64.
  • Iris offers to teach Draco Meteor to the player after the Elite Four have been defeated the first time in Black.
    • She and Drayden switch roles in White, as the move tutor is Drayden and the Gym Leader Iris.
  • Iris is one of the Gym Leaders that her name doesn't represent her type and the only Unova Gym Leader to do so.
  • Iris is the Third Champion since Lance to use Dragon-Type Pokémon.
    • Iris is also the second female champion with the first being Sinnoh's Cynthia.
      • Coincidentally, both of them, plus Johto's Lance, use Dragon-type Pokemon as their ace.
  • Iris is the second Gym Leader that becomes the Champion in the following game and overthrows their mentor. The first was Wallace and they were both the eighth Gym Leaders in their regions.
  • Ironically, though Iris specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon, only half of her Pokémon are Dragon-type in Black 2 and White 2, and she even uses a Lapras, an Ice-type.
    • However, all of her Pokémon are capable of learning Dragon-Type moves.
  • As the champion, Iris seems to be dressed like a princess. In addition, her hairstyle resembles a Hydreigon.
  • Although her game counterpart has ruby eyes, all of Iris' other counterparts have brown eyes.
    • Iris seems to have a darker shade of brown for eye color in White than in Black and White 2.
  • She is the second youngest Champion, as she is 12 years old. Only Blue of Kanto is younger.


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