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The Orange Islands (Japanese: オレンジ諸島(しょとう)HepburnOrange Archipelago), also formally known as the Orange Archipelago, is an island chain that only appears in the Pokémon anime. They are a series of islands in a tropical climate, as opposed to the nearby Kanto and Johto regions, which have a temperate climate. One effect of the different climate is that the Pokémon found there are of a different color. Notable inhabitants of the islands are the Orange Crew, the four Gym Leaders who live on four of the islands. They are Cissy, Danny, Rudy, and Luana; and the Head Leader Drake.

Notably, the Orange Islands only exist in the anime and the The Electric Tale of Pikachu; there is no video game equivalent.[1] The Orange Archipelago, so it is not considered part of the game canon.

Gym battles[]

Gym battles in the Orange Islands differ from those on the mainland because the Orange Crew do not require challengers to actually fight them. Instead, their challenges are tests of loyalty between the trainer and their Pokémon (for example, Danny has a Trainer use his/her Pokémon to freeze a geyser of hot water and then carve it into a sled for racing).

Other notable characters[]

There are a few other characters of note on the Orange Islands. Professor Ivy works on Valencia Island with her three assistants Faith, Hope and Charity. Other notable residents include Prima, known in the video games as Lorelei, a local Pokémon Master and member of Kanto's Elite Four (this would be later referenced in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's Sevii Islands); Mateo, a glass sculptor who lives on Sunburst Island and takes his inspiration from a rare, reclusive Crystal Onix; and Melody, a young girl who lives on Shamouti Island and plays the flute in an annual ceremony there.

In Pokémon The Movie 2000 - The Power of One, the Kanto region legendary birds and Lugia live around this area.


Most of the islands are named after varieties of oranges, or other citrus fruits.

Pokémon League[]

Name Settlement Information Badge / Trophy
Mikan Island Trainers are required to participate in an accuracy test and a race against the gym leader. Coral-Eye Badge
Coral-Eye Badge
Danny Navel Island Trainers must first climb a nearby mountain without the aid of their Pokémon, in order to qualify for further challenges. Should a Trainer qualify, they must then choose one Pokémon to help them build a bobsled-evice in a race against the gym leader, and then race him down the mountain. SeaRuby Badge
Sea-Ruby Badge
Trovita Island Trainers must first participate in an accuracy test. Should the challenger pass this test, they will face the gym leader in a three-on-three, same-type Pokémon battle. SpikeShell Badge
Spike-Shell Badge
Kumquat Island Trainers defeat the gym leader, in a double battle. JadeStar Badge
Jade-Star Badge
Drake TB
Head Leader Drake
Pummelo Island Trainers must defeat the head leader on a 6 to 6 Pokémon battle. Winner's Trophy
Winner's Trophy


  • The shape of the Orange Islands has a resemblance of a Clefairy.
  • The Orange Islands is the only archipelago that has not been featured in any Pokémon game.
  • The Orange Islands Pokémon League is one of only two Pokémon Leagues Ash has ever actually won (the other being the Battle Frontier in the Kanto Region).
    • This is soon followed by the Alola Pokémon League, where it was Ash's first actual Pokémon League win.
  • The Orange Islands share some similarities with the Alola region, a region introduced six generations after the Orange Islands' debut in the anime:
    • They are both tropical archipelagos.
    • Both feature regional form Pokémon, though the way they are presented is different.
    • Both of their Leagues feature challenges rather than Gym battles.