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Erika

If you were looking for the Coordinator who battled May, see Erica.

Erika
エリカ Erika
"The Nature-Loving Princess!"
HeartGold SoulSilver Erika.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Gray*, Green*, Brown*
Hair color Black*, Blue*, Teal*
Hometown Celadon City
Region Kanto
Relatives None
Trainer class Gym LeaderRBYGSCFRLGHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation I, II, III, IV, V
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Pokémon Stadium, Stadium 2
Leader of Celadon Gym
Badge Rainbow Badge
Specializes in Grass types
Anime debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
English voice actor Leah Applebaum
Japanese voice actor Kyoko Hikami

Erika (Japanese: エリカ Erika) is the Gym Leader of Celadon City's Gym, known officially as the Celadon Gym. She hands out the Rainbow Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She is a serene young woman who specializes in Grass-type Pokémon. She sometimes dresses in elegant kimonos and seems to represent traditional Japanese beauty.

In the games

Erika's title is The Nature-Loving Princess.

Erika is ladylike, and a teacher of flower-arranging. She is a quiet girl, but she's well-known in Celadon City. Erika only collects Pokémon if she considers them attractive, though her definition of attractive seems to include varieties only a botanist could love. She also tends to doze off quite a bit, implying she may be narcoleptic (or simply being affected by the powders given off by the grass Pokémon), but will become inspired after a good match.

In addition to the Rainbow Badge, Erika gives out TM21 (Mega Drain), in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, their remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well as FireRed and LeafGreen, she gives out TM19 (Giga Drain).

She is able to be rebattled in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after talking to her on Saturday or Sunday between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. She is found by Celadon City's fountain. If she is called on Sunday morning, she will happily give a rematch at the Fighting Dojo.

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Erika in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Celadon City - sign
  • What does this person do?
"Celadon City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Erika
The Nature-Loving Princess!"
Celadon Gym - Erika
  • Favorite kind of Pokémon?
"I am a student of the art of flower arranging.
My Pokémon are solely of the Grass type."
Celadon Gym - Lass Lisa*
  • What is this person like?
"Our Leader Erika might be quiet, but she’s famous around here."
Celadon Gym - Beauty Tamia
  • What is this person like?
"We only use Grass-type Pokémon at our Gym.
Why? We also use them for making flower arrangements!"
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..."

Pokémon

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green



Pokémon Yellow



Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Kanto Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Challenge the Champion Lance!


Pokémon Stadium

Round 1


Round 2


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

  •  Before battle
"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."
  • When defeated
"Oh! I concede defeat. You are remarkably strong. I must confer you the Rainbow Badge."
  • After being defeated
"The Rainbow Badge will make Pokémon up to L50 obey. It also allows Pokémon to use Strength in and out of battle. Please also take this with you."
"TM21 contains Mega Drain. Half the damage it inflicts is drained to heal your Pokémon!"
  • If the player doesn't have room for items
"You should make room for this."
  • If talked to after being defeated
"You are cataloging Pokémon? I must say I'm impressed. I would never collect Pokémon if they were unattractive."

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"Hello... Lovely weather, isn't it? It's so pleasant... ...I'm afraid I may doze off... My name is Erika. I am the Leader of Celadon Gym. ...Oh? All the way from Johto, you say? How nice... Oh. I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you wished to challenge me. Very well, but I shall not lose."
  • When defeated
"Oh! I concede defeat... You are remarkably strong... I shall give you Rainbow Badge..."
  • After being defeated
"That was a delightful match. I felt inspired. Please, I wish you to have to TM. It is Giga Drain. It is a wonderful move that drains half the damage it inflicts to heal your Pokémon. Please use it if it pleases you."
"Losing leaves a bitter aftertaste... But knowing that there are strong trainers spurs me to do better..."

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Before battle
"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 am a student of the art of flower arranging. My Pokémon are solely 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."
  • When defeated
"Oh! I concede defeat. You are remarkably strong. I must confer on you the Rainbow Badge."
  • After being defeated
"The Rainbow Badge will make Pokémon up to Lv. 50 obey. It also allows Pokémon to use Strength in and out of battle. Please also take this with you."
"TM19 contains Giga Drain. Half the damage it inflicts is drained to heal your Pokémon. Wouldn't you agree it's a wonderful move?"

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Celadon Gym
  • Before battle
"Hello... Lovely weather, isn't it? It's so pleasant... I'm afraid I might doze off... My name is Erika. I am the Leader of Celadon Gym. ...Oh? You are from Johto, you say? How nice... Oh. I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you wished to challenge me. I know. I have been training myself on not only flower arrangement but also Pokémon battle. I shall not lose."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"Don't go easy on me. Give me everything you've got!"
  • During battle
"Wow, that’s a bit harsh!"
  • When defeated
"Looks like I underestimated you..."
  • After being defeated
"Oh! I concede defeat... You are remarkably strong... I shall give you the Rainbow Badge..."
"That was a delightful match. I felt inspired. Please, I wish you to have this TM19 as a special token. It is Giga Drain. It is a wonderful move that drains half the damage it inflicts to heal your Pokémon. It is indeed a horrifying move."
"Losing leaves a bitter aftertaste... But knowing that there are strong Trainers spurs me to do better..."
Fighting Dojo
  • Before battle
"How are you? Good to see you again! This place doesn't really suit me, but...let's ignore that and battle!"
  • After being defeated
"You have grown even stronger..."
Pokégear Registering (Celadon City)
"Hi, Jasmine. I heard Whitney from Goldenrod City said you were too plain and should look more fancy. Is that true?"

Jasmine: "Yes... I'm thinking maybe I should participate in this Contest in Sinnoh to try and be more vibrant..."

"How did it go?"

Jasmine: "I couldn't bring myself to go to the Contest."

"Oh, I see... Then why don't you try putting on something especially gorgeous?"

Jasmine: "Ah, yes! Maybe I can bring myself to enter the Contest!"

"How about a fancy, light blue outfit with a cape over it?"

Jasmine: "What? That's too embarrassing!"

"I see. You think Clair from Blackthorn is a little embarrassing... I'm just taking notes."

Jasmine: "Oh, no! Erika, that's not what I meant!"

"Hi, <player>. Would you like to exchange numbers?"
Yes: "I am often free in the morning on Sunday. Call me around then."
Pokégear Phone
  • Calling her:
"Hello... Oh, hiya, what's up? Things are sweet over here! My schedule's fairly open on Sunday mornings. Try calling me then, OK?"
  • Her calling the player:
"Do you like plants? Plants are such delicate things. The amount of water, the condition of the soil, the temperature differences, the changing weather... All those little things we don't think about can have such a huge effect."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

  • Before battle (first round)
"My name is Erika, and I love Grass-type Pokémon."
  • Before battle (second round)
"My name is Erika, and I love Grass-type Pokémon. So, you're the one who wishes to challenge me."
  • Before battle (final round)
"My name is Erika, and I love Grass-type Pokémon. I have been training myself on not only flower arrangement but also Pokémon battle. I shall not lose."
  • When defeated
"Oh my! Looks like I underestimated you..."
  • If the player is defeated
"I was afraid I would doze off..."
  • After being defeated
"I concede defeat... You are remarkably strong.... That was a delightful match. I felt inspired."
  • After winning
"I feel inspired by my win. Fighting alongside your beloved Pokémon and winning. This is the joy of being a Pokémon Trainer."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"Oh! I admire your technique. It would make me very happy if I could battle with you again."

Pokémon Puzzle League

  • Before battle
"Oh, hello there. I am quite fond of plant-type Pokémon. How about you? If you desire the Rainbow Badge, you must prove your skill to me. Prepare to battle!"

Artwork

Sugimorierikaoriginal.png Red Blue Erika.png FireRed LeafGreen Erika.png TamamushiCityGymDeck.jpg
Headshot from
Red and Blue
Official artwork from
Generation I
Official artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Artwork from the
Tamamushi City Gym Theme Deck

Sprites

Spr RG Erika.png Spr Y Erika.png Spr GS Erika.png Spr FRLG Erika.png Spr HGSS Erika.png Spr B2W2 Erika.png VSErika.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Yellow
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Erika I OD.png Erika II OD.png Erika III OD.png Erika IV OD.png Erika OD.png Erika Stadium.png S2 Leader Erika.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
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
Portrait from
Stadium
Portrait from
Stadium 2

In the anime

In the main series

A young Erika
Erika in the anime

Erika appeared in Pokémon Scent-sation!, running a perfumery in Celadon City where she sold a special brand of perfume made from the essence of her favorite Pokémon, Gloom. Misty, Brock, and Pikachu were enamored with the scents, but Ash insulted the perfume. In protest, the manager, who was later revealed to be the Gym Leader Erika, had him banned from her store and by extension the greenhouse/Celadon Gym. She also reappeared in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye and Gotta Catch Ya Later!.

Jessie and James were sneaking into the Gym trying to steal the perfume scents to sell them, but they were stamped with a red X and banned from the Gym, too. Ash found them and untied them in exchange for help entering the Gym.

Erika as the manager in her Perfume Shop

Disguised as a girl named Ashley, Ash signed up as a student at the Gym. Erika was reading a fairy tale to some Grass-type Pokémon when he found and recognized her. Pikachu instantly recognized Ash and exposed him. Erika finally agreed to a battle for the Gym Badge. She turned out to be very confident in her abilities, but became too confident when Ash used his Charmander—as Fire was Grass Pokémon's greatest weakness—when she tried to use her Weepinbell. However, their match was interrupted when Team Rocket started a fire in the Gym as revenge for being thrown out.

Ash risked his life to run in and rescue Erika's beloved Gloom, who had once saved her from a wild Grimer when she was a little girl. Out of gratitude, Erika awarded Ash with the Rainbow Badge.

Pokémon


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This listing is of Erika's known Pokémon in the anime:

Erika's Tangela
Tangela
One of Erika's battling Pokémon, Tangela is a strong Pokémon that manages to use its vines and Stun Spore in order to incapacitate the enemy. In its battle against Ash, it managed to take out Bulbasaur by using this combination. Erika then recalled Tangela when Ash sent out his Charmander.

Tangela's known moves are Constrict and Stun Spore.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Weepinbell
Weepinbell
Weepinbell was the next Pokémon Erika sent out to counter Ash's Charmander. Although Erika thought Charmander would be no match against her Grass-type Pokémon, Weepinbell's Razor Leaf was easily knocked away with Flamethrower, and while the Flycatcher Pokémon was dodging the flaming leaves, it was easily finished off with Skull Bash.

It reappeared in a flashback in Bad to the Bone, where it was defeated in a Gym battle by Otoshi's Marowak.

Weepinbell's only known move is Razor Leaf.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Eric Stuart
Erika's Gloom
Gloom
Gloom once saved Erika from a Grimer when she was a girl. From that moment onwards, they have become very close friends.

Erika used Gloom as her final Pokémon in her Gym battle against Ash Ketchum. With its horrid scent, it defeated Charmander easily. But before it could fight with Ash's Pikachu, a bomb placed in the Gym by Team Rocket exploded, setting the Gym ablaze.

Even though everyone managed to escape, Gloom was still trapped in the Gym surrounded by flames. Ash rushed into the Gym and rescued Gloom. In gratitude for saving Gloom, Erika gave Ash the Rainbow Badge.

It also reappeared in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye and Gotta Catch Ya Later!.

None of Gloom's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Voice actors
Japanese Kaori Tsuji
English Kayzie Rogers
At the Celadon Gym
Erika's Exeggcute
Exeggcute
Erika has an Exeggcute that is seen around the Celadon Gym. It is first seen when Erika is telling a story to her students, and one of the Gym caretakers is seen helping it, Bellsprout, and Oddish exercise. It is later seen being recalled into its Poké Ball by a caretaker when the Gym is caught on fire by Team Rocket's bomb.

None of Exeggcute's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Bellsprout, Oddish
Bellsprout, Oddish
Erika has a Bellsprout and Oddish that are seen around the Celadon Gym. They are first seen when Erika is telling a story to her students, and one of the Gym caretakers is seen helping them and Exeggcute exercise. They are later seen cowering in terror under a leaf when the Gym catches on fire by Team Rocket's bomb, and soon are recalled into their Poké Balls by a caretaker of the Gym.

None of Bellsprout's or Oddish's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Gloom
Gloom
Erika has another Gloom which can be seen when Ash (disguised as Ashley) walks into the greenhouse part of the Gym. A caretaker of the Gym is seen wiping the drool from its mouth with a handkerchief.

None of Gloom's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Weepinbell
Weepinbell
Erika has another Weepinbell which can be seen when Ash (disguised as Ashley) walks into the greenhouse part of the Gym. It is sitting next to Erika's other Gloom, and watching a caretaker wipe the drool from the Gloom's mouth. It is then later seen being recalled into its Poké Ball by a Gym caretaker when Team Rocket's bomb causes the Gym to go up in flames.

None of Weepinbell's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Vileplume
Vileplume
Erika has a Vileplume that she lets roam around the Gym. It is first seen watching a Gym caretaker wipe the drool of a Gloom's mouth with a handkerchief. It is then later seen being recalled into its Poké Ball when a bomb set off by Team Rocket causes the Gym to go up in flames.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Victreebel
Victreebel
Erika owns a Victreebel which is only seen sitting next to her Tangela and Gloom when she's telling her students, as well as Misty and Brock, a story. However, unlike other Victreebel that are seen in the series, this one is much smaller than normal Victreebel.

None of Victreebel's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!
Erika's Tangela
Tangela
Erika owns another Tangela which is briefly seen when the Gym caretakers are rushing around the Gym and recalling all of the Grass-type Pokémon within the Gym when a bomb set off by Team Rocket causes the Gym to go up in flames.

None of Tangela's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Scent-sation!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 氷上恭子 Kyoko Hikami
English Leah Applebaum
Czech Jolana Smyčková
German Martina Dunker
Polish Olga Borys
Brazilian Portuguese Letícia Quinto
Spanish Latin America Mariana Ortiz
Spain Gloria Núñez

In Pokémon Origins

Erika in Pokémon Origins

Erika appeared briefly in the episode File 3 - Giovanni of the Pokémon Origins mini-series. She was seen being challenged and later defeated by Red, earning him the Rainbow Badge.

Pokémon

Erika's Vileplume
Vileplume
Vileplume is Erika's only known Pokémon. She used it during her Gym battle against Red, but was defeated by his Charmeleon.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut File 3 - Giovanni

In the manga

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card, Erika appears in Erika and Kaede... and Dark Gloom. She is a childhood friend of Kaede, a Team Rocket operative with allergies to flowers. Kaede had an unfortunate reaction to a flower wreath Erika gave her at a party and ran off in shame. They met again later when Kaede invaded Erika's Gym on behalf of Team Rocket. Erika was overjoyed to see her old friend and seemed to disregard any and all ill plots.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Erika and Blaine

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Erika is an elegant young princess who gives lectures at universities and practices archery. She is allied with the "good" Gym Leaders of Kanto, and often assists Misty and Brock during crises.

She sent Red out on a quest to capture an unusual Eevee that could change at will between its three elemental forms, due to being "modified" in a Team Rocket experiment. Erika threatened to kill Eevee by removing it from the healing machine Red had put it in; however, it turned out that she was just testing Red's character, and she then revealed her true alliance and saved the Eevee. She debuted in Blame it on Eevee.

Erika then starts teaching at the university in Celadon, replacing a dangerous professor. She goes to meet Yellow after hearing about her from Misty, only to hear from one of her teammates that a Red look-alike has been spotted right outside of Celadon City. Pika races to him only to find out it was a disguise and the real Trainer, Miles, was hired by the Elite Four, who then beats her to the ground, threatens to take her life, and uses his Marowak's Bonemerang laced with some of his Paras' Spores to disable Erika while Yellow chases him. She then figures out that to disguise himself as Red, he would've needed to encounter Red's scent in real life and has Blaine called over for assistance.

She is next seen defending Celadon from Lorelei and her Shellder and Cloyster. She then realized that the Good Gym Leaders of Kanto were simply being stalled so Lance could carry out his real plan, and hoped that Yellow and Blaine had found out the same. She also realized that they were being targeted so the Elite Four could get their hands on the Gym Leader's Badges, which one of the Shellder finally retrieved from her and Misty.

Erika is the supervisor of the Kanto Gym Leaders, meaning that she was automatically pitted against Pryce, the Leader of the Johto Gym Leaders, in the exhibition tournament held at the Indigo Plateau in the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. She lost that match and was later lured into the Magnet Train along with the other Gym Leaders to fight masked Team Rocket Grunts. She witnessed Misty's sudden burst of strength and gave her a flower brooch. Erika was on the front half of the train which later was about to crash into a dead end, but Red appeared out of nowhere to stop the train. Erika then lent Red her Pokégear.

Pokémon

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

Angela
Angela
Angela (Japanese: モンちゃん Mon-chan), Erika's Tangela, first appeared on Cycling Road, where it hopped in front of Red on his bicycle and was nearly run over. Later on, Erika used it to fight Red's Saur when Red and Bill confronted her, thinking that she had been working with Team Rocket. During the Elite Four's invasion of Kanto, it was used to fight off their Ice-type Pokémon that had been attacking Celadon City.

Angela's known moves are Bind, Vine Whip, Absorb, and Growth.

Debut Blame it on Eevee!
Erika's Vileplume
Vileplume
Vileplume was first sent out to defend Erika from an attacking Drowzee. When Erika fought Red, she used Vileplume against Pika, lasting a long time before Erika ended the match and awarded Red the Badge. It was later seen when Erika met up with Yellow.

Vileplume's known moves are Petal Dance, Substitute, and Swords Dance, and its Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut Blame it on Eevee!
Erika's Bellsprout

Erika's Victreebel
Bellsprout → Weepinbell → Victreebel
Victreebel first appeared as a Bellsprout during Erika's battle with Red, where it used Mimic to defeat Red's Poli. Later, during the Yellow chapter, it was revealed to have fully evolved.

Victreebel's only known move is Mimic.
Victreebel has also used Double Slap* via Mimic.

Debut Meanvile Vileplume!
Erika's Gloom

Erika's Bellossom
Gloom → Bellossom
Bellossom was first seen as a Gloom during the good Gym Leader's battle with Super Nerd Miles. Very little was known about it due to its brief appearance. It is later seen accompanying Erika, Brock and Misty to Goldenrod City for the Gym Leader conference. It was used in Erika's match with Pryce, where it used its Petal Dance against the old man's Swinub. It also fought against Team Rocket.

Bellossom's only known move is Petal Dance, and its Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut Paras Sight
Erika's Skiploom
Skiploom
Skiploom was used by Erika in her battle with Pryce during the Gym Leader tournament.

Skiploom's known moves are Stun Spore and Synthesis.

Debut Bringing up Bellossom

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Erika in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Erika appears in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga in the chapter A Tough Battle With The Powerful Venusaur!!. She appears with her Venusaur, preparing to help Red defeat Team Rocket. Red and Erika attempt to steal the Silph Scope from Team Rocket as they guard the Gym searching for Erika and Red. They hide in the bulb of Erika's Venusaur but are eventually exposed due to Clefairy "passing gas" inside the bulb. Team Rocket captures them, but they eventually escape.

Later, she appears in a performance on stage showing her Oddish in which it evolved into a Gloom and then into a Vileplume, which didn't please the judges.

In this series, Erika's father is the Silph Co.'s president.

Pokémon

On hand
Erika's Venusaur
Venusaur
Venusaur is Erika's main Pokémon. It first appeared hiding in a plant, surprising Clefairy by grabbing him with its vine. Afterwards, Clefairy had a battle with it, in which Clefairy wasn't doing too well at first but managed to defeat Venusaur in the end after reflecting Solar Beam with Barrier. When Team Rocket came, Red and the others hid in Venusaur's bulb so they wouldn't get caught.

Venusaur's known moves are Poison Powder and Solar Beam.

Debut A Tough Battle With The Powerful Venusaur!!
Erika's Gloom

Erika's Vileplume
Oddish → Gloom → Vileplume
Erika brought along Oddish to a performance on stage in which it evolved into Gloom and then into Vileplume as part of the act.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut The No. 1 Pokémon!!
Status unknown
Erika's Other Grass types
Other Grass types
Oddish, Gloom, Bellsprout, Exeggutor and Tangela are some other Grass-type Pokémon Erika has. They were only seen tending her garden. However, since they were only seen at her garden, it is unknown if they are officially hers or if either the Oddish or Gloom is the same one as the one from the No. 1 Pokémon contest that Erika entered in The No. 1 Pokémon!!.
Debut A Tough Battle With The Powerful Venusaur!!
Stolen from her father
Erika's father's Porygon
Porygon
Erika's father created Porygon prior to Team Rocket's takeover of Silph Co. When Giovanni's twin brother held her father hostage, it was revealed that he took the Porygon and multiplied them for his evil deeds.

Porygon's only known move is Psybeam.

Debut Finish Off Team Rocket!!

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

When Satoshi reaches Celadon City, he challenges the Gym Leader, Erika, to a battle. In the middle of the battle, Charmeleon accidentally burns Erika's kimono and responds by slashing. Erika was about to be declared the winner but Erika mentions that Satoshi raised his Charmeleon well and gives him the Rainbow Badge.

Pokémon

Erika's Vileplume
Vileplume
Vileplume is Erika's only known Pokémon. She sent it out to battle Satoshi's Charmeleon, only for Vileplume to get burned in the process (also burning Erika's kimono).

Vileplume's only known move is Petal Dance.

Debut Celadon City

In the TCG

In the Trading Card Game, the card Erika allows each player to draw up to three cards. Another card, Erika's Kindness, demonstrates her kindness, depicting her as helping a Growlithe out of the rain. Erika's Maids enables the player to trade two cards in a hand for two Pokémon in the deck, both with Erika in their names. Charity is attached to the player's Active Pokémon, and if that Pokémon is not knocked out, the card returns to the owner's hand; it allows the player to reduce the damage their attacks inflict on the Defending Pokémon. Erika's Perfume allows the player to peek at the hand of the opponent and force them to summon any number of basic Pokémon from the hand to the Bench.

As in the anime, she also appears to make fragrances, such as LeAF, depicted on Erika's perfume.

Erika has an eponymous Theme Deck in the Gym Heroes expansion. Its Japanese counterpart is based on the Celadon Gym.

Artwork

Artwork from the cards:

ErikaTCG1.jpg Erikas-Charity.jpg Erikas-Kindness.jpg Erikas-Maids.jpg
Erika and the Rainbow Badge Erika smiles Erika helps a lost Growlithe Erika and her maids
Erikas-Good-Manners.jpg Erikas-Perfume.jpg ErikaVS.png
Erika and an ikebana arrangement of Bellsprout
and evolutions in a Vileplume-shaped planter
Erika's perfume Erika's updated VS art

Cards

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

Erika'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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Erika's Clefable Colorless Gym Heroes Rare Holo 3/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
Erika's Dragonair Colorless Gym Heroes Rare Holo 4/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
Erika's Vileplume Grass Gym Heroes Rare Holo 5/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
      Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Clefairy Colorless Gym Heroes Rare 25/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Victreebel Grass Gym Heroes Rare 26/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Erika's Dratini Colorless Gym Heroes Uncommon 42/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Erika's Exeggcute Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 43/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Exeggutor Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 44/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Gloom Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 45/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Gloom Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 46/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Oddish Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 47/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Weepinbell Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 48/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Weepinbell Grass Gym Heroes Uncommon 49/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Bellsprout Grass Gym Heroes Common 75/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Bellsprout Grass Gym Heroes Common 76/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Erika's Exeggcute Grass Gym Heroes Common 77/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Oddish Grass Gym Heroes Common 78/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Erika's Tangela Grass Gym Heroes Common 79/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
      Tamamushi City Gym    
Erika's Venusaur Grass Gym Challenge Rare Holo 4/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Erika's Bellsprout Grass Gym Challenge Uncommon 38/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Bulbasaur Grass Gym Challenge Uncommon 39/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Erika's Clefairy Colorless Gym Challenge Uncommon 40/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Ivysaur Grass Gym Challenge Uncommon 41/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Erika's Jigglypuff Colorless Gym Challenge Common 69/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Erika's Oddish Grass Gym Challenge Common 70/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Erika's Paras Grass Gym Challenge Common 71/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Erika's Bellossom Grass       Pokémon VS Common 059/141
Erika's Jumpluff Grass       Pokémon VS Common 060/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Erika T Gym Heroes Rare Holo 16/132 Tamamushi City Gym    
Gym Heroes Rare 100/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Charity T Gym Heroes Rare 99/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Celadon City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Uncommon 107/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Maids T Gym Heroes Uncommon 109/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Perfume T Gym Heroes Uncommon 110/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Good Manners T Gym Heroes Uncommon 111/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Erika's Kindness T Gym Challenge Rare 103/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
 

Trivia

  • Erika's Japanese Leader title is 自然を愛するお嬢様.
  • Erika's Pokémon Yellow sprite had been altered from the original games. The only other significant opponents to be changed were Blue, Brock, and Misty, based on their prominent anime counterparts.
  • In every battle against Erika, at least one of her Pokémon knows a sleep-inducing move.
  • Erika's Generation III sprite is the only one of her sprites that does not have a Poké Ball in it.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, in her rematch team, Erika's Victreebel and Bellossom don't level up at all, both staying at Level 56.
  • If one looks closely at her hairband and obi in the HeartGold and SoulSilver artwork, the heart-shaped crest from the HeartGold logo can be seen.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Erika's hairband and obi are red in her official artwork, battle sprite and VS sprite, and magenta in her overworld sprite.
  • Despite her artwork, she appeared in the anime with blue hair instead of black.
  • She, alongside Sabrina, is also the only Gym Leader to have been defeated in the anime by Ash out of sequence with the games, if one discounts the change in order between Diamond and Pearl and Platinum.
  • Erika is the only Kanto Gym Leader to have the same Japanese and English name.
    • She also was the only Gym Leader in general to have the same Japanese and English name until Generation V.
    • Also, Erika's Badge, the Rainbow Badge, is the only Kanto Badge to have the same Japanese and English name.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese エリカ Erika From the Erica genus.
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Erika Same as Japanese.
Korean 민화 Minhwa hwa means flower. Alternatively, 민화 means "folk tale".
Chinese (Mandarin) 艾莉嘉 Àilìjiā (anime)
莉佳 Lìjiā (manga)
Transliteration of Erika. In addition, 艾 (ài) refers to "mugwort," while () means "jasmine."
Transliteration of Rika in Erika.
Chinese (Cantonese) 艾莉佳 Ngaaihleihgāai Mandarin-based transliteration of Erika.


References



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


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Last modified on 31 October 2014, at 13:33