Sabrina is the Gym Leader of the Saffron Gym. Known as "The Master of Psychic Pokémon" ("The Mistress of Psychic-type Pokémon" in Generation IV), she has had psychic powers ever since she was a child, when she accidentally bent a spoon. She apparently dislikes battling, but is hard to beat because she can communicate with her Pokémon telepathically. Her fame has grown so much that even Trainers living in the Sevii Islands have heard of her. Previously, there were two Gyms in Saffron City, a Fighting-type Gym and a Psychic-type Gym. Sabrina used her advantage to defeat the rival Gym and strip them of their Gym status.
She appears to have the ability to see the future. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal she states that three years ago she foresaw the arrival of another strong challenger (realized in the form of Ethan, Kris, and Lyra). After this second defeat, she accepts that her ability of foresight may be limited.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Sabrina has received a major redesign, now sporting a vastly different hairstyle and changing her wardrobe from a conservative dark-red turtleneck to a completely new, more casual-looking outfit. After her initial defeat in Saffron City, she ventures outside of her Gym. She can be found at the dock for the S.S. Aqua in the Olivine City Harbor at any time on Friday. After the player has obtained her phone number here, she can be called during Sunday afternoon to arrange a rematch at the Fighting Dojo she once defeated.
"I knew you were coming... Three years ago I had a vision of your arrival. You're after my Badge. I don't enjoy battling, but it's my duty as a Leader to confer Badge on anyone who has proven him/herself worthy. Since you wish it, I will show you my psychic powers!"
"Your power... It far exceeds what I foresaw... Maybe it isn't possible to fully predict what the future holds... Ok, you win. You earned yourself MarshBadge."
After being defeated
"MarshBadge draws out your subliminal powers... Although I failed to accurately predict your power, this much I know to be true. You will become a celebrated and beloved Champion."
"Your love for your Pokémon overwhelmed my psychic power... The power of love, I think, is also a kind of psychic power..."
"I had a vision of your arrival! I have had psychic powers since I was a child. It started when a spoon I carelessly tossed, bent. I dislike battling, but if you wish, I will show you my powers!"
"This loss shocks me! But a loss is a loss. I admit I didn't work hard enough to win. You earned the MarshBadge."
After being defeated
"The MarshBadge makes Pokémon up to Lv. 70 obey you. Stronger Pokémon will become wild, ignoring your orders in battle! Just don't raise your Pokémon too much to avoid that problem. Wait, please take this TM with you."
"Psychic power isn't something that only a few people have. Everyone has psychic power. People just don't realize it."
"TM04 is Calm Mind. It makes the Pokémon concentrate to raise both Sp. Atk and Sp. Def."
"I knew you were coming... Three years ago I had a vision of your arrival. You’re after my Badge. I don’t enjoy battling, but it’s my duty as a Gym Leader to confer Badges on anyone who has proven him- or herself worthy. Since you wish it, I will show you my psychic powers!"
Sending out last Pokémon
"What will happen after this? I already know."
When last Pokémon is at a critical health
"Was the future I saw...wrong?"
"I get it..."
After being defeated
"Your power... It far exceeds what I foresaw... Maybe it isn’t possible to fully predict what the future holds... OK, you win. You earned yourself the Marsh Badge."
"I failed to accurately predict your power. That means that your power is beyond my psychic ability. You deserve this. Please take this TM, too! It contains Skill Swap! It swaps Abilities between the user and the target. You will become a celebrated and beloved Champion!"
"Your love for your Pokémon smashed my psychic abilities... The ability to love, I think, is some kind of psychic ability..."
"Out of the blue... I get the urge to see the ocean... It may be fun to exchange numbers with you... Do you want mine?"
Yes: "I think I can keep my promises if you call me on Sundays around noon."
No: "I see... I thought you'd make a good friend."
"Now you want to know my number? I can see it in your eyes..."
Taking a picture
"It's you... How about a picture here against the pleasant sea breeze?"
Yes: "Are you ready?"
No: "I see... I thought you'd make a good picture subject..."
"I think it looks good."
Calling the player
"Yeah, this is Sabrina. How are you doing? I'll tell you a little about a Psychic's training. Psychic ability is the power to influence people. You close your eyes and clear your mind of excessive thoughts...then you look hard at your sleeping self. That's it. True Psychics aren't the kind who can move things around with their minds. It's all about controlling your own mind."
"Yeah, this is Sabrina. How are you doing? You.. You'll become even stronger than you are now, I know it... You will defeat every Trainer you face and eventually reach the glowing glory... I just wanted to tell you that. Talk to you later!"
"Hello... Anything new going on with you? I'm the same as usual. There are stronger Gym Leaders than me, you know. That's no good!"
"Hello... Anything new going on with you? I'm the same as usual. I think I've got some free time on Sundays around noon. Could you call me back then?"
"Hello... Anything new going on with you? I'm the same as usual. Ah, wonderful! I've got some free time right now. Would you like to battle again?"
No: "I see... You have the right to refuse an offer. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. But I'm still a little disappointed..."
Yes: "I knew it. That's just like you. So, I'll see you at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City then!"
"...So you've come! I had a vision of your arrival. I have had psychic powers since I was a child. It started when I carelessly threw a spoon aside and it bent itself into an unnatural shape... I dislike battling, but if you wish to... Then I will show you my power!"
"I admit I didn't work hard enough to win."
After being defeated
"Your victory has earned you a Marsh Badge."
"A Marsh Badge raises the level of Pokémon that will obey you to Lv. 70, for Pokémon that you have received from another Trainer. And wait... Please take this TM with you."
"TM33 is Calm Mind. It makes a Pokémon concentrate to boost both its Sp. Atk and Sp. Def in battle. Psychic power isn't something that only a few people have. Everyone has psychic power. People just don't realize it."
"...It's true that psychic power is a potent ability. However, there are things that cannot be overcome with that power alone. I finally understand that now, after losing to you in our last battle. I won't be relying on just psychic power this time. My true strength...my true self... Allow me to test them against you!"
Before battle (subsequent rematches)
"I foresaw that you would come here by looking into the future. But I intentionally didn't look to see who will win out battle. Let's find out together!"
"I won't encounter a Trainer like you for around another three years."
After being defeated
"There was once a time when I was shocked that I lost to you. That feeling is gone now. It's been replaced with a desire to grow strong and live freely, as you do."
"I can sense great ambition in you. I know this because I train Psychic Pokémon. I hold the Marsh Badge and predict that you will be defeated easily. Let us test my prediction and see if I am right. Shall we?"
Ash went on to challenge Sabrina in a one-on-one match, but Pikachu was soon overwhelmed by Sabrina's newly-evolvedKadabra and its strong Psychic powers. After Ash forfeited, Sabrina shrunk down and transported the group to her giant play town. Sabrina's father helped them escape before they were crushed by a ball.
Afterwards, Sabrina's father recommended that Ash catch himself a Ghost Pokemon to defeat Sabrina's Psychic Pokémon. The group then headed to the Lavender Tower, and by the end of The Tower of Terror, Ash managed to befriend a Haunter. Sabrina was only seen during flashbacks in that episode.
Sabrina reappeared in Haunter versus Kadabra, where Ash had a rematch against her upon his return. However, Haunter abandoned him as soon as the challenge began, and Ash's other Pokémon were too scared to face Kadabra. Misty and Brock were subsequently transformed into dolls and placed into Sabrina's dollhouse alongside her mother, who had been stuck there for some time, while Sabrina's father managed to rescue Ash from suffering the same fate.
Later, Sabrina's father formally introduced himself and explained to Ash that his daughter had developed incredibly strong psychic powers that even exceeded his own. She was able to use her psychic powers to do many things, such as teleportation, telepathy, psychokinesis, and transmutation. She soon became obsessed with perfecting them and developed two separate personalities: her younger self and her adult self. At some point, Sabrina became the Saffron City Gym Leader and her notable strengths helped her establish the Gym as a training school for practicing Psychics.
Ash later reunited with Haunter and returned to the Gym once more. However, Haunter disappeared again, forcing Pikachu to battle Kadabra in its place. During the match, Haunter abruptly reappeared and started to playfully tease Sabrina. Haunter's antics delighted Sabrina so much that she was no longer able to contain her emotions and started to laugh. her psychically-linked Pokémon joined along as well. This caused her two personalities to merge back into one, and as a result of this incapacitation, Ash won the Marsh Badge. Afterwards, Haunter chose to stay with Sabrina and her reunited family.
As Sabrina's psychic powers increased, she grew more obsessed with developing them. She also became less emotional, using her abilities for destructive purposes. This caused a deep psychological rift, and the emotions she tried to shut off developed into a separate personality: a young girl who manifested as a puppet around Sabrina. Sabrina's mind was then divided into the cold, callous woman with a thirst for power; and the little girl who just wanted to have fun.
Ash later returned for a rematch in Haunter versus Kadabra. During the battle, Ash's Haunter appeared during the battle and made Sabrina laugh for the first time in years, which caused Kadabra to laugh as well due to the psychic bond it has with Sabrina. Due to this, Sabrina decided to give the Marsh Badge to Ash.
After returning to the Saffron Gym and announcing he wanted to battle Sabrina again, Haunter disappeared, forcing Ash to use his Pikachu once again. Before the battle was completed, however, Haunter appeared in front of Sabrina and started making faces, causing her to smile and laugh for the first time in years. Because Sabrina and Kadabra shared a psychic connection, both her and Kadabra were unable to battle from laughing so hard. After Ash was given the Marsh Badge and was ready to leave, Haunter remained in Saffron City.
When she was a child, Sabrina's Pokémon were all killed by a gigantic Haunter called the Black Fog that used Dream Eater to suck out their souls. After defeating Ash in a Gym battle, Sabrina hears of the Black Fog appearing at the Pokémon Tower, and goes off to defeat it. Unfortunately, she herself falls prey to the Black Fog and her soul is sucked out. Eventually, with Brock and Ash's help, Sabrina is able to defeat the Black Fog. (Although Ash tries to catch it with an Ultra Ball, it kills itself using Selfdestruct rather than let itself be captured.)
She debuts in Meanwhile...Vileplume!, where she is seen floating atop her Kadabra and spots Red leaving with an Eevee that Team Rocket experimented on. She comments how perfect it is that Eevee is in his hands and takes her leave elsewhere. Under Giovanni's orders, Sabrina captured Moltres and brought it to him at Saffron City. She attacks Red at Pallet Town, where she reveals that she has kidnapped Professor Oak and taunts Red by telling him to come to Saffron City. Once they arrive, they find out that Sabrina's Mr. Mime closed off Saffron City with a barrier.
Sabrina as a member of Team Rocket
Once Red, Blue, and Green manage to get past the barrier and inside the Silph Co. building, they are split up and face the three Rocket members alone. Sabrina is paired up against Green, who she forces to relive painful moments of her past by using her psychic abilities to pry into her mind and make her fears look real through illusions. Green eventually escapes the illusions by goading Sabrina into slashing her dress open, revealing two of her Pokémon hidden in her chest. Green's Pokémon use sound attacks to prevent Sabrina from using her powers and causing the illusions to fail. With Sabrina distracted, Green takes this chance to steal Sabrina's Marsh Badge and make her escape.
Sabrina eventually gets out of the attack and finds Red and Green with the Badge Energy Amplifier. Angered, she summons Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno and has them surround Red. When Green activates the machine in order to obtain the new Pokémon she assumed it would create, she accidentally causes the three legendary Pokémon to fuse into one creature. Sabrina commands Thu-Fi-Zer and uses it to attack the three with its great strength. Eventually, it is defeated when Red, Blue, and Green combine their attacks into one and manage to separate the three Pokémon back into their original forms.
Sabrina reappears with Koga and Lt. Surge to help battle the Elite Four on Cerise Island. There, they reveal that after their defeat at the Silph Co. building, they managed to escape and were planning on making a comeback before the Elite Four showed up. Although reluctant, the Rocket triad decides to work together with their former enemies to defeat their common opponents. Sabrina uses the Spoons of Destiny to decide with pair would face which member of the Elite Four. Sabrina is paired up with Green, and the two head off to face Lorelei in battle.
As soon as they arrive to face their opponent, Lorelei binds the two together with her ice handcuffs. Due to their lack of proper teamwork, the battle was only made harder with Sabrina and Green bound together. Eventually, Green defeats Lorelei after revealing the arm that was bound to Sabrina's arm was actually her Ditty in disguise and uses it to tie the villain up. This angers Sabrina, who soon yells at Green for fooling her just like she did to Lorelei. With the battle over, Sabrina leaves Green to meet up with Giovanni, who had also come to help battle. Although she and Lt. Surge suggest restarting Team Rocket again, Giovanni tells the two to go home and continue tending to their Gyms.
The battle with Lorelei gave Sabrina severe frostbite injuries on her wrist. She managed to cure this by traveling to Mt. Silver and bathed in the hot springs found there. There, she encountered Red, who was there to cure his own frostbite injuries, and told him that something was going to happen at the Pokémon League. After leaving, Sabrina leaves Red a note telling him about another hot spring that can cure his frostbite much faster so that he can get to the Pokémon League quickly.
Afterwards, she travels to the Pokémon League to have an exhibition match with the other Kanto Gym Leaders against the Johto Gym Leaders. Sabrina is paired up against Bugsy, whose attempts to befriend her end in vain. Despite the type disadvantage, Sabrina manages to defeat Bugsy with her Mr. Mime, who uses its abilities to create invisible walls to its advantage. When the Masked Man attacks the Pokémon League with his army of mind controlled Team Rocket Grunts, Sabrina assists her fellow Gym Leaders by battling the army. Once the battle had finally ended, Sabrina went back to usual Gym Leader duties.
Much later, she is revealed to have become an actress at Pokéstar Studios. When she notices Whitley having trouble picking a movie to act in, Sabrina has her Alakazam use its abilities to pick out a Brycen-Man movie for her.
This is a listing of Sabrina's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Kadabra is Sabrina's mode of transportation and often carries her on his back. He was able to disguise himself as Professor Oak and presumably other people as well. During Sabrina's battle with Green, he is shown to be one of Sabrina's most powerful Pokémon with very strong moves.
Venomoth was first used to battle Lorelei on Cerise Island. Due to Sabrina and Green's inability to work together, her moves were quickly blown away. Once Green was knocked unconscious, Sabrina was effectively able to knock out Lorelei's Cloyster with a repeated usage of Mega Drain. In the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, Venomoth was seen at the Mt. Silver hot springs and later appeared with Sabrina at the Pokémon League.
Moltres, having been captured near the Indigo Plateau, first appeared on Cinnabar Island, where it fought against Blaine and Red before being sent to Sabrina. During the battle between Red, Blue and Green and the Rocket Triad members Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina, it was merged with Articuno and Zapdos to create Thu-Fi-Zer. Once it was beaten, the three birds separated and returned to the wild.
Sabrina appears in Saffron City, feeling humiliated after Shigeru defeated her and Team Rocket stole her Psychic Lapras. Satoshi finds her and tells her that he is a regular Pokémon Trainer. He, along with Lapras, try to cheer her up. Later, Sabrina and Satoshi teleport to the top floor to put a stop to Giovanni's plans. After defeating Giovanni with the taste of his own medicine, Sabrina gives the Marsh Badge to Satoshi and he heads on to the next town.
Lapras was given away to Satoshi after seeing him bond with it. This Lapras has telepathic abilities, allowing it to communicate with humans.
Sabrina'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.
Although Sabrina's official hair color is grayish-blue, there are many depictions of her with green, purple or black hair.
Even though Sabrina isn't an Aura user, one of her quotes in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen has her describing Psychic abilities in a manner similar to Aura's description.
In Red and Blue, she is the only Gym Leader who uses a Pokémon not of the type she specializes in during Gym battles.
Sabrina uses a Venomoth on her team in all the games in which Koga does not use one on his team, and vice versa.
In FireRed and LeafGreen, two of Sabrina's post-battle quotes seem to have been accidentally swapped, with her talking about psychic powers after giving the player TM04 instead of describing the TM, which she only does if spoken to again afterwards.