Elder (Village of Dragons)
|Hometown||Village of Dragons|
|Anime debut||The Bloom Is on Axew!|
|English voice actor||Kayzie Rogers|
|Japanese voice actor||Wasabi Mizuta|
The Elder (Japanese: おばば様 Matriarch) of the Village of Dragons is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She first appeared in The Bloom Is on Axew!.
In the anime
It was revealed in a flashback that she was the one who gave Iris her Axew, with the intent of developing his skills in Pokémon battles. She believed that Iris had the skills necessary in order to raise Axew to one day become a strong Haxorus.
The elder appeared in another one of Iris's flashbacks in The Dragon Master's Path!, where she saw Iris off on her journey to become a Dragon Master. She told Iris that the journey would bring a lot of different experiences, both good and bad, but explained that these experiences would be important for the growth of her and Axew.
In Iris's flashback in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, the elder witnessed Iris's battle against Drayden during the annual tournament in the Village of Dragons and seemed satisfied with her performance. It is unknown what type of connection she has with Drayden.
In The Lonely Deino!, Iris mentioned that she helped a scared wild Druddigon that wandered into the Village of Dragons.
The elder made a cameo appearance in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. She was seen in a flashback telling Iris about Kyurem.
The elder physically debuted in A Village Homecoming!, when Ash and friends passed by the Village of Dragons. During this period, she was introduced to Ash and Cilan, and observed how Iris had been training her Axew. After Iris introduced her Dragonite to her, the elder was forced to separate it from a Haxorus that was sleeping nearby.
In the next episode, she was seen in a flashback talking to Drayden about Iris's future, and how she can become a Gym Leader and Dragon Master.
The Elder is respected by her community for her knowledge of Dragon-type Pokémon. She evaluates partnerships between beginning Dragon Masters and their first Pokémon, which are typically given to the Trainer at a coming of age. Iris mentioned that the Elder "does not like the cold", presumably similar to Iris's dislike of Ice-type Pokémon.
In The Bloom Is on Axew!, it was revealed that the elder gave Iris her Axew when he was just a day old.
|Debut||In The Shadow of Zekrom!|
|Model sheet for the anime|
In the manga
The elder makes an appearance in the manga adaptation of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.
|French||Vieille Dame||Means Old Lady|
|German||Dorfälteste||Means The Oldest of the Village|
|Italian||Vecchia Saggia||Means Old Wise|
|European Spanish||Anciana de la Aldea||Means Elder of the Village|
|Dutch||Dorpsoudste||Means Village Elder|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Anciã da Vila||Means Elder of the Village|
|Russian||Старейшина Stareyshina||Means Elder|
|Swedish||Byns Äldsta||Means The Oldest of the Village|
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