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Elder (Village of Dragons)

おばば様 Matriarch
Elder BW anime art.png
Gender Female
Eye color Purple
Hair color Gray
Hometown Village of Dragons
Region Unova
Anime debut The Bloom Is on Axew!
English voice actor Kayzie Rogers
Japanese voice actor Wasabi Mizuta

The Elder (Japanese: おばば Matriarch) of the Village of Dragons is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She first appeared in The Bloom Is on Axew!.



The Elder in her home

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 and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, Iris's flashback revealed the elder watching the development of the annual tournament in the Village of Dragons. She witnessed Iris's battle against Drayden 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 finally appeared in person in A Village Homecoming!, when Ash and friends passed by the Village of Dragons.


Iris mentioned that the elder "does not like the cold", indicating that she may not like Ice-type Pokémon, a trait Iris shares with her.


Given away

Iris's Axew
Egg → Axew
Main article: Iris's Axew

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!
Voice actors
Japanese Minami Tsuda
English Kayzie Rogers


Elder M15 character sheet.png
Model sheet for the anime

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 水田わさび Wasabi Mizuta
English Kayzie Rogers
Finnish Unknown voice actress (BW009)
Susa Saukko (BW027, BW100-BW101)
Katja Aakkula (M15)
German Dagmar Dempe
Polish Anna Apostolakis-Gluzińska
Elżbieta Gaertner (M15)
Brazilian Portuguese Gilmara Sanches (BW009)
Elisa Villon (BW027)
Denise Reis (BW100)
Spanish Latin America Anabel Méndez
Spain Amparo Valencia

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

The elder makes an appearance in the manga adaptation of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.


Language Name Origin
Japanese おばば Matriarch
English Village Elder
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
Finnish Vanhin Means Elder
Norwegian Vise Means Wise
Polish Nestorka Means 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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