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メリッサ Melissa
"The Alluring, Soulful Dancer!"
Diamond Pearl Fantina.png
Artwork from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Violet
Hair color Violet
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPt
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation IV, V
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Black 2 and White 2, Masters
Leader of Hearthome Gym
Badge Relic Badge
Specializes in Ghost types
English voice actor Karen Strassman (Masters)
Japanese voice actor N/A
Anime debut Playing the Leveling Field!
English voice actor Bella Hudson
Japanese voice actor Kikuko Inoue

Fantina (Japanese: メリッサ Melissa) is a sophisticated Trainer and Coordinator who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon. She is the Gym Leader of Hearthome City's Gym, known officially as the Hearthome Gym, and hands out the Relic Badge to those who defeat her. An expert in Pokémon Contests, she usually competes in Master Rank Super Contests and is a member of the Ribbon Syndicate.

She is apparently not from the country the games are set in, and often peppers her speech with phrases of French (English in the Japanese and French versions).


In the games

Fantina speaks a mix of French and broken English (only broken Japanese in Japanese version, broken French with English in French version) and is from another country. Upon arriving in Sinnoh, she decided to become a Contest performer, so she dresses up in fancy outfits for Pokémon Contests. She considers herself to be a Contest Expert and can occasionally be competed against in Super Contests, in which she uses her Drifblim, nicknamed Loony (Japanese: ばるん Balloon).

She also studied Pokémon and eventually attained the title of Gym Leader. Fantina uses Ghost-type Pokémon in her battles. For defeating her, Trainers receive the Relic Badge, TM65 (Shadow Claw) and are able to use Surf outside of battle (Defog in Platinum).

In Diamond and Pearl, she cannot be challenged until after the player has received HM03 (Surf) from Cynthia's grandmother in Celestic Town.

In Platinum, she is battled much earlier in the game and will make her Gym available to players as soon as they talk to her at the Contest Hall. She can be battled again at the Battleground and occasionally visits the Villa. Fantina claims to be a fan of Arcade Star Dahlia's dancing style and a member of the Ribbon Syndicate of the Resort Area. She also mentions making regular visits to the Lost Tower.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Gym battle


Pokémon Super Contests

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Ghost Flying
Ominous Wind
Focus Energy

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon


Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Hearthome CityDP
"Oh, I'm so sorry! Please excuse me. Are you entering a Contest? Tehehe... Enjoy yourself, please! Incidentally, Fantina, the Hearthome Gym Leader, also happens to be a Contest expert. And you may ask yourself, how do I know this? Well, I am Fantina! You may challenge me, but not yet! You must become much stronger. Then, you may challenge me!"
Contest HallPt
"Yes? I beg your pardon? Ah, oui, Contests you are here for? I hope very much you enjoy them. Incidentally, Fantina, the Gym Leader of Hearthome, is also a Contestant. She is, how do you say, très fantastique! Fantina being myself, of course! Mmm, let me see... You also seem to be très strong. Enfin, so it shall be. I wait for you at the Gym!"
Hearthome Gym
  • Before battle
"Ohohoho!! Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That is why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also, I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That is what a Gym Leader does, non?"
  • After the opponent sends out their last Pokémon
"Oh, heavens. What is this? Is this my final Pokémon?"
  • When the opponent's last Pokémon is at critical health
"Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know now why I have lost."
  • After being defeated
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable! I shall honor it with this Gym Badge!"
"That Badge will let you use the hidden move SurfDP/DefogPt outside of battle. Also, you can make use of this Technical Machine. That is what I think."
"That TM65... It contains Shadow Claw. A very startling move it is. Its hits turn critical often!"
  • If talked to again
"FiveDP/ThreePt Gym Badges... But you must not forget this. There are many other Trainers. Strong Trainers, too. There are many more in Sinnoh. Have patience! You must become stronger, one at a time."
"Oh, c'est fantastique! This is where you practice dancing, non?"
"Whenever and wherever, dance, dance, dance! If you dance all the time, the dancing at the Contests, they become challenges no longer."
"Ooh la la! This is very nice! It is often that I come to the Resort Area also. It is because the Ribbon Syndicate, it is here. Therefore, I will visit your Villa often also!"
"Ooh la la! I have an inspiration! The combination of moves for a Contest, it has come to me in a flash! Very well We shall meet at the Contest Hall, yes?"
"You! Have you met Dahlia? She of the Battle Arcade? That woman! The way she dances! Especially the way she wiggles! Ooh la la! I love her style!"

Scenario 1

  • Before battle
"Finally, you have arrived! So, you shall challenge me. And I shall win. You will be startled by how much stronger I have become!"
Yes: "Ohohoho!!"
No: "You... You disappoint me. It is very sad. But, realize, you have not beaten me if you refuse."
If talked to again after the player answered "No": "This time, you shall challenge me, yes? But I shall win. You will be startled by how much stronger I have become!"
  • When the opponent's last Pokémon is at critical health
"Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know why I have lost."
  • After being defeated
"You are an amazing person! Très fantastique! I am delighted--for now I have a purpose! My purpose, it is to defeat you! It is a gift from you to me!"

Scenario 2

  • Before battle
"Oh? It is you? Are you not taking part in Contests? Since you are involving yourself in Contest, you should challenge me."
Yes: "Pokémon battles, they are fun, always without fail. Why, you ask? Because, in those moments, we are at our most serious."
No: "No? Well, that is OK, also. Just seeing your face, it has made me happy."
If talked to again after the player answered "No": "Yes, what is it? I accept your challenge if you give it!"
  • When the opponent's last Pokémon is at critical health
"It is too difficult, but... Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Upon being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know why I have lost."
  • After being defeated
"I wish to battle as if I were dancing."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"You shall challenge me, yes? But I shall win. That is what the Gym Leader of Hearthome does, non?"
  • Before battle (second round)
"I also study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That is what the Gym Leader of Hearthome does, non?"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I learned a lot of things in the Sinnoh region. Also, I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That is what the Gym Leader of Hearthome does, non?"
  • Upon being defeated
"You are so fantastically strong. I know why I have lost."
  • If the player is defeated
"You are strong. But it's me who won."
  • After battle (if the player won)
"I am dumbfounded! So very, very strong! You, your Pokémon, so strong! Your power is admirable!"
  • After battle (if the player lost)
"Never give up, never surrender! There are many other Trainers. Strong Trainers, too. There are many more in this world. Have patience! You must become stronger, one at a time."
  • In the lobby (after the tournament)
"I'm so very happy! Because you're so very strong! There's so much I can learn from you. I can become even stronger. When I do, let's battle again!"


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Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
VS model from
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Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Sprite from the Badge Case Model from

In the anime

In the main series

Fantina in the anime

Despite the group having traveled through Hearthome City twice, once in Dawn's Early Night! and a second time in Arriving in Style!, the Hearthome Gym remained closed with the Gym Leader nowhere in sight. Fantina had left a note saying that she was going on a journey for a while, and to not look for her. She finally appeared in Playing The Leveling Field!, where she had a practice Contest Battle with Zoey. Although she won the battle with relative ease, she complimented Zoey on her skills and said that she was a formidable opponent. She later battled and defeated Ash, the defeat prompting him to come up with a special tactic to counter Fantina's Pokémon's sleep-inducing skills, which Fantina dubbed the Counter Shield.

In her debut episode, it was revealed that as soon as she arrived in the Sinnoh region she decided to take part in Pokémon Contests. She excelled at them and, with the help of her Misdreavus, she was able to win the Grand Festival. After becoming a Top Coordinator, she was invited to assume the position of Gym Leader for Hearthome City's new Pokémon Gym, which she accepted. As a Gym Leader she was faced with new responsibilities and her desire was to offer a good battle to the many Trainers who would come to challenge her. In order to achieve that goal, she went on a journey to develop a unique battle style, combining the raw power of regular battles with the stylish moves of Pokémon Contests, and that was her reason for temporarily leaving the Gym.

It was also revealed that she battled Alan twice with him winning the second time after evolving his Nosepass. In Aiding the Enemy!, it was revealed that Paul had managed to defeat her.

Ash met with Fantina upon returning to Hearthome City in Barry's Busting Out All Over! and had an official Gym battle against her in Shield with a Twist!, where he defeated her and earned the Relic Badge, his fifth Sinnoh League Badge overall.

In Gotta Get a Gible!, it was revealed that Fantina had once again left her Gym, so Barry had to take a number in order to battle her when she came back.

Fantina in the panel of judges

Fantina appeared from Last Call — First Round! to A Grand Fight for Winning!, having yet again left the Gym in order to join Mr. Contesta, Mr. Sukizo, and Nurse Joy in the judging panel for the Sinnoh Grand Festival as a special guest judge. Fantina was very excited throughout the competition and on some occasions she would rise from her seat to comment on a combination she felt was impressive. After the final battle between Dawn and Zoey, she was the one who handed Zoey the Ribbon Cup.

She made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.


As a Top Coordinator who is also a Gym Leader, Fantina possesses experiences from different fields and can be quite challenging. Whether competing in Pokémon Contests or facing challengers at the Hearthome Gym, she prioritizes stylish techniques. She also likes to use moves that may inflict status conditions, such as Hypnosis and Psybeam.

Fantina has a tendency to break into dance regularly and she is also known for including French words in her sentences, such as "s'il vous plaît". As evidenced by her clothing and demeanor, she has a flamboyant personality. She likes to see that trait in others as well, as shown when she praised Jessilina's performance during the Sinnoh Grand Festival.


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

Fantina's Misdreavus

Fantina's Mismagius
Misdreavus → Mismagius
Mismagius is one of Fantina's main Pokémon. It has been with her since it was still a Misdreavus and has helped her to win the Grand Festival and become a Top Coordinator. It was first seen in Playing The Leveling Field!, where it was taking part in a Contest Battle against Zoey's Glameow. It was ultimately able to easily defeat the Catty Pokémon by using combination moves. It was seen later when Fantina was with Ash and his friends in the Pokémon Center.

It reappeared in Barry's Busting Out All Over!, when Fantina used it in battle against Team Rocket. It reappeared again in Shield with a Twist! as one of the Pokémon used by Fantina against Ash. During their Gym battle, Mismagius faced off against Ash's Chimchar, where, like Gengar, it was unable to withstand the Counter Shield and was eventually knocked out.

Mismagius's known moves are Psybeam, Magical Leaf, Psywave, and Dark Pulse.

Debut Playing The Leveling Field!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Sarah Natochenny
Fantina's Drifblim
Egg → Drifloon → Drifblim
Main article: Fantina's Drifblim

Drifblim is Fantina's main Pokémon, having raised it since it was an Egg. It first appeared as a Drifloon in Playing The Leveling Field! where it was used in a practice battle against Ash and completely overwhelmed his team with Hypnosis before evolving into Drifblim.

After training, Ash returned for an official Gym battle where Drifblim proved to be more powerful than before, managing to put to sleep and knock out Pikachu and Buizel before being defeated by Chimchar.

Debut Playing The Leveling Field!
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Bella Hudson
Fantina's Gengar
Gengar first appeared in a flashback in Playing The Leveling Field!. It was the first Pokémon to be used during the Gym battle against Ash in Shield with a Twist!. Gengar went up against Buizel and Ash struggled against the quick Ghost-type, however Buizel was able to use the newly-developed Counter Shield technique and was able to defeat Gengar.

Gengar's known moves are Shadow Punch, Hypnosis, and Night Shade, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Playing The Leveling Field!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Bill Rogers


Ribbons obtained

This listing is of the Ribbons Fantina has obtained:

Grand Festival ranking

Fantina has competed in the following Grand Festival tournaments:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 井上喜久子 Kikuko Inoue
English Bella Hudson
Finnish Jenni Sivonen (DP093-DP102)
Ella Pyhältö (DP174-DP177)
Polish Katarzyna Łaska (DP093-DP102)
Katarzyna Pysiak-Owczarz (DP174-DP177)
Brazilian Portuguese Cláudia Carli (DP093, DP101-DP102)
Denise Reis (DP174-DP177)
Spanish Latin America Georgina Sánchez
Spain Mercedes Cepeda

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Fantina (center left) in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Fantina briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer as part of a team with Sabrina and Elesa.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Fantina and her Mismagius with Byron and his Bronzong

Fantina appeared in Perturbed by Pachirisu. When two women were making rude comments about rookie contestants during the Master Rank contest, she sent out her Drifblim to carry them out and throw them back where the Normal Rank contest was taking place. The next day, Fantina met Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum in person, and transported the trio on her Drifblim to the Lost Tower just as Paka and Uji had spotted Platinum. There, Diamond and Pearl treated Fantina to their comedy while Platinum witnessed a battle on the lower floors of the tower. Fantina took the trio to Solaceon Town afterwards and left.

Fantina saved Diamond and Pearl from a fall in Celestic Town, and offered to take the trio back to Hearthome, where they discovered that she was the city's Gym Leader, saying that her studies for the lifetime passion of Pokémon Contests granted her the title. Fantina watched as Platinum made her way through the quizzes given by the Gym easily and took up the challenge, after which her Drifblim was beaten after Platinum's Empoleon manipulated it into freezing itself using its own wind. Her Mismagius, however, proved to be much trickier; its Trick Room turned Empoleon's speed against it, and beat it easily. It then trapped Platinum and the borrowed Lax in an illusion where the Pokémon was in a room full of its favorite sweets and Platinum suffered. Before long though, the girl managed to subvert the illusion in her favor with Pearl's help, and defeated the Mismagius.

After the battle, Fantina and the trio learned of the disappearance of Professor Rowan and Platinum's father, Mr. Berlitz. She lent her Drifblim to the trio to assist with their emergency.

She later appeared on the Spear Pillar with the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders where she fought Team Galactic Commander Saturn along with Roark and together they defeated him. They later fought Cyrus on the top of the Spear Pillar and with the help of her fellow Gym Leaders, they managed to break his Red Chain controlling Dialga and Palkia. However, it was revealed that the one they destroyed was the artificial one he had made earlier and they were all defeated by him.


Fantina's Drifblim
Main article: Fantina's Drifblim

Drifblim is the first Pokémon seen on Fantina's team and is her main mode of transportation. Drifblim first appears after Platinum wins her first Pokémon Contest where she throws the two women who attempted to sabotage her Contest in the trash. Drifblim is used to take Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum to the Lost Tower and later appears at the Celestic Ruins where she saves Diamond and Pearl's lives after they fall off of a stone pillar created by Cyrus' Probopass. Fantina used her in her Gym battle against Platinum where she fought her Empoleon, and despite putting up a good fight, was defeated when Empoleon used her Blizzard to freeze her. Fantina lent her to Platinum after she learned that her father had gone missing. Drifblim was later lent to Diamond who used her in a failed attempt to stop Team Galactic from capturing Mesprit. Drifblim returned to her Trainer when the Gym Leaders arrived to confront Cyrus at the Spear Pillar.

Debut Perturbed by Pachirisu
Fantina's Mismagius
Mismagius is Fantina's strongest Pokémon and main battler. Mismagius was first seen watching Fantina's Drifblim throw the two women in the trash after they attempted to sabotage Platinum's Contest challenge. She was used to battle Platinum in her Gym battle and she fought the Munchlax she borrowed from Diamond, using her powers to create powerful illusions before eventually being defeated by his Fling. She was later used to battle Saturn's Pokémon on the Spear Pillar and later fought Cyrus in order to destroy the first Red Chain.

Mismagius's known moves are Trick Room, Dark Pulse, and Energy Ball, and her Ability is Levitate.

Debut Perturbed by Pachirisu
Fantina's Duskull
Duskull was first seen rescuing Diamond and Pearl after they fell off a pillar created Cyrus' Probopass. Fantina used her against Platinum's Munchlax in their Gym battle, where she was easily defeated by Munchlax's Lick attack. She was later used to battle Saturn's Pokémon on the Spear Pillar alongside Mismagius.

None of Duskull's moves are known, and her Ability is Levitate.

Debut Problematic Probopass and Mad Magnezone III

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Fantina's first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! is a brief cameo in chapter 7 handing a Badge to Hareta. She is subsequently offended when he calls her "Grandma". Later in The Legendary Pokémon Captured, she sends out her Drifblim in order to fight Team Galactic.


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In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

Fantina makes an appearance in a flashback in PMDP07.

In the TCG

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

Fantina'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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Mismagius Pokémon GL Psychic Rising Rivals Rare Holo 10/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare Holo 046/090
Gengar Pokémon GL Psychic Rising Rivals Uncommon 40/111 Bonds to the End of Time Rare 065/090
Mismagius Pokémon GL LV.X Psychic Rising Rivals Rare Holo LV.X 110/111 DPt-P Promotional cards   011/DPt-P


  • During the Gym battle in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Fantina exclaims "Never give up, never surrender!", the catchphrase from the 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest.
  • In the Japanese and French versions she speaks English, while in the Danish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish versions she has a noticeable French accent.
    • In the English dub of the anime, she also spoke with a French accent.
  • Although Fantina's dress incorporates elements of Drifblim, she only uses a Drifblim in the Gym rematch in Pokémon Platinum.
  • In the anime, Ash intended to battle Fantina and win the Relic Badge on his first visit to Hearthome City, as his third Badge. While this would have meant that he went out of order compared to Diamond and Pearl, this is the correct order in Platinum, which came out shortly before Ash finally battled her for the Relic Badge (as his fifth).
  • Fantina is similar to Juan in that both speak French (Juan does so in the original Japanese version and Chuang Yi's English translation of Pokémon Adventures), and both are Coordinators and Gym Leaders. Juan appeared in a flashback in the episode Fantina debuted in.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Fantina uses an Origin Forme Giratina without a Griseous Orb in The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon, despite being outside the Distortion World.


Language Name Origin
Japanese メリッサ Melissa From the genus Melissa and the name Melissa (a name of Western origin that denotes her status as an immigrant)
English, Spanish Fantina From phantom and possibly fantasia (show tango)
German Lamina From Lamia, a Greek mythological spirit
French Kiméra From chimera
Italian Fannie From fantasma (phantom)
Korean 멜리사 Melissa Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 梅麗莎 / 梅丽莎 Méilìshā Transcription of her Japanese name. Possibly from 美麗 / 美丽 měilì (beautiful) and 魅力 mèilì (charm, enchantment).
Chinese (Cantonese) 梅麗莎 Mùihlàihsā Transcription of her Japanese name. Contains 麗 làih (beautiful).
Russian Фантина Fantina Transcription of her English name
Vietnamese Melissa Transcription of her Japanese name

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