This article is about the Gym Leader. For the anime-exclusive town in the Kanto region, see Gardenia Town.

ナタネ Natane
"Master of Vivid Plant Pokémon"
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Gardenia.png
Art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Orange
Hair color Orange and black
Hometown Eterna City
Region Sinnoh
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPtBDSP
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation IV, V, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum,
Black 2 and White 2,
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl,
Masters EX
Leader of Eterna Gym
Badge Forest Badge
Specializes in Grass types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Erica Mendez[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Haruka Ito[2] (Masters EX)
Anime debut The Grass-Type is Always
English voice actor Lara Starr Rigores
Japanese voice actor Chieko Honda

Gardenia (Japanese: ナタネ Natane) is the Gym Leader of Eterna City's Gym, known officially as the Eterna Gym. She hands out the Forest Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Grass-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Gardenia uses Grass-type Pokémon in her battles. For defeating her, Trainers receive the Forest Badge, TM86 (Grass Knot), and the ability to use Cut outside of battle. Gardenia likes to explore the Eterna Forest. Unlike most Gym Leaders, challengers are required to beat all of her students to challenge her.

She appears in front of the Old Chateau to warn the player of the mysterious stories of hauntings surrounding it. She hints at herself being afraid of ghosts. Later, in Platinum, she will appear occasionally for rematches at the Battleground. She will also sometimes visit the Villa and will always arrive when the Houseplant is purchased. One of her lines of dialog at the Villa confirms her dislike of Ghost-types and she notes that she is worried about what would happen if there was a Grass/Ghost Pokémon, a type combination that had never materialized prior to Generation VI.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Gym battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Gardenia 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, Roserade.

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Gym battle


Battle Tower
Master Rank Single Battles (Rank 2)

Master Class Double Battles (Rank 3)

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Gardenia (Masters)

Gardenia forms a sync pair with Roserade in Pokémon Masters EX. Gardenia became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#031   Gardenia #0407   Roserade
  ★★★★ Selected after Chapter 2
Sync Pair Scout



Official artwork from Diamond and Pearl
by Ken Sugimori[3]
Sticker Template background from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Sprites and models

Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and
Shining Pearl
Battle Tower VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Sprite from the Badge Case from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Sprite from the Badge Case from
Brilliant Diamond and
Shining Pearl


Main article: Gardenia/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Gardenia in the anime

Gardenia debuted in The Grass-Type Is Always Greener. She was first seen unsuccessfully attempting to catch a wild Gloom in the Eterna Forest. She then ran off to see Ash's Turtwig, which she complimented. After that, Gardenia had a short battle with Ash, revealing to him that the Eterna City Gym Leader specialized in Grass-type Pokémon, but she refrained from identifying herself as the Gym Leader. During the battle, she sent out Cherubi first, though she soon recalled it. She then sent out her own Turtwig, which defeated both Ash's Turtwig and Staravia.

Gardenia informed Ash, his friends, and Cheryl that she knew about a Combee wall near some Pomeg Berry flowers, and she joined them during their search for the Amber Castle. The group was confronted by Team Rocket, but instead of being horrified to learn they were thieves, Gardenia became infatuated with James's Carnivine and Cacnea instead. She eventually decided to battle the trio after seeing Jessie's Seviper, and also rescued Cheryl's Mothim. Gardenia later left the group after receiving a message from a Nuzleaf regarding some urgent business.

Ash and his friends encountered Gardenia again at the Eterna Historical Museum in A Secret Sphere of Influence!. Gardenia instantly recognized Nando, who had been apprehended by Officer Jenny on suspicion of theft, from his recent Gym match victory against her. Ash and the others were surprised to learn that Gardenia was in fact the Eterna Gym Leader. Later, Gardenia and her Turtwig helped recover the stolen item in question, the Adamant Orb, which had actually been stolen by Team Rocket.

James giving Cacnea to Gardenia

Gardenia had a Gym battle with Ash in The Grass Menagerie!. Turtwig went up against Cherubi first, but it was recalled. Staravia then defeated Cherubi. After Staravia was defeated by Gardenia's Turtwig's Leech Seed, Ash defeated it with his own Turtwig. Next, Roserade defeated Ash's Turtwig with its Weather Ball, but later, it was defeated by Aipom's Swift and Focus Punch combination, thus earning Ash the Forest Badge.

Gardenia visited Emeragrove Town to promote Pokémon battling in Once There Were Greenfields. She took part in a Tag Battle alongside James, where they went up against Ash and Dawn. Gardenia's Turtwig and James's Cacnea went up against Ash's Aipom and Dawn's Pachirisu. Following Gardenia's instructions, James witnessed Cacnea as it used Drain Punch for the first time. Turtwig was taken out first because Gardenia was paying closer attention to Cacnea, and soon, Ash and Dawn emerged victorious. After the battle, she offered to train James's Cacnea and make it stronger, and James reluctantly accepted.

She reappeared in a flashback in Barry's Busting Out All Over!, where Barry revealed that he had earned the Forest Badge from her. Gardenia also made a cameo in the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.


Gardenia is an optimist and overly cheery. Her battle style is reliant on harsh sunlight, which increases the power of moves like Solar Beam or Weather Ball, and her Pokémon's incredible speed.

Gardenia actively seeks out new challenges, so she often ventures to the Eterna Forest to catch new Pokémon that she could train. She is also prepared to trade for Grass-types she feels have potential. Her obsession with Grass Pokémon is overwhelming and causes her to become flustered to such an extent that she did not take Team Rocket seriously, due to her fascination with James's Carnivine and Cacnea.


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

Gardenia's Cherubi was first seen in The Grass-Type Is Always Greener! when Gardenia used it in an unofficial battle against Ash's Turtwig. It displayed its high speed, but it was revealed that Gardenia was just trying to get a read on Turtwig's abilities before she recalled it.

It later appeared during Ash and Gardenia's Gym battle during The Grass Menagerie!, where it was able to outspeed Turtwig's attacks using its Chlorophyll Ability to enhance its speed and forced Ash to recall him. It then went up against Staravia where Ash was able to blind it using the sunlight and then Staravia was able to knock it out.

Cherubi's known moves are Magical Leaf and Solar Beam, and its Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
Gardenia's Turtwig was first seen when it battled Ash's Turtwig and Staravia. It had great speed and power, especially in regards to its Leech Seed attack. It was untouchable by any of Ash's Pokémon and won the match. It helped protect the Adamant Orb in A Secret Sphere of Influence!.

During Ash's Gym battle, Gardenia used its impressive speed to once again defeat Ash's Staravia. However, it lost to Ash's own Turtwig after a fierce round. Turtwig reappeared in Once There Were Greenfields!, where it was used in a Tag Battle alongside James's Cacnea, but it was defeated by Dawn's Pachirisu's Spark.

Nando's Roselia is known to have defeated Turtwig in an earlier battle.

Turtwig's known moves are Leech Seed, Leaf Storm, Bite, and Tackle.

Debut The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Billy Beach
Roserade was the final Pokémon used by Gardenia against Ash. It was able to easily knock out Turtwig using a Weather Ball powered by the bright sun. When it went up against Ash's Aipom, it was unable to keep up with the active Pokémon. It was eventually knocked out with a combination of Focus Punch and Swift.

It reappeared in a flashback in League Unleashed!.

Roserade briefly appeared alongside Gardenia during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Roserade's known moves are Grass Knot, Weather Ball, Magical Leaf, and Flash.

Debut The Grass Menagerie!
Voice actors
English Sarah Natochenny

In The Grass-Type is Always Greener!, Gardenia mentioned that she has a Bellossom, a Vileplume, and a Victreebel when she wanted to trade one of her Pokémon for James's Carnivine.


Main article: James's Cacnea

Gardenia first met Cacnea in The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!, when it was sent out by James. Gardenia was automatically attracted to it, and she asked it to scratch her back by using Pin Missile.

Later, in Once There Were Greenfields, after battling alongside James and Cacnea in a Tag Battle, Gardenia knew that Cacnea had the ability to learn Drain Punch, so she offered to take on Cacnea to help it reach its full potential. After much soul searching James agreed and handed Cacnea over. Gardenia soon helped Cacnea master Drain Punch and she used it in a Gym battle against Barry, where it proved to be a strong opponent, unlike its many battles under James's command.

Debut A Poached Ego!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Michele Knotz

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 本多知恵子 Chieko Honda
English Lara Starr Rigores
Czech Jana Páleníčková (DP031)
Klára Šumanová (DP036-DP037, DP054)
Finnish Henna Haverinen (DP031-DP037)
Elise Langenoja (DP054)
European French Julie Basecqz
Italian Elisabetta Spinelli (DP031-DP037)
Benedetta Ponticelli (DP054)
Polish Anna Sztejner (DP031-DP037)
Monika Wierzbicka (DP054)
Portuguese Brazil Priscila Ferreira
Portugal Rita Fernandes (DP031-DP037)
Isabel Queirós (DP054)
Spanish Latin America Isabel Romo (DP031-DP037)
Nallely Solís (DP054)
Spain Adelaida López


Gardenia briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters DP

Gardenia appeared in a flashback in PMDP07.

Pokémon Adventures

Roark and his Cranidos with Gardenia and her Roserade

Gardenia made her debut when she took a walk in the Eterna Forest with her Cherubi and Roserade. She was enjoying the fresh air and the scent of the forest when she recognized the scent of Gastly in the forest. Following the scent, she met the trio (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum). She called out to the group, only to be ignored by them. Becoming annoyed with their attitude, she had her Roserade use Grass Knot to get their attention. She was surprised to hear that the trio had been to Old Chateau and fought the Ghost Pokémon in the place. Gardenia was supposed to investigate the place as a Gym Leader, but apparently was scared of ghosts. Revealing that she is a Gym Leader, she challenged the trio to a Gym battle.

Gardenia was the second Gym Leader that Platinum had battled against, and the first to have a Double Battle against. Gardenia sent out Roserade and Cherubi against Platinum's Prinplup and Ponyta. To avoid Ice- and Fire-type attacks, Gardenia and her Pokémon kept a great distance away from their challenger. But the distance didn't trouble them. Her Roserade used poisonous vines to attack, sending vines from the ground. This move easily knocked out Ponyta with a single shot. Cherubi on the other hand used Grass Knot. The attacks seemed to corner Prinplup, especially because after its evolution, Prinplup was prone to heavier damage from Grass Knot attacks. But the battle resulted as Platinum's victory, after she used the holes in the ground (made from Roserade's vines) to her advantage by having Prinplup blow a Blizzard into the holes. The holes led the ice move directly to Gardenia's two Pokémon, making them unable to battle. Recognizing her defeat, Gardenia gave Platinum the Forest Badge.

Gardenia would eventually join Roark, Fantina, Maylene, Crasher Wake and Candice in the battle against Team Galactic's commanders on the Spear Pillar. Gardenia and Crasher Wake faced Mars and won. After the Gym Leaders broke one of the Red Chains and were defeated by Cyrus, Gardenia gave her Cherrim to Platinum.


Roserade and Cherubi were both sent against Platinum in a Double Battle. Since the opponent's chosen Pokémon could use Fire and Ice attacks, Gardenia used the wide area of her plain grass Gym to not being hit by those type of attacks. As a distance-attack technique, Roserade used her poisonous vines under the arena, who defeated Ponyta and badly injured Prinplup. After being attacked by Cherubi's Grass Knot (which was more powerful upon Piplup's evolution, since her weight had increased), she used her Blizzard in the tunnels the vines had dug, to deliver an underground at-distance attack.

Cherubi's only known move is Grass Knot, and her Ability is Chlorophyll.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade I
Roserade and Cherubi were both sent against Platinum in a Double Battle. Since the opponent's chosen Pokémon could use Fire and Ice attacks, Gardenia used the wide area of her plain grass Gym to not being hit by those type of attacks. As a distance-attack technique, Roserade used her poisonous vines under the arena, who defeated Ponyta and badly injured Prinplup. After being attacked by Cherubi's Grass Knot, Prinplup used her Blizzard in the tunnels the vines had dug, to deliver an underground at distance attack, who defeated both.

Roserade was later seen helping in destroying one of the Red Chains Cyrus created.

Roserade's only known move is Grass Knot, and her Ability is Poison Point.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade I
Given away
This Cherrim was given to Platinum by Gardenia, and was taken with the rest of Platinum's Pokémon to help Looker investigate on the Distortion World.

Cherrim's only known move is Solar Beam, and her Ability is Flower Gift.

Debut Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia III

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Hareta first met Gardenia in Eterna Forest, both mistaking the other to be part of Team Galactic. After resolving their misunderstanding and learning that Gardenia was Eterna City's Gym Leader, Hareta asked Gardenia for a Gym battle but was promptly turned down, as Gardenia hadn't been impressed by Hareta's abilities so far. However, after being attacked by Piplup she changed her mind and agreed to battle.


Cherubi was the first Pokémon Gardenia used in the Gym battle against Hareta. It went up against his Shinx and was able to put up a great fight as it was finished off with Shinx's Bite. It was revealed that Cherubi used Leech Seed as part of the laid-out traps when Hareta's Piplup got to battle.

Cherubi's only known move is Leech Seed.

Debut Win with Teamwork!!
Turtwig was the second Pokémon used in the Gym battle. It went up against Hareta's Shinx and allowed itself to get defeated by Shinx's Spark.

Turtwig's only known move is Grass Knot.

Debut Win with Teamwork!!
Roserade is Gardenia's strongest Pokémon. It was the third Pokémon used in the Gym battle. It managed to defeat Hareta's Shinx due to the trap that her Turtwig set up. It also battled with Misdreavus where Misdreavus used Spite to lower the PP of Magical Leaf. Misdreavus too got defeated by Roserade which left Piplup as the last Pokémon. After narrowly dodging Roserade's attacks, Piplup won the battle with an airborne Peck as Roserade could no longer use Magical Leaf to protect itself.

Roserade's only known move is Magical Leaf.

Debut Win with Teamwork!!

In the TCG

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

Gardenia's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Roserade     Rising Rivals   12/111 Bonds to the End of Time   007/090
Turtwig     Rising Rivals   85/111 Bonds to the End of Time   006/090
Roserade   Lost Origin   TG02/TG30 Battle Region   068/067
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Gardenia Su Ultra Prism   124/156 Ultra Sun   060/066
Ultra Prism   149/156 Ultra Sun   070/066
      GX Starter Decks   121/131
Gardenia's Vigor Su Astral Radiance   143/189 Time Gazer   065/067
Astral Radiance   184/189 Time Gazer   078/067
Astral Radiance   202/189 Time Gazer   084/067
      VSTAR Universe   158/172
Crown Zenith   GG61/GG70 VSTAR Universe   243/172


  • Gardenia is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader who does not have a Pokémon with their signature TM move when battled in the Battleground.
  • Gardenia is the only second Gym Leader in the core series games that uses a fully-evolved Pokémon from a three-stage evolutionary line in her Gym battle.
  • Gardenia is the only Gym Leader who uses a first partner Pokémon in her Gym battle that is available to the player in the same game.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナタネ Natane From 菜種 natane (rapeseed), 菜 na (vegetables), and 種 tane (seed)
English, Spanish, Italian Gardenia From Gardenia and garden
German Silvana From silva (Latin for forest)
French Flo From flore (flora)
Korean 유채 Yuchae From 유채 (油菜) yuchae (rapeseed)
Chinese (Mandarin) 菜種 / 菜种 Càizhǒng From 菜種 / 菜种 càizhǒng / choijúng (vegetable seed)
Chinese (Cantonese) 菜種 Choijúng
Brazilian Portuguese Gardênia*
Similar to her English name
Same as her English name
Russian Гардения Gardeniya Transcription of her English name
Vietnamese Natane Transcription of her Japanese name

See also


Gym Leaders of the Sinnoh region
Oreburgh Gym  
Eterna Gym  
Veilstone Gym  
Pastoria Gym  
Crasher Wake
Hearthome Gym  
Canalave Gym  
Snowpoint Gym  
Sunyshore Gym  

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