Iris (anime)

アイリス Iris
Iris JN.png
Iris in battle attire from Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Dark Violet
Hometown Village of Dragons
Region Unova
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Debut In The Shadow of Zekrom!
English voice actor Eileen Stevens (BW001-JN065)
Anairis Quiñones (JN115-present)
Japanese voice actor Aoi Yūki
Member of Unova League
Rank Champion
Member of World Coronation Series
Rank Master Class
Specializes in Dragon types
Generation VIII
Counterpart(s) Iris
Games Pokémon Mezastar

Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is an aspiring Dragon Master and a former traveling companion of Ash who debuted in In the Shadow of Zekrom!. In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, she is revealed to have become the Champion of Unova and becomes one of the eight best Trainers in the world within the World Coronation Series.

In the anime


Younger Iris


Iris was born and raised at the Village of Dragons in the Unova region and would spend her time as a little girl playing with the wild Pokémon that lived in the forest just outside the village. She had learned to be quite skilled in tree climbing, as well as tending and caring to different Pokémon. As revealed in A Pokémon of a Different Color!, she originally did not like Dragon-type Pokémon, believing them to be scary. One day, she had taken shelter from a rainstorm in a cave and found an injured Druddigon that was initially hostile to her. However, after she treated its foot, it returned the favor by saving her from a Scolipede. Since then, she liked Dragon-type Pokémon.

One day, sometime prior to her journey, she met a wild Drilbur that had injured a Patrat and had stolen its food. Angered, she sought justice for what the Drilbur had done and challenged him. After countless defeats, she finally managed to outmaneuver the Mole Pokémon and get him caught in some vines dangling just over a cliff. After coming to his rescue, the two became good friends and began training together. After many victories against different types of Trainers, Drilbur evolved into an Excadrill. The two then got the opportunity to meet Drayden, a Dragon Master, who praised Iris for her skill in battle. When he asked who was teaching her how to battle she responded that she was teaching herself with the help of the Pokémon she had befriended in the village. Brimming with confidence, she then challenged Drayden to a battle. However, Drayden's Haxorus was more powerful than Iris had anticipated and Excadrill was easily defeated. After suffering defeat and becoming distrustful of his Trainer (due to Iris pushing him to keep battling even though he knew it was a lost cause), Excadrill then closed himself off from Iris, rarely opening up, and never showing emotion.

Iris at the Opelucid Academy

Not long after those events, Iris left for Opelucid City to attend school at the Opelucid Academy. When she was not in school, she stayed with Martha in a dorm. These were very difficult times for Iris, though. She struggled in school, and failed to make any friends or interact with any of the other students at the academy. Iris also didn't feel compatible with the urban city life. She tried to take her mind off the city by climbing the radio tower for a view of the mountains, but always got into trouble with Officer Jenny. All of these hardships in the city made her homesick, so she often spent her spare time writing to her friend Shannon. Eventually, after losing a battle at school, Iris could not stand this life anymore and dropped out, returning to the Village of Dragons.

Years passed, and Iris was called upon by the village elder. She was to start a journey with a newly hatched Axew and raise him to become a full-fledged Haxorus. She accepted this trial, and set off on her journey, hoping to someday become a Dragon Master herself.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Sometime after setting off on her journey, Iris witnessed a storm caused by Zekrom during the events of In The Shadow of Zekrom!. She missed actually encountering the Deep Black Pokémon, and continued on her journey, eventually meeting Ash Ketchum the very next day when he accidentally tried to catch her, thinking she was a Pokémon after he saw her hair sticking out of the bushes and scanned it with his Pokédex only to detect Axew. The two had a rocky start, often finding reasons to argue and occasionally calling each other names. However they kept each other company and Iris even stayed to watch his first Gym battle in Triple Leaders! Team Threats!. After the battle one of the Gym Leaders, Cilan, had decided to travel alongside Ash, and noted that the three of them make a good team. So Iris decided to officially become their traveling companion.

In The Bloom Is on Axew!, Iris decided she would begin using her new friends to help train her Axew, so she asked Cilan to battle her to help get her started. It was then that she revealed her Axew knew Dragon Rage but hadn't yet mastered how to use it. She later opened up to Cilan and Ash and told them about her hometown, and how she got Axew in the first place. After she finished her story, the group realized Axew had gone missing, and found him stuck in the horns of a Scolipede. They failed to calm the raging Pokémon, so Iris called upon her Excadrill for help. Unfortunately, Excadrill was still closing himself off from Iris, but Excadrill still took care of the Scolipede after Iris had saved Axew herself, when the Scolipede kicked him into a boulder. With everything calmed down, Cilan approached Iris and reassured her to do things at her own pace and not worry too much, and that someday Axew and Excadrill will become even more powerful and loyal to her.

Iris swinging on vines

In A Home for Dwebble!, she revealed that she knows how to make herbal remedies to heal sick Pokémon when Cilan's Pansage got hit with a rock and caught a fever. This skill became quite handy throughout her journey whenever the group was low on medication and too far from a Pokémon Center. In A Night in the Nacrene Museum!, she claimed that she has an acute "sixth sense" when she felt the presence of a spirit haunting the museum. It later turned out to be a Yamask who merely wanted its mask returned to it. However, she was still sure in her abilities in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!, when the group got lost in Pinwheel Forest.

Iris got separated from the group in Emolga the Irresistible! after Axew tried to befriend a wild Emolga who had narrowly avoided being smothered by Bianca who had been accompanying the group after Ash won his third Badge. The three of them end up being attacked by a swarm of Swoobat and eventually rescued by Ash and Pikachu. The Emolga had grown fond of Iris and accepted her as her Trainer, earning Iris another Pokémon. In Emolga and the New Volt Switch!, Bianca offered to battle the newly caught Emolga, however things didn't go as planned when they found out that Emolga was fairly lazy and used Volt Switch to avoid battles. This did not discourage Iris too much as she accepted the challenge of raising Emolga to hopefully become a skilled battler.

In The Dragon Master's Path!, the group met a young girl named Emmy who was having trouble with her Druddigon. Iris noticed the cause of the Pokémon's rage was a wire wrapped around its ankle, and managed to calm it down by removing it. Impressed with her knowledge of Dragon-type Pokémon, Emmy formally introduced herself and admitted to being a novice. Iris then offered to train her in the ways of Dragon-type Pokémon, and revealed her dream of becoming a Dragon Master some day.

Iris and Georgia

In Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, Iris was challenged by Georgia, a Dragon Buster. Her Axew was easily defeated by Georgia's Beartic. Georgia criticized her for not owning more Dragon types and Iris decided to call on her Excadrill who still wouldn't obey her. Again, the battle resulted in a loss for Iris. She later explained that the resulting loss to Drayden when she was younger was what caused Excadrill to disobey her. However, Cilan soon pointed out to Iris that the loss wasn't the only factor and she might have missed how Excadrill was feeling in the heat of trying to win. After thinking for a while, Iris soon realized what he meant and realized that Excadrill knew it couldn't beat Haxorus, but she was so focused on the battle and trying to win that she failed to see it. She apologized to Excadrill and promised to try to be a better Trainer to him. This allowed Excadrill to finally open himself again to Iris, and after a night of re-bonding with her, he regained his confidence in both her and himself and learned Focus Blast. Iris re-challenged Georgia with Excadrill and the battle resulted in a draw.

Iris competed in the Club Battle along with multiple other Trainers, including her rival, Georgia. Her first battle was against Jimmy Ray and his Watchog in Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!, which Iris easily won with her Emolga. She then battled against Stephan and his Sawk in The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!, which she also managed to win with Emolga. She then went up against Luke and his Golett in the next episode, using Axew. In the battle Axew learned Outrage, which he used to defeat Golett. In the final round, Iris went up against Ash and his Pikachu, while Iris used her Excadrill. After a long fight, Excadrill managed to defeat Pikachu, allowing Iris to win the tournament, along with a full set of Wings.

In Baffling the Bouffalant!, Iris and Axew were separated from Ash and Cilan, along with Ash's Oshawott, Snivy, and Tepig, while in Boufallant territory. With their help, she helped treat an injured Boufallant that later came to their rescue when they were threatened by other Boufallant. The Boufallant then guided them out of the territory, and she reunited with Ash and Cilan.

Her fear of the Ice type has been put to the test in some episodes, like in Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!, where she entered the cold Icirrus Gym and saw Ash facing Brycen's Ice-type Pokémon. Some time later, in Crisis at Ferroseed Research!, she had to command Georgia's Vanilluxe in order to escape the Ferroseed Research Institute as her Pokémon were unable to help.

In All for the Love of Meloetta!, Iris met the Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia, one of her idols and inspirations to be a Dragon Master. After managing to save a Meloetta the group met, Iris challenged Cynthia to a battle. Using Axew, Iris managed to land a few moves, although most of them did not do any significant damage. However, Axew learned Giga Impact and surprised Cynthia and her Garchomp, after which Cynthia decided to stop the battle right before Garchomp could finish Axew off. After the battle, Cynthia praised the way Iris took care of her Axew.

In Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!, after hearing a story of a Dragon type intentionally damaging a local power plant causing a blackout in Undella Town, Iris decided to investigate this herself. Later she encountered an unusually grumpy and hostile Dragonite that was just resting to recover from an injury. Upon seeing a mob of Trainers ready to take the Dragonite down, she decided to shield him until her friends found the footage proving that the whole situation was a misunderstanding. Iris happily accepted when the Dragonite offered joining her party.

In the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, she decided to settle things with Georgia fighting her newly obtained Dragonite against the latter's Beartic. However, the Pokémon didn't take any of his Trainer's orders, continuing Iris's streak of disobedient Pokémon. Despite knowing the risks, Iris kept using Dragonite in all of the rounds. However, her over-confidence when Dragonite finally began obeying her was later her downfall when a single powerful attack put Dragonite in a rampage, leaving him vulnerable to defeat and eliminating her.

After a long time away, Iris returned to the Village of Dragons in A Village Homecoming!. After having several flashbacks of her times in before traveling with Ash, she was given the chance to battle Drayden again, this time in a Gym battle. When they arrived in Opelucid City in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, Iris revealed her bad experience there. Once again, she got in trouble with Officer Jenny for climbing the radio tower. While Officer Jenny was questioning her, she met up with Martha again. After that she, Ash, and Cilan went to the Opelucid Gym to battle Drayden. Although she did improve, managing to defeat his Haxorus, she lost again. This time, however, her Pokémon didn't appear sad despite their defeat and after the battle she promised to get stronger. As a result, Drayden told the village elder to consider Iris as the future Opelucid City Gym Leader.

Iris said goodbye to Ash in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again! when the group arrived in Kanto. She decided to head for Johto to have a battle with Clair at Blackthorn Gym. She and Cilan took the Magnet Train to Johto where they also split up so that Cilan could participate in Mr. Briney's Old Rod Fishing Rally. She briefly appeared in Ash's fantasy in The Dream Continues!.

In BWS02, Iris battled Clair's Shiny Druddigon with her Dragonite, but lost. During the battle, she demonstrated her ability to read Dragon Pokémon's mind. She encountered a rampaging Gible in the city and saved him from falling from a clock tower. Thus gaining his trust, she read his mind to understand the reason behind his rampaging despite failing earlier. She later caught the Gible and decided to head towards the way they saw a Rayquaza flying.

Pokémon the Series: XY

Iris briefly appeared in Cilan's flashback in XYS06.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Iris's journey to becoming a Champion

Iris reappeared in Thrash of the Titans!, where she sent Ash a letter requesting an official World Coronation Series battle. Ash and Goh traveled to Opelucid City, where Goh ended up mistaking her for a Pokémon as she was napping on a tree branch and throwing a Poké Ball at her, causing her to fall down. Thanking Goh for waking her up, she then rushed to the Opelucid Gym, where Ash had already met Drayden. When Ash entered the Gym, Iris welcomed him in her new dress. Drayden told Ash and Goh that after Iris's travels with Ash, she had continued to travel around to meet and battle other Dragon-type Trainers, eventually leading her to becoming the reigning Champion of Unova, much to Ash and Goh's shock. However, Iris didn't consider becoming a Champion a sign of becoming a Dragon Master, so she had joined the World Coronation Series to grow even stronger.

During the ensuing battle, Iris was surprised to see Ash having also caught himself a Dragonite, as well as a Dracovish, both of whom she adored, even despite the latter's unusual appearance. Ash was also surprised to find out that Iris's Axew had fully evolved into a Haxorus and become her strongest Pokémon. When Ash's Dragonite started to get overwhelmed, Iris used her powers to communicate with it and encouraged it to have fun while battling, as she and Haxorus had gotten strong doing exactly that. Thanks to this, Dragonite was able to learn Draco Meteor and defeat Haxorus, giving Ash the victory and advancing him to the Ultra Class. However, Iris wasn't upset about her loss, and she and Ash promised to battle again once she had increased her ranking as well.

Iris with Cynthia and Diantha

In Aim For The Eight!, Iris was revealed to have advanced to the Master Class, being ranked seventh.

In Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!, Iris participated in the Masters Eight Tournament, along with the rest of the Masters Eight, reuniting with Ash and Cynthia, and meeting Alain and the other regional Champions. Her first opponent was chosen to be Cynthia. While waiting for her match, Iris asked Cynthia and Diantha to take a selfie with her, which they accepted. After Diantha and Lance's battle concluded in the following episode, Iris and Cynthia began their battle. During the next episode, despite her efforts and holding her own in the battle, Iris was defeated by the Sinnoh Champion, making her the third person to be eliminated from the tournament. Following her loss, Iris met up with Ash and reunited with Goh, while trying and failing to hold back her tears. Iris then wished Ash good luck in his battle against Steven and decided to join Goh in cheering for him.

In Battling as Hard as Stone!, Iris met Hop, Leon's brother, while joining Goh in the stands. After Ash had emerged victorious against Steven, Iris wished him good luck for the remainder of the competition and bid him and Goh farewell, before returning to Unova.

In A Flood of Torrential Gains!, Iris watched Ash's match against Leon from Opelucid City. In Partners in Time!, Iris was shown watching the conclusion of the battle.

Iris appeared in a flashback in The Same Moon, Now and Forever!.

Other appearances

Iris made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of I Choose You!.


Iris's fear of Ice-type Pokémon

Iris is said to be a wild girl who likes to swing on vines and eat Berries. She seems to be very hyper on occasions such as climbing up trees very quickly. Iris is very adventurous and bold, oftentimes being the first to suggest something and not being afraid to speak her mind. She is shown to be a quick thinker, such as seen in A Sandile Gusher of Change! when she was able to quickly save Ash from falling into boiling hot water when he lost his grip. This becomes a running theme and is again shown in Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! and Minccino-Neat and Tidy! where she is quickly able to evade oncoming dangers when Ash and Cilan can't. She is very in tune with nature and claims to have a "sixth sense" and follows her instincts often. Despite this, she also seems to have a poor sense of direction, occasionally getting the group lost.

Iris and Shannon

Iris was also somewhat shy and nervous at times towards others, as seen by her evasive and distinct relationship towards Ash after their first meeting. After their initial encounter Iris would occasionally leave Ash's company for a while before unexpectedly reappearing later, usually surprising Ash in the process. She would continue to follow Ash and this pattern would continue until she was formally asked by him and Cilan to join them on their journey. Also, she was not entirely trusting of Ash when it came to the safety of her Pokémon during battles and often kept secrets from him and Cilan. However, as their time together expanded, she slowly began to open up and trust the two of them in battles as well as revealing her dreams and ambitions. She seems to get along easier with Pokémon, often preferring their company. This was especially true in the past, where her only real friends (besides Shannon) were the Pokémon that lived nearby. This is again made apparent during her time at Opelucid City's academy, where she had a tough time making friends with her classmates.

Iris after catching a Pokémon

Iris is an experienced Trainer and has been in many battles in the past. She has been portrayed as a sort of prodigy in the Village of Dragons, and while there she had built up a 99-win streak with her Excadrill before losing to Dragon Master Drayden. These experiences seem to have affected her, as she has a high view of herself and her abilities. Perhaps because of this, Iris typically seems to think of Ash as a little kid and often treats him like a rookie Trainer when he makes simple mistakes, despite that he too has had many adventures and accomplishments in the past. She is also shown to be slightly hypocritical since despite how commonly she refers to Ash's mistakes when she is usually known to make similar mistakes as well. However this critical view of Ash seems to stem from their first meeting, whereupon Ash not only mistook her for her Pokémon Axew, but attempted to try to catch one without battling it first. Her habit of calling out his immaturity and trying to show herself off as more mature also stems from the tough time she had in Opelucid City as a child, where her own childish and immature behavior had kept her from making friends and fitting in. Despite this, she is not above cheering Ash on during Gym matches and battles against other Trainers. Also, her calling Ash a kid has shifted from a critical tone to harmless teasing between the two of them, particularly as Iris comes more to term with her own immaturity.

Iris communicating with Ash's Dragonite

Iris adores most Pokémon, often hugging them upon first meeting. On some occasions this is shown to be a bit invasive, which normally makes the Pokémon uncomfortable, sometimes causing them to attack her (such as with Ash's Pikachu). She has a particularly strong understanding of Dragon types and tends to be very excitable around them in particular, not showing fear even against a rampaging Druddigon. Because of this strong passion, she aims to become a Dragon Master like so many others from her hometown. The one type she does not like is the Ice type, due to the fact that Ice-type attacks are super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon. Her fear of Ice types has been criticized by Trip as irrational, as Dragon-type moves are super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon as well. Iris shrugged this off, however, and mentioned that she also does not like the cold. Iris is also willing to overcome this fear when necessary, as shown when challenged by Georgia's Beartic and Dawn's Mamoswine. By Pokémon Journeys: The Series, she seems to have gotten over her fear entirely, as she watched Diantha's Aurorus battle in Pride of a Champion! with no signs of discomfort.

Iris and Ash

Despite her understanding of Dragon types, Iris has limited knowledge about the variety of non-Unovan Dragon-type Pokémon, and often assumes that some Pokémon are Dragon types based solely on their appearance. This was seen when Iris believed that Charizard was a Dragon-type Pokémon during The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, and also mistakenly believed Gyarados also was a Dragon type during Best Wishes Until We Meet Again! until she was corrected by Cilan.

Throughout her journey with Ash and Cilan, Iris has changed exceptionally as both a person and Trainer, but maintains her overconfidence and tendency to call people, especially her friends, out on their maturity. Iris has also learned the importance of understanding her Pokémon's feelings, as shown in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, when Iris realized that she wasn't considering her Excadrill's feelings in their battle against Drayden's Haxorus and apologized to him. In addition, Iris has vastly improved her battling skills, to the point where she eventually became the Champion of the Unova League.


Despite Iris aiming to be a Dragon Master, only a little more than half of her party are Dragon-type Pokémon, and her first one is not. Like Ash, she tends to catch Pokémon she befriends or wants to travel with her regardless of their type, as shown when she wanted to add an Oshawott and a Tepig on her team before both decided to stay with Ash. None of Iris's Pokémon were caught in battle, as they were either given to her or decided to go with her willingly.

For various reasons, most of Iris's Pokémon, Excadrill, Emolga, and Dragonite, showed signs of disobedience in battles. However, Iris was eventually able to work past these issues and earn their full cooperation.

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

On hand

Axew → Fraxure → Haxorus
Drilbur → Excadrill

Traveling with

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Iris commanded Georgia's Vanilluxe when the two got trapped inside the Ferroseed Research Institute.

Vanilluxe's only known move is Icy Wind.

Debut Crisis at Ferroseed Research!
Voice actors
English Emily Jenness
Main article: Virizion (M15)

After Keldeo's battle against Kyurem, Iris temporarily rode on Virizion when the Full Court was collapsing.

Debut Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice
Voice actors
Japanese Takako Honda
English Emily Williams
Main article: Ash's Snivy

In Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! Iris briefly used Ash's Snivy against Moira and her Cinccino. Her powerful attacks allowed them to win the battle, making both Moira and Cinccino to fall into the mud water.

Debut Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Michele Knotz
Iris first met Fraxure at the Opelucid Academy. She used it in a battle against a fellow student and his Altaria. However, Iris and Fraxure ended up losing the battle.

She was later briefly reunited with Fraxure before seeing Drayden.

Fraxure's known moves are Dual Chop and Dragon Claw.

Debut Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!


Pokémon League

Iris has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:

World Coronation Series

Iris has competed in the World Coronation Series. Her rank and class are as follows:

Pokémon competitions

The prize for winning the Club Battle

Iris has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 悠木碧 Aoi Yūki
English Eileen Stevens (BW001-JN065)
Anairis Quiñones (JN115-present)
Mandarin Chinese 林美秀 Lín Měixiù
Croatian Jelena Majić
Czech Ivana Korolová
Danish Malene Tabert
Dutch José Kroon
Finnish Saara Aalto
European French Béatrice Wegnez
German Marieke Oeffinger
Nicola Grupe (as a child)
Greek Αφροδίτη Αντωνάκη Afrothiti Antonaki
Hindi मर्लिन जेम्स Merlyn James (Disney dub)
Indonesian Dewi Arifiani (Indosiar dub, M16)
Sri Hastuty/Tuty Pinkan (Disney dub)
Jessy Milianty (JN065)
Italian Francesca Bielli
Korean 장경희 Jang Gyeong-Hui
Norwegian Hanne Dancke Arnesen
Polish Justyna Bojczuk
Portuguese Brazil Agatha Paulita (BW001-BW142)
Karina Fonseca (JN065-present)
Portugal Isabel Queirós
Russian Жанна Никонова Zhanna Nikonova (BW001-BW141; M14-M16)
Юлия Горохова Youlia Gorokhova (JN065-present)
Spanish Latin America Susana Moreno
Spain Belén Rodríguez
Swedish Amanda Renberg (BW001-BW048)
Elina Raeder (BW049-present)
Tamil ஜெய் ஸ்ரீ Jai Sri (Disney dub)
Telugu సత్య వాణి Satya Vaani (Disney dub)
Thai ภรภัสสรณ์ ชัยอนันต์นิธิ Ponnphatsorn Chaianannithi
Turkish Elif Acehan
Didem Atlıhan
Vietnamese Võ Ngọc Quyên


Pokémon the Series: Black & White

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Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

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Pokémon Journeys: The Series[1]
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Artwork from "After the story" [4] Artwork from "After the story" [5]

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Iris appeared in the movie adaptations of the Pokémon the Series: Black & White movies. In White—Victini and Zekrom, Iris does not compete in the Eindoak Town Harvest Festival Tournament, but instead watches Ash as he is in the tournament. She becomes friends with Carlita due to the fact that she owns a Dragon type.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Iris appeared in Thrash of the Titans!, facing and losing to Ash in a World Coronation Series battle.


Axew → Fraxure → Haxorus


Artwork from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In the games

Iris in Pokémon Mezastar

Pokémon Mezastar

Iris, in a version based on the anime, appeared in Pokémon Mezastar. In this game, Iris is seen using a Excadrill, Haxorus, Dragonite, and Hydreigon, with the latter Pokémon never being used by her in the anime, although it could be a references to her using Hydreigon in the core series games. In the first set in the Double Chain series, Iris also appeared as an opponent in an event that recreated the Masters Eight Tournament that ran from October 27 to November 21, 2022. Upon beating the character, the player can receive a Support Pokémon Ticket based on Iris's Haxorus, with a tag partner based on Iris's Dragonite. [6]


Unova Champion Iris
イッシュチャンピオン アイリス
Difficulty: ★★★★☆
  Drill Run
  Dragon Rush


Tag No. Name Type Grade
3-1-024 Haxorus    


  • Iris is the first main character to keep her Japanese name in the English dub of the anime.
  • Iris is the first of Ash's traveling companions to not have the character 小 in her Chinese name.
  • Iris has had the most disobedient Pokémon out of Ash's friends, with three.
  • Iris is the first of Ash's friends whose Pokémon all have known genders.
  • Iris is Ash's first female traveling companion to not have owned a bike and had it destroyed by Pikachu; she gets shocked instead.
  • Silhouettes of Iris and Cilan were shown after DP183 aired on July 1, 2010. The two were officially revealed during a trailer for the anime shown on Pokémon Sunday exactly one month later.
  • All of the Pokémon that Iris owns joined her willingly rather than being caught in a battle.
  • Iris is the first of Ash's friends to battle a Champion; she had a battle with Cynthia in All for the Love of Meloetta!.
    • She is also the only one of Ash's friends to become a Champion.
  • Iris is the only female main character who has no known relatives.
  • Iris is the only main character who is a Gym Leader in the games, but not in the anime.
  • Iris is the only member of the final Masters Eight lineup in Pokémon Journeys: The Series who is not known to utilize Mega Evolution, Dynamax, or Z-Moves.
  • Iris is the first female main character to not have her age stated in Japanese or English.
  • All of Iris’s Pokémon share at least one type with another Pokémon in her ownership.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アイリス Iris From iris, possibly the flaming dragon iris or the "dragon drums" (tall bearded iris).
English, Danish, Dutch,
French, Italian, Spanish,
Norwegian, Malay,
Swedish, Turkish,
Brazilian Portuguese
Iris Same as Japanese name
German Lilia From lilien (lily) or possibly Schwertlilien (iris). Related to the lis (French for lily) in Lysander
Korean 아이리스 Iris Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 艾莉絲 / 艾莉丝 Àilìsī Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 艾莉絲 Ngaaihleihsī Mandarin-based transliteration of Iris
Russian Ирис Iris
Айрис Iris
Transcription of Japanese name (Чёрное и Белое)
Transcription of Japanese name (Приключения)
Serbian Ajris Transcription of Japanese name
Thai ไอริส Iris Same as her Japanese name
Vietnamese Airisu Transliteration of Japanese name


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Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLunalaNecrozmaStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioDrone RotomHero duoLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyNemonaGeetaKieranDraytonMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonScottieBettieAshNemonaCalemSerenaMarnieBedeHopLeafNateRosa
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime LanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenAsh KetchumLeonIrisNemona
Other animation Blue (Origins)Red (Origins)Calem (Generations)Edgar Troy (PttP)Ava (PttP)
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonMustardPeony
Other manga Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)

Trainers in the World Coronation Series
  Master AshLeonCynthiaDianthaStevenLanceAlainIris
  Ultra RaihanFlintDrasnaVolknerMarnieBea
  Great KricketinaRintoDozerTony
  Normal KorrinaHaydenVisquezLobOliver

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