アンズ Anzu
"The Poisonous Ninja Master"
HeartGold SoulSilver Janine.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver by Ken Sugimori[1]
Gender Female
Eye color Black*, purple*
Hair color Purple*, brown*
Hometown Fuchsia City
Region Kanto
Relatives Koga (father)
Trainer class Gym LeaderGSCHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation II, III, IV, V
Games Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Stadium 2, Masters EX
Leader of Fuchsia Gym
Badge Soul Badge
Specializes in Poison types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Unknown (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Riho Sugiyama[2] (Masters EX)

Janine (Japanese: アンズ Anzu) is the Gym Leader of Fuchsia City's Gym, known officially as the Fuchsia Gym. She became a Gym Leader after her father, Koga, was promoted to the Elite Four in Generation II. She specializes in Poison-type Pokémon. She gives the Soul Badge to Trainers who defeat her in battle.


In the English version of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, her name is mistakenly listed as Charine in one of Koga's Fame Checker entries.

In the Japanese, French, German, and Spanish versions of FireRed and LeafGreen, she is correctly referred to using Janine's name in each language. However, in the Italian version, she is known as "Carine", based on English "Charine", instead of her Italian name "Nina".

In the core series games

Janine's first appearance was in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Following Koga's promotion to the Elite Four, she succeeded him as the Gym Leader of the Fuchsia Gym. Like her father, she is known as "The Poisonous Ninja Master", and uses Poison-type Pokémon in battle. She appears in the same capacity in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Originally, Janine's goal was to use Poison-type Pokémon just as well as her father. After becoming a Gym Leader, Janine hopes that by applying herself, she'll improve her skills and become better than both her father and (following her loss) the protagonist.

When encountered in her Gym, Janine hides behind the invisible walls that were installed prior to Generation I/III. To further confuse her challengers, the junior Trainers of the Gym are disguised like Janine. Once they have been defeated, the Leader will battle with a team of Poison-type Pokémon. Once defeated, she will yield the Soul Badge and a Poison-type TM: TM06 (Toxic) in Generation II; TM84 (Poison Jab) in Generation IV.

Like the other Gym Leaders of Kanto and Johto, Janine will leave her Gym from time to time in HeartGold and SoulSilver. Every evening between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, she can be found at the Pokémon League Reception Gate near Victory Road, on her way to visit her father and deliver his lunch (from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, she will say she is done delivering the lunch and offer to take a photograph with the player). She will give travelers her phone number, after which she can be called on Monday afternoons to arrange a rematch at Saffron City's Fighting Dojo. On Mondays, she can be found in the Celadon Department Store arguing with Falkner over which of their fathers is the superior Trainer.

Before the events that led to her employment as the Gym Leader, Janine could be seen outside the Fuchsia Zoo. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, she can be found there after the player enters the Hall of Fame. She tells the player that Koga is teaching her how to use Poison Pokémon, in a reference to the previously released Generation II games.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Janine appears alongside the other Gym Leaders of Kanto as an opponent in the Kanto Leaders Tournament at the Pokémon World Tournament. She also participates alongside the Gym Leaders of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova in the World Leaders Tournament, and other Poison-type experts in the Poison Type Expert Tournament.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Janine has a Dire Hit.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

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

Kanto Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium 2

Janine appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Kanto Gym Leader Castle. This is the only time in which her active team contains Pokémon not of the Poison-type. Despite this, all her Pokémon in Round 1 know Toxic, a Poison-type move and the TM she gives in the Generation II games. Her strategy revolves around inflicting as many status ailments on the opponent as possible to keep them immobilized as poison gradually saps away their HP.

During the game's end credits, Janine is seen having a battle with her father Koga at the Fuchsia Gym.


Round 1

Round 2

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Janine (Masters)

Janine forms sync pairs with Ariados and Crobat in Pokémon Masters EX. Janine became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role EX role Base potential Availability
#015   Janine #0168   Ariados
  ★★★ Sync Pair Scout
#015   Janine #0169   Crobat
  ★★★★☆☆EX Battle Points



VS artwork from
Generation II


In the core series

Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In other games

Portraits from
Stadium 2
Portrait from the credits in
Stadium 2


Main article: Janine/Quotes

In the anime


Janine briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Janine in Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Janine debuted in Crossing Crobat. She was first seen on a mission where she helped test the security of Goldenrod Museum by pretending to steal a Big Pearl. After completing the mission, Janine left to ponder what she was doing with her life. Her father, Koga, had served under Giovanni as both a ninja and a member of Team Rocket. Koga had intended on having Janine join Team Rocket as well when proper time came, but he eventually disappeared after Team Rocket's defeat, leaving Janine alone without anyone to guide her.

Shortly after, Janine was attacked by Suicune, the Legendary Pokémon that had been attacking various other Gym Leaders around Johto. Hoping that if she managed to capture it, her father would hear about it and return, Janine faced Suicune in battle. Though she proved to be a powerful opponent with her variety of ninja techniques, Janine was eventually defeated by Suicune. As Suicune began to leave, Janine realized the reason it was challenging the Gym Leaders was to find a proper Trainer who could command in battle. Finding herself to be in a similar situation of not having a master, Janine told Suicune she wished to challenge it again in the future before both went their separate ways.

In Yikes, It's Yanma!, Janine participated in an exhibition tournament between the Kanto and Johto Gym Leaders. During the tournament, she was paired up against Falkner. In Notorious Noctowl, Janine and Falkner began their battle against each other. While both participants used a variety of skills against each other, Janine chose to forfeit the battle in order to pursue what she thought she was her father in the crowd.

In Lugia and Ho-Oh on the Loose, Part 1, Janine joined the Kanto and Johto Gym Leaders in helping fend off the Masked Man's army of mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts from attacking the Indigo Plateau. As they fought, Janine and the Gym Leaders were led onto the Magnet Train, which the Grunts had used to infiltrate the area. After they got on, the Magnet Train sped away from the area as part of the Masked Man's plot to prevent the Gym Leaders from interfering with his plans. In The Last Battle IX, the Magnet Train was stopped by Red, preventing it from crashing.


Ariados is Janine's first known Pokémon. He was first seen being used to help Janine break into the Goldenrod Museum. Later, he was used to battle against Falkner during the Gym Leader exhibition tournament. Using its powerful thread, it managed to bind Falkner's Noctowl, forcing him to switch for his Skarmory. By using its abdomen, Ariados can produce a thread used for defensive techniques, such as Spider Web, while the thread shot from its mouth is sharp enough to pierce even metal with enough time.

Ariados's known moves are Spider Web and String Shot* and his Ability is Insomnia.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Weezing is Janine's second known Pokémon. It was first used to break into the Goldenrod Museum. By using its gas, Weezing created a smokescreen that exposed the security beams, allowing Janine to easily navigate past them.

None of Weezing's moves are known.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Forretress is Janine's third known Pokémon. It was first used to attack a group of security guards at the Goldenrod Museum. By using Spikes as caltrops, the guards were unable to pursue Janine after she obtained the Big Pearl.

Forretress's only known move is Spikes.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Crobat is Janine's fourth known Pokémon. It was first used to battle against Suicune. With its speed and Double Team, Crobat and Janine made it hard for Suicune to track them. Eventually, Suicune won after using the moonlight to expose Crobat and Janine's shadows, allowing to figure out which copy was real.

Crobat's known moves are Leech Life, Double Team, and Wing Attack and his Ability is Inner Focus.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Grimer is Janine's fifth known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Falkner in the Gym Leader exhibition tournament. Using its Minimize, Grimer shrunk down so that Falkner's Noctowl couldn't track it, allowing to attack unnoticed. The strategy was eventually thwarted after Noctowl used Foresight to find Grimer, forcing Janine to switch it with Ariados.

Grimer's known moves are Minimize and Sludge Bomb.

Debut Notorious Noctowl

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Janine in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Janine appeared as a silhouette in JBA5 alongside her Ariados and the other Kanto Gym Leaders.


This is a listing of Janine's known Pokémon in the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga:

Ariados is Janine's only known Pokémon. It only appeared as a silhouette.
Debut JBA5

In the TCG

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

Janine'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 #
Janine's Beedrill         Pokémon VS   061/141
Janine's Arbok         Pokémon VS   062/141
Janine's Venomoth         Pokémon VS   063/141
Janine's Weezing         Pokémon VS   064/141
Janine's Ariados         Pokémon VS   065/141
Janine's Crobat         Pokémon VS   066/141
Janine's Shuckle         Pokémon VS   067/141
Venomoth    Unbroken Bonds   12/214 Night Unison   002/055
Unbroken Bonds   193/214 Night Unison   056/055
Unbroken Bonds   216/214 Night Unison   064/055
Tentacool   Unbroken Bonds   40/214 Night Unison   007/055
Gligar   Unbroken Bonds   98/214 Night Unison   023/055
Ariados   Brilliant Stars   TG09/TG30 VMAX Climax   205/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Janine's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS   119/141
Janine's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS   120/141
Janine Su Unbroken Bonds   176/214 Night Unison   049/055
Unbroken Bonds   210/214 Night Unison   062/055
      SM-P Promotional cards   341/SM-P
      Remix Bout   055/064
Janine's Secret Technique Su       Night Wanderer   060/064
      Night Wanderer   084/064


  • In Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Janine's Pokémon are the lowest leveled of all the Kanto Gym Leaders. This may reflect her status as the newest Gym Leader.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Janine can appear in two places at once. When she is called for a rematch on Monday during the day, she will be at the Fighting Dojo and in the Celadon Department Store, talking to Falkner.
  • In the Generation II games, Janine's whole team is the opposite gender to her, despite the 50-50 gender ratio. This was changed in HeartGold and SoulSilver, in which she has an all-female team rather than an all male team like before.
  • In the English versions of the Generation II games, there is a grammatical error in the sentence where she gives the Soul Badge to the player. This was corrected in the remakes.
  • Janine, along with Erika, are the only Kanto Gym Leaders to give the player a TM upon their defeat in Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
  • Janine is the only Gym Leader from a region where Ash has collected Badges from who has not appeared in the anime, not counting Blue, who has an anime counterpart in Gary.
    • She is also the only Gym Leader to have debuted in a different generation than their Gym.
  • Janine has an illegal Crobat in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. The Crobat she uses in the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments knows Hypnosis and Brave Bird, both of which it can learn by breeding, but not simultaneously, as there is no Pokémon in the same Egg Group as Crobat that can learn both of these moves.
  • Janine and Koga are the only two Gym Leaders to have the same slogan in different generations.
  • While Janine doesn't appear and is never mentioned by name in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Koga does mention his daughter in his pre-battle dialogue from the second rematch onward.


Language Name Origin
Japanese アンズ Anzu From 杏 anzu (apricot), corresponding to her father's name being derived from the character's Sino-Japanese reading kyō
English, Brazilian
Janine From ninja with the syllables reversed
German Janina From Ninja
Spanish Sachiko From Sachiko, a common feminine Japanese name
French Jeannine From ninja
Italian Nina From ninja
Korean 도희 Dohui From 독 (毒) dok (poison)
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿杏 Ā Xìng From 杏 xìng / hahng (apricot)
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿杏 Ā Hahng
Thai อันสึ Ansue Transcription of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Anzu Transcription of her Japanese name

Janine's name in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen:
Language Name Origin
Japanese, French, German, and Spanish (the same as her regular name)
English Charine
Italian Carine

Related articles


Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym  
Cerulean Gym  
Vermilion Gym  
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym  
Fuchsia Gym  
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym  
Cinnabar Gym  
Viridian Gym  
Giovanni Blue

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