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アンズ Anzu
"The Poisonous Ninja Master"
HeartGold SoulSilver Janine.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
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
Leader of Fuchsia Gym
Badge Soul Badge
Specializes in Poison types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Janice Roman Roku (Masters)
Japanese voice actor Riho Sugiyama (Masters)

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 the core series

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 hung around outside the Fuchsia Zoo. She will tell the protagonist of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen that Koga is teaching her how to use Poison Pokémon in an obvious reference to the previously released Generation II games.


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

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

Pokémon Stadium 2

Janine also 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.

Round 1

Round 2

In spin-off games



In the core series

Spr GS Janine.png Spr HGSS Janine.png VSJanine.png Spr B2W2 Janine.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Janine II OD.png Janine III OD.png Janine IV OD.png Janine OD.png
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

S2 Leader Janine.pngS2 Gym Leader Janine alt.pngS2 Gym Leader Janine alt2.png
Portraits from
Stadium 2


Main article: Janine/Quotes

In the anime

In the GOTCHA! music video

Janine briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Janine in Pokémon Adventures

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 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 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.


Janine's Ariados
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 only known move is Spider Web.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Janine's Weezing
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
Janine's Forretress
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
Janine's 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.

Debut Crossing Crobat
Janine's Grimer
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. It was eventually defeated after Noctowl used Foresight to find it, forcing Janine to switch it with Ariados.

Grimer's known moves are Minimize and Sludge Bomb.

Debut Notorious Noctowl

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

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


Janine TCG VS.png
VS artwork from
Generation II


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 silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Janine's Beedrill Grass       Pokémon VS Common 061/141
Janine's Arbok Grass       Pokémon VS Common 062/141
Janine's Venomoth Grass       Pokémon VS Common 063/141
Janine's Weezing Grass       Pokémon VS Common 064/141
Janine's Ariados Grass       Pokémon VS Common 065/141
Janine's Crobat Grass       Pokémon VS Common 066/141
Janine's Shuckle Grass       Pokémon VS Common 067/141
VenomothGX Grass Unbroken Bonds Ultra-Rare Rare 12/214 Night Unison RR 002/055
Unbroken Bonds Rare Ultra 193/214 Night Unison SR 056/055
Unbroken Bonds Rare Secret 216/214 Night Unison HR 064/055
Tentacool Water Unbroken Bonds Common 40/214 Night Unison C 007/055
Gligar Fighting Unbroken Bonds Common 98/214 Night Unison C 023/055
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Janine's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 119/141
Janine's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 120/141
Janine Su Unbroken Bonds Uncommon 176/214 Night Unison U 049/055
Unbroken Bonds Rare Ultra 210/214 Night Unison SR 062/055
      SM-P Promotional cards   341/SM-P
      Remix Bout U 055/064



Language Name Origin
Japanese アンズ Anzu anzu, apricot; 杏 has the on-yomi kyō, referring to Koga's Japanese name.
English, Brazilian
Janine 忍者 ninja with syllables reversed.
French Jeannine Similar to the word ninja.
German Janina Similar to the word ninja
Italian Nina Similar to the word ninja
Spanish Sachiko A common Japanese female name.
Korean 도희 Doheui Similar to 독 dok (poison).
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿杏 Ā Xìng 杏 (apricot) is taken from 杏 anzu.
Thai อันสึ Anzu Transliteration of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Anzu Transliteration of her Japanese name

Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Brock OD.png
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Misty OD.png
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Lt Surge OD.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Erika OD.png
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Sabrina OD.png
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
Blaine OD.png
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
Giovanni OD.png Blue
Giovanni Blue

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