スモモ Sumomo
"The Barefoot Fighting Genius!"
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Maylene.png
Art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Pink
Hair color Pink
Hometown Veilstone City
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Unnamed father
(man at Game Corner)
Trainer class Gym LeaderDPPtBDSP
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation IV, V, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum,
HeartGold, SoulSilver,
Black 2 and White 2, Masters EX
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Leader of Veilstone Gym
Badge Cobble Badge
Specializes in Fighting types
Game animation debut GOTCHA!
English voice actor Erica Lindbeck[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Akiha Matsui[2] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Lost Leader Strategy!
English voice actor Rachael Lillis
Japanese voice actor Aya Endō

Maylene (Japanese: スモモ Sumomo) is the Gym Leader of Veilstone City's Gym, known officially as the Veilstone Gym. She hands out the Cobble Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon.

In the core series games

Maylene uses Fighting-type Pokémon in her battles. Trainers who defeat her receive the Cobble Badge, TM60 (Drain Punch), and are able to use Fly outside of battle. In addition, if she is the fourth Gym Leader defeated, all Pokémon up to level 50 will obey their Trainer. Maylene is considered a cute little girl, but adults in the town respect her for her power. Maylene's father gambles at the Veilstone Game Corner. Maylene apparently does not know her own strength, as she is unsure of how she got to be Gym Leader, and seems rather confused by the whole thing.

Later, in Platinum, the player encounters her upon entering Route 217 where she is apparently training by walking to Snowpoint City. She does not use Fly—even if she can—so she can train herself. She is also used to the cold, even if she is lightly dressed and barefoot. In Snowpoint's Pokémon Center, she says that she admires Candice for being so studious and that she will see her later. In the post-game, she can appear at the Battleground, where she and the other Sinnoh Gym Leaders and Trainers can be battled again. After battling her here, she mentions that she believes that being barefoot is healthier than wearing footwear, pointing out that Pokémon go barefoot.

Maylene appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver in Celadon City's restaurant, having entered what appears to be an eating contest; piles of empty bowls surround her, amazing her onlookers. In addition, she will occasionally participate in the Pokéathlon's Supreme Cup in the Power Course with her Lucario, Meditite, and Machoke.

Maylene seems to like to eat a lot, saying how it is so great that she can eat all she wants in both the Battleground and Celadon City's restaurant, and is apparently able to eat many bowls in one sitting.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Gym battle


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

   Power  Course
Supreme Cup

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Maylene 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, Lucario.

Sinnoh Leaders Tournament

Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Gym battle


Battle Tower
Master Class Single Battles (Rank 3)

Master Class Double Battles (Rank 5)

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Maylene (Masters)

Maylene forms a sync pair with Meditite and its evolved form Medicham in Pokémon Masters EX. Maylene became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#032   Maylene #0308   Meditite → Medicham
  ★★★ Sync Pair Scout



Official artwork from
Diamond and Pearl
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
Generation IV
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: Maylene/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Maylene in the anime

Prior to assuming the role of Veilstone City's Gym Leader, Maylene and Lucario were regarded as formidable opponents and well-known in the Veilstone area. Her promotion to Gym Leader, which occurred six months prior to Lost Leader Strategy!, was welcomed by the city, but the subsequent pressure and expectations of the position led Maylene to become increasingly distracted and uncertain.

Maylene debuted in Lost Leader Strategy!, where it was revealed that she had been challenged by Paul to a Gym battle prior to the episode's events. Paul's Pokémon were picked for their type advantages over Maylene's team, and this, coupled with the fact that Maylene was feeling out of sync with her Pokémon, resulted in an embarrassing match in which she failed to knock out a single one of Paul's two Pokémon with her three. After being defeated, Maylene awarded Paul with the Cobble Badge, and Paul openly noted in front of her that she was the weakest Gym Leader he had ever battled. This comment, coupled on top of her existing issues and how badly she performed during the battle, shattered Maylene's confidence and caused Lucario and most of her Gym assistants to lose faith in her, though mostly out of worry. When Ash challenged her, she declined and shied away, much to the annoyance of Lucario.

Maylene and Dawn

Although Maylene was feeling very sad and discouraged, she discovered a sympathetic and understanding friend in Dawn, who at the time was going through a difficult period on her journey following back to back losses in the Performance Stage of both the Hearthome and Solaceon Pokémon Contests which had also created confidence issues. The two confided in one another and shared their experiences and insecurities, and while doing that, Dawn had the idea of challenging Maylene to a battle to help her regain her spirit. Maylene agreed to have a Gym battle with her, which took place in Crossing the Battle Line!.

During their battle, Maylene warned her Pokémon to be careful because Dawn's Contest Battle tactics could distract them. Both Maylene and Dawn took the match seriously, and their efforts were noted by Ash, Brock, Reggie, and Connally. Eventually, after a fierce battle, Maylene managed to defeat Dawn, regaining trust in her skills as a Gym Leader. Afterwards, Maylene accepted Ash's challenge, and they faced off in A Triple Fighting Chance!. Their hard-fought battle resulted in a tie, leaving the decision to give Ash a badge up to Maylene's judgement. She considered Ash to have battled well enough and thus awarded him the Cobble Badge.

Maylene appeared again in Enter Galactic!, where she helped Ash and his friends stop Team Galactic from stealing the Veilstone City Meteorites. The following day, she and Reggie said goodbye to Ash and his friends as they left for Pastoria City.

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


Maylene is held in high esteem by Veilstone City and regarded as a "warrior" for her usually confident and competitive spirit. Her athletic skills were showcased in her debut, where she was able to hit her Lucario's Aura Sphere attacks away. She meditates to improve her concentration during battle. In battle, Maylene has her Pokémon use offense attacks like Brick Break and Bone Rush as the perfect defense against her opponent's tactics. She also uses Meditite's Confusion and Lucario's Force Palm to inflict status conditions that leave her opponent vulnerable to a flurry of direct hits.


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

Main article: Maylene's Lucario

Lucario first appeared alongside Maylene training during Lost Leader Strategy!, where it was unhappy with Maylene due to her depression from losing against Paul and, as a result, their bond was extremely strained. However, after defeating Dawn's Ambipom and Piplup in a battle, Lucario and Maylene were soon back in sync with each other which helped it to defeat Ash's Staravia and Chimchar and force his Buizel to a draw during their Gym battle.

Lucario was later used to help protect Veilstone City's famous meteorites from being stolen by Saturn during Enter Galactic!.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Bill Rogers
Meditite first appeared in a flashback in Lost Leader Strategy!, where it was used in Maylene's battle against Paul. As Maylene was out of sync with Meditite, it was easily defeated by Honchkrow.

Its first full appearance was during Maylene's Gym battle against Dawn in Crossing the Battle Line!. Unlike the battle against Paul, Meditite was used to its full potential in this battle, being able to defeat Buneary before being knocked out by Ambipom's Double Hit.

It was next used in her Gym battle against Ash, where it was able to confuse both Staravia and Chimchar but was unable to defeat either. It eventually tired out from the prolonged battling and was defeated by Staravia's newly-learned Brave Bird.

Meditite's known moves are Detect, Drain Punch, Confusion, and Meditate.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Kayzie Rogers
Machoke first appeared in Lost Leader Strategy! during the flashback of Maylene's Gym battle against Paul. It was called upon second to battle Honchkrow, but it was quickly knocked out by Sky Attack. It was not used during the Gym battle against Dawn.

It was the first Pokémon used by Maylene during her Gym battle against Ash, where it put up a strong defense and good fight against his Staravia despite the type disadvantage. Ultimately however, Machoke was still defeated by the Starling Pokémon's combination of Quick Attack and Aerial Ace.

Machoke's known moves are Dynamic Punch, Brick Break, Cross Chop, and Seismic Toss.

Debut Lost Leader Strategy!
Voice actors
English Tom Wayland

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 遠藤綾 Aya Endō
English Rachael Lillis
Czech Klára Šumanová
Finnish Jenni Sivonen
European French Elisabeth Guinand
Italian Francesca Bielli
Polish Agnieszka Maliszewska
Portuguese Brazil Lene Bastos
Portugal Isabel Queirós
Spanish Latin America Marianna Santiago
Spain Ana Esther Alborg


Maylene briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters DP

Maylene appeared in a flashback in PMDP07.

Pokémon Adventures

Maylene in Pokémon Adventures

Maylene is first seen training with her two Pokémon, Meditite and Riolu where she overhears a trio of children planning to challenge her Gym. While jogging around the city she almost gets hit by Chimler's Ember (when the trio was testing Platinum's newly-earned Zoom Lens). Due to a misunderstanding she assumes that Platinum was one of the kids who planned to challenge her, she then challenges Platinum to a match, adding that Platinum must use Monferno against her. She later battles Platinum in the Veilstone Gym, but is defeated when Platinum uses her skills at playing the slots to help Monferno defeat her Riolu.

She later appears in Snowpoint City, jogging in the cold where Platinum spots her and asks her to take her to the Snowpoint Gym Leader, Candice. She watches the Gym battle between Candice and Platinum and later, along with Candice, joins Platinum on her quest to stop Team Galactic from blowing up Lake Acuity and capturing the legendary Uxie. Later, at Lake Acuity they are confronted by Team Galactic Commander, Jupiter and despite putting up a good fight, are defeated by her powerful Pokémon and are unable to prevent Uxie from being captured. After being healed they decided to get some training in order to defeat her, Candice calls fellow Gym Leader Byron who then calls and asks Volkner to train them. After some difficulty with their new tutor, they finish their training with him and later at the Spear Pillar, she and Candice fight and defeat Jupiter along with the other Galactic Commanders. She and the other Gym Leaders later fight Team Galactic Leader Cyrus in order to break the Red Chain controlling the legendary Dialga and Palkia and after a tough battle, they are able to break the Chain. However, it turns out the one they broke was the second artificial one that he created.

Later, the Gym Leaders are found unconscious lying in a pile of rubble by Platinum and Cynthia. After helping them out, Maylene, Candice, and Gardenia wake up and give Platinum a Pachirisu, a Froslass, and a Cherrim, respectively. Just after, a stray attack fired from the battle between Diamond and Pearl against Dialga and Palkia knocks them unconscious and melts the Poké Balls, preventing Platinum from using her newly gained team members. Later, when the clash between Dialga and Palkia creates a black hole in the sky, Maylene and the other Gym Leaders are nearly sucked into it before being saved by Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. After Cyrus's defeat, Maylene, the other Gym Leaders, and Cyrus are carried by the Sinnoh Pokédex holders so they can be taken to the hospital to heal their injuries.

It is heavily implied that due to her father's gambling habit, Maylene is actually living in poverty as seen when she is jealous of Platinum's wealth and the fact that her father wears shabby clothing along with that every time he appears, his stomach is seen growling. This was revealed to be a fact when she gave Platinum her Pachirisu.


This listing is for Maylene's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Riolu is Maylene's strongest Pokémon and her main battler. She uses him in her battle against Platinum and manages to defeat her Chatot but is defeated by Platinum applying her Slots skills to her Monferno. It was later used in her first battle against Jupiter but was eventually defeated by her powerful Pokémon. It was used against the Galactic Commander one last time where it defeated her Tangrowth with an Aura Sphere and Ice Shard combination with Candice's Abomasnow.

Riolu's known moves are Force Palm, Drain Punch, Vacuum Wave, Rock Smash, and Aura Sphere*, and his Ability is Inner Focus.

Debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu I
Meditite is one of Maylene's strongest fighters. She was used in her Gym battle against Platinum but was defeated by her Chatot's Mirror Move. She was later used against Jupiter at the Acuity Lakefront but was defeated by her powerful Pokémon. She was later used against the Galactic Commander once again and later to break the Red Chain on the Spear Pillar.

Meditite's known moves are Bullet Punch, Psycho Cut, Power Swap, and Rock Tomb, and her Ability is Pure Power.

Debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu I

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Maylene in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Maylene has a brief cameo in Dialga's Secret Keys!! where she battled Hareta and gave him the Cobble Badge after her Machoke got defeated by Piplup. At the end of the chapter, she is seen complaining about only appearing in one panel. Later, she was called in by Byron to go to Lake Valor in order to help Hareta take out Team Galactic.


Maylene sent out Machoke to take on Hareta's Piplup where it was only seen getting beaten.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Dialga's Secret Keys!!
Main article: Maylene's Lucario

Maylene sent out Lucario to take on Team Galactic after Byron called her in along with the other Gym Leaders.

Debut The Legendary Pokémon Captured

In the TCG

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

Maylene'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 #
Lucario     Rising Rivals   8/111 Bonds to the End of Time   053/090
Machamp     Rising Rivals   46/111 Bonds to the End of Time   048/090


  • Maylene is the only Sinnoh Gym Leader in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to not appear outside her Gym at least once in the game. She makes several appearances outside of her Gym in Pokémon Platinum, however, when the player reaches Route 217, at the Pokémon Center in Snowpoint City before beating Candice, and at the Battleground.
    • She also appears in Celadon City in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
    • Maylene is also the only Gym Leader in Sinnoh to have more Pokémon of the opposite gender than of the same gender as her; in the Veilstone Gym, two out of her three Pokémon are male, while at the Battleground, three out of five are.
  • Maylene's Japanese name is shared with that of one of the Kimono Girls of Ecruteak City. That Kimono Girl's name was changed to Komomo in HeartGold and SoulSilver, possibly to avoid it conflicting with Maylene's Japanese name, as Maylene herself appears in those games.
  • With the release of Pokémon Platinum, the order of three Gym battles in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are now shifted: instead of being third, Maylene is now fourth in the lineup.
  • Of all of the Trainers that can be fought at the Battleground, Maylene has the strongest Pokémon of any of them. Her Lucario, at level 66, is one level stronger than the rest of the Trainers' strongest Pokémon, as all of the rest are at Lv. 65.
    • However, Maylene compensates for this, since her strongest Pokémon doesn't hold a Sitrus Berry unlike the other trainers at the Battleground.
    • In Pokémon Platinum, Maylene is also the only Gym Leader that never uses any kind of Potion or Full Restore during the battle in both Gym and the Battleground, possibly due to the move Drain Punch.
  • In Diamond and Pearl, her Pokémon are the same levels that Pastoria Gym Leader Crasher Wake's Pokémon are.
    • This is most likely due to the fact that the player can choose to visit Veilstone or Pastoria simultaneously without affecting the progression of the storyline, meaning Wake and Maylene could be battled in either order.
  • Maylene's Meditite in Pokémon Adventures knows Bullet Punch, Power Swap, and Psycho Cut. These moves are impossible to have at the same time in the games.


Language Name Origin
Japanese スモモ Sumomo From 李 sumomo (Japanese plum) and 相撲 sumō
English Maylene From melee and possibly the phrase lean, mean, fighting machine
German Hilda From hiltja (Old High German for battle)
Spanish Brega From bregar (to fight)
French Mélina From mêlée (brawl)
Italian Marzia From marziale (martial)
Korean 자두 Jadu From 자두 (紫桃) jadu (plum)
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿李 Ā Lǐ From 李 (plum)
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿李 A Léih From 李 léih (plum)
Russian Мейлин Meilin Transcription of her English name
Vietnamese Sumomo Transcription of her Japanese name


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