Animated Character Database
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Erika (Japanese: エリカ Erika) is the Gym Leader of Celadon City's Gym, known officially as the Celadon Gym. She hands out the Rainbow Badge toTrainers who defeat her. She is a serene young woman who specializes in Grass-type Pokémon. She sometimes dresses in elegant kimonos and seems to represent traditional Japanese beauty.


Erika appeared in Pokémon Scent-sation!, running a perfumery in Celadon City where she sold a special brand of perfume made from the essence of her favorite Pokémon, Gloom. MistyBrock, and Pikachu were enamored with the scents, but Ash insulted the perfume. In protest, the manager, who was later revealed to be the Gym Leader Erika, had him banned from her store and by extension the greenhouse/Celadon Gym.

Jessie and James were sneaking into the Gym trying to steal the perfume scents to sell them, but they were stamped with a red X and banned from the Gym, too. Ash found them and untied them in exchange for help entering the Gym.

Disguised as a girl named Ashley, Ash signed up as a student at the Gym. Erika was reading a fairy tale to some Grass-type Pokémon when he found and recognized her. Pikachu instantly recognized Ash and exposed him. Erika finally agreed to a battle for the Gym Badge. She turned out to be very confident in her abilities, but became too confident when Ash used his Charmander—as Fire was Grass Pokémon's greatest weakness—when she tried to use her Weepinbell. However, their match was interrupted whenTeam Rocket started a fire in the Gym as revenge for being thrown out.

Ash risked his life to run in and rescue Erika's beloved Gloom, who had once saved her from a wild Grimer when she was a little girl. Out of gratitude, Erika awarded Ash with the Rainbow Badge.

Erika also reappeared in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye and Gotta Catch Ya Later!.


  1. Tangela → Tangrowth
  2. Weepinbell
  3. Gloom
  4. Exeggcute→ Exeggutor
  5. Bellsprout → Weepinbell → Victreebel
  6. Oddish → Gloom → Vileplume
  7. Gloom → Bellossom
  8. Tangela
  9. Weepinbell
  10. Vileplume
  11. Victreebel
  12. Skiploom→Jumpluff
  13. Venusaur
  14. Porygon
  15. Clefairy→ Clefable
  16. Dratini→ Dragonair
  17. Paras
  18. Shiftry
  19. Roserade
  20. Cradily
  21. Abomasnow
  22. Whimsicott
  23. Lilligant
  24. Dewgong
  25. Chansey→ Blissey
  26. Vaporeon
  27. Marowak
  28. Ninetales
  29. Mantine


  1. Black Sludge
  2. BrightPowder
  3. Essence of Gloom
  4. Expert Belt
  5. Fighting Gem
  6. Focus Band
  7. Focus Sash
  8. Grass Gem
  9. Kelpsy Berry
  10. Leftovers
  11. Liechi Berry
  12. Lucky Punch
  13. Mental Herb
  14. Mint Berry
  15. Miracle Berry
  16. Occa Berry
  17. Paralyze Heal
  18. Power Herb
  19. PRZCureBerry
  20. Quick Claw
  21. Salac Berry
  22. Scope Lens
  23. Sitrus Berry
  24. Tanga Berry
  25. Thick Club