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This article is about the anime character Iris (anime). For other uses, see Iris.
Iris Pallida
(アイリス Airisu)
Region: Unova
Age: 12-14
Hometown: Village of Dragons
Family: Unknown
Class: Trainer
Friends: Ash
Voice actor: Eileen Stevens (English)

Aoi Yūki (Japanese)

Debut: BW001: In The Shadow of Zekrom!

Iris Pallida is one of Ash's traveling companions in the Unova region. She is a friend of Ash (and Pikachu), Cilan, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie (and Dedenne).


Before meeting Ash

When she was little, Iris spent most of her time playing with wild Pokemon. One day, a Drilbur took Iris's friend Patrat's home. For ten days, Iris kept challenging the Drilbur but is always losing to it. On the tenth try, she was able to fight but Drilbur almost fell from the top of a cliff. Iris saved him, and he became her Pokemon.

They entered the tournament of the Village of Dragons, and won. During the final battle Drilbur evolved into Excadrill. However, Iris and Excadrill lost their 100th battle against Drayden, who secretly nods to the Elder.

Pokémon: Black & White

Iris, close up

Iris is a wild girl that Ash met while traveling in the Unova region. Ash first encountered Iris by mistaking her hair for a Pokémon (since he saw her in a bush picking berries and used his Pokédex, which told him that the Pokémon was in her hair.) He then threw a Poké Ball at her head and she then yells at Ash but soon becomes quick friends with his Pikachu, by hugging him and poking his cheeks which caused him to zap her, for Pikachu gets mad when he gets annoyed by another trainer. Her goal used to be a secret to Ash and Cilan, though it is revealed in BW030, that her goal was to become a dragon master. She also wishes to see the legendary Pokémon Zekrom. She appears to be a wild child and has been seen swinging from vines in forests in order to get from place to place.

Iris, like Ash, Dawn and Misty seems to have her partner Pokémon stay out of its Poké Ball on most occasions. Her partner Pokémon is Axew, the Tusk Pokémon. However, despite the fact, it doesn't go into its Poké Ball and Axew just jumps into Iris' hair whenever she decides to actively go somewhere.

Iris holding the set of wings she won at the Club Battle Tournament.

Unlike May or Dawn she practically radiates confidence. On the tomboy scale she is between Misty and May. Her expressions unseen by others suggests a sly, almost manipulative, but well meaning nature. Like Misty at the start of their journey, Ash is in the dark that Iris may or may not be a Gym Leader. Also like Misty, Iris thinks Ash is a little kid but helps him out since he doesn't know a lot about the Unova region. (Even so, Iris acts like a kid herself, but her catchphrase is saying to others "You're such a kid.")

In BW036, she meets Georgia , her rival, who defeated her when they first met. She also told Ash and Cilan of how she obtained her Excadrill: When she was younger she played with all the Pokémon in the forest and learned that a bully Drilbur stole a Patrat's food.

Younger Iris

In BW040, she entered the Club Battle Tournament and won the Wing Set.

Pokémon: Black and White: Rival Destinies

Iris and her fear for ice-type Pokémon

Iris cheered on for Ash in his Gym Battle with Elesa. Then she and Ash have some fun in Nimbasa City visiting all the attractions. Iris also meets Champion Alder, had the opportunity to befriend some Deino that belonged to other trainers and she also dressed as a shrine maiden to summon Landorus.

In BW082, Iris appeared to be glad that the Opelucid Gym was temporarily closed.


On hand

Axew File:Male Symbol.png
Like Ash's Pikachu, it doesn't go in its Poké Ball, and when it needs to retreat, it hides in Iris' hair, coming out to eat when necessary. It hasn't been used in battle much, but when it does, it is shown to be weak and is likely to be a very young Pokémon. It was seen to dream of evolving all the way up to be a Haxorus. Axew 's moves are Dragon Rage, Scratch, Outrage and Giga Impact.
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Iris sent out her Excadrill when her Axew got captured by a wild Scolipede. Excadrill is an incredibly powerful Pokémon and has powerful moves such as Drill Run which makes Excadrill a powerhouse of Iris' team. When it is sent out, it spins around, folding its arms and head together like a drill. It however does not always obey Iris and requires coaxing before it will battle its opponents. It is also revealed in BW036 that Iris captured Excadrill as a Drilbur. Excadrill's moves are Dig, Metal Claw, Drill Run, Fury Swipes, Mud-Slap and Focus Blast.
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Emolga File:Female Symbol.png
After meeting up with Bianca, Ash and his friends learned of her quest to capture an Emolga. After Iris saved the wild Emolga from several Swoobats, it decided to go with Iris, not Bianca. Emolga's moves are Volt Switch, Discharge, Attract and Hidden Power.
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Iris met Dragonite in Undella Town, where it was accused of causing blackouts. Iris healed its injuries and defended it against people who were blaming it for the blackout. It eventually chose to join Iris. Dragonite is a powerhouse; however, as seen in the World Tournament, it relies more on its instincts in battle, often ignoring Iris' orders.
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Before Eevee evolved into Espeon, Iris was awarded an egg after winning the Ninbasa City Club Battle. After 8 days, an Eevee hatched from the egg. During the Don Battle Tournament, Iris used Eevee to battle against Stephan's Heatmor and after it learned Extreme Speed, Eevee evolved into Espeon. Espeon's moves are Psychic, Leer, Sandstorm and Extreme Speed.


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Iris commanded Georgia's Vanilluxe in BW083. It helped her when they both got trapped.


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As a young child, Iris was shown to have various befriended Pokemon. One of them was a fire-type elemental monkey, Pansear.
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As a young child, Iris was shown to have various befriended Pokemon. One of them was Minccino.
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As a young child, Iris was shown to have various befriended Pokemon. At a pond, she would play with the water-type elemental monkey, Panpour
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As a young child, Iris was shown to have various befriended Pokemon. One of these is Deerling, who pulled Iris away every time she lost to Drilburr.
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As a young child, Iris was shown to have various befriended Pokemon. One of them was a Pidove.
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As a young child, Iris was shown to have various befriended Pokemon. One of them was a Sandile.

Voice Actresses

  • English: Eileen Stevens
  • Japanese: Aoi Yuki
  • Dutch: Sophie Hoeberechts
  • Spanish: Belen Rodriguez
  • Mandarin Chinese: Lin Meixiu
  • Finnish: Saara Aalto
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Agatha Paulita
  • Latin American Spanish: Susana Moreno
  • Polish: Justyna Bojczuk



  • Iris is currently the only main character in the anime series to keep her Japanese name.
  • Iris is the second of Ash's companions to have an Electric-type Pokémon. The first was Dawn.
  • Iris is named after the Iris Flower which is a native flower to Africa and North America.
  • Iris' fear of Ice-type Pokémon may be a reference to Dragon-type Pokémon being weak against Ice-type moves.
  • Iris is Ash's only female companion who doesn't have a bike.