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For the variant appearing in the games, see Elesa.

Elesa is a character appearing in the Best Wishes! series, who is the Gym Leader of Nimbasa City in the Unova region.


Elesa has blue eyes and short blonde hair. She wears red, white, and blue headphones with long cords on the sides. Elesa wears a yellow jacket, a black top that exposes her stomach in two sections, opaque black tights, and yellow high heels.


Elesa is a Gym Leader, who is also a fashion model, with a lot of fans. Elesa admires beauty and wants to dazzle out the people watching her, especially in a battle. She also shares some wisdom, as she wanted to be a referee for the battle against Ash and Bianca's father.


Season 15: BW Rival Destinies

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Elesa welcomes the group to her Gym.

The heroes met Elesa at a fashion show, where Elesa was the model, showing off new clothing designs. As Elesa was making a walk on the platform, she noticed Ash's Pikachu and was interested in it. After being told Bianca and Ash came for the Gym match, Elesa, after being done with the work, changed into her normal clothes and met the group in the Gym itself. Surprisingly to Bianca, Elesa also showed Bianca's father came, who wanted to take her daughter come. Bianca refused, but decided to do so only if she lost in the Gym match against Elesa. At the battlefield, Elesa sent her Zebstrika against Bianca's Shelmet. Shelmet started off with Acid, but was quickly defeated by Double Kick and Flame Charge. Bianca sent Mincinno, who managed to hit Zebstrika with Hyper Voice, but was also defeated by Double Kick and Flame Charge. For her final Pokémon, Bianca sent Pignite, who valiantly fought against Zebstrika, managing to do damage with Flame Charge and Heat Crash, but was defeated by Zebstrika's Wild Charge. The group, along with Elesa, went to the Pokémon Center to heal their Pokémon. Seeing Bianca saddened, Ash decided to fight against her father in a battle, trying to get Bianca back to her journey, with Elesa acting as the judge. While Ash had lost against Bianca's father, Bianca's father saw Bianca actually learned much from her friends she had gotten since she started her journey and permitted her to continue. Elesa, however, anticipated the following day, when Ash would challenge her.[1]

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Elesa's introduction before her Gym match against Ash.

The following day, Ash challenged Elesa to a Gym match. Ash sent Palpitoad (amking Elesa a bit displeased it is not as dazzling) against Zebstrika. Zebstrika managed to inflict damage to Palpitoad, boosting its speed by using Flame Charge. Palpitoad managed to distract Zebstrika with Supersonic and defeat it with Hydro Pump and Mud Shot attacks. Elesa intended on dazzle Ash out by sending her Emolga, who managed to infatuate Palpitoad with Attract and defeat him with Aerial Ace. Ash ran off and came back with Snivy, who vailantly fought against Emolga, who did not took much damage from grass-type attacks. Eventually, Snivy was knocked out by Emolga's Aerial Ace. Ash became frustrated and wondered which Pokémon should he choose, causing Pikachu to yell at him, since Pikachu wanted to battle. Pikachu and Emolga used Electro Ball, the attacks with collided with each other, but Pikachu's Quick Attack defeated Emolga. Elesa praised Ash for such a dazzling performance, sending her "queen", Tynamo. Tynamo used Tackle with a tremendous speed, hitting Pikachu, who still wanted to battle, making Elesa pleased they were still up for the challenge. Pikachu released Thunderbolt on the field, creating a lot of holes and hit Tynamo with Iron Tail. Elesa, as a sign of Ash's victory, gave him the Bolt Badge. She recommended going to Driftveil City, but warned him the bridge leading out of Nimbasa City had not been repaired yet.[2]

Cilan remembered Elesa, since his task was to cosplay as her. Cilan tried his best to cosplay as Elesa, as well as his Pansage to look like Emolga, though it wasn't good enough for Mile to give him a passing grade, since Miles was Elesa's fan.[3]

Elesa was mentioned by Dawn, who went to Nimbasa City. There, Dawn saw Elesa, who was shown in various outfits.[4]

Season 16: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond

Ash remembered battling the Unova Gym Leaders, including Elesa, the night before he entered the Unova League.[5]


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Pokémon Information
Elesa Zebstrika
Zebstrika first appeared battling Bianca's Pokémon. It easily won against Shelmet and Minccino without facing any difficulty except from Pignite which lost after Zebstrika's Wild Charge.
Pokémon Information
Elesa Emolga
One of Elesa's Pokémon that had a battle with Ash's Snivy.
Pokémon Information
Elesa Tynamo
One of Elesa's Pokémon that had a battle with Ash's Pikachu, known as her "Electric Queen".


  • In her episode debut, Elesa was seen wearing five different outfits.
  • She and Whitney both had their debut episodes as season premieres.
  • Similar to Roark battling Paul, Elesa battled Bianca, Ash's rival, before battling Ash himself.


See also


Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies Pokémon - Black & White Rival Destinies
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Bianca - Brock - Burgundy - Cameron - Cilan - Cedric Juniper - Dawn - Don George - Freddy O'Martian - Georgia - Giovanni - Iris - James - Jessie - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Professor Aurea Juniper - Stephan - Trip
Main character's PokémonAsh's Boldore - Ash's Krookodile - Ash's Leavanny - Ash's Oshawott - Ash's Palpitoad - Ash's Pignite - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Scraggy - Ash's Snivy - Ash's Unfezant
Iris' Axew - Iris' Dragonite - Iris' Emolga - Iris' Excadrill
Cilan's Crustle - Cilan's Pansage - Cilan's Stunfisk
James' Yamask - Jessie's Woobat - Team Rocket's Meowth
Dawn's Buneary - Dawn's Mamoswine - Dawn's Pachirisu - Dawn's Piplup - Dawn's Quilava - Dawn's Togekiss
Trip's Serperior - Trip's Conkeldurr
Bianca's Emboar - Bianca's Escavalier - Bianca's Minccino - Bianca's Shelmet
Stephan's Sawk
Georgia's Beartic - Georgia's Bisharp - Georgia's Vanilluxe
Burgundy's Darmanitan - Burgundy's Dewott
Cameron's Ferrothorn - Cameron's Riolu - Cameron's Samurott
Supporting charactersAlder - Angus - Avery - Betty - Bianca's father - Billy Jo - Bobby - Brycen - Burgh - Caitlin - Case - Cassie - Charles - Chili - Chris - Clay - Cress - Cynthia - Delbert - Doctor Ferrara - Doctor Ferrara's henchmen - Driftveil City's Gym referee - Dr. Zager - Edmund - Elesa - Erina - Fennel - Ferris - Flora - Gail - Geraldo - Getty - Glenn - Horatio - Humilau City's Gym referee - Icirrus City's Gym referee - Jervis - Jules - Katharine - Kenton - Kylan - Layla - Lewis - Linda - Luke - Manning - Marigold - Marlon - Marris - Matori - Mick - Miles - Montgomery - Mr. Gold - Mr. Hatterly - Nicky - Nimbasa City's Gym referee - Principal - Professor Malveaux - Ramone - Ricard Nouveau - Ricky - Ridley - Rizzo - Robert - Robert's grandfather - Roxie - Russet - Sean - Sean's father - Shamus - Shepherd - Sierra - Simeon - Skyla - Subway Boss Emmet - Subway Boss Ingo - Thief - Toby - Virbank City's Gym referee - Wallace
Pokémon: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond Pokémon - Black & White Adventures in Unova and Beyond
Main charactersAlexa - Ash Ketchum - Bianca - Burgundy - Cameron - Cilan - Cedric Juniper - Delia Ketchum - Don George - Freddy O'Martian - Georgia - Giovanni - Iris - James - Jessie - N - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Professor Aurea Juniper - Professor Samuel Oak - Stephan - Tracey Sketchit - Trip - Virgil
Main character's PokémonAsh's Bayleef - Ash's Boldore - Ash's Buizel - Ash's Bulbasaur - Ash's Charizard - Ash's Donphan - Ash's Gible - Ash's Glalie - Ash's Gliscor - Ash's Heracross - Ash's Infernape - Ash's Krookodile - Ash's Leavanny - Ash's Muk - Ash's Noctowl - Ash's Oshawott - Ash's Palpitoad - Ash's Pignite - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Quilava - Ash's Sceptile - Ash's Scraggy - Ash's Snivy - Ash's Snorlax - Ash's Staraptor - Ash's Swellow - Ash's Tauros - Ash's Torkoal - Ash's Torterra - Ash's Totodile - Ash's Unfezant
Iris' Axew - Iris' Dragonite - Iris' Emolga - Iris' Excadrill
Cilan's Crustle - Cilan's Pansage - Cilan's Stunfisk
James' Amoonguss - James' Yamask - Jessie's Frillish - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Jessie's Woobat - Team Rocket's Meowth
Trip's Serperior
Bianca's Emboar - Bianca's Escavalier
Stephan's Liepard - Stephan's Sawk - Stephan's Zebstrika
Cameron's Ferrothorn - Cameron's Hydreigon - Cameron's Lucario - Cameron's Samurott - Cameron's Swanna - Cameron's Watchog
Virgil's Eevee - Virgil's Espeon - Virgil's Flareon - Virgil's Glaceon - Virgil's Jolteon - Virgil's Leafeon - Virgil's Umbreon
Supporting charactersAldith - Anima - Anthea - Antonio - Barret - Brycen - Burgh - Cadbury - Captain - Carlton - Cedric Juniper's assistants - Cher - Cheren - Chili - Clair - Clay - Colress - Conley - Concordia - Cress - Cynthia - Davy - Dino - Drayden - Elder - Elesa - Ellie - Emmanuel - Flora - Gemma - Geraldo - Ghetsis - Halsey - Jeff - Jervis - Kanto fair host - Katharine - Kendrick - Kenton - Lenora - Liza - Looker - Lotus - Magikarp Salesman - Manning - Martha - Matori - Mikael - Moira - Mona - Morana - Morgan - Mr. Shaw - Mrs. Ripple - Ms. Chandler - Nanette - Okura - Pirate - Porter - Radley - Ramone - Rhoder - Rocko - Rodney - Roxie - Russet - Schwarz - Shannon - Skyla - Soren - Subway Boss Emmet - Subway Boss Ingo - Teaque - Tedesco - Tokuzō - Tony - Tony's father - Tony's mother - Ultimo - Weiss

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