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"You kept me waiting! I'm Eterna's Gym Leader, Gardenia, the Grass-type master! When I first saw you, I was convinced you'd find your way to me. My hunch was right on the money. You have a winning aura about you. So, anyway, this will be fun. Let's have our battle."
— Gardenia, Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

Gardenia serves as the Gym Leader for Eterna City. Gardenia specializes in Grass-type Pokémon, and holds the Forest Badge for the trainers that defeat her. She is also known as a "Master of Vivid Plant Pokémon". She loves Grass-Type Pokémon and as such, has a lot of plants in her gym. Gardenia is also an expert on Grass-Type Pokémon.


Gardenia is a quirky and friendly trainer, who gets giddy whenever she comes across Grass-type Pokémon. Though she's bubbly, her past may suggest she's a lot more complex than initially believed. Her connection with the Old Chateau has yet remained a mystery.


Gardenia has brown eyes and half-brown, half-black hair. She wears a black, long-sleeved, crop top with a green cloak, brown cargo pants with a black belt, and green boots.



Gardenia first appeared in the first Generation IV games as the Eterna City Gym Leader, specializing in Grass Pokémon. The player first meets her in Eterna Forest, outside of the mansion. Her Gym is filled with plants, and trainers that challenge her must search for, and find all of the Gym members before they can face her. Upon defeating her, she will reward the player with the Forest Badge and TM86 (Grass Knot).



Main article: Gardenia (Adventures)

She battled against Platinum and lost, giving her the Forest Badge. She also appears in Chapter 4 where she attacked Pearl because she trained with Team Galactic. When Gardenia found out he wasn't with Team Galactic, she attacked him. Then she states that Team Galactic has been causing trouble in the Eterna Forest and Eterna City.

Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Main article: Gardenia (DPA)

Gardenia was attacking Hareta and Mitsumi at first, because she thought they were a part of Team Galactic. Hareta, then asked for a Gym Battle, but she refused, thinking that Hareta was still a beginner. Piplup, however, didn't agree with her and demanded for a battle. At the end, Hareta won the battle and she gave him the badge. She also battled against Team Galactic with the other Gym Leaders.


Main article: Gardenia (anime)

Gardenia has a slight obsession for grass-type Pokémon. She fought against Ash for his Gym battle


DP battle sprite

Pt battle sprite

Vs. Sprite

B2W2 battle sprite


Diamond and Pearl

DP 420 front
 Type Grass 
DP 387 front
 Type Grass 
DP 407f front
 Type Grass Type Poison 
Lv. 19 Lv. 19 Lv. 22 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Chlorophyll Ability: Overgrow Ability: Natural Cure Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Grass Knot Razor Leaf Magical Leaf - - -
Leech Seed Grass Knot Stun Spore - - -
Safeguard Withdraw Grass Knot - - -
Growth Reflect Poison Sting - - -


Pt 387 front
 Type Grass 
Pt 421 front
 Type Grass 
Pt 407f front
 Type Grass Type Poison 
Lv. 20 Lv. 20 Lv. 22 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Overgrow Ability: Flower Gift Ability: Natural Cure Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Razor Leaf Grass Knot Magical Leaf - - -
Grass Knot Leech Seed Stun Spore - - -
Sunny Day Safeguard Grass Knot - - -
Reflect Magical Leaf Poison Sting - - -

Black 2 and White 2


  • Gardenia's name is based on the word "garden" for her love of grass Pokémon, or it could be an abbreviation of gardening or a reference to the flower, Gardenia.
  • In the game, she has a fear of Ghost Type Pokémon. She says "What if there is a Ghost/Grass Pokémon?". This combination finally appeared in Generation 6 with the Pokémon Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist.
  • Gardenia is the second Gym Leader to use Grass Pokémon, the first being Erika of Celadon City, the third being Cilan from Unova, and the fourth being Ramos from Kalos.
  • She is the first person to hug James's Cacnea without it hugging her first.
  • Her hairstyle resembles that of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX main character, Jaden Yuki.
  • Gardenia's Japanese name means Rapeseed.
  • Gardenia's Cherrim is underleveled at 20 as Cherubi evolves at level 25.

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