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Koga
(キョウ Kyō)
HGSS Koga
"The Poisonous Ninja Master"
General
Hometown Fuchsia City
Region Kanto
Family Janine (daughter)

Aya (sister)

Badge Soul Badge
Preferred Type Poison
First Appearance Pokémon Red and Blue (Game)
The Ninja Poké-Showdown (Anime)
Voice actor

Stan Hart (English) (4Kids)
Jimmy Zoppi (English) (TPCi)

Class: Gym Leader
Elite Four
Fwahahaha! A mere child like you dares to challenge me? The very idea make me shiver with mirth! Very well, I shall show you true terror as a ninja master. Poison brings steady doom. Sleep renders foes helpless. Despair to the creeping horror of Poison-type POKéMON!

–Koga, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Koga served as the Gym Leader at the Fuchsia City Gym. Two years later, during the Generation II games, Koga also became a member of the Elite Four and his daughter, Janine took over his gym and used Poison Type Pokémon as well.

He specializes in Poison-type Pokémon, and as a Gym Leader gave out the Soul Badge for trainers that could defeat him.

Appearance

Personality

Biography

Games

Main Games

Red, Green, Blue & Yellow

Koga first appears in the games as the Fuchsia City Gym Leader. His gym was constructed with an array of invisible walls, fashioned into a maze. This forces the player to walk through the maze fighting Gym members, with the destination in the middle where Koga awaits.

Gold, Silver & Crystal

Later, in the Generation II games, Koga has been promoted to Elite Four status. With the absence of a Gym Leader at Fuchsia Gym, Koga leaves the Gym under his daughter's care, Janine, making her the new Gym Leader.

FireRed & LeafGreen

In the remakes of the original games, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Koga is once again a Gym Leader, as it takes place during the same time period. The only difference is the level of his Weezing, and his updated appearance.

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Side Games

Stadium
Stadium 2

Manga

Adventures

Red, Blue & Green Arc

In the Pokémon Adventures Koga is an executive for Team Rocket and along with Sabrina and Lt. Surge he fights Red to prevent him from interfering, but, as usual, this results in failure.

Yellow Arc
Gold, Silver & Crystal Arc

It was shown that he has a daughter who worried about him because he wasn't seen for a long time.

Anime

Main Series

Season 1: Indigo League
Koga anime

Koga, in the anime

Koga appeared in the episode The Ninja Poké-Showdown, where Ash and company stumble across his Gym. Not appearing until later in the episode, Ash can only find a plethora of hidden traps within the gym, and then later Koga's sister Aya. After the appearance of Koga and a small incident with Team Rocket, Koga and Ash finally have their battle, uninterrupted. The two have a one-on-one battle, with Ash using his Charmander, and Koga using his Golbat. Initially having some trouble, Charmander was unable to hit the Golbat, but after using Fire Spin, Ash was the victor. Upon leaving Koga rewarded Ash with the Soul Badge.

Season 16: BW Adventures in Unova
Koga Best Wishes

Ash's memory of Koga in BW Adventures in Unova

Koga appeared in Ash's memory when Ash remembered Charizard and his battles.

Origins

Sprites

Gen. I Yellow Gen. II Gen. III Gen. IV Challenge Sprite
Koga(RB)Sprite
Koga(Y)Sprite
Koga(GS)Sprite
Koga(FrLg)Sprite
KogaHGSS
VSKoga

Pokémon

Games

Main Games

R/B
RB 109 front
Koffing
 Type Poison 
RB 109 front
Koffing
 Type Poison 
RB 089 front
Muk
 Type Poison 
RB 110 front
Weezing
 Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 37 - Lv. 37 - Lv. 39 - Lv. 43 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle SmokeScreen Disable Sludge - -
Smog Sludge Poison Gas Smog - -
Sludge Smog Minimize Toxic - -
SmokeScreen Tackle Sludge Selfdestruct - -


Y
Y 048 front
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
Y 048 front
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
Y 048 front
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
Y 049 front
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 44 - Lv. 46 - Lv. 48 - Lv. 50 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Toxic Psybeam Sleep Powder Psychic - -
Tackle Toxic Psychic Double Team - -
Sleep Powder Psychic Toxic Leech Life - -
Psychic Supersonic Double-Edge Toxic - -


G/S/C
C 168 front
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
C 205 front
Forretress
 Type Bug Type Steel 
C 089 front
Muk
 Type Poison 
C 049 front
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
C 169 front
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 40 Lv. 43 Lv. 42 Lv. 41 Lv. 44

ItmP1 = None

Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Spider Web Protect Sludge Bomb Toxic Double Team -
Double Team Spikes Acid Armor Psychic Wing Attack -
Baton Pass Swift Minimize Gust Quick Attack -
Giga Drain Explosion Toxic Supersonic Toxic -


FR/LG
FRLG 109 front
Koffing
 Type Poison 
FRLG 109 front
Koffing
 Type Poison 
FRLG 089 front
Muk
 Type Poison 
FRLG 110 front
Weezing
 Type Poison 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 37 Lv. 37 Lv. 39 Lv. 43 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Levitate Ability: Levitate Ability: Sticky Hold Ability: Levitate

ItmP1 = None

Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Sludge Selfdestruct Minimize Toxic - -
Selfdestruct Sludge Toxic SmokeScreen - -
SmokeScreen Toxic Sludge Tackle - -
Toxic SmokeScreen Acid Armor Sludge - -


HG/SS

HGSS 168 front
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 205 front
Forretress
 Type Bug Type Steel 
HGSS 089 front
Muk
 Type Poison 
HGSS 049 front
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 169 front
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 40 Lv. 43 Lv. 42 Lv. 41 Lv. 44

ItmP1 = None

Lv. ? -
Ability: Insomnia Ability: Sturdy Ability: Sticky Hold Ability: Sheild Dust Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: None Item: Black Sludge Item: None Item: Sitrus Berry Item: ?
Spider Web Protect Gunk Shot Toxic Double Team -
Poison Jab Toxic Spikes Screech Psychic Wing Attack -
Baton Pass Swift Minimize Gust Quick Attack -
Giga Drain Explosion Toxic Supersonic Poison Fang -

SkuntankHGSS
Skuntank
 Type Poison Type Dark 
ToxicroakHGSSM
Toxicroak
 Type Poison Type Fighting 
SwalotHGSSM
Swalot
 Type Poison 
HGSS 089 front
Muk
 Type Poison 
HGSS 049 front
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 169 front
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Lv. 61 Lv. 60 Lv. 62 Lv. 62 Lv. 63 Lv. 64
Ability: Aftermath Ability: Dry Skin Ability: Sticky Hold Ability: Sticky Hold Ability: Tinted Lens Ability: Inner Focus

ItmP1 = None

Item: ? Item: None Item: Leftovers Item: Black Sludge Item: None Item: None
Toxic Gunk Shot Amnesia Toxic Baton Pass Cross Poison
Sucker Punch Swagger Sludge Bomb Minimize Double Team Fly
Dig X-Scissor Pain Split Screech Silver Wind Mean Look
Explosion Cross Chop Yawn Swagger Psychic Toxic

Side Games

Stdm
Stdm 2

HGSS 049 front
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 168 front
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 042 front
Golbat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
HGSS 207 front
Gligar
 Type Ground Type Flying 
HGSS 101 front
Electrode
 Type Electric 
HGSS 089 front
Muk
 Type Poison 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 - Lv. 50

ItmP1 = Focus Band

Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: Ice Berry Item: PrzCureBerry Item: Mint Berry Item: Bitter Berry Item: Burnt Berry
Toxic Spider Web Toxic Sandstorm Toxic Sludge Bomb
Double Team Dig Double Team Iron Tail Double Team Fire Blast
Giga Drain Double Team Wing Attack Double Team Mirror Coat Double Team
Psychic Toxic Detect Toxic Thunder Toxic

HGSS 049 front
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
HGSS 126 front
Magmar
 Type Fire 
HGSS 131 front
Lapras
 Type Water Type Ice 
HGSS 234 front
Stantler
 Type Normal 
HGSS 171 front
Lanturn
 Type Water Type Electric 
HGSS 168 front
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50

ItmP1 = BrightPowder

Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: Miracle Berry Item: Leftovers Item: Mystery Berry Item: Quick Claw Item: Focus Band
Double Team Flamethrower Double Team Earthquake Double Team Spider Web
Toxic Confuse Ray Surf Confuse Ray Toxic Psybeam
Psybeam Toxic Confuse Ray Toxic Confuse Ray Baton Pass
Baton Pass Double Team Toxic Double Team Thunderbolt Double Team

Anime

Main Series

On hand
Pokémon Information
Koga Venomoth
Koga's Venonat evolved into Venomoth before his first battle with Ash began. It easily defeated Ash's Pidgeotto. It's known moves are Stun Spore and Sleep Powder. After the battle, he offered it for Misty's Psyduck, but she rejected the trade.
Venonat → Venomoth
Pokémon Information
Koga Golbat
Koga used his Golbat during the second round of Ash's Gym Battle. It lost to Ash's Charmander, thus earning Ash the Soul Badge. It's known moves are Wing Attack and Screech.
Golbat
Pokémon Information
Koga Voltorb
These Pokémon were used for making quick escapes like smoke bombs.
Voltorb
Pokémon Information
Koga Scyther
No information available
Scyther

Origins

Pokémon Information
Koga PO
No information available
Weezing

Episode appearances

Indigo League
BW Adventures in Unova

Voice actors

  • English: Stan Hart
  • Japanese: Hōchū Ōtsuka
  • Polish: Radosław Popłonikowski
  • Spanish: Juan Fernandez
  • Iberian Spanish: Gerardo Vasquez

Trivia

In a Pokémon card related to Koga, called Koga's Ninja Trick, there is a symbol that looks similar to a Swastika. However, it is actually totally different, in positioning and in meaning. A Swastika is in a diamond angle, and the points on it point clockwise; the symbol depicted on the card was in a square angle, and the points were counter clockwise. The symbol on the card was of a different culture and was many years before the Nazi Party, and meant "peace". When the card was released in the U.S., it was changed to a different symbol.

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