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Koga
(キョウ Kyō)
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"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)

Voice actor

Stan Hart (English)

Class: Gym Leader
Elite Four
Fwahahahaha! I am Koga of the Elite Four. I live in shadows--a ninja! My intricate style will confound and destroy you! Confusion, sleep, poison... Prepare to be the victim of my sinister techniques! Fwahahahaha! Pokémon are not merely about brute force--you shall see soon enough!

–Koga, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Koga (キョウ Kyō) served as the Gym Leader at the Fuchsia City Gym. Two years later, during the Generation II games, Koga became a member of the Elite Four and his daughter, Janine took over the gym and used poison 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.

In Anime

File:Koga anime screenshot.jpg

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 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.

In Manga

Red, Blue and 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.

Gold, Silver and Crystal Arc

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

In Game

Koga first appeared in the Generation I 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.

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.

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.

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

In Games

Red and Blue

File:Koffing(RB)Sprite.png
Koffing
 Type Poison 
File:Koffing(RB)Sprite.png
Koffing
 Type Poison 
File:Muk(RB)Sprite.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Weezing(RB)Sprite.png
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 - -


Yellow

File:Venonat(Y)Sprite.png
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Venonat(Y)Sprite.png
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Venonat(Y)Sprite.png
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Venomoth(Y)Sprite.png
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 - -


Gold, Silver, and Crystal

File:Ariados(G)Sprite.png
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Foretress(G)Sprite.png
Forretress
 Type Bug Type Steel 
File:Muk(G)Sprite.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Venomoth(G)Sprite.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Crobat(G)Sprite.png
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 40 Lv. 43 Lv. 42 Lv. 41 Lv. 44 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 -


FireRed and LeafGreen

File:Koffing(FrLg)Sprite.png
Koffing
 Type Poison 
File:Koffing(FrLg)Sprite.png
Koffing
 Type Poison 
File:Muk(FrLg)Sprite.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Weezing(FrLg)Sprite.png
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 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 - -


HeartGold and SoulSilver

First Battle
File:Ariados HGSS.png
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Forretress HGSS.png
Forretress
 Type Bug Type Steel 
File:Muk HGSS.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Venomoth HGSS.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Crobat HGSS.png
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type 
Lv. 40 Lv. 43 Lv. 42 Lv. 41 Lv. 44 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 -
Second Battle
SkuntankHGSS
Skuntank
 Type Poison Type Dark 
ToxicroakHGSSM
Toxicroak
 Type Poison Type Fighting 
SwalotHGSSM
Swalot
 Type Poison 
File:Muk HGSS.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Venomoth HGSS.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Crobat HGSS.png
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
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


Pokémon Stadium

Gym Leader Castle

File:Venomoth(FrLg)Sprite.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Muk(FrLg)Sprite.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Weezing(FrLg)Sprite.png
Weezing
 Type Poison 
File:Venonat(FRLG)Sprite.png
Venonat
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Nidorina(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidorina
 Type Poison 
File:Nidorino(FRLG)Sprite.png
Nidorino
 Type Poison 
Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Mega Drain Sludge SmokeScreen Stun Spore Double Kick Fury Attack
Sleep Powder Minimize Sludge Sleep Powder Thunder Thunderbolt
Psybeam Poison Gas Thunderbolt Psychic Ice Beam BubbleBeam
Double-Edge Hyper Beam Fire Blast Mega Drain Toxic Toxic

Gym Leader Castle Round 2

File:Venomoth(FrLg)Sprite.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Muk(FrLg)Sprite.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
File:Weezing(FrLg)Sprite.png
Weezing
 Type Poison 
File:FRLGHypno.png
Hypno
 Type Psychic 
File:Tangela(FrLg)Sprite.png
Tangela
 Type Grass 
File:Parasect(FRLG)Sprite.png
Parasect
 Type Bug Type Grass 
Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 - Lv. 50 -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Mega Drain Sludge SmokeScreen Hypnosis Stun Spore Spore
Stun Spore Minimize Sludge Psychic Double Team Slash
Psychic Hyper Beam Toxic Counter Rest Mega Drain
Hyper Beam Toxic Fire Blast Seismic Toss SolarBeam Growth


Pokémon Stadium 2

Gym Leader Castle Round 1
File:Venomoth HGSS.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Ariados HGSS.png
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Golbat HGSS Male.png
Golbat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
File:HGSSGligar.png
Gligar
 Type Ground Type Flying 
File:Electrode HGSS.png
Electrode
 Type Electric 
File:Muk HGSS.png
Muk
 Type Poison 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 - Lv. 50
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
Gym Leader Castle Round 2
File:Venomoth HGSS.png
Venomoth
 Type Bug Type Poison 
File:Magmar HGSS.png
Magmar
 Type Fire 
File:Lapras HGSS.png
Lapras
 Type Water Type Ice 
File:Stantler HGSS.png
Stantler
 Type Normal 
File:HGSSLanturn.png
Lanturn
 Type Water Type Electric 
File:Ariados HGSS.png
Ariados
 Type Bug Type Poison 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50
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


In the anime

Pokémon Information
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
VenonatVenomoth
Pokémon Information
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
These Pokémon were used for making quick escapes like smoke bombs.
Voltorb

Voice actors

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

Videos

Main article: Koga/Video


Trivia

  • In a Pokemon 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 counterclockwise. 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.
  • In the manga,he is one of the 3 Team Rocket execute gym leaders(others 2 are Lt. Surge and Sabrina)

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