The Orange Islands (Japanese: オレンジ諸島 Orenji-shotō), also formally known as the Orange Archipelago, is an island chain that it only appears in the Pokémon anime. The archipelago is different climatically from Kanto and Johto, which is temperate while the archipelago is tropical. One effect of the different climate is that Pokémon found there are of a different color. While many people inhabit these islands, the most notable are the Orange Crew, the four Gym Leaders who live on four of the islands. They are Cissy, Danny, Rudy, and Luana; and the Head Leader Drake.
It should be noted that the Orange Islands are unique because there is no video game equivalent. The Orange Archipelago only exists in the anime and the The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, so it is not considered part of the game canon.
Gym battles in the Orange Islands differ from those on the mainland because the Orange Crew do not require challengers to actually fight them. Instead, they wish to test their loyalty to their Pokémon and vice-versa with various tests (for example, Danny has a Trainer use his/her Pokémon to freeze a geyser of hot water and then carve it into a sled for racing).
Other notable characters
There are a few other characters of note on the Orange Islands. Professor Felina Ivy works on Valencia Island with her three assistants Faith, Hope and Charity. Other notable residents include Prima, known in the video games as Lorelei, a local Pokémon Master and member of Kanto's Elite Four (this would be later referenced in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's Sevii Islands); Mateo, a glass sculptor who lives on Sunburst Island and takes his inspiration from a rare, reclusive Crystal Onix; and Melody, a young girl who lives on Shamouti Island and plays the flute in an annual ceremony there.
Most of the islands are named after varieties of oranges, or other citrus fruits.
|Mikan Island||Trainers are required to participate in an accuracy test and a race against the gym leader.|
|Navel Island||Trainers must first climb a nearby mountain without the aid of their Pokémon, in order to qualify for further challenges. Should a Trainer qualify, they must then choose one Pokémon to help them build a bobsled-evice in a race against the gym leader, and then race him down the mountain.|
|Trovita Island||Trainers must first participate in an accuracy test. Should the challenger pass this test, they will face the gym leader in a three-on-three, same-type Pokémon battle.|
|Kumquat Island||Trainers defeat the gym leader, in a double battle.|
Head Leader Drake
|Pummelo Island||Trainers must defeat the head leader on a 6 to 6 Pokémon battle.|
- The shape of the Orange Islands has a resemblance of a Clefairy.
- The Orange Islands is the only archipelago that has not been featured in any Pokémon game.
- The Orange Islands Pokémon League is one of only two Pokémon Leagues Ash Ketchum has ever actually won (the other being the Battle Frontier in the Kanto Region).