While traveling in the Isshu region just outside of Kanako Town, Ash Ketchum
mistakenly thought Iris
was a Pokémon and threw a monster ball at her. Ash Ketchum
thought she was a Axew as the Zukan displayed the data for it. Her Axew appeared out of her large hair moments later though. After learning that Cilan
was going to be traveling with Ash Ketchum
through the Isshu region, Iris
decided that she would travel with them as well but she said that her goal on this journey was a secret.
In the games, Iris
is one of the gym leaders of Souryū City's Gym but it is currently unknown if she holds the same title in the anime.
Displeasure of Ice Pokémon
Just before Ash Ketchum
's three-on-three battle, Iris
encountered Trip's Vanillite
. She instantly tried to avoid it and started to shiver. She explained that since Dragon types have a disadvantage against Ice types, she dislike the cold that Ice Pokémon create. Trip
tried to confront her about her dislike of Ice Pokémon by telling her that Dragon Pokémon are also strong against Dragon Pokémon but she only reluctantly apologized to Trip's Vanillite
and her mind wasn't truly changed.
Making up with Excadrill
Excadrill didn't always want to obey Iris
when its asked to do something. For awhile, it was stubborn but Iris's Excadrill
was able to overcome the feelings of resentment and lost of trust it felt from the battle against Drayden's Haxorus
. After relating her experience to Ash Ketchum
, it became more clear to Iris
that she was not fully understanding her Excadrill's feelings. Iris
apologized to her Excadrill as she finally realized that her Excadrill knew after the first hit during the battle against Drayden's Haxorus
that they couldn't win against it. The two of them then practiced all through the night until Excadrill was finally able to successfully launch the Focus Blast
While on route to Raimon City, Iris
, a Dragon Buster who once had a battle in the Dragon Village and her Pokémon was beaten up and now has it out for anyone from the village. Georgia
managed to coax Iris
into a battle but Iris's Axew
was no match for Georgia's Beartic
ended up intimidating and angering Iris
by saying the victory was easy and boring. Iris
though was determined to defeat her new rival and during the rematch battle she managed to end it in a draw.
Don Battles Iris
entered the Don Battles, a battle tournament to be held in Raimon Town, with her friends and rivals. Jimmy Ray
was easily defeated in the first round by Iris
battled against Iris's Emolga
in the second round of the Don George Battle Tournament in Raimon Town but Emonga's Static ability proved to be the deciding factor in the match. The Static ability ended up paralyzing Stephan's Sawk
and it was then a sitting target for Iris's Emolga
's Volt Switch
which knocked it out. Iris's Emolga
's win eliminated Stephan
from the tournament.
and Luke's Golett
were matched up in the semi-final round of the Don Battles in Raimon Town. Luke's Golett
dominated most of the battle and just as Iris's Axew
was about to be defeated, it learned the move Outrage
was able to do significant damage to Luke's Golett
and it knocked it out which eliminated Luke
from the tournament.
In the finals, Iris
battled against Ash Ketchum
and though it was a close battle, Iris's Excadrill
had the type advantage against Pikachu
and she won the tournament. For winning, Iris
received the beautiful seven-feather "Top-Class Driftveil Wing Set," containing Health, Muscle, Resist, Genius, Clever, Swift, and Pretty Wings which she sent to Dragon Village via Pidove Shipping Service.
Day Care Monozu
, befriended a shy and lonely Monozu that was awaiting its Trainer to return. As Monozu's are a Dragon Type Pokémon, Iris
was instantly excited to spend time with it. It took her awhile to gain its trust though. Iris
recalled an event to Monozu that she witnessed in the Dragon Village where she saw Elder
befriend a Crimgan that got lost and somehow found its way into the Village. The Crimgan absolutely refused to get along with other Dragon types and the people of the Village. For days and days, the Crimgan wouldn't come out from deep within the cave. The Elder
waited for Crimgan at the entrance of the cave the whole time and she tried to make the Crimgan open its heart to her, by talking to it like the way Iris
was talking to Monozu to gain its trust and friendship. After several days had passed, Crimgan came out of the cave. All the Elder
had done was talk to it and still, she managed to free it from its insecurities.
uses the same technique that Elder
used and the shy Monozu became more open with Iris
and the two of them became friends. Iris
spent a few days with the Monozu as they awaited the Trainer to return. At one point, Iris
suggested to the Monozu if its Trainer didn't return that it could come with her. The Trainer did return though and Monozu left with it but not before it gave Iris
its biggest smile.
Fukiyose Tower Bell of Wishes Festival Stephan
met up with Iris
and her friends and informed them of the Fukiyose Tower Bell of Wishes Festival that he was going to participate in. After hearing from him that it was an awesome event held once a year at the Fukiyose Tower, Iris
and her friends decided to enter the tournament with Stephan
and Iris's Axew
paired up for the tournament. In the scavenger hunt, Iris
to lent her his fishing rod so she could advance to the next round. In the tub race, Iris's Axew
used Dragon Rage
on the surface of the water to propel them to the next round. During the imitation competition, iris was forced to dress-up as Professor Juniper
thought she did quite well and he advanced her to the next round. In the forest of trials, Iris
thought she had won but Chandela's Confuse Ray
affected her and she was in the middle of the forest for the entire race and was therefore eliminated from the tournament.
Rematch Battle against Drayden at the Soryu Gym
Having accepted the challenge to battle at the Dragon Village, Iris
met up with Drayden
to have a rematch battle. He heard about Iris
getting into trouble again by climbing the Soryu Tower but told here to eat something and have a rest while he had a school meeting and then they would have their battle.
During the battle, Drayden
was evaluating how much Iris
had grown and he noticed that Iris's Excadrill
power certainly seemed to have improved. The matchup between Iris's Excadrill
and Drayden's Haxorus
ended up in a draw as the two of them knocked each other out. In the matchup between, Drayden's Druddigon
and Iris' Dragonite
noted that Iris' Dragonite
had had an interesting life during its past. Iris' Dragonite
wanted to fight under the same conditions as Drayden's Druddigon
, who cannot fly. Everyone thought that Iris
was doing well in the battle but Drayden's Druddigon
proved to be more powerful than they had anticipated. Drayden's Druddigon
knocked out Iris' Dragonite
with a powerful Dragon Tail
attack to give Drayden
the victory in the rematch battle. Cilan
had cornered him, but Drayden
was still a few steps ahead. Drayden
was trying to get a clear picture of Iris
by drawing out their power.
on making good friends and he realized that sending her off on a journey was the right thing to do. He could tell that she had grown up but standing still wasn't good for her. He told her to strengthen herself even further, become stronger and grow and then visit him again.
Pokémon World Championships Battle Vs Ash
After concluding her journey with Ash, Iris continued to study, fighting Dragon Trainers in various places and meeting Dragon Pokémon. Believing in her Pokémon, she then ascended all the way to the position of Champion.