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Bertha

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Bertha
キクノ Kikuno
Bertha Art.jpg
General
Game(s): Diamond, Pearl and Platinum
Preferred Type: Ground
Age: 63 or more
Hometown: Unknown
Region: Sinnoh
Debut Generation: IV
Elite Four Ranking: 3rd
Class: Elite Trainer

Bertha is a Ground-type Pokémon trainer, and is a member of Sinnoh's Elite Four. She first appeared in the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

In the games

In Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, Bertha is the second member of the Elite Four challenged in Sinnoh. Her team is comprised of Ground-type Pokémon, although some are part Water. With this said, it is best to avoid using Electric-type Pokémon against her, as they will not last long in the battle. The best alternative is to have either a Water or most recommended Grass-type Pokémon because she has part-water type Pokémon, such as Whiscash or Quagsire, when fighting her. The strongest Pokémon on her team is Hippowdon. Her Pokémon levels range in the 50's, so it is wise to be prepared with Potions, Revives, etc., and leveled up properly. In Platinum, her Pokémon will get stronger on following rematches.

Sprites

Gen. IV Platinum VS Sprite
Bertha(DPP)Sprite.png
BerthaPlatinum.gif
VSBertha.png

Quotes

  • Before battle:

"Well, well. You're quite the adorable Trainer, but you've also got a spine. Ahaha! I'm Bertha. I have a preference for Ground-type Pokémon. Well, would you show this old lady how much you've learned?"

  • During battle:

"Dear child, don't assume for an instant that you've won."

  • When defeated:

"Well! Dear child, I must say, that was most impressive. Your Pokémon believed in you and did their best to earn you the win. Even though I've lost, I find myself with this silly grin!"

  • After battle:

"You're quite something, youngster. I like how you and your Pokémon earned the win by working as one. That's what makes you so strong. Ahahaha! I think that you can go as far as you want."

  • Last words:

"The Trainer in the next room is a much more formidable opponent. You really must have your wits about you. However, I think you can go as far as you desire. Ahahaha!"

In the anime

Bertha, along with Cynthia, the champion of the Elite Four, was mentioned in An Elite Meet and Greet! by Lucian and by Officer Jenny in A Trainer and Child Reunion!.

She made her debut in An Elite Coverup!, where she, along with Ash and his friends, helped Roland get his Magby back from Team Rocket. After chasing them in her jeep, the group battled the trio and rescued Magby.

Later, Bertha battled Ash and his Torterra but defeated him relatively easily. Afterward, she advised him to be more observant in battles.

She made a cameo appearance during the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Bertha was the only Elite Four member that wasn't shown challenging Cynthia for her title.

Pokémon

In the games

Diamond and Pearl

Quagsire
Quagsire(DP)Sprite.png
 WaterGround 
Lv. 55
Ability: Damp
Item: None
Protect
Sandstorm
Dig
Double Team
Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo(DP)Sprite.png
 Rock
Lv. 56
Ability: Sturdy
Item: None
Sandstorm
Earthquake
Hammer Arm
Sucker Punch
Whiscash
Whiscash(DP)Sprite.png
 WaterGround 
Lv. 55
Ability: Oblivious
Item: None
Rock Slide
Fissure
Aqua Tail
Zen Headbutt
Hippowdon
Hippowdon.png
 Ground
Lv. 59
Ability: Sand Stream
Item: Sitrus Berry
Earthquake
Crunch
Stone Edge
Curse
Golem
GolemDPSprite.png
 Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif 
Lv. 56
Ability: Rock Head
Item: None
Gyro Ball
Brick Break
Sandstorm
Earthquake
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}DP.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Platinum

Whiscash
WhiscashPSprite.png
 WaterGround 
Lv. 50
Ability: Oblivious
Item: None
Earth Power
Sandstorm
Aqua Tail
Zen Headbutt
Gliscor
Gliscor(P)SpriteMale.png
 GroundFlying 
Lv. 53
Ability: Hyper Cutter
Item: None
Earthquake
Fire Fang
Thunder Fang
Ice Fang
Golem
Golem(P)Sprite.png
 RockGround 
Lv. 52
Ability: Rock Head
Item: None
Fire Punch
Earthquake
Sandstorm
ThunderPunch
Hippowdon
DPPtHippowdon.png
 Ground
Lv. 52
Ability: Sand Stream
Item: None
Stone Edge
Crunch
Earthquake
Yawn
Rhyperior
Rhyperior OCPA.png
 Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif 
Lv. 55
Ability: Lightningrod
Item: Sitrus Berry
Avalanche
Megahorn
Rock Wrecker
Earthquake
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}P.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Rematch

Whiscash
WhiscashPSprite.png
 WaterGround 
Lv. 66
Ability: Oblivious
Item: None
Earth Power
Sandstorm
Aqua Tail
Zen Headbutt
Gliscor
Gliscor(P)SpriteMale.png
 GroundFlying 
Lv. 69
Ability: Hyper Cutter
Item: None
Earthquake
Fire Fang
Thunder Fang
Ice Fang
Golem
Golem(P)Sprite.png
 RockGround 
Lv. 68
Ability: Rock Head
Item: None
Fire Punch
Earthquake
Sandstorm
ThunderPunch
Hippowdon
DPPtHippowdon.png
 Ground
Lv. 68
Ability: Sand Stream
Item: None
Stone Edge
Crunch
Earthquake
Yawn
Rhyperior
Rhyperior OCPA.png
 Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif 
Lv. 71
Ability: Lightningrod
Item: Sitrus Berry
Avalanche
Megahorn
Rock Wrecker
Earthquake
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}P.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


In the anime

Bertha Hippowdon.jpg
Hippwdon
Bertha used Hippowdon when she battled Ash's Torterra.
Bertha Golem.png
Golem
Bertha uses Golem's Rock Blast to destroy Team Rocket's pokémon armor.
Bertha Gliscor.png
Gliscor
When Team Rocket escapes with their baloon Bertha uses Gliscor's move Guillotine.


Trivia

  • Some theorize that Bertha is somehow related to Agatha of the Kanto Elite Four, due to their resemblance in hairstyle, position, and name (both English and Japanese).
  • While her Hippowdon is invariably female in the games, it shows male coloration in other media—namely the TCG and the anime.
  • Bertha and Volkner are the only major trainers in the Diamond & Pearl anime series to use a Pokémon from their in-game Platinum team.
  • Coincidentally, both of the aforementioned Pokémon, Gliscor and Electivire, belong to Ash's rival Paul.
  • Bertha is the only Sinnoh Elite Four member who was not seen battling Cynthia in the anime.
  • Bertha is currently the only female Ground-type specialist.
  • She is the shortest out of all the elite four.
  • Bertha's name has slightly the word EARTH on it, because she is a ground-type trainer.