Koga

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Koga
キョウ Kyō
HK.png
"The Poisonous Ninja Master"
General
Age: 40+
Hometown: Fuchsia City
Region: Kanto
Family: Janine (daughter)

Aya (sister)

Badge: Soul Badge
Type: Poison
Debut:
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 the games

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

RB Battle Sprite Y Battle Sprite GSC Battle Sprite FRLG Battle Sprite HGSS Battle Sprite Vs Sprite
Koga(RB)Sprite.png
Koga(Y)Sprite.png
Koga(GS)Sprite.png
Koga(FrLg)Sprite.png
KogaHGSS.gif
VSKoga.png

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 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.
Screenshot of Koga in the anime.

In the 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.

Pokémon

In Games

Red and Blue

Koffing
Koffing(RB)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Tackle
Smog
Sludge
Smokescreen
Koffing
Koffing(RB)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Smokescreen
Sludge
Smog
Tackle
Muk
Muk(RB)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 39 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Disable
Poison Gas
Minimize
Sludge
Weezing
Weezing(RB)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 43 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sludge
Smog
Toxic
Self-Destruct
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Yellow

Venonat
Venonat(Y)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 44 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
Tackle
Sleep Powder
Psychic
Venonat
Venonat(Y)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 46 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Psybeam
Toxic
Psychic
Supersonic
Venonat
Venonat(Y)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 48 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sleep Powder
Psychic
Toxic
Double-Edge
Venomoth
Venomoth(Y)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Psychic
Double Team
Leech Life
Toxic
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Ariados
Ariados(G)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 40
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Spider Web
Double Team
Baton Pass
Giga Drain
Forretress
Foretress(G)Sprite.png
 BugSteel 
Lv. 43
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Protect
Spikes
Swift
Explosion
Muk
Muk(G)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 42
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sludge Bomb
Acid Armor
Minimize
Toxic
Venomoth
Venomoth(G)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 41
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
Psychic
Gust
Supersonic
Crobat
Crobat(G)Sprite.png
 Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif 
Lv. 44
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Team
Wing Attack
Quick Attack
Toxic
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


FireRed and LeafGreen

Koffing
Koffing(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37
Ability: Levitate
Item: None
Sludge
Self-Destruct
Smokescreen
Toxic
Koffing
Koffing(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 37
Ability: Levitate
Item: None
Self-Destruct
Sludge
Toxic
Smokescreen
Muk
Muk(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 39
Ability: Sticky Hold
Item: None
Minimize
Toxic
Sludge
Acid Armor
Weezing
Weezing(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 43
Ability: Levitate
Item: None
Toxic
Smokescreen
Tackle
Sludge
[[]]
[[File:{{{P5}}}_SM.png|link={{{P5}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-


HeartGold and SoulSilver

First Battle
Ariados
Ariados HGSS.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 40
Ability: Insomnia
Item: None
Spider Web
Poison Jab
Baton Pass
Giga Drain
Forretress
Forretress HGSS.png
 BugSteel 
Lv. 43
Ability: Sturdy
Item: None
Protect
Toxic Spikes
Swift
Explosion
Muk
Muk HGSS.png
 Poison
Lv. 42
Ability: Sticky Hold
Item: Black Sludge
Gunk Shot
Screech
Minimize
Toxic
Venomoth
Venomoth HGSS.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 41
Ability: Shield Dust
Item: None
Toxic
Psychic
Gust
Supersonic
Crobat
Crobat HGSS.png
 Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif 
Lv. 44
Ability: Inner Focus
Item: Sitrus Berry
Double Team
Wing Attack
Quick Attack
Poison Fang
[[]]
[[File:{{{P6}}}SM.png|link={{{P6}}}|80x80px]]
 File:Type .gif
Lv. - -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
-
-
-
-
Rematch
Skuntank
SkuntankHGSS.png
 PoisonDark 
Lv. 61
Ability: Aftermath
Item: None
Toxic
Sucker Punch
Dig
Explosion
Toxicroak
Toxicroak PtHGSS.png
 PoisonFighting 
Lv. 60
Ability: Dry Skin
Item: None
Gunk Shot
Swagger
X-Scissor
Cross Chop
Swalot
SwalotHGSSM.png
 Poison
Lv. 62
Ability: Sticky Hold
Item: Leftovers
Amnesia
Sludge Bomb
Pain Split
Yawn
Muk
Muk HGSS.png
 Poison
Lv. 62
Ability: Sticky Hold
Item: Black Sludge
Toxic
Minimize
Screech
Swagger
Venomoth
Venomoth HGSS.png
 Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif 
Lv. 63
Ability: Tinted Lens
Item: None
Baton Pass
Double Team
Silver Wind
Psychic
Crobat
Crobat HGSS.png
 Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif 
Lv. 64
Ability: Inner Focus
Item: None
Cross Poison
Fly
Mean Look
Toxic

Pokémon Stadium

Gym Leader Castle

Venomoth
Venomoth(FrLg)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Mega Drain
Sleep Powder
Psybeam
Double-Edge
Muk
Muk(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sludge
Minimize
Poison Gas
Hyper Beam
Weezing
Weezing(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Smokescreen
Sludge
Thunderbolt
Fire Blast
Venonat
Venonat(FRLG)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Stun Spore
Sleep Powder
Psychic
Mega Drain
Nidorina
Nidorina(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Type Poison.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Double Kick
Thunder
Ice Beam
Toxic
Nidorino
Nidorino(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Type Poison.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Fury Attack
Thunderbolt
Bubblebeam
Toxic


Gym Leader Castle Round 2

Venomoth
Venomoth(FrLg)Sprite.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Mega Drain
Stun Spore
Psychic
Hyper Beam
Muk
Muk(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sludge
Minimize
Hyper Beam
Toxic
Weezing
Weezing(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Poison
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Smokescreen
Sludge
Toxic
Fire Blast
Hypno
FRLGHypno.png
 Psychic
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Hypnosis
Psychic
Counter
Seismic Toss
Tangela
Tangela(FrLg)Sprite.png
 Type Grass.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Stun Spore
Double Team
Rest
Solar Beam
Parasect
Parasect(FRLG)Sprite.png
 Type Bug.gifType Grass.gif 
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Spore
Slash
Mega Drain
Growth


Pokémon Stadium 2

Gym Leader Castle Round 1
Venomoth
Venomoth HGSS.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
Double Team
Giga Drain
Psychic
Ariados
Ariados HGSS.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Spider Web
Dig
Double Team
Toxic
Golbat
Golbat HGSS Male.png
 PoisonFlying 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
Double Team
Wing Attack
Detect
Gligar
HGSSGligar.png
 GroundFlying 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sandstorm
Iron Tail
Double Team
Toxic
Electrode
Electrode HGSS.png
 Type Electric.gif
Lv. 50 -
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Toxic
Double Team
Mirror Coat
Thunder
Muk
Muk HGSS.png
 Type Poison.gif
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: None
Sludge Bomb
Fire Blast
Double Team
Toxic


Gym Leader Castle Round 2
Venomoth
Venomoth HGSS.png
 BugPoison 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: BrightPowder
Double Team
Toxic
Psybeam
Baton Pass
Magmar
Magmar HGSS.png
 Fire
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Miracle Berry
Flamethrower
Confuse Ray
Toxic
Double Team
Lapras
Lapras HGSS.png
 WaterIce 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Leftovers
Double Team
Surf
Confuse Ray
Toxic
Stantler
80x80px
 Normal
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Mystery Berry
Earthquake
Confuse Ray
Toxic
Double Team
Lanturn
HGSSLanturn.png
 Type Water.gifType Electric.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Quick Claw
Double Team
Toxic
Confuse Ray
Thunderbolt
Ariados
Ariados HGSS.png
 Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif 
Lv. 50
Ability: [[None
Item: Focus Band
Spider Web
Psybeam
Baton Pass
Double Team


In the anime

200px-Koga Venomoth.png
VenonatVenomoth
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.
200px-Koga Golbat.png
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.
200px-Koga Voltorb.png
Voltorb
These Pokémon were used for making quick escapes like smoke bombs.


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.