Whitney (Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal/HeartGold and SoulSilver)

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“I am the evil pawn, I am... your worst nightmare.”

Whitney is a character from the Pokémon franchise, and boss fight of Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal and its remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. She's the third Gym Leader boss and is overall the fifth boss of the game. She is known for being the very first Gym Leader who specializes in Normal-Type Pokemon.

This boss fight is widely infamous for her huge difficulty spike.

Why She Sucks

  1. Whitney is the first Gym Leader who specializes in Normal-type Pokémon. While that doesn't sound too bad, players should take notes that Normal-type Pokémon have huge move pools.
    1. Not only that, but Normal-type Pokémon only have one weakness: Fighting-types, which are hard to come across by at this point in the game.
  2. Whitney is a huge difficulty spike, because she's an early game boss. And as such, your Pokemon will mostly likely not have many good counter attacks.
  3. While Whitney only has two Pokémon, they can still be a pain and can wipe out your team.
    1. The first Pokemon Whitney uses is a Clefairy. While she isn't particularly strong, she can be quite an annoyance due to her move sets.
      • Mimic is a move that lets Clefairy copies the move you used against her, so if you happen to have a Dragon-type or a Ghost-type Pokémon (both of which who are weak to themselves) and used a Dragon-type or a Ghost-type move against Clefairy when she uses it, you're screwed.
      • Encore is a status move that forces your Pokémon to use the last move it used for the next 2-6 turns
      • Double Slap is a move were Clefairy will hit your Pokemon 2 to 5 times. While its not really all that threatening, it can get a bit annoying.
      • Metronome lets Clefairy use any kind of move and is rather unpredictable. And in Gen 4, the moves that Metronome can pull can range from Double Kick to Spacial Rend. Better pray she doesn't use a Psychic-Type or a Flying-type move if you happen to have a Fighting-Type Pokemon on the battlefield.
    2. Whitney' second Pokemon however, is her infamous Miltank. Not only is this Pokémon very beefy and sturdy, with a defense stat of 105, with an overall high stat of 490 (which is higher then Golem), but she has two Physical moves, one Status move and one recovery move that makes her very dangerous.
      • Milk Drink lets Miltank recover her HP (which can screw you very much).
      • Rollout is a Rock-type attack which gets stronger and stronger with each turn (which makes no sense considering that Milktank is a Normal-type Pokemon, and Whitney is a Normal-type Gym Leader, not Rock-type Gym Leader), and is the basic counter to Fire, Bug, Flying and Ice-Type Pokémon. This is probably the most infamous part about Miltank, as it has a very high attack power, which means that should you have a Cyndaquil (or a Quilava if evolved), who is a Fire-type Pokémon and is your starter Pokémon, you're basically screwed.
        • As stated earlier, Roll Out is a move that gets stronger in five turns, so depend on what turn it is sued, will depend on what power level it has.
          • The first hit has a 30 based power, which is the same power level as Astonish, Lick and a single kick from Double kick.
          • The second hit has a 60 based power, which is the same power level as Wing Attack, Swift and Bite.
          • The third hit has a 120 based power, which is the same power level as Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz and Hyper Beam.
          • The fourth his has a 240 based power, which is the same power level as Explosion.
          • The fifth and final hit is the most brutal, it has the based power of 480, which three times as strong then Hyper Beam, making Roll Out the most powerful move in the whole game.
            • And keep in mind, Whitney is only the third Johto Gym Leader in the game, and she has a Pokemon to have this much power.
      • Attract can infatuate male Pokémon in your party, meaning they may or may not attack until either Pokémon faints or is switched out.
      • Stomp is a powerful Normal-type attack and can cause your Pokémon to flinch and miss a turn if she attacks first, which is granted that Milktank goes first due to her speed stat of 100.
  4. Much like most of the Gym Leaders, Whitney has Super Potions, meaning that she can heal up her own Pokémon, should their health bar be in the red. Granted, previous Gym Leaders also have Super Potions to heal up their Pokemon as well, but because of Miltank in particularly having beefy defenses (and the aforementioned Milk Drink to go along with the Potions), it's just annoying.
  5. If you do somehow manage to beat her, Whitney will just cry all because she lost and will refuse to give you the Badge, unless you talk to the last trainer of the gym, which is rather annoying after what you went through.
  6. Despite Whitney's overall high brutal difficulty spike, she is the third Gym Leader of the game.
  7. The HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes make everything even worse by not only giving Whitney's Miltank the Scrappy ability, which negates Ghost-type Pokémon's immunity to Normal moves, but also giving the Pokémon a Lum Berry, which cures it of any status condition.
    • In her rematch, while Whitney has different normal Pokémon, and her Miltank replaces Rollout and Stomp with Body Slam, her Bibarel, Lickilicky and Clefable are the most threatening ones. The reason? While Bibarel is the only one that has Surf, all of them happens to have Electric-type and Ice-type moves, with Clefable and Lickilicky using also a Fire-type move.
      • Bibarel has Charge Shot and Ice Beam (which are strong, the former also increasing the special attack), while Lickilicky uses Flamethrower, Thunderbolt and Ice Beam. Clefable? She will have a choice between Fire Blast, Thunder and Blizzard, moves that happen to have 110 of power. They don't always hit though.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. While the boss fight against Whitney is a brutal difficulty spike, her overall character and personality is alright. Plus she is kind of cute.
  2. Fighting-type attacks work well.
  3. As stated in the #3 entry in the Why It Sucks Segment, the Clefairy isn't particularly strong, though Metronome is unpredictable.
  4. While the HeartGold/SoulSilver remake does make Whitney worse in some ways by giving her Milktank Scrappy and a Lum Berry, her battle is at the very least easier with her Pokémon being slightly lower-leveled in the remake.
  5. The TM she gives you, "Attract", can be useful, but only if you're facing a Pokémon that's the opposite gender of yours.


  1. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, try to find a Heracross, as it is a dual Bug/Fighting-type Pokémon, and Normal-types are weak against Fighting-types. Also be sure to level it up to level 19 so it learns Brick Break, which is a really good Fighting-type Move. Tho be careful as Heracross doesn't resist Roll Out though, because it is part bug type.
    1. If not, then catch a Drowzee to do an in-game trade to a Trainer for a Machop, a pure Fighting-type Pokémon, so it can resist Milktank's Roll Out, its also female, meaning that it can not be Attracted.
  2. Rock Pokémon can resist her Pokémon’s attacks.
  3. Slowpoke can have Oblivious as an ability, preventing it from being attracted regardless of gender.
  4. Having female Pokémon helps.
  5. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, if you have a Lucario from your copy of DPPt and lower than Level 30 in order to make sure it will not ignore your command until you get the other badges, bring it over to HGSS through link trading (2 DSs are required). In addition to being a Fighting-type, its additional Steel-type resists both Miltank's Rollout and Stomp attack. Having it female will make it unaffected by Attract and its Inner Focus ability should prevent it from flinching to Miltank's Stomp, it also knows Aura Spear, which is an exelent move to have.