|“||Oh, if it isn't a young Trainer... So you've flown all the way through my Gym, fluttering down to me on a fortunate wind. Then I suppose you have earned yourself the right to a battle, as a reward for your efforts. I am Valerie, who leads this Fairy-type Gym. I hope your visit will prove entertaining to you. The elusive Fairy types may appear frail as a breeze and delicate as a bloom, but they are strong.||„|
Valerie (Japanese: マーシュ Mache) is the Gym Leader of Laverre City's Gym, known officially as the Laverre Gym. She specializes in Fairy-type Pokémon. She gives the Fairy Badge to Trainers who defeat her. She is voiced by Satsuki Yukino in the original Japanese, who did a major role of Kagome Higurashi from Inuyahsa series. Kate Bristol voices her in English.
In the games
Valerie appears in Pokémon X and Y as a Gym Leader. She appears to possess a deep appreciation for all that is beautiful. Trainers who defeat Valerie will receive the Fairy Badge, along with TM99 (Dazzling Gleam). Valerie also seems to want to feel like a Pokémon, and she self-designed her costume in an attempt to identify herself with Pokémon. Also, according to the television show Gym Freaks, her outfit weighs 33 pounds. It also states that she used to be a model and as such can wear incredibly high heels.
In the anime
Valerie appeared in A Fashionable Battle!, where she had a battle against Scottie and won.
She had a Gym Battle against Ash in using her Sylveon and Spritzee and lost.
In the manga
Valerie debuted in the X & Y chapter. She is first seen at a Laverre City hospital alongside Grant and Olympia. They came to visit their friend and fellow Gym Leader Korrina, who was still recuperating from injuries she sustained from a battle with Team Flare. Afterward, she leaves with Grant and Olympia to have a meeting with the other Kalos Gym Leaders.