Whether you’re a new or old fan of the Pokémon games, it can be hard to keep up with the different playable characters.
Each game has one; all are slightly different from the others. Rosa is often compared to Hilda, another female protagonist of Black and White, the original game. But this guide is about Rosa—a highly loved protagonist with a fun, unique look, an interesting part in a fantastic game, and a great base story? No wonder we all love Rosa.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is a video game released on the DS in 2012. It’s a kind of revised version of Pokémon Black and White, which was released in 2010. Pokémon has been known to make versions of their previous games; these are almost entirely different games with similar aspects. So let’s look at the relevant differences between the two games:
- Rosa is known to look like a younger version of Hilda. While not related, people have speculated about the time of the game, so Rosa could honestly just be a younger Hilda, even though it’s confirmed Black 2 and White 2 is two years after the first game, Black and White.
- Bianca is good friends with Hilda, and Bianca is the one who gives Rosa her first Pokémon.
- Rosa starts in a whole new city, Aspertia City (Hiougi Town in Japanese), a quaint city surrounded by forest, instead of starting in Nuvema Town, as in the previous game.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is known by some as a better version of Pokémon Black and White, as it fixed most of the problems the first game had.
However, most people like the protagonists of the first game more because they are different from other games. The protagonists were older than anyone else previously seen in this franchise and were originally going to be 16/17, which is a steep contrast from Rosa, who’s 12. Although fans compare Hilda to Rosa quite a bit, both are regarded as fantastic female protagonists.
Let’s Learn More about Rosa!
Rosa and Black 2 and White 2 is known by many as the best Pokémon game ever…and is still played by most Pokémon players today, unlike some titles which lay in a pile gathering dust (I get it, me too. There’s no shame!).
Rosa (also known as Mei in Japanese) is the female protagonist of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. She’s the counterpart to Nate, the male protagonist. Notably, they look nothing alike. Rosa has a fun, young-looking style, yet she is still neat. On the other hand, Nate looks fun but scruffy.
Nate and Rosa can also fight with each other in the subway, which is an interesting connection, so you won’t miss out on seeing the opposite playable character.
Rosa is from Aspertia Town in the Unova region, where she and her mother, a Pokécenter worker, live together. Rosa lives near Hugh, her best friend and rival (as it always goes; we know our stuff, don’t we?). Rosa is often referred to as White 2 by fans (as in Black 2 and White 2); Nate, her male counterpart, is considered Black 2.
Rosa is a younger-looking girl ( around age 12). She has brown space bun ponytails on the side of her head that resemble Sailor Moon and Princess Leia; she also looks to have bangs that are covered by a visor. She is of light white complexion with round blue eyes.
Rosa wears a pink tank top with a bow that ties around her neck, covered by a white and blue baseball-style shirt with a Pokéball design in the middle. She wears frilly yellow shorts over black tights/leggings.
On her feet, she sports matching pink socks and white and blue sneakers with yellow laces on them. She is often seen with a massive white and pink tote bag over her shoulder. She’s usually smiling. Rosa would be very fun to cosplay!
Because she’s the playable character, not much is known about her. However, from what we gather, she’s an upbeat, caring person.
She’s very close to people around her. Rosa seems to be happy about her life but eager to start becoming a trainer. Otherwise, her personality is decided by what the player chooses for her in both dialogue options and general gameplay.
Since you play as Rosa, she doesn’t have the list of Pokémon like a Gym leader would. As is generally the case with Pokémon games, you get the choice of Grass, Fire, or Water type. This choice impacts your game greatly as you go on and face the different gym leaders and wild Pokémon.
Rosa’s Pokémon Are as Follows
Snivy is the Grass-type Pokémon starter. Snivy evolves into Servine at level 16, and evolves into Serperior at level 36. Snivy is pure Grass type.
Tepig is the Fire-type starter. Tepig evolves into Pignite, a fire-fighting Pokémon. Then he evolves into Emboar, a fire-fighting type Pokémon. Tepig is the only starter with a second type, making him a top pick for most people.
Oshawott is the Water-type starter. Oshawott evolves into Dewott at level 16; at level 36, it evolves into Samurott. Oshawott is pure water type and won’t gain another type once evolved.
The starters in this game are a very talked-about type in Gen V (five) as being some of the worst starters in Pokémon history. Most people say Oshawott is the best starter in the game, but on the other hand, many agree that the best tactic is to switch out your Pokémon as soon as possible to different ones.
Lillie! Who’s Your Favorite Starter?
Thank you for asking; that’s very sweet. My favorite starter from Black 2 and White 2 has to be Oshawott, as they’re just too cute and have great evolutions…plus, I’m a sucker for water-type Pokémon.
Hugh could be considered her rival and best friend. However, there’s also a focus on stopping Team Plasma. Team Plasma is a group run by Ghetsis, originally a peaceful group that wanted equality for Pokémon.
Now, run by Ghetsis (the antagonist of both Black and White and Black 2 and White 2), he’s the only trainer that’s the player’s last main fight, which is normally a champion. Beating both Team Plasma and Iris, the champion of Unova, are Rosa’s main “goals.”
Rosa appears in the mobile game Pokémon Masters EX. You can become friends with her there! EX is a wild ride of a game, as it gathers many Gym leaders, Trainers, and Villains from across many different Pokémon games. Because of this, Rosa isn’t seen all that often. Her Pokémon is Snivy and their evolutions, but she also has a collection of others (Dewott, Delibird).
Question: Does Rosa have a card?
Answer: Yes! She is a supporting card first released in the Cosmic Eclipse expansion (also known as dream league in Japanese prints). Her number is 204/236 in English and 047/049 in Japanese.
Question: Does Rosa have more family?
Answer: Rosa’s only known family member is her mother.
Question: Is Rosa in Black and White?
Answer: Nope! Rosa is the playable protagonist in Black 2 and White 2, a completely different game. While similar, the other major beats are the different protagonists and the release of Black 2 and White 2 two years after Black and White.
Question: Has Rosa appeared in anything else?
Answer: Rosa has appeared in Masters EX (a mobile game), the animated trailer for Black 2 and White 2 (with an anime-style trailer), and the Masters animated trailer. The trailers are special because you get to have a voice attached to her as a character and feel as if you are getting to know her better. Inflection is everything!