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- "Well too bad, it belongs to... TEAM ECLIPSE!"
- —Eclipse Member Linda, Gale Forest
Eclipse Member Linda is a so-called friend of Professor Cypress and the first Eclipse Member that the player has to battle against. After the player's in-game parents are kidnapped, Cypress instructs the player to find his friend Linda, but she attacks the player and robs the Bronze Brick given by the player's parents before their untimely kidnapping, foreshadowing the ultimate revelation in Anthian Park.
When Prof. Cypress delivers the bad news of the player's parents being abducted, he instructs the player to find his friend Linda in a house with a blue roof at Cheshma Town. Upon entering Cheshma Town, Linda is already waiting for the player, having received the message from Cypress. She then leads the player to her house, which is a yellow bungalow with a blue roof, where a Shadow Lugia artwork can be seen inside. After a short talk pretending to be sympathetic, she asks if the player has anything to remember his or her parents by, and the player shows Linda the Bronze Brick necklace. She suddenly says that the necklace looks valuable and bolts off with it.
Due to the exit for Route 2 being temporarily closed for roadworks, Linda is forced to hide in Gale Forest, and she is spotted rushing in the direction for Gale Forest by Rival Jake. Being cornered in a dead end, Linda reveals that she actually belongs to Team Eclipse and battles the player, thinking that the player is only a beginner and cannot battle well, but this assumption turned out to be a big underestimation. Surprised that the player has won, she is forced to return the Bronze Brick and flee, but not before leaving a warning that Team Eclipse will be back for the Bronze Brick.
Linda is no longer seen after this incident, but when the player acquires Float Badge, Prof. Cypress approaches the player outside Rosecove Gym and apologizes to the player regarding what Linda has done. However, Cypress talks like he does not even know Linda at all, referring her as "a strange woman" rather than directly calling her name, sparking suspicion in the player's mind and eventually proving that Linda's ambush has blown the cover of Cypress...
Linda hides her true identity very well like Professor Cypress, while faking her sympathy to the player. She does this in order to earn the player's trust enough for her to steal the player's necklace. After her identity is revealed, she starts to act very cockily and careless, assuming the player will never win against her because the player just started his or her journey.
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"Hey, over here!"
"You must be [Player]. Professor Cypress told me about you. He said he wants me to keep an eye on you while they figure out what happened to your parents. Well, my house is over here. Follow me."
"So your parents were taken by Team Eclipse? Gosh, that must be awful. I bet you must miss them? Do you have anything to remember them by? Oh, so they left you with that necklace? Do you mind if I see it? Thanks, this necklace looks old... and valuable... Heh... thanks!" (Bolts out of her house)
"Well darn, looks like you caught up to me. It’s my fault for running into this dead end. The bridge was under construction so hiding here was my only option. So you want this necklace back, huh? Well too bad, it belongs to... TEAM ECLIPSE! That’s right kid, I’m a member of Team Eclipse. The only way I’d let you have it back is if you beat me in a Pokémon battle. But let’s face it — you are just a fresh new trainer. There’s no way you can beat me!"
- After defeating Linda: "Beaten by a kid... ugh..."
"What, how could this happen? Oh, this really isn't good. The boss is going to be so mad at me. Fine, here, take your necklace back. Team Eclipse will be back for it though. We always get what we want."
|Trainer: Eclipse Member Linda Reward: $280, Retrieves Bronze Brick necklace|
|Poochyena||Lv. 7||Quick Feet||None||66||1 Atk|
|Attacks: Tackle, Howl|
|Pancham||Lv. 9||Iron Fist||None||135||1 Atk|
|Attacks: Leer, Tackle, Arm Thrust|
|Some of the rewards, Pokémon Levels and EXP Points in the above matches have been modified during certain updates. Please check the trivia section for details. All information above only applies to the Normal Adventure Mode.|
Eclipse Member Linda stole the following item from the player:
|Bronze Brick||Gale Forest||Stolen from the player at Cheshma Town, forced to be returned after defeat.|
- Linda is the only Eclipse Member that has her exact rank kept unknown, only going with the trainer class "Eclipse Member" rather than "Eclipse Admin" or "Eclipse Grunt".
- The music of VS Eclipse Member Linda is a remix of the Legendary Titans Battle Theme from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, as well as their remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Before the Anthian City update, Eclipse Member Linda's Poochyena and Pancham were 2 levels lower, giving 47 and 105 EXP Points respectively.