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This article is about the Pokémon Trainer from Ecruteak City. For the character also named Sakura, see Daisy (anime).
サクラ Sakura
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Magenta
Hometown Ecruteak City
Region Johto
Relatives Satsuki, Tamao, Sumomo, Koume (sisters)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Anime debut Trouble's Brewing
English voice actor Kerry Williams
Japanese voice actor Mariko Kōda

Sakura (Japanese: サクラ Sakura), known as Sayo in the English language versions of the games, is a Pokémon Trainer who lives with her sisters, the Kimono Sisters, in Ecruteak City.

In the anime

Sakura in full costume

Sakura made her first appearance in Trouble's Brewing. She was particularly friendly with Misty, due to having the common experience of being the youngest in a group of sisters.

In Espeon, Not Included, the group met up with Sakura again while passing through to Ecruteak City. By this time, her Eevee had evolved into an Espeon. She used Espeon in a battle against Misty's Corsola, where the coral Pokémon emerged victorious.

Sakura's most recent appearance was in the special episode The Blue Badge of Courage where she was revealed to be challenging Gyms and so visited Misty in Cerulean City. She mentioned that by that point she already had three Gym Badges.


This listing is of Sakura's known Pokémon:

Sakura's Espeon
Eevee → Espeon
Main article: Sakura's Espeon

Espeon is Sakura's main Pokémon. It first appeared as an Eevee in Trouble's Brewing. By its next appearance in Espeon, Not Included, it had already evolved into Espeon and had a battle against Misty's Corsola. However, it was defeated by the the Water type. It also appeared in The Blue Badge of Courage defeating Misty's Corsola, earning Sakura a Cascade Badge.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese Yumi Tōma
English Kayzie Rogers
Sakura's Beautifly
Beautifly first appeared in The Blue Badge of Courage, when Sakura used it to find the people who stole Kinso's badges.
Debut The Blue Badge of Courage
Voice actors
Japanese Machiko Toyoshima
English Rachael Lillis

Badges obtained

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 國府田マリ子 Mariko Kōda
English Kerry Williams
Brazilian Portuguese Tatiane Keplmair (EP183-EP226)
Priscilla Concépcion (SS005)
Spanish Latin America Ana Lobo (EP183-EP226)
Ariadna Rivas (SS005)
Spain Sandra Jara (EP183-EP226)
Carmen Cervantes (SS005)

In the games

Generation II

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Sayo can be battled in the Ecruteak Dancing Hall as well as her sisters. Once she and her sisters are defeated, a man will give the player HM03.


Generation IV

Sayo makes an appearance in the Gold and Silver remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well. Unlike before, but as with her sisters in these games, she can be encountered outside of the Ecruteak Dance Hall. She first meets the player in the Ice Path when her sandals get stuck to the ice. She can be fought after the player receives the Rainbow Wing or the Silver Wing. Unlike before, she is in ownership of a Jolteon. Once she and her sisters are defeated in a consecutive battle, the player receives either the Clear Bell or the Tide Bell.




Language Name Origin
Japanese, English*, German*, Spanish* サクラ Sakura From 桜 cherry blossom.
English*, Italian* Sayo
French* Yumiko
German* Keiko
Spanish* Bea
Korean* 예솔 Yesol
Chinese (Taiwan)* 櫻花 Yīnghuā Means Cherry flower.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAliana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNormanCarolineNanny and Pop-PopJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaClembotSanpeiAlainMairinAriaDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierreGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

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