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Cynthia

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Cynthia
シロナ Shirona
Diamond Pearl Cynthia.png
Art from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Gender Female
Eye color Gray
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Celestic Town*
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Grandmother, grandfather and a younger sister
Trainer class ChampionDPPt
Pokémon TrainerBWB2W2
Generation IV and V
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Champion of Pokémon League (Sinnoh)
Anime debut Top-Down Training!
English voice actor Emily Jenness
Japanese voice actor Tomo Sakurai

Cynthia (Japanese: シロナ Shirona) is the Champion of the Sinnoh region's Elite Four in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In the games

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Cynthia helps the main character against Team Galactic in a point in the game. She will give the player HM01 in Eterna City. She is also found on Route 214 after the player has defeated Crasher Wake and received the Fen Badge. She gives the player the SecretPotion to get past the Psyduck group on Route 210 to get to Celestic Town. She then gives the player the Old Charm to give to her grandmother. She is very interested in mythology and history, and spends her time researching and exploring various sites associated with legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region.

Her family lives in Celestic Town, although her own hometown was not mentioned. She is implied to have helped Rowan with his Pokédex and embarked on an adventure as a child, similar to the player.

Later, she reappears as the Pokémon League Champion.

Pokémon



Quotes

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Eterna City
"Oh, is that a Pokédex? You must be helping Professor Rowan? What's your name? ... OK, hello, <player>. I'll be sure to remember that name! My name is Cynthia. I'm a Trainer just like you. I've been studying Pokémon mythology lately, just out of curiosity. Here in Eterna City, there is a statue of an ancient Pokémon. According to myth, it was an extremely powerful Pokémon. Who knows? You may encounter something like it while you're traveling with your Pokédex. Try using this. It should help you on your way. Remember, the hidden move Cut can be used in the field. It will let you go places that were previously inaccessible to you. That's important for filling up your Pokédex, right? Then luck be with you, young Trainer!"
Valor Lakefront
"Oh , hello , long time no see! How is your Pokédex filling up? I came to research the folklore about the lake, but... Well, it doesn't appear as if the lake is open to the public now. Have you heard the folklore about it? They say there is an island inside the lake. And inside that island is a mirage of a Pokémon . No one must enter the chamber of that Pokémon... Oh that's right! i had to talk to you about something else... He's your friend? He's more impatient than energetic, isn't he? So, getting back to what i started saying earlier... Have you seen the group of Psyduck on Route 210?
No: " You haven't seen them? By the café on Route 210.
Yes: "Yes that's right. By the café on Route 210. There is a group of Psyduck huddled with their heads in their, uh, hands...? Anyway, what you should do is use medicine on the Psyduck. You're working on a Pokédex, so it would be worthwhile for you. I went on a big adventure with a Pokédex when I was younger. I hope you meet every kind of Pokémon there is to see. It may help you with the secret of the mirage Pokémon. See you later!
Route 210
"Oh, good. You used the SecretPotion I gave you. Psyduck are known to suffer from chronic headaches. But no one's been able to figure out what triggers the headaches. Oh yes! Can I ask you a big favor? I want to deliver this Old Charm to my grandma in Celestic Town. I know there are some rare Pokémon between here and Celestic Town, so it will be worth your while to go.
No:
Yes: " My grandma has this sort of bossy atmosphere about her. I think you'll recognize her right away. Yes, I'm sure you will. She's the elder of Celestic Town. And the location... Look on your Town Map. You can't miss it. Ok, I'm counting on you! See you again on the road!
Pokémon League
  • Before battle (initial fight)
"Have you been keeping well? Thank you for Mt. Coronet. I'm truly grateful. Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you. But that's enough talk. Let's get on with why you're here. As the Pokémon League Champion, I accept your challenge!"
  • Before battle (rematch)
"One look at you tells me many things about you. Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you. That's enough talking. Let's get on with why you're here. I, Cynthia, accept your challenge as the Pokémon League Champion! There won't be any letup from me!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"I can't remember the last time I was put in a corner like this!"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"I won't let this end yet! This match is too fun to let it end this easily!"
  • Being defeated
"Just a few moments ago, you were the most powerful challenger. And just now, you became the most powerful of all the Trainers. You are now our newest Champion!"

Pokémon Platinum

When encountered in Eterna City, she will also give the player an Egg from which Togepi will hatch.

After Giratina appears in Spear Pillar and takes Cyrus down with it, Cynthia rushes to the scene and assists the player during their trip to the Distortion World. She then expresses that everything that happened was destined, even though she wished that she was the one who battled Giratina.

After beating the game, if the player visits Celestic Town Ruins, she will come and explain what the ruins mean.

Pokémon

Given away
Spr 4p 175.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Hustle or Serene Grace
Held item:
None
Togepi/ Lv.1
Growl
Normal Status
Charm
Normal Status
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First battle (pre-National Pokédex)


Rematch (post-National Pokédex)


Quotes

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Eterna City
"Oh, that device you have... It is a Pokédex? Wow, it brings back some memories. Pardon me, but what's your name? ... OK, hello, <player>. I'll be sure to remember that name! My name is Cynthia. I'm a Trainer just like you. I've been studying Pokémon mythology lately, just out of curiosity. Here in Eterna City, there is a statue of an ancient Pokémon. Have you seen it already? According to myth, it was an extremely powerful Pokémon. Who knows? You may encounter something like it while you're traveling with your Pokédex. Oh, I know! Try using this. It should be helpful. Remember, the hidden move Cut can be used in the field. It will let you go places that were previously inaccessible to you. That's important for filling up your Pokédex, right? Then luck be with you, young Trainer! Oh, there's one last thing! Please give my regards to Prof. Rowan."
"Oh, there you are! I was looking for you. I've got something nice. I wanted you to have this Pokémon Egg. Will you accept it?"
No: "Oh...? You don't need to feel obligated. It's hard filling the pages of the Pokédex, isn't it? I only want to lend you a little hand, that's all."
Full party: "Oh? You have six Pokémon with you already. You don't have room for this Egg. You'll have to store a Pokémon in a PC Box at the Pokémon Center first. I'll give you this Egg when you've made room for it. I'll be waiting right here."
If player steps towards the Bicycle Shop: "Oh, wait! Don't leave without this Pokémon Egg. Please? I want you to have it."
If player asks again: "Well? Will you accept this Pokémon Egg?"
Yes: "That's wonderful! The Pokémon inside the Egg is happy, too. I'm sure of it! Keep that Egg with you in your party of Pokémon. A Pokémon will hatch from it while you are traveling. I would be happy to know that it will help you fill another page of your Pokédex. See you again!"
Spear Pillar
"No...! I'm sorry I took so long. I think I finally found the answer from studying the myths. When this world was made, Dialga and Palkia appeared. Apparently, there was one more Pokémon that appeared at the same time. A Pokémon with as much power as Dialga and Palkia... But also one whose name was never to be spoken--Giratina! It's said to lurk in another world... A world on the opposite side of ours... That's what the shadow was. It must have been Giratina. The pillars are distorting... It's because of that portal. It's joined us to the other world. If it's not closed, the distortion will spread to Sinnoh and beyond... Our world will be destroyed... Are you ready? We have to chase Cyrus!"
No: "You need to get ready? I'll wait here."
Yes: "We have to hurry!"
Distortion World
"This place... Can you feel it? There are no Pokémon here at all. Time isn't flowing and space isn't stable. A world where the rules are broken. A space one might call the Distortion World... Let's find Giratina. We need it to stop the spreading distortion at the Spear Pillar..."
"That was... Giratina...! We have to hurry! If something's not done the distortion will swallow not only our world, it will overwhelm the Distortion World..."
"This rock slab... It appears to move if you step a certain spot."
"Will we get to see Giratina if we keep going down? ...In the Distortion World, are we really traveling downward?"
"The legend of Giratina has been forgotten but to a few... The legend told of a world on the other side of ours. This world. Why does this world exist? Why is Giratina here all alone? There's too much that can't be explained but we have things to do. Let's split up. We have to find the right way."
If interacted with again: "We don't need to go together now. Let's keep looking for the way down."
"This place... It seems to be a giant puzzle. Maybe Giratina wants to test those who come that visit here? It appears as if we can't go unless we solve the puzzle. There were some boulders that could be moved. And there are several odd pits on the floor... The Pokémon of the lakes seem eager to show us something..."
  • After solving the Lake Trio's puzzle
"I guess the Pokémon of the lakes must have gone home. I understand that they can keep balance against either Palkia or Dialga. Does it mean they can't do that with Giratina? ...Oops. This is no time for idle chitchat."
If talked to again after the invisible platform appears: "Call it a Trainer's intuition, but we're getting close. Let's go on!"
"This is it... Giratina is up ahead..."
"...So you were already here. Why do you seek to change the world? If you hate our world you should just go off somewhere alone. Find somewhere where you can live without seeing others."
If talked to before defeating Cyrus: "But... That's no justice at all!"
  • After defeating Cyrus
"Don't believe his lies. It's not possible that a Pokémon can make the world disappear. The world awaited your birth. Not only yours, either. The Pokémon with you. The people close to you. All the Pokémon and people were born because they have a part in the world. I'm convinced of that. Giratina won't go out of existence. The Distortion World won't disappear. Our world won't disappear, either. Let's go meet Giratina. ...Oops. I should do something about your hardworking Pokémon first. Now let's go meet Giratina!"
"Giratina is enraged because the two worlds are endangered. It has merged the Distortion World and our world at the Spear Pillar. That's why both worlds are becoming distorted. But there's nothing to fear. You can defeat Giratina and show the tight bond you share with your Pokémon. Or you can demonstrate how much you want it to join you. If you succeed in doing either, Giratina will understand. The distortion of the two worlds will stop!"
If talked to again: "I know that the bond you share with your Pokémon is strong!"
  • After battle with Giratina
"Giratina seems to have understood us!"
"...The places we are born. The time we spend living... The languages we speak... We are all different. But the presence of Pokémon unites us. We share our lives with our Pokémon and our happiness grows as we all become greater than we were alone. That is why we can battle and trade with anyone we choose..."
"... ... Since there is sadness, we can feel joy. When there is anger, compassion is born... Let's go back home. The portal where Giratina was should lead back to our world. Giratina was written as being on the other side of our world. It stands to a reason that it has a link to the other side."
If talked to again: "Let's go back home. The portal where Giratina was should lead back to our world. Giratina was written as being on the other side of our world. It stands to a reason that it has a link to the other side."
Sendoff Spring
"...This place?! It's the Sendoff Spring... It's said to somehow lead to the great beyond... And Giratina was said to live in a world on the opposite side of ours. Oh! I'm sincerely sorry! It's very rude of me! <Player>, you are incredible! You're really a fantastic trainer! Let me say this on behalf of all Sinnoh: <Player>, thank you! Oh! That's right! You have to tell Prof.Rowan! He was very worried about you. You should visit him at his lab."
If talked to again: "You have to go tell Prof. Rowan about this at his lab. He was very worried about you."
Pokémon League
  • Before battle
"Have you been keeping well? Thank you for Mt. Coronet. And the Distortion World. I'm truly grateful. Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you. But that's enough talk. Let's get on with why you're here. As the Pokémon League Champion, I accept your challenge!"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"I can't remember the last time I was put in a corner like this!"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"I won't let this end yet! This match is too fun to let it end this easily!"
  • Being defeated
"...Just a few moments ago, you were the most powerful challenger. And just now, you became the most powerful of all the Trainers. You are now our newest Champion!"
Celestic Ruins
"This cave painting...It's always been described this way. The light in the center represents either Dialga or Palkia appearing at the Spear Pillar. The three lights around it were thought to be Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. May I continue? But, then, I realized that there may be another way of interpreting this. Could this triangle of lights actually represent a different trio? Could they be Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina instead? And the large light at their center. Does it represent something else? Could it be what created this world of ours? May I continue for a little bit longer? Thank you for listening to my theory. Do you know of the ancient Plates they find all over Sinnoh? One of them had this engraved on it. 'Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One.' I think this quote, too, points to the presence of another Pokémon. A Pokémon even more powerful than Dialga or Palkia. Does that sound plausible to you? I'm not quite sure how Giratina fits into this scheme of things, but... It's said that in the Distortion World, neither time nor space were stable. I think that tells us something about Giratina, the only Pokémon there. It must have been as powerful as Dialga and Palkia, the rulers of time and space. In some way, though, Giratina has to have a power opposite of theirs. I'm sorry this is so long. May I say one last bit? A long time ago, I wonder what sort of person painted this? Dialga's Roar of Time...Palkia's Spacial Rend...To the people back then, those Pokémon really must have appeared to rule over time and space. Seeing them must have shaken the people to their very core. This painting represents those feelings of awe, wonder, and everything else. It passed that memory to countless people, eventually becoming a myth...That's what I believe as a researcher of myths. I think I let myself get carried away and talked for far too long. I'm sorry, and thank you. Let's meet again."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Cynthia with Arceus

Cynthia makes an appearance in the Sinjoh Ruins, doing further investigation on the origins of Arceus and the creation trio. If the player has an Arceus with a fateful encounter marker, when the main character visits the Ruins of Alph, it will reveal the Sinjoh Ruins. Inside, Cynthia is found, and will tell the player that Arceus will let him/her obtain a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. If the player returns with an Arceus caught at the Hall of Origin, which has not yet had its event item released, they will be informed she has returned to Sinnoh and the event will run without her.

Quotes

Sinjoh Ruins

In the cabin

"My name is Cynthia. I am a Pokémon Trainer. The Sinjoh Ruins remind me of Sinnoh, where I come from. Initially, I thought it was because it snows a lot here as well. But that was not it. A long time ago... people came from Sinnoh to live here. They must have built a temple here while longing for home. That's why we call these the Sinjoh Ruins..."
  • If Arceus is in the party
"You are... a Pokémon Trainer? I can sense strong power coming from your Poké Ball..."
"I feel a familiar presence... The power of Dialga... Palkia... or could it be Giratina? It's similar, but not quite the same... Have you got time? Can you come to the Sinjoh Ruins with me? Call it a Trainer's intuition. When you and your Pokémon step onto that stage, something will happen."
  • If Arceus is not in the party
"I wouldn't assume you managed to get here by yourself. This is a heavy-snowfall area where the snowbound land freezes you to the core... Talk to the old man if you wish to go back. Abra should be able to take you where you come from."

Inside the ruins

  • If Arceus is not the walking Pokémon
"The Sinjoh Ruins are what remains of a temple built to show respect for Arceus.
  • If Arceus is the walking Pokémon
"This is the Mystri Stage. The mythical stage built to show respect for Arceus. It is said that people used to celebrate its magnificent might with music and dance. Some people in Johto still pass down this tradition."
  • If the player has anything but a single Arceus in the party
"The Mystri Stage allows a single Arceus and nothing else to get on the stage... If you wish to go up there, you will have to deposit your other Pokémon in PC Box at the cabin."
  • If the player only has a single Arceus in the party
"According to an ancient document, time, space, and antimatter, or what combined we call the world, shall be born when Arceus stands on the Mystri Stage. This is where one might say, "The lead enters the Mystri Stage at last." All my study of ruins and Pokémon mythology in Sinnoh may have been to bring you up on this stage here today... Depicted on the Mystri Stage are the Pokémon that shaped this world. The circle in the middle is Arceus, the origin of it all..."
"This is the pattern that represents Palkia, the master of space and dimensions..."
"This is the pattern that represents Dialga, the guardian of time..."
"This is the pattern that represents Giratina, the ruler of the world that is on the opposite side of ours, the world of antimatter..."
"Arceus has accepted you as a Trainer. Arceus, having shaped the world, is said to show you a glimpse of its true power. The power of possibly making life appear out of nothing..."
"It seems that something will happen when you chose one of the circles... You'll want to be well prepared."
"Once you are ready, choose a circle and stand in the middle of it."
"So you choose Dialga, the guardian of time?"
"So you choose Palkia, the master of space and dimensions?"
"So you choose Giratina, the ruler of the Distortion World?"
"That shining sphere... Could it be...an Egg? Did we just witness the very moment an Egg was brought to this world? A moment no one has ever seen?"
"An Egg is the cradle of every being. The planet itself is an Egg in a sense... Life that comes from an Egg will come to an end in due course... to begin anew... That may be what Arceus wanted to show us."
"That was...? We seem to be surrounded by that strong power again...!"

Pokémon Black and White

Cynthia appears in a house in Undella Town, where she can be battled. She leaves after being defeated and afterwards reappears during spring and summer. During spring, she can be rebattled once a day. After defeating her, Shauntal and Caitlin can be seen visiting this house in the spring, and Lenora, Elesa, Iris, and Skyla visit in the summer. She speaks about a young Trainer who defeated her, and mentions that Trainer defeated Giratina, referring to the events of Pokémon Platinum.

Pokémon



Quotes

Undella Town

Initial visit and battle

"What's this?"
"What an uncanny resemblance... It's surprising to meet another Trainer who has intense eyes like that Pokémon Trainer. What's your name? ... OK. I'll remember that! <Player>, nice to meet you. I'm Cynthia. I'm a Pokémon Trainer, too, like you. I have an insatiable curiosity for researching Pokémon myths."
"I'm sure you know about Undella Town's Abyssal Ruins, right? I'm staying here at my friend's villa so I can investigate them."
"In order to get to know each other better as Pokémon Trainers, I would like our Pokémon to have a match. Would you care to be my opponent?"
No: "Ha ha. You prefer to take things slowly and rationally, am I right? When you're ready, come and talk to me. I'll be happy to see you."
"Oh. You've had a chance to get ready? I do want our Pokémon to have a match... Are you prepared to be my opponent?"
Yes: "Before I send out my Pokémon, my heart always begins to race... Interesting... My Pokémon in their Poké Balls are radiating a happy feeling. Are you the reason? What are you?"
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"When was the last time I was driven into a corner like this?"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"You haven't won yet! I won't let such a fun battle end so easily!"
  • Being defeated
"My heart is pounding so hard because I had such a heated battle with you. You are a really great Trainer!!"
  • After being defeated
"That was beyond my expectation! What an exceptional battle! You certainly bear a resemblance to that Trainer who faced Giratina... Oh, pardon me. I was just thinking out loud. I love being here in spring and summer. I can't stay all year, because there's so much to investigate in Sinnoh, as well. You're a great Trainer, and it would make me happy to see you again sometime."
  • Afterword
"I love to come here in spring and summer. But there are a lot of things to investigate in Sinnoh, as well. I'd be delighted to see you again. You're an awesome Pokémon Trainer!"

During the Spring and rematch

  • Before battle
"How terrific to see you again! I've got to tell you... My Pokémon are excited to battle yours. Would you care to be my opponent?"
No: "Oh, what a pity. Summers in Undella Town make me feel like I'm on holiday. I forget about battling! But in spring, I feel like getting worked up with a good battle."
"I can tell that my Pokémon are excited about battling your Pokémon... Would you care to be my opponent?"
Yes: "This will be such fun! No holds barred!"
No:
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"When was the last time I was driven into a corner like this?"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"You haven't won yet! I won't let such a fun battle end so easily!"
  • Being defeated
"My heart is pounding so hard because I had such a heated battle with you. You are a really great Trainer!!"
  • After being defeated
"For some reason, this reminds me of a time when I told a Trainer like you to go see many, many more places and to meet many more Pokémon. For me, it has really been worthwhile to come all the way to far Unova. Why? Because... I met you, and my world got wider!"
  • Before battle
"To live their lives to the fullest, people and Pokémon need the chance to throw themselves into battle against the fiercest opposition. That's why I want to battle you. How about it?"
No: "I'm a little disappointed. I know you can battle on bigger stages than you've done so far! It's so plain to me that your light can shine brighter than this..."
"Are you prepared? Let's battle at full strength and see how bright our lights can shine!"
Yes: "As our Pokémon meet in battle, I'll learn more about you and how you've taken care of them."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"When was the last time I was driven into a corner like this?"
  • During battle (less than half HP)
"You haven't won yet! I won't let such a fun battle end so easily!"
  • Being defeated
"My heart is pounding so hard because I had such a heated battle with you. You are a really great Trainer!!"
  • After being defeated
"When you meet Trainers, battle them to learn about the kind of people they are. Observe the Pokémon they choose, which moves they taught them, and which items the Pokémon hold. You don't need words at such times... If you want to know more about me... Come to Sinnoh!"

During the Summer

"I'd love to live here...But if I did, there would be a mountain of research piled up...Am I right? Cynthia, enough for now! Next time, clean up."
"What is necessary for becoming stronger than you are now? My answer is simply loving Pokemon with all your heart. That's how I am, so that's all I can say."
"Hmm. This is difficult. I was greedy and bought a lot of swimsuits, but now I can't pick which one to wear."
"Here's my problem. I have a white swimsuit and a black swimsuit...Which one would look better on me?"
"Once every few years, the Champions of each region gather and compete to see who is the strongest! An interesting idea, don't you agree?"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon



Pokémon World Tournament

Cynthia uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. She will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Garchomp.



Quotes

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"I think I could get to like this atmosphere. It gives me an idea about the kind of person that battles here."
  • Before battle (second round)
"One look at you tells me many things about you. Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. I, Cynthia, accept your challenge! There won't be any letup from me!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"When you are facing a Trainer in battle, you can learn everything about them. What Pokémon they have. What moves they've taught. What items they make their Pokémon hold. There's no need for words then."
  • Being defeated
"Aww! No matter how fun the battle is, it will always end sometime..."
  • If the player is defeated
"What's necessary to become stronger? I think it's important to never lose your love of Pokémon."
  • After being defeated
"That was excellent. Truly, an outstanding battle. You gave the support your Pokémon needed to maximize their power. And you guided them with certainty to secure victory."
  • After winning
"Just a few minutes ago, you were the most powerful challenger. The road before you is still very long, but never give up! You'll always have Pokémon at your side."
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"I sincerely applaud your victory in the tournament. However, there must be many other strong opponents in the world... I want to keep meeting many different people and Pokémon in other places."

Sprites

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Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Platinum
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS sprite from
Platinum
Cynthia IV OD.png Cynthia OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

Cynthia in her original outfit
Cynthia in the Best Wishes series

Cynthia was first mentioned in Lucian's flashback in An Elite Meet and Greet!, along with the members of the Sinnoh Elite Four.

She properly debuted in Top-Down Training!, where she was first seen battling against Lucian with her Garchomp on television. She then arrived in person in Amity Square, where she was studying ancient tablets. It was here that she met Ash, his friends, and Paul, who rushed down to Amity Square after they heard rumors of Cynthia being there. Paul challenged her to a Full battle, but Cynthia won easily. She then mentioned that she was just like Paul in her youth, determined to win with the strongest Pokémon. After the battle, because Nurse Joy was busy, she and Brock personally healed Paul's Pokémon, after convincing him to take them to a Pokémon Center. After this, back at the Amity Square Ruins, she explained something written there means very much to her: "When every life meets another life, something will be born". Later, Ash would think about this quote from time to time. Cynthia then decided to go to Celestic Town, where she planned to study the legend of Dialga, Palkia, and the Lustrous Orb.

Cynthia's next appearance was in Losing Its Lustrous! and Double Team Turnover!, in Celestic Town, where she, along with Ash, his friends, her grandmother Professor Carolina and Officer Jenny's police officers, tried to stop Team Galactic from stealing the Lustrous Orb.

In Aiding the Enemy!, Cynthia battled with Aaron to defend her title of Champion of the Sinnoh region on television, which she won. Ash and his friends commented that while Aaron was strong enough to be a member of the Elite Four, Cynthia was still far stronger than him.

Cynthia then appeared in The Needs of the Three! and The Battle Finale of Legend!, where she helped Ash and his friends protect the lake guardians and put a stop to Team Galactic at Spear Pillar.

In Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port!, Flint revealed that he intended to challenge Cynthia for her title of Champion.

She also appeared in An Old Family Blend!, where she observed the Sinnoh League tournament alongside Charles Goodshow, making her the first current Champion to appear at a Pokémon League Conference. While watching, she showed a deep interest in the battle between Ash and Paul. At the end of the competition, she personally delivered the trophy to the winner, Tobias, who had won the Sinnoh League and the right to face the Elite Four.

She appeared in Memories Are Made of Bliss!, where Ash and his friends watched her battle with Flint for the title of Champion. Flint's Infernape managed to defeat two of her Pokémon, but Garchomp ultimately defeated Flint's Infernape, earning Cynthia the victory.

Cynthia also had a cameo appearance at the beginning of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where she was engaged in a battle against Palmer. Cynthia also made a cameo in the credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Cynthia reappeared in All for the Love of Meloetta!. She met up with Ash again in Virbank City in Unova at an ice cream stand. She told Ash, Iris and Cilan about the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, where she would have an exhibition match. Ash and his friends then decided to go with Cynthia and participate. On the way to the seaport to take a plane to Cynthia's villa in Undella Town, she almost hit an injured Meloetta with her car. She discovered that it was suffering from a fever and gave Ash, Iris, and Cilan instructions on how to make it feel better. She asked Iris and Cilan to find a Berry for it while she and Ash would get some ice. She was revealed to have a Glaceon which used Ice Beam to freeze the water. Cynthia and Ash broke the ice and took it to Meloetta.

After it recovered a little, Iris asked Cynthia if she could battle her and her Garchomp while she used Axew, as Iris was thrilled to battle a Dragon-type she had never met before. Cynthia agreed and the battle got underway. Even though Axew learned Giga Impact during the battle, Garchomp proved to be way too strong for Axew. Just when Garchomp was about to hit Axew with Brick Break, Cynthia stopped Garchomp from attacking and ended the battle before Axew could get hurt. In Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!, Ash and his friends arrived in Undella Town, at Cynthia's villa. Here, Ash was reunited with Dawn for the first time since his journey in Sinnoh. After that, Cynthia watched a battle between Dawn and Cilan.

In Jostling for the Junior Cup!, Cynthia was seen talking with Alder in Lacunosa Town, where the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup was held. Later, she participated in an exhibition match with her Garchomp against Unova Elite Four member Caitlin and her Gothitelle. The battle resulted in a draw after the battle's 10 minute time limit ran out. She then appeared in Battling Authority Once Again!, where she observed the tournament and helped Iris with Dragonite's problem with listening to her commands and gave Trip some advice. After the conversation Trip thought to himself that after defeating Alder, she would be next. In the following episode, Cynthia was seen watching the battle of Iris against Ash and after the battle, Cynthia talked to Iris about their relationships with Pokémon. In Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, Cynthia was seen watching the battle Trip was allowed to have against Alder for winning the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. After this, she watched the closing ceremony of the competition. Back in Undella Town, she watched a battle between Ash and Dawn, and later went with the others to wave Dawn farewell when she went to Johto.

She next appeared in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! and Unova's Survival Crisis!, where she helped Ash and his friends put a stop to Team Rocket's Operation Tempest and saved the Unova region from the Forces of Nature's Therian Forme's rage. She said goodbye to Ash in Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! after informing him that the Unova League was starting in a few weeks. Cynthia also made a cameo in the credits of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

Pokémon

This listing is of Cynthia's known Pokémon in the anime:

Cynthia's Garchomp
Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

Garchomp is Cynthia's main Pokémon, which she uses in almost every single battle of hers. Garchomp is her most powerful Pokémon, and has never been seen losing to a single opponent.

Debut Top-Down Training
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Cynthia's Gastrodon
Gastrodon
Gastrodon was first seen in Double Team Turnover!, where it helped Cynthia in defeating Team Galactic's Golbat to help protect the Lustrous Orb. It appeared again in Aiding the Enemy!, where it helped Cynthia to defeat Aaron's Drapion and Beautifly and defend her Championship title.

Gastrodon's known moves are Stone Edge and Muddy Water.

Debut Double Team Turnover!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Tom Wayland
Cynthia's Glaceon
Glaceon
Cynthia sent out her Glaceon to make ice for Meloetta in All for the Love of Meloetta.

Glaceon's only known move is Ice Beam.

Debut All for the Love of Meloetta!
Voice actors
Japanese Inuko Inuyama
English Inuko Inuyama

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 櫻井智 Tomo Sakurai
English Emily Jenness
German Annina Braunmiller
Hebrew ליאת הר לב Liat Har Lev
Italian Alessandra Karpoff (DP040-DP051)
Elisabetta Spinelli (DP081-BW097
Renata Bertolas (BW098)
Polish Monika Pikuła (DP035-DP051; BW085-present)
Joanna Pach (DP081)
Portuguese Brazil Samira Fernandes
Portugal Sandra de Castro (DP040-DP051)
Isabel Nunes (DP081-present)
Spanish Latin America Adriana Casas
Spain María Antonia Rodríguez

In the manga

Cynthia and Looker in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Cynthia first appears in Ring Around the Roserade II where she is seen correctly predicting the evolutions of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's Tru, Chimler, and Prinplup. After laughing at Dia and Pearl's Manzai, she decided to give Platinum some advice for her upcoming Gym challenge against Gardenia. Afterwards, she invades the Galactic Eterna Building and frees the bike store owner, Rad Rickshaw, with ease using her Spiritomb's Psychic combined with attacks of Diamond's Tru and Platinum's Prinplup. She later appears at Mr. Backlot's mansion where she investigates a case of missing Psyduck and takes the group to Route 210 and uses the Secret Potion to cure the Psyduck roadblock of their headaches. After meeting up with her grandmother, Cynthia takes the one Psyduck that belonged to a Trainer back to its owner, lending her Garchomp to them for protection. In Halting Honchkrow during Diamond and Pearl's infiltration of the Galactic HQ, she personally challenges Cyrus to a one on one battle, despite her best efforts and powerful Pokémon she is unable to defeat him and he escapes with her too exhausted to follow. Later, she takes Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum to the Spear Pillar where they fight their final battle against him and the legendary Dialga and Palkia.

During Platinum chapter, her grandmother mentors her in using Draco Meteor. In The Final Dimensional Duel XI, she stops Charon and Giratina in Sunyshore City.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter it is revealed that at some point prior to the chapter Cynthia travelled to the Johto region to do research on Pokémon myths. There she witnessed Dialga and Palkia fly towards Sinnoh after the battle at the Sinjoh Ruins. She called her grandmother to report on the matter. She then met Palmer, who told her about the Regigigas he was in possession of and about his plans on returning to Sinnoh.

She has loved cycling since her childhood and often races with her Garchomp.

Pokémon

On hand
Cynthia's Garchomp
Gabite → Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

Garchomp is Cynthia's strongest Pokémon and her main battler. Garchomp is well trained enough that she can battle even without her Trainer giving her commands. She battled Cyrus and his Pokémon in the Celestic Ruins but he managed to outsmart her and use her moves against her for his own gain. She was later used against him in the Galactic HQ holding a grudge from their last battle, despite using her strongest moves including the powerful Draco Meteor, her rage caused her moves to become weaker and Cyrus escaped, with neither her nor Cynthia strong enough to follow him.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade II
Cynthia's Spiritomb
Spiritomb
Spiritomb was the second Pokémon seen in Cynthia's possession. With her powerful Psychic techniques she can lift objects with ease and played an important role in rescuing Rad Rickshaw from the clutches of Team Galactic. She was later used against Cyrus in the Galactic HQ and defeated his Honchkrow but was frozen by his Weavile and rendered unable to fight.

Spiritomb's known moves are Psychic and Shock Wave, and her Ability is Pressure.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade II
Cynthia's Milotic
Milotic
Milotic was the third Pokémon seen in Cynthia's possession. Milotic was first used against the Galactic Boss Cyrus in the Team Galactic HQ, it defeated his Weavile after a tough battle but was knocked out by a Giga Impact from his Gyarados.

Milotic's known moves are Iron Tail, Brine, Twister and Tackle.

Debut Shunning Spiritomb

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Cynthia in Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Cynthia first appears in Dialga's Secret Keys! where she rescues Hareta from a Galactic Grunt. Afterwards, she tells him and Mitsumi about the legends of Celestic Town and the Legendary Pokémon in Sinnoh.

She reappears in A New Battle Begins! as a member of the Pokémon League where she challenges Mitsumi. Even though Mitsumi had the upper hand, she decides to resign as it would make things better for Hareta.

Pokémon

Cynthia's Garchomp
Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

While in Celestic Town, Cynthia sent out her Garchomp to show off its power to Hareta. In A New Battle Begins, it was up against Mitsumi's Infernape.

Debut Dialga's Secret Keys
Cynthia's Lucario
Lucario
Lucario was used in the Pokémon League where it faced off against Mitsumi's Electivire.
Debut A New Battle Begins

In the Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!! manga

Cynthia only appears in a flashback in The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!.

Pokémon

Cynthia's Lucario
Lucario
Lucario only appears in a flashback alongside its Trainer.
Debut The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!

In the TCG

Artwork

Artwork from the cards:

Cynthia Feelings.png
Watching over her Pokémon

Cards

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Cynthia or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Cynthia's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Rayquaza Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo 8/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 078/100
Lickilicky Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Rare 30/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 086/100
Lucario Pokémon C Fighting Supreme Victors Rare 31/147 Garchomp Half Deck   004/016
Milotic Pokémon C Water Supreme Victors Rare 35/147 Garchomp Half Deck   001/016
Roserade Pokémon C Psychic Supreme Victors Rare 40/147 Garchomp Half Deck   002/016
Altaria Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 49/147 Garchomp Half Deck   005/016
Garchomp Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 60/147 Garchomp Half Deck   006/016
Spiritomb Pokémon C Psychic Supreme Victors Uncommon 84/147 Garchomp Half Deck   003/016
Togekiss Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 86/147 Garchomp Half Deck   008/016
Garchomp Pokémon C LV.X Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 145/147 Garchomp Half Deck   007/016
DP Black Star Promos   DP46      
Rayquaza Pokémon C LV.X Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 146/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 079/100
DP Black Star Promos   DP47      
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Cynthia's Feelings Su Legends Awakened Uncommon 131/146 Temple of Anger Uncommon  
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Champion's Room St Supreme Victors Uncommon 135/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 093/100
Cynthia's Guidance Su Supreme Victors Uncommon 136/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 092/100
      Garchomp Half Deck   015/016
 

Trivia

  • In Platinum, when Cynthia visits the player at their Villa, she notes how relaxing it is there and that she doesn't want to go home because her house is a complete mess. She goes on to say, "My house? Even the region is a secret!" hinting that she may live in a region other than Sinnoh.
  • Not including the rivals, Cynthia is the only NPC in the games to receive a Pokédex.
  • There is a mistake in Pokémon Platinum with Cynthia. After the player heads into Distortion World, should the player use the portal to head back into Spear Pillar, Cynthia will still be there, while also being in the Distortion World.
  • In the Generation IV games, Milotic is her only Pokémon used that was not introduced during that generation.
  • Cynthia is the only woman in the Champions Tournament at the PWT.
  • Cynthia appeared in more episodes of the anime than any other Champion.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese シロナ Shirona From 白南天 shironanten, white-fruited nandina. Symbolizes "love growing stronger" and "good home" in the language of flowers.[1]
English, French, German Cynthia Possibly chosen due to similarity to "synthesis", or combining different pieces into one entity, which is a reference to the fact she combines several types in her arsenal. This name also refers to the Greek goddess Artemis, who is associated with the moon, which may be a parallel to Cyrus, whose name refers to the sun.
Italian Camilla Probably derived from Camilla, an Amazon warrior described in the Aeneid.
Spanish Cintia Spanish equivalent of the name Cynthia. As in English, it refers to the Greek moon goddess Artemis (Artemisa in Spanish), as a counterpart to Helio (Cyrus), whose name comes from Helios, the Greek solar deity.
Korean 난천 Nancheon From 남천 (南天) namcheon, nandina. May also contain 난초 (蘭草) nancho, orchid
Chinese (Mandarin) 竹蘭 / 竹兰 Zhúlán From 南天竹 nántiānzhú (nandina) and possibly 蘭花 lánhuā (orchid)


References

  1. Matsumiya's Twitter (Japanese)


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Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarry
UrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilTiernoShaunaTrevor
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Lysandre
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlder
LukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaAlainMairin
AriaDianthaGurkinn
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