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Lyra (Japanese: コトネ Kotone) is the female player character in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Lyra takes over the role from Kris in Pokémon Crystal. Her male counterpart is Ethan.
Storyline in the games
When selected as the player character
Lyra's journey as a Trainer begins when Professor Elm asks her to run an errand for Mr. Pokémon, who lives north of Cherrygrove City. Because she may encounter dangerous wild Pokémon along the way, Elm gives her a choice between three Pokémon for protection: Cyndaquil, Totodile or Chikorita.
Lyra meets a strange boy the same age as her watching Elm's Lab from outside. When she tries to talk to him, the boy abruptly shoves her away. The boy, Silver, will become Lyra's rival, analogous to Blue in Generation I and III.
Lyra continues onward and finally meets Mr. Pokémon and completes the errand. While there she meets Professor Oak who, upon realizing Lyra's bond with her new Pokémon, gives her a Pokédex. On her way back home, Lyra again meets Silver, who has stolen one of Elm's remaining Pokémon. After defeating the boy in battle, she learns his name from his dropped Trainer Card and relays it to the police in New Bark Town. Professor Elm allows Lyra to keep the Pokémon she chose earlier, and encourages her to compete in the Johto League.
From there Lyra begins on a Pokémon journey in the Johto region, facing off against its eight Gym Leaders, defeating and disbanding the revived Team Rocket, and becoming Pokémon League Champion by defeating the Elite Four and its previous Champion, Lance at Indigo Plateau. Along the way she also teaches Silver to respect Pokémon as living creatures and not just as tools for battle.
After being declared the Pokémon League Champion, Lyra then takes a short trip on a ship, the S.S. Aqua, from Olivine City to Vermilion City in Kanto. Journeying across that region, she battles against its own set of eight Gym Leaders. Upon getting permission from Professor Oak in Pallet Town, Lyra heads for Mt. Silver via Route 28. Her journey comes to a close when she faces the Champion from Pallet Town Pokémon Trainer Red at the summit of Mt. Silver, who had been training there since shortly after he became Pokémon League Champion three years prior.
When not selected as the player character
If Ethan is selected to be the player character, Lyra meets him in New Bark Town at the start of the game. In this particular scene, she is seen with a Marill. Her role in the storyline of HeartGold and SoulSilver is similar to that of Lucas/Dawn in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum if they are not chosen as the player character, while Ethan takes this place if she is selected as the player. She teaches the player how to catch Pokémon on Route 29 (replacing the Dude from Gold, Silver, and Crystal).
While playing as Ethan, her grandparents run the Pokémon Day Care on Route 34. She also gives the player the Fashion Case in Goldenrod Tunnel and the Vs. Recorder on Route 31. Naturally, this role is given to Ethan if she is the player character.
When called from certain locations, Lyra will mention that something will happen if the player takes a certain Pokémon there.
Lyra uses this party to show the player how to catch Pokémon when Ethan is selected as the player character in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Caught in tutorial
Shortly after the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, an anime counterpart of Lyra appeared in the episodes from An Egg Scramble! to Bagged Then Tagged!. Much as with May and Dawn, she shares both her English and Japanese names with the player character she is based on.
Although Lyra doesn't appear separately in the Pokémon Adventures manga, Crystal essentially serves as counterpart by wearing her Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver outfit in the arc thanks to her mom forcing her to wear it against her will.
- Before her official name was revealed, many fans referred to her as Soul (Japanese: ソウル Soul), based on Pokémon SoulSilver, in similar style to Leaf.
- Lyra is 4'11" tall and weighs 90.4 lbs.
- While some fans assume that Kris and Lyra are one and the same, Takao Unno revealed in an interview that he designed Lyra from scratch.
- Lyra shares many of her Japanese default names with Leaf and Dawn. She also shares all of Kris's default Japanese names.
- Occasionally, Lyra will call and claim that her Marill evolved into Azumarill. However, regardless of this, her Marill is never shown to have evolved.
- Lyra is the only player character to not have her own individual cross-canon counterpart from Pokémon Adventures, instead sharing hers with Kris.
Like her Japanese name, Lyra's international names are all derived from musical instruments.
|| コトネ Kotone
|| From 琴音 kotone, "sound of koto".
| English, German
|| From lyre.
|| From celesta.
|| From cetra.
|| From lira, lyre.
|| 금선 Geumseon
|| Means "Geum string."
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 琴音 Qínyīn
|| From 琴音 kotone. Literally means "sound of qin." 琴 (qín) is also a general term for free reed, string and keyboard instruments.