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シロナ Shirona
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 Champion
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
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

In Sinnoh

Cynthia helps the main character against Team Galactic in a point in the game. In Platinum, when encountered in Eterna City, she will give the player an egg from which Togepi will hatch. 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. 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 is unknown. She is implied to have helped Rowan with his Pokédex and embarked on an adventure similar to the protagonist as a child.

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

Later, she reappears as the League Champion.

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

Diamond and Pearl


Battle one (pre-National Pokédex)

Battle two (post-National Pokédex)


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Cynthia's sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Cynthia's sprite from
Cynthia's Challenge sprite from

Before battle

"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!"


"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!"

The bottom quote is only said the very first time she is challenged. After winning at least once, it permanently changes to the top quote.

During battle

"I can't remember the last time I was put in a corner like this!"

"I won't let this end yet! This match is too fun to let it end this easily!"

When 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!"

In Celestic Ruins (after beating the Elite Four, Platinum only)

"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."

In Johto

Cynthia with Arceus

Cynthia makes an appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, doing further investigation on the origins of Arceus and the dragon trio. If the player has a fateful encounter Arceus with them as their traveling partner, a trip to the Ruins of Alph will reveal a new area, the Sinjoh Ruins, is accessible. Inside, Cynthia is found, and will tell the player that Arceus will let him or her obtain a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. Should the player return with an Arceus caught at the Hall of Origin, they will be informed she has returned to Sinnoh and the event will run without her.

In the anime

Cynthia in the anime

Cynthia was first mentioned in Lucian's flashback in An Elite Meet and Greet along with the other members of the Sinnoh Elite Four. She made her first appearance in-person in Top-Down Training!.

She was first seen battling against Lucian with her Garchomp on television. She then arrived in Amity Square where she was studying ancient tablets. Paul then challenged her to a battle where she won easily. Cynthia later reappeared in Malice In Wonderland! where she battled Ash for the championship with a Rayquaza and lost, however it later emerged that Cynthia was an illusion created by a Mismagius.

The real Cynthia's next appearance was in Losing Its Lustrous and Double Team Turnover! where she tried to stop Team Galactic from stealing the Lustrous Orb. She also has been seen battling and defeating Aaron on television in Aiding the Enemy.

Her most recent appearance was in The Needs of the Three! and The Battle Finale of Legend!, where she helped Ash and company protect the Lake guardians and put a stop to Team Galactic.

In addition, Cynthia had a cameo at the beginning of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where she was engaged in a battle against Palmer.

On hand

Cynthia's Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

Garchomp is Cynthia's main Pokémon, which she uses in almost every single battle of hers. Garchomp is a very 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 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 Template:E4's Drapion and Beautifly and defend Cynthia's Championship title.

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

Debut Double Team Turnover!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Bill Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 櫻井智 Tomo Sakurai
English Emily Jenness
Hebrew ליאת הר לב Liat Har Lev
Polish Monika Pikuła (DP035-DP051)
Joanna Pach (DP081)
Brazilian Portuguese Samira Fernandes
European Spanish María Antonia Rodríguez

In the manga

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Cynthia in the manga

Pokémon Adventures

She first appeared in Eterna City just after the trio's starters evolved. She lent them some help before the Gym challenge. She then frees the bike store owner with ease using Spiritomb's Psychic combined with the starters' attacks. She later appears after Platinum's Gym challenge in Pastoria City to help some injured Psyduck.


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Pokémon DP


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In the TCG

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

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Cynthia's Feelings - - Uncommon Legends Awakened 131/146
(H) Unnumbered Promotional cards (no English release) -
Rayquaza C Colorless 73 Rare Holo Supreme Victors 8/147
Lickilicky C Colorless 57 Rare Supreme Victors 30/147
Lucario C Fighting 60 Rare Supreme Victors 31/147
Milotic C Water 58 Rare Supreme Victors 35/147
Roserade C Psychic 58 Rare Supreme Victors 40/147
Altaria C Colorless 59 Uncommon Supreme Victors 49/147
Garchomp C Colorless 62 Uncommon Supreme Victors 60/147
Spiritomb C Psychic 58 Uncommon Supreme Victors 84/147
Togekiss C Colorless 60 Uncommon Supreme Victors 86/147
Champion's Room - - Uncommon Supreme Victors 135/147
Cynthia's Guidance - - Uncommon Supreme Victors 136/147
Garchomp C LV.X Colorless X Rare Holo LV.X Supreme Victors 145/147
Rayquaza C LV.X Colorless X Rare Holo LV.X Supreme Victors 146/147


  • Cynthia is the first female NPC Champion and the first NPC Champion since Blue to not have a type theme.
  • Cynthia's hairbands resemble Lucario's "Aura Sensors" in shape, yet has a yellow stripe marking it similar to an Umbreon's ear.
  • Cynthia is the only member of the Sinnoh Elite Four not to use any Pokémon released in Generation II.
    • She does use Togekiss, however, part of a Generation II evolution family.
  • In her Platinum team, Cynthia has both non-legendary Pokémon capable of learning the move Aura Sphere, Togekiss and Lucario.
    • In addition, both of them are male, while the remaining members of her party are all female in all three games.
  • In the games, Cynthia's Pokémon have perfect, or all 31, IVs.
  • Cynthia is the only Champion to appear in a Pokémon movie.
  • Cynthia's Japanese name may refer to shiro, white, as a counterpart to Cyrus's name referring to aka, red.
  • Aside from her Garchomp, the only other Pokémon Cynthia is revealed to have in the anime is her West Sea Gastrodon, the only member of her team that was replaced in Platinum.
  • After she is defeated, she implies that she received a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Rowan.
  • Cynthia is the first Champion to appear in all five versions of a generation.
  • During Cynthia's Platinum rematch, she has the highest average level of any Champion.
  • When Cynthia visits the player at their Villa, she notes how relaxing it is there and that 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!" This hints that she may live in a region other than Sinnoh.
  • Cynthia shares the same English Voice Actor with Dawn, both of which are main characters that were introduced it the same generation.


Language Name Origin
Japanese シロナ Shirona A Japanese name for chard. Contains 白 shiro, meaning "white".
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.
Korean 난천 Nancheon
Chinese 竹蘭 Zhú Lán

Games: BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthia
AlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonAll player characters
Anime: CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceCynthia
Origins: BlueRed
Generations: BlueCynthiaDianthaCalem
Adventures: Professor OakRedSidney
EToP: DrakeAsh Ketchum
Zensho: ShigeruSatoshi
Other: Ronald*Rald*Glenn*

Template:Elite Four of Sinnoh

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHau
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUlu
Supporting Ho-OhOfficer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanJigglypuffTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyGranbullLizaSakuraLanceLarvitarRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaMarianLake guardiansYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMeloettaJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearSamson OakAnelaStoutlandHobbesNinaAnnaLakiOranguruDanaYansuLight trioWickeFabaUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestIlimaAcerolaDiaGym LeadersElite FourCoordinatorsFrontier BrainsPerformersIsland KahunasRecurring wild PokémonMany temporary characters

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