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シロナ Shirona
Art from Diamond and Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Gray
Hair color Blond
Hometown Celestic Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Grandmother, grandfather and a younger sister
Trainer class Champion
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Anime debut Top-Down Training!
English voice actor Emily Jenness
Japanese voice actor Tomo Sakurai

Cynthia (Japanese: シロナ Shirona) is a Pokémon master and Elite Four Champion in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon Platinum. Other than the player using a female character, she is the first known female Pokémon League champion in the video game series.

In the anime

Cynthia in the anime

Cynthia was first mentioned in Lucian's flashback in An Elite Meet and Greet along with the others members of the Sinnoh Elite Four. She made her first appearance 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. She defeated four of Paul's Pokémon using only her Garchomp.

She reappeared in Losing Its Lustrous and Double Team Turnover! where she tried to stop Team Galactic from stealing the Lustrous Orb.

She has been seen battling and defeating Aaron on television in Aiding the Enemy.


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

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Voice actors

In the games

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. Cynthia lives in Celestic Town with her sister and grandparents.

In Pokémon 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.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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Pokémon Platinum

Battle one (pre-National Dex)

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Battle two (post-National Dex)

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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 the manga

Pokémon Special

She first appeared in Eterna City just after the trio's starters evolved. She lent them some help before the Gym challenge. She later appears after Platina'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) -


  • 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 making 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.
  • As of Platinum, Cynthia owns the only two non-Legendary Pokémon capable of learning the move Aura Sphere.
  • In the Pokémon games, Cynthia's Pokémon have perfect IVs.
  • In the games Cynthia mentions she started with a Pokédex ,but in generation one Oak mentions that it is his newest discovery.


Language Name Origin
Japanese シロナ Shirona The Japanese name for chard. Contains 侈 shi, meaning extravagance or pride.
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*
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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
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