Lyra (game)

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コトネ Kotone
HeartGold SoulSilver Lyra.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Mom (as player)
Grandparents, unnamed father (as NPC)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Player character
Generation IV
Games HeartGold, SoulSilver
Anime counterpart Lyra
Counterpart debut An Egg Scramble!

Lyra (Japanese: コトネ Kotone) is the female player character in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In these games, she is the counterpart to Ethan, taking over the role from Kris in Pokémon Crystal. Her hometown is New Bark Town, where she lives with her mother.

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 League Champion by defeating the Elite Four and its previous Champion, Lance at the 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 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 legendary trainer Red deep in Mt. Silver's cave, who had been training there since shortly after he became League Champion three years prior.

When not selected as the player character

Lyra speaking with Ethan

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. She will always have Marill even if another starter Pokémon is selected. In addition, she doesn't appear to take the remaining starter Pokémon. 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.

While playing as Ethan, her grandparents run the Pokémon Day Care on Route 34. Naturally, this role is given to Ethan if she is the player character.


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.

Optional names for Lyra

File:KotoneHGSS.png File:HGSS Kotone Pokéthlon Jersey.png
Lyra's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's Pokéathlon sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
File:HGSS Kotone Back.png File:KotoneChallenge.png
Lyra's backsprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's Challenge sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Language English Japanese German Korean French


  • Heart
  • Soul
  • Karla
  • Britney
  • Kelli
  • Lindy
  • Heidi
  • Miriam
  • Trudy
  • Aubrey
  • Krissa
  • Naomi
  • Abby
  • Dodie
  • Tamara
  • Linda
  • Fiona
  • Mari
  • Maggie
  • ハート Heart
  • ソウル Soul
  • キヨミ Kiyomi
  • サトコ Satoko
  • チホ Chiho
  • イオリ Iori
  • マキコ Makiko
  • ミキコ Mikiko
  • ウララ Urara
  • ジュンコ Junko
  • フウカ Fūka
  • リエ Rie
  • セツコ Setsuko
  • ニッキ Nikki
  • マミナ Mamina
  • ノリコ Noriko
  • ユミカ Yumika
  • モモコ Momoko
  • ミスズ Misuzu
  • Heart
  • Soul
  • Andrea
  • Antje
  • Birgit
  • Daniela
  • Diana
  • Elena
  • Evelin
  • Jamie
  • Klara
  • Linda
  • Piera
  • Sara
  • Sigrun
  • Silke
  • Sina
  • Suse
  • Uta
  • 하트 Heart
  • 소울 Soul
  • 꽃님 Kkotnim
  • 나영 Nayeong
  • 나정 Najeong
  • 링링 Ringring
  • 미영 Miyeong
  • 사희 Sahyi
  • 서연 Seoyeon
  • 설아 Seola
  • 아라 Ara
  • 유경 Yugyeong
  • 윤혜 Yunhye
  • 은영 Eun'yeong
  • 인희 Inhyi
  • 주애 Juae
  • 지나 Jina
  • 태희 Taehyi
  • 해나 Haena
  • Heart
  • Soul
  • Becky
  • Brenda
  • Carmen
  • Caro
  • Claire
  • Coralie
  • Edith
  • Hadja
  • Joanna
  • Linda
  • Madge
  • Nadia
  • Noémie
  • Sayaka
  • Sophie
  • Suzie
  • Yuki


Lyra's anime counterpart

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.


Language Name Origin
Japanese コトネ Kotone "Koto note" (琴音).
English, German Lyra From lyre.
French Célesta From celesta
Italian Cetra From cetra.
Spanish Lira From lira, lyre.
Korean 금선 Geumseon "Geum string".


  • Much like Silver received the fan name "Kamon" from the list of Ethan's names in Pokémon Silver for discerning purposes, Lyra was known by much of the fandom as "Soul", following the precedent of Red's female counterpart introduced in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Interestingly, Ethan was the only one who appeared in-game in demos with the name Soul: Lyra's name was in fact "Heart" (though likewise, Leaf was a default name for Red in LeafGreen, and Fire and Red default names for Leaf in FireRed).
    • Also similar to Leaf, "Soul" is one of the optional names for Lyra in Pokémon SoulSilver Version.
  • Previously to the announcement of Lyra's name on September 6th, 2009's episode of Pokémon Sunday, she was seen by many fans as an updated form of Kris, rather than a new character.
  • Lyra and Ethan are the only pseudo-rivals, (along with the only rival characters in any game apart from Wally), to not appear to have a starter Pokémon from the professor in that region.
  • 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 was evolving into Azumarill. However, regardless of this, her Marill is never shown to have evolved and in subsequent calls she still refers to it as a Marill.

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