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!
Manga counterpart(s) Crystal

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 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

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. 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

Spr 4h 019 m.png
Normal Unknown
Held item:
Rattata Lv.2
Tail Whip
Normal Status

Optional names for Lyra

Language English Japanese French German Korean


  • 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
  • Becky
  • Brenda
  • Carmen
  • Caro
  • Claire
  • Coralie
  • Edith
  • Hadja
  • Joanna
  • Linda
  • Madge
  • Nadia
  • Noémie
  • Sayaka
  • Sophie
  • Suzie
  • Yuki
  • 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


Spr HGSS Lyra.png Spr HGSS Lyra 2.png HGSS Lyra Back.png LyraChallenge.png Lyra opening.png
Lyra's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's Pokéathlon
sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's backsprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's VS sprite from
the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyrawalkdown.png LyraAthUnusedHGSSwalkdown.png LyraTRHGSSwalkdown.png Lyra walking.png Spr LyraHGSSstart.png
Lyra's overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's overworld Pokéathlon sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's overworld sprite, disguised as a Team Rocket Grunt from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's sprite from
the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra's starting sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver


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.

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, fans referred to her as Soul referring to Pokémon SoulSilver Version, based on the name used by Leaf.
  • 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 and in subsequent calls she still refers to it as a Marill, due to the random chronology of the calls.
  • Lyra is 4'11" tall and weighs 90.4 lbs.


Like her Japanese name, Lyra's international names are all derived from musical instruments.

Language Name Origin
Japanese コトネ Kotone From 琴音 kotone, "sound of koto".
English, German Lyra From lyre.
French Célesta From celesta.
Italian Cetra From cetra.
Spanish Lira From lira, lyre.
Korean 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.

Capture tutors
Old manPrimoDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor JuniperBiancaCalem/SerenaProfessor Kukui

Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummerMarkMint
HeroHeroineLucy FleetfootTodd SnapTim Goodman

Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrie
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetDudeCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides

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