Akari (game)

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ショウ Shō
Legends Arceus Akari.png
Art from Legends: Arceus
Age ~15[1]
Gender Female
Eye color Black*, Light blue*
Hair color Slate gray*, Blonde*, Black*
Hometown Jubilife Village (original hometown unknown)
Region Hisui (original region unknown)
Relatives Unnamed parents (as NPC)[2]
Trainer class The Survey Corps'
Generation VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Akari (Masters)
Games Legends: Arceus, Masters EX
English voice actor Tamaki Fujii (Legends: Arceus)
Risa Mei[3] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Tamaki Fujii (Legends: Arceus)
Kaede Hondo (Masters EX)
Member of Galaxy Team
Rank Member, Survey Corps

Akari (Japanese: ショウ Shō) is the female player character of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and acts as a non-playable character in the same game if the player chooses to play as her male counterpart, Rei. She is a member of the Galaxy Team's Survey Corps. Along with Rei, she's the only Trainer to use the Trainer class The Survey Corps' (Japanese: ちょうさたい).

She bears a striking resemblance to Dawn of the modern day, but the relationship between the two, if any, is unknown.


Akari (Japanese: ショウ Shō) is the name given to her as her role as NPC in the core series. This name is later used for the same character in Pokémon Masters EX.

The character is not named or mentioned as the player character, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus' website holds implication that she does not have the same name the NPC, and simply calls her The Main Character.[4]

In the core series games

As the protagonist

Website blurb: "As the protagonist of the Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, you’ll join the Galaxy Team as a member of the Survey Corps. Your goal will be to meet every species of Pokémon from every corner of the Hisui region as you work to complete the land’s first-ever Pokédex."

Akari finds herself in a strange void and is sent back in time to Hisui by Arceus, who tasks her with seeking out all Pokémon and transforms her smartphone into the Arc Phone. A stranger to the land and wearing odd clothes, she meets Professor Laventon who invites her to join the Galaxy Team Survey Corps of Jubilife Village as a way of obtaining food and shelter. The Survey Corps also wish to fill out the Pokédex, and so, after proving herself worthy through trials set by Captain Cyllene, Akari is admitted into their ranks.

As part of her duties, she is directed by Commander Kamado to seek out the recently frenzied noble Pokémon and quell their frenzy. After all of them are quelled, the rift in the sky that caused the frenzies expands even further. As such, Kamado banishes Akari from Jubilife Village out of suspicion. She follows the merchant Volo to meet with Cogita, where she heeds their guidance and seeks out the lake guardians in order to obtain the Red Chain. She allies with the leader of the Diamond Clan, Adaman, or the leader of the Pearl Clan, Irida, to have them aid her in her task. Though the Red Chain fails to work as originally planned, Akari is still able to catch Dialga, if she sided with Adaman, or Palkia, if she sided with Irida. The other, frenzied counterpart is later stopped by Akari with the use the Origin Ball crafted from remnants of the Red Chain, ultimately causing the rift to disappear.

Afterwards, Akari collects the Plates with Volo and Cogita's help. Once 17 of the 18 Plates have been collected, Akari meets with Volo atop Mount Coronet, where it is revealed that Volo's consorting with Giratina was the cause of the rift. He attacks Akari in an attempt to take the Plates for himself. After being defeated, he gives Akari the final Plate, the Spooky Plate, allowing her to obtain the Azure Flute.

Once Akari has completed the Pokédex, she returns to the summit of Mount Coronet and plays the Azure Flute, revealing a glowing stairway that leads her to the Hall of Origin, where Arceus challenges her. After being defeated, Arceus grants Akari a fragment of itself and the Legend Plate.

As a non-playable character

Website blurb: "A Survey Corps member who’s close to your age and has been with the Survey Corps for some time. The appearance you choose at the beginning of the game will determine whether Akari or Rei appears as your fellow team member."

Akari works as Professor Laventon's assistant, helping to teach the player how to catch Pokémon and how crafting works. Each time the player completes a mission, she joins the Professor and the player for some potato mochi. During the game's climax, she assists the Professor in crafting the Origin Ball.


First battle

Second battle

Pikachu has effort level 1 in all its stats.

Third battle

Pikachu has effort level 1 in all its stats.

Fourth battle (Version 1.1.0 onwards)

All of Akari's Pokémon have effort level 5 in their stats, except for Pikachu which instead has effort level 7.

Rowlet If the player chose Rowlet:

Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:

Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:

Before Request 98

Pikachu has effort level 3 in all its stats.

After Request 98 (Version 1.1.0+)

Rowlet If the player chose Rowlet:

Cyndaquil If the player chose Cyndaquil:

Oshawott If the player chose Oshawott:

In the spin-off games

Pokémon GO

Main article: Style (GO)

For the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Akari's outfit was released as free style options in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Akari (Masters)

Akari, who is based on Professor Laventon's assistant, forms a sync pair with Hisuian Samurott in Pokémon Masters EX. Akari became a playable sync pair on September 29, 2023.

In this game, Akari arrived on Pasio by traveling through a space-time rift. It has also been pointed out by multiple characters in the game, about the similarities between her and Dawn.

Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role EX role Base potential Availability
#183 VSAkari Masters.png Akari #0503 MastersIcon0503H.png Samurott Buddy Move Icon Masters.png
Hisuian Form
DarkIC Masters.png
FairyIC Masters.png
Masters Field.png Masters Physical Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout


Main article: Akari (game)/Quotes

In the TCG

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

Akari's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Scyther Grass Astral Radiance Common 005/189 Battle Region C 004/067
Pikachu Lightning Lost Origin TGH TG05/TG30 Dark Phantasma CHR 073/071
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Friends in Hisui Su Crown Zenith Uncommon 130/159 VSTAR Universe   160/172
Crown Zenith Rare Ultra 148/159 VSTAR Universe SR 249/172




Legends Arceus Akari.png Legends Arceus artwork 1.jpg
Artwork from Legends: Arceus Key artwork from Legends: Arceus
Legends Arceus Base camp.png Legends Arceus ecology.png
Artwork at a base camp from Legends: Arceus Artwork conducting research from Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends Arceus key art.png
Key Artwork for Legends: Arceus

Concept art

Rei Akari LA concept art.jpg
Concept art of Rei and Akari from Legends: Arceus


Hisui Days Merch 1 Hitoshi Ariga.jpg Hisui Days Merch 2 Hitoshi Ariga.jpg
Key artwork for the Hisui Days merchandise line illustrated by Hitoshi Ariga

Raw TCG artwork

For all images and products relating to this character in the TCG, see their In the TCG section
Art Life 20230128 Friends in Hisui.jpg
Artwork for the Friends in Hisui full art
illustrated by Kinu Nishimura for Crown Zenith

Game assets

Sprites and models

Akari Select 1.png Akari Select 2.png
Akari Select 3.png Akari Select 4.png
Choosing the player's appearance
at the beginning of Legends: Arceus



Language Name Origin
Japanese ショウ Shō From 照 shō (shine)
English Akari From 明かり akari (Japanese for light) and similar to ヒカリ Hikari (Dawn's Japanese name)
German Lumia From lūmen (Latin for light) and similar to Lucia (Dawn)
Spanish Kira From キラキラ kirakira (Japanese for sparkling)
French Lucia From lux (Latin for light), similar to Louka (Lucas)
Italian Luce From luce (light) and similar to Lucinda (Dawn)
Korean 윤슬 Yunseul From 윤 (潤) yun (shine) or 윤슬 yunseul (sparkling ripples)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小照 Xiǎo Zhào From 照 zhào / jiu (shine)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小照 Síu Jiu
Russian Акари Akari Transcription of her English name


  1. Cyllene: "Hmm. You look to be 15 or so. Quite old enough to work for your keep." (Pokémon Legends: Arceus)
  2. Akari: "I thought I’d send a photo of me and my Pokémon to my parents, just to show them that I’m all right. <Player>, why don’t you join us? I’d like to boast to them about my Survey Corps protégé!" (Pokémon Legends: Arceus)
  3. Risa Mei on Twitter
  4. Pokémon Legends: Arceus website (archived)

Commander: Kamado
Captains: CylleneZisuPesselleTao HuaSanquaColza
Members: Professor LaventonRei (Masters) • Akari (Masters)
Former members: CharmCloverCoin
Locations: Jubilife VillageGalaxy HallBase camps
See also: Pearl ClanDiamond Clan

Player characters
Core series RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
Side series WesMichaelNateCyndy
Spin-off games MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
HeroHeroineTim GoodmanScottieBettie

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