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シロナ Shirona
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cynthia.png
Art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Gray
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Celestic Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Grandmother, grandfather
and a younger sister
Trainer class ChampionDPPt
Pokémon TrainerBWB2W2SMUSUM
Generation IV, V, VII, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Sun and Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Masters EX
Champion of Pokémon League (Sinnoh)
Game animation debut The New World
English voice actor Tara Jayne (Generations)
Allegra Clark[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Aya Endō (Generations)
Mie Sonozaki[2] (Masters EX)
Anime counterpart Cynthia
Counterpart debut Top-Down Training!

Cynthia (Japanese: シロナ Shirona) is the Champion of the Sinnoh region's Pokémon League in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In the core series

Cynthia with Arceus in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Cynthia makes her first appearance in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, where she meets up with the player at various points during their journey. She will first meet the player in Eterna City, where she will give them HM01 (Cut) when first met. In Platinum only, she will give the player a Togepi Egg after the player has defeated Jupiter in the Team Galactic Eterna Building. At Valor Lakefront, she gives the player the SecretPotion to cure the Psyduck blocking Route 210. After the player cures the Psyduck, Cynthia appears again and gives the player the Old Charm to deliver to her grandmother. Later, she appears at the Pokémon League as the Champion.

In Platinum only, Cynthia also appears at the Spear Pillar once Cyrus has been dragged into the Distortion World by Giratina, and will guide the player through the said world in order to confront Giratina. During the post-game, she will appear at the Celestic Town ruins and tell the player about them.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia makes an appearance in the Sinjoh Ruins, doing further investigation on the origins of Arceus and the creation trio. If the player has an Arceus with a fateful encounter marker or from the Hall of Origin when they visit the Ruins of Alph, the player will be teleported to the Sinjoh Ruins. Inside a cabin at the ruins, the player will find Cynthia, who will tell the player that Arceus will let them obtain a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. If the player returns to the Sinjoh Ruins with another Arceus (that doesn't have the same origin as the one they used the first time), they will be informed that Cynthia has returned to Sinnoh, and the event will run without her.

In Generation V, Cynthia appears in a house in Undella Town, where she can be battled. She leaves after being defeated for the first time and afterwards reappears during spring and summer. During spring, she can be rebattled once a day. After defeating her, Shauntal and Caitlin can be seen visiting this house in the spring, and, in Black and White only, Lenora, Elesa, Iris, and Skyla visit in the summer. In Black and White, she speaks about a young Trainer who defeated her, and mentions that Trainer defeated Giratina, referring to the events of Platinum. In Black 2 and White 2, Cynthia can also be battled in the Champions Tournament at the Pokémon World Tournament.

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Cynthia appears in Alola's Battle Tree as an opponent that the player can battle and subsequently recruit.

Cynthia 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 was not mentioned. She is implied to have helped Professor Rowan with his Pokédex and embarked on an adventure as a child, similar to the player.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Before Stark Mountain

After Stark Mountain

Given away
Spr 4p 175.png
Normal Unknown
Hustle or Serene Grace
Held item:
Togepi/ Lv.1
Normal Status
Normal Status

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Undella Town

Pokémon World Tournament

Cynthia uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. She will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Garchomp.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Cynthia's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls.

Battle Tree

Cynthia uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double Battles, and two in Multi Battles.

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Cynthia (Masters)

Cynthia forms a sync pair with her Garchomp in Pokémon Masters EX. She is also available wearing her sygna suit, partnered alongside Kommo-o.


Diamond Pearl Cynthia.png Cynthia Garchomp clear file front.png Cynthia Garchomp Ariga artwork.png
Official artwork from
Diamond and Pearl
Artwork of Cynthia and Garchomp
for the Pokémon Center clear file (front)
Cynthia and Garchomp concept artwork by
Hitoshi Ariga for Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurines


Spr DP Cynthia.png Spr Pt Cynthia.png VSCynthia.png Spr BW Cynthia.png Spr B2W2 Cynthia.png Spr SM Cynthia.png VSCynthia SM.png
Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
VS sprite from
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
Cynthia IV OD.png Cynthia OD.png Cynthia SM OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon


Main article: Cynthia/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Main article: Cynthia (anime)

Cynthia is a recurring character in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Her physical debut was in Top-Down Training!, where she defeated Ash's rival Paul in a Full Battle. She has assisted Ash and his friends on several occasions, helping them fight both Team Galactic in Sinnoh and Team Rocket in Unova.

In Pokemon Journeys: The Series, Cynthia returns as one of the top eight Pokémon Trainers in the world within the World Coronation Series.

Pokémon Generations

In The New World, Cynthia and Garchomp attempted to stop Cyrus from destroying the world by summoning Dialga and Palkia. However, Giratina appeared and helped her. She then watched as Giratina took Cyrus to the Distortion World.


Cynthia's Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

Garchomp is Cynthia's only known Pokémon. It appeared along with her at Spear Pillar.

None of its moves are known.

Debut The New World

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 遠藤綾 Aya Endō
English Tara Jayne
European Spanish Geni Rey


Cynthia briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Cynthia in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Cynthia has loved cycling since her childhood and often races with her Garchomp.


Diamond & Pearl chapter

Cynthia first appears in Ring Around the Roserade II. She is first seen in Eterna City, where she correctly predicts the evolutions of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's Tru, Chimler, and Piplup. After laughing at Diamond and Pearl's comedy routine, Cynthia offers to give Platinum advice for her upcoming Gym battle against Gardenia. Once finished, Cynthia attacks the Team Galactic Eterna Building in order to rescue Rad Rickshaw, who was kidnapped by Team Galactic.

In Suffering Psyduck, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum encounter Cynthia again at the Pokémon Mansion. Cynthia reveals that Mr. Backlot, the owner of the mansion, asked her to investigate a Psyduck that went missing. She takes the three to Route 210, where a large group of Psyduck have clustered together, creating a roadblock that prevents anyone from passing through the route. Using a SecretPotion, Cynthia cures the Psyduck of their headaches, causing them to disperse and allow travel through Route 210.

Afterward, Cynthia and the trio meet with Cynthia's grandmother, who had been forced to stay at the Café Cabin due to the roadblock preventing her from going back to Celestic Town. Cynthia decides to have her grandmother take the trio to Celestic Town while she goes off to return one of the Psyduck to its owner. Before leaving, Cynthia lends her Garchomp to her grandmother for protection.

In Halting Honchkrow, Cynthia appears at the Team Galactic HQ to confront Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic. Cynthia reveals that her intentions were to take revenge on Cyrus for attacking Celestic Town, her hometown. Despite her best efforts, Cynthia's rage leads to her commanding Garchomp to attack with Draco Meteor, which it had yet to master. The attack heavily damages Cyrus's Gyarados, but fails to actually knock it out. With Garchomp left exhausted after using the move, Cyrus bids Cynthia farewell and heads to the Spear Pillar to begin his plans.

Cynthia, realizing that Cyrus intends to summon Dialga and Palkia, decides to follow after him to prevent the two Pokémon from being awakened. As she heads out of the building, Cynthia comes across Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, who had fought Team Galactic to free Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf from their clutches. The trio join Cynthia and travel to the Spear Pillar in order to put a stop to Cyrus's ambitions. By the time the group arrived at the Spear Pillar, Cyrus had already successfully summoned Dialga and Palkia and had them fight each other. The clash between the two Legendary Pokémon creates distortions in time and space that slowly begin to engulf the Sinnoh region. The distortions, combined with her injures, prevent Cynthia from being much help to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum during the battle against Cyrus.

During the battle, an explosion causes Cynthia to drop a scroll containing information on Dialga and Palkia. After translating the scroll, Platinum relays the information to Diamond and Pearl, who successfully free Dialga and Palkia from Cyrus's control. Now free, Dialga and Palkia combine their powers to defeat Cyrus and stop the distortions affecting Sinnoh.

Platinum chapter

In The Final Dimensional Duel I, Cynthia is taken to Veilstone City by her grandmother. Cynthia is chastised by her grandmother over her defeat at the hands of Cyrus. Cynthia's grandmother reveals she plans on training Cynthia to fully master learning Draco Meteor.

In The Final Dimensional Duel X, Cynthia appears in Sunyshore City, where she defeats Charon and Giratina with a fully-mastered Draco Meteor. When asked how she knew Giratina would appear in Sunyshore, Cynthia reveals that being trapped in the Distortion World left Giratina with the desire to see the sun. Afterward, Cynthia takes her grandmother to the Café Cabin as thanks for the special training.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

In All About Arceus IX, Cynthia is seen in the Johto region, where she spots Dialga and Palkia flying towards Sinnoh. She is then approached by Palmer, a Frontier Brain who also hails from Sinnoh.


Cynthia's Garchomp
Gabite → Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

Garchomp is Cynthia's strongest Pokémon and her main battler. Garchomp is well trained enough to even battle without her Trainer giving commands. She battled Cyrus and his Pokémon in the Celestic Ruins but he managed to outsmart her and use her moves against her for his own gain. She was later used against him in the Galactic HQ holding a grudge from their last battle, despite using her strongest moves including the powerful Draco Meteor, her rage caused her moves to become weaker and Cyrus escaped, with neither her nor Cynthia strong enough to follow him.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade II
Cynthia's Spiritomb
Spiritomb was the second Pokémon seen in Cynthia's possession. With her powerful Psychic techniques she can lift objects with ease and played an important role in rescuing Rad Rickshaw from the clutches of Team Galactic. She was later used against Cyrus in the Galactic HQ and defeated his Honchkrow but was frozen by his Weavile and rendered unable to fight.

Spiritomb's known moves are Psychic and Shock Wave, and her Ability is Pressure.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade II
Cynthia's Milotic
Milotic was the third Pokémon seen in Cynthia's possession. Milotic was first used against the Galactic Boss Cyrus in the Team Galactic HQ, it defeated his Weavile after a tough battle but was knocked out by a Giga Impact from his Gyarados.

Milotic's known moves are Iron Tail, Brine, Twister and Tackle.

Debut Shunning Spiritomb

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Cynthia in Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Cynthia first appears in Dialga's Secret Keys!, where she rescues Hareta from a Galactic Grunt. Afterwards, she tells him and Mitsumi about the legends of Celestic Town and the Legendary Pokémon in Sinnoh.

She reappears in A New Battle Begins! as a member of the Pokémon League, challenging Mitsumi. Even though Mitsumi gets the upper hand, she decides to resign, as it would make things better for Hareta.


Cynthia's Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

While in Celestic Town, Cynthia sent out her Garchomp to show off her power to Hareta. In A New Battle Begins, she was up against Mitsumi's Infernape.

Debut Dialga's Secret Keys
Cynthia's Lucario
Lucario was used in the Pokémon League where it faced off against Mitsumi's Electivire.

None of Lucario's moves are known.

Debut A New Battle Begins

Cynthia has at least one other Pokémon, as she participated in the first round of the Sinnoh League which is a 3 on 3 Single Battle.


Badges obtained
Pokémon League

Cynthia has competed in the following Pokémon Leagues:

Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!

Cynthia only appears in a flashback in The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!.


Cynthia's Lucario
Lucario only appears in a flashback alongside its Trainer.

None of Lucario's moves are known.

Debut The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!

In the TCG


Artwork from the cards:

Cynthia Feelings.png
Watching over her Pokémon


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

Cynthia's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Rayquaza Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo 8/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 078/100
Lickilicky Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Rare 30/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 086/100
Lucario Pokémon C Fighting Supreme Victors Rare 31/147 Garchomp Half Deck   004/016
Milotic Pokémon C Water Supreme Victors Rare 35/147 Garchomp Half Deck   001/016
Roserade Pokémon C Psychic Supreme Victors Rare 40/147 Garchomp Half Deck   002/016
Altaria Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 49/147 Garchomp Half Deck   005/016
Garchomp Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 60/147 Garchomp Half Deck   006/016
Spiritomb Pokémon C Psychic Supreme Victors Uncommon 84/147 Garchomp Half Deck   003/016
Togekiss Pokémon C Colorless Supreme Victors Uncommon 86/147 Garchomp Half Deck   008/016
Garchomp Pokémon C LV.X Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 145/147 Garchomp Half Deck   007/016
DP Black Star Promos   DP46      
Rayquaza Pokémon C LV.X Colorless Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 146/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 079/100
DP Black Star Promos   DP47      
Garchomp Dragon Ultra Prism Rare 99/156 Ultra Moon R 044/066
      GX Ultra Shiny   101/150
Hidden Fates ShinyRare SV40/SV94 GX Ultra Shiny S 200/150
Garchomp Fighting Forbidden Light Rare Holo 62/131 Ultra Force   028/050
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Cynthia's Feelings Su Legends Awakened Uncommon 131/146 Temple of Anger Uncommon  
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Champion's Room St Supreme Victors Uncommon 135/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 093/100
Cynthia's Guidance Su Supreme Victors Uncommon 136/147 Beat of the Frontier Uncommon 092/100
      Garchomp Half Deck   015/016
Cynthia Su Ultra Prism Uncommon 119/156 Ultra Moon R 061/066
Ultra Prism Rare Ultra 148/156 Ultra Moon SR 070/066
      SM-P Promotional cards   266/SM-P
      GX Ultra Shiny   132/150
Hidden Fates Rare Ultra SV82/SV94 GX Ultra Shiny SR 153/150
      Tag Bolt U 086/095
Yellow A Alternate cards   119a/156 Double Blaze TR 095/095
      SM-P Promotional cards   335/SM-P
Cynthia & Caitlin Su Cosmic Eclipse Uncommon 189/236 Alter Genesis U 088/095
Cosmic Eclipse Rare Ultra 228/236 Alter Genesis SR 106/095


  • In Platinum, when Cynthia visits the player at their Villa, she notes how relaxing it is there and 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 implies that she may live in a region other than Sinnoh.
  • After the player heads into the Distortion World in Platinum, should the player use the portal to head back into Spear Pillar, Cynthia will still be there, while also being in the Distortion World.
  • In the Generation IV games, Milotic is her only Pokémon used that was not introduced during that generation.
  • Cynthia is the only woman in the Champions Tournament at the PWT.
  • Cynthia's battle theme, "Battle! (Champion)" (known as "Battle! (Cynthia)" or "Battle! (Champion - Sinnoh Version)" in later games), was adapted into the song battle gene M.
  • From Platinum onward, none of Cynthia's Pokémon share a type, a rare occurrence for Champions.


Language Name Origin
Japanese シロナ Shirona From 白南天 shironanten (white-fruited nandina), a plant that symbolizes "love growing stronger" and "good home" in the language of flowers[3]
English, German, French Cynthia From Cynthia, an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis and poetic name for the moon. The name may be a parallel to Cyrus, whose name is associated with the sun.
Spanish Cintia From Cintia (Spanish cognate of the name "Cynthia")
Italian Camilla Probably from Camilla, an Amazon warrior and servant of the moon goddess Diana described in the Aeneid
Korean 난천 Nancheon From 남천 (南天) namcheon (nandina) and possibly 난초 (蘭草) nancho (orchid)
Chinese (Mandarin) 竹蘭 / 竹兰 Zhúlán From 南天竹 nántiānzhú / nàahmtīnjūk (nandina) and possibly 蘭花 / 兰花 lánhuā / làahnfā (orchid)
Chinese (Cantonese) 竹蘭 Jūklàahn
Brazilian Portuguese Cíntia*
Similar to her English name
Same as her English name
Russian Синтия Sintiya Transcription of her English name
Thai ชิโรนะ Chirona Transcription of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Shirona Transcription of her Japanese name


Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyAll player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeon
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenLeonIris
Origins BlueRed
Generations BlueCynthiaDianthaCalem
Evolutions LeonDianthaAlder
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeon
Other manga Drake (EToP)Ash (EToP)Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)

Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoxy and OliRoseanneRad RickshawEldritchWilmaJasmineCaitlinJuliaJordanDexterKeiraDr. FootstepMr. Goods
Mr. FuegoPokétch Co. PresidentPokémon Fan Club ChairmanMassage GirlScarf GuyHelenaKetch AppyTeam GalacticGym guide
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aidesStats judge
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland KahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester

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