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シロナ Shirona
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cynthia.png
Art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Eye color Gray
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Unknown
Celestic Town*
Region Unknown[1]
Relatives Unnamed grandmother and grandfather
Unnamed younger sister
Trainer class Champion[a]
Pokémon Trainer[b]
Generation IV, V, VII, VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Cynthia (Masters)
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, UNITE
English voice actor Allegra Clark[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Mie Sonozaki[3] (Masters EX)
Member of Sinnoh League
Rank Champion
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Pokémon Generations
Debut Top-Down Training! (Series)
The New World (Generations)
Counterpart(s) Cynthia (anime)
English voice actor Emily Jenness (Series)
Tara Jayne (Generations)
Japanese voice actor Tomo Sakurai (Series)
Aya Endō (Generations)
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!
Debut Ring Around the Roserade I (Adventures)
Dialga's Secret Keys (DPA)
The Ultimate Combination is Formed!! (PBK)

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

In the core series games

Character profile

Cynthia is the Champion of the Sinnoh region, who makes her first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. She also the first female, non-playable character Champion introduced in the core series. Cynthia is an archeologist who investigates myths involving Pokémon and is described as mysterious, referring to herself as "the researcher of myths." With her interest in mythology and history, she spends her time researching and exploring various sites associated with Legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region. Because of this Cynthia has a wide knowledge of Pokémon and their relationships with people, creating some theories of her own. She can get carried away with these topics, often talking for long periods of time or theorizing in places where she shouldn't be.[4] Cynthia realizes this behavior, catching herself and apologizing whenever it happens.[5] Similarly, she speaks politely, frequently asking the player if they are doing well and uses phrases such as "pardon".

Cynthia tends to enjoy relaxation and travel, visiting the villas owned by Caitlin and the player found in Unova and in Sinnoh's Battle Zone respectively. In Platinum, she expresses that part of the reason for this is that she is typically a messy person, and has research papers thrown around the house. Cynthia also enjoys the piano, claiming that she enjoys the sound, listening to it with both her body and spirit.

Cynthia has a large love and passion for Pokémon and is implied to have helped Professor Rowan with his Pokédex, embarking on an adventure as a child, similar to that of the player. Cynthia can be seen as a generous person, providing the player with multiple items and information throughout their journey, including Pokémon Eggs. While generous, she is also very appreciative of the player's efforts. At the Pokémon League, she acknowledges the player's strength as a Trainer and their bond with Pokémon. She enjoys fun and challenging battles and isn't easy to give up.

Cynthia's known relatives include her grandmother, her grandfather, and a younger sister, all of which go unnamed. Her family lives in Celestic Town, although her own hometown was not mentioned, even going as far to say that her home region is a secret. Cynthia bears a striking resemblance to Volo and Cogita, implying some form of ancestry, however the direct correlation between the three, is unknown.


Cynthia's appearance without her coat can be seen in her concept art for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

Cynthia is an adult woman with long curly platinum blonde hair that reaches behind her knees. Bangs fall over her left eye and two large side curls fall in front of her shoulders, curling inward, covering her ears and the back of the neck. She has thin eyebrows. Cynthia's eyes are thin, but round, and point outward ending with thick eyelashes. She has gray irises. While their relation is unknown, she carries similar design attributes with that of Volo and Cogita, possessing similar facial structures and colors.

Her clothing and design has remained mainly the same between all of her core series appearances. Her hair has two decorations on both sides of her head, resembling two black teardrops with a gold stripe on each tear. One of Cynthia's most iconic attributes is her long and heavy black coat that drapes over half way down her legs, ending in dark black fur trimming. The coat forms a V-neck with the openings connecting to another with another teardrop-like ornament that is silver in color, potentially acting like a zipper, that ends on the front of her chest. Two more silvery buttons appear next to this ornament. The coat's long sleeves end at her wrists also ending in dark black fur trimming. Cynthia also owns a scarf of the same black fluffy material as the fur trimming on her coat, covering a majority of her neck. Underneath, Cynthia owns a plain, dark-gray v-neck dress shirt with long sleeves ending at around her hips. Cynthia's long light gray dress pants also lack much detail other than seams. The pants however, do cover her ankles, leaving no form of skin in sight. The toe tips of Cynthia's black pointed high-heel shoes have a thin gold stripe that end at the soles. A majority of her shoes are covered by her pant legs. Artwork without her coat and hair decorations are seen in concept art for Diamond and Pearl.

Cynthia owns a Pokédex and, in Generation VII, she has a Key Stone. Where these items are held are unknown.


Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl

Website blurbBDSP: A mysterious person who shows up at many points along your journey. She’s investigating myths about Pokémon.

Cynthia makes her first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, where she meets up with the player at various points during their journey.

She will first meet the player in Eterna City, where she takes an interest in them for owning a Pokédex given to them by Professor Rowan. She explains to the player about her interest in mythology and about Sinnoh's Pokémon of Myth, she then offers HM01 (Cut) to the player. After the player defeats Crasher Wake and Maylene, and follows a Team Galactic Grunt found in Pastoria City to Lake Valor, the player runs into Cynthia again at Valor Lakefront, where she is researching the Pokémon of the lake, however, the lake is currently closed to the public. She asks the player if they have seen the wild Psyduck that appear at Route 210, giving them the SecretPotion that would help cure the Pokémon's headache. Once the player makes their way to Route 210, Cynthia appears again once the Psyduck have left. This time, she has a big favor to ask the player, and gives them the Old Charm to deliver to her grandmother at Celestic Town. In Hearthome City, Cynthia speaks to the player at the gym after they have defeated Fantina, making mention of Team Galactic and their dangerous acts. She later appears at the Pokémon League as the Champion, serving as the player's final obstacle.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, she can also be battled against at the Battle Tower.

Pokémon Platinum

In Pokémon Platinum, Cynthia has the same role as she did in Diamond and Pearl, but has an extended role in this game, allowing for more character interactions and events.

Like in Diamond and Pearl, the player first meets Cynthia at Eterna City, where she takes notice of the Pokédex that Professor Rowan has given them. She explains to them that she is a researcher of myth, and that Sinnoh has many Pokémon to discover to record in the Pokédex. After her explanation of the statue based on the Pokémon of Myth, she provides the player with HM01 (Cut), and before leaving, asks the player to give her regards to Professor Rowan. After Jupiter's defeat in the Team Galactic Eterna Building, Cynthia meets the player at the cycle shop and happily gives the player a Togepi Egg, saying it will help them with their Pokédex.

After the player defeats Crasher Wake in Pastoria City and follows a Team Galactic Grunt towards Lake Valor, the player runs into Cynthia again at Valor Lakefront, where she is researching the Pokémon of the lake, however, the lake is currently closed to the public. She asks the player if they have seen the wild Psyduck that appear at Route 210 and gives them the SecretPotion that would help cure the Pokémon's headache. The player makes their way to Route 210, with Cynthia appearing again once the Psyduck have left. This time, she has a big favor to ask the player, and gives them the Old Charm to deliver to her grandmother in Celestic Town. At Celestic Town, she takes notice of the bomb held by Team Galactic, having second thoughts about how harmless they actually were and how their usage of Pokémon is unacceptable. She directs the player towards Canalave City and it's library, if they want to continue work on their Pokédex.

At the summit of Mount Coronet, Cynthia arrives at the Spear Pillar once Cyrus has been dragged into the Distortion World by a shadowy figure. Providing context of Sinnoh's origins, she explains that there is a third member of the Pokémon of Myth alongside Dialga and Palkia, a Pokémon named Giratina. Because of Giratina's presence, space-time is distorting from the portal leading to the Distortion World. Cynthia and the player lead into the Distortion World where she guides the player through the world in order to confront Giratina. Throughout the Distortion World, Cynthia explains the properties of the location, the lack of Pokémon, the abnormality of space and time, and the balance the Lake guardians have with the Pokémon of Myth. After the defeat of Cyrus and Giratina, Cynthia and the player fall back into the Sendoff Spring, where she offers her thanks on the situation, and tells the player to meet Professor Rowan who was worried. She splits paths with the players once again, and, like in Diamond and Pearl, she is fought as the Champion of the Pokémon League.

During the post-game, she will appear at the Celestic Ruins, explaining the context. Cynthia theorizes about the three lights, painted on the cave wall, such as what Pokémon they could be or if it represents something greater. She connects it to the writing that is engraved on the Plates found throughout Sinnoh, and how there may be a another Pokémon mentioned, called the Original One. Her theory implies that this Pokémon is stronger than Dialga or Palkia, but is unsure about where Giratina may fit into the bigger picture. She thanks the player for listening and takes off.

The player meets Cynthia again at Snowpoint City after they have found every Pokémon in Sinnoh. Here, she provides the player with words of encouragement before they boat to the Fight Area, and how she is proud of them. She can later appear in the player's villa in the Resort Area, and takes mention of her love for the piano.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia makes an appearance in the Sinjoh Ruins, doing further investigation on the origins of Arceus and the Pokémon of Myth. 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.

Generation V

During Generation V, Cynthia appears in a villa belonging to Caitlin in Undella Town, where she can be battled. She leaves after being defeated for the first time and afterwards reappears during the spring and summer seasons. 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 Pokémon Black and White only, Lenora, Elesa, Iris, and Skyla visit in the summer.

In Pokémon Black and White, she speaks about a young Trainer who had defeated her, and mentions that the same Trainer also defeated Giratina, referring to the player character during the events of Platinum.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Cynthia can also be battled in the Champions Tournament at the Pokémon World Tournament. She is the only woman who participates in this tournament, with Iris being excluded.

Generation VII

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 has appeared in at least one game in each generation between Generations IV and VIII, and has used a variety of Pokémon both in type and selection, between them all. In Pokémon Platinum and in rematches in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, none of her Pokémon share any types with one another and has the most diverse Pokémon usage in comparison to other Champions in her team of six, owning 11 of the 12 possible types. Her Pokémon usage from Platinum is reflected in Volo's team in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, owning the exact same Pokémon with exception of Milotic.

Her Garchomp has seen usage in every game where she has battled the player, and has appeared in numerous pieces of media and merchandise on her own. Tied with Red's Pikachu in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia's Garchomp rests at level 88 in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as the highest level Pokémon owned by an NPC outside of battle facilities.

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 when battled against.

Battle Tree

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

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

All of Cynthia's Pokémon have the maximum of 510 EVs, with all of her Pokémon havng at least one stat with 252 EVs in it.

All of Cynthia's Pokémon except her Spiritomb (which has perfect IVs, with 31 in all six stats) have 31 IVs in five out of their six stats, with the remaining stat having 0 IVs.

Champion battle

Rematch (before Stark Mountain)

Rematch (after Stark Mountain)

Battle Tower
Master Class Single Battles (Rank 9)

In the spin-off games

Cynthia and Garchomp's artwork for Pokémon Masters EX

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Cynthia (Masters)

Cynthia forms a sync pair with Garchomp, Kommo-o, Altered Forme Giratina, West Sea Gastrodon, and Lucario in Pokémon Masters EX. Both her Garchomp and Lucario are capable of Mega Evolving. Cynthia became a playable sync pair on January 1, 2020.

Cynthia first appeared as an NPC during the first chapter of PML Arc. She also made notable appearances later in the PML Arc, Legendary Adventures, and the Villain Arc.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#078 VSCynthia Masters.png Cynthia #0445 MastersIcon0445M.png Garchomp
Bag Garchompite Sprite.png Mega Garchomp
GroundIC Masters.png
IceIC Masters.png
Masters Physical Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout
#078 VSCynthia Sygna Masters.png Sygna Suit
#0784 MastersIcon0784.png Kommo-o
DragonIC Masters.png
FairyIC Masters.png
Masters Special Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout
#078 VSCynthia Sygna Renegade Masters.png Sygna Suit (Renegade)
#0487 MastersIcon0487A.png Giratina Master Sync Pair Mark Masters.png
Altered Forme
GhostIC Masters.png
FairyIC Masters.png
Masters Tech.png ★★★★★☆EX Master Fair Sync Pair Scout
#078 VSCynthia Masters.png Cynthia #0423 MastersIcon0423W.png Gastrodon
West Sea
GroundIC Masters.png
GrassIC Masters.png
Masters Support.png ★★★★☆☆EX Trainer Lodge Friendship Level 100
#078 VSCynthia Sygna Aura Masters.png Sygna Suit (Aura)
#0448 MastersIcon0448M.png Lucario Master Sync Pair Mark Masters.png Buddy Move Icon Masters.png
Bag Lucarionite Sprite.png Mega Lucario
FightingIC Masters.png
FireIC Masters.png
Masters Support.png ★★★★★☆EX Master Fair Sync Pair Scout

Pokémon UNITE

Cynthia and her Garchomp appear in Pokémon UNITE as an enemy Trainer to fight during the Legacy Trainer Showdown event between September 9, 2022 and October 6, 2022. It takes place on Theia Sky Ruins. Her Garchomp starts the battle as Gible and can evolve to Gabite and then Garchomp during the battle. The other members of her team are Korrina, Raihan, Leon, and Green. The event later returned between April 21, 2023 and May 21, 2023.

Cynthia and her Garchomp also appear as an enemy Trainer in the recurring Solo Challenge event. It also takes place on Theia Sky Ruins. This event has Casual, Intermediate, Expert, and Extreme difficulties. The composition of the opposing team varies depending on the event and the difficulty. The full team consists of herself, Cynthia, Raihan, Leon, and Green. In Cynthia themed events, Cynthia's team includes Korrina, Raihan, Leon, and Green. On the Casual difficulty, all four of the other trainers are replaced by Ace Trainers. On the Intermediate difficulty, only Leon and Green are replaced by Ace Trainers. In a Leon themed event, Cythnia only appears on the Expert and Extreme difficulties, being replaced by an Ace Trainer on lower difficulties. In this mode, Cynthia and her Garchomp never use Holowear.

Unlike other Trainers in this game, Cynthia and the non-Ace Trainer members of her team are represented with two-dimensional artwork instead of three-dimensional models. In the pre-battle splash screen, Cynthia has a custom Unite Snapshot depicting her and her Garchomp with two dimensional artwork. (The normal display of the Unite License/Holowear is not used.) This means her Battle Item is not shown. However, she uses X Attack.

Cynthia appears as a Background element for a Trainer's Unite Snapshot. This uses the same artwork as her own Unite Snapshot, but does not feature Garchomp. Her outfit can be worn as a Trainer Outfit by players. (It does not consist of separate items and cannot be worn with any additional items.) This outfit is rendered as a model, unlike Cynthia.


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 Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Cynthia returned as one of the top eight Pokémon Trainers in the world within the World Coronation Series and took part in the Masters Eight Tournament.

A Ripple in Time

Cynthia in A Ripple in Time

A version of Cynthia based on her anime counterpart appears in a cameo in A Ripple in Time. She is seen trying to pick out ice cream at a fair stall at the Pokémon League.


Cynthia Mother Daughter ARIT.png

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 Garchomp PG.png

Voice actors

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

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, Cynthia and her Garchomp form a sync pair on a team with Lance and Steven.


Cynthia Garchomp PMT.png

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese Mie Sonozaki
English Allegra Clark


Cynthia in the GOTCHA! music video

Cynthia briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.


Cynthia Garchomp GOTCHA.png

In the manga

Cynthia in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

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


HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

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.

Diamond & Pearl arc

Cynthia first appears in Ring Around the Roserade I. She is first seen in Eterna City, where she correctly predicts the evolutions of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's Tru, Chimler, and Piplup. In the following chapter, 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 arc

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.


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 Team 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 green 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
GarchompV Dragon Astral Radiance TGV TG23/TG30 Battle Region CSR 084/067
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
Cynthia's Ambition Su Brilliant Stars Uncommon 138/172 Star Birth U 093/100
Brilliant Stars Rare Ultra 169/172 Star Birth SR 114/100
Brilliant Stars Rare Rainbow 178/172 Star Birth HR 122/100
      Lucario VSTAR Starter Set   018/021
      Darkrai VSTAR Starter Set   018/020
      VSTAR Universe   153/172
Crown Zenith GGU GG60/GG70 VSTAR Universe SAR 239/172
Friends in Sinnoh Su Crown Zenith Uncommon 131/159 VSTAR Universe   154/172
Crown Zenith Rare Ultra 149/159 VSTAR Universe SR 247/172


For images of Cynthia's anime counterpart, see: Cynthia (anime)
For images of Cynthia in Pokémon Masters EX, see: Cynthia (Masters)

Core series artwork

Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Cynthia.png Diamond and Pearl Cynthia production art.png Distortion World.png
Diamond and Pearl artwork by
Ken Sugimori[6]
Diamond and Pearl
Distortion World artwork from
Generation VII
Cynthia Concept Art SM.jpgCynthia Concept Art SM 2.jpg
Sun and Moon
Generation VIII
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Key Art.png
Key art from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Sprites and models

Generation IV
Spr DP Cynthia.png Spr Pt Cynthia.png Cynthia IV OD.png
Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
Overworld sprite
VS sprite from
Generation V
Spr BW Cynthia.png Spr B2W2 Cynthia.png Cynthia OD.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite
Generation VII
VSCynthia SM.png Cynthia SM OD.png Spr SM Cynthia.png
VS sprite from
Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
High-poly model from
Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Generation VIII
VSCynthia BDSP.png VSCynthia 2 BDSP.png Cynthia BDSP OD.png
VS sprite from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Battle Tower VS sprite from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Sticker Template Cynthia Background.png
Sticker template background from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Side games artwork

UNITE Trainer Showdown Cynthia Garchomp.png
Trainer Showdown with Garchomp artwork


Kotobukiya ArtFX J Figure Cynthia Garchomp.png Cynthia and her Garchomp.png Pokemon Trainers Cynthia Plush Icon.png
Cynthia's Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurine with Garchomp by
Hitoshi Ariga
Trainers Line artwork by
Naoki Saito
Trainers Line artwork
Official Cynthia Sleeves.jpg Cynthia Full Power Sleeves.jpg Cynthia Caitlin Sleeves.jpg Cynthia Garchomp Sleeves.jpg
Cynthia from the TCG Cynthia Full Power from the TCG Cynthia and Caitlin from the TCG by
Saya Tsuruta
Cynthia and Garchomp from the TCG by
Raita Kazama
Cynthia Rise to Action Gloss Deck Case.jpg Cynthia Rise to Action Deck Box-2.jpg Trainer Lodge Sleeves.jpg
Cynthia Rise to Action from the TCG by
Raita Kazama
Trainer Lodge from the TCG by

Uncropped TCG artwork

Cynthia Hideki Ishikawa.png Art Life 20230519 Cynthia.jpg Art Life 20230928 Friends in Sinnoh.jpg Art Life 20231027 Cynthia.jpg
Cynthia by
Hideki Ishikawa for Ultra Prism
Cynthia's Ambition Ultra Rare by
Megumi Mizutani for Ultra Prism
Friends in Sinnoh Full Art by
Hideki Ishikawa
Cynthia Sword and Shield promotional print by
Atsushi Furusawa for Crown Zenith


Music related to Cynthia was also arranged for various themes in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for the character Volo.

Cynthia's battle themes, Battle! (Champion), Battle! (Cynthia) and Battle! (Champion - Sinnoh Version), were adapted into the song battle gene M.

Games Location Song name Composition Arrangement
 D  P  Pt  Talking to Cynthia at the
Pokémon League
Champion Cynthia Go Ichinose Go Ichinose
 D  P  Pt 
 S  M  US  UM 
Battling Cynthia at the
Pokémon LeagueDPPt
or Battle TreeSMUSUM
Battle! (Champion) Junichi Masuda Junichi Masuda
 D  P  Pt  Defeating Cynthia Victory! (Champion) Hitomi Sato Hitomi Sato
 B  W  B2  W2  Talking to Cynthia at
Undella Town
Cynthia's Theme Go Ichinose Hitomi Sato
Battling Cynthia at
Undella Town
Battle! (Cynthia) Junichi Masuda Go Ichinose
Hitomi Sato
 B2  W2  Battling Cynthia at
the PWT
Battle! (Champion—Sinnoh Version) Junichi Masuda Hitomi Sato
 BD  SP  Talking to Cynthia at the
Pokémon League
Champion Cynthia Go Ichinose Shota Kageyama
Battling Cynthia at the
Pokémon League
or Battle Tower
Battle! (Champion) Junichi Masuda Shota Kageyama
Defeating Cynthia Victory! (Champion) Hitomi Sato Shota Kageyama
Song names marked with an asterisk are unofficial, as they have not received a soundtrack release.


  • 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.
  • In Platinum, Cynthia's Togekiss has the Hustle Ability, despite having no moves that benefit from the Ability.
  • Cynthia shares many similarities with Volo:
    • Mission 20, where the player must meet up with Volo, is called The Researcher of Myths, a title by which Cynthia also refers to herself.
    • In his final battle, Volo wears a necklace with a teardrop-shaped ornament that resembles the ornament on Cynthia's dress. However, Cogita's dress more fully resembles Cynthia's, including the teardrop-shaped ornament, so the significance of the ornament is uncertain.
    • In the final battle against him, Volo shares five Pokémon with Cynthia's Pokémon Platinum team: Spiritomb, Garchomp, Togekiss, Roserade, and Lucario. The only Pokémon that Volo does not use from said team is Milotic, as it is not present in Pokémon Legends: Arceus; he instead uses Hisuian Arcanine. Like Cynthia, Volo always begins the battle by sending out Spiritomb.
    • The music that plays before Volo's final battle begins is an arrangement of Cynthia's battle theme. His final battle theme is an arrangement of Cynthia's encounter and battle themes.
    • After his final battle, Volo vows to meet Arceus, and in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia meets Arceus during the Sinjoh Ruins event.


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[7]
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 Possibly 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)
Chinese (Mandarin) 竹蘭 / 竹兰 Zhúlán From 南天竹 nántiānzhú / nàahmtīnjūk (nandina)
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

Related articles



  1. Cynthia: "My house? Even the region is a secret!" (Pokémon Platinum, at the player's villa)
  2. Allegra Clark on Twitter
  3. Pokémon Masters Oricon News (Japanese)
  4. Cynthia: "...Oops. This is no time for idle chitchat." (Pokémon Platinum, in the Distortion World)
  5. Cynthia: "I'm sorry this is so long. May I say one last bit?" (Pokémon Platinum, at Celestic Ruins)
  6. Cynthia (Ultra Prism 119)
  7. Toshinobu Matsumiya on Twitter (Japanese)

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