Karen (Masters)

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Karen
カリン Karin
Spr Masters Karen.png
Karen's model
No. 17
English voice actor Mela Lee[1]
Japanese voice actor Ryōka Yuzuki[2]
Description Beneath her calm, cerebral exterior, a passion for Pokémon lurks in this Elite Four member's heart. She likes wild and tough Dark-type Pokémon.

Karen (Japanese: カリン Karin) is a Pokémon Trainer in Pokémon Masters EX, based on the character of the same name in the core series. She forms a sync pair with Houndoom, which is capable of Mega Evolving. This sync pair was first made available since the game release, and can be raised to Masters EX star.png 6★ EX from July 5, 2022.

Karen also forms a sync pair with Umbreon. This sync pair was first made available on May 31, 2021. This pair could be raised to Masters EX star.png 6★ EX beginning on March 29, 2023, though this pair lacks an EX style.

Houndoom

Masters0229 f.png Masters0229M.png Type DarkIC Masters.png Dark
Move type DarkIC Masters.png Dark
Role Masters Special Strike.png Strike (Special)
Base Potential ★★★★★☆EX
Houndoom Mega Houndoom Weakness FightingIC Masters.png Fighting
They spew flames mixed with poison to finish off their opponents. They divvy up their prey evenly among the members of their pack.
Stats HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
Lv. 140, Base Potential 572 340 173 386 173 368
Lv. 140, Max Potential 672 380 213 426 213 408
Mega Houndoom
Lv. 140, Base Potential 572 340 190 424 173 441
Lv. 140, Max Potential 672 380 234 468 213 489

Availability

Karen is available in the general sync pair scout, and has been since the game's release. Her offering rate was increased in the following sync pair scout banners:

  • Seasonal Scout A (December 12, 2019 to January 1, 2020)
  • Grimsley and Karen Spotlight Scout (March 6 to 16, 2020)
  • Grimsley and Karen Spotlight Scout (February 8 to 26, 2021)

Moves

Karen's Houndoom uses Bite and Snarl as its two damage-dealing moves. Upon Mega Evolution, Houndoom replaces Bite for Dark Pulse.

Name Type Category Move gauge Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Description
Bite Dark
DarkIC Masters.png
Physical 2 42 50 100% An opponent Has a chance (30%) of making the target flinch.
(Only before Mega Evolving)
Dire Hit + None Status 0
(2 uses)
Self Raises the user's critical-hit rate by two stat ranks.
Snarl Dark
DarkIC Masters.png
Special 2 39 46 95% All opponents Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by one stat rank.
Entertain Me! None Status 0
(2 uses)
Self The smaller the user's percentage of remaining HP, the more this move raises the user's Sp. Atk (can be raised by up to six stat ranks maximum).Details
Dark Pulse Dark
DarkIC Masters.png
Special 3 95 114 100% An opponent Has a chance (20%) of making the target flinch.
(Only after Mega Evolving)
Sync moves
Beguiling Dark Pulse Dark
DarkIC Masters.png
Special 160 192 An opponent Become Mega Houndoom until the end of battle.
(6★ EX effect: Sync move targets all opponents)

Skills

Name Description
Passive Skills
Flameproof Prevents the Pokémon from getting burned.
Wide Awake Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Theme Skills
Theme skill icon type.png Dark Strike Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk by 15 when using Dark-type attacks.
Theme skill icon region.png Johto Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 2.
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Elite Four Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 2.
Theme skill icon other.png Grown Woman Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 3.
Expedition Skills
Masters Fiery Crystal icon.pngFiery ↑ 3 Masters Soothing Crystal icon.pngSoothing ↓ 1 Raises the following discovery level by 3:
Masters Fiery Crystal icon.pngFiery Crystal
Lowers the following discovery level by 1:
Masters Soothing Crystal icon.pngSoothing Crystal

Sync grid

Karen and Houndoom's sync grid is an expanded grid, made available on March 6, 2020. It was further expanded on September 25, 2022.

Name Effect Energy required Sync orb required Move level required
HP +10 HP +10 0 5 1
HP +10 HP +10 2 24 1
HP +20 HP +20 5 60 3
Attack +5 Attack +5 0 5 1
Attack +5 Attack +5 2 24 1
Attack +5 Attack +5 2 24 2
Defense +5 Defense +5 0 5 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 3 36 2
Defense +20 Defense +20 8 96 3
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 0 5 1
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 2 24 1
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 2 24 1
Sp. Atk +10 Sp. Atk +10 5 60 3
Sp. Atk +10 Sp. Atk +10 5 60 3
Sp. Atk +20 Sp. Atk +20 0 5 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 0 5 1
Sp. Def +10 Sp. Def +10 4 48 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 0 5 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +10 Speed +10 4 48 1
Speed +10 Speed +10 4 48 1
Speed +20 Speed +20 0 5 1
Bite: Power +6 Bite: Power ↑ +6 3 36 1
Bite: Power +6 Bite: Power ↑ +6 3 36 1
Bite: Power +6 Bite: Power ↑ +6 3 36 1
Bite: Toxic Chance 4 Has a chance (50%) of leaving the target poisoned when a move targeting an opponent is successful. 10 120 2
Bite: Aggravation 1 Raises the chance of inflicting the flinching, confused, or trapped condition with the additional effects of moves. 10 120 2
Bite: Critical Countdown 2 Has a chance (30%) of reducing the sync move countdown by one when the user lands a critical hit. 10 120 3
Snarl: Power +2 Snarl: Power ↑ +2 2 24 1
Snarl: Power +2 Snarl: Power ↑ +2 2 24 1
Snarl: Power +3 Snarl: Power ↑ +3 3 36 1
Snarl: Power +3 Snarl: Power ↑ +3 3 36 1
Snarl: Power +3 Snarl: Power ↑ +3 3 36 1
Snarl: Power +3 Snarl: Power ↑ +3 3 36 1
Snarl: Power +4 Snarl: Power ↑ +4 3 36 2
Snarl: Move Gauge Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 6 72 2
Dark Pulse: Power +6 Dark Pulse: Power ↑ +6 4 48 1
Dark Pulse: Power +6 Dark Pulse: Power ↑ +6 4 48 2
Dark Pulse: Power +6 Dark Pulse: Power ↑ +6 4 48 2
Dark Pulse: Power +6 Dark Pulse: Power ↑ +6 4 48 3
Dark Pulse: Move Gauge Refresh 4 Has a chance (50%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 6 72 2
Dark Pulse: Overpower The more the opponent's Sp. Atk has been lowered, the more it powers up moves. 8 96 2
Dark Pulse: Aggravation 2 Raises the chance of inflicting the flinching, confused, or trapped condition with the additional effects of moves. 3 36 2
Dire Hit +: MP Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of restoring one MP of the move used if the move is successful. 7 84 2
Entertain Me!: MP Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of restoring one MP of the move used if the move is successful. 7 84 1
Speeding Sun 2 Quickly charges the move gauge when the weather is sunny. 8 96 2
Foul Fighting 5 Powers up moves when the move's target or targets are flinching, confused, or trapped. 10 120 3
Dirty Fighting 5 Powers up moves when the move's target or targets are affected by a status condition. 10 120 3
Sync Power Flux The fuller the move gauge when the user's sync move is selected, the more this powers up the sync move. 3 36 2
Devastation The more the target's Sp. Atk is lowered, the more it powers up the user's sync move. 5 60 3
Satisfied Snarl 9 Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by one stat rank when a move targeting that opponent is successful. 5 60 3
Beguiling Dark Pulse: Power +25 Beguiling Dark Pulse: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3
Beguiling Dark Pulse: Power +25 Beguiling Dark Pulse: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3

Umbreon

Masters0197.png Masters025W.png Type DarkIC Masters.png Dark
Move type DarkIC Masters.png Dark
Role Masters Physical Strike.png Strike (Physical)
Base Potential ★★★★☆☆EX
Umbreon Weakness BugIC Masters.png Bug
This Pokémon is nocturnal. Even in total darkness, its large eyes can spot its prey clearly!
Stats HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
Lv. 140, Base Potential 742 313 112 130 112 243
Lv. 140, Max Potential 822 353 152 170 152 283
Mega Umbreon
Lv. 140, Base Potential
Lv. 140, Max Potential

Availability

Karen and Umbreon can be teamed up with by exchanging a BP Sync Pair Voucher in the shop, beginning on May 27, 2021.

Moves

Name Type Category Move gauge Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Description
Feint Attack Dark
DarkIC Masters.png
Physical 2 45 54 An opponent Never misses.
Dire Hit None Status 0
(2 uses)
Self Raises the user's critical-hit rate by one stat rank.
Double-Edge Normal
NormalIC Masters.png
Physical 3 167 200 100% An opponent. The user also takes 25% of the damage it dealt to the target.
Go Wild! None Status 0
(2 uses)
Self Raises the user's Attack by two stat ranks. Applies the Gradual Healing effect to the user.
Sync moves
Adorably Wild Dark Impact Dark
DarkIC Masters.png
Physical 250 300 An opponent (6★ EX effect: Sync move targets all opponents)

Skills

Name Description
Passive Skills
Dark Shift Normal-type moves become Dark-type moves.
Standfast 5 Reduces recoil damage received from using moves that have recoil in the effect tag.
Unflappable Prevents the Pokémon from flinching.
Theme Skills
Theme skill icon type.png Dark Strike Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk by 15 when using Dark-type attacks.
Theme skill icon region.png Johto Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 2.
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Elite Four Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 2.
Theme skill icon other.png Grown Woman Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 3.
Expedition Skills
Masters Fiery Crystal icon.pngFiery ↑ 3 Masters Wistful Crystal icon.pngWistful ↓ 1 Raises the following discovery level by 3:
Masters Fiery Crystal icon.pngFiery Crystal
Lowers the following discovery level by 1:
Masters Wistful Crystal icon.pngWistful Crystal

Sync grid

Karen and Umbreon's sync grid is an expanded grid, made available since the pair first released.

Name Effect Energy required Sync orb required Move level required
HP +10 HP +10 0 5 1
HP +20 HP +20 4 48 2
Attack +5 Attack +5 0 5 1
Attack +5 Attack +5 0 5 1
Attack +5 Attack +5 2 24 1
Attack +5 Attack +5 2 24 2
Attack +10 Attack +10 4 48 2
Defense +5 Defense +5 0 5 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 2 24 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 2 24 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 2 24 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 2 24 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 0 5 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 2 24 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 2 24 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 2 24 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 0 5 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Feint Attack: Power +3 Feint Attack: Power ↑ +3 4 48 1
Feint Attack: Power +3 Feint Attack: Power ↑ +3 4 48 1
Feint Attack: Power +3 Feint Attack: Power ↑ +3 4 48 1
Feint Attack: Move Gauge Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 6 72 2
Feint Attack: Fortuitous 1 Has a chance (20%) of raising one of the user's following stats at random when an attack move is successful: Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, Speed, accuracy, or evasiveness. 6 72 2
Double-Edge: Power +3 Double-Edge: Power ↑ +3 4 48 1
Double-Edge: Power +3 Double-Edge: Power ↑ +3 4 48 1
Double-Edge: Power +3 Double-Edge: Power ↑ +3 4 48 1
Double-Edge: Move Gauge Refresh 1 Has a chance (20%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 5 60 1
Double-Edge: Move Gauge Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 6 72 2
Double-Edge: Standfast 3 Reduces recoil damage received from using moves that have recoil in the effect tag. 7 84 2
Double-Edge: Standfast 5 Reduces recoil damage received from using moves that have recoil in the effect tag. 10 120 3
Dire Hit: Move Gauge Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 6 72 2
Dire Hit: MP Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of restoring one MP of the move used if the move is successful. 7 84 3
Go Wild!: Move Gauge Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 6 72 2
Go Wild!: MP Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of restoring one MP of the move used if the move is successful. 7 84 3
Double Down 2 Powers up sync moves that are super effective. 9 108 2
Critastrophe 2 Powers up sync moves if they become critical hits. 9 108 2
Power Reserves 2 Powers up moves in a pinch. 8 96 2
First Aid 4 Restores the user's HP by approximately 40% of its maximum HP the first time it is in a pinch each battle.. 10 120 3
Critical Strike 2 Powers up attacks if they become critical hits. 10 120 3
Superduper Effective 2 Powers up moves that are super effective. 10 120 3
Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power +25 Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3
Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power +25 Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3
Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power +25 Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3
Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power +25 Adorably Wild Dark Impact: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3

Appearances

Battle appearances

Karen and Houndoom can be battled against in:

Karen and Umbreon can be battled against in:

Karen has also been shown to pair alongside Honchkrow and can be battled against in:

  • Champion Stadium: Johto Challenge, Hard Lv. 1 (Rock-type weakness)

Story appearances

Karen appears in her normal outfit in the following story areas:

Sync pair stories

Karen and Houndoom

  • A Day with Karen

Quotes

Main article: Karen/Quotes → Pokémon Masters EX

Gallery

Masters Dream Team Maker Karen and Houndoom.png Karen Mindscape.png Masters chapter 25 artwork 2.png
Karen and Houndoom on
Pokémon Masters EX Dream Team Maker
Karen's sync move mindscape
(Indigo Plateau, Karen's room)
Artwork of Chapter 25: A Glorious Gambit
VSKaren Masters.png Spr Masters Karen 2.png Spr Masters Karen EX.png VSKaren EX Masters.png
VS model
(Normal colors)
6★ model
(Normal colors)
6★ model
(EX colors)
VS model
(EX colors)
Karen Emote 1 Masters.png Karen Emote 2 Masters.png Karen Emote 3 Masters.png Karen Emote 4 Masters.png
Trainer emote
Nice!
Trainer emote
Watch out!
Trainer emote
Let's do this!
Trainer emote
Thanks!

Trivia

  • Karen & Houndoom are one of four sync pairs who have had an increased recruitment chance in a seasonal scout without being a seasonal sync pair. The other three are Hilda & Tepig, Brendan & Treecko, and Blue & Pidgeot.
    • Of those four, Karen is the only Trainer who has not received an alternate outfit later on.

Origin

Karen's design is based on her appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Houndoom is Karen's signature Pokémon in the core series games. Houndoom's Dex entry comes from Pokémon Ultra Sun.

Karen uses Umbreon during her battle with the player in the Johto-based core series games. It is also her highest-leveled Pokémon in the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver rematch. Umbreon's Dex entry comes from Pokémon Ultra Sun.

In other languages

Entertain Me!

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 楽しませて! Tanoshimasete!
Mandarin Chinese 給我些樂子吧! Gěi Wǒ xiē Lèzi ba!
France Flag.png French Divertis-moi !
Germany Flag.png German Ich will mich amüsieren!
Italy Flag.png Italian Fammi divertire!
South Korea Flag.png Korean 즐겁게만들어줘! Jeulgeopge Mandeur-eojwo!
Spain Flag.png Spanish ¡Alégrame el día!

Beguiling Dark Pulse

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 好きなポケモンが放つ あくのはどう Sukina Pokémon ga Hanatsu Aku no Hadō
Mandarin Chinese 心愛的寶可夢釋放之 惡之波動 Xīn'ài de Bǎokěmèng Shìfàng zhī È-zhī Bōdòng
France Flag.png French Pour l'amour des Ténèbres ! Vibrobscur !
Germany Flag.png German Finsteraura des erwählten Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Neropulsar ribelle
South Korea Flag.png Korean 좋아하는 포켓몬이 발산하는 악의파동 Jo-ahaneun Pokémon-ui Balsanhaneun Ag-ui Padong
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pulso Umbrío del Favorito


Go Wild!

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 素敵でしょ? Suteki desho?
Mandarin Chinese 很迷人吧? Hěn Mírén ba?
France Flag.png French Es-tu capable de me faire face ?
Germany Flag.png German Schrecklich schön!
Italy Flag.png Italian Credete di poter resistere?
South Korea Flag.png Korean 멋있지? Meositji?
Spain Flag.png Spanish ¿Crees que podrás detenernos?

Adorably Wild Dark Impact

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ワイルドでタフな ダークインパクト Wairudo de Tafu na Dark Impact
Mandarin Chinese 狂野又頑強之 惡之衝擊 Kuángyě yòu Wánqiáng zhī È-zhī Chōngjí
France Flag.png French Tente de me vaincre ! Impact Ténèbres !
Germany Flag.png German Unlichtstoß der ungeschönten Härte
Italy Flag.png Italian Impatto Buio duro e ribelle
South Korea Flag.png Korean 와일드하고 터프한 다크임팩트 Waildeuhago Teopeuhan Dakeu Impaekteu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Impacto Siniestro Fuerte y Salvaje


References

  1. Mela Lee on Twitter
  2. Nintendo DREAM (vol. 329)


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