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Lyra (Japanese: コトネ Kotone) is the female player character in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Her male counterpart is Ethan.
In the games
As the protagonist
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 comes to the summit and faces the Champion from Pallet Town and Pokémon Trainer, Red, who had been training there since shortly after he became Pokémon League Champion three years prior.
As a non-playable character
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.
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
When called with the Pokégear at different locations, Lyra will mention she owns certain Pokémon.
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- New Bark Town
- After the player gets a starter
- "<player>! So you picked... a Chikorita/Cyndaquil/Totodile! That's a cute Pokémon you have! When you walk with it, it'll become more friendly. You should turn around and talk to it sometimes, too. Oh, that's right! Why don't you show it to your mom? See ya!"
- After receiving a Master Ball from Elm
- "I wonder what Kimono Girl wants from you..."
- "Hmm... My Pokémon may be putting on some weight lately...
- If the player attempts to walk to Route 27 before battling Ho-Oh/Lugia
- "Hi, <player>! Where do you think you're going, <player>?"
- If the player hasn't yet got a starter Pokémon
- "<player>! Professor Elm was looking for you. Did you go to his lab?"
- If the player has a starter Pokémon
- "My Marill is super cute... But your Chikorita/Cyndaquil/Totodile looks pretty good, too, <player>!"
- Later in the game (if no Shiny Leaf is present on the walking Pokémon)
- "Isn't it strange that when we are with Pokémon, going out is just so much more fun! <player>! Try going to different places and talk to your Pokémon! I bet you'll find out so many things about them!"
- Professor Elm's lab
- "Hold on a second! He has nothing to do with it! I saw it. There was a red-haired boy looking into the building!"
- "<player>! I'm glad they understand you are innocent. See you later!"
- After earning the Rising Badge
- "<Player>! Did you already collect eight Badges? That's so cool! The professor is waiting for you."
- "<Player>, people are talking about you! I heard you helped Kimono Girls? You've been helping all these people! You make me proud to be your friend."
- Route 29
- "There you are! <player>! You can catch wild Pokémon with Poké Balls. Follow me!"
- "...Just like that! ... Huh? Was I too fast? I'll try again. Come this way!"
- "See? Just like that! It's better to lower your target's HP more than I did, or make it sleep or something. You can try all kinds of things to see what works. I'll give you these. Good luck! See you!"
- "OK! Its HP is down! It's ready for a Poké Ball!
- Route 31
- "I knew it was you, <player>! How did you get past me? Here is something neat for surprising me, <player>!"
- "The Vs. Recorder can record all your Pokémon battles. I have to go now! I won't let you pass me again! Let's go, Marill!"
- Route 34
- "Grandpa! Good work, Grandpa! The Pokémon you raised for me has been as healthy as can be! You look fit, too!"
- "Hi, <player>! Let me introduce you. This is <player>. He's a Trainer. He seems to be getting better at raising Pokémon. Well, not as good as you, Grandpa, of course! Follow me, <player>!"
- "Grandma! Let me introduce my friend. This is <player>!"
- "What? Grandma...! What are you talking about? He just happens to live nearby..."
- "Well, I better go now... See ya! Oh, I almost forgot! Here, this is my Pokégear number!"
- "You know you can talk to your Pokémon as they follow you? They do all sorts of cute stuff on the road and in towns. I'm taking notes every time they do funny things. Give me a call and I'll share some of them with you."
- "Grandma! Don't you say anything. We are both Trainers, and we are supposed to exchange numbers. That's all."
- Celebi Event
- "Hi, <player>. Have you heard of the legend of the shrine? They say that people disappear when they tamper with it."
- "... What was that?"
- "Where are we...? Ilex Forest has disappeared! ...That's not it. It's more like we have been transported somewhere else...? <player>, something is strange! I heard the radio mentioning the date from three years ago!"
- "Is that...am I looking at...Celebi? That explains it! Celebi must have caused all this! My grandpa once told me that Celebi can travel through time using its mystic power called Time Travel! Celebi must have taken us back in time! Literally!"
- "<player>, there is someone else here besides us! Let's go find out who!"
- "Who does he think he is? That was unnecessary! But what were they talking about? The revival of Team Rocket...? They say that Team Rocket was removed from the Kanto region by a child three years ago. So this really is three years ago!"
- "Oh no! It's happening again...! It's Celebi's Time Travel!"
- "Huh? That's the guy we just saw arguing with that boy!"
- "Three years ago...? Goldenrod City...? Could this be the one the radio was trying to reach? Giovanni, their boss? Do you hear it, <player>? The radio is saying something strange! Team Rocket has occupied the Radio Tower at Goldenrod City! It can't be! <player>, you solved this case already!"
- "They keep calling for their boss. I feel sorry they don't know he's not coming. After this, <player>, you will defeat them! ...Wait a second! <player>, you're still here. Then, who will defeat Team Rocket...?"
- "Not again...! I've had enough! Please let me go back to my time!"
- "Travelling through time sure doesn't feel good."
- "Hey, my Marill! I missed you so much! Wait a sec... So we must be back to our time! It was all so bizarre. But now that we are safely back to our time and Team Rocker's terrible design fell through, we can say... all's well that ends well, right? <player>, you never cease to inspire great adventures! It sure was an exhausting day, though. I better get going. See you!"
- Battle Hall
- "Hi, <player>. I love watching you battle here. Cause... you have fun whether you win or lose!"
- Goldenrod Tunnel
- "Hi, <player>. You are just in time! When you follow this tunnel, you'll see a Dress-Up Shop. That's where your Pokémon can put on Accessories to dress up and take pictures! By the way, here is the Fashion Case. Did you say you want it? I knew it! This is a present from me!"
- "Keep Accessories in the Fashion Case, OK? I should get going. See you!"
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In the anime
- Main article: Lyra (anime)
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.
In the manga
Lyra in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon
In the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon manga
Lyra appeared in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon. None of her Pokémon are known.
Crystal in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- Main article: Crystal (Adventures)
Although Lyra doesn't appear separately in Pokémon Adventures, Crystal essentially serves as her counterpart by wearing her Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver outfit in the arc thanks to her mom forcing her to wear it against her will.
In the Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic manga
A Trainer with the same design as Lyra appeared in Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic.
- Lyra is 4'11" (1.52 m) tall and weighs 90.4 lbs (41 kg). This was confirmed by checking the heights and weights of certain Pokémon in the Pokédex.
- 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. Upon meeting her again, however, she will still have a Marill. This mix-up is due to a translation error: in the Japanese version, she talks of how she would be surprised if she were to turn around on a whim while walking about and find her Marill in the process of evolving, or having evolved, into an Azumarill. She follows that thought up with: "But that would never happen!"
|| コトネ Kotone
|| From 琴音 kotone (sound of koto)
| English, German
|| From lyre
|| From lira (lyre)
|| From celesta
|| From cetra
|| 금선 Geumseon
|| From 금선 (琴線) geumseon (geum string)
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 琴音 Qínyīn
|| From 琴音 qínyīn / kàhmyām (sound of qin)
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 琴音 Kàhmyām