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ボタン Botan
Scarlet Violet Penny.png
Artwork from Scarlet and Violet
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Eye color Black
Hair color Light blue and red
Hometown Unknown
Region Paldea (originally Galar[1])
Relatives Peony (father)[a]
Peonia (sister)[a]
Rose (uncle)[a]
Unnamed mother
Trainer class Team Star, Pokémon Trainer
Generation IX
Counterpart(s) Penny (Masters)
Games Scarlet and Violet
Masters EX
English voice actor Courtney Lin (Masters EX)[6]
Japanese voice actor Misato Fukuen (Masters EX)
Member of Team Star
Rank Big Boss
Anime series Pokémon Horizons: The Series
Pokémon: Paldean Winds
Debut HZ046 (Horizons)
Breathe Together (PW)
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor N/A

Penny (Japanese: ボタン Botan) is a character in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

In the core series games

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Penny is a student at Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV, and is in the same grade as the player character. She has a shy personality, and is often absent from class. She always has her fluffy Eevee backpack with her wherever she goes. She possesses unparalleled skill with machines and computers. She is enrolled in the STEM track of the academy, with her homeroom teacher being Tyme.

Penny is first seen in Mesagoza, where the player witnesses her being harassed by Team Star Grunts in front of the school stairs. The player then defeated the Grunts. Afterwards, for each squad boss except for the last one defeated, Penny appears as Cassiopeia's supply unit rep and talks to the player, giving them TM Materials, and being licked by KoraidonS/MiraidonV every time after the first.

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★ Starfall Street ★

Penny first witnesses the player defeat two Team Star Grunts in front of the school stairs who were harassing her to join Team Star. During Operation Starfall, Penny appears as a part of the supply unit to reward the player with various TM Materials after they defeat a Team Star base.

After the player has defeated all five Team Star bosses, Cassiopeia reveals that she was Team Star's "big boss" and invites the player to meet at the academy's schoolyard after dark, where she reveals her identity as Penny. None of the other members of Team Star knew of her true identity because she never left her room during her time with them. She came up with the idea of Operation Starfall and recruited the player to make the Team Star Bosses stand down as she is afraid that her fellow bosses will be expelled from the academy because of their involvement in the team but is unable to forcibly disband the group herself. Penny challenges the player to a battle and asks Clive to record the battle with his Rotom Phone for the squad bosses to view the outcome. After being defeated, Penny proclaims with relief that Team Star's reign is over.

A flashback after her defeat shows her last conversation (a year and a half prior) with the squad bosses, via a Rotom Phone call. The squad bosses were worried about Penny's well-being and her sudden desire to disband Team Star and take sole responsibility for her actions. She thanked the squad bosses for their kindness and company. Penny was then revealed to be outside the room the squad bosses were in during their conversation, and she bid them farewell and temporarily left for Galar, her original home region.

After the flashback, Penny thanks the player and Clive for successfully helping her during Operation Starfall. When asked by Clive why she couldn’t forcibly disband Team Star on her own, Penny explains that the strict code she and the squad bosses created stated that no member of Team Star had the right to order anyone around and that the squad bosses had to accept challenges and give away their Star Badges when defeated, hence forcing them to step down as squad bosses. When asked by Clive what the squad bosses mean to her, Penny wholeheartedly replies that they are her "greatest treasure".

Seemingly touched by Penny's story, Clive thanks her for her appraisal of the situation with Team Star. Clive proceeds to reveal that he, too, was under a false persona, and is actually the Academy's director, Clavell, much to Penny's shock. Clavell explains that he disguised as Clive in order to talk to the Team Star members on equal terms, without them feeling the pressure of speaking to a faculty member such as the academy's director.

Clavell proceeds to call all the squad bosses (Giacomo, Mela, Atticus, Ortega, and Eri) out onto the schoolyard, much to Penny's surprise, and she emotionally recalls their names as they greet her with equal emotion. The squad bosses perform Team Star's signature hasta la vistar ★ pose and happily exclaim in unison: "Hasta la vistar, Cassiopeia! ★ And hello, Penny!"

Clavell apologises to Team Star for his unawareness of the bullying they suffered from, since he joined the academy as its director without witnessing any incidents of bullying. He declares that Team Star may continue to exist should its bosses want it to, but that they should be punished for breaking multiple school rules during their period of truancy. As punishment, Clavell assigns Penny and the squad bosses to manage the newly founded Star Training Centers (STCs) as staff members. Upon hearing this, the squad bosses marvel over Team Star not disbanding and being able to spend time with their "big boss" and close friend at the Academy and STCs.

Clavell dismisses Team Star's bosses and calls the player to his office to thank them for allowing him to help resolve Team Star's situation. Penny arrives shortly thereafter to apologise for illegally hacking the Pokémon League's LP management system to reward the player and Clavell for helping her during Operation Starfall, and feels that she should be punished more heavily than the others. Clavell decides that he should consult Geeta, the Paldea Pokémon League's chairwoman, on the matter, and dismisses the player from his office.

Penny calls the player via Rotom Phone the next time they exit the academy building and tells them to meet her in front of the school stairs, where she was first encountered. She also states that she no longer wishes to be known as Cassiopeia, if the player chose to call her that instead of her actual name.

When the player finds Penny in front of the school stairs, she explains how the squad bosses and she came up with the hasta la vistar ★ catchphrase. She also explains that she won't be badly punished for hacking the Pokémon League's LP management system if she does some volunteer engineering for them, which she agreed to do. Finally, she thanks the player for helping her save Team Star from being wrongfully expelled from the academy and gives them TM169 (Draco Meteor) as a reward. She explains that she wants to repay the player and would be willing to help with any requests they may have. She bids the player farewell with a hasta la vistar ★ and runs up the stairs, concluding the ★ Starfall Street ★ storyline.

The Way Home

After all three main stories of the game have been completed, Penny goes to the Zero Gate with the player, Arven, and Nemona to traverse Area Zero with them and help them reach the Zero Lab in The Way Home, the game's final story. She battles alongside the player as a Multi Battle partner twice during this. After the door to the Zero Lab is opened, a group of Paradox Pokémon escape, which are chased down by Penny and Nemona. Later, Penny returns to the Zero Lab with Nemona and Arven and watches the player battle against and defeat AI SadaS/AI TuroV with their KoraidonS/MiraidonV.


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While Penny does not appear as an opponent in the first Academy Ace Tournament, she can be battled as a random opponent in subsequent Academy Ace Tournaments, this time using Pokémon Trainer as her Trainer class instead of Team Star. Additionally, the player can develop a bond with Penny, which will trigger an event added with The Indigo Disk update where the player can tutor Mela, Atticus, and Ortega.

Mochi Mayhem

Following the events of the Indigo Disk, Penny accompanies the player, Arven and Nemona to a trip to the land of Kitakami. She ends up helping the player and their friends in dealing with Pecharunt’s curse. However, Pecharunt shoots Toxic Mochi into the mouths of Penny and Arven and they face the player and Kieran in a Multi Battle. After Pecharunt is defeated by the player, she returns to normal and stays in Kitakami for a day or two before returning to Paldea.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Penny will always send out Sylveon last and Terastallize it at the first opportunity, except when battling alongside the player.

First battle and Multi Battle partner

The first battle takes place at Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV.

As a Multi Battle partner in Area Zero, Penny uses this team against a hostile Scream TailS/Iron BundleV, and then against an escaping Brute BonnetS/Iron HandsV.

Second battle

Penny joins Arven in a Multi Battle against the player and Kieran during Mochi Mayhem.


Penny uses the same team for the Academy Ace Tournament and League Club Room battles, with the level increasing as the player progresses:

Traded to the player

Upon the third unique interaction with Penny in the League Club Room, she will trade an Eevee to the player in exchange for almost any Pokémon excluding Shiny, Legendary, or Mythical Pokémon.

#0133  Eevee Male icon HOME.png  Paldea icon.png
Poké Ball HOME.png Level 1 0133Eevee.png
NormalIC SV.png UnknownIC SV.png
Tera Type: DarkIC Tera.png
Ability: Anticipation
Held item: None
ID: 376983
OT: Penny
Met: a Link Trade
Nature: Modest
/ Marks:
Partner Ribbon 
Normal icon.pngNormal PhysicalIC SV.png
Tail Whip
Normal icon.pngNormal StatusIC SV.png
Helping Hand
Normal icon.pngNormal StatusIC SV.png
Ghost icon.pngGhost StatusIC SV.png
Games Method Duration
SV In-game trade
This Pokémon has a fixed Scale value of 128.
This Pokémon may only be redeemed once per save file.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is redeemed.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Penny (Masters)

Penny forms a sync pair with Sylveon in Pokémon Masters EX. Penny became a playable sync pair on November 10, 2023.

Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role EX role Base potential Availability
#187 VSPenny Masters.png Penny #0700 MastersIcon0700.png Sylveon Buddy Move Icon Masters.png
FairyIC Masters.png
SteelIC Masters.png
Masters Support.png Masters Special Strike.png ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout


Core series game artwork

Scarlet Violet Penny.png Penny concept art.jpg Scarlet Violet Key Visual.png
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Key visual

Core series game assets

Generation IX
Penny League Club Room Profile.png Penny League Club Room SV.png
 S  V 
Special Coach icon
 S  V 
Special Coach sprite
VSPenny.png VSPenny Mochi Mayhem.png
 S  V 
(VS pose)
 S  V 
(VS pose during Mochi Mayhem)


Main article: Penny/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Penny debuted in HZ046, where she watched Liko and Ann's battle at Naranja Academy alongside the Elite Four of the Paldea League.


Traveling with
File:Penny Rotom Phone.png
Rotom Phone


Penny in Biri-Biri

Penny briefly appeared as a silhouette in the music video for Biri-Biri.

Pokémon: Paldean Winds

Penny briefly appeared in Breathe Together, on a train somewhere in the Galar region.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Penny debuted in PASV02. She was first seen in the Uva Academy library, watching Nemona's attempt to challenge Scarlet to a battle end in failure. Later, at West Province (Area One), a pair of Team Star Grunts attempted to recruit Penny into Team Star. Despite Penny's repeated refusals, the Grunts persisted, forcing Violet to step in to Penny's defense. After the Grunts were defeated and drive off, Penny thanked Violet for helping her, only for him to react in confusion when she referred to him as "Prince" despite being a complete stranger. Penny explained that as a fellow Uva Academy student, she was present at the Treasure Hunt's opening ceremony and learned of Violet's title there. She then said her farewells and ran off.

In the TCG

Special illustration rare Penny
Main article: Penny (Scarlet & Violet 183)

Penny was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era). It was first released in the Japanese Scarlet ex expansion and the English Scarlet & Violet expansion, with artwork by yuu. An ultra rare version with artwork by the same illustrator, and a special illustration rare version of the card with artwork by OKACHEKE were released in the same sets. A second special illustration rare version of the card with artwork by aspara was released in the Japanese Shiny Treasure ex subset and the English Paldean Fates expansion. The card allows the player to put one of their Basic Pokémon and all attached cards into their hand.


  • Penny's Student ID at the Academy is 803B121.
  • Penny's home is in the Galar region.[1]
  • All of Penny's Pokémon are Eeveelutions. This makes her the first and only notable Trainer in the core series to have a full team of six Eeveelutions.
  • Penny's Rotom Phone uses an Eevee Case.
  • Penny's hair has the same primary colors of Pokémon Sword and Shield and their game mascots, Zacian and Zamazenta. The symbols on her leggings can also be interpreted as swords (blue dashes) and shields (red X's).
  • Penny's dorm room at the academy contains multiple references to different Pokémon species and real-world products, including Nintendo consoles.
    • It contains multiple empty instant food packages, including cup noodles, energy drink cans, and cereal boxes.
    • There is a shelf filled with magazines, three of which have covers picturing the Game Boy, the Nintendo GameCube, and what appears to be a Nintendo DS Lite.
    • There are three posters in her room, depicting Scizor, Palafin, and Cetitan, as well as a magazine with a Pikachu on the cover.
    • There is a manga volume on a wardrobe, depicting a superhero that bears a resemblance to Magikarp.
    • A framed photo of the Team Star logo can be seen above Penny's desk.
    • Additionally, her hoodie features the Pokémon logo rendered in an illegible font.
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  • Penny is the first female villainous team leader in the core series.
    • She is also the youngest villainous team leader in the core series.
  • Penny is the only villainous team leader to accomplish their goals within their debut game.
  • Penny is the only member of Team Star to Terastallize her Pokémon.
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Language Name Origin
Japanese ボタン Botan From 牡丹 botan (tree peony)
English, Italian Penny From peony
German Cosima From Paeonia × suffruticosa (scientific name of tree peony)
Spanish Noa From the genus Paeonia
French, Indonesian Pania From the genus Paeonia
Korean 모란 Moran From 모란 (牡丹) moran (tree peony)
Chinese (Mandarin) 牡丹 Mǔdān From 牡丹 mǔdān / máauhdāan (tree peony)
Chinese (Cantonese) 牡丹 Máauhdāan
Brazilian Portuguese Penélope From peônia (peony)
Thai โบตั๋น Botan From โบตั๋น botan (peony)

Language Name Origin
Japanese カシオペア Cassiopeia From the constellation Cassiopeia
English, German Cassiopeia From the Japanese name
Spanish Casiopea From the Japanese name
French Cassiopée From the Japanese name
Italian Cassiopea From the Japanese name
Korean 카시오페아 Cassiopeia From the Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 仙后 Xiānhòu From 仙后座 Xiānhòu-zuò / Sīnhauh-joh (Cassiopeia)
Chinese (Cantonese) 仙后 Sīnhauh

Related articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Penny is implied to be the daughter of Peony, as, along with her home region being Galar,[1] she uses Peony's specific phrases "Adven-tour"[2] and "ultra-mega-"[3] during[4] and after a conversation with her father.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harrington: "[...] Then, I assigned 18 months of overseas study to the student who took responsibility for the team. [...] I wanted this student to take some time to rest, so I had them return home to the Galar region." (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet)
  2. Peony: "[...] go ahead and get crackin' on the grand Peony Adven-tour [...]" (Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra)
  3. Peony: "[...] get ready to be ultra-mega-embarrassed [...]" (Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra)
  4. Penny: "[...] Ughhh, no, it's not gonna be an "Adven-tour"—no one says that! Honestly. I'm hanging up now!" (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero epilogue - Mochi Mayhem)
  5. Arven: "Did you get your old man's OK to go?" / Penny: " the end. But I had to put up with his ultra-mega-annoying dad talk to do it." (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero epilogue - Mochi Mayhem)
  6. Courtney Lin on Twitter
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Big Boss: Cassiopeia
Bosses: GiacomoMelaAtticusOrtegaEri
Lower members: Team Star GruntsCarmen
Related: HarringtonStarmobile
Bases: Segin SquadSchedar SquadNavi Squad
Ruchbah SquadCaph Squad

Villainous team leaders
Core series GiovanniMaxieArchieCyrusNGhetsisColressLysandreGuzmaPiersCassiopeia
Masters EX GiovanniGuzmaCyrusNLysandrePiersGhetsisMaxieArchieColressPauloPenny
BiruritchiGonzapEviceGreevilGordorBaron PhobosBlake HallKincaidSocieteaMunnaDark RustGiovanni
Anime GiovanniMadame BossMaxieArchieCyrusGhetsisLysandreGuzmaPiersGibeon
Adventures GiovanniMasked ManMaxieArchieCyrusNGhetsisColressLysandreGuzmaPiers
Other manga FraudMeja
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Rival and friend characters
Core series BlueSilverBrendan/MayWallyBarryLucas/DawnEthan/LyraCherenBianca
Spin-off games RonaldPauloLearTina

Non-player characters in the core series games
Paldea Professor SadaProfessor TuroMomNemonaKoraidonMiraidonGeetaArvenPennyHeath
CarmineKieranBriarCyranoTerapagosBilly and O'Nare
Team StarGym LeadersElite FourPokémon League representatives
Kitakami CarmineKieranBriarCaretakerYukito and HidekoOgerponPecharuntPerrinBilly and O'Nare
KoraidonMiraidonJacqNemonaArvenPennyTerapagosProfessor SadaProfessor Turo

Pokémon Horizons characters
Protagonists Liko (FloragatoHattrem) • Roy (Fuecoco)
Rising Volt Tacklers Friede (Captain Pikachu) • MollieOrlaLudlowMurdockDot (QuaxlyTinkatink)
Explorers AmethioOniaZircHamberSpinelCoralSidianChalceGibeon
Relatives AlexLuccaDianaRoy's grandfatherBlanca
Supporting cast Nurse JoyRotom PhonesAnnLiko's homeroom teacherLucius (TerapagosRayquazaSix Heroes) • NemonaClavellGeetaDendraJacqPennyGym LeadersElite FourMany temporary characters
See also: Original anime characters

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