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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 Unnamed father
Trainer class Team Star, Pokémon Trainer
Generation IX
Games Scarlet and Violet
Member of Team Star
Rank Big Boss

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

In the core series games

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 ★

Her secret identity is Cassiopeia, the "big boss" of Team Star; none of the other members of Team Star know of her true identity because she never left her room during her time with them. She witnesses the player defeat two Team Star Grunts in front of the school stairs who, ironically, were harassing her to join Team Star, and comes up with the idea of Operation Starfall. Afraid that her fellow bosses will be expelled from the academy because of their involvement in the team but unable to forcibly disband the group herself, she recruits the player into Operation Starfall to make them stand down.

After the player has defeated all five squad 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. 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.


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.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Penny will Terastallize her Sylveon 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.

Academy Ace Tournament


Main article: Penny/Quotes



Scarlet Violet Key Visual.png Penny concept art.jpg
Penny in the Scarlet and Violet key visual Concept art of Penny from Scarlet and Violet


VS model from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Penny appeared in the second chapter of Scarlet and Violet arc.

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. It 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 games to have a full team of six Eeveelutions.
  • Penny's Rotom Phone uses an Eevee Case.
  • 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.
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  • Penny is the youngest villainous team leader in the core series.
  • 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 Harrington (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet): "I accepted the request and agreed not to take disciplinary action against Team Star. 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."

Big Boss: Cassiopeia
Bosses: GiacomoMelaAtticusOrtegaEri
Lower members: Team Star Grunts


Non-player characters in the core series games
Paldea Professor SadaProfessor TuroMomNemonaKoraidonMiraidonGeetaArvenPennyHeathClavellJacq
DendraMiriamRaifortSaguaroSalvatoreTymeCarmineKieranOgerponPerrinBriarBilly and O'Nare
Team StarGym LeadersElite Four

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