Saya Tsuruta (Japanese: 鶴田沙綾 / つるたさや Tsuruta Saya) is a designer and illustrator for the Pokémon games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game. After graduating from Tama Art University, her first game credits were on Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, though her contributions are unknown as she's only listed under Special Thanks. By the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Tsuruta had become a graphic designer, creating all of the location previews in the game, stating that it took a lot of hard work.
The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Tsuruta.
This is a collection of official Pokémon artwork drawn by Tsuruta.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Other official artwork
There are 118 cards illustrated by Tsuruta. For a complete list of cards she has illustrated, go here.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (2006) - Special Thanks
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (2009) - Graphic Design
- Pokémon Black and White (2010) - Pokémon Character Design, 2-D Dot Graphics
- Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (2012) - Pokémon Character Design, 2-D Dot Graphics
- Pokémon X and Y (2013) - Pokémon Characters Design, UI Graphic Design
- Pokémon Sun and Moon (2016) - Pokémon Characters Design
- Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019) - Pokémon Design
- Almost every single Pokémon TCG artwork done by Saya Tsuruta contains a hidden image of a Poké Ball in the background. The only exceptions are as follows:
- Tsuruta's Shiny Vault cards from Hidden Fates, Shining Fates, and Paldean Fates (which use a plain white background with generic Shiny sparkle effects).
- The Yokohama's Pikachu cards (which use a generic striped background).
- The SWSH Black Star Promos Pikachu V-UNION (a collaboration between Tsuruta and 24 other artists; the cards use a generic gradient background).
- Paldean Wooper from Paldea Evolved (according to Tsuruta in an apology, the Poké Ball in this card had "rolled off the frame").
- Tsuruta's favorite Pokémon is Vulpix.
- (December 4, 2009). "ＨＧ・ＳＳ 語っちゃいます！ その7" GAME FREAK Official Website (archived).
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on April 8, 2023. (archive)
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on April 24, 2023. (archive)
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on May 24, 2019.
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on June 18, 2021.
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on Dec 14, 2019.
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on March 10, 2023.
- Saya Tsuruta's Twitter account. Posted on Feb 21, 2021