Lyra (game)

コトネ Kotone
HeartGold SoulSilver Lyra.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Mom (as player)
Grandparents, unnamed father (as NPC)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer, Player character
Generation IV
Games HeartGold, SoulSilver
Anime counterpart Lyra
Counterpart debut An Egg Scramble!
Manga counterpart(s) Crystal

Lyra (Japanese: コトネ Kotone) is the female player character in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Lyra takes over the role from Kris in Pokémon Crystal. Her male counterpart is Ethan.

Storyline in the games

When selected as the player character

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 faces the Champion from Pallet Town Pokémon Trainer Red at the summit of Mt. Silver, who had been training there since shortly after he became Pokémon League Champion three years prior.

When not selected as the player character

Lyra speaking with Ethan

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. Naturally, this role is given to Ethan if she is the player character.

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

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Normal Unknown
Run Away or Guts
Held item:
Rattata/ Lv.2
Tail Whip
Normal Status

Quotes (as NPC)

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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!"
  • In her house
  • 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>!"


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Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Pokéathlon sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Backsprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld Pokéathlon sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite, disguised as a Team Rocket Grunt, from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Intro sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
the opening of
HeartGold and SoulSilver

Optional names

Japanese English French German Italian Spanish Korean
ハート Heart
ソウル Soul
キヨミ Kiyomi
サトコ Satoko
チホ Chiho
イオリ Iori
マキコ Makiko
ミキコ Mikiko
ウララ Urara
ジュンコ Junko
フウカ Fūka
リエ Rie
セツコ Setsuko
ニッキ Nikki
マミナ Mamina
ノリコ Noriko
ユミカ Yumika
モモコ Momoko
ミスズ Misuzu
하트 Heart
소울 Soul
꽃님 Kkotnim
나영 Nayeong
나정 Najeong
링링 Ringring
미영 Miyeong
사희 Sahyi
서연 Seoyeon
설아 Seola
아라 Ara
유경 Yugyeong
윤혜 Yunhye
은영 Eun'yeong
인희 Inhyi
주애 Juae
지나 Jina
태희 Taehyi
해나 Haena


Lyra in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon
Lyra's anime counterpart

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

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Although Lyra doesn't appear separately in the Pokémon Adventures manga, Crystal essentially serves as 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 Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon manga

Lyra appeared in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon. None of her Pokémon are known.


  • Before her official name was revealed, many fans referred to her as Soul (Japanese: ソウル Soul), based on Pokémon SoulSilver, in similar style to Leaf.
  • Lyra is 4'11" tall and weighs 90.4 lbs.
  • While some fans assume that Kris and Lyra are one and the same, Takao Unno revealed in an interview that he designed Lyra from scratch.
  • 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!"
  • Lyra is the only player character to not have her own individual cross-canon counterpart from Pokémon Adventures, instead sharing hers with Kris.


Like her Japanese name, Lyra's international names are all derived from musical instruments.

Language Name Origin
Japanese コトネ Kotone From 琴音 kotone, "sound of koto".
English, German Lyra From lyre.
French Célesta From celesta.
Italian Cetra From cetra.
Spanish Lira From lira, lyre.
Korean 금선 Geumseon Means "Geum string."
Chinese (Mandarin) 琴音 Qínyīn From 琴音 kotone. Literally means "sound of qin." 琴 (qín) is also a general term for free reed, string and keyboard instruments.

Capture tutors
Old manPrimoDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor JuniperBiancaCalem/Serena

Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMayLucasDawn
Side series: WesMichael
Spin-off games: LunickSolanaKellynKateBenSummer
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Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurt
CarrieMaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoJetDudeMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsName RaterFelicityTealaCameron

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