Akari (game)

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ショウ Shō
Legends Arceus Akari.png
Art from Legends: Arceus
Gender Female
Eye color Black*, Light blue*
Hair color Slate gray*, Blonde*, Black*
Hometown Jubilife Village
Region Hisui
Unknown (as player character)
Relatives Unnamed parents (as NPC)[1]
Trainer class The Survey Corps'
Generation VIII
Games Legends: Arceus
Member of Galaxy Team
Rank Member, Survey Corps
English voice actor Tamaki Fujii
Japanese voice actor Tamaki Fujii

Akari (Japanese: ショウ Shō) is the female player character of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and acts as a non-playable character in the same game if the player chooses to play as her male counterpart, Rei. She is a member of the Galaxy Team's Survey Corps. Along with Rei, she's the only Trainer to use the Trainer class The Survey Corps' (Japanese: ちょうさたい).

She bears a striking resemblance to Dawn of the modern day, but the relationship between the two, if any, is unknown.

In the core series

As the protagonist

Akari finds herself in a strange void and is sent back in time to Hisui by Arceus, who tasks her with seeking out all Pokémon and transforms her smartphone into the Arc Phone. A stranger to the land and wearing odd clothes, she meets Professor Laventon who invites her to join the Galaxy Team Survey Corps of Jubilife Village as a way of obtaining food and shelter. The Survey Corps also wish to fill out the Pokédex, and so, after proving herself worthy, Akari is admitted into their ranks.

As part of her duties, she is commanded by Kamado to seek out the recently frenzied Noble Pokémon and quell their frenzy. After all of them are quelled, the rift in the sky that caused the frenzies expands even further. As such, Commander Kamado banishes Akari from Jubilife Village on suspicion. She meets with Cogita and the merchant Volo, and with their guidance seeks out the lake guardians to obtain the Red Chain. While the Chain fails to work as planned, Akari is still able to catch both Dialga and Palkia, one of which is caught with the Origin Ball crafted from the Red Chain, causing the rift to disappear.

Afterwards, Akari collects the Plates with Volo and Cogita's help. Once 17 of the 18 Plates have been collected, Akari meets with Volo atop Mount Coronet, where it is revealed that Volo's consorting with Giratina was the cause of the rift. He attacks Akari in an attempt to take the Plates for himself. After being defeated, he gives Akari the final Plate, the Spooky Plate, allowing her to obtain the Azure Flute.

Once Akari has completed the Pokédex, she returns to the summit of Mount Coronet and plays the Azure Flute, revealing a glowing stairway that leads her to the Hall of Origin, where Arceus challenges her. After being defeated, Arceus grants Akari a fragment of itself and the Legend Plate.

As a non-playable character

Akari works as Professor Laventon's assistant, helping to teach the player how to catch Pokémon and how crafting works. Each time the player completes a mission, she joins the Professor and the player for some potato mochi. During the game's climax, she assists the Professor in crafting the Origin Ball.


First battle

Second battle

Pikachu has effort level 1 in all its stats.

Third battle

Pikachu has effort level 1 in all its stats.

Fourth battle (Version 1.1.0 onwards)

All of Akari's Pokémon have effort level 5 in their stats, except for Pikachu which instead has effort level 7.

  If the player chose Rowlet:

  If the player chose Cyndaquil:

  If the player chose Oshawott:

Before Request 98

Pikachu has effort level 3 in all its stats.

After Request 98 (Version 1.1.0+)

  If the player chose Rowlet:

  If the player chose Cyndaquil:

  If the player chose Oshawott:


Key artwork from Legends: Arceus Artwork at a base camp from Legends: Arceus Artwork conducting research from Legends: Arceus Concept art of Rei and Akari from Legends: Arceus


Choosing the player's appearance
at the beginning of Legends: Arceus

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Akari or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Akari's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #


  • As the player, while taking her in as a member of the Galaxy Team's Survey Corps, Cyllene guesses that Akari is "15 or so".[2]


Language Name Origin
Japanese ショウ Shō From 照 shō (shine)
English Akari From 明かり akari (Japanese for light)
German Lumia From lūmen (Latin for light)
Spanish Kira From キラキラ kirakira (Japanese for sparkling)
French Lucia From lux (Latin for light), similar to Louka
Italian Luce From luce (light)
Korean 윤슬 Yunseul From 윤 (潤) yun (shine) or 윤슬 yunseul (sparkling ripples)
Chinese (Mandarin) 小照 Xiǎo Zhào From 照 zhào / jiu (shine)
Chinese (Cantonese) 小照 Síu Jiu
Russian Акари Akari Transcription of her English name


  1. Akari: "I thought I’d send a photo of me and my Pokémon to my parents, just to show them that I’m all right. <Player>, why don’t you join us? I’d like to boast to them about my Survey Corps protégé! "
  2. Cyllene: "Hmm. You look to be 15 or so. Quite old enough to work for your keep." (Emphasis added.)

Commander: Kamado
Captains: CylleneZisuPesselleTao HuaSanquaColza
Members: Professor LaventonReiAkariBeniRye
Former members: CharmCloverCoin
Locations: Jubilife VillageGalaxy Hall

Core series: RedLeafEthanKrisLyraBrendanMay
Side series: WesMichaelNateCyndy
Spin-off games: MarkMintTodd SnapLucy Fleetfoot
HeroHeroineTim GoodmanScottieBettie

  This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.