カトレア Cattleya
Black White Caitlin.png
Artwork from Black and White by Yusuke Ohmura[1]
Age 14PtHGSS[2]
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light brown*, Blonde*
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Trainer class Elite Four*
Generation IV, V
Games Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Masters EX
Elite Four of Pokémon League (Unova)
Specializes in Psychic types
Game animation debut Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
English voice actor Sarah Miller-Crews[5] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Satomi Satō[6] (Masters EX)
Anime debut Jostling for the Junior Cup!
English voice actor Miriam Pultro
Japanese voice actor Miyu Matsuki

Caitlin (Japanese: カトレア Cattleya) is a Psychic-type Trainer and member of the Unova Elite Four. She is also the head of the Battle Castle in the Battle Frontier that appeared in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the core series

In HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Platinum, Caitlin is the employer of Darach and oversees his Battle Castle battles. She is responsible for determining how many CP the player should receive depending on the outcome of the battle. She is said to be the most important person in the Battle Castle and acts like its princess.

In Pokémon Black and White, Caitlin appears as a member of the Elite Four of Unova; she traveled to the region alone in order to develop her skills further. It is revealed that she possesses some sort of psychic powers, and that in the past, she had an explosive temper that would erupt if she lost a battle causing her psychic powers to cause a lot of damage. This is the reason why Darach fought in her place in Generation IV.[7] It may also explain why she was quite impatient, as she demanded that Darach give the player Castle Points "at once!" after each victory in the Battle Castle.

She later appears in a villa that she is lending to Cynthia, as do the other female Gym Leaders and Elite Four members. She also mentions her time at the Battle Castle while in the villa.


Pokémon Black and White

First battle (pre-National Pokédex)

Rematch (post-National Pokédex)

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

First battle (Easy Mode/Normal Mode)

First battle (Challenge Mode)

Rematch (Easy Mode/Normal Mode)

Rematch (Challenge Mode)

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Caitlin (Masters)

Caitlin forms a sync pair with Reuniclus in Pokémon Masters EX



Official artwork from


Sprite, with Darach, from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
VS sprite, with Darach, from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS sprite from
Generation V


Main article: Caitlin/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Caitlin in the anime

Caitlin debuted in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, where she participated in an exhibition match against Cynthia in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. Despite how powerful the two Trainers were, the time limit put on the battle ended before either of their Pokémon could be defeated, making the match a draw.

She briefly reappeared in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, where she was part of the Junior Cup's closing ceremony.


Caitlin aims to battle with grace and elegance. Though she looks confident on the outside, it is implied she is still struggling to become an Elite Four member by her close friend and mentor Cynthia, as seen during the exhibition match in Jostling for the Junior Cup!.


This listing is of Caitlin's known Pokémon in the anime:

Gothitelle was used in the exhibition match for the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup against Cynthia's Garchomp. The two proved powerful during the fight, but the battle ended in a draw due to the short time limit.

Gothitelle's known moves are Flatter, Psychic, Thunderbolt, and Brick Break.

Debut Jostling for the Junior Cup!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Emily Jenness

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 松来未祐 Miyu Matsuki
English Miriam Pultro
Finnish Amy Burgess
Polish Zofia Zborowska
Spanish Latin America Hiromi Hayakawa
Spain Sandra Jara


Caitlin briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Caitlin in Pokémon Adventures


Platinum chapter

Caitlin first appeared alongside her valet Darach when she misheard Looker referring to Platinum as "Lady" as talking to her. When Looker tried to tell her about the mistake, Darach's Gallade immediately attacked him, stripping him down to his underwear. She later watched Platinum and Darach battle at the Battle Castle and scolded Darach when he was defeated. It is later revealed that Caitlin has gained a desire to battle after watching Platinum's battle against Darach. This desire to fight causes her latent psychic powers to awaken and go out of control while Caitlin crazily mutters the word "fight" over and over. She is calmed down by Darach when he offers her some tea.

Black & White chapter
Caitlin in the Black & White chapter

It is revealed that she has become a member of the Unova Elite Four. She reappears in the Pokémon League, when the Elite Four assemble before the tournament started. As they discuss Alder's recent defeat by the hands of N, the Elite Four inquire what to do about Team Plasma. Caitlin chooses to let Team Plasma continue their speeches, as they're technically not doing anything wrong. Despite defending Team Plasma's freedom of speech, Caitlin feels that their kidnapping of the Gym Leaders is too much and needs to be stopped. By using the ability of her Gothitelle and her own psychic powers, Caitlin begins to communicate with the Gym Leaders to try and find their current location. She is unable to determine the Gym Leader's location, but Caitlin is able to find out that they are alright. She travels to the location of Black's Gym battle against Drayden to relay a message to Black from the Gym Leaders.

The four then watch as spectators for the tournament before their battles can begin. Although the tournament is won by Black, the event is interrupted by Team Plasma, who attacks the stadium by surrounding it with N's Castle. The Elite Four travel on Shauntal's Golurk to try and confront N at the top of the castle, but they are attacked by Hood Man, who uses Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus against them to try and figure out how to activate the three Pokémon's Therian Formes. During the commotion, Black accidentally crashes onto Golurk and lands on the Elite Four. Caitlin reveals to Black that she had encountered his Munna, Musha, right before they went to prepare for the Elite Four battles. Black was told by N that Musha had left because he no longer liked the taste of Black's dreams, but Caitlin reveals that Musha had really left to find some way to evolve and get stronger. With the Moon Stone received from Caitlin, Musha evolved into its final form, Musharna right before it returned to Black.


Gothitelle is Caitlin's only known Pokémon. By using Gothitelle's psychic abilities, Caitlin was able to communicate with the Gym Leaders kidnapped by Team Plasma to learn of their condition. Later, Caitlin used Gothitelle to connect Black's mind to the other Gym Leaders so they would be able to relay a message to him.

Gothitelle's known moves are Telekinesis and Psyshock, and its Ability is Frisk.

Debut Dream a Little Dream

Pocket Monsters BW

Caitlin in Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder

Caitlin appears in volume 3 of Pocket Monsters BW.

Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder

Caitlin appears in one panel alongside the other Elite Four members defeated by N's Zekrom at the destroyed Pokémon League.

In the TCG

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

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 #
Caitlin Su Plasma Blast   78/101 Megalo Cannon   072/076
      BW-P Promotional cards   215/BW-P
Chilling Reign   132/198 Jet-Black Spirit   064/070
Chilling Reign   189/198 Jet-Black Spirit   080/070
Chilling Reign   213/198 Jet-Black Spirit   088/070
Cynthia & Caitlin Su Cosmic Eclipse   189/236 Alter Genesis   088/095
Cosmic Eclipse   228/236 Alter Genesis   106/095
      S-P Promotional cards   088/S-P


  • Caitlin dresses in the Japanese 姫ギャル princess gal style.
  • Caitlin is the only character in Black and White who is either a Gym Leader or an Elite Four member who does not use a move introduced in Generation V in either battle.
  • Caitlin is the only Unova Elite Four member to have appeared in the anime.
  • Caitlin is one of two members of any Elite Four to have a home shown in-game, the other being Lorelei.
    • Both of these places were inaccessible when the characters first debuted.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カトレア Katorea From the orchid genus Cattleya
English, Brazilian
Caitlin Similar to her Japanese name and possibly castle
German Kattlea Similar to her Japanese name
Spanish Catleya Similar to her Japanese name
French Percila From persil (parsley)
Italian Catlina Similar to her Japanese and English name
Korean 카틀레야 Kateulleya From 카틀레야 Kateulleya (Cattleya orchid)
Chinese (Mandarin) 嘉德麗雅 / 嘉德丽雅 Jiādélìyǎ* From 嘉德麗雅蘭 / 嘉德丽雅兰 Jiādélìyǎ-lán (Cattleya orchid)
卡特丽亚 Kǎtèlìyà* Transcription of her Japanese name and possibly 卡特兰 Kǎtè-lán (Cattleya orchid)
Chinese (Cantonese) 嘉德麗雅 Gādāklaih'ā From 嘉德麗雅蘭 Gādāklaih'a-làahn (Cattleya orchid)
Russian Каттлея Kattleya Transcription of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Katorea Transcription of her Japanese name


  1. Cynthia & Caitlin (Cosmic Eclipse 189)
  2. ShellSpider's blog entry
  3. Pokémon Black and White take place 12 years after the Generation II/IV core series games (see Core series → Timeline)
  4. Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 take place 14 years after the Generation II/IV core series games (see Core series → Timeline)
  5. Sarah Miller-Crews — Video Clips
  6. Nintendo DREAM (vol. 329)
  7. Caitlin: "In the past, when I battled, the force of my emotions shook me greatly. When my power awoke, I came close to destroying everything around me. That weak person no longer exists... Still, sometimes, my determination fails."

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