シロナ Shirona
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cynthia.png
Art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Female
Eye color Gray
Hair color Blonde
Hometown Celestic Town*
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Grandmother
unnamed grandfather,
younger sister
Trainer class ChampionDPPtBDSP
Pokémon TrainerBWB2W2SMUSUM
Generation IV, V, VII, VIII
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Sun and Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Masters EX
Champion of Pokémon League (Sinnoh)
Game animation debut The New World
English voice actor Tara Jayne (Generations)
Allegra Clark[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Aya Endō (Generations)
Mie Sonozaki[2] (Masters EX)
Anime counterpart Cynthia
Counterpart debut Top-Down Training!

Cynthia (Japanese: シロナ Shirona) is an archeologist who is also the Champion of the Sinnoh region's Pokémon League in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl.

In the core series games

Character profile

Cynthia is the Champion of the Sinnoh region, who makes her first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. She also the first female Champion introduced in the core series (excluding player characters). Cynthia is an archeologist who investigates myths involving Pokémon and is described as mysterious, referring to herself as "the researcher of myths." With her interest in mythology and history, she spends her time researching and exploring various sites associated with Legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region. Because of this Cynthia has a wide knowledge of Pokémon and their relationships with people, creating some theories of her own. She can get carried away with these topics, often talking for long periods of time or theorizing in places where she shouldn't be.[3] Cynthia realizes this behavior, catching herself and apologizing whenever it happens.[4] Similarly, she speaks politely, frequently asking the player if they are doing well and uses phrases such as "pardon".

Cynthia tends to enjoy relaxation and travel, visiting the villas owned by Caitlin and the player found in Unova and in Sinnoh's Battle Zone respectively. In Platinum, she expresses that part of the reason for this is that she is typically a messy person, and has research papers thrown around the house. Cynthia also enjoys the piano, claiming that she enjoys the sound, listening to it with both her body and spirit.

Cynthia has a large love and passion for Pokémon and is implied to have helped Professor Rowan with his Pokédex, embarking on an adventure as a child, similar to that of the player. Cynthia can be seen as a generous person, providing the player with multiple items and information throughout their journey, including Pokémon Eggs. While generous, she is also very appreciative of the player's efforts. At the Pokémon league, she acknowledges the player's strength as a Trainer and their bond with Pokémon. She enjoys fun and challenging battles and isn't easy to give up.

Cynthia's known relatives include her grandmother, her grandfather, and a younger sister, all of which go unnamed. Her family lives in Celestic Town, although her own hometown was not mentioned, even going as far to say that her home region is a secret. Cynthia bears a striking resemblance to Volo and Cogita, implying some form of ancestry, however the direct correlation between the three, is unknown.


Cynthia is an adult woman with long curly platinum blonde hair that reaches behind her knees. Bangs fall over her left eye and two large side curls fall in front of her shoulders, curling inward, covering her ears and the back of the neck. She has thin eyebrows. Cynthia's eyes are thin, but round, and point outward ending with thick eyelashes. She has gray irises. While their relation is unknown, she carries similar design attributes with that of Volo and Cogita, possesing similar facial structures and colors.

Her clothing and design has remained mainly the same between all of her core series appearances. Her hair has two decorations on both sides of her head, resembling two black teardrops with a gold stripe on each tear. One of Cynthia's most iconic attributes is her long and heavy black coat that drapes over half way down her legs, ending in dark black fur trimming. The coat forms a V-neck with the openings connecting to another with another teardrop-like ornament that is silver in color, potentially acting like a zipper, that ends on the front of her chest. Two more silvery buttons appear next to this ornament. The coat's long sleeves end at her wrists also ending in dark black fur trimming. Cynthia also owns a scarf of the same black fluffy material as the fur trimming on her coat, covering a majority of her neck. Underneath, Cynthia owns a plain, dark-gray v-neck dress shirt with long sleeves ending at around her waist. Cynthia's long light gray dress pants also lack much detail other than seams. The pants however, do cover her ankles, leaving no form of skin in sight. The toe tips of Cynthia's black pointed high-heel shoes have a thin gold stripe that end at the soles. A majority of her shoes are covered by her pant legs.

Cynthia owns a Pokédex and, in Generation VII, she has a Key Stone, where these items are held are unknown.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Cynthia's artwork for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, illustrated by Ken Sugimori

Website blurbBDSP: A mysterious person who shows up at many points along your journey. She’s investigating myths about Pokémon.

Cynthia makes her first appearance in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, where she meets up with the player at various points during their journey.

She will first meet the player in Eterna City, where she takes an interest in them for owning a Pokédex given to them by Professor Rowan. She explains to the player about her interest in mythology and about Sinnoh's Pokémon of Myth, she then offers HM01 (Cut) to the player. After the player defeats Crasher Wake and Maylene, and follows a Team Galactic Grunt found in Pastoria City to Lake Valor, the player runs into Cynthia again at Valor Lakefront, where she is researching the Pokémon of the lake, however, the lake is currently closed to the public. She asks the player if they have seen the wild Psyduck that appear at Route 210, giving them the SecretPotion that would help cure the Pokémon's headache. Once the player makes their way to Route 210, Cynthia appears again once the Psyduck have left. This time, she has a big favor to ask the player, and gives them the Old Charm to deliver to her grandmother at Celestic Town. In Hearthome City, Cynthia speaks to the player at the gym after they have defeated Fantina, making mention of Team Galactic and their dangerous acts. She later appears at the Pokémon League as the Champion, serving as the player's final obstacle.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, she can also be battled against at the Battle Tower.

Pokémon Platinum

In Pokémon Platinum, Cynthia has the same role as she did in Diamond and Pearl, but has an extended role in this game, allowing for more character interactions and events.

Like in Diamond and Pearl, the player first meets Cynthia at Eterna City, where she takes notice of the Pokédex that Professor Rowan has given them. She explains to them that she is a researcher of myth, and that Sinnoh has many Pokémon to discover to record in the Pokédex. After her explanation of the statue based on the Pokémon of Myth, she provides the player with HM01 (Cut), and before leaving, asks the player to give her regards to Professor Rowan. After Jupiter's defeat in the Team Galactic Eterna Building, Cynthia meets the player at the cycle shop and happily gives the player a Togepi Egg, saying it will help them with their Pokédex.

After the player defeats Crasher Wake in Pastoria City and follows a Team Galactic Grunt towards Lake Valor, the player runs into Cynthia again at Valor Lakefront, where she is researching the Pokémon of the lake, however, the lake is currently closed to the public. She asks the player if they have seen the wild Psyduck that appear at Route 210 and gives them the SecretPotion that would help cure the Pokémon's headache. The player makes their way to Route 210, with Cynthia appearing again once the Psyduck have left. This time, she has a big favor to ask the player, and gives them the Old Charm to deliver to her grandmother in Celestic Town. At Celestic Town, she takes notice of the bomb held by Team Galactic, having second thoughts about how harmless they actually were and how their usage of Pokémon is unacceptable. She directs the player towards Canalave City and it's library, if they want to continue work on their Pokédex.

At the summit of Mount Coronet, Cynthia arrives at the Spear Pillar once Cyrus has been dragged into the Distortion World by a shadowy figure. Providing context of Sinnoh's origins, she explains that there is a third member of the Pokémon of Myth alongside Dialga and Palkia, a Pokémon named Giratina. Because of Giratina's presence, space-time is distorting from the portal leading to the Distortion World. Cynthia and the player lead into the Distortion World where she guides the player through the world in order to confront Giratina. Throughout the Distortion World, Cynthia explains the properties of the location, the lack of Pokémon, the abnormality of space and time, and the balance the Lake guardians have with the Pokémon of Myth. After the defeat of Cyrus and Giratina, Cynthia and the player fall back into the Sendoff Spring, where she offers her thanks on the situation, and tells the player to meet Professor Rowan who was worried. She splits paths with the players once again, and, like in Diamond and Pearl, she is fought as the Champion of the Pokémon League.

During the post-game, she will appear at the Celestic ruins, explaining the context. Cynthia theorizes about the three lights, painted on the cave wall, such as what Pokémon they could be or if it represents something greater. She connects it to the writing that is engraved on the Plates found throughout Sinnoh, and how there may be a another Pokémon mentioned, called the Original One. Her theory implies that this Pokémon is stronger than Dialga or Palkia, but is unsure about where Giratina may fit into the bigger picture. She thanks the player for listening and takes off.

The player meets Cynthia again at Snowpoint City after they have found every Pokémon in Sinnoh. Here, she provides the player with words of encouragement before they boat to the Fight Area, and how she is proud of them. She can later appear in the player's villa in the Resort Area, and takes mention of her love for the piano.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia makes an appearance in the Sinjoh Ruins, doing further investigation on the origins of Arceus and the Pokémon of Myth. If the player has an Arceus with a fateful encounter marker or from the Hall of Origin when they visit the Ruins of Alph, the player will be teleported to the Sinjoh Ruins. Inside a cabin at the ruins, the player will find Cynthia, who will tell the player that Arceus will let them obtain a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. If the player returns to the Sinjoh Ruins with another Arceus (that doesn't have the same origin as the one they used the first time), they will be informed that Cynthia has returned to Sinnoh, and the event will run without her.

Generation V

During Generation V, Cynthia appears in a villa belonging to Caitlin in Undella Town, where she can be battled. She leaves after being defeated for the first time and afterwards reappears during the spring and summer seasons. During spring, she can be rebattled once a day. After defeating her, Shauntal and Caitlin can be seen visiting this house in the spring, and, in Pokémon Black and White only, Lenora, Elesa, Iris, and Skyla visit in the summer.

In Pokémon Black and White, she speaks about a young Trainer who had defeated her, and mentions that the same Trainer also defeated Giratina, referring to the player character during the events of Platinum.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Cynthia can also be battled in the Champions Tournament at the Pokémon World Tournament. She is the only woman who participates in this tournament, with Iris being excluded.

Generation VII

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Cynthia appears in Alola's Battle Tree as an opponent that the player can battle and subsequently recruit.


Cynthia has appeared in at least one game in each generation between Generations IV and VII, and has used a variety of Pokémon both in type and selection, between them all. In Pokémon Platinum and in rematches in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, none of her Pokémon share any types with one another and has the most diverse Pokémon usage in comparison to other Champions in her team of six, owning 11 of the 12 possible types.

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, all of Cynthia's Pokémon are kept in Ultra Balls when battled against.

Her Garchomp has seen usage in every game where she has battled the player, and has appeared in numerous pieces of media and merchandise on her own. Tied with Red's Pikachu in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia's Garchomp rests at level 88 in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as the highest level Pokémon owned by an NPC outside of battle facilities.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Before Stark Mountain

After Stark Mountain

Given away
Normal Unknown
Hustle or Serene Grace
Held item:
Togepi/ Lv.1
Normal Status
Normal Status

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Undella Town

Pokémon World Tournament

Cynthia uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. She will always lead with her signature Pokémon, Garchomp.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Battle Tree

Cynthia uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double Battles, and two in Multi Battles.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

All of Cynthia's Pokémon have the maximum of 510 EVs, with all of her Pokémon havng at least one stat with 252 EVs in it.

All of Cynthia's Pokémon except her Spiritomb (which has perfect IVs, with 31 in all six stats) have 31 IVs in five out of their six stats, with the remaining stat having 0 IVs.

Champion battle

Rematch (before Stark Mountain)

Rematch (after Stark Mountain)

Battle Tower
Master Class Single Battles (Rank 9)

In the spin-off games

Cynthia and Garchomp's artwork for Pokémon Masters EX

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Cynthia (Masters)

Cynthia forms a sync pair with Garchomp, Kommo-o, Altered Forme Giratina, West Sea Gastrodon, and Lucario in Pokémon Masters EX. Both her Garchomp and Lucario are capable of Mega Evolving. Cynthia became a playable sync pair on January 1, 2020.

Cynthia first appeared as an NPC during the first chapter of PML Arc. She also made notable appearances later in the PML Arc, Legendary Adventures, and the Villain Arc.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#078   Cynthia #0445   Garchomp
  Mega Garchomp
  ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout
#078   Sygna Suit
#0784   Kommo-o
  ★★★★★☆EX Poké Fair Sync Pair Scout
#078   Sygna Suit (Renegade)
#0487   Giratina  
Altered Forme
  ★★★★★☆EX Master Fair Sync Pair Scout
#078   Cynthia #0423   Gastrodon
West Sea
  ★★★★☆☆EX Trainer Lodge Friendship Level 100
#078   Sygna Suit (Aura)
#0448   Lucario    
  Mega Lucario
  ★★★★★☆EX Master Fair Sync Pair Scout

Pokémon UNITE

Cynthia and her Garchomp appear in Pokémon UNITE as an enemy Trainer to fight during the Legacy Trainer Showdown event between September 9, 2022 and October 6, 2022. Her Garchomp starts the battle as Gible and can evolve to Gabite and then Garchomp during the battle. The event later returned between April 21, 2023 and May 21, 2023.


Main article: Cynthia/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Main article: Cynthia (anime)

Cynthia is a recurring character in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Her physical debut was in Top-Down Training!, where she defeated Ash's rival Paul in a Full Battle. She has assisted Ash and his friends on several occasions, helping them fight both Team Galactic in Sinnoh and Team Rocket in Unova.

In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Cynthia returns as one of the top eight Pokémon Trainers in the world within the World Coronation Series.

A Ripple in Time

Cynthia in A Ripple in Time

A version of Cynthia based on her anime counterpart appears in a cameo in A Ripple in Time. She is seen trying to pick out ice cream at a fair stall in the Pokémon League.



Pokémon Generations

In The New World, Cynthia and Garchomp attempted to stop Cyrus from destroying the world by summoning Dialga and Palkia. However, Giratina appeared and helped her. She then watched as Giratina took Cyrus to the Distortion World.



Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 遠藤綾 Aya Endō
English Tara Jayne
European Spanish Geni Rey

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, Cynthia and her Garchomp form a sync pair on a team with Lance and Steven.


Cynthia briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Cynthia in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Cynthia has loved cycling since her childhood and often races with her Garchomp.


Diamond & Pearl arc

Cynthia first appears in Ring Around the Roserade II. She is first seen in Eterna City, where she correctly predicts the evolutions of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's Tru, Chimler, and Piplup. After laughing at Diamond and Pearl's comedy routine, Cynthia offers to give Platinum advice for her upcoming Gym battle against Gardenia. Once finished, Cynthia attacks the Team Galactic Eterna Building in order to rescue Rad Rickshaw, who was kidnapped by Team Galactic.

In Suffering Psyduck, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum encounter Cynthia again at the Pokémon Mansion. Cynthia reveals that Mr. Backlot, the owner of the mansion, asked her to investigate a Psyduck that went missing. She takes the three to Route 210, where a large group of Psyduck have clustered together, creating a roadblock that prevents anyone from passing through the route. Using a SecretPotion, Cynthia cures the Psyduck of their headaches, causing them to disperse and allow travel through Route 210.

Afterward, Cynthia and the trio meet with Cynthia's grandmother, who had been forced to stay at the Café Cabin due to the roadblock preventing her from going back to Celestic Town. Cynthia decides to have her grandmother take the trio to Celestic Town while she goes off to return one of the Psyduck to its owner. Before leaving, Cynthia lends her Garchomp to her grandmother for protection.

In Halting Honchkrow, Cynthia appears at the Team Galactic HQ to confront Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic. Cynthia reveals that her intentions were to take revenge on Cyrus for attacking Celestic Town, her hometown. Despite her best efforts, Cynthia's rage leads to her commanding Garchomp to attack with Draco Meteor, which it had yet to master. The attack heavily damages Cyrus's Gyarados, but fails to actually knock it out. With Garchomp left exhausted after using the move, Cyrus bids Cynthia farewell and heads to the Spear Pillar to begin his plans.

Cynthia, realizing that Cyrus intends to summon Dialga and Palkia, decides to follow after him to prevent the two Pokémon from being awakened. As she heads out of the building, Cynthia comes across Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, who had fought Team Galactic to free Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf from their clutches. The trio join Cynthia and travel to the Spear Pillar in order to put a stop to Cyrus's ambitions. By the time the group arrived at the Spear Pillar, Cyrus had already successfully summoned Dialga and Palkia and had them fight each other. The clash between the two Legendary Pokémon creates distortions in time and space that slowly begin to engulf the Sinnoh region. The distortions, combined with her injures, prevent Cynthia from being much help to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum during the battle against Cyrus.

During the battle, an explosion causes Cynthia to drop a scroll containing information on Dialga and Palkia. After translating the scroll, Platinum relays the information to Diamond and Pearl, who successfully free Dialga and Palkia from Cyrus's control. Now free, Dialga and Palkia combine their powers to defeat Cyrus and stop the distortions affecting Sinnoh.

Platinum arc

In The Final Dimensional Duel I, Cynthia is taken to Veilstone City by her grandmother. Cynthia is chastised by her grandmother over her defeat at the hands of Cyrus. Cynthia's grandmother reveals she plans on training Cynthia to fully master learning Draco Meteor.

In The Final Dimensional Duel X, Cynthia appears in Sunyshore City, where she defeats Charon and Giratina with a fully-mastered Draco Meteor. When asked how she knew Giratina would appear in Sunyshore, Cynthia reveals that being trapped in the Distortion World left Giratina with the desire to see the sun. Afterward, Cynthia takes her grandmother to the Café Cabin as thanks for the special training.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

In All About Arceus IX, Cynthia is seen in the Johto region, where she spots Dialga and Palkia flying towards Sinnoh. She is then approached by Palmer, a Frontier Brain who also hails from Sinnoh.


Gabite → Garchomp
Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

Garchomp is Cynthia's strongest Pokémon and her main battler. Garchomp is well trained enough to even battle without her Trainer giving commands. She battled Cyrus and his Pokémon in the Celestic Ruins but he managed to outsmart her and use her moves against her for his own gain. She was later used against him in the Galactic HQ holding a grudge from their last battle, despite using her strongest moves including the powerful Draco Meteor, her rage caused her moves to become weaker and Cyrus escaped, with neither her nor Cynthia strong enough to follow him.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade II
Spiritomb was the second Pokémon seen in Cynthia's possession. With her powerful Psychic techniques she can lift objects with ease and played an important role in rescuing Rad Rickshaw from the clutches of Team Galactic. She was later used against Cyrus in the Galactic HQ and defeated his Honchkrow but was frozen by his Weavile and rendered unable to fight.

Spiritomb's known moves are Psychic and Shock Wave, and her Ability is Pressure.

Debut Ring Around the Roserade II
Milotic was the third Pokémon seen in Cynthia's possession. Milotic was first used against the Galactic Boss Cyrus in the Team Galactic HQ, it defeated his Weavile after a tough battle but was knocked out by a Giga Impact from his Gyarados.

Milotic's known moves are Iron Tail, Brine, Twister, and Tackle.

Debut Shunning Spiritomb

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Cynthia in Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Cynthia first appears in Dialga's Secret Keys!, where she rescues Hareta from a Team Galactic Grunt. Afterwards, she tells him and Mitsumi about the legends of Celestic Town and the Legendary Pokémon in Sinnoh.

She reappears in A New Battle Begins! as a member of the Pokémon League, challenging Mitsumi. Even though Mitsumi gets the upper hand, she decides to resign, as it would make things better for Hareta.


Main article: Cynthia's Garchomp

While in Celestic Town, Cynthia sent out her Garchomp to show off her power to Hareta. In A New Battle Begins, she was up against Mitsumi's Infernape.

Debut Dialga's Secret Keys
Lucario was used in the Pokémon League where it faced off against Mitsumi's Electivire.
None of Lucario's moves are known.
Debut A New Battle Begins

Cynthia has at least one other Pokémon, as she participated in the first round of the Sinnoh League which is a 3 on 3 Single Battle.


Badges obtained
Pokémon League

Cynthia has competed in the following Pokémon Leagues:

Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!

Cynthia only appears in a flashback in The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!.


Lucario only appears in a flashback alongside its Trainer.
None of Lucario's moves are known.
Debut The Ultimate Combination is Formed!!

In the TCG


Artwork from the cards:

Watching over her Pokémon


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

Cynthia'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 #
Rayquaza     Supreme Victors   8/147 Beat of the Frontier   078/100
Lickilicky     Supreme Victors   30/147 Beat of the Frontier   086/100
Lucario     Supreme Victors   31/147 Garchomp Half Deck   004/016
Milotic     Supreme Victors   35/147 Garchomp Half Deck   001/016
Roserade     Supreme Victors   40/147 Garchomp Half Deck   002/016
Altaria     Supreme Victors   49/147 Garchomp Half Deck   005/016
Garchomp     Supreme Victors   60/147 Garchomp Half Deck   006/016
Spiritomb     Supreme Victors   84/147 Garchomp Half Deck   003/016
Togekiss     Supreme Victors   86/147 Garchomp Half Deck   008/016
Garchomp   LV.X   Supreme Victors   145/147 Garchomp Half Deck   007/016
DP Black Star Promos   DP46      
Rayquaza   LV.X   Supreme Victors   146/147 Beat of the Frontier   079/100
DP Black Star Promos   DP47      
Garchomp   Ultra Prism   99/156 Ultra Moon   044/066
      GX Ultra Shiny   101/150
Hidden Fates   SV40/SV94 GX Ultra Shiny   200/150
Garchomp   Forbidden Light   62/131 Ultra Force   028/050
Garchomp    Astral Radiance   TG23/TG30 Battle Region   084/067
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Cynthia's Feelings Su Legends Awakened   131/146 Temple of Anger    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Champion's Room St Supreme Victors   135/147 Beat of the Frontier   093/100
Cynthia's Guidance Su Supreme Victors   136/147 Beat of the Frontier   092/100
      Garchomp Half Deck   015/016
Cynthia Su Ultra Prism   119/156 Ultra Moon   061/066
Ultra Prism   148/156 Ultra Moon   070/066
      SM-P Promotional cards   266/SM-P
      GX Ultra Shiny   132/150
Hidden Fates   SV82/SV94 GX Ultra Shiny   153/150
      Tag Bolt   086/095
Yellow A Alternate cards   119a/156 Double Blaze   095/095
      SM-P Promotional cards   335/SM-P
Cynthia & Caitlin Su Cosmic Eclipse   189/236 Alter Genesis   088/095
Cosmic Eclipse   228/236 Alter Genesis   106/095
Cynthia's Ambition Su Brilliant Stars   138/172 Star Birth   093/100
Brilliant Stars   169/172 Star Birth   114/100
Brilliant Stars   178/172 Star Birth   122/100
      Lucario VSTAR Starter Set   018/021
      Darkrai VSTAR Starter Set   018/020
      VSTAR Universe   153/172
Crown Zenith   GG60/GG70 VSTAR Universe   239/172
Friends in Sinnoh Su Crown Zenith   131/159 VSTAR Universe   154/172
Crown Zenith   149/159 VSTAR Universe   247/172


For images of Cynthia's anime counterpart, see: Cynthia (anime)
For images of Cynthia in Pokémon Masters EX, see: Cynthia (Masters)



Official artwork from
Diamond and Pearl by Ken Sugimori[5]
Official artwork from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
In artwork for the Distortion World for Pokémon Platinum
Key art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Concept art

Concept art from Diamond and Pearl Concept art from Sun and Moon


Artwork of Cynthia and Garchomp for the
Pokémon Center Pokémon Trainers merchandise line
Cynthia and Garchomp artwork
by Hitoshi Ariga for Kotobukiya ArtFx J figurines

Raw TCG artwork

Raw artwork for the Cynthia card illustrated
by Hideki Ishikawa for Ultra Prism
Raw artwork for the Cynthia's Ambition ultra rare print card illustrated
by Megumi Mizutani for Ultra Prism
Raw artwork for the Friends in Sinnoh full art print
illustrated by Hideki Ishikawa
Raw artwork for the Cynthia Sword and Shield promotional print
illustrated by Atsushi Furusawa for Crown Zenith

Game Assets

Seal Template background from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Trainer Showdown Artwork for Pokémon UNITE

Sprites and models

Sprite from
Diamond and Pearl
Sprite from
VS sprite from
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
High-poly model from
Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
VS sprite from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and
Shining Pearl
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Battle Tower VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl


Music related to Cynthia was also arranged for various themes in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for the character Volo.

Cynthia's battle themes, Battle! (Champion), Battle! (Cynthia) and Battle! (Champion - Sinnoh Version), were adapted into the song battle gene M.

Games Location Song name Composition Arrangement
 D  P  Pt  Talking to Cynthia at the
Pokémon League
Champion Cynthia Go Ichinose Go Ichinose
 D  P  Pt 
 S  M  US  UM 
Battling Cynthia at the
Pokémon LeagueDPPt
or Battle TreeSMUSUM
Battle! (Champion) Junichi Masuda Junichi Masuda
 D  P  Pt  Defeating Cynthia Victory! (Champion) Hitomi Sato Hitomi Sato
 B  W  B2  W2  Talking to Cynthia at
Undella Town
Cynthia's Theme Go Ichinose Hitomi Sato
Battling Cynthia at
Undella Town
Battle! (Cynthia) Junichi Masuda Go Ichinose
Hitomi Sato
 B2  W2  Battling Cynthia at
the PWT
Battle! (Champion—Sinnoh Version) Junichi Masuda Hitomi Sato
 BD  SP  Talking to Cynthia at the
Pokémon League
Champion Cynthia Go Ichinose Shota Kageyama
Battling Cynthia at the
Pokémon League
or Battle Tower
Battle! (Champion) Junichi Masuda Shota Kageyama
Defeating Cynthia Victory! (Champion) Hitomi Sato Shota Kageyama
Song names marked with an asterisk are unofficial, as they have not received a soundtrack release.


  • After the player heads into the Distortion World in Platinum, should the player use the portal to head back into Spear Pillar, Cynthia will still be there, while also being in the Distortion World.
  • In the Generation IV games, Milotic is her only Pokémon used that was not introduced during that generation.
  • In Platinum, Cynthia's Togekiss has the Hustle Ability, despite having no moves that benefit from the Ability.
  • Cynthia shares many similarities with Volo:
    • Mission 20, where the player must meet up with Volo, is called The Researcher of Myths, a title by which Cynthia also refers to herself.
    • In his final battle, Volo wears a necklace with a teardrop-shaped ornament that resembles the ornament on Cynthia's dress. However, Cogita's dress more fully resembles Cynthia's, including the teardrop-shaped ornament, so the significance of the ornament is uncertain.
    • In the final battle against him, Volo shares five Pokémon with Cynthia's Pokémon Platinum team: Spiritomb, Garchomp, Togekiss, Roserade, and Lucario. The only Pokémon that Volo does not use from said team is Milotic, as it is not present in Pokémon Legends: Arceus; he instead uses Hisuian Arcanine. Like Cynthia, Volo always begins the battle by sending out Spiritomb.
    • The music that plays before Volo's final battle begins is an arrangement of Cynthia's battle theme. His final battle theme is an arrangement of Cynthia's encounter and battle themes.
    • After his final battle, Volo vows to meet Arceus, and in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cynthia meets Arceus during the Sinjoh Ruins event.


Language Name Origin
Japanese シロナ Shirona From 白南天 shironanten (white-fruited nandina), a plant that symbolizes "love growing stronger" and "good home" in the language of flowers[6]
English, German, French Cynthia From Cynthia, an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis and poetic name for the moon. The name may be a parallel to Cyrus, whose name is associated with the sun.
Spanish Cintia From Cintia (Spanish cognate of the name "Cynthia")
Italian Camilla Possibly from Camilla, an Amazon warrior and servant of the moon goddess Diana described in the Aeneid
Korean 난천 Nancheon From 남천 (南天) namcheon (nandina)
Chinese (Mandarin) 竹蘭 / 竹兰 Zhúlán From 南天竹 nántiānzhú / nàahmtīnjūk (nandina)
Chinese (Cantonese) 竹蘭 Jūklàahn
Brazilian Portuguese Cíntia*
Similar to her English name
Same as her English name
Russian Синтия Sintiya Transcription of her English name
Thai ชิโรนะ Chirona Transcription of her Japanese name
Vietnamese Shirona Transcription of her Japanese name

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