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This article is about the Pokémon Trainer from Ecruteak City. For the character whose Japanese name is also Sakura, see Daisy (anime).
サクラ Sakura
Sakura in the anime
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Magenta
Hometown Ecruteak City
Region Johto
Relatives Satsuki, Tamao, Sumomo, Koume (sisters)
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut Trouble's Brewing
English voice actor Kerry Williams
Japanese voice actor Mariko Kouda

Sakura (Japanese: サクラ Sakura), known as Sayo in the English language versions of the games, is a Pokémon Trainer who lives with her sisters, the Kimono Sisters, in Ecruteak City.


In the anime

Sakura in full costume

Sakura debuted in Trouble's Brewing. She soon struck up a friendship with Misty, after learning that were both the youngest in their families and has similar experiences with their older sisters. While she had been training to be a Kimono Girl, like her sisters, she had dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Trainer, and looked forward to challenging the Johto League. She even considered joining Ash and his friends on their Pokémon journey. Though after witnessing Ash's group battle against her sisters, she decided that she wanted to train by herself first before embarking on her own journey.

The group caught up with Sakura in Espeon, Not Included, while passing through Ecruteak City. By this time, her Eevee had evolved into an Espeon. She used Espeon in a battle against Misty's Corsola, though lost the match. She also later helped the group to save her sisters' stolen Pokémon from Team Rocket. Afterwards she decided she was finally ready to go on her own journey, and with her sisters’ permissions, she began her journey towards Violet City.

Sakura's latest appearance was in The Blue Badge of Courage, where she was revealed to be challenging Gyms and so visited Misty in Cerulean City. She mentioned that she already had three Gym Badges by that point: the Storm Badge, the Zephyr Badge, and the Hive Badge. After she helped Misty in rescuing Kinso's stolen Badges from the Gym Badge thieves, Sakura had a battle against Misty's Corsola once again. This time, Espeon was victorious, thus earning Sakura her fourth Badge, the Cascade Badge.


Sakura is a sincere girl. Prior to meeting Ash and his friends, Sakura felt lost in herself. Sakura shares a lot of parallels with Misty. In particular, her desire for independence namely because she felt that she was never included with many of her sisters' activities. While she had been training alongside her sisters to become a fully qualified Kimono Girl, Satsuki and the others were always quick to point out her mistakes and immaturity. Misty's traveling tales served as a catalyst for Sakura to finally reveal and eventually go on her own journey. Her newfound confidence was well received by her sisters in Trouble's Brewing. By the end of Espeon, Not Included, Sakura put her training into practice. She led the offensive against Team Rocket and later went on to recover her sisters' stolen Pokemon, reaffirming her goals and independence.


This listing is of Sakura's known Pokémon:

Sakura's Espeon
Eevee → Espeon
Main article: Sakura's Espeon

Espeon is Sakura's main Pokémon. It first appeared as an Eevee in Trouble's Brewing. By its next appearance in Espeon, Not Included, it had already evolved into Espeon and had a battle against Misty's Corsola. However, it was defeated by the Water-type. It also appeared in The Blue Badge of Courage defeating Misty's Corsola, earning Sakura a Cascade Badge.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese Yumi Touma
English Kayzie Rogers
Sakura's Beautifly
Beautifly first appeared in The Blue Badge of Courage, when Sakura used it to find the people who stole Kinso's Badges.

None of Beautifly's moves are known.

Debut The Blue Badge of Courage
Voice actors
Japanese Machiko Toyoshima
English Rachael Lillis

Badges obtained

Sakura's Johto Badges

This listing is of the Badges Sakura has obtained:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 國府田マリ子 Mariko Kouda
English Kerry Williams
Finnish Jenni Sivonen
Polish Magda Ostolska (EP183)
Katarzyna Łukaszyńska (EP226)
Brazilian Portuguese Tatiane Keplmair (EP183-EP226)
Priscilla Concepción (HS05)
Spanish Latin America Ana Lobo (EP183-EP226)
Ariadna Rivas (HS05)
Spain Sandra Jara (EP183-EP226)
Carmen Cervantes (HS05)

In the games

Generation II

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Sayo can be battled in the Ecruteak Dancing Hall as well as her sisters. Once she and her sisters are defeated, a man will give the player HM03 (Surf).


Generation IV

Sayo makes an appearance in the Gold and Silver remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well. Unlike before, but as with her sisters in these games, she can be encountered outside of the Ecruteak Dance Hall. She first meets the player in the Ice Path when her sandals get stuck to the ice. She can be fought after the player receives the Rainbow Wing or the Silver Wing. Unlike before, she is in ownership of a Jolteon. Once she and her sisters are defeated in a consecutive battle, the player receives either the Clear Bell or the Tidal Bell.



Spr GS Kimono Girl.png Spr HGSS Kimono Girl.png Kimono Girl b II OD.png Kimono Girl OD.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver



Language Name Origin
Japanese サクラ Sakura From 桜 cherry blossom.
English Sayo*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
French Yumiko*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
German Keiko*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
Italian Sayo* Same as her English name in the games.
Sakura* From her Japanese name
Spanish Bea*
Sakura* From her Japanese name
Korean 예솔 Yesol
Chinese (Mandarin) 櫻花 Yīnghuā* Means Cherry flower.
小樱 Xiǎo Yīng*

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHau
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor Sakuragi
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUlu
Supporting Ho-OhOfficer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanJigglypuffTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyGranbullLizaSakuraLanceLarvitarRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoStevenVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaMarianLake guardiansYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMeloettaJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearSamson OakAnelaToucannon's flockStoutlandHobbesNinaAnnaLakiOranguruDanaYansuLight trioWickeFabaUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestIlimaAcerolaDiaKoharuGym LeadersElite FourCoordinatorsFrontier BrainsPerformersIsland KahunasRecurring wild PokémonMany temporary characters

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