Cynthia Pokemon Guide: Sinnoh’s Stellar Champion

Cynthia is the Sinnoh’s Champion of the Pokémon League. She was introduced in Gen 4 and was loved by every Pokémon fan; that’s why she has the most appearances in multimedia (Games, anime, and Manga) compared to other Champions of the game.

The Cynthia Pokemon is related to the mythology of Pokémon. She spends her time investigating the Pokémon World origin and learning a lot about Arceus, Palkia, Dialga, and Giratina. That’s why she is basically roaming around Sinnoh. She is a relaxed woman with great battle skills; for that, Cynthia is respected.

She has a villa in Unova, exactly in Undella Town, where she rests. Her family lives in Celestic Town. It is said that Cynthia was Professor Rowan’s helper, like the protagonist of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

Cynthia Summary of Appearances in Pokémon Versions and Media (Games, Anime, Movies)

In the games, Cynthia can be found in the following places:


Gen 4: Cynthia helps the player through all the Sinnoh adventures. She appeared for the first time in Eterna City, giving the player the HM01, Cut. After that, and only in Platinum, she gives the player an egg that contains a Togepi. She will appear in other parts, explaining the player stories about Sinnoh and its origins. She also sticks with the player, only in Platinum, when the player enters Distortion World. She will be with you in the process of defeating Cyrus and facing Giratina.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, she will be in the Sinjoh Ruins researching about the creation trio and Arceus. To get to the Sinjoh Ruins, you have to have an Arceus from the Hall Of Origin (This means that you have to trade it from Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum) or given through an event and visit the Ruins of Alph.

Cynthia will tell the player that Arceus will let the player have a Level 1 Palkia, Dialga, or Giratina. You can activate the event again with a different Arceus, but Cynthia will not be there.

Gen 5: Cynthia will be in her villa, in Undella Town. You can fight against her. If you win, she will leave and can be rematched during the Spring and the Summer. In White 2 and Black 2 she can be also battled in the Champions Tournament and in the Pokémon World Tournament.

Gen 7: Cynthia appears in Alola’s Battle Tree, she will be an opponent and you can recruit her too.

Cynthia is a recurring character in the anime through the Sinnoh and Unova, helping Ash and his friends on several occasions. She is also the Sinnoh Champion and a strong trainer; defeat her is very hard. She appeared for the first time in Sinnoh in Top-Down Training! In which she defeated Paul, an Ash friend. In the episode, Memories Are Made of Bliss! She battled against Flint for the Champion’s title; She won.

In the Black and White series, she appeared for the first time in All For The Love of Meloetta! She meets Ash again. Once again, she helped Ash and his friends defeat Team Rocket and their evil plans. Her last appearance was in Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!. with that, Cynthia is the Champion with the most appearances in the anime

She also appeared in Pokémon Generations in the episode The New World, where she tried to stop Cyrus from destroying the Distortion World.

In the Manga, Cynthia appeared in Pokémon Adventures, in the Diamond & Pearl, Platinum, and HeartGold & SoulSilver chapters.

Cynthia Pokemon

In the Diamond & Pearl chapter, she has a significant appearance since she tried to stop Cyrus from summoning Dialga and Palkia. Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum helped her get Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf free and Dialga and Palkia to finally defeat Cyrus.

In the Platinum chapter, she appeared only two times but was relevant to the story. Her debut was in The Final Dimensional Duel I. Her mother helped her dominate Draco Meteor after being defeated by Cyrus in a battle in the Diamond & Pearl chapter. After that, she appeared again in The Final Dimensional Duel X, defeating Charon and Giratina with Draco Meteor.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, she only did a cameo in All About Arceus IX.

Cynthia has various cards in the TCG, an uncommon and a Rare Ultra in the Ultra Prism expansion, a Rare Ultra in the Hidden Fates Expansion, and a reprint as one of the Yellow A alternate cards.

Cynthia Movesets: Gen 4

Diamond and Pearl, as the Sinnoh’s Champion:

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Spiritomb, Lv. 61 Dark/Ghost Dark Pulse, Psychic, Silver Wind, Embargo Pressure
Roserade, Lv. 60 Grass/Poison Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Extrasensory, Shadow Ball Natural Cure
Gastrodon, Lv. 60 Water/Ground Muddy Water, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Sludge Bomb Sticky Hold
Lucario, Lv. 63 Fighting/Steel Aura Sphere, Dragon Pulse, Psychic, Earthquake Steadfast
Milotic, Lv. 63 Water Surf, Ice Beam, Mirror Coat, Aqua Ring Marvel Scale
Garchomp, Lv. 66 Dragon/Ground Dragon Rush, Earthquake, Brick Break, Giga Impact Sand Veil

Her team in Pokémon Platinum:

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Spiritomb, Lv. 58 Dark/Ghost Dark Pulse, Psychic, Silver Wind, Shadow Ball Pressure
Roserade, Lv. 58 Grass/Poison Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Extrasensory, Toxic Natural Cure
Togekiss, Lv. 60 Normal/Flying Air Slash, Aura Sphere, Water Pulse, Shock Wave Hustle
Lucario, Lv. 60 Fighting/Steel Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, Shadow Ball, Stone Edge Steadfast
Milotic, Lv. 58 Water Surf, Ice Beam, Mirror Coat, Dragon Pulse Marvel Scale
Garchomp, Lv. 62 Dragon/Ground Dragon Rush, Earthquake, Flamethrower, Giga Impact Sand Veil

Gen 5

Pokémon Black and White:

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Spiritomb, Lv. 75 Dark/Ghost Sucker Punch, Shadow Ball, Will-O-Wisp, Double Team Pressure
Eelektross, Lv. 75 Electric Crunch, Wild Charge, Dragon Claw, Flamethrower Levitate
Milotic, Lv. 75 Water Hydro Pump, Blizzard, Bulldoze, Dragon Tail Marvel Scale
Braviary, Lv. 75 Normal/Flying Brave Bird, Crush Claw, Shadow Claw, Retaliate Sheer Force
Lucario, Lv. 75 Fighting/Steel Extreme Speed, Dragon Pulse, Close Combat, Aura Sphere. Steadfast
Garchomp, Lv. 77 Dragon/Ground Dragon Rush, Earthquake, Crunch, Stone Edge Sand Veil

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2:

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Spiritomb, Lv. 75 Dark/Ghost Shadow Ball, Double Team, Dream Eater, Hypnosis Pressure
Milotic, Lv. 75 Water Hydro Pump, Blizzard, Rest, Attract Marvel Scale
Togekiss, Lv. 75 Normal/Flying Air Slash, Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, Thunder Wave Serene Grace
Lucario, Lv. 75 Fighting/Steel Close Combat, Flash Cannon, Psychic, Extreme Speed Inner Focus
Glaceon, Lv. 75 Ice Ice Beam, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, Barrier Snow Cloak
Garchomp, Lv. 77 Dragon/Ground Dragon Rush, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Flame Blast Sand Veil

Pokémon World Tournament (Here, she will use three of her Pokémon in Single Battles, Four of them in Double or Rotation Battles and all of them in Triple Battles. Also, she will always start with Garchomp):

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability Item
Garchomp, Lv. 50 Dragon/Ground Outrage, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Swords Dance Sand Veil Focus Sash
Spiritomb, Lv. 50 Dark/Ghost Sucker Punch, Protect, Pain Split, Will-O-Wisp Pressure Rocky Helmet
Roserade, Lv. 50 Grass/Poison Leaf Storm, Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Sleep Powder Natural Cure or Poison Point White Herb
Togekiss, Lv. 50 Normal/Flying Air Slash, Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball, Grass Knot Hustle or Serene Grace Leftovers
Lucario, Lv. 50 Fighting/Steel Close Combat, Dark Pulse, Stone Edge, Extreme Speed. Steadfast or Inner Focus Life Orb
Glaceon, Lv. 50 Ice Ice Beam, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, Water Pulse Snow Cloak Choice Scarf

Gen 7

Battle Tree (She will use three of her Pokémon in Single Battles, Four in Double Battles, and two in Multi Battles):

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability Item
Milotic, Lv. 50 Water Hydro Pump, Blizzard, Mirror Coat, Recover / Ice Beam, Rest, Surf, Sleep Talk Marvel Scale or Competitive Wide Lens or Leftovers
Spiritomb, Lv. 50 Dark/Ghost Will-O-Wisp, Shadow Sneak, Swagger, Psych Up / Will-O-Wisp, Sucker Punch, Substitute, Pain Split Pressure or Infiltrator Leftovers or Custap Berry
Garchomp, Lv. 50 Dragon/Ground Outrage, Earthquake, Fire Fang Crunch / Sandstorm, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Dragon Claw Sand Veil or Rough Skin Choice Scarf or Garchompite
Lucario, Lv. 50 Fighting/Steel Close Combat, Rock Slide, Blaze Kick, Bullet Punch / Aura Sphere, Dragon Pulse, Stone Edge, Extreme Speed Steadfast or Inner Focus Lucarionite or Weakness Policy
Togekiss, Lv. 50 Fairy/Flying Grass Knot, Thunder Wave, Air Slash, Shadow Ball / Aura Sphere, Air Slash, Grass Knot, Dazzling Gleam Hustle or Serene Grace King’s Rock or Expert Belt

Cynthia Strengths

Cynthia Card

Cynthia is good in all and bad in almost nothing. Her teams are always balanced, and most of them don’t have a specific weakness; instead, you have to have a well-balanced team to defeat her.

Her Garchomp can sweep out everything; it is a particular menace against other Dragon-types, Lucario typically has Psychic, and it can use it to outplay its Fighting-type weakness. Spiritomb, before the Fairy-type exists, literally doesn’t have any weaknesses.

Her Milotic is such a problem to battle against since it is really tanky and an outstanding Special attacker, with Ice Beam to counter its Grass-type weakness. Even in the Pokémon tournaments in B2W2, it can have Bulldoze to easily counter its Electric-type weakness.

Cynthia Weaknesses

All of that being said, winning against Cynthia means that you are a dedicated trainer with a lot of patience. The best thing that you can do against Cynthia is having your team well trained and with some levels higher than her team and also having a balanced team, trying to cover the most weaknesses you can have by having various move sets.

We recommend having an excellent Ice-type attack (like Ice Beam) but not in an Ice-type Pokémon. Do the same thing with the Electric and Fighting-types.


Question: What can defeat Cynthia?

Answer: Cynthia has a tough battle; nonetheless, with a good and balanced team, some Ice, Dragon, Electric, Fire, and Psychic attacks, and a lot of patience can beat her.

Question: How many Pokémon does Cynthia have?

Answer: Her main Pokémon are Spiritomb, Garchomp, and Lucario. After that, she built her roster with Roserade, Togekiss, Eelektross, Glaceon, Braviary, Gastrodon and Milotic.

Question: Is Cynthia the Verity’s mother?

Answer: Although they resemble each other, Yuyama Kunihiko, the director of I Choose You!, confirmed that Cynthia isn’t Verity’s mother.

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