Cynthia Pokemon Guide: Sinnoh’s Stellar Champion

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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:

Spiritomb, Lv. 61Dark/GhostDark Pulse, Psychic, Silver Wind, EmbargoPressure
Roserade, Lv. 60Grass/PoisonEnergy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Extrasensory, Shadow BallNatural Cure
Gastrodon, Lv. 60Water/GroundMuddy Water, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Sludge BombSticky Hold
Lucario, Lv. 63Fighting/SteelAura Sphere, Dragon Pulse, Psychic, EarthquakeSteadfast
Milotic, Lv. 63WaterSurf, Ice Beam, Mirror Coat, Aqua RingMarvel Scale
Garchomp, Lv. 66Dragon/GroundDragon Rush, Earthquake, Brick Break, Giga ImpactSand Veil

Her team in Pokémon Platinum:

Spiritomb, Lv. 58Dark/GhostDark Pulse, Psychic, Silver Wind, Shadow BallPressure
Roserade, Lv. 58Grass/PoisonEnergy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Extrasensory, ToxicNatural Cure
Togekiss, Lv. 60Normal/FlyingAir Slash, Aura Sphere, Water Pulse, Shock WaveHustle
Lucario, Lv. 60Fighting/SteelAura Sphere, Extreme Speed, Shadow Ball, Stone EdgeSteadfast
Milotic, Lv. 58WaterSurf, Ice Beam, Mirror Coat, Dragon PulseMarvel Scale
Garchomp, Lv. 62Dragon/GroundDragon Rush, Earthquake, Flamethrower, Giga ImpactSand Veil

Gen 5

Pokémon Black and White:

Spiritomb, Lv. 75Dark/GhostSucker Punch, Shadow Ball, Will-O-Wisp, Double TeamPressure
Eelektross, Lv. 75ElectricCrunch, Wild Charge, Dragon Claw, FlamethrowerLevitate
Milotic, Lv. 75WaterHydro Pump, Blizzard, Bulldoze, Dragon TailMarvel Scale
Braviary, Lv. 75Normal/FlyingBrave Bird, Crush Claw, Shadow Claw, RetaliateSheer Force
Lucario, Lv. 75Fighting/SteelExtreme Speed, Dragon Pulse, Close Combat, Aura Sphere.Steadfast
Garchomp, Lv. 77Dragon/GroundDragon Rush, Earthquake, Crunch, Stone EdgeSand Veil

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2:

Spiritomb, Lv. 75Dark/GhostShadow Ball, Double Team, Dream Eater, HypnosisPressure
Milotic, Lv. 75WaterHydro Pump, Blizzard, Rest, AttractMarvel Scale
Togekiss, Lv. 75Normal/FlyingAir Slash, Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, Thunder WaveSerene Grace
Lucario, Lv. 75Fighting/SteelClose Combat, Flash Cannon, Psychic, Extreme SpeedInner Focus
Glaceon, Lv. 75IceIce Beam, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, BarrierSnow Cloak
Garchomp, Lv. 77Dragon/GroundDragon Rush, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Flame BlastSand 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):

Garchomp, Lv. 50Dragon/GroundOutrage, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Swords DanceSand VeilFocus Sash
Spiritomb, Lv. 50Dark/GhostSucker Punch, Protect, Pain Split, Will-O-WispPressureRocky Helmet
Roserade, Lv. 50Grass/PoisonLeaf Storm, Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Sleep PowderNatural Cure or Poison PointWhite Herb
Togekiss, Lv. 50Normal/FlyingAir Slash, Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball, Grass KnotHustle or Serene GraceLeftovers
Lucario, Lv. 50Fighting/SteelClose Combat, Dark Pulse, Stone Edge, Extreme Speed.Steadfast or Inner FocusLife Orb
Glaceon, Lv. 50IceIce Beam, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, Water PulseSnow CloakChoice Scarf

Gen 7

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

Milotic, Lv. 50WaterHydro Pump, Blizzard, Mirror Coat, Recover / Ice Beam, Rest, Surf, Sleep TalkMarvel Scale or CompetitiveWide Lens or Leftovers
Spiritomb, Lv. 50Dark/GhostWill-O-Wisp, Shadow Sneak, Swagger, Psych Up / Will-O-Wisp, Sucker Punch, Substitute, Pain SplitPressure or InfiltratorLeftovers or Custap Berry
Garchomp, Lv. 50Dragon/GroundOutrage, Earthquake, Fire Fang Crunch / Sandstorm, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Dragon ClawSand Veil or Rough SkinChoice Scarf or Garchompite
Lucario, Lv. 50Fighting/SteelClose Combat, Rock Slide, Blaze Kick, Bullet Punch / Aura Sphere, Dragon Pulse, Stone Edge, Extreme SpeedSteadfast or Inner FocusLucarionite or Weakness Policy
Togekiss, Lv. 50Fairy/FlyingGrass Knot, Thunder Wave, Air Slash, Shadow Ball / Aura Sphere, Air Slash, Grass Knot, Dazzling GleamHustle or Serene GraceKing’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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