"Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites. I like your style. You understand what's important. Go on—the Champion is waiting."
— Karen, Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Karen is a Dark-type Pokémon user and is one of the members of Johto Elite Four.


Karen has silvery-blue eyes and long silvery-blue hair that reaches past her waist with two long bangs that frame her face.

Gold, Silver and Crystal

She wears a black dress that hugs her curves and black flats.

HeartGold and Soul Silver

She wears a yellow spaghetti strap cropped tank top that reveals her flat midriff, and white knee-length pants with yellow beads. She also wears yellow high heels on her feet. Her tank top has four straps, two on each side that strap over her bare shoulders.


There are two different sides to Karen in the games she is seen. She is a kind-hearted and skilled Pokémon trainer who specializes in dark types. Her policy is there's no such thing as weak or strong Pokémon, people should try to win with their favorite, in her case, her Umbreon.



Gold, Silver and Crystal

Her team will have Umbreon, Vileplume, Houndoom, Gengar and Murkrow.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

She has the same Pokémon, but after the player character gathers all badges from Kanto and Johto she'll have a more powerful team which is composed of Weavile, Spiritomb, Honchkrow, Umbreon, Houndoom and Absol.



Main article: Karen (Adventures)

HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Main article: Karen (JBA)


GSC battle sprite

HGSS battle sprite

Vs. sprite


Gold, Silver and Crystal

C 197 front
 Type Dark 
C 045 front
 Type Grass Type Poison 
C 198 front
 Type Dark Type Flying 
C 094 front
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
C 229 front
 Type Dark Type Fire 
Lv. 42 Lv. 42 Lv. 44 Lv. 45 Lv. 47 Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ?
Confuse Ray Stun Spore Whirlwind Lick Pursuit -
Feint Attack Acid Quick Attack Spite Crunch -
Sand Attack Moonlight Pursuit Curse Roar -
Mean Look Petal Dance Feint Attack Destiny Bond Flamethrower -

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Stadium 2


  • In Gold, Silver and Crystal and its remakes, her signature Pokémon is Houndoom. However, in Heart Gold and Soul Silver rematches, Houndoom's position as the signature Pokémon was swapped by an Umbreon.
  • Karen's name is an anagram of "darken" without the D at the beginning. It may also come from "scare" or possibly "caring," as she's shown to care deeply for her Pokémon. Karin, her Japanese name, may come from Kali, a Hindu goddess associated with night and destruction, or from 輪 (rin, ring, as Umbreon, one of her Pokémon, has a ring motif).
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