"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 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 midriff, and white trousers with yellow beads that go past her knees. She also wears yellow high heels on her feet. Her tank top has four spaghetti 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 was there's no such thing as weak or strong Pokémon, people should try to win with their favorite, in her case, her Umbreon. She was the second strongest trainer in Johto. Her party was Umbreon, Vileplume, Gengar, Murkrow, and Houndoom. In HeartGold and SoulSilver she returned with the same attitude and same party but had new moves and a new outfit. Her outfit is 2nd to most revealing out of all the female Elite Four after Phoebe. When defeated, she will use a different team consisting of Umbreon, Houndoom, Spiritomb, Absol, Weavile, and Honchkrow.



Gold, Silver and Crystal

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HeartGold and SoulSilver

She appears in HeartGold, SoulSilver, Gold, Silver, and Crystal. In G/S/C, her team will have Umbreon, Vileplume, Houndoom, Gengar and Murkrow. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, she'll still have the same Pokémon, but after the player 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 -
Faint Attack Acid Quick Attack Spite Crunch -
Sand-Attack Moonlight Pursuit Curse Roar -
Mean Look Petal Dance Faint Attack Destiny Bond Flamethrower -

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Stadium 2

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