Dawn (Pokémon)

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Dawn, named Hikari (ヒカリ) in Japan, is a fictional character from the Pokémon universe who has appeared in video games, anime, and movies. Her character was created by Game Freak, the developers of Pokemon Diamond Version and Pearl Version.[1]

Dawn debuted on September 28, 2006 in both the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl video games and the Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl anime. Both the game and the anime were first released in Japan, with staggered release dates in other countries. The anime version of Dawn is based on her video game counterpart, despite them being released on the same day.

In the Japanese anime and movies, Dawn is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi, and in the English versions, she’s voiced by Emily Bauer.[2][3]


Video Games[edit]

In Diamond/Pearl, Dawn is one of the two playable characters. The other playable character is Lucas, the male counterpart. Both characters returned in Pokémon Platinum when it was released on September 13, 2008. Platinum is an enhanced version of Diamond/Pearl, so Dawn’s character model saw slight changes. Her outfit and color scheme received alterations, her hair and hat remained mostly consistent.[4]

Following with previous Pokémon games, Diamond/Pearl and Platinum allow the player to choose a name for their character; therefore, the player doesn’t have to use the name given to the character by the developers.

The games set both Dawn and the player on a journey to become the campion of the region. To do so, the player must first defeat the eight gym leaders of the region, then the Pokémon League becomes accessible.[5] The Pokémon League is where the player must battle the Elite Four and the Champion in succession.


In the anime, Dawn is a ten-year-old Pokémon trainer from Twinleaf Town in the Sinnoh region. She first appears in Pokémon season ten, episode one, “Following a Maiden’s Voyage!” In the episode, she chooses Piplup, one of the three starter Pokémon from the video games, as her first Pokémon.

It isn’t until the third episode of the tenth season that Dawn meets Ash and Brock, the show’s recurring characters. From then on, the three become traveling companions, following the same set-up as previous seasons. Since the anime is based on the video games, Ash and Brock are joined by new traveling companions depending on what region they are in. Dawn, being the playable character in the video games, fills this role for the time that Ash and Brock are in Sinnoh, making her a main character for the seasons of the show that take place there.

She is a main character in the anime for four seasons: Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon: DP: Battle Dimension, Pokémon: DP: Galactic Battles, Pokémon: DP: Sinnoh League Victors. All four seasons are part of the Diamond/Pearl series, running from September 28, 2006 until September 9, 2010.

In Pokémon: Black & White: Rival Destinies, Dawn rejoins Ash and Brock in the Unova region for eight episodes. She first joins them in “Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!” and departs again in “Goodbye, Junior Cup – Hello Adventure!”


Dawn’s goal in the anime is to become a top coordinator like her mother. Her mother tells her that to become a top coordinator, she must first become a great trainer and breeder.


In addition to her appearances in the Pokémon anime series, Dawn also appears in four spin-off movies.[6] Her first film appearance was in Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (2007).[7] She next appeared in Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008).[8] Although an anime version of Platinum was never made, Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior features the same main legendary Pokémon as the game. Her final two movies were Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)[9] and Pokémon: Zoroark—Master of Illusions (2010).[10]


A version of Dawn appears in the manga Pokémon Adventures under the name Lady Platinum Berlitz. Much like Dawn from the anime, she is based on the playable character from Diamond/Pearl and Platinum. The stories of both the anime and the manga differ from the video games' stories, so they aren’t meant to be the same person.

Platinum is shown in multiple outfits, including ones that mirror Dawn’s outfits from Diamond/Pearl and Platinum. Additionally, she shares the same hair, barrettes, and hat as Dawn.

Aside from character design, Platinum’s Pokémon roster is also similar to Dawn’s in the anime. Platinum has an Empoleon and Lopunny, which are the evolved forms of Piplup and Buneary, two of the Pokémon in Dawn’s party. Both characters also have Pachirisu and Mamoswine in their party, though Platinum gives her Mamoswine to another trainer in the manga.


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