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Hello, and Welcome to the Pokémon Center. We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.

–Nurse Joy, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Nurse Joy (Japanese: ジョーイ Joy) (original name Pokémon Center Lady in the card game) is the name of multiple nurses that work in Pokémon Centers throughout the various locations in the regions in the games and anime. A Nurse Joy can completely restore any Pokémon back to perfect health. She has appeared in Pokémon games since the beginning of Generation I.



Much like in the games, most of the Nurse Joys have brink pink hair and fair skin. Others could have a lighter shade of hair color, or brighter or darker skin. The Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh Nurse Joys wear a Mexican-pink colored dress with a white nurse apron, and low-heel Mary Jane shoes. In Unova, Nurse Joys have different hairstyle with the hair being tied in rounder rings, a plain pink dress with a shorter apron, white pantyhose, and pink shoes instead of white. Kalos Nurse Joys wear a pink and white dress with a white collar, and the same pantyhose and shoes as the ones in Unova. Nurse Joys in the Orange Archipelago wore more summer-themed clothing, including a pink, short-sleeved shirt and a teal apron with a tropical flower design on it, though one Nurse Joy travels around the islands in her kayak, wearing a blue-and-yellow wet suit and having darker skin due to suntan. Nurse Joys could be distinguished from other Nurse Joys by the color of their cross, or badge.

One exception is in Pokemon The First Movie, where the Nurse Joy of Old Shore Wharf had been kidnapped and brainwashed by Mewtwo to serve him as his maid with false memories that made her believe she lived on New Island her whole life and served him the whole time while he used her knowledge of Pokemon physiology to his advantage. She's only seen wearing the trademark uniform of Nurse Joys of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh in a missing person poster. While on New Island, she wore a red dress and hat with a white cloth that hid most of her head from view except for her face until Mewtwo released her from his mind control. When Brock caught her as she fainted, the hat fell off, revealing the rest of her head. She remained wearing the dress until the end of the movie, when Mewtwo erased her memories of the events on New Island and sent her back to Old Shore Wharf, where she appeared to take Trainers to the Pokémon Center for shelter from the storm, wearing a hoodie with her Red Cross on it instead of the usual uniform.




Nurse Joy behind the counter at a Pokémon Center in HG/SS

A Nurse Joy is placed inside every Pokémon center in every town, in every game. She is always behind the Pokémon center, waiting for a new customer. When you approach her and talk to her, she will say, "Welcome to the Pokémon Center, where we will heal your Pokémon back to full health. Would you like me to take your Pokémon?" If you click no, she will say, "We hope to see you again," but if you click yes, she will say, "Okay, I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds." She will then take each of your Poké Balls and place them on a tray, where they will light up numerous times before Nurse Joy takes them and hands them back to you. She will then say, "Your Pokémon are now healed. We hope to see you again." On your birthday, she will ask you if it is your birthday and she will wish you a happy birthday. She will also say a little bit of Pokérus if your Pokémon has it or was cured from it.

This phrase has gained a lot of jokes to it, due to the fact that Nurse Joy says, "We hope to see you again," making it sound like she wants your Pokémon to get injured again so that the player would have to go back to the Pokémon Center.

Nurse Joy will always heal the player character's Pokémon, except in the Battle Mansion.


In the anime, the reason that Nurse Joys are all over the place is because they're all related. Not only that, Joy is their family name and not their actual first names (Along with them looking identical, they are also all voiced by the same person, making them sound identical too.).

Isshu Joy

Nurse Joy has a new outfit from the Pokémon: Best Wishes! (Season 14-16) Unova.

Although they all appear identical, Brock is able to tell them apart by little details. This is noted when he can tell the difference between the eyelash length of two different Nurse Joys. Brock has a main crush on Nurse Joy, although he's always interrupted by his Croagunk, Max, or Misty. Nurse Joy is actually one of the few girls in the anime that does not reject Brock. She will just look at him, confused, before he is pulled off by one of his friends.

Once, during DP, Brock was put under a sleeping spell and dreamed that Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny fell in love with him. They then clung to him for the rest of the episode. At the end of the episode, dozens of Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys rushed over to Brock to "love" him, but Brock was then woken up by Croagunk's Poison Jab.

Nurse Joys also judge Pokémon Contests and the Grand Festivals alongside Raoul Contesta and Pokémon Fan Club President Sukizo.

Nurse Joys are known as caring women who always help a Pokémon in need. However, although they may seem nice, they can become quite tough when they have their hands full, or when they confront a person who hurts Pokémon (aka, Team Rocket). Other than that, all Nurse Joys seem to be in a good mood all the time.

Each Nurse Joy can be told apart by the color of the plus on their nursing cap, just as Officer Jenny's can be told apart by the badges on their police officer caps.


Nurse Joy's Overworld Sprite from HGSS
Nurse Joy OD




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Nurse Joy Chansey
Almost all Nurse Joys in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh have a Chansey.
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Nurse Joy Audino
All Nurse Joys in Unova have an Audino. A Nurse Joy in Kalos can Mega Evolve hers.
Audino ↔ Mega Audino
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Nurse Joy Wigglytuff
All Nurse Joys in Kalos have a Wigglytuff.
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Nurse Joy Blissey
All Nurse Joys in Alola have a Blissey.
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Nurse Joy Comfey
All Nurse Joys in Alola have a Comfey.


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Nurse Joy Pikachu
A Nurse Joy in Viridian City owns several Pikachu as a backup generator for when the power goes out in the center.
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Nurse Joy Pidgey
Pidgey is one of the many Pokémon residing in Viridian City Pokémon Center.
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Nurse Joy Rattata
Rattata is one of the many Pokémon residing in Viridian City Pokémon Center.
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Nurse Joy Magnemite
These Magnemite are a group of electric/steel-type Pokémon owned by Nurse Joy. Made its appearance in "Get Along, Little Pokémon."
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Nurse Joy Bulbasaur
The Bulbasaur was one of the Mayor's Bulbasaur when he was a kid but was released because it wouldn't evolve. It was later found in the sewers by Ash, Tracey, and Misty which got the Mayor fired. It was later given to the Pokémon Center so it could have a home.
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Previously by Cyrus and now owned by Nurse Joy, Gwendela had moved away. This caused Sonrisa's Sunflora to become sad until they re-united.
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Nurse Joy Jynx
The Nurse Joy in the Ice Cave uses a Jynx instead of a Chansey as her general Nurse Pokémon
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Nurse Joy Swinub
These Swinub are four ice/ground-type Pokémon owned by the Nurse Joy of Mahogany Town in Johto.
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Nurse Joy Piloswine
This Piloswine is an ice/ground-type Pokémon by the Nurse Joy of again Mahogany Town. It first appeared in the episode "The Ice Cave."
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Nurse Joy Combusken
Originally to be used as a Starter Pokémon for trainers to choose, Torchic became more mean and independent, Torchic got out of the Pokémon Center and evolved. When Ash and Max hid it, Combusken got out and since it was very powerful, Nurse Joy decided it to use as a guard instead.
Torchic → Combusken
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Nurse Joy Ponyta
This Ponyta is a Fire-type Pokémon owned by Nurse Joy from the Pokémon Chronicles episode, Celebi And Joy!. Ritchie rode Nurse Joy's Ponyta from Marion Town, successfully changing the past by preventing Nick's death.
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Nurse Joy Scizor
A Nurse Joy from Saffron City owns a Scizor.
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Nurse Joy Oddish
This Oddish is a grass/poison-type Pokémon owned by Nurse Joy.
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Nurse Joy Meganium
One of the Nurse Joy has a Meganium. Ash's Grovyle fell in love with her. However, Meganium fell in love with a wild Tropius and ended up choosing Tropius over Grovyle.
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Nurse Joy Drifloon
This Drifloon is a Ghost/Flying-type Pokémon owned by Nurse Joy. Made its appearance in "Drifloon On The Wind!"
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She first appeared in the episode Cream of the Croagunk Crop! She wears a large pink bow on her head and has a slightly higher voice than a male croagunk. Hamilton's Croagunk, Craig wanted to marry her. Though she continues to refuse, Craig's Owner continues to argue. Chrissy seems to dislike Craig, holding tightly to Nurse Joy's leg.
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Nurse Joy Latias
Latias (Japanese: ラティアス Ratiasu) is a Dragon/Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation III. Latias is Latios's female counterpart.


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PLEEI Squirtle
Squirtle was used as a rental Pokémon in IL056 for the Pokémon League Examination Test.
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Vanillite XY057
Nurse Joy found a lone Vanillite and took care of it.


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Nurse Joy Gyarados
Nurse Joy took care of Magikarp and released him in sea when he was healed. The Magikarp was grateful and saved her when she fell in sea. Next time, Magikarp tackled Team Rocket's submarine and evolved into a Gyarados, making them blast off, as he wanted to protect her.
Magikarp → Gyarados
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Nurse Joy Zoroark
It was her assistant in a Pokémon Center. It ran away to evolve into Zoroark. It used its ability, illusion, to keep the broken-down Pokémon Center for wild Pokémon as a Nurse Joy and Audino.
Zorua → Zoroark

Given Away

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Stephanie Father Treecko
Treecko was one of Nurse Joy's Pokémon to be given away as a Starter Pokémon. This Treecko used her charms to persuade Ash's Treecko to protect her. In the end, Stephanie's father picked Treecko to raise it well.
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Stephanie Mudkip
Mudkip was one of Nurse Joy's Pokémon to be given away as a Starter Pokémon. This Mudkip was cowardly and cried a lot when things wouldn't be what they should. In the end, Stephanie, a young trainer, chose the Mudkip.

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