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A Pokémon Professor (Japanese: ポケモン博士 Pokémon Expert) is a veritable expert on the Pokémon World. They are notable for giving rookie Trainers their Starter Pokémon. Coincidentally, all of the Professors from the main-stream Pokémon series are named after a plant: Oak, Elm, Ivy, Birch, Rowan, Juniper, and Sycamore. The Professors are also responsible for the distribution of the Pokédex.

List of Pokémon Professors

Anime Only

In the series' extensive medium, there are a variety of Pokémon Professors, many of which stem from the Pokémon anime. This is a comprehensive list of such professors, whose role is limited to being in the anime only.


Conversely, there are also Pokémon Professors whose role is limited to being featured in manga-related material. Such persons will be listed here.


  • Although most Pokémon Professors are named after trees (For example, Oak, Elm, Birch, etc.), the Pokémon Professors in games outside of main-stream versions do not follow this pattern.
  • Professor Juniper is the only female main-stream professor.
  • Professor Sycamore is the only Professor that can be battled in game legitamately and the only one that gives out starter Pokemon from a different region.

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