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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

  • Professor Samuel Oak, who heralds from the Kanto region. His specialty is the study of the relationships between people and Pokémon.
  • Professor Elm, who heralds from the Johto region. His specialty is the study of breeding patterns and interactions between Pokémon.
  • Professor Birch, who heralds from the Hoenn region. His specialty is the study of Pokémon habitats in correlation with human existences.
  • Professor Rowan, who heralds from the Sinnoh region. His specialty is the study of Pokémon evolutionary patterns.
  • Professor Aurea Juniper, who heralds from the Unova region. Her specialty is the study of Pokémon origins in relation to mythology.
  • Cedric Juniper, a former Pokémon Professor and father of Professor Juniper.
  • Professor Augustine Sycamore, who heralds from the Kalos region. His specialty is the study of the new type of evolution: "Mega Evolution".
  • Professor Kukui, who heralds from the Alola region. His specialty is the study of Pokémon moves and will sometimes get himself hit to study the moves.
  • Professor Willow, who rules the world of Pokemon Go

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 and Professor Kukui are the only Professors that can be battled in game legitamately.
  • Professor Sycamore is the only Professor that gives starters from a different area.

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