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Day-Care Couple

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Day-Care Couple
そだてやふうふ Day-Care Couple
Day-Care Couple Sugimori.png
Artwork by Ken Sugimori for the TCG
Gender One male and one female
Eye color Indeterminate
Hair color Varies
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto, Sevii Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova
Relatives Four grandchildren (Hoenn),
one grandchild (Lyra/Ethan) (Johto),
one daughter (Unova)
Generation I, II, III, IV, V
Games Red, Blue, and Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen, Pokémon Colosseum, XD, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Black and White
Anime counterpart Angie's parents
Counterpart debut If the Scarf Fits, Wear It!

The Day-Care Couple (Japanese: そだてやふうふ Day-Care Couple) are a pair of non-player characters who offer Trainers the opportunity to raise their Pokémon on their behalf. They are known individually as the Day-Care Man and the Day-Care Lady. Since the Day-Care Man's debut in Generation I and their combined debut in Generation II, a different couple have appeared at every Pokémon Day Care in each game. Prior to Generation VI, they were an elderly couple; they are Pokémon Breeders instead in Generation VI.

The Day-Care Couple have also appeared in several non-game media.

In the games

The Day-Care Couple (or one member thereof) appear in every core series Pokémon game. They will (for a small fee) take up to two of a Trainer's Pokémon and raise their levels for them. This effectively allows players to train up to eight Pokémon at one time. Pokémon under their care will not evolve, even if they meet the criteria.

The couple offer the player the only method of breeding Pokémon, which has been an important aspect of the games ever since Generation II. The Day-Care Man will usually stand outside to alert the Trainer if an Egg has been laid, while his wife will deal with all transactions indoors.

Some of the Day-Care Couples have relatives, both named and unnamed. The Hoenn couple are known to have four grandchildren, while the Johto couple are revealed to be the grandparents of the player's friend from New Bark Town, Lyra/Ethan.

The first Day-Care Man, art by Ken Sugimori

The only region in which a Day-Care Couple is not present is the Kanto region. Breeding was not a mechanic of the Generation I games when Kanto was introduced, so only one person, the Day-Care Man, was included in the games. He and his wife have been in every game since Generation II, including the Red and Green remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In these games the couple is present in the Sevii Islands; the lone Day-Care Man remains in the original Kanto Day-Care Center.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Day-Care Man gives his and the Day-Care Lady's number to the player. The player can call the Day-Care Lady to check their Pokémon's levels, while the Day-Care Man can tell whether two Pokémon like each other and whether they produced an Egg or not.

In Black and White, the Day Care will only accept one Pokémon initially. Two Pokémon may be left after the player has received the Bicycle in Nimbasa City. This makes breeding Pokémon impossible until the player has obtained the first three Badges. When the player's Pokémon have made an Egg and there is an available party slot to receive it, the Day-Care Man will yell at the player to come over in order to notify the player that an Egg has been made.

In the anime

Several characters based indirectly on the Day-Care Couple have appeared in the anime.

Mr. Shellby and his wife run a daycare center in the anime-exclusive town of Eggseter, Johto. While no mention of training others' Pokémon is made during the only episode they appeared in, they do care for and hatch Pokémon Eggs. Ash was given one as a prize for winning the Extreme Pokémon Race.

Angie's parents run a daycare center in Solaceon Town. While they are not as aged as the Day-Care Couple, they do raise other Trainers' Pokémon. Unlike the couple in the games, Pokémon in their care have been known to evolve.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Day-Care Couple in Pokémon Adventures

The Day-Care Couple from Route 34 appear as recurring characters in the Pokémon Adventures manga. When they were young, they were good friends with Professor Oak, Agatha, Kurt, and Pryce. The Day-Care Lady was also a great singer, and she sang the song "Boy and his Lapras" to try and make Pryce happy again after the loss of his two Lapras.

They debuted in Gligar Glide, where Gold met them after helping recapture some runaway baby Pokémon. The Day-Care Lady tricked Gold into helping out around the place by claiming to train him so that he could get stronger than Silver. The training worked, allowing Gold to get stronger and his Exbo evolved into a Quilava after fighting numerous Pokémon being kept there. When an earthquake damaged Ecruteak City, the couple sent Gold to find Jasmine, who had been traveling to the Day Care to see the child of her two Togetic.

Yellow and Fisherman Wilton were taken to the Day Care after an incident with Lugia left them washed up on a shore. The Day-Care Lady forced the two of them to do chores as compensation for letting them rest at the Day Care. Later, the Day Care is attacked by the Masked Man's mind-controlled Team Rocket Grunts, who attempt to steal the Rainbow and Silver Wings disguised as the feathers in Yellow's straw hat. After escaping, they met up with Gold again after his battle with the Masked Man. After Gold discovers his talent in hatching Pokémon Eggs, he leaves to face the Masked Man one last time.

After realizing the Masked Man's true identity is Pryce, the Day-Care Couple reveal that they were friends with Pryce in their youth. Due to a traumatic accident that cost the lives of his two beloved Lapras, the couple and their other friends wrote a song to try and lift his spirits. The song failed to work and Pryce eventually ended up a bitter old man trying to turn back time with Celebi's power. After Gold managed to defeat Pryce, Celebi used its powers to make Pryce hear the song his friends made for him. This time, the song managed to help Pryce realize the errors of his ways. At the end of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, the Day-Care Couple were seen raising more Pokémon Eggs as Wilton is forced to continue to help around.

In the Platinum chapter, it is revealed that the Day-Care Couple have moved to Sinnoh. They are seen at the end of the eighth chapter at Solaceon Town, where they help Diamond and Pearl raise a Manaphy Egg and discuss with Platinum about its relation to Phione. When Platinum notes how mysterious Eggs are, the Day-Care Man tells her about a case when an owner was known affecting his Pokémon's personality before hatching.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Gold is asked by them to help hatch an Egg laid by Red's Snor and Emerald's Snorlax before they move to Sinnoh.

Raised

These are the Pokémon raised by the Day-Care Couple, save for the ones with known Trainers.

Day-Care Couple's Cleffa
Cleffa
Cleffa was first seen escaping from the Day Care, where it surprised Gold by jumping out of some bushes. Gold eventually helped retrieve it and the other escaped Pokémon.

None of Cleffa's moves are known.

Debut Gligar Glide
Day-Care Couple's Igglybuff
Igglybuff
Igglybuff was first seen escaping from the Day Care, where it surprised Gold by jumping out of some bushes. Gold eventually helped retrieve it and the other escaped Pokémon.

None of Igglybuff's moves are known.

Debut Gligar Glide
Day-Care Couple's Magby
Magby
Magby was first seen escaping from the Day Care, where it surprised Gold by jumping out of some bushes. Gold eventually helped retrieve it and the other escaped Pokémon.

None of Magby's moves are known.

Debut Gligar Glide
Day-Care Couple's Smoochum
Smoochum
Smoochum was first seen escaping from the Day Care, where she surprised Gold by jumping out of some bushes. Gold eventually helped retrieve her and the other escaped Pokémon.

None of Smoochum's moves are known.

Debut Gligar Glide
Day-Care Couple's Nidoking
Nidoking
Nidoking appeared in a flashback along with Nidoqueen while the Day-Care Couple was reminiscing about the times they had raising Pokémon.

None of Nidoking's moves are known.

Debut Gligar Glide
Day-Care Couple's Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen appeared in a flashback along with Nidoking while the Day-Care Couple was reminiscing about the times they had raising Pokémon.

None of Nidoqueen's moves are known.

Debut Gligar Glide
Day-Care Couple's Tauros
Tauros
Tauros was one of the elite Pokémon that the Day-Care Lady had Gold face. It attacked Gold by chasing him around before eventually being defeated.

None of Tauros's moves are known.

Debut Quilava Quandary
Day-Care Couple's Donphan
Donphan
Donphan was one of the elite Pokémon that the Day-Care Lady had Gold face. Gold attempted to take it down with Exbo's Ember, only to realize that a Fire-type attack doesn't work well on Ground-types. He then switched to Polibo, who sent Donphan flying with Water Gun.

None of Donphan's moves are known.

Debut Quilava Quandary
Day-Care Couple's Girafarig
Girafarig
Girafarig was one of the elite Pokémon that the Day-Care Lady had Gold face. It attacked Gold by stomping down with its hooves before eventually being defeated.

None of Girafarig's moves are known.

Debut Quilava Quandary
Day-Care Couple's Ekans
Ekans
Ekans was one of the elite Pokémon that the Day-Care Lady had Gold face. It attacked Gold by smacking him with its tail before eventually being defeated.

None of Ekans's moves are known.

Debut Quilava Quandary
Day-Care Couple's Primeape
Primeape
Primeape was one of the elite Pokémon that the Day-Care Lady had Gold face. It faced Gold's Sudobo, only to have its Cross Chop copied via Mimic. Eventually it was defeated after being hit by Exbo's Ember powered up from Sunbo's Sunny Day.

Primeape's only known move is Cross Chop.

Debut Quilava Quandary
Day-Care Couple's Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan was one of the elite Pokémon that the Day-Care Lady had Gold face. She faced Gold by preventing his escape before eventually being defeated.

None of Kangaskhan's moves are known.

Debut Quilava Quandary
Day-Care Couple's Azurill (×3)
Azurill (×3)
Some Azurill were seen with the Day-Care Couple in the end of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter.

None of Azurill's moves are known.

Debut The Last Battle XIV
Day-Care Couple's Wynaut (×2)
Wynaut (×2)
Some Wynaut were seen with the Day-Care Couple in the end of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter.

None of Wynaut's moves are known.

Debut The Last Battle XIV

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

The Day-Care Couple in Golden Boys

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, the Day-Care Couple are young, as opposed to the usual older couple. In Let's Use Fighting Type Pokémon!!, they invite Gold to a tournament run by the Day-Care Center, and in A Huge Mysterious Tree!!, they give him a Pokémon Egg.

In the TCG

The Day-Care Couple are featured on two cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. However, both had them named as Pokémon Breeders in the English translation. The following is a listing of cards featuring the Day-Care Couple.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Pokémon Breeder T Base Set Rare 76/102 Expansion Pack Rare  
Base Set 2 Rare 105/130      
Legendary Collection Rare 102/110      
Pokémon Breeder Fields T Neo Revelation Uncommon 62/64 Awakening Legends Uncommon  
 


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