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Pokémon Center Nurse

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Pokémon Center Nurse
ポケモンセンターナース Pokémon Center Nurse
Nurse.png
Ken Sugimori artwork from the TCG
Gender Female
Hometown Various
Region Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Orre, Sevii Islands
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VI
Games Red, Blue, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X and Y, Colosseum, XD: Gale of Darkness
Anime counterpart Nurse Joy
Counterpart debut Pokémon Emergency!

The Pokémon Center Nurse (Japanese: ポケモンセンターナース Pokémon Center Nurse) is an operator of a Pokémon Center. They facilitate the restoration of Trainers' Pokémon to full health, and usually provide this basic service free of charge.

The nurses that operates the Pokémon Centers are usually not known to be named, except in the anime, in which the nurses are all named Joy. Occasionally, nurses with specific names do appear, such as Teala, and a nurse named Casey (Japanese: メディ Medi) who participates in Super Contests in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

In the games

Art of a nurse in Generation I

A Pokémon Center Nurse operates every Pokémon Center in the Pokémon games, usually standing behind the counter and beside a machine which is able to heal the player's Pokémon to full health. The nurses are not known to be named and there is no evidence to support that they are related, unlike their anime counterpart. Since many characters in-game feature the same overworld sprites (the nurses included) it is impossible to tell whether or not these nurses all look the same.

In Pokémon Yellow, the Nurse appears under a different overworld sprite. She is more similar to the anime's Joy than in other Generation I games, and is even accompanied by Chansey in every center. Furthermore, an old news page from Game Freak on Pokémon Yellow suggests that her name is Joy (ジョーイ)—the same as in the anime. This seems to apply only to Yellow, as many aspects of Yellow are based on the anime.

In Generation II, the Nurse in Fuchsia City has green hair. It is unknown if this has any significance. Interestingly, there are multiple green-haired nurses in the second floor of all Generation II Pokémon Centers.

A nurse named Teala appears in every Pokémon Center of Generation III (second floor) and Generation IV (basement), usually giving information about Wireless Communication to the player. She manages the items the player obtains through Mystery Gift in Generation III.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, a nurse named Casey (Japanese: メディ Medi) participates in Super Contests with a Chansey nicknamed Pinky. It is unknown whether (and unlikely that) all nurses in the game are so named.

In Pokémon Black and White Versions 2, the player character's Mother used to be a nurse, outright stated by her during a Xtransceiver conversation. She has mentioned working at Nimbasa City and is implied to have worked at Mistralton City.

Sprites

PC Nurse I OD.png Nurse Joy OD.png PC Nurse II OD.png PC Nurse RSE OD.png PC Nurse FRLG OD.png PC Nurse IV OD.png PC Nurse OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Nurse Joy's overworld sprite from
Yellow
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Generation V


Pokémon

Casey uses this Pokémon in Contests.

Spr 4d 113.png
Type:
  Normal  
Pinky
Healing Wish
Cute
Appeal:
8 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Fling
Tough
Appeal:
1
Minimize
Cute
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Double-Edge
Tough
Appeal:
8 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Quotes

Red, Blue, and Yellow

Welcome to our Pokémon Center!
We heal your Pokémon back to perfect health!
...
Ok. We'll need your Pokémon.
...
Thank you! Your Pokémon are fighting fit!
We hope to see you again!

Gold, Silver, and Crystal

If it's morning:

Good morning!

If it's day:

Hello!

If it's night:

Good evening! You're out late.

The rest is as follows:

Welcome to our Pokémon Center.
We can heal your Pokémon to perfect health.
Shall we heal your Pokémon?
...
Ok, may I see your Pokémon?
...
Thank you for waiting.
Your Pokémon are fully healed.
We hope to see you again.

When first spoken to with a Pokérus-infected Pokémon in the player's Pokémon party:

Your Pokémon appear to have tiny life forms stuck to them.
Your Pokémon are healthy and seem to be fine.
But we can't tell you anything more at a Pokémon Center.

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Hello, and welcome to the Pokémon Center.
We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to rest your Pokémon
...
OK, I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds.
...
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!

When first spoken to with a Pokérus-infected Pokémon in the player's Pokémon party:

Your Pokémon may be infected with Pokérus.
Little is known about the Pokérus except that they are microscopic life-forms that attach to Pokémon.
While infected, Pokémon are said to grow exceptionally well.

FireRed and LeafGreen

Welcome to our Pokémon Center!
Would you like me to heal your Pokémon back to perfect health?
...
OK, I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds.
...
Thank you for waiting. We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

If it's morning:

Good morning! Welcome to the Pokémon Center.

If it's day or night:

Hello, and welcome to the Pokémon Center.

The rest is as follows:

We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to rest your Pokémon?
...
OK, I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds.
...
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!

When first spoken to with a Pokérus-infected Pokémon in the player's Pokémon party:

Your Pokémon may be infected with the Pokérus.
Little is known about the Pokérus except that they are microscopic life-forms that attach to Pokémon.
While infected, Pokémon are said to grow exceptionally well.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Before obtaining 4 Trainer stars:

Hello, and welcome to the Pokémon Center.
We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to rest your Pokémon?
...
OK, I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds.
...
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
Please, come back again any time!

After obtaining 4 Trainer stars:

Introduction (First time)
Hello, and welcome to the Pokémon Center.
We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to...
Th-that Trainer Card!
That wonderful shade! And all those stars!
I've seen several Trainers with Violet Trainer Cards up to now...
But you're the first to top them with that impressive Trainer Card.
Please, <PLAYER>, may I please heal your Pokémon?
...
Introduction (Second and subsequent times):
Great to see you, <PLAYER>!
You want the usual right?
...
Post-introduction:
I will be pleased to take your Pokémon for a few seconds.
...
Thank you for waiting.
We hope to see you again!

Black, White, Black 2, and White 2

If it's morning:

Good morning! Welcome to the Pokémon Center.
We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to rest your Pokémon?

If it's day or night:

Hello, and welcome to the Pokémon Center.
We restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to rest your Pokémon?

After obtaining a certain number of Trainer stars:

Great to see you, <PLAYER>!
You want the usual, right?

If it's the player's birthday:

Welcome to the Pokémon Center.
Hey! Is today your birthday?
Yes: Happy birthday!
Please keep visiting the Pokémon Center for many years to come.
Now, would you like to rest your Pokémon?
No: It isn't? Oh, I must have been confused.
Would you like to rest your Pokémon?

The rest is as follows:

...
OK, I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds.
...
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!

When first spoken to with a Pokérus-infected Pokémon in the player's Pokémon party:

Oh... It looks like your Pokémon may be infected with the Pokérus.
Little is known about the Pokérus, except that it is a microscopic life-form that attaches to Pokémon.
While infected, Pokémon are said to grow exceptionally well.

X and Y

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If it's evening or night:

Good evening! Welcome to the Pokémon Center. Would you like to rest your Pokémon?
Yes:
OK. I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds, then.
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!
No:
We hope to see you again!

If it's the player's birthday:

  • Upon entering Pokémon Center:
Happy birthday to you, <player>!
Many happy returns, <player>! I hope this will be a wonderful year for you!
  • If player talks to the Nurse:
Happy birthday!
Please keep visiting the Pokémon Center for many years to come!
Now, would you like to rest your Pokémon?
Yes:
OK. I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds, then.
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!
No:
We hope to see you again!

If encountered in the Battle Maison

  • If player talks to the Nurse:
Huh? Do you want me to restore your Pokémon's health?
...Listen. As you can see, I'm taking a day off today.
Once I leave the Pokémon Center, I'm an ordinary girl, OK?
I'm quite stressed out from work. Today, I'm letting the stress out by watching battles.
When I go back to work, I'll do my job, so please leave me alone today, OK?

After obtaining a Gold Trainer Card:

First time:
Hello, and welcome to the Pokémon Center.
Here we restore your tired Pokémon to full health.
Would you like to...
Th-that Trainer Card!
That wonderful shade! That sparkle!
I've seen several Trainers with Silver Trainer Cards already...
But you're the first to top them with that impressive Trainer Card.
Oh, <player>, may I please heal your Pokémon?
Yes:
OK. I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds, then.
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!
No:
We hope to see you again!
Second and subsequent times:
Great to see you, <player>!
You want the usual, right?
Yes:
OK. I'll take your Pokémon for a few seconds, then.
Thank you for waiting.
We've restored your Pokémon to full health.
We hope to see you again!
No:
We hope to see you again!

When first spoken to with a Pokérus-infected Pokémon in the player's Pokémon party:

Oh... It looks like your Pokémon may be infected with the Pokérus.
Little is known about the Pokérus, except that it is a microscopic life-form that attaches to Pokémon.
While infected, Pokémon are said to grow exceptionally well.

In the anime

A Nurse Joy in the Best Wishes series
A Pokémon Center Nurse in Pokémon Origins

In the main series

Main article: Nurse Joy

In the anime, Pokémon Centers are run by the Nurse Joys (Japanese: ジョーイ Joy, referred to as ジョーイさん Joy-san by most characters).

In Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Center Nurses made a couple of appearances during the Pokémon Origins mini-series, serving the same role as in the games. The first one was seen in Viridian City in File 1 - Red, while another one appeared in Lavender Town in File 2 - Cubone.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

A Nurse Joy from the The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In addition to Nurse Joy appearing, several generic nurses appear in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, first appearing in Clefairy Tale. Nurses appear in a wide variety of outfits, which vary from city to city.

In the TCG

A Supporter card called Pokémon Nurse appears in the Expedition Base Set. The art on this card slightly resembles Joy from the anime, but has blue hair. The nurse appearing on the card also seems to have been based on the games' nurse, since the TCG is based on the games, rather than the anime.

A second card, titled Pokémon Center Lady, was released in the Wild Blaze expansion, both as a regular print and a Full Art card. Both have illustrations of Pokémon Center nurses from Generation VI.

Pokémon Nurse/Pokémon Center Lady
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Pokémon Nurse T [Su] Expedition Base Set Uncommon 145/165 Base Expansion Pack Uncommon 058/128
Pokémon Center Lady Su       Wild Blaze U 078/080
      Wild Blaze SR 086/080
 

Trivia

  • When returning the player's Pokémon, the Nurse ends with "We hope to see you again!", causing many jokes to be made in the fandom about her wishing harm to come to the player's Pokémon so that he or she would return.

See also


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