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Professor Sycamore

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Professor Augustine Sycamore
プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane
XY Professor Sycamore.png
Art from X and Y
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Dark blue
Hometown
Region Kalos
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Generation VI
Games X and Y
Anime debut Lumiose City Pursuit!
English voice actor Jake Paque
Japanese voice actor Hiroshi Tsuchida

Professor Augustine Sycamore (Japanese: プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane) is a Pokémon Professor from the Kalos region.

In the games

Professor Sycamore is mentioned as the one who selected a group made up of the player character, the opposite-gendered character, Shauna, Tierno and Trevor to help him with his research, sending the Prof's Letter to the player's mother to ask her permission. Professor Sycamore personally gives Trevor and Tierno their Pokédex and first Pokémon, asking them to deliver both a Pokédex and a starter Pokémon for the remaining three members of the group. He sends the three Kalos starter Pokémon through Tierno.

The player first meets him in Lumiose City, where he will battle the player and, afterwards, gives them one of the three Kanto starter Pokémon. On the way to Shalour City, he will instruct the player to meet Gurkinn, the Mega Evolution guru, to learn and get a better understanding about Mega Evolution. Later, he appears at the Coumarine City monorail station and talks to Diantha about Mega Evolution and how it may be possibly related to the bonds between Pokémon and their Trainers. There, he will congratulate the player for using Mega Evolution for the first time and gives them HM02 (Fly).

He feels disappointed when Lysandre reveals himself to be the boss of Team Flare, but turns to his network of acquaintances to try to stop the villainous team's plan. He sends Dexio and Sina to the Lysandre Labs in order to investigate Team Flare's interest in AZ and how to thwart their plans.

At Couriway Town, he will apologize to the player for not preventing what Lysandre had done. He then challenges the player to another battle to test how far they have come in their journey. After being defeated, he informs the player that he has a special surprise for helping stop Team Flare and leaves. Once the player has beaten the Pokémon League, he leads a parade for the player in Lumiose City, where he awards them and their friends with the Honor of Kalos for their heroics.

Later, he tells the player to meet him in Lumiose Station, where he gives them a ticket to Kiloude City. After Calem/Serena is defeated in Kiloude, Professor Sycamore will upgrade the player's Mega Ring so that they can detect hidden Mega Stones from 8 PM to 9 PM.

When the Pokédex is evaluated at his lab in Lumiose City, Sycamore will give the player an Oval Charm for completing all three Kalos Pokédexes (Central Kalos, Coastal Kalos, and Mountain Kalos) and a Shiny Charm for completing the National Dex.

Pokémon

Lumiose City



Couriway Town rematch




Quotes

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Pokémon X and Y

Intro

"Welcome to the world of Pokémon!"
"I am Augustine Sycamore, the Kalos region's very own Pokémon Professor."
"This world of ours is widely inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon!"
"These mysterious creatures can be found in every corner of our world..."
"Some run across the plains, others fly through the skies, and others yet swim in deep oceans..."
"We live together with these Pokémon, lending our strength to one another to live and prosper."
"Let's get started with some quick questions... Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"
  • Either choice
"And what do you look like?"
  • Any choice
"Oho, I see. Would you tell me your name?"
"So it's <player>, then? Did I get that right?"
Yes: "<player>... Très bien! What a fantastic name!"
No: Returns the player to the 'Your name?' screen.
"<player>! Your adventure begins now! You are about to enter the beautiful Kalos region!"
"Go and meet many Pokémon and people, and fill your life with rich experiences!"
"Now let's go visit the world of Pokémon!"

Lumiose City

"So, we finally meet!"
"Fantastic! You're here! Come this way, won't you?"
"Many thanks for coming all the way from Vaniville Town! I'm Professor Sycamore! It's a pleasure to finally meet you! How is your Pokémon journey going so far? Have you met many different Pokémon? Fantastic! Let me have a quick look at your Pokédex and see!"
Uses the line depending on how many Pokémon have been seen in the Central Kalos Pokédex.
"Well now, you DO have a certain je ne sais quoi! I have a good feeling about you! At first, I was thinking of choosing only one child from a town when I was deciding who to give a Pokémon to. In Vaniville Town, it was going to be the child of a Veteran Trainer I know. About then, I learned that the Rhyhorn racer Grace and her son/daughter were moving here. Here in the Kalos region, you're far away from everything you used to know... That really hit me right here... Then it hit me--I should give you a Pokémon and have you travel around Kalos!"
"Fantastic! Now, let's all have a Pokémon battle! Your opponent shall be me!"
  • Before battle
"Shall we start the battle?"
Yes: "Just so you know, I'm not that tough!"
No: "No problem at all! I'll wait! I'll wait as long as I must!"
  • Being defeated
"Ha ha! You're too much for me! You're really something, aren't you?"
  • After being defeated
"I think I've about figured it out!"
"<Player>! You are an interesting Pokémon Trainer indeed! It'd be fantastic if you took another Pokémon with you! Here! Pick one!"
"You picked Bulbasaur/Charmander/Squirtle, then! I see. That's simply wonderful!"
  • If the player's party is full and the player declines to send a Pokémon to the PC
"Oh! So you don't want it right now? Come back and get your Pokémon once you've organized your PC Boxes."
  • If the player has or makes room in their party
"Would you like to give your Pokémon a nickname?"
Yes: "So, you've decided its nickname will be <nickname>?"
No: "Oh, I see. You're not going to give your Pokémon a nickname, then."
"Since you chose Bulbasaur/Charmander/Squirtle, I'll give you this Mega Stone."
"Come now, you two. Pick your Pokémon."
"Well, I've got a feeling everyone else will show up soon."
"See. Wonderful! Everyone's all here! So now that we're all here, I'd like to say a few words. Be the best Trainer you can be! At the same time, remember to have fun traveling with your Pokémon! Also, I want to ask for your help in solving the Kalos region's biggest Pokémon mystery: the secret and potential of Mega Evolution, a new kind of Evolution that occurs in battle! That's why I gave you that Mega Stone just now. It's an important clue!"
"Trevor, my lad, if that's what "best Trainer" means to you, then I want you to go out there and complete that Pokédex!"
"If you're investigating Mega Evolution, why don't you check out Camphrier Town? That town has a lot of history--you might find a hint there! Now listen. If you visit many different places to complete the Pokédex, you will probably see Pokémon with many ways of living and meet people with many ways of thinking. First, accept the ways of living and thinking that sometimes conflict with your own. And think about what's really imporant--this will truly broaden your horizons."
  • If Bulbasaur/Charmander/Squirtle was previously left with the professor
"Why hello! Nice to see you! Here's the <Pokémon> you chose! Take good care of it, OK?" (If accepted, afterwards he asks about giving it a nickname, the same as above. Whether accepted or not, he concludes with his last four lines above.)

Coumarine City

"Why hello, <player>!"
"Congratulations! I see you finally obtained everything you need for Mega Evolution! A Mega Stone for the Pokémon, a Mega Ring for the Trainer, and a strong bond with your Pokémon."
"It's only a hypothesis, but I think the bond between Pokémon and Trainer is the key to this new Evolution. But what is this bond, exactly? And why are there examples of Mega Evolution only in the Kalos region? There's still so much we don't know..."
"Oh! What an excellent point! Indeed! The more you know, the more there is to research! The excitement never ends, does it?"
"Oh, that's right! I came here to give you this!"
"Use the HM Fly to pop right over to Pokémon Centers of places you've already visited! Well then, <player>..."
"Diantha, I hope to see you both again soon!"

Lumiose City (Lysandre Café)

"Over here!"
"I was just having a conversation with Lysandre about Mega Evolution."
"Actually, Lysandre himself is of royal ancestry... He truly is a chosen one."
"By the way, <player>... Do you know where the Holo Caster is made?"
Yes: "That's right! They're made in Lysandre's lab."
"Lysandre is a great man. He supports Trainers and Pokémon research with some of the profit from the Holo Caster."
"What a passionate person. He's just like a blazing flame. Perhaps his pride in his lineage is what makes him burn so intensely."
"That being said, what Lysandre says is only one way to looking at things... It's not necessarily the truth. <player>! What's truly important is the time you spend together with others! Treasure these moments spent traveling the Kalos region with your Pokémon!"

Couriway Town

"Hello..."
"I have to apologize to you about Lysandre... I'm very sorry for the trouble he caused..."
"And I'd also like to thank you! I'm sincerely grateful for what you did for all of the Pokémon and people of this world. And by stopping Team Flare, you also saved Lysandre. I always knew that he desired a beautiful world..."
"And maybe someday the population of people and Pokémon will actually increase to where resources become very scarce. If someone acts out of greed in such a world, surely some will go without. If all living things keep acting that way, there will be nothing left at all in the end. Why, there won't even be anything left to steal, will there?"
"But what I really wanted was for him to put his ego aside and lead everything to greater heights. I never had this discussion with him, though. So I'm partially responsible for this."
  • Before battle
"Well, enough of that. <player>! I want you and your Pokémon to take everything you learned from your journey and hit me with your very best shot!"
  • Being defeated
"You are really something! You and your Pokémon have developed strong bonds by spending time together and by caring about one another. That's why you and your Pokémon are so strong."
  • After being defeated
"The strength you've found is simply marvelous! And... You truly love and trust your Pokémon! <player>! A treasure of mine is hidden in this town! If you'd like, try to find it. Well, I'll be off then! I have many preparations I must attend to! I have a little surprise planned for all of you to thank you for fighting Team Flare and saving Kalos!"

Parade at Lumiose City (after entering Hall of Fame)

"What an amazing turnout! All of these people are here to celebrate your achievements. I'd like to present you with the Honor of Kalos for the bravery you showed battling Team Flare! I'm so proud of you all! On behalf of the entire Kalos region, I'd like to say... Thank you!"
"His Pokémon was waiting all this time... Waiting for him to return to the man he was. The man who loved Pokémon with all his heart."

Lumiose Station (post-game)

"How did you like your parade, <player>? So the reason I asked you to come here is... I wanted to give you a pass to Kiloude City!"
"Doesn't ring any bells? Kiloude City is a city in the southern part of the Kalos region. And it's the perfect place for Trainers looking to sharpen their skills! So here's your pass for the super high-speed rail to Kiloude City!"
"Use it to ride the TMV super high-speed rail! Take your pass to that scanner over there. It's an orange machine. Have the machine scan your pass to board the train. Have a fantastic time!"

Anistar City (after defeating Calem/Serena in Kiloude City post-game)

"Why, hello, <player>!"
"Running around all over Kalos is actially rather tiring, is it not?"
"Oh yeah, I'm the one making you do that, aren't I?"
"Terribly sorry about that!"
"Well, Calem/Serena may have already told you, but I found a way to power up the Mega Ring!"
"Before we get to that, however..."
"Let's talk about Mega Stones briefly."
"My theory is that they're special stones irradiated by the light--the energy of the Legendary Pokemon YveltalY/XerneasX--fired from the ultimate weapon 3,000 years ago."
"And that's what I think they are."
"It's even possible that stones like Fire Stones were what turned into these Mega Stones."
"So, what's the Mega Ring you are holding?"
"That mysterious stone transforms feelings felt towards Pokemon into some kind of wavelength."
"The Mega Ring works in a similar way to how this object over here works."
"It's an object that changes sunlight into a mysterious light."
"For one hour starting at 8 pm, this sundial starts emitting light."
"This mysterious object has towered over the city here for over 3,000 years."
"It's relationship to the Mega Ring isn't understood at all yet."
"Now, let's get down to the heart of the matter!"
"<player>! Try touching the sundial!"
  • After Touching
"You were exposed to the Legendary Pokemon's energy in Team Flare's secret HQ."
"And the Mega Ring has absorbed the power of the sundial."
"These two powers have combined to upgrade your Mega Ring."
"Now, it will react to underground Mega Stones, but only when the sundial is emitting light."
"I'm sure these stones hide in every corner of Kalos! Use this power to find them!"


Pokédex evaluation
  • Before evaluating the player's Pokédex in person:
"Well now, let's have a look at your Pokédex!"
  • After evaluating the player's Pokédex in person:
"Your Pokédex must be jam-packed with all the memories of your journey... I hope you treasure it always!"
  • After evaluating one of the Kalos Pokédexes via a PC after all three have been finished or National Pokédex when it has been finished:
"You're encountering Pokémon at a really good clip, aren't you?"
"I have something for you, so stop by the lab when you have a moment!"
  • After evaluating one of the Kalos Pokédexes in person after all three have been finished:
"You're encountering Pokémon at a really good clip, aren't you?"
"I want to give you this to help you reach your goal!"
"So, if you're holding an Oval Charm, Eggs are discovered at the Pokémon Day Care more easily than normal."
  • After evaluating the National Pokédex in person after it has been finished:
"You're encountering Pokémon at a really good clip, aren't you?"
"I want to give you this to help you reach your goal!"
"Holding a Shiny Charm will improve your chances of finding a Shiny Pokémon!"
  • If the National Pokédex has already been completed and evaluated:
"Congratulations! You completed the Pokédex!"
Central Kalos Pokédex
  • When talking to Sycamore to get the Pokédex evaluated:
"Hmm... So you've seen <number> kinds of Pokémon in Central Kalos, then."
  • 30-38 Pokémon:
"Oh ho! The pages are getting filled in. It's starting to look good!"
  • 41-59 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon can be hard to find, but keep on searching in the tall grass!"
  • 66-87 Pokémon:
"Battling against other Trainers is another, good way to fill up your Pokédex!"
  • 92-108 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon only appear in certain places! Keep an eye out!"
  • 115-126 Pokémon:
"Why hello! Find any Pokémon that you've taken a particular shine to yet?"
  • 130-149 Pokémon:
"Just a little bit more, and you'll have found every kind of Pokémon in the Central Kalos area!"
  • 150 Pokémon (first time):
"Congratulations! You've encountered every kind of Pokémon in the Central Kalos area!"

If the player has already obtained the evaluation for the completed Pokédex once, subsequent evaluations skip the sentence stating the number of seen Pokémon altogether and simply say:

"Incredible! You've already completed the Central Kalos Pokédex!"
Coastal Kalos Pokédex
  • When talking to Sycamore to get the Pokédex evaluated:
"Oh ho! You've seen <number> kinds of Pokémon in Coastal Kalos. "
  • 5 Pokémon:
"A new Pokédex means new Pokémon! How exciting!"
  • 48-59 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon can be found only by fishing. Aren't Pokémon fascinating?"
  • 65-87 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon can only be seen inside caves!"
  • 97-107 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon Abilities make it easier for you to encounter wild Pokémon!"
  • 114-129 Pokémon:
"You should try using Surf to explore new areas and find the Pokémon that live there!"
"Just a little bit more, and you'll have found every kind of Pokémon in the Coastal Kalos area!"
  • 150-153 Pokémon (first time, with at least all Pokémon other than Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres seen):
"Congratulations! You've encountered every kind of Pokémon in the Coastal Kalos area!"

If the player has already obtained the evaluation for the completed Pokédex once, subsequent evaluations skip the sentence stating the number of seen Pokémon altogether and simply say:

"Incredible! You've already completed the Coastal Kalos Pokédex!"
Mountain Kalos Pokédex
  • When talking to Sycamore to get the Pokédex evaluated:
"I see! You've seen <number> kinds of Pokémon in Mountain Kalos. "
  • 4 Pokémon:
"The third Pokédex of the Kalos region! I wonder what kinds of Pokémon you'll find!"
  • 20-27 Pokémon:
"It's so interesting to look at the differences between the Pokémon that live in each area!"
  • 45 Pokémon:
"I'll bet the Pokémon you can find in the mountains and caves are tough and rugged!"
  • 60-87 Pokémon:
"There are still many Pokémon awaiting you in locations you've yet to visit!"
  • 90-99 Pokémon:
"It's fascinating to learn how certain Pokémon evolve!"
  • 111-129 Pokémon:
"Isn't it great to learn about all of the different Pokémon that are out there?"
  • 130-150 Pokémon:
"Just a little bit more, and you'll have found every kind of Pokémon in the Mountain Kalos area!"
  • 151 Pokémon (first time):
Congratulations! You've encountered every kind of Pokémon in the Mountain Kalos area!"

If the player has already obtained the evaluation for the completed Pokédex once, subsequent evaluations skip the sentence stating the number of seen Pokémon altogether and simply say:

"Incredible! You've already completed the Mountain Kalos Pokédex!"
National Pokédex

Note: This Pokédex only counts caught Pokémon towards the evaluation.

  • When talking to Sycamore to get the Pokédex evaluated:
"You've caught a total of <number> kinds of Pokémon! Fantastic! And you caught <number> of those Pokémon species in the Kalos region!"
  • 38 Pokémon:
"Keep traveling through the Kalos region, and you might find even more new encounters!"
  • 88-148 Pokémon:
"I hear there are more than 700 kinds of Pokémon to be found in the National Pokédex!"
  • 157 Pokémon:
"Non remember--the trick to catching a Pokémon is to lower its HP before using a Poké Ball!"
  • 258-299 Pokémon:
"You won't be able to find all of the underwater Pokémon by fishing in just one spot!"
  • 300-349 Pokémon:
"The Sticky Hold and Suction Cups Abilities make Pokémon easier to reel in when fishing."
  • 350-399 Pokémon:
"Pokémon with the Magnet Pull Ability can help you encounter Steel-type Pokémon more easily!"
  • 400-449 Pokémon:
"Pokémon with the Static Ability can help you encounter Electric-type Pokémon more easily!"
  • 450-499 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon only evolve by becoming friendly with their Trainer!"
  • 500-523 Pokémon:
"Wow! You've caught 500 kinds of Pokémon! You sure are an amazing Trainer!"
  • 547-559 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon can only evolve at certain times of day or in certain places!"
  • 560-589 Pokémon:
"There are some moves that leave Pokémon with just a tiny bit of HP left!"
  • 590-614 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon have Abilities that prevent wild Pokémon from fleeing!"
  • 615-634 Pokémon:
"Wow, 600! Pokémon sure do live in all kinds of places!"
  • 635-654 Pokémon:
"You're a Pokémon-catching pro, you know that? My jaw drops at your incredible skills!"
  • 655-674 Pokémon:
"Trading Pokémon with friends is another great way to fill up your Pokédex!"
  • 675-689 Pokémon:
"If you have access, it might be a good idea to use the GTS, too!"
  • 690-699 Pokémon:
"Almost 700... Just a little bit more! Keep it up!"
  • 700-717 Pokémon (with at least one non-event Pokémon not caught):
"This is it! We're in the final countdown for your momentous completion of the National Pokédex!"
  • 706-718 Pokémon (first time, with all non-event Pokémon caught):
"This is such an emotional moment! I'm so lucky to have met you! This Pokédex could not have been completed without the sweat and hard work you put in as a Pokémon Trainer... It's a one-of-a-kind treasure chest packed full of your dreams!"

If the player has already obtained the evaluation for the completed Pokédex once, subsequent evaluations skip the sentence stating the number of caught Pokémon altogether and simply say:

"Incredible! You've already completed the National Pokédex!"

In the anime

Professor Sycamore in the anime

Professor Sycamore made his first appearance in Lumiose City Pursuit!, when Ash, Clemont and Bonnie brought an injured Froakie to him. Sycamore treated Froakie while explaining that he used to be owned by Trainers but had severe behavioral problems which caused him to either abandon or be abandoned by his past Trainers. Sycamore also explained that his area of research was Mega Evolution, and Garchomp was the Pokémon he was researching since she was capable of achieving it.

After Team Rocket's failed attempt to steal Froakie caused Garchomp to go wild, Professor Sycamore joined Ash in his attempt to calm her down but was forced to simply watch from the bottom of Prism Tower. After the situation had been resolved, he thanked Ash by giving him a new Kalos Pokédex and allowing him to take Froakie, who had bonded with the Trainer, with him.

In A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, Sycamore met Serena as she arrived to pick her starter Pokémon.

He appeared again in Mega-Mega Meowth Madness!, where he met up with Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie when they returned to Lumiose City. Later, he was captured by Team Rocket, who sought for his knowledge about Mega Evolution. Serena and Bonnie were also captured when they tried to help the Professor. The three were rescued by Ash, Pikachu, Clemont, and a Chespin from Sycamore's lab, but Team Rocket activated their newest mecha, which chased them across a forest. After Ash and Clemont unsuccessfully tried to defeat the mecha with Pikachu and Chespin, the group was saved by Blaziken Mask and his Blaziken, who destroyed the mecha, and Team Rocket was then sent blasting off by Ash and Clemont. At the end of the episode, Sycamore allowed Clemont to capture Chespin when it wanted to travel with the group.

He appeared in Mega Evolution Special I in a flashback to Alain's past working for him as an aide.

In The Bonds of Evolution!, he appeared to meet with Diantha regarding Mega Evolution. He attempted to charm her secretary, Kathi Lee, when she interrupted, only to be hit with a book. Later, he filmed Ash's battle with Diantha and Gardevoir Mega Evolving against Team Rocket.

Professor Sycamore appeared again in Summer of Discovery!, where it was revealed that he invited Ash and company to participate in his annual Pokémon Summer Camp. It was also revealed he was the one who gave Tierno, Shauna, and Trevor their starter Pokémon. He, along with his assistants, appeared throughout the event to officiate activities and announce winners.

He reappeared in SS031.

Pokémon

This listing is of Professor Sycamore's known Pokémon:

On hand

Professor Sycamore's Garchomp
Garchomp
Professor Sycamore's only known Pokémon is a Garchomp who lives at the lab with him as the main test subject as he researches Mega Evolution. Despite her fearsome appearance, Garchomp is very gentle as shown by her concern for Froakie. She also enjoys company, and happily allows others to pet her. However, when Team Rocket attempted to capture Froakie, Garchomp defended it from Team Rocket's device which then attached itself to her. This caused her severe pain resulting in her going on a rampage through Lumiose City and heading to the top of Prism Tower.

Once there, she was carefully approached by Ash who refused to allow Pikachu to use any moves against her since she couldn't help her behavior. Soon, with Ash and Froakie's help, the device was removed and Garchomp returned to her old self.

She appeared in flashbacks in A Battle of Aerial Mobility! and Mega Evolution Special I.

Garchomp's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Lumiose City Pursuit!

Gives to new Trainers

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Chespin
Sycamore Fennekin.png
Fennekin
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Froakie

Gave away to Trainers

Ash Froakie.png
Ash's Froakie
Serena Fennekin.png
Serena's Fennekin
Clemont Chespin.png
Clemont's Chespin
Alain Charmander.png
Alain's Charmander
Mairin Chespie.png
Chespie
Tierno Squirtle.png
Tierno's Squirtle
Shauna Bulbasaur.png
Shauna's Bulbasaur
Trevor Charmander.png
Trevor's Charmander

Seen in his lab

Sycamore's Lab Pokémon
Lab Pokémon
Professor Sycamore has three Combee, an Azurill, Marill, Helioptile, Caterpie, Weedle, Psyduck, Zigzagoon, Linoone and Scatterbug in his lab.
Debut Lumiose City Pursuit!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 土田大 Hiroshi Tsuchida
English Jake Paque
Finnish Ilkka Villi
Greek Αργύρης Παυλίδης Argiris Pavlidis
Polish Kamil Pruban
Spanish Latin America Manuel Campuzano
Spain Óscar Castellanos

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Professor Sycamore in Pokémon Adventures

Professor Sycamore makes his first appearance in the X & Y chapter, where he calls Trevor via Holo Caster and states that the package of starter Pokémon he requested has been sent to Trevor's house. Later, he is seen in his lab showing Lysandre the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal that happened in Vaniville Town. After being requested it, Sycamore has Sina and Dexio copy the footage so that Lysandre can have it for further study.

Later, Trevor and his friends eventually make it to Lumiose City and meet up with Professor Sycamore. They return the Charmander that had previously escaped from Sycamore's lab a few days ago. When X reveals that he doesn't want to take the Chespin that Trevor got for him because he worries that it will only get caught up in the constant attacks from Team Flare, Professor Sycamore decides to challenge him to a battle in hopes of changing his mind. Although X agrees, he is angered when he is forced to use Chespin instead of Kanga.

The battle ends with Professor Sycamore as the victor. Despite the lack of interest in the fight, X is impressed by Chespin's valor enough to take it on his team and give it a nickname. Much to Professor Sycamore's surprise and confusion, X also takes an interest in training the Charmander. Later, the two meet up with Y's group while riding on the Gogoat Shuttle service.

Pokémon

Professor Sycamore's Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur is one the Pokémon that hangs around Professor Sycamore's lab. It was first seen alongside the other Kanto starters watching the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. Later, it watched the battle between Charmander and X's Marisso. When Charmander did damage to Marisso, Bulbasaur congratulated Charmander, embarrassing it.

None of Bulbasaur's moves are known.

Debut PAXY04
Professor Sycamore's Squirtle
Squirtle
Squirtle is one the Pokémon that hangs around Professor Sycamore's lab. It was first seen alongside the other Kanto starters watching the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. Later, it watched the battle between Charmander and X's Marisso. When Charmander did damage to Marisso, Squirtle began clapping, embarrassing Charmander.

None of Squirtle's moves are known.

Debut PAXY04
Used
Professor Sycamore's Gogoat
Gogoat
The Professor was seen riding this Gogoat from the Gogoat Shuttle service when he and X went to meet up with Y, Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno.

None of Gogoat's moves are known.

Debut X & Y chapter
Given away
Professor Sycamore's Chespin
Chespin
This Chespin was one of the three Pokémon that Professor Sycamore gave to Trevor so that he could get X out of his depression. Despite battling with him repeatedly, X refused to let it join his team. After using Chespin to battle Professor Sycamore, X decided to keep Chespin and named it Marisso.
Debut PAXY01
Professor Sycamore's Fennekin
Fennekin
This Fennekin was one of the three Pokémon that Professor Sycamore gave to Trevor so that he could get X out of his depression. Both it and its Pokédex were sent flying in the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. It was retrieved by Team Flare and is currently under Malva's ownership.
Debut PAXY01
Professor Sycamore's Froakie
Froakie
This Froakie was one of the three Pokémon that Professor Sycamore gave to Trevor so that he could get X out of his depression. After battling with Y repeatedly, it joined her team and was named Kerokero.
Debut PAXY01
Professor Sycamore's Charmander
Charmander
Charmander is one the Pokémon that hangs around Professor Sycamore's lab. It was first seen alongside the other Kanto starters watching the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. Sometime after, Charmander escaped from the lab and took a nap in a flower bed on Route 4, where its tail caused the flowers to catch fire. The fire was put out by Froakie, who Charmander had recognized since they both belonged to the Professor. After returning it to Professor Sycamore, the Professor decided to have a battle with X and chose Charmander to use against Chespin. Chespin was defeated by Charmander, and to Professor Sycamore's surprise, X took Charmander with him and named it Salamè.

Charmander's only known move is Ember.

Debut PAXY04

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Professor Sycamore in Pocket Monsters XY

Professor Sycamore has appeared in Pocket Monsters XY.

In the TCG

Main article: Professor Sycamore (XY 122)
Professor Sycamore

Professor Sycamore was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English XY Series (the Japanese XY Era). First released in the Collection X expansion, it later debuted in English in the XY expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. With the same effect as Professor Juniper from the Black & White expansion, Professor Sycamore allows the player to discard their hand and draw seven cards from their deck.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Professor Sycamore appears as a trophy in the 3DS version.

Trophy information

This charming professor is an eminent Pokémon researcher in the Kalos region. He's dedicated to solving the puzzles of Mega Evolution in Pokémon, but unlike some other busy researchers, he always makes time to keep his hair stylish and his clothes and work space tidy.

Trivia

  • Sycamore is the first Pokémon Professor to battle the player in the games.
  • Sycamore is also the first Professor to hand out starter Pokémon that were not introduced in his generation upon first meeting the player character.
  • According to a male Scientist on the second floor of the lab in Lumiose City, Sycamore learned a lot from Professor Rowan in Sinnoh when he was young.
  • According to a woman in the Tower of Mastery, Sycamore trained at the Tower of Mastery in his youth to learn about Mega Evolution. However, he left fairly quickly as he decided he didn't have what it takes.
  • In the anime, Sycamore gives all three Kalos starters in reverse Pokédex order.
  • In the anime, Sycamore is the first Pokémon Professor to give all three starter Pokémon to Ash and his friends.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane From platane, French for plane trees
English Professor Augustine Sycamore From sycamore and possibly the Augustine Henry
French Professeur Platane Same as Japanese name
German, Italian Professor Platan Same as Japanese name
Spanish Profesor Ciprés From ciprés, Spanish for cypress
Korean 플라타느박사 Dr. Platane Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 布拉塔諾博士 Dr. Bùlātǎnuò Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 法桐博士 Dr. Faattùhng From 法桐 faattùhng, oriental plane


OakElmBirchRowanJuniperJuniper Sr.Sycamore
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Non-player characters in the core series games
Kalos Professor SycamoreGraceCalemSerenaShaunaTiernoTrevorAlexa
CassiusSinaDexioGurkinnBonnieDianthaAZLookerEmmaTeam Flare
Gym guideGym LeadersElite FourBattle ChatelainesName RaterMr. BondingPhil the Photo GuyJudge

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarry
UrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilTiernoShaunaTrevor
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlder
LukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaAlainMairin
AriaDianthaGurkinnLysandre
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

RedClefairyPikachuTogepiTyrogueConkeldurr
PM GreenBlueYellowGoldSilver
Professor OakBill
BrockMistyLt. SurgeErikaSabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanniLoreleiBrunoAgathaLance
Professor ElmEarlClefairy RangersKurtDJ MaryChairmanKiyo
FalknerBugsyWhitneyMortyJasmineChuckPryceClairWillKaren
PMRS RubySapphireRedBlue
Professor BirchMr. StoneMr. BrineyMaxieTetsuyaRydelRydel's rival
Dr. TakedaScott
NormanRoxanneBrawlyWattson
PMDP DiaKazuki
Professor RowanMarsLookerCharon
Dai FugōOkane Daisukī
RoarkAaron
PMBW BlackBiancaCheren
Professor JuniperNCedric JuniperGhetsis
CilanChiliCressLenoraBurghElesaClaySkylaShauntalMarshalGrimsleyCaitlinAlder
PMXY ShaunaProfessor Sycamore


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