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'''Professor Samuel Oak''' (Japanese: '''オーキド・ユキナリ博士''' ''Dr. Yukinari Okido'', '''オーキド{{Tt|博士|はかせ}}''' ''Dr. Okido'') is a [[Pokémon Professor]] who lives and works at his [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|research lab]] in [[Pallet Town]] of the [[Kanto]] region. According to [[Professor Elm]], Oak concentrates on Pokémon and human relationships as a profession.
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'''Professor Samuel Oak''' (Japanese: '''オーキド・ユキナリ博士''' ''Dr. Yukinari Okido'') is a [[Pokémon Professor]] who lives and works at his [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|research lab]] in [[Pallet Town]] of the [[Kanto]] region. According to [[Professor Elm]], Oak concentrates on Pokémon and human relationships as a profession.
   
 
==In the games==
 
==In the games==

Revision as of 03:05, 26 January 2020

Professor Samuel Oak
オーキド・ユキナリ博士 Dr. Yukinari Okido
Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Professor Oak.png
Art from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Age 47RBYFRLG
50GSCDPPtHGSS
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Gray
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Blue, Daisy, Samson Oak (games)
Gary Oak (anime, manga)
May Oak (manga adaptation)
Trainer class Former Trainer, Pokémon Professor
Generation I, II, III, IV, VII
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Pokémon Snap, Stadium, Stadium 2, Masters
Game animation debut Pokémon Origins
English voice actor Kyle Hebert (Origins)
Ben Diskin (The Two Professors)
Japanese voice actor Katsuji Mori (Origins)
Tadashi Wakabayashi (The Two Professors)
Anime counterpart Professor Oak
Counterpart debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
Manga counterpart(s) Professor Oak, Professor Oak

Professor Samuel Oak (Japanese: オーキド・ユキナリ博士 Dr. Yukinari Okido) is a Pokémon Professor who lives and works at his research lab in Pallet Town of the Kanto region. According to Professor Elm, Oak concentrates on Pokémon and human relationships as a profession.

In the games

In Generation I

The unused Trainer class for Professor Oak

Professor Oak works in his Laboratory in Pallet Town with his aides. He gave Red and Blue their starter Pokémon in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed and LeafGreen. He is an idol to many Trainers and researchers, including Professor Elm, and always plays an important supporting role in the many games that he appears in.

He was a childhood friend of Agatha. They remained good friends and top-class Pokémon Trainers until Oak stopped battling and became interested in Pokémon research. Agatha said that he became soft and started to regard him as a fool. However, Oak still affiliates with the Pokémon League as an adviser. In Pokemon Masters, during her Sync Pair Story "A Day with Agatha", Agatha explains how she and Oak met. Oak was always friendly and open when he was young and would talk to Agatha and try to help her. Though he was only trying to be nice, it still annoyed Agatha because she wanted to be left alone. Agatha would battle Oak to try and get him to go away, but he was always better than her, and so she would battle him again and again. Eventually, the time they spent together began to mean a lot to Agatha. As a result, when Oak got the idea to invent the Pokédex and subsequently stopped battling, Agatha felt betrayed.

Pokémon

Red, Green, and Blue

Professor Oak confirms having been a successful Trainer in his youth; however, he states that he only possesses the following Pokémon. Red is allowed to choose one in order to begin his journey. His grandson, Blue, the player's rival, then picks the Pokémon whose type has an advantage against their own.

Spr 1b 001.png
Types:
Grass Poison
Bulbasaur Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 1b 004.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Charmander Lv.5
Scratch
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 1b 007.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Squirtle Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Tail Whip
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Yellow
Main article: Red's Pikachu (game)

Professor Oak catches this Pikachu while stopping Red from beginning his journey without any Pokémon. He later decides to give it to him.

Spr 1y 025.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Pikachu Lv.5
ThunderShock
Electric
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   

This Eevee was intended for Red but was taken by Blue in his impatience. Its evolutionary path is determined by the player's interactions with its Trainer.

Spr 1y 133.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Eevee Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Tail Whip
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Unused teams

In the Generation I games, there is unused Trainer data for Prof. Oak. This implies that the player was supposed to battle him at some point in the game.

In the data, Oak has a level 66 Tauros, level 67 Exeggutor, level 68 Arcanine, level 70 Gyarados, and one of the Kanto starters at level 69. This places his strength a handful of levels above the player's rival and the Pokémon League Champion. In addition, four of his Pokémon are identical to the ones used by the Champion, only at higher levels, implying he was originally meant to be Champion, or at least another high-ranking Trainer. This is supported by an email on the PC in Oak's lab, in which the Pokémon League issues a challenge to all Trainers and specifically requests Oak to come visit them.

Oak can be battled by performing the Ditto glitch with a Special stat of 226 or by performing the old man glitch with MN as the character in the 3rd, 5th or 7th slot of the player's name. These teams cannot be battled when using the old man glitch; they can only be battled via the Ditto glitch if the wild Ditto's Attack is lowered by 4, 5, or 6 stages (each will yield a different one of the three teams).







In Generation II

Professor Oak was always well known in Kanto but in Generation II he became more of a celebrity, a "star Pokémon Researcher". He became famous in Johto because of his Radio Show with DJ Mary. He was going to turn down the show at first but Mary's energy and persistence wore him down. Ethan/Kris first met him visiting the home of Mr. Pokémon, another of Oak's childhood friends. Later he grants the young Trainer access to Mt. Silver, a place which only the finest Pokémon Trainers may enter, after the player has earned all the Badges in Johto and later Kanto.

Professor Oak has many old friends. One of them is Kurt, a Poké Ball smith from Azalea Town and another is Professor Elm who used to be Oak's assistant. In fact, there is a picture on Kurt's wall saying "...a young Prof Oak?" and an email addressed to him from Professor Elm can be found in his lab:

"...
Prof. Oak, how is your research
coming along? I'm still plugging
away. I heard rumors
that <player> is
getting quite a reputation.
I'm delighted to hear that.
Elm in New Bark Town 8-)"

Professor Oak has gained many fans and admirers. One of them is Schoolboy Chad, who frequently calls the player to share trivia about Oak.

In Generation III

Professor Oak returns in FireRed and LeafGreen to reprise his role from the Generation I games. He also grants the player the National Pokédex after they have caught 60 different species of Pokémon and defeated the Elite Four.

Pokémon

Spr 3f 001.png
Types:
Grass Poison
Ability:
Overgrow
Held item:
None
Bulbasaur/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3f 004.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Blaze
Held item:
None
Charmander/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3f 007.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Torrent
Held item:
None
Squirtle/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Tail Whip
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   

Fame Checker

This is a list of the Fame Checker's information on Professor Oak in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pallet Town - sign
  • What does this person do?
"Oak Pokémon Research Lab."
Pallet Town Research Lab - Prof. Oak
  • What is this person like?
"To make a complete guide on all the Pokémon in the world...
That was my dream!"
Pallet Town Research Lab - aide
  • What is this person like?
"Prof. Oak may not look like much, but he's the authority on Pokémon.
Many Pokémon Trainers hold him in high regard."
Viridian City - Pokémon Journal
  • Family and friends?
"Prof. Oak reportedly lives with his grandchildren, Daisy and Blue."
Pokémon League - Agatha
  • Family and friends?
"I hear Oak's taken a lot of interest in you, child.
That old duff was once tough and handsome.
But that was decades ago. He's a shadow of his former self."
Pallet Town Research Lab - aide
  • What does this person do?
"Prof. Oak is going to have his own radio show soon.
The program will be called Prof. Oak's Pokémon Seminar."
Message from Oak
  • From: Prof. Oak
  • To: [Player]
"Why do Pokémon compete and battle so hard for you?
They do so because they can see the love and trust you have towards Pokémon.
Never forget that."

In Generation IV

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Professor Oak is also a good friend of Professor Rowan. He visits Sinnoh often, has a home in Eterna City, introduces Trainers to Pal Park, and gives them the National Pokédex, as well as the Up-Grade, Poké Radar and the function Trainer Counter of the Pokétch. A letter that he sends to the player in a special event allows the player to find Shaymin. An aide in Rowan's laboratory mentions that Oak is Rowan's junior in terms of seniority. In Platinum, after providing the Up-Grade, Professor Oak will talk about the Legendary birds and say that they have been sighted in Sinnoh. From this point Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be visible roaming on the map.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Oak with Ethan and Mr. Pokémon in Generation IV

Professor Oak returns in the Johto remakes to fulfill a similar role as he did in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, albeit expanded. He will give the player the National Pokédex before boarding the S.S. Aqua bound for Kanto. He also gives the player HM08 (Rock Climb) to assist them in navigation through Mt. Silver after they have earned all eight Kanto Badges. After the player defeats Red on top of Mt. Silver, he will give the player one of either Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. Finally, if both Kyogre and Groudon from HeartGold and SoulSilver are traded into the same game, he will give the player a Jade Orb so that Rayquaza may be caught at the Embedded Tower.

Pokémon
Spr 4h 001.png
Types:
Grass Poison
Ability:
Overgrow
Held item:
None
Bulbasaur/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 4h 004.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Blaze
Held item:
None
Charmander/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 4h 007.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Torrent
Held item:
None
Squirtle/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal Physical
Tail Whip
Normal Status
  --  
   
  --  
   


In Generation VII

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Professor Oak appears in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, performing in a role similar to the role he played in Generations I and III. He gives the player their Partner Pokémon, PikachuP or EeveeE. He gives a normal Starter Pokémon of the opposite species to Trace.

Pokémon
025Pikachu LG.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Pikachu/ Lv.5
Thunder Shock
Electric Special
Growl
Normal Status
Tail Whip
Normal Status
  --  
   
133Eevee LG.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
No ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Eevee/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
Tail Whip
Normal Status
  --  
   


Quotes

Main article: Professor Oak/Quotes

Artwork

Red Green Prof Oak.png Gold Silver Professor Oak.png FireRed LeafGreen Professor Oak.png
Official artwork from
Red and Blue
Official artwork from
Gold and Silver
Official artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen

Sprites

Spr RG Oak.png Spr Y Oak.png Spr GS Oak.png Spr FRLG Oak.png Spr HGSS Oak.png Oak PE OD.png
Intro sprite from
Red and Blue
Intro sprite from
Yellow
Intro sprite from
Generation II
Intro sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Intro sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Oak I OD.png Y Oak Back.png Oak II OD.png Oak III OD.png Oak OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Back sprite from
Yellow
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV

In spin-off games

Stadium series

In Pokémon Stadium (English) and Pokémon Stadium 2, Professor Oak is the owner of the Pokémon Laboratory, which is available if the Stadium game is connected to one or more core series games via Transfer Pak. The laboratory contains various machines with features such as trading Pokémon between games, transferring items and Pokémon to and from the player's PC, viewing the Pokédex, etc. In both games, Professor Oak describes the machines in the laboratory.

The Transfer Pak features were previously introduced in Pokémon Stadium (Japanese), but they were part of the menu at the beginning at the game and didn't involve Professor Oak or his laboratory.

Hey You, Pikachu!

Professor Oak appears in Hey You, Pikachu!, where he enlists the player to help test a translation device called the PokéHelper, using a wild Pikachu as the main research subject.

Pokémon Channel

In Pokémon Channel, Professor Oak launches the titular Pokémon Channel, and tuning into the "Oak's Report" channel allows the player to save their game.

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, it is mentioned that he was Professor Willow's mentor.[1]

In the GO Web series, The Two Professors, Willow contacts Oak to discuss the recent appearance of Ditto transformed into an unrecognizable Pokémon. Oak is able to identify it as the Mythical Pokémon, Meltan.

Pokémon Snap

Professor Oak also is one of the two human characters that appears in Pokémon Snap. In order to complete his Pokémon Report on the denizens of Pokémon Island, he hires Todd to take pictures for the report. He provides Todd with the ZERO-ONE and its Dash Engine upgrade, Pokémon food, Pester Balls, and a Poké Flute. When Todd takes a picture of each of the Pokémon signs, Professor Oak is able to drawn a connection between them and the constellations to determine that Mew must be on Rainbow Cloud.

Puzzle series

In Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, Professor Oak appears at the main menu and some other screens at the beginning of the game, explaining the available options to the player. He also talks to the player at various points in the "Puzzle" section, which consists of various rounds with puzzles.

At the beginning of Pokémon Puzzle League, there is a short animated introduction where Ash Ketchum receives a phone call from Professor Oak, telling him that he has been selected as a challenger of the Puzzle League Tournament at Puzzle League. In the Prof. Oak's Labs at the Puzzle Village, Professor Oak explains how to play this game.

Pokémon Trading Card Game series

In Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, the Professor Oak and the Imposter Professor Oak cards are available. The latter game also includes the Imposter Oak's Revenge card.

Play It! series

In Pokémon Play It! and Pokémon Play It! Version 2, the player is able to receive two certificates signed by Professor Oak; each certificate is awarded for answering a separate set of 10 questions correctly.

Additionally, if the player opens the "Learn" menu from the first game, or the "Help" menu from the second game, and then chooses the option "The playing field", Julie says that she is in the middle of a game with Professor Oak but he had to leave.

Gallery

Sprites

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Please feel free to edit this article to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Sprites of Prof. Oak from the tutorial of Puzzle League, the intro of Snap, and from Pokémon Laboratory in Stadium and Stadium 2..

Hey You Pikachu Oak.png Puzzle Challenge Oak.png TCG1 A39 Professor Oak.png TCG2 A54 Professor Oak.png TCG1 D44 Impostor Professor Oak.png TCG2 D52 Impostor Professor Oak.png TCG2 H42 Impostor Oak Revenge.png
Dialogue sprite from
Hey You, Pikachu!
Menu sprite from
Puzzle Challenge
Professor Oak sprite
from the Trading Card Game
Professor Oak sprite
from Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!
Imposter Professor Oak sprite
from the Trading Card Game
Imposter Professor Oak sprite
from Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!
Imposter Oak's Revenge sprite
from Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!

Other images

Oak signature.png
Professor Oak's signature
from Play It! and Play It! 2

In the anime

Professor Oak in the Sun & Moon series

In the main series

Main article: Professor Oak (anime)

Professor Oak appears semi-regularly in the Pokémon anime, where he gives Ash Ketchum useful information for his journey.

Professor in Pokémon Origins

In Pokémon Origins

Professor Oak appears as a major character in the Pokémon Origins miniseries, where he serves a similar role as in Pokémon Red and Blue. He assigned Red and Blue with the task of completing his dream of a complete Pokédex. Eventually, Red did manage to catch all 150 known Pokémon, but then realized that Mew was still out there, and decided to continue his effort in bringing Professor Oak's dream to a true completion.

Pokémon

On hand
Professor Oak's Eevee
Eevee
Professor Oak sent out his Eevee during his introduction of the Pokémon world.

None of Eevee's moves are known.

Debut File 1: Red
Gives to new Trainers
Oak Bulbasaur PO.png
Bulbasaur
Oak Squirtle PO.png
Squirtle
Oak Charmander PO.png
Charmander
Gave away to new Trainers
Red Charmander PO.png
Red's Charmander
Blue Squirtle PO.png
Blue's Squirtle

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 森功至 Katsuji Mori
English Kyle Hebert
European Spanish José Padilla

In Pokémon Generations

Though Professor Oak did not physically appear in Pokémon Generations, he was mentioned by Agatha during her battle against Blue in The Challenger.

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Professor Oak (center) in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Professor Oak briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer as part of a team with Professors Sycamore and Kukui.

In the manga

As he is the leading professor of the Kanto region, Professor Oak appears in many different Pokémon manga series.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Professor Oak (anime)
Professor Oak in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Professor Oak makes a few appearances in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. He is a role model to Ash and is Bill's mentor. Unlike in the anime, he does not give Ash his Pikachu; in fact, he does not meet Ash until after he has already begun his Pokémon journey.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Professor Oak in the HGSS chapter
Main article: Professor Oak (Adventures)

Professor Oak has a recurring role in Pokémon Adventures. His first appearance was in A Glimpse of the Glow, and he has appeared in most chapters since. Over the course of the manga, Professor Oak helps out the Pokédex holders in their various quests. His backstory has been largely expanded in this canon.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Professor Oak first appears in Falkner The Bird Keeper's Challenge!! where he witnesses Articuno's appearance as it would usually appear every four years. He also sees the battle between Articuno and Gold's Pokémon. He then offers to bring the Pokémon Egg Mr. Pokémon had to Professor Elm in Let's Aim For The Goal!. Before he leaves though, he gives Gold a Pokédex, with the belief that Gold will become a great Trainer.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Professor Oak in the Pocket Monsters manga
Main article: Professor Oak (Pocket Monsters)

Professor Oak is a character in Pokémon Pocket Monsters, where he is in regular contact with Red and Green.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

201 Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details. 201
Professor Oak in Pokémon Zensho

Professor Oak appears in Pokémon Zensho and has fulfilled the same role similar to the ones in other media. Professor Oak debuts in Pallet Town where he saves Satoshi from a flock of Pidgey that were about to attack him. As thanks for Professor Oak's rescue of Satoshi, Satoshi goes to his lab and chooses Charmander since Charmander saved him earlier. Shigeru, Satoshi's rival, chooses Squirtle which made Professor Oak keep Bulbasaur as he would have been too lonely.

A backstory is revealed about him in Celadon City where is taking care of Shigeru and Daisy Oak since their parents died in a car crash. He is last seen in Indigo Plateau, telling Satoshi and Shigeru about a rare Pokémon who dwells in a cave.

Pokémon

On hand
Professor Oak's Bulbasaur

Professor Oak's Venusaur
Bulbasaur → Ivysaur → Venusaur
Professor Oak kept Bulbasaur after Satoshi and Shigeru got their Starter Pokémon as he would have been too lonely without it. It was revealed to have evolved into Ivysaur and then Venusaur sometime when Satoshi went to Indigo Plateau. Venusaur was then seen with Professor Oak around the end of the chapter when he was explaining to Satoshi and Shigeru about a rare cave that contained the Legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo.

None of Venusaur's moves are known.

Debut Indigo Plateau
Gives to new Trainers
Oak Bulbasaur Zensho.png
Bulbasaur
Oak Charmander Zensho.png
Charmander
Oak Squirtle Zensho.png
Squirtle


Given away
Satoshi's Charmander
Charmander
Main article: Satoshi's Charmander

Professor Oak gave this Charmander to Satoshi as his choice of being his first Pokémon since Charmander rescued Satoshi from a flock of Pidgey earlier.

Debut Pallet Town
Shigeru's Squirtle
Squirtle
Shigeru chose Squirtle as it had the type-advantage against Satoshi's Charmander.

Squirtle's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Pallet Town
201 Spoilers end here. 201

In the TCG

Artwork

Artwork from the cards:

Professor Oaks Research.png Professor Oaks Visit.png
Researching Visiting Sinnoh

Cards

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Professor Oak in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Professor Oak T Base Set Uncommon 88/102 Expansion Pack Uncommon  
Base Set 2 Uncommon 116/130      
Professor Oak's Research T [Su] Expedition Base Set Uncommon 149/165 Base Expansion Pack Uncommon 053/128
EX FireRed & LeafGreen Uncommon 98/112 Flight of Legends Uncommon 078/082
      Venusaur/Charizard/Blastoise Random
Constructed Starter Decks
  051/052
      Side Deck   007/012
      Mew Quarter Deck    
EX Dragon Frontiers Uncommon 80/101 Imprison! Gardevoir ex Constructed Standard Deck   016/024
Professor Oak's Visit Su Secret Wonders Uncommon 122/132 Dialga LV.X Constructed Standard Deck    
      Palkia LV.X Constructed Standard Deck    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
      Magmortar Half Deck    
      Electivire Half Deck    
Arceus Uncommon 90/99 Advent of Arceus Uncommon 087/090
Professor Oak's New Theory Su HeartGold & SoulSilver Uncommon 101/123 HeartGold Collection Uncommon 068/070
      Steelix Constructed Standard Deck   015/019
      Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck   015/019
Call of Legends Uncommon 83/95      
Professor Oak's Hint Su Evolutions Uncommon 84/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary U 084/087
 

There also exists a "dark counterpart" of Professor Oak, called Imposter Professor Oak, who has also appeared in other Pokémon media. Apart from his first incarnation, expansions in which he has been featured also include Dark Pokémon. The following list is of cards mentioning or featuring Imposter Professor Oak.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Impostor Professor Oak T Base Set Rare 73/102 Expansion Pack Rare  
Base Set 2 Rare 102/130      
Imposter Oak's Revenge T Team Rocket Uncommon 76/82 Rocket Gang Uncommon  
Impostor Professor Oak's Invention T Neo Destiny Rare 94/105 Darkness, and to Light... Rare  
 

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Professor Oak appears as a random trophy wearing his regular clothing from the anime.

Trophy information

The leading expert on the study of Pokémon. It seems there are always new and mysterious species of Pokémon being brought to light, and Professor Oak is at the heart of it all with his insightful research. The Pokédex is one of his inventions: new Trainers receive one, and a Pokémon to boot, when they start out.

Trivia

  • Professor Oak has appeared in the most generations of any Pokémon Professor, appearing in Generation I and their Generation III and VII remakes as the regional professor and making cameo appearances in Generations II and IV.
  • If the player speaks to Professor Oak in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and has their Pokédex evaluated with at least 484 of the 493 Pokémon caught, he will say "Meeting you is something l will cherish all my life long.", using a lowercase L instead of an uppercase I.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese オーキド ユキナリ博士 Dr. Yukinari Okido オーキッド Ōkiddo, Orchid. 大木戸 Ōkido is a Japanese family name and placename. Literally, big-tree family.
English, Italian Professor Samuel Oak Oak tree, perhaps derived from Japanese Okido. His given name could possibly be derived from the Salem Oak, a long-lived tree of Salem, New Jersey.
Canadian French* Professeur Oak From his English name
European French Professeur Chen From chêne, Oak
German Professor Eich From Eiche, Oak
Spanish Profesor Oak From his English name
Korean 오용호 박사 Dr. O Yongho 오 (伍, 吳) O is a Korean family name, probably chosen because of its similarity to the first syllable in Okido.
Chinese (Mandarin) 大木博士 Dàmù Bóshì
大木雪成 Dàmù Xuěchéng (full name) *
大木幸成 Dàmù Xìngchéng (full name)*
大木 (big tree) is from 大木 Ōki and 博士 bóshì, Dr.
雪成 is from Japanese 雪成り yuki nari, "to become snow".
幸成 is from Japanese name 幸成 yukinari.
Chinese (Cantonese) 大木博士 Daaihmuhk Boksih
大木雪成 Daaihmuhk Syutsìhng (full name)
大木 (big tree) is from 大木 Ōki and 博士 boksih, Dr.
雪成 is from Japanese 雪成り yuki nari, "to become snow".
Czech Profesor Oak From English name
Finnish Professori Samuel Oak From English name
Hungarian Oak Professzor From English name
Indonesian Profesor Okido (Kanto saga)
Profesor Orchid
Profesor Oak (Sinnoh-present)
Same as Japanese and English name
Polish Profesor Oak From English name
Brazilian Portuguese Professor Samuel (Sam) Carvalho*
Professor Oak*
From carvalho, Oak
Same as English name
Russian Профессор Оук Professor Ouk Transcription of English name
Thai ดร.ออคิด Dr. Orkid From Japanese name
Vietnamese Giáo sư Yukinari Okido Transliteration of Japanese name

Related articles

References


Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomRedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimo
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneMinaCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrie
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetDudeCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoxy and OliRoseanneRad RickshawEldritchWilmaJasmineJuliaJordanDexterKeiraDr. FootstepMr. Goods
Mr. FuegoPokétch Co. PresidentPokémon Fan Club ChairmanMassage GirlScarf GuyHelenaKetch AppyTeam GalacticGym guide
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aidesStats judge


Oak (animeAdventures) • ElmBirchRowanJuniperJuniper Sr.
Sycamore (anime) • Kukui (anime) • BurnetSamsonMagnoliaSonia
IvySakuragiKranePHastingsHollyTetraWillowBellis


Capture tutors
Old manPrimoProfessor OakDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/Dawn
Professor JuniperBiancaCalem/SerenaProfessor KukuiLeon

Golden Boys characters
GoldBlackChrisGreyProfessor Oak

Professor ElmMr. PokémonDJ MaryTakeoKurt
Day-Care CoupleFalknerBugsyWhitneyMorty
ChuckJasmineEusineBlack TyranitarJoey



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