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おかあさん Mom
Gold Silver Mom.png
Art from Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Gender Female
Hometown Pallet Town, New Bark Town, Littleroot Town, Twinleaf Town, Nuvema Town, Aspertia City, Chicole Village, Pokémon HQ Lab
Region Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Almia, Orre
Relatives All player characters, Norman (husband)RSE,
Jovi (daughter)XD, husband (I, IV),
daughter (Ranger 2)
Generation I, II, III, IV, V
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Anime counterpart Delia Ketchum, Caroline, Johanna
Counterpart debut Pokémon - I Choose You!

The player's mom (Japanese: おかあさん mother) is a character in every main series Pokémon game. Although different each time, she will always be the one to see her child off on his or her journey with his or her starter Pokémon.

In the games

In the games, when players speaks to their mother, she will heal the party, as there is no Pokémon Center in the town; except in Johto, in which Professor Elm's lab has a healing machine and the player's mother will not heal the party. The player's mother may also do several other things specific to the game. When the player is setting off on his or her journey as a Pokémon Trainer, the player's mother will typically give him/her the Running Shoes as a gift, either in person or via a messenger, reading the provided instructions as well.


This mother is the mother of Red or Leaf. In Generation I and FireRed and LeafGreen, at the beginning of the games, she will inform the player that Professor Oak wants to see the player. After that, she will heal the player's Pokémon when talked to. This same mother also appears in Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver, telling the player how worried she is about Red, her son, but also how proud she is of him.


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Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Generation III
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV


This mother is the mother of Ethan, Kris, or Lyra. In Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player's mother informs them that the Pokégear has returned from the repair shop. In Generation II, she then helps set the day of the week. She will save the player's money, so that a quarter of the money won from each battle is automatically sent to her, and money can be deposited and withdrawn from her. She occasionally buys decorationsGSC, damage-reducing berriesHGSS or other items (listed below) with the player's money, then apologizes for spending the money she is saving. Her cooking specialty is the Cinnabar Volcano Burger.


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Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV

Items purchased

Once only

The player's mother will buy these items when savings reach a certain amount. These items can only be obtained once, except the Super Potion which can be obtained twice.

Item Location Games

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Unlimited times

These items are bought in groups of 5 as the savings increase. These items can be obtained an unlimited number of times.

Item Location Games

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This mother is the mother of Brendan or May and the wife of Norman. In Generation III, the player's mother helps the player move in, and instructs them to set the time on the clock upstairs and to make sure that everything is on their desk. When the player comes back downstairs, she will say that the player's father is on TV; however, the player just missed him.

When the player defeats Norman, she will give an Amulet Coin as a reward.

After the player has entered the Hall of Fame, a news report will be on TV. It will announce that a Pokémon is roaming the Hoenn region, which will be either LatiasS, LatiosR, or it will not distinguish which of the eon duo is the roaming PokémonE, due to static interference. In Emerald, the player's mother will ask if the news report was either about a red creature (Latias) or a blue creature (Latios). The one chosen will then roam Hoenn.


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Overworld sprite from
Generation III

Items given

Item Location Games

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Main article: Johanna

Johanna is the mother of Lucas or Dawn. In Generation IV, the player's mother takes on an active lifestyle, competing in Pokémon Super Contests in Hearthome City at times. She gives the player a tuxedo or a dress when they meet at the Super Contest Hall. She also gives the player a Journal at the beginning of the game.


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Overworld sprite from
Generation IV

Items given

Item Location Games

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Nuvema Town

This mother is the mother of Hilbert or Hilda. She lives in Nuvema Town, and she met her husband while he was on his own Pokémon journey. Apparently she was once a Trainer and had a journey of her own.

She mostly stays at home but leaves at one point to deliver the Running Shoes. Looker dresses up as her in the player's house after the defeat of Team Plasma.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, much like Red's mother in Generation II and IV, she still resides in the same house and tells the player that her son/daughter is out in another region looking for N.

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Mom's Xtransceiver
sprite from
Black and White
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Items given
Item Location Games


Aspertia City

This mother is the mother of Nate or Rosa. She lives in Aspertia City, and is an old friend of Professor Juniper's.

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Mom's Xtransceiver
sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Items given
Item Location Games


In side games


In Pokémon XD, Michael's mom is a researcher at the Pokémon Lab. Her name is Lily and she has a daughter named Jovi. She takes a supportive role throughout the game by working alongside Professor Krane.


In Almia, the mother of Kellyn or Kate exchanges letters with their family as they attend Ranger School. The family later moves to Chicole Village to be closer to Kellyn or Kate. She also bought the books on the bookshelf. The mother doesn't do much besides look after her youngest child and take care of the player's inactive partner Pokémon. She later has the player perform a Quest where she asks the player to read a recipe off the fridge for her while she cooks.

In the anime

Delia Ketchum, mother of Ash Ketchum

In the anime, each of the main characters which have a player character counterpart have had their mother introduced except for Jimmy and Marina. Unlike the moms in the games, however, all of them lead a moderately more active lifestyle.

Delia, Ash's mom, is shown to travel to most of the Pokémon League competitions that her son takes part in. She also has her own Pokémon, a Mr. Mime, which cleans the house for her.

Lola, Brock's mom, was, for a time, running the Pewter City Gym while Brock was traveling with Ash on his journey. She is an adept Trainer, however her insistence on using Water-type Pokémon—including attempting to shift Pewter City's Gym's traditional type from Rock to Water—is something she and Brock have butted heads over.

Caroline, May's mom, is also shown to travel a bit to watch her daughter's competitions in the Grand Festivals. Unlike her game counterpart, however, she lives in Petalburg City. She also seems to have Pokémon; however, they are never shown.

Johanna, Dawn's mom, apparently lives life very similarly to her own game counterpart. She has a Glameow and an Umbreon, and was formerly a winner of Sinnoh's Grand Festival.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Gold's mother makes an appearance in the beginning of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. She often nags him about his messy hairstyle, calling it "explosive". She is based on the mother from Generation II.

Crystal's mother makes her first appearance in Catch That Azumarill wanting to catch an Azumarill. After meeting up with her daughter she gifts Crystal with Kurt's Pokéballs and requests the capture of a wild Azumarill. After seeing how depressed Crystal after failing to capture Suicune, she recomends that Crystal returns to Mt. Silver to train smacking* her in process. She reappears in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter where she gives Crystal a new set of clothes (against her will) based on the outfit that Lyra wears.

Ruby's mother appears in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter where she can be seen worrying about her son and her husband.

Green's parents appear in the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter where they are kidnapped by a Deoxys; they are eventually rescued.

Emerald's mother and father have been stated to be deceased, making him an orphan.

Diamond's mother is Johanna, a former Coordinator. She is the one to give him his winter clothing.

Platinum's mother is Professor Yanase Berlitz, a Pokémon researcher. She was the one who researched Rayquaza and attempted to make a Green Orb to try to control it. She is also the one who sent Platinum to the Sinnoh Battle Frontier to search for information on the Distortion World.

Black's mother is possibly a woman who appeared briefly in Choices when Black was (though needlessly) convincing a mailman that the package from Professor Juniper was addressed to him.


Gold's mother
On hand

These Pokémon are raised by Gold's mom. Due to the large amount of Pokémon she raises, their home is known as "the Poké-house".

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Given away
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Crystal's mother

Due Crystal's mother being a Poké Maniac she likes wearing clothes stylized on her Pokémon.


In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Ash's mother, Delia Ketchum, makes an appearance in the chapter Pikachu, I See You!.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Hazel's mother and father are mentioned, but are never shown.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring a mom or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Mom's Kindness Su Majestic Dawn Uncommon 83/100 Torterra/Infernape/Empoleon Half Deck    
      Giratina/Dialga Half Deck   013/014
      Piplup/Pikachu Half Deck   015/015
      Arceus LV.X Deck: Grass & Fire   017/017
      Arceus LV.X Deck: Lightning & Psychic   017/017


  • Lily and Johanna are the only in-game mothers to have their name revealed.
  • If the player has PokémonDollar.png999,999 on hand in HeartGold and SoulSilver, no additional money earned in battle will be sent to the player's mother, contrary to what the end-of-battle dialogue claims.

Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomBlueDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimo
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneCameronMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourName RaterDay-Care ManProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesman
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrie
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetDudeCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure HunterDock
ApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChazFossil ManiacKiriMemory Girl
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterDay-Care CoupleStats judge
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman
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