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Poké Ball
Debuts in Creeping Past Cacnea
Caught at Unknown
Evolves in Guile from Mawile
Gender Female
Ability Intimidate
Nature Adamant
Current location With Ruby
Poochyena Mighyena
This Pokémon spent 13 rounds as Poochyena.

Nana (Japanese: NANA Nana) was one of the first Pokémon that Ruby obtained in the Pokémon Adventures manga.


Nana as a Poochyena

Nana first appeared as a Poochyena and is one of the three Pokémon obtained by Ruby before the start of his journey. Ruby attempted to use her in a battle against a pack of wild Mightyena, whom Ruby envied for having splendid fur that Nana lacked at the time. As a Contest trained Pokémon, Nana's Leer was ineffective and the pair fled from the battle. She later awakens Ruby in a cave after being rescued by Sapphire, and due to a misunderstanding, she bites Sapphire, causing a battle between the two that Nana was not used in.

After Ruby starts his journey, Nana is shown to be his Cool Contest Pokémon. She was planned to be in Beauty Contests when she evolved into a Mightyena, but even after her evolution, she is never shown to enter one.

Her evolution occurs simultaneously with Kiki's, during a battle against a horde of Mawile in Granite Cave, in which Ruby took many pictures. Later, while Ruby and Sapphire chased after Steven Stone, Nana is seen out of her Ball for the majority of their trip and is finally returned near the end of the volume after being fed a Berry she could not consume and fainting. Nana appears again when she is forcefully sent out by the director of the Pokémon Fan Club and travels around the town with Ruby, Kiki, and Mumu until being attacked by Team Magma; she is supposedly returned back into her Ball afterwards.

She reappears later when her Ball is destroyed by a Seviper and Zangoose, and she flees with Ruby to an abandoned building with the rest of his Pokémon. In Ruby's battle against Norman, Nana is revealed to be one of the three Pokémon Norman caught for Ruby to use in battles, along with Rara and Kiki. She is used in the battle with Kiki as a decoy and is not used after this point in the fight. She is shown greeting Popo as it joins Ruby's team.

Nana quickly advances up to the Super Ranks and is used in Ruby's Out-Of-Contest challenge against Wallace along with the rest of his Pokémon, but loses. She is used later to protect Sapphire while being attacked by a herd of Grumpig, and accidentally reveals to Sapphire Ruby's true strength by knocking out all twelve of them with one move. She is returned after a quick battle against Sapphire and later attempts to cheer up Ruby along the rest of his Pokémon after the incident.

It is much later revealed that Ruby vowed to never battle again after a traumatizing experience as a child, though Ruby eventually accepts the offer to partake in the final battle and Nana is used against Maxie and Archie. She is shown after the battle having won the Master Rank Contest, along with Ruby's other Pokémon, wearing a Red Scarf.

Personality and characteristics

Nana was shown to be a strong battler despite Ruby's bitter taste for them as shown when she single-handedly took out all twelve Grumpig using one move.

Moves used

Nana Odor Sleuth.png
Using Odor Sleuth
Move First Used In
Leer Making Mirth with Mightyena
Hyper Beam VS Slaking I
Roar VS. Luvdisc I
Take Down VS Grumpig I
Odor Sleuth VS Armaldo
Howl VS. Kyogre & Groudon IX
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Ruby has a Mightyena with the name Nana and a Castform with the name Popo, both of which seem to share their names with the Ice Climbers.
  • Despite being a Dark-type Pokémon, Nana interestingly has yet to learn a move of that type.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Poochyena and Mightyena.

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