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ヌシ Nushi
Debuts in Whiscash and Ash
Caught at Not caught
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location A lake in Hoenn
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Whiscash  ??? Eric Stuart

Nero (Japanese: ヌシ Nushi) is the nickname of a Whiscash that appeared in the Pokémon anime. It is another giant Pokémon that appeared in the anime.


Nero first gains the attention of a Fisherman named Sullivan. Impressed by how big it was, he is determined to capture it. However, no matter how many times he tried, Nero always escapes from him.

Ash wants to get Nero as well, but for a completely different reason. While fishing in the lake Nero resided in, the Pokémon swallows Ash's Badge case and refuses to give it back. The young Trainer is desperate to get back his case, as well as the five Badges he has already earned.

With the help of Pikachu's Thunder on Team Rocket, Nero flies out of the water and spat out Ash's Badge case. Sullivan, however, isn't as lucky. When attempting to capture Nero with a Master Ball, the Pokémon eats it, and jumps back into the lake.

Sullivan promised that he would keep trying to capture Nero, and as Ash and his friends bid farewell to the Fisherman. Nero is last seen playing with the Master Ball on its tongue.

Moves used

Nero Water Pulse.png
Using Water Pulse
Move First Used In
Water Pulse Whiscash and Ash
Earthquake Whiscash and Ash
Water Gun Whiscash and Ash
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Nero's name is most likely derived from Emperor Nero, who ruled Rome from 54 to 68 CE. Nero's name may also be derived from the Greek word nero (νερό) meaning 'water'.
  • In Finnish, "nero" means "genius". This would reflect Nero's higher than average intelligence.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Whiscash.

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