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ルリナ Rurina
"The raging wave!"
Sword Shield Nessa.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blue
Hometown Hulbury
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Leader of Hulbury Stadium
Badge Water Badge
Specializes in Water types
Game animation debut Letter
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor N/A

Nessa (Japanese: ルリナ Rurina) is the Gym Leader of Hulbury's Gym, known officially as Hulbury Stadium. She specializes in Water-type Pokémon. She gives the Water Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the games

League Cards

This is a transcript of the back of Nessa's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Normal League Card
"Her father is a fisher, and her mother works in the marketplace. Perhaps because of her parents, she grew up playing with Water-type Pokémon and eventually made it all the way to being a Gym Leader. She met Sonia during their Gym Challenge, and they continue to be close friends. Nessa often gives Sonia fresh seafood from Hulbury. She has declared that Milo of Turffield is her rival, but Milo responded by saying that his rival is himself."
Rare League Card
"Nessa is incredibly popular, both as a Gym Leader and as a model. Many people even think the Gym Leader Nessa and the model Nessa are two different people, since she shows a completely different attitude in each role. She had the misfortune of being defeated in the first match of the Finals, and those who knew of her indomitable nature worried that this would impact her work as a model. Despite her loss, she was still able to give her fans a perfect smile. Things were not nearly as peaceful with her Gym, however... "


Nessa keeps her Pokémon in Dive Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Gym battle

Nessa will Dynamax her Drednaw at the first opportunity.

Second battle

Nessa will Gigantamax her Drednaw at the first opportunity.

Max Raid Battle partner

Nessa teams up with the player, Hop, and Piers to face a Dynamax Gyarados in a Max Raid Battle.

Champion tournament

Nessa will Gigantamax her Drednaw at the first opportunity.


League Card Nessa.png League Card Nessa rare.png
Nessa's League Card in
Sword and Shield
Nessa's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield

In the anime

In Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Nessa made a cameo appearance in Letter.


  • Nessa's uniform number is "049", which can be read in Japanese as goroawase for 泳ぐ oyogu, meaning "to swim".
  • Nessa's Drednaw changes gender between battles. In her Gym battle, Drednaw is male. In her tournament battle and all future rematches, her Drednaw is female. This is most likely because she has two Drednaw, one that can Gigantamax and one that cannot.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ルリナ Rurina From 瑠璃苦菜 ruri-nigana (cupid's dart)
English Nessa From Loch Ness
German Kate From Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)
French Donna From cupidone bleue (cupid's dart)
Italian Azzurra From cupidone azzurro (cupid's dart)
Spanish Cathy From Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)
Korean 야청 Yacheong From 야청 yacheong (dark blue)
Chinese (Mandarin) 露璃娜 Lùlínà Transliteration of her Japanese name. Contains 露 (dew) and 璃 from 玻璃菊 bōlijú (cupid's dart).
Chinese (Cantonese) 露璃娜 Louhlèihnàh Transliteration of her Japanese name. Contains 露 louh (dew) and 璃 lèih from 玻璃菊 bōlēigūk (cupid's dart).
Russian Несса Nessa Transcription of her English name

Gym Leaders of the Galar region
Turffield Stadium Grass Badge
Hulbury Stadium Water Badge
Motostoke Stadium Fire Badge
Stow-on-Side Stadium Fighting Badge
VSBea.png VSAllister.png
Ghost Badge
Bea Allister
Ballonlea Stadium Fairy Badge
VSOpal.png VSBede 2.png
Opal Bede
Circhester Stadium Rock Badge
VSGordie.png VSMelony.png
Ice Badge
Gordie Melony
Spikemuth Gym Dark Badge
VSPiers.png VSMarnie 3.png
Piers Marnie
Hammerlocke Stadium Dragon Badge

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