Pokémon Professor

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This article is about the Professors specializing in Pokémon. For the TCG tournament term, see Professor Program (TCG).

A Pokémon Professor (Japanese: ポケモン博士 Pokémon Expert) is considered an expert on Pokémon in his or her respective region. Pokémon Professors are often researchers as well, and many times they are the ones responsible for distributing Pokédexes and giving the player their first Pokémon. The first Pokémon Professor introduced in the games and anime, Professor Oak, was also the first NPC ever seen in the main series games. He also has made the most appearances in the main series games, appearing in all games but the Hoenn-based ones, the Unova-based ones, and the Kalos-based ones.

Several known Pokémon Professors have had reports published in Pokémon Researchers Monthly, such as "Pokémon adaptive variation as a function of regional distribution" by Professor Ivy and "Challenges facing anthro-Pokémon global co-habitation" by Professor Oak.

In Pokémon X and Y, this is a Trainer class used by Sycamore.

List of Pokémon professors

Main series

Others in the main series

Side games

Spin-off games

Other fields of study

In the anime

Other professors, scientists, and researchers introduced in the anime include:

Pokémon specialists

Other fields of Pokémon study

Pokémon computer scientists

Pokémon archaeologists

Pokémon paleontologists


Other fields of study

Healthcare professional/Doctor



In the manga

Other professors, scientists, and researchers introduced in the various manga include:

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Apart from the main Professors of each region, there are also two notable Pokémon researchers, Professor Yanase Berlitz of the Sinnoh region who researched ways to control legendary Pokémon such as Rayquaza, and Mr. Berlitz, her husband. Currently both of them work as Professor Rowan's assistants.


  • All main series professors are named after a type of tree.

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

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
Battle Chateau ranks:
By male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy

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