Professor Elm

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Professor Elm
ウツギ博士 Dr. Utsugi
Art from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Unnamed wife and child (games)
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Anime debut Don't Touch That 'dile!
English voice actor Nathan Price
Japanese voice actor Kazuhiko Inoue

Professor Elm (Japanese: ウツギ博士 Dr. Utsugi) is the resident Pokémon Professor of New Bark Town in Johto. Saying so himself, Professor Elm studies unusual Pokémon abilities. He also specializes in Pokémon breeding, and is credited with the discovery of Pokémon eggs.

Elm gives one of the three starter Pokémon of Johto —Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile — to Ethan, Kris* and Lyra* so that he or she will have an easier time of getting to Mr. Pokémon's house.

In the games

Professor Elm works at his Laboratory in New Bark Town with his aide. He lives in a small house near his laboratory with his wife and child. Elm is known for being a little scatter-brained and disorganized when he gets wrapped up with his research. He holds Professor Oak in high regards. At the start of Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver he gives the player his or her first starter Pokémon.

After successfully hatching the egg containing Togepi, he gives the player an Everstone.

Also, after defeating the Elite Four, he gives the player a Master Ball and a ticket to the S.S. Aqua.

In the anime

Professor Elm in the anime

Elm was the top student of Professor Oak, and often argues with him over their research. Elm is also well known for his very long and unnecessary speeches. He is also absent-minded and Elm has a habit of getting incredibly wrapped up in his research that he is completely oblivious to his surroundings.

Ash, Misty and Brock first met Professor Elm in the episode Don't Touch That 'dile. After a period of travel, they met up again while he was studying in the Whirl Islands with Captain Marius, and finally again when Ash returns to New Bark Town.

As the head of the Pokémon Preservation Council, he asked Ash to deliver an egg that had been poached from Mt. Silver to him. This hatched into a Larvitar, which Professor Elm then asked Ash to deliver to its home.

His most recent appearance was a short cameo in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.


This listing is of Professor Elm's known Pokémon in the anime:

Professor Elm's Corsola
Professor Elm's Corsola first appeared when Ash, Misty and Brock met him in the Whirl Islands in Around the Whirlpool. This Corsola inspired Misty to try and catch her own Corsola.
Debut Around the Whirlpool

He also has these Pokémon to give to new trainers:


Trainers with his starter Pokémon

Casey Meganium.png
Casey's Meganium
Vincent Meganium.png
Vincent's Meganium
Jimmy's Typhlosion

Given away


Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 井上和彦 Kazuhiko Inoue
English Nathan Price
Canadian French Pierre Chagnon
Hebrew דור צוויגנבאום Dor Tsvigenbaum
Polish Jacek Kałucki (EP117)
Wojciech Majchrzak (EP210)
Ireneusz Machnicki (EP257-EP268)
Brazilian Portuguese Fadu Costha
European Spanish Eduardo Bosch
Eduardo del Hoyo (Pokémon Chronicles)

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, he was initially to be brought several Pokémon by Joey from Professor Oak, but before that happened, the Totodile that he was studying was stolen, and he was knocked unconscious before he could do anything. Gold then arrived and took Cyndaquil as well.

After Gold first battled with the Masked Man at the Ilex Forest and lost, Elm was able to get a sample of his clothing and found particles on them, but he did not know what they were. Elm then contacted Gold when he was battling the Masked Man for a second time, informing him that the particles on the clothes are the same substance used for Gym Badges, and that the Masked Man must be a trainer. He tells Gold that he shouldn't try to fight him, but Gold simply replies with "It's too late".

Professor Elm then decided that Gold was trustworthy enough to try and hatch an egg for him, saying that it hadn't moved an inch while it was in the lab. Whilst the egg did hatch into a Togepi, due to Gold's habits of visiting arcades while it was an egg, it learned how to play dice, pool, and poker, making Elm furious about how Gold had turned it into a delinquent.

Joey stays behind with him to help Elm with chores and research.

Afterwards, both Joey and Elm make a cameo in the DP saga, talking with Professor Rowan via videophone.



He also has these Pokémon to give to trainers:

(Given to Crystal)
(Loaned to Gold)
(Stolen by Silver)

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Professor Elm or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Professor Elm T Uncommon Neo Genesis 96/111
(RH) Best of Game 3
Professor Elm's Training Method T Uncommon Expedition Base Set 148/165
EX Unseen Forces 89/115
EX Dragon Frontiers 79/101


  • Professor Elm is the only professor in the main series that doesn't welcome the player to the world of Pokémon at the start of the game. Professor Oak takes his place instead.
    • As such, he is also the only Professor without a large in-game sprite, having only the overworld sprite.
  • Professor Elm is the only Professor to give the Player Character a Starter Pokémon that does not also give them a Pokédex.


Language Name Reference to
Japanese ウツギ博士 Dr. Utsugi ウツギ Utsugi, Deutzia.
English, Spanish Professor Elm Elm tree, following the naming of Professor Oak.
French Professeur Orme Orme means elm in French.
German Professor Lind Linde means lime tree in German.
Chinese 空木博士 Dr. Kǒngmù 空木 is from Utsugi, Deutzia.
Korean 공박사 Gongbaksa 공 is from 空 which is taken from 空木 Utsugi, Deutzia.

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