Professor Oak's Rotom

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Professor Oak's Rotom
オーキド博士のロトム Dr. Okido's Rotom
Bag Poké Ball SV Sprite.png
Oak Rotom.png
Professor Oak's Rotom
Oak Rotom Mow.png
As Mow Rotom
Debuts in To Catch a Rotom!
Caught at Torom Island
Gender Unknown
Ability Levitate*
Nature Naughty*
Current location With Professor Oak
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Rotom Kiyotaka Furushima

Professor Oak's Rotom (Japanese: オーキド博士のロトム Dr. Okido's Rotom) is the only Pokémon caught onscreen by Professor Oak. It was caught in the Decolore Islands.

In the anime


Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Rotom and Professor Oak

Professor Oak caught Rotom in To Catch a Rotom! at Torom Island. He came to meet Ash and his friends to the Decolore Islands on Torom Island and told them that he wanted to catch himself a Rotom in order to study its forms. They went to a site where lots of old electrical machines were kept, luring in three Rotom. At first, Professor Oak's attempt to catch one failed. However, once he, Ash, and the latter's friends saved the Rotom from being captured by Team Rocket, one of them freely decided to come with him, and allowed itself to be caught by him.

In Butterfree and Me!, Rotom surprised Ash on the computer screen when he was contacting Professor Oak. Rotom was shown to be very affectionate towards him as it shocked him the first time it happened.

In The Dream Continues!, Rotom suddenly popped down from the sky between Alexa and Professor Oak, scaring her. It was later seen being filmed by her.

Pokémon the Series: XY

In A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, when Ash contacted Professor Oak, Rotom showed up and attacked the latter. It also appeared in Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster at the end of each episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, helping Professor Oak with his explanation, and often laughing at him when he gets hurt.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!, it was revealed that Rotom was present when Professor Oak taught Paul about Pokémon.

Personality and characteristics

Rotom is a mischievous prankster. A running gag, somewhat similar to the one with Ash's Muk, is that it often likes to fill up the screen whenever it appears and laughs. Whenever Ash has phoned Professor Oak since its capture, Rotom will appear first on the monitor, often scaring him. This habit has also been shown during Professor Oak's Holo Caster, where the segment will always begin and conclude this way. Rotom also likes using Thunderbolt to shock Professor Oak and laughs afterwards, though it doesn't seem to be using the move's full power, and doesn't want to really hurt the Professor.

Moves used

Oak Rotom Thunderbolt.png
Using Thunderbolt
Move First Used In
Thunderbolt To Catch a Rotom!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Mow Rotom

Oak Rotom Leaf Storm.png
Using Leaf Storm
Move First Used In
Leaf Storm To Catch a Rotom!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


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Artwork from "After the story"[1]

In the games

From August 10 to September 6, 2013, Japanese Pokémon Centers distributed an in-game representation of Professor Oak's Rotom. The distribution was split into four one-week periods; each week, players could receive one of four Pokémon the Series: Black & White-themed Pokémon at random. The other three Pokémon distributed alongside Professor Oak's Rotom were Ash's Pikachu, Iris's Axew, and Cilan's Pansage.

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Cherish Ball summary IV.png ロトム Dex No. 0479 Naughty nature. Normal Uproar Wishing Ribbon
Lv. 10 Type   Ghost Astonish
Spr 5b 479.png Electric Ghost Pokémon Cartoon Psychic Trick
OT オーキド Apparently had a Electric ThunderShock
ID No. 08103 fateful encounter at This Pokémon was available in Japan
from August 10 to September 6, 2013.
Item Ability Lv. 10.
None None Levitate  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when the Wonder Card is received.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: B W B2 W2


Related articles

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

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