James Turner

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Jump to navigationJump to search
James Turner

James Turner (Japanese: ジェイムス・ターナー) is a British graphic designer, who currently works at Game Freak. In 2010, he became the first Westerner to officially design Pokémon.

Turner designed seven Pokémon for Pokémon Black and White, two for Pokémon X and Y, two for Pokémon Sun and Moon, and two for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. He also directed the 2012 Nintendo 3DS eShop title HarmoKnight and the 2015 video game published by Sega, Tembo the Badass Elephant. He is the Art Director for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Additionally, Turner designed all the characters for Pokémon Battle Revolution and oversaw the designs of the different outfits.[1]

Before joining Game Freak, James Turner worked for eight years at Genius Sonority and was credited under the name Jamie Turner (Japanese: ジェイミー・ターナー).


The following is a list of Pokémon designed by James Turner.

Additionally, while Bruxish was designed by a different female designer, Turner finalized its design and drew its reference sheet.[20]



Title Platform Release date Position
Pokémon Colosseum Nintendo GameCube 2003-11-21 Camera Animation, Special Effects Art
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Nintendo GameCube 2005-08-04 Art Chief
Pokémon Trozei! Nintendo DS 2005-10-20 Art Director
Pokémon Battle Revolution Wii 2006-12-14 Art Director
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Wii 2007-07-12 Art Director
Pokémon Black and White Versions Nintendo DS 2010-09-18 Pokemon Designer, 3D Map Designer, Digital Movies
Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 Nintendo DS 2012-06-23 Pokémon Character Design, Pokémon Black Version and White Version Graphics Design
HarmoKnight Nintendo 3DS 2012-09-05 Director
Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS 2013-10-12 Digital Movie Design Lead, Pokémon Character Design
Tembo the Badass Elephant Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2015-05-21 Director
Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo 3DS 2016-11-18 Digital Movie Design/Effect Design Section Director, Pokémon Character Design
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS 2017-11-17 Pokémon Character Design
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch 2019-11-15 Art Director

TCG illustration

James Turner is an artist in the Pokémon Trading Card Game who made his debut in Next Destinies. He has only illustrated one card.


  • While Turner has several Pokémon among his favorites,[21] as of April 29, 2018, Salandit is his favorite Pokémon.[22]


External links

Pokémon designers

Hitoshi ArigaHiroki FuchinoMotofumi FujiwaraLee HyunJungTomohiro Kitakaze
Yusuke KozakiMana IbeMegumi MizutaniShigeki MorimotoKeiko Moritsugu
Atsuko NishidaYusuke OhmuraTomohiko ŌkuboMuneo SaitōTakeshi Shudō
Ken SugimoriReiko TanoueKenkichi ToyamaSaya TsurutaJames Turner
Takao UnnoEmi YoshidaHironobu Yoshida