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The player's mother (Japanese: さん mother) is a prominent character in the various canons of the Pokémon franchise.

In the games

In the core series

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The player's mother, often referred to informally as mom (Japanese: ママ mom), is a character in every core series Pokémon game. Although different each time, she will always be the one to see her child off on their journey with their starter Pokémon.

When players speaks to their mother, she will heal the party, except in Johto, where the player must instead use the healing machine in Professor Elm's lab. The player's mother may also do several other things specific to the game. When the player is setting off on their journey as a Pokémon Trainer, the player's mother will typically give them the Running Shoes as a gift, either in person or via a messenger, reading the provided instructions as well.

Region Mother Children Image
Mom Kanto OD.png
Johto Mom Ethan/KrisC/LyraHGSS Gold Silver Mom.png
Hoenn Mom Brendan/May
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Sinnoh Johanna Lucas/Dawn Johanna anime.png
Unova Mom Hilbert/Hilda Mom Xtransceiver 1.png
Mom Nate/Rosa Mom Xtransceiver 2.png
Kalos Grace Calem/Serena Grace anime.png
Alola Mom Elio/Selene Sun Moon Mom.png
Galar Mum Victor/Gloria

In side series games

Pokémon XD

Main article: Lily (XD)

In Pokémon XD, Lily is the mother of Michael (the player character) and Jovi. She takes a supportive role throughout the game by working alongside Professor Krane.

In spin-off games

Hey You, Pikachu!

Hey You, Pikachu!
Main article: Mom (Hey You, Pikachu!)

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, the mother of Kellyn or Kate exchanges letters with their family as they attend Ranger School. The family later moves to Chicole Village to be closer to Kellyn or Kate. She also bought the books on the bookshelf. The mother doesn't do much besides look after her youngest child and take care of the player's inactive partner Pokémon. She later has the player perform a Quest where she asks the player to read a recipe off the fridge for her while she cooks.

In the anime

Main series

Delia Ketchum, mother of Ash Ketchum

In the Pokémon anime, each of the main characters which have a player character counterpart have had their mother introduced except for Jimmy and Marina. Unlike the mothers in the games, however, all of them lead a moderately more active lifestyle.

Delia, Ash's mother, is introduced in the very first episode and is shown to travel to some of the Pokémon League competitions that her son takes part in. She also has her own Pokémon, a Mr. Mime nicknamed Mimey, which cleans the house for her.

Lola, Brock's mother, was, for a time, running the Pewter Gym while Brock was traveling with Ash on his journey. She is an adept Trainer, however her insistence on using Water-type Pokémon—including attempting to shift Pewter City's Gym's traditional type from Rock to Water—is something she and Brock have butted heads over.

Caroline, the mother of May and Max, is a big supporter of May in her quest to become a Top Coordinator, even traveling long distancies to watch her daughter compete in the Hoenn Grand Festival. Unlike her game counterpart, however, she lives in Petalburg City.

Johanna, Dawn's mother, apparently lives life very similarly to her own game counterpart. She has a Glameow and an Umbreon, and is a former winner of the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Dawn grew up inspired by her achievements and decided to become a Coordinator like her mother.

Grace, Serena's mother, also lives life similarly to her own game counterpart. She has a pet Fletchling and Rhyhorn, and was once a Rhyhorn racer.

Pokémon Origins

Red's mother

In Pokémon Origins, Red's mother appeared in File 1: Red, telling him that the device Professor Oak was working on was now ready and that the Professor wanted to see him in his lab, which caused Red to fall down the stairs in excitement. She asked if he was okay before he rushed out the door.

In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Ash's mother, Delia Ketchum, makes an appearance in the chapter Pikachu, I See You!.

Magical Pokémon Journey

Hazel's mother and father are mentioned, but are never shown.

Pokémon Adventures

Gold's mother makes an appearance in the beginning of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. She often nags him about his messy hairstyle, calling it "explosive". She is based on the mother from Generation II.

Crystal's mother is Mirei.

Ruby's mother appears in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter where she can be seen worrying about her son and her husband. She is based on the mother from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Versions.

Green's parents appear in the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter where they are kidnapped by a Deoxys; they are eventually rescued.

Emerald and Blake's parents have been stated to be deceased, making them orphans. The responsibility over Emerald's care was passed between various relatives until he ran away, while Blake was raised in the International Police.

Diamond's mother is Johanna, a former Coordinator. She is the one to give him his winter clothing.

Platinum's mother is Professor Yanase Berlitz, a Pokémon researcher.

Whitley's mother is a former member of Team Plasma. She was seen accompanying her to her first day at Aspertia City's Trainers' School. She decided to switch Whitley's school in order to cut off all connections with her past as a Team Plasma member. She is based on the mother from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

Y's mother is Grace, a famous and very successful Rhyhorn racer. Her relationship with her daughter is not very good, since Y wishes to become a Sky Trainer against her mother's wishes. Grace also voluntarily takes care of X, since his parents are in a faraway region due to their work.


Gold's mother
On hand

These Pokémon are raised by Gold's mother. Due to the large amount of Pokémon she raises, their home is known as "the Poké-house". These Pokemon were either given by Trainers, caught by Gold's mother, or had settled there as wild Pokemon.

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Gold Sandshrew Adventures.png
Gold Oddish Adventures.png
Gold Krabby Adventures.png
Gold Chansey Adventures.png
Gold Weedle Adventures.png
Gold Exeggcute Adventures.png
Gold Kakuna Adventures.png
Gold Drowzee Adventures.png

Given away
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Polibo Poliwag.png

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

In Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All, Shu's father is an inventor who created the Income, a device which Shu uses to communicate with his Pikachu. Shu's father has spent the last five years of his life attempting to capture Mew.

Shu's mother has appeared in the manga as well.

Pokémon Zensho

Shigeru's mom appeared in a flashback in PZ01.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring a mother or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Mom's Kindness Su Majestic Dawn Uncommon 83/100 Torterra/Infernape/Empoleon Half Deck    
      Giratina/Dialga Half Deck   013/014
      Piplup/Pikachu Half Deck   015/015
      Arceus LV.X Deck: Grass & Fire   017/017
      Arceus LV.X Deck: Lightning & Psychic   017/017


In other languages


Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 媽媽 Màhmā
Mandarin 媽媽 / 妈妈 Māma
France Flag.png French Mère
Germany Flag.png German Mutter
Italy Flag.png Italian Madre
South Korea Flag.png Korean 어머니 Eomeoni
Spain Flag.png Spanish Madre
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Mẹ


Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 媽媽 Màhmā
Mandarin 媽媽 / 妈妈 Māma
France Flag.png French Maman
Germany Flag.png German MamaPESwSh
Italy Flag.png Italian Mamma
South Korea Flag.png Korean 엄마 Eomma
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Mamãe
Spain Flag.png Spanish Mamá
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Mẹ


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