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ナオシ Naoshi
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Trainer class Trainer and Coordinator
Anime debut Dawn Of A New Era!
English voice actor Billy Regan
Japanese voice actor Kazuya Nakai

Nando (Japanese: ナオシ Naoshi) is a recurring character from the Pokémon anime. He is a wandering minstrel who enjoys music and as such always carries his golden harp with him.


Nando made his debut appearance in Dawn Of A New Era!. At the time, he was confused as to whether he should challenge Gyms or compete in Pokémon Contests. Trying to decide between the two, he battled both Ash and Dawn with his Budew, which evolved into Roselia during his battle with Ash. After the battle, Nando decided to go after both Badges and Ribbons.

He appeared again in A Secret Sphere of Influence!, where he is falsely accused and arrested due to Jessie, James, and Meowth's stealing of the Adamant Orb.

Nando first meeting Zoey

Nando reappeared in Dawn's Early Night!, in which he informed Ash that the Gym Leader of the Hearthome Gym was absent and would be away for quite a while. He then suggested Ash to enter the famous Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. After that, he walked with Dawn towards the Contest Hall, where he met Zoey for the first time. When Nando introduced himself saying he is both a Trainer and a Coordinator, Zoey said he needed to make up his mind, to which he replied that his Pokémon guide him.

He later entered the Hearthome Contest, which was held under the Double Performance format. During the Performance Stage, Nando used his Kricketune and Sunflora to deliver a music-themed performance, which impressed the Contest Judges enough for them to secure him a place among the Coordinators proceeding to the Battle Stage. There, he managed to defeat Jessilina to advance to the final round, where he faced off against Zoey and won. This victory gave Nando his second Contest Ribbon.

Nando made a cameo appearance in A Breed Stampede! alongside Kenny in Marian's news report about Coordinators.

After a long absence, he appeared again in Last Call — First Round! as a participant in the Sinnoh Grand Festival. He made it past the Performance Stage and quickly reached the Top 4 as seen in Coming Full-Festival Circle!. In the said episode, he fought a hard battle against Zoey with his Lopunny and Kricketune, even impressing Fantina a lot with their combinations; however, Zoey eventually won the battle. In the same episode, Nando was seen playing music to the Pokémon around the area. He made a brief appearance in the following episode watching Dawn and Zoey compete in the finals and then again after the Grand Festival had finished announcing that he was going to compete in the Sinnoh League.

He also appeared in An Old Family Blend!, where it is revealed that he is Ash's first opponent in the Lily of the Valley Conference, with the match occurring in the following episode. Despite his Pokémon putting up a good fight, he lost his match against Ash and was eliminated. After the match, he mentioned that he would continue his travels in order to train further before leaving.

Nando made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.


Nando playing music

Nando's character can be easily described as calm and collected. Even in the most tense of situations, such as being arrested for a crime he did not commit, he will always look to the positive side. He enjoys music and his favorite pastime is to play his harp for anyone who will care to listen, whether they be human or Pokémon, in hopes of spreading the tranquility he feels inside to others. This personality trait is also reflected in his choice of Pokémon and even the Seals he uses in Pokémon Contests.

Even if Nando encounters a Trainer that has hostility towards him, such as Zoey, he will still treat that Trainer with the utmost respect. As seen in Dawn of a New Era!, Nando likes to be a peace maker, helping Ash and Dawn settle their differences on whether battling or coordinating are better than one another.


Nando tends to choose Pokémon with some sort of musical ability which fits his musical style. He seems to favor Bug- and Grass-type Pokémon and he likes to use sound-based moves during his performances and battles. Nando's Pokémon are also known for being able to exhibit both beauty and strength.

This listing is of Nando's known Pokémon that may or may not be on hand:

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Nando's Roserade
Budew → Roselia → Roserade
Main article: Nando's Roserade

Roserade appears to be Nando's main Pokémon. It first appeared as a Budew in Dawn Of A New Era!, where it fought against both Ash and Dawn. It evolved later into Roselia in the same episode. It appeared again in A Secret Sphere of Influence!, where it was revealed that it had defeated Gardenia's Turtwig. It also appeared in Dawn's Early Night! during the Hearthome Contest.

It helped Nando reach the semi-finals alongside Sunflora and it was revealed in Coming Full-Festival Circle! that it had evolved into a Roserade.

In League Unleashed!, it battled against Ash's Staraptor. Early in the battle, it was able to overpower Staraptor. However, thanks to a powerful Brave Bird, Staraptor was able to defeat Roserade.

Debut Dawn Of A New Era!
Voice actors
Japanese Satsuki Yukino
English Sarah Natochenny
Nando's Sunflora
Sunflora first appeared in A Secret Sphere of Influence!, where it ran off after Nando was accused of stealing the Adamant Orb. It proved Nando's innocence by tracking down Team Rocket, who really stole the orb. It later appeared in Dawn's Early Night! during the Hearthome City Contest.

It made a brief appearance in Coming Full-Festival Circle! where it had helped Nando get to the semi-finals alongside Kricketune and Roserade in another battle.

Sunflora's known moves are Leech Seed, Cut, Grass Whistle, and Razor Leaf.

Debut A Secret Sphere of Influence!
Nando's Kricketune
Main article: Nando's Kricketune

Kricketune first appeared in Dawn's Early Night, where it was used in the Hearthome City Contest alongside Sunflora in a music-based appeal and Roselia in battles. It later helped Nando win the Beach Rose Contest prior to A Breed Stampede!. While Roserade appears to be Nando's main Pokémon, Kricketune has actually appeared more due to Roserade mostly having brief appearances in later episodes.

During the Sinnoh Grand Festival, in Coming Full-Festival Circle!, it and Lopunny were used in the semi-finals, where they lost to Zoey's Mismagius and Leafeon on points.

In League Unleashed!, during the Lily of the Valley Conference, it faced Ash's Heracross as Nando's last Pokémon, and eventually lost the match.

Debut Dawn's Early Night!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Nando's Altaria
Altaria is Nando's fourth known Pokémon. It first appeared in Last Call — First Round!, where it was used in Nando's appeal in the Grand Festival alongside his Kricketot.

Altaria's only known move is Perish Song.

Debut Last Call — First Round!
Nando's Kricketot
Kricketot first appeared in Last Call — First Round!, where it was used in the Grand Festival. Using its antennae, Kricketot was able to create music which, when used in combination with Altaria's Perish Song, created a dazzling appeal which easily ensured Nando's progression past the first round.

Kricketot's only known move is Sing*.

Debut Last Call — First Round!
Voice actors
English Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Nando's Lopunny
Lopunny first appeared in Coming Full-Festival Circle!, where it was used in the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Lopunny's dancing skills were well suited alongside Kricketune's ability to create music and were used to simulate a ballerina and a violinist, respectively. The two were able to put up a good fight against Zoey's Mismagius and Leafeon during the Semi-Finals. However it wasn't enough against Zoey's highly trained Pokémon and the two had the fewest points by the time the clock ran out. It reappeared in a flashback in League Unleashed!.

Lopunny's known moves are Jump Kick, Protect, Blizzard, and Focus Blast.

Debut Coming Full-Festival Circle!
Voice actors
Japanese Ikue Ohtani
Nando's Armaldo
Nando used Armaldo in League Unleashed! against Ash's Staraptor and Ash's Quilava. It managed to defeat Ash's weakened Staraptor and put up a good fight against his Quilava before they were both knocked out.

Armaldo's known moves are Protect, Rock Blast, and X-Scissor.

Debut League Unleashed!


Nando's Sinnoh Gym Badges prior to An Old Family Blend!.

Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Nando has obtained:

Pokémon League ranking

Nando has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:


Nando's second Ribbon

Ribbons obtained

This listing is of the Ribbons Nando has obtained:

Grand Festival ranking

Nando has competed in the following Grand Festivals:


Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 中井和哉 Kazuya Nakai
English Billy Regan
Czech Michal Holán (DP004-DP049)
Marek Libert (DP174-DP176)
Petr Gelnar (DP177-present)
Dutch John Vooijs
Finnish Aku Laitinen
Italian Lorenzo Scattorin
Norwegian Tommy Karlsen (DP004, DP177-DP183)
Trond Teigen (DP036-DP176)
Polish Tomasz Steciuk (DP004-DP049, DP177-present)
Wojciech Paszkowski (DP174-DP176)
Brazilian Portuguese Douglas Guedes (DP004-DP049)
Rodrigo Araújo (DP174-present)
Spanish Latin America José Arenas
Spain Juan Antonio García Sainz de la Maza


  • Nando's golden harp, which he carries with him, is shaped like a Mew.
    • The harp he holds during Pokémon Contests is shaped as two Mew joined at toe and tail.
  • Nando shares his two unknown Badges with two of Barry's three unknown Badges.
  • Unlike other Coordinators who tend to wear formal clothing when competing, Nando's regular Contest outfit is simply his regular outfit with a few attachments. He also used a larger harp incorporating two Mew instead of one.
  • Nando is the only male character to make it to the Top 4 of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナオシ Naoshi
English Nando Possibly derived from the Spanish name Fernando, considering his accent. If this is the case, fern may be a reference to the Grass type.
Korean 시호 Siho
Chinese (Taiwan) 尚志 Shàngzhì From 尚志 Naoshi.
Russian Нандо Nando Transcription of English name

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Nando's Pokémon
In rotation:
407 Roserade 
192 Sunflora 
402 Kricketune 
334 Altaria 
401 Kricketot 
428 Lopunny 
348 Armaldo 

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