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ルリナ Rurina
"The raging wave!"
Sword Shield Nessa.png
Artwork from Sword and Shield
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blue
Hometown Hulbury
Region Galar
Relatives Unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Gym Leader
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield, Masters EX
Leader of Hulbury Stadium
Badge Water Badge
Specializes in Water types
Game animation debut Letter
English voice actor Anairis Quinones (Twilight Wings)
Tiana Camacho[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Sora Amamiya[2] (Twilight Wings, Masters EX)

Nessa (Japanese: ルリナ Rurina) is the Gym Leader of Hulbury's Gym, known officially as Hulbury Stadium. She specializes in Water-type Pokémon. She gives the Water Badge to Trainers who defeat her.

In the core series

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Nessa is the second Gym Leader Galarian Trainers face in their Gym Challenge. Nessa's interest in Water-type Pokémon may have been influenced by her parents: her father is a fisher and her mother works in the marketplace. Eventually, she became the Gym Leader of Hulbury Gym and a successful model. She also became close friends with Sonia during the Gym Challenge, and often gives her fresh seafood from Hulbury whenever the two meet up. She claims to be the rival of Milo, the Turffield Gym Leader, but the latter only sees himself as his own rival. Nessa is known to be a very popular Gym Leader and model. Many people believe she acts differently depending on her role. She is known to be calm and collected, but her competitive spirit and indomitable will lurk just beneath the surface.[3] Given her personality and modeling career, fans were concerned with how Nessa would react to her loss against the player in the first round of the Champion Cup. Though she still gave the fans a perfect smile, things were not as peaceful within the Gym.

League Cards

This is a transcript of the back of Nessa's League Cards in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Normal League Card
"Her father is a fisher, and her mother works in the marketplace. Perhaps because of her parents, she grew up playing with Water-type Pokémon and eventually made it all the way to being a Gym Leader. She met Sonia during their Gym Challenge, and they continue to be close friends. Nessa often gives Sonia fresh seafood from Hulbury. She has declared that Milo of Turffield is her rival, but Milo responded by saying that his rival is himself."
Rare League Card
"Nessa is incredibly popular, both as a Gym Leader and as a model. Many people even think the Gym Leader Nessa and the model Nessa are two different people, since she shows a completely different attitude in each role. She had the misfortune of being defeated in the first match of the Finals, and those who knew of her indomitable nature worried that this would impact her work as a model. Despite her loss, she was still able to give her fans a perfect smile. Things were not nearly as peaceful with her Gym, however... "


Nessa keeps her Pokémon in Dive Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Gym battle

Nessa will Dynamax her Drednaw at the first opportunity.

Second battle

Nessa will Gigantamax her Drednaw at the first opportunity.

Max Raid Battle partner

Nessa teams up with the player, Hop, and Piers to face a Dynamax Gyarados in a Max Raid Battle.

Champion tournament

Nessa will Gigantamax her Drednaw at the first opportunity.

Galarian Star Tournament

In spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Nessa (Masters)


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Artwork of Nessa
from Pokémon: Twilight Wings


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Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

League Cards

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Nessa's League Card in
Sword and Shield
Nessa's rare League Card in
Sword and Shield


Main article: Nessa/Quotes

In the anime

Young Nessa in Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Nessa made a cameo appearance in Letter. She reappeared in another cameo in Buddy, where she was seen in the water alongside a Qwilfish.

Nessa appeared more prominently in Early-Evening Waves, where she suffered a defeat in the Champion Cup at the hands of Milo. Afterwards, she was approached by Rose, who implied the loss happened because she was distracted by her simultaneous modeling career. This agitated her, and she vented her frustrations to Sonia. Later, during a photo shoot, Nessa was reunited with a Feebas she had met as a child, which was now a Milotic. Afterwards, she decided to disregard Rose's words and continue being both a Gym Leader and a model.

In Sky, she gave her thoughts about Leon in an interview.

In The Gathering of Stars, she was seen resting at a modeling photoshoot studio when she received an invitation letter for the Galarian Star Tournament. She was later seen at Wyndon Stadium, walking out onto the field for the tournament's opening ceremony.


During the time she was defeated in battle, Nessa felt very concerned about juggling between her dual careers as a Gym Leader and a model. This conflict was amplified by Rose's implication that her modeling career was distracting her from her Gym Leader duties. She also has a great friendship with Sonia.


This listing is of Nessa's known Pokémon in Pokémon: Twilight Wings:

On hand
Nessa's Drednaw
Drednaw was seen being defeated by Milo's Dynamax Eldegoss during Nessa's Champion Cup battle against him.

Drednaw's only known move is Crunch*.

Debut Early-Evening Waves

Feebas → Milotic
As a child, Nessa encountered a Feebas, and encouraged it to grow bigger. She also requested if she could ride on it once it evolved. Years later, Feebas returned as a Milotic, who fulfilled the request from earlier and let Nessa ride on it. This encounter prompted her to move forward with her goal to be both a Gym Leader and a model at the same time.

None of Milotic's moves are known.

Debut Early-Evening Waves


Nessa briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Nessa debuted in PASS03. She, along with various other Gym Leaders, was first seen reacting to the news that Leon had endorsed two Trainers for the Gym Challenge.

Later, Nessa faced Sōdo in a Gym battle at Hulbury Stadium and lost. She later battled Shirudomiria as well, but the injuries her Pokémon sustained in the battle with Sōdo led to Nessa losing a second time, much to her frustration. After Shirudomiria and Hop completed the first three Galar Gyms, Nessa, Milo, and Kabu personally congratulated the two for their accomplishment.


Nessa's Toxapex
Toxapex is Nessa's first known Pokémon. It was first seen participating in a photo shoot with Nessa. Later, it was used in a battle against Sōdo's Sutikkun. Though it poisoned its opponent with Baneful Bunker, Toxapex was defeated when its body was heated up by Sutikkun's Sunny Day, leaving it wide open for Sutikkun's next attack.

Toxapex's only known move is Baneful Bunker.

Debut PASS08
Nessa's Drednaw

Nessa's Drednaw
Drednaw ↔ Gigantamax Drednaw
Drednaw is Nessa's second known Pokémon. It was first used in Nessa's Gym battle against Sōdo, but it was defeated by Sōdo's Sutikkun. It is housed in a Dive Ball.

None of Drednaw's moves are known*.
As a Gigantamax Drednaw, it can use Max Strike and G-Max Stonesurge.

Debut PASS08

In the TCG

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

Nessa's Pokémon
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 #
Drednaw Water Vivid Voltage Rare 039/185 Amazing Volt Tackle U 026/100
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Nessa Su Vivid Voltage Uncommon 157/185 Amazing Volt Tackle U 096/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Ultra 183/185 Amazing Volt Tackle SR 111/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 196/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 118/100



Language Name Origin
Japanese ルリナ Rurina From 瑠璃苦菜 ruri-nigana (cupid's dart)
English Nessa Possibly from ness or Loch Ness
German Kate From Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)
Spanish Cathy From Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart)
French Donna From cupidone bleue (cupid's dart)
Italian Azzurra From cupidone azzurro (cupid's dart)
Korean 야청 Yacheong From 야청 yacheong (dark blue)
Chinese (Mandarin) 露璃娜 Lùlínà Transcription of her Japanese name. Contains 露 lù / louh (dew) and 璃 lí / lèih from 玻璃菊 bōlijú / bōlēigūk (cupid's dart).
Chinese (Cantonese) 露璃娜 Louhlèihnàh
Brazilian Portuguese Vanessa From her English name
Russian Несса Nessa Transcription of her English name
Thai รูรินะ Rurina Transcription of her Japanese name


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