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Nuzleaf (Japanese: コノハナ Konohana) is a non-player character from Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. He takes care of the protagonist during their stay in Serene Village. However, it is later revealed he is being manipulated by Dark Matter, and is one of the Pokémon behind the petrification of Pokémon across the world.
The player first meets Nuzleaf while fleeing the three Beheeyem that found them after waking up as a Pokémon. After being told by the protagonist that they are, in fact human, the Beheeyem find the two, forcing Nuzleaf to escape with the player. Nuzleaf helps the player through Open Pass and Lush Forest while teaching them about the basics of Mystery Dungeons. After clearing the two dungeons, they arrive in Serene Village, where Nuzleaf agrees to let the player stay at his house. He also enrolls the player in the local school to help them blend in. Eventually, Nuzleaf leads the player and partner on an expedition to Revelation Mountain, a sacred location guarded by the villagers, in hopes of obtaining insight into the player's amnesiac condition. However, they are forced to abandon the expedition due to the Pokémon patrolling the area.
Later, while pursuing Krookodile, the player and their partner return to Serene Village alongside and Archen of the Expedition Society. After finding the village as peaceful as always, they run into Nuzleaf, whose turn it was to guard Revelation Mountain. He had come to report that a Pokémon fitting Krookodile's description had broken through the mountain's security. Nuzleaf led the player's group to the summit, where they find a shimmering lake of Luminous Water, protected by a pyramid-shaped barrier. Discovering that the barrier could only be broken by the player, and that the Luminous Water could reverse the petrification, the player decides to break the barrier, only to be interrupted by Krookodile, who begins demanding the money Nuzleaf paid him for leading the player's group to the summit and writing the ominous warnings targeting Legendary Pokémon, along with Raikou and Suicune. After the player is forced to break the banner, Nuzleaf's demeanor completely changes, revealing himself to be the one responsible for the petrification incidents. Summoning Yveltal to his side, Nuzleaf turns the player's team, Krookodile, Raikou and Suicune into stone.
While the player, their partner, an the others attempt to escape the Voidlands, Nuzleaf and his group drained the lake of the Luminous Water, and petrify most of Serene Village and Lively Town's inhabitants. Surviving the attack, Espurr surrenders herself to Nuzleaf, and pretends to join his side, while leaking information about his movements to Ampharos and Jirachi. In addition, one of the Beheeyem breaks free of Dark Matter's mind control. Aware of that fact, Nuzleaf feeds the Beheeyem false information about the Prehistoric Ruins and the Tree of Life, knowing the traitor would lead the player and partner there. At the bottom of the ruins, Nuzleaf and the remaining Beheeyem corner the trio, scaring the turncoat back into the fold. Nuzleaf reveals that the player once clashed with Dark Matter as a human, which is why the Beheeyem fought them to begin with; the player's amnesia apparently happened as a result of the Beheeyem's Psychic attacks. Nuzleaf had masqueraded as an ally so he could gain the player's trust and eventually be led to the Luminous Water, and destroy it so Dark Matter's plans can continue uninterrupted. To further dispirit the player, he calls Espurr in and reveals that she has been for him. Before Nuzleaf can petrify the player a second time, Ampharos appears with Jirachi and Celebi, the latter teleporting everyone to Primeval Forest where the Tree of Life is.
The group makes their way to the center of the forest, discovering that the Tree of Life has already been possessed by Dark Matter and is almost completely dead. Nuzleaf, the Beheeyem, and Yveltal attack the group, all feral due to Dark Matter's increasing power. Nuzleaf turns the turncoat Beheyeem to stone before turning his petrification powers on Espurr, but the attack is blocked by the player and partner's Harmony Scarves and the Tree of Life itself. The player and partner evolve into their fully evolved forms, and take this chance to defeat Nuzleaf's group, wresting their minds from Dark Matter's control. However, Dark Matter steals Nuzleaf's group away and uproots the Tree of Life, causing it to rise into the sky and eventually crash into the Sun.
The player and their partner find Nuzleaf's group in the Tree of Life's roots, being bound and tortured by Dark Matter's power. In their evolved states, the duo easily breaks Dark Matter's bindings. While Nuzleaf and the Beheeyem start escaping, the player's partner urges Yveltal to take Nuzleaf and the others someplace safe. After the two heroes leave, Yveltal warps its group to a pocket dimension to avoid Dark Matter's ever expanding power. During the final showdown, Nuzleaf and the others warp into Dark Matter's dimension to encourage the player and their partner, who had begun to falter after losing their evolved forms and learning that Dark Matter had petrified every Pokémon in the world. While they are soon petrified as well, Nuzleaf, Yveltal, and the Beheeyem voices call out to them, and are soon joined by voices of Pokémon all over the world giving them encouragement. The words of encouragement break Dark Matter's shield and empower the player and partner to stop it once and for all.
After the final battle was won, the player, their partner, and Espurr return to Serene Village, where they discover that Nuzleaf went to the village to apologize to the villagers before going off to places unknown. Sometime later, Nuzleaf and the three Beheeyem learns of the player's partner's disappearance, Mew, and Xatu's vision. Eager to redeem themselves, Nuzleaf and the others "kidnap" Mew and take it to the Purifying Cave. When the player finds them, Nuzleaf explains that sacrificing Mew is the only way to eradicate Dark Matter for good. Suddenly, Mew begins to glow with light and seemingly fade away. Reminded of the partner's departure, the player refuses this, not wanting to say goodbye again. At this, the player's Harmony Scarf begins glowing, combining with the light surrounding Mew, which restores the partner. With everything resolved, Nuzleaf and Beheeyem are accepted in Serene Village as villagers.
The player automatically recruits Nuzleaf and Beheeyem after reaching the highest rank, Grand Master.
Personality and Characteristics
While caring for the player, Nuzleaf is shown to be a laid-back guardian, encouraging the player to explore the world around them, a contrast to Carracosta's protective, if not overbearing, treatment of the player's partner. He often leaves the house for several days at a time. Nuzleaf speaks with a slight southern accent, or a Kansai accent in the Japanese versions.
After being freed from Dark Matter's control, Nuzleaf blames himself for the trouble he brought to the world, and genuinely seeks redemption. Because of this, he has difficulty talking to the player after the incident.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Nuzleaf.