Doctor (Trainer class)

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Doctor redirects here. For one who is considered to be an expert on Pokémon, see Pokémon Professor.
ドクター Doctor
Doctor F TCG.png
Female Doctor TCG artwork by Megumi Mizutani
Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Sword and Shield
Gender Both*
Counterpart Nurse
Notable members See Category:Doctors
Anime debut
TCG debut Silver Lance
TCG card Doctor
Manga debut {{{manga}}}

A Doctor (Japanese: ドクター Doctor) is a Pokémon Trainer who specializes in healing and taking care of injured and sick Pokémon.

In the games

The Doctor Trainer class was introduced in Generation V. In Generation V, battling them is optional; they do not challenge the Trainer upon sight, but instead when spoken to. Doctors will challenge the player on sight in the Black Tower, where they will heal the Trainer's party only once, but the player may choose when. Upon being defeated, the Doctor will heal the Trainer's party fully, and any time spoken to afterwards, unless they are battled in Big Stadium or Small Court. Some will give out Max Revives or Full Restores when defeated. They are the male counterparts of Nurses.

They use Psychic- and Bug-type Pokémon, as well as Pokémon considered to be healers, such as Audino. Doctors will use Full Heals during battle if their Pokémon are afflicted with status conditions. Doctors appear primarily in locations without a nearby Pokémon Center, such as the Desert Resort.

In the Plasma Frigate, much like Juggler Dalton of Silph Co. before him, Doctor Julius is an odd one out as he is the only assumed member of Team Plasma that is not a Grunt. Despite his allegiance, he will still heal the player's Pokémon. He will not appear when the player visits the Plasma Frigate in the post-game when it is docked at the P2 Laboratory, however.

In Sword and Shield, female Doctors were introduced. Doctors in Sword and Shield are more akin to normal Trainers, challenging the player on sight. They no longer heal party Pokémon, either. Male Doctors keep their Pokémon in Great Balls, and female Doctors keep theirs in Heal Balls. A team of one male and one female Doctor joining together in a Double Battle form a Medical Team.


Sprites and models

Spr BW Doctor.png Spr B2W2 Doctor.png Y-Comm Profile Doctor M.png Y-Comm Profile Doctor F.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Y-Comm profile images from
Sword and Shield
Doctor OD.png VSDoctor M.png VSDoctor F.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS models from
Sword and Shield

Trainer list

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Doctor

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon Sword and Shield

See more List of Battle Tower Trainers (Galar)/Doctor

In the anime

Brock, a Doctor-in-training
A Pokémon Doctor's class

Unlike their real world counterparts, Pokémon Doctors do not appear to be preferred over Nurse Joy and the healing capabilities of Pokémon Centers. This seems to be evidenced by all of the doctors in the anime operating on their own or in small offices located some distance from Pokémon Centers. Doctors have a wide range of knowledge, being able to treat many symptoms and knowing what types of Berries and other healing items to use. Some doctors are also experts with evolution.

In Gonna Rule The School!, a Pokémon Doctor's class was taught at the Pokémon Trainers' School in Rustboro City.

In Delcatty Got Your Tongue, Ash and his friends visited a Pokémon clinic located in Foothill Town. It is run by Dr. Abby, a Top Coordinator who decided to learn about natural Pokémon medicine after her Skitty was badly injured in a battle.

In The Brockster Is In!, Nurse Joy suggested to Brock that he become a Pokémon Doctor after witnessing him treat a group of poisoned Pokémon. In the next episode, Brock revealed that he would follow her advice and study to become a Doctor.

Notably, Pokémon Doctors have been present in the anime long before the Trainer class was first introduced in the games.

Notable Doctors

See also: List of Pokémon Doctors

In the manga

Doctor Logan in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Black & White arc

In this chapter, Doctor Logan appears as a recurring character. He is Brycen's doctor from when the Gym Leader used to star in movies. Logan was called in by Brycen to help heal Black's injuries during Black's training to get stronger so that he could control the Light Stone. Once the training had finished, Logan watches Black and Brycen's Gym battle alongside Iris.

At the Pokémon League, Logan teams up with several other Trainers Black met on his journey. Together, they face the Seven Sages in battle to rescue the kidnapped Gym Leaders. Eventually they succeed and proceed to help defeat the Team Plasma Grunts attacking the League.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

Doctor Logan appeared again in Giant Chasm, inspecting a frozen man in Opelucid City. He confirmed that everyone frozen by Kyurem is stuck in a state of cryogenic sleep, promising to make some calls to consult others who can advise him on the situation.

Sword & Shield arc

In Gulp Gulp!! Pokémon, as Casey Shield was battling Kabu, Henry Sword revealed that a male Doctor was being harassed by 2 Team Yell Grunts, where he received a Rotom Bike as thanks. In Swaying!! Murky Memories, that same Doctor was revealed to be a specialist in in custom bikes, where he collaborated with Casey to upgrade Henry's Rotom Bike to make it able to travel on water.

In Chomp!! It's Dracovish, a female Doctor who was a Macro Cosmos's in disguise was sent with her cohorts to Route 9 Tunnel to dispose of a wild Dracovish that suddenly Dynamaxed. The Dracovish was saved by Marvin, who used his Sniffler to stun everyone long enough for him to catch Dracovish and escape. Afterward, they reported their failure to Oleana and were ordered to stand by in Wyndon.


Logan's Gothorita
Gothorita is Logan's only known Pokémon. He used it at the Pokémon League to help free the Gym Leaders kidnapped by Team Plasma. After they succeeded and the Seven Sages escaped, Gothorita helped defeat the Grunts attacking innocent bystanders below.

None of Gothorita's moves are known.

Debut Cold Hard Truth

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Doctors or their Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Doctor's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Gardevoir Psychic Astral Radiance TGH TG05/TG30 VMAX Climax CHR 196/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Doctor Su Chilling Reign Uncommon 134/198 Silver Lance U 066/070
Chilling Reign Rare Ultra 190/198 Silver Lance SR 081/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 214/198 Silver Lance HR 089/070

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 醫生 Yīsāng
Mandarin 醫生 / 医生 Yīshēng
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tohtori
France Flag.png French Infirmier (, V)
Docteur (, VIII)
Docteure (, VIII)
Germany Flag.png German Doktor (, V)
Arzt (, VIII)
Ärztin (, VIII)
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Dokter
Italy Flag.png Italian Medico
South Korea Flag.png Korean 의사 Uisa
Poland Flag.png Polish Doktor
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Médico (, anime, manga)
Doutor (, anime, manga)
Médica (, TCG)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Enfermero (, V)
Doctor (, VIII)
Doctora (, VIII)
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bác sĩ

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBikerBlack BeltChampionClerk
CyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGym Leader*
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPokémon Trainer*Policeman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
BeautyB2W2Boss TrainerB2W2GuitaristB2W2
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedian
Fine ActorMovie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Blueberry Academy only:SV
BB League ChampionBB League Elite FourBlueberry Academy Director
DirectorInstructorLeague ClubStudentTop Champion
Galar ArtistBackpackerBeautyBlack BeltCabbieCafé MasterCameramanChampionColleaguesCookDancerDaring Couple
DoctorFisherGAME FREAK'sGym ChallengerGym LeaderGym TrainerGentlemanHikerInterviewersLassLeague Staff
Macro Cosmos'sMadameMedical TeamModelMusic CrewMusicianOffice WorkerPoké KidPokémon Breeder
Pokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPostmanRail StaffReporterSchoolboySchoolgirlSwimmerTeam Yell GruntWorkerYoungster
Expansion Pass only:
Dojo MasterDojo MatronMaster Dojo Student

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