Professor Magnolia

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Professor Magnolia
マグノリア博士 Dr. Magnolia
Sword Shield Professor Magnolia.png
Artwork from Generation VIII
Gender Female
Eye color Green
Hair color Brown
Hometown Wedgehurst (Route 2)
Region Galar
Relatives Sonia (granddaughter)
Generation VIII
Games Sword, Shield
Game animation cameos Early-Evening Waves
Anime debut Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
English voice actor N/A
Japanese voice actor Shoko Tsuda

Professor Magnolia (Japanese: マグノリア博士 Dr. Magnolia) is a Pokémon Professor from the Galar region. She specializes in Dynamax.

In the games

Professor Magnolia is a researcher who has been studying the Dynamax phenomenon for many years. It is said that the people of Galar were greatly excited when she presented her findings on the Dynamax phenomenon some years ago, which led to the use of the phenomenon in current Galar culture. She once helped Leon and Sonia start their journeys as Trainers and Gym Challengers when they were younger.

Magnolia first meets the player and Hop at Route 2. She obtains their Wishing Stars to convert them into Dynamax Bands, and encourages Leon to endorse both of them to partake in the Gym Challenge. From there, she periodically appears in the story, her most notable appearance being in Hammerlocke upon request by Chairman Rose so that Rose may know more about Galar particles. Later on, she steps down from her position as Professor and hands over her Dynamax research to her granddaughter, Sonia. Sonia also continues to expand upon said research by studying the legends of Zacian, Zamazenta, and the Darkest Day.

Eventually, after the player becomes Champion, Magnolia appears before the player at their house and gives them the Master Ball, and encourages the player to use the power of Dynamax correctly and for the good of others, likely out of partial feeling of guilt over Rose misusing the power of Dynamax energy and nearly causing the destruction of Galar.

In Pokémon GO, Professor Willow mentions that Magnolia is one of his colleagues.

Quotes

Main article: Professor Magnolia/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Professor Magnolia in the anime

Professor Magnolia appeared in a picture displayed on Goh's Rotom Phone in Settling the Scorbunny!. In Toughing It Out!, Sonia mentioned the research she did with her grandmother on the Darkest Day to Ash and Goh.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, Professor Cerise sent Ash and Goh to meet Professor Magnolia, whom he mentioned to have met before, to learn about the strange phenomenon happening in the Galar region involving Dynamax.

Professor Magnolia made her physical debut in Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, where Goh met her in Wedgehurst and learned about her cooperation with Chairman Rose to create the Dynamax Band.

She reappeared in Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, discussing the events of the Darkest Day with Sonia and congratulating her on having earned the title of Pokémon Professor.

Pokémon

Traveling with
Magnolia Rotom Phone.png
Rotom Phone

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 津田匠子 Shōko Tsuda


Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Professor Magnolia in Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Professor Magnolia appeared in Early-Evening Waves, where she was seen eating at home with Sonia.

Professor Magnolia reappeared in The Gathering of Stars, where she was seen playing with Sonia's Yamper at the Pokémon Research Lab.

GOTCHA!

Professor Magnolia briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Professor Magnolia in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Professor Magnolia debuted in PASS01. She researches the Dynamax phenomenon with her assistants, Sōdo, Shirudomiria, and Marvin. The group travels and sleeps in Professor Magnolia's mobile home, the (Japanese: マグノリア号 Magnolia).

She was first seen meeting a boy named Marvin who was rescued from falling off a cliff by Sōdo. After proper introductions were made, Sōdo, Shirudomiria, and Marvin participated in a Dynamax simulation where they fought and defeated a Dynamax Pangoro hologram. The battle gave Marvin the confidence to set on a Pokémon journey of his own. With approval from his parents, Marvin joined Magnolia and her assistants on their quest to study Dynamax.

In PASS03, Magnolia's trailer house was attacked by a trio of wild Drednaw. In order to battle the Bite Pokémon, Sōdo and Shirudomiria each received a Rotom Phone with a Pokédex function installed from Magnolia, officially making them both Pokédex holders. After the Drednaw were defeated, Magnolia noted that Marvin and Sobble bonded during the ordeal and suggested the boy keep it, which he happily accepted.

In PASS06, the group encountered Sonia, a researcher and Professor Magnolia's granddaughter. When Sonia lamented being unable to make much progress in her research, Sōdo had his Ransun sabotage the trailer house, preventing it from moving. Magnolia asked Sonia to go with the others and research the geoglyph in Turffield in her place while she had the car repaired.

In PASS13, Professor Magnolia and the others encountered Opal in Hammerlocke. She took Sōdo and the others to Stow-on-Side for their next Gym battle and then gave Opal a ride to her home in Ballonlea. After returning, Professor Magnolia attempted to enjoy a cup of tea, only to be interrupted by a loud sound coming from the Stow-on-Side mural. She, Shirudomiria, Marvin, and Allister went to investigate the noise, only to find Bede trying to destroy the mural in an attempt to obtain Wishing Stars. Before he could continue, Bede was captured by several League Staff members and approached by Rose, who disqualified him from the Gym Challenge as punishment for damaging a historic landmark.

Later, after Sōdo's fifth Gym battle, Professor Magnolia gave him a news report of Pokémon Dynamaxing at Route 9 Tunnel, which would normally be impossible as the location is not a Power Spot. Worried that Shirudomiria would be blamed due to her Dynamax simulator, the group headed to Route 9 Tunnel to investigate.

Pokémon

On hand
Professor Magnolia's Sinistea and Polteageist
Sinistea and Polteageist
Sinistea and Polteageist are Professor Magnolia's only known Pokémon. While transporting Opal back to Ballonlea, Professor Magnolia found Sinistea and Polteageist in the trailer car's sink. They fled from Glimwood Tangle after an encounter with another Pokémon left them paralyzed. They are both Antique Form.

None of their moves are known.

Debut Sword & Shield chapter
Given away
Sōdo's Grookey
Grookey
Main article: Sutikkun

This Grookey originally belonged to Professor Magnolia. He was given to Sōdo, who nicknamed him Sutikkun.

Debut PASS01

In the TCG

Full Art print of Professor Magnolia
Main article: Professor's Research (Sword & Shield 178)

Professor Magnolia was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as Professor's Research Professor Magnolia during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese V Starter Sets. It later appeared in the Japanese Sword expansion before debuting in English in the Sword & Shield expansion, with artwork by Yusuke Ohmura. It was also released as a Full Art card and Secret card in the same Japanese and English expansions, with artwork by kirisAki. It allows the player to discard their hand, then draw seven cards; an identical effect to other Professors' cards.

Trivia

  • Professor Magnolia is the only regional Pokémon Professor who does not make their anime debut within the first two episodes of the series where their home region is introduced.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マグノリア博士 Dr. Magnolia From Magnolia
English Professor Magnolia From her Japanese name
German Professor Magnolica Similar to her Japanese name
Spanish Profesora Magnolia From her Japanese name
French Professeure Magnolia From her Japanese name
Italian Professoressa Flora From flora
Korean 매그놀리아박사 Magnolia-baksa Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 木蘭博士 / 木兰博士 Dr. Mùlán From 木蘭 / 木兰 mùlán (lily magnolia)
Chinese (Cantonese) 木蘭博士 Dr. Muhklàahn From 木蘭 muhklàahn (lily magnolia)
Brazilian Portuguese Professora Magnólia From her Japanese name
Russian Профессор Магнолия Professor Magnoliya Transcription of her English name

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