Nando is a character appearing in the Diamond & Pearl series, who is a friend and rival of Ash and Dawn.


Nando is a tall young man with light skin, shoulder-length black hair, and blue eyes, one of which is always covered by his hair. His usual outfit consists of a green hat and a green cape held together by a red gem and blue cravat, over a blue vest, off-white shirt, grey trousers, and black boots. He always wears a brown shoulder bag, and carries a golden harp shaped like a Mew. 


Nando is a calm, gentle, and kind-hearted individual. He is very polite and always speaks in a formal manner, even giving commands to his Pokémon during battles in the form of polite requests. He has a love of music, and likes to play his harp for others. 

Due to his relaxed nature, he is rarely fazed or upset by anything, even being falsely arrested for a crime he did not commit. However, he sometimes gets excited during particularly intense Pokémon battles. 


Nando is a rather unique trainer in that he is battling in both contests and gyms with the hope of being in both the Pokémon League and the Grand Festivals in Sinnoh. He is a competent trainer and also enjoys to play on his harp, which is shaped like a Mew. Due to his taking up of both vocations, he is a rival to both Ash and Dawn. His biggest rival is Zoey.

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On hand


  • Nando's golden harp, which he carries with him, is shaped like a Mew.
    • The harp he holds during Contests is shaped as two Mew joined at the tail.
  • Nando shares his two unknown badges with two of Barry's three unknown badges.
  • His accent and the fact that he takes part in both Gym Battles and Contests makes him very similar to Fantina.
  • In the Grand Festival and Sinnoh League, Nando has used at least one Pokémon that doesn't fit into what his Pokémon usually are (either Grass-types, Bug-types or any that can use Sing).



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