A Pokémon Professor (Japanese: ポケモン博士 Pokémon Expert) is a veritable expert on the Pokémon World. They are known for giving rookie Trainers their Starter Pokémon. All of the Professors from the main Pokémon series are named after a plant, tree or shrub: Professors Oak, Elm, Ivy, Birch, Rowan, Juniper, Sycamore, Kukui, and Magnolia, as well as Pokémon Go's Professor Willow and Pokémon HOME's Professor Grand Oak. The Professors are also responsible for the distribution of the Pokédex.

List of Pokémon Professors

Core series

Side games

Anime Only

In the series' extensive medium, there are a variety of Pokémon Professors, many of which stem from the Pokémon anime. This is a comprehensive list of such professors, whose role is limited to being in the anime only.


Conversely, there are also Pokémon Professors whose role is limited to being featured in manga-related material. Such persons will be listed here.


  • Although most Pokémon Professors are named after trees (For example, Oak, Elm, Birch, etc.), the Pokémon Professors in games outside of the main series versions do not follow this pattern.
  • Professor Sycamore and Professor Kukui are the only Professors that can be directly battled in-game.
  • Professor Sycamore and Professor Birch(in the Remakes) are the only Professors that give the Trainer a starter Pokémon from a different region (Kanto's starters, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander and Johto's Starters, Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile respectively).
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