Professor Elm (ウツギ博士 Utsugi Hakase, lit. "Dr. Utsugi") is the renowned Pokémon professor of Johto. He lives in New Bark Town with his wife and son in a house south of his laboratory (the second floor of his lab in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver). Professor Elm lets you choose a Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or a Totodile as a starter Pokémon. He initially discovered that Pokémon can lay eggs. He is considered the best professor when it comes to researching Pokémon evolution.


Professor Elm is a middle-aged man with short brown hair and grey eyes. He wears a pair of glasses, as well as a white lab coat with two pockets and a collared teal shirt. Professor Elm also wears brown pants with a black belt and brown shoes.

Gold, Silver and Crystal

He also wears a light blue collared shirt, with two stripes: the upper one is dark green and the lower one is white.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

He wears a teal collared shirt, but with no stripes. Also, Elm wears a dark brown belt around his waist.


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Gold, Silver and Crystal

He is the Professor of the Johto region, and is described as "a little scatter brained and disorganized" by his wife. In Platinum, a hiker in Hearthome City that in Diamond and Pearl previously gave you an egg containing Happiny, mentions him and Elm being great friends.

He is the featured professor in the Generation II games (Gold, Silver, and Crystal) and their Generation IV remakes (HeartGold and Soul Silver).

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Elm Lab

Professor Elm's Lab

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Main article: Professor Elm (Adventures)

HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

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Elm appeared as a hot-headed professor, who let Team Rocket (from which he believed Jessie to be Nurse Joy) to take care of his Pokémon. This caused them to steal Totodile and run off it with. Elm requested help from the police, which got the curiosity of Ash, Misty and Brock, who defeated Team Rocket and gave him Totodile back. Elm reported this event to Professor Oak, his former teacher.





Starter Pokémon


  • He is the only professor that doesn't welcome the player character to the world of Pokémon, as Professor Oak was the greeter in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver.


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