Professor Aurea Juniper is the regional Pokémon professor of Pokémon Black and White, situated in the Unova region.


Professor Juniper is a lithe woman with fair skin, green eyes, and poofy honey-colored hair. She wears a pale greenish-blue lab coat and a white blouse, along with a short green skirt and athletic white shoes with red stripes. She also has red rectangular earrings in both of her ears.


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The last name Juniper could possibly originate from the "juniper" tree.

Her Japanese surname, Araragi, comes from アララギ (araragi, the Japanese name of the spreading yew).


Black and White

Right at the start of the game, you see her enter and quickly exit a house then you see you and your friends standing in front of a green box, you open it and find three Starter Pokémon and, as in all the other games, you choose first. Your male rival Cheren chooses the Starter with the type advantage over yours, while Bianca chooses the remaining Starter. When you have chosen your Pokémon, she demonstrates the method of simple battling and catching a wild Pokémon. She uses a Minccino to battle and she catches a Patrat, which can be seen in her lab.

Black 2 and White 2

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Starter Pokémon


  • Juniper is the first female Professor in the Pokémon Main Series games, while in the anime, Professor Ivy was the first shown female professor.
  • In Black and White's early development, Juniper was originally going to be a man, until Ken Sugimori requested to change Juniper into a woman. Sugimori also considers Juniper to be a New Yorker type; in his words, "a real career woman".
  • Instead of Professor Oak, Professor Juniper took care of Ash's additional Pokémon while he was in the Unova Region.
  • Professor Juniper is the only professor known to actually keep the Pokémon caught in the tutorial of the game. The Patrat can be found in her lab any time after she catches it.
  • She uses a Minccino in the introduction of Black and White.
    • There is a chance that the Minccino she sends out in the introduction can be Shiny.


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