Nurse Joy

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For the nurse who appears in Pokémon Centers in the games, see Pokémon Center Nurse or Teala.

Nurse Joy
ジョーイ Joy
Art of Nurse Joy from the XY series
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Pink
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto, Orange Archipelago, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Decolore Islands, Kalos
Relatives Other Nurse Joys
DP028: Karsten (husband), Marnie and Paige (daughters)
Trainer class Nurse
Generation I
Games Yellow
Anime debut Pokémon Emergency!
English voice actor Kanto-Sinnoh, Grand Spectrala Islet:
Megan Hollingshead
(EP002-AG042; M01)
Bella Hudson
(AG049-AG144; BW127)
Michele Knotz
(MoMP; AG151-DP190, BW116; M10-M11)

Alyson Rosenfeld
(BW002-BW138; M15)
Jennifer Forziati-DaCosta
Kate Bristol

Japanese voice actor Kanto-Sinnoh:
Ayako Shiraishi
(EP002-EP229; M01, M03)
Yuriko Yamaguchi
(EP245-DP022, DP051-DP190; SS002-SS013, SS025, SS027; M11; TLoT, MoMP)
Kikuko Inoue

Unova-Decolore Islands:
Chika Fujimura
(BW002-BW138; M15)
Chinatsu Akasaki

Nurse Joy (Japanese: ジョーイ Joy, referred to as ジョーイさん Joy-san by most characters) are kind nurses who take care of Pokémon. As revealed in Drifloon in the Wind!, Joy is not the first name of these women, but actually the family name. Her Japanese name is a play on 女医 joi, woman doctor. They are based on the in-game Pokémon Center Nurses.

In the anime


Original series


Nurse Joy debuted in Pokémon Emergency. With his Pikachu critically injured from the events of the last episode, Ash rushed the Electric Mouse Pokémon to the Pokémon Center in Viridian City with the help of the Officer Jenny of the area. After healing Pikachu, Team Rocket overtook the Pokémon Center, forcing her to rely on her own Pikachu generator built inside the lab. While they hid from Team Rocket, Nurse Joy activated the computer and started to transfer the Poké Balls containing injured Pokémon to the Pokémon Center in Pewter City. The next morning, the Nurse Joy from Pewter City called and told her sister that all the Pokémon had made it safely to her center, to which the Viridian Nurse Joy was grateful.

In Sparks Fly for Magnemite, Ash went to Nurse Joy for her to take care of Pikachu since he was overcharged with electricity. Nurse Joy dismissed it as a cold and had Ash leave Pikachu with Nurse Joy for the night. Later, when the power went out, Nurse Joy became worried about the Pokémon as she told them to hang in there until the power went back on and hoped that Ash and his friends will be able to restore it. After Ash caught Muk, she thanked Ash for helping the Pokémon to survive and inspired her to become a better nurse.

In The Bridge Bike Gang, Nurse Joy was supposed to deliver medicine for injured Pokémon over in Sunnytown, but was unable to leave the Pokémon Center since she had some Pokémon to deal with. She gave Ash and his friends the medicine as they volunteered to deliver it to Sunnytown. After dealing with a bike gang, the group successfully arrived in Sunnytown. The Nurse Joy there fed it to Shellder and Shellder became well.

In A Chansey Operation, she called Ash and his friends in Dr. Proctor's office about a truck of Pokémon who were stolen by Team Rocket became injured. Since the Pokémon Center was full, an extra room in Dr. Proctor's hospital was needed.

In Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden, Nurse Joy ran some tests on Ash's Bulbasaur when its bulb was glowing. She revealed to Ash that Bulbasaur was about to evolve, which took place in a festival where the other Bulbasaur evolve as well.

Nurse Joy signed up for the Pokémon League Admissions Exam in The Ultimate Test to become a Pokémon Master and received testing number 3. After taking the exam, a scoreboard was shown and Nurse Joy's was near the top scorers. Later, Nurse Joy battled the instructor's Charmander with a Squirtle, and won.

Orange Archipelago
Nurse Joy as seen in The Joy of Pokémon

In The Lost Lapras, Ash took a sick Lapras to Nurse Joy on Tangelo Island. She concluded that Lapras needed rest and had become afraid of human contact since the incident with the three punks. She filled in Ash about the Orange Crew on the Orange Islands.

Nurse Joy led an excavation crew on Fukuhara Island No. 4 in Shell Shock. A reporter interviewed Nurse Joy about the Kabuto inhabiting there. She later led them to the fossils within a cave in the island, even though Umberto warned them about not disturbing the fossils. When the island was about to get swallowed up by the tide, she boarded a raft that the crew had made and safely rafted away on it.

In The Joy of Pokémon, a tan and muscular Nurse Joy Ash and his friends met on an unnamed island went from island to island to help sick and injured Pokémon. She invited them to her local clinic for lunch. The group volunteered to help out Nurse Joy on taking care of the sick Pokémon. Later, while Joy was attempting to help baby Seel, Team Rocket arrived and trapped the group in a net. It wasn't until a giant Gyarados removed the net that Joy got a chance to finally take care of the baby Seel.


In Ignorance is Blissey, Nurse Joy had to deal with a Blissey that was accident prone.

In Chikorita's Big Upset, a Nurse Joy with the Pokémon Psychology degree had a therapy session with Ash when Chikorita became jealous of his Pikachu.

A Nurse Joy who appeared in The Joy of Water Pokémon was in charge of a Pokémon Center which specialized in Water-type Pokémon, despite being afraid of them herself.

In EP250, Nurse Joy ran a Pokémon Center in the Ice Cave. She had some Ice-type Pokémon there instead of a Chansey.

Advanced Generation series

Three Nurse Joys as they appear in Kanto, the Orange Islands, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh

In A Ruin with a View, May was introduced to a Nurse Joy and learned about Pokémon Centers. Nurse Joy was then thrown in a storage room by Team Magma but escape in the vents.

In Having a Wailord of a Time, Nurse Joy was in charge of handing out the Hoenn starter Pokémon to new Trainers.

Max was an assistant of Nurse Joy in Maxxed Out!. When Max and another Max were fighting, Nurse Joy broke them up.

In Crazy as a Lunatone, a Nurse Joy was possessed by a Lunatone in Volley Town. Unlike the other Nurse Joys, she didn't allow Ash and his friends to stay in a room for the night. Later, Nurse Joy went back to normal when Lunatone collapsed after using Psychic. Since Lunatone's condition became bad, Nurse Joy, with the help of the group, took Lunatone to Camerupt Point.

In Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt!, a Nurse Joy ran her Pokémon Center on the snowy part of Izabe Island. A Snorunt would come by that particular Pokémon Center and take things from visitors. When Ash was in a snow cave, Nurse Joy and the others came by to pick him up. However, before Ash could reunite with Nurse Joy and the others, Team Rocket interrupted them by catching Pikachu and Snorunt. Snorunt was able to escape and Nurse Joy thought of a plan to get Pikachu back which involved Ash throwing Snorunt at Team Rocket's balloon.

Kanto Battle Frontier
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In Odd Pokémon Out!, Nurse Joy took care of Ash's Grovyle after it battled with a Tropius.

In Pinch Healing, Nurse Joy began to get sick. As a result, she was unable to take care of the Pokémon that Matt was Pokésitting. After she felt better, she took care of a Bagon that had a high fever.

Diamond & Pearl series

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Two young Joys, named Marnie and Paige, appeared in Drifloon on the Wind, where it was revealed that Joy is the surname of the family, rather than the given name of each individual woman. Their mother, of course, was an ordinary Nurse Joy.

In All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!, a Nurse Joy acted as one of the judges of the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest along with Mr. Sukizo and Officer Jenny.

Best Wishes series

Nurse Joy in the Best Wishes series

Nurse Joy, like Ash, received a redesign when the Best Wishes series began, as well as a change of clothes. All Nurse Joys in Unova have this new design.

In A Sandile Gusher of Change!, Ash learned about the Nurse Joys with the redesigns who were completely different than the ones he saw previously in his travels.

After foiling another one of Team Rocket's plans in Danger, Sweet as Honey!, Ash and his friends headed to the Pokémon Center to have their Pokémon healed. After arriving, Nurse Joy explained that the mountains have many dangerous Pokémon such as Beedrill and Ursaring and noted that it would have been safer to go through the coastline route. After which, Audino informed them that the honey and dessert were ready. Nurse Joy then invited them in and began serving them desserts.

In The Island of Illusions!, a rather elderly Nurse Joy first appeared overhearing the group's conversation on the mysterious shadow they just saw. Later, she appeared protecting the group from a giant Heatmor and disappeared along with the Heatmor and the mysterious fog. After successfully reaching a rather desolate Pokémon Center and curing Iris's Axew's sleep, the group encountered her again where she revealed herself to be an older Nurse Joy tasked with the special duty of investigating established Pokémon Centers. She explained that she had been receiving reports of a Pokémon Center operating illegally on the island, which is why she was deployed to investigate. When Zoroark created an illusion of the past and explained the reasons behind illegally keeping the Pokémon Center open all this time, a moved Nurse Joy agreed to keep the Center running for the wild Pokémon and asks for Zoroark's assistance in doing so, to which it happily agrees. Later, she and the Illusion Fox Pokémon bid farewell to the group as they set off on their new adventure.

A Nurse Joy living on Torom Island appeared in To Catch a Rotom!. She explained that the Rotom on the island find the local power plant's electricity delicious, so the lights were always flickering on and off. In addition, the island's Rotom used to play pranks on the people of the island, so the locals created a playground of electrical devices where the Rotom could play without bothering anyone. Professor Oak then decided to go with Ash and his friends to this electrical playground, where they hoped to see a Rotom.

In Capacia Island UFO!, Nurse Joy first appeared with her Audino, greeting Ash, Iris and Cilan upon their arrival in the Pokémon Center. Next morning, as Ash looked for help after seeing Iris, Axew and Cilan's faces turned odd, she revealed her face to have turned odd as well, much to his horror. She is then seen gathering the townspeople along with Audino and Officer Jenny to listen to what Beheeyem has to say.

In Go, Go Gogoat!, Nurse Joy participated in Alexa's recording. She explained how the latest equipment functioned at twice the normal speed and allowed her to repair any equipment or medicine she might need for a Pokémon's treatment. She was then seen carrying Ash and his friends's Poké Balls for a thorough inspection of their Pokémon.

XY series

She received another redesign at the beginning of the XY series.

In A Pokévision of Things to Come!, Nurse Joy starred in a Pokévision video with her Wigglytuff where they made it to the top 10.

In The Clumsy Crier Quiets the Chaos!, Nurse Joy dealt with a clumsy Wigglytuff. As a result of a Salamence going on a rampage, she had to deal with many injured Pokémon, including a Pokémon Breeder's Teddiursa. Nurse Joy told a tale to the group about how Wigglytuff became her helpers in the Kalos region. Team Rocket came by and stole Pikachu and Wigglytuff. They accidentally wake up the same Salamence from before. Nurse Joy and the group came by to retrieve Pikachu and Wigglytuff. Nurse Joy attempted to calm Salamence but it attacked with Flamethrower. Wigglytuff protected her from Salamence's attack, retelling the tale that another Wigglytuff did with the Flygon. Wigglytuff was able to calm Salamence and Salamence managed to defeat Team Rocket with Hyper Beam.

In A Giga Battle with Mega Results!, Nurse Joy searched for a Mega Stone for her Audino. While doing so, her leg became stuck in a fissure. She was unable to get out until Ash and his friends found her stuck there. Using Clemont's Aipom Arm, the group was able to get Nurse Joy out of the fissure. As a reward, she took the group to the Pokémon Center she worked in. Inside, an Audino she was working with did not get along with her as she left without telling it where she was going. When a Trainer was rushing in with an injured Makuhita, both Nurse Joy and Audino put aside their differences and treated the Makuhita right away, only to go back to fighting again. Nurse Joy revealed that their fighting occurred ever since the Head Nurse put Audino with her. Outside, Team Rocket broke in the Pokémon Center and stole all the Poké Balls. Nurse Joy took on Team Rocket with Audino by Mega Evolving it. After using Mega Audino's Heal Pulse, Ash was able to defeat Team Rocket with Pikachu's Thunderbolt. As a result, Nurse Joy and Audino both got along with each other.


Nurse Joy is not a single entity. Rather, there are many Joys who work as nurses across the various regions of the Pokémon world. As a rule, Nurse Joys are kind, earnest, honest Pokémon nurses who take care of sick and injured Pokémon, but will confront a Pokémon Trainer if they are not properly caring for their Pokémon.

Nurse Joys are all extremely similar-looking relatives. They are not entirely identical, though aside from themselves, it seems that Brock is the only one who can tell them apart. However, each Nurse Joy will have a different color cross on her hat that indicates which location she works at.

Two young Joys named Marnie and Paige

There are several notable Nurse Joys who appear vastly different from the others. A Nurse Joy acts as the Pokémon League inspector in Showdown at Dark City, her first appearance as anything but an ordinary Nurse Joy. Another Nurse Joy living in the Orange Archipelago has made her career instead as an archaeologist, leading an expedition to Fukuhara Island No. 4 in Shell Shock. A muscle-bound, kayak-paddling Nurse Joy who also lives in the archipelago was featured, along with her befriended giant Magikarp, in The Joy of Pokémon. Other Nurse Joys living on the islands have a noticeably darker skin tone than their mainland counterparts, likely due to living in a more tropical region. In The Island of Illusions!, a Nurse Joy appears as a Pokémon Center investigator, tasked with the investigation of illegally operating Pokémon Centers. Not unlike the Pokémon League inspector Nurse Joy, her first appearance did not allude to her true identity, and she was visibly older when she finally revealed herself.

Although there are many exceptions, Nurse Joy will generally have Chansey in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and the Orange Archipelago, Audino in Unova and the Decolore Islands, and Wigglytuff in Kalos to assist her. Chansey's evolution introduced in Generation II, Blissey, also appears on occasion.

There is a similarity between the families of Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny, Don George and Porter. Fans have speculated about some sort of relation or deeper connection; however, the only thing known for sure about the four families is that they are on good terms.

Nurse Joys give out starter Pokémon to Trainers in towns or cities without Pokémon Professors, such as Slateport City. Adhering to their role as government workers, they are also inspectors for the Pokémon Inspection Agency, grading Pokémon Gyms.

Nurse Joys also judge Pokémon Contests and the Grand Festivals. This makes them not just good nurses, but good judges as well.


The following are Pokémon that recurrently appear with Nurse Joy in the anime.

Nurse Joy's Chansey
Main article: Nurse Joy's Chansey

Almost every Nurse Joy in Kanto, the Orange Archipelago, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh has been seen owning Chansey functioning as nurses.

Debut Pokémon Emergency!
Voice actors
Japanese Tomoe Hanba
English Emily Jenness
Nurse Joy's Audino

A Kalos Nurse Joy's Mega Audino
Main article: Nurse Joy's Audino

In the Unova region and Decolore Islands, Nurse Joys have Audino functioning as nurses.

In A Giga Battle with Mega Results!, Ash and his friends met a Nurse Joy from Kalos who had an Audino that could Mega Evolve into a Mega Audino.

Debut Dreams by the Yard Full!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Nurse Joy's Wigglytuff
Main article: Nurse Joy's Wigglytuff

In the Kalos region, Nurse Joys have Wigglytuff functioning as nurses.

Debut A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Voice actors
Japanese Mariya Ise
English Michele Knotz


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This listing is for Pokémon various individual Nurse Joys have had during the course of the anime.

Nurse Joy's Pikachu
Pikachu (multiple)
Nurse Joy uses many of these Pikachu to power the back-up generator in the Viridian City Pokémon Center when the main power gets cut. After charging the generators for a bit, the Pikachu come out to the main lobby and jump on top of Ash's Pikachu, who is in critical condition. Using Thunder Shock, they both attack the pursuing Team Rocket and heal Ash's Pikachu at the same time.

They reappeared in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye.

Pikachu's only known move is Thunder Shock.

Debut Pokémon Emergency!
Voice actors
Japanese Ikue Ohtani
English Ikue Ohtani
Rachael Lillis
Nurse Joy's Magnemite
Magnemite (multiple)
Many Magnemite were seen on the telephone screen while Ash, Misty, Tracey, and Ethan were talking to Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny in a nearby town. They were used to generate electricity and run the Pokémon Center.

None of Magnemite's moves are known.

Debut Get Along, Little Pokémon
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Addie Blaustein
Nurse Joy's Bulbasaur
On Mandarin Island, an unknown Pokémon hiding in the sewers of Trovitopolis was "menacing" the town. The Pokémon turned out to be a giant Bulbasaur that was once abandoned by the Mayor of Trovitopolis, and was eventually adopted by Nurse Joy.

Bulbasaur's only known move is Vine Whip.

Debut The Mystery Menace
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Tara Jayne
Nurse Joy's Blissey
Chansey → Blissey
Main article: Nurse Joy's Blissey

The Nurse Joy of Happy Town owns a Blissey who is an old friend of Jessie. This Blissey was clumsy—the more she tried to help, the more problems she caused.

Debut Ignorance is Blissey
Voice actors
Japanese Mako Hyōdō
English Rachael Lillis
Like all residents of Bloomingvale, Nurse Joy owns a Sunflora that she received in a trade from Cyrus. Sonrisa's Sunflora, Sunny, used to play with Gwendela when it was with Cyrus, but became gloomy after it was traded. Sunny was led to Gwendela and soon started to dance. It was not given a nickname in the Japanese version.

None of Sunflora's moves are known.

Debut Grin to Win!
Voice actors
English Rachael Lillis
Nurse Joy's Jynx
The Nurse Joy who lives inside the Ice Path runs a Pokémon Center that takes care of several Ice-type Pokémon—a Jynx being one of them. Jynx is Nurse Joy's main helper in the center, much like the Chansey of most other centers.

Jynx's known moves are Blizzard, Powder Snow, and Lovely Kiss.

Debut EP250
Nurse Joy's Swinub
Swinub (multiple)
The Nurse Joy who lives inside the Ice Path runs a Pokémon Center that takes care of several Ice-type Pokémon—many of them being Swinub.

Swinub's only known move is Powder Snow.

Debut EP250
Nurse Joy's Piloswine
Piloswine (multiple)
The Nurse Joy who lives inside the Ice Path runs a Pokémon Center that takes care of several Ice-type Pokémon—some of them being Piloswine. Piloswine is used for sledding, similar to sled dogs in the real world.

Piloswine's known moves are Powder Snow and Blizzard.

Debut EP250
Nurse Joy's Torchic

Nurse Joy's Combusken
Torchic → Combusken
As a Torchic, it was supposed to be given to a beginning Trainer in Hoenn. It was a crafty and quite strong, by pretending to cry in front of Pikachu and managing to defeat Corphish. It gained so much experience that it evolved into a Combusken. Once it evolved, it could no longer be given away, and so it stayed in the Pokémon Center.

Combusken's known moves are Scratch, Peck, Ember, and Flamethrower.

Debut Having a Wailord of a Time
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Rachael Lillis (as Torchic)
Darren Dunstan (as Combusken)
Nurse Joy's Ponyta
Ritchie rode Nurse Joy's Ponyta from Marion Town, successfully changing the past by preventing Nick's death.

None of Ponyta's moves are known.

Debut Celebi and Joy!
Nurse Joy's Scizor
The Nurse Joy of Saffron City was seen using a Scizor to cut Jessie's hair after James's Cacnea had gotten tangled into them during her contest training.

None of Scizor's moves are known.

Debut The Saffron Con
Nurse Joy's Oddish
An Oddish was owned by the Nurse Joy who participated in the Pokémon Orienteering competition.

None of Oddish's moves are known.

Debut Off the Unbeaten Path
Nurse Joy's Meganium
The Nurse Joy of Camomile Island owns a Meganium that is in love with a wild Tropius. Grovyle was, in turn, in love with Meganium; Grovyle battled with Tropius for Meganium.

Meganium's known moves are Growl, Razor Leaf, and Aromatherapy.

Debut Odd Pokémon Out!
Nurse Joy's Drifloon
Drifloon (×4)
Marnie and Paige, two young daughters of a Nurse Joy, own four Drifloon.

None of Drifloon's moves are known.

Debut Drifloon On the Wind!
Nurse Joy of Pastoria City owns a Croagunk named Chrissy (Japanese: グレミ Guremi). Hamilton proposed his Croagunk, Craig, to Chrissy, but Brock broke into the argument, proposing his Croagunk to Chrissy. Later on, when Team Rocket invaded, Chrissy defeated their mecha and was pronounced winner of the Pastoria Croagunk Festival because of this act.

Chrissy's only known move is Vacuum Wave.

Debut Cream of the Croagunk Crop!
Nurse Joy's Blissey
The Nurse Joy near Lake Acuity owns a Blissey, a different Blissey than the Blissey owned by the Nurse Joy of Happy Town.

None of Blissey's moves are known.

Debut Uncrushing Defeat!
Voice actors
English Emily Jenness
Nurse Joy's Latias
A Nurse Joy from the Pokémon Inspection Agency owns a Latias. She was used to battle against Forrest's Rhyperior in the Pewter Gym, in order to determine whether the Gym should be closed or not. Although Latias won the battle, Nurse Joy was impressed by Forrest's skill and spared the Pewter Gym.

Latias's known moves are Dragon Pulse, Recover, Ice Beam, and Steel Wing.

Debut SS025
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara


Nurse Joy's Magikarp

Nurse Joy's Gyarados
Magikarp → Gyarados
Nurse Joy befriended a Gyarados when it was a giant Magikarp. It first appeared as a Magikarp when it jumped out of the water in front of Ash and his friends. Nurse Joy appeared and fed it tablets, saying the Pokémon that live on the islands are too small for a Pokémon Center and need medicine if sick. It was later revealed that Nurse Joy had known Magikarp since she was small and found it washed up on the shore; she later cared for it as it grew and grew. The Magikarp later appeared when Team Rocket captured Ash and his friends, including Nurse Joy, stopping them from helping a very sick Seel. Magikarp appeared and rammed Team Rocket's submarine, then suddenly evolved into a Gyarados and defeated Team Rocket.

Gyarados's only known move is Tackle.

Debut The Joy of Pokémon
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Addie Blaustein (as Magikarp)
Unshō Ishizuka (as Gyarados)
Nurse Joy's Zorua

Nurse Joy's Zoroark
Zorua → Zoroark
Zoroark first appeared as a Giant Pokémon in front of the cruise Ash and his friends were on. Next, it appeared on Mahora Islet as a giant Heatmor, creating a fire in a forest with its Flamethrower. Its next trick was creating an illusion of a giant Meowth scaring Team Rocket this time. Then at the Pokémon Center located at Mahora Islet, it was revealed that as a Zorua, it had befriended a Nurse Joy in the past. Eventually, the two met each other again in the present. In the end, Zoroark was seen along with Nurse Joy waving goodbye to Ash and the others as they were leaving the island.

Zoroark's only known move is Flamethrower*, and its Ability is Illusion.

Debut The Island of Illusions!

Given away

Stephanie's Mudkip
Stephanie's Mudkip was looked after by Ash and Max. At first it seemed to be a crybaby, but after being looked after by Brock's Mudkip, everything turned out fine and it was picked by Stephanie as her starter Pokémon.

None of Mudkip's moves are known.

Debut Having a Wailord of a Time
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Lindsey Warner
Stephanie's father's Treecko
Stephanie's father's Treecko was looked after by Ash and Max. She seemed to take a liking to Ash's Treecko in that she held something in her mouth, in her case a flower. She was picked by Stephanie's father because she had nowhere to go.

None of Treecko's moves are known.

Debut Having a Wailord of a Time
Voice actors
Japanese Yuji Ueda
English Dan Green


Nurse Joy's Squirtle
Squirtle is one of the Pokémon owned by the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor. It appeared under Nurse Joy's command, battling the instructor's Charmander. It is unknown who won.

Squirtle's known moves are Water Gun and Skull Bash.

Debut The Ultimate Test
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Eric Stuart
Nurse Joy's Vanillite
The Nurse Joy in Coumarine City looked after a Vanillite who got separated from its friends, Vanillish and Vanilluxe. After Team Rocket attempted to steal Vanillite, Vanillite returned to its friends.

Vanillite's only known move is Blizzard.

Debut Thawing an Icy Panic!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 白石文子 Ayako Shiraishi (EP002-EP229; M01)
山口由里子 Yuriko Yamaguchi (EP245-DP022, DP051-DP190, SS002-SS013, SS025, SS027, M11, The Legend of Thunder!)
井上喜久子 Kikuko Inoue (DP025-DP050, M10)
藤村知可 Chika Fujimura (BW002-BW138)
赤﨑千夏 Chinatsu Akasaki (XY003-present)
English Megan Hollingshead (EP002-AG042, M01)
Bella Hudson (AG049-AG144, old nurse in BW127, Pokémon Chronicles)
Michele Knotz (AG151-DP190, flashback nurse in BW116, M10-M11, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Alyson Rosenfeld (BW002-BW138, M16)
Jennifer Forziati-DaCosta (XY003-XY064)
Kate Bristol (XY082-present)
Arabic امال سعد الدين Amaal Sa'ad Ad-Din
Catalan Eva Bau
Czech Klára Jandová (EP002-EP207)
Eva Spoustová (DP002-DP102)
Jana Páleníčková (DP106-present)
Danish Ann Hjort
Louise Engel
Dutch Mandy Huydts (EP002-DP190)
Lizemijn Libgott (BW002-present)
Filipino Ahlee Reyes
Finnish Minna Tasanto (Viridian nurse in EP002, EP005, EP027-EP042, M01)
Jenni Sivonen (EP011-EP020, EP047-EP058, EP126-EP182, DP177-DP190)
Elise Langenoja (Pewter nurse in EP002, EP076-EP117, AG042-DP086, DP095-DP166, M10-M11)
Unknown voice actress (EP267-AG002, AG151, DP091-DP092)
Karolina Blom (AG006-AG024)
Unknown voice actress (DP171-DP176)
Saara Lehtonen (BW002-BW090, M15)
Susa Saukko (BW103-unknown)
French Canada Julie Burroughs
Europe Lydia Cherton
German Christine Stichler
Melanie Manstein
Tatjana Pokorny
Katharina Iacobescu
Hebrew דנה רישפי Dana Rishfi
אתי קסטרו Etti Castro
Hindi Ambika *
Hungarian Oláh Orsolya
Italian Sonia Mazza
Patrizia Scianca
Marcella Silvestri
Laura Brambilla
Tiziana Martello
Korean 이선 Lee Seon
Norwegian Anine Kruse
Siri Nilsen (BW002-BW047)
Polish Anna Bielańska (EP002-EP207, M01)
Agata Rzeszewska (EP210-AG040, DP055-DP102, M11)
Joanna Węgrzynowska (DP002-DP052, DP106-present, M13, M15, M16)
Portuguese Brazil Fátima Noya (S01-S13)
Samira Fernandes (S14-S18)
Luisa Palomanes (S19-present)
Portugal Helena Montez (EP002-EP126)
Dora Cruz (EP129-EP157)
Paula Pais (EP159-EP207)
Carla (EP210-EP258)
Sandra de Castro (EP267-AG091, AG159-AG175)
Raquel Ferreira (AG095-AG144)
Ana Madureira (AG180-AG192)
Rita Fernandes (DP002-DP051)
Zélia Santos (DP055-present)
Spanish Latin America Liliana Barba (Viridian nurse in EP002, flashback nurse in BW116)
Mildred Barrera (Pewter nurse in EP002, EP011-present)
Mariana Ortiz (EP005)
Georgina Sánchez (EP245-EP258, AG087)
Erica Edwards (AG151)
Christine Byrd (M01)
Ángela Villanueva (old nurse in SS013)
Spain Isacha Mengíbar (EP002-EP014)
Pilar Martín (EP020-DP190)
Sara Heras (BW002-BW138)
Desirée Álvarez (XY003-XY049)
Sara Polo (XY051-present)
Swedish Maria Rydberg


Nurse Joy OS.png Nurse Joy BW.png
Official artwork from the
original series
Official artwork from the
Best Wishes series

In the manga

Nurse Joy in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Nurse Joy in Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Nurse Joy first appeared in The Birth Of The Invincible Team, Max And Ralts!! of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Nurse Joy makes a cameo appearance in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga series, which is based on the Pokémon anime. She appears in You Gotta Have Friends, where she recommends that Ash take Pikachu on a trip to the countryside to relieve stress, as it has been battling too hard. Brock is the only character that can tell the many Nurse Joys apart.

Generic Nurses appear at various points in the manga as well.

In the movie adaptations

Similar to the anime, Nurse Joy has made some appearances in movie adaptations such as Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

She made another one in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages alongside her Wigglytuff.

In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga

In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga, which is based on the Pokémon anime, Nurse Joy appears for the first time in Hurry Up! Dawn's Pinch!!. Later, she makes a return appearance in Reunion.

In the Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Nurse Joy appeared in Falkner The Bird Keeper's Challenge!! of Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys taking care of Gold's Totodile.


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A photo of the Nurse Joys from Kalos
  • Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny, and Don George all have Japanese names that begin with the kana ジ, while their English names all start with the same sound, . They also all happen to be part of a large, extended family.
  • Every Nurse Joy in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh and Unova can be easily told apart by the color of the cross on their hat, while Nurse Joys in the Kalos region are told apart by the color of the badge on their lapel. Colors can repeat in different regions, however.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ジョーイ Joy From 女医 joi (woman doctor).
English Nurse Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Brazilian Enfermeira Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Chinese (Cantonese) 祖兒 Jóuyìh
喬伊 Kìuhyī
Transliteration of her Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 喬伊 / 乔伊 Qiáoyī Transliteration of her Japanese name.
Danish Søster Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Dutch Zuster Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Finnish Hoitaja Joy * Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
French Infirmière Joëlle From the Japanese name, with title added.
German Schwester Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Korean 간호순 Ganhosun From 간호사 ganhosa (nurse).
Polish Siostra Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Romanian Sora Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.
Russian Медсестра Джой Transliteration of her Japanese name, with title added.
Spanish Enfermera Joy Same as the Japanese name, with title added.

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