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Natural Harmonia Gropius
ナチュラル・ハルモニア・グロピウス Natural Harmonia Gropius
N B2W2 Adventures.png
N in the eleventh chapter
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Green
Hometown Unknown
Region Unova
Relatives Ghetsis (foster father)
Anthea and Concordia (foster sisters)
Game counterpart N
Anime counterpart N
Counterpart debut New Places... Familiar Faces!

N (Japanese: N) is a supporting character in the manga series Pokémon Adventures. He is the former King of Team Plasma, having been raised since childhood by Ghetsis in order to liberate Pokémon from humans. His full name is Natural Harmonia Gropius (Japanese: ナチュラル・ハルモニア・グロピウス Natural Harmonia Gropius).



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Black & White chapter

N in the Black & White chapter

N first appears in Black's First Trainer Battle, where he watches Black set off to battle his first Gym. In Lights, Camera...Action!, N witness Black save a Xtransceiver commercial shooting from a wild Galvantula attack. Once the ordeal ends, N sheds tears from seeing Pokémon being used by humans.

In Letting Go, N confronts Black at Accumula Town to battle him. During the battle, N expresses his disgust at the Pokédex by claiming that Trainers lock up his "friends" in Poké Balls to fill the Pokédex with information, thus making them nothing more than a source for said information. After a tough battle, Black's Tep manages to defeat N's Tympole, which shows N that there are some Pokémon that enjoy the company of their Trainers. After N leaves, Black sees a dream from N's past that his Musha ate and produced with its Dream Mist. Seeing a young N surrounded by Pokémon makes Black wonder if N isn't truly a bad person.

In Gigi's Choice, N traps White on the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel in order to talk with her. After finishing their conversation, N talks to White's Gigi and asks if wants to battle like Black's Tepig did. N has his Servine grab Gigi, which forces it to knock Servine out with an Ember. White, shocked at Gigi's joy at battling, chooses to open the car door and jump out. White tells Gigi to come with her, but falls out of the car after seeing Gigi choose to join N instead. As White lies on the ground unconscious, N reveals that he intends on defeating the League Champion. Afterward, he sends Servine down to assist White.

In Finding Truth, N receives the Dark Stone from Ghetsis. With it, he successfully awakens Zekrom, the Legendary Dragon Pokémon of Ideals. After some initial struggles, N successfully convinces Zekrom to join his cause, thus becoming the Hero of Ideals. In The Lesson Ends Here, N encounters Alder at Route 6 and challenges the Champion to a Double Battle. After a long battle, Alder is defeated by N, which Black, White, and Iris arrive in time to see. Reacting to Zekrom's presence, the Light Stone in Black's possession turns into Reshiram, but quickly reverts back into stone form, signifying that Black doesn't have full control over it. Having emerged victorious over the Pokémon League Champion, N claims that more people will begin to listen to Team Plasma's ideals.

As he attempts to leave, N is attacked by a Samurott owned by Cedric Juniper who demands to know where the Gym Leaders that were captured by Team Plasma are being held. Together, Black, White, and Cedric manage to defeat N's Pokémon. Cedric reveals that a year ago, N broke into his lab and liberated a set of starter Pokémon that he was going to give to new Trainers. The Snivy stayed with N, the Tepig ran out in the rain, while Oshawott chose to stay with Cedric. N accuses Cedric as Professor Juniper as the cause of the suffering of Pokémon with their distributing of starters.

Trying to figure out a way to stop N, Black attempts to use Musha to clear his head and allow him to think properly, but the Dream Eater Pokémon simply runs away. N reveals that Musha doesn't like the taste of Black's dreams anymore, so he has no reason to stay at Black's side anymore. The shock of his Pokémon leaving him causes Black to faint. After reviving his Pokémon, N leaves on Zekrom while Zorua and Tympole destroy the third Unova Pokédex. As he flies away, N hears Zekrom's voice and learns that it wants to battle Black again when Reshiram has fully awakened.

In Cold Hard Truth, Team Plasma begins their attack on the Pokémon League by summoning N's Castle from the depths of the earth. N, along with the Seven Sages, begin their assault as the Grunts surround the people below. Black, having awakened Reshiram, battles N at the top of the castle. Black initially has trouble fighting with Reshiram, but gets help from Cedric Juniper to better learn Reshiram's types and Abilities. By exploiting the power of Fusion Flare, Black deals heavy damage to Zekrom, but it and N escape to inside the castle with Black and Reshiram following after. Once inside, the two continue their battle, but a second Zekrom appears to assist the first, much to the shock of both.

Black sees through the ruse and attacks the real Zekrom, defeating it. The second Zekrom reveals itself to be Zorua, who had remained to help N despite him releasing all of his friends prior to the attack on the League. Black tells N that despite the release, Zorua truly cares for N and wants to stay with him. N thanks Zorua, but scolds it for its actions just before passing out. After Black defeats Ghetsis and meets up with White, N awakens. He thanks Black and White for helping him see the error of his ways. He decides to go on his own path and bids them farewell as he leaves on Zekrom's back, leaving Zorua behind.

Black 2 & White 2 chapter

In Flying Ship, N and Zekrom flew towards Unova, Zekrom having been attracted to Kyurem's growing power. As they traveled, the Light Stone arrived and flew with them before stopping at the Entralink. At the Entralink, N reunited with White after she obtained the Light Stone. N and Zekrom took White to the Plasma Frigate, Team Plasma's flying ship. N revealed that Kyurem had attracted Zekrom and Reshiram to it so it could fuse with either of them. Shortly after arriving, Ghetsis exited the Plasma Frigate and used Kyurem to battle with his former son. As they battled, N had White move to safety and told her that if Zekrom were to be absorbed, the Light Stone would react to Kyurem's power and revert back to Reshiram.

In PS543, Ghetsis obtained the DNA Splicers, which gave Kyurem the power to revert Zekrom back into the Dark Stone, sealing N inside with it. N ended up at the Pokémon Dream World, where he reunited with Black. Reacting to Zekrom being sealed, the Light Stone pulled White inside of the Pokémon Dream World as well. After Kyurem absorbed Zekrom to become Black Kyurem, Black told N to stay behind and fight Kyurem from the inside while he and White exited the Light Stone with Reshiram to fight from the outside. After exiting the Light Stone, Black and White launched a combination attack against Kyurem, but stopped after noticing N was ejected from the Dark Stone. Not wanting N to interfere with Kyurem's fusion with his abilities, Ghetsis knocked N off of Kyurem's back, sending him to the ocean below.

In PS546, it's revealed that N was picked up by Colress before he could hit the ocean, and is seen unconscious and chained to a table on the Plasma Frigate. He was later found by Whitley, a former Team Plasma Grunt that infiltrated the ship with Gigi's help. Once awakened and freed, N was introduced to Hugh, the first victim of Team Plasma's liberation schemes. N promised to return the Purrloin Team Plasma stole from Hugh's younger sister, but only after they worked to stop Ghetsis.


On hand

N's Zekrom
Main article: Tao trio (Adventures)

Zekrom was initially sealed within the Dark Stone, which was held at the Nacrene Gym alongside Reshiram's Light Stone. After being stolen by the Shadow Triad, the Dark Stone was delivered by Ghetsis to N, who immediately revived Zekrom from it. Although initially hostile towards N, Zekrom eventually turned over to N's side and chose him as the Hero of Ideals. When Black obtained the Light Stone, Zekrom expressed the desire to fight Black as the Hero of Truth once he fully awakened Reshiram. Zekrom's wish was granted at the Pokémon League, where it and N fought Black and Reshiram atop of N's Castle. Since Black didn't have full control over Reshiram, he initially struggled, but eventually Zekrom was defeated when Reshiram fired a Fusion Flare, made stronger by Fusion Bolt, at it. At the end of the Black and White chapter, N said his goodbyes and flew off on Zekrom after learning the error of his ways. It is level 50, has a Naughty nature, and its Characteristic is "often lost in thought."

Debut Defeating Stoutland


N's Zorua
Main article: N's Zorua

Zorua was first seen in a flashback of N's childhood. He was first seen in person at Castelia City, where he harassed Black's Tep and spied on Black under N's instructions. At the Driftveil Drawbridge, he caused havoc by preventing the bridge from lowering, but was defeated by Black. He was seen with N at Dragonspiral Tower, when he was awakening Zekrom. Later, he faced Alder's Accelgor with Gigi and distracted Accelgor long enough for Gigi to defeat it. He fought Bo, Amanda, and Cedric's Samurott, but was defeated. When Black arrived at N's Castle, Zorua used his Illusion Ability to take on Zekrom's appearance. Despite N releasing his entire team, Zorua refused to leave N's side, much to N's confusion. When Black revealed that Zorua truly wants to be with his Trainer, N sympathized with him, but left him behind as he bid his farewells.

Debut Listening to Pokémon
N's Darmanitan

N's Darmanitan
Darmanitan was first seen in a flashback of N's childhood. He was later seen with N at Dragonspiral Tower, when he was awakening Zekrom. Later, he was used to battle Alder's Bouffalant and Escavalier and lost. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 59 and has a Calm nature.

Darmanitan's only known move is Psychic, and its Ability is Zen Mode.

Debut Listening to Pokémon
Woobat (×2)
Woobat (×2)
Two Woobat were seen in a flashback of N's childhood. It is unknown if he is still in contact with them.

None of Woobat's moves are known.

Debut Listening to Pokémon
N's Purrloin
Purrloin is the first Pokémon seen in N's possession. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. He is level 19 and has a Timid nature.

Purrloin's known moves are Night Slash and Sucker Punch, and his Ability is Unburden.

Debut Letting Go
N's Gurdurr
Gurdurr is N's second known Pokémon. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. Later, he was seen helping N befriend Zekrom. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 55 and has a Rash nature.

None of Gurdurr's moves are known and his Ability is Sheer Force.

Debut Letting Go
N's Tympole
Tympole is N's third known Pokémon. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. He battled Black's Tep, but was eventually defeated. At the Dragonspiral Tower, he was seen helping N befriend Zekrom. At Route 6, Tympole teamed up with Zorua to destroy the third Unova Pokédex by blowing a hole in it with a Water attack. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 24 and has a Modest Nature.

Tympole's only known move is Echoed Voice, and his Ability is Swift Swim.

Debut Letting Go
N's Pidove
Pidove is N's fourth known Pokémon. He was used to battle Black in Accumula Town. He is level 20 and has a Timid nature.

None of Pidove's moves are known and his Ability is Super Luck.

Debut Letting Go
Main article: Gigi

Gigi (Japanese: ぶぶ Bubu) was one of the Pokémon actresses seen in White's BW Agency. After discovering her true battle potential, Gigi decides to side with N and leaves White to join him. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, she was released back into the wild and was told to follow her dreams. Gigi then decided to go back into show business as an actress of the BW Agency.

Debut Lights, Camera...Action!
N's Archen

N's Archeops
Archen → Archeops
Archeops was seen with N at Dragonspiral Tower as an Archen, when he was awakening Zekrom. Later, he was used to battle Alder's Bouffalant and Escavalier but was eventually defeated by his Accelgor. Before Team Plasma attacked the Pokémon League, he was released back into the wild. He is level 57 and has a Jolly nature.

None of Archeops's moves are known and his Ability is Defeatist.

Debut The Cold Hard Truth
Given away
N's Servine
Snivy → Servine
Main article: Amanda (Adventures)

Servine, as a Snivy, was one of the two Pokémon that N liberated from Cedric Juniper. Afterward, she stayed with N until she eventually evolved. She appeared with him at Nimbasa City when N confronted White at the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel. She was used to tease White's Gigi in order to force her to fight and free herself from her grip. After being defeated and Gigi joined N, Servine was sent to White's aid and eventually joined her team.

Debut The Case of the Missing Pokémon


  • N is the first character in Pokémon Adventures to have had a starter Pokémon that belonged to a Professor, but has never had a Pokédex, the second being Malva. Coincidentally, both have owned a Fire-type starter and have at least at some point been members of a villainous team.

Related articles

King: N (animeAdventures)
Seven Sages: GhetsisGormBroniusRoodZinzolinGialloRyoku
Notable members: Shadow TriadAnthea and ConcordiaColress
Lower members: Team Plasma GruntsTogari*Aldith*
Schwarz and Weiss*Barret*Whitley*Whitley's mother*
Buildings: N's CastleP2 LaboratoryPlasma Frigate

Games: Core series: Team Rocket: Giovanni
Team Rainbow Rocket:
Team Magma: Maxie
Team Aqua: Archie
Team Galactic: Cyrus
Team Plasma: NColressGhetsis
Team Flare: Lysandre
Team Skull: Guzma
Team Yell: Piers
Side series: Team Snagem: Gonzap
Cipher: EviceGreevil
Spin-off games: TCG series: Team Great Rocket: King Biruritchi
Trozei series: Phobos Battalion: Baron Phobos
Mystery Dungeon series: Team Skull: Skuntank
Ranger series: Go-Rock Squad: Gordor
Team Dim Sun: Blake Hall
Team Debonairs: Kincaid
Pokémon Pinchers: Societea
Rumble series: Dark Legion: Dark Rust
Anime: Team Rocket Madame BossGiovanni
Manga: Adventures: Team Rocket GiovanniMasked Man
Pocket Monsters: Team Rocket Giovanni
RéBURST: Great Gavel Fraud
Horizon: Team Kings Meja

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