Doctor (Trainer class)

Doctor redirects here. For one who is considered to be an expert on Pokémon, see Pokémon Professor.

ドクター Doctor
Doctor F TCG.png
Female Doctor TCG artwork by Megumi Mizutani
Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Sword and Shield
Gender Both*
Counterpart Nurse
Notable members See Category:Doctors
Anime debut [[]]
TCG debut Silver Lance
TCG card Doctor
Manga debut {{{manga}}}

A Doctor (Japanese: ドクター Doctor) is a Pokémon Trainer who specializes in healing and taking care of injured and sick Pokémon.

In the games

The Doctor Trainer class was introduced in Generation V. In Generation V, battling them is optional; they do not challenge the Trainer upon sight, but instead when spoken to. Doctors will challenge the player on sight in the Black Tower, where they will heal the Trainer's party only once, but the player may choose when. Upon being defeated, the Doctor will heal the Trainer's party fully, and any time spoken to afterwards, unless they are battled in Big Stadium or Small Court. Some will give out Max Revives or Full Restores when defeated. They are the male counterparts of Nurses.

They use Psychic- and Bug-type Pokémon, as well as Pokémon considered to be healers, such as Audino. Doctors will use Full Heals during battle if their Pokémon are afflicted with status conditions. Doctors appear primarily in locations without a nearby Pokémon Center, such as the Desert Resort.

In the Plasma Frigate, much like Juggler Dalton of Silph Co. before him, Doctor Julius is an odd one out as he is the only assumed member of Team Plasma that is not a Grunt. Despite his allegiance, he will still heal the player's Pokémon. He will not appear when the player visits the Plasma Frigate in the post-game when it is docked at the P2 Laboratory, however.

In Sword and Shield, female Doctors were introduced. Doctors in Sword and Shield are more akin to normal Trainers, challenging the player on sight. They no longer heal party Pokémon, either. Male Doctors keep their Pokémon in Great Balls, and female Doctors keep theirs in Heal Balls. A team of one male and one female Doctor joining together in a Double Battle form a Medical Team.


Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Y-Comm profile images from
Sword and Shield
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VS models from
Sword and Shield

Trainer list

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Doctor

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon Sword and Shield

See more List of Battle Tower Trainers (Generation VIII)/Doctor

In the anime

Brock, a Doctor-in-training
A Pokémon Doctor's class

Unlike their real world counterparts, Pokémon Doctors do not appear to be preferred over Nurse Joy and the healing capabilities of Pokémon Centers. This seems to be evidenced by all of the doctors in the anime operating on their own or in small offices located some distance from Pokémon Centers. Doctors have a wide range of knowledge, being able to treat many symptoms and knowing what types of Berries and other healing items to use. Some doctors are also experts with evolution.

In Gonna Rule The School!, a Pokémon Doctor's class was taught at the Pokémon Trainers' School in Rustboro City.

In Delcatty Got Your Tongue, Ash and his friends visited a Pokémon clinic located in Foothill Town. It is run by Dr. Abby, a Top Coordinator who decided to learn about natural Pokémon medicine after her Skitty was badly injured in a battle.

In The Brockster Is In!, Nurse Joy suggested to Brock that he become a Pokémon Doctor after witnessing him treat a group of poisoned Pokémon. In the next episode, Brock revealed that he would follow her advice and study to become a Doctor.

Notably, Pokémon Doctors have been present in the anime long before the Trainer class was first introduced in the games.

Notable Doctors

See also: List of Pokémon Doctors

In the manga

Doctor Logan in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Daisy Oak became a famous Pokémon Doctor, even attending other regions, as revealed in Tackling Togekiss. Her work includes studies over the Pokérus and its infection.

In the Black & White chapter, Doctor Logan appears as a recurring character. He is Brycen's doctor from when the Gym Leader used to star in movies. Logan was called in by Brycen to help heal Black's injuries during Black's training to get stronger so that he could control the Light Stone. Once the training had finished, Logan watches Black and Brycen's Gym battle alongside Iris.

At the Pokémon League, Logan teams up with several other Trainers Black met on his journey. Together, they face the Seven Sages in battle to rescue the kidnapped Gym Leaders. Eventually they succeed and proceed to help defeat the Team Plasma Grunts attacking the League.


Gothorita is Logan's only known Pokémon. He used it at the Pokémon League to help free the Gym Leaders kidnapped by Team Plasma. After they succeeded and the Seven Sages escaped, Gothorita helped defeat the Grunts attacking innocent bystanders below.

None of Gothorita's moves are known.

Debut Cold Hard Truth

In the TCG

Full Art print of Doctor
Main article: Doctor (Chilling Reign 134)

Doctor was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Silver Lance expansion before debuting in English in the Chilling Reign expansion, with artwork by Megumi Mizutani. It was also released as a Full Art card and Secret card in the same Japanese and English expansions, with artwork by Sanosuke Sakuma. It allows the player to draw two cards, plus an additional two if the opposing Pokémon is a Pokémon VMAX.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 醫生 Yīsāng
Mandarin 醫生 / 医生 Yīshēng
  Finnish Tohtori
  French Infirmier (, V)
Docteur (, VIII)
Docteure (, VIII)
  German Doktor (, V)
Arzt (, VIII)
Ärztin (, VIII)
  Italian Medico
  Korean 의사 Uisa
  Polish Doktor
  Brazilian Portuguese Médico (, anime, manga)
Doutor (, anime, manga)
Médica (, TCG)
  Spanish Enfermero (, V)
Doctor (, VIII)
Doctora (, VIII)
  Vietnamese Bác sĩ

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