Nuzleaf is a bipedal Pokémon with a single green leaf atop its head. The leaf is smaller on the female. This Pokémon is mostly brown with a beige mask marking on its face. Its bulky thighs are also beige and have thin striations, and there are what appear to be two nipples on its chest. It has thin arms with mitten-like hands. If its long, pointed nose is grabbed, Nuzleaf will lose its power.
Using the leaf on its head as a flute, it makes music with leaves that creates a sense of unease in people. However, it can also play comforting melodies. Nuzleaf lives in tropical forests and is skilled at climbing, but it will come out of the forest to frighten people. In Generation III, Extrasensory was its signature move.
In Turning Over a Nuzleaf, multiple Nuzleaf were causing trouble while Ash and his friends' Pokémon were separated from their Trainers and lost in a forest.
In Jump For Joy!, multiple Nuzleaf were living in an old tree with several Seedot and a Shiftry. One of them was sick and required attention from Nurse Joy, who Shiftry chose to kidnap.
In Leave it to Brocko!, multiple Nuzleaf were living alongside several Seedot. One of the Nuzleaf got separated from its colony, and Brock and Sudowoodo had to bring it home before Team Rocket could steal it. This Nuzleaf befriended Brock's Sudowoodo, even when Sudowoodo was a Bonsly.
A Nuzleaf appeared in The Grass-Type is Always Greener, under the ownership of Yoko. Nuzleaf brought Gardenia a note when she was traveling in the Eterna Forest, summoning her back to the Gym. In The Grass Menagerie!, Nuzleaf refereed the Gym battle alongside its Trainer.
In Jirachi: Wish Maker, multiple Nuzleaf were living in Forina.
In True Blue Swablu, a Nuzleaf and its Trainer Mr. Morita patrol a Pokémon nature preserve together.
A Nuzleaf appeared in Hokey Poké Balls!.
A Nuzleaf appeared in PK13.
In The Ribbon Cup Caper, a Nuzleaf was at the S.S. St. Flower's Pokémon Center.
In Reversing the Charges, an overcharged Elekid defeated a Nuzleaf, which was found by Max.
A Nuzleaf appeared in Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 2).
A Nuzleaf appeared in a fantasy in Pinch Healing!.
A Nuzleaf appeared in The Champ Twins!.
A Nuzleaf appeared in Camping It Up!.
In Beating the Bustle and Hustle!, a Trainer's Nuzleaf participated in the fake Sinnoh Pokémon Hustle that Team Rocket had set up.
In A Marathon Rivalry!, a Trainer's Nuzleaf competed in the Camellia Town Pokéathlon.
In Zoroark: Master of Illusions, a Nuzleaf was living in Crown City. It worked together with the other Pokémon in surrounding Zorua in the park to attack him, angry for what Zoroark did to the city. Before a fight could break out, Nuzleaf, along with the other Pokémon, were calmed down by Celebi.
In Mystery on a Deserted Island!, Cilan's demonstration featured a Nuzleaf evolving into a Shiftry.
In A Little Rocket R & R!, two Trainers' Nuzleaf were captured by the Matori Matrix but later freed by Ash and his friends.
||Nuzleaf, the Wily Pokémon. Nuzleaf can be found living in thick woodlands. The soft melodies they play on their leaf pipes are said to comfort humans.
||Nuzleaf, the Wily Pokémon. Nuzleaf lives in dense, overgrown forests and occasionally comes out to frighten people.
- Nuzleaf shares its category with Impidimp. They are both known as the Wily Pokémon.
- Despite several of Nuzleaf's Pokédex entries stating that it uses the leaf on its head as a flute, Nuzleaf has never been able to learn the move Grass Whistle.
Nuzleaf seems to be based on a sprouting acorn and a tengu, Japanese yōkai with long noses who use their supernatural powers to protect forests and play cruel tricks on people. It may also be partly based on the similarly named shibatengu, childlike yōkai who wear little clothing and sumo wrestle with humans. Its habit of playing a grass flute is reminiscent of Pan, the Greek god of nature known for playing reed pipes. Its wooden, humanoid body and long nose are also reminiscent of Pinocchio.
Nuzleaf may be a combination of nuzzle (to rub with the nose) or nose and leaf.
Konohana may be a combination of 子 ko (child), 木の葉 konoha (leaves), and 鼻 hana (nose).