Pokémon Center Nurse

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Pokémon Center nurse
ポケモンセンターナース Pokémon Center nurse
Pokémon Center Lady SM OD.png
Overworld model from Generation VII
Gender Female
Hometown Various
Region Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola, Galar, Paldea, Orre, Sevii Islands
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Let's Go Pikachu, Let's Go Eevee, Sword, Shield, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Scarlet, Violet, Colosseum, XD: Gale of Darkness
Anime counterpart Nurse Joy
Counterpart debut Pokémon Emergency!

The Pokémon Center nurse (Japanese: ポケモンセンターナース Pokémon Center nurse) is an operator of a Pokémon Center. In Generations I, II, and III, they are also referred to as receptionists (Japanese: うけつけのねーちゃん reception lady). They facilitate the restoration of Trainers' Pokémon to full health, and usually provide this basic service free of charge.

In Alola, they can be battled at the Battle Tree and Battle Royal Dome under the Trainer class Pokémon Center Lady.

In the main anime, Nurse Joy takes the role of the Pokémon Center nurses.

In the games

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The receptionist as seen on the Generation I cover of Pokémon Journal
The receptionist can heal the player's Pokémon

A Pokémon Center Nurse operates every Pokémon Center in the Pokémon games (except the one in Po Town, which was taken by Team Skull), usually standing behind the counter and beside a machine which is able to heal the player's Pokémon to full health.

In Pokémon Yellow, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!, the Nurses appearance is changed to resemble the anime's Nurse Joy as she appears in Kanto. They are also all accompanied by Chansey like Nurse Joy.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, a nurse named Casey (Japanese: メディ Medi) participates in Master Rank Super Contests with a Chansey nicknamed Pinky (Japanese: ちゃんしー Chansey).

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the player's mom used to be a nurse, outright stated by her during a Xtransceiver conversation. She has mentioned working at Nimbasa City and is implied to have worked at Mistralton City.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there is an old lady on Mt. Chimney stating that she used to be a "Pokémon Center girl".


Diamond, Pearl and Platinum

Normal Unknown
Healing Wish
2 ♥♥


Main article: Pokémon Center Nurse/Quotes


Gen I
Gen I
Gen II Gen II
Gen IV Gen V Gen VI
Gen VI

In the anime

Main series

Main article: Nurse Joy

In the anime, Pokémon Centers are run by the Nurse Joys (Japanese: ジョーイ Joy, referred to as ジョーイさん Joy-san by most characters).

In Real Life...Inquire Within!, Ash and his classmates substituted for Melemele Island's Nurse Joy as part of a work experience program. During this, versions of the uniform intended for male Nurses were shown, and were worn by Kiawe, Sophocles, and (after clearing a misunderstanding) Ash as well. The male uniform appeared again in Alola, Alola!, worn by Brock while he helped an ailing Yungoos as part of his Doctor training.

Pokémon Origins

A Pokémon Center Nurse in Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Center nurses made a couple of appearances during the miniseries, serving the same role as in the games. The first one was seen in Viridian City in File 1: Red, while another one appeared in Lavender Town in File 2: Cubone. Unlike in most other media, these nurses were different from each other and had different voices as well.

Pokémon Generations

Pokémon Center Nurses in Pokémon Generations

Two Pokémon Center nurses from Lumiose City made a brief cameo appearance in The Beauty Eternal, where they were seen during a televised interview with Lysandre.

Pokémon Evolutions

A Pokémon Center Nurse in Pokémon Evolutions

A Pokémon Center nurse appeared in a cameo in The Champion.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In Wartortle Wars, a Nurse at the Celadon City Pokémon Center healed Red's Pika while Red received a call from Professor Oak.

In Pinsir Changes, a Nurse at the Anistar City Pokémon Center was tied up as Essentia disguised as her to steal Y's Xerneas. Her appearance was based on the nurse within the Generation VI games.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In addition to Nurse Joy, several generic nurses appear in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, first appearing in Clefairy Tale. Nurses appear in a wide variety of outfits, which vary from city to city.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A nurse appeared in A Promise Given to Miltank.

In the TCG

A Supporter card called Pokémon Nurse appears in the Expedition Base Set. The art on this card slightly resembles Nurse Joy from the anime, but has blue hair. The nurse appearing on the card also seems to have been based on the games' nurse, since the Trading Card Game is based on the games, rather than the anime.

A second card, titled Pokémon Center Lady, debuted in the Flashfire expansion, both as a regular print and a Full Art card. Both have illustrations of Pokémon Center nurses from Generation VI.

Pokémon Nurse/Pokémon Center Lady's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Blissey    Silver Tempest   TG22/TG30 VMAX Climax   254/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Pokémon Nurse T [Su] Expedition Base Set   145/165 Base Expansion Pack   058/128
      Venusaur & Lugia ex Deck   028/032
Pokémon Center Lady Su Flashfire   93/106 Wild Blaze   078/080
Flashfire   105/106 Wild Blaze   086/080
Generations   68/83 BREAK Starter Pack   070/072
Hidden Fates   64/68 Brock of Pewter City Gym Trainer Battle Deck   027/031
Sword & Shield   176/202 V Starter Set Grass   021/023
Vivid Voltage   185/185 S-P Promotional cards   069/S-P
Champion's Path   060/073      

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