Professor Elm

Professor Elm
ウツギ博士 Dr. Utsugi
HeartGold SoulSilver Professor Elm.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Unnamed wife and child (games)
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Game animation cameos GOTCHA!
Anime debut Don't Touch That 'dile!
English voice actor Paul Frank
Japanese voice actor Kazuhiko Inoue

Professor Elm (Japanese: ウツギ博士 Dr. Utsugi) is the resident Pokémon Professor of New Bark Town in the Johto region. Saying so himself, Professor Elm studies unusual Pokémon Abilities. He also specializes in Pokémon breeding, and is credited with the discovery of Pokémon Eggs. According to Professor Oak, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Professor Elm "is the best when it comes to the research of Pokémon evolution."

Elm gives one of the three starter Pokémon of Johto—Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile—to Ethan, KrisC, or LyraHGSS so that they will have an easier time getting to Mr. Pokémon's house.

In the games

Professor Elm works at his laboratory in New Bark Town. He lives in a small house near his laboratory with his wife and son, who wants to grow up to be a Pokémon Professor like his dad. He also has an aide who assists him in his laboratory.

Elm is known for being a little scatterbrained and disorganized when he gets wrapped up with his research—to the point that, according to his wife, he sometimes forgets to eat. He holds Professor Oak in high regards. At the start of Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, he gives the player their first starter Pokémon.

In addition to their starter, Elm gives the player various items during the game. After the player hatches Togepi (from the Egg his assistant gives them in the Pokémon CenterGSC/Poké MartHGSS in Violet City), Elm gives them an Everstone. After the player obtains all eight Johto Badges, Elm gives them a Master Ball. After the player enters the Hall of Fame, he gives them a ticket to the S.S. Aqua, allowing them to travel to the neighboring Kanto region.

Pokémon

In Generation II

In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Professor Elm will give one of these Pokémon to Trainers:

 
Type:
Grass Unknown
Held item:
Berry
Chikorita/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
 
Type:
Fire Unknown
Held item:
Berry
Cyndaquil/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
 
Type:
Water Unknown
Held item:
Berry
Totodile/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   

In Generation IV

As in Gold, Silver and Crystal, Elm will give out one of these Pokémon in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

 
Type:
Grass Unknown
Ability:
Overgrow
Held item:
None
Chikorita/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
  --  
   
  --  
   
 
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Blaze
Held item:
None
Cyndaquil/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
  --  
   
  --  
   
 
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Torrent
Held item:
None
Totodile/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
  --  
   
  --  
   

Quotes

Main article: Professor Elm/Quotes

Artwork

 
Official artwork from
Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Sprites

   
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV

In the anime

Main series

 
Professor Elm in the anime

Professor Elm was one of Professor Oak's top students at a university. He currently specializes in the research of Abilities and has interests in the origins of life.

Professor Elm debuted in Don't Touch That 'dile. Team Rocket infiltrated his laboratory at New Bark Town, and while he was studying a rare cell division through a microscope, the trio took off with a Totodile reserved for a new Trainer. Officer Jenny, Ash, and his friends later battled Team Rocket and managed to return Totodile to Elm's lab.

After a period of traveling, the group encountered Elm again in Around the Whirlpool while he was studying the origins of life in the Whirl Islands with Captain Marius. Elm helped rescue the group from the surrounding whirlpools with his newly-caught Corsola. Together, they docked at the Blue Point Isle, where Elm informed them about the upcoming Whirl Cup tournament. Later, Elm and Corsola saved a group of Pokémon from being stolen by Team Rocket. Elm and Captain Marius then left the group to continue their research elsewhere.

In Lapras of Luxury, Elm contacted Ash to congratulate him on getting eight Johto Badges. He then sent him on an errand to retrieve an Egg from the nearby Marine Pokémon Laboratory. As the head of the Pokémon Preservation Council, Elm had received news of the Egg after it had been poached from Mt. Silver. Ash and his friends obtained the Egg from Naomi and went on their way towards New Bark Town.

The Egg hatched in Hatch Me If You Can, and the group contacted Elm after the baby Larvitar was seemingly unresponsive to Nurse Joy's treatment. Elm interrupted his dinner with Oak and Delia, who were visiting him to wish Ash well before the Silver Conference, and rushed over to Ash's location to see Larvitar. The two Professors managed to stabilize Larvitar's body temperature, but it was still unresponsive. Later, as Ash fought Team Rocket, Larvitar overcame its unresponsive state to send them blasting off. Afterwards, Elm drove everyone to New Bark Town and entrusted Ash and his friends with the task of returning Larvitar to its home at Mt. Silver. In You're a Star, Larvitar!, Elm checked in with the group and heard that Larvitar was doing well. Eventually, Ash and his friends would return Larvitar to its mother Tyranitar.

In A Claim to Flame!, Elm was seen watching the Silver Conference on TV. Later, Ash happened to overhear Jackson's video call with Elm in Tie One On! and spoke with him briefly. Elm officially thanked Ash and his friends for their help and informed them on Larvitar's well-being.

Elm made a brief cameo in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, after Dr. Yung revealed he had hacked the computer data of leading specialists, including that of Elm, to help with the construction of his Mirage Pokémon system.

Elm was mentioned in Caring for a Mystery!, when Professor Cerise told Ash and Goh about his research into Pokémon Eggs. Elm was also seen in a picture in the same episode.

Character

Professor Elm is regarded as sweet and kindhearted by many, including New Bark Town's Nurse Joy. While he is incredibly knowledgeable, he is known to get into heated arguments with others over research and theories. He also tends to go into unnecessarily lengthy explanations whenever he is asked a question.

In addition, Elm can be incredibly absentminded. He has a habit of getting wrapped up in his research, to the point where he is completely oblivious to his surroundings, and he may not leave his laboratory for days.

Pokémon


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This listing is of Professor Elm's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand
 
Corsola
Professor Elm's Corsola is his only known Pokémon that he actually owns. It is very fond of pools. This Corsola inspired Misty to try to catch her own Corsola. When Ash and his friends were blasted off their boat by Team Rocket and into the water with raging whirlpools, Corsola found the group and helped them.

Later, when Team Rocket had stolen a couple of Pokémon, Corsola jumped into the water to stop them. It tried to use Tackle, but Weezing struck back. Corsola dodged and defeated Jessie's Arbok. It then used Spike Cannon and sent Team Rocket blasting off.

Corsola's known moves are Tackle and Spike Cannon.

Debut Around the Whirlpool
Gives to new Trainers
 
Chikorita
Professor Elm's Chikorita is a starter Pokémon that he gives to new Trainers who want to start their Pokémon journey. Although it was not shown in his lab, Elm showed Ash and his friends a picture of one.

None of Chikorita's moves are known.

Debut Don't Touch That 'dile
 
Cyndaquil
Professor Elm's Cyndaquil is a starter Pokémon that he gives to new Trainers who want to start their Pokémon journey. It first appeared when Elm was holding it as he spoke to Ash and his friends who were very interested about it.

None of Cyndaquil's moves are known.

Debut Don't Touch That 'dile
Voice actors
Japanese
English Kayzie Rogers
 
Totodile
Professor Elm's Totodile is a starter Pokémon that he gives to new Trainers who want to start their Pokémon journey. One appeared when Elm mistook Jessie for Nurse Joy and told her to check up on Totodile, who started to bite Meowth's tail and spray James with water, but the trio then stole Totodile. It later appeared when it would not let go of Jessie's hair but was taken off using Bulbasaur's Vine Whip and given back to Elm.

Totodile's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Don't Touch That 'dile
Voice actors
Japanese
English Kayzie Rogers
Gave away to new Trainers
 
Casey's Chikorita
 
Vincent's Chikorita
 
Jimmy's Cyndaquil
 
Wani-Wani
Given away
 
Egg

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 井上和彦 Kazuhiko Inoue
English Paul Frank
Czech Radovan Vaculík
Finnish Unknown voice actor (EP117)
Pasi Ruohonen (EP266-EP268)
Canadian French Pierre Chagnon
Hebrew דור צוויגנבאום Dor Tsvigenbaum
Italian Gianluca Iacono (Mediaset dub)
Davide Albano (K2 dub)
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Jacek Kałucki (EP117)
Wojciech Majchrzak (EP210)
Ireneusz Machnicki (EP257-EP268)
Brazilian Portuguese Faduli Costa
Spanish Latin America Ernesto Lezama (EP117)
Enrique Mederos (EP210-EP268)
Gerardo García (Pokémon Chronicles)
Spain Eduardo Bosch
Eduardo del Hoyo (Pokémon Chronicles)


GOTCHA!

Professor Elm briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

 
Professor Elm in Pokémon Adventures

History

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Professor Elm was initially to be brought several Pokémon by Joey from Professor Oak, but before that happened, the Totodile that he was studying was stolen, and he was knocked unconscious before he could do anything. Gold then arrived and took Cyndaquil as well to catch the thief.

After Gold first battled with the Masked Man at the Ilex Forest and lost, Elm was able to get a sample of his clothing and found particles on them, but he did not know what they were. Elm then contacted Gold when he was battling the Masked Man for a second time, informing him that the particles on the clothes are the same substance used for Gym Badges, and that the Masked Man must be a Gym Leader. He tells Gold that he should not try to fight him, but Gold simply replies with, "It's too late."

A while beforehand, he decided that Gold was trustworthy enough to try to hatch an Egg for him, saying that it had not moved an inch while it was in the lab. While the Egg did hatch into a Togepi, due to Gold's habits of visiting arcades while it was an Egg, it learned how to play dice, pool, and poker, making Elm furious about how Gold had turned it into a delinquent. Little did he know, with Togepi's aggression came Gold's innate talent for bringing the fullest potential of baby Pokémon, allowing it to easily defeat the wild Gligar that tried to eat it right before it hatched (and the Tyranitar that Silver borrowed from Lance).

Joey stays behind with him to help Elm with chores and research.

Emerald chapter

In Epilogue, he makes a cameo appearance in one of the ships heading to the Battle Frontier.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Knowledge of the Unown II, both Professor Elm and Joey make a cameo. Elm is seen talking with Professor Rowan via videophone.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

He is seen in Gold's flashback while Professor Oak gives Gold the task of meeting with Lance who has information about Team Rocket and their plan of obtaining Arceus.

Pokémon

On hand
 
Sentret
Sentret is Professor Elm's only known Pokémon. It is usually with him when he was in his lab.

Sentret's only known move is Foresight* and its Ability is Run Away.

Debut Who Gives a Hoothoot?
Given away
 
Cyndaquil
Main article: Exbo

Gold was loaned a Cyndaquil to get back the Totodile Silver stole in the lab. However, as Gold went out on his journey, he kept the Cyndaquil and nicknamed it Exbo (Japanese: バクたろう Baktaro).

Debut Murkrow Row
 
Egg
Formerly owned
 
Chikorita
Main article: Megaree

Chikorita ran away from Professor Elm's lab as he wanted to go out on an adventure. Crystal found him and was able to catch him along with a Victreebel. Crystal was reluctant to keep Chikorita on her team, but after noticing some strength he had, she decides to keep and name him Megaree (Japanese: メガぴょん Megapyon).

Debut Murkrow Row
Stolen
 
Totodile
Main article: Silver's Totodile

Totodile was stolen by Silver in the lab in the beginning of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter.

Debut Murkrow Row

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

 
Professor Elm in Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys

Professor Elm first appeared in Let's Go!! The Journey Towards The Championship.

Pokémon

Gives to new Trainers
 
Chikorita
 
Cyndaquil
 
Totodile
Given to new Trainers
 
Totodile
 
Chikorita

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

 
Professor Elm in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Professor Elm appeared in JBA1 and JBA6.

Pokémon

Gives to new Trainers
 
Chikorita
 
Cyndaquil
 
Totodile
Given to new Trainers
 
Totodile
Main article: Jō's Totodile

Professor Elm gave Totodile to Jō.

Debut JBA1
 
Chikorita
Tsubaki went to Professor Elm's lab and took a Chikorita from him.

Chikorita's known moves are Tackle, Razor Leaf and Magical Leaf.

Debut JBA1

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

 
Professor Elm in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Professor Elm appears in the Johto saga of Pokémon Pocket Monsters. He recommends Gold and Silver to Professor Oak as the chosen Trainers to get their first Pokémon. He even introduces them to Red. Unlike other media, he was not seen giving away the Johto starters to new Trainers yet. In Marill's Special Training to Surpass Pikachu!!, he was seen fighting Professor Oak after a Marill came by and stole some food.

Professor Elm reappears in PMHGSS01, where he is in charge of the Pokéathlon. and has competed with Red in various events that went on. Elm reappears again in PMHGSS20 along with the other professors. They were the judge of Clefairy's fight with Giratina. After their battle, Professor Elm got into a brawl with the other professors that was started by Clefairy. After watching the fight that was recorded, they worked together and fought Clefairy.

Pokémon

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On hand
 
Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo was Professor Elm's first revealed Pokémon. It was in charge of the Pokéathlon along with Professor Elm.

None of Sudowoodo's moves are known.

Debut PMHGSS01
Status unknown

These Pokémon were seen with him but it was not stated whether or not they belong to him.

 
Loudred
A Loudred was seen as an announcer of the Pokéathlon. It is unknown if it belonged to Professor Elm.

None of Loudred's moves are known.

Debut PMHGSS01

In the TCG

Artwork

Artwork from the cards:

   
With a Cyndaquil Having problems with his raising method

Cards

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Professor Elm in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Professor Elm T Neo Genesis   96/111 Gold, Silver, to a New World...    
Best of Game   3      
Professor Elm's Training Method Su Expedition Base Set   148/165 Base Expansion Pack   049/128
EX Unseen Forces   89/115 Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean   097/106
      Meganium Constructed Starter Deck   013/016
      Typhlosion Constructed Starter Deck   013/016
      Feraligatr Constructed Starter Deck   013/016
EX Dragon Frontiers   79/101 Imprison! Gardevoir ex Constructed Standard Deck   014/024
      Shockwave! Tyranitar ex Constructed Standard Deck   014/024
HeartGold & SoulSilver   100/123 HeartGold Collection   067/070
      L-P Promotional cards   023/L-P
      Leafeon Deck   012/015
      Metagross Deck   011/014
      Blastoise Starter Deck   009/010
      Steelix Constructed Standard Deck   014/019
      Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck   014/019
Gyarados Half Deck   25/30      
Call of Legends   77/95      
Professor Elm's Lecture Su Lost Thunder   188/214 Super-Burst Impact   088/095
Lost Thunder   213/214 Super-Burst Impact   102/095
      SM-P Promotional cards   250/SM-P
      Tag Team GX Deck Build Box   019/029
Yellow A Alternate cards   188a/214 Alter Genesis   095/095
      Tag All Stars   145/173
 


Trivia

  • Professor Elm is the only Professor in the core series that does not have a large in-game sprite, having only the overworld sprite. This is due to him not welcoming the player at the start of the game.
  • Professor Elm is also the only Professor to give the player character a starter Pokémon that does not also give them a Pokédex.
  • In the games, one of the townsfolk mentions that Professor Elm is the one who discovered that Pikachu is an evolved Pokémon (Pichu was introduced in Generation II).

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ウツギ博士 Dr. Utsugi From 空木 utsugi (Deutzia crenata)
English, Spanish, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese
Professor Elm From elm
German Professor Lind From Linde (linden)
French Professeur Orme From orme (elm)
Korean 박사 Dr. Gong From the hanja reading of 空 in the Japanese name 空木 Utsugi and the surname 공 (孔) Gong
Chinese (Mandarin) 空木博士 Dr. Kōngmù From the Japanese name 空木 Utsugi
Chinese (Cantonese) 空木博士
Dr. Hūngmuhk
Finnish Professori Elm From his English name
Vietnamese Giáo sư Utsugi Transcription of his Japanese name


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