Professor Magnolia

Professor Magnolia
マグノリア博士 Dr. Magnolia
Sword Shield Professor Magnolia.png
Artwork from Generation VIII
Gender Female
Eye color Green
Hair color Brown
Hometown Wedgehurst (Route 2)
Region Galar
Relatives Sonia (granddaughter)
Generation VIII
Games Sword, Shield
Game animation cameos Early-Evening Waves
Anime debut Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
English voice actor Mary O'Brady
Japanese voice actor Shoko Tsuda

Professor Magnolia (Japanese: マグノリア博士 Dr. Magnolia) is a Pokémon Professor from the Galar region. She specializes in Dynamax.

In the games

Professor Magnolia is a researcher who has been studying the Dynamax phenomenon for many years. It is said that the people of Galar were greatly excited when she presented her findings on the Dynamax phenomenon some years ago, which led to the use of the phenomenon in current Galar culture. She once helped Leon and Sonia start their journeys as Trainers and Gym Challengers when they were younger.

Magnolia first meets the player and Hop at Route 2. She obtains their Wishing Stars to convert them into Dynamax Bands, and encourages Leon to endorse both of them to partake in the Gym Challenge. From there, she periodically appears in the story, her most notable appearance being in Hammerlocke upon request by Chairman Rose so that Rose may know more about Galar particles. Later on, she steps down from her position as Professor and hands over her Dynamax research to her granddaughter, Sonia. Sonia also continues to expand upon said research by studying the legends of Zacian, Zamazenta, and the Darkest Day.

Eventually, after the player becomes Champion, Magnolia appears before the player at their house and gives them the Master Ball. She encourages the player to use the power of Dynamax correctly and for the good of others, likely out of partial feeling of guilt over Rose misusing the power of Dynamax energy and nearly causing the destruction of Galar.

In Pokémon GO, Professor Willow mentions that Magnolia is one of his colleagues.

Quotes

Main article: Professor Magnolia/Quotes

Artwork

 
Concept art from Sword and Shield

In the anime

Main series

 
Professor Magnolia in the anime

Professor Magnolia appeared in a picture displayed on Goh's Rotom Phone in Settling the Scorbunny!. In Toughing It Out!, Sonia mentioned the research she did with her grandmother on the Darkest Day to Ash and Goh.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, Professor Cerise sent Ash and Goh to meet Professor Magnolia, whom he mentioned to have met before, to learn about the strange phenomenon happening in the Galar region involving Dynamax.

Professor Magnolia made her physical debut in Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, where Goh met her in Wedgehurst and learned about her cooperation with Chairman Rose to create the Dynamax Band.

She reappeared in Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, discussing the events of the Darkest Day with Sonia and congratulating her on having earned the title of Pokémon Professor.

Pokémon

Sealed away

 
Eternatus
Main article: Goh's Eternatus

Eternatus first appeared in Flash of the Titans!, where it flew past a plane that Ash and Goh were riding to Galar.

In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", Eternatus was revealed to have been captured by Macro Cosmos and placed inside the Energy Plant core. After it escaped, Rose urged Leon to catch it. In the next episode, Leon's attempt to catch Eternatus failed, and it subsequently turned into its Eternamax form. With the help of Zacian and Zamazenta, Ash and Goh defeated Eternatus, after which they threw one of Goh's Poké Balls at it together, catching it. Eternatus's Poké Ball was subsequently sealed away by Professor Magnolia.

Debut Flash of the Titans!
Traveling with
 
Rotom Phone

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 津田匠子 Shōko Tsuda
Polish Ewa Serwa
Brazilian Portuguese Selma Lopes
European Spanish Ana Ángeles García


Pokémon: Twilight Wings

 
Professor Magnolia in Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Professor Magnolia appeared in Early-Evening Waves, where she was seen eating at home with Sonia, drinking some tea.

Professor Magnolia reappeared in The Gathering of Stars, where she was seen playing with Sonia's Yamper at the Pokémon Research Lab.

GOTCHA!

Professor Magnolia briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

 
Professor Magnolia in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Professor Magnolia debuted in Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon. She researches the Dynamax phenomenon with her assistants, Henry, Casey, and Marvin. The group travels and sleeps in Professor Magnolia's mobile home, the (Japanese: マグノリア号 Magnolia).

She was first seen meeting a boy named Marvin who was rescued from falling off a cliff by Henry. After proper introductions were made, Henry, Casey, and Marvin participated in a Dynamax simulation where they fought and defeated a Dynamax Pangoro hologram. The battle gave Marvin the confidence to set on a Pokémon journey of his own. With approval from his parents, Marvin joined Magnolia and her assistants on their quest to study Dynamax.

In Chomp!! Defeat Drednaw, Magnolia's trailer house was attacked by a trio of wild Drednaw. In order to battle the Bite Pokémon, Henry and Casey each received a Rotom Phone with a Pokédex function installed from Magnolia, officially making them both Pokédex holders. After the Drednaw were defeated, Magnolia noted that Marvin and Sobble bonded during the ordeal and suggested the boy keep it, which he happily accepted.

In Watch Out!! Strong Rivals, the group encountered Sonia, Professor Magnolia's granddaughter and a researcher. When Sonia lamented being unable to make much progress in her research, Henry had his Lancelot sabotaged the trailer house, preventing it from moving. Magnolia asked Sonia to go with the others and research the geoglyph in Turffield in her place while she had the car repaired.

In PASS13, the group encountered Opal in Hammerlocke. After taking Henry and the others to Stow-on-Side for their next Gym battle, Magnolia gave Opal a ride home back to Ballonlea. In PASS18, Magnolia gave Henry a news report about Pokémon Dynamaxing at Route 9 Tunnel, a normally impossible occurrence. Worried that Casey could be blamed due to her Dynamax simulator, the group traveled to the area to investigate.

In PASS22, Magnolia received a call from Sonia, who had uncovered information on Sordward and Shielbert, the thieves that stole Casey's Pokémon a year ago. They agreed to rendezvous around Spikemuth, but while Magnolia and the others waited for Sonia to arrive, the trailer house was Sordward's Golisopod and Shielbert's Bronzong. The brothers mistakenly believed Sonia managed to deliver a camera containing the data she found, only for Piers to arrive with it in his possession. Piers gave the camera up but secretly removed its memory card, tricking the brothers into leaving empty handed.

In PASS25, after being informed by Leon and Sonia that Rose, Sordward, and Shielbert were working together, Henry's group and the Gym Leaders gathered at Rose Tower to find out if Rose intended on bringing harm to Galar. Rose was actually in Hammerlocke, where he revealed his plan to restart the Darkest Day and ensure the safety of Galar's future. Power Spot lights began appearing all over the region, causing Pokémon to start Dynamaxing at random. After driving Henry's group and some Gym Leaders at Hammerlocke, Magnolia and the remaining Gym Leaders went to help the towns being ravaged by the rampaging Dynamax Pokémon.

Pokémon

On hand
 
Sinistea and Polteageist
Sinistea and Polteageist are Professor Magnolia's only known Pokémon. While transporting Opal back to Ballonlea, Professor Magnolia found Sinistea and Polteageist in the trailer car's sink. They fled from Glimwood Tangle after an encounter with another Pokémon left them paralyzed. They are both Antique Form.

None of their moves are known.

Debut PASS14
Given away
 
Grookey
Main article: Twiggy

This Grookey originally belonged to Professor Magnolia. He was given to Henry, who nicknamed him Twiggy.

Debut Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon

In the TCG

 
Full Art print of Professor Magnolia
Main article: Professor's Research (Sword & Shield 178)

Professor Magnolia was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as Professor's Research Professor Magnolia during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese V Starter Sets. It later appeared in the Japanese Sword expansion before debuting in English in the Sword & Shield expansion, with artwork by Yusuke Ohmura. It was also released as a Full Art card and Secret card in the same Japanese and English expansions, with artwork by kirisAki. It allows the player to discard their hand, then draw seven cards; an identical effect to other Professors' cards.

Trivia

  • Professor Magnolia is the only regional Pokémon Professor who does not make their anime debut within the first two episodes of the series where their home region is introduced.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マグノリア博士 Dr. Magnolia From Magnolia
English Professor Magnolia From her Japanese name
German Professor Magnolica Similar to her Japanese name
Spanish Profesora Magnolia From her Japanese name
French Professeure Magnolia From her Japanese name
Italian Professoressa Flora From flora
Korean 매그놀리아박사 Magnolia-baksa Transcription of her Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 木蘭博士 / 木兰博士 Dr. Mùlán From 木蘭 / 木兰 mùlán (lily magnolia)
Chinese (Cantonese) 木蘭博士 Dr. Muhklàahn From 木蘭 muhklàahn (lily magnolia)
Brazilian Portuguese Professora Magnólia From her Japanese name
Russian Профессор Магнолия Professor Magnoliya Transcription of her English name

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