Professor Sycamore

Professor Augustine Sycamore
プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane
XY Professor Sycamore.png
Art from X and Y by Yusuke Ohmura[1]
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Gray
Hair color Black
Hometown Lumiose City
Region Kalos
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Generation VI, VII, VIII, IX
Counterpart(s) Professor Sycamore (Masters)
Games X and Y, Masters EX
English voice actor Ben Lepley[2] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Katsuyuki Konishi[3] (Masters EX)
Anime series Pokémon the Series
Pokémon Generations
Pokémon Evolutions
Debut Lumiose City Pursuit! (Series)
The Redemption (Generations)
The Visionary (Evolutions)
Counterpart(s) Professor Sycamore (anime)
English voice actor Jake Paque (Series)
Austin Lee Matthews (Evolutions)
Japanese voice actor Hiroshi Tsuchida (Series)
Gō Inoue (Evolutions)
Manga series Pokémon Adventures
Pocket Monsters XY
Debut An X-cuse to Come Out and Play (Adventures)

Professor Augustine Sycamore (Japanese: プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane) is a Pokémon Professor from the Kalos region. He specializes in Mega Evolution and change.

In the core series games

Professor Sycamore is mentioned as the one who selected a group made up of the player character, the opposite-gendered character, Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor to help him with his research, sending the Prof's Letter to the player's mother to ask her permission. Professor Sycamore personally gives Trevor and Tierno their Pokédex and first Pokémon, asking them to deliver both a Pokédex and a starter Pokémon for the remaining three members of the group. He sends the three Kalos starter Pokémon through Tierno.

The player first meets him in Lumiose City, where he will battle the player and, afterward, gives them one of the three Kanto starter Pokémon. On the way to Shalour City, he will instruct the player to meet Gurkinn, the Mega Evolution guru, to learn and get a better understanding about Mega Evolution. Later, he appears at the Coumarine City monorail station and talks to Diantha about Mega Evolution and how it may be possibly related to the bonds between Pokémon and their Trainers. There, he will congratulate the player for using Mega Evolution for the first time and gives them HM02 (Fly).

He feels disappointed when Lysandre reveals himself to be the boss of Team Flare, but turns to his network of acquaintances to try to stop the villainous team's plan. He sends Dexio and Sina to the Lysandre Labs in order to investigate Team Flare's interest in AZ and how to thwart their plans.

At Couriway Town, he will apologize to the player for not preventing what Lysandre had done. He then challenges the player to another battle to test how far they have come in their journey. After being defeated, he informs the player that he has a special surprise for helping stop Team Flare and leaves. Once the player has beaten the Pokémon League, he leads a parade for the player in Lumiose City, where he awards them and their friends with the Honor of Kalos for their heroics.

Later, he tells the player to meet him in Lumiose Station, where he gives them a TMV Pass to board a train to Kiloude City. After Calem/Serena is defeated in Kiloude, Professor Sycamore will upgrade the player's Mega Ring in Anistar City so that they can detect hidden Mega Stones from 8 PM to 9 PM.

When the Pokédex is evaluated at his lab in Lumiose City, Sycamore will give the player an Oval Charm for completing all three Kalos Pokédexes (Central Kalos, Coastal Kalos, and Mountain Kalos) and a Shiny Charm for completing the National Pokédex.

Professor Sycamore is also mentioned in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, where Dexio and Sina reveal that he was the one who discovered the Zygarde Cube.


First battle

Second battle

Gives away

After being defeated for the first time in Lumiose City, Professor Sycamore will let the player choose themselves one of the Kanto starter Pokémon. After the player has chosen their Pokémon, Professor will also give the player the starter's final evolution's respective Mega Stone (if Charmander was chosen, the Charizardite received will depend on the version of the game that's being played).

Grass Poison
Held item:
Bulbasaur/ Lv.10
Normal Physical
Normal Status
Leech Seed
Grass Status
Vine Whip
Grass Physical
Fire Unknown
Held item:
Charmander/ Lv.10
Normal Physical
Normal Status
Fire Special
Normal Status
Water Unknown
Held item:
Squirtle/ Lv.10
Normal Physical
Tail Whip
Normal Status
Water Gun
Water Special
Water Status

In the spin-off games

Pokémon GO

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

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Professor Sycamore (Masters)

Professor Sycamore forms a sync pair with Xerneas, Bulbasaur, and Gogoat in Pokémon Masters EX. Professor Sycamore became a playable sync pair on February 11, 2021.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#116   Professor Sycamore #0716   Xerneas
Active Mode
  ★★★★★☆EX Legendary Adventures
Give and Take
#116   Professor Sycamore #0001   Bulbasaur
  ★★★★☆☆EX Trainer Lodge Friendship Level 100
#116   Holiday 2023
Professor Sycamore
#0673   Gogoat
  ★★★★★☆EX Seasonal Sync Pair Scout



Concept artwork from
Pokémon X and Y
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: XY
Concept artwork from
Pokémon Generations

Sprites and models

Overworld model from
X and Y
VS model from
X and Y
Icon on the PSS from
X and Y


Main article: Professor Sycamore/Quotes

In the anime

Main series

Professor Sycamore in the anime
Main article: Professor Sycamore (anime)

Professor Sycamore is a recurring character who appeared in Pokémon the Series: XY, debuting in Lumiose City Pursuit!.

Pokémon Generations

Professor Sycamore appeared in The Redemption, where he was seen onstage with Diantha and Calem at the parade, celebrating the latter's achievement of becoming the new Kalos League Champion.


Professor Sycamore briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

Pokémon Evolutions

Professor Sycamore in Pokémon Evolutions

Professor Sycamore appeared in The Visionary. He was first seen in a flashback, discussing Lysandre's beliefs about beauty and the future of the world with him. Later, he watched Malva's announcement on the Holo Caster about Lysandre's legacy.


Gives to new Trainers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 井上剛 Gō Inoue
English Austin Lee Matthews
Brazilian Portuguese Lacarv
Spanish Latin America Manuel Campuzano
Spain Juan Miranda

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Professor Sycamore in Pokémon Adventures

Professor Sycamore debuts in the X & Y arc. He is first seen messaging Trevor via Holo Caster to inform him that the package of starter Pokémon he requested has been sent to Trevor's house. When Trevor arrives to take the three Pokémon, he is shocked to find the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal have appeared and begin battling each other. The battle causes destruction and mass panic in Vaniville Town, but Trevor manages to record footage of the event on his Holo Caster before it gets damaged. Once the two Pokémon leave, Trevor decides to travel with his friends to find answers as to what happened while also wanting to meet up with the professor in Lumiose City.

Sycamore debuts in person at his lab in Lumiose City, where he shows the footage Trevor recorded to Lysandre. Sycamore also gives a copy of the footage so that it may be used for further study.

Later, Trevor and his friends make it to Lumiose City. There, they meet with Professor Sycamore and return the Charmander that had previously escaped from Sycamore's lab. Trevor, Y, Tierno, and Shauna are sent to Lysandre Café to have Trevor's Holo Caster fixed while X stays behind. When X reveals that he doesn't want to take the Chespin that Trevor got for him because he worries that it will only get caught up in the constant attacks from Team Flare, Professor Sycamore decides to challenge him to a battle in hopes of changing his mind. Although X agrees, he is angered when he is forced to use Chespin instead of Kanga. The battle ends with Professor Sycamore as the victor. Despite the lack of interest in the fight, X is impressed by Chespin's valor enough to take it on his team and give it a nickname. Much to Professor Sycamore's surprise and confusion, X also takes an interest in training the Charmander.

Afterward, the two head off to the Prism Tower while riding the Gogoat Shuttle service. When X's friends ask Sycamore about Lysandre's scary demeanor, Sycamore laughs their worries off and assumes they were just shocked from his majestic personality. He then heads inside Prism Tower to have an interview with Lumiose Press.

Sometime after Team Flare's plot to use the ultimate weapon fails, Professor Sycamore apologizes to X and his friends for not noticing that Lysandre was actually the leader of Team Flare earlier. He asks them to head to Anistar City, where he may use the secrets of the Anistar Sundial to help them stop Team Flare. When X's group arrives at Anistar to meet with the Professor, they find him surrounded by four Hawlucha while dangling on a harness connected to the Anistar Sundial. X and Y free the Professor and battle against the Hawlucha, whose Trainer is hidden in the area. While X's team battles the Hawlucha, Sycamore reveals that the effects of the ultimate weapon firing on Kalos have made it so that X and Y can track Mega Stones with their Mega Rings, but only from 8 PM to 9 PM. X and Y decide to take this information to look for the Mega Stones for their new team members, Rute and Solsol, but realize that the person who commanded the Hawlucha is still at large. While X and Y stay behind to face the unknown Trainer, Tierno and Shauna take their Mega Rings to find the Mega Stones for Rute and Solsol. As Tierno and Shauna search for the Mega Stones, Y discovers the person who attacked Sycamore was Essentia, a member of Team Flare, and battles her. After Essentia escapes, Sycamore learns from his assistants that Team Flare are hiding at the Pokémon Village.

Later, after Team Flare is defeated once and for all, Professor Sycamore, the Kalos Gym Leaders, Alexa, Bonnie, and Yvette congratulate X and his friends for their victory. Professor Sycamore proposes to have a party and parade as a celebration for their heroics, but Trevor declines, as he and his friends prefer to stick close to one another. Later, Sycamore talks to Blue and Blaine about their involvement in the battle against Team Flare. Blue and Blaine reveal that after they witnessed Zygarde disintegrate into its Cells, they noticed a green figure from where it once stood. Sycamore reveals that similar creatures have been seen in the Alola region, and sends Sina and Dexio there to investigate. While Sina and Dexio are away, Sycamore has Trevor take their place as his assistant.


Bulbasaur is one of the Pokémon that hangs around Professor Sycamore's lab. It was first seen alongside the other Kanto starters watching the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. Later, it watched the battle between Charmander and X's Chespin, Marisso. When Charmander did damage to Marisso, Bulbasaur congratulated Charmander, embarrassing him.

None of Bulbasaur's moves are known.

Debut They Have a Flare for a Li'l Kanga-Napping
Squirtle is one of the Pokémon that hangs around Professor Sycamore's lab. It was first seen alongside the other Kanto starters watching the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. Later, it watched the battle between Charmander and X's Chespin, Marisso. When Charmander did damage to Marisso, Squirtle began clapping, embarrassing Charmander. It later accompanied Sycamore to the Sundial at Anistar City.

None of Squirtle's moves are known.

Debut They Have a Flare for a Li'l Kanga-Napping
Given away
Main article: Marisso

This Chespin was one of the three Pokémon that Professor Sycamore gave to Trevor so that he could get X out of his depression. Despite battling with him repeatedly, X refused to let it join his team. After using Chespin to battle Professor Sycamore, X decided to keep Chespin and named it Marisso.

Debut An X-cuse to Come Out and Play
Main article: Malva's Fennekin

This Fennekin was one of the three Pokémon that Professor Sycamore gave to Trevor so that he could get X out of his depression. Both it and its Pokédex were sent flying in the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. It was retrieved by Team Flare and taken by Malva to join her team.

Debut An X-cuse to Come Out and Play
Main article: Croaky

This Froakie was one of the three Pokémon that Professor Sycamore gave to Trevor so that he could get X out of his depression. After battling with Y repeatedly, it joined her team and was named Croaky.

Debut An X-cuse to Come Out and Play
Main article: Salamè

Charmander is one the Pokémon that hangs around Professor Sycamore's lab. It was first seen alongside the other Kanto starters watching the footage of the battle between Xerneas and Yveltal. Sometime after, Charmander escaped from the lab and took a nap in a flower bed on Route 4, where its tail caused the flowers to catch fire. The fire was put out by Froakie, who Charmander had recognized since they both belonged to the Professor. After returning it to Professor Sycamore, the Professor decided to have a battle with X and chose Charmander to use against Chespin. Chespin was defeated by Charmander, and to Professor Sycamore's surprise, X took Charmander with him and named it Salamè.

Debut They Have a Flare for a Li'l Kanga-Napping
The Professor was seen riding this Gogoat from the Gogoat Shuttle service when he and X went to meet up with Y, Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno.

None of Gogoat's moves are known.

Debut Chespin Sows the Seeds of Change

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Professor Sycamore in Pocket Monsters XY

Professor Sycamore has appeared in Pocket Monsters XY.

In the TCG

Professor Sycamore
Main article: Professor Sycamore (XY 122)

Professor Sycamore was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English XY Series (the Japanese XY Era). First released in the Collection X expansion, it later debuted in English in the XY expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. With the same effect as Professor Juniper from the Black & White expansion, Professor Sycamore allows the player to discard their hand and draw seven cards from their deck.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Professor Sycamore trophy in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Professor Sycamore appears as a trophy exclusive to the 3DS version.

Trophy information

This charming professor is an eminent Pokémon researcher in the Kalos region. He's dedicated to solving the puzzles of Mega Evolution in Pokémon, but unlike some other busy researchers, he always makes time to keep his hair stylish and his clothes and work space tidy.



Language Name Origin
Japanese プラターヌ博士 Dr. Platane From platane (French for plane tree)
English Professor Augustine Sycamore From sycamore and Augustine Henry (a cultivar of plane trees)
German, Italian Professor Platan From his Japanese name
Spanish Profesor Ciprés From ciprés (cypress)
French Professeur Platane From his Japanese name
Korean 플라타느박사 Dr. Platane Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 布拉塔諾博士 / 布拉塔诺博士 Dr. Bùlātǎnuò Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 布拉塔諾博士 Dr. Boulāaitaapnohk*
法桐博士 Dr. Faattùhng* From 法桐 faattùhng (oriental plane) and 法國 Faatgwok (France)
Indonesian Profesor Platanu Transcription of his Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Professor Augustine Sicômoro*
Professor Sycamore*
From his English name and sicômoro (sycamore)
Same as English name
Russian Профессор Сайкамор Professor Saikamor Transcription of his English name
Thai ดร.พลาตัน Dr. Phlatan Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Giáo sư Puratanu Transcription of his Japanese name

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