James Turner is a video game designer and developer, known mostly for his work in the Pokémon series at Genius Sonority and Game Freak.


James was born in Lincoln, England, United Kingdom. He went to the University of Wolverhampton, England, where he gained a first class honours degree in Electonic Media BA (Hons). Shortly afterwards he did some early work in animation for TV advertising before becoming a game developer at Blue 52 Ltd., a London based design studio.

In 2002, Turner moved to Japan and joined Genius Sonority, where he worked on various Pokémon spinoffs developed by the company, including all 3D entries on GameCube and Wii and Pokémon Trozei!. He gradually rose to the position of art director.

In 2009, he moved to Game Freak, where he has worked on the main Pokémon series since Black and White. He is usually involved with movie and cinematic design, and also became the first occidental to officially design Pokémon. Turner also directed two side projects at the company: HarmoKnight and Tembo the Badass Elephant. With Pokémon Sword and Shield, Turner became Art Director for the first time in the main series.

Game Works

List of Pokémon

The following are a list of Pokémon that Turner designed.

In addition, he also designed Shadow Lugia in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.


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