In various Pokémon games, there are scenarios where we come out of a big fight (usually a boss fight) and an NPC heals our Pokémon for us. I know that Pokémon are healed in Pokémon Centers using special machinery, but is there any in-universe explanation to how these NPC can heal them at a seconds notice without any help?

The player's Pokémon being healed by a nurse in FireRed/LeafGreen

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This is never addressed in games. You can imagine it being a vast supply of Max Revives, Max Restores, and Max Ethers if you want.

  • I was actually playing Pokémon Sun, and there the NPC (Lille) usually remarks that she carries a ton of above said items. So I imagine this is probably correct. Commented Apr 16, 2021 at 23:31
  • @IsmailHafeez If you have found an ingame source, feel free to post your own answer as well. Commented Apr 17, 2021 at 7:06
  • This is even more confusing in Sword and Shield, because IIRC they also heal all of the pokemon in your boxes... which as of Sword/Shield, you can access from anywhere at any time (except in battle). So just how many items are we expected to believe they used, exactly?
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 17, 2021 at 8:29
  • Something pointing towards this answer is that the usual sound effect when an NPC heals your Pokémon is that of an item (such as a Full Restore) being used, rather than the sound effect you get in a Pokémon Centre. Some NPCs do mention the methods they use, though - a channeler in Lavender Tower has enchanted the floor, the lady in Silph Co lets you rest in beds, etc.
    – Showsni
    Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 1:08

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