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| Name Rater|
The Name Rater in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
|| Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh
|| I II, III, IV
|| Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
A Name Rater (Japanese: せいめいはんだんし Onomancer) is a man who judges how suitable Pokémon nicknames are. Name Raters allow the players of the Pokémon games to rename their Pokémon as long as they weren't received in a trade or migrated. The Name Rater in Orre won't rename a Shadow Pokémon until it's been purified.
If the Pokémon was caught by the player that currently owns it, he'll say that the name could be better and offer the player the option of changing it.
If the Pokémon he's judging was obtained via a trade (or migrated from GBA games), he will say that the name is perfect and refuse to change it. However, if both players have identical trainer IDs and secret IDs (which is nearly impossible), he will allow name changes.
Pokémon Name Raters can be found in the following locations:
- In games since Pokémon Crystal, if the player chooses to name the Pokémon the same name as before, the Name Rater will exclaim "It looks the same, yet it is vastly superior!"
- In each game, the Name Rater will greet the player with "Hello, hello!"