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Name Rater
せいめいはんだんし Onomancer
The Name Rater in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Hometown Varies
Region Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova
Generation I, II, III, IV, V
Games Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White

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 to rename their Pokémon, as long as they are the original Trainer.

Renamable Pokémon

If the Pokémon was caught by the player that currently owns it, he will say that the name could be better and offer the player the option of changing it.

If the Pokémon he's judging is an outsider Pokémon (if it was originally obtained in a different game, via an event, or via an in-game trade), he will say that the name is perfect and refuse to change it. The Name Rater in Orre will also refuse to rename a Shadow Pokémon until it has been purified.

However, if both players have identical Trainer IDs and secret IDs (which is extremely unlikely), he will allow name changes. In Generation V, both players must also have the same name and gender as well.


Pokémon Name Raters can be found in the following locations:



Name rater Kanto I OD.png Name rater Kanto II OD.png Name rater Kanto III OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Generation III


Name rater Johto II OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II


File:Name rater Hoenn OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation III


File:Name rater Unova OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation V


  • In every game starting with 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!"
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver are the only games where he does not greet the player with "Hello, hello!", instead saying "Hello, there!".

Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomBlueDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimo
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneCameronMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourName Rater
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurt
CarrieMaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoJetDudeMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsName RaterFelicityTealaCameron
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure Hunter
DockApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChaz
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterStats judge
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoseanneEldritchWilmaJasmineJuliaPokémon Fan Club ChairmanDr. FootstepMr. GoodsMr. Fuego
Massage GirlScarf GuyKetch AppyTeam GalacticGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsName RaterStats judge
Unova Professor JuniperMomCherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPokémon World Tournament participantsName RaterJudge

RuiEagunBeluhProfessor KraneJoviLilyChobinDr. Kaminko
WillieMayor Es CadeJustyCailDukingSilvaMarcia
AnchaFateenChief SherlesOfficer JohnsonVander
The Kids Grid (MeggNettBittSecc) • PerrMakanMr. VerichTrest
BattlusSomekInfinInityName RaterMove ReminderMove Deleter
CipherTeam SnagemShadow Pokémon Trainers

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