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Professor Birch

Professor Birch
オダマキ博士 Dr. Odamaki
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Professor Birch.png
Artwork from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Age 35
Gender Male
Hometown Littleroot Town
Region Hoenn
Relatives Brendan/May (as rival), unnamed wife, unnamed son (Emerald only)
Trainer class Pokémon Professor
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Anime debut Johto Photo Finish
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Fumihiko Tachiki

Professor Birch (Japanese: オダマキ博士 Dr. Odamaki) is the resident Pokémon Professor of Littleroot Town and the Hoenn region. He specializes in Pokémon habitats and distribution.

Background information

Birch distributes Pokédexes and one of the three starter Pokémon of Hoenn: Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip, to aspiring Hoenn Trainers in the Generation III and Generation VI games. In addition, after Trainers complete the Hoenn Pokédex in Pokémon Emerald, he will give them one of the three starter Pokémon of Johto: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile.

He is known to be more outgoing than the other Pokémon Professors, and oftentimes his research takes him outdoors. His field of study is primarily how Pokémon behave in the wild.

Birch has known Norman since their school days.[1]

In the games

In the Generation III games, Professor Birch is the father of the rival character.

In the start of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, he must be rescued from a wild Poochyena. In the start of Pokémon Emerald, he must be rescued from a wild Zigzagoon. After saving him, he will give the protagonist of the games the starter Pokémon they used in the rescue.

He often works with his child, Brendan or May, to help observe and capture wild Pokémon. His wife worries about him, because he's always busy and rarely has time to come home.

Pokémon

This listing is of Professor Birch's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

These Pokémon are given to a Trainer at the beginning of their journey:

Spr 3e 252.png
Type:
Grass Unknown
Ability:
Overgrow
Held item:
None
Treecko/ Lv.5
Pound
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3e 255.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Blaze
Held item:
None
Torchic/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3e 258.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Torrent
Held item:
None
Mudkip/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Emerald

These Pokémon are given to a Trainer who has completed the Hoenn Pokédex:

Spr 3e 152.png
Type:
Grass Unknown
Ability:
Overgrow
Held item:
None
Chikorita/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Growl
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3e 155.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Blaze
Held item:
None
Cyndaquil/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Spr 3e 158.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Torrent
Held item:
None
Totodile/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal
Leer
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The Generation III starters are available at the start of the game.

252Treecko.png
Type:
Grass Unknown
Ability:
Overgrow
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Treecko/ Lv.5
Pound
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
Absorb
Grass Special
  --  
   
255Torchic.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Blaze
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Torchic/ Lv.5
Scratch
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
Ember
Fire Special
  --  
   
258Mudkip.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Ability:
Torrent
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Mudkip/ Lv.5
Tackle
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
Water Gun
Water Special
  --  
   

After entering the Hall of the Fame, the Generation II starters become available. After clearing Delta Episode, the Generation V starters become available. After entering the Hall of Fame for the second time, the Generation IV starters are available.

Quotes

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Intro

"Hi! Sorry to keep you waiting! Welcome to the world of Pokémon! My name is Birch. But everyone calls me the Pokémon Professor. This is what we call a "Pokémon." This world is widely inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon. We humans live alongside Pokémon, at times as friendly playmates, and at times as cooperative workmates. And sometimes, we band together and battle others like us. But despite our closeness, we don't know everything about Pokémon. In fact, there are many, many secrets surrounding Pokémon. To unravel Pokémon mysteries, I've been undertaking research. That's what I do. And you are?"
"Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"
  • Either choice
"All right. What's your name?"
"So it's <name>?"
  • If Yes*
"Ah, okay! You're <player> who's moving to my hometown of Littleroot. I get it now! All right, are you ready? Your very own adventure is about to unfold. Take courage, and leap into the world of Pokémon where dreams, adventure and friendships await! Well, I'll be expecting you later. Come see me in my Pokémon Lab.

Route 101

"H-help me!"
"Hello! You over there! Please! Help! In my Bag! There's a Poké Ball!"
  • If player tries to leave
"Wh-Where are you going?! Don't leave me like this!"
  • After battle
"Whew... I was in the tall grass studying wild Pokémon when I was jumped. You saved me. Thanks a lot! Oh? Hi, you're <player>! This is not the place to chat, so come by my Pokémon Lab later, okay?"

Pokémon Lab

  • First time
"So, <player>. I've heard so much about you from your father. I've heard that you don't have your own Pokémon yet. But the way you battled earlier, you pulled it off with aplomb! I guess you have your father's blood in your veins after all! Oh, yes. As thanks for rescuing me, I'd like you to have the Pokémon you used earlier."
"While you're at it, why not give a nickname to that <starter>"
"If you work at Pokémon and gain experience, I think you'll make a darn good Trainer. My kid, Brendan/May* is out on Route 103 studying Pokémon. It might not be a bad idea for you to go see Brendan/May. What do you think?
  • If answered no*
"Oh, don't be that way. You should go meet my kid."
  • If answered yes
"Great! Brendan/May should be happy, too. Get Brendan/May to teach you what it means to be a Trainer."
  • If talked to again
"Brendan/May should be on Route 103 somewhere. If you or your Pokémon get tired, get some rest at home."
  • After battle
"Oh, hi, <player>! I heard you beat Brendan/May on your first try. That's excellent! Brendan's/May's been helping with my research for a long time. Brendan/May has an extensive history as a Trainer already. Here, <player>, I ordered this for my research, but I think you should have this Pokédex."
"The Pokédex is a high-tech tool that automatically makes a record of any Pokémon you meet or catch. My kid, Brendan/May, goes everywhere with it. Whenever my kid catches a rare Pokémon and records its data in the Pokédex, why, Brendan/May looks for me while I'm out doing fieldwork, and shows me.
  • If talked to again
"Countless Pokémon await you! Argh, I'm getting the itch to get out and do fieldwork again!"

Ever Grande City

"See? What did I tell you, Brendan/May? Didn't I tell you that you don't need to worry about <player>? …………………… <player>, you've finally done it. When I heard that you defeated your own father at the Petalburg Gym, I thought perhaps you had a chance… But to think you've actually become the Champion! Ah, yes! What become of your Pokédex? Here, let me see. Hmhm... So, you've seen <number> Pokémon, and you've caught <number> Pokémon... <evaluation quote> Hmhm... On a nationwide basis... You've seen <number> Pokémon and you've caught <number> Pokémon... Anyways, congratulations! Now, go proudly into the final room!"

Pokédex evaluation (After Wally catches Ralts, Birch will evaluate the player's Pokédex in his lab.)

"Ah, <player>! Have you come to show me how your Pokédex is coming along?"
  • If answered No
"Hm? Oh, you haven't caught enough Pokémon to make it worthwhile."
  • If answered Yes
"Hmhm... So, you've seen <number> Pokémon, and you've caught <number> Pokémon... <evaluation quote> Hmhm... On a nationwide basis... You've seen <number> Pokémon and you've caught <number> Pokémon...
  • 1-9 Pokémon:
"You should go into grassy areas more and look for Pokémon more carefully."
  • 10-19 Pokémon:
"I guess you're getting the hang of it. But, it gets harder from here."
  • 20-29 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon only appear in certain areas. You'll need to be persistent."
  • 30-39 Pokémon:
"Well, it could use more quantity, but this is looking more like a Pokédex now."
  • 40-49 Pokémon:
"This is coming along pretty good. Keep up the effort."
  • 50-59 Pokémon:
"Are you using any Rods? There are many Pokémon in the sea."
  • 60-69 Pokémon:
"Instead of just catching Pokémon, how about making them evolve, too?"
  • 70-79 Pokémon:
"This is going to be a fantastic Pokédex. That's the feeling I'm getting."
  • 80-89 Pokémon:
"You've collected this many... Your talent is remarkable!"
  • 90-99 Pokémon:
"Have you visited the Safari Zone? I hear there are some Pokémon that can only be caught there."
  • 100-109 Pokémon:
"You've finally reached the 100-kind mark. This is an impressive Pokédex!"
  • 110-119 Pokémon:
"There might be Pokémon that can be found using Rock Smash."
  • 120-129 Pokémon:
"You should get some more Pokémon by trading with others."
  • 130-139 Pokémon:
"I've heard of Pokémon that evolve when they come to fully love their Trainers."
  • 140-149 Pokémon:
"I had no idea that there were so many Pokémon species in the Hoenn region."
  • 150-159 Pokémon:
"On occasion, some Pokémon appear in large numbers like wild outbreaks. Don't miss opportunities like those."
  • 160-169 Pokémon:
"One can get a very good idea about the Pokémon of the Hoenn region by looking through your Pokédex."
  • 170-179 Pokémon:
"I'd say you already qualify as a Pokémon Professor, and a good one, too!"
  • 180-189 Pokémon:
"With a Pokédex this complete, you're a real professional at this!"
  • 190-201 Pokémon (missing at least one non-event Pokémon):
"You're very close to completing this Pokédex. I can feel it in my bones!"
  • 200-202 Pokémon (all non-event Pokémon at least):
"Congratulations! Your Pokédex is complete!"

Pokémon Emerald

Intro

"Hi! Sorry to keep you waiting! Welcome to the world of Pokémon! My name is Birch. But everyone calls me the Pokémon Professor. This is what we call a "Pokémon." This world is widely inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon. We humans live alongside Pokémon, at times as friendly playmates, and at times as cooperative workmates. And sometimes, we band together and battle others like us. But despite our closeness, we don't know everything about Pokémon. In fact, there are many, many secrets surrounding Pokémon. To unravel Pokémon mysteries, I've been undertaking research. That's what I do. And you are?"
"Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"
  • Either choice
"All right. What's your name?"
"So it's <name>?"
  • If Yes*
"Ah, okay! You're <player> who's moving to my hometown of Littleroot. I get it now! All right, are you ready? Your very own adventure is about to unfold. Take courage, and leap into the world of Pokémon where dreams, adventure and friendships await! Well, I'll be expecting you later. Come see me in my Pokémon Lab.

Route 101

"H-help me!"
"Hello! You over there! Please! Help! In my Bag! There's a Poké Ball!"
  • If player tries to leave
"Wh-Where are you going?! Don't leave me like this!"
  • After battle
"Whew... I was in the tall grass studying wild Pokémon when I was jumped. You saved me. Thanks a lot! Oh? Hi, you're <player>! This is not the place to chat, so come by my Pokémon Lab later, okay?"

Pokémon Lab

  • First time
"So, <player>. I've heard so much about you from your father. I've heard that you don't have your own Pokémon yet. But the way you battled earlier, you pulled it off with aplomb! I guess you have your father's blood in your veins after all! Oh, yes. As thanks for rescuing me, I'd like you to have the Pokémon you used earlier."
"While you're at it, why not give a nickname to that <starter>"
"If you work at Pokémon and gain experience, I think you'll make an extremely good Trainer. My kid, Brendan/May*, is also studying Pokémon while helping me out. <player>, don't you think it might be a good idea to see Brendan/May?
  • If answered no*
"Oh, don't be that way. You should go meet my kid."
  • If answered yes
"Great! Brendan/May should be happy, too. Get Brendan/May to teach you what it means to be a Trainer."
  • If talked to again
"Brendan/May? Gone home, I think. Or maybe that kid's scrabbling around in tall grass again somewhere... If you or your Pokémon get tired, you should get some rest at home."
  • After battle
"Oh, hi, <player>! I heard you beat Brendan/May on your first try. That's excellent! Brendan's/May's been helping with my research for a long time. Brendan/May has an extensive history as a Trainer already. Here, <player>, I ordered this for my research, but I think you should have this Pokédex."
"The Pokédex is a high-tech tool that automatically makes a record of any Pokémon you meet or catch. My kid, Brendan/May, goes everywhere with it. Whenever my kid catches a rare Pokémon and records its data in the Pokédex, why, Brendan/May looks for me while I'm out doing fieldwork, and shows me.
  • If talked to again
"Countless Pokémon await you! Argh, I'm getting the itch to get out and do fieldwork again!"
  • After getting a PokéNav*
"Oh, <Player>! I've already heard about you! It seems your PokéNav's been upgraded with Match Call. Well, I should register, too! That way, I'd be able to examine your Pokédex even while you're out in the field."
  • After becoming the champion
"Now... <Player> and Brendan/May, I've had the two of you help me study Pokémon. Thanks to your help, new facts are coming to light. It appears that in the Hoenn region, there are also Pokémon from other regions. It goes to show how rich and varied the natural environments of Hoenn happen to be. That's why I think it's necessary for me to upgrade your Pokédex to the National Mode. Here, let me see your Pokédex units."
"Okay, all done!"
"But listen. You've become the Champion, but your Pokémon journey isn't over. There is no end to the world that is Pokémon. Somewhere, there is a grassy patch that's waiting for you!"
  • After completing the Hoenn Pokédex (minus Jirachi and Deoxys)
"Oh, <player>! Let's have a look at your Pokédex. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Yes, there's no doubt about it. You really have completed the Hoenn region's Pokédex. That's more than just impressive. I have a gift for you. Consider it my show of appreciation for the fantastic work you've done. My gift is a rare Pokémon only found in another region! You can have any one of these three Pokémon!"
  • If talked to again
"These are rare Pokémon only found in another region! You can have any one of these three Pokémon!"
"The Fire Pokémon Cyndaquil caught your eye! You're as sharp as ever! So the Cyndaquil is your choice?"
"The Water Pokémon Totodile is your choice! You know how to pick a good one. So you'll take the Totodile?"
"The Grass Pokémon Chikorita is your choice! You sure know what you're doing. So you'll take the Chikorita?"
  • If answered no
"Take your time before you decide. They're all invaluable Pokémon."
  • If answered yes
"Listen, <player>. You've completed the Hoenn Pokédex, but your Pokémon journey isn't over. There is no end to the world that is Pokémon. Somewhere, there is a grassy patch that's waiting for you!"

Route 110*

"Oh, <player>! Imagine seeing you here! And where might my Brendan/May be?"
"Oh, I see! You two are running separately. Well, that's fine. Oh, yes, I heard that your PokéNav had the Match Call system installed. Well, then, I should register you in my PokéNav as well. That way, even when we're apart, I can rate your Pokédex anytime."
"<Player>… Please keep an eye out for my Brendan/May. Well, I had better get going. See you again, <player>!"

Ever Grande City

"See? What did I tell you, Brendan/May? Didn't I tell you that you don't need to worry about <player>? …………………… <player>, you've finally done it. When I heard that you defeated your own father at the Petalburg Gym, I thought perhaps you had a chance… But to think you've actually become the Champion! Ah, yes! What become of your Pokédex? Here, let me see. Hmhm... So, you've seen <number> Pokémon, and you've caught <number> Pokémon... <evaluation quote> Hmhm... On a nationwide basis... You've seen <number> Pokémon and you've caught <number> Pokémon... Anyways, congratulations! Now, go proudly into the final room!"

Littleroot Town

  • After becoming the champion
"Well, well, <player>! That was good work out there! I knew there was something special about you when I first saw you, but I never expected this. Oh, yes. Do you still have the Pokédex I gave you? I have something to show you. Let's go to my Lab."

Match Call

"Ah, <player>! Are you curious about how your Pokédex is coming along? Hmhm... So, you've seen <number> Pokémon and you've caught <number> Pokémon... <evaluation quote> Hmhm... On a nationwide basis... You've seen <number> Pokémon and you've caught <number> Pokémon..."

Pokédex evaluation (After getting a PokéNav, Birch will evaluate the player's Pokédex in his lab.)

"Ah, <player>! Have you come to show me how your Pokédex is coming along?"
  • If answered No
"Hm? Oh, you haven't caught enough Pokémon to make it worthwhile."
  • If answered Yes
"Hmhm... So, you've seen <number> Pokémon, and you've caught <number> Pokémon... <evaluation quote> Hmhm... On a nationwide basis... You've seen <number> Pokémon and you've caught <number> Pokémon...
  • 1-9 Pokémon:
"Go into grassy areas more and look for Pokémon more carefully."
  • 10-19 Pokémon:
"I guess you're getting the hang of it. But, it gets harder from here."
  • 20-29 Pokémon:
"Some Pokémon only appear in certain areas. You'll need to be persistent."
  • 30-39 Pokémon:
"Well, it could use more quantity, but this is looking more like a Pokédex now."
  • 40-49 Pokémon:
"This is coming along pretty good. Keep up the effort."
  • 50-59 Pokémon:
"Are you using any Rods? There are many Pokémon in the sea."
  • 60-69 Pokémon:
"Instead of just catching Pokémon, how about making them evolve, too?"
  • 70-79 Pokémon:
"This is going to be a fantastic Pokédex. That's the feeling I'm getting."
  • 80-89 Pokémon:
"You've collected this many... Your talent is remarkable!"
  • 90-99 Pokémon:
"Have you visited the Safari Zone? I hear there are some Pokémon that can only be caught there."
  • 100-109 Pokémon:
"You've finally reached the 100-kind mark. This is an impressive Pokédex!"
  • 110-119 Pokémon:
"There might be Pokémon that can be found using Rock Smash."
  • 120-129 Pokémon:
"You should get some more Pokémon by trading with others."
  • 130-139 Pokémon:
"I've heard of Pokémon that evolve when they come to fully love their Trainers."
  • 140-149 Pokémon:
"I had no idea that there were so many Pokémon species in the Hoenn region."
  • 150-159 Pokémon:
"On occasion, some Pokémon appear in large numbers like wild outbreaks. Don't miss opportunities like those."
  • 160-169 Pokémon:
"One can get a very good idea about the Pokémon of the Hoenn region by looking through your Pokédex."
  • 170-179 Pokémon:
"I'd say you already qualify as a Pokémon Professor, and a good one, too!"
  • 180-189 Pokémon:
"With a Pokédex this complete, you're a real professional at this!"
  • 190-201 Pokémon (missing at least one non-event Pokémon):
"You're very close to completing this Pokédex. I can feel it in my bones!"
  • 200-202 Pokémon (all non-event Pokémon at least):
"Congratulations! Your Pokédex is complete!"

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Missing quotes overall and Missing quotes and values for Pokédex.

Intro

"Hi! Sorry to keep you waiting! Welcome to the world of Pokémon! My name is Birch. But everyone calls me the Pokémon Professor. This is what we call a "Pokémon." This world is widely inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon. We humans live alongside Pokémon, at times playing together as friends, and at times helping out one another. And sometimes, we just like to have fun battling others like us! But as close as we are, we don't know everything about Pokémon. In fact, there are still many, many mysteries surrounding Pokémon. I do research to try to unravel those Pokémon mysteries. But that's enough about me!"
"What about you? Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"
  • Either choice
"Will you give me your name, too?"
"So you're <name>?"
  • If Yes*
"Ah... I see! You are THAT <player>! You're the one who's moving to Littleroot Town, where I live! Are you ready? Your very own adventure is about to unfold! Be courageous and leap into the world of Pokémon where dreams, adventures, and friendships await! I expecti we'll be meeting again soon. Come see me in my Pokémon Lab!

Route 101

  • First time
"H-help me!"
"Halloo! You over there! Please! Help me out! In my Bag! There are some Poké Balls!
"Whew… I went into the tall grass to survey wild Pokémon when I was suddenly jumped! You saved my hide. Thanks a lot!"
"Oh? But you're Norman's boy/girl, <player>! I didn't even realize who you were at first. You've grown into quite the young man. This isn't the place for a chat, though. Come along to my lab."
  • First time after completing the Delta Episode
  • After entering the Hall of Fame a second time
"H-help me!"
"Oh! Why, if it isn't <player> yet again! H-help a professor out! I've got some Poké Balls in my bag there!
"Oh my! I sure did misread that situation, now didn't I? I assumed it was a Pokémon chasing after me, but it was just my own wife! My, my, what a slipup… I sure do appreciate your trying to help me out, though. In fact… Why don't you keep that Pokémon? Yes, that one from the Sinnoh region! Well, I hope to see you later. Stop by the lab anytime. Always happy to see you!"

Pokémon Lab

  • First time
"So, <player>! I've heard so much about you from your father. But he said you don't have your own Pokémon yet. If that's true, that was quite the performance back there! Looks like you really are your father's son/daughter! Oh, yes! To say thanks for rescuing me out there, how about I give you that Pokémon you used earlier? While you're at it, why not give a nickname to that <starter>?"

Yes: "Yup! That's the spirit! So what kind of name will you go with?"

"You know, if you work with your Pokémon, and gain experience, I think you'll make a pretty excellent Trainer. My boy/girl, Brendan/May happens to be out on Route 103 right now, surveying Pokémon for me. It might not be a bad idea for you to head out that way yourself. What do you think?

Yes: "Great! I'm sure Brendan/May will be happy to hear that, too. He/She can help teach you what it means to be a Trainer.

"...Oh, yes! And if you're ever lost along the way, just use the AreaNav on your PokéNav Plus! You can use use it to see how to get to Route 103, where Brendan/May should be. And if you or your Pokémon get tired, get some rest back at your new house.
  • Second time
" So I hear you beat Brendan/May on your first try. Amazing! Brendan/May's been helping me with my research for a long time, so he/she has a pretty long history as a Trainer already. Mm-hmm! I think that settles it! <player>, I ordered this Pokédex for my research, but I think you should take it. That Pokédex is a high-tech tool that automatically makes a record of any Pokémon you meet or catch. My boy/girl Brendan/May takes his/hers with him/her everywhere he/she goes. Whenever he/she catches a rare Pokémon and records its data in the Pokédex, why, he/she comes to seek me out wherever I am in the field and show me! The Pokémon and people you will meet... And the great expanse of nature that lies before you! Experience them both while you fill in your Pokédex. I'd love it if your world seemed wider than ever! Though I'd love it even more if you came back from time to time to show me what progress you've made. ...Arghhh! I'm getting the itch to go out and do fieldwork again!
  • Subsequent times
  • After capturing/defeating GroudonOR/KyogreAS
"Welcome back, <Player>! You must be tired after all your recent exploits. May has been keeping me updated about all of your grand adventures around Hoenn. After hearing all that you've been up to, there is something I'd definitely like to share with you. The fact of the matter is that after you resolved that kerfuffle with the super ancient Pokémon, a number of Pokémon never before recorded in the Hoenn region began to appear all over! Those Pokémon are precisely the subject of my many long years of research... They are Pokémon which are thought to have resided in Hoenn thousands of years ago! We'll finally be able to meet Pokémon never before seen, the very Pokémon I've pursued all these years! I'm so excited I feel like I'm about to burst! So excited that I went right ahead and upgraded the Pokédex to be ready for all of them! Now, let me upgrade your Pokédex while you're here!"
"You'll now find the National Pokédex on your Pokédex's menu, so use it well! It is suggested that Hoenn is now more hospitable to Pokémon after that incident in Sootopolis. However, that does not necessarily mean the environment has become any more hospitable to humanity. People, Pokémon, and nature... The balance between these three great ecosystems has shifted greatly. I can't wait for you to start exploring this new world! Exploration may help us learn how best to coexist with Pokémon from this time forward. I hope you will find your own answers to this great question, as you continue your journey with your Pokédex!"

Pokédex evaluation (After the player has at least made it to Petalburg City, Birch will evaluate the player's Pokédex on the PC or in his lab.)

  • Hoenn Pokédex
"Mm-hmm-hmm! It looks as though you've spotted <number> different Pokémon here in Hoenn!" <evaluation quote>
  • National Pokédex
"You've caught a total of <number> kinds of Pokémon! Fantastic! And <number> of those Pokémon belong in the Hoenn Pokédex! <evaluation quote>
  • If talked to in the Lab
"Oh? Have you come to show me how your Pokédex is coming along?"
  • Cancel
"Your Pokédex must be jam-packed with all the memories of your journey… I hope you treasure it always!"

Hoenn Pokédex

  • 11-19 Pokémon
"I think you'd benefit from a bit more fieldwork out in the tall grass!"
  • 52 Pokémon
"It looks like you're getting the hang of things. But the adventure has barely begun!"
  • 60-84 Pokémon
"Remember, when Pokémon appear in only one location, you've got no choice but to keep on searching."
  • 90?-100-119 Pokémon
"It's still got a lot of room to grow, but it's starting to look like a real Pokédex!"
  • 120-139 Pokémon
"This is really looking good! Keep up this kind of pace!"
  • 156-178 Pokémon
"Have you been using any fishing rods? There are plenty of Pokémon in the sea!"
  • 182-209 Pokémon
"Have you focused on evolving the Pokémon you have, as well as catching new ones?"
  • 210-211 Pokémon
"Why, congratulations! You've seen all the Pokemon in the Hoenn Pokédex! You've been meeting Pokémon at a good clip, haven't you? Here take this as a little reward for all your hard work!"
"If you are holding an Oval Charm, you'll have a better chance of finding an egg at the Pokemon Day Care."
  • Showing him completed Hoenn Pokédex again
"What's this?! What a surprise! You've already completed your Hoenn Pokédex, have you?"

National Pokédex

  • 52-73 Pokémon
"Now that things are looking up for Hoenn, if you travel widely, you're sure to meet new Pokémon!"
  • 80-91 Pokémon
"I get the feeling that this is on its way to being a fine Pokédex. Never fear!"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"To think you’d have caught this many Pokémon... You really do have a talent for this!"
  • 224-249 Pokémon
"It's said that there are many possibilities lurking in the Evolution of Pokémon."
  • 250-299 Pokémon
"Have you spent any time in the Safari Zone? From what I hear, it’s the only place in Hoenn to catch certain Pokémon!"
  • 300-332 Pokémon
"You’ve finally broken the big 3-0-0! This is a splendid Pokédex!"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"Oh, that reminds me... I believe there are some Pokémon that you can find using Rock Smash..."
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"Maybe trading Pokémon with others will help you fill up some Pokédex entries."
  • 478 Pokémon
"Did you know that there are some Pokémon that evolve when they feel friendly toward you?"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"Mega Evolution... Primal Reversion... And who knows what other forms of Evolution that may have become lost in the passage of time... Many evolutionary possibilities may have come and gone since Pokémon first appeared in our world..."
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"Getting to meet the Pokémon who exist in the same brief span of time as you... When you think of it like that, filling in the Pokédex feels like something of a miracle!"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"One can learn about all the Pokémon in Hoenn by looking through your Pokédex!"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"The GTS is an effective tool for completing your Pokédex! Give it a try sometime!"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"I’d recommend trading some Pokémon with your friends."
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"I must say, you wouldn’t make a bad Pokémon Professor yourself."
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"Look at this Pokédex! You’re like a pro now!"
  • ??-?? Pokémon
"Amazing! You’re so close to becoming a master of Pokémon catching!"
  • ??-699 Pokémon
"Almost 700... Just a little more! Keep going!"
  • 700-?? Pokémon
"How exciting! You’ve nearly completed the National Pokédex! I’m absolutely sure you can do it!"
  • 705-721 Pokémon
"Oh! What is this? This is just fantastic! You've caught every kind of Pokemon in the Hoenn region! Congratulations to you! You've completed the Pokédex! Sniffle… I am overwhelmed. My decision to give you that Pokedex I'd ordered was wholly justified. This complete Pokédex is a testament to your hard work… And to the support of the many who helped you… And to the bonds you have built with your Pokemon! It is a unique treasure! You've been meeting new Pokémon at a good clip, haven't you? Here, take this as a little reward for all your hard work!"
"Holding a Shiny Charm will improve your chances of finding a Shiny Pokemon!"
  • Showing a completed Pokédex again
"Supremely amazing! Congrats on completing the Pokédex!"

Artwork

Ruby Sapphire Professor Birch.png
Official artwork from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Sprites

Spr RS Birch.png Birch OD.png
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

In the anime

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Professor Birch in the Advanced Generation series
Professor Birch in the XY series

Birch was first seen in a flashback of Harrison in Johto Photo Finish. His first actual appearance was in Get The Show On The Road when he gave May her Torchic.

He later appeared in Dewford Town in both A Three Team Scheme! and Seeing is Believing!.

Birch also appeared in A Six Pack Attack, when he was meeting Professor Oak.

Later, Birch was seen in The Evolutionary War! at a vacation on A-B-C Islands. Over there, he, Ash and his friends cleared the mystery of the Clamperl evolution.

He also was seen in another flashback in Reversing the Charges. He had another short cameo in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.

He appeared in Rivals: Today and Tomorrow! in a flashback, where he was seen giving Sawyer a starter Pokémon to choose from, which ended up being Treecko.

His preferred mode of transport is an SUV that he drives recklessly.


Pokémon

This is a listing of Professor Birch's Pokémon as of the most recent Japanese episode.

On hand

Unknown Pokémon
Birch was seen pulling out a Poké Ball when he saw Team Rocket attacking Ash and friends, but Delia convinced him to let the children do the battling.
Debut The Right Place and the Right Mime

Befriended

Poochyena
Poochyena
Poochyena was only briefly seen, while trying to rescue starter Pokémon from Team Rocket's grasp. Poochyena is good at hunting down people and Pokémon based on smell. However, its battle extent is not known.
Debut A Six Pack Attack

Gives to new Trainers

Professor Birch's Treecko
Treecko
Treecko is a Pokémon that Professor Birch gives to new Trainers. The first Treecko appeared in Get the Show on the Road where it was one of the Pokémon that May could choose as her starter Pokémon. It was not picked due to May picking Torchic.

Another one appeared in A Six Pack Attack! along with the other starters. They were admired by Max and May. Suddenly Team Rocket captured it along with the other Hoenn and Kanto starters. Max found them and told Bulbasaur and Treecko to use Tackle and Pound the bars away. It then helped sending Team Rocket blasting off.

Treecko's only known move is Pound.

Debut Get the Show on the Road
Professor Birch's Torchic
Torchic
Torchic is a Pokémon that Professor Birch gives to new Trainers. The first Torchic appeared in Get the Show on the Road where May picks it as her starter Pokémon. Another one appeared in A Six Pack Attack! along with the other starters. They were admired by Max and May. Suddenly Team Rocket captured them along with the other Hoenn and Kanto starters. Max found them and told Torchic and Charmander to heat the cage with Ember until they got free. It then helped sending Team Rocket blasting off.

Torchic's only known move is Ember.

Debut Get the Show on the Road
Professor Birch's Mudkip
Mudkip
Mudkip is a Pokémon that Professor Birch gives to new Trainers. The first Mudkip appeared in Get the Show on the Road when Prof. Birch was under attack from a pack of Poochyena. He asked May to pick a starter Pokémon from his bag to save him. She picked Mudkip first, but had no battle experience and Mudkip fired a Water Gun at her. Prof. Birch commanded it and it blasted them off with another Water Gun. It then appeared later when May was choosing her starter, but she chose Torchic.

Another one appeared in A Six Pack Attack! along with the other starters. They were admired by Max and May. Suddenly Team Rocket captured them along with the other Hoenn and Kanto starters. Max found them and told Mudkip and Squirtle to cool the bars with Water Gun which eventually freed them. It then helped sending Team Rocket blasting off.

Mudkip's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Get the Show on the Road

Gave away to new Trainers

Harrison Blaziken.png
Harrison's Blaziken
May Torchic.png
May's Torchic
Sawyer Treecko.png
Sawyer's Treecko

At his Lab

Birch various Pokémon.png
Zigzagoon
Birch various Pokémon.png
Lotad
Birch various Pokémon.png
Seedot
Birch various Pokémon.png
Shroomish
Birch various Pokémon.png
Wailmer
Birch various Pokémon.png
Sharpedo

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 立木文彦 Fumihiko Tachiki
English Dan Green
Dutch Ewout Eggink (Season 6)
Louis van Beek (Season 7-8)
Hebrew עוזי פוקס Uzi Fox
עדי וייס Adi Weiss
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Andrzej Chudy
Brazilian Portuguese José Parisi Jr.
Mauro Eduardo
Ricardo Sawaya
Russian Владимир Герасимов (Vladimir Gerasimov)
Spanish Latin America Salvador Delgado (AG001-AG028, AG095)
José Vilchis (AG071)
Alfredo Basurto (AG133)
Spain Pablo Adán (AG001-AG028)
Manuel Bellido (AG071-AG133)

In the manga

Professor Birch in Ash and Pikachu

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Professor Birch appeared in Let's Save Pikachu!!.

Gave to new Trainers
May Torchic AP.png
Torchic


In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Professor Birch in Pokémon Adventures

In Pokémon Adventures, Professor Birch is the father of Sapphire, and supplies her with most of her Pokémon. He is good friends with Norman.

After Ruby rescued Birch from some wild Mightyena, Birch gave him a Mudkip.

Birch gave away most of his Pokémon to Sapphire and Ruby. His last Pokémon was a Treecko, that he lost in a flood caused by Kyogre. Wally has since rescued the Pokémon and began to raise it.

Pokémon

This listing is of Prof. Birch's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Gives to new Trainers
Birch Treecko Adventures.png
Treecko
Birch Torchic Adventures.png
Torchic
Birch Mudkip Adventures.png
Mudkip


Gave to new Trainers
Emerald's Treecko
Treecko
Main article: Emerald's Treecko

Treecko was originally going to be Emerald's Pokémon but before it can happen, a Kyogre's flood causes the gecko Pokémon to get washed away. He was lost and found by Wally. In the Emerald chapter, Emerald is revealed to have owned him but this time, in his fully evolved form.

Debut Making Mirth with Mightyena
Chic
Chic (CY: Toro)
Main article: Chic

Chic (Japanese: ちゃも Chamo) was given to Sapphire by Professor Birch during her Torchic stage.

Debut Making Mirth with Mightyena
Mumu
Mumu (CY: Zuzu)
Main article: Mumu

Mumu (Japanese: ZUZU) was given to Ruby during his Mudkip stage after Ruby rescued Professor Birch from some Mightyena.

Debut Making Mirth with Mightyena
Given to Sapphire
Rono
Rono
Main article: Rono

Rono (Japanese: どらら Dorara) was given to Sapphire as an Aron. He was the official first Pokémon that Sapphire received.

Debut Distracting Dustox
Lorry
Lorry (CY: Walo)
Lorry (Japanese: えるる Eruru) was given to Sapphire as a way of crossing the seas.

Lorry's known moves are Water Spout and Dive, and has a Brave nature.

Debut Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt I
Troppy
Troppy (CY: Pilo)
Troppy (Japanese: とろろ Tororo) was given to Sapphire.

Troppy's known moves are Razor Leaf, Magical Leaf, SolarBeam, and Aerial Ace, his Ability is Chlorophyll and has a Calm nature.

Debut Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill II

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Professor Birch in Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire

Professor Birch first appears in PM117 of the last volume of Pokémon Pocket Monsters where Red meets up with him in Hoenn. In I Won't Let You Lead!!, he challenges Red and his Pokémon to a Magikarp-catching duel and was able to easily win the contest, along with the other competitions he was involved in with Red.

His most recent appearance was in PMHGSS20. He, along with the other professors, were the judges of Clefairy's fight with Giratina. After their battle, Professor Birch got into a brawl with the other professors that was started by Clefairy. After watching the fight that was recorded, they worked together and fought Clefairy.

Pokémon

On hand
Professor Birch's Torchic
Torchic
Torchic first appears as the layout of starter Pokémon that Professor Birch is giving away. In I Won't Let You Lead!!, Torchic was involved in the Magikarp contest where Clefairy tries to push it into the water but falls in instead.

None of Torchic's moves are known.

Debut PM117
Professor Birch's Mudkip
Mudkip
Mudkip first appears as the layout of starter Pokémon that Professor Birch is giving away. In I Won't Let You Lead!!, Mudkip was involved in a cooking competition where it baked a nice cake from its Whirlpool attack.

Mudkip's only known move is Whirlpool.

Debut PM117
Professor Birch's Treecko
Treecko
Treecko first appears as the layout of starter Pokémon that Professor Birch is giving away. In I Won't Let You Lead!!, Treecko was used in the last competition where it had a race with Clefairy. Even though Clefairy was about to win, Treecko was able to get to the finish line as Clefairy got distracted by a noodle stand giving out a snack.

None of Treecko's moves are known.

Debut PM117
Released
Professor Birch's Magikarp
Magikarp (×30)
During the Magikarp-catching duel, Professor Birch was able to catch thirty Magikarp. Afterwards, they are released back in the water.
Debut I Won't Let You Lead!!
Given away
Sapphire's Torchic
Torchic
Professor Birch gave away this Torchic to Sapphire sometime around Let's Try To Be Idols!!.
Debut Let's Try To Be Idols!!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Professor Birch in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Professor Birch T [Su] EX Ruby & Sapphire Uncommon 89/109 Expansion Pack Uncommon 054/055
      Treecko Constructed Starter Deck   018/019
      Torchic Constructed Starter Deck   018/019
      Mudkip Constructed Starter Deck   018/019
      Latias Half Deck   018/018
      Latios Half Deck   018/018
EX Emerald Uncommon 82/106 Deoxys Half Deck   014/019
      Rayquaza Half Deck   014/019
      Mightyena Quarter Deck   008/015
      Imprison! Gardevoir ex Constructed Standard Deck   017/024
EX Power Keepers Uncommon 80/108 World Champions Pack Uncommon 091/108
 

Trivia

Birch: "<player> is just like family to me. Why, I used to change his/her diapers all the time! Even back then he/she gave off a different vibe than the other kids. Yes, I knew all along! At any rate, the first one to recognize his/her talent was m...bzz...bzz...BZZ.."

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese オダマキ博士 Dr. Odamaki From オダマキ odamaki, Aquilegia
English Professor Birch From birch tree
French Professeur Séko From séquoia, Sequoiadendron
German Professor Birk From Birke, birch
Spanish Profesor Abedul From abedul, birch
Korean 털보박사 Teolbo-baksa "털보" is a Korean phrase that refers to exceptionally hairy people, particularly men
Chinese 小田卷博士 Dr. Xiǎotiánjuǎn 小田卷 is from 小田巻 Odamaki. Literally "little field roll".
Finnish Professori Birch Same as English name


Notes

  1. http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-gb/characters/professor-birch
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Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterStats judge


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UrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorSawyer
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TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
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