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Aqua Admin Matt

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ウシオ Ushio
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Matt.png
Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Trainer class Aqua Admin
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Member of Team Aqua
Rank Admin

Matt (Japanese: ウシオ Ushio) is one of the Admins of Team Aqua.

In the games

Matt is a Team Aqua Admin in the Generation III games, as well as their remakes, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

In Pokémon Ruby, he makes only two cameos - at Meteor Falls and Seafloor Cavern, alongside Archie and Shelly. He does not have an active role in the storyline and cannot be battled. Magma Admin Tabitha fulfills the role he has in Sapphire.

In Pokémon Sapphire, the player confronts him twice. The first time is when he brings the Meteorite stolen from Meteor Falls to Mt. Chimney and the player must battle him before battling Archie. He later assists the Aqua Leader in stealing the Submarine Explorer 1, and must then be battled at Team Aqua Hideout.

In Pokémon Emerald, he is seen only once, when the player must battle him at Team Aqua Hideout.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, his character is expanded upon. In the past, Matt's life was saved by Archie. As a result, he is undyingly loyal to to him[1]. He respects strong people like his leader, even people who are otherwise his enemies.

In Omega Ruby, Magma Admin Courtney fulfills Matt's roles. Matt himself is only seen with Archie and Shelly at the Battle Resort, where he joins his leader in thanking the player for stopping Team Magma.

In Alpha Sapphire, Matt sends a recon team, including Zinnia, to investigate and steal the Devon Parts for Team Aqua; upon failing, they warn him about the player. He eventually discovers the location of the Blue Orb and informs Archie, causing the latter to cancel the operation at Mt. Chimney. Matt is next seen at Southern Island, trying to steal Latias and the Latiasite for Team Aqua, but is stopped by the player and Steven Stone, summoned by Latios to help. He later accompanies Archie at Mt. Pyre, where they retrieve the Blue Orb; when the player arrives and tries to stop them, Archie has Matt battle him/her while he departs to steal the Submarine Explorer 1 at Slateport City. While the player invades Team Aqua Hideout, Matt once again battles him/her in order to buy time for Archie to leave for Seafloor Cavern unobstructedly. He later watches on as the Primordial Sea dispels upon Kyogre's defeat or capture.

In the Delta Episode, Matt is so distraught by Archie's crushed dream that he decides to take matters into his own hands. He attempts to rob Wally of his Key Stone, only to be stopped by the player. However, he manages to find another Key Stone near Meteor Falls. He uses the Key Stone and his newly Mega Evolved Sharpedo to attack the Mossdeep Space Center. He is stopped again by the player and Steven, after which Zinnia's Whismur, Aster, steals his Key Stone. He is later seen during the Delta Episode's epilogue, where he reaffirms his loyalty to Archie.


Pokémon Sapphire

First battle

Second battle

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

First battle

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle

Fifth battle


Pokémon Sapphire

Mt. Chimney

  • Before battle
"Hehehe! So you've come all the way here! But you're too late! I've already delivered the Meteorite from Meteor Falls to the Boss!"
  • When defeated
"Hehehe... So I lost... I'm sure glad I never took you on back at Meteor Falls!"
  • After being defeated
"Hehehe! You might have beaten me, but you don't stand a chance against the Boss! If you get lost now, you won't have to face a sound whipping!"

Aqua Hideout

  • Before battle
"Hehehe... Got here already, did you? We underestimated you! But this is it! I'm a cut above the Grunts you've seen so far. I'm not stalling for time. I'm going to pulverize you!"
  • When defeated
"Hehehe... So, I lost, too..."
  • After being defeated
"Hehehe! While I was toying with you, our Boss got through his preparations!"
"Hehehe! Our Boss has already gone on his way to some cave under the sea! If you're going to give chase, you'd better search the big, wide sea beyond Lilycove. But will you find it then? Hehehe!"

Pokémon Emerald

Aqua Hideout

  • Before battle
"Hehehe... Got here already, did you? We underestimated you! But this is it! I'm a cut above the Grunts you've seen so far. I'm not stalling for time. I'm going to pulverize you!"
  • When defeated
"Hehehe... So, I lost, too..."
  • After being defeated
"Hehehe! While I was toying with you, our Boss got through his preparations!"
"Hehehe! Our Boss has already gone on his way to some cave under the sea! If you're going to give chase, you'd better search the big, wide sea beyond Lilycove. But will you find it then? Hehehe!"

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version

First adventure
  • Before battle
(Tabitha tells Matt to get out of his way.)
"Hoohahaha! What, you got a screw loose or something? Look at you, little Makuhita man!"
(Tabitha is furious.)
"Hoohahaha! You're pretty funny, little man! I love funny, interesting dudes! That's why I love my bro, Archie! That's it, bro! Let's smash it out with a battle! I'm gonna love you to BITS!"
(Tabitha accepts the challenge.)
"Oho! Sounds pretty fun! Come at me, little man!"
(The player appears.)
(Tabitha suggests a truce to deal with the player.)
"Oho! Good idea, bro! That's my funny little man! You, me, and our Pokémon are gonna have a real good time later! A no-holds-barred barrage, bro! Oho! Hoohahahah!"
(Tabitha makes for the player.)
"Hoohahaha! Good kid! Now let's rough you up real nice!"
(Steven shows up.)
"Hoohahaha! You two look pretty fun, too! I'm gonna enjoy pummeling you!"
  • When defeated
"Oh ho! That's a loss I can be proud of!"
  • After being defeated
"Oho! You fellows are strong! I can't get enough of you!"
"Hoohahaha! I'll be lookin' forward to meeting you two again!"
Secret adventure
  • Before battle
"Oho! You! You're that funny kid!"
(May says she won't let them do anything bad.)
"Oho! And this time there's a girl! She looks worth pummeling, too! Hooaahhh!"
  • When defeated
"Muwuhahaha! That battle was fun even though I lost!"
  • After being defeated
"I can feel it! I can feel it, all right! The strength coming offa you two! More! I still want more! But looks like we're outta time... Let's tussle again someday! Ohoho, I can hardly wait! We're headed back to our bro Archie! Come on, little Grunt!"

Pokémon Omega Ruby

Battle Resort

"Fight on, bro!"
"What an honest kid..."
"Oh-hoh! Sounds fun!"
"Yeah, bro!"
"That's a gift from my bro! Take good care of it."
"Muwahahahaha! That's fun! You're crazy fun! I can tell how strong you are even though we're not battling! I'll be looking forward to when me and my bro squash you!"

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Southern Island

  • Before battle
"Huhn?! What's this?! You?!"
"Oh ho! I have no time to worry about that! The name's Matt! That's Team Aqua Admin Matt to you! What I want from you is that Latias behind you there. But that Mega Stone… We of Team Aqua are definitely gonna need the transcendent power of Mega Evolution to achieve our ambitions. How 'bout it? If you get out of our way, we won't rough you up."
"Oh ho! If you're really that stupid, then I have no choice but to squash you!"
  • When defeated
"Oho! That's a loss I can be proud of!"
  • After being defeated
"Oh ho! Strong, ain'tcha? You're an interesting punk, too, I'll give you that!"
"I love interesting, strong dudes! That's why I love my bro, Archie! And that's why I'm gonna start loving you from now on, too! Next time I see you, I'll smash you up real good, OK?"
"Let's get outta here, you dull Grunt!"

Mt Pyre

  • Before battle
"Oh! Boss!"
"All right then, until the Boss makes his getaway, I'll be your opponent!"
"Oohh… Ha! Ha! Hah!"
  • When defeated
"Muwuhahaha! That battle was fun even though I lost!"
  • After being defeated
"That was fun! I knew you'd show me a good time! I look forward to facing you again someday!"

Team Aqua Hideout

"Oh! I knew you'd come!"
  • Before battle
"You're the first punk ever to sneak into this hideout and make it this far! I expected nothing less from a crumb like you! But I've got some bad news for you! We already completely finished upgrading the ship!"
"Look at that drill! As long as we've got that thing, we could KO the seal over the Seafloor Cavern with one punch! My bro Archie's in the ship! Come at me! If you take me out fast, you might be able to catch up to him!"
"Before you do, though… We need to settle once and for all who's stronger, you and your sorry Pokémon, or me and my not-so-sorry Pokémon! …Hoo! …Haaahh! I'm… Heating up! Me! You! Pokémon! Mixing it up! Dueling!"
"Hooah! Full on! I'm burning up! Well! Welll! Wellllll! Let's battle it out until we've got nothing left!"
  • When defeated
"Oho! That hurt just about exactly as much as I figured!"
  • After being defeated
"Hah… Hah… Hah… Bro! It's all…on you…now…"
"… While we were battling it out… My bro Archie finished getting ready… … I have only one hope… For my bro Archie to finish doing what he set out to do… That's all… My bro Archie is everything to me… I live to serve my bro…"
"…All right, then. You took me out, so I'll give you an idea of what the world will be like if my bro has his way. My bro Archie is headed for the big blue sea that stretches out from Lilycove City. Deep beneath the surface is the Seafloor Cavern. That's where the world my bro hopes to create… Where the beginnings of the primordial world will be felt… Regular people and Pokémon can't make it there, though. How could you get there… Why don't you look around in towns by the sea and use your own thick head to think about it?"
Delta Episode

Petalburg City

  • Before battle
"You're such a little pain! Shut up and give me the Key Stone!"
"Don't play dumb! I already know you can use Mega Evolution!"
"What the?! You punk! Hoohahaha! Just in time, aren't you? I'm gonna take your Key Stone first, you jerk!"
  • When defeated
  • After being defeated
"Hooaahhh! You clown! Always getting' all up in my business! If it's gonna be like that, I'm off to Meteor Falls."

Mossdeep Space Center

"What was that? What? Last hope?! Hrmm… Ermm, haha… Mwahahahaho! … I ain't laughin' one bit. …Punk. My bro… My bro whom I loved so much… Are you trying to tell me that everything we've done up till now… The ties that bind us… all of it was a mistake? My bro has changed since he got mixed up with you!"
"Shut it! I… I'm…"
"Know what? That rocket's full of crazy amounts of energy! It's even more awesome than the ultimate weapon that ended the war 3,000 years ago, right?"
"If I use this Key Stone I found at Meteor Falls, I can force the energy inside the rocket to explode… It'd be like Mega Evolution for the rocket! Muwahahaha! Who needs a meteoroid? I'm gonna bring an end to all things with my own power!"
"The one who will complete Project AZOTH and take the world back to its beginnings… is me!
  • Before battle
"Hoo hah! I'm gonna smash you up!"
  • When defeated
"Hey now!"
  • After being defeated
"Whoa… Ohh… Ohhh…"
"Dang it! Am I not good enough, bro?!"
"Wha… Errgh!"
"Th-that punk! How dare she try to take my bro Archie's Key Stone?! Not cool, man! Not cool!

End of Episode

"Bro... Sorry."
"Aah... Bro..."
Ooh... ahh... Bro..."
"Oh, oh! You... You bet I will!"


Spr RS Matt.png Aqua Grunt M OD.png
Sprite from
Sapphire and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
VS sprite from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the manga

Matt in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Matt first appears as a Team Aqua Grunt alongside Shelly and Amber. The three were tasked with stealing the heart component of the Submarine Explorer 1 from Mr. Stone. When Sapphire unintentionally thwarted their original plan to discreetly kidnap Mr. Stone, the three switched to a new plan and directly attacked Mr. Stone in public and stole the component. Sapphire, Gabby, and Ty chased after the three and eventually arrived in Petalburg Woods, where they were attacked by Matt, Shelly, and Amber in order to ensure that no witnesses to their crime would be left alive. With the help of Mr. Stone's Castform, Sapphire manages to escape, but is unable to retrieve the heart component.

Later, Matt, Shelly, and Amber are given promotions from Archie due to their good work. With this promotion, they are given the title Subleaders of the Sea Scheme, or SSS for short. Archie is quick to remind his subordinates that they are still in trouble for leaving the witnesses alive.

The SSS travel to Mt. Chimney so that they can increase the sea level by stopping the volcano's activity. By pretending to be on the side of good, Team Aqua tricks Professor Cozmo into providing a special Meteorite that can stop Mt. Chimney. When they overhear Gym Leader Flannery talking about Sapphire, the SSS attack her in order to get information about their earlier opponent. Flannery is held captive by Matt so that he may lure Sapphire into a trap and kill her while the others finish their jobs. With the use of his Pokémon, Matt nearly drowns Sapphire and Flannery in the cable car, but Sapphire manages to drain the car and defeat Matt. Having won, Sapphire rushes over to stop Team Aqua, but Amber manages to stall her long enough for Shelly to kill Mt. Chimney. With their plan succeeded, Team Aqua escapes and takes Professor Cozmo with them.

When Team Magma and Team Aqua briefly join forces to journey to the bottom of the sea in the Submarine Explorer 1. Matt expresses excitement at the prospect of going to the Seafloor Cavern. When Archie questions if Matt would be able to go, Matt assures his leader that his injuries are almost healed. Archie then proceeds to have his Walrein knock Matt away. Matt is told that for his defeat at Mt. Chimney, he will be left behind and Amber will go in his place.

When Kyogre and Groudon are awakened, the Gym Leaders split into groups in an attempt to stop both Pokémon. In order to prevent their opponents from keeping Kyogre from advancing, each of the SSS splits up and attacks a Gym Leader. Matt faces Winona, and with his Sharpedo, he manages to prevent her Altaria from listening to her commands. Despite this, Matt struggles to fight Winona and is eventually defeated after Winona knocks him into the water as he goes to defend Flannery from Shelly. As he struggles to stay afloat, Matt begs Shelly to help him as she runs away after her battle ended. Shelly refuses and tells Matt to save himself.

In the Chuang Yi translation, he is known as Ark.


Matt owns the following Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Matt's Sharpedo
Sharpedo is Matt's first known Pokémon. It was first used to attack Mr. Stone at Rustboro City to steal the Submarine Explorer 1's heart component. At Mt. Chimney, Matt used it to attack Sapphire and Flannery after filling a cable car with water. During the battle, Sapphire broke off some of Sharpedo's fangs, which she used to open a hole in the car, draining the water and allowing her to breathe again. She then used her Rono to send Sharpedo and Matt flying out of the car. Later, it fought Winona's Altaria. With its Taunt, Winona was unable to control her Altaria.

Sharpedo's known moves are Bite and Taunt, and its Ability is Rough Skin.

Debut Lombre Larceny
Matt's Azumarill
Azumarill is Matt's second known Pokémon. It was first used to battle Sapphire at the Mt. Chimney cable car. After defeating Sapphire's Chic, it flooded the cable car so that Sapphire and Flannery would drown. It covered Matt's head in a bubble so that its Trainer wouldn't drown as well. When Sapphire drained the car, she used her Rono to send Azumarill flying alongside its Trainer and Sharpedo.

None of Azumarill's moves are known.

Debut Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill I
Matt's Vibrava
Vibrava is Matt's third known Pokémon. It was first seen being used as flight transportation as Matt watched Kyogre's rampage. Later, it was used to help Matt battle Winona in the air. When Winona went to help Flannery, she knocked Matt off of Vibrava and into the water, defeating him.

None of Vibrava's moves are known, and its Ability is Levitate.

Debut Can I Ninjask You a Question?

In the Pokémon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom manga

Matt in Pokémon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom

Matt appeared in Pokémon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom.


Matt's Sharpedo
Sharpedo is Matt's only known Pokémon. It took on Alpha's Grovyle. Sharpedo was defeated after Grovyle evolved into Sceptile and by Sceptile's Leaf Blade.

Sharpedo's only known move is Poison Fang.

Debut Pokémon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom


  • In Pokémon Adventures, Matt was originally conceived as a generic "tough guy" character; however, Kusaka and Yamamoto decided that this approach was boring, and Matt was instead written as the most "sensitive and nervous" (「ウシオが一番繊細で神経質」) of the SSS Trio.[2]


Language Name Origin
Japanese ウシオ Ushio From 潮 ushio, tide
English Matt Possibly from mast, the part of a ship that supports the sails
Ark (Chuang Yi) From aqua. Also a reference to Noah's ark.
French Matthieu Possibly mât, mast
German Wolfgang Possibly from Seewolf (wolffish) or Golf (gulf)
Italian Alan From aqua
Spanish Matías*
From mar (sea) and possibly mástil (mast)
From ola, wave
Korean 해조 Haejo Refers to tide (海潮) or seaweed (海藻)
Chinese (Taiwan) Cháo Means tide
Chinese (Mainland China) Cháo*
海潮 Hǎicháo*
Means tide
Means ocean tide.


  2. Satoshi Yamamoto's Twitter

Boss: Archie
Administrators: MattShellyAmber
Lower Members: Team Aqua Grunts
Former Members: Zinnia
Locations: Team Aqua Hideout

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