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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 Aqua Hideout.

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

In Pokémon Omega Ruby, Magma Admin Courtney fulfills Matt's roles.


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
"Hoohahaha! What, you got a screw loose or something? Look at you, little Makuhita man!"
"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!"
"Oho! Sounds pretty fun! Come at me, little man!"
"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!"
"Hoohahaha! Good kid! Now let's rough you up real nice!"
"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!"
"Oho! And this time there's a girl! She looks worth pummeling, too!"
  • 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!"


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


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 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.[1]


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.


  1. Satoshi Yamamoto's Twitter

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

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