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Dock (Japanese: ツガ Tsuga) is a character in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire who plays a minor role in the player's story progression. He works at Stern's Shipyard and was commissioned to design a ferry.
In the games
Before arriving in Slateport City, the player is told by Mr. Stone's assistant to deliver a package to Captain Stern in Slateport. However, Stern is inaccessible until the player talks to Dock. After doing that, the Team MagmaR/AquaSE Grunts, previously preventing the player from entering the Oceanic Museum (where Captain Stern is), are no longer blocking it off. From that point, the player can advance farther in the game.
Much later in the storyline, Mr. Briney decides to help with the work on the ferry, and Dock notifies the player when they talk to him.
- Before talking to Captain Stern
- "Umm… If this goes here, and that goes over there… Then where does this thing go? And what about that doohickey? Aaargh! I can't make heads or tails of this! Hm? Hi, I'm Dock. Capt. Stern commissioned me to design a ferry. Oh! That there… Are they Devon Goods? But, hmm… This won't do… Capt. Stern went off somewhere. He said he had some work to do. Could I get you to go find Capt. Stern and deliver that to him?"
- After talking to Captain Stern
- "Shipbuilding is an art. A lot of things can't be figured out just by calculating. I really could use advice from a veteran who knows the seas…"
- After obtaining the Balance Badge
- "Hi! Mr. Briney's joined us to lend us his help. Thanks to the veteran sailor, the ferry is steadily coming together."
- After becoming the Champion
- "The ferry is finally ready! The new S.S. Tidal is truly a marvel of technology! But, I get the feeling that we can make something even better. You know, there's never an end to technology's march."
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Dock (known as Tuga in the Chuang Yi translation) first appears in Tripped Up by Torkoal, being forced by the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman to use the Berry Blender with Captain Stern and Ruby. Team Magma spotted them and they were taken hostage in order to make Captain Stern give information on the Submarine Explorer 1 project. He suffered several injuries from Blaise's Pokémon.
|| ツガ Tsuga
|| From 栂 Tsuga, Japanese hemlock. May also be from 津 tsu, port.
|| From dock
| Tuga (Chuang Yi)
|| Similar to Japanese name
|| From Boot, boat
|| From timone, helm
|| From muelle, pier