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ツガ Tsuga
Dock (right) and Captain Stern in Pokémon Adventures
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Hoenn
Generation III, VI
Games Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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

Dock in Pokémon Emerald

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.


Stern's Shipyard

  • 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."


Dock OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

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.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ツガ Tsuga From 栂 Tsuga, Japanese hemlock. May also be from 津 tsu, port.
English Dock From dock
Tuga (Chuang Yi) Similar to Japanese name
French Archibald
German Bootmar From Boot, boat
Italian Timon From timone, helm
Spanish Muéllez From muelle, pier

Non-player characters in the core series games
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterDiving Treasure Hunter
DockApprenticePokémon Center LadiesPokémon Center menTealaAaruneLisiaTeam AquaTeam Magma
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsGym guideName RaterLegendary Top Pokémon Breeder

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