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Old man (Kanto)

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Old man
おじいさん Old man
Old man.png
The old man blocking the path
Gender Male
Hometown Viridian City
Region Kanto
Relatives Maximo (grandson), Primo (grandson)
Trainer class Trainer
Generation I, II, III, IV
Games Red, Blue, and Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, FireRed and LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver

The old man (Japanese: おじいさん old man) is a grumpy old man that lives in Viridian City, Kanto.

Role

Generation I and III

At first, he is very grumpy and will not let the player pass through to Route 2, until he has had his coffee for the day. This is just a barrier in the game, so the player will not wander past Viridian City until the player goes to the Viridian Poké Mart and delivers Oak's Parcel to Professor Oak.

After that, he starts to lighten up and help the player by teaching them how to catch a Pokémon using a Poké Ball. This is a guide for novice players in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. In Red, Blue, FireRed and LeafGreen, he catches a Weedle. In Yellow, he fails to catch a Rattata, then goes to the Poké Mart to get more Poké Balls; if the player talks to him again, he will successfully catch Rattata. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen he will also give the player a Teachy TV, which teaches the player a variety of things about battling and catching Pokémon. His grandson, Primo, is the host of the show.

In the original Japanese games, the old man is not grumpy from lack of coffee, but rather passed out drunk. This was changed in English for obvious reasons, as this could be deemed as "unsuitable".

Generation II and IV

He appears again in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver saying that he had his cup of coffee, which is revealed to be a double shot of espresso, and also tells the player he was once an expert at catching Pokémon. This is a reference to the events that happened three years before Generation II. Because Kanto is not accessed until later in those games, the old man will not demonstrate how to catch Pokémon; this role is taken by Route 29's Dude in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and Ethan or Lyra in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Old man glitch

Main article: Old man glitch

The old man glitch is one of the most widely known glitches in the Generation I Pokémon games. It causes wild Missingno., 'M (00) and various Pokémon over level 100 or at level 80 to appear.

Pokémon

Caught in tutorial

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green

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Types:
Bug Poison
Weedle Lv.5
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Pokémon Yellow

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Type:
Normal Unknown
Rattata Lv.5
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Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

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Types:
Bug Poison
Ability:
Shield Dust
Held item:
None
Weedle Lv.5
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Quotes

Pokémon Red and Blue

  • If tried to get past of before delivering Oak's Parcel
"You can't go through here! This is private property!"
  • After delivering Oak's Parcel
"Ahh, I've had my coffee now and I feel great! Sure you can go through! Are you in a hurry?"
Yes: "Time is money… Go along then."
No: "I see you're using a Pokédex. When you catch a Pokémon, Pokédex is automatically updated. What? Don't you know how to catch Pokémon? I'll show you how to then."
  • After the capture tutorial
"First, you need to weaken the target Pokémon."

Pokémon Yellow

  • If tried to get past of before delivering Oak's Parcel
"You can't go through here! This is private property!"
  • After delivering Oak's Parcel
"Ahh, I've had my coffee now and I feel great! Sure, you can go through! I'm sorry I was so rude to you! I see you're using a Pokédex. I'll show you how to catch Pokémon as my apology."
  • After failed capture tutorial
"That didn't work! I must be losing my touch. I've run out of Poké Balls too. I have to get some at Pokémon Mart."
  • If talked to again
"Hmm? You want me to show you how to catch Pokémon again?"
No: "Oh… I'm not good enough for you."
Yes: "Dandy! Watch what I do closely now!"
  • After successful capture tutorial
"First, you need to weaken the target Pokémon."

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

"Hey, kid! I just had a double shot of espresso, and I am wired! I need to talk to someone, so you'll have to do! I might not look like much now, but I was an expert at catching Pokémon. Do you believe me?"
Yes: "Good, good. Yes, I was something out of the ordinary, let me tell you!"
No: "What? You little whelp! If I were just a bit younger, I'd show you a thing or two. Humph!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • If tried to get past of before delivering Oak's Parcel
"I absolutely forbid you from going through here! This is private property!"
  • After delivering Oak's Parcel
"Well, now, I've had my coffee, and that's what I need to get going! Hm? What is that red box you have? Ah, so you're working on your Pokédex. Then let me give you a word of advice. Whenever you catch a Pokémon, the Pokédex automatically updates its data. …You don't know how to catch a Pokémon? I suppose I had better show you then!"
  • After the capture tutorial
"There! Now tell me, that was educational, was it not? And here, take this, too."
"If there's something you don't understand, watch that. It will teach you about the basics of being a Pokémon Trainer."
  • If talked to again
"Well, now, I've had my coffee, and that's what I need to get going! But I made it too strong. It gave me a headache… Incidentally, are you filling your Pokédex? At first, focus on weakening the Pokémon before trying to catch it."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

"Hey, kid! I just had a double shot of espresso, and I am wired! I need to talk to someone, so you'll have to do! I might not look like much now, but I was an expert at catching Pokémon. Do you believe me?"
Yes: "Good, good. Yes, I was something out of the ordinary, let me tell you!"
No: "What? You little whelp! If I were just a bit younger, I'd show you a thing or two. Humph!"

Appearance

Overworld sprites

Old man passed out I OD.png Old man I OD.png Old man II OD.png Old man passed out III OD.png Old man III OD.png Old man IV OD.png
Overworld passed out sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld passed out sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

Back sprites

RB Old man Back.png Y Old man Back.png FRLG Old man Back.png
Back sprite from
Red and Blue
Back sprite from
Yellow
Back sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen

Gallery

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Viellard*
Le vieil homme*
Germany Flag.png German Greis*
Alter Mann*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Anciano


Capture tutors
Old manPrimoDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor JuniperBiancaCalem/Serena


Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomBlueDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimo
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneCameronMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourName Rater

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