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The old guys (Japanese: オヤジたち old guys) are a quintet of non-player characters that appear in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. They are all located in the Mauville City Pokémon Center (later Mauville Hills in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), though only one will be present at a time. They differ in the color of their hair and clothing.

Mechanics

Generation III

In Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the final digit of the player's Trainer ID number determines which of the five men will initially appear in the Mauville City Pokémon Center. The following list details which number corresponds with which man.

  • If the Trainer's ID ends in 0 or 1, the Bard will appear.
  • If the Trainer's ID ends in 2 or 3, the Hipster will appear.
  • If the Trainer's ID ends in 4 or 5, the Trader will appear.
  • If the Trainer's ID ends in 6 or 7, the Storyteller will appear.
  • If the Trainer's ID ends in 8 or 9, Giddy will appear.

If two or more players of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald mix records with each other, the men that were in each players' games will be transferred over.

Generation VI

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they give the player O-Powers. Giddy is in the Mauville City Pokémon Center when the player first arrives. After being interacted with twice, he leaves.

Other old guys will only appear or give the player their second set of O-Powers after the player has reached specific points in the storyline. If one of the men leaves, the next won't appear until the player has reached the point in the storyline where he will give his next O-Power; if the player obtains the first O-Power but is not yet far enough in the game to obtain the second, the current old guy will remain in the Pokémon Center.

After the Storyteller has left the Pokémon Center for their shared apartment in Mauville Hills (Apartment 3), when the player visits all five in their apartment, the Storyteller will mention that they are looking for someone to pass their powers to; the player tells him about the powerless man living across the hall, at which point the Storyteller requests that the player lead the powerless man to them. If the player does so, they will each give him their power (disappearing after doing so), turning the powerless man into Mr. Bonding. Mr. Bonding will give the player the final O-Power, Hatching Power, and leave.

Old guy Interaction Requirement O-Powers
Giddy 1 none Speed Power
Giddy 2 none Critical Power
The Hipster 1 Dynamo Badge Befriending Power
The Hipster 2 Heat Badge Encounter Power and
Accuracy Power
The Bard 1 Balance Badge Prize Money Power
The Bard 2 Feather Badge Exp. Point Power
The Trader 1 Mind Badge Stealth Power
The Trader 2 Rain Badge Bargain Power
The Storyteller 1 none PP Restoring Power
The Storyteller 2 Enter the Hall of Fame none

Giddy

Giddy (Japanese: 伝説おやじ Folklore old man) will have a "scintillating story" for the player, asking a series of yes or no questions. He appears to have a brother (Gaddy) and a niece who live in Laverre City in the Kalos region.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Giddy's questions are based on either a word from the easy chat system or something else, such as if the player knows a nice place for vacation.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Giddy will reward the player with the Speed O-Power for answering his questions. He is in the Pokémon Center as soon as the player arrives there. Later, the player may answer more of his questions and receive the Critical Power, at which point he leaves.

The Hipster

The Hipster (Japanese: ナウいおやじ Hip old man) will tell the player a collection of "trendy words".

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, he adds phrases to the game's easy chat system. He will add one phrase each time he is talked to after records are mixed.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he will use a bunch of trendy words and reward the player with one or two O-Powers for listening. He first appears after the player has the Dynamo Badge, and ramble once. For listening to his trendy words the first time he will give the player the Befriending Power. After the player has the Heat Badge, he will tell the player more trendy words, then give the player the Encounter Power and Accuracy Power for listening and leave.

The Bard

The Bard (Japanese: シンガーソングおやじ Singer-songwriter old man) will sing a song to the player.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the song he sings will be made up of six words or phrases from the easy chat system. He will then tell the player he isn't happy with the lyrics and ask them to change one word or phrase. When the Bard sings the game will make noises that sound very vaguely like the words or phrases in the song.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he will sing two lines of his song, then give the player an O-Power as an apology for singing an unfinished song. He first appears after the player has the Balance Badge, and sing once. For listening to his song the first time he will give the player the Prize Money Power. After the player has the Feather Badge, he will sing again, then give the player the Exp. Point Power for listening and leave.

The Trader

The Trader (Japanese: グッズ交換おやじ Good-trading old man) will trade the player Secret Base Decorations.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, he will trade the player one of his decorations (Duskull Doll, Ball Cushion, Tire, Pretty Flowers) for one of the player's decorations. He will only trade once each time the player mixes records. When he is passed to another player via record mixing, he will replace the item he originally offered with the item the player traded him.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he will offer to trade the player one of four Decorations (Duskull Doll, Poké Ball Cushion, Tire, Flowering Plant) for one of three items (Potion, Antidote, Poké Ball). He first appears after the player has the Mind Badge, and trade once. For trading the first time he will give the player the Stealth Power. After the player has the Rain Badge, he will trade one of the decorations from the same pool again, then give the player the Bargain Power for trading and leave.

The Storyteller

The Storyteller (Japanese: メルヘンおやじ Storytelling old man), in his own words, tells "tales of legendary Trainers". He will tell the player a selection of statistics about players and make a comment about it.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, he will give a list of stories he knows, and ask the player to pick the one they want to hear. He will tell the player the number of times the player or a player has mixed records with has done the topic of the story.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he will tell the player a fixed list of stats about themself. He first appears after the player has the Rain Badge and traded with the Trader twice, and will tell the player about themselves once. After he realizes he is talking to the legendary Trainer he is describing, he will give the player the PP Restoring Power. After the player has entered the Hall of Fame, he will tell the player that he can now go home having met the legendary Trainer that is the player and leaves.

List of stories

Generation III

The Item-Finding Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the player has used an Itemfinder. He then comments that the Trainer must enjoy scouring the ground for hidden items.
The Save-Happy Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times that the player has saved the game. He then comments that one will never find a more cautious Trainer than them.
The Cut-Frenzy Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times that the player has used Cut. He then comments that they are a Trainer who just must love to cut.
The Move-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the player has moved their Secret Base. He then comments that they are a Trainer who loves to move houses often.
The Cable Car-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer rode the Cable Car to Mt. Chimney. He then comments that they must be a busy Trainer who's up and down all the time.
The Interviewed Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer has been interviewed. He then comments that they must be attracting a lot of attention.
The Safari-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer has gone into the Safari Zone. He then comments that they must have a wild side that comes out in the Safari Zone.
The Hot Spring-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer bathed in the Hot Springs. He then comments that they must be a Trainer with baby-smooth skin.
The Trendsetter Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer has changed the trendy phrase in Dewford Hall. He then comments that the Trainer is setting trends for all the Hoenn region.
The Contest-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer entered Pokémon Contests. He then comments that the Trainer must love showing off Pokémon to others.
The Contest Master
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer has won Pokémon Contests. He then comments that the Trainer must be an incredible Contest master.
The Fishing Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has successfully caught a wild Pokémon with a Fishing Rod. He then comments that the Trainer is a legendary fishing expert.
The Battle-Happy Trainer
The storyteller states the number of times the Trainer has battled other Trainers. He then comments that they must be a Trainer who can never refuse a chance to battle.
The Rock-Smashing Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has used Rock Smash. He then comments that they must be a Trainer who can't leave a stone unsmashed.
The Pokémon-Catching Trainer
The storyteller states how many Pokémon the Trainer has caught. He then comments that the Trainer is a legendary catcher of wild Pokémon.
The Homebody Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer healed their Pokémon at their house. He then comments that there could be no more of a homebody than the Trainer.
The Berry-Planting Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer planted Berries. He then comments that the Trainer is a legendary lover of Berries.
The Ledge-Jumping Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has jumped down ledges. He then comments that if there is a ledge to be jumped, the Trainer can't ignore it.
The Splash-Happy Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has used Splash. He then comments that they must be a Trainer who must love splashing around.
The Rain-Soaked Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has been soaked by rain. He then comments that the Trainer's charisma must even attract rain.
The Avid Pokédex Reader
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has checked the Pokédex. He then comments that the Trainer must love inspecting Pokémon in a Pokédex.
The Pokémon Center-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has healed Pokémon at a Pokémon Center. He then comments that there could be no greater lover of Pokémon Centers than the Trainer.
The Egg-Warming Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has hatched Pokémon from Eggs. He then comments that the Trainer is a legendary warmer of eggs.
The Blend-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has made Pokéblocks. He then comments that there is none better at using a Berry Blender than the Trainer.
The Legendary TV Viewer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has watched TV. He then comments that the Trainer must love watching TV.
The Evolver Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has made Pokémon evolve. He then comments that the Trainer is the ultimate evolver of Pokémon.
The Happy Shopper
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has bought items in shops. He then comments that the Trainer must be one of those people who are born to shop.
The Ribbon Collector
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has received a ribbon. He then comments that the Trainer must be one of those people who love ribbons.
The Battle Tower Challenger
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has taken the Battle Tower challenge. He then comments that the Trainer aspires for excellence in the Battle Tower.
The Day Care-Using Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer left Pokémon with the Day Care. He then comments that the Trainer must be a real go-getter who raises Pokémon aggresively
The Time-Conscious Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has checked the clock in their room. He then comments that they must be a punctual Trainer who's conscious of the time.
The Bike-Loving Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has swapped bikes. He then comments that the Trainer must love bikes deeply and passionately.
The Tenacious Trainer
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer had to rely on Struggle. He then comments that they are a tenacious Trainer who never gives in to adversity.
The Pokémon Lottery Wizard
The storyteller states how many times the Trainer has won prizes at the Pokémon Lottery Corner in Lilycove City. He then comments that the Trainer must have many friends to trade Pokémon with.

Generation VI

The storyteller tells the player these stats in a fixed order.

  1. Number of times the player has saved
  2. Number of times the player has battled
  3. Number of times the player has healed their Pokémon at home
  4. Number of times the player has ridden the Cable Car
  5. Number of times the player has used the Dowsing Machine

Overworld sprites

Mauville Pokémon Center Giddy OD.png Mauville Pokémon Center hipster OD.png Mauville Pokémon Center bard OD.png Mauville Pokémon Center trader OD.png Mauville Pokémon Center storyteller OD.png
Giddy Hipster Bard Trader Storyteller

In other languages

Japanese English French German Italian Spanish Korean
オヤジたち old guys old guys tontons fünf Käuze cinque vecchietti cinco señores 아저씨들 guys
伝説おやじ folklore old man Giddy le Tonton Conteur der Märchenonkel Stramby el Charlatán 메르헨아저씨 fairy guy
ナウいおやじ hip old man the Hipster le Tonton Branché Trendwig il Dandy el Fardón 지금유행아저씨 hip guy
シンガーソングおやじ singer-songwriter old man the Bard le Tonton Chanteur der Barde il Cantautore el Bardo 싱어송아저씨 singer-songwriter guy
グッズ交換おやじ good-trading old man the Trader le Tonton Camelot der Händler il Mercante el Canjeador 굿즈교환아저씨 trading guy
メルヘンおやじ storytelling old man the Storyteller le Tonton Narrateur der Geschichtenerzähler il Narratore el Cuentaleyendas 전설아저씨 legendary guy



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 LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChaz
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterStats judge

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