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The Name Rater in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
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A Name Rater (Japanese: せいめいはんだんし Onomancer) is a man who judges how suitable Pokémon nicknames are. Name Raters allow the players to rename their Pokémon, as long as they are the original Trainer.
If the Pokémon was caught by the player that currently owns it, he will say that the name could be better and offer the player the option of changing it.
If the Pokémon he's judging is an outsider Pokémon (if it was originally obtained in a different game, via an event, or via an in-game trade), he will say that the name is perfect and refuse to change it. The Name Rater in Orre will also refuse to rename a Shadow Pokémon until it has been purified.
However, if both players have identical Trainer IDs and secret IDs (which is extremely unlikely), he will allow name changes. In Generation V, both players must also have the same name and gender as well.
Pokémon Name Raters can be found in the following locations:
- In every game starting with Pokémon Crystal, if the player chooses to name the Pokémon the same name as before, the Name Rater will exclaim "It looks the same, yet it is vastly superior!"
- HeartGold and SoulSilver are the only games where he does not greet the player with "Hello, hello!", instead saying "Hello, there!".