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ハジメ Hajime
Primo's artwork from Pokémon Daisuki Club website
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown, possibly Viridian City
Region Kanto and Johto
Relatives Old man (grandfather), Maximo (younger twin brother)
Trainer class Poké Dude
Generation III, IV
Games FireRed and LeafGreen, HeartGold and SoulSilver

Primo (Japanese: ハジメ Hajime) is a non-player character that appears in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In Generation III, his real name is not mentioned, and Primo is known simply as the Poké Dude (Japanese: テレビのおにいさん TV Dude). His name is revealed when he appears in Generation IV. Primo is the grandson of the old man in Viridian City who teaches the player how to catch Pokémon in Generation I and gives the Teachy TV in FireRed and LeafGreen.

Outside of the games themselves, Primo is the face of Pokémon Daisuki Club website's subsection on HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the games

Generation III

Primo appears in FireRed and LeafGreen as the host of the Poké Dude Show (renamed The Show Me Show in HeartGold and SoulSilver, even though the show itself is absent from these games). This television show broadcast on the Teachy TV and is aimed at Trainers who have just begun their Pokémon journeys. Primo instructs the player on six key gameplay elements:

The Poké Dude Show is filmed on Route 1.

Generation IV

At some point between Generations III and IV, Primo moved from Kanto to Johto. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he is first found in Violet City's Pokémon Center. If the player tells him a secret combination of words there (using the easy chat system), he will give him or her a new PC Box wallpaper or a Pokémon Egg. Each combination differs from between games and is dependent on the player's Trainer ID number. The Egg given can either hatch into a Mareep, Wooper, or a Slugma. The passwords can be retrieved from the Pokémon Daisuki Club website or's secret phrase generator.

Primo will sometimes compete in the Power course of the Pokéathlon.


Teachy TV


Primo OD.png  Power  Course
Supreme Cup
068OD.png Machamp
112OD.png Rhydon
210OD.png Granbull

Given away (as Eggs)

Spr 4h 179.png
Electric Unknown
Held item:
Mareep/ Lv.1
Normal Physical
Spr 4h 194 f.png
Water Ground
Damp or Water Absorb
Held item:
Wooper/ Lv.1
Water Gun
Water Special
Tail Whip
Normal Status
Spr 4h 218.png
Fire Unknown
Magma Armor or Flame Body
Held item:
Slugma/ Lv.1
Normal Status
Poison Special


TM Case TM Case
TM Fighting TM01 (Focus Punch) ×1
TM Water TM03 (Water Pulse) ×1
TM Grass TM09 (Bullet Seed) ×1
TM Fire TM35 (Flamethrower) ×1


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Start of the show
"Hey, all you Trainers out there! Hello, Trainers! ...Come on, let me hear you! Hello, Trainers! It's me, the Poké Dude!"
  • Before moving to a particular aspect of the show
"All righty, here goes! Keep your eyes glued to the super Poké Dude Show!"
  • End of the show
"Remember, Trainers, a good deed a day brings happiness to stay!"


File:Poké Dude.png Primo III OD.png Primo OD.png
Back sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Primo (as the Poké Dude) or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Rarity Set
Poké Dude T - Unnumbered Promotional cards (no English release)


  • Hironobu Yoshida once performed in a live-action version of Teachy TV, dressing up as the Poké Dude to present it. Depictions of him in various poses form the basis for the illustration for the Poké Dude promotional card.
  • He, the old man, and Dude are the only NPCs to receive a back sprite, but not a front one.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ハジメ Hajime From 初め hajime, first.
English Primo From prime.
French Castor From Castor.
German Castor From Castor.
Italian Castore From Castor.
Spanish Cástor From Castor.
Korean 큰형님 Keun Hyeongnim Literally means Great Big Brother.

Poké Dude

Language Name Origin
Japanese テレビのおにいさん TV dude
English Poké Dude
German Pokékumpel Means Pokébuddy.

Capture tutors
Old manPrimoDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor JuniperBiancaCalem/SerenaProfessor Kukui

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 RaterDay-Care ManProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesman
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrie
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetDudeCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides

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