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ミツル Mitsuru
Art from R/S/E
Gender Male
Hometown Petalburg City
Region Hoenn
Relatives Wanda (cousin), unnamed aunt and uncle, unnamed mother and father
Trainer class Trainer, Rival
Generation III
Games Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald

Wally (Japanese: ミツル Mitsuru) is one of the two rival characters in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Emerald, the other being Brendan/May. He is the first rival not to be the player's first battle, and the first rival not to have a starter Pokémon.

Wally is a young, sickly boy who just moved to Petalburg City. Despite his illness, his dream is to train Pokémon.

His illness is never explained but his symptoms appear to clear up in clean air, so it may be asthma.

In the games

Wally was a sick young boy who asked Norman, the Petalburg Gym Leader, to help him catch a Pokémon before he moves to Verdanturf Town to live with his aunt and uncle.

Norman allowed his child, the player of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald to assist Wally, and loaned Wally a Zigzagoon.

Using this, Wally was able to capture a Ralts.

Wally later shows up again in Mauville City, pleading with his uncle to let him challenge Wattson. He battles the player to prove his strength, but loses.

Wally eventually runs away from home and challenges the player at the end of Victory Road in Ever Grande City, seemingly totally recovered from his illness. He remains there, and it is possible to fight him several times per day.

According to the Trainer's Eyes, Wally's strategy is "We let it all hang out." Wally's favorite type of Pokémon is "The 1st Pokémon I caught", and his self-introduction is "Pokémon and I have grown stronger together".


This listing is for Wally's Pokémon in the video games in which he has appeared.


Norman loans this Pokémon to Wally to show him how to catch Pokémon.

First battle

Second battle

Third battle

Fourth battle

Fifth battle

Sixth battle

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Wally in the manga

Wally's first Pokémon was a Ralts that Ruby loaned him, and a Kecleon he caught himself. His "starter" Pokémon was a Treecko which he rescued after Professor Birch lost it in a flood.

Wally asked Norman to teach him about Pokémon and help him catch one, but Norman refused after seeing how sickly Wally was.

Ruby seemed to take quickly to Wally, possibly because Norman didn't like Wally, and decided to help the other boy. Ruby loaned Wally his Ralts, nicknamed "Ruru", and Wally was able to capture a Kecleon.

Unfortunately, before Ruru could be returned to her rightful owner, an earthquake caused Ruby to fall into the sea.

The next time we see Wally, he is rescuing the old man who looks for Mirage Island in Pacifidlog Town, from Kyogre's flood. It would seem that Wally had managed to recover much from his illness by then, and had been traveling around Hoenn for quite some time.

Norman, who had just been passing by, finally agreed to take Wally on as a student, and told him to come to the Sky Pillar.

There, Norman revealed that what he had been training Ruby for since he was very young was to help Norman awaken Rayquaza. Norman could only accomplish this with someone the size of a 10-year old boy.

Even though he's healthier, Wally wears a suit with a respirator built into it, showing that his sickness could be some form of asthma.

Wally acquired his Cacnea while traveling through the desert, his Roselia on Route 117, and Norman gave him his Flygon. Most of this occurred off-panel.

Wally was once believed to be a representation of Emerald because of his all-green team and mainly green wardrobe. However, he's not a Pokédex Holder and he debuted long before announcement of Pokémon Emerald, which means he was never to be intended to be Emerald representation. Due to that, a new character was created for that role.


File:Wally respirator suit.jpg
Wally's respirator suit

This listing is for Wally's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.



(nicknamed "Ruru", returned to Ruby)
Treecko → Grovyle
(Lost, but recovered by Emerald)

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Wally or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Wally's Training T - Uncommon EX Sandstorm 130/146
EX Emerald 85/106


  • Though he is never classified as a "rival" in the games themselves, Wally essentially takes the place of Brendan/May as the player's rival after he/she decides to help with Professor Birch's studies rather than be a competitive Trainer.
  • He shares the same Chinese name with Dawn.
  • Until Kotone, Wally was the only rival character to not have a Pokémon received from the professor of that region.
    • He is still the only main rival to not have done so, as Kotone is considered a 'pseudo-rival'.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ミツル Mitsuru
English Wally
French Timmy
German Heiko
Italian Lino
Spanish Blasco
Korean 민진 Minjin
Chinese (Taiwan) 小光 Xiǎo Guāng From 光 hikari, means "young light."
Rival characters
Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure HunterDock
ApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChazFossil ManiacKiriMemory Girl
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterDay-Care CoupleStats judge