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ミツル Mitsuru
Ruby Sapphire Wally.png
Art from Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Gender Male
Eye color Ice blue
Hair color Chartreuse
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, Sapphire, and 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 is a sick young boy who asks 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. This is the catching tutorial of Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Ironically, it is the player who is teaching Wally to catch Pokémon.

Wally shows up again later in Mauville City, pleading with his uncle to let him challenge Wattson. He battles the player to prove his strength, but loses. He decides his uncle is right but says he will train to get stronger.

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.


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.

Caught in tutorial
Spr 3r 280.png
Psychic Unknown
Held item:
Ralts Lv.5

First battle

Second battle


Each rematch with Wally on Victory Road increases his payout by PokémonDollar.png180 and his party's levels by three without modifications to movesets. By the fourth rematch, his payout is PokémonDollar.png3420 and his party has increased by twelve levels.


Petalburg Gym

"Um… I… I'd like to get a Pokémon, please…
"I'm going to go stay with my relatives in Verdanturf Town. I thought I would be lonely by myself, so I wanted to take a Pokémon along. But I've never caught a Pokémon before. I don't know how…
"Oh, wow! A Pokémon!
"Oh, wow! Thank you!
"<Player>… Would you really come with me?

Route 102

"<Player>… Pokémon hide in tall grass like this, don't they? Please watch me and see if I can catch one properly. …Whoa!
"I did it… It's my… My Pokémon! <Player>, thank you! Let's go back to the Gym!

Petalburg Gym

"Thank you, yes, it did. Here's your Pokémon back. <Player>, thank you for coming along with me. You two are why I was able to catch my Pokémon. I promise I'll take really good care of it. Oh! My mom's waiting for me, so I have to go! By, <player>!

Mauville City

  • Before battle
"Aww, Uncle, please? I want to challenge this Gym and see how much better I've become. Please? May I, please?"
"I'm not pushing it. If I combine forces with Ralts, we can beat anyone!"
"Oh! Hi, <player>! I've gotten a lot stronger since we met. <Player>, I want you and my Uncle to understand that. <Player>, please, will you have a battle with me?"
Yes: "<Player>, thank you. Okay… Here I come!"
No: "Oh… If you won't battle me, <player>, my Uncle won't know that I've become really strong."
  • When defeated
"I lost…"
  • After being defeated
"Uncle… I'll go back to Verdanturf…"
"<Player>, thank you. Being a Trainer is tough, isn't it? It's not enough just to have Pokémon and make them battle. That isn't what being a real Trainer is about."

Route 117

"Oh, hello, <player>! I just wanted to tell you that my Uncle bought me a PokéNav! Now I can get in touch with you anytime, <player>!"

Wanda's house

"I lost to you, <player>, but I'm not feeling down anymore. Because I have a new purpose in life. Together with my Ralts, I'm going to challenge Pokémon Gyms and become a great Trainer. Please watch me, <player>. I'm going to be stronger than you. When I do, I'm going to challenge you to another battle."

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

PKMN Trainer WallyRS / PKMN Lover WallyE

We let it all hang out.
Trainer's Pokémon
The 1st Pokémon I caught.
Pokémon and I have grown stronger together.


Jirachi Encounter.png
Encountering Jirachi


Spr RS Wally.png File:RSE Wally back.png Wally OD.png
Wally's sprite
from Generation III
Wally's back sprite
from Generation III
Wally's overworld sprite
from Generation III

In the manga

Wally in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Wally (Adventures)

Wally appears as a major supporting character in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

In the TCG


Artwork from the cards:

Wally Training.png
Raising his Pokémon


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

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Wally's Training T [Su] EX Sandstorm Uncommon 89/100 Miracle of the Desert Uncommon 052/053r
EX Emerald Uncommon 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.
  • In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Wally challenges the player near the exit of Victory Road. However in Emerald he is met after crossing the first bridge.
  • It is possible for the capture tutorial to end with Ralts fainting. This can only happen if Zigzagoon is generated with 11 Attack, the wild Ralts has a nature that lowers Defense, an IV of 3 or less in HP, and 5 or less in Defense. With all this, Zigzagoon can do a maximum of 10 damage with its first Tackle, and after Growl is used on it, 7 with its second. This makes for a total of 17 damage, just enough to knock out Ralts. However, the game continues on as if it had been caught.
  • Wally is the first rival that the player cannot name. This does not count Brendan and May, as they are also player characters, and thus the player can name them if they are chosen.
    • He is also the only rival that doesn't use a starter pokemon recieved from a regional professor


Language Name Origin
Japanese ミツル Mitsuru Tsuru, vine. Can mean "growing", "docile".
English Wally Can mean "ruler of the army" or "foreigner" as a diminutive of Walter or Wallace, respectively.
French Timmy Probably refers to the word "Timid"- which describes how Wally acts.
German Heiko German form of the English name "Henry".
Italian Lino
Spanish Blasco
Korean 민진 Min Jin 민/閔 Min is a Korean surname, but 閔 also means "mourn, grieve" as well as "urge on, incite", while 진 Jin in turn could mean 進/晉 "progression"; together it may reference Wally's story. Curiously, 민 min also means 玟/珉 "jade" while 진 jin could be 榛 "hazel"; two particular shades of green which are similar to Wally's color pallet.
Chinese (Mandarin) 小光 Xiǎo Guāng From 光 mitsuru. Literally "young light."

Rival characters

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

Non-player characters in the core series games
Hoenn 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

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