Aqua Admin (Trainer class)

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Aqua Admin
アクアだんかんぶ Team Aqua Executive
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Matt.pngOmega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Shelly.png
Aqua Admins Matt and Shelly in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Sapphire, Emerald
Alpha Sapphire
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Matt, Shelly
Anime debut A Three Team Scheme!
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt! I (Adventures)

An Aqua Admin (Japanese: アクアだんかんぶ Team Aqua Executive) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation III games.

The title has only specifically referred to two characters, Matt and Shelly, as well as a third Aqua Admin, Amber, whose only appearance is in the Pokémon Adventures manga. The three of them make up the SSS trio in the manga, being the subleaders of Team Aqua under Archie.

Aqua Admins specialize in Water- and Dark-type Pokémon, namely Carvanha and Sharpedo.


Sprites and models

Spr RS Matt.png Spr RS Shelly.png Spr RS Team Aqua Beta.png
Matt's sprite from
Sapphire and Emerald
Shelly's sprite from
Sapphire and Emerald
Possible beta sprite from
Aqua Grunt M OD.png Aqua Grunt M Emerald OD.png Aqua Grunt F OD.png Aqua Grunt F Emerald OD.png
Matt's overworld sprite from
Ruby and Sapphire
Matt's overworld sprite from
Shelly's overworld sprite from
Ruby and Sapphire
Shelly's overworld sprite from
VSMatt.png VSShelly.png
Matt's VS portrait from
Alpha Sapphire
Shelly's VS portrait from
Alpha Sapphire
Matt ORAS OD.png Shelly ORAS OD.png
Matt's overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Shelly's overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer list

Pokémon Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

In the anime

Shelly in the anime

Only one Aqua Admin, Shelly, appeared in the anime. She made her debut along with Magma Admin Tabitha in A Three Team Scheme!, where she was mistakenly referred to as "Tactical Commander Isabel"; this was corrected in subsequent episodes. She led a squad on a mission to Dewford Island to find the Cave of Origin. It was revealed that she was carrying the Red Orb (mistakenly referred to as the "Rose Orb") with her at the time, though it was never shown on-screen.

Shelly appeared several other times throughout Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire in command of Team Aqua Grunts: at Mt. Chimney in Fight for the Meteorite! and the Weather Institute in Unfair Weather Friends. Her final appearance was in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, where she freed Kyogre from Team Magma's ship and witnessed the battle between Kyogre and Groudon. Like the rest of Team Aqua, she is not seen again after these episodes.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Aqua Grunts Matt, Shelly, and Amber are promoted to Admin status by Archie in Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt! I after they successfully steal the Devon Goods. They become the 'SSS trio' - "Subleaders of the Sea Scheme." Later, they work together to use energy from Professor Cozmo's meteorite to stop Mt. Chimney's activity, and though Sapphire defeats Matt, their plot is successful. They appear again in Always Keep Whiscash on You for Emergencies when Team Aqua and Team Magma briefly join forces to journey to the bottom of the sea. Archie takes Amber with him and nearly kills him in Very Vexing Volbeat by locking him and Magma Admin Tabitha inside the Submarine Explorer 1.

During the battle between Kyogre and Groudon, the SSS trio fights against some of the Hoenn Gym Leaders. Matt is ultimately defeated by Winona and Shelly by Flannery. Amber defeats Wattson, but also deliberately allows the Gym Leaders to find the location of the Team Aqua Hideout, suggesting that Archie's treatment of him has caused him to defect from Team Aqua. The fate of Matt and Shelly is not known.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

Amber returns to Team Aqua's Lilycove Headquarters and unexpectedly encounters Blaise. The manga-exclusive counterparts eventually strike a deal to work together, and force Hoopa to summon Kyogre and Groudon, so that they would be able to trace their respective leaders' whereabouts. It is then revealed that "Matt" and "Shelly" were codenames for the game-based Aqua Admins; two new characters which resemble Matt and Shelly in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were introduced as co-operators with Zinnia.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring or mentioning Team Aqua Admins in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Aqua Admin
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 #
Team Aqua Admin Su Double Crisis Uncommon 25/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis U 027/034

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Admin Team Aqua*
Admin Aqua*
Germany Flag.png German Aqua-Vorstand*
Aqua Vors.*
Italy Flag.png Italian Idrotenente
South Korea Flag.png Korean 아쿠아단간부 Aqua-dan Ganbu
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Admin. da Equipe Aqua
Russia Flag.png Russian Админ Команды Аква Admin Komandy Akva
Spain Flag.png Spanish Comandante Aqua*
Admin. Aqua*

See also

Boss: Archie (Masters)
Administrators: MattShellyAmber*
Lower members: Team Aqua Grunts
Former members: ZinniaAS
Locations: Team Aqua Hideout

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Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
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