Dr. Footstep

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Dr. Footstep
フトマキ Futomaki
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Dr. Footstep in Pokémon Adventures
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Generation IV
Games Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Dr. Footstep (Japanese: フトマキ Futomaki) is a game character who lives on the southwest side of Route 213 in a small house on the beach. An expert on footprints, he gives the Footprint Ribbon to Trainers who have friendly Pokémon. He determines this based on their footprints. Somehow, he can tell how friendly a Pokémon is, even if it does not leave footprints.

In the games

Dr. Footstep's house in Diamond and Pearl

Different Pokémon have different sets of responses, such as Ghost Pokémon and those that look intimidating saying that they are scary and shunned, and more lethargic Pokémon beginning and ending their statements with "Hnurrr." Certain Pokémon that lack expressive features, such as Magnemite and Unown, give no real response, only making a noise that sounds like "Sssshhnnn." There are four classifications which could be loosely described as "Cute", "Tough", "Scary", and "Slow". In addition, Pokémon with footprints give different responses than those without footprints, making for a total of eight quote sets (excluding the silent group).


Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Route 213
  • If talked to for the first time
"Pokémon are quite easy for me to read. I need only to see their footprints, and their innermost thoughts are revealed to me! Oh? You are skeptical of my claim? Then, let your <lead Pokémon> walk in front of me, right here. From its footprints, I will determine how it feels about you."
  • If talked to again
"Do you want to check the feelings of your Pokémon again? Then, let your <lead Pokémon> walk in front of me, right here. From its footprints, I will determine how it feels about you."
  • After appraisal
    • Pokémon with footprints
"...And that is what your <lead Pokémon> thinks of you."
  • If the Pokémon has max friendship and does not have a Footprint Ribbon:
"I must say, your <lead Pokémon> and you share a very close bond. This is for you."
  • Pokémon without footprints
"...Hmmm... <lead Pokémon> doesn't leave any footprints. It's somewhat difficult for me to determine what its thoughts are."
  • If the Pokémon has max friendship and does not have a Footprint Ribbon:
"However, your <lead Pokémon> and you obviously share a close bond. This is for you."
  • Voiceless Pokémon
"...Hmm... <lead Pokémon> happens to be quite the silent type!"
  • If the Pokémon has max friendship and does not have a Footprint Ribbon:
"However, your <lead Pokémon> and you obviously share a close bond. This is for you."

Friendship levels

Dr. Footstep has five different ratings for Pokémon friendship. These reflect the Pokémon's responses as shown on the Friendship Checker Pokétch application. The lowest level of friendship will usually only be seen on Pokémon that have been treated badly, or on certain newly-caught species (such as Legendary Pokémon, Ralts, Buneary, and various Dark types) that naturally start with very low friendship.

Level Friendship Checker action Friendship
1 No hearts, Pokémon moves away from the stylus 0-69
2 No hearts, Pokémon moves towards the stylus 70-149
3 One small heart 150-199
4 Two small hearts 200-254
5 Two large hearts 255

If the Pokémon does not have a nickname, the species name is shown instead.

Cute Pokémon
Tough Pokémon
Scary Pokémon
  • With footprints: Golbat, Gengar, Drowzee, Hypno, Spinarak, Ariados, Murkrow, Houndour, Houndoom, Tyranitar, Shiftry, Sableye, Cacturne, Crawdaunt, Absol, Banette, Dusclops, Gastrodon, Honchkrow, Stunky, Skuntank, Spiritomb, Skorupi, Drapion, Croagunk, Toxicroak, Darkrai
    • Level 1: "That <player>... What is that Trainer thinking? Why make me join the team, then call upon me for nothing? Am I considered useless? Is the Trainer regretting having me? Does the Trainer dare disrespect this <Pokémon> so easily?"
    • Level 2: "I have little understanding of <player> as a human... <player> may not be too bad, considering that I, an oft-shunned <Pokémon>, am one of the team... That said, I don't intend to be all cheerful around <player>..."
    • Level 3: "Our kind prefers to lurk in dark and dank places... But being with <player>, even bright and festive places seem less threatening... <player> has a strange charisma..."
    • Level 4: "Not for a moment did I think I would be traveling with a human... If my <Pokémon> friends were to see me now, they would be shocked. Or would they be envious of me...?"
    • Level 5: "That <player> is the most impressive of humans. It takes a lot to make me, <nickname>, sunny and cheerful! As a show of affection, I should chomp down on the Trainer's neck... Hahaha... Have no fear... I was merely joking..."
  • Without footprints: Ekans, Arbok, Zubat, Grimer, Muk, Gastly, Haunter, Koffing, Weezing, Gyarados, Crobat, Misdreavus, Carvanha, Sharpedo, Seviper, Shuppet, Duskull, Drifloon, Drifblim, Mismagius, Dusknoir
    • Level 1: "Wooooooh... <nickname> has nothing to do... Keep me too bored, and I'm liable to sneak up and bite..."
    • Level 2: "Is there any human that would grow to like us <Pokémon>? Well? Does <player> like <nickname>? <nickname> doesn't like... Well, no, maybe not..."
    • Level 3: "<player> treats me, <nickname>, nicely without being scared. But <nickname> will be even scarier from now on. That's what we <Pokémon> do..."
    • Level 4: "<nickname> is starting to forget a little about being in the wild... But <nickname> isn't feeling sad. It's never boring with <player>..."
    • Level 5: "There are no Pokémon that dislike humans... Only humans that dislike Pokémon... We <Pokémon> are especially shunned... But <player> always treats me as a friend and partner..."
Slow Pokémon
  • With footprints: Psyduck, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Exeggutor, Lickitung, Snorlax, Sudowoodo, Quagsire, Slowking, Wobbuffet, Gligar, Piloswine, Octillery, Smeargle, Zigzagoon, Linoone, Lombre, Ludicolo, Slakoth, Slaking, Shedinja, Whismur, Loudred, Numel, Camerupt, Torkoal, Spinda, Trapinch, Wynaut, Bidoof, Bibarel, Bonsly, Chatot, Munchlax, Hippopotas, Lickilicky, Tangrowth, Mamoswine
    • Level 1: "Hnurrrr... Hunh? This is... Where? <player>'s house, is this? It's not? Hnurrr... If you don't need me for anything, can I go back to my Ball? Hnurrr..."
    • Level 2: "Hnurrr... Me? Uhm... I like to sleep most the time. Oh, I like to eat, too. That's next. But what I really like is to think. I'm a very deep thinker. When I think about the future of the <Pokémon> species... ...Hnurrr...hunh? Oh, I forget where the time goes. Hnurrrr..."
    • Level 3: "Hnurrr... Me? Uhm... There are lots of kinds of moves. I like those Dark-type moves, oh, and Dragon-type moves, too... How would they be for this <Pokémon>? Will they be for me? Or a no, no, no sort of thing? Hnurrr..."
    • Level 4: "Hnurrr... I don't know how to begin saying this... I liked living quietly before I met <player>. Sssh. But I'm getting to like traveling with <player>. I think I'm getting sort of funky. Do you think I'm sort of funky? No? No funk for me? Hnurrr..."
    • Level 5: "Hnurrr... Me? Uhm... Other Pokémon, they say to me... "You're not thinking, are you?" How insulting they should say so. It isn't true what they say. Think, think, think, I do that. All the time, I think hard how to help <player>. I concentrate! Hnurrr..."
  • Without footprints: Weepinbell, Victreebel, Seel, Dewgong, Shellder, Magikarp, Ditto, Chinchou, Dunsparce, Slugma, Magcargo, Gulpin, Swalot, Whiscash, Feebas, Relicanth, Carnivine
    • Level 1: "Hnurrr... I did not know that? I really don't? What is this? I don't know what to say? Hnurrr..."
    • Level 2: "Hnurrr... Well, I... I think I'm motivated. As motivated as the average. But it's not so simple as that. Hnurrr..."
    • Level 3: "Hnurrr... How should I say this? We both look out for each other. That's what we try to do, I think. That is for the best. Hnurrrr..."
    • Level 4: "Hnurrr... How do I say? How should I describe us? We are the sound of both hands clapping. <player> and I are together in synchronicity like twins. Hnurrr..."
    • Level 5: "Hnurrr... What is left to say, I say? We have come so far now, where can we go but to see this through? Hall of Fame... Words so sweet fall from my mouth. Hnurrr..."
Voiceless Pokémon

If a Pokémon receives a Level 5 rating, Dr. Footstep will award it a Footprint Ribbon. Footprint Ribbon.png


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Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl chapter

Dr. Footstep debuts in Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas at the Seven Stars Restaurant where he is seen collecting the footprints of Pearl's Chatler, and waits outside so he can get more. After Pearl and Diamond finish a battle with some Trainers, Dr. Footstep appears to take the footprints of their Pokémon. He invites Platinum, Diamond, and Pearl to his house so he can show them his collection. Soon after, they find an angry wild Hippowdon that sends them flying after Dr. Footstep collects its footprint. Dr. Footstep and Pearl land at Lake Valor and are carried by a wild Staraptor that carries them to the island in the lake. They eventually manage to swim back to shore, where they find that Platinum and Diamond have defeated a pair of Scientists that attacked them. Dr. Footstep gives them a Footprint Ribbon as thanks and goes to take the scientists to the proper authorities, although he gets distracted by a wild Weavile along the way.

Much later, in Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia V, Dr. Footstep is seen waiting impatiently at a police station for the interrogation of the scientists to end, so he can get the footprints of their Pokémon. He eventually decides to leave and once he exits the police station, he finds himself transported to the Spear Pillar where Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, and Cynthia are battling the leader of Team Galactic, Cyrus. When a Regigigas arrives to help the Sinnoh Pokédex holders battle Cyrus, Dr. Footstep takes its footprint to convey its feelings to everyone.

Platinum chapter

Dr. Footstep, together with the Sinnoh Pokémon Association Chairman, joins Diamond and Pearl for a short while, but decides not to accompany them to Old Chateau when he realizes that Rotom does not leave footprints, instead waiting with the Chairman. He is last seen in The Final Dimensional Duel XI after the battle with Giratina, explaining that the Pokémon has calmed down.


  • Aside from his real name, he's also referred to as Dr. Footstep (Japanese: 足跡はかせ Dr. Footprint) in the Japanese versions. English and European versions don't reflect that, treating the title as if it were actually his name.
  • The noise that voiceless Pokémon make (such as Probopass), "Ssshhhnnn," is similar to Japanese "sound effect" for silence, "shiiiiiin."
  • In the Chuang Yi translations of the Pokémon Adventures manga, he is also referred to as Futomaki.
  • Croagunk talks about how he is an "oft-shunned" Pokémon, despite the fact that the Pokédex refers to him as popular.
  • Additionally, Slowking is in the "Slow Pokémon" category, despite it being referred to in several Pokédex entries as having intelligence on-par or even higher than humans.


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Language Name Origin
Japanese フトマキ Futomaki
足跡はかせ Dr. Footprint
From footmark
From 足跡 ashiato (footprint)
English Dr. Footstep
From footstep
Same as Japanese name
French Dr Petitpas From petit pas (small step)
German Dr. Schrittritt From Schritt (footstep) and Tritt (step)
Italian Dott. Impronta From impronta (footprint)
Spanish Dr. Pisada From pisada (footstep, footprint)
Korean 발도장박사 Dr. Baldojang
발자국박사 Dr. Footprint
From 발도장 baldojang (footprint)
From 발자국 baljaguk (footstep)
Chinese (Mandarin) 布德馬奇 / 布德马奇 Bùdémǎqí
足跡博士 / 足迹博士 Dr. Footprint
Transliteration of his Japanese name
From 足跡 zújì (footprint)
Vietnamese Futomaki
Tiến sĩ dấu chân
Transliteration of his Japanese name
From dấu chân (footprint)

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