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Dude (Japanese: おにいさん Dude) is a Trainer on Route 29 right outside New Bark Town in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. He notices the player pass by a few times and decides to teach them how to catch Pokémon. He is the Generation II equivalent of the old man and was replaced with Lyra or Ethan in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.


Caught in tutorial

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Normal Unknown
Held item:
Rattata/ Lv.5

The battle screen also shows that he has a single, unseen, Pokémon on his team during the capture tutorial.


Dude has the following items in the Items pocket:

Dude has the following Poké Balls in the Poké Balls pocket:



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Back sprite from
Generation II
(Male Player)
Back sprite from
Generation II
(Female Player)
Overworld sprite from
Generation II


Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal

  • Before Silver steals a first partner Pokémon
"Pokémon hide in the grass. Who knows when they'll pop out..."
"I've seen you a couple times. How many Pokémon have you caught? Would you like me to show you how to catch Pokémon?"
Yes: (Shows how to catch Pokémon) "That's how you do it. If you weaken them first, Pokémon are easier to catch."
No: "Oh, fine then. Anyway, if you want to catch Pokémon, you have to walk a lot."
If talked to again after selecting No: "Huh? You want me to show you how to catch Pokémon?"
  • If talked to again after the catching tutorial
"Pokémon hide in the grass. Who knows when they'll pop out..."


Poké Ball battle V.png Capture tutors Poké Ball battle V.png
Old manPrimoProfessor OakDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor Juniper
BiancaCalem/SerenaProfessor KukuiLeonProfessor LaventonNemona

Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterPoké SeerDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides

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