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Sailor Eldritch and his family in the Pokémon Adventures manga

Eldritch (Japanese: ナミキ Namiki) is a non-player character in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In the games

Eldritch works at the docks of Canalave City and operates the boat that can take the player to a variety of destinations, among them Iron Island and Fullmoon Island. He lives in a small house near the pier with his wife and young son.

After entering the Hall of Fame, the player finds that Eldritch's son has been stricken by nightmares and cannot awaken, thrashing in his sleep and trying to say the name of a Pokémon that is watching him. To cure the boy, the player must go to Fullmoon Island with Eldritch's help and retrieve a Lunar Wing.


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Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

In Off Course with Corsola, Eldritch tours Crystal around the S.S. Aqua, how it travels between Johto and Kanto, and that Lt. Surge is always using it for personal purposes. When asked if Lt. Surge is the captain of the ship, Eldritch is not sure and gossips with Crystal about his boss' past, being Vermilion City's Gym Leader, working on the S.S. Anne prior, and a rumor that he was a major criminal. Soon Lt. Surge announces that they are landing soon, Eldritch is ordered to continue working after his boss thanked Crystal for her help earlier.

In Sandslash Surprise', Eldritch informs Lt. Surge that they have reached the Whirl Islands, commending that he was right to leave the passengers at Olivine and states how lucky they were able to survive the whirlpools they encountered on their way there.

In Curious Kingdra', Eldritch is relieved that he made it out of the attack of the Lugia and is glad that Lt. Surge is alright as well when he returns.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Grumpy Gliscor, Eldritch was manning a ship for the first time and is not worried about anything until his crew members note that there is food missing, due to Diamond and his Pokémon. After stopping Diamond and his companions from eating the ship's food, that night he is attacked by a Gliscor but is saved with Don, Lax, and Tru's help. It is after this battle that Diamond hands the note from Byron that he was supposed to hand over from the start, which states that Diamond's free to make this ship like his home. Eldritch regretfully accepts because he owes Byron for helping him find his wife. Eldritch then realizes that they are about to crash onto Iron Island until they are saved by Riley and his Lucario's Flash Cannon.

In Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim II, Eldritch witnesses the hatching of the Pokémon Egg found on Iron Island, reminding him of when his wife gave birth to his son. He later gives Diamond a lift back to Canalave City.

Platinum chapter

Eldritch appeared in a flashback. Eldritch's son Vijay (Japanese: ナミタロウ Namitarō) was suffering from a terrible nightmare and couldn't wake up. Eldritch found someone willing to help, and took that someone to Fullmoon Island where the Pokémon with the cure to recover from the nightmare could be found.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナミキ Namiki From 波 nami, wave
English Eldritch From the archaic word eldritch, meaning "of a strange country, pertaining to the otherworld"
French Edern Possibly from dernier, last.
German Eldrich Similar to English name
Italian Elfio From elfo, elf
Spanish Ruperto Possibly from repelús, inexplicable fear
Korean 도란 Doran Possibly from 파도 pado (wave).
Chinese (Mandarin) 波木 Bōmù From 波木 Namiki. Also contains 波 (wave).
Vietnamese Namiki Transliteration of his Japanese name


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナミタロウ Namitarō From 波 nami (wave) and ~太郎 -tarō (eldest son)
English Vijay

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