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If you were looking for the character of the day from The Bonds of Evolution!, see Magnus (XY028).
コブシ Kobushi
Magnus Adventures.png
Magnus in Pokémon Adventures
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Johto
Generation IV
Games HeartGold and SoulSilver

Magnus (Japanese: コブシ Kobushi) is the founder of the Pokéathlon Dome in Johto, located near to the National Park.

In the core series games

Magnus will first meet the player when they visit the Pokéathlon Dome for the first time. He can later be seen in the stands, observing the competition, but is inaccessible and cannot be talked to. Upon entering the Friendship Room, he will congratulate the player. After talking to him and obtaining the National Pokédex, the Supreme Cup is unlocked.


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Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokéathlon Dome (exterior)
"Muhaha! Hmmm... I feel it! The twinkle in your eyes! The twinkle of friendship! You're quite something. Your Pokémon is quite a Pokémon! It's ready to participate in the Pokéathlon, bud! Most of all, your solidarity with and trust of Pokémon makes me Believe in infinite potential! All right. Follow me! What do you think? This is the Pokéathlon Dome! Pokéathlon is a Sports festival for Trainers and Pokémon! Inside the Dome are various challenges awaiting Trainers and Pokémon to test their friendship. Why don't you try it? You're amazing, bud! This is a pleasant surprise! To see a Pokéathlete with strong potential Is such a pleasure! I'm glad I held the Pokéathlon here in Johto. ...My name is Magnus. We shall meet again, bud. See you, young Pokéathlete!"
Pokéathlon Dome (Friendship Room)
  • Upon first entering
"Oh gosh! You are...! It is indeed you, <player>! Outstanding! Quite an achievement for you to come up here, bud!"
"This is the "Friendship" room. It was built to commemorate the solidarity, trust, and potential of Pokémon and people and hope for the eternal friendship between Pokémon and people."
"Congratulations! This room is only for those true Pokéatheletes who have earned real friendships with Pokémon! <Player>! You are a true Pokéathelete, bud! Having said that... This is also the moment of a new beginning... That's right, bud! You have just heard a new starting signal. Your challenge continues for a whole new height and to become the legendary Pokéathelete! Take a look at this statue. You may be looking at your goal..."
  • If talked to again
"This is the "Friendship" room. It is the last of all. It's the room where eternal friendship between people and Pokémon is pledged ...But this is not your goal, bud. Each room has Trophies to earn, but you can aim for any new height. It is entirely up to you whether you get there or not... That's right! Your true goal is not something anyone else can decide for you, bud. <Player>! You can overcome any difficulties with your friendship with your Pokémon."


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Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Magnus makes a brief appearance in Attaway, Aipom! with his trusty partner, Poliwrath. He is in charge of running the Pokéathlon in a role similar to the games.


Magnus's Poliwrath
Poliwrath is Magnus's only known Pokémon. It was only seen standing next to Magnus.

None of Poliwrath's moves are known.

Debut Attaway, Aipom!


Language Name Origin
Japanese コブシ Kobushi From 拳 kobushi (fist) and 辛夷 kobushi (Kobushi Magnolia)
English Magnus From magnus, Latin for great
French Alcide From Alcides, an epithet of Heracles
German Faustus From Faust, fist
Italian Sansone From Sansone, Samson
Spanish Sansón From Sansón, Samson
Korean 권철 Gweoncheol From 鐵拳 (철권) cheolgweon, iron fist
Chinese (Mandarin) 大拳 Dà Quán Literally means "Big fist"
Vietnamese Kobushi Same as Japanese name

Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
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