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マナブ Manabu
Professor Magnolia Sonia Marvin Adventures.png
Marvin (middle)
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Galar (original region unknown)
Trainer class Trainer

Marvin (Japanese: マナブ Manabu) is a main character in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Marvin debuted in Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon. He had recently moved to Galar and noted how different the local Zigzagoon looked compared to where he was from. He was surprised by a giant Pangoro and wandered into a campsite, where he encountered Henry Sword, Casey Shield, and Professor Magnolia, learning that the giant Pangoro had just been a simulation used by Casey to research Dynamax.

Wanting to teach Marvin about what Dynamaxing is, Henry and Casey allowed the boy to participate in another simulation. Henry lent his Sirfetch'd to use since Marvin had no Pokémon of his own. Together, the trio fought the Dynamax Pangoro hologram, eventually defeating it. Having experienced a Pokémon battle for the first time, Marvin gained the confidence to set out on his own Pokémon journey. After asking and receiving approval from his parents, Marvin joined Henry and others on their quest to study Dynamax.

In Chomp!! Defeat Drednaw, the trailer house was attacked by a trio of wild Drednaw. In order to battle the Bite Pokémon, Henry and Casey each received a Rotom Phone with a Pokédex function installed, officially making them both Pokédex holders. With some assistance from Sobble, the Drednaw were defeated. Afterward, Professor Magnolia suggested Marvin keep Sobble, which he happily accepted and later nicknamed Sniffler.

In Toasty!! Battle Against Toxapex, Marvin helped Henry train for his upcoming Gym battle with Nessa. Marvin eventually called off the battle, but Henry's Twiggy gained enough experience to evolve into a Thwackey. Afterward, Marvin and Casey went to Hulbury Stadium, where they watched Henry's battle with Nessa.

In Rising!! Opal of Ballonlea, Marvin and Henry trained together in preparation for the latter's Gym battle with Opal. While they sparred, Sniffler evolved into a Drizzile, giving Henry the idea to use its water bombs and devise a strategy for avoiding Opal's Gigantamax Alcremie's attacks. The training proved to be a success, allowing Henry to win the battle.

In Chomp!! It's Dracovish, the group traveled to Route 9 Tunnel, where several people had reported seeing Pokémon Dynamaxing despite it not being a Power Spot. There, they found a wild Dracovish under attack by several Trainers under orders to either catch or get rid of it. With quick thinking and Sniffler's tears, Marvin kept the Trainers distracted long enough for him to catch Dracovish and escape. At Henry and Casey's suggestion, he decided to keep Dracovish and nicknamed it Draco/Drakey.

In Grrr!! Noble Kidnappers, Marvin and the others traveled to Spikemuth to meet with Sonia about information on the thieves that stole Casey's Pokémon a year ago. Sordward and Shielbert, the culprits behind the theft, attacked the trailer car hoping to steal a camera containing data that would incriminate the. Piers arrived and tricked the brothers into leaving with the camera, unaware its memory card had secretly been removed. Sordward and Shielbert later returned for the memory card, only for Henry and the others to expose their true identities, forcing them to flee once more.

In Rumble!! The Horrific Darkest Day, Leon and Sonia informed everyone that Rose was working with Sordward, and Shielbert. Henry, Casey, Hop, Bede, Marnie and some Gym Leaders traveled to Rose Tower to find out if Rose intended on bringing harm to Galar. They learned that Rose intended to restart the Darkest Day and ensure the safety of Galar's future. Power Spot lights appeared all over the region, causing Pokémon to begin Dynamaxing at random. Henry, Casey, their friends, and some Gym Leaders went to confront Rose in Hammerlocke while Marvin and Professor Magnolia transported the remaining Gym Leaders to the towns under attack by the rampaging Dynamax Pokémon.

In PASS30, various Macro Cosmos's were dispatched to fend off the Dynamax Pokémon in populated areas. Marvin's group chose to help Henry and the others battle Eternatus in Hammerlocke. By the time they arrived, the battle was over, and Henry and Eternatus had vanished. While the injured were taken to a hospital to recover, Marvin and Casey reviewed footage of the incident and found out Henry was teleported away by something. By tracking samples of Eternatus's poison and the material of the Rusted Sword and Shield Henry was holding, they found matching signals on both the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. With no idea where Henry ended up, Oleana sent Marvin, Casey, Bede, Hop, and Marnie to both locations.

In PASS31, Marvin and Casey arrived at the Master Dojo and reunited with Henry. They received instructions from Oleana to gather materials for a medicine that would cure their friends suffering from Eternatus's poison. Klara and Avery led the trio to the Forest of Focus to collect tree sap. They successfully obtained the sap, only to later anger a Greedent and its Skwovet underlings. Sniffler, Twiggy, and Bit teamed up to fend off the group, evolving into their final forms in the process.

In PASS37, Casey determined the Rusted Shield was located at Loop Lagoon. The three traveled to a nearby tree that contained the shield, only for it to be guarded by a Galarian Moltres that carried Hop away from the Crown Tundra. Hop teamed up with the others to stun Moltres, but when Henry retrieved the shield, Moltres got back up and carried him to the Crown Tundra. Later, Henry called to inform everyone that he was safe, had reunited with Bede, and began searching for the whereabouts of the Rusted Sword.

In PASS40, Henry informed everyone he successfully obtained the Rusted Sword. With assistance from Leon and Raihan, Marvin, Casey, and Hop traveled back to the Galar mainland and reunited with Henry and Bede. They witnessed Zacian and Zamazenta use the rusted tools to become their Crowned Sword and Shield forms. Everyone traveled to Hammerlocke to face Eternatus again, only for the entrance to be blocked by three Gigantamaxed Pokémon. A trio of nobles barred access to the city, demanding that Sordward and Shielbert be released from jail with their status as nobles reinstated. As he lacked a Dynamax Band, Marvin lent Sniffler to Hop so the latter could utilize its Gigantamax form.

In PASS42, Henry, Casey, and Hop used their Gigantamaxed Pokémon to defeat the nobles, allowing Bede to determine where Eternatus was hiding itself with his Gigantamax Hatterene. With Eternatus exposed, Zacian and Zamazenta combined their strength to quickly finish off the Gigantic Pokémon, putting an end to the Darkest Day. Afterward, Sniffler was returned to Marvin.

In PASS43, several months later, Marvin was revealed to have become a student at the Master Dojo. He and the others said farewell to Henry, who left Galar to search for tool-wielding Pokémon in other regions.


On hand

Main article: Sniffler

Sniffler (Japanese: ナミダくん Namida-kun) is Marvin's first known Pokémon. As a Sobble, it took a liking to Marvin as they traveled together and happily accepted when he asked it to join his team. It later evolved into a Drizzile while helping Henry prepare for his fifth Gym battle and again into Inteleon while on the Isle of Armor.

Debut Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon
Drakey (Japanese: ウオのん Uonon) is Marvin's second known Pokémon. Something caused it to Dynamax at the Route 9 Tunnel, sending it into a berserk rampage from shock. Several Macro Cosmos employees were sent to cover up the mess by either catching or getting rid of Dracovish, but it was saved at the last second by Marvin and Sniffler.

Drakey's only known move is Ancient Power.

Debut Stealth!! Infiltrate the Energy Plant

Traded away


Henry's Sirfetch'd
Main article: Lancelot

Henry lent Marvin his Sirfetch'd to use against the Dynamax Pangoro hologram. With Henry and Casey's help, Marvin and Sirfetch'd eventually defeated the Pangoro hologram.

Debut Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon

In the games

Marvin is a non-player character that makes an appearance in Pokémon Sword and Shield. He is a Schoolboy that can be battled on Route 3.


This listing is of Marvin's Pokémon in the games:

Pokémon Sword and Shield


  • Before battle
"Oh! Instead of a Pokémon, I found a Trainer! I'll have to check how strong you are!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Yeowch! Your Pokémon are way too strong!"
  • After being defeated
"Losing's really painful, so I'll raise my partner Pokémon, too!"


Language Name Origin
Japanese マナブ Manabu From 学ぶ manabu (to learn)
English Marvin
German Joby*
Spanish Luis
French Arnold
Italian Charlie
Korean 다움 Daum
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿學 / 阿学 Ā Xué From 學 / 学 xué / hohk (to learn)
Chinese (Cantonese) 阿學 A Hohk

Marvin's Pokémon

Main article: Sniffler → Names


Language Name Origin
Japanese ウオのん Uonon From ウオノラゴン Uonoragon (Dracovish)
English Drakey From Dracovish

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