Name Rater

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Name Rater
姓名判断師 Onomancer
Name Rater ORAS.png
The Name Rater in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Eye color Varies
Hair color Varies
Hometown Varies
Region Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola, Galar
Generation I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII
Counterpart(s) Jack (Galar)
Games Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen, Colosseum, XD: Gale of Darkness, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White, Black 2 and White 2, X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Sword and Shield, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A Name Rater (Japanese: 姓名判断師 Onomancer) is a man who judges how suitable Pokémon nicknames are. Name Raters allow the players to change the nicknames of their Pokémon, as long as they are the original Trainer.

Renamable Pokémon

If the player shows the Name Rater a Pokémon they are the Original Trainer of, the Name Rater will offer to give it a nickname or change its existing nickname.

If the player shows the Name Rater an outsider Pokémon, he will normally refuse to change its nickname. In Pokémon Sword and Shield the Name Rater can give a nickname to an unnicknamed outsider Pokémon, but will still refuse to change the name of an outsider Pokémon if it has a nickname.

The Name Rater in Orre will also refuse to rename a Shadow Pokémon until it has been purified.

The method by which the game validates whether the player is a Pokémon's Original Trainer varies between generations:

  • In Generations I and II, a Pokémon can only be renamed if its Original Trainer name and Trainer ID number match the player's.
  • In Generation III, a Pokémon can only be renamed if its Original Trainer name, Trainer ID number, and secret ID match the player's.
  • In Generation IV, only the player's Trainer ID number needs to match in order to rename a Pokémon.
  • From Generation V onward, a Pokémon can only be renamed if its Original Trainer name, Original Trainer gender, Trainer ID number, and secret ID match the player's.


In Generation I, if the player presses End with no characters in the nickname space, the process will proceed as if the player canceled the nicknaming process, giving the Pokémon its species name. In later games, this is treated as giving the Pokémon the same nickname as before.

In Generations V and VII, tapping the Pokémon's sprite on the nickname screen replaces the currently entered text with the Pokémon's species name. In Generation VI, this replaces the currently entered text with the Pokémon's current nickname.

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there is no Name Rater and the player can freely nickname their Pokémon at any time instead. In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the man who was once Lavender Town's Name Rater has been rendered a normal NPC, who advises the player not to give their Pokémon a silly nickname.


Pokémon Name Raters can be found in the following locations:

Region City Location
Kanto Lavender Town In a house south of Mr. Fuji's house
Johto Goldenrod City In a house north of the Magnet Train station
Hoenn Slateport City In a house south of the Contest HallRSORAS/Battle TentE
Orre Agate Village Inside the Day Care
Sinnoh Eterna City Inside Eterna Condominiums, ground floor
Unova Castelia City Inside a building north of Central Plaza on the leftBW
Inside the Medal Office buildingB2W2
Kalos Camphrier Town Inside the Pokémon Center
Alola Heahea City Inside the Tourist Bureau
Galar All Inside any Pokémon Center (as one of Jack's services)

Since Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver encompass two regions, these games all have two Name Raters.


Sprites and models

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Overworld sprites
Kanto Name rater Kanto I OD.png Name rater Kanto II OD.png Gentleman FRLG OD.png Mr Fuji OD.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV
Johto Gentleman II OD.png Mr Fuji OD.png
Generation II Generation IV
Hoenn Mr Briney OD.png
Generation III
Sinnoh Name rater Sinnoh OD.png
Generation IV
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Generation V


Main article: Name Rater/Quotes

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Black 2 & White 2 arc

The Name Rater was mentioned by one of Cheren's students in Angry Boy.

See also

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 姓名判斷師 Xìngmíng Pànduànshī
Denmark Flag.png Danish Navneændrer
France Flag.png French Spécialiste des Noms
Germany Flag.png German Namenbewerter
Italy Flag.png Italian Giudice Onomastico
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이름 감정사 Ireum Gamjeongsa
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Nomeador
Spain Flag.png Spanish Inspector de Motes
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Döparen

Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMom (Kanto)Mom (LGPE)RedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillCelioMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimoKoichi
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanErik and SaraLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneMinaCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterPoké SeerDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure HunterDock
ApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChazFossil ManiacKiriMemory Girl
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterDay-Care CoupleStats judge
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoxy and OliRoseanneRad RickshawEldritchWilmaJasmineCaitlinJuliaJordanDexterKeiraMr. BacklotMorimoto
Underground ManMr. GoodsMr. FuegoPokétch Co. PresidentDr. FootstepPokémon Fan Club ChairmanHelenaKetch Appy
Team GalacticGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aidesStats judge
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughHugh's sisterCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaLookerNColressMorimotoNishinoPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym Leaders • Elite Four (Unova · BB) • PWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesmanSpecial CoachesGuidance counselors
Kalos Professor SycamoreGraceCalemSerenaShaunaTiernoTrevorAlexaCassiusInverSinaDexioGurkinn
BonnieDianthaAZLookerEmmaMr. BondingPhil the Photo GuyMemory GirlPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team FlareGym guideGym LeadersElite FourBattle ChatelainesName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudge
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland kahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester

RuiEagunBeluhProfessor KraneJoviLilyChobinDr. Kaminko
WillieMayor Es CadeJustyCailDukingSilva
AnchaFateenChief SherlesOfficer JohnsonVander
Kids Grid (MeggNettBittSeccPerrMarcia) • MakanMr. Verich
TrestAgnolBattlusInfinInityName RaterMove Reminder
Move DeleterCipherTeam SnagemShadow Pokémon Trainers

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