Captain Stern

Captain Stern
クスノキ館長 Director Kusunoki
Captain Stern.png
Captain Stern in the anime
Age 57ORAS[1]
Gender Male
Hometown Slateport City
Region Hoenn
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Anime debut The Spheal of Approval
English voice actor David Wills
Japanese voice actor Mitsuaki Hoshino

Captain Stern (Japanese: クスノキ館長 Director Kusunoki) is an oceanographer who lives in Slateport City.

In the games

Due to his occupation, Captain Stern is responsible for a lot of the town's livelihood. He constructed the S.S. Tidal, a ship transporting people to and from Lilycove City and Slateport City. He also built the Oceanic Museum, and runs Stern's Shipyard.

He ordered the Devon Goods/Parts from Rustboro City. Team Magma or Team Aqua will threaten him in the Oceanic Museum to try to recover the Devon Goods, which are plans for a new submarine engine for Stern's next project — Submarine Explorer 1.

After gaining access to the HMs Dive and Surf, the player can go to the Abandoned ShipRSE/Sea MauvilleORAS in hopes of finding a Scanner. For Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, in exchange for that item, Captain Stern will offer either a DeepSeaScale or DeepSeaTooth in return, both of which are required for Clamperl to evolve into Gorebyss and Huntail, respectively. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Captain Stern instead gives the player the Clear BellOR or Tidal BellAS, which is required to encounter Ho-OhOR or LugiaAS on Sea Mauville.


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Sprites and models

Overworld sprite from
Generation III


Main article: Captain Stern/Quotes

In the anime

Captain Stern's only anime appearance was in The Spheal of Approval. He is the curator of Slateport's Oceanic Museum, a marine biologist and runs a local shipbuilding business.

He was introduced to Ash and Max when his young friend Marius battled them and lost. Captain Stern stepped in and mentioned he had been looking for Marius before taking the boys on a guided tour of the museum. The museum had many sculptures of Water-type Pokémon and models of submarines. Captain Stern also showed off his latest find, a volcanic rock formed by underwater volcanoes, supposedly created by the Legendary Pokémon, Groudon.

While the kids went to go get snow cones, members of Team Magma broke into the museum and stole the stone. Ash helped Captain Stern handle Tabitha and his accomplice grunts while Max and Marius were ordered to alert Officer Jenny to the situation. Ash managed to gain possession of the case, but soon dropped it trying to avoid a Shadow Ball from a Mightyena. As a result the stone broke into two pieces, and Team Magma fled with the larger portion. Later, Ash apologized to Captain Stern for letting Team Magma escape, but Stern was grateful to just keep half of the stone so he could study it.


Captain Stern sent out Sealeo to take care of Team Magma. It battled with their three Mightyena by teaming up with Ash's Pikachu and Corphish. When Captain Stern told Ash to take the briefcase with him, Sealeo continued the battle on its own by distracting all but one of the members.

Sealeo's known moves are Aurora Beam and Blizzard.

Debut The Spheal of Approval
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 星野充昭 Mitsuaki Hoshino
English David Wills
Arabic فادي الرفاعي Fadi Rifai
European French Jean-Marc Delhausse
Polish Dariusz Błażejewski
Brazilian Portuguese Faduli Costa
European Spanish Miguel Ángel Montero

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Captain Stern in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Captain Stern appears in a supporting role. Ruby came to Slateport to enter a Pokémon Contest when Team Magma attacked, looking for Captain Stern. They kidnapped Stern, Ruby, the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman, and Dock.

Team Magma wanted to use Submarine Explorer 1 to reach the Seafloor Cavern, the deepest part of Hoenn's ocean. However, a special starter developed by the Devon Corporation and transported in the Devon Goods was needed. Ruby saved Captain Stern but ended up drifting away in the submarine. During the conflict, Stern ended up being poisoned by a Torkoal.

Later, Captain Stern was able to inform Norman, and Gabby and Ty of Ruby's location.

When Kyogre flooded half of Hoenn, Stern helped evacuate the people of Slateport into ships, including the S.S. Tidal.

Captain Stern is apparently friends with both Steven Stone and Wallace.

He later appears in PS605, where he and Dock were seen watching the news about the meteor that was about to hit the planet in several days.


Language Name Origin
Japanese クスノキ館長 Director Kusunoki From 樟 kusunoki (camphor tree)
English Captain Stern From stern
German Kapitän Brigg From Brigg (brig)
French Capitaine Poupe From poupe (stern)
Italian Remo From remo (oar)
Spanish Babor From babor (port)
Korean 해양 관장 Director Haeyang From 해양 (海洋) haeyang (ocean)
Chinese (Mandarin) 庫斯諾吉館長 / 库斯诺吉馆长 Director Kùsīnuòjí Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 庫斯諾吉館長 Director Fusīnohkgāt Mandarin-based transcription of his Japanese name
Polish Kapitan Stern From his English name
Brazilian Portuguese Capitão Stern From his English name
Russian Капитан Штерн Capitan Shtern Transcription of his English name
Vietnamese Viện trưởng Kusunoki Transcription of his Japanese name


  1. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: We have a new update regarding the strange attack on the Oceanic Museum’s director, Captain Stern, aged 57, by parties unknown. - Hoenn News Network

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