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.


Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Oceanic Museum
"Yes? If you're looking for Stern, that would be me. Ah! Those must be the parts I ordered from Mr. Stone of Devon. Thank you! That's great! We can prepare for our expedition now."
"Wh-what? Who are you people?"
"You're… Ah, okay, you're <player>… Anyway, that was a tense situation! Thank you for saving us! Oh, yes, I almost forgot that you even brought the parts from Devon!"
"Whoops! There's no time to lose! We have to set out on our ocean-floor expedition really soon. Thanks, and excuse me!/Thanks again, but now I've got to go! Feel free to wander around and check out our facilities, though."
Slateport City
"Yes, indeed. We intend to move ahead with our exploration."
"Whew... That was my first time to be filmed for TV. That was nerve-wracking. Oh! <Player>! You're looking great! We made a huge discovery on our last seafloor exploration. We found an underwater cavern on Route 128. We think it's the habitat of a Pokémon that's said to have been long extinct."
"What was that all about? It sounded like someone using a megaphone... Where did it come from?"
"It's from the Harbor! The submarine! They're trying to take it! <Player>! Please come with me!"'
Slateport Harbor
"Those thugs... They're the same lot who tried to rob the Devon Goods at the Museum."
"Why... Why would Team MagmaR/Team AquaSE steal my Submarine Explorer 1? They can't be after the slumbering Pokémon at the bottom of the sea... But even if I were to chase them, I don't stand a chance against them..."
  • After defeating Team MagmaR/Team AquaSE at their hideout
"Oh, <Player>... Okay... So Team MagmaR/Team AquaSE left before you could stop them... Oh, no, don't blame yourself. You're not responsible for this. Trying to catch a submarine... It's impossible for most people. You would need a Pokémon that knows how to Dive... Perhaps if you went out to Mossdeep City... A lot of divers live out there, so someone might teach you..."
"Oh, yes. Mr. Briney came to our Shipyard. It won't be long before we finish making the ferry!"
"Oh? <Player>, that item you have... That's a Scanner! That would sure help us on our explorations. <Player>, would you trade your Scanner for something? Like, say, a DeepSeaTooth or a DeepSeaScale that I have?"
DeepSeaTooth: "So you'll trade it for my DeepSeaTooth?"
Yes: "Thanks, <player>! This will help our research a lot!"
No*: "Which one do you want?"
DeepSeaScale: "So you'll trade it for my DeepSeaScale?"
Yes: "Thanks, <player>! This will help our research a lot!"
No*: "Which one do you want?"
Exit: "Are you certain? It's useless to you, <player>... Well, okay, then. If you want to trade your Scanner, let me know."
  • If talked to again
"Thanks, <player>! This will help our research a lot!"
  • After becoming the champion
"<Player>! We finally finished making the ferry S.S. Tidal! We couldn't have done it without your friend Mr. Briney. Please go for a short cruise on it!"

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version

Mossdeep City
"Yes? If you're looking for Stern, that would be me. I'm sorry, but I'm working with my partner Dock here to hammer out the plans for our new ship. Let's talk the next time we meet, all right?"

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Oceanic Museum
"Yes? If you're looking for Stern, that would be me. Ah! Those must be the parts I ordered from Mr. Stone at Devon. Thank you for bringing the case all this way. Now we can prepare for our expedition at last!"
"Wh-what was that?! Who are you people?!"
  • After Team Magma/Aqua leaves
"Young man/lady… Ah, <player>, is it? That was quite a tense situation! Thank you for helping me out! Oh, yes, I almost forgot that you brought the parts from Devon!"
"This is it! I can't be standing around here! It's finally time for us to set out on our ocean-floor expedition! Thanks for this, and excuse me!"
Slateport City
"Yes, indeed. And that is why we intend to move ahead with our expedition."
"Whew... That was my first time being filmed for TV. What a nerve-racking experience!"
"Oh! It's you again! You're looking well. Glad to see it. We made a huge discovery on our latest expedition to the seafloor. We found an underwater cavern on Route 128—and we think it may be the den of a super-ancient Pokémon long thought to have been extinct."
"Do you hear that voice? It's like someone is using a megaphone... But where is it coming from?"
"It came from the Harbor! Our submarine! They took it! Young man/lady! I'm sorry, but... Please come with me!"
Slateport Harbor
"Those thugs... They're the same lot who tried to take the Devon Parts at the museum..."
"M-modding? Those criminals... What are they planning to do with my Submarine Explorer 1?"
"They can't be! They can't be after the super-ancient Pokémon that slumbers at the bottom of the sea..."
"<player>... I'm sorry, but... My stolen submarine... It could bring an unimaginable disaster upon the world... Someone has to get to their hideout in Lilycove and stop them! But I've got no chance alone! <player>, please... May I ask for your help? I can at least get you as far as Lilycove, where their hideout is... Do you think you and your Pokémon could put a stop to them and save my sub from being used for evil? Please!"
No: "O-oh... Tell me if you change your mind. There's no one else I can ask..."
Yes: "Thank you! We'll launch at once!"
Lilycove City
"We have arrived in Lilycove City. Those thieves who stole my submarine must be hiding out somewhere in this city... <player>, please... Find my sub for me... I'll be heading back to the shipyard in Slateport to start dealing with the aftermath of all this..."
Slateport Harbor
"There's no way a normal human would be able to catch that sub. Although it would be a different story if you could teach a Pokémon to swim underwater using Dive..."
  • After entering the Hall of Fame
"'We've finally completed our new ferry, the S.S. Tidal! She's anchored here in the harbor. Do give her a look, eh?"
  • After obtaining the Scanner
"Ho! That device you have there is the Scanner from New Mauville! That could make our expeditions really take off! Would you do me a favor and let me take that Scanner off your hands?
No: "You drive a hard bargain. Let me know if you reconsider."
Yes: "Yes! Thanks. This will help our research a lot! Take this bell as a token of my appreciation for your generosity."
"That bell figures in old legends from the Johto region. It's pretty nice to have. When I was working on Sea Mauville, I had a lad working under me who was from those parts, and he gave me that. If I remember rightly, his family passed down some special dance style. But it was only for the girls, so as a lad he came here looking for work... He always kept that bell on his person, but sometimes when we were up top there at Sea Mauville that bell would ring, and it would almost seem to glow. It sure was mysterious, all right. I've held onto it all these years, but I'd be happy if it could serve you some use now."


Overworld sprite from
Generation III

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
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

Non-player characters in the core series games
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