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


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Marvin debuted in PASS01. 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 Sōdo Tsurugi, Shirudomiria Tate, and Professor Magnolia, learning that the giant Pangoro had just been a simulation used by Shirudomiria to research Dynamax.

Wanting to teach Marvin about what Dynamaxing is, Sōdo and Shirudomiria allowed the boy to participate in another simulation. Sōdo 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 Sōdo and others on their quest to study Dynamax.

In PASS03, the trailer house was attacked by a trio of wild Drednaw. In order to battle the Bite Pokémon, Sōdo and Shirudomiria 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.

In PASS08, Marvin helped Sōdo train for his upcoming Gym battle with Nessa. Marvin eventually called off the battle, but Sōdo's Sutikkun gained enough experience to evolve into a Thwackey. Afterward, Marvin and Shirudomiria went to Hulbury Stadium, where they watched Sōdo's battle with Nessa.

Later, Marvin and Sōdo trained together in preparation for the latter's Gym battle with Opal. While they sparred, Namida-kun evolved into a Drizzile, giving Sōdo the idea to use its water bombs and devise a strategy for avoiding Opal's Gigantamax Alcremie's attacks.


On hand


Namida-kun (Japanese: ナミダくん Namida-kun) is Marvin's only 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 Sōdo prepare for his fifth Gym battle.

Namida-kun's only known move is Water Pulse.

Debut PASS01


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

Debut PASS01

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


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナミダくん Namida-kun From 涙 namida (tears).

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