Morty appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, where he is the fourth Gym Leader to be encountered. A user of the Ghost type, Morty is known as "The Mystic Seer of the Future". Morty is a follower of legendary Pokémon, and trains in Ecruteak so he may be able to see the rainbow bird Ho-Oh. He is friends with Eusine.
The body of Morty's Gym is a dark pit. Trainers appear to float over it, standing on an invisible floor. Some Trainers are scared away by the ghosts within the Gym. A challenger able to navigate along the invisible floor can safely reach Morty and challenge him. Once defeated, he will yield the Fog Badge, and TM30 (Shadow Ball).
Morty's outfit changed drastically between Generations II and IV. The artwork released with Gold and Silver showed him wearing mainly blue. This design was carried through into the anime and manga. However, his outfit was completely changed for HeartGold and SoulSilver: Morty now dons clothes of black and purple, like many of the Pokémon in his possession. Morty has shoulder-length golden-blond hair that is kept away from his face by a wide headband that matches his scarf.
Morty also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle. Due to the small amount of Ghost-type Pokémon that existed in Generation II, the majority of his team consists of Pokémon of other types.
"Good of you to have come. Here, in Ecruteak, Pokémon have been revered. It's said that legendary Pokémon will appear to the truly powerful trainers.GS/It's said that a rainbow-colored Pokémon will come down to appear before a truly powerful trainer.C I believed that tale, so I have secretly trained here all my life. As a result, I can now see what others cannot. Just a bit more... With a little more, I could see a future in which I meet the Pokémon of rainbow colors. You're going to help me reach that level!"
"I'm not good enough yet... All right. This Badge is yours."
After being defeated
"With the FogBadge, Pokémon up to L50 will obey you. Also, Pokémon that know Surf will be able to use that move anytime. I want you to have this too."
"It's Shadow Ball. It causes damage and may reduce Spcl.Def. Use it if it appeals to you."
"I see... Your journey has taken you to far-away places. And you have witnessed much more than me. I envy you for that..."
"My name is Morty. I am Ecruteak's Gym Leader. Because my old friend is here on the trail of Suicune, I decided to investigate the Burned Tower. Ecruteak has a legend about these legendary Pokémon: Suicune, Entei, and Raikou. As the Gym Leader of Ecruteak, I must have a proper understanding of it."
"It's good of you to have come. Here in Ecruteak, Pokémon have long been revered. It's said that a rainbow-hued Pokémon will come down to appear before a truly powerful Trainer. I believed that tale, so I have secretly trained here all my life. As a result, I can now see what others cannot. I see a shadow of the person who will make the Pokémon appear. I believe that person is me! You're going to help me reach that level!"
After sending out last Pokémon
"No, it's not over yet--not yet! I still believe we can do it!"
When last Pokémon is at critical health
"We've got more discipline than anyone else!"
"How is this possible..."
After being defeated
"I don't think our potentials are so different. But you seem to have something more than that... So be it. This Badge is yours. By having the Fog Badge, Pokémon up to Lv. 50, including traded Pokémon, will obey you. Also, Pokémon will be able to use Surf."
"Here is another thing... I want you to have this, too. It's Shadow Ball. It causes damage and may reduce Special Defense. Use it if it appeals to you."
"I get it... The person the Kimono Girls were talking about must be you... Never mind. You should be strong enough to go across the sea. When you go west and then south, you'll reach Olivine City. Why don't you head for it?"
"The legendary Pokemon did not choose me... But that does not mean that I have lost out on my future. I will continue my training until I discover a new future for me. Say, do you want to be part of my training?
Yes: "Give me a call on Tuesday night if you want a battle!"
No: "Oh... That's a shame..."
"So, will you be part of my training?"
"Hello... What's going on? I'm doing great. There are stronger Gym Leaders than me out there. They're all waiting to cheer you on!"
"Hello... What's going on? I'm doing great. That’s right... If we were to have another battle, then we’d need to do it when I’m free, like on Tuesday nights. Give me a call then."
"Hello... What's going on? I'm doing great. I’m competely free today. Why don’t we have a battle?"
Yes: "All right! Do you know where the Fighting Dojo is in Saffron City? I’ll be waiting there."
No: "I see... Well, you’ve got your own plans as well, I understand."
"Huh? I can’t hear you very well. We must have a bad connection. Try calling again from somewhere else!"
Morty calling the player:
"This is Morty! How are you doing? You know, I once saw Entei. I mean like up close. It was amazing. Entei looked me in the eyes. I'll never forget its eyes. It was like it could see right through me, down into the depths of my heart..."
"This is Morty! How are you doing? The legendary Pokémon: Suicune, Entei, and Raikou--which do you like best? Unlike Eusine, I don’t really have any interest in Suicune. So I’d have to say Entei... But I can’t leave out Raikou... Hmm... Guess I can’t make up my mind."
"This is Morty! How are you doing? How have you been? Anything interesting happening? I’m doing the same as usual, just my regular Gym Leader duties. There haven’t been any really strong Trainers here since you came through. Seems like you’re one of those genius Trainers you seldom meet. Ha ha ha! I don’t mean to flatter you!"
"This is Morty! How are you doing? Hey, didn’t we make plans to meet at the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City? I remembered! You didn’t forget, did you?"
He teaches classes on training Ghost types. He knows that most Ghosts lack physical power, and relies on disabling his opponent by confusing or frightening them.
Ash, Misty and Brock first met Morty when they mistakenly went to the Burned Tower thinking it was the Gym. His Ghost Pokémon had created an illusion of fire to scare the Trainers away, but Morty settled them and introduced himself as Gym Leader. He told them about the legend of Ho-Oh and the two towers of Ecruteak, but didn't believe that Ash had ever seen Ho-Oh. When Team Rocket kidnapped Pikachu and Togepi, he used his powerful Gengar to stop them.
The next day, Ash and Morty had their Gym battle. Ash was able to defeat him by relying on his Noctowl's Foresight to weaken Morty's Ghost Pokémon and make them vulnerable to Normal attacks. After Morty was defeated, he said he now believed that Ash may very well have seen Ho-Oh, given the great spirit he showed.
When Ash and company returned to Ecruteak on their way to Mahogany Town, it was revealed that he and Eusine have a close relationship because they both study rare legendary Pokémon.
Morty sent out his Gastly as the first Pokémon he used in his match against Ash. Ash started with Noctowl, using Foresight to make Gastly vulnerable to physical attacks, but switched for Pikachu shortly afterwards. Gastly defeated Pikachu easily, but was then defeated by Ash's Cyndaquil.
Haunter was the second Pokémon Morty used against Ash. It used Mean Look to force Ash to stick with Cyndaquil, and with Hypnosis and Lick, it won the round. Ash now had only Noctowl left to battle with. Things looked bad for Ash when Haunter managed to confuse Noctowl with its Confuse Ray, and was ready to finish it with Night Shade, but then Noctowl learned how to use Confusion, and beat Haunter with one try.
Morty befriended the many Gastly that inhabit the Burned Tower. They usually try to ward away trespassers that enter the Burned Tower with illusions. Morty knows these Gastly so well that he can call upon them at any time, and he can even understand what they say to him.
Like the Gastly, Morty befriended many Haunter that live the Burned Tower. They play tricks on people who make their way into the tower on accident by making them see illusions. Morty knows these Haunter so well that he can call upon them at any time, and he can even understand what they say to him.
Morty makes his debut in the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. Here, he has the ability of clairvoyance, which allows him to locate items for other people, making him a natural version of the Itemfinder. Although he can find many things, he is only able to find things for other people and is unable to locate certain Legendary Pokémon such as Ho-Oh or Suicune.
Morty debuts in Misdreavus Misgivings, where he helps a young girl find her missing Girafarig. After helping locate it, the girl informs Morty that Suicune had awakened while he was away from Ecruteak City. He immediately leaves to go search for Suicune, only to find that Suicune has already found him. They do battle, but Suicune eventually tries to escape. Suicune attempts to escape back into the village Morty was in, only to be paralyzed by Gastly's Thunderbolt. Morty uses this chance to throw a Great Ball at Suicune, only to find out that it was an illusion and that he is trapped in Suicune's Mirror Coat. The attack reflects the Thunderbolt back onto Misdreavus, defeating it and making Suicune the victor. Afterward, Morty reports his loss to his friend, Eusine.
Morty in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter
Morty later arrives in Ecruteak City, only to be immediately attacked by an injured Lt. Surge. Surge asks Morty if he can use his clairvoyance to find the owners of the items he found since they had fought the Masked Man and survived. Although not happy with being threatened at first, Morty accepts Lt. Surge's request.
Later, Morty and the other Johto Gym Leaders travel to the Indigo Plateau to have an exhibition match against the Kanto Gym Leaders for the Pokémon League. For his battle, Morty is paired up against Lt. Surge and is the fourth battle out of eight. During the battle, Lt. Surge manages to easily gain the upper hand, but Morty uses his Pokémon's abilities to manipulate energy and disable moves to make it even. Eventually the battle ends in a tie after Morty uses Destiny Bond to have both their Pokémon faint.
When Team Rocket attacks the League, Morty works with the other Gym Leaders to drive them back. The attack turns out to be a trap to get the Gym Leaders away from the stadium while the Masked Man wreaks havoc by trapping them on the Magnet Train. With the power of Raikou, Lt. Surge manages to get everyone back to the stadium to help find the Masked Man's true identity. After the final battle had finished, Morty and the other Gym Leaders returned to their normal jobs at their Gyms. Due to the new rule about Gym Badges allowing Trainers to go to the Pokémon League finals unconditionally, the Gym Leaders had more challenges.
In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Morty is asked by Eusine to help Silver look for the Plates that Team Rocket is searching for. Since he was only told that Silver was a young man with a Pokédex, Morty accidentally mistakes Gold for Silver when they meet at Ecruteak City. Gold takes the opportunity to ask Morty to use his clairvoyance to search for Lance, who had gone missing. When Silver arrives at the Ecruteak Gym, he is attacked by Falkner, Chuck, and Bugsy, who were asked to guard the Gym for Morty due to repeated attackers demanding Morty use his powers for them. After explaining the situation, the three Gym Leaders let Silver in. After Morty finishes up Gold's request, Silver arrives, cluing Morty into the mistake he made. Before they can continue, Arceus appears and destroys most of the Gym in one attack.
Morty and the others survive the attack, but are greatly exhausted from the chaos it caused. Before Silver leaves, he asks Morty to use his clairvoyance to locate the thirteen remaining Plates in Johto. Morty does so, but immediately collapses due to an image of the Plates being superimposed over Arceus's silhouette. Morty manages to give Silver an image of the Plates' locations, but is too exhausted to help due to him spreading his ability on so many different places. When Silver leaves, Morty wishes him luck.
This listing is for Morty's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Misdreavus is Morty's first known Pokémon. He assists Morty with his clairvoyance alongside Gastly. He was first seen being used to battle Suicune, but was paralyzed by Gastly's Thunderbolt after Suicune reflected the attack with Mirror Coat. At the Pokémon League, Misdreavus was used to battle Lt. Surge's Electabuzz, where he managed to share any damage taken with Pain Split. After Surge switched to Magnemite, Misdreavus used Destiny Bond to faint his opponent after being hit by Zap Cannon, making the battle a tie. In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Misdreavus was seen by his Trainer's side and later helped Morty search for Gold and Silver's requests.
Gastly was first seen being used to battle Suicune. With its Thunderbolt, Gastly appeared to paralyze Suicune, but it turned out to be a trick and it only ended up hitting Misdreavus after the attack was reflected. Later, it fought Lt. Surge's Electabuzz at the Pokémon League. Electabuzz nearly easily defeated it with Thunder, but Gastly managed to prevent the move from being used with Spite before being switched with Misdreavus.
In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga
Morty in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys
Morty first appears in The Legendary Pokémon telling Gold about the legendary beasts of Johto. Later, he attends the grand reopening of MooMoo Farm and then a month-long conference in Kanto the day after. Since he will be busy, he is unable to battle Gold and tells him to take the Fog Badge for free. Gold refuses and follows Morty to a Pokémon Tournament hosted by him. Gold wins the tournament but Morty still couldn't battle Gold as it is past sunset. As a result, Morty gives Gold the Fog Badge for doing a good job and promises to have an official battle for it with Gold someday.
Morty's Pokémon Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format. Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.