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Morty
マツバ Matsuba
"The Mystic Seer of the Future"
HeartGold SoulSilver Morty.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male
Eye color Brown*, Purple*
Hair color Blond
Hometown Ecruteak City
Region Johto
Trainer class Gym LeaderGSCHGSS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation II, IV, V
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Pokémon Stadium 2, Masters
Leader of Ecruteak Gym
Badge Fog Badge
Specializes in Ghost types
English voice actor Unknown (Masters)
Japanese voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya (Masters)
Anime debut A Ghost of a Chance
English voice actor Andrew Rannells
Japanese voice actor Masaya Matsukaze

Morty (Japanese: マツバ Matsuba) is the Gym Leader of Ecruteak City's Gym, known officially as the Ecruteak Gym. He hands out the Fog Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon.

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In the core series

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 does not spend all of his time in Ecruteak Gym. In Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, he will join Eusine in the Burned Tower where they study the legendary Pokémon Suicune, Entei, and Raikou. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he will also take Mondays and Tuesdays off once initially defeated to visit Bellchime Trail. Here, he will give his Pokégear phone number to the player. If called on Tuesday night, Morty will arrange to travel to the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City for a rematch with a stronger team of Pokémon.

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.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Gym battle


Rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Morty uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Morty will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Gengar.

Johto Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Challenge the Champion Lance!


In the side series

Pokémon Stadium 2

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.

Round 1



Round 2



In spin-off games

Artwork

Gold Silver Morty.png Game Freak Morty.jpg
Headshot from
Generation II
Artwork from the
Game Freak website

Sprites

In the core series

Spr GS Morty.png Spr HGSS Morty.png VSMorty.png Spr B2W2 Morty.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Morty II OD.png Morty IV OD.png Morty OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2

In other games

Puzzle Challenge Morty.png S2 Leader Morty.png
Portrait from
Puzzle Challenge
Portrait from
Stadium 2

Quotes

Main article: Morty/Quotes

In the anime

Morty in the original series

Morty's family has lived in Ecruteak City for centuries. He teaches classes on training Ghost-types at the Ecruteak Gym, and his students also have the privilege of watching him battle challengers.

Morty debuted in A Ghost of a Chance. Ash and his friends met him after they mistakenly went to the Burned Tower, thinking it was the Gym. Its resident Ghost Pokémon had created an illusion of fire to scare the Trainers away, but Morty settled them down and introduced himself as the Gym Leader. He told them about the legend of Ho-Oh and the two towers of Ecruteak. When Ash claimed he had seen Ho-Oh, Morty didn't believe him. Later, when Team Rocket kidnapped Pikachu and Togepi, he used his powerful Gengar to stop them.

Whitney's and Morty's appearance in Bagged Then Tagged!

In From Ghost to Ghost, Ash and Morty had their Gym battle. Ash was able to defeat him by relying on his Noctowl's newly-learned Confusion and Foresight to weaken Morty's Ghost Pokémon. After Morty was defeated, he said he now believed that Ash may very well have seen Ho-Oh, given the great spirit he showed.

Ash and his friends passed through Ecruteak on their way to Mahogany Town in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!. They caught up with Morty and his close friend Eusine, after the Tin Tower's Crystal Bells were stolen by Team Rocket. Morty witnessed Suicune arriving on the scene and sending the trio blasting off.

Morty appeared during a flashback in Why? Wynaut!. He later reappeared alongside Whitney in another flashback in Bagged Then Tagged!, where it was revealed that Lyra's next Gym challenge was supposed to be one of them.

Character

Morty is generally calm. He is also knowledgeable about the legends surrounding Ecruteak City and Ho-Oh. Aside from Ghost Pokémon being his specialty, Morty also communicates with them and is great friends with the wild Ghost-types that live in the Burned Tower.

Morty is a strategic battler. He utilizes trickery like Mean Look to prevent a challenger from recalling their Pokémon from the match, which is otherwise a guaranteed privilege in all League Gyms. The Ghost-type's invisibility and type immunity to Normal-type Pokémon works in Morty's favor. He also knows that most Ghost Pokémon lack physical power, and relies on disabling his opponent by confusing or frightening them.

Pokémon


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This listing is of Morty's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.

Morty's Gengar
Gengar
Main article: Morty's Gengar

Gengar is always out of its Poké Ball and hiding in the shadows, always coming out whenever Morty needs it. It loves to play tricks on people, especially on those who enter the Burned Tower.

Debut A Ghost of a Chance
Voice actors
Japanese
English Ed Paul
Morty's Gastly
Gastly
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.

Gastly's known moves are Night Shade and Lick.

Debut From Ghost to Ghost
Voice actors
Japanese
English Ed Paul
Morty's Haunter
Haunter
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.

It reappeared in a flashback in Why? Wynaut!.

Haunter's known moves are Mean Look, Hypnosis, Lick, Confuse Ray, and Night Shade.

Debut From Ghost to Ghost
Voice actors
Japanese
English Ed Paul

Befriended

Morty's Gastly
Gastly (multiple)
Morty befriended the many Gastly that inhabit the Burned Tower. They usually try to ward off 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.

Gastly's known moves are Night Shade and Hypnosis.

Debut From Ghost to Ghost
Morty's Haunter
Haunter (multiple)
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.

Haunter reappeared in a flashback in Why? Wynaut!.

None of Haunter's moves are known.

Debut From Ghost to Ghost

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 松風雅也 Masaya Matsukaze
English Andrew Rannells
Czech Petr Burian
Finnish Robert Walli
Polish Ireneusz Machnicki (EP181-EP182)
Aleksander Gawek (EP227)
Brazilian Portuguese Figueira Júnior (EP181-EP182)
Vágner Fagundes (EP227)
Spanish Latin America Arturo Mercado Jr. (EP181-EP182)
Unknown voice actor (EP227)
Spain Juan Antonio García Sainz de la Maza

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Morty in Pokémon Adventures

History

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Morty debuts in Misdreavus Misgivings, where he helps a young girl find her missing Girafarig. After helping her locate it, Morty is informed 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.

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.

Character

Morty 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.

Pokémon

This listing is for Morty's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Morty's Misdreavus
Misdreavus
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.

Misdreavus's known moves are Psywave, Psybeam, Pain Split, and Destiny Bond, and his Ability is Levitate.

Debut Misdreavus Misgivings
Morty's Gastly
Gastly
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.

Gastly's known moves are Thunderbolt and Spite, and his Ability is Levitate.

Debut Misdreavus Misgivings

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.

He reappears in a flashback in Farewell To Pikachu?!.

Pokémon

Morty's Gengar
Gengar
Main article: Morty's Gengar

Morty called out Gengar to stop a Spearow from stealing the satchel that contained Berries collected by Gold.

Debut A Promise Given to Miltank

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Morty in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Morty appeared in JBA2. He reappeared in a flashback in JBA5.

Pokémon

Morty's Haunter
Haunter
Haunter was the first Pokémon Morty sent out to battle Jō's Totodile.

None of Haunter's moves are known.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket!!
Morty's Gengar
Gengar
Main article: Morty's Gengar

Gengar was the next Pokémon Morty sent out to battle Jō's Totodile.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket!!

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Morty in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Morty appeared in The Legendary Ho-oh!!.

Pokémon

Morty's Gengar
Gengar
Main article: Morty's Gengar

Gengar is Morty's only known Pokémon and his partner.

Debut The Legendary Ho-oh!!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Morty or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Morty's Ninetales Fire       Pokémon VS Common 020/141
Morty's Gengar Psychic       Pokémon VS Common 021/141
Morty's Hypno Psychic Tyranitar Half Deck     Pokémon VS Common 022/141
Morty's Marowak Fighting       Pokémon VS Common 023/141
Morty's Noctowl Colorless       Pokémon VS Common 024/141
Morty's Murkrow Darkness       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 025/141
Morty's Misdreavus Psychic       Pokémon VS Common 026/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Morty's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 109/141
Morty's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 110/141
Morty Su Lost Thunder Uncommon 186/214 Fairy Rise U 048/050
Lost Thunder Rare Ultra 212/214 Fairy Rise SR 055/050
      Tag All Stars   155/173
 

Trivia

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マツバ Matsuba From 松葉 matsuba (pine needle), 末 matsu (end), and 魔 ma (evil spirits).
In Japan, the pine tree was considered to be a charm that can ward off evil spirits.
English,
Brazilian Portuguese
Morty From mortis (Latin for "of death")
German Jens From Jenseits (afterlife)
Spanish Morti From mortis (Latin for "of death")
French Mortimer From mort (death)
Italian Angelo From angelo (angel)
Korean 유빈 Yubin* From 유령 (幽靈) yuryeong (ghost) and possibly 빈소 (殯所) binso (mortuary)
마솔 Masol* From 마 (魔) ma (demon) and 솔 sol (pine)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
松葉 Sōngyè* From the Japanese name 松葉 Matsuba
小松 Xiǎo Sōng* From 松 sōng (pine)
Chinese
(Cantonese)
松葉 Chùhngyihp* From the Japanese name 松葉 Matsuba
小松 Síu Chùhng* From 松 chùhng (pine)
Thai มัตสึบะ Matsuba Transcription of his Japanese name
Vietnamese Matsuba Transcription of his Japanese name


References


Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
Falkner OD.png
Falkner
Azalea Gym Hive Badge
Bugsy OD.png
Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
Whitney OD.png
Whitney
Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
Morty OD.png
Morty
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
Chuck OD.png
Chuck
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
Jasmine OD.png
Jasmine
Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
Pryce OD.png
Pryce
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
Clair OD.png
Clair

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