The Name Rater in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
|Region||Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Orre, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola|
|Generation||I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII|
|Games||Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen, Colosseum, XD: Gale of Darkness, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White, Black 2 and White 2, X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Sword and Shield, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl|
A Name Rater (Japanese: 姓名判断師 Onomancer) is a man who judges how suitable Pokémon nicknames are. Name Raters allow the players to change the nicknames of their Pokémon, as long as they are the original Trainer.
If the player shows the Name Rater a Pokémon they are the Original Trainer of, the Name Rater will offer to give it a nickname or change its existing nickname.
If the player shows the Name Rater an outsider Pokémon, he will normally refuse to change its nickname. In Pokémon Sword and Shield the Name Rater can give a nickname to an unnicknamed outsider Pokémon, but will still refuse to change the name of an outsider Pokémon if it has a nickname.
The Name Rater in Orre will also refuse to rename a Shadow Pokémon until it has been purified.
The method by which the game validates whether the player is a Pokémon's Original Trainer varies between generations:
- In Generations I and II, a Pokémon can only be renamed if its Original Trainer name and Trainer ID number match the player's.
- In Generation III, a Pokémon can only be renamed if its Original Trainer name, Trainer ID number, and secret ID match the player's.
- In Generation IV, only the player's Trainer ID number needs to match in order to rename a Pokémon.
- From Generation V onward, a Pokémon can only be renamed if its Original Trainer name, Original Trainer gender, Trainer ID number, and secret ID match the player's.
In Generation I, if the player presses End with no characters in the nickname space, the process will proceed as if the player canceled the nicknaming process, giving the Pokémon its species name. In later games, this is treated as giving the Pokémon the same nickname as before.
In Generations V and VII, tapping the Pokémon's sprite on the nickname screen replaces the currently entered text with the Pokémon's species name. In Generation VI, this replaces the currently entered text with the Pokémon's current nickname.
In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there is no Name Rater and the player can freely nickname their Pokémon at any time instead. In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the man who was once Lavender Town's Name Rater has been rendered a normal NPC.
Pokémon Name Raters can be found in the following locations:
|Kanto||Lavender Town||In a house south of Mr. Fuji's house|
|Johto||Goldenrod City||In a house north of the Magnet Train station|
|Hoenn||Slateport City||In a house south of the Contest HallRSORAS/Battle TentE|
|Orre||Agate Village||Inside the Day Care|
|Sinnoh||Eterna City||Inside Eterna Condominiums, first floor|
|Unova||Castelia City||Inside a building north of Central Plaza on the leftBW|
Inside the Medal Office buildingB2W2
|Kalos||Camphrier Town||Inside the Pokémon Center|
|Alola||Heahea City||Inside the Tourist Bureau|
|Galar||All||Inside any Pokémon Center (as one of Jack's services)|
Since Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver encompass two regions, these games all have two Name Raters.
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Reason: X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon, and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon models
|Generation I||Generation II||Generation III||Generation IV|
|Generation II||Generation IV|
- Main article: Name Rater/Quotes
In the manga
Black 2 & White 2 chapter
The Name Rater was mentioned by one of Cheren's students in Angry Boy.
In other languages
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