Poké Dude redirects here. For the Pokémon Daisuki Club card of the same name, see Poké Dude. For the character who teaches players how to catch Pokémon in Generation II, see Dude. For the character whose Spanish and Italian name is Primo, see Earl Dervish.

ハジメ Hajime
Primo's artwork from Pokémon Daisuki Club website
Age 27FRLG[1]
Gender Male
Eye color Unknown
Hair color Unknown
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto, Johto
Relatives Old man (grandfather), Maximo (younger twin brother)
Trainer class Poké Dude
Generation III, IV
Games FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver

Primo (Japanese: ハジメ Hajime) is a non-player character that appears in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In Generation III, his real name is not mentioned, and Primo is known simply as the Poké Dude (Japanese: テレビのおにいさん TV Dude). His name is revealed when he appears in Generation IV. Primo is the grandson of the old man in Viridian City who teaches the player how to catch Pokémon in Generation I and gives the Teachy TV in FireRed and LeafGreen.

Outside of the games, Primo is the face of Pokémon Daisuki Club website's subsection on HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the core series games

Generation III

Primo appears in FireRed and LeafGreen as the host of the Poké Dude Show (renamed The Show Me Show in HeartGold and SoulSilver, even though the show itself is absent from these games). This television show broadcast on the Teachy TV and is aimed at Trainers who have just begun their Pokémon journeys. Primo instructs the player on six key gameplay elements:

The Poké Dude Show is filmed on Route 1.

Generation IV

At some point between Generations III and IV, Primo moved from Kanto to Johto. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he is first found in Violet City's Pokémon Center. If the player tells Primo a secret combination of words (using the easy chat system), they will be given a new PC Box wallpaper or a Pokémon Egg. There are eight wallpapers available, and three eggs: a Mareep, a Wooper and a Slugma. All of the phrases required to receive these gifts are dependent on the player's Trainer ID number, and can be retrieved from the Pokémon Daisuki Club website, or pokewiki.de's secret phrase generator.

Primo will sometimes compete in the Power course of the Pokéathlon.


Teachy TV

Teach me how to battle. and What are status problems?

What are type matchups?

I want to catch Pokémon.

Caught during I want to catch Pokémon.
Normal Unknown
Cute Charm
Held item:
Jigglypuff Lv.11


   Power  Course
Supreme Cup

Given away (as Eggs)

Electric Unknown
Held item:
Mareep/ Lv.1
Normal Physical
Water Ground
Damp or Water Absorb
Held item:
Wooper/ Lv.1
Water Gun
Water Special
Tail Whip
Normal Status
Fire Unknown
Magma Armor or Flame Body
Held item:
Slugma/ Lv.1
Normal Status
Poison Special


  TM Case
  TM01 (Focus Punch)
  TM03 (Water Pulse)
  TM09 (Bullet Seed)
  TM35 (Flamethrower)



Back sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Start of the show
"Hey, all you Trainers out there! Hello, Trainers! ...Come on, let me hear you! Hello, Trainers! It's me, the Poké Dude!"
  • Before moving to a particular aspect of the show
"All righty, here goes! Keep your eyes glued to the super Poké Dude Show!"
"All righty, here goes! Keep your eyes glued to the somewhat super Poké Dude Show!"
  • End of the show
"Remember, Trainers, a good deed a day brings happiness to stay!"

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

"Hello! I should be a familiar face to every Pokémon fan. I'm from the TV show, "The Show Me Show!" I am Primo, the big brother! Today, would you, one of my fans, tell me what you think of me?"
No: "You cannot possibly mean that you are not interested in the big brother...? Arrgh, that cannot be true! You are just busy right now, aren't you? This must be it! Why don't you answer my questions when you've got time for me? See you!"
Yes: "Oh my...! Is that how you feel about me?! I never thought of it that way before. By the way, how do you like the way I am so exciting and fun?"
"Truly? That gives me all-new energy so I can work even harder! Great feedback! It'll help me a lot. Thank you for your continued support!"
  • Giving a wallpaper
"...! You are no ordinary fan, knowing such a thing! You're a Trainer, right? I'll pull some strings for you. I think I can swing a deal to get you a new wallpaper for your PC Boxes. Make sure you keep your channel tuned to "The Show Me Show!" And don't forget about me, the big brother!"
  • Giving an Egg
"...! You are no ordinary fan, knowing such a thing! You are a Trainer, right? I'll pull some strings for you. I think I can swing a deal and give you this Egg. You take good care of it!"

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Primo (as the Poké Dude) or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Poké Dude T [Su]       Unnumbered Promotional cards    


  • Hironobu Yoshida once performed in a live-action version of Teachy TV, dressing up as the Poké Dude to present it. Depictions of him in various poses form the basis for the illustration for the Poké Dude promotional card.
  • He, his grandfather, and the Dude are the only NPCs to receive a back sprite, but not a front one.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ハジメ Hajime From 初め hajime, first
English Primo From prime
French, German Castor From Castor
Italian Castore From Castor
Spanish Cástor From Castor
Korean 큰형님 Keun Hyeongnim Literally means Great Big Brother
Chinese (Mandarin) 阿始 Ā Shǐ From 開始 kāishǐ, beginning

Poké Dude

Language Name Origin
Japanese テレビのおにいさん TV dude
English Poké Dude From dude
French Pote Pokémon From pote, buddy
German Pokékumpel From Kumpel, buddy
Italian Guido de Guidis From guidare, to guide
Spanish Pokélotodo From sabelotodo, know-it-all


  1. Look at Poké Dude, 27 and all, but still into Pokémon! - Teach Me, Poké Dude!

  Capture tutors  
Old manPrimoProfessor OakDudeEthan/LyraWallyLucas/DawnProfessor Juniper
BiancaCalem/SerenaProfessor KukuiLeonProfessor LaventonNemona

Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMom (Kanto)Mom (LGPE)RedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillCelioMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimoKoichi
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanErik and SaraTealaMinaCalSteven StoneMayleneCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterPoké SeerDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides

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