| The subject of this article has no official English name.|
The name currently in use is a fan romanization of the Japanese name.
| Sōdo Tsurugi|
剣創人 Sōdo Tsurugi
Sōdo was born to a family of swordsmiths and was taught how to repair weapons. He used this knowledge to become a (Japanese: 身具職人 Tool Meister), where he repairs various objects Pokémon use in battle, such as his Ransun's leek lance or his Sutikkun's sticks.
One year prior to the Sword & Shield chapter, Sōdo and Shirudomiria first met at the entrance of the Slumbering Weald. Despite it being forbidden to enter, they went inside to obtain a Wishing Star Shirudomiria spotted falling into the forest. They found two Wishing Stars, with Shirudomiria taking one for herself and giving the other to Sōdo as thanks for his help. Sōdo and Shirudomiria then found themselves surrounded by the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. Realizing the two Pokémon were merely illusions, Sōdo and Shirudomiria passed through them, only to be knocked unconscious by a bright flash of light. After coming to, Sōdo discovered the Rusted Sword and Shield he was looking for had disappeared. Shirudomiria was distraught to find that her Pokémon had gone missing. After a failed search attempt, Sōdo and Shirudomiria decided the only way to find Shirudomiria's missing team members was to enter the Gym Challenge, hoping to use their fame to spread the word about the missing Pokémon.
Sōdo debuted in PASS01. He was first seen rescuing a young boy named Marvin from falling off a cliff. Later, Marvin was taken to Sōdo by Shirudomiria in order to properly thank him for saving his life earlier. After a brief introduction, Shirudomiria offered to let Marvin participate in a Dynamax simulation with her and Sōdo. Together, they fought and defeated a Dynamax Pangoro hologram, giving Marvin the confidence to set out on a Pokémon journey. Having received approval from his parents, Marvin joined the others on their quest to study Dynamax. Later, everyone found Leon on the outskirts of Wedgehurst, trying to move a large flock of Wooloo off of some train tracks. Sōdo and Shirudomiria stepped in to help, driving off an Obstagoon that was terrorizing the Wooloo. After introducing themselves, Leon left to appear on a television program in Motostoke. To Marvin's surprise, Sōdo and Shirudomiria revealed they helped Leon hoping that their efforts would leave enough of an impression that he'd give them an endorsement for the Gym Challenge.
In PASS03, a trio of wild Drednaw attacked Magnolia's trailer house. 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. Afterwards, Professor Magnolia suggested Marvin keep Sobble, which he happily accepted.
In PASS04, Sōdo and the others arrived in the Wild Area. While they traveled, Shirudomiria was delivered a package that contained Gym Challenge uniforms for her and Sōdo. When a pair of Team Yell Grunts tried to destroy the uniforms, Sōdo and Shirudomiria pushed them into a Pokémon Den, forcing the four to team up in a Max Raid Battle against the wild Gurdurr that lurked inside. Eventually, the Gurdurr was defeated and caught by Sōdo, but the Grunts' Pokémon were knocked out during the battle, forcing them to flee.
In PASS06, Sōdo and Shirudomiria registered for the Gym Challenge in Motostoke. The group encountered Sonia, a researcher and Magnolia's granddaughter. When the trailer car broke down, Magnolia asked the others to research the geoglyph in Turffield in her place. Along the way, on Route 3, Sōdo and the others met Hop, Bede, and Marnie, a trio of Gym Challengers. They were unable to progress due to a large boulder blocking the entrance to Galar Mine. After Shirudomiria and the others moved the boulder and went ahead, Sōdo stayed behind to talk with Bede. Sōdo pointed out Bede was trying to protect the boulder and speculated his goal was to obtain Wishing Stars that could be found inside the mine. Later, the others gathered at Turffield Stadium, where they watched Sōdo face Milo in a Gym battle and won. Once Shirudomiria won her match, she, Sōdo, and Marvin prepared to head off to the next Gym in Hulbury.
In PASS08, Sōdo trained with Marvin in Hulbury to prepare for his upcoming Gym battle. Though Marvin eventually called the battle off, Sutikkun gained enough experience to evolve into a Thwackey. Shortly afterwards, Sōdo and Marvin encountered Rose, who revealed that Hulbury's Gym Leader Nessa also worked as a model. Later, everyone went to Hulbury Stadium, where Sōdo faced Nessa in a Gym battle. Despite the power of Nessa's Gigantamax Drednaw, it lost to Sutikkun after it Dynamaxed, making Sōdo the winner. Afterwards, Sōdo and Sonia had dinner with Rose at the Captain's Table restaurant. Noting Sonia's study of the Dynamax phenomenon, Rose invited her to investigate the vault in Hammerlocke.
In PASS10, Sōdo was confronted by Bede, who had been infuriated after learning of Sōdo's dinner with Rose. Wanting Sōdo to retire from the Gym Challenge, Bede challenged him to a battle but lost. Despite this, Bede revealed the reason he was collecting Wishing Stars was to help Rose.
In PASS12, after completing the third Gym, Sōdo used his newly-obtained Rotom Bike to head to Hammerlocke. Upon arriving, he was greeted by Raihan, the Hammerlocke Gym Leader, and challenged to a battle that ended in Raihan's victory. They went to the vault, only to find Sonia under attack by a wild Oranguru. Noticing that Oranguru was angered after Sonia accidentally stepped on its fan, Sōdo had his and Raihan's Pokémon keep Oranguru busy, allowing him to fix the fan. Calmed down, the Sage Pokémon thanked Sōdo and joined his team, where it was nicknamed Gunbain. Sōdo and Sonia entered the vault, where they found tapestries depicting two heroes involved in the Darkest Day instead of the singular hero portrayed on the statue in the Budew Drop Inn.
In PASS13, after reuniting with the others, Sōdo traveled to Stow-on-Side, where he fought Allister in a Gym battle. While he went up against Allister's Gigantamax Gengar, Sōdo heard the voice of his deceased father and swordsmith master, giving him the determination to win. Later, after arriving in Ballonlea, Sōdo prepared to face Opal, only to be stopped from stepping onto the field until he answered one of her quizzes.
Sōdo nicknames his Pokémon by taking the name of the tool they wield and adding the suffix "-n" to the end of it.
Sutikkun (Japanese: スティックン Sutikkun) is Sōdo's second known Pokémon. He received it from Professor Magnolia. Sutikkun first appeared as a Grookey and later evolved into a Thwackey after training with Marvin's Namida-kun.
|Tekkotsun (Japanese: テッコツン Tekkotsun) is Sōdo's third known Pokémon. Sōdo caught him after he, Shirudomiria, and two Team Yell Grunts fought him in a Max Raid Battle at the Rolling Fields.|
|Gunbain (Japanese: グンバイン Gunbain) is Sōdo's fourth known Pokémon. Sōdo met it in Hammerlocke, where it flew into a rage after Sonia accidentally stepped on its fan. By teaming up with Raihan, Sōdo kept Gunbain distracted long enough for him to repair the fan. It then joined Sōdo's team out of gratitude.|
- Sōdo's uniform number is "808", which can be read as August 8th, the date when the first volume of Pokémon Adventures was released in Japan.
|Japanese||剣創人 Sōdo Tsurugi||From 剣 tsurugi (sword) and 創人 Sōdo (phonetic representation of ソード sword in kanji)|
| From Pokémon Épée (Pokémon Sword)|
Similar to Épée
|Japanese||テッコツン Tekkotsun||From 鉄骨 tekkotsu (steel girder)|
|Japanese||グンバイン Gunbain||From 軍配 gunbai (a type of Japanese war fan)|
|Pokémon Adventures main characters|
|This article is part of both Project Manga and Project CharacterDex, Bulbapedia projects that, together, aim to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Manga and CharacterDex, respectively.|