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(マツバ Matsuba)
HGSS Morty
"The Mystic Seer of the Future"
Hometown Ecruteak City
Region Johto
Badge Fog Badge
Preferred Type Ghost
Friends Eusine
First Appearance Gold and Silver
Class: Gym Leader
"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."
— Morty, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Morty (Japanese: マツバ Matsuba) serves as the Gym Leader of the Ecruteak City Gym. He specializes in using Ghost-type Pokémon, and holds the Fog Badge for the trainers that defeat him. He is the only known male Ghost-type Gym Leader.





Morty, first appeared in the Generation II games as the Ecruteak City Gym Leader, specializing in Ghost Pokémon. His Gym holds a large, pitch black, pit where the player must navigate their way on a small invisible walkway in order to reach him. Upon defeating Morty, he will reward the player with TM30 (Shadow Ball), and the Fog Badge.


Main article: Morty (Adventures)


Main article: Morty (anime)

He appeared when Ash, Misty and Brock went into the Burned Tower, to calm down the Ghosts, as it was their home. The following day, he fought against Ash in a gym battle and gave him the Fog Badge.


Gen. II Gen. IV Challenge Sprite Gen. V



Gold, Silver and Crystal

C 092 front
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
C 093 front
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
C 093 front
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
C 094 front
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
Lv. 21 Lv. 21 Lv. 23 Lv. 25 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Lick Hypnosis Night Shade Mean Look - -
Spite Curse Mimic Hypnosis - -
Curse Mimic Mean Look Dream Eater - -
Mean Look Night Shade Spite Shadow Ball - -

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Black 2 and White 2

Cofagrigus BW
 Type Ghost 
Jellicent BW
 Type Water Type Ghost 
Gengar BW
 Type Ghost Type Poison 
Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. 50 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Mummy Ability: Cursed Body Ability: Levitate Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: Leftovers Item: Water Gem Item: Focus Sash Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Curse Water Spout Shadow Ball - - -
Protect Ominous Wind Confuse Ray - - -
Will-O-Wisp Recover Thunderbolt - - -
Shadow Ball Night Shade Sludge Bomb - - -

Stadium 2


  • Morty's name may be a play on the word "mortuary", which is a funeral home, because he is a ghost type trainer. Similarly, it could come from the Latin adjective meaning 'dead', mortuus.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver the player has to visit the Burned Tower and awaken the Legendary Beast Trio before challenging Morty to a Gym Battle.
  • Morty is the only male Ghost-type specialist as Agatha, Phoebe, Fantina, and Shauntal are all females.
  • In his Generation IV artwork the skull on his scarf is the same as the skull on Duskull's head.
  • He is the only HG/SS Gym Leader to use two of the same Pokémon in his rematch.

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