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Primo is a character that appears in FireRed and LeafGreen and HeartGold and SoulSilver, first appearing in Generation III as the host of the Poké Dude Show. His name, however, is first discovered when he makes his appearance in Generation IV, not when he makes his debut in Generation III. In Generation III he is known as simply Poké Dude. His only known relations are his twin brother, Maximo and his grandfather, the old man from Viridian City, an infamous NPC known for the catching tutorial in Generations I and III.

Primo is also found in Violet City's Pokémon Center in Generation IV, where the player can obtain a selection of wallpapers by inputting certain words using the easy chat system. The words are randomized with each different trainer ID; the words can be found by using's phrase generator.

An NPC with Primo's exact trainer sprite is the presenter of the Pokéathlon in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It is unclear whether this is Primo or not; however, he can occasionally be seen competing in the Power course of the Pokéathlon, using Machamp, Rhydon and Granbull.


Primo is muscular in build, and always seen with a cheerful-look on his face. He has flat, cloudy-grey-tinted hair and bushy eyebrows. In addition, he is clothed in a white vest and wears a necklace, with a crimson 'P' hanging from it.


Primo is very energetic and is extremely avid about what he does. His great enthusiasm makes him seem somewhat eternally cheerful. He is also very curious, as, in the Generation II remakes, he enquires of the player what they think of him. One of his main passions is the Pokéathlon, with his team rather daunting to face.


FireRed and LeafGreen

Primo appears in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen as the presenter of the Poké Dude Show.

The show is filmed south of Route 1 and broadcasts on the Teachy TV, guiding the player through the six main gameplay elements, being:

  1. How to battle
  2. What a status condition is
  3. What a type matchup is
  4. How to catch Pokémon
  5. The principles of Technical Machines
  6. How to register a key item

HeartGold and SoulSIlver

Power Medal

The Power Course's logo

In Generation IV, Primo is found in Violet City's Pokémon Center, where he will ask the player what they think of him. The player can input any random message from a selected group of them. However, if they input two certain phrases, Primo will gift them with either a box wallpaper or a Pokémon. The phrases are randomly generated depending on the player's trainer ID, and can be generated using's phrase generator.


FireRed and LeafGreen

Teachy TV

FRLG 012 front
 Type Bug Type Flying 
FRLG 039 front
 Type Normal 
FRLG 019 front
 Type Normal 
FRLG 060 front
 Type Water 
Lv. 15 Lv. 11 Lv. 15 Lv. 15 Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Compoundeyes Ability: Cute Charm Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ?
Confusion Pound Tackle Bubble - -
Stun Spore - Hyper Fang Water Gun - -
PoisonPowder - Quick Attack Hypnosis - -
Sleep Powder - Tail Whip - - -

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Given away

HGSS 179 front
 Type Electric 
HGSS 194 front
 Type Water Type Ground 
HGSS 218 front
 Type Fire 
Lv. 1 - Lv. 1 - Lv. 1 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Static Ability: Water Absorb or Damp Ability: Magma Armor or Flame Body Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle Water Gun Yawn - - -
- Tail Whip Smog - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -


Primo is older than his twin, Maximo.