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Professor Birch
(オダマキ博士 Dr. Odamaki)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Birch
Hometown: Littleroot Town
Region: Hoenn
Advanced Information
Game(s): Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
Relative(s): May or Brendan (undefined)
Friend(s): Other Professors
Debut Generation: III
Class: Professor
Anime Appearance:
Voice actor: Dan Green (English)

Professor Birch is the Pokémon Professor of Hoenn. He is Brendan or May's father. He lives in Littleroot Town. In the anime, he is not explicitly related to May and entrusts Ash as May's bodyguard on her journey.





Ruby & Sapphire

In Ruby and Sapphire, he is chased by a Poochyena and you have to choose either a Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip and defeat the Poochyena, and he will allow you keep the Pokémon. (Humorously if the player lets the wild Pokémon win he says the same thing as if he/she won.)


In Emerald, Prof. Birch is chased instead by a Zigzagoon. After completing the Hoenn Dex, Prof. Birch will give the player a Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or a Totodile.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire




Professor Birch ANIME

In the anime

Birch was first mentioned in a flashback of Harrison on Johto Photo Finish. His first appearance was in Get The Show On The Road when he gave May her Torchic. He later appeared in Dewford Town in both A Three Team Scheme! and Seeing is Believing!. Birch also appeared in A Six Pack Attack, when he was meeting Professor Oak. Later, Birch was seen in The Evolutionary War! at a vacation on A-B-C Islands. Over there, he and the twerps cleared the mystery of the Clamperl evolution. Birch's most recent appearance was a short cameo in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon; it is unknown if he will appear again since the main characters have left the Hoenn region.

His preferred mode of transport is a jeep that he drives recklessly.

Due to the relationship between characters in the games, it is widely speculated that Birch is the father of Brendan's anime counterpart. This character has made three short cameo appearances in the anime and has the starter Pokémon whose type weakens May's. Birch is voiced by Dan Green.




Starter Pokémon


Treecko XY
Torchic XY
Mudkip XY


On hand

Pokémon Information
Birch Poochyena
Poochyena was seen in A Six Pack Attack! where its keen sense of smell was used to find several Starter Pokémon.

Given away

Pokémon Information
AG001 15
Treecko was a perspective starter presented to May when she began her journey. May did not choose this Pokémon because it creeps her out
Pokémon Information
May Torchic
Torchic was a perspective starter presented to May when she began her journey. After looking at a Mudkip, May chose this starter as her partner.
Pokémon Information
AG001 16
Mudkip was a perspective starter presented to May when she began her journey. May did not choose this Pokémon, as it used Water Gun on her face.


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