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Professor Birch
オダマキ博士 Dr. Odamaki
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Age: 40 or more
Hometown: Littleroot Town
Region: Hoenn
Advanced Information
Game(s): Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
Relative(s): May or Brendan
Friend(s): Other Professors
Debut: III
Anime debut:
Voice actor: Dan Green (English)
Class: Professor

Professor Birch (Japanese: オダマキ博士 Dr. Odamaki) is the Pokemon Professor of Hoenn. He is Brendan or May's father. He lives in Littleroot Town. In the anime, he is not related to May and entrusts Ash as May's bodyguard on her journey.


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.

In Emerald , all of that is the same except Prof. Birch is chased by a Zigzagoon. After completing the Hoenn Dex, Prof. Birch will give the player a Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or a Totodile.

Pokémon Adventures

Birch is Sapphire's father.


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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.


On hand

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

Given away

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Treecko was a perspective starter presented to May when she began her journey. May did not choose this Pokémon.
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Torchic was a perspective starter presented to May when she began her journey. After looking at a Mudkip, May choose this starter as her partner.
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Mudkip was a perspective starter presented to May when she began her journey. May did not choose this Pokémon.



  • Professor Birch is the only Pokémon Professor that has never given the protagonist an item at one point or another in any game.