Pokémon Platinum Name Rater (How To Change Pokémon Nicknames)

Speaking to the Name Rater in Pokémon Platinum

The Name Rater can be found on the ground floor of the Eterna City Condominiums. You’ll have access to him and his services soon after winning the Coal Badge from Roark in the Oreburgh City Gym.

This NPC allows you to change any Pokémon’s nickname, provided you are the Pokémon’s original trainer. This is the only way Pokémon nicknames can be changed in Platinum.

Where To Find the Name Rater

The Name Rater is on the first floor of Eterna City’s Condominium building.

You’ll be able to find him very early in the game, just a short time after defeating Leader Roark at the Gym in Oreburgh City.

To locate the Name Rater, start at the Eterna City Pokémon Center and head south.

Heading south down the street from the Eterna City Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Heading south down the street from the Eterna City Pokémon Center.

Turn eastward when you reach the Poké Mart.

Taking an east turn at the Poké Mart / Pokémon Platinum
Taking an east turn at the Poké Mart.

Then at the end of the lane here just enter the Condominium building to your north.

Turning north to enter the Eterna City Condominiums / Pokémon Platinum
Turning north to enter the Eterna City Condominiums.

The Name Rater will be at the table to your left as soon as you enter the building.

Locating the Name Rater NPC / Pokémon Platinum
Locating the Name Rater NPC.

Changing a Pokémon’s Nickname

Changing a Pokémon’s nickname is a simple process.

First, speak to the Name Rater with a Pokémon in your party whose name you would like to change.

Note: The Name Rater will only change a Pokémon’s name if you are its original trainer—the nicknames of Pokémon that are traded to you are permanent, whether the Pokémon comes from an NPC or another human player.

Select “Yes” when he asks if you want him to rate one of your Pokémon’s names.

The Name Rater asking if you want to use his services / Pokémon Platinum
The Name Rater asking if you want to use his services.

The Name Rater doesn’t actually give any constructive ratings—to him, all of your Pokémon’s nicknames will be “decent.”

But then he’ll ask if you want him to change the selected Pokémon’s nickname to a better one.

The Name Rater offering to change a Pokémon’s nickname / Pokémon Platinum
The Name Rater offering to change a Pokémon’s nickname.

Pick “Yes” again and the naming screen will pop up. Just enter the new nickname and hit OK.

Giving Bibarel an awesome new nickname / Pokémon Platinum
Giving Bibarel an awesome new nickname.

The Name Rater will inform you that the change is complete.

Confirming the name change with the Name Rater / Pokémon Platinum
Confirming the name change with the Name Rater.

Thanks to the Name Rater, you won’t need to worry about picking perfect nicknames—as long as you’re the original trainer, you’ll have unlimited do-overs.

Chris Haygood

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