How to Rename Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, Eevee & Pikachu, Go, Legends Arceus and Others

How to rename Pokemon in Scarlet

Are you getting bored with the previous name of Pokémon Scarlet? But you have no idea how to rename Pokemon in Scarlet. Don’t worry; read this step-by-step guide and understand how you can easily do it in just seconds.

NOTE: New Pokémon games like Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and Pokemon Go already have name-changing features. However, the name-changing feature is not available in older Pokemon games like Heart Gold and Soul Silver or Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. So, if you want to rename the Pokemon in the older game, you must require an NPC (Name Rater) to change the Pokemon name.

How to Rename Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet

  • Tap the X button, and the main menu will open.
  • Now select Check Summery to open the Pokémon’s Summery.
select Check Summery
  • Press the X button to open the keyboard.
  • Give a unique name to a Pokémon character and enter to save changes.
rename your pokemon

How to Rename Traded Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet

NOTE: You can rename both the link trade and surprising trade Pokemon just once. But keep in mind that if the previous trainer has already given you a nickname, you can’t rename it.

Here is how to rename a traded Pokemon.

  • Choose the traded Pokémon from the Pokémon menu that you want to change.
  • Go to the menu and select Check Summary.
  • In the check-summary menu, hit the X button.
  • The name option will be opened.
  • Type the new name, then click on the enter button.

How to Rename Pokemon in Other Pokémon Games

Pokémon GO

  • Open the game, and click on the Pokémon that you would like to change.
  • Click on the pencil icon next to the Pokemon and rename it.

Heart Gold and SoulSilver

  • First, take a magnet train station in Goldenrod City to find the name rater.
  • Now go to the yellow and purple houses on the left side of the Magnet train station.
  • Here, talk to the Name Rater to rename your Pokemon.

NOTE: You cannot rename traded Pokémon in this game because your Trainer ID has to line up with the Pokémon’s.

Legends Arceus

  • Press the up button on the d-pad device to get the Satchel menu.
  • Select the Pokémon you would like to change.
  • Now click on the change name option to rename it.

Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

  • Locate the Pokémart in Eterna.
  • Go to the building on the left side of the PokeMart.
  • Here, you will find the name Rater. Talk to him to give a name to your Pokémon.

Sword & Shield

  • Go to the main left counter of the Pokémon Center.
  • Here, chat with the man and select the rate a nickname option along with the Pokémon you’d like to give a new name.

Eevee & Pikachu

  • Tap X to go to the menu in the game.
  • Go to the party section and choose the Pokémon you would like to rename.
  • Press A, then scroll down, tap, and change the name.

Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

  • Visit the tourist bureau building placed on the right side of the ferry terminal.
  • Go towards the right side.
  • There, you can see a character whose name is Rater.
  • Ask him to rename Pokemon as you like.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

  • Go to the Pokémon Center in Slate Port City.
  • Keep walking to the northwest to reach Rater’s location, which is decorated with purple wallpaper.
  • You will find Rater there; now you can rename Pokémon.

X and Y

  • Go to the Pokémon Center in Camphrier Town.
  • The Rater will be in front of the PokeMart counter in a suit.
  • Meet him and give a name to your Pokémon.

Black/black2 and white/white2

  • Go to Castelia City in both Pokemon games.
  • In Black/White, go to the left building along the road that connects Central Plaza and Route 4. Here, find the rater and rename Pokemon.
  • In Black 2/White 2, go to the main road in Castelia City and turn onto the furthest street to the left. Then, enter the first building on the left side of the road. Here, find the rater and rename your Pokémon.

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

  • Go toward Eterna City.
  • The Rater is in the condo building located next to the PokeMart.
  • Enter the building. Here, the older man (named Rater) is sitting at the table next to you.
  • Talk to him and change the Pokémon’s name.

FireRed & LeafGreen

  • Go to the southern entrance in Lavender Town.
  • Enter the purple house and find the Rater.
  • Talk to him, and rename your Pokémon.

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

  • Go towards the upper left corner of Slateport City.
  • Find a beige house with a purple roof.
  • Inside the house, chat with the name Rater to change your Pokémon name.

Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • In Goldenrod City, go to the northern side of the city that connects to Route 35.
  • Enter the house that is close to the gate.
  • Meet with the Name Rater in the house to rename your Pokémon.

Red, Blue & Yellow

  • In Lavender Town, go to the southern side.
  • Now, head towards the house on the left side of the PokeMart.
  • Inside, you can meet with Rater to rename your Pokémon.


Q: Can you rename traded Pokémon in Scarlet?
You can’t rename the Pokémon you received from trading. But if you receive a traded Pokémon whose name has not changed, you can give it a name, but only once.

Q: Why can’t I rename Pokemon in Scarlet?

  • The Pokemon must have the same language region tag as the save file where you’re trying to rename it.
  • The Pokemon must not already have a nickname; it must have a generic species name.
  • The Pokemon must not be from an event because the fateful encounter tag prevents renaming the Pokemon.
  • You can’t rename Pokemon Scarlet while in dialogue or in battle. 
  • You can’t also rename Pokemon if you insert more than 12 characters.

Final Thoughts

In this gaming article, we’ve shared complete information about how to rename Pokemon in Scarlet and in other games. But keep in mind that the game-changing feature is in the newer Pokemon game, while the older Pokemon games do not have this feature. Therefore, to rename Pokemon, you must require the NPC (Name Rater) feature.