Sam is the game version of the real-life person, Samuel Otero, who created Pokémon Tower Defense. Even by in-game characters, he is acknowledged as the game creator.

Appears In

  • Rocket Hideout
    • Sam first
      Sam Otero


      appears at the Rocket Hideout, encountering you where he gives you the Silph Scopes and he lets you train with his Pokémon. His team is comprised of two shiny versions of each fully evolved Pokémon that was available when the level was published. Because of the level cap at the time, the final two Pokémon were Shiny Dragonair instead of Dragonite.
  • Poke Tower 1
    • In Poke Tower 1 Sam congratulates you and puts off all of your questions, telling you to wait for them to be answered. He also encounters Joey, who asks him questions that have already been asked; he says that they too will be answered later, such as whether or not Pokémon from the Johto region will appear. Then he gives you Super Potion.
  • Viridian City
  • Viridian Ending
    • Sam stands behind Giovanni in the crowd as you speak with Gary.


Pokémon Move
003Venusaur3Venusaur Synthesis
006Charizard3Charizard Ember
009Blastoise3Blastoise Withdraw
012Butterfree3Butterfree Safeguard
015Beedrill3Beedrill Twineedle
018Pidgeot3Pidgeot Roost
020Raticate3Raticate Swords Dance
022Fearow3Fearow Mirror Move
024Arbok3Arbok Screech
026Raichu3Raichu Agility
028Sandslash3Sandslash Defense Curl
031Nidoqueen3Nidoqueen Scratch
034Nidoking3Nidoking Poison Sting
036Clefable3Clefable Sing
038Ninetales3Ninetales Nasty Plot
040Wigglytuff3Wigglytuff Double Slap
042Golbat3Golbat Haze
045Vileplume3Vileplume Mega Drain
047Parasect3Parasect Leech Life
049Venomoth3Venomoth Sleep Powder
051Dugtrio3Dugtrio Magnitude
053Persian3Persian Rest
057Primeape3Primeape Seismic Toss
059Arcanine3Arcanine Double Team
062Poliwrath3Poliwrath Bubble
065Alakazam3Alakazam Psybeam
068Machamp3Machamp Vital Throw
071Victreebel3Victreebel Growth
073Tentacruel3Tentacruel Wrap
076Golem3Golem Rock Blast
082Magneton3Magneton Metal Sound
083Farfetchd3Farfetch'd False Swipe
095Onix3Onix Sandstorm
097Hypno3Hypno Hypnosis
101Electrode3Electrode Selfdestruct
114Tangela3Tangela Vine Whip
121Starmie3Starmie Swift
122MrMime3Mr. Mime Reflect
123Scyther3Scyther X-Scissor
124Jynx3Jynx Lovely Kiss
127Pinsir3Pinsir Vicegrip
130Gyarados3Gyarados Hyper Beam
134Vaporeon3Vaporeon Hydro Pump
135Jolteon3Jolteon Charge Beam
136Flareon3Flareon Flamethrower
137Porygon3Porygon Conversion 2
148Dragonair3Dragonair Dragon Rush


  • The sprite for Sam was actually made by a fan named Mario18010 from Twitter, also known as Justin or Mewgikarp from the main forum. The original is slightly different.
  • The sprite is actually an edited version of Professor Elm's sprite.
  • In the game, Sam's Pokémon are all shinies. And after the battle he states that he spends a lot of time trading.
  • All shiny Pokémon are using non-fainting user moves except Electrode, which uses the move Selfdestruct. However, Electrode doesn't faint.
    Sam Otero Sprite

    The Original Sprite

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