Hiker David

Hiker David

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Updated Jan 02, 2017 at 07:30PM EST by Adam.

Added Dec 22, 2016 at 11:43PM EST by Diceyed Liam.

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Hiker David refers to a series of photo edits made of a Hiker trainer in Pokemon Sun and Moon. He is found during the third trial of the game on top of Wela Volcano Park on Akala Island. He is caught photobombing the player's trial, which has inspired numerous photo edits popular on the Pokemon subreddit in which he photobombs other pictures.


During the player's Trials, they find themselves on Wela Volcano about to do the Fire Trial from Captian Kiawe. In the trial, the player has to pay attention to three Alolan Marowak as they do traditional Alolan Dances and find the difference between their dances (shown below).

In the second dance, the Marowaks danced normally, but on the compared version of their dance Hiker David photobombs your trial. He then battles the player with a level 19 Magmar.


Hiker David was quickly cited as one of the many ways Pokemon Sun and Moon was funnier than previous generations. On November 29th, 2016, GameFAQs user MissCarriage[1] posted a thread to the site celebrating Hiker David. In the thread, user SpacePirateKhan suggested "we need a memetic swarm of Hiker David, stat!" On December 14th, Reddit user Indigoboys[2] posted a template image to /r/Pokemon of Hiker David (shown below).

After Indigoboys post, Hiker David edits began growing popular on /r/Pokemon as users photoshopped David into various other memes and made meta-jokes on the template.[3]

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in reply to Insufficient Dakka

I think I may know; in about 2004, an American college student called David (Sneddon I think?) disappeared while hiking in China. There was quite a big thing about it in the news, and while they thought he was dead because they never found him, he's recently surfaced in North Korea. Hope this helps!


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