Old Man Vern

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Old Man Vern
Japanese Name シダじいさん, Shida-jiisan
Species Seawee
Affiliates Starfy, Starly, Old Man Lobber
Location/Residence Sogwood Forest
First Appearance The Legendary Starfy
Latest Appearance The Legendary Starfy

Old Man Vern (Shida-jiisan in Japan, literally Old Man Fern) is an old Seawee who appears in The Legendary Starfy. He first appeared in level 4-2 and has a large walrus mustache. He appears in two Side Quests, both in Sogwood Forest. He is also a good friend of Old Man Lobber.

The Lost Treasure Chest

"The Lost Treasure Chest" (No. 11) is the first Side Quest he appears in. He tells Starfy about a treasure he hid deep below the surface of a pond. Unfortunately, the pond is filled with poison water. Luckily, the pond is also filled with Capfish, whose caps absorb the poison. Starfy must use the protection of the Capfish's caps to swim down and retrieve the treasure. If Starfy succeeds, Old Man Vern will give Starfy the treasure. The treasure is access to Area Secret 2.

The Mushroom Farm

In the second Side Quest, "The Mushroom Farm" (No. 12) Old Man Vern is angry about the local Mushrews eating all of his mushrooms. Starfy must eliminate all 15 Mushrews within 00:60. If Starfy succeeds, Old Man Vern will tell Starfy of a secret area filled with mushrooms and pearls. The player is then granted access to Area Secret 3.


  • Old Man Vern, like many old men in the series, uses the pronoun Washi in Japanese.
  • According to the Japanese version of his Moe Show episode, he and Lobber, who he calls "Lobby" (or Robu-chan/ロブちゃん), used to play together up in Pufftop when they were younger, meaning that he, Lobber, and Papa Star could all have been childhood friends.
Old Man Vern's conversation sprite
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