Pokémon Ranger (Trainer class)

This article is about the Trainer class. For other uses, see Pokémon Ranger.
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Pokémon Ranger
ポケモンレンジャー Pokémon Ranger
ORAS Pokémon Ranger M.pngORAS Pokémon Ranger F.png
Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Forrest Franklin, Forrester Franklin, Masaharu, Aarune (formerly)
Anime debut All in a Day's Wurmple
TCG debut [[ (TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut VS Vileplume II (Adventures)
The Battle for More Friends! (Be the Best! Pokémon B+W)

A Pokémon Ranger (written as "PKMN Ranger" in-game until Generation VI; Japanese: ポケモンレンジャー Pokémon Ranger) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation III games. They come in male and female variations, dress in sturdy orange and black clothing, and carry a length of rope. Two Pokémon Rangers, one male and female, who battle together in Double Battles are called Rangers.

Unlike the Rangers of Fiore, Almia and Oblivia, Rangers in Hoenn, the Sevii Islands, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos collect and train Pokémon just like other regular Pokémon Trainers. However, they are still primarily concerned with protecting wild Pokémon, keeping the environment safe, and making sure travelers do not get injured or lost when walking through the wilderness, as they mention in their battle dialogue.

They specialize in Grass-type Pokémon in Generation III and they often have healing items. In Generation IV onward, they use a variety of powerful Pokémon, similar to Ace Trainers.

In Pokémon Black and White and Black 2 and White 2, they give out Berries when defeated, unless if they are encountered in the Big Stadium or Small Court where they instead give out Max Repels.


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Sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprites from
Generation IV
Sprites from
Black and White
Sprites from
Black 2 and White 2
Camper RSE OD.pngPicnicker RSE OD.png Camper FRLG OD.pngPicnicker FRLG OD.png Ace Trainer m IV OD.pngAce Trainer f IV OD.png Pokemon Ranger m OD.pngPokemon Ranger f OD.png
Overworld sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprites from
Generation IV
Overworld sprites from
Generation V
VSPokémon Ranger M.pngVSPokémon Ranger F.png VSPokémon Ranger M ORAS.pngVSPokémon Ranger F ORAS.png XY Pokémon Ranger M Icon.pngXY Pokémon Ranger F Icon.png
ORAS Pokémon Ranger M Icon.pngORAS Pokémon Ranger F Icon.png
VS portraits from
X and Y
VS portraits from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Icons on the PSS from
X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and PGL*


XY Pokémon Ranger M.png XY Pokémon Ranger F.png
Art from X and Y

Trainer list

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the anime

Elisa, a Pokémon Ranger in the anime

In All in a Day's Wurmple, twin brothers by the names of Forrest Franklin and Forrester Franklin refer to themselves as Pokémon Rangers. In True Blue Swablu, a man named Mr. Morita is a Pokémon Ranger. In Beg, Burrow and Steal, a woman named Elisa is a Pokémon Ranger.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A Pokémon Ranger named Masaharu appears in VS. Vileplume II as both Carly and Emerald's challenger in the Battle Dome. He defeated Carly but lost to Emerald, thus eliminating him from the competition.


Masaharu's Breloom
Breloom is Masaharu's first Pokémon seen in the Battle Dome. It was up against Emerald's Dusclops.

None of Breloom's moves are known.

Debut VS. Vileplume II
Masaharu's Ursaring
Ursaring is Masaharu's final Pokémon used in his match against Emerald. It fell to Emerald's Sudowoodo's Counter.

None of Ursaring's moves are known.

Debut VS Vileplume II
Masaharu's Vileplume
Nothing is known about Masaharu's Vileplume as it was only seen as a video game sprite on the Trainer card Emerald was looking at.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut VS Vileplume II

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

A Pokémon Ranger in Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

A Pokémon Ranger appears in The Battle for More Friends! where he battled Monta. Monta spots him and goes up to him to ask him for a battle which he accepts. He sends out his Zebstrika and Swanna against Monta's newly caught Emolga and Snivy. His Pokémon are very powerful and he has a very good knowledge of Abilities, but he underestimated Monta's Pokémon as they were able to knock out his Pokémon with one hit.


Pokémon Ranger's Zebstrika
A Pokémon Ranger's Zebstrika was first seen with Swanna in a battle against Monta's Snivy and Emolga. Emolga goes in with an Electro Ball attack on Swanna but suddenly the attack misses and Zebstrika is hit instead. The Ranger explains that Zebstrika's Lightningrod Ability pulls electric attacks towards it instead. Excadrill uses Dig near it but the Ranger takes no notice, revealing that Zebstrika is strong enough to take Excadrill's Dig. However, he underestimates Monta when the Dig hits and knocks it out with one hit.

Monta explains that using Excadrill's Ability Sand Force, which raises its attacks and doubles the power of the Dig, it was able to defeat it.

None of Zebstrika's moves are known, and its Ability is Lightningrod.

Debut The Battle for More Friends!
Pokémon Ranger's Swanna
A Pokémon Ranger's Swanna was first seen with Zebstrika in a battle against Monta's Snivy and Emolga. Emolga goes in with an Electro Ball attack on Swanna but suddenly the attack misses and Zebstrika is hit instead. The Ranger explains that Zebstrika's Lightningrod Ability pulls electric attacks towards it instead. It goes in for an Aerial Ace which hits Snivy and does loads of damage. It then attacks Emolga with a BubbleBeam which does some damage. It is later defeated by Emolga's Shock Wave giving Monta the win.

Swanna's known moves are Aerial Ace and BubbleBeam.

Debut The Battle for More Friends!

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French PKMN Ranger (III, IV, V)
Pokémon Ranger (VI)
Germany Flag.png German PKMN Ranger (III, IV, V)
Pokémon Ranger (VI)
Italy Flag.png Italian PKMN Scout (III, IV)
PKMN Ranger (V)
Pokémon Ranger (VI)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 레인저 Pokémon Ranger
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokéguarda (III)
PKMN Ranger (IV, V)
Pokémon Ranger (VI)

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Only in Trainer Tower:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Only in the Battle FrontierHGSS:

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis and BroSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORAS
Secret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBeautyB2W2BikerBlack BeltBoss TrainerB2W2Champion
ClerkCyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGuitaristB2W2Harlequin
Nursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
Pokéstar Studios Only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedianFine Actor
Movie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament Only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
Battle Chateau Ranks:
By Male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By Female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Only in Battle Institute and Battle Maison:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy
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