The apprentice (Japanese: でし apprentice) is a character from Pokémon Emerald located in the Battle Frontier.

In the core series games

The apprentice will look up to the player for their skill and strategies, and asks the player to assist them by recommending which Pokémon to use on their team as well as items and moves. In time, the apprentice will state that they feel that they have learned everything they can from the player and depart the Battle Tower, after which they can be encountered in the facility. After answering all their questions, a different apprentice will take their place, and the cycle is repeated.

The apprentice will be assigned to a random fixed position in the Tower in Single Mode, much as Anabel is always fought at the 35th and 70th battles. Players can also encounter the Apprentice in the Battle Salon, where they will offer to partner the player in a Multi Battle. The Apprentice's Pokémon's Natures will be random and all Pokémon will have 85 EVs in each stat.

List of Apprentices

The apprentice that appears can be one of 14 Trainer Classes. Which one appears is chosen at random.

Trainer Class Japanese English French Italian German Spanish
Bug Catcher
Alann Alain Adelfo Claus Teo
Lionel Lionel Caio Ludwig Leo
Layla Layla Astrid Sonja Lola
Male School Kid
Sonny Herve Fedro Wenzel Santi
Female School Kid
Macy Amelie Cleo Maria Elisa
Male Triathlete
Donte Brahim Glauco Josef Roque
Female Triathlete
Amira Laure Dafne Amelie Lara
Kali Jodie Ilenia Karo Elsa
Arturo Arturo Romolo Brian Arturo
Aroma Lady
Annie Annie Imelda Ines Rosa
Black Belt
Tyrese Andy Paride David Chicho
Lamont Xav Orfeo Jürgen Jorge
Dillen Rene Indro Detlef Pedro
Ruin Maniac
Dante Dante Raoul Lothar Pablo
Dallas Bruno Learco Ansgar Manolo
Frank Frank Olindo Frank Mauro


There are several different questions that each apprentice can ask; some will always be asked while some questions may not be asked at all. Apprentices will ask the player a random number of questions, ranging from a minimum of five to a maximum of 14.

Question Answers
Which Battle Tower level setting should they use?* Level 50 or Open Level
Which Pokémon should they use?* This question will be asked three times and give the player a choice between two random Pokémon from a set list.
Which item should their Pokémon hold? The player chooses an item from their bag for the apprentice to have their Pokémon hold. The player may also choose for the Pokémon to not hold anything. If an item has already been suggested to the current apprentice previously they will ask if the player means for the Pokémon to not hold anything. If the apprentice doesn't ask about a hold item for a particular Pokémon, that Pokémon won't have a held item.
Which Pokémon should they send out first? The player chooses one from the three Pokémon on the apprentice's team to be sent out first. If the apprentice doesn’t ask this question, the order will be in the order which the player chose the apprentice’s Pokémon.
Which move should they have on this Pokémon? The player chooses one of two random moves from one of their Pokémon's learnset for the apprentice's Pokémon to learn. It is possible for the apprentice can ask about multiple moves for a single Pokémon, but which Pokémon they ask about is random.
What should they say when they're victorious?* The player sets a phrase using the easy chat system.

Possible Pokémon

Bug Catcher Alann
Youngster Lionel
Lass Layla
School Kid Sonny
School Kid Macy
Triathlete Donte
Triathlete Amira
Beauty Kali
  Pinsir   Shuckle   Golduck   Ninetales   Fearow   Machamp   Golem   Ninetales
  Heracross   Mightyena   Alakazam   Machamp   Raichu   Magneton   Magneton   Golduck
  Beautifly   Ludicolo   Xatu   Shuckle   Wigglytuff   Dodrio   Dodrio   Alakazam
  Dustox   Swellow   Mightyena   Mightyena   Starmie   Starmie   Electrode   Weezing
  Shiftry   Hariyama   Gardevoir   Linoone   Kingdra   Heracross   Starmie   Lanturn
  Breloom   Manectric   Swalot   Manectric   Linoone   Mightyena   Mightyena   Sceptile
  Ninjask   Swalot   Wailord   Zangoose   Beautifly   Exploud   Pelipper   Gardevoir
  Shedinja   Torkoal   Grumpig   Seviper   Shiftry   Nosepass   Medicham   Mawile
  Volbeat   Whiscash   Flygon   Whiscash   Delcatty   Aggron   Sharpedo   Milotic
  Illumise   Crawdaunt   Altaria   Kecleon   Medicham   Armaldo   Glalie   Salamence
Gentleman Arturo
Aroma Lady Annie
Black Belt Tyrese
Guitarist Lamont
Hiker Dillen
Ruin Maniac Dante
Fisherman Dallas
Sailor Frank
  Ninetales   Vileplume   Machamp   Magneton   Golem   Sandslash   Golduck   Starmie
  Alakazam   Bellossom   Golem   Electrode   Muk   Golem   Tentacruel   Gyarados
  Muk   Corsola   Rhydon   Weezing   Rhydon   Crobat   Seaking   Lanturn
  Mightyena   Sceptile   Blaziken   Crobat   Skarmory   Sceptile   Starmie   Quagsire
  Claydol   Breloom   Vigoroth   Exploud   Donphan   Flygon   Octillery   Shuckle
  Banette   Roselia   Slaking   Nosepass   Blaziken   Lunatone   Kingdra   Swampert
  Dusclops   Flygon   Hariyama   Manectric   Camerupt   Solrock   Sharpedo   Pelipper
  Absol   Altaria   Aggron   Sharpedo   Solrock   Claydol   Wailord   Wailord
  Walrein   Cradily   Medicham   Absol   Tropius   Cradily   Glalie   Whiscash
  Salamence   Milotic   Zangoose   Metagross   Salamence   Armaldo   Gorebyss   Crawdaunt


Main article: Apprentice/Quotes

In the manga

Pokémon Battle Frontier

Enta from the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga was based on the apprentice.

Non-player characters in the core series games
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure HunterDock
ApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChazFossil ManiacKiriMemory Girl
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterDay-Care CoupleStats judge

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