Black Belt (Trainer class)

Black Belt
からておう Karate King
VSBlack Belt SV.png
VS model from Generation IX
Other names Blackbelt (Generations I and II)
カラテおう Karate King (Generations III, V, and VI and Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon)
Judoboy (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
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
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Sword and Shield
Scarlet and Violet
Stadium, Stadium 2
Masters EX
Gender Male only
Female Counterpart Battle Girl, Crush Girl
Notable members Koichi, Kiyo, Connally
Anime debut Glory Blaze!
TCG debut Triumphant
TCG card Black Belt
Manga debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu II (Adventures)

A Black Belt (Japanese: からておう Karate King or カラテおう Karate King), spelled Blackbelt in Generations I and II, is a Trainer class that debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as generic martial artists, in headband and gi striking a fighting pose.

Black Belts are the male counterparts of the Battle Girl and Crush Girl classes. When paired with Crush Girls, Psychics, male Preschoolers, female Dancers, or other Black Belts in Double Battles, they are called Crush Kin, Brains & Brawn, Karate Family, Capoeira Couple, or Sparring Partners, respectively.

In all games, they generally specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon. In the Battle Subway, they specialize in Fighting-, Fire-, and Steel-type Pokémon. In the Battle Maison, they specialize in Fighting-, Fire-, and Rock-type Pokémon. In the Battle Tower in Galar, Black Belts specialize in a mix of Fighting- and Ice-type Pokémon, along with species that have a high base Attack.

In Pokémon Stadium, they are known as Judoboys and specialize in using Focus Energy to land critical hits.

In Generation VII, they sport a much older appearance and keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Black Belts will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated, except for Gym Trainers and Master Trainers.



Art from Generation VI Concept Art from Sun and Moon

Sprites and models

In the core series

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Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Prototype sprite from
Spaceworld '97 demo
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS portrait from
Generation VI
In-battle model from Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model with a Z-Ring from
Sun and Moon
VS model with a Z-Power Ring from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld model from
Generation VI
Icon on the PSS from
Generation VI and the PGL
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Master Trainer VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Sword and Shield
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
VS model from
Scarlet and Violet
Y-Comm profile image from
Sword and Shield
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokéstar Studios

Sprite from
Timegate Traveler Series

In other games

Judoboy portraits from
Stadium and Stadium 2
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Blackbelts have two X Attacks for each Pokémon to use during the battle, using them randomly at 12.5% chance.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/Black Belt

Special Trainers

  • Black Belt Tyrese may randomly be recruited as an Apprentice at the Battle Tower. Here, players may customize his team and can eventually either team up with or battle against him.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Sun and Moon

See also:
List of Battle Royal Dome Trainers/Black Belt
List of Battle Tree Trainers/Black Belt

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Black Belts in the anime

Kiyo, a Black Belt, appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble!, where he was preparing his Fighting Pokémon near Mt. Mortar for the upcoming P1 Grand Prix. He later caught a troublesome Tyrogue.

In Pasta La Vista, Master Hamm, an old Black Belt and the leader of the Saffron City Fighting Dojo, struggled to convince his son Kyle to take over the dojo, despite him insisting that he wanted to sell noodles instead. In the end, one of Master Hamm's students, Terri, took over the dojo instead, while Master Hamm and Kyle both set out to sell noodles.

In Glory Blaze!, a Black Belt participated in the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. He teamed up with a Psychic and his Metagross, using a Zangoose himself. They battled Ash and Paul, who were using Turtwig and Chimchar, respectively. As Chimchar was scared of Zangoose, it was unwilling to battle, but Paul was only thinking about the possibility of getting Chimchar's Ability Blaze activated. When Chimchar defended Turtwig from Zangoose's attack, Paul turned his back to it. Ash then started commanding Chimchar, and with the help of his Turtwig, Zangoose was defeated.

Connally is a Black Belt who trains in Veilstone Gym and serves as the referee for Maylene's Gym battles with challengers. He appeared from Lost Leader Strategy! to A Triple Fighting Chance!, where he refereed Maylene's battles with Dawn and Ash. Several other Black Belts were also seen accompanying Connally at the Veilstone Gym.

In Solitary and Menacing!, four Black Belts were featured at the Saffron City Fighting Dojo. Ash battled one of them with his Riolu.


DP051 Black Belt

During the Tag Battle against Ash and Paul, the Black Belt used his Zangoose to attack Paul's Chimchar, who was so frightened of it that it was barely able to attack. However, Ash's Turtwig was finally able to defeat Zangoose with a combination of Razor Leaf and Tackle.

Zangoose's known moves are X-Scissor, Crush Claw, and Fire Blast.

Debut Glory Blaze!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Bill Rogers

JN034 Black Belt

Hitmonlee was one of the Pokémon a Black Belt used in his battle against Ash, going up against his Riolu.

None of Hitmonlee's moves are known.

Debut Solitary and Menacing!
Hitmonchan was one of the Pokémon a Black Belt used in his battle against Ash, going up against his Riolu.

None of Hitmonchan's moves are known.

Debut Solitary and Menacing!

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Black Belts appeared in Solitary and Menacing!.

Pokémon Adventures

Black Belt Jeffery in Pokémon Adventures


Emerald chapter

In Sneaky Like Shedinja and Sneaky Like Shedinja II, a virtual Black Belt judges the "Mind", "Skill", and "Body" score of the multiple battle rounds between Emerald and Greta at the Battle Arena challenge.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu II, Black Belt Jeffery (Japanese: シロウ Shirō) appears as the last challenger before Platinum challenged Maylene. He sent out his Machoke for the battle against Chatler. Chatler was able to defeat Machoke, advancing them to Maylene. Jeffery was later seen chasing down Maylene's father with Darren (Japanese: ジロウ Jirō), Rafael (Japanese: サブロウ Saburō), and Colby (Japanese: イチロウ Ichirō).

The 4 Black Belts were seen again in Stunning Staravia & Stinky Skuntank II.

In Luring in a Lickilicky, a Black Belt appears during the Pokétch presentation taking place in Jubilife City.

Platinum chapter

A Black Belt appeared as a background character in Deprogramming Porygon-Z, where he was part of a group of people who entered the Battle Frontier after Palmer had his assistants open the gates.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

In Out-Odding Oddish, a Black Belt was seen entering the Pokéathlon Dome.

Black & White chapter

In Dream a Little Dream, a Black Belt is briefly seen amongst the Trainers about to enter Victory Road.


Jeffery chose Machoke to battle Platinum. It took on Chatler and lost.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu II
Machoke was seen with its Trainer when entering the Battle Frontier.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z

Pokémon Battle Frontier

A Black Belt appeared in Enta Arrives at the Battle Frontier!.

In the TCG

Black Belt Kanako Eo artwork for the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Black Belt in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Black Belt's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Passimian   Silver Tempest   TG08/TG30 VMAX Climax   203/184
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Black Belt Su Triumphant   85/102 Clash at the Summit   077/080


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 空手道王 Hūngsáudouh-wòhng *
空手道高手 Hūngsáudouh Gōusáu *
Mandarin 空手道王 Kōngshǒudào-wáng *
空手道高手 Kōngshǒudào Gāoshǒu *
  French Karatéka
  German Schwarzgurt
  Italian Cinturanera
  Korean 태권왕 Taegwon-wang
  Polish Karateka*
Czarny Pas*
Portuguese   Brazil Faixa Preta
  Portugal Carateca
  Spanish Karateka

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalFRLGRockerRoughneck*
SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSPETeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Unused Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalHGSSSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery Man*CHGSSDouble TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollectorCowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdol
JoggerLadyNinja BoyParasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerRancherReporter
Rich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialiteTuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewers*KindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké Fan*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Breeder*
Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORAS
Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschooler
Punk GirlPunk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameramanCamperChampion
ClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite FourFisher*GentlemanGuitarist
Gym Leader*HikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassMadame*Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPoké Fan*
Poké KidPokémon Breeder*Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*Police Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
ReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSwimmerTeam Galactic Boss*
Team Galactic Grunt*Tower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPtGAME FREAK'sBDSP
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBikerBlack BeltChampionClerk
CyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanHarlequin
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
BeautyB2W2Boss TrainerB2W2GuitaristB2W2
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedian
Fine ActorMovie 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
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy
Unused Trainer classes:
Ace SurferSwimmers
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerAether Branch ChiefAether FoundationAether Foundation Employee
Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
Eevee UserElite FourEspeon UserFirefighterFishermanFlareon UserGAME FREAKGentlemanGlaceon User
Golf BuddiesGolferHikerHoneymoonersIsland KahunaJanitorJolteon UserKarate FamilyLassLeafeon User
MadameOffice WorkerPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPreschooler
PrincipalPunk GirlPunk GuyPunk PairRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseerSwimmerSwimmers
Swimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
ActorUSUMCapoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
ReporterUSUMSparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam Rainbow RocketUSUMTeam Rainbow Rocket GruntUSUM
Tourist CoupleUSUMUltra Forest KartenvoyUSUltra Recon SquadUSUM
Battle Tree, Battle Royal Dome, and Battle Agency only:
Battle LegendPokémon Center LadyPro Wrestler
Galar ArtistBackpackerBeautyBlack BeltCabbieCafé MasterCameramanChampionColleaguesCookDancerDaring Couple
DoctorFisherGAME FREAK'sGym ChallengerGym LeaderGym TrainerGentlemanHikerInterviewersLassLeague Staff
Macro Cosmos'sMadameMedical TeamModelMusic CrewMusicianOffice WorkerPoké KidPokémon Breeder
Pokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPostmanRail StaffReporterSchoolboySchoolgirlSwimmerTeam Yell GruntWorkerYoungster
Expansion Pass only:
Dojo MasterDojo MatronMaster Dojo Student
Paldea ArtistBackpackerBlack BeltCabbieChampionCookCourierDirectorDragon TamerElite FourGym Leader
Gym TrainerHikerInstructorJanitorModelMusicianOffice WorkerPoké ManiacPokémon Trainer
ScientistStudentTeam StarTeam Star GruntTop ChampionWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster

Pasio Trainer classes
Ace TrainerBeautyBlack BeltCamperCollectorHex ManiacHikerLassMasked ManMasked WomanPoké Fan
Pokémon RangerPreschoolerPunk GirlRising StarScientistSightseerStreet ThugSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntTeam Galactic GruntTeam Magma GruntTeam Plasma GruntTeam Rocket GruntYoungster

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