Janitor (Trainer class)

清掃員 Cleaner
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In-battle model from Generation IX
Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Scarlet and Violet
Gender Male
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Anime debut
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut A Direct Attack and a Daunting Defense (Adventures)

A Janitor (Japanese: 清掃員(せいそういん) Cleaner) is a type of Trainer class introduced in Generation V. They are old men dressed in green janitor outfits that typically hold mops.

Since their jobs revolve around garbage collection, they tend to use Poison-type Pokémon that represent filth, such as Trubbish and Koffing, along with Pokémon that love to clean, such as Minccino. In Generation VII, Janitors outside of battle are commonly seen with Alolan Grimer, relying on their garbage-based diet to help with their jobs. In the Battle Subway, they specialize in Pokémon sets meant for Double Battles, even in the Single Trains. In the Battle Royal Dome, Janitors specialize in rain-based teams.


Sprites and models

Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model from
Scarlet and Violet
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon

Pokéstar Studios

Sprite as Haunted Man from
the Ghost Eraser Series

Trainer list

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon Sun and Moon

See also:
List of Battle Royal Dome Trainers/Janitor
List of Battle Tree Trainers/Janitor

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Black & White arc

Janitor Geoff in Pokémon Adventures
A Janitor in Alola

Janitor Geoff (Japanese: シンノスケ Shinnosuke) is a recurring character in Pokémon Adventures, debuting in A Direct Attack and a Daunting Defense. Black and White first encountered Geoff on the Skyarrow Bridge after being attacked by a mysterious Pokémon on their way to Castelia City. Geoff berated the two for getting the bridge dirty and challenged Black to a battle. After losing, Geoff revealed that he is actually the president of the Battle Company, and that the Pokémon that had attacked them was the Legendary Pokémon Virizion.

In Cold Hard Truth, Geoff teamed up with several other Trainers Black had met on his journey to face the Seven Sages in battle during Team Plasma's attack on the Pokémon League and rescue the kidnapped Gym Leaders. Eventually they succeeded, then proceeding to help defeat the Team Plasma Grunts attacking the League.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

In Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull, a Janitor was briefly shown being intimidated by the Ultra Beasts that showed up in Alola.


Trubbish is the first Pokémon that Geoff is seen to own. It is used to battle Black and used its terrible smell to prevent his Pokémon from getting close to it. It was eventually defeated by Black's Tep after it managed to plug its nose to block the smell. At the Pokémon League, Trubbish was used to help rescue the kidnapped Gym Leaders. Once they succeeded, Trubbish helped fight the Team Plasma Grunts attacking innocent bystanders below.

Trubbish's known moves are Acid Spray and Clear Smog and its Ability is Stench.

Debut A Direct Attack and a Daunting Defense

Minccino → Cinccino
Cinccino is the second Pokémon that Geoff is seen to own. He's owned since it was a Minccino. It is used to help Geoff clean the bridge with its tail and was used to battle Black. Its fur prevented it from being hurt by Electric-type moves but was defeated once Black devised a technique to get around it.

Cinccino's only known move is Tail Slap and its Ability is Technician.

Debut A Direct Attack and a Daunting Defense


  • Janitor Geoff in Pokémon Black and White gives an Exp. Share as a reward for being defeated in addition to the reward money. He says that as the president of the Battle Company, it is his duty. He also says he likes observing his employees while disguised.
  • The Janitor Trainer class is one of two classes who give out different amounts of monetary awards, with the other being the Clerk ♂ class. However, this is due to one Janitor being a company president in disguise, and the rest of the class are real janitors, obviously creating a fiscal mismatch between the two. On the other hand, the Clerk ♂ class has their socio-economic status divided by their sprites.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 清潔員 Chīnggityùhn *
Mandarin 清潔員 / 清洁员 Qīngjiéyuán *
清潔工人 Qīngjié Gōngrén *
  French Nettoyeur
  German Hausmeister
  Italian Netturbino
  Korean 청소부 Cheongsobu
  Portuguese Faxineiro
  Spanish Limpiador
  Vietnamese Lao công

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
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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
Blueberry Academy only:SV
BB League ChampionBB League Elite FourBlueberry Academy Director
DirectorInstructorLeague ClubStudentTop Champion
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Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
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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:
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Paldea ArtistBackpackerBlack BeltCabbieChampionCookCourierDirectorDragon TamerElite FourGym Leader
Gym TrainerHikerInstructorJanitorModelMusicianOffice WorkerPoké ManiacPokémon Trainer
ScientistStudentTeam StarTeam Star GruntTop ChampionWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero only:

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