Ruin Maniac (Trainer class)

Ruin Maniac
いせきマニア Ruin Maniac
VSRuin Maniac BDSP.png
VS model from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Male
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Anime debut
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I (Adventures)
Find Munchlax!! (DP Adventure!)

A Ruin Maniac (Japanese: いせきマニア Ruin Maniac) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation III games. They are often depicted as stereotypical explorers, shown in Generations III and VI as old men in safari outfits and pith helmets, generally having the appearance of an archaeologist in the field. In Generations IV and VIII, they are younger and wear fedoras and jackets.

They can usually be seen near any archaeological sites containing rare Pokémon or events. One such Trainer in Generations IV and VIII proposes a contest between the player and himself to determine which is faster: the player catching 26 Unown, or the Ruin Maniac digging through the Maniac Tunnel.

In Generations III and VI, they use Ground- and Rock-type Pokémon, whereas in Generations IV and VIII, they use Steel- and Rock-type Pokémon. They often use Geodude, Bronzor, Sandshrew, and Sandslash.



Artwork from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Sprites and models

Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Generation IV
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Trainer list

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Ruby and Sapphire)/Ruin Maniac

Pokémon Emerald

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/Ruin Maniac

Special Trainers

Ruin Maniac Dante 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

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Diamond and Pearl)/Ruin Maniac

Pokémon Platinum

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation IV)/Ruin Maniac

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

A Ruin Maniac named Dusty/Nobuo is seen battling Hex Maniac Valerie in the Battle Dome. While it is unknown who won, what is known is Dusty at some point lost a match, eliminating him from the tournament.

Platinum arc

In Clobbering Claydol, a Ruin Maniac was briefly seen roaming the Battle Frontier as Looker rode on his jetpack.


Corsola is Dusty's only known Pokémon. It was seen battling Valerie's Sableye in the Battle Dome.

Corsola's only known move is Rock Blast.

Debut Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I
Onix was briefly seen with its Trainer at the Battle Frontier.

None of Onix's moves are known.

Debut Clobbering Claydol

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

In Find Munchlax!!, a Ruin Maniac is one of the three Trainers searching for Munchlax. He uses his "ruin excavation skills" to scatter bait and dig a trap.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 遺跡迷 Wàihjīk Màih *
Mandarin 遺跡迷 / 遗迹迷 Yíjī Mí / Yíjì Mí *
遺跡狂 Yíjī Kuáng *
  French Ruinophile*
  German Ruinenmaniac
  Indonesian Maniak Peninggalan Kuno
  Italian Scoprirovine
  Korean 유적마니아 Yujeok Mania
  Brazilian Portuguese Maníaco da Ruína
  Spanish Ruinamaníaco
  Vietnamese Kẻ cuồng di tích

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JoggerLadyNinja BoyParasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerRancherReporter
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Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
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Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
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Punk GirlPunk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
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ClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite FourFisher*GentlemanGuitarist
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Poké KidPokémon Breeder*Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*Police Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
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