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Factory Head Thorton

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ネジキ Neziki
Platinum Thorton.png
Art from Platinum
Age 13-18
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region SinnohPt/JohtoHGSS
Trainer class Factory Head
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV
Games Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Masters
Commemorative print Factory Print
English voice actor Jon Allen (Masters)
Japanese voice actor Shōhei Komatsu (Masters)

Factory Head Thorton (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド ネジキ Factory Head Neziki) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Factory.


In the games

Thorton is the Frontier Brain of the Battle Factory in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. It is suggested he is very intelligent, as he mentions inventing a machine that analyzes the player's Pokémon. If he is defeated he will hand over the Factory Print.


Like the player, he uses rental Pokémon. Therefore, all of his Pokémon are random for both the Gold and Silver Prints, so he can use any Pokémon except for those that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier; these include Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus.


Initial battle

  • Before battle
"Bzweeeeep! Sorry, don't mind me. What I'm using is an invention of mine. It's my data-analyzing machine It's telling me what you've rented for this match. I see! You've rented <Pokémon> , <Pokémon>, and <Pokémon>. I have to say, that's a good setup. Like, say, [random number] percent? Oh, don't let that number concern you! All righty, let's get going!"
  • Defeating the player
"See? Just as analyzed."
  • Being defeated
"Whoa! You sure showed me!"
  • After being defeated
"Hmm... I got handed the loss here. It's not making me happy at all, losing. Even though I'm not happy, I did glean some useful data, I suppose. That makes me glad I battled you. So, did you get to like those Pokémon you rented? As a Factory Head, it would sure make me happy if you did. Next time, come back with different rental Pokémon."


  • Before battle
"Bzweeeeep! Let's see what I can see about you through my data-analyzing machine. So, what have you rented for this match...? I see! You've rented <Pokémon> , <Pokémon>, and <Pokémon>. I have to say, that's a good setup. It's a combination of friendship with cooperation all around. I'd say it's like [random number] percent? Oh, don't let that number concern you! All righty, let's get going! No losing for me this time!"
  • Being defeated
"Whoa! You sure showed me!"
  • After being defeated
"Hmm... I got handed another loss. It's not making me happy at all, this. In fact, I'm stewing here. I thought I learned a lot about Pokémon since I lost to you. But that's all right. Some things you learn from winning. But some things you learn by losing. I hope you'll keep renting our Pokémon and give me a chance to redeem myself!"

Pokémon Masters

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Menu interface (voice clips)

  • After being recruited
"I'm Factory Head Thorton. Pleasure to meet me. Just so you know, my Pokémon knowledge is unbeatable."
  • Sync pair viewer
"Bzweeeeep! My data-interpreting machine is functioning well. Now beginning analysis!"
"Wow! This is quite special."
  • Selection screen (forming team)
"According to my data-interpreting machine, battling with me is the optimal choice."
  • Selection screen (disbanding team)
  • Upon learning a new move
"Wow, a new move to analyze!"
  • Upon leveling-up
"Wow! Feels like an upgrade. All according to plan."
  • Upon reaching max level
  • Upon unlocking a new level cap
  • During conversation
"Hey, you!"
"All right!"
"Thank you so much!"
"That's not allowed."
"Analysis start!"
"Whoa, awesome!"
  • Giving out item
"This is for you."
Battle interface (voice clips)
  • VS screen
"Time to use my knowledge!"
  • Battle start
"Let's go!"
  • Using Pokémon move
  • Using item
"Calibrating target!"
  • Using Trainer move
"Just as planned!"
  • Using Sync Move
"My knowledge is always enough."
  • Switching in
  • Recalling fainted Pokémon
  • "Nice" emote
  • "Watch out" emote
  • "Let's do this" emote
  • "Thanks" emote
  • Defeat
  • Victory
Battle Villa
  • Before battle
"Bzweeeeep! Hmm... How very interesting..."
"According to my data-interpreting machine... Yes. Very interesting indeed. Looks like...90 percent?"
"Oh, don't let the beeping concern you. It's time to begin!"
  • After being defeated
"Whoa! You sure showed me!"
"I, on the other hand, appear to have had suboptimal results this time. That 90 percent figure must have been your odds, not mine."
Pokémon Center
  • Random conversation
"If you collect lots of data and analyze your Pokémon battles, you can utilize that data moving forward!"
"It's true! It's part of my job description as Factory Head!"
"Pokémon get disappointed when they lose battles, too. That's why you've got to formulate new strategies!"
"So that you can learn from your mistakes! And so next time, you can win! And things will go exactly as planned!"
  • If spoken to again
"I always get tons of great data when I battle against you."
"It'll all be put to good use when I go back to the Battle Factory!"
"Although I might as well collect as much data as I can while I'm here..."
"The more knowledge I can amass, the more helpful I can be to you in a battle."
"AND I can keep getting stronger in the meantime! Perfect logic, just as I calculated!"
  • Random conversation
"Do you think my hairstyle is weird?"
"I'm really specific about how I do it, but it doesn't take long at all."
"That could be because I use my invention the Auto-Hairstyle-O-Matic to analyze my hair type."
"Want to try it out, <player>? My invention can turn any hairstyle into one that's just like mine."
  • If spoken to again
"My Auto-Hairstyle-O-Matic doesn't work on bald people."
"Just keep that in mind."
  • Random conversation
"Bronzong can call down the rain, so people in ancient times used to think they were deities."
"In fact, some people still worship them as rain bringers today, if you can believe that."
"I don't really buy into that, though. The only results I believe in are the ones I can prove numerically."
"Besides, if it suddenly started raining indoors, all of my machines would break."
  • If spoken to again
"Did you know that many Pokémon feel naturally energized by the rain?"
"For that reason, a lot of Pokémon feel thankful toward Bronzong, too."
  • Random conversation
"You look like you're itching to know more about me!"
"In other words, you'd like to interpret my data. Is that correct? If so, feel free!"
"Let's see. Um... Male, teenager... No, that's not the sort of data you want, is it?"
"If you want to learn more about me, you'll need to collect some data. Spending time with me is the best way to do that."
"It just so happens that I'm interested in collecting some data on you as well. Nice timing!"
  • If spoken to again
"There are plenty of things out there that you can't understand with just a calculator."
"The more you learn about the world, the more you'll find things about it that interest you."
  • Random conversation
"Grrr... Still at 47 percent? Slower than I expected."
"Whoa! I was so focused, I didn't even see you there!"
"I was trying to perform an update on my data-interpreting machine, see..."
"But it's taking forever! The update's already been going for a hundred hours or so!"
  • If spoken to again
"This is just the mobile version of my data-interpreting machine, but it's got amazing functionality!"
"I'll tell you all about what this baby can do next time."
"If we open that can of worms now, it'll be midnight before I can explain all of its awesome features."
  • Special gift conversation
"My invention the Detect-O-Matic picked this up out in the forest."
"I did a round of analysis on it, and it seemed right up your alley!"
"Collecting data and performing analyses are important for all things in life."
"They are the key to obtaining greater knowledge and experience."


Masters Thorton Bronzong.png
Artwork of Thorton and his Bronzong
in Pokémon Masters


Spr Pt Thorton.png VSThorton.png Spr Masters Thorton.png
Sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Model from
Thorton OD.png VSThorton Masters.png
Overworld sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
VS model from

In the anime

Thorton (right) in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Thorton briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer as part of a team with Palmer and Caitlin.


Factory Head Thorton's Bronzong
Bronzong is Thorton's only known Pokémon.

None of Bronzong's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Thorton first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Palmer, Dahlia, and Argenta in a meeting; afterward they go back to their facilities. Thorton later appears at his facility, the Battle Factory, where he watches Platinum battle through it. Eventually, Platinum manages to get enough wins to allow her to challenge him and they begin battling.

Due to the rules of the Battle Factory, the two use rental Pokémon to Battle each other instead of their own Pokémon. Despite Thorton having much confidence in his battling skills and knowledge, Platinum proves superior to him in both categories, allowing her to defeat him. Angered at his defeat, Thorton throws a temper tantrum until Argenta snaps him out of it by slapping him in the face.

Later, he is given a Team Galactic camera robot that Riley obtained on Iron Island and is tasked with fixing it. Eventually, he succeeds, but is left exhausted in the process.


Thorton's Tyranitar
Thorton's Tyranitar was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It proved powerful and its ability to create a sandstorm which made Platinum's Pokémon constantly take damage. Eventually, it was defeated by Platinum's Kadabra's super effective Focus Punch.

None of Tyranitar's moves are known and its Ability is Sand Stream.

Debut Uprooting Seedot
Thorton's Ledian
Thorton's Ledian was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It managed to defeat Platinum's Loudred and helped Thorton's Ursaring by sending its stat upgrades to it. Eventually, it was defeated by the poisoning it received from the Poison Point of Platinum's Qwilfish.

Ledian's known moves are Supersonic, Focus Punch, Agility, and Baton Pass.

Debut Uprooting Seedot
Thorton's Ursaring
Thorton's Ursaring was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. With the speed gained from Ledian's Baton Pass, it was able to easily defeat Platinum's Qwilfish. Later, it fought her Kadabra and was defeated when its energy was absorbed with a Drain Punch.

Ursaring's known moves are Earthquake and Focus Punch.

Debut Outlasting Ledian

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Thorton or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Thorton'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 #
Electivire Pokémon FB Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo 4/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 038/100
Skarmory Pokémon FB Metal Supreme Victors Uncommon 83/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 066/100
Electivire Pokémon FB LV.X Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 144/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 039/100



Language Name Origin
Japanese ネジキ Neziki From 捩木 neziki, staggerbush
English Thorton From thorn
French Cardus From the genus Carduus
German Distmar From Distel, thistle
Italian Spino From spina, spike
Spanish Espinal From espina, spike
Korean 수철 Sucheol From 소철 (蘇鐵) socheol, sago cycad
Chinese (Mandarin) 捩木 Lièmù From the Japanese name 捩木 Nejiki
Chinese (Cantonese) 捩木 Lihtmuhk
Vietnamese Neziki Transliteration of his Japanese name

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