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A Grunt (Japanese: したっぱUnderling) of a villainous team is a low-ranking member thereof. These Trainers typically use similar Pokémon, and serve as the first line of defense for the various evil teams during their plots.
In the games
Grunts are typically the first members of an evil team encountered in the games, and are always the first members battled. Unlike most Trainer classes, Grunts do not have individual names after Generation I: their programmed Trainer class is rather their team name, while their given name is "Grunt".