Veteran (Trainer class)

ベテラントレーナー Veteran Trainer
VSVeteran BDSP.png
Art from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Other names
Introduced in Generation IV
Appears in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
X and Y
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Masters EX
Gender Both
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A Veteran (Japanese: ベテラントレーナー Veteran Trainer) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation IV games. In Generation IV, they are depicted as healthy old men in old-fashioned clothing, a white keikogi and a red hakama. In Pokémon Black and White, Veterans are depicted as much younger people in trenchcoats; they seem to be adult versions of Ace Trainers. Also, female Veterans were introduced. Some will give out PP Maxes after they are defeated.

They are similar to the Expert Trainer class of Generation III, but use a variety of high-leveled, usually fully evolved Pokémon similar to Ace Trainers. In the Battle Subway, Battle Maison, and Battle Tree, they tend to specialize in Legendary Pokémon.

A male Veteran can team up with a male Ace Trainer or a female Veteran to form a duo known as Master & Apprentice or Veteran Duo, respectively, and challenge the player to a Double Battle.

In Generation VII, Veterans keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls. Some of them also possess Z-RingsSM or Z-Power RingsUSUM.



In the core series

Art from
X and Y
Art from
Sun and Moon by Naoki Saito

In other games

Art from

Sprites and models

In the core series

Sprite from Generation IV Sprites from
Black and White
Sprites from
Black 2 and White 2
VS portraits from
X and Y
Overworld sprite
from Generation IV
Overworld sprites from
Generation V
Overworld models from
X and Y
In-battle models from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS models from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS models with Z-Rings from
Sun and Moon
VS models with Z-Power Rings from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Overworld models from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In other games

Models from
Masters EX

Trainer list

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Veteran

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

See more: List of Battle Maison Trainers/Veteran

Pokémon Sun and Moon

See more:
List of Battle Royal Dome Trainers/Veteran
List of Battle Tree Trainers/Veteran

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl)/Veteran

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A male Veteran in Pokémon Adventures


Platinum arc

A male Veteran 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.

A male Veteran named Beck (Japanese: ベック) appeared in Interrupting Ivysaur as one of Platinum's challengers at the Battle Arcade. Platinum managed to defeat him without losing any of her Pokémon.

Black & White arc

A male and female Veteran were seen in Drawing Bridges, where they were among the Trainers waiting to get to cross the Driftveil Drawbridge.

A female Veteran with a Whimsicott was seen amongst the Trainers entering Victory Road in Dream a Little Dream.

X & Y arc

In Xerneas Gives, a male Veteran appeared at Lumiose City.


Alakazam was briefly seen with its Trainer when they were entering the Battle Frontier.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z
Bellossom was the first Pokémon that Platinum faced. It was defeated by her Empoleon.

None of Bellossom's moves are known.

Debut Interrupting Ivysaur
Venomoth was the second Pokémon that Platinum faced. It was defeated by her Lopunny.

None of Venomoth's moves are known.

Debut Interrupting Ivysaur
Camerupt was the final Pokémon that Platinum faced. It went up against her Rapidash and lost.

None of Camerupt's moves are known.

Debut Interrupting Ivysaur
Liepard was seen with its Trainer, waiting for the Driftveil Drawbridge to lower.

None of Liepard's moves are known.

Debut Drawing Bridges
Whimsicott was seen entering the Victory Road with its Trainer.

None of Whimsicott's moves are known.

Debut Dream a Little Dream

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring Veterans or their Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related Cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Minccino   Legendary Treasures   104/113 EX Battle Boost   088/093


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 資深訓練家 Jīsām Fanlihngā
Mandarin 資深訓練家 / 资深训练家 Zīshēn Xùnliànjiā *
上級訓練師 Shàngjí Xùnliànshī *
  French Vénérable
  German Veteran
  Italian Veterano ()
Veterana ()
  Korean 베테랑 트레이너 Veteran Trainer
  Brazilian Portuguese Veteran
  Spanish Veterano ()
Veterana ()
  Vietnamese Huấn luyện viên lão làng


  1. Naoki Saito's Twitter [1]

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
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 FREAKGentlemanGym Leader*
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPokémon Trainer*Policeman
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
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

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