Youngster (Trainer class)

たんぱんこぞう Shorts Youngster
VSYoungster SV.png
VS model from Scarlet and Violet
Other names たんパンこぞう Shorts Youngster (Generation I, II, and IV, LGPE, BDSP)
Lad (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black and White, Black 2 and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Sword, Shield, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl
Scarlet and Violet
Stadium, Stadium 2, Battrio, Masters EX
Gender Male only
Female Counterpart Lass
Notable members Joey, Nicholai, A.J.Y, CameronB2W2
Anime debut In the Knicker of Time! (Series)
File 1: Red (Origins)
Buddy (Twilight Wings)
The Discovery (Evolutions)
TCG debut Scarlet & Violet
TCG card Youngster
Manga debut Murkrow Row (Adventures)
Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship (The Golden Boys)

A Youngster (Japanese: たんぱんこぞう / たんパンこぞう Shorts Youngster, shortened in Generation I to たんパン Shorts) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation I games. They are depicted as average young boys usually wearing caps and short pants.

They use a variety of Pokémon, but they tend to use common ones that are caught early in their respective games. In Unova and Kalos, a significant amount of Youngsters specialize in Bug-type Pokémon, likely due to the absence of the Bug Catcher class in those regions. Some will give out Ultra Balls when defeated. In the Battle Maison, they specialize in Bug- and Normal-type Pokémon.

Youngsters appear to be the male counterparts of Lasses.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Youngsters will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated, except for Master Trainers.

In Pokémon Stadium, they are referred to as Lads.



Art from Emerald Art from Battrio Art from Generation VI* Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Sprites and models

In the core series

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Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Prototype sprite from
Spaceworld '97 demo
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Prototype sprite from
Diamond and Pearl March 26 build
Sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS portrait from
Generation VI*
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model with a Z-Ring from
Sun and Moon
VS model with a Z-Power Ring from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld model from
X and Y
PSS icon from
X and Y
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!
Master Trainer VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Sword and Shield
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
VS model from
Scarlet and Violet
Y-Comm profile images from
Sword and Shield
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In other games

Portrait from
Portraits from
Stadium 2
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

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

Pokémon Emerald

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

Special Trainers

Youngster Lionel 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)/Youngster

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Youngster

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

See more: List of Battle Maison Trainers/Youngster

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Sun and Moon

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

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Sword and Shield

See also: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Galar)/Youngster

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Main series

A Youngster in the anime

In Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, Nicholai's appearance is based on the Youngster class.

Cameron, one of Ash's Unova rivals, who debuted in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, is based on the Youngster class, and is even represented as a Youngster in the Download Tournament "You Challenge the Unova League Too!".

A Youngster briefly appeared in Cilan's flashback in There's a New Gym Leader in Town!.

A Youngster briefly appeared in Till We Compete Again!, preparing to choose a starter Pokémon from Professor Sycamore.

A Youngster briefly appeared in Getting Down to The Ire!, where he observed the Manalo Conference alongside a Lass and a Roggenrola.


Nothing is known about the Youngster's Pawniard, as it was only seen standing alongside him during a brief flashback.

None of Pawniard's moves are known.

Debut There's a New Gym Leader in Town!

Pokémon Origins

A Youngster in Pokémon Origins

A Youngster appeared in File 1: Red, using an outfit based on the FireRed and LeafGreen sprite. He challenged Red to a battle, but it was quickly defeated by Red's Charmander. As Red didn't know that other Trainers' Pokémon couldn't be caught, he tried to catch the Youngster's Nidoran♀, but his Poké Ball bounced off of it, after which the Youngster recalled his Pokémon. For Red's request, he agreed to show him where he caught his Nidoran♀, so that Red could catch one of his own.


This Nidoran♀ was used to battle Red's Charmander, but she lost.

None of Nidoran♀'s moves are known.

Debut File 1: Red

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer

A Youngster in the animated trailer

A Youngster appeared in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer, where he battled Brendan's Treecko using Zigzagoon.


Zigzagoon was sent out to battle Brendan's Treecko.

Zigzagoon's only known move is Tackle.

Debut Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 潘めぐみ Megumi Han

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

A Youngster briefly appeared in Buddy, where he was among the people Hop approached while searching for his runaway Wooloo.


This Hoothoot is the Youngster's only known Pokémon.

None of Hoothoot's moves are known.

Debut Buddy

Pokémon Evolutions

Youngster Timmy appeared in The Discovery as a Trainer on the Nugget Bridge, challenging and being quickly defeated by Green.


Sandslash was seen with Youngster Timmy on the Nugget Bridge, where it was easily defeated by Green's Kangaskhan and Gengar.

None of Sandslash's moves are known.

Debut The Discovery

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A Youngster in Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Main article: Joey

Joey is Professor Elm's assistant and his errand boy. His partner Pokémon is Rattata. In Chuang Yi's translations of the manga, he was known as Grant. However, VIZ Media's translations properly identify him as Joey.

Emerald arc

In Epilogue, Joey makes a cameo appearance in one of the ships heading to the Battle Frontier.

Diamond & Pearl arc

A Youngster appears in A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium, where he serves as Platinum's first opponent at the Oreburgh Gym.

A Youngster in the X & Y arc

Platinum arc

A Youngster appears in Softening Up Kakuna as a challenger of the Battle Factory. In the battle shown, he rents a Gabite, Finneon, and Trash Cloak Wormadam, later trading the Wormadam for a Forretress. Another Youngster appeared in Clobbering Claydol, wandering around the Battle Frontier.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

A Youngster is seen amongst the many people visiting the Safari Zone in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down.

Black & White arc

A Youngster with a Woobat appeared in An Odd Speech, listening to Ghetsis's speech but ultimately disregarding what he said about releasing his Pokémon.

A Youngster with a Crustle is seen in Dream a Little Dream amongst the many Trainers entering Victory Road.

Leo, a boy wearing a combination of Youngster and Poké Maniac clothes, appears as a recurring character in both Black & White and Black 2 & White 2 arc.

X & Y arc

In An X-cuse to Come Out and Play, a Youngster was seen fleeing from a battle between Xerneas and Yveltal.

In Sylveon Enchants, a Youngster was seen in the Mini-game Corner with his Binacle.

A Youngster appeared in Trevenant Pokes with his younger brother, a Preschooler, at the Tower of Mastery before deciding to go home.

A Youngster appeared in Diantha's flashback in Pinsir Glares.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

In Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull, someone was heard calling for Youngster Tyler at Hokulani Observatory.

Sword & Shield arc

A Youngster with a Grookey appeared in Henry Sword's fantasy in Zap!! A Rising Beam of Light, where he explained to Casey Shield that they would need a nickname for Marvin's Sobble to avoid confusion in case another Trainer had the same Pokémon.


The Youngster at the Oreburgh Gym sent out a Geodude to challenge Platinum's Piplup. Geodude was defeated off-panel, allowing Platinum to move on to challenge Roark.

None of Geodude's moves are known.

Debut A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
This Cubone was owned by a Youngster at the Safari Zone.

None of Cubone's moves are known.

Debut Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down
This Woobat was owned by a Youngster at Accumula Town, listening to Ghetsis's speech.

None of Woobat's moves are known.

Debut An Odd Speech
A Youngster was seen entering the Victory Rode as he rode on a Crustle.

None of Crustle's moves are known.

Debut Dream a Little Dream
This Binacle was seen playing the Berry Picker minigame.

None of Binacle's moves are known.

Debut Sylveon Enchants
Scatterbug was seen with its Trainer in Diantha's flashback.

None of Scatterbug's moves are known.

Debut Pinsir Glares
This Grookey was seen with its Trainer in Henry's fantasy, where they needed a nickname for Marvin's Sobble to avoid confusion in case another Trainer had the same Pokémon.

Grookey's only known move is Branch Poke.

Debut Zap!! A Rising Beam of Light
This Gabite was used by the Youngster at the Battle Factory.

None of Gabite's moves are known.

Debut Softening Up Kakuna
This Finneon was used by the Youngster at the Battle Factory.

None of Finneon's moves are known.

Debut Softening Up Kakuna
This Trash Cloak Wormadam was used by the Youngster at the Battle Factory. It was later traded for a Forretress he battled earlier.

None of Wormadam's moves are known.

Debut Softening Up Kakuna
The Youngster at the Battle Factory rented a Forretress in exchange for a Trash Cloak Wormadam.

None of Forretress's moves are known.

Debut Softening Up Kakuna

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

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Joey (Japanese: ゴロウ Gorō) appears in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys.

In the TCG

Youngster in the TCG
Main article: Youngster (Scarlet & Violet 198)

Youngster was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era). It was first released in the Japanese ex Starter Sets and the English Scarlet & Violet expansion, with artwork by Hitoshi Ariga. It lets the player shuffle their hand into their deck, and draw five cards.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 短褲小子 Dyúnfu Síují *
短褲男孩 Dyúnfu Nàahmhàaih *
Mandarin 短褲小子 / 短裤小子 Duǎnkù Xiǎozi *
短褲少年 Duǎnkù Shàonián *
短褲男孩 Duǎnkù Nánhái *
  Czech Klučina
  European French Gamin
  German Teenager (I-VI)
Knirps (VII)
  Indonesian Bocah Bercelana Pendek
  Italian Bullo (I-VI)
Marmocchio (VII+)
  Korean 반바지 꼬마 Banbaji Kkoma
  Norwegian Smårolling*
Portuguese   Brazil Jovem
  Portugal Miúdo
  European Spanish Joven
  Vietnamese Cậu bé quần ngắn

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalFRLGRockerRoughneck*
SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSPETeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Unused Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
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
InstructorLeague 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
Galar ArtistBackpackerBeautyBlack BeltCabbieCafé MasterCameramanChampionColleaguesCookDancerDaring Couple
DoctorFisherGAME FREAK'sGym ChallengerGym LeaderGym TrainerGentlemanHikerInterviewersLassLeague Staff
Macro Cosmos'sMadameMedical TeamModelMusic CrewMusicianOffice WorkerPoké KidPokémon Breeder
Pokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPostmanRail StaffReporterSchoolboySchoolgirlSwimmerTeam Yell GruntWorkerYoungster
Expansion Pass only:
Dojo MasterDojo MatronMaster Dojo Student
Paldea ArtistBackpackerBlack BeltCabbieChampionCookCourierDirectorDragon TamerElite FourGym Leader
Gym TrainerHikerInstructorJanitorModelMusicianOffice WorkerPoké ManiacPokémon Trainer
ScientistStudentTeam StarTeam Star GruntTop ChampionWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero only:

Pasio Trainer classes
Ace TrainerAether FoundationAether Foundation EmployeeBeautyBlack BeltCamperCollectorHex Maniac
HikerLassMasked ManMasked WomanPoké FanPokémon RangerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Rising StarScientistSightseerStreet ThugSwimmerTeam Aqua GruntTeam Flare Grunt
Team Galactic GruntTeam Magma GruntTeam Plasma GruntTeam Rocket GruntTeam Yell GruntYoungster

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