Ace Trainer (Trainer class)

CoolTrainer redirects here. For the glitch move commonly called "CoolTrainer", see -- (move). For the CoolTrainer♀ type, see List of glitch types#CoolTrainer♀.
Ace Trainer
エリートトレーナー Elite Trainer
ORAS Ace Trainer M.pngORAS Ace Trainer F.png
Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Other names Cooltrainer (Generations I-III)
Cool (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, White, Black 2, and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sun and Moon
Stadium, Stadium 2
Colosseum, XD
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Corey, Rafe, Katie, Astrid
Butler*, Diane*, Rebecca*
Akira (The Golden Boys)
Anime debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
TCG debut Ancient Origins
TCG card Ace Trainer
Manga debut Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas (Adventures)
Let's Fight! The Mini Pokémon Tournament (The Golden Boys)

An Ace Trainer (Japanese: エリートトレーナー Elite Trainer) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation I games. They are depicted as teens or young adults and can be male or female. The title Ace Trainer is used in Generation IV and onward only; prior to this, the Trainer class was known as Cooltrainer.

They are Trainers who frequently travel around the world to meet new Trainers and take part in Pokémon League competitions. In Generation I, the Cooltrainers are shown to be carrying whips, which were also used by Team Rocket Grunts at the time. In Generation II onward, they no longer carry whips. They tend to have strange hair colors, like blue, green and purple.

They generally use strong and evolved Pokémon, have a diversified and balanced party, and their artificial intelligence is generally very good compared to other Trainer classes in their games. Like Gym Leaders, they often have healing items, and they also use type advantages to their advantage. They are usually seen during the mid to last part of the game in Victory Road, as they are presumably on their way to challenge the Elite Four. In the Battle Subway, some of them employ a set strategy revolving around the Ability Intimidate. In Generation VI's Battle Maison, they have unspecialized teams that may occasionally include Latias or Latios.

When paired together in Double Battles, they are called Cool Couples in Generation III, Double Teams in Generation IV, and Ace Duos in Generation VI.

In the Generation IV games taking place in Sinnoh, Ace Trainers have two sets of sprites, with one set of Ace Trainers dressed warmly for the blizzards near Snowpoint City.

In Black and White, some will give out PP Ups when defeated.

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, some Ace Trainers appear on top of Surfing Pokémon across Hoenn's water routes.



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Cooltrainer sprites from
Red and Blue
Cooltrainer sprites from
Cooltrainer sprites from
Generation II
Cooltrainer portraits from
Japanese Stadium
Cooltrainer♂ portraits from
Stadium 2
Cooltrainer sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald (JP)
Bird Keeper I OD.pngLass I OD.png Cooltrainer m II OD.pngCooltrainer f II OD.png S2 Cooltrainer F.pngS2 Cooltrainer F alt.pngS2 Cooltrainer F alt2.png Cooltrainer m RSE OD.pngCooltrainer f RS OD.png
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
Generation I
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
Generation II
Cooltrainer♀ portraits from
Stadium 2
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
Ruby and Sapphire
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Cooltrainer sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Cooltrainer sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Cooltrainer models from
Sprites from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprites from
Generation IV (Snow)
Sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Cooltrainer m RSE OD.pngCooltrainer f E OD.png Cooltrainer m FRLG OD.pngCooltrainer f FRLG OD.png XD Cooltrainer m.pngXD Cooltrainer f.png Ace Trainer m IV OD.pngAce Trainer f IV OD.png Ace Trainer m IV Snow OD.pngAce Trainer f IV Snow OD.png Ace Trainer m HGSS OD.pngAce Trainer f HGSS OD.png
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Cooltrainer headshots from
Pokémon XD
Overworld sprites from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprites from
Generation IV (Snow)
Overworld sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Spr BW Ace Trainer M.pngSpr BW Ace Trainer F.png Spr B2W2 Ace Trainer M.pngSpr B2W2 Ace Trainer F.png VSAce Trainer M.pngVSAce Trainer F.png VSAce Trainer M ORAS.pngVSAce Trainer F ORAS.png
Sprites from
Black and White
Sprites from
Black 2 and White 2
VS portraits from
X and Y
VS portraits from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Ace Trainer m V OD.pngAce Trainer f V OD.png XY Ace Trainer M Icon.pngXY Ace Trainer F Icon.png ORAS Ace Trainer M Icon.pngORAS Ace Trainer F Icon.png
Overworld sprites from
Generation V
Icons on the PSS from
X and Y
Icons on the PSS from
Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and PGL
VSAce Trainer F SM.png
Female VS model from
Sun and Moon

Pokéstar Studios

B2W2 Ace Trainer M Pokéstar.png B2W2 Ace Trainer F Pokéstar.png
Male and female Ace Trainer portraits


Male Cooltrainer Stadium 2.png Female Cooltrainer Stadium 2.png XY Ace Trainer M.png XY Ace Trainer F.png
Cooltrainer art from Stadium 2 Art from X and Y

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

Pokémon Colosseum

Story Mode

Battle Mode

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

In the anime

Katie, a female Cooltrainer in the anime

In the main series

Several characters based on Cooltrainers/Ace Trainers have appeared in the anime:

A female Cooltrainer in Pokémon Origins

In Pokémon Origins

A female Cooltrainer appeared briefly in the Pokémon Origins episode File 3: Giovanni as one of the Trainers seen in Celadon Gym.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Many Ace Trainers make cameos throughout Pokémon Adventures.

In Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, two Ace Trainers in their winter clothes appear as challengers in the Seven Stars Restaurant, one with a Mothim, the other with a Shellos.

In Deprogramming Porygon-Z, a female Ace Trainer challenging the Battle Castle is shown with her Rhydon.

A male Ace Trainer was shown with his Sawk in An Odd Speech as one of the people listening to Ghetsis's speech. The tutor of the Pledge moves in Driftveil City also bore the appearance of a male Ace Trainer.

A female Ace Trainer with a Zweilous is later seen in the Pokémon League, in Dream a Little Dream.

Another male Ace Trainer was shown giving commands to a Flaaffy in Colress's fantasy in VS Genesect III.

A female Ace Trainer appears in Kangaskhan...Kangascan't, walking together with a Lass in Santalune City.

Elite Trainer Akira from The Golden Boys

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, Gold fights against a Cooltrainer (known by the Japanese class name of Elite Trainer) named Akira in a tournament in Let's Fight! The Mini Pokémon Tournament. Akira uses a Mareep.


Akira's Mareep
Mareep is Akira's only known Pokémon. It participated in the Mini Pokémon Tournament where it managed to get its Trainer to the final round. During the finals though, it lost to Gold's Elekid.

Mareep's known moves are ThunderShock, Cotton Spore, Tackle, and Growl.