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A Galactic Grunt (Japanese: ギンガだんのしたっぱ Team Galactic Underling) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation IV games. They are the grunts of Team Galactic. There are male and female versions, and they all dress in the spacesuit-looking outfits that are the Team Galactic uniforms and have light blue hair that is cut quite short and rounded.
In the games
In the games, Galactic Grunts generally act as footsoldiers and guards for Team Galactic. Like all villain team Grunts, they are not individually named. Unlike other team grunts however, such as Rocket grunts, Plasma grunts, Aqua grunts and Magma grunts, Team Galactic grunts don't seem to get what are the global objectives of the team and often speak nonsense about them, which makes them look silly as to why they joined the team in the first place. They also are known to simply quote Team Galactic's mottos and policies that can be found in their Headquarters even if they do not challenge the player. Certain Galactic grunts sometimes drop keys to their warehouses and HQs when they are defeated and/or they run away.
In Diamond and Pearl, They generally use a combination of Glameow, Stunky, Croagunk, Zubat, Bronzor, and the Wurmple line.
In Platinum, they don't use the Wurmple or Bronzor lines anymore and now also use the Houndour and Murkrow lines.
In Diamond and Pearl
In the anime
Galactic Grunts have made multiple appearances in the anime, with the first appearance being in A Secret Sphere of Influence!. They also appeared in Enter Galactic!, Losing Its Lustrous and Double Team Turnover!, Steeling Peace of Mind!, Saving the World From Ruins!, and Gateway to Ruin!. Some grunts wear glasses and, as shown in Gateway to Ruin!, are trained to fight with Bōs (or Quarterstaves).
In the manga
In the Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 manga
Team Galactic Grunts first appear in Escape From Team Galactic, where one attacks Hiori and Rocco while they look for Hiori's missing sister, Lily. Hiori manages to beat the Galactic Grunt and takes off to their base so he can find his sister. While in the air, Hiori and Rocco are ambushed by another Galactic Grunt and has an airborne battle with her, and Hiori emerges the victor.
Sometime after rescuing his sister, the bakery "Sun Sun" that is owned by his friend Nazuna and her father is attacked by two Galactic Grunts. They manage to defeat the Baker and his daughter but are swiftly defeated by Hiori's Lucario.
More Grunts appear in their base when Hiori, Rocco, and Lily infiltrate it to stop their plan to capture Darkrai and take over the world, they are all put asleep by Hiori's Tangrowth. One last high level grunt, known as the Galactic #2, battles Lily and is defeated by her and knocked out by their leader, Io.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Team Galactic Grunts in Pokémon Adventures
A group of Galactic Grunts first appear in Ring Around the Roserade (II), where they interrogate Rad Rickshaw, the owner of the bicycle shop, after abducting him. They were quickly dispelled by Cynthia's Spiritomb and fled their hideout, but many more of them made another appearance in Stunning Staravia & Stinky Skuntank I, where one of them snatched Platinum's Pokédex and almost got away with it, and many others fought Paka, Uji, Diamond, and Pearl to find and issue a ransom on Platinum.
Finally, more groups of grunts attack the three lakes of Sinnoh alongside their three Commanders, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
| Galactic Grunt's Houndoom
| Team Galactic left a Houndoom in Fuego Ironworks where it took on Pearl and his Luxray. Houndoom was much harder than the Magby as Pearl had Rayhiko dodge the attacks that Houndoom threw at them. However, one of the attacks ends up burning Rayhiko's legs. Rayhiko pushed itself to keep going even though it suffered the burn effect. With the motivation, Rayhiko was able to defeat Houndoom with Shock Wave.
Houndoom's known moves are Nasty Plot and Flamethrower.
|| VS. Houndoom
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga
In Pokémon DP Adventure a Galactic Grunt known as B-2 is given a recurring role in the manga. He is distinguishable from other grunts due to his jiggling buttocks after being bitten by Hareta.
Pokémon (Not B-2's)
|| Croagunk (multiple)
| Croagunk was sent out to deal with Hareta. It took on his Misdreavus. Later, another one was sent out to take on the Gym Leaders along with Team Galactic's other Pokémon.
None of Croagunk's moves are known.
|| Dialga's Secret Keys
|| Golbat (multiple)
| Golbat was sent out to take on the Gym Leaders along with Team Galactic's other Pokémon.
|| Dialga's Secret Keys
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Galactic Grunts or their Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- The Galactic Grunt battle music has a funk and jazz element in it, while there is a funk and jazz group called the Galactic.