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Team Rocket Grunt (Trainer class)

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Team Rocket Grunts in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Team Rocket grunts are members of Team Rocket. They act as fodder, enforcers, workmen, crooks, and backup for various leaders in the criminal organization.

In the games

Being the underlings of Team Rocket, the grunts have appeared in all of the games this villainous team has appeared in; namely, in Generation I and Generation II, as well as their remakes, FireRed and LeafGreen and HeartGold and SoulSilver, respectively.

In these games, a Team Rocket Grunt is considered a class of Pokémon Trainer. How they are referred to has varied a bit throughout the generations. A grunt is called Rocket (Japanese, ロケットだんいん Team Rocket Member) in Generation I, Rocket Grunt (Japanese, ロケットだんいんのしたっぱ Team Rocket Underling Member) in Generation II, and finally Team Rocket Grunt (Japanese, ロケットだんのしたっぱ Team Rocket Underling) in Generations III and IV. Additionally, unlike other Trainer classes, Team Rocket Grunts are never given individual names, a tradition continued with the other three villainous teams, whose members are also referred to as simply grunts. However, there are four grunts that appear to be related to each other, the Rocket Brothers, in Silph Co.

Appearance

Male Rocket grunts are depicted as men wearing black uniforms with a big red R on them, as well as gray gloves and boots (white in Generations I and II). They also wear a black cap, which in the first three Generations completely hides their short hair, though it is shown as pink in Generation IV. In Generation I, they each hold a whip, though, in a similar change to the Cooltrainers, it is omitted in all further depictions. They also seem to be adults in Generation I, though they seem a bit younger, perhaps even teens, in further games.

In Generation II, female Rocket grunts started to appear. In their introductory games, these female grunts are depicted as red haired women in white Team Rocket uniforms without caps, with their design being very similar to Cassidy and their outfit similar to Jessie's. In Generations III and IV, their design is drastically changed, and they are shown more similar to their male counterparts, wearing a black uniform with a red R, a black cap, and gray gloves and boots, though they wear black shorts or a skirt instead of pants. They are shown to have short, orange-pinkish hair in the games, though their artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen shows their hair as green.

Team Rocket Grunt Images
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Jessie and James's sprite from
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Stadium 2
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History

Main article: Team Rocket#In the games
Team Rocket Grunts in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

In Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the grunts are found throughout Kanto creating general disruption. They first appear in Mt. Moon, going after Fossils. One grunt is found at the end of the Nugget Bridge recruiting for Team Rocket, and another had stolen a TM from an elderly couple in Cerulean City. In Celadon City, the grunts operate a base under the Game Corner trafficking Pokémon all over the world, and they are also responsible for the murder of the mother Marowak in Pokémon Tower as part of a plan to steal Cubone and sell their skulls. They also appear when they take over the Silph Co. headquarters. After the player defeats them there, Giovanni disappears, later reappearing at his own Gym, and the grunts are not seen after this in the original games. However, in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, two grunts remain in an old man's house next to the restaurant in Celadon City; they will never leave, nor will they battle the player. Additionally, in Pokémon Yellow, both Jessie and James are from the Rocket Trainer class, and appear next to the regular grunts in Mt. Moon, the Game Corner and Silph Co.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, grunts are also found on several of the Sevii Islands, even after Giovanni's defeat. On Island One, the player faces two in front of a cave which leads to the Ruby for the Net Center. On Island Four, the player helps Lorelei, who nearly defeated a grunt with her Lapras's Ice Beam while interrogating Team Rocket at Icefall Cave. On Island Six, there is a grunt in front of Altering Cave. On Island Five, the player finds a group of male and female grunts operating from a warehouse obtaining a large number of Pokémon, most of them rare, and trying to make a working prototype of the high-frequency sound wave machine which would influence evolution; after the player defeats the grunts and the two administrators, they will pull out, but not before telling the player that they will find Giovanni and restore Team Rocket. They have not been seen in the islands since.

In the Generation II games and their remakes, three years after the events ofthe original games, Team Rocket, under the administration of the executives, create havok throught Johto gaining profit and trying to communicate with their old leader, Giovanni. The grunts are first seen operating in Slowpoke Well, led by Proton, cutting off Slowpokes' tails to sell. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a grunt is seen bothering a Kimono Girl at the Ecruteak City Dance Theater. At Mahogany Town, the player finds a base underneath a shop in which the Rockets have been using a fully-working high-frequency sound wave machine that influences Pokémon evolution. They also help their executives take over the Radio Tower in Goldenrod City, as well as guard the Radio Director who is hidden in the Goldenrod Tunnel. After defeating Archer, most grunts are gone for good. However, a lone grunt appears in Cerulean City later on, unaware of the disbanding of Team Rocket, who has stolen a part of the Power Plant in Kanto.

Pokémon

Team Rocket Grunts use Pokémon from a variety of types, but often employ Template:Type2 Pokémon more than others. Also, the large majority of their Pokémon are from the first generation, though a couple they use in the Sevii Islands and Johto are from the second one.

Kanto Branch

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Sandshrew
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Rattata
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Zubat
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Ekans
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Drowzee
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Raticate
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Koffing
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Grimer
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Machop
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Sandslash
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Arbok
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Hypno
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Golbat
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Weezing
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Cubone
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Marowak
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Machoke

Sevii Branch

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Sandshrew
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Sandslash
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Rattata
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Raticate
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Cubone
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Marowak
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Zubat
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Golbat
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Grimer
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Muk
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Ekans
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Gloom
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Houndour
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Vileplume
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Koffing
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Weezing
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Machop
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Machoke
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Hypno

Johto Branch

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Rattata
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Zubat
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Ekans
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Koffing
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Drowzee
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Venonat
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Golbat
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Gloom
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Raticate
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Murkrow
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Arbok
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Muk
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Oddish
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Vileplume
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Houndour

In the anime

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Rocket grunts in the anime.

In the anime, the grunts have had few appearances. They first appear in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, under the command of Jessie, James, and Meowth trapping Trainers and trying to steal their Pokémon. But before Team Rocket could steal the Pokémon from all the Trainers onboard, they were stopped by Ash and his friends.

There are also many Rocket Grunts that appear in one scene from Mewtwo Strikes Back. They are using Mewtwo's psychic abilities to capture a large herd of Tauros.

In Johto, operating from an under sea base, grunts are under the command of Dr. Namba, Butch, and Cassidy, attempting to harness a Lugia and its child, but Ash, his friends and Ritchie stopped them.

Later, they operate around the Lake of Rage under the command of Professor Sebastian and Tyson to help in Project R; the project's goal is to force Pokémon to evolve artificially, thus giving the group powerful Pokémon to use. But they were stopped yet again by Ash and his friends, with the help from Lance of the Pokémon G-Men.

They also appear in copious amounts during Mewtwo Returns, led by Giovanni and Domino, to capture Mewtwo and build a new base for Team Rocket on Mount Quena. However, they are all transported away from the mountain at the end of the movie.

They have also been seen helping Butch and Cassidy with their stadium scam in The Ole' Berate and Switch. There, they were disguised as several tournament officials.

Pokémon

Team Rocket grunts have been known to use the following Pokémon:

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Tauros
(Mewtwo Strikes Back) (multiple)
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Zubat
(The Ole' Berate and Switch)
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Doduo
(The Ole' Berate and Switch)
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Venomoth
(The Ole' Berate and Switch)
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Skarmory
(The Ole' Berate and Switch)
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Yanma
(The Thief That Keeps On Thieving!) (mentioned)

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Red, Green & Blue chapter

Pokémon

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Rhyhorn
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Hitmonlee
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Machamp
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Tauros
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Geodude
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Graveler
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Jynx
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Muk
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Magnemite
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Gengar
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Moltres

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

The grunts as well as the Team Rocket Elite Trio were reorganized under Masked Man.

Pokémon

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Cubone
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Drowzee
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Ledian
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Ninetales
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Piloswine
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Ditto
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Houndour
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Houndoom
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Persian


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