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Glitch Trainer

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Battling a glitch Trainer

Glitch Trainers are Trainers that can only be battled via the use of glitches.

Generation I

Glitch Trainers can be battled in one of two ways: the old man glitch (if the player's name contains certain special characters in the 3rd, 5th, or 7th slot) or the Ditto glitch (using Special stats ranging from 201-255RB or 201-253Y). Unlike other Trainers, glitch Trainers say nothing before or after the battle, and often use glitch Pokémon.

Old man glitch method

If the player encounters a glitch Trainer via the old man glitch, the team used by said trainer will be determined by the last team index number loaded, and the team will be always read from an unexistent trainer class #256 - so if a Gambler with team number 3 was fought last time and the player encounters a trainer via old man glitch, the game will load team #3 of trainer #256, regardless of the encountered trainer class.

Below is a list of the first 10 teams of the trainers encountered via the old man glitch.

Team ID Pokémon 1 Pokémon 2 Pokémon 3 Pokémon 4 Pokémon 5 Pokémon 6
0 ◣ゥ 8 Lv. 32 Glitch (FA) Lv. 32 MissingNo. Lv. 32 PKMN ◣ n Lv. 32 Flareon Lv. 32 Glitch (FA) Lv. 32
1 Drowzee Lv. 111 Rhydon Lv. 111 Pidgey Lv. 111 Grimer Lv. 111 MissingNo. Lv. 111 ゥ$ (F0) Lv. 111
2 ゥ (C1) Lv. 9 Grimer Lv. 9 MissingNo. Lv. 9 Glitch (EB) Lv. 9 ◣ゥ 8 Lv. 9 MissingNo. Lv. 9
3 Trainer Lv. 215 Pidgeot Lv. 215 Ivysaur Lv. 215 Trainer Lv. 215 Nidoking Lv. 215 Fearow Lv. 215
4 Tentacool Lv. 128 Gengar Lv. 128 Cubone Lv. 128 a Lv. 128 Dugtrio Lv. 128 Growlithe Lv. 128
5 Tentacool Lv. 128 Voltorb Lv. 128 Cubone Lv. 128      
6 Growlithe Lv. 64          
7 Pゥ ゥ ゥ Lv. 128 C Lv. 128 Rhydon Lv. 128 Exeggcute Lv. 128 Spearow Lv. 128 Trainer Lv. 128
8 Nidoran♀ Lv. 14 Magneton Lv. 14 'M (FF) Lv. 14 Gastly Lv. 14 Grimer Lv. 14 MissingNo. Lv. 14
9 Rhyhorn Lv. 42 Arcanine Lv. 42 MissingNo. Lv. 42 Clefairy Lv. 42 Mewtwo Lv. 42 MissingNo. Lv. 42

Ditto glitch method

If the player encounters a glitch Trainer via the Ditto glitch, the attack stage modifier of the Ditto used will determine which team will be used. This modifier is normally 7, causing the game to attempt to load the 'seventh' team; as most Trainers only have one set team, this almost always results in a glitchy team with several glitch Pokémon. If a move like Growl is used six times to lower the Ditto's attack stage modifier to 1, then the loaded team will be valid.

Two particular Trainers, Prof. Oak and Blue, have three different possible teams based on the player's starter Pokémon; therefore any attack stage modifier from 1 to 3 will work. This is the easiest way to battle Prof. Oak with his original, dummied-out team.

ZZAZZ glitch

Main article: ZZAZZ glitch

If the player performs the Ditto glitch and uses a Special stat of either 251, 252, 254, or 255, the ZZAZZ glitch will be triggered. This glitch changes most in-game bytes to have a value of 153, hence the players name will be changed to consist of multiple amounts of the letter "Z" (index number 153). Most of the player's Pokémon will be changed to level 153 Bulbasaur (index number 153) with the attack Explosion, save for any multiples of three the player has.

Generation II

Main article: Trainer House glitch

Glitch Trainers may appear in the Trainer House as a result of the Trainer House glitch.

Glitch-only Trainer classes

Prof. Oak

Professor Oak, who cannot normally be battled

Prof. Oak (Japanese: オーキドせんせい Instructor Oak) can be battled by performing the Ditto glitch with a Special stat of 226, or by performing the old man glitch with the character MN in the third, fifth, or seventh slot of the player's name. Interestingly, the Japanese script uses an apparent earlier name for Professor Oak—he is normally called オーキドはかせ Dr. Oak.

In the Generation I games, there is unused Trainer data for Prof. Oak. This implies that it was originally going to be possible to battle him.

In the data, Oak normally has a level 66 Tauros, a level 67 Exeggutor, a level 68 Arcanine, a level 70 Gyarados, and one of the Kanto starter Pokémon at level 69. This places his strength on-par with Blue, who is the Pokémon Champion and grandson of Professor Oak. Additionally, four of his Pokémon are identical to the ones used by Blue, but are at higher levels, so originally Oak may have been intended to be in the game as the Champion, or at least another high-ranking Trainer, possibly in the same manner as Red in Generation II. This is supported by an email on the PC in Professor Oak's Laboratory, from the Indigo League issuing a challenge to all Trainers and specifically requesting Oak to come visit them.

When battling Prof. Oak via the Mew glitch, the Attack of the wild Ditto must be lowered by 4, 5 or 6 stages for Prof. Oak to have the Charizard team, the Venusaur team or the Blastoise team, respectively.

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Appearance

Spr RG Oak.png Spr Y Oak.png
Image from
Red and Blue
Image from
Yellow

Chief

Chief (Japanese: シルフのチーフ Silph's Chief) is an unused beta Trainer class that is found in the Generation I games. Chief can be battled through the use of the old man glitch when the player's name contains a dash in the third, fifth, or seventh letter slot, or via the Ditto glitch with a Special stat of 227. Chief's sprite is the one of a Scientist. The only time the word is said in-game is in Celadon City, by one of the Team Rocket Grunts, perhaps indicating that Chief might have appeared in other places and been able to battle the player. The Japanese name indicates that the player would fight the head of Silph Co. Unlike Prof. Oak, there is no team programmed for Chief.

Appearance

Spr RG Scientist.png
Image from
Red, Green and Blue

Jacred

The player encounters Jacred

Jacred is a glitch Trainer class. Its name is derived from the preset names the player chooses for themselves and their rival, such as their names being "Jack" and "Red" will make "Jacred". The only way to fight 'Jacred' is by performing the Ditto glitch with a Special stat of 200. Unlike other glitch Trainers, Jacred has no defined sprite and can instantly crash the game when it is about to send out the first Pokémon.



Trainer classes in the Pokémon main series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSS
ChannelerCue BallElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanHikerJugglerLass
LeaderGSCFRLGHGSSPicnicker*Poké Maniac*PKMN TrainerGSCPsychicRivalRocker
Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSSailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
School Kid*GSCHGSSSkierHGSSTeacherGSCHGSSTwinsGSCFRLGHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta Trainer class:
ChiefRGBY


Main
Multiple
generations
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Cloning glitchesGlitch PokémonGlitch types
Generation I: --0 ERRORCable Club escape glitchError codesExperience underflow glitchGlitch CityGlitch dimension
Glitch movesGlitch TrainersItem duplication glitchJohto guard glitchMew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitch
Pokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchSelect glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch)
Super GlitchZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Celebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesError codesExperience underflow glitchGlitch Egg
Johto guard glitchSketch glitchTeru-samaTrainer House glitchGlitch dimension
Generation III: Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitch
Generation IV: Acid rainGlobal Terminal glitchesMimic glitch
Pomeg glitchRage glitchSurf glitchTweaking
Generation V: Sky Drop glitchFrozen Zoroark glitch
Generation VI: Lumiose City save glitch
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gens I/II only: Japanese text in English games
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitch movesGlitch types
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI)
Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VISpin-off)

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