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Ace Trainer (Trainer class)

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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, II, and III)
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
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 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.

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.


Spr RG Cooltrainer M.pngSpr RG Cooltrainer F.png Spr GS Cooltrainer M.pngSpr GS Cooltrainer F.png SJP Cool M.pngSJP Cool F.png Spr RS Cooltrainer M JP.pngSpr RS Cooltrainer F.png Spr RS Cooltrainer M.pngSpr RS Cooltrainer F.png Spr FRLG Cooltrainer M.pngSpr FRLG Cooltrainer F.png
Cooltrainer sprites from
Generation I
Cooltrainer sprites from
Generation II
Cooltrainer portraits from
Japanese Stadium
Cooltrainer sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald (JP)
Cooltrainer sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Cooltrainer sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Bird Keeper I OD.pngLass I OD.png Cooltrainer m II OD.pngCooltrainer f II OD.png S2 CooltrainerM.pngS2 CooltrainerF.png Cooltrainer m RSE OD.pngCooltrainer f RS OD.png Cooltrainer m RSE OD.pngCooltrainer f E OD.png Cooltrainer m FRLG OD.pngCooltrainer f FRLG 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
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
Cooltrainer overworld sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Colo Cooltrainer m.pngColo Cooltrainer f.png Spr DP Ace Trainer M 1.pngSpr DP Ace Trainer F 1.png Spr DP Ace Trainer M 2.pngSpr DP Ace Trainer F 2.png Spr HGSS Ace Trainer M.pngSpr HGSS Ace Trainer F.png Spr BW Ace Trainer M.pngSpr BW Ace Trainer F.png Spr B2W2 Ace Trainer M.pngSpr B2W2 Ace Trainer F.png
Cooltrainer models from
Sprites from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprites from
Generation IV (Snow)
Sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprites from
Black and White
Sprites from
Black 2 and White 2
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 Ace Trainer m OD.pngAce Trainer f OD.png
Cooltrainer headshots from
Pokémon XD
Overworld sprites from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprites from
Generation IV (Snow)
Overworld sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprites from
Generation V
VSAce Trainer M.pngVSAce Trainer F.png XY Ace Trainer M Icon.pngXY Ace Trainer F Icon.png VSAce Trainer M ORAS.pngVSAce Trainer F ORAS.png ORAS Ace Trainer M Icon.pngORAS Ace Trainer F Icon.png
VS portraits from
X and Y
Icons on the PSS from
X and Y
VS portraits from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Icons on the PSS from
Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and PGL

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 Colosseum

Story Mode

Battle Mode

Pokémon XD

In the anime

Katie, a female Cooltrainer in the anime

In the main series

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.

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

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.

Debut Let's Fight! The Mini Pokémon Tournament

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Ace Trainer in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Ace Trainer Su Ancient Origins Uncommon 69/98 Bandit Ring Uncommon 076/081


  • Despite appearing on top of Surfing Pokémon, some Ace Trainers on Hoenn's water routes battle without Pokémon that know Surf.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 菁英訓練家 Jīngyīng Xùnliànjiā
France Flag.png French Topdresseur
Germany Flag.png German Trainer () / Trainerin () (I)
Italy Flag.png Italian Fantallenatore ()
Fantallenatrice ()
South Korea Flag.png Korean 엘리트트레이너 Elite Trainer
Poland Flag.png Polish Cooltrainer
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Treinador Ás
Russia Flag.png Russian Первоклассный Тренер Pervoklassnyy Trener
Spain Flag.png Spanish Entre. Guay (I-V)
Entrenador Guay ()
Entrenadora Guay ()

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core 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
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta 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
Only in Trainer Tower:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Only in the Battle FrontierHGSS:

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis and BroSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORAS
Secret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBeautyB2W2BikerBlack BeltBoss TrainerB2W2Champion
ClerkCyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGuitaristB2W2Harlequin
Nursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
Pokéstar Studios Only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedianFine Actor
Movie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament Only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
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
Only in Battle Institute and Battle Maison:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy

Orre Trainer classes
Area LeaderBodybuilderChaserCipher AdminCipher PeonCooltrainerFun Old ManHunterMt BtlMaster
Myth TrainerPregymleaderResearcherRiderRogueSim TrainerSupertrainerTeam SnagemSnagem HeadWorker
Colosseum only:
AthleteBandana GuyCipherCipher HeadDeep KingFun Old LadyGlasses ManGuyLadyLady in Suit
Miror B.PeonMystery TroopRich BoyRoller BoyShady GuySt.PerformerTeacher
XD: Gale of Darkness only:
BeautyCasual DudeCasual GuyCipher CmdrCipher R&DCurmudgeonGrand MasterKaminko Aide
MatronMystery ManNavigatorNewscasterRobo GroudonSailorSpyThugWanderer

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