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Team Rocket Grunt
ロケットだんのしたっぱ Team Rocket Underling
HeartGold SoulSilver Team Rocket Grunt.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Other names Rocket Grunt (ロケットだんいんのしたっぱ Team Rocket Underling Member) (Generation II)
Rocket (ロケットだんいん Team Rocket Member) (Generation I)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
FireRed and LeafGreen
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Stadium 2
Gender Either
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members The Rocket Brothers,
Jessie and JamesY
Anime debut Battle Aboard the St. Anne
TCG debut Gym Heroes
TCG card Minion of Team Rocket
Manga debut A Glimpse of the Glow (Adventures)
The Great Search! Let's Rescue The Slowpoke! (The Golden Boys)
Pikachu Was Kidnapped! (Pocket Monsters)
Cerulean City (Zensho)
Aim to be the Strongest! The Hot-Blooded Brotherly Combination!! (PMHGSSJBA)

Team Rocket Grunts (Japanese: ロケットだんいん Team Rocket Member in Generation I, ロケットだんいんのしたっぱ Team Rocket Underling Member in Generation II, ロケットだんのしたっぱ Team Rocket Underling in Generation III and IV) are members of Team Rocket. They act as fodder, enforcers, soldiers, 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.

How grunts are referred to has varied slightly 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 villainous teams, whose members are also referred to as simply grunts. Due to the nature of how NPC Trainers are named, however, the Trainer class was technically Rocket in Generations I and II, and Team Rocket in Generations III and IV, with the name from Generation II onwards being Grunt. Despite them all having the same in-game name, there are four grunts that appear to be related to each other, the Rocket Brothers, in Silph Co.

Appearance

Male Team 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 Team Rocket Grunts debuted. 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. However, their overworld sprites had caps and black uniforms like the males. 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, pink hair in the games, though their artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen shows their hair as green.

Artwork

Red Blue TR Grunt.png FireRed LeafGreen Team Rocket grunts.png
Artwork from
Red and Blue
Artwork from
FireRed and LeafGreen

Sprites

Spr RG Rocket.png Spr Y Jessie James.png Spr GS Rocket Grunt M.pngSpr GS Rocket Grunt F.png Spr FRLG Team Rocket Grunt M.pngSpr FRLG Team Rocket Grunt F.png Spr HGSS Rocket Grunt M.pngSpr HGSS Rocket Grunt F.png SJP Rocket.png S2 Rocket GruntM.pngS2 Rocket GruntF.png
Sprite from
Generation I
Jessie and James's sprite
from Yellow
Sprites from
Generation II
Sprites from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portrait from
Stadium
Portraits from
Stadium 2
Rocket OD.png Jessie OD.pngJames OD.png Rocket Grunt M II OD.pngRocket Grunt F II OD.png Team Rocket Grunt M III OD.pngTeam Rocket Grunt F III OD.png Rocket Grunt M OD.pngRocket Grunt F OD.png Bird Keeper I OD.pngTamer OD.png Roughneck OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Jessie and James's overworld sprites from
Yellow
Overworld sprites from
Generation II
Overworld sprites from
Generation III
Overworld sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Nugget Bridge Grunt's overworld sprites from
Generation I and FR/LG
Former member's overworld sprite,
in civilian attire, from
Black and White

History

Main article: Team Rocket → In the games

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 Knot Island, the player faces two in front of a cave which leads to the Ruby for the Net Center. On Floe Island, the player helps Lorelei, who nearly defeated a grunt with her Lapras's Ice Beam while interrogating Team Rocket at Icefall Cave. On Fortune Island, there is a grunt in front of Altering Cave. On Chrono Island, 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 Admins, 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 Sevii Islands since.

In the Generation II games and their remakes, three years after the events of the original games, Team Rocket, under the administration of the Executives, create havoc throughout Johto gaining profit and trying to communicate with their old leader, Giovanni. The grunts are first seen operating in the Slowpoke Well, led by Proton, cutting off Slowpoke's tails to sell. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a Grunt is seen bothering a Kimono Girl at the Ecruteak City Dance Theater. In Mahogany Town, the player finds Team Rocket HQ underneath a souvenir shop, in which Team Rocket have been using a fully-working high-frequency sound wave machine that influences Pokémon evolution, transmitting it from an antenna in a tree. They also help their Executives take over the Goldenrod Radio Tower, 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 the Machine Part from the Kanto Power Plant. After he is defeated, he states that he will return to his home country and revive Team Rocket there. It is later revealed that when he returned home to Icirrus City, he fell in love and started a family, effectively abandoning the idea for a quiet and peaceful life with his wife and child. Team Rocket has not been seen since.

Pokémon

Team Rocket Grunts use Pokémon from a variety of types, but often employ Poison-type Pokémon more than others. The majority of their Pokémon are from evolutionary families introduced in Generation I.

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow


Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal


Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver


Pokémon Stadium


Pokémon Stadium 2


In the anime

In the main series

Team 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 Team 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 recapture Mewtwo and build a new base for Team Rocket on Mount Quena. However, they are all mind-wiped and transported away from the mountain at the end of the movie.

A Team Rocket Grunt in the Best Wishes series

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.

One Grunt appeared in A Venipede Stampede! where he informed Giovanni that they would arrive shortly in Unova. They were also to appear in two unaired episodes to do battle with Team Plasma which would have been the first time Team Rocket as a whole (not counting Jessie, James, and Meowth) is seeing battling against another villainous team.

More Grunts appeared in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, greeting Giovanni as he arrived to Unova to supervise Team Rocket's "Operation Tempest". Two Grunts later appeared at Cynthia's villa, attempting to steal Meloetta from Ash and his friends. The latter got assistance from Ridley, who used his Golurk to battle the Grunts' Golem and Rhydon while Ash and others ran away with Meloetta.

Pokémon

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Reason: Voice actors for the Pokémon.

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

Team Rocket's Tauros
Tauros (multiple)
These Tauros were first seen running wild on a field towards Mewtwo. However, Mewtwo was way too strong for them as they got sent flying by Mewtwo's Psychic. They were then caught by a group of Team Rocket Grunts.

None of the Tauros's moves are known.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Team Rocket's Zubat
Zubat
Zubat was used by Team Rocket in the Rocket battle after the Trainers found out that the Tournament was a scam used to steal the Trainers' Pokémon.

None of Zubat's moves are known.

Debut The Ole' Berate and Switch
Team Rocket's Doduo
Doduo
Doduo was used by Team Rocket in the Rocket battle after the Trainers found out that the Tournament was a scam to steal the Trainers' Pokémon. Doduo was seen being defeated by a Trainer's Rhydon.

None of Doduo's moves are known.

Debut The Ole' Berate and Switch
Team Rocket's Venomoth
Venomoth
One of the Team Rocket Grunts sent out Venomoth when the Trainers found out that the Tournament was a scam to steal the Trainers' Pokémon. He used Venomoth against a Trainer's Ledian.

Venomoth's only known move is Supersonic.

Debut The Ole' Berate and Switch
Team Rocket's Skarmory
Skarmory
Nothing is known about Team Rocket's Skarmory as it only had a brief appearance fighting a Trainer's Hitmontop.

None of Skarmory's moves are known.

Debut The Ole' Berate and Switch
Team Rocket's Golem
Golem
Golem was used under the ownership of a Rocket Grunt alongside a Rhydon to capture Meloetta. It was stopped from doing so however by Ridley and his Golurk. Though the full battle wasn't shown on screen, it appeared that Golurk had defeated Golem.

Golem's known moves are Rollout, Rock Blast and Steamroller.

Debut Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
Team Rocket's Rhydon
Rhydon
Rhydon was used under the ownership of a Rocket Grunt alongside a Golem to capture Meloetta. It was stopped from doing so however by Ridley and his Golurk. Though the full battle wasn't shown on screen, it appeared that Golurk had defeated Rhydon.

Rhydon's known moves are Hyper Beam and Megahorn.

Debut Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
Temporary
Mewtwo's Clone Pokémon
Clone Pokémon
When starting their assault on Mount Quena in Mewtwo Returns, Team Rocket used a special paralyzing ray cannon to paralyze Mewtwo's cloned Blastoise, Gyarados, Wigglytuff, Ninetales, Vaporeon, Dewgong, Golduck, Hitmonlee, and Pidgeot, which had come forth to face the Team Rocket assault, and then caught them with special "Team Rocket Balls" dropped from a Rocket airship. They were soon released when Mewtwo used its Psychic powers to destroy the Poké Balls that were confining the clones.

None of the clone Pokémon's moves are known.

Debut Mewtwo Strikes Back
Mentioned
Yanma (multiple)
After Jessie sent her Yanma to Giovanni, one of the Team Rocket Grunts mentioned that they already have a large number of Yanma. As a result, Giovanni sent the Yanma that Jessie caught back to Jessie and James.

None of Yanma's moves are known.

Debut The Thief That Keeps On Thieving!

In Pokémon Origins

Team Rocket Grunts in Pokémon Origins

In Pokémon Origins, several Team Rocket Grunts were seen. Red first encountered a Rocket Grunt in File 2 - Cubone in Cerulean City, retrieving the stolen TM28 (Dig) from him. A group of Team Rocket Grunts were later seen taking over the Pokémon Tower and making its top floor their base. When Red and Blue later infiltrated the Tower, their path was blocked by the ghost Marowak. While Red tried to battle against the ghost, Blue sneaked by it and made it to the upper floors, swiping the Silph Scope from one of the Grunts, which he then gave to Red, allowing him to identify the ghost. After Marowak's spirit had been calmed, Red battled against one of the Rocket Grunts, and, thanks to the help of Cubone, was able to defeat the Grunt's Koffing with his Jolteon, forcing the Grunts to retreat.

In File 3 - Giovanni, a pair of Rocker Grunts were seen when Red raided the Rocket Hideout. Several more Grunts were seen patrolling around Saffron City after the organization had taken over the Silph Co. office building. Once Red has cleared through the building, he entered Silph Co.'s president's office, where he found Giovanni and a Rocket Grunt watching over the president. The Rocket Grunt was also seen being responsible of carrying around a suitcase containing Giovanni's Poké Balls. Several disguised Rocket Grunts were later seen serving Giovanni at the Viridian Gym.

Pokémon

Team Rocket Grunt's Koffing
Koffing
One of the Rocket Grunts used a Koffing to battle against Red's Jolteon at the Pokémon Tower. Despite proving surprisingly tough, Jolteon was eventually able to defeat it with a Thunderbolt.

Koffing's known moves are Tackle and Smog.

Debut File 2 - Cubone

In the manga

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

The Grunts have made recurring appearances in How I Became a Pokémon Card.

Pokémon

Team Rocket Machamp HIBAPC.png
Machamp
Team Rocket Primeape Caterpie HIBAPC.png
Primeape
Team Rocket Primeape Caterpie HIBAPC.png
Caterpie
Team Rocket Various 1 HIBAPC.png
Psyduck
Team Rocket Various 1 HIBAPC.png
Geodude
Team Rocket Various 1 HIBAPC.png
Graveler
Team Rocket Scyther HIBAPC.png
Scyther
Team Rocket Hitmonlee HIBAPC.png
Hitmonlee
Team Rocket Spinarak String Shot HIBAPC.png
Spinarak
Team Rocket Magmar SmokeScreen HIBAPC.png
Magmar
Team Rocket Various 2 HIBAPC.png
Haunter
Team Rocket Various 2 HIBAPC.png
Qwilfish
Team Rocket Various 2 HIBAPC.png
Electabuzz
Team Rocket Onix HIBAPC.png
Onix
Team Rocket Sandslash HIBAPC.png
Sandslash
Team Rocket Vulpix HIBAPC.png
Vulpix

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Team Rocket Grunts in Dealing With A Koffing Fit

Red, Green & Blue chapter

Pokémon
Team Rocket's Rhydon
Rhydon
A Rhydon appeared in Tauros The Tyrant, among Team Rocket's Pokémon.

None of Rhydon's moves are known.

Debut Tauros The Tyrant
Team Rocket's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was used to attack Green in Celadon City. However, after a quick evasion by Green's Wartortle, he attacked Ken's Machamp instead. He was also under the control of Tauros.

None of Hitmonlee's moves are known.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Team Rocket's Geodude and Graveler
Geodude and Graveler
Team Rocket were shown to have a Geodude and Graveler that was under Tauros's control.

None of Geodude and Graveler's moves are known.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Team Rocket's Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn
A Rhyhorn appeared in Tauros the Tyrant, where it was controlled by Ken's Tauros.

None of Rhyhorn's moves are known.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant
Team Rocket's Magnemite
Magnemite
Magnemite was used to surround Blaine in Cinnabar Island.

None of Magnemite's moves are known.

Debut Holy Moltres
Team Rocket's Articuno
Articuno
This Articuno was originally seen at the Seafoam Islands. Even though Red tried to stop Team Rocket for the first try, they were finally able to catch this legendary bird because of its energy loss, and was sent to Koga afterwards.

Articuno's known moves are Blizzard and Ice Beam.

Debut You know... Articuno!
Team Rocket's Zapdos
Zapdos
Zapdos was used as an experiment from Team Rocket. Lt. Surge took control of it prior to Zap! Zap! Zapdos!. Around the end of the battle against Red, it ended up shocking Lt. Surge with its tremendous Thunder attack after Saur's Razor Leaf tore up his insulating underwear, rendering it useless and nearly killing him. As a result, Red earned his Badge and stole his electric-proof gloves. It was later recaught by Green.

Zapdos's known moves are Thunder Shock and Thunder.

Debut Holy Moltres
Team Rocket's Moltres
Moltres
Moltres, having been captured near the Indigo Plateau, first appeared on Cinnabar Island, where it fought against Blaine and Red before being sent to Sabrina.

Moltres's known moves are Agility, Ember, and Flamethrower.

Debut Holy Moltres
Team Rocket's Thu-Fi-Zer
Thu-Fi-Zer
Main article: Thu-Fi-Zer

During the battle between Red, Blue and Green, and the Rocket Triad members, Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina, Moltres was combined with Articuno and Zapdos to create Thu-Fi-Zer. Once it was beaten, the three birds separated and returned to the wild.

Debut The Winged Legends

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

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

Pokémon
Team Rocket's Cubone
Cubone (multiple)
Cubone were used as reinforcements. They tried to attack Gold.

None of Cubone's moves are known.

Debut Piloswine Whine
Team Rocket's Drowzee
Drowzee (multiple)
Drowzee were used as reinforcements. They tried to attack Gold.

None of Drowzee's moves are known.

Debut Piloswine Whine
Team Rocket's Ledian
Ledian (multiple)
Ledian were used as reinforcements while stuck in the Lighthouse. They tried to attack Gold.

None of Ledian's moves are known.

Debut Piloswine Whine
Team Rocket's Ninetales
Ninetales
Team Rocket used Ninetales while infiltrating the Lighthouse in Olivine City. It attacked Gold but it was stopped along with the other Pokémon by Gold's Exbo.

None of Ninetales's moves are known.

Debut Piloswine Whine
Team Rocket's Ditto
Ditto
Ditto first appeared as a Suicune in disguise while Team Rocket surrounded the real one. Ditto's stretchiness was able to grab both Crystal and Eusine but Crystal escaped with her Monee.

Ditto's only move is Transform.

Debut Miltank Melee
Team Rocket's Houndour
Houndour (multiple)
Team Rocket owns several Houndour. One of them is owned by the Masked Man in which it was used to overwhelm Gold's team. The same Houndour was used to take on Lt. Surge while he found Team Rocket's base. Many Houndour are summoned if the leader uses Howl.

Houndour's known moves are Bite, Flamethrower, Headbutt, Iron Tail, Feint Attack, and Howl.

Debut You Ain't Nothin' But a Houndour
Team Rocket's Houndoom
Houndoom (multiple)
Team Rocket owns several Houndoom. Three of them are under the control of Carl in which one of them evolved from a Houndour during his childhood.

None of Houndoom's moves are known.

Debut Stop Snoring, Slowking
Team Rocket's Persian
Persian (multiple)
Team Rocket owns several Persian. Three of them are under the control of Sham.

None of Persian's moves are known.

Debut Stop Snoring, Slowking

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

Pokémon
Team Rocket's Sentret
Sentret (multiple)
Team Rocket sent out these Sentret to battle with the Team Rocket Elite Trio when they were assigned the job to protect Ilex Forest from intruders.

None of Sentret's moves are known.

Debut All About Arceus IX
Team Rocket's Furret
Furret (multiple)
Team Rocket sent out these Furret to battle with the Team Rocket Elite Trio when they were assigned the job to protect Ilex Forest from intruders.

Furret's only known move is Fury Swipes.

Debut All About Arceus IX

In the Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

The Team Rocket Grunts in this manga serve Grey instead of Giovanni since it is based on the events of Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Pokémon

Team Rocket's Murkrow
Murkrow
Murkrow is Team Rocket's most relied Pokémon. They first appear when Team Rocket attack the Slowpoke. Later, the grunts send Murkrow out to raid the Pokémon Summit.

None of Murkrow's moves are known.

Debut The Great Search! Let's Rescue The Slowpoke!
Team Rocket Grunt's Electrode
Electrode
Team Rocket planted Electrode in the Pokémon Summit where they will explode during their command. One of them was stolen by Black.

Electrode's only known move is Explosion.

Debut Gold and Black VS. Team Rocket

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

The Team Rocket Grunts appear in this manga where they have served Giovanni.

Pokémon

Team Rocket Grunt's Meowth
Meowth
Meowth is the Grunts's only known Pokémon.

None of Meowth's moves are known.

Debut Which One is the Real Clefairy!?

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Team Rocket first appear in Cerulean City where they invade Miracle Cycle. Later, they show up in the Cerulean Gym. In both of Satoshi's encounters, he easily defeats them.

Pokémon

Team Rocket's Beedrill
Beedrill
One of the Team Rocket Grunts sends out Beedrill in order to prevent the storekeeper from revealing stuff about how they are bad guys. Before Beedrill did anything, it ends up getting easily beaten by Satoshi's Charmander.

None of Beedrill's moves are known.

Debut Cerulean City
Team Rocket's Zubat
Zubat
Zubat was only seen in a flashback when Team Rocket was telling Satoshi about what they do to Pokémon.

None of Zubat's moves are known.

Debut Cerulean City
Team Rocket's Gyarados
Gyarados
Team Rocket send out Gyarados when they invade the Cerulean Gym. It wasn't long before Gyarados gets zapped by Satoshi's Pikachu's Thunderbolt.

None of Gyarados's moves are known.

Debut Cerulean City

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

Team Rocket in Jou's Big Adventure

The Team Rocket grunts first appear in a cameo in Aim to be the Strongest! The Hot-Blooded Brotherly Combination!! where they are seen arguing with Kurt about their treatment of the Slowpoke. In the next chapter, Jou comes to Kurt's rescue and the grunts battle Jou. They return in Jou VS Team Rocket where they battle with Jou once more, but this time with Tsubaki. Jou's Totodile and Tsubaki's Meganium manages to take out all of their Pokémon. They have not been seen since.

Pokémon

Team Rocket's Golbat

Team Rocket's Golbat
Zubat → Golbat
One of the grunts sent out a Zubat to battle Jou's Totodile. However, it was interrupted by a Zubat belonging to Proton. The Zubat belonging to the grunt was revealed to have evolved into a Golbat when it battled with Jou again. Golbat was taken out by Tsubaki's Meganium's Razor Leaf.

None of Golbat's moves are known.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket!!
Team Rocket's Ekans
Ekans
One of the grunts sent out a Ekans to battle Jou's Totodile. However, it was interrupted by Proton. Later, it battled with Jou's Totodile again and Tsubaki's Meganium but was defeated by Meganium's Razor Leaf.

None of Ekans's moves are known.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket!!
Team Rocket's Raticate

Team Rocket's Raticate
Rattata → Raticate
One of the grunts sent out a Rattata to battle Jou's Totodile. However, it was interrupted by Proton. Later, it was sent out again where it was revealed to have evolved into a Raticate.

None of Raticate's moves are known.

Debut The Revived Team Rocket!!

In the TCG

Artwork

Artwork from the cards:

Minion of Team Rocket.png Rocket Sneak Attack.png The Rocket Trap.png
Male Team Rocket Grunt Female Team Rocket Grunt Grunts in mission

Cards

This is a listing of cards mentioning or featuring Team Rocket Grunts or their Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Rocket's Pokémon
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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Rocket's Hitmonchan Fighting Gym Heroes Rare Holo 11/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
Best of Game   9      
Rocket's Moltres Fire Gym Heroes Rare Holo 12/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
Rocket's Scyther Grass Gym Heroes Rare Holo 13/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
Rocket's Snorlax Colorless Gym Heroes Rare 33/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare  
Rocket's Mewtwo Psychic Gym Challenge Rare Holo 14/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Best of Game   8      
Rocket's Zapdos Lightning Gym Challenge Rare Holo 15/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Rocket's Wobbuffet Psychic       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 093/141
Rocket's Raikou Lightning       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 094/141
Rocket's Entei Fire       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 095/141
Rocket's Suicune Water       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 096/141
Meowth Pokémon M Colorless       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   017/022
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Here Comes Team Rocket! T [Su] Team Rocket Rare Holo 15/82 Rocket Gang SuperRare Holo  
Team Rocket Rare 71/82      
EX Team Rocket Returns Rare Holo 111/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back Rare Holo 085/085
Rocket's Sneak Attack T [Su] Team Rocket Rare Holo   Rocket Gang Rare Holo 16/82
Team Rocket Rare 72/82      
      Pokémon Web Rare 040/048
The Rocket's Trap T Gym Heroes Rare Holo 19/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  
The Rocket's Training Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Rare 104/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Minion of Team Rocket T Gym Heroes Uncommon 113/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Rocket's Hideout T [St] Neo Revelation Uncommon 63/64 Awakening Legends Uncommon  
EX Team Rocket Returns Uncommon 87/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back Uncommon 081/085
Rocket's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 127/141
Rocket's Mission T [Su] EX Team Rocket Returns Uncommon 88/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back Uncommon 080/085
      Black Deck Kit   019/020
      Silver Deck Kit   019/020
Rocket's Tricky Gym T [St] EX Team Rocket Returns Uncommon 90/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back Uncommon 082/085
 

In other languages

Language Title
England Flag.png English Team Rocket Grunt
Mandarin Chinese 火箭隊隊員
Huǒjiànduì duìyuán
Denmark Flag.png Danish Team Rocket-soldat
France Flag.png French RocketRBY
Sbire RocketGSC
Sbire Team RocketFRLG
Rocket SbireHGSS
Germany Flag.png German Team RocketRBY
Rocket RüpelGSCHGSS
Team Rocket RüpelFRLG
Italy Flag.png Italian RocketRBY
Recluta, RocketGSC
Recluta, Team RocketFRLGHGSS
South Korea Flag.png Korean 로켓단 조무래기
Team Rocket Young Goon
Spain Flag.png Spanish RocketRBY
Rocket SoldadoGS
Soldado RocketC
Soldado Team RocketFRLG
Team Rocket SoldadoHGSS


Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton

Carl*Sham*Will*Karen*Grey*

Trios:
 
Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga*, Lt. Surge*, & Sabrina* (Triad)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*
Others:

 
ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*

Grunts
Team Rocket GruntTeam Aqua GruntTeam Magma Grunt
Galactic GruntTeam Plasma GruntTeam Flare Grunt


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
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
TuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon


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