Bug Catcher (Trainer class)

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If you were looking for the "Bug Catcher Pokémon" species, see Carnivine (Pokémon).
Bug Catcher
むしとりしょうねん Bug Catcher Boy
Red Blue Bug Catcher.png
Art from Red and Blue
Other names
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
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Samurai
Anime debut Challenge of the Samurai
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut A Glimpse of the Glow (Adventures)

A Bug Catcher (Japanese: むしとりしょうねん Bug Catcher Boy) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as little boys in hats, carrying nets and what appears to be their lunchboxes, or containers to keep caught bugs in, held by a strap after Generation II. Most Bug Catchers have been considered just hobbyists. Some Bug Catchers move around areas, and don't always stay in the same place each day. Experienced Bug Catchers may become Bug Maniacs.

Bug Catchers are usually one of the first Trainer classes encountered during the course of the games' storylines, mostly appearing on earlier routes. In Generation I, Bug Catchers are the first Trainer class that the player encounters. They first appear in Viridian Forest, while the last one is on Route 9. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Bug Catchers appear again on the Sevii Islands, in the Pattern Bush. In Generation II, Bug Catchers appear on Route 30, but they are not the first Trainer class seen in the game, and are actually more uncommon in this Generation than any other in which they appear. In Generation III, there are a few Bug Catchers, appearing between Route 102, through Route 119. The number of Bug Catchers in Generation III surpasses each other generation except the first. In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Bug Catchers don't appear until Route 204, after the player defeats the first Gym Leader, which is unusually late in the game. There are only four Bug Catchers, most of them appearing in the Eterna Forest. There are no Bug Catchers in the Unova region.


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Gold, Silver, and Crystal
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Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
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Red Blue Lass Bug Catcher.png
Official Ken Sugimori artwork, with a Lass.

Trainer List

Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow

Pokémon Gold/Silver

Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

In the anime

The Samurai is a boy appearing as the character of the day, who lives in Viridian Forest and dresses up in samurai armor. Like Bug Catchers, he specializes in Bug-type Pokémon and has a bug-catching net. Samurai's sole appearance came in Challenge of the Samurai.

In Charizard's Burning Ambitions, Team Rocket's Gigantic Mistake mecha is modeled after a Bug Catcher.

In The Spheal of Approval, a boy named Marius strongly resembled the Bug Catchers in the game, but did not own any Bug-type Pokémon.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Bug Catcher in Pokémon Adventures

A kid in Pallet Town appears in the first chapter, who bears a resemblance to a Bug Catcher.

In Wake Up--You’re Snorlax!, a Bug Catcher appeared during the bicycle race, alongside a Swimmer and Red. He owns a Scyther. He took a shortcut through a small woods that was full of bug Pokémon. He later got stuck on Route 12 due to a sleeping Snorlax that was in the way. His number in the race was 31.


Bug Catcher's Scyther
The particular Bug Catcher of the twelth chapter is only shown with a Scyther. He traveled with it while entering the small woods during the bike race.
Debut Wake Up--You’re Snorlax!


  • The first Bug Catchers battled in all Generation III games are named Rick.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, a show on the Variety channel mentions that Aaron used to be a Bug Catcher and a Gym Leader before joining the Elite Four.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 捕蟲少年 Bǔchóng Shàonián
France Flag.png French Scout
Germany Flag.png German Käfersammler
Italy Flag.png Italian Pigliamosche
South Korea Flag.png Korean 곤충채집 Gonchungchaejip
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cazabichos

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
Trainer Tower only:
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
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

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
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