Factory Head Thorton

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ネジキ Neziki
Platinum Thorton.png
Art from Platinum
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Sinnoh*/Johto*
Trainer class Factory Head
(Frontier Brain)
Generation IV
Games Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Brain of Battle Factory
Commemorative print Factory Print

Factory Head Thorton (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド ネジキ Factory Head Neziki) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Factory.

In the games

He is the Frontier Brain of the Battle Factory in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. It is suggested he is very intelligent, as he mentions inventing a machine that analyzes the player's Pokémon. If he is defeated he will hand over the Factory Print.


Like the player, he uses rental Pokémon. Therefore, all of his Pokémon are random for both the Gold and Silver Prints, so he can use any Pokémon except for those that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier; these include Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus.


Initial battle

  • Before battle
"Bzweeeeep! Sorry, don't mind me. What I'm using is an invention of mine. It's my data-analyzing machine It's telling me what you've rented for this match. I see! You've rented <Pokémon> , <Pokémon>, and <Pokémon>. I have to say, that's a good setup. Like, say, [random number] percent? Oh, don't let that number concern you! All righty, let's get going!"
  • When defeated
"Whoa! You sure showed me!"
  • After being defeated
"Hmm... I got handed the loss here. It's not making me happy at all, losing. Even though I'm not happy, I did glean some useful data, I suppose. That makes me glad I battled you. So, did you get to like those Pokémon you rented? As a Factory Head, it would sure make me happy if you did. Next time, come back with different rental Pokémon."


  • Before battle
"Bzweeeeep! Let's see what I can see about you through my data-analyzing machine. So, what have you rented for this match...? I see! you've rented <Pokémon> , <Pokémon>, and <Pokémon>. I have to say, that's a good setup. It's a combination of friendship with cooperation all around. I'd say it's like [random number] percent? Oh, don't let that number concern you! All righty, let's get going! No losing for me this time!"
  • When defeated
"Whoa! You sure showed me!"
  • After being defeated
"Hmm... I got handed another loss. It's not making me happy at all, this. In fact, I'm stewing here. I thought I learned a lot about Pokémon since I lost to you. But that's all right. Some things you learn from winning. But some things you learn by losing. I hope you'll keep renting our Pokémon and give me a chance to redeem myself!"


Spr Pt Thorton.png Thorton OD.png VSThorton.png
Thorton's sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Thorton's overworld sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Thorton's VS sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Thorton in Pokémon Adventures

Thorton first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Palmer, Dahlia, and Argenta in a meeting; afterward they go back to their facilities. Thorton later appears at his facility, the Battle Factory, where he watches Platinum battle through it. Eventually, Platinum manages to get enough wins to allow her to challenge him and they begin battling.

Due to the rules of the Battle Factory, the two use rental Pokémon to Battle each other instead of their own Pokémon. Despite Thorton having much confidence in his battling skills and knowledge, Platinum proves superior to him in both categories, allowing her to defeat him. Angered at his defeat, Thorton throws a temper tantrum until Argenta comes to snap him out of it by slapping him in the face.

Later, he is given a Team Galactic camera robot that Riley obtained on Iron Island and is tasked with fixing it. Eventually, he succeeds, but is left exhausted in the process.


Thorton's Tyranitar
Thorton's Tyranitar was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It proved powerful and its ability to create a sandstorm which made Platinum's Pokémon constantly take damage. Eventually, it was defeated by Platinum's Kadabra who used a Super-effective Focus Punch.

Tyranitar's moves are unknown and its Ability is Sand Stream.

Debut VS. Seedot
Thorton's Ledian
Thorton's Ledian was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It managed to defeat Platinum's Loudred and helped Thorton's Ursaring by sending its stat upgrades to it. Eventually, it was defeated by the Poison Point of Platinum's Qwilfish.

Ledian's known moves are Supersonic, Focus Punch, Agility, and Baton Pass.

Debut VS. Seedot
Thorton's Ursaring
Thorton's Ursaring was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. With the speed it gained from Ledian's Baton Pass, it was able to easily defeat Platinum's Qwilfish. Later, it fought her Kadabra and was defeated when its energy was absorbed from a Drain Punch.

Ursaring's only known move is Earthquake.

Debut VS. Ledian

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Thorton or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Thorton'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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Electivire Pokémon FB Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo 4/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 038/100
Skarmory Pokémon FB Metal Supreme Victors Uncommon 83/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 066/100
Electivire Pokémon FB LV.X Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 144/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 039/100


  • In English, his title is the only Frontier Brain title held by another person, Noland.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ファクトリーヘッド ネジキ Factory Head Neziki From Lyonia neziki, a species of staggerbush.
English Factory Head Thorton Possibly refers to "thorn".
French Chef D'Usine Cardus From "Carduus", Latin for Thistle
German Fabrikleiter Distmar From "Distel", German for Thistle
Italian Boss Azienda Spino From spina, spike.
Spanish Jefe Fábrica Espinal From espina, spike.
Korean 팩토리헤드 수철 Factory Head Sucheol Possibly 수철 (蘇鐵) sucheol, sago cycad.
Chinese (Mandarin) 工廠頭目 捩木 Factory Head Lièmù From 捩木 Nejiki.

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