Fisherman (Trainer class)

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A Fisherman or Fisher (Japanese: つりびと Fisherman) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They are middle-aged men with rods, reels, and fishing gear. There is normally a Poké Ball attached to the end of the line. The class was named Fisher in Generation II, but otherwise is named Fisherman.

In Japanese Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions, they are depicted smoking, as fishermen smoking is a common stereotype in Japan; however, the cigarette was removed in international releases.

They specialize in Template:Type2 Pokémon that can be caught via fishing. At least once in every game, there is a fisherman who will fight the player with a team made up entirely of Magikarp.


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Gold and Silver (JP)
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Gold and Silver, and Crystal
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Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
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Black and White

  • In the Japanese versions of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Fishers have a cigarette in their mouths. This was changed in the international releases.


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Stadium 2

Trainer List

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

Pokémon Black/White

In the anime

An old fisherman appears in Type Casting as Marie's grandfather, and another one in If the Scarf Fits, Wear It!.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Wilton, Yellow's uncle, is a Fisherman. He taught her how to fish and gave her a Doduo for transportation.


Wilton's Nidoran♂
Nidoran♂ was first seen falling in love with Green's Nidory.
Debut Just a Spearow Carrier
Wilton's Butterfree
Butterfree is Wilton's well known Pokémon. He uses it for flight transportation.
Debut Just a Spearow Carrier
Wilton's Octillery
Octillery was one of the Pokémon that was stuck in Granbull's mouth.
Debut Teddiursa's Picnic

Previously owned

Wilton's Doduo
Wilton gave Yellow this Doduo as a gift. She nicknamed it Dody and it evolved into a Dodrio.
Debut Do do That Doduo
Remoraid (Many)
Remoraid (Many)
Wilton gave these Remoraid to Crystal in Really Remoraid while he gave some to Gold in Lively Lugia II.
Debut Really Remoraid

In the TCG

A Fisherman character appears on its own titular card in the Skyridge expansion of the TCG.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Pecheur
Germany Flag.png German Angler
Italy Flag.png Italian Pescatore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 낚시꾼 (Naksikkun)
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Pescador

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