Pokémon Ranger (Trainer class)

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Pokémon Ranger
ポケモンレンジャー Pokémon Ranger
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Pokémon Ranger sprites from Black 2 and White 2
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Forrest Franklin, Forrester Franklin, Masaharu
Anime debut All in a Day's Wurmple
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut VS Vileplume II (Adventures)
PBW3 (Be a Master!! Pokémon BW)
This article is about the Trainer class. For other uses, see Pokémon Ranger.

A Pokémon Ranger (written as "PKMN Ranger" in-game; Japanese: ポケモンレンジャー Pokémon Ranger) is a class of Trainer that debuted in the Generation III games. They come in male and female variations, dress in sturdy orange and black clothing, and carry a length of rope.

Unlike the Rangers of Fiore, Almia and Oblivia, Rangers in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova collect and train Pokémon just like other regular Pokémon Trainers. However, they are still primarily concerned with protecting wild Pokémon, keeping the environment safe, and making sure travelers do not get injured or lost when walking through the wilderness, as they mention in their battle dialogue.

They specialize in Grass-type Pokémon in Generation III. In Generation IV and V they use a variety of powerful Pokémon, similar to Ace Trainers.

In Pokémon Black and White and Black 2 and White 2, they give out Berries when defeated, unless if they are encountered in the Big Stadium or Small Court where they instead give out Max Repels.


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Images from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Images from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Images from
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Images from
Black and White
Images from
Black 2 and White 2
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Overworld sprites from
Generation IV
Overworld sprites from
Generation V

Trainer list

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon Black/White

Pokémon Black 2/White2

In the anime

In All in a Day's Wurmple, twin brothers by the names of Forrest Franklin and Forrester Franklin refer to themselves as Pokémon Rangers. In True Blue Swablu, a man named Mr. Morita is a Pokémon Ranger. In Beg, Burrow and Steal, a woman named Elisa is a Pokémon Ranger.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A Pokémon Ranger named Masaharu appears in VS. Vileplume II as Emerald's challenger.


Masaharu's Breloom
Breloom is Masaharu's only known Pokémon. It was up against Emerald's Dusclops and lost.

None of its moves are known.

Debut VS. Vileplume II

In the Pokémon Master Black & White manga

A Pokémon Ranger appears in PBW3 where he battled Monta. Monta spots him and goes up to him to ask him for a battle which he accepts. He sends out his Zebstrika and Swanna against Monta's newly caught Emolga and Snivy. His Pokémon are very powerful and he has a very good knowledge of abilities, but he underestimated Monta's Pokémon as they were able to knock out is Pokémon with one hit.


A Pokémon Ranger's Zebstrika was first seen in a battle against Monta's Snivy and Emolga with Swanna. Emolga goes in with an Electro Ball attack on Swanna but suddenly the attack misses and Zebstrika is hit instead. The ranger explains that Zebstrika's Lightningrod Ability pulls electric attacks towards it instead. Excadrill uses Dig near it but the Ranger takes no notice, he reveals that Zebstrika is strong enough to take Excadrill's Dig. But he underestimates Monta and the Dig hits and faints it with one hit.

Monta explains that using Excadrill's Ability Sand Force which raises its attacks and doubles the power of the Dig it was able to defeat it.

None of its moves are known, but its Ability is Lightningrod.

Debut PBW3
A Pokémon Ranger's Swanna was first seen in a battle against Monta's Snivy and Emolga with Zebstrika. Emolga goes in with an Electro Ball attack on Swanna but suddenly the attack misses and Zebstrika is hit instead. The ranger explains that Zebstrika's Lightningrod Ability pulls electric attacks towards it instead. It goes in for an Aerial Ace which hits Snivy and does loads of damage. It then attacks Emolga with a BubbleBeam which does some damage. It is later defeated by Emolga's ThunderShock giving Monta the win.

Swanna's known moves are Aerial Ace and BubbleBeam.

Debut PBW3

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French PKMN Ranger
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Ranger
Italy Flag.png Italian PKMNRanger
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokéguarda(III)
PKMN Ranger (V}/V

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
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
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
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