Scientist (Trainer class)

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けんきゅういん Researcher
Spr BW Scientist M.pngSpr BW Scientist F.png
Male and female Scientist sprites from Black and White
Other names Lab Man (Stadium)
Researcher (Colo, XD)
Cipher R&D (XD; working for Cipher)
はぐれけんきゅういん Researcher Gone Astray (Generations I, II and HGSS)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
FireRed and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Stadium, Stadium 2
Colosseum, XD
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Gideon
Anime debut Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1)
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune I (Adventures)

A Scientist (Japanese: はぐれけんきゅういん Researcher Gone Astray in Generations I, II and HGSS, けんきゅういん Researcher in Generations III, V, and DPPt) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They are men in lab coats and glasses, with the ones in FireRed and LeafGreen as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver holding beakers as well. They are often aligned with Team Rocket, as shown throughout the first three generations, and with Team Galactic, as shown in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. In Black and White, female Scientists were introduced.

They generally use inorganic or artificial Pokémon such as Porygon, Muk, and Voltorb but also Psychic-type Pokémon in Sinnoh-and Unova-based games. Scientists of the Sinnoh and Unova regions start the battle by using Battle items such as X Attack.

In Pokémon Stadium, Scientists are known as Lab Men. In the English version of Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Scientists are known as Researchers, while Scientists working for Cipher are called Cipher R&D in XD.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Scientists appearing outside of the Battle Frontier have a sprite unique to themselves with clothes consisting of a tattered lab coat, unkempt hair, and black pants, while Scientists within the Battle Frontier use the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum sprite, which has them wearing a normal-looking lab coat and white pants. This may be a reference to mad scientists; also, the only Scientists outside of the Battle Frontier in these games are either members of Team Rocket or inhabit a cave, so it may reference their lifestyles.


Spr RG Scientist.png Spr GS Scientist.png S2 Scientist.png Colo Researcher.png Spr FRLG Scientist.png XD Researcher.png
Image from
Generation I
Image from
Generation II
Image from
Stadium 2
Researcher image from
Image from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Researcher and Cipher R&D image from
Pokémon XD
Scientist I OD.png Professor Elm aide II OD.png Scientist FRLG OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Spr DP Scientist.png Spr HGSS Scientist.png Spr BW Scientist M.pngSpr BW Scientist F.png Spr B2W2 Scientist M.pngSpr B2W2 Scientist F.png
Image from
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver*
Image from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Images from
Black and White
Images from
Black 2 and White 2
Scientist IV OD.png Scientist m OD.pngScientist f OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprites from
Generation V

Trainer list

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Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

Pokémon Black/White

Pokémon Black 2/White 2

Pokémon Colosseum

In the anime


A Scientist appears in a flashback of Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1) before Riolu was taken away from J's client's henchmen.


Scientist's Drowzee
Drowzee is the Scientist's only known Pokémon.

Drowzee's only known move is Psychic.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1)



A Scientist competed in the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament with his Alakazam in To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!. He was Dawn and Ambipom's first opponent, who defeated him.


Scientist's Alakazam
Alakazam is the Scientist's only known Pokémon. It participated in the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament but lost to Dawn and Ambipom.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Two Scientists appear in Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune I and the next chapter of the Diamond & Pearl chapter where they guard Lake Valor on behalf of Cyrus's orders.


Scientist's Drapion
One of the Scientists owns a Drapion. It was used to take on Diamond's Tru and Lax. Showing its ability to turn its head into a 180 degree angle, it easily finds Lax behind some rocks. Drapion along with Kricketune give chase to Diamond and Platinum with Diamond on her Ponyta. When Ponyta trips on a rock causing them to fall down, Drapion was about to finish them off until a bright light from an island blinds them, leaving Lax to finish Drapion and Kricketune off.

Drapion's only known move is Cross Poison.

Debut Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune I
Scientist's Kricketune
One of the Scientists owns a Kricketune. It was used to take on Diamond's Tru and Lax. Kricketune showed with its knife-like hands a display of cutting by slashing a stone Lax was holding and playing a lullaby, putting Tru in its slumber, leaving Lax on its own. Kricketune along with Drapion give chase to Diamond and Platinum with Diamond on her Ponyta. When Ponyta trips on a rock causing them to fall down, Kricketune was about to finish them off until a bright light from an island blinds them, leaving Lax to finish Kricketune and Drapion off.

Kricketune's known moves are Sing and X-Scissor.

Debut Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune I


  • Fennel heavily resembles the female scientist.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Scientifique
Germany Flag.png German Forscher
Italy Flag.png Italian Scienziato
South Korea Flag.png Korean 괴짜 연구원 (Goejja Yeonguweon) (II)
연구원 (Yeonguweon) (IV)
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Científico

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
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

Orre Trainer classes
Area LeaderBodybuilderChaserCipher AdminCipher PeonCooltrainerFun Old ManHunterMt BtlMaster
Myth TrainerPregymleaderResearcherRiderRogueSim TrainerSupertrainerTeam SnagemSnagem HeadWorker
Colosseum only:
AthleteBandana GuyCipherCipher HeadDeep KingFun Old LadyGlasses ManGuyLadyLady in Suit
Miror B.PeonMystery TroopRich BoyRoller BoyShady GuySt.PerformerTeacher
XD: Gale of Darkness only:
BeautyCasual DudeCasual GuyCipher CmdrCipher R&DCurmudgeonGrand MasterKaminko Aide
MatronMystery ManNavigatorNewscasterRobo GroudonSailorSpyThugWanderer
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