Scientist (Trainer class)

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けんきゅういん Researcher
VSScientist M.pngVSScientist F.png
Art from X and Y
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 HeartGold and SoulSilver)
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
X and Y
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 Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver; けんきゅういん Researcher in Generations III, V, VI, and Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum) 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, who were depicted as women with dark hair and glasses wearing lab coats, were introduced.

They generally use inorganic or artificial Pokémon such as Porygon, Muk, Voltorb, and Magnemite, 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 Spr FRLG Scientist.png Colo Researcher.png XD Researcher.png
Sprite from
Generation I
Sprite from
Generation II
Portrait from
Stadium and Stadium 2
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Researcher model from
Researcher and Cipher R&D headshot from
Pokémon XD
Scientist I OD.png Professor Elm aide II OD.png Scientist RSE OD.png Scientist FRLG OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
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
Sprite from
Generation IV*
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Scientist IV OD.pngScientist f IV OD.png Scientist m OD.pngScientist f OD.png
Overworld sprites from
Generation IV
Overworld sprites from
Generation V
VSScientist M.pngVSScientist F.png
Art from
X and Y

Trainer list

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Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Colosseum

Story Mode

Battle Mode

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

In the anime

A Scientist in the anime

In the main series

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.

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, and wound up getting defeated.


Scientist's Drowzee
Drowzee was used by a Scientist in an attempt to capture the Aura Sphere Riolu.

Drowzee's only known move is Psychic.

Debut Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1)
Scientist's Alakazam
Alakazam was used by a Scientist who participated in the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament. He used it while facing Dawn and Ambipom, but lost.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!
Scientists in Pokémon Origins

In Pokémon Origins

Several Scientists appeared at the Silph Co. in the Pokémon Origins episode File 3 - Giovanni. Some first appeared in a couple of flashbacks when Silph Co.'s president's secretary told Red and Blue how Team Rocket was forcing them to experiment on Pokémon in order to complete the Master Ball. A group of Scientists was later freed from a locked room by Red, and one of them gave him a Lapras as a thanks for saving them.


Given away
Scientist's Lapras
Lapras given to Red by one of the Silph Co. Scientist as a thanks for saving them from Team Rocket's custody.

Lapras's known moves are Surf and Ice Beam.

Debut File 3 - Giovanni

In the manga

In the How I Become a Pokémon Card manga


A Scientist appeared in Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!? of the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga where he was in his laboratory with a woman where they get into an argument with each other about discovering Pokémon. While the Scientist was tired, Team Rocket barged in and demand him to give them the Old Amber. The Scientist accidentally tripped on a table leg, causing the stuff to fall after crashing and the machine holding the Old Amber to rapidly regenerate into an Aerodactyl. When Team Rocket went after Aerodactyl, the Scientist pulled out a Poké Ball and caught Aerodactyl.

In an attempt to get away from Team Rocket, the Scientist retreated on his Dodrio. After stalling the villainous team with Jolteon and Exeggutor, he encountered a waterfall and sent out Lapras to cross the ocean nearby. Their getaway on the ocean was stalled after Team Rocket's Gyarados appeared from underwater. With no other option, the Scientist sent out Aerodactyl and blasted away Team Rocket. This caused the tides to get out of control which knocked the Scientist into the river. Aerodactyl rode down and saved Scientist after seeing its own kind. After saving him, the Scientist waved Aerodactyl goodbye as it flew off with the other Aerodactyl. The Scientist returned to the lab after being saved.


On hand

Scientist's Dodrio
The Scientist sent out Dodrio to prevent Team Rocket from catching up with him.
Debut Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!?
Scientist's Jolteon
The Scientist sent out Jolteon to stall Team Rocket.
Debut Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!?
Scientist's Exeggutor
The Scientist sent out Exeggutor to stall Team Rocket.
Debut Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!?
Scientist's Lapras
Lapras was sent out in order for the Scientist to travel across water.
Debut Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!?


Old Amber

Scientist's Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl was fossilized in an Old Amber. After Team Rocket barged in the lab, the fossil regenerated into Aerodactyl. Later, the scientist sent it out to take on Team Rocket's Gyarados and defeated it. Afterwards, Aerodactyl saw its own kind and left after saving Scientist from drowning.

Aerodactyl's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Fossil + Pokémon = Aerodactyl!?

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


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 ()
Científica ()

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

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
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
Battle Chateau Ranks:
By Male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By Female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy

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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