Team Magma Grunt (Trainer class)

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Team Magma Grunt
マグマだんのしたっぱ Team Magma Underling
Ruby Sapphire Team Magma Grunts.png
Art from Ruby and Sapphire
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members {{{members}}}
Anime debut A Ruin with a View
TCG debut EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua
TCG card Team Magma Schemer, Team Magma Conspirator
Manga debut {{{manga}}}

A Team Magma Grunt (Japanese: マグマだんのしたっぱ Team Magma Underling) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation III games. They are the peons of Team Magma. There are male and female versions, but they all dress in the recognizable red outfits associated with Team Magma.


Spr RS Team Magma Grunt M.pngSpr RS Team Magma Grunt F.png Magma Grunt M OD.pngMagma Grunt F OD.png
Sprites from
Ruby and Emerald
Overworld sprites
from Generation III

In the games

In Pokémon Ruby, they serve alongside the primary antagonists while in Pokémon Sapphire, they assist the player in stopping Team Aqua. In Pokémon Emerald, Team Magma Grunts share the role of the antagonists alongside the Team Aqua Grunts.

They generally use a combination of Fire, Ground, Poison, and Dark-type Pokémon.






Trainer list

Pokémon Ruby

Pokémon Emerald

In the anime

Team Magma Grunts in the anime

Team Magma grunts have made several appearances in the anime, using their Pokémon to infiltrate a target or to help Tabitha out. A group of Magma grunts made their first appearance in A Ruin with a View, where they tried to find ancient Pokémon in the ruins under Oldale Town. They use Professor Alden to guide them there, and after collecting data from the ruins, escape in their helicopter. In A Three Team Scheme!, they dig into a special shrine underground on Dewford Island, searching for Groudon and the Cave of Origin.

In The Spheal of Approval, two grunts, along with Tabitha, try to steal a curious stone linked with Groudon from the Oceanic Museum. They successfully escape with most of the stone. They appear again in Fight for the Meteorite! where they steal a meteorite from Professor Cozmo and use it to power a machine to disturb Mt. Chimney. They battle Team Aqua and win, but their plans are ruined by Ash and his friends. Their last appearance is in Gaining Groudon! and The Scuffle of Legends!, where the awakening of Groudon and Kyogre causes mass destruction before the two Pokémon calm down. No Team Magma grunts are seen again after this episode, with the exception of Brodie, who appears in The Ribbon Cup Caper.


This listing is of Team Magma Grunts' Pokémon in the Pokémon anime:

Team Magma's Houndoom
Team Magma grunts have many Houndoom they use in their evil plans. In A Ruin with a View they used them to infiltrate a Pokémon Center so they would not get in their way. Then Team Rocket attack and send out Arbok and Weezing who are too scared to fight and return into their Poké Balls. They make a brief appearance in a flashback in A Three Team Scheme!.

Houndoom's only known move is Roar.

Debut A Ruin with a View
Team Magma's Mightyena
Team Magma grunts have many Mightyena they use in their evil plans. In A Three Team Scheme! they used them to scare away Team Rocket from where they are digging. They appear again in The Spheal of Approval where it uses a Shadow Ball to stop Captain Stern from intervening. It then along with Tabitha's Mightyena tries to stop Ash and his friends including Marius and Stern from taking their briefcase by use Hyper Beam before escaping.

In Fight for the Meteorite! they used them along with their Golbat to battle Team Aqua's Crawdaunt and Walrein. Golbat and Mightyena are able to faint all of their Pokémon. Its final appearances were in Gaining Groudon! where it infiltrated Ash and his friends. Then when Pikachu absorbs the Blue Orb it faints them. In the next episode they battle Team Aqua Walrein.

Mightyena's known moves are Shadow Ball and Hyper Beam.

Debut A Three Team Scheme!
Team Magma's Golbat
Team Magma grunts have many Golbat they use in their evil plans. In Fight for the Meteorite! they used them along with their Mightyena to battle Team Aqua's Crawdaunt and Walrein. Golbat and Mightyena are able to faint all of their Pokémon.

Golbat's only known move is Air Cutter.

Debut Fight for the Meteorite!


  • In the English-language dub of Gaining Groudon, Tabitha directly addresses one Magma grunt as Derek. This makes him one of the very few villainous team grunts in the franchise to have a confirmed name.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Sbire Magma
Germany Flag.png German Team Magma Rüpel
Italy Flag.png Italian Team Magma Recluta

See also

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Boss: Maxie
Administrators: CourtneyTabithaBlaise
Lower Members: Team Magma GruntsBrodie
Former Members: ButlerZinnia
Locations: Team Magma Hideout

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