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.

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.


Spr RS Team Magma Grunt M.pngSpr RS Team Magma Grunt F.png Magma Grunt M OD.pngMagma Grunt F OD.png Roughneck OD.png
Sprites from
Ruby and Emerald
Overworld sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Former member's overworld sprite,
in civilian attire, from
Black 2 and White 2






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 used Professor Alden to guide them there, and after collecting data from the ruins, escaped in their helicopter. In A Three Team Scheme!, they dug 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, tried to steal a curious stone linked with Groudon from the Oceanic Museum. They successfully escaped with most of the stone. They appeared again in Fight for the Meteorite! where they stole a meteorite from Professor Cozmo and used it to power a machine to disturb Mt. Chimney. They battled Team Aqua and won, but their plans were ruined by Ash and his friends. Their last appearance was in Gaining Groudon! and The Scuffle of Legends!, where the awakening of Groudon and Kyogre caused mass destruction before the two Pokémon calmed down. No Team Magma grunts were seen again after this episode, with the exception of Brodie, who appeared 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 used 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 attacked and sent out Arbok and Weezing who were too scared to fight and return into their Poké Balls. They made 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 used in their evil plans. In A Three Team Scheme! they used them to scare away Team Rocket from where they were digging. They appeared again in The Spheal of Approval where one used a Shadow Ball to stop Captain Stern from intervening. It, along with Tabitha's Mightyena, then tried 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. The Golbat and Mightyena were able to faint all of their Pokémon. Their final appearances were in Gaining Groudon! where they attacked Ash and his friends. Then, when Pikachu absorbed the Blue Orb, it fainted them. In the next episode they battled Team Aqua's 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 used 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 were able to faint all of their Pokémon.

Golbat's only known move is Air Cutter.

Debut Fight for the Meteorite!

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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The grunts have made some appearances in Pokémon Adventures often serving their boss and attacking their enemies.


Team Magma's Magcargo
One of the Team Magma grunts sent out Magcargo to attack the group in Rusturf Tunnel.

None of Magcargo's moves are known.

Debut VS Whismur
Team Magma's Sandslash
One of the Team Magma grunts sent out Sandslash to attack the group in Rusturf Tunnel.

None of Sandslash's moves are known.

Debut VS Whismur
Team Magma's Bagon
The grunts sent out Bagon to attack Ruby and Sapphire at Seafloor Cavern.

None of Bagon's moves are known.

Debut VS Armaldo
Team Magma's Numel
The grunts sent out Numel to attack Ruby and Sapphire at Seafloor Cavern.

None of Numel's moves are known.

Debut VS Armaldo
Team Magma's Shuppet
The grunts sent out Shuppet to attack Ruby and Sapphire at Seafloor Cavern.

None of Shuppet's moves are known.

Debut VS Armaldo

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

The grunts only appear in We've Found Team Magma's Secret!! where their boss, Maxie, was having a meeting with them in their hideout. Later, they go after Mr. Briney's Peeko but failed to catch her when the Wingull only became interested in Mr. Briney.


  • 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 Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, a former Magma Grunt can be found in Icirrus City during winter, appearing as a Roughneck. He is in a relationship with a former female Aqua Grunt and neither seems to know the other's previous affiliation.

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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