Team Plasma Grunt (Trainer class)

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Team Plasma Grunt
ギンガだんのしたっぱ Team Plasma Underling
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Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Gender Both
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Manga debut An Odd Speech (Adventures)

A Team Plasma Grunt (Japanese: プラズマだんのしたっぱ Team Plasma Underling) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation V games. They are members of Team Plasma. There are male and female versions. In Black and White, they dress similarly to knights from the Middle Ages. In Black 2 and White 2, they have switched over to a uniform that is darker and more militaristic in appearance and functionality. However, the older uniform still exists in those games as well.

They tend to usually use Patrat, Sandile, Scraggy, Purrloin, and Trubbish along with their respective evolutions. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, they are seen with a more diverse pool of Pokémon, using Pokémon from other regions, mainly consisting of Poison, Steel, and Dark type Pokémon. They share a majority of their non-Unova Pokémon with the members of Team Rocket.

In the games

In Pokémon Black and White, Team Plasma Grunts act hypocritically, as they fight for Pokémon liberation yet keep their own Pokémon to battle with. They defend themselves saying that their purposes are different from those from the regular Tainers, and that's why they use them; unlike N, who seems to catch nearby wild Pokémon for battle and release them after, as well as the Seven Sages, who refrain from battling and call upon Grunts instead. In fact: N, Ghetsis and Grunts, are the only Team Plasma members to even battle the player. Although they preach living in peace with Pokémon, some of them still abuse Pokémon, such as two grunts kicking a Munna for its Dream Mist. They also treat Pokémon as tools, such as when one grunt states that N's Castle was built by overworking the Pokémon they had captured.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Team Plasma is broken into two different forces, each with different purposes. One force still vows loyalty to N. They have seen the error of their ways and have decided to do good in Unova by setting up a safehouse in Driftveil City under the head of Sage Rood and returning many of the Pokémon they stole to their trainers as well as taking care of the ones that haven't been claimed. Some individual former members have gone on their own journeys to prove themselves such as Backpacker Mae at Victory Road. Ghetsis is the leader of the newer force, which intends to take over Unova. Most of the Team Plasma members joined and sided with Ghetsis and hold a grudge at their former leader N for his betrayal of them and wear their new uniforms as a sign of rebellion. Some grunts are clueless about the events that took place two years ago, hoping that N will someday return or have joined for the sake of continuing their careers. After the defeat of Ghetsis, Colress disbands the new Team Plasma and some of the members from this faction have decided to follow the new regime.


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Sprites from
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Overworld sprites from
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Sprites from
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Overworld sprites from
Black 2 and White 2


Black and White

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Black 2 and White 2

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In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Two Team Plasma Grunts made their first appearance in An Odd Speech where they accidentally disturbed the camping site of Black and White while they were building a stage. After showing them that they have the proper permit to build the stage, Black and White apologize for sleeping there and move to another location to let them finish building.

Three female Plasma Grunts make an appearance at the Dreamyard in Battle at the Dreamyard where they capture Black's Munna, Musha. After tracking them down, Black faces the Grunts in battle and defeats them, retrieving his Musha in the process.

The same three Grunts return in The Mystery of the Missing Fossil where they steal the Dragon-type Fossil held in the Nacrene Museum. Using a Cofagrigus to manipulate the skeleton, they were able to make it walk around as if it was alive. They were stopped by Black and the Gym Leader Burgh when they defeated the Cofagrigus.

A Plasma Grunt takes Bianca's Litwick in Big City Battles with the help of his Amoonguss. Black, Iris, White and Burgh help Bianca retrieve her missing Pokémon by defeating the Amoonguss in which Black was able to do so by using Nite as he had the type-advantage against Amoonguss.

Three other Plasma Grunts make an appearance in At Liberty on Liberty Garden at an island called Liberty Garden. They were after the Victini that was in there. However, the Grunts were stopped thanks to Black and his team.


Timburr (multiple)
Timburr (multiple)
These Timburr were used to build a stage for an upcoming speech in Accumula Town. Mistaking them for attackers, Black stopped one of them but apologized once he realized his mistake.

None of their moves are known.

Debut An Odd Speech
Plasma Grunt's Watchog
Watchog was used to attack Black so the three Grunts could steal his Musha. Because Black only saw its striped pattern when he was attacked, he mistook the pattern as the face of a much larger Pokémon. Later, Watchog battled Black again but was defeated when Black exposed its true form which allowed him to know where to attack.

None of Watchog's moves are known.

Debut Battle at the Dreamyard
Plasma Grunt's Cofagrigus
Cofagrigus was used to manipulate the Dragon-type Fossil to make it appear to move. It was eventually found out by Black and was defeated with the help of Burgh.

None of its moves are known.

Debut The Mystery of the Missing Fossil
Plasma Grunt's Amoonguss
Amoonguss appeared when it knocked out Bianca in order for a Plasma grunt to take away her Litwick. In the next chapter, it was revealed that it put Bianca to sleep with its spores. Black had a battle with it using his newly evolved Pignite at the time and defeated Amoonguss.

Amoonguss's only known move is Spore.

Debut Big City Battles
Gothorita (×2)
Gothorita (×2)
Team Plasma has two Gothorita. They battled Black's Nite, Musha and Tula as a way to occupy them so Team Plasma can get Victini. The Gothorita ended up being taken out by Black's Pokémon.

Gothorita's only known move is Psychic.

Debut At Liberty on Liberty Garden
Plasma Grunt's Gothitelle
While Team Plasma were at Liberty Garden to catch Victini, one of the grunts had Gothitelle create a psychic force field to prevent anyone from leaving the island. Later, it hypnotized the people (except for Black, White and Team Plasma themselves) to drive them away. Afterwards, Gothitelle went after the Victini with Black's Brav on the trail. Gothitelle was able to dodge most of Brav's attacks and severely hurt him after he stood in front of Victini to protect it. However, Gothitelle ended up getting hit by Brav when he received a power-up from Victini earlier and finishes Gothitelle off with Brave Bird, defeating it. With Gothitelle defeated, the psychic force field wears off and the hypnosis wears off as well. With everything back to normal, Team Plasma withdraw from Liberty Garden.

Gothitelle's known moves are Hypnosis, Teleport, Psyshock and Psychic.

Debut At Liberty on Liberty Garden
Plasma Grunt's Maractus
A Team Plasma Grunt in disguise as a worker used a Maractus after Elite Four member Grimsley found out that he was not one of the actual workers. Grimsley was able to take out Maractus using his Bisharp's Fury Cutter.

Maractus's known moves are Petal Dance and Cotton Guard.

Debut Sandstorm

King: N
Seven Sages: GhetsisGormBroniusRoodZinzolinGialloRyoku
Notable Members: Shadow TriadAnthea and ConcordiaColress
Lower Members: Plasma GruntsTogariAldithSchwarz and WeissBarretWhitley
Buildings: N's CastleP2 LaboratoryPlasma Frigate

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