Aether Foundation Employee (Trainer class)

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Aether Foundation Employee
エーテル財団 職員 Aether Foundation Staff
Sun Moon Aether Foundation Employees.png
Artwork from Sun and Moon
Other names
Introduced in Generation VII
Appears in Sun and Moon
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Jessie, James, and Meowth (anime, SM046 - SM049)
Anime debut A Dream Encounter!
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut PASM11 (Adventures)

An Aether Foundation Employee (Japanese: エーテル財団 職員 Aether Foundation Staff) is a type of Pokémon Trainer introduced in Generation VII. They are employees of the Aether Foundation who are dressed in white, futuristic uniforms.

The player battles the Employees while raiding Aether Paradise in search of the kidnapped Lillie. During this sequence, the Employees act and look villainous when battled, acting similarly to the Grunts of villainous teams. In addition to the traditional male and female variants, the player will also battle masked scientist Employees in the Foundation's secret lab.

Outside the main plot, Aether Foundation Employees may be battled in the Battle Royal Dome and Battle Tree, each with distinct names and using the Aether Foundation Trainer class. These Employees are friendly and are truer to the ideals of the Foundation.

Most of the Employees keep their Pokémon in Great Balls, although scientist Employees use Repeat Balls instead.


Spr SM Aether Foundation Employee M.pngSpr SM Aether Foundation Employee F.pngSpr SM Aether Foundation Employee scientist.png
In-battle models from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VSAether Foundation Employee M.pngVSAether Foundation Employee F.pngVSAether Foundation Employee scientist.png
VS models from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Aether Foundation Employee m SM OD.pngAether Foundation Employee f SM OD.pngAether Foundation Employee scientist SM OD.png
Overworld models from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Trainer list

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

In the anime

Team Rocket as Aether Foundation Employees in the anime

An Aether Foundation Employee first appeared in A Dream Encounter!. Several other Employees appeared in Deceiving Appearances!, including Team Rocket, who had been personally hired by Faba to serve as his underlings. However, they resigned in Mission: Total Recall! upon finding out about Faba's plans to erase Lillie's memories, declaring that even they wouldn't stoop so low.

In the manga

Aether Foundation Employees in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Aether Foundation Employees appeared on a television commercial in PASM11, where two Employees advertised their organization.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 以太基金會的職員 Yíhtaai Gēigāmwúi-dīk Jīkyùhn
Mandarin 以太基金會的職員 Yǐtài Jījīnhuì-de Zhíyuán *
以太基金会职员 Yǐtài Jījīnhuì Zhíyuán *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Zaměstnanec Aether Foundation
France Flag.png French Employé de la Fondation Æther ()
Employée de la Fondation Æther ()
Germany Flag.png German Æther Foundation Personal
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Aether Alapítvány Alkalmazottai
Italy Flag.png Italian Dipendente (Fondazione Æther)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 에테르재단직원 Aether Jaedan Jig-won
Poland Flag.png Polish Pracownik Fundacji Aether*
Pracownik fundacji Aether*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Empleado de la Fundacion Æther ()
Empleada de la Fundacion Æther ()

President: Lusamine
Branch Chiefs: FabaWicke
Lower members: Aether Foundation
Aether Foundation Employees
Former members: GladionLillie
Ultra Guardians*: AshLanaKiaweLillie
Locations: Aether ParadiseAether House

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerActorUSUMAether Branch ChiefAether FoundationAether Foundation Employee
Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
Eevee UserElite FourEspeon UserFirefighterFishermanFlareon UserGAME FREAKGentlemanGlaceon User
Golf BuddiesGolferHikerHoneymoonersIsland KahunaJanitorJolteon UserKarate FamilyLassLeafeon User
MadameOffice WorkerPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPreschooler
PrincipalPunk GirlPunk GuyPunk PairReporterUSUMRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseer
SwimmerSwimmersSwimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
Capoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
Sparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam Rainbow RocketUSUMTeam Rainbow Rocket GruntUSUM
Tourist CoupleUSUMUltra Forest KartenvoyUSUltra Recon SquadUSUM
Battle Tree, Battle Royal Dome, and Battle Agency only:
Battle LegendPokémon Center LadyPro Wrestler

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