Artist (Trainer class)

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げいじゅつか Artist
VSArtist BDSP.png
VS model from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Other names
Introduced in Generation IV
Appears in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sword, Shield, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl
Gender Both*
Counterpart Painter
Notable members {{{members}}}
Anime debut [[]]
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z (Adventures)

An Artist (Japanese: げいじゅつか Artist) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation IV games, and are most commonly depicted as old men wearing berets and carrying art supplies. They are similar to the Painter class from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In Generation IV, they use Pokémon that can learn Copycat and Mimic, such as Bonsly and Mime Jr., as well as Pokémon related to the arts, such as Kricketune and Smeargle.

In Generation V's Battle Subway, some of them specialize in Pokémon resembling decorative art, with many of these being Steel-type Pokémon.

In Generation VI, female Artists, depicted as young women holding a paintbrush covered in paint, were introduced. Similar to Generation III's Painters, Artists exclusively use Smeargle. In Double Battles, two Artists, one male and female, form an Artist Family.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Artists are depicted as deranged men holding clay sculptures. They keep their Pokémon in Great Balls. In the Battle Tower, Artists specialize in a mix of Fairy-type Pokémon and Pokémon that benefit from Trick Room.


Spr DP Artist.png Spr BW Artist.png Spr B2W2 Artist.png VSArtist M.png VSArtist F.png VSArtist SwSh.png VSArtist BDSP.png
Sprite from
Generation IV*
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS portraits from
Generation VI*
VS model from
Sword and Shield
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Artist IV OD.png Artist OD.png Artist m XY OD.png Artist f XY OD.png Y-Comm Profile Artist.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV*
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld models from
Generation VI*
Y-Comm profile image from
Generation VIII


XY Artist M.png XY Artist F.png
Art from X and Y

Trainer list

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Artist

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Artist

Pokémon X and Y

See more: List of Battle Maison Trainers/Artist

Pokémon Sword and Shield

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Galar)/Artist

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A female Artist in Pokémon Adventures

Platinum chapter

An Artist appeared as a background character in Deprogramming Porygon-Z, where he was part of a group of people who entered the Battle Frontier after Palmer had his assistants open the gates.

X & Y chapter

In Sylveon Enchants, a female Artist was seen in the Mini-game Corner, playing the Tile Puzzle minigame.


PI's Smeargle
Smeargle was briefly seen with its Trainer when they were entering the Battle Frontier.

None of Smeargle's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z


  • Artists are often named in reference to real-life artists:
    • Artist Gough (Japanese: ビンセント Vincent) from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 uses a Sunflora. This appears to be a reference to Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers series.
    • In Pokémon X and Y, the Artists that challenge the player all have the first names of famous real-world artists: Georgia (O'Keeffe), Pierre (Renoir), Salvador (Dali), and Vincent (van Gogh). Artist Jasper (Johns) also challenges the player in the Battle Maison.
    • In Pokémon Sword and Shield, one of the in-game trade NPCs, who uses the model of an Artist is named Kapoor, likely in reference to British artist Anish Kapoor.
  • Most Artists in the Battle Maison use color-based names, such as Jade, Sienna, Rusty, etc.
  • In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Artist William's name changes to Kevin in the rematches against him.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 藝術家 Ngaihseuhtgā
Mandarin 藝術家 / 艺术家 Yìshùjiā
France Flag.png French Peintre (IV-VII)
Artiste (VIII)
Germany Flag.png German Künstler ()
Künstlerin ()
Italy Flag.png Italian Artista
South Korea Flag.png Korean 예술가 Yesul-ga
Spain Flag.png Spanish Artista

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
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 TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung 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

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORAS
Secret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameramanCamperChampion
ClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite FourFisher*GentlemanGuitarist
Gym Leader*HikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassMadame*Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPoké Fan*
Poké KidPokémon BreederPokémon RangerPokémon TrainerPolice Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
ReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSwimmerTeam Galactic Boss*
Team Galactic Grunt*Tower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPtGAME FREAK'sBDSP
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
Galar ArtistBackpackerBeautyBlack BeltCabbieCafé MasterCameramanChampionColleaguesCookDancerDaring Couple
DoctorFisherGAME FREAK'sGym ChallengerGym LeaderGym TrainerGentlemanHikerInterviewersLassLeague Staff
Macro Cosmos'sMadameMedical TeamModelMusic CrewMusicianOffice WorkerPoké KidPokémon Breeder
Pokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPostmanRail StaffReporterSchoolboySchoolgirlSwimmerTeam Yell GruntWorkerYoungster
Expansion Pass only:
Dojo MasterDojo MatronMaster Dojo Student

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