Artist (Trainer class)

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芸術家 Artist
VSArtist SV.png
VS model from Scarlet and Violet
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
Scarlet and Violet
Gender Both*
Counterpart Painter
Notable members {{{members}}}
Anime debut
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z (Adventures)

An Artist (Japanese: 芸術家(げいじゅつか) Artist) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation IV games. They 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.

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Artists are depicted as young female graffiti artists wearing gas masks.



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

Sprites and models

In the core series

Spr DP Artist.png Spr BW Artist.png Spr B2W2 Artist.png VSArtist M.png VSArtist F.png VSArtist SwSh.png VSArtist BDSP.png VSArtist SV.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
VS model from
Scarlet and Violet
Artist IV OD.png Artist OD.png Artist m XY OD.png Artist f XY OD.png Y-Comm Profile Artist.png Artist BDSP OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV*
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld models from
Generation VI*
Y-Comm profile image from
Generation VIII
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A female Artist in Pokémon Adventures

Platinum arc

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 arc

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

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Artists in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Artist's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Smeargle Colorless Silver Tempest TGH TG10/TG30 Incandescent Arcana CHR 073/068


  • 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*PsychicRivalHGSSSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery Man*CHGSSDouble TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollectorCowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdol
JoggerLadyNinja BoyParasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerRancherReporter
Rich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialiteTuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewers*KindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké Fan*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Breeder*
Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORAS
Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret 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 GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschooler
Punk GirlPunk 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 Breeder*Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*Police Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
ReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSwimmerTeam Galactic Boss*
Team Galactic Grunt*Tower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPtGAME FREAK'sBDSP
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBikerBlack BeltChampionClerk
CyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGym Leader*
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPokémon Trainer*Policeman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
BeautyB2W2Boss TrainerB2W2GuitaristB2W2
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedian
Fine ActorMovie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Blueberry Academy only:SV
BB League ChampionBB League Elite FourBlueberry Academy Director
DirectorInstructorLeague ClubStudentTop Champion
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
Unused Trainer classes:
Ace SurferSwimmers
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
Paldea ArtistBackpackerBlack BeltCabbieChampionCookCourierDirectorDragon TamerElite FourGym Leader
Gym TrainerHikerInstructorJanitorModelMusicianOffice WorkerPoké ManiacPokémon Trainer
ScientistStudentTeam StarTeam Star GruntTop ChampionWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero only:

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