Backpacker (Trainer class)

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Jump to navigationJump to search
バックパッカー Backpacker
VSBackpacker SV.png
VS model from Gen IX
Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Sword and Shield
Scarlet and Violet
Gender Both*
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Professor Juniper (formerly), Cedric Juniper (formerly)
Anime debut
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut An Odd Speech (Adventures)
BWGP01 (Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners)

A Backpacker (Japanese: バックパッカー Backpacker) is a type of Trainer class introduced in Generation V. They are young men and women who carry large backpacks and most often use only one Pokémon.

In Generation V, Backpackers at Big Stadium and Small Court give out Max Repels when defeated. A large number of Backpackers can be found in Nacrene City.

In Generation VI, only male Backpackers are present. They appear to be a younger version of a Hiker. Outside the Battle Maison, most of them only use Normal-type Pokémon.

In Generation VII, there are only female Backpackers, whose design is similar to the one in Generation V. At the Battle Royal Dome, Backpackers specialize in Rock- and Ground-type Pokémon. At the Battle Tree, Backpackers exclusively use Legendary Pokémon during later battles.

In Generation VIII, only female Backpackers appear. Their design is different from that of previous female Backpackers, as they have black hair and wear headbands and worn-out jeans. In the Battle Tower, Backpackers specialize in Flying- and Ground-type Pokémon.

In Generation IX, only male Backpackers appear. They have longer, straighter hair than previous male Backpackers and wear tank tops.



XY Backpacker.png
Art from
X and Y

Sprites and models

Spr BW Backpacker M.pngSpr BW Backpacker F.png Spr B2W2 Backpacker M.pngSpr B2W2 Backpacker F.png VSBackpacker.png Spr SM Backpacker.png VSBackpacker F SM.png VSBackpacker SwSh.png VSBackpacker SV.png
Sprites from
Black and White
Sprites from
Black 2 and White 2
VS portrait from
Generation VI
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sword and Shield
VS model from
Scarlet and Violet
Backpacker m OD.pngBackpacker f OD.png Backpacker XY OD.png Backpacker SM OD.png Y-Comm Profile Backpacker.png
Overworld sprites from
Generation V
Overworld model from
Generation VI
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
Y-Comm profile image from
Generation VIII

Trainer list

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Backpacker

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

See more:
List of Battle Maison Trainers/Backpacker

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Sun and Moon

See more:
List of Battle Royal Dome Trainers/Backpacker
List of Battle Tree Trainers/Backpacker

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A female Backpacker in Pokémon Adventures

Black & White arc

A female Backpacker was seen listening to Ghetsis's speech in An Odd Speech.

A male Backpacker with a Klink was seen amongst the people waiting to cross the Driftveil Drawbridge in Drawing Bridges.

A male Backpacker was seen amongst the Trainers entering Victory Road in Dream a Little Dream.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

A female Backpacker was shown at Konikoni City In Flash and Cosmog's Secret.

Sword & Shield arc

In Chomp!! It's Dracovish, a female Backpacker who was a Macro Cosmos's in disguise was sent with her cohorts to Route 9 Tunnel to dispose of a wild Dracovish that suddenly Dynamaxed. The Dracovish was saved by Marvin, who used his Sniffler to stun everyone long enough for him to catch Dracovish and escape. Afterward, they reported their failure to Oleana and were ordered to stand by in Wyndon.


Backpacker's Klink
Klink was seen with its Trainer, waiting for the Driftveil Drawbridge to lower.

None of Klink's moves are known.

Debut Drawing Bridges

Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners

A Backpacker in Pocket Monsters BW Good Partners

A Backpacker appeared in BWGP01. He was one of the Trainers on Route 1 who couldn't get through because of a Scraggy in their way.


Backpacker's Patrat
Patrat is the Backpacker's only known Pokémon. It was sent out to battle Scraggy, but was soundly defeated by Scraggy's Sucker Punch.

None of Patrat's moves are known.

Debut BWGP01


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 背包客 Buibāauhaak
Mandarin 背包客 Bèibāokè
France Flag.png French Randonneur ()
Randonneuse ()
Germany Flag.png German Backpacker ()
Backpackerin ()
Italy Flag.png Italian Giramondo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 백팩커 Backpacker
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Mochileiro ()
Mochileira ()
Spain Flag.png Spanish Mochilero ()
Mochilera ()

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
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
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBikerBlack BeltChampionClerk
CyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanHarlequin
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
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
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
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerAether 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 PairRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseerSwimmerSwimmers
Swimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
ActorUSUMCapoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
ReporterUSUMSparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam 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
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:
Kitakami BackpackerBlack BeltCourierDelinquentDragon TamerFestival BoyFestival GirlGlitterati
HikerKitakami Ogre ClanOffice WorkerPhotographerPoké ManiacPokémon TrainerRuffian

Project CharacterDex logo.png This Trainer Class article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.