Black Belt (Trainer class)

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Black Belt
からておう Karate King
VSBlack Belt SwSh.png
VS model from Generation VIII
Other names Blackbelt (Generations I and II)
カラテおう Karate King (Generations III, V, and VI and Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon)
Judoboy (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Sword and Shield
Stadium, Stadium 2
Masters EX
Gender Male only
Female Counterpart Battle Girl, Crush Girl
Notable members Koichi, Kiyo, Connally
Anime debut Glory Blaze!
TCG debut Triumphant
TCG card Black Belt
Manga debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu II (Adventures)

A Black Belt (Japanese: からておう Karate King or カラテおう Karate King), spelled Blackbelt in Generations I and II, is a Trainer class that debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as generic martial artists, in headband and gi striking a fighting pose. In Pokémon Stadium, they are known as Judoboys.

Black Belts are the male counterparts of the Battle Girl and Crush Girl classes. When paired with Crush Girls, Psychics, male Preschoolers, female Dancers, or other Black Belts in Double Battles, they are called Crush Kin, Brains & Brawn, Karate Family, Capoeira Couple, or Sparring Partners, respectively.

In all games, they generally specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon. In the Battle Subway, they specialize in Fighting-, Fire-, and Steel-type Pokémon. In the Battle Maison, they specialize in Fighting-, Fire-, and Rock-type Pokémon. In the Battle Tower in Galar, Black Belts specialize in a mix of Fighting- and Ice-type Pokémon, along with species that have a high base Attack.

In Generation VII, they sport a much older appearance and keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Black Belts will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated, except for Gym Trainers and Master Trainers.


Sprites and models

In the core series

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Sprite from
Red and Blue
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Generation II
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Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
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HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Sprite from
Timegate Traveler Series
Blackbelt I OD.png Blackbelt II OD.png Black Belt RSE OD.png Black Belt FRLG OD.png Black Belt DPPt OD.png Black Belt HGSS OD.png Black Belt OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
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HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Generation V
VSBlack Belt.png Spr SM Black Belt.png VSBlack Belt SM.png VSBlack Belt 2 SM.png VSBlack Belt 2 USUM.png VSBlack Belt PE.png VSBlack Belt Master PE.png
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 with a Z-Ring from
Sun and Moon
VS model with a Z-Power Ring from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Master Trainer VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Black Belt XY OD.png XY Black Belt Icon.png Black Belt SM OD.png VSBlack Belt SwSh.png Y-Comm Profile Black Belt.png
Overworld model from
Generation VI
Icon on the PSS from
Generation VI and the PGL
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Generation VIII
Y-Comm profile image from
Generation VIII

In other games

S2 Blackbelt.pngS2 Blackbelt alt.pngS2 Blackbelt alt2.png Spr Masters Black Belt.png VSBlack Belt Masters.png
Portraits from
Stadium and
Stadium 2
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX


XY Black Belt.png
Art from Generation VI

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Blackbelts have two X Attacks for each Pokémon to use during the battle, using them randomly at 12.5% chance.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/Black Belt

Special Trainers

  • Black Belt Tyrese may randomly be recruited as an Apprentice at the Battle Tower. Here, players may customize his team and can eventually either team up with or battle against him.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Sun and Moon

See also:
List of Battle Royal Dome Trainers/Black Belt
List of Battle Tree Trainers/Black Belt

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Black Belts in the anime

Kiyo, a Black Belt, appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble!, where he was preparing his Fighting Pokémon near Mt. Mortar for the upcoming P1 Grand Prix. He later caught a troublesome Tyrogue.

In Pasta La Vista, Master Hamm, an old Black Belt and the leader of the Saffron City Fighting Dojo, struggled to convince his son Kyle to take over the dojo, despite him insisting that he wanted to sell noodles instead. In the end, one of Master Hamm's students, Terri, took over the dojo instead, while Master Hamm and Kyle both set out to sell noodles.

In Glory Blaze!, a Black Belt participated in the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. He teamed up with a Psychic and his Metagross, using a Zangoose himself. They battled Ash and Paul, who were using Turtwig and Chimchar, respectively. As Chimchar was scared of Zangoose, it was unwilling to battle, but Paul was only thinking about the possibility of getting Chimchar's Ability Blaze activated. When Chimchar defended Turtwig from Zangoose's attack, Paul turned his back to it. Ash then started commanding Chimchar, and with the help of his Turtwig, Zangoose was defeated.

Connally is a Black Belt who trains in Veilstone Gym and serves as the referee for Maylene's Gym battles with challengers. He appeared from Lost Leader Strategy! to A Triple Fighting Chance!, where he refereed Maylene's battles with Dawn and Ash. Several other Black Belts were also seen accompanying Connally at the Veilstone Gym.

In Solitary and Menacing!, four Black Belts were featured at the Saffron City Fighting Dojo. Ash battled one of them with his Riolu.


DP051 Black Belt

Black Belt's Zangoose
During the Tag Battle against Ash and Paul, the Black Belt used his Zangoose to attack Paul's Chimchar, who was so frightened of it that it was barely able to attack. However, Ash's Turtwig was finally able to defeat Zangoose with a combination of Razor Leaf and Tackle.

Zangoose's known moves are X-Scissor, Crush Claw, and Fire Blast.

Debut Glory Blaze!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Bill Rogers

JN034 Black Belt

Black Belt's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was one of the Pokémon a Black Belt used in his battle against Ash, going up against his Riolu.

None of Hitmonlee's moves are known.

Debut Solitary and Menacing!
Black Belt's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan was one of the Pokémon a Black Belt used in his battle against Ash, going up against his Riolu.

None of Hitmonchan's moves are known.

Debut Solitary and Menacing!

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Black Belts appeared in JNM11.

Pokémon Adventures

Black Belt Jeffery in Pokémon Adventures


Emerald chapter

In Sneaky Like Shedinja and Sneaky Like Shedinja II, a virtual Black Belt judges the "Mind", "Skill", and "Body" score of the multiple battle rounds between Emerald and Greta at the Battle Arena challenge.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu II, Black Belt Jeffery (Japanese: シロウ Shirō) appears as the last challenger before Platinum challenged Maylene. He sent out his Machoke for the battle against Chatler. Chatler was able to defeat Machoke, advancing them to Maylene. Jeffery was later seen chasing down Maylene's father with Darren (Japanese: ジロウ Jirō), Rafael (Japanese: サブロウ Saburō), and Colby (Japanese: イチロウ Ichirō).

The 4 Black Belts were seen again in Stunning Staravia & Stinky Skuntank II.

In Luring in a Lickilicky, a Black Belt appears during the Pokétch presentation taking place in Jubilife City.

Platinum chapter

A Black Belt 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.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

In Out-Odding Oddish, a Black Belt was seen entering the Pokéathlon Dome.

Black & White chapter

In Dream a Little Dream, a Black Belt is briefly seen amongst the Trainers about to enter Victory Road.


Jeffery's Machoke
Jeffery chose Machoke to battle Platinum. It took on Chatler and lost.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu II
Jeffery's Machoke
Machoke was seen with its Trainer when entering the Battle Frontier.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z

Pokémon Battle Frontier

A Black Belt appeared in Enta Arrives at the Battle Frontier!.

In the TCG

Black Belt Kanako Eo artwork for the TCG

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

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Black Belt Su Triumphant Uncommon 85/102 Clash at the Summit Uncommon 077/080


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 空手道王 Hūngsáudouh-wòhng *
空手道高手 Hūngsáudouh Gōusáu *
Mandarin 空手道王 Kōngshǒudào-wáng *
空手道高手 Kōngshǒudào Gāoshǒu *
France Flag.png French Karatéka
Germany Flag.png German Schwarzgurt
Italy Flag.png Italian Cinturanera
South Korea Flag.png Korean 태권왕 Taegwon-wang
Poland Flag.png Polish Karateka*
Czarny Pas*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Faixa Preta
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Carateca
Spain Flag.png Spanish Karateka

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalRocker
Roughneck*SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Beta Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
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
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
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

Pasio Trainer classes
Ace TrainerBeautyBlack BeltCamperCollectorHex ManiacHikerLassMasked ManMasked WomanPoké Fan
Pokémon RangerPreschoolerPunk GirlRising StarScientistSightseerStreet ThugSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntTeam Galactic GruntTeam Magma GruntTeam Plasma GruntTeam Rocket GruntYoungster

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