Bug Catcher (Trainer class)

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Jump to navigationJump to search
If you were looking for the "Bug Catcher Pokémon" species, see Carnivine (Pokémon).

Bug Catcher
むしとりしょうねん Bug Catcher Boy
VSBug Catcher PE.png
VS model from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Other names Bug Boy (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
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Samurai, Aaron
Anime debut Challenge of the Samurai
TCG debut Unified Minds
TCG card Bug Catcher
Manga debut A Glimpse of the Glow (Adventures)

A Bug Catcher (Japanese: むしとりしょうねん Bug Catcher Boy) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as little boys in hats, carrying nets and what appears to be their lunchboxes, or containers to keep caught bugs in, held by a strap after Generation II. Most Bug Catchers have been considered just hobbyists. Some Bug Catchers move around areas, and don't always stay in the same place each day. Experienced Bug Catchers may become Bug Maniacs.

Bug Catchers are usually one of the first Trainer classes encountered during the course of the games' storylines, mostly appearing on earlier routes.

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

In Pokémon Stadium, they are referred to as Bug Boys.



In the core series

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Missing overworld models from ORAS and LGPE; need higher quality image from LGPE
Spr RG Bug Catcher.png Spr Y Bug Catcher.png Spr GS Bug Catcher.png Spr RS Bug Catcher.png Spr FRLG Bug Catcher.png Spr DP Bug Catcher.png Spr HGSS Bug Catcher.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Psychic I OD.png Bug Catcher II OD.png Bug Catcher RSE OD.png Bug Catcher FRLG OD.png Bug Catcher IV OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
VSBug Catcher.png VSBug Catcher PE.png VSBug Catcher Master PE.png
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
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!

In other games

SJP Bug Catcher.png S2 Bug Catcher.pngS2 Bug Catcher alt.pngS2 Bug Catcher alt2.png
Portrait from
Japanese Stadium
Portraits from
Stadium 2


Red Blue Lass Bug Catcher.png Bandai Jumbo1 Back.jpg Red Blue Bug Catcher.png ORAS Bug Catcher.png
Official Ken Sugimori artwork, with a Lass from Red and Blue Battling Red in Ken Sugimori artwork from the Bandai Carddass jumbo cards Art from Yellow Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer list

Pokémon Red and Blue

Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Special Trainers

  • Bug Catcher Alann 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

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Generation IV)/Bug Catcher

Pokémon Platinum

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation IV)/Bug Catcher

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Samurai is a character of the day who lives in Viridian Forest and dresses up in samurai armor. Like Bug Catchers, he specializes in Bug-type Pokémon and has a bug-catching net. He appeared in Challenge of the Samurai.

In Charizard's Burning Ambitions, Team Rocket's Gigantic Mistake mecha is modeled after a Bug Catcher.

In The Spheal of Approval, a boy named Marius strongly resembled the Bug Catchers in the games, but did not own any Bug-type Pokémon.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Bug Catcher in Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

A child resembling a Bug Catcher appeared in Pallet Town in A Glimpse of the Glow.

In Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, a Bug Catcher appeared during the Miracle Cycle bicycle race, alongside a Swimmer and Red. He took a shortcut through a small woods full of Bug Pokémon, but later got stuck on Route 12 due to a sleeping Snorlax blocking the way.

Bug Catcher's Scyther
Scyther was seen with its Trainer while entered the small woods during the bike race.

None of Scyther's moves are known.

Debut Wake Up—You're Snorlax!

Emerald chapter

In Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I, a Bug Catcher named James was seen battling Battle Girl Cyndy in the Battle Dome. While it is unknown who won, what is known is that James at some point lost a match, eliminating him from the tournament.

Cyndy's Weezing
Weezing is James's only known Pokémon. It was seen battling Cyndy's Makuhita in the Battle Dome.

Weezing's only known move is Memento.

Debut Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

In Out-Odding Oddish, a Bug Catcher with a Beedrill was seen entering the Pokéathlon Dome.

In Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down, a Bug Catcher was seen exploring the Safari Zone Gate.

Bug Catcher's Ledian
Ledian was seen walking with its Trainer while exploring the Safari Zone Gate.

None of Ledian's moves are known.

Debut Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Bug Catcher 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 #
Bug Catcher Su Unified Minds Uncommon 189/236 Sun & Moon Family Pokémon Card Game   051/051
      Sword & Shield Family Pokémon Card Game   053/053


  • Bug Catcher's sprite from the main series Generation II games resembles the class' artwork from Pokémon Yellow.
  • The first Bug Catchers battled in all Generation III games are named Rick.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, a show on the Variety channel mentions that Aaron used to be a Bug Catcher and a Gym Leader before joining the Elite Four.
  • A Bug Catcher in the Johto Battle Tower is named Tajiri; this could be possibly a reference to the creator of the Pokémon series, Satoshi Tajiri, who liked bug-catching as a child.
  • In Pokémon Emerald, Bug Catcher Davis on Route 123 has the overworld sprite of a Youngster.
  • In Pokémon GO, a Bug Catcher refers to a Trainer who has caught at least 10 Bug-type Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 捕蟲少年 Bouhchùhng Siunìhn *
捕蟲人 Bouhchùhng Yàhn *
Mandarin 捕蟲少年 / 捕虫少年 Bǔchóng Shàonián *
捕蟲人 Bǔchóng Rén *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Lovec brouků
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ötökkäpoika
France Flag.png French Scout
Germany Flag.png German Käfersammler
Italy Flag.png Italian Pigliamosche
South Korea Flag.png Korean 곤충채집소년 Gonchungchaejip Sonyeon
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Caça-insectos
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Caça-inseto (games, TCG)
Pegador de Insetos (manga)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cazabichos
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cậu bé bắt côn trùng

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 GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSocialite
SwimmerTeam Galactic GruntTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt

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.