Roughneck (Trainer class)

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スキンヘッズ Skinheads
VSRoughneck BDSP.png
VS model from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Other names Cue Ball (Generations I and III)
Cueball (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
FireRed and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Nicky
Anime debut Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 (Series)
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas (Adventures)

A Roughneck (Japanese: スキンヘッズ Skinheads), known as a Cue Ball until Generation IV, is a type of Pokémon Trainer introduced in Generation I. They appear as bald men wearing leather jackets. Roughnecks can be commonly found in the vicinity of Bikers and, in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Punk Guys. In Sinnoh, they have a Gyarados on the back of their vest; in Unova, they have a Krookodile. Cue Ball may be referring to their bald heads, which can resemble white billiards balls.

They are sometimes depicted as being affiliated with Team Rocket.

When paired with Bikers in Double Battles, they are called Hooligans.

They specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon in Generations I and III, and in Dark-type in Generation V. In the Battle Subway, they specialize in Pokémon with one-hit knockout moves and, in the early stages, Dark- and Fighting-type Pokémon.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Roughnecks award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated.


Sprites and models

In the core series

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Spr RG Cue Ball.png Spr Y Cue Ball.png Spr FRLG Cue Ball.png Spr DP Roughneck.png Spr BW Roughneck.png Spr B2W2 Roughneck.png VSRoughneck PE.png VSRoughneck BDSP.png
Cue Ball sprite from
Red and Blue
Cue Ball sprite from
Cue Ball sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Generation IV
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Biker I OD.pngSwimmer I OD.png Biker III OD.png Roughneck IV OD.png Roughneck OD.png Roughneck V OD Drums.png Roughneck BDSP OD.png
Cue Ball overworld sprites from
Generation I
Cue Ball overworld sprite from
Generation III
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld sprite playing the drums from
Black 2 and
White 2
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In other games

SJP Cueball.png
Cueball portrait from

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Diamond and Pearl)/Roughneck

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Roughneck

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

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

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon Stadium

In the anime

Roughneck Nicky in the anime

A Roughneck by the name of Nicky appeared in Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 and Part 2. He is the drummer in Roxie's rock band "Koffing and the Toxics".

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Two Roughnecks in Pokémon Adventures
Roughneck Nicky in Unova


HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

A Roughneck appears seen amongst the people at the Johto Safari Zone in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down.

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, a Roughneck appeared at the Seven Stars Restaurant.

In Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I, Diamond and Riley encountered two Roughnecks hired by Team Galactic to disrupt their progressing. The Roughnecks took Riolu's Egg as a hostage but were eventually outsmarted by Diamond.

Platinum arc

A Roughneck was seen in Deprogramming Porygon-Z, entering the Battle Frontier after Palmer had his assistants open the gates.

Another Roughneck appeared in Clobbering Claydol, wandering around the Battle Frontier.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

Roughneck Nicky appeared briefly at the Virbank Gym in New Sword Player.


Roughneck's Vespiquen
One of the Roughnecks sent out Vespiquen to blind Riley and his Lucario. She was a formidable foe as she used her grubs as her weapons to attack and defend. Vespiquen was taken out by a single leaf coming from Tru's Razor Leaf.

Vespiquen's known moves are Attack Order, Power Gem, Defend Order, and Heal Order* and her Ability is Pressure.

Debut Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I
Roughneck's Mothim
The other Roughneck sent out Mothim to block off the aura coming from Riley's Lucario. The out-of-control grubs managed to defeat Mothim.

Mothim's only known move is Air Slash and his Ability is Swarm.

Debut Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I
Roughneck's Koffing
Koffing was briefly seen with its Trainer at the Battle Frontier.

None of Koffing's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z
Roughneck's Ursaring
Ursaring briefly appeared with its Trainer during the time Looker flew on his jetpack to search for Platinum.

None of Ursaring's moves are known.

Debut Clobbering Claydol
Roughneck's Porygon2
Porygon2 was seen entering the Safari Zone with its Trainer.

None of Porygon2's moves are known.

Debut Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 光頭男 Gwōngtàuh Nàahm
Mandarin 光頭男 / 光头男 Guāngtóu Nán
France Flag.png French Loubard
Germany Flag.png German Raufbold (IV+)
Glatzkopf (I, III)
Italy Flag.png Italian Zuccapelata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 빡빡이 Ppakppak-i
Spain Flag.png Spanish Calvo

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*GSCPEPsychicRivalFRLGRockerRoughneck*
SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSPETeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Unused 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*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

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

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