Executive (Trainer class)

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ロケットだんかんぶ Team Rocket Executive
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Other names Rocket Executive (ロケットだんいん のかんぶ Team Rocket Executive) (Generation II)
Team Rocket Admin (ロケットだんいんのかんぶ Team Rocket executive member) (Generations III and VII)
Introduced in Generation II
Appears in Gold, Silver, and Crystal
FireRed and LeafGreen
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!
Stadium 2
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Proton, Petrel, Ariana, and Archer
Sham, Carl (Adventures)
Grey (The Golden Boys)
Anime debut
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut JBA4 (Jō's Big Adventure)
Piloswine Whine (Adventures)
Gold and Black vs. Team Rocket (The Golden Boys)

An Executive (Japanese: ロケットだんかんぶ Team Rocket Executive), known as a Team Rocket Admin (Japanese: ロケットだんかんぶ Team Rocket Executive) in Generations III and VII, and as a Rocket Executive (Japanese: ロケットだんいんのかんぶ Team Rocket executive member) in Generation II, is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation II games. They are the highest ranked members of Team Rocket after Giovanni, and are the heads of Team Rocket after he abandons the organization. They tend to use a combination of Poison-type and Dark-type Pokémon.

In Generation II, Executives are unnamed, with a visual distinction only existing between male and female Executives. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, there are four Executives, each having their own name and appearance.

Differences between Generations

Generation II

Generation II art by Ken Sugimori for the TCG

In Generation II, Executives have the same Trainer class name as Team Rocket GruntsRocket (Japanese: ロケットだんいん Team Rocket member)—but have the name Executive (Japanese: かんぶ Executive) and a different sprite.

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Team Rocket has four male executives and one female executive (who is battled twice). They battle the player at Team Rocket HQ and Goldenrod Radio Tower.

Two Executives, one male and one female, also appear in Pokémon Stadium 2, along with a pair of Rocket Grunts, interrupting the player's progress through the Johto Gym Leader Castle after the player has defeated Jasmine. Because their teams contain the distinctive Pokémon Vileplume and Houndoom, they appear to be inspired by two of the admins from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal.

Generation III

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, two higher-ranking members of Team Rocket appear in command of the Rocket Warehouse. They seem to be two of the same members who would head the Team in Johto three years later. Here, their Trainer class was changed to Team Rocket (Japanese: ロケットだん Team Rocket) in order to remain identical with the Grunts', whose sprites they also shared. However, they are both given the name Admin (Japanese: かんぶ Executive).

Petrel, Archer, Ariana and Proton in the game intro of HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the Rocket Warehouse, the female Team Rocket Admin is battled before going into the male administrator's room. She objects that Team Rocket is disbanded, but after a battle, admits that it probably is and as a final act, turns off the floor so that the player can go back and heal. After defeating the male Team Rocket Admin, he sees the player's Earth Badge and realizes that the Viridian City-based Team Rocket has disbanded; he then tells the player that he will find Giovanni and revive Team Rocket.

The Team Rocket Admins are the same people as the Rocket executives in Generations II and IV, as hinted by the similarity in their teams and the male administrator's determination to revive Team Rocket after he is defeated, as well as the information given on the computer screen which the Rocket administrator was working on ("The influence of magnetic waves on Pokémon evolution"). This is linked to what happened in Generations II and IV, when Team Rocket used radio waves to evolve the Magikarp at Lake of Rage.

Generation IV

Their Trainer classes are finally dissociated from those of the Grunts when they make a return in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, where they are each known as an Executive. However, the Japanese Trainer classes remain unchanged from Generation III, but they are still given names. They are all adapted from the Executives from Pokémon Gold and Silver but given individual names and identities. Their names, Proton, Petrel, Ariana, and Archer, refer to real-life rockets or missiles in all languages, much like Team Galactic's Commanders, who were named after celestial bodies.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver changed the number of Executives slightly: a Grunt in Slowpoke Well was amalgamated with an Executive in the Radio Tower to become Proton, and the Executive in Giovanni’s office in the Team Rocket HQ was merged with the Executive disguised as the Radio Director to become Petrel.


Sprites and models

In the core series

Spr GS Rocket Grunt M.png Spr GS Rocket Executive M.png Spr GS Rocket Executive F.png Spr FRLG Team Rocket Grunt M.png Spr FRLG Team Rocket Grunt F.png
Proton's Grunt sprite from
Generation II
Proton, Petrel, and
Archer's sprite from
Generation II
Ariana's sprite from
Generation II
Archer's sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Ariana's sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Rocket Grunt M II OD.png Rocket Grunt F II OD.png Team Rocket Grunt M III OD.png Team Rocket Grunt F III OD.png
Proton, Petrel, and
Archer's overworld sprite from
Generation II
Ariana's overworld sprite from
Generation II
Archer's overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Ariana's overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Spr HGSS Proton.png Spr HGSS Petrel.png Spr HGSS Ariana.png Spr HGSS Archer.png VSArcher PE.png
Proton's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Petrel's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Ariana's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Archer's sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Archer's VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Proton OD.png Petrel OD.png Ariana OD.png Archer OD.png
Proton's overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Petrel's overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Ariana's overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Archer's overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In other games

S2 Rocket ExecutiveM.png S2 Rocket ExecutiveF.pngS2 Rocket ExecutiveF alt.png
Rocket Executive♂ portrait from
Stadium 2
Rocket Executive♀ portraits from
Stadium 2

Trainer list

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

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

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

It is unknown whether or not there are executives present in the anime, as Giovanni is still in control of the organization. Instead, the anime tends to focus much more on high-ranking Team Rocket field agents such as Domino and the Iron-Masked Marauder. Annie and Oakley were also inclusive to the ranks of Team Rocket, working as hired spies hunting Latios and Latias, but this was only in the English dub. Matori, Giovanni's personal secretary and commander of the elite Matori Matrix unit, frequently fulfills an Executive-like role by giving assignments when Giovanni is not available.

In the manga

Team Rocket Executives in Pokémon Adventures

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

The four Generation IV Executives appear in the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga, fulfilling similar roles as in the games.

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue arc

Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina are Team Rocket executives, having abandoned their respective Gyms to work for the evil organization instead.

Yellow arc

After witnessing a battle between Yellow and Lance, Giovanni realized that he still had a lot to learn and told his three executives to return to their Gyms.

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Under the Masked Man's leadership, Neo Team Rocket's executives were Sham and Carl, who were based on the Generation II Executive designs.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Archer, Ariana, Petrel, and Proton take over the organization from Carr and search for Arceus and its Plates to accomplish their plan of making Giovanni return to Team Rocket's leadership.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Grey from the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga is based on the male Executive design. His role within the team is based on Archer's.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Team Rocket Executives 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 #
Team Rocket's Evil Deeds T Neo Destiny Uncommon 103/105 Darkness, and to Light... Uncommon  
Team Rocket's Trickery Su Undaunted Uncommon 78/90 Reviving Legends Uncommon 076/080
      Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck   018/019


"Sorry. Authorized personnel only beyond this point. It wasn’t that way before. There’s something wrong with the Director…"

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 火箭隊幹部 Fójin Déui Gonbouh
Mandarin 火箭隊幹部 / 火箭队干部 Huǒjiàn Duì Gànbù
France Flag.png French Admin Team RocketFRLGPE
Caïd RocketGSC
Germany Flag.png German Rocket-VorstandPE
Rocket VorstandGSC
Italy Flag.png Italian Generale Team RocketPE
Generale RocketHGSS
Tenente, Team RocketFRLG
South Korea Flag.png Korean 로켓단간부 Rocket Dan Ganbu
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Executivo da Equipe Rocket
Spain Flag.png Spanish Comandante RocketPE
Admin Team RocketFRLG
Ejecutivo RocketGSC
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Chỉ huy của nhóm Rocket

Members of Team Rocket

Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters)
Madame Boss (anime only) • Masked Man (Adventures only)


Archer (Masters) • Ariana (Masters) • Petrel (Masters) • Proton (Masters)
Adventures only: CarlShamWill (former) • Karen (former)
Golden Boys only: Grey


Jessie (Masters), James (Masters), & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad) (Adventures only; former)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET) (Adventures only)
Carr, Sird (former), & Orm (T3B) (Adventures only)


Anime only: Butch & Cassidy (former) • Attila & HunAnnie & Oakley (dub only)


Anime only: Dr. FujiDr. NambaSebastianDr. Zager
Adventures only: Blaine (former)


GruntsRocket BrothersRBYFRLG/Rocket SistersPE
Anime only: DominoIron-Masked MarauderRocket ScoutWendy
TysonJubeiViperChristopher (former) • MatoriPierceGozu
Radio drama only: MiyamotoMondo
How I Became a Pokémon Card only: Kaede

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

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