Factory Head (Trainer class)

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Factory Head
ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head
Emerald Factory Head Noland.pngPlatinum Thorton.png
Art of Noland and Thorton
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Emerald, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male only
Female Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Noland, Thorton
Anime debut Numero Uno Articuno*
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Swanky Showdown with Swalot (Adventures)

Factory Head (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head) is a Trainer class that first debuted in Emerald Version. It is reserved for Frontier Brains of Battle Factories. Noland and Thorton are the only Trainers that have this Trainer class.



Spr E Noland.png Spr Pt Thorton.png VSThorton.png
Noland's sprite from
Thorton's sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Thorton's VS sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Noland OD.png Thorton OD.png
Noland's overworld sprite from
Thorton's overworld sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In the anime

Noland in the anime

Noland is the only Factory Head to appear in the anime, debuting in Numero Uno Articuno. Ash battled him in The Symbol Life, eventually defeating a wild Articuno that Noland befriended using his Charizard, thus securing his first Battle Frontier victory.

In the manga

Noland in Ash & Pikachu
Thorton in Pokémon Adventures

Ash & Pikachu

Like in the anime, Noland was the first Frontier Brain challenged by Ash, appearing in Off To The Battle Frontier!!.

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

Noland appeared in this arc, where he, like his fellow Generation III Frontier Brains, was challenged by Emerald and helped in fighting against the villainous Guile Hideout.

Platinum arc

Thorton appeared in this arc as the Factory Head of Sinnoh's Battle Factory. Despite his great battling skills and knowledge about Pokémon, he still ended up getting defeated by Platinum, proving her superiority over him in said subjects.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

Noland made a brief reappearance in this arc.

In the TCG

There are three FB Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game belonging to Factory Head Thorton.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Electivire Pokémon FB Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo 4/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 038/100
Skarmory Pokémon FB Metal Supreme Victors Uncommon 83/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 066/100
Electivire Pokémon FB LV.X Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 144/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 039/100

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 工廠頭目 / 工厂头目 Gōngchǎng Tóumù
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tehtaanpäällikkö
France Flag.png European French Chef d'Usine
Germany Flag.png German Fabrikleiter
Italy Flag.png Italian Boss Azienda
South Korea Flag.png Korean 팩토리헤드 Factory Head
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Cabeça da Fábrica
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Jefe Fábrica
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Quản đốc Công xưởng

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