Fisher (Trainer class)

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つりびと Fisher
VSFisher SwSh.png
VS model from Sword and Shield
Other names Fisherman (Generations I, III - VII)
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
Gender Both*
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Wilton
Anime debut Type Casting
TCG debut Skyridge
TCG card Fisherman
Manga debut Just a Spearow Carrier (Adventures)
The Legendary Pokémon, Captured (DP Adventure!)
PZ02 (Zensho)

A Fisher (Japanese: つりびと Fisher) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. Prior to Generation VIII, they were known as Fisherman, except in Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, which also used "Fisher" due to text space concerns. They are typically depicted as middle-aged men with rods, reels, and fishing gear, with a Poké Ball used as a lure. However, younger Fishermen have been seen in Pokémon X and Y, and in Pokémon Sword and Shield, female Fishers were introduced.

In the Japanese version of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, they are depicted smoking, as fishermen smoking is a common stereotype in Japan. The cigarette was removed in international releases.

They specialize in Water-type Pokémon that can be caught via fishing. At least once in every core-series game prior to Pokémon Sun and Moon, there is a Fisherman who will fight the player with a full team made up entirely of Magikarp. In the Battle Tower in Galar, Fishers use both Water-type Pokémon and those that may benefit from rain.

In Generation VII, they keep their Pokémon in Lure Balls, while in Generation VIII, they keep them in Dive Balls instead.

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


Sprites and models

In the core series

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Spr RG Fisherman.png Spr Y Fisherman.png Spr GS Fisher JP.png Spr GS Fisher.png Spr RS Fisherman.png Spr FRLG Fisherman.png Spr DP Fisherman.png Spr BW Fisherman.png Spr B2W2 Fisherman.png
Fisherman sprite from
Red and Blue
Fisherman sprite from
Sprite from
Gold and Silver (JP)
Sprite from
Generation II
Fisherman sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Fisherman sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Fisherman sprite from
Generation IV
Fisherman sprite from
Black and White
Fisherman sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Fisherman I OD.png Fisher OD.png Fisherman RSE OD.png Fisherman FRLG OD.png Fisherman IV OD.png Fisherman V OD.png
Fisherman overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Fisherman overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Fisherman overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Fisherman overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Fisherman overworld sprite from
Generation V
VSFisherman.png VSFisherman ORAS.png Spr SM Fisherman.png VSFisherman SM.png VSFisherman PE.png Y-Comm Profile Fisher.png
Fisherman VS portrait from
X and Y
Fisherman VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Fisherman in-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Fisherman VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Fisherman VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Y-Comm Profile image from Sword and Shield
Fisherman XY OD.png Fisherman OD.png Fisherman SM OD.png
Fisherman overworld model from
X and Y
Fisherman overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Fisherman overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In other games

SJP Fisher.png S2 Fisherman.pngS2 Fisherman alt.pngS2 Fisherman alt2.png E Reader Construction Action Fisherman.png
Portrait from
Fisherman portraits from
Stadium 2
Fisherman sprite from
Construction: Action


Gold Silver Fisher.png XY Fisherman.png ORAS Fisherman.png
Official Ken Sugimori Fisherman artwork
for Gold and Silver
Fisherman art from X and Y Fisherman art from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Generation III)/Fisherman

Pokémon Emerald

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

Special Trainers

Fisherman Dallas 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)/Fisherman

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Fisherman

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Sun and Moon

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

A fisherman in the anime

Marie's grandfather from Type Casting is a fisherman.

Several fishermen competed in the Seaking Catching Day competition in Hook, Line, and Stinker

Several fishermen competed in the Whirl Cup in Octillery The Outcast and Dueling Heroes, notably Christopher and Harrison.

Wings Alexander disguised himself as a fisherman in Throwing in the Noctowl.

A self-proclaimed "Fishing God" named Sullivan appeared in Whiscash and Ash, where he was hunting for a giant Whiscash nicknamed Nero.

An old fisherman traded his Charmeleon for the golden Magikarp that Jimmy accidentally caught in a flashback in Judgment Day!, where.

A fisherman used a Zigzagoon to battle a Buizel in Buizel Your Way Out Of This!, but lost.

An old fisherman appeared in If the Scarf Fits, Wear It!.


This article is missing information on this character's Japanese voice actor and English voice actor.
You can help by adding this information.

Fisherman's Zigzagoon
Zigzagoon was carried past Ash, Dawn, and Brock, having been knocked out by a Buizel.

None of Zigzagoon's moves are known.

Debut Buizel Your Way Out Of This!

In the manga

Wilton in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Main article: Wilton

Wilton, Yellow's uncle, is a Fisherman. He taught her how to fish and gave her a Doduo for transportation.

Emerald chapter

In Epilogue, Wilton makes a cameo appearance in one of the ships heading to the Battle Frontier.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

A Fisherman was one of many visiting the Safari Zone in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down.

X & Y chapter

A Fisherman appeared walking by the fountain in Santalune City in PS554.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

In Omega Alpha Adventure 5, it was revealed that after the defeat of Team Aqua, ex-Aqua Admin Amber became a Fisherman.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

A Fisherman made a cameo in The Legendary Pokémon Captured, fishing in a lake as Hareta passed by him on Roark's old bicycle.

Pokémon Zensho

A Fisherman appeared in PZ02.

A Fisherman appeared in PZ06.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Fisherman 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 #
Fisherman Su Skyridge Uncommon 125/144 Mysterious Mountains Uncommon 079/088
HeartGold & SoulSilver Uncommon 92/123 SoulSilver Collection Uncommon 067/070
BREAKthrough Uncommon 136/162 Raichu BREAK Evolution Pack   009/010
Celestial Storm Uncommon 130/168 Sky-Splitting Charisma U 089/096
Hidden Fates Rare Ultra SV83/SV94 GX Ultra Shiny SR 154/150


Artwork from the TCG:

Artwork by Kanako Eo for the
Trading Card Game

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 釣魚者 Diuyùhjé *
釣客 Diuhaak *
Mandarin 釣魚者 Diàoyúzhě *
垂钓者 Chuídiàozhě *
釣客 Diàokè *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Rybář
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kalastaja
France Flag.png French Pêcheur
Germany Flag.png German Angler
Italy Flag.png Italian Pescatore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 낚시꾼 Naksikkun
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Pescador
Russia Flag.png Russian Рыбак Rybak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pescador
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Người câu cá

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
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

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