Fisher (Trainer class)

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つりびと Fisher
VSFisher BDSP.png
VS model from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
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
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Both*
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Wilton, Marie's grandfather, Sullivan
Anime debut Type Casting (Series)
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. In most core series games, 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.



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

Sprites and models

In the core series

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Overworld model from LGPE; need higher quality image from LGPE
Spr RG Fisherman.png Spr Y Fisherman.png Spr GS SW97 Fisher.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
Prototype sprite from
Spaceworld '97 demo
Sprite from
Generation II (JP/KR)
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 VSFisherman SM.png Spr SM Fisherman.png VSFisherman PE.png VSFisher SwSh.png VSFisher BDSP.png
Fisherman VS sprite from
X and Y
Fisherman VS sprite from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Fisherman VS sprite from
Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Fisherman high-poly model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Fisherman VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Sword and Shield
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Fisherman XY OD.png Fisherman ORAS OD.png Fisherman SM OD.png Y-Comm Profile Fisher.png Fisher BDSP 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
Y-Comm Profile image from
Sword and Shield
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In other games

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

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

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

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Galar)/Fisher

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl)/Fisher

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 arc

Main article: Wilton

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

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

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

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

In Beedrill Prepares, it was revealed that after the defeat of Team Aqua, ex-Aqua Admin Amber became a Fisherman.

Platinum arc

A Fisherman appeared as a background character in Deprogramming Porygon-Z, where he was part of a group of people who entered the Battle Frontier after Palmer had his assistants open the gates.

Black & White arc

A Fisherman was seen in a commercial for the Xtransceiver in Lights, Camera...Action!.

X & Y arc

A Fisherman appeared walking by the fountain in Santalune City in Kangaskhan...Kangascan't.


Fisherman's Remoraid
Remoraid was briefly seen with its Trainer when entering the Battle Frontier.

None of Remoraid's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z

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 Fisher in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Fisher's Pokémon
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 #
Octillery Water Brilliant Stars TGH TG03/TG30 VMAX Climax CHR 191/184
Other related cards
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
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Nelayan
Italy Flag.png Italian Pescatore ()
Pescatrice ()
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*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

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewers*KindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké Fan*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Breeder*
Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORAS
Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret 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 GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschooler
Punk GirlPunk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
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
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
Unused Trainer classes:
Ace SurferSwimmers
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerAether 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 PairRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseerSwimmerSwimmers
Swimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
ActorUSUMCapoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
ReporterUSUMSparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam 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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