Hoopster (Trainer class)

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バスケせんしゅ Basketball Player
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Hoopster sprite from Black 2 and White 2
Other names
Introduced in Generation V
Appears in Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Gender Male
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A Hoopster (Japanese: バスケせんしゅ Basketball Player) is a type of Trainer class introduced in Generation V. They are men who play basketball. In Black and White, they are only found in the Small Court in Nimbasa City. In Black 2 and White 2, they can also be found near the Village Bridge along with Smashers. Hoopsters wear basketball jerseys and shorts. Their battle sprites show them with a basketball colored like a Poké Ball.

Hoopsters use Pokémon of various types.



Spr BW Hoopster.png Spr B2W2 Hoopster.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Hoopster OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation V

Trainer list

Pokémon Black and White

These Trainers can only be battled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

The Trainers at Small Court can only be battled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

In the manga

A Hoopster in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

A Hoopster was one of the 32 Trainers seen entering the Unova Pokémon League tournament in Dream a Little Dream. In the following chapter, he was seen battling another participant at Victory Road. While the result of this battle is unknown, he was eventually eliminated from the tournament.


Hoopster's Ferrothorn
A Hoopster's Ferrothorn was seen battling another Trainer's Beheeyem at Victory Road.

None of Ferrothorn's moves are known.

Debut Hallway Hijinks


  • Hoopsters Lamarcus and Derrick are references to two real life NBA players: LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick Rose.
  • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Hoopsters Nicolas and Derrick will alter their running speed depending on if the player is holding down the B-button.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Basketteur
Germany Flag.png German Basketballer
Italy Flag.png Italian Cestista
South Korea Flag.png Korean 농구선수 Nong-guseonsu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pívot

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