Linebacker (Trainer class)

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フットボーラー Footballer
Spr B2W2 Linebacker.png
Linebacker 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 Linebacker (Japanese: フットボーラー Footballer) is a type of Trainer class introduced in Generation V. They are players of gridiron football. All Linebackers are found in the Big Stadium. They mostly specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon and Pokémon with high Defenses.



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

Trainer list

Pokémon Black and White

These Trainers can only be battled on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

These Trainers can only be battled on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

In the anime

Linebackers in the anime

In Lost at the Stamp Rally!, Ash and Iris went to the Big Stadium to watch a football game between the teams "Gurdurr 11" and "Team Darmanitan". Although no Linebackers were seen live, two were shown on a poster telling about the big game.

According to Iris, she is a huge fan of "Gurdurr 11" because they have been training in the Village of Dragons for a long time.


  • In a real game of American football, a Linebacker would never use a 3-point stance and no player would use a closed fist. Using a closed fist during a game could potentially disqualify them from participating.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Quaterback
Germany Flag.png German Footballer
Italy Flag.png Italian Quarterback
South Korea Flag.png Korean 미식축구선수 Misikchukguseonsu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Quarterback

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
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

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