Roughneck (Trainer class)

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スキンヘッズ Skinheads
VSRoughneck BDSP.png
VS model from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Other names Cue Ball (Generations I and III)
Cueball (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
FireRed and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Nicky
Anime debut Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I (Adventures)

A Roughneck (Japanese: スキンヘッズ Skinheads), known as a Cue Ball until Generation IV, is a type of Pokémon Trainer introduced in Generation I. They appear as bald men wearing leather jackets. Roughnecks can be commonly found in the vicinity of Bikers and, in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Punk Guys. In Sinnoh, they have a Gyarados on the back of their vest; in Unova, they have a Krookodile. Cue Ball may be referring to their bald heads, which can resemble white billiards balls.

They are sometimes depicted as being affiliated with Team Rocket.

When paired with Bikers in Double Battles, they are called Hooligans.

They specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon in Generations I and III, and in Dark-type in Generation V. In the Battle Subway, they specialize in Pokémon with one-hit knockout moves and, in the early stages, Dark- and Fighting-type Pokémon.

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


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Cue Ball sprite from
Red and Blue
Cue Ball sprite from
Cue Ball sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Generation IV
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Biker I OD.pngSwimmer I OD.png Biker III OD.png Roughneck IV OD.png Roughneck OD.png Roughneck V OD Drums.png SJP Cueball.png Roughneck BDSP OD.png
Cue Ball overworld sprites from
Generation I
Cue Ball overworld sprite from
Generation III
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld sprite playing the drums from
Black 2 and
White 2
Cueball portrait from
Overworld model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Roughneck

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon Stadium

In the anime

Roughneck Nicky in the anime

A Roughneck by the name of Nicky appeared in Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 and Part 2. He is the drummer in Roxie's rock band "Koffing and the Toxics".

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Two Roughnecks in Pokémon Adventures
Roughneck Nicky in Unova


Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, a Roughneck appeared at the Seven Stars Restaurant.

In Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I, Diamond and Riley encountered two Roughnecks hired by Team Galactic to disrupt their progressing. The Roughnecks took Riolu's Egg as a hostage but were eventually outsmarted by Diamond.

Platinum chapter

A Roughneck was seen in Deprogramming Porygon-Z, entering the Battle Frontier after Palmer had his assistants open the gates.

Another Roughneck appeared in Clobbering Claydol, wandering around the Battle Frontier.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

A Roughneck appears seen amongst the people at the Johto Safari Zone in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down.

Black 2 & White 2 chapter

Roughneck Nicky appeared briefly at the Virbank Gym in New Sword Player.


Roughneck's Vespiquen
One of the Roughnecks sent out Vespiquen to blind Riley and his Lucario. She was a formidable foe as she used her grubs as her weapons to attack and defend. Vespiquen was taken out by a single leaf coming from Tru's Razor Leaf.

Vespiquen's known moves are Attack Order, Power Gem, Defend Order, and Heal Order* and her Ability is Pressure.

Debut Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I
Roughneck's Mothim
The other Roughneck sent out Mothim to block off the aura coming from Riley's Lucario. The out-of-control grubs managed to defeat Mothim.

Mothim's only known move is Air Slash and his Ability is Swarm.

Debut Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim I
Roughneck's Koffing
Koffing was briefly seen with its Trainer at the Battle Frontier.

None of Koffing's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z
Roughneck's Ursaring
Ursaring briefly appeared with its Trainer during the time Looker flew on his jetpack to search for Platinum.

None of Ursaring's moves are known.

Debut Clobbering Claydol
Roughneck's Porygon2
Porygon2 was seen entering the Safari Zone with its Trainer.

None of Porygon2's moves are known.

Debut Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down


  • In Generation I, a Cue Ball can be found swimming in Route 21. He does not appear in future generations other than Generation VII, in which he does not swim.
  • In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Roughneck Kirby in the Lost Tower uses only one Pokémon; a Cleffa. This is highly contradictory to the established archetype for this Trainer class, as well as his name that fans consider to go along with his Pokémon.
    • However, he does mention that he is in the Lost Tower because his Pokémon died at the hands of Team Galactic, and Cleffa is the only one he has left.
    • Also, in Pokémon Platinum, one of the Roughnecks that can be fought in the Battle Frontier expresses a dislike towards having Pokémon fight each other.
  • The Japanese name of this Trainer class refers to the Skinhead subculture, which is often associated with racist and Neo-Nazi beliefs. This is likely why the name was changed for international releases.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 光頭男 Gwōngtàuh Nàahm
Mandarin 光頭男 / 光头男 Guāngtóu Nán
France Flag.png French Loubard
Germany Flag.png German Raufbold (IV+)
Glatzkopf (I, III)
Italy Flag.png Italian Zuccapelata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 빡빡이 Ppakppak-i
Spain Flag.png Spanish Calvo

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