Team Skull Grunt (Trainer class)

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Team Skull Grunt
スカルだんのしたっぱ Team Skull Underling
Sun Moon Team Skull Grunt.png
Artwork from Sun and Moon
Other names
Introduced in Generation VII
Appears in Sun and Moon
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp
Anime debut Alola to New Adventure!
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut PASM01

A Team Skull Grunt (Japanese: スカルだんのしたっぱ Team Skull Underling) is a type of Pokémon Trainer introduced in Generation VII. They are members of Team Skull who are dressed in punk attire, called Skull Tanks, and wear bandannas with a skull motif. New members are responsible for purchasing their own uniforms. The Grunts keep their Pokémon in Nest Balls.


VSTeam Skull Grunt M.pngVSTeam Skull Grunt F.png
VS models from
Sun and Moon
Team Skull Grunt m SM OD.pngTeam Skull Grunt f SM OD.png
Overworld models from
Sun and Moon

Trainer list

Pokémon Sun and Moon

In the anime

Team Skull Grunts in the anime, Rapp (left), Tupp (middle), and Zipp (right)

Team Skull Grunts made their debut appearance in Alola to New Adventure!. Three of them, Tupp, Rapp, and Zipp, were seen harassing Kiawe and then took him on in a Pokémon battle. The three grunts made a bet with Kiawe in which they will get his Charizard if they win. Kiawe accepted the challenge and then sent out Turtonator. Ash and Pikachu stepped in to assist Kiawe as they felt that what the three grunts were doing was unfair. Kiawe was able to defeat the three grunts by having his Turtonator use the Z-Move, Inferno Overdrive, causing them to retreat. They reappeared in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, using their Zubat, Salandit, and Garbodor to get revenge on Kiawe. However, they were soon defeated by Pikachu's Gigavolt Havoc.

Several Grunts appeared in a flashback in Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio! where they were attacking a Popplio when Lana appeared with her Lapras and defeated them with Ice Beam. They reappeared in seeking revenge but Pikachu attacked them with Gigavolt Havoc which sent them fleeing.

Tupp, Rapp, and Zipp appeared again in Alolan Open House! in which they attempted to steal three Ride Tauros. They then battled Ash and Delia, but were soon defeated by Pikachu's Gigavolt Havoc again.

They reappeared in A Team-on-Team Tussle!, where they tried to take a Darkinium Z that was stuck in a mountain, which was being guarded by multiple Alolan Rattata and Raticate, with one of the Raticate being a Totem Pokémon. They fought against Team Rocket, who were also trying to take the Z-Crystal. In the end, Team Rocket ended up with the Darkinium Z.

Tupp, Rapp, and Zipp appeared again in A Glaring Rivalry!.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A female Team Skull Grunt (left) and Grunt A (right) in Pokémon Adventures

Team Skull Grunts made their debut appearance in the Sun & Moon chapter. A male Grunt titled Grunt A (Japanese: したっぱ Underling A) and an unnamed female Grunt hired Sun to remove wild Pyukumuku from a beach Team Skull considered their territory as a part-time job. Just as Sun finished the job, the Grunts returned to give him his pay, only to notice that a single Pyukumuku was not thrown away. Since the job meant that all Pyukumuku must be removed, Grunt A refused to pay Sun. The Grunts' ruse was foiled when Moon noticed the female Grunt dropping the last Pyukumuku when no one was looking. Angered, Grunt A had his Salandit attack Moon and then proceeded to act like the attack broke Salandit's tail, which meant that Sun would have to work for free to pay off its medical bills. Angered, Sun sent out his Dollar to attack the Grunts, forcing them to run away.

The Grunts report their loss to Guzma, who scolds them for losing to a child. He tells the Grunts to find Sun so that he may teach him a lesson personally.

Later, the two Grunts travel to Iki Town to take place in a festival. There, they encounter Sun again, but Grunt A decides to battle Sun without informing Guzma. The battle is interrupted by Hala, who tells Sun and Grunt A that their fight must be done during the festival's tournament. Later, Grunt A takes place in the tournament while the female Grunt runs a Slowpoke Tail stand. As the Grunts watch the other competitors battle each other, they are approached by Guzma, who demanded to know why he wasn't informed that Sun was Iki Town. After knocking Grunt A unconscious and claiming that he was injured in an accident, Guzma proceeds to take the Grunt's place in the festival's tournament.

Despite being attacked by his boss, Grunt A chose to cheer Guzma on in his battle against Sun. After the battle ends in Sun's victory, Guzma flies into a rage and begins injuring himself, forcing Grunt A to stop him. Afterward, the Grunts and Guzma decide to leave despite Olivia's objections.

When Sun and Moon left Melemele Island with Professor Kukui, the Grunts attacked Professor Kukui's Rowlet, who was at the Hau'oli Marina to see the three off. By firing a Salac Berry into its mouth, Moon increased Rowlet's Speed, allowing it to quickly fly away and escape.

After learning that Kiawe was attacked by someone near the Ruins of Life, Sun and his friends traveled to Memorial Hill to help their friend. There, another group of Grunts ambush the group and claim they were culprits who assaulted Kiawe. Angered by this, Lana and Mallow send out their Pokémon to battle the Grunts and tell Sun and Moon to tend to Kiawe's wounds. Kiawe reveals that the Grunts weren't the ones who defeated him and it was actually a far more powerful Trainer.


Team Skull's Salandit
Salandit (×2)
These two Salandit were used by the Team Skull Grunts that paid Sun to clean their beach of wild Pyukumuku. Although Sun succeeded, the female Grunt secretly placed another one in order to get out of giving Sun his pay. When Moon saw through this scheme, Grunt A had his Salandit smack her with its tail and then lied that the event injured it. Angered by their lies, Sun had his Dollar defeat them, forcing the Grunts and the Salandit to run away.

None of their moves are known.

Debut PASM01
Team Skull's Pyukumuku
Pyukumuku is Grunt A's second known Pokémon. It was secretly planted by the female Grunt in order to get out paying Sun for his part-time job. The deception was pointed out by Moon, who noticed the slime left behind by Pyukumuku on the Grunt's hand. Later, when the two Grunts were apologizing to Guzma for losing to Sun, Grunt A blamed the whole ordeal on Pyukumuku, who punched him in the face in return.

None of Pyukumuku's moves are known.

Debut PASM01
Team Skull's Salazzle
Salazzle (×2)
These two Salazzle were used to attack Sun and his friends at Memorial Hill. Angered at the attack on Kiawe, Lana sent out her Araquanid while Mallow used her Steenee to battle the Grunts' Pokémon.

None of their moves are known.

Debut Sun & Moon chapter
Team Skull's Drowzee
Drowzee (multiple)
These Drowzee were used to attack Sun and his friends at Memorial Hill. Angered at the attack on Kiawe, Lana sent out her Araquanid while Mallow used her Steenee to battle the Grunts' Pokémon.

None of their moves are known.

Debut Sun & Moon chapter

In the TCG

This is a listing of cards mentioning or featuring Team Skull Grunts 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 #
Team Skull Grunt Su Sun & Moon Uncommon 133 Collection Moon Rare Ultra 065


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 骷髏隊的手下 Fūlòuh-déui-dīk Sáuhah
Mandarin 骷髏隊的手下 Kūlóu-duì-de Shǒuxià *
骷髅队手下 Kūlóu-duì Shǒuxià *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Poskoc týmu Skull*
Grunt týmu Skull*
Člen týmu Skull*
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Voetsoldaat van Team Skull
France Flag.png French Sbire de la Team Skull
Germany Flag.png German Team Skull Rüpel
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Koponya Csapat Tag
Italy Flag.png Italian Recluta Team Skull
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스컬단조무래기 Seukeol-dan Jomuraegi
Poland Flag.png Polish Członkowie Zespołu Skull*
Oprych z Zespołu Skull*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Recruta da Equipe Skull
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Recruta do Team Skull
Russia Flag.png Russian Ворчун Команды Череп Vorchun Komandy Cherep
Spain Flag.png Spanish Recluta del Team Skull

Boss: Guzma
Administrators: Plumeria
Notable Members: Gladion
Lower Members: Team Skull Grunts
Locations: Po TownShady House

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Team Skull GruntTeam Rainbow Rocket Grunt

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