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ネジキ Neziki
Platinum Thorton.png
Artwork from Platinum
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region SinnohPt
Trainer class Factory Head (Frontier Brain)
Generation IV,VIII,XI
Games Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Masters EX
Commemorative print Factory Print
Game animation debut Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
English voice actor Jon Allen[1] (Masters EX)
Japanese voice actor Shōhei Komatsu[2] (Masters EX)

Thorton (Japanese: ネジキ Neziki) is the Frontier Brain in charge of running the Battle Frontier's Battle Factory, acting under the title of Factory Head (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head).

In the core series games

Thorton is the Frontier Brain of the Battle Factory in the Sinnoh and Johto regions. It is suggested he is very intelligent, as he mentions inventing a machine that analyzes the player's Pokémon. If he is defeated he will hand over the Factory Print.


Like the player, he uses rental Pokémon. Therefore, all of his Pokémon are random for both the Gold and Silver Prints, so he can use any Pokémon except for those that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier; these include Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Thorton (Masters)

Thorton forms a sync pair with Bronzong and Magnezone in Pokémon Masters EX. Thorton became a playable sync pair since the game's release.

Sync Dex Trainer NDex Pokémon Type Weakness Role Base Potential Availability
#036 VSThorton Masters.png Thorton #0437 MastersIcon0437.png Bronzong
SteelIC Masters.png
FireIC Masters.png
Masters Tech.png ★★★★☆☆EX Sync Pair Scout
#036 VSThorton Masters.png Thorton #0462 MastersIcon0462.png Magnezone
SteelIC Masters.png
FightingIC Masters.png
Masters Field.png ★★★★★☆EX Variety Sync Pair Scout


Main article: Thorton/Quotes

In the anime

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Main article: Thorton (Masters)

Thorton appears in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer in a team with Palmer and Caitlin.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Thorton first appears along with his fellow Frontier Brains, Palmer, Dahlia, and Argenta in a meeting; afterward they go back to their facilities. Thorton later appears at his facility, the Battle Factory, where he watches Platinum battle through it. Eventually, Platinum manages to get enough wins to allow her to challenge him and they begin battling.

Due to the rules of the Battle Factory, the two use rental Pokémon to Battle each other instead of their own Pokémon. Despite Thorton having much confidence in his battling skills and knowledge, Platinum proves superior to him in both categories, allowing her to defeat him. Angered at his defeat, Thorton throws a temper tantrum until Argenta snaps him out of it by slapping him in the face.

Later, he is given a Team Galactic camera robot that Riley obtained on Iron Island and is tasked with fixing it. Eventually, he succeeds, but is left exhausted in the process.


Thorton's Tyranitar
Thorton's Tyranitar was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It proved powerful and its ability to create a sandstorm which made Platinum's Pokémon constantly take damage. Eventually, it was defeated by a double super-effective Focus Punch from Platinum's rental Kadabra.

None of Tyranitar's moves are known and its Ability is Sand Stream.

Debut Uprooting Seedot
Thorton's Ledian
Thorton's Ledian was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. It managed to defeat Platinum's Loudred and helped Thorton's Ursaring by sending its stat upgrades to it. Eventually, it was defeated by the poisoning it received from the Poison Point of Platinum's Qwilfish.

Ledian's known moves are Supersonic, Focus Punch, Agility, and Baton Pass.

Debut Uprooting Seedot
Thorton's Ursaring
Thorton's Ursaring was used to battle Platinum at the Battle Factory. With the speed gained from Ledian's Baton Pass, it was able to easily defeat Platinum's rental Qwilfish. Later, it fought her rental Kadabra and was defeated when its energy was absorbed with a Drain Punch.

Ursaring's known moves are Earthquake and Focus Punch.

Debut Outlasting Ledian

In the TCG

Thorton in the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Thorton or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Thorton's Pokémon
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 #
Electivire Pokémon FB Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo 4/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 038/100
Skarmory Pokémon FB Metal Supreme Victors Uncommon 83/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 066/100
Electivire Pokémon FB LV.X Lightning Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 144/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 039/100
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Thorton Su Lost Origin Uncommon 167/196 Lost Abyss U 097/100
Lost Origin Rare Ultra 195/196 Lost Abyss SR 115/100
Lost Origin Rare Rainbow 210/196 Lost Abyss HR 123/100


For images of Thorton in Pokémon Masters EX, see: Thorton (Masters)



Platinum Thorton.png Sinnoh Battle Frontier Brain artwork.png
Artwork for
Battle Frontier promotional
artwork for Platinum

Game assets

Sprites and models

Spr Pt Thorton.png VSThorton.png
Sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Thorton OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver


  • In the English translations of the games, Thorton and Noland are the only Frontier Brains who share a Trainer class.
  • Currently, Thorton has the highest amount of cards in the TCG of any Frontier Brain.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ネジキ Neziki From 捩木 nejiki (staggerbush)
English Thorton From thorn
German Distmar From Distel (thistle)
Spanish Espinal From espina (thorn)
French Cardus From the genus Carduus (plumeless thistles)
Italian Spino From spina (thorn)
Korean 수철 Sucheol From 소철 (蘇鐵) socheol (sago cycad)
Chinese (Mandarin) 捩木 Lièmù From the Japanese name 捩木 Nejiki
Chinese (Cantonese) 捩木 Lihtmuhk
Vietnamese Neziki Transcription of his Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Spino From espinho (thorn)

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