Tuber (Trainer class)

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Inner Tube Boy/Inner Tube Girl
ORAS Tuber M.pngORAS Tuber F.png
Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Both
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A Tuber (Japanese: うきわボーイ Inner Tube Boy and うきわガール Inner Tube Girl) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation III games. They are young children in inner tubes that are learning to swim. They come in male and female versions. They appear to be younger versions of Swimmers. The prize money for defeating them is generally low.

When male Tubers are paired with female Swimmers in Double Battles, they are called Sis & Bros.

They generally use a combination of Water-type and Normal-type Pokémon—particularly Marill, Zigzagoon, and their related forms.


In the core series

Spr RS Tuber M.pngSpr RS Tuber F.png Spr FRLG Tuber.png Spr DP Tuber M.pngSpr DP Tuber F.png
Sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprites from
Generation IV*
Tuber m RSE OD.pngTuber f RSE OD.png Tuber FRLG OD.png Tuber m OD.pngTuber f OD.png
Overworld sprites from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprites from
Generation IV*
VSTuber M.pngVSTuber F.png
VS portraits from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Tuber M ORAS OD.pngTuber F ORAS OD.png
Overworld models from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In other games

Battrio Tuber F.png
Female artwork from

Trainer list

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

See also: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Ruby and Sapphire)/Tuber

Pokémon Emerald

See also: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/Tuber

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

See also: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Diamond and Pearl)/Tuber

Pokémon Platinum

See also: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation IV)/Tuber

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the manga

A Tuber in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald chapter

In Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming, Emerald faces a virtual female Tuber at the Battle Factory. She also appears in a flashback in Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu I, a Tuber makes a cameo while the main characters visit Veilstone City. His friend was supposed to challenge Maylene but she mixed the Tuber and his friends with the three main characters, due to the main characters possessing an item that made landing attacks easier she had heard the kids talking about.

The Tuber and his friend appeared briefly in Stunning Staravia & Stinky Skuntank II, noticing the impact from the cannon.

In Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia V, the Tuber and his friends were teleported to the Jubilife Grand Hotel due to the distortion of time and space.

Platinum chapter

The Tuber from Magnificent Meditite & Really Riolu I is seen again together with his friends, entering the Battle Frontier in Deprogramming Porygon-Z.


Tuber's Farfetch'd
Farfetch'd was used by a virtual female Tuber at the Battle Factory, but was defeated by Emerald. It was then rented by Emerald in exchange for his Delcatty.

None of Farfetch'd's moves are known.

Debut Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming
Tuber's Flaaffy
Flaaffy was used by a virtual female Tuber at the Battle Factory, but was defeated by Emerald.

None of Flaaffy's moves are known.

Debut Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming
Tuber's Lileep
Lileep was used by a virtual female Tuber at the Battle Factory, but was defeated by Emerald.

None of Lileep's moves are known.

Debut Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming
Tuber's Staryu
The Tuber from Veilstone City was revealed to own a Staryu, which was seen walking with its Trainer to the Battle Frontier.

None of Staryu's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z


  • In FireRed and LeafGreen, there are no male Tubers, and the male version of the Trainer class is not even programmed into the games, despite there being a Sis and Bro Trainer class (which is a female Swimmer paired with a male Tuber).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 泳圈男孩 Wihnghyūn Nàahmhàaih ()
泳圈女孩 Wihnghyūn Néuihhàaih ()
Mandarin 泳圈男孩 Yǒngquān Nánhái ()
泳圈女孩 Yǒngquān Nǚhái ()
France Flag.png French Garçon à la Bouée (, VI)
Fille à la Bouée (, VI)
Flotteur (III-IV)
Germany Flag.png German Planscher
Italy Flag.png Italian Ciambellino ()
Ciambellina ()
South Korea Flag.png Korean 튜브보이 Tube Boy ()
튜브걸 Tube Girl ()
Spain Flag.png Spanish Playero ()
Playera ()

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Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
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Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
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SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
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LeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORAS
Secret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameramanCamperChampion
ClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite FourFisher*GentlemanGuitarist
Gym Leader*HikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassMadame*Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPoké Fan*
Poké KidPokémon BreederPokémon RangerPokémon TrainerPolice Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
ReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSwimmerTeam Galactic Boss*
Team Galactic Grunt*Tower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPtGAME FREAK'sBDSP

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