Worker (Trainer class)

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さぎょういん Laborer
VSWorker M.pngVSWorker F.png
VS models from Generation VIII
Other names はたらくおじさん Working Man (Japanese Generation III)
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Sword and Shield
Colosseum, XD
Gender Both
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members {{{members}}}
Anime debut Genesect and the Legend Awakened
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut Sandstorm (Adventures)

A Worker (Japanese: はたらくおじさん Working Man in Generation III, さぎょういん Laborer in Generation IV onwards) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation III games, where they appeared in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. They later appeared in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Workers can also appear in Johto's Battle Frontier.

They are generally depicted as young-to-middle-aged men with hardhats and tools. They appear to be similar to the Engineer class, but they use different Pokémon. They use Rock-, Fighting-, Steel-, and Ground-type Pokémon. In the Battle Subway and Battle Maison, they specialize in Pokémon benefiting from sandstorm.

In Black and White, some Workers dress in warmer clothing for colder climates, similar to the Ace Trainers that are on Route 217 and in Snowpoint Gym. They are mainly found in Cold Storage; they still use mainly Fighting-type Pokémon, but several also use Ice-type Pokémon. While the Cold Storage is no longer accessible in Black 2 and White 2, bundled-up Workers can still be found in places such as Twist Mountain. In the Battle Subway, these specialize in Ice-type Pokémon.



In the core series

Spr DP Worker.png Spr BW Worker.png Spr B2W2 Worker.png Spr BW WorkerIce.png Spr B2W2 WorkerIce.png VSWorker A.pngVSWorker B.png Spr SM Worker.png VSWorker SM.png
Sprite from
Generation IV*
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS portraits from
Generation VI*
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun,
and Ultra Moon
Worker IV OD.png Worker OD.png WorkerIce OD.png Worker A XY OD.pngWorker B XY OD.png Worker SM OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation IV*
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld models from
Generation VI*
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Y-Comm Profile Worker F.pngY-Comm Profile Worker M.png VSWorker F.pngVSWorker M.png
Y-Comm profile images from
Generation VIII
VS models from
Generation VIII

In other games

Colo Worker.png XD Worker.png
Model from
Headshot from
Pokémon XD


XY Worker A.pngXY Worker B.png
Art from X and Y

Trainer list

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Generation IV)/Worker

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Worker

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

See more: List of Battle Maison Trainers/Worker

Pokémon Sun and Moon

See more:
List of Battle Royal Dome Trainers/Worker
List of Battle Tree Trainers/Worker

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Colosseum

Story Mode

Battle Mode

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

In the anime

Main series

A group of Workers (referred to here as miners) appeared in Shapes of Things to Come!, where they and their Pokémon were working in the Oreburgh Mine.

A group of Workers appeared in Genesect and the Legend Awakened. Their work was interfered by flickering streetlights, caused by the Genesect Army's actions at Pokémon Hills. Fortunately, their Ampharos was able to give them light with its tail, allowing the men to continue their work.

A Worker appeared in an image in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, where he and a group of Machop were seen working on the construction of a new Gym in Vermilion City.

A group of Workers appeared in Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!. They were working at a mine in Galar when a stray beam of Dynamax energy caused a nearby Coalossal to Gigantamax and go on a rampage. Ash and Leon were able to stop it, but the Workers threw rocks at Coalossal, only to be stopped by Ash before leaving.


Worker's Machoke
Machoke was seen working in the Oreburgh Mine.

None of Machoke's moves are known.

Debut Shapes of Things to Come!
Worker's Machamp
Machamp was seen working in the Oreburgh Mine.

None of Machamp's moves are known.

Debut Shapes of Things to Come!
Worker's Hariyama
Hariyama was seen working in the Oreburgh Mine.

None of Hariyama's moves are known.

Debut Shapes of Things to Come!
Worker's Gurdurr and Conkeldurr
Gurdurr and Conkeldurr
Gurdurr and Conkeldurr were seen helping their owners in their work.

None of Gurdurr and Conkeldurr's moves are known.

Debut Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Worker's Watchog
Watchog was seen guarding the Workers' work-site.

None of Watchog's moves are known.

Debut Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Worker's Ampharos
Ampharos was seen providing the Workers light when the streetlights started to flicker.

Ampharos's only known move is Flash.

Debut Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Worker's Machop
Multiple Machop were seen in an image with a Worker, where they were working on the construction of a new Gym in Vermilion City.

None of Machop's moves are known.

Debut Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Assistant, a group of Workers were at a construction site visited by Oleana.

Two Workers appeared in The Gathering of Stars.


Worker's Timburr, Gurdurr, and Conkeldurr
Timburr, Gurdurr, and Conkeldurr
A Timburr, a Gurdurr, and a Conkeldurr were seen at a construction site that Oleana visited.

None of their moves are known.

Debut Assistant
Worker's Copperajah
A Copperajah was seen at a construction site that Oleana visited.

None of Copperajah's moves are known.

Debut Assistant
Worker's Carkol
A Carkol was seen at a construction site that Oleana visited.

None of Carkol's moves are known.

Debut Assistant

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Two Workers in Pokémon Adventures


Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Putting a Crimp in Kricketot, a Worker in Oreburgh City is seen loudly scolding his Psyduck, nicknamed "Yeller" (Japanese: きいろ Yellow), for playing with the controls of a bulldozer. Psyduck had caused the machine to roll down the hill, putting Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum in danger. The Worker apologizes to them, and Platinum asks him for a tour of the Oreburgh Mine as repayment, hoping to dig for coals. Diamond and Pearl initially let her go by herself with the Worker. However, they go after her as soon as Chatler tells the location of the mine to the boys by repeating the Worker's voice. After Platinum's Piplup defeats a swarm of Kricketune, the Worker mentions that Roark envisioned the mine as a place to dig for coal, and for training Pokémon as well. Piplup's pride is hurt because she has not participated in the past few battles together with Diamond and Pearl's Pokémon, so the Worker suggests Platinum to go challenge the Oreburgh Gym to help Piplup regain her confidence.

In A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium, Roark is seen talking to some friendly Workers at the Oreburgh Mine. Roark tells them about some of the Fossils he dug out from The Underground. The Workers introduce Roark to Platinum and tell him that Platinum intends to challenge the Oreburgh Gym.

In Brash Bronzong I, the Worker who owns a Psyduck is seen again. He and Roark talk about Byron investigating Team Galactic in Canalave City.

Black & White chapter

Workers Felix (Japanese: カンキチ Kankichi), Rich (Japanese: リイチ Rīchi), Sterling (Japanese: ギンジ Ginji), Don (Japanese: タモツ Tamotsu), and Heath (Japanese: タイゾウ Taizo) work as miners for Clay. They were first seen in Lights, Camera...Action, where they and Clay unearthed a mysterious stone at the Desert Resort. Later, in Mine Mayhem, Heath was ordered to bring Black to the Driftveil Gym so that he and Clay could have their Gym battle. All of the Workers here are based on the Workers found either in the Driftveil Gym or Twist Mountain in Black and White.

Several Workers made an appearance at Route 4 in Sandstorm. They were playing a game of card flip during their break. However, one of the Workers turned out to be a disguised Team Plasma Grunt. The Grunt was exposed and beaten by Grimsley.

A group of Workers, some of them in their winter clothes, was seen in Drawing Bridges amongst the Trainers waiting to get to cross the Driftveil Drawbridge.


Worker Petilil Adventures.png
Worker Swadloon Adventures.png

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 工人 Gūngyàhn
Mandarin 工人 Gōngrén
France Flag.png French Ouvrier ()
Ouvrière ()
Germany Flag.png German Arbeiter ()
Arbeiterin ()
Italy Flag.png Italian Lavoratore (, Colo, IV+)
Operaio (, XD)
Lavoratrice ()
South Korea Flag.png Korean 작업원 Jag'eopwon
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Operário
Spain Flag.png Spanish Obrero (, IV)
Operario (, V+)
Trabajador (, Colo, XD)
Operaria ()
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Công nhân

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
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
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
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 GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBeautyB2W2BikerBlack BeltBoss TrainerB2W2Champion
ClerkCyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGuitaristB2W2Harlequin
Nursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedianFine Actor
Movie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
Battle Chateau ranks:
By male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerActorUSUMAether Branch ChiefAether FoundationAether Foundation Employee
Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
Eevee UserElite FourEspeon UserFirefighterFishermanFlareon UserGAME FREAKGentlemanGlaceon User
Golf BuddiesGolferHikerHoneymoonersIsland KahunaJanitorJolteon UserKarate FamilyLassLeafeon User
MadameOffice WorkerPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPreschooler
PrincipalPunk GirlPunk GuyPunk PairReporterUSUMRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseer
SwimmerSwimmersSwimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
Capoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
Sparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam Rainbow RocketUSUMTeam Rainbow Rocket GruntUSUM
Tourist CoupleUSUMUltra Forest KartenvoyUSUltra Recon SquadUSUM
Battle Tree, Battle Royal Dome, and Battle Agency only:
Battle LegendPokémon Center LadyPro Wrestler
Galar ArtistBackpackerBeautyBlack BeltCabbieCafé MasterCameramanChampionColleaguesCookDancerDaring Couple
DoctorFisherGAME FREAK'sGym ChallengerGym LeaderGym TrainerGentlemanHikerInterviewersLassLeague Staff
Macro Cosmos'sMadameMedical TeamModelMusic CrewMusicianOffice WorkerPoké KidPokémon Breeder
Pokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPostmanRail StaffReporterSchoolboySchoolgirlSwimmerTeam Yell GruntWorkerYoungster
Expansion Pass only:
Dojo MasterDojo MatronMaster Dojo Student

Orre Trainer classes
Area LeaderBodybuilderChaserCipher AdminCipher PeonCooltrainerFun Old ManHunterMt BtlMaster
Myth TrainerPregymleaderResearcherRiderRogueSim Trainer*SupertrainerTeam SnagemSnagem HeadWorker
Colosseum only:
AthleteBandana GuyCipherCipher HeadDeep KingFun Old LadyGlasses ManGuyLadyLady in Suit
Miror B.PeonMystery TroopRich BoyRoller BoyShady GuySt.PerformerTeacher
XD: Gale of Darkness only:
BeautyCasual DudeCasual GuyCipher CmdrCipher R&DCurmudgeonGrand MasterKaminko Aide
MatronMystery ManNavigatorNewscasterRobo GroudonSailorSpyThugWanderer

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