Youngster (Trainer class)

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たんパンこぞう Shorts Youngster
VSYoungster SwSh.png
VS model from Sword and Shield
Other names たんぱんこぞう Shorts Youngster (prior to Generation IV)
Lad (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Black and White, Black 2 and White 2
X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Sword, Shield, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl
Stadium, Stadium 2, Battrio, Masters EX
Gender Male only
Female Counterpart Lass
Notable members Joey, Nicholai, A.J.Y
Anime debut In the Knicker of Time!
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship (The Golden Boys)
Murkrow Row (Adventures)

A Youngster (Japanese: たんぱんこぞう Shorts Youngster in Generation I to III, たんパンこぞう Shorts Youngster in Generation IV onward) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation I games. They are depicted as average young boys usually wearing caps and short pants.

They use a variety of Pokémon, but they tend to use common ones that are caught early in their respective games. In Unova and Kalos, a significant amount of Youngsters specialize in Bug-type Pokémon, likely due to the absence of the Bug Catcher class in those regions. Some will give out Ultra Balls when defeated. In the Battle Maison, they specialize in Bug- and Normal-type Pokémon.

Youngsters appear to be the male counterparts of Lasses.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Youngsters will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated, except for Master Trainers.

In Pokémon Stadium, they are referred to as Lads.


Sprites and models

In the core series

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Spr RG Youngster.png Spr Y Youngster.png Spr GS Youngster.png Spr RS Youngster.png Spr FRLG Youngster.png Spr DP Youngster.png Spr HGSS Youngster.png Spr BW Youngster.png Spr B2W2 Youngster.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Psychic I OD.png Arthur II OD.png Youngster RSE OD.png Youngster FRLG OD.png Youngster DPPt OD.png Youngster HGSS OD.png Youngster OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
VSYoungster.png VSYoungster ORAS.png Spr SM Youngster.png VSYoungster SM.png VSYoungster 2 SM.png VSYoungster 2 USUM.png VSYoungster PE.png VSYoungster SwSh.png
VS portrait from
Generation VI*
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In-battle model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model with a Z-Ring from
Sun and Moon
VS model with a Z-Power Ring from
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Generation VIII
Youngster XY OD.png XY Youngster Icon.png Youngster ORAS OD.png Youngster SM OD.png VSYoungster Master PE.png
Overworld model from
X and Y
PSS icon from
X and Y
Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Master Trainer VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!

In other games

SJP Youngster.png S2 Youngster.pngS2 Youngster alt.pngS2 Youngster alt2.png Spr Masters Youngster.png VSYoungster Masters.png
Portrait from
Japanese Stadium
Portraits from
Stadium 2
Model from
Masters EX
VS model from
Masters EX


Emerald Youngster.png XY Youngster.png ORAS Youngster.png
Art from Emerald Art from Generation VI* Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Generation III)/Youngster

Pokémon Emerald

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/Youngster

Special Trainers

Youngster Lionel may randomly be recruited as an Apprentice at the Battle Tower. Here, players may customize his team and can eventually either team up with or battle against him.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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

Pokémon Platinum

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

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Black and White

See more: List of Battle Subway Trainers/Youngster

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon X and Y

See more: List of Battle Maison Trainers/Youngster

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Sun and Moon

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

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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

Pokémon Sword and Shield

See also: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Generation VIII)/Youngster

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Main series

A Youngster in the anime

In Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, Nicholai's appearance is based on the Youngster class.

Cameron, one of Ash's Unova rivals, who debuted in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, is based on the Youngster class, and is even represented as a Youngster in the Download Tournament "You Challenge the Unova League Too!".

A Youngster briefly appeared in Cilan's flashback in There's a New Gym Leader in Town!.

A Youngster briefly appeared in Till We Compete Again!, preparing to choose a starter Pokémon from Professor Sycamore.

A Youngster briefly appeared in Getting Down to The Ire!, where he observed the Manalo Conference alongside a Lass and a Roggenrola.


Youngster's Pawniard
Nothing is known about the Youngster's Pawniard, as it was only seen standing alongside him during a brief flashback.

None of Pawniard's moves are known.

Debut There's a New Gym Leader in Town!

Pokémon Origins

A Youngster in Pokémon Origins

A Youngster appeared in File 1: Red, using an outfit based on the FireRed and LeafGreen sprite. He challenged Red to a battle, but it was quickly defeated by Red's Charmander. As Red didn't know that other Trainers' Pokémon couldn't be caught, he tried to catch the Youngster's Nidoran♀, but his Poké Ball bounced off of it, after which the Youngster recalled his Pokémon. For Red's request, he agreed to show him where he caught his Nidoran♀, so that Red could catch one of his own.


Youngster's Nidoran♀
This Nidoran♀ was used to battle Red's Charmander, but she lost.

None of Nidoran♀'s moves are known.

Debut File 1: Red

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer

A Youngster in the animated trailer

A Youngster appeared in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer, where he battled Brendan's Treecko using Zigzagoon.


Youngster's Zigzagoon
Zigzagoon was sent out to battle Brendan's Treecko.

Zigzagoon's only known move is Tackle.

Debut Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 潘めぐみ Megumi Han

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

A Youngster briefly appeared in Buddy, where he was among the people Hop approached while searching for his runaway Wooloo.


Youngster's Hoothoot
This Hoothoot is the Youngster's only known Pokémon.

None of Hoothoot's moves are known.

Debut Buddy

In the manga

A Youngster in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Main article: Joey

Joey is Professor Elm's assistant and his errand boy. His partner Pokémon is Rattata. In Chuang Yi's translations of the manga, he was known as Grant. However, VIZ Media's translations properly identify him as Joey.

Emerald chapter

In Epilogue, Joey makes a cameo appearance in one of the ships heading to the Battle Frontier.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

A Youngster appears in A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium, where he serves as Platinum's first opponent at the Oreburgh Gym.

Platinum chapter

A Youngster appears in Softening Up Kakuna as a challenger of the Battle Factory. In the battle shown, he rents a Gabite, Finneon, and Forretress, later trading the Forretress for a Trash Cloak Wormadam.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

A Youngster is seen amongst the many people visiting the Safari Zone in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down.

Black & White chapter

A Youngster with a Woobat appeared in An Odd Speech, listening to Ghetsis's speech but ultimately disregarding what he said about releasing his Pokémon.

A Youngster with a Crustle is seen in Dream a Little Dream amongst the many Trainers entering Victory Road.

X & Y chapter

A Youngster appeared in PS560 with his younger brother, a Preschooler, at the Tower of Mastery before deciding to go home.


Here is a listing of the Oreburgh Gym Youngster's Pokémon:

Youngster's Geodude
The Youngster at the Oreburgh Gym sent out a Geodude to challenge Platinum's Piplup. Geodude was defeated off-panel, allowing Platinum to move on to challenge Roark.

None of Geodude's moves are known.

Debut A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

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Joey (Japanese: ゴロウ Gorō) appears in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 短褲小子 Dyúnfu Síují *
短褲男孩 Dyúnfu Nàahmhàaih *
Mandarin 短褲小子 / 短裤小子 Duǎnkù Xiǎozi *
短褲少年 Duǎnkù Shàonián *
短褲男孩 Duǎnkù Nánhái *
France Flag.png European French Gamin
Germany Flag.png German Teenager (I-VI)
Knirps (VII)
Italy Flag.png Italian Bullo (I-VI)
Marmocchio (VII+)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 반바지 꼬마 Banbaji Kkoma
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Jovem
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Miúdo
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Joven
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cậu bé quần ngắn

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalRocker
Roughneck*SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Beta Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
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

Pasio Trainer classes
Ace TrainerBeautyBlack BeltCamperCollectorHikerLassMasked ManMasked WomanPoké Fan
Pokémon RangerPreschoolerPunk GirlRising StarScientistStreet ThugSwimmerTeam Rocket GruntYoungster

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