Factory Head (Trainer class)

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Factory Head
ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head
Art of Noland and Thorton
Other names
Introduced in Generation III
Appears in Emerald, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Male only
Female Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Noland, Thorton
Anime debut Numero Uno Articuno*
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Swanky Showdown with Swalot (Adventures)

Factory Head (Japanese: ファクトリーヘッド Factory Head) is a Trainer class that first debuted in Emerald Version. It is reserved for Frontier Brains of Battle Factories. Noland and Thorton are the only Trainers that have this Trainer class.


File:Spr E Noland.png File:Spr Pt Thorton.png File:VSThorton.png
Noland's sprite from
Thorton's sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Thorton's VS sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver
File:Noland OD.png File:Thorton OD.png
Noland's overworld sprite from
Thorton's overworld sprite from
HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In the anime

Noland is the only Factory Head to appear in the anime, debuting in Numero Uno Articuno. Ash battled him in The Symbol Life, eventually defeating a wild Articuno that Noland befriended using his Charizard, thus securing his first Battle Frontier victory.

In the manga

File:Thorton Adventures.png
Thorton in Pokémon Adventures
File:Noland AP.png
Noland in Ash & Pikachu

Ash & Pikachu

Like in the anime, Noland was the first Frontier Brain challenged by Ash, appearing in Off To The Battle Frontier!!.

Pokémon Adventures

Noland appeared in the Emerald chapter, where he, like his fellow Generation III Frontier Brains, was challenged by Emerald and helped in fighting against the villainous Guile Hideout. He made a brief reappearance in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter.

Thorton appeared in the Platinum chapter as the Factory Head of Sinnoh's Battle Factory. Despite his great battling skills and knowledge about Pokémon, he still ended up getting defeated by Platinum, proving her superiority over him in said subjects.

In the TCG

There are three FB Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game belonging to Factory Head Thorton.

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 #
Electivire Pokémon FB 20px Supreme Victors Rare Holo 4/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo 038/100
Skarmory Pokémon FB 20px Supreme Victors Uncommon 83/147 Beat of the Frontier Common 066/100
Electivire Pokémon FB LV.X 20px Supreme Victors Rare Holo LV.X 144/147 Beat of the Frontier Rare Holo LV.X 039/100

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 工廠頭目 / 工厂头目 Gōngchǎng Tóumù
20px Finnish Tehtaanpäällikkö
20px European French Chef d'Usine
20px German Fabrikleiter
20px Italian Boss Azienda
20px Korean 팩토리헤드 Factory Head
20px European Spanish Jefe Fábrica
20px Vietnamese Quản đốc Công xưởng

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