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Goh (Go)
Voiced in Japanese by: Daiki Yamashita (Age 10), Kei Shindo (Age 6)
Voiced in English by: Zeno Robinson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Diego Becerril

Goh is Ash's traveling companion for the Pokémon Journeys anime. A native of Vermillion City, Kanto, Goh attended one of Professor Oak's Pokémon summer camps at age 6, during which he first saw the Mythical Pokémon Mew, which he witnessed saving a baby Kangaskhan. His mission, besides becoming a top-tier Pokémon trainer (though not explicitly a Pokémon Master like Ash), is to someday find and catch Mew.

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  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin color is a rather dark tan, but he has blue eyes. Based on how he shares his skin tone with the rest of his family, there's an implication that he's of a dark-skinned ethnicity, similar to Brock and his family. In the English dub, he is voiced by Zeno Robinson, who is Black. Averted in the original Japanese version, as both Goh and Brock/Takeshi were never intended to be anything but fully Japanese with dark skin.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: A funny example in A Test in Paradise!, he packs a whole case of Poké Balls, for the adventure to Dragonite Island, but he wastes them all on catching a Dewgong which was intended to get them to Dragonite Island...and only realizes much later when he is actually on the island and tries to catch a Dragonite that he used them all up.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Crowning the Chow Crusher! shows he has a keen eye as his opponent for the eating contest second round didn't eat the cookies Team Rocket brought — not just because they would immediately bloat the stomachs of those who ate it — but because their Muk hated sweet things. Goh also decided that they would eat the Pecha Tart because of its sweetness and even had Skowvet keep a Tamato Berry on hand to not only change tastes but also have the spiciness overwork its metabolism to keep on eating!
  • Bad Liar: He claims that the then-wild Scorbunny was his trying to defend it from a store owner. The owner sees right through him, having known the Scorbunny longer than Goh.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: The American dub changes his name from Go to Goh, to avoid confusion with Pokémon GO.
  • Big Eater: Like Ash, Goh loves to eat food and desserts. The two also spend time eating together. They even had an entire episode eating the rewards from the Pokemon eating competition.
  • Bishounen: Implied with his Non-Standard Character Design. His longer eyelashes and the red streaks on his hair resembling hairclips make him appear quite androgynous.
  • Born Lucky:
    • Usually he catches Pokémon effortlessly without so much hitting them with a measly Tackle but just by flinging a ball once at them. He would have made Iris faint in shock. This seems to be because, at least in part, the series is following the Pokémon GO model of catching, where a sufficiently good throw has a better chance of capturing a Pokémon, as evidenced by his phone occasionally shouting out "Nice!", "Great!", and so forth on his throws.
    • This gets averted in A Test in Paradise! where he uses every single Poké Ball he had on him just to catch one Dewgong and later realizes it too late when he attempts to catch a Dragonite, again in JN011, with the three Wurmple he previously caught in JN007. He caught three in the hopes that he would get at least one of each of the two possible Wurmple evolutions; unfortunately for him, all three Wurmple evolve into Cascoon, leaving him with no Silcoon. Later examples of trickier captures for him include Farfetch'd in JN020, Flygon in JN036 and Aerodactyl in Restore and Renew! though they remain exceptions to the overall rule.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is subjected to as much slapstick as Ash is.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Ash's Brawn. He's the one who has textbook knowledge of Pokémon and is more about collecting data, compared to Ash tackling things head on and is capable of more physical feats.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's really interested in the studies of Pokémon... but not in his academics as he mutters that he doesn't really need the school handouts Chloe gives him. JN049 reveals that he doesn't go to school unless it's for mandatory tests.
  • But Now I Must Go: In JN127, he is forced to part ways with Ash at the end of the episode after Project Mew urgently summons him for an important mission. As a result, he is unable to watch Ash's battle against Leon in the finals of the Masters Eight Tournament in person, and is notably the only one of Ash's friends to leave him before he completes his journey in said series.
  • Camera Fiend: A lighthearted example where he's upset his Pokemon data (which included pictures he's taken) is stolen from the lab.
  • Canon Foreigner: He's the third of Ash's companions (after Tracey and Max) to not be based on an actual character from the games.
  • Catchphrase: Is quite fond of saying that he has the future within his hands. Time After Time! reveals that it was actually lifted from a song his dad was singing.
  • Cerebus Callback: His mentioning to Ash in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! of how Ash is "one of those guys too" becomes this in Time After Time! when we find out that he felt betrayed when his new friend Horace stood him up. (He didn't, Horace fell ill)
  • Character Development: Goh has grown a lot through his time with Ash as he learns how to open up in befriending and socializing with people, along with understanding the feelings of his Pokémon, attempting to put their happiness first, and getting better at battling techniques. However, he still has social problems as shown in JN068 where he would rather not want to be working with other people in Project Mew or take on the trials, only changing his mind after being goaded into it by Gary.
  • Childhood Friends: With Chloe, to the point of Chloe being his Only Friend until Ash arrived. He also befriended a boy named Horace.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Captures three Wurmple in Serving Up the Flute Cup! to increase the odds of getting both Silcoon and Cascoon. Unfortunately all three of his Wurmple evolve into Cascoon.
    • Packs an entire backpack filled with Poké Balls in JN010, but uses every single one trying to capture a Dewgong.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets thrashed by Hodge in Serving Up the Flute Cup!, even after he tries to use type-advantages and Status Buff to help out. Justified as he's only a newbie.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! hints at this. When he and Ash get into an argument on helping an Ivysaur climb the wall, Goh states that Ash is helping out of human conceit and that interfering with helping them is "robbing it of its will to live". And upon Ash stating that he doesn't want to be Goh's friend, Goh coldly mutters "So, you're one of those guys, too."
    • Time After Time! reveals that he made a friend in Horace when they were younger but felt like he was betrayed when Horace didn't show up for their hunt for Celebi. It turns out Horace wanted to go but he caught a fever on that day and blamed himself for not being able to see Goh again.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Has raven black hair and a grey hooded jacket, but he's a friendly guy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Time After Time! focuses on him with no Ash in sight.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Is he as smart as, smarter, or dumber than Ash? Several episodes show that he is extremely knowlegeable as a Pokédex and actually uses his wide amount of Pokémon as the right tools to solve certain situations, but then there are some episodes when he is relegated to be a second dumber Ash and fails to stand out.
    • Is he as socially awkward as he is portrayed to be? His social anxiety was noted to be a huge drawback when he was younger. After meeting Ash, though, he doesn't try to avoid any sort of close social interation with other strangers, but at times, when Rule of Drama rears its head, he suddenly reverts to his social awkward self out of the blue (and sometimes he uses that as a way to connect to others).
  • Deuteragonist: Goh is considered Ash's co-lead for the Journeys series, the first companion since Dawn to receive equal focus as Ash.
  • Dub Name Change: A very minor one, but an "h" is added to the end of his name, probably to avoid confusion with the mobile app.
  • Epic Fail:
    • When he attempts to catch Scorbunny, he whiffs his throw and Scorbunny has to catch himself.
    • In A Test in Paradise!, he fills his backpack with Poké Balls in preparation for Dragonite Island...and proceeds to use every single one just for a sole Dewgong he wanted to use to travel to said island without bothering to battle it first.
    • In Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!, he attempts to catch a rogue Gengar loose in the Cerise Institute, his first Pokéball is deflected and hits him in the head. Even when he tries throwing multiple Poké Balls, are all deflected back at him.
    • It takes him three tries to catch Farfetch'd in Dreams Are Made of These!, and the first two end poorly for Goh.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first episode, he's quick to name every single Pokémon in the camp... in front of Professor Oak nonetheless. He also claims to Chloe that he doesn't need friends and he has a sole focus on capturing Mew.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Realizing his Pokeballs will float to the surface if he tries while underwater, he has Inteleon use Snipe Shot to send it into Kingdra and successfully catches it.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His stubbornness. Despite being the intellectual foil to Ash, his tunnel vision in regards to catching Pokémon sometimes gets in the way of crucial things about being a Trainer. Examples include, initially rejecting Scorbunny's wish to be his partner (due to wanting to have Mew be his starter), wasting all his Poké Balls on a sole Dewgong — without battling it first — preventing him from capturing a member of the Dratini line, refusing to actually get into battles or even battling Pokémon to capture them (barring Scyther, Sandile and Golurk), and Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow! has him reject the idea of Scorbunny learning Ember (after Scorbunny failed many times to perform this attack) because he assumes that Double Kick/Quick Attack is already perfect.
    • Another flaw of his is him overestimating his abilities. He captures most of his Pokémon with a single ball but it never occurs for him to battle with those that take multiple tries. And again, he doesn't think Scorbunny needs to learn Ember because he believes its moveset is fine as it is.
    • A third flaw, stemming from his desire not to make friends and focus on Mew, is that he has a hard time understanding others. A minor argument between him and Ash makes him think their friendship is over. In Serving Up the Flute Cup!, he mistakes a trainer's playful banter for insults, then lashes out at him. In Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, instead of encouraging Scorbunny's desire to train and improve its moveset, he discourages his Pokémon and says that its Quick Attack and Double Kick attacks are enough. He only meant to comfort Scorbunny and was concerned about it pushing itself so hard, but it took Ash explaining things to him that he isn't trying to see things from his Pokémon's perspective. In Time After Time!, he misunderstood Horace falling ill as him downright abandoning him, thus souring his views on friendship for two years and isolating himself from other people.
    • In relation to his third flaw, when it comes to trying new things he tends to give up too easily: again, he feels like his friendship with Ash was over after a disagreement, after losing to Hodge he just shouts that catching Pokemon is more fun than battling; he tells Scorbunny to just give up on learning Ember and Time After Time has him (wrongly) think that Raboot is better off with the new friends he made in Hoenn and leave on the train without saying goodbye (something that Ash is very quick to point out). While he admits that he's partially to blame for not trying to fix things, he also doesn't know how to fix it.
    • Another flaw is that he doesn't like doing anything that's difficult. Despite Professor Oak giving him a chance to find Mew via Project Mew, he initially declines because he doesn't like the idea of working with others. It takes Gary acting like a jerk to motivate Goh to take the plunge.
    • Teamwork: As mentioned above, Goh initially turned down the opportunity to join Project Mew because he doesn't like working with other people. This comes back to bite him in JN102, when his refusal to cooperate with Gary and Horace leads to them losing their Raid Battle with Articuno and him nearly nearly failing his Trial Mission.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Ash and Goh really begin to become friends after their first battle with Jessie and James. Likewise, he discards his fixation on having Mew be his first Pokémon thanks to Scorbunny's assistance, leading to him catching the latter officially.
    • He also has bouts of this with Kiawe in episode 37, where he is quick to show distrust towards him because of how he comments about Ash. However, after their battle together, Goh is saved by Marowak and the battle is called off, which helps them to earn each other's respect.
    • His relationship with Gary is this. After spending his whole Project Mew journey showing nothing but distrust and a dislike towards him, the final mission has them working together where it takes a doubles battle against Shunya and Lyra for him to put this all aside and work with him, finally forming a friendship with him.
  • Foil: Goh is quite a contrast to Ash.
    • In comparison to Ash, Goh is characterized by being an intellectual individual while Ash is known for just jumping in without thinking. His observations with Lugia show off video and photo evidence, while Ash was known for explaining the emotional bond Lugia gave to him and Goh. How they plan to encounter Lugia counts too: Ash runs off to battle Lugia the moment he hears about its arrival before even knowing what to expect, getting lost along the way, whereas Goh already was camping out (evidenced by a tent) and timing when Lugia was about to arrive. Last, Ash decides to actually battle Lugia first before hopping onto Lugia whereas Goh (having no Mon at the time) is ready to chase after him and then hop on.
    • In addition, as seen in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! he also seems to struggle physically compared to the more athletic Ash, as seen when struggled to climb a brick wall and shimmy up a pole, where Ash had little trouble if any. Also in their work as research assistants, Goh seems more focused on gathering data and observing Pokémon, while Ash is more focused on interacting with and bonding emotionally with Pokémon.
    • Despite catching more Pokémon at a quicker pace than Ash, Goh is still an inexperienced Pokémon battler, while Ash is an experienced veteran. This can be seen in Serving Up the Flute Cup!, where they enter the Battle Frontier and both faced Hodge. In Goh's battle, Goh banks on Scyther having a type advantage and decides to open with a Status Buff, which results in a curbstomp when Hodge has Mightyena use a Fire-type move against it. Ash, by contrast, dominates the entire bracket to the finals and KO's both of Hodge's Pokémon with little difficulty by using unorthodox strategies and his gut instinct.
    • Emotion-wise, Ash is willing to help out Pokémon but Goh feels like those who can't do things on their own should be at the "end of the line" and interfering with said mons means "robbing its will to live".
    • Goh's Goal in Life is to capture all types of Pokémon and to reunite with Mew once more. Ash, in the meantime, is focused on hoping to challenge Leon in the World Coronation Series.
    • Goh lives in the city in a high-class apartment with a grandmother, a mother and father (the last two running a company that deals with technical problems). Ash lives in the quiet Pallet Town with his mother (who, according to supplementary materials, runs a restaurant). Goh's parents are so busy that they don't have time for their son (something he acknowledges but pretends to not mind) but Ash's mom frequently visits her son in whatever region he's in.
    • Goh is not interested in making his Pokémon stronger in battle if they don't request it first, while Ash is willing to help train his Pokémon, mostly in unorthodox ways. This becomes important for Kicking It From Here Into Tomorrow! because Ash wishes to help Scorbunny to learn Ember, but Goh states that its Quick Attack/Double Kick moveset is perfect.
    • During the orientation in Dreams Are Made of These!, Ash is having fun getting the children with him to interact with Pokémon with a hands-on approach. Meanwhile, Goh is more enthusiastic about capturing Pokémon whenever possible. Also, while Ash is willing to battle Trainers to show his skills and make bonds with them, Goh will only battle if it means capturing Pokémon
  • Forgiveness: Goh befriended a a boy named Horace when he was younger but felt betrayed when he didn't show up like he said he would. However, in Time After Time!, Goh discovers a letter from Horace explaining why he didn't come and that he wanted to fix the mistake. After reading the letter, Goh forgives Horace and got the chance to see him again as a Pokémon Trainer.
  • Friendless Background: =Enter Pikachu!= has 6-year-old Goh state he doesn't want to make friends, outside of Chloe. In Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! he mutters, after Ash says he didn't want to be friends with Goh, that he's "one of those people".
    • It's shown via flashbacks in A Snow Day for Searching! Goh pretty much spent his childhood at home on his computer doing research on Mew and couldn't make any real friends, a revelation that saddens his Scorbunny.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Despite being Chloe's Childhood Friend, they never get to talk or hang out until To Train or Not to Train! (episode 49) because Goh never goes to school with her unless it's for testing.
  • Goal in Life: He's dead-set on catching Mew, to the point that he wants Mew to be his first Pokémon instead of one of the traditional Kanto starters. It doesn't seem to occur to him that the task might be a tad difficult without any Pokémon to help. By the end of episode five, Scorbunny's assistance has led to him discarding this single-target fixation, and while Mew is still his goal, by the end of episode six he's caught all twelve Kanto bug Pokémon and looking to catch more.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: After capturing Scorbunny, he becomes keen on acquiring one of every species of Pokémon. His character is a shout-out to Pokémon Go, after all.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when he suffers a total shutout in his first Trainer battle in JN007. It takes seeing Ash winning against Hodge — the same one who gave Goh a Curb-Stomp Battle — to make him change his mind.
  • Hidden Depths: Judging by Ash's "I don't want to be friends" line in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! and his response to that, it's hinted that Goh doesn't have good experiences with friends, and is somewhat asking Ash if they were still friends (all while blushing) after they had a small fight. This also adds onto how he immediately stated Ash was his friend the episode prior.
    • Time After Time hints that this might be the case, possibly from having broken a friendship before. He befriended a boy named Horace during a vacation in Azalea Town who promised that they'd meet up again to find Celebi, but Goh was left waiting and thus thought Horace just downright abandoned him thus souring his view on friendships. It turns out that this was a huge misunderstanding; Horace didn't abandon him, he fell ill and couldn't go see him in the storm. By the time he was better, Goh was gone.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Goh's refusal to listen to Gary's orders and doing everything his way instead is what leads to him, Ash, Horace and Gary losing their Raid Battle against Articuno and causing him to nearly fail his Trial Mission..
  • Hypocrite: He tells Scorbunny that he should expand his horizons when they first meet. Yet, in the preview of Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, he's shown to be dismissive of Scorbunny's desire to become stronger because he thinks that Double Kick/Quick Attack is perfect. Moreover, he doesn't want Scorbunny — the Fire-type — to learn a Fire-Move, yet he caught a Darmanitan just three episodes prior.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Tries to tell Scorbunny that it's okay not to learn Ember because Quick Attack/Double Kick is perfect because he saw how exhausted Scorbunny was from its attempts. This ends up doing the opposite effect, straining their relationship once Scorbunny evolves because it sees Goh as someone who doesn't care for it. He nearly does the same thing again to Sobble but quickly goes to correct himself.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: His eyes are blue, innocent, sweet and pure, just like the Mystical Pokemon Mew.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • In Goodbye, Friend!, he admits that it's his fault for why he and Raboot's bond has been seemingly fractured and decides that it's better back in Hoenn. However, Ash does not buy this as he asks if Goh told Raboot about this decision. Goh's reaction proves that he doesn't want Raboot to leave.
    • In Sobbing Sobble!, Goh blames himself for forcing Sobble into battle, thus causing the Water-type to run away, because he didn't consider its feelings. Fortunately, Ash reassures Goh that he wasn't going to get it on the first try and to try again.
  • Meaningful Name: Quite blatantly a walking advertisement for Pokémon GO. His 'dex even rates his catches with the same words used in the game.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: An anime example due to working with Pokémon GO logic:
    • There is his obscene luck in catching Pokémon by just tossing a ball at them.
    • Sometimes when he needs to catch a stronger Pokémon;this is done in Raid Battle format, with Ash usually assisting him.
    • His dex rates his captures using the same words from the game.
  • Men Don't Cry: A moment of this happens in JN078, when he's about to cry when Inteleon is standing by his side again but quickly wipes them out.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In Goodbye, Friend!, Goh was willing to just say goodbye to Raboot and leave it in Hoenn. It takes Ash questioning if Goh actually went and told Raboot about releasing him that he realizes that he doesn't want Raboot to leave and that he didn't really bother to actually make amends. By the time he realizes this, it's too late and the train is speeding off... but luckily for Goh, Raboot had boarded the train in time and the two of them are able to fully reconcile.
    • In Time After Time, after spending much of the episode holding a grudge against his friend Horace for snubbing him on the day they were supposed to meet up to hunt for Celebi, he finds a note that explains that the latter had fallen ill and couldn't make it. After reading it, he's visibly kicking himself over thinking so wrongly of him for two years.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Though knowledgeable, he is inexperienced compared to Ash, not even having picked a starter when the two met (as he wants Mew to be said starter). He's also understandably surprised that Team Rocket actually has a talking Meowth (thinking it was just a rumor). Also, having never thrown a Poké Ball to catch a Pokémon before, he throws one at Scorbunny with so much spin that it misses completely, nor does it ever occur to him to actually battle a Pokémon to ensure higher catch rates. The latter leads him to blow through an entire backpack of Poké Balls on a Dewgong, leaving him with none to catch the Dragonite evolution line Dragonite Island. This also applies to battles in which in his debut battle he gets curbstomped since he focused more on status buffs and type advantage and has no idea what to do against opponents who go against his expectations.
    • In Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, he doesn't think Scorbunny needs to learn Ember, even though it's a Fire-type, because he thinks that Double Kick/Quick Attack is already good enough as it is, not understanding that it's kinda important for Pokémon to have a diverse moveset. He does get out of this so that Scorbunny can learn Ember in its own special way, just in time so it can evolve into Raboot...but his earlier dismissal of Scorbunny's desires to learn Ember seems to have soured their friendship.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: After his old friend Horace ended up being a no-show on the day they were supposed to meet up and look for Celebi (in actuality, falling ill), Goh was so hurt that he decided to surround himself with lots of Pokemon, so he would never feel the pain of betrayal from human friends again. While he was initially content on having Chloe as his only friend, in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, Goh meets and gets to know Ash, deciding to become friends with him. Despite eventually making more human friends beside Chloe and Ash, Goh still felt hurt from his past with Horace and still closed himself off little. However, in Time After Time, Goh finally finds out the truth from a letter Horace left him and fully forgives him.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: Goh catches the legendary Eternatus, but decided to seal it away to prevent the Darkest Day disaster from occurring again.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The first male character to have noticeable eyelashes. It caused many fans to theorize that he was actually a girl masquerading as a boy (this theory was shot down by numerous analyses, and torpedoed for good by the casting of Zeno Robinson in the English dub).
  • No Social Skills: His desire to not make friends and focus on capturing Mew means that he has no ability to deal with conflicts, playful taunts or even understanding his Pokémon's desires. After a brief argument with Ash over Ivysaur, he felt like their friendship was already over. He was unable to take Hodge's playful taunts and felt like he was insulting him. And his attempts to comfort Scorbunny by saying it shouldn't learn Ember because its other moves were okay end up getting the rabbit Pokémon mad at him because it felt like Goh didn't want him to grow, leading to the newly evolved Raboot walking away in silence.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • At the end of Solitary and Menacing!, he is revealed to have defeated the Karate Master in order to obtain a Hitmonchan.
    • Goh ends up catching both his White Flower Flabébé and Chinchou offscreen.
  • Oh, Crap!: Goh's reaction in JN100 when Sonia invites him for a ride in her car as he tries and fails to evade her.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He tries to tell Scorbunny that its attempts at Ember aren't working before snapping at the bunny. Goh questions why Scorbunny is acting crazy over this move when he felt like it was okay using its Quick Attack/Double Kick strategy before Ash explains that he has to see it through Scorbunny's eyes. Unfortunately despite Goh figuring out a way for Scorbunny to use Ember, when it evolves into Raboot, the evolved mon's personality has changed and walks away in silence.
    • He immediately assumed Horace betrayed him when the boy didn't show up. Turns out Horace couldn't because he was sick.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Although Goh is capable of Hot-Blooded moments, in general, he is characterized as the Blue to Ash's Red, being the calm intellectual type that focuses on data gathering than emotional bonds.
    • He's also the Red to Chloe's Blue, regarding their respective attitudes towards Pokemon.
  • Running Gag:
    • When wild Pokémon deflect his Poké Balls back at him, they always smack him right in the face.
    • For all his luck at catching other Pokémon, Goh can't catch a Pidgeotto to save his life. Until the end of JN070
    • Whenever he runs into Sonia, he winds up getting a ride in her car and freaking out by her reckless driving.
  • Shouldn't We Be In School Right Now?: Subverted. Goh may be active in the Cerise institute as a research fellow, but he still keeps up with his studies and still visits school occasionally to take his tests.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Besides having the hair style of his father he is the splitting image of his mom.
  • Team Mom: Grows into one as the series goes on fussing over his pokémon and Ash and often putting himself in harm's way to protect them.
  • The Social Darwinist: Downplayed but when it came to the mystery of the parading Ivysaur in JN003 he tells Ash that, when trying to help an Ivysaur climb up a wall, interfering with helping it meant that he and Ash would "rob it of its will to live".
    • Possibly gotten over it as he had no problem with Ash teaching a (at the time) wild Dragonair how to Fly.
  • The Strategist: As the series goes on, he gets much better at Pokemon battling and even catching — when he was helping Suicune heal from its ailments, he captured a Drowzee on the way as he realized the poachers all used Poison types. He didn't plan for the Houndoom their boss had though.
  • Third Time's The Charm:
    • It takes Goh three attempts to successfully catch his Farfetch'd.
    • Goh attempts to catch a Pidgeotto in three separate episodes with the 3rd episode being successful.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goh being brave enough to catch the legendary Eternatus. No traveling companion was capable of catching any of the legendaries. Not even Ash.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cream stew with star-shaped carrots. His grandma was making this when he came home in A Snow Day for Searching! and he was going to share some with Horace as shown in the flashback of Time After Time!
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one - not even Ash himself - comments on Goh catching Pokémon effortessly as easy as breathing fresh air without weakening them with a battle first, when previously such tactic was not recommended at best or looked down upon at worst.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Averted in the Japanese Dub, he sounds like his age but downplayed in the English Dub, he sounds like he's in his mid-teens despite being Ash's age.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Goodbye, Friend!, Goh tells Ash he's letting Raboot stay in the Hoenn region with some new pals it befriended. Ash does not buy this and asks if Goh personally told Raboot.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His parents are often busy with their work to spend time with him, but Goh understands and still loves them.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: JN091. implies he's terrofied of Ghosts and Ghost types, most likely due to the events of JN090.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Goh wants both a Beautifly and a Dustox, so he catches three Wurmple to increase his chances of getting them. Unfortunately for him, all of them evolve into Cascoon.

Goh's Pokémon

Unlike Ash's previous companions, Goh's goal (aside from catching Mew) is to catch as many Pokémon as possible, frequently catching at least one new Pokémon every episode. To that end, only his Pokémon with sufficient characterization will be listed here.

    Tropes that fit all Goh's captured Pokémon 
  • Big Eater: Greedent, Sobble, and Grookey all have unbelievable appetites.
  • Cast Herd: Episode 23 establishes that several of them have established their own social groups within the park; the Bug types stick with each other, the Normal and Poison types (along with Darmanitan) work together during the Feud Episode, Water-types stick to the pond, and several small Pokémon hang out with Golurk while it rests.
  • Feud Episode: Episode 23 where hunger drives them all crazy. They were constantly fighting one another because they accused each other of stealing food.
  • An Ice Person: His Tentacool, Dewgong and Mantyke all know Ice Beam.
  • Olympus Mons: He's caught three legendary Pokemon, more than any other charcter in the anime.
    • At the end of the Darkest day arc, Goh manages to catch Eternatus but seals its Pokeball away to prevent another Darkest Day from happening.
    • In Healing the Healer, he manages to catch a Suicune when protecting it from poachers. While Suicune officially belongs to him, it continues to live in the wild and isn't kept with his other Pokemon.
    • In JN113, he catches a Regieleki as part of his Project Mew research.
  • Only Sane Man: His Farfetch'd, Pidgey, Skwovet, and Cubone when everyone else is driven mad by hunger. Then again, Skwovet is the one who caused everyone to be driven mad by hunger.
  • The Prankster: His Misdreavus and Sandile seem to fit this trope.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Darmanitan's red oni to Scyther's blue oni.
  • Rotating Protagonist: The Galarian Starter Pokémon Goh caught are this with Scorbunny first taking the spotlight until its evolution into Cinderace although it still makes regular appearances, Sobble then takes the spotlight until its evolution into Drizzile, which causes it to isolate itself inside a cave, which then caused Grookey to become Goh's main Walking Pokémon.
  • Sickening Sweethearts:
    • His two Nidoran are almost always seen cuddled together and were even captured while together.
    • Pinsir and Heracross almost fit this description to a tee with how Pinsir acts all romantic towards Heracross and blushes cutely towards him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: in certain episodes, it takes one of Goh's Pokemon evolving to kick start the story.
    • His Exeggcute evolving atarts off their first trip to Alola.
    • His Froakie evolving starts off their trip to Kalos to meet Ash's Greninja.
  • Weather Manipulation: His Dustox all know Sunny Day, and Golurk, when it lost its chest seal, summoned a rainstorm.note 

As of JN113, Goh currently has 107 Pokémon in total (including duplicates), with 115 unique Pokémon species registered in his Pokédexnote 


Galar Starters

    Scorbunny (Hibanny) -> Raboot (Rabbifuto) -> Cinderace (Aceburn) 

Scorbunny -> Raboot -> Cinderace (Hibanny -> Rabbifuto -> Aceburn)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Casey Mongillo

Goh's first partner Pokémon is a Scorbunny acquired during their first overseas mission to the Galar region.

  • The Ace: The strongest Pokemon in Goh's team and serves as the main Pokemon he uses when in battle or during fieldwork. Makes sense seeing it was his Starter Mon.
  • The Artful Dodger: Before being caught by Goh, Scorbunny was a vagabond wild Pokémon that frequently stole food from shoppers to survive. It also led some Nickit down the primrose path.
  • Bash Brothers: His relationship with Ash's Lucario.
  • Berserk Button: Dislikes bullies and jerkass trainers who abandon their Pokémon.
  • Bully Hunter: In JN015, it immediately picks a fight with the Mankey trio picking on Cubone.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Running Gag in JN005 of Scorbunny trying to get Goh's attention because it wants to join him? Hilarious. The same gag 12 episodes later when Scorbunny wants to show Goh how it's trying to learn a Fire-type move? It ends up with him, after he evolves into Raboot and his personality changed, giving Goh a cold shoulder.
  • Chained Heat: In JN048 with Lucario when they end up stuck together during their fight against Team Rocket.
  • Character Development: After evolving into Raboot, it's understandably aloof and dismissive towards Goh. After seeing that its trainer does care about it, it starts expressing itself more and becomes a Cool Big Bro to Sobble. It got to the point where it went back to its original personality as a Scorbunny when Raboot evolves into Cinderace.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Because Scorbunny focuses on quick, physical attacks with Quick Attack and Double Kick, it doesn't fare well against Ghost-type Pokémon which No-Sell such moves as showcased in JN014, and is quickly defeated by Golurk. Scorbunny seems aware of this, as it's trying to learn Fire-type moves in JN017, but it comes into conflict with Goh over the matter.
  • Dance Battler: In JN022, it shows a love of dancing and teaches a few Hoenn Pokémon some moves.
  • Determinator: After managing to not get noticed by Goh on the train and missing the stop he got off at, Scorbunny proceeds to leap from a moving train and run all the way back down the tracks to find him, to the point where it nearly got run over by another train.
    • It also does not stop trying to learn Ember the traditional way. Goh has to help it adapt by using its feet and a rock to make its Ember a miniature Pyro Ball.
    • During the battle against Zapdos, Raboot still manages to get up and keep fighting despite being hit hard by the Legendary. Goh understands this, and Raboot learns Blaze Kick in the process of pulling a comeback.
  • Emo: After evolving into Raboot, it developed this personality complete with armfold.
  • Epic Fail: A fire-type Pokémon that comically couldn't handle the heat of the Desert Resort in JN014.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Has one of these when Team Rocket are taunting him and Lucario during their Chained Heat, coming up with the idea to swing and stretch the putty to the point one of them could do a flying physical attack.
  • Expy: Of Ash's Charmander. At first, Scorbunny is a friendly Fire-type who gets along with its trainer. This all goes pear-shaped in JN017 when it evolves into Raboot, as its personality changed and it becomes aloof towards Goh, like Ash's Charmeleon. The main difference is that Raboot still obeys and supports Goh whereas Charmeleon didn't. It even got to the point where it got over its aloofness towards Goh when it evolved into Cinderace, as it got its personality as a Scorbunny back and completely reforged its bond with Goh, whereas Ash's Charizard still kept its aloofness towards Ash after it evolved from Charmeleon, taking several episodes to regain its loyalty to Ash.
  • Extremity Extremist: Uses its feet a lot in battle. It knows Double Kick, Blaze Kick, and uses Ember (later Pyro Ball) by kicking a stone.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Goh, after helping to move the Gigantamax Snorlax in episode five. Especially noteworthy as up until that point Goh had made it his life's goal for Mew to be his first-caught Pokémon to the point of refusing to catch any others, and Scorbunny's assistance in that episode was enough for him to discard his single-target fixation. And yes, Scorbunny is a Fire-type.
  • Forgiveness: Cinderace, as Scorbunny, and Goh had a fallout when it wanted to learn a Fire-type move but he believed the two moves it currently had were enough. However, through Ash's advice, Goh did teach it a Fire-type move and evolved into Raboot. Despite this, it was still upset with Goh for how he didn't consider its feelings and believed he didn't care about it. However, in Goodbye, Friend, it not only realized how wrong it was into thinking that Goh didn't care about it but was also convinced to forgive him.
  • Fragile Speedster: Its main tactic is to run into something very fast then kick it before they have a chance to recover. Unfortunately, this is deconstructed as shown in JN014, when it's easily defeated by Golurk due to knowing only Fighting and Normal moves. It's also further deconstructed in JN017 because while it wants to learn more moves like Ember, Goh's insistent that it stays a speedster.
  • Handshake Substitute: As a Scorbunny, it often performed a variation of high fives and fist bumps with Goh, using its foot to hit Goh's fist. While it stops doing so as Raboot, its triumphant evolution into Cinderace following the reforging of its bond with Goh is followed up with it performing one of these once again.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Likes using the Eyelid Pull Taunt and smacking his own butt taunt.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: Poor Ash is continually on the receiving end of one. In JN017, it gives it to Goh when the latter refuses to help it learn Ember.
  • Mundane Utility: In JN011 he uses the heat pads on his feet to rapidly melt a frozen Yamper.
  • Ninja Run: How it runs after it evolves into Raboot.
  • Not So Stoic: Has a few moments of this after evolving, even crying like everyone else when Sobble's scared.
  • Playing with Fire: It's a Fire-type, which ironically has yet to learn any Fire-type moves. JN017 has him trying to learn Ember even though Goh dismisses its attempt. It does eventually learn it, just not in the traditional sense. Later on it learns Blaze Kick, and after it evolves into Cinderace replaces Ember with Pyro Ball.
  • Put on a Bus: Defied. When Goh initially decides to leave Raboot behind with its Hoenn friends, it turned out it was already on the train. This is also deconstructed because Goh never asked Raboot if it wanted to stay, something that Ash questions.
  • The Quiet One: Following its evolution into Raboot, it doesn't talk much. It regains most of its talkativeness after becoming Cinderace.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Cinderace appears to be more comfortable and happy with his new pink outfit in JN055, unlike Ash, Goh, and Pikachu. Somewhat understandable, since the color pink is similar to the color red, which Cinderace is associated with.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Ash's Lucario's Blue.
  • Refusal of the Call: Scorbunny initially resisted Goh's invitation to join him. But its Nickit buddies grabbed it and threw it onto the train car Goh and Ash boarded, essentially saying But Thou Must!.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Scorbunny spent most of JN004, while it was wild, covered in a film of grunge that kept the Rotom Phone from identifying it, though it has information on the species. This symbolized how it wanted to be accepted by the Nickit trio and stay where he was. When it accepted joining Goh and Ash, it cleaned off that dirt, revealing its natural coloring and learning to expand its surroundings and become himself.
  • Running Gag: As a Scorbunny, it had the tendency to kick Ash in the butt, usually for no reason at all, much to Pikachu's fury.
  • Spoiled by the Manual: Although a key part of the early marketing for the Generation VIII anime, Scorbunny doesn't join the cast until the fourth episode, and isn't caught by Goh until the fifth.
  • The Stoic: As a Raboot, it was shown mostly frowning and aloof. It does give a tiny smile in JN022, though. It sheds this personality when it evolves into Cinderace, becoming more friendly and gregarious like it was as a Scorbunny.
  • Super Senses: Being a rabbit, it has strong hearing, which allows it to sense a Pokemon's location.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Due to a combination of Goh neglecting its thoughts and feelings for so long and the general moody teen attitude of the species, Scorbunny evolving into Raboot causes it to become distant and aloof towards Goh, still following his commands in battle, but generally acting like an aggressive Tsundere otherwise.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After seeing how much its trainer cares about it, Raboot evolves into Cinderace, getting its personality as a Scorbunny back, having completely reforged its bond with Goh, giving the boy a high-five with its foot and an affectionate embrace.
  • Tsundere: Its personality as a Raboot. While it's shown to be more aloof, deep down Raboot still cares for his trainer. Case in point, JN022 has Raboot join with a gang of Hoenn Pokémon to teach them how to dance but returns to Goh's side at the end, even sharing an apple with its trainer while hiding a tiny smile on its face.
  • Unmanly Secret: After evolving into Raboot, it doesn't like expressing emotion, and is embarrassed when it betrays a smile after reuniting with Goh in JN022. It even turns away from the camera whenever Sobble forces it to cry.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Much like when Ash's Pikachu transformed into its Gigantamax form in JN013, in JN043 Goh's Raboot undergoes a Dynamax transformation. The Pokémon is huge and powerful, but cumbersome and slow in battle, often losing its balance as it fights a Gigantamax Garbodor.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lucario. They are always seen hanging out or battling together but JN048 shows their conflicting differences in personality.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets extremely upset at Goh when he doesn't try to help it learn Ember and telling Scorbunny to just forget about learning something new and stick with what it knows. When it evolves into Raboot, it silently walks away from Goh. Although this is partially (at least) due to its personality change as it evolved, it doesn't completely forgive Goh for his Lack of Empathy.
  • When She Smiles: In the end of Episode 22, Goh sees Raboot hiding a smile after they reunite and rekindle their friendship.
  • Your Size May Vary: In-game dex entries state that Cinderace are 4'07. This one, however, is either short enough that it is at eye-level with Lucario, or Lucario in the anime in general are taller than stated, despite the fact Cinderace are nearly a whole foot taller than Lucario.

    Sobble (Messon) -> Drizzile (Jimereon) -> Inteleon (Intereon) 

Sobble -> Drizzile -> Inteleon (Messon -> Jimereon -> Intereon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Sayaka Senbongi (Sobble and Drizzile), Shogo Sakata (Inteleon)
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder (Sobble and Drizzile), Billy Kametz (JN078-JN090), Barrett Leddy (JN102 onwards) (Inteleon)

The Galar's Water-type Starter Pokémon, Goh caught it on his and Ash's second trip to Galar.

  • Badass in Distress: Ends up captured alongside Ash's Lucario by Altenate Team Rocket and dragged into their universe.
  • Big Eater: It devours at least three plates of curry and a few croquettes.
  • Born Unlucky: Despite its invisibility, it accidentally gets captured by Goh and is hit by an empty can by Jessie who both threw stuff out of frustration and didn't even know it was there.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes its return in JN078 where it evolves and rejoins the team.
  • Character Development: After meeting Jaqueline's Inteleon in JN054, it makes an effort to improve its battle and stealth skills.
  • Cowardly Lion: It's timid and a crybaby, but that doesn't mean it's weak. Once it was motivated by Goh, it managed to escape the cage Team Rocket trapped it in and run away to safety.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Learns Mud Shot, a Ground Type move.
  • Emotion Bomb: True to its species, whenever Sobble starts crying, it causes other Pokémon and even humans to cry as loudly and excessively wet as well.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Eventually develops this style of battling, culminating in learning an actual hit and run attack in U-turn.
  • Ineffectual Loner: After evolving, Drizzile retreats into a burrow away from everyone else. Goh realizes it needs space to accept its new form, so he lets it be after they come to an understanding.
  • Invisibility: It can do this if it gets water splashed on it, perfectly blending into its environment. It can be foiled if sand or similar projectiles get thrown onto it though. After evolving, it can do this at will (though water can still trigger it as normal).
  • Make a Wish: Drizzile spent its nighttime looking at the stars for its wish to eventually evolve into Inteleon.
  • Making a Splash: It's a Water-type.
  • Not Quite Flight: As Inteleon, it can use its membrane as a makeshift hanglider to fly short distances or slow a fall.
  • Ocular Gushers: Induces this in other people and Pokémon once it starts crying, whether it be from being scared or just Tears of Joy.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Gains them as Drizzile, adding to its loner front.
  • Prone to Tears: True to its species, Sobble tends to cry a lot, to the point where it can make other beings around it cry as well.
  • Put on the Bus: Due to being depressed by the fact it didn't immediately evolve into Inteleon, it decided to isolate itself in a cave and take a break in travelling until it feels better.
  • Shrinking Violet: It shies away from other people and Pokémon and when cornered, it starts to cry. Loudly.
  • Tears of Remorse: When Drizzile sees Goh willing to take a hit in its place, it realizes how much it's taken its trainer for granted during this stage and starts crying.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Learns U-turn in JN054, along with improving its stealth to the point it finally manages to get revenge on Darmanitan at the end of the episode.
    • Right before evolving, it shows how much it's been training and gaining confidence by sniping small objects with Water Gun.
    • During its battle against Kecleon in JN078, Drizzile finally evolves into Inteleon and learns Snipe Shot.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Upon evolving into Drizzile, it becomes a lot more moody and distances itself from everyone else in the institute, including towards Goh.
  • When He Smiles: After evolving, Drizzile sports a gentle smile while wiping away some of Goh's tears.

    Grookey (Sarunori) 

Grookey (Sarunori)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hana Takeda
Voiced in English by: Cherami Leigh

The Galar's Grass-type Starter Pokémon, Goh caught it when it snuck into the Cerise Institute.

  • Big Brother Mentor: Serves as one to Goh's White Flower Flabebe while they are looking for a new flower for it. It's possibly the most saddened when it's time for Flabebe to go but still gives it a warm goodbye.
  • Big Eater: It manages to scarf down its food very quickly and then attempted to steal Pikachu's food.
  • Companion Cube: Grookey's stick serves as this for it. It becomes truly saddened when it's separated from said stick courtesy of Team Rocket.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While it has a few episodes that give him more focus, JN101 gives it the most spotlight when it's helping a one stick Thwackey build his confidence so he can play with the others in his group.
  • Determinator: In JN069, it uses all ounces of its strength to get itself back to Goh. The Pokémon is shedding Tears of Joy when back in his arms.
  • Green Thumb: A grass type. Also manages to make a field of flowers bloom just by beating the bricks near them like a drum.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Falls asleep once it's used up all its energy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was intended to be Jessie's Pokemon from the Rocket Prize Master but it chose to break her ball instead and become Goh's Pokemon. This is shown when both Goh and Jessie throw balls at it, with Grookey smacking Jessie's back at her and allowing Goh's to capture it.
  • I Choose to Stay: Before Goh can release it to live with a family of Grookey, Thwackey and Rillaboom, it jumps on his head and decides to stay with him.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Being the most childish out of Goh's Pokemon and out of all the characters in the season.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: When it's full of energy, it is always causing trouble somewhere for someone. Mimey seems to be the only one immune to its slapstick.
  • No-Sell: The only Pokemon to not be affected by Vileplume's Sleep Powder in episode 76.
  • Running Gag: Its habit of jumping on people and Pokemon to beat their heads like a drum, especially Goh.
  • Security Cling: Does this to Goh whenever it falls asleep.
  • The Reveal: It is revealed that Grookey was a Rocket Prize Master Pokemon that managed to escape.

Other Notable Pokémon

    Kanto Catches 

The Kanto Bug Types
After catching Scorbunny, Goh set out to catch every Pokémon on his quest to catch Mew. In JN006, Ash and Goh travel to a forest where Goh catches all twelve Kanto Bug types.

Scizor and Pinsir have their own entries below.
  • All Webbed Up: Happens to Ash after they return to the Cerise Institute.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Caterpie and Weedle are approached by Grimer for potentially stealing food in JN023, Parasect steps in to defend them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: They're all bugs so this is a given.
  • Cuddle Bug: They were very affectionate during the short time of living in Ash and Goh's room. And yes, they're all bugs.
  • Flight: Butterfree, Scyther, Beedrill, and Venomoth, the former two being Flying-types.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Beedrill, naturally for the species. It attacks Ash and Goh when released from its Poké Ball in JN014 and is one of the main instigators in JN023 when the Pokémon's food gets stolen.
  • Made of Iron: Metapod, who survives being accidentally kicked into a rock by Scorbunny with no damage.
  • Mundane Utility: Caterpie''s string shot is generally used to create ropes so the group can swing or ascent/descend to certain areas.
  • Projectile Webbing: Caterpie knows String Shot, and in JN046 it uses it to create a zip line for Ash and Goh to cross a boggy river.
  • Status Buff: Scyther knows Swords Dance.
  • Status Effects: Butterfree and Venomoth know Stun Spore, and Venonat knows Poison Powder.

Scyther -> Scizor
Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Sam Black

The last of the Kanto Bug types caught by Goh in JN006 which serves as one of his main battlers. It evolves into Scizor in JN056.

  • Ambiguous Gender: In the Spanish dubs, Scyther is referred to as male, but still hasn't had its gender confirmed anywhere else yet.
  • Blood Knight: Scyther enjoys battling and is often seen training. It approached Goh to join the Battle Frontier in JN007. In JN056, when told they were going to see Elite Four member Wikstrom for possible training, Scyther dashed to Goh, practically begging him to take him with.
  • Character Tics: Scyther constantly swings both arms forward and back over its head whenever left to its own devices, as if perfoming sword training with its scythes.
  • The Dreaded: As a Scyther, it could slice trees in half with Air Slash. None of the other Pokémon, including Darmanitan want to mess with it.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: When it evolves into Scizor, it becomes a Steel-Type.
  • Flight: Being part Flying-type as a Scyther.
  • The Leader: Being the strongest of Goh's Bug-types, it protects the others from Darmanitan's Overheat and leads the attack against it in JN023.
  • Status Buff: Scyther knows Swords Dance.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: After catching every other Bug-type with little effort, Scyther is the first Pokémon to teach Goh that you need to weaken a strong Pokémon to catch them.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite Scyther being the strongest of Goh's Kanto bugs and being The Dreaded among them, Hodge's Mightyena makes hilariously short work of it.

Voiced in Japanese by:
Voiced in English by:
One of the Bug types Goh captured in the sixth episode. Pinsir is usually a background Pokemon, usually seen picking flowers, getting along with other Pokemon or actively avoiding battles.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Pinsir's gender is not specificed in its first appearances, but it's later averted with Pinsir having a crush on a male Heracross, implying Pinsir is female, which is confirmed by Goh in the preview for JN094.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, leave Heracross alone unless you want to experience her bad side.
    • Heracross falling for another Pokemon via their scent really ticks her off as he, Lilligant and Alcremie find out the hard way.
  • Betty and Veronica: She serves as the Betty to Lilligant's Veronica for Heracross's Archie. Of course Pinsir is the winner.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In her first appearance, Pinsir looked like a fierce battler who managed to trap Ash and Pikachu, but later turns out to be a rather shy Pokémon who dislikes battling. It's likely Pinsir only attacked Ash and Pikachu to escape.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Pinsir is the focus of JN094 after she deals with a broken heart after catching Pinsir with Goh's newly caught Lilligent so he takes her to Erika's flower arranging class to rebuild her confidence to win him back.
  • Hates Being Touched: Goh's Pinsir gets very uncomfortable when Kylie tries to cuddle her, to the point she throws her off.
  • Gentle Giant: Ironically for her species, Pinsir is this. Despite attacking Ash in their first encounter, she's a pacifist who doesn't like to battle and is often seen in the Cerise Institute with Caterpie and Weedle and picking flowers.
  • Face of a Thug: Being a Pinsir, Pinsir looks aggressive, despite being timid and preferring to pick flowers rather than participate in battles.
  • I Meant to Do That: Goh only caught Pinsir so easily because when she attacked him, he accidentally threw a Poké Ball among the rocks and sticks he used to protect himself.
  • Non-Action Guy: Pinsir doesn't participate in battles because she doesn't like fighting, being more content with staying in the institute and picking flowers.
  • Rescue Romance: Pinsir develops an obvious crush on Heracross when he saves her life, though Heracross seems to be oblivious.
  • The Rival: Big time with Lilligant. Since her debut, Pinsir had a strong dislike towards her and gets jealous when Heracross gets attracted to her via her scent.
    • Alcremie later becomes a second rival to her when she walks by and her scent attracts Pinsir also.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Just when Heracross is about to be taken out by Lurantis's Solar Beam, she jumps in front and takes the full hit and manages to get back up with little damage. She then prepares to battle for the first time and takes out Team Rocket in just one move.
  • Woman Scorned: A somewhat downplayed example where after she catches Heracross cheating on her with Lilligant, she becomes greatly depressed and views Lilligant as her rival for his heart. Goh has to help her rebuild her confidence so she can win Heracross back.
    • This happens again in JN107 when he gets attracted to her scent and later to Alcremie's scent. She responds by grabbing him and slamming him to the ground before storming off.

Dewgong (Jugon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yūji Ueda
Voiced in English by:

Goh's first Ice Type Pokémon he caught in JN010 to use to ferry him and Ash to Dragonite Island.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Is this towards a wild Gorebyss it meets in JN063, only to be rejected for a Huntail.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Up until JN010, Goh was seen catching Pokémon with ease. Dewgong on the other hand was the first Pokémon that Goh struggled immensely to catch to the point that he actually ran out of Pokéballs.
  • The Determinator: In JN063, it's determined to win Gorebyss's heart by challenging a rival Huntail. It however doesn't end in his favor.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Seems to have trouble attracting Pokémon of the opposite gender.
  • An Ice Person: Goh's first Ice Type and it knows Ice Beam.
  • Making a Splash: A part Water Type.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • While ferrying Ash and Goh to Dragonite Island, it becomes attracted to another Dewgong and begins chasing after it, despite Goh's protests.
    • It's more determined on fighting Huntail to win Gorebyss's heart than finish the Marine Obstacle Course. Chloe and Eevee have to stop it and Goh calls it out for its misbehavior at the end.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Its determination to fight the wild Huntail causes it to get so angry that it also goes after Chloe and Eevee, eventually causing it to trap the three of them in a cave and start attacking it. This almost causes it to cave in on the three of them until Ash, Goh and Kairi fought Huntail off to rescue them.

Voiced in Japanese by: Yūji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

In JN020, Farfetch'd was one of the many Kanto Pokémon that Goh caught during the Cerise Laboratory's Pokémon Orienteering competition. Farfetch'd tends to be one of the more visible Pokémon that supports Goh on some of on his adventures.

  • Absurd Cutting Power: Shown to have learned Cut by JN032 where it's seen cutting away at the vegetation of Ilex Forest.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Like all Farfetch'd, it carries around a leek that it uses for battle. Goh originally had a rough time catching it due to Farfetch'd using its leek to deflect Pokéballs away.
  • Casting a Shadow: Revealed to know Night Slash in JN027.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Revealed to know Double Team in JN030.
  • Only Sane Man: During the Feud Episode, Farfetch'd was one of the few amongst Goh's Pokémon that didn't go driven mad by hunger.
  • The Rival: Has a bit of a rivalry with the Galarian Farfetch'd that was caught by Ash. They've even been seen to bicker, and clash their leeks.
  • Shout-Out: Farfetch'd showing off Cut within Ilex Forest makes for a pretty obvious reference to the game event from Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Magikarp (Koiking)
In JN024, Professor Cerise sent Ash and Goh to the Sinnoh Resort Area to investigate a mysterious Pokémon called "The Lord". Said Pokémon is a giant Magikarp, caught by Goh with the help of Ash and Team Rocket.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The first half of JN026 focuses on it participating in a Magikarp High Jump Tournament.
  • The Catfish: Known as "The Lord". When Ash and Goh arrive at the Resort Area, there are already several other fishers there trying to catch it.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Even with the Mythology Gag below. Its Splash does a decent amount of damage to high-level Rocket members with the fish being large and having an amazing jumping ability.
  • Disney Death: During the Magikarp High Jump Tournament, when it jumps high enough to reach space. Ash even reads a eulogy in memory of all the good times they had together. It returns by the end of the second half of the episode.
  • In a Single Bound: Its jumping ability is incredible, able to break the glass ceiling of the Cerise Laboratory.
    • In JN026, after rigorous training its jump can break orbit.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Given its massive size, its Splash is more than capable of holding off even high-level Team Rocket members.
  • Mythology Gag: Its appearance at the Resort Area in Sinnoh is a reference to the Magikarp that can be caught there up to Level 100.
    • The training methods and competition it participates in during JN026 reference the Pokémon: Magikarp Jump mobile game.
  • Power Limiter: It's revealed in the finals of the Magikarp High Jump Tournament that Magikarp was wearing weights throughout the tournament. The weights are so heavy that two Machamp struggle to carry them.
  • Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Magikarp has got Yellow Whiskers, indicating that it's a male.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Uses its Splash to this effect.
  • Training Montage: Goes through one in JN026 to lose weight and get ready for the Magikarp High Jump Tournament.
  • Weight Woe: The first half of JN026 shows it's put on a lot of weight at the Cerise Institute.

Pikachu -> Raichu
Voiced in Japanese by: Kei Shindō
Voiced in English by: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Pikachu), Casey Mongillo (Raichu)

A female Pikachu Goh caught in Kanto, who later asked to be evolved into Raichu with a Thunder Stone when Team Rocket caused havoc in her home forest.

  • Combat Medic: Her knowledge in healing berry foraging can equate her to this.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: After evolving to Raichu, she tries to hug Pikachu and accidentally body checks him instead.
  • Nice Girl: While the first few Pikachu in the forest outright refused to be caught, this Pikachu immediately offered a Pecha Berry to Goh when he got smacked in the face with a Poke Ball. She later brings a clump of berries in her tail to the Institute to share them with Pokemon and people alike.
  • One-Steve Limit: The reason she evolves in the same episode she's caught is presumably because Ash is the only main cast member allowed to have a Pikachu. Even during the brief period she was a Pikachu, her heart-shaped tail allowed the two to easily be told apart.
  • Shock and Awe: She's an Electric-type.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has the flat-tipped tail of female Raichu and as a Pikachu, had the heart-shaped tail notch.
  • Unwanted Assistance: She is extremely pushy about helping others. Even when someone is full, she will forcibly chase them down to try and feed them more Berries.

Aerodactyl (Ptera)
A fossil Pokemon Goh manages to defeat and capture in episode 38 after reviving it from an Old Amber.

The second caught Pokemon of Goh's and his very first Kanto catch in JN006 which he regularly brings with him for Project Mew Missions to help him access certain areas.
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa

  • Badass Pacifist: Enjoys participating in Mimey's Kung fu exercises and often help sGoh out when doing trial missions. However does not like battling and prefers to stay out of conflicts.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A bug type that knows String Shot.
  • Birds of a Feather: It's always seen hanging out with Weedle when in the Cerise institute.
  • Mundane Utility: Goh uses Caterpie's stringshot as a rope or zip line so Goh and his group can reach hard to access places (like decending cliffs or going from one to another).
  • Nice Guy: Is usually shown to really care about the other bug types it has friends with and gets worried when it sees Metapod kicked by Scorbunny.
  • Only Sane Man: One of the few during the Feud Episode to not be driven mad by hunger and worked with Ash and Goh to save the 3 Cascoon when the Cerise Institute got flooded.

    Johto Catches 

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Goh obtained Heracross in a trade at the end of JN033, in exchange for a second Pinsir Go had caught. Its old trainer, Kylie, traded it to Goh after seeing how close Goh's first Pinsir was to it.
  • Accidental Adultery: A G-rated version. He can't help but go after Lilligant and Alcremie, due to being attracted to their scent. If someone is able to snap him out of it, he goes right back to Pinsir.
  • Betty and Veronica: In JN094, He serves as the Archie to Pinsir's Betty and Lilligant's Veronica.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Heracross is shown with this when it first saves Pinsir, showing the latter's attraction to him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Any Pokémon with a sweet scent like Lilligant and Alcremie causes him to get attracted to them, much to the annoyance of Pinsir.
  • Horn Attack: Heracross knows Fury Attack and Megahorn.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Heracross' Y-shaped horn indicates that it's male.

Voiced in Japanese by: Yūji Ueda
Goh's second captured Legendary Pokemon that he caught in episode 53 while trying to defend it from Poachers.
  • An Ice Person: Knows Ice Beam as one of its moves.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Suicune decides to remain Goh's Pokémon after Goh help it heal its wounds and poison, along with helping the Pokémon Suicune was protecting by gather food for them and protecting the Pokémon from the poachers, including Suicune itself.
  • Blow You Away: Its roars are usually accompanied by a strong gust.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Quite shockingly, Suicune is the first Legendary Pokémon to be caught by one of Ash's traveling companions, and kept as Eternatus had to be sealed away. The main character himself has befriended many, but never caught one to date (unless Mythical Pokemon are considered to be a subset of Legendary Pokemon, in which case his Melmetal counts as one).
  • But Now I Must Go: While still being Goh's Pokémon, it leaves the Cerise Institute at the end of the episode and returns to roaming the world.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ends up being captured in a net by poachers while still injured and helpless, much to Goh's dismay.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Once it has gained enough strength, it breaks free from the poachers' net and helps Goh to defeat the poachers.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Even though it was rescued from poachers who would have forced it to be used for their own means, it doesn't take lightly to that meaning being captured in a Poké Ball. It lightens up after Goh heals it from its poison and injuries and gives the Pokémon it protected some food.
  • Fertile Feet: Is able to purify the river in the Cerise Institute just by running accross it.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end when Goh puts its ball down to release it, Suicune touches the Pokeball with its nose, allowing it to be sent back in and remain his Pokémon. While it disappears immediately afterwards, and does not remain in Goh's permanent possession, it later returns to the Cerise Institute in a later episode.
  • Making a Splash: A Water-type that knows Hydro Pump.
  • So Proud of You: Gives a friendly nuzzle to Yamper for his work solving the Institute's water crisis.
  • Weather Manipulation: It knows Rain Dance.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Considering the fact that the poachers poisoned the lake to lure it, it is highly implied that they defeated the Legendary Pokémon through ambushing it, which weakened it enough for Goh to catch it.

    Hoenn Catches 

Voiced in Japanese by: Risa Shimizu

First appeared as a wild Flygon who attacked Ash and Goh when they entered a city-devouring sandstorm it created in the Hoenn region, only to be defeated by Goh and successfully caught.

  • Advertised Extra: Appeared alongside Goh's other Pokemon in the second Opening but never made any proper appearances in the series after its capture. This starts to get averyed though as Flygon starts making more appearances in future episodes.
  • Breath Weapon: It is able to use Dragonbreath.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: It's a part Ground Type that knows Sandstorm.
  • Death from Above: It knows the move Draco Meteor.
  • Weather Manipulation: Has Sandstorm as one of its attacks.

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A Pokemon in Lavaridge Town that was being accused of causing disasters which Ash and Goh were asked to investigate and protect in episode 64.

  • Blow You Away: One of its moves is Razor Wind.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A Dark Type Pokemon that was trying to warn the townspeople of an upcoming volcanic eruption and later shows loyalty towards Goh after it's been captured.
  • I Choose to Stay: When Goh decides to release it so it can return to protecting the townspeople from anymore upcoming disasters, it knocks Goh's Pokeball out of its hand and touches it, being sent back in and staying as his Pokemon instead.

    Sinnoh Catches 

Mantyke (Tamanta)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kei Shindō'''

Goh's first caught Pokemon from Sinnoh which he usually brings with him for Project Mew Missions or Water themed Events (alongside Dewgong)

  • An Ice Person: It knows the move Ice Beam.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Goes back to rescue Pikachu during the Pokémon Iceberg Race which saves him from being captured by Team Rocket then working with Pikachu to free the other Pokemon and send Team Rocket blasting off.
  • Nice Guy: Went ouf of its way to help Pikacu who was struggling with the Pokémon Iceberg Race rather than continue itself. Turns out this was the best call.
  • Making a Splash: Being a part water type.
  • Super Speed: Knows the move agility and is shown to be pretty fast during the Pokémon Iceberg Race (too bad Team Rocket interfered and it was cancelled).

    Unova Catches 

Darmanitan (Hihidaruma)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yasuhiro Mamiya
Voiced in English by: TBD

Goh's second capture in the Unova region. It was one of the Pokémon guarding the Ruins of the Titan but was swiftly caught by Goh just as it sprung to life and attacked.

  • The Gadfly: JN017 has it go up to Scorbunny and use Overheat, simply to provoke the bunny into using a Fire-type move. When it sees that Scorbunny can't muster anything but a spark, Darmanitan spends the rest of its screentime mocking Scorbunny and laughing at it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For all its scaring of Sobble in JN054, it gets a stealthy Water Gun surprise while it's relaxing at the end of the episode.
  • Playing with Fire: Is a Fire-type. It also knows Overheat and seems to enjoy using it.
  • The Prankster: Has a habit of pranking other Pokemon like Sobble.
  • Psychic Powers: Has the Zen Mode ability, which gives it access to a Fire/Psychic form.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Has no problem attacking Goh's Bug-types when food is stolen, but immediately runs once Scyther gets involved.
  • Slasher Smile: And it never stops grinning.
  • Smug Super: It very much embraces his superiority over Scorbunny.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Mocking Scorbunny over how the bunny can't use Fire-type moves causes Scorbunny to try and learn Ember. This also makes its relationship with Goh fracture when Goh dismisses Scorbunny's desires to learn a Fire-type move and when it evolves into Raboot (and his personality changes), Raboot gives Goh a cold shoulder.

Golurk (Goloog)
Voiced in English by: H.D. Quinn

Another Pokémon caught in the Unova region. The Ruins of the Titan's eponymous Titan, this giant Golurk was caught by Goh after a raid battle between Ash, Goh, and the characters of the day.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Hammer Arm.
  • The Berserker: What happens when its Power Limiter is removed.
  • Big Good: Referred to as the Guardian Deity of the Cerise Institute. It is Goh's strongest Pokémon by a WIDE margin and protects all the smaller Pokémon when there is internal discord, such as during the Feud Episode.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Flash Cannon.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Allows the smaller Pokémon of the Cerise Institute to play on it, and protects Goh's Cascoon during a fight between Goh's other Pokémon.
  • Gentle Giant: After its capture, it sits atop a hill in the Cerise Institute, watching over the other Pokémon. Golurk are already a large species, but this one is specifically noted to be giant compared to other Golurk.
  • Humongous Mecha: Has the appearance of one (fitting of its classification of the Automaton Pokémon), and is notable for being the first Giant Pokémon caught by a main character.
  • One-Hit KO: During the Raid Battle, it's able to knock out every Pokémon in one hit, including Pikachu.
  • Power Limiter: The seal on Golurk's chest keeps it from losing control. When it breaks off in JN023, it has the power to flood the Cerise Institute.
  • Transforming Mecha: Can transform into a cannon to launch an extremely powerful attack, though it's beaten by Ash's Dragonite and Goh's Darmanitan before it gets the chance to fire it.
  • Weather Manipulation: When its chest seal was removed, its immense power summoned a downpour, though not the move Rain Dance.

Voiced in Japanese by: Yasuhiro Mamiya
Voiced in English by: Abe Goldfarb

A Pokemon Goh captures during their visit to Galar when it tries to attack Chloe and eevee.

  • Dishing Out Dirt: Being a rock type and knows Stone Edge.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Made its debut by preparing to attack Chloe and Eevee before Goh engages in a battle and captures it. Since then it has been often used as one of Goh's main battlers.
  • Use Your Head: Knows the move headbutt.

    Kalos Catches 

Flabebe -> Floette

Voiced in Japanese by: Marina Aicholtz
Voiced in English by: Marina Aicholtz

Goh's White Flower Flabebe and one of five he caught in Episode 25 and later evolved and was released in Episode 66

  • Big Brother Worship: It has two of them. Firstly looks up to Goh's Grookey as it helps it out while looking for a new flower and then later on a Trainer's Florges that encourages it to learn Grassy Terrain and evolve, prompting Goh to release it.
  • But Now I Must Go: Is released by Goh in Episode 66 so it can take care of the newly sprouted flowers in the area.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 66 puts Flabebe in the spotlight.
  • Green Thumb: Its only known move is Grassy Terrain.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Being Fairy Type.

Froakie-> Frogaider
Voiced in Japanese by: Haruka Shamoto
Voiced in English by: TBA

A Froakie that Goh catches with the assistance of Bonnie when they return back to Kalos. It evolves into Frogaider during JN108.

  • Blood Knight: Is never afraid to jump right into battling and it seen battling alongside Eevee while Ash is training Lucario which leads to it evolving.
  • The Gadfly: Throwing its frubbles at Goh and Grookey then laughing at them while they are both confused any frustrated.
  • Making a Splash: Being a water type.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Its evolution into Froagaider is what reminds Ash about Greninja and starts off their journey to Kalos to meet it again.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It moving into Grimer's old home cause it to have to relocate and start sheltering behind the Cerist Institute's Waterfall, leading to the river getting polluted and the Pokemon to fight each other again.

    Galar Catches 

Skwovet -> Greedent (Hoshigarisu -> Yokubarisu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Noriaki Kanze
Voiced in English by: Michele Knotz

Goh's second capture in the Galar region. It first appears just before Goh explains to Ash the nature of the World Tournament system to prepare him for battling Leon.

  • Big Eater: Makes its debut by jumping onto the table and scoffing Ash's scones before becoming captured. This also becomes a plot point in JN023 as it's the reason the entire situation with the disappearing food happened in the first place. Goh enters it into an eating contest in JN047 which it wins.
  • Bullet Seed: Has this as one of its attacks. Goh has Skwovet use the attack to spit out excess seeds while it devours berries during the eating contest.
  • The Determinator: Its determination to win the eating contest when it's the last Pokemon standing allows it to evolve into Greedent and claim victory.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Willingly puts some Tamato Berry juice into its Pecha tart in JN047 when it starts getting full. The spicy juice overworks its metabolism and resets its taste buds to get back in the game.
  • Green Thumb: Knows Bullet Seed, a Grass Type move.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Its hoarding of food was the reason for episode 23's chaos.
  • Karma Houdini: Skwovet gets away with not only stealing the food, but for causing drama between the rest of Goh’s Pokémon.
  • No-Sell: It ate some of Team Rocket's bloating cookies in JN047 but unlike the other competitors, its stomach immediately shrunk back to normal.
  • Oh, Crap!: Its reaction at the end of episode 23 after knocking Golurk's chest seal off.
  • The Rival: In JN070 it forms this relationship with James's Morpeko due to both being Big Eaters.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Being a squirrel, it taking food and storing it away is what leads to the other Pokémon getting hungry, going berserk and nearly flooding the Cerise Institute in Episode 23. After this incident, Ash and Goh decide to leave extra food for it in the future so it won't continue to take the others' for its hideaway.

Arctozolt (Patchilldon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Risa Shimizu
Voiced in English by: Kellen Goff

A Galarian fossil Pokemon that is brought to life by the fossil researchers Cara Liss and Bray Zenn during a study on hybrid resurrection. Upon seeing Arctozolt bond with Goh, the researchers ask for him to look after it; resulting in Arctozolt's capture.

  • An Ice Person: Primary type and knows Powder Snow and Ice Fang.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Par for the course in Galar with the native fossil Pokemon. Goh is skeptical, but still accepts it.
  • Shock and Awe: Its secondary type, and knows Charge and Bolt Beak.

Eternatus (Mugendina)

The Galar Region's main Legendary Pokemon that was awakened by Chairman Rose during the Darkest Day arc. Was successfully caught by Goh with the help from Ash and sealed away to prevent it happening again. It returns in JN127 where Goh gives it to Leon to take care of.

  • Arc Villain: Appears as the Final Boss of the Darkest Day arc before being captured by Goh.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Eternatus marks the first time a Legendary Pokemon has ever been caught by a main character (Ash has befriended many Legendary Pokemon but hasn't caught one yet).
  • Breath Weapon: Its signature move Dynamax Cannon.
  • The Bus Came Back: After it's long absense after being captured and sealed away in JN045, it makes a return in JN127 where it's passed over to Leon.
  • The Cameo: It makes a brief appearance in JN012 when Ash and Goh are flying to Galar for the first time to watch Leon's battle against Lance.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: It's part Dragon Type and its only known move is Dynamax Cannon.
  • One-Winged Angel: When it transforms into its Eternamax form.
  • Poisonous Person: Being part Poison Type.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After it has been captured, its Pokéball is locked away to prevent another Darkest Day from happening again.


As part of Project Mew's final mission, Goh was tasked to capture one of the additional Legendary Titans, Regieleki or Regidrago. Goh chose to go after Regieleki, who he was able to capture with the help of Gary Oak.

  • Shock and Awe: Is Electric-type Pokémon created from clusters of electricity who knows Zap Cannon and Electric Cage.
  • Super Speed: Regieleki is already Fastest Thing Alive in the games, and knows the move Extreme Speed to help it be lightning-fast.