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Gold (Adventures)

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ゴールド Gold
Gold Adventures.png
Gold and Ataro as they appeared in the third chapter
Age 16 (as of the ninth chapter)
Gender Male
Birthday July 21
Eye color Gold
Hair color Black
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Mom
Trainer class Trainer, Breeder

Gold (Japanese: ゴールド Gold) is the fifth main character of the manga series Pokémon Adventures. His starter Pokémon is a Cyndaquil which he "borrowed" from Professor Elm; what his actual first Pokémon was is not clear, since he grew up in a house full of Pokémon. His neighbors in New Bark Town refer to his family as the "House of Pokémon." He likes playing billiards, but sometimes he may use his Pokémon to cheat. His favorite idol/DJ is DJ Mary from the Goldenrod Radio Station.

He usually wears a pair of goggles and travels on a scooter. Instead of throwing/kicking his Poké Balls, he uses a billiard cue to shoot them out. Gold's hobbies include gambling, skateboarding, and trying foods from different cities. Professor Oak noted that while Red had some odd habits, Gold is much more immature and mischievous.

Gold's special skill, as described by Professor Oak, is Pokémon hatching and is known as the "Breeder" (孵す者 Breeder). He has the ability to draw out the largest potential of a baby Pokémon, having lived with Pokémon his whole life.

Character history

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Gold at the beginning of the third chapter

During the first part of the third chapter, Gold is the main protagonist. He first meets Joey by helping him get a bag filled with Pokémon that was to go to Professor Elm, but was stolen by a Murkrow. Then Gold gets his bag stolen when he decides to help Joey by going to deliver the package to Professor Elm and then go to Professor Oak in Cherrygrove City (mainly because he wanted DJ Mary's autograph). On his way to Professor Elm's lab, and arrives there just as Silver is stealing Totodile. Gold tries to battle Silver thinking that he is the one who stole his backpack with all of his family Pokémon in it, using Elm's Cyndaquil, which he names Explotaro, but Silver gets away after Team Rocket, the real culprits behind his bag, knocked him out from behind in the middle of the battle. He is then asked to file a report against him by a police officer who almost arrested him for burning Professor Elm's field but he fakes it on purpose because he wanted to go after Silver himself.

Gold then runs into Professor Oak, and after learning about the Pokédex and how Silver stole one, he wants one to level the playing field. While Oak initially says no, Gold eventually wins him over with his love and trust for Pokémon earning him a Pokédex. When Gold reaches Violet City, he realizes that Poltaro was missing from his bag and tried his best to find it, but couldn't. He then stops a robber with a herd of Donphan and learns that Silver had headed for Sprout Tower and rushes off there and defeats a whole mass of Sages and their Bellsprout to find Silver again and finish what he started. After as long battle he had the chance to take Totodile back to Professor Elm, but when he reaches out to it it bites him and returns to Silver, showing that Totodile has actually grown attached to him. Their battle had then released a giant iron ball and it chased them down until Explotaro heated it up and Totodile used Ice Punch to suddenly cool it down and smash it up. After this Silver manages to escape once again.

He then met up with the same police officer he met when he needed to describe Silver but it turned out to be Falkner who was training to become the new Gym Leader of Violet City since his father went missing. With Gold's help, he caught a Skarmory and then they parted. Then he met Bugsy at the ruins of Alph and, thinking that he was a girl, asked him out only to reveal he was a male. The two of them then enter the Ruins of Alpha to help save Bugsy's lost companions but instead run into Team Rocket, who trapped them using a Spinarak's Spider Web. Gold, however, had Explotaro use Smokescreen to get the Unown that were awakened by them get caught in the web, and take out their anger on the members of Team Rocket. Gold then defeats a Granbull who had been stealing Pokémon from fisherman and when the Granbull gave back the Pokémon it turns out it took Gold's Poltaro. Professor Oak's aide then comes to him with Totaro's egg and Professor Elm asks Gold to take it with him with hopes of it hatching.

Gold then meets Kurt, and after making fun of his Apricorn Balls, Kurt challenges him to catch a Pokémon with one: if he lost, he had to become Kurt's apprentice. Gold chooses the Green Apricorn and a Friend Ball is made and since Kurt's granddaughter wanted to have a Friend Ball but Kurt would not make her one, Gold decided to use it to catch a friend for her. This was a Teddiursa which lived on a mountain Kurt told her to never go to. Gold decided to take her there and saw Silver trying to catch and Ursaring with a Heavy Ball, something that annoyed him since Kurt said only worthy trainers could handle his balls meaning Silver was worthier than him. He found a Teddiursa and tried to catch it to no avail. He ended up getting in Silver's way a lot and Silver lost his Heavy Ball when Ataro ran into him. Gold then learned from Silver that he needed to hit Teddiursa's crescent moon on its head and Gold got back his Heavy Ball by using his billiard cue and Friend Ball to ricochet both of them back to their respective trainers. Silver once again disappeared and Gold completed his task and gave Teddiursa to Maisy.

Gold then goes through the Ilex Forest but finds himself hopelessly lost. He then finds the unconscious Charcoal Kiln and his Farfetche'd and decides to carry them, but he realizes that a Gastly has possessed them from how unusually heavy their bodies were. After a bit of battling with Gastly a Houndour, a Delibird, and an Ariados appear to battle alongside the Gastly and then a Masked Man appears and reveals them to be his Pokémon and warns Gold to leave this forest. He quickly has his Ariados tie Gold up and simply disappears when he comes to the realization that his small scuffle with Gold has caused Celebi to flee from his grasp again.

Gold then goes to Goldenrod City and runs into a rogue Smeargle that paints over his face, much to his ire. A man then comes up to him and wants Gold to make an appearance on their Radio Show, which Gold accepts since he would be no longer be broke and he would get to finally meet DJ Mary, only to discover in horror that the Smeargle belonged to her. Gold and Whitney then got into a heated argument but when the director of the radio show found that the show's ratings were through the roof he proposed they have a race. Since the race was sponsored by Miracle Cycle, Gold initially couldn't ride his skateboard like he wanted to but he found a way to compromise by putting the handles from one of the bikes onto his skateboard to make a scooter. While Gold was promptly behind Whitney was stalled by a Sudowoodo disguised as a tree. Gold had his whole team attack it and saw how Poltaro's Water Gun made it react more than Explotaro's Ember attacks. When a Rhydon came up and kidnapped Whitney, Gold was able to figure out that the tree was a Sudowoodo. He was able to convince the Sudowoodo that it was strong and after it defeated the same Rhydon it was hiding from, it wanted to go with him, which Gold allowed, naming him Utaro.

While Gold was asleep one night after being kicked out of several arcades for cheating by using Ataro's Poké Ball disguised as a cue ball, his egg gets stolen by a Gligar. He does not wake up to notice it but his Pokémon go after it to save the egg. In the process the egg hatches into a Togepi, Totaro, who defeats the Gligar with ease even though it had just hatched. He only wakes up after Totaro defeats the Gligar with Metronome and it crashes right next to him. When Gold told Professor Elm he was at first ecstatic, only to become furious when he realized that Totaro became a natural at billiards, poker, and dice due to Gold's influence when it was an egg.

Elm then had Gold take Totaro to the Daycare Center where the old lady there convinced him to do their work by disguising it as a training for his Pokémon. It did pay off though when Explotaro evolved into a Quilava. The Day Care coupe then had Gold go fetch Jasmine, whose Pokémon were the parents of Totaro. Jasmine had been at Ecruteak City at the time an earthquake hit and was trapped inside the Tin Tower. When he made it to her he found Silver carrying her and he thought he had hurt her, although Silver simply found her unconscious and decided to save her. Gold then was simply given Jasmine and Silver walked away. Gold was able to get Jasmine out right before the rubble collapsed by having Amphy run her to safety, but him and Silver were trapped. Mud started to press up against then and they only made it through when Poltaro evolved into a Poliwhirl and further into a Politoed thanks to Silver's help and the King's Rock the Day Care Couple gave to Gold before he departed. He then found out that Team Rocket was, once again, the cause of the earthquake.

After Gold and Silver defeat the Team Rocket Grunts, Gold wonders whether or not Silver has ever enjoyed a battle, and requests one against him, to which he accepts. The battle starts out and remains pretty even, even against Silver's newly evolved Kingdra, until Silver uses a Tyranitar borrowed from Lance, which is able to wreak havoc on Gold's whole team with its Sandstorm but is able to defeat it with Totaro, however Totaro gets squashed and Gold is defeated. Silver then departs for the Lake of Rage with Gold insisting on coming with him.

Gold then follows Silver to the Lake of Rage, and he helps Silver in catching the Red Gyarados by distracting the other Gyarados, and once their leader was caught by Silver, they went away. However, they run into the Masked Man again and the two of them fight over who's to battle him. Shortly after the battle begins he reveals that he kidnapped Silver as a child and that he escaped, and that he's the real leader of the resurrected Team Rocket. Silver then gained Gold's respect and the two bounced back.

Gold and Red heading off to Mt. Silver at the end of the third chapter

Gold and Silver realize that they share a common enemy and battle the Masked Man together at the Lake of Rage, but they are defeated and sent crashing toward the now-frozen Lake of Rage, and their fates are left unknown for a while.

It is later revealed the two boys are in Whirl Islands, as rescued by Entei, where they are found by Lt. Surge, and their missing valuables, including the Red Gyarados, are returned. They meet Crystal after she nearly drowns in the wreckage and battle the rabid Lugia that starts attacking them, and they are all nearly defeated until his Quilava, Silver's Croconaw, and Crystal's Mega all evolve into their final forms. The tables nearly turned when Gold even disabled the giant bird's Aeroblast attack and their starters all evolve to their final stage, but Gold fails at catching it due to his missing billiard cue, and it is later discovered that someone managed to catch it before they did when the Poké Ball they threw turned out to be empty. Having failed to track it down with the Area function of the Pokédex, Gold and Crystal then head to the opening ceremony of the Pokémon League, where all 16 Gym Leaders of Kanto and Johto have gathered to battle each other, to try and determine which one of the Gym Leaders is the Masked Man. They battle Chermaine and Keane in the Control Room and end up winning with a powerful Mega Drain, but are locked in until Crystal's Parasect melts the door. The Masked Man then appears at the scene with both Lugia and Ho-Oh and starts wreaking havoc before heading to the shrine in Ilex Forest, where the final battle then takes place.

Gold battles the Masked Man and finds out his real identity by smashing his mask after a clever combination that corners the villian, but to avoid defeat, the dastardly man threatens to crush Pika and Chuchu's egg if he attacks once more. Gold is horribly beaten by the nemesis, but his efforts of attempting to protect the egg in his arms cause it to hatch into Pichu, which inherits his personality as a result. After being reassured of his ability as the breeder of the Dex Holders, he then follows the villain back in time with Silver and Crystal on the three legendary beasts, and eventually manages to escape after freeing Celebi. At the end of the GSC saga, Gold goes to train under Red on Mt. Silver.

Emerald chapter

Gold during the sixth chapter

During the Emerald saga, Gold traveled to the Battle Frontier in order to bring the petrified Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Silver out of their stone state by wishing upon the phantom Pokémon Jirachi and stop the armored man known as Guile Hideout.

When he first arrived, he disguised himself as Guile Hideout hoping to trick the real one's Pokémon into letting him to get to Jirachi. This plan failed however and Gold was forced to use the ultimate Template:Type2 attack, Blast Burn, which Gold learned on Two Island thanks to the help of Kimberly, which becomes the first attack the villian's reflective sword could not deflect. He also later adds that learning the technique, unlike his three predecessors and those to follow, took two whole months.

Now ready to take Jirachi back from Guile Hideout, Gold, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald prepare to face off their foe. This required Gold and Crystal to give the metal rings of Kimberly that the ultimate attacks to the starters of Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and Silver (who was still petrified). When Gold spoke to Emerald, he made the younger boy rethink his relationship with Pokémon. This allowed Emerald to finally teach his Sceptile the powerful Frenzy Plant, and in turn free the petrified Dex Holders with the help of Jirachi. Gold then combined forces with the other nine Pokédex Holders in order to destroy the great sea monster that had manifested itself above the Battle Tower.

With the beast finally gone, the five petrified Pokédex Holders back to life and Archie seemingly dead, Gold went and fought in a tournament in the Battle Dome against the other Pokédex Holders, which he, at some point, lost (the only other trainer to have been confirmed to lose is Crystal, who lost against Green in the first round).

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

Currently, Gold is fighting Arceus but isn't doing much damage at all to the creature


This list is updated to the HeartGold & SoulSilver Saga.

On Hand

Main article: Explotaro

Explotaro (Japanese: バクたろう Baktaro), Gold's Typhlosion, was the Pokémon Gold had received from Professor Elm. It gave Gold the upper hand while fighting the Masked Man at the end of the GSC arc. It debuted as a Cyndaquil in Sneaky Sneasel.

Debut Murkrow Flies
Main article: Ataro

Ataro (Japanese: エーたろう Etaro), Gold's Ambipom, is one of the family Pokémon at Gold's home that he grew up with. Like Gold, Ataro is mischievous. Ataro's tail allows it to hold items and use many tricks and tactics in battle. It debuted in Murkrow Flies. It evolved from Aipom offscreen during the time between the GS saga and the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter.

Debut Murkrow Flies
Utaro (Japanese: ウーたろう), Gold's Sudowoodo, was captured whilst on a race around Goldenrod City with Whitney, the local Gym Leader. The two competitors soon reached an enormous tree, that neither of the Trainers' Pokémon could move. Suddenly, a large Rhydon bursts out and Whitney stupidly tries to stop it, getting herself carried away by it. The strange tree reacted strangely to Poltaro's Water Gun attack and shrinks down to size. Gold then finds out that Sudowoodo was hiding from Rhydon and they go after it, defeating it and saving Whitney, after which it decides to join his team. It has a Jolly nature, and is shown interacting with Emerald's Sudowoodo after Guile Hideout had been defeated.
Debut VS. Sudowoodo
Sintaro (Japanese: キマたろう Kimataro), Gold's Sunflora, was caught as a Sunkern in Sunshine Sunkern to launch Explotaro's Poké Ball high into the air to defeat a raging Skarmory, using her amazing jumping ability. Sintaro had also been the last one to touch Gold's Togepi egg and is the apparent reason for Totaro hatching. It has a Serious nature.
Debut Sunshine Sunkern
Main article: Poltaro

Poltaro (Japanese ニョたろう Nyotaro), Gold's Politoed, is one of the family Pokémon at Gold's home that he grew up with. When Team Rocket grunts stole Gold's backpack containing the Poké Balls with Poltaro's, it was washed away by the stream and ended up with a wild Granbull. It had hopes to evolving into a Poliwrath after seeing Red's Poli, but instead evolved into a Politoed right after its evolution into Poliwhirl from being traded with a King's Rock. It debuted as a Poliwag in Murkrow Flies.

Debut Murkrow Flies
Gold looked after Totaro (Japanese: トゲたろう Togetaro) as an egg (which he nicknamed Eggy). This egg was the offspring of Jasmine's two Togetic. Professor Elm wanted Gold to look after it. It is one of Gold's strongest Pokémon because of its violent tendencies. It picked up a lot of Gold's gambling habits whilst in its egg (Elm wasn't pleased). Togepi was only new-born when it defeated an adult Tyranitar (however it did get badly squashed). Debuted as an egg in My Chubby Teddiursa. It has a Naughty nature.
Debut VS. Gligar

In box

Mantaro (Japanese: マンたろう), Gold's Mantine, was a Pokémon saved by Gold around the Whirl Islands when Lugia was rampaging. When supported with the Remoraid, Mantaro can glide across the air, allowing Gold to travel aerially. It debuted in Lugia (Part II) and has a Calm nature.
Debut Lugia (Part II)
Gold's Remoraid
Gold has multiple Remoraid that are attached to his Mantine for flight.
Debut Lugia (Part II)
Gold's Pichu
Gold's Pichu is the egg that Pika and Chuchu had bred. It hatches in The Last Battle XIV when Gold believes that Professor Oak had given him an ability which causes it to hatch. It uses the "Super Rising Thunder" attack and managed to crack the GS ball which helped Celebi. In the Emerald arc, it teamed up with its parents, Chuchu and Pikachu, to use Volt Tackle on the Kyogre created by Guile Hideout's wish. It has a Naughty nature.
Debut The Last Battle XII

Formerly owned

Maisy's Teddiursa
Gold caught Teddiursa for Kurt's granddaughter Maisy with a Friend Ball to prove that he was a capable enough Trainer to handle them. When he went off to catch it, he ran into Silver who was catching the father Ursaring. Both Pokémon were caught and Gold gave Teddiursa to Maisy.
Debut My Chubby Teddiursa
Silver's Kingdra
When Gold had Poliwhirl briefly given to Silver so it could evolve and save the two of them, he unknowingly acquired Seadra which evolved into Kingdra in his care; it was quickly traded back to Silver for Politoed.
Debut Cloystered
These Chinchou were caught by Gold simply to avoid being electrocuted and were quickly released afterward.
Debut Who's the Leader, Donphan?
Gold's Raikou
Raikou was the legendary beast that paired up with Gold in the final battle with the Masked Man, and super-charged his Pichu so it could use Super Rising Thunder.
Debut VS. Slugma

Status unknown

Gold's Murkrow
Murkrow was caught by Gold so he could get Joey's bag of Pokémon for Professor Elm that the Murkrow stole. It was not listed in the character listings at the end of Volume 15 and has not been used since its capture, meaning he could have released it or it could be at his house.
Debut Murkrow Flies

At home

These are Pokémon Gold has grown up with in his home. He doesn't use any of them to battle except for Poltaro and Ataro, which are on his current team.


In other languages

Language Name Reference to
Japanese ゴールド Gold From Pokémon Gold.
English (Singapore) Gold From Pokémon Gold.
Korean 골드 Gold From Pokémon Gold.
Chinese (Taiwan) 阿金 Ā Jīn 金 means gold.
Chinese (Mainland China) Jīn 金 means gold.
Chinese (Hong Kong) 小金 Xiǎo Jīn 金 means gold.


  • Gold was the only character introduced without a major goal that he desires to achieve, although Green now falls into this category now that she has found her parents.
  • Gold's Mantine knows how to use Fly. However, in the games, Mantine cannot learn it.
  • Gold's birthday is July 21st.
  • Gold's blood type is B.
  • Almost all Pokémon that Gold owned had their name ending in -taro, which is a common ending for boys names in Japan.
  • Gold and Ruby are two of four Pokédex holders that share the same astrological sign, they are both Cancer. The only other two are Green and Emerald who are both Gemini.

External links

On Bulbagarden forums

Pokémon Adventures main characters
RGBY/FRLG: RedBlueGreenYellow
GSC/HGSS: GoldSilverCrystal
RSE/ORAS: RubySapphireEmerald
DPPt: DiamondPearlPlatinum
BWB2W2: BlackWhiteLack-TwoWhi-Two

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