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Gold (Japanese: ゴールド Gold) is a Pokémon Trainer from Johto and the main character of the Golden Boys manga. He is based on the male player character of Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
Gold first appears in Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship where he was starting out on his Pokémon journey. He was originally going to choose Cyndaquil but Totodile showed up and bit him on the arm for affection. Gold decided to choose Totodile instead. Afterwards, he has his first battle with a Trainer named Youngster Joey where he was able to defeat him with Totodile. After the battle, they register Pokégear numbers. Gold then notices a shadow lurking by and sees that it was a Trainer by the name of Black. He battles Black's Chikorita and it took his Totodile and Pidgey to defeat Chikorita as the former had the type-disadvantage.
Later, he challenges Falkner to earn his first Badge where he was able to defeat his Pidgeot and Articuno with some cunning skills. During that battle, he obtains a Pikachu coming from the future, which helped him in defeating Articuno. In Let's Aim For The Goal!, he and Bugsy participate in a basketball tournament as it celebrated the anniversary of the Ruins of Alph. They managed to get past most of the rounds but end up challenging Takeo in the final round. As Takeo's team was mostly Fire-type, Gold's side had the disadvantage since most of their Pokémon were no match for them. However, Gold managed to pull through by having his Totodile use Water Gun to stop Cyndaquil from making a goal and performed a goal with the help of his team, winning the match. Gold then received himself a rare Pokémon, Elekid. He goes with Bugsy after the tournament in the next chapter to Union Cave as they heard of a wild Pokémon in there. Gold meets up with Black and Black releases Bayleef since it failed to defeat Lapras. Gold takes in the Bayleef, making it the second Pokémon he caught that was formerly Black's. Afterwards, Gold challenges Bugsy for his second Badge with his Bayleef against Scyther. The battle became extremely difficult since Bayleef was released from its former Trainer and Scyther was Bug and Flying. However, Bayleef was able to take out Scyther, winning Gold the Badge.
Gold continues his travels and meets Whitney, the third Gym Leader, who has an interest in cute Pokémon. She battles Gold and wins, taking his Pikachu temporarily until he defeated her in a rematch. Whitney decides to travel with Gold for the time being. She takes Gold to Goldenrod City and introduces him to the Day-Care Couple. They tell him about a tournament hosted by the Day-Care Center. Gold participates in it and chooses Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan and Hitmontop as he also wanted to use them against Whitney for their rematch. He manages to go all the way to the finals and battles Black. Black defeats him but gets disqualified for using unfair tactics during the match. Since Gold was the true winner of the tournament, he receives a Tyrogue from them. Gold battles a giant tree in A Huge Mysterious Tree!! but the giant tree turns out to be a Sudowoodo. He has Totodile and Pidgey combine their attacks to return the Sudowoodo into normal size. Gold then catches the Sudowoodo, with Pidgey and Totodile evolving into a Pidgeotto and Croconaw respectively.
Gold deals with Team Rocket in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket with Bill's Espeon since his Pokémon would have been rendered useless. He battles Black after Team Rocket was defeated. Gold manages to defeat Black since his Pokémon were weakened from the hypnotic radio waves. Gold has a rematch with Whitney in A Promise Given to Miltank but her Miltank collapses, canceling it. He finds some berries to cure Miltank and Whitney ends up giving him the Plain Badge and his Pikachu back.
Morty tells Gold of a mini-tournament held in the MooMoo Farm. The tournament is hosted by Morty himself. Gold participates in the tournament with Elekid and wins. Morty gives Gold the Fog Badge even though they didn't battle yet as he wants Gold to keep it and they part ways. Gold meets Chris in a forest when she was battling a Dugtrio with her Cyndaquil. Together, they get out of the forest safely. Gold went to Olivine City to get his fifth Badge but could not battle the Gym Leader, Jasmine, as her Ampharos is sick. Gold trained under Chuck, and was temporarily the Gym Leader of the Cianwood Gym after Chuck was injured. In return for his help, Chuck gave Gold the Secret Medicine to heal Jasmine's Ampharos.
Personality and characteristics
Gold is an enthusiastic, talented Trainer. He is a very excitable boy and he cares very deeply for all Pokémon. He is especially interested in meeting legendary Pokémon.
This listing is of Gold's known Pokémon. Most of his team become his walking Pokémon:
| Totodile → Croconaw
| Gold received Croconaw as his starter Pokémon from Professor Elm when it was a Totodile. Afterwards, he used Totodile in his first battle with Youngster Joey where it was able to defeat Joey's Rattata with Bite. Later, Totodile went up against Black's Chikorita. Since Totodile had the type-disadvantage, Chikorita was proven to be a tough opponent for Totodile until it was switched in mid-way for Gold's Pidgey.
In Falkner The Bird Keeper's Challenge!!, Gold sends it out to take on Falkner's Pidgeot. As Pidgeot was super fast, Totodile's attacks barely made any contact. This was until Totodile made a huge hole in the ceiling causing it to move swiftly. As a result, Totodile's Water Gun definitely made contact with Pidgeot and took out Pidgeot with Bite. In the next chapter, it went up against Articuno and worked with Pikachu and Pidgey as they couldn't take on the legendary bird alone.
Totodile participated in the basketball tournament in Let's Aim For The Goal! and won against Takeo in the end. It had a rematch in Extreme Power!! The Friday Pokémon with Black's Chikorita but this time, as a Bayleef, where it was narrowly hit by Bayleef's attacks until the battle got interrupted by a Lapras.
In A Huge Mysterious Tree!!, Totodile evolved into a Croconaw after battling a Sudowoodo. During the next chapter, Croconaw reunites with Bugsy's Metapod who evolved into a Butterfree. In A Promise Given to Miltank, Croconaw battles Whitney's Miltank but gets cancelled when Miltank collapses. Later, it was one of the Pokémon that took on the Black Tyranitar.
Croconaw's known moves are Bite, Water Gun, Slash and Headbutt.
|| Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship