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Gary's Blastoise

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Gary's Blastoise
シゲルのカメックス Shigeru's Kamex
Poké Ball
Gary Blastoise.png
Gary and Blastoise
Debuts in Challenge of the Samurai
Caught at Pallet Town
Evolves in Prior to The Ties That Bind
Prior to The Ties That Bind
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Gary
Squirtle Wartortle Blastoise
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Squirtle and an unknown number of episodes as Wartortle.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Squirtle Not heard
As Wartortle Not shown
As Blastoise Unshō Ishizuka Eric Stuart
(EP269-DP045)
Tom Wayland
(BW116)

Gary's Blastoise (Japanese: シゲルのカメックス Shigeru's Kamex) is the first Pokémon obtained by Gary Oak on his journey as a Pokémon Trainer.

History

Original series

As a Squirtle, in a flashback.*

Gary received Squirtle in Pokémon, I Choose You! as a Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak. He did not tell Ash which of the three starter Pokémon he chose, but bragged that it was the best one.

In Challenge of the Samurai, Squirtle appeared in a flashback, though the episode did not reveal which of the three Trainers who left before Ash owned it. Samurai remembered Gary and the others fondly as they had fought spectacular battles, with Gary's Squirtle defeating his Metapod.

Finally, in The Ties That Bind, the fully-evolved Blastoise was revealed to Ash when Gary sent it out to battle Heracross. In Gary's six on six battle against Ash in Can't Beat the Heat!, its Hydro Pump managed to blast through the rocky terrain and knock out Ash's Heracross in a single hit. It then stalemated his Muk, completely nullifying Muk's Sludge Bomb with its Rapid Spin, but unable to gain much purchase with its Skull Bash. After Muk smothered Blastoise with its body, Blastoise used Hydro Pump to blast Muk off and injure it. Ash pulled Muk for the type-advantaged Bayleef, but Blastoise overcame it as well, deflecting Razor Leaf with Rapid Spin, then biting its leaf and knocking it out by throwing it aside.

Blastoise losing to Ash's Charizard

It was recalled until the final bout when it fought against Charizard, who had overcome Scizor and Golem just as Blastoise had defeated Heracross and Bayleef. With a type advantage and having had a break between battles, Blastoise was quickly on the front foot, deflecting Flamethrower with Rapid Spin and hitting with Hydro Pump and Skull Bash. It neutralized Charizard's aerial advantage by using Hydro Pump to keep it at bay, giving Charizard no opening.

Charizard and Ash thought outside the box and melted all of the rocks with powerful Flamethrowers. Immobilized, Blastoise had no choice but to cool the field down with water, but Charizard took advantage of the resulting steam to get in close to Blastoise. Even then, Blastoise proved a worthy opponent; unable to aim its water cannons it was still able to dodge a Dragon Rage with Withdraw. Charizard lifted Blastoise into the air, holding on despite Blastoise biting hard on its arm, and executed a Seismic Toss. Both Pokémon stared each other down, but Blastoise gave out and fainted.

In Johto Photo Finish! Gary decided to become a Pokémon researcher and the only Pokémon he would take on his new journey was Blastoise. After using Blastoise to free Pikachu from Team Rocket, he departed home for Pallet and then set off for future endeavors. His choice inspired Ash to begin his journey in Hoenn with only his first Pokémon, Pikachu.

Diamond & Pearl series

Gary and Blastoise later appeared in Ill-Will Hunting! where they helped Ash, Brock and Dawn in protecting the Shieldon from the notorious Pokémon Hunter J and her evil minions. It first used Water Gun to stop J's henchmen's vehicle, which Pikachu disabled with Thunderbolt on the soaking machine. However, it was knocked on its back by a Golbat's Wing Attack, and Gary recalled it after Umbreon disturbed some Beedrill that drove Golbat and the henchmen away. Gary used Blastoise again in a battle against J's Salamence and Drapion along with Ash's Pikachu. The battle ended without a result after J captured one of the Shieldon that her client had requested.

Best Wishes series

Blastoise appeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.

Personality and Characteristics

Moves used

Gary Blastoise Skull Bash.png
Using Skull Bash
Gary Blastoise Withdraw.png
Using Withdraw
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump  The Ties That Bind
Skull Bash Can't Beat the Heat!
Rapid Spin Can't Beat the Heat!
Bite Can't Beat the Heat!
Withdraw Can't Beat the Heat!
Water Gun  Ill-Will Hunting!
Hydro Cannon  Ill-Will Hunting!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
  • Withdraw was used in the Japanese version only.

In anime novelizations

About two years before Gary was revealed to own it, Talent Showdown, one of the book adaptions of the anime, had shown a Blastoise under his ownership. However, due to his starter not being confirmed at the time of the book's release, Charizard and Venusaur were under his ownership as well.

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Gary's Blastoise in Ash and Pikachu
Gary and his Blastoise

Blastoise was the final Pokémon Gary sent out during his match with Ash in One Half Of A Poké Ball. Unlike the anime, it did not fight Ash's Charizard but it fought Pikachu instead.

Moves used

Gary Blastoise Hydro Pump AP.png
Using Hydro Pump
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump One Half Of A Poké Ball
Skull Bash One Half Of A Poké Ball
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


Trivia

  • Ash originally wanted Squirtle as his starter Pokémon, while Gary was the one who took it.
  • Unlike in the games, instead of the rival (Gary) having the starter Pokémon with the type advantage, Ash's Pikachu has the type advantage.
    • However, Ash uses his Charizard against Blastoise during his battle with Gary in the Silver Conference, mirroring the type advantage seen in the games.
  • In the English dub, Brock and Misty seemed to be aware that Gary's starter Pokémon was Squirtle, as when Blastoise is shown for the first time, Misty says, "Brock, could that be...?", to which Brock replies, "The same Squirtle that Gary originally received from Professor Oak? Yeah, that's the one." This exchange did not occur in the original Japanese version of the episode.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise.


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