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Brock's Croagunk

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Brock's Croagunk
タケシのグレッグル Takeshi's Gureggru
Poké Ball
Brock Croagunk.png
Brock's Croagunk
Debuts in Gymbaliar!
Caught at Route 202
Gender Male
Ability Anticipation
Current location With Brock
Croagunk
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Croagunk Katsuyuki Konishi Bill Rogers

Brock's Croagunk (Japanese: タケシのグレッグル Takeshi's Gureggru) was the first Pokémon Brock captured in the Sinnoh region, and the ninth overall.

History

Diamond & Pearl series

Croagunk pulling Brock away after jabbing him

Croagunk was first seen resting outside a supermarket in Gymbaliar!. When Meowth emerged from it, Croagunk followed him to where Team Rocket was using a fake Gym to steal unsuspecting Trainers' Pokémon. Their plan was going badly as it required Jessie to win, but her Dustox kept losing, so she decided to use Croagunk and soon won many battles.

Croagunk's impression of a Politoed

After Ash and his friends entered the Gym, Croagunk lost against Ash's Aipom. Team Rocket resorted to grabbing Ash's Pikachu and running off, leaving Croagunk behind in the process. Brock was the first to notice Croagunk, and felt a connection, Croagunk later willingly went into Brock's Poké Ball.

Croagunk vs. Toxicroak

Like Brock's Bonsly, Croagunk has attacked Brock in order to continue the series' running gag of keeping Brock away from the girls who are the objects of his affection, to the point that even Croagunk's presence can be sensed by Brock, which may make Brock suddenly halt his romantic advances. When forcefully dragging Brock away from girls, he usually uses Poison Jab, which usually makes Brock suddenly collapse so Croagunk can easily drag Brock away. However, when Brock pledged to save Oralie's Magikarp and Haley's Feebas in Ya See We Want An Evolution!, Croagunk jabbed Brock, which caused Dawn to remark that Croagunk may have gone too far. Croagunk generally chuckles or laughs after attacking Brock, so it is possible that he actually enjoys attacking Brock. However, Croagunk has also protected Brock from harm, such as falling off a bridge in Bibarel Gnaws Best! and from Saturn's Toxicroak's Dark Pulse attack in Enter Galactic!.

Anticipation activated

He has some unique characterization, as he acted alone many times. His actions were sometimes part of an episode plot. He has a unique fighting style, as shown in Leave It To Brocko!, by defeating Seviper by repeatedly using Brick Break while Seviper was using Wrap on him, eventually ending in a draw.

Croagunk has been shown to have his own pace for things like eating, attacking, or following Brock. Similar to Ash's Treecko, he is also a bit of a loner, preferring to sit alone when eating or just resting. Although he is seen mostly angry or without any emotion, he was seen happy in Doc Brock!. In An Angry Combeenation!, he didn't like the sweet taste of Honey, which may imply his nature is brave, quiet, sassy or relaxed.

Croagunk showing off his behavior

He is a very powerful Pokémon, as demonstrated in his debut episode where he beat many Trainers while he was under Jessie's command. He has since become Brock's main battling Pokémon and has proved his power again and again, even stopping a Draco Meteor attack in The Rise of Darkrai. He seems to have a rivalry developing with one of the other strength-oriented Pokémon on the cast, Ash's Buizel. He also has an extreme rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak, to the point of actually ignoring Brock's advances on women. In several episodes he has been shown to be unusually observant, and intelligent.

He has good hearing, as he could hear Buneary in the bush in Setting the World on its Buneary! and Team Rocket sneaking into Oreburgh Gym in O'er the Rampardos we Watched!. He is sometimes aware of many strange or some unusual situations; in Malice in Wonderland!, he saves the day when he jabs Brock and saves him from Mismagius's illusions. He later was able to sense the oncoming Team Galactic attack in Losing Its Lustrous! — in particular, the approach of Saturn's Toxicroak.

He also can do a remarkable impression of a Politoed, as seen in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!, where his convincing cosplay and acting won a Pokémon Cosplay Competition and the Pokémon Egg prize.

Croagunk has a fascination at looking at his reflection. This can be seen in several episodes, such as Doc Brock! and Hold the Phione!.

In A Faux Oak Finish!, Croagunk guided the gang through a marsh-like area, he then encountered a wild Politoed and battled it.

In The Battle Finale of Legend!, Croagunk's rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak was settled when he defeated Toxicroak with a Brick Break on its head.

Best Wishes Series

Croagunk reappeared in SS027 halting Brock's romantic advances on Nurse Joy.

Personality and characteristics

Brock's Croagunk is very calm and collected. He appears to be unaffected by some attacks (as seen when Seviper uses Wrap on him). He has an excellent hearing ability (as shown when he hears Team Rocket closing the door of a room he was in even though they made no audible sound), can sense things easily, and is depicted as being very intelligent. Apparently, he could leave very quietly as seen when Brock didn't even notice Croagunk left to find out what a noise was. After this, he saw Team Rocket, to which he scared them off by using his poison sacs. Croagunk likes to do things at his own pace, as well as being slow to obey orders from Brock (unless he is in a battle). Croagunk also can be described as vain as he likes to look at his reflection. Croagunk also has a bit of a mean side, shown when he stabs Brock and chuckles. Clash all of that together and one gets a mystery.

Moves used

Corkscrew Poison Jab
Brock Croagunk Poison Jab.png
Using Poison Jab‎
Move First Used In
Poison Jab Gymbaliar!
Poison Sting Gymbaliar!
Brick Break Gymbaliar!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

In the manga

Croagunk in the manga

In the movie adaptations

Brock's Croagunk appears in the following manga adaptations of Pokémon movies: The Rise of Darkrai and Giratina and the Sky Warrior.


In the TCG

Brock's Croagunk is featured in the TCG as a Pokémon Pokémon M. The following is a list of cards named Croagunk Pokémon M.

Brock's Croagunk
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Croagunk Pokémon M Psychic       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   013/022
 

Trivia

A C-Gear skin featuring Croagunk
  • According to the Pokétch in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!, Croagunk is very close to Brock. In fact, Croagunk is about as close to Brock as Pikachu is to Ash, despite at the time having only been with him for two episodes, as opposed to Pikachu, which has been with Ash since the very first episode.
  • Croagunk was Brock's first Pokémon with both his gender and Ability confirmed.
  • Croagunk hasn't learned any new moves since Brock captured him.
  • Croagunk was featured in a promotional C-Gear in Japan to celebrate SS025, the anime special featuring Brock. This skin was later distributed internationally to tie in with the distribution of a Croagunk that knew Poison Jab at an early level, as well as the release of a new Dream World area, Rugged Mountain, where other Croagunk can be found.

Related articles

  • For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Croagunk.






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