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For this character's game counterpart, see Blue.

Gary Oak
オーキド・シゲル Shigeru Ōkido
Gary Oak
Age 10 (as of debut)
Gender Male
Eye color Green
Hair color Brown
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Professor Oak (grandfather), May Oak (sister, manga and games)
Trainer class Trainer, Researcher
Game counterpart Blue
Anime debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
English voice actor Billy Beach
Japanese voice actor Yūko Kobayashi

Gary Oak (Japanese: オーキド・シゲル Shigeru Ōkido) was the primary rival of Ash Ketchum, prior to their final battle in the Johto League, and grandson of Professor Oak. His Japanese name is derived from Shigeru Miyamoto.

In the anime

Gary has been a neighbor of Ash Ketchum since they were both young. At one time they seemed to be friends and went to see movies together as seen in Lights, Camerupt, Action! Before either of their journeys began, both Gary and Ash found an old Poké Ball while fishing. The two boys began fighting over who would get to keep the Poké Ball but ended up breaking it in half. Since then, they decided to keep the two separate pieces for themselves. It was revealed in The Ties That Bind that they still carried the pieces with them.

In the original series

Gary as seen in the original series.

The day he started out on his Pokémon journey, he came off as an arrogant trainer, much like his game counterpart, Blue. His chosen starter Pokémon was Squirtle, which was actually the same Pokémon that Ash originally wanted to start with. He even had a group of cheerleaders who cheered him on in all his battles and would go so far as crying whenever he lost. And he didn't walk on his journeys like most trainers did. Instead he had his own sporty red convertible with his own chauffeur. Gary loved when he got a chance to make fun of Ash by bragging about how far behind Ash was compared to him. He also gave Ash the pet-name of "Ashy-boy" (Japanese: "Satoshi-kun"), which occasionally seems to annoy him. His style of training at this point was to capture many Pokémon and to use the strongest, as a stark contrast to Ash who focused on developing a bond with his Pokémon.

Soon he would eat his words when he would challenge the Viridian City Gym Leader, Giovanni to a Pokémon battle for his final, but not necessary, badge in The Battle of the Badge. At first he seemed to be winning against Giovanni, knocking out most of his Pokémon. But then Giovanni sent out Mewtwo against the trainer and even let Gary use both his Arcanine and Nidoking against it. Mewtwo made quick work of the two Pokémon and Gary experienced his first (known) loss. However this still didn't change his arrogance. It would take a loss at the Pokémon League way later on to finally realize that he needed to change himself.

Gary eventually returned in A Tent Situation. Much unlike his former self, he congratulated Ash on his victory in the Orange League. Soon Ash challenged him to a battle with his Pikachu as his choice. Gary in turn used his Eevee. Gary managed to defeat Ash and then left on his journey through Johto.

In his few appearances during the Johto season, he seemed to have become the complete opposite of who he was. He became polite, intelligent, and respectful to others, including Ash. In Can't Beat the Heat! he battled Ash at the Silver Conference. Ash ended up winning the battle when his Charizard defeated Gary's Blastoise.

In Gotta Catch Ya Later!, Gary decided that he didn't want to be a Pokémon Trainer anymore, but instead wanted to be a Pokémon researcher like his grandfather.

In the Advanced Generation series

In Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl, Gary works on Sayda Island with Crystal. There, he revived an Aerodactyl from an Old Amber. At first the Aerodactyl was afraid of him and every other person on the island, but Gary soon gained its trust after he fed it some fruit that Aerodactyl used to eat.

Eventually, he moves to the Sinnoh region where he is currently conducting his research.

In Home Is Where The Start Is, Gary reunited with Ash and battled him with his new Electivire and defeated Ash's Pikachu once more.

In the Diamond & Pearl series

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Gary and two of his Pokémon

In Ill-Will Hunting! he was taking care of a group of Shieldon and protected them from the evil Pokémon Hunter J and her minions. He appeared again in Fighting Fear With Fear! where he helped Ash and Gligar by giving a Razor Fang to Ash which caused Gligar to evolve later. He was in the area after hearing rumors of Azelf. Upon meeting him, Dawn thought that he was a poet like his grandfather.

Gary later appeared in The Needs of the Three! and The Battle Finale of Legend!, working alongside Professor Rowan at Valor Lakefront where he attempted to protect Azelf from Pokémon Hunter J and Team Galactic, however he was unable to defeat Saturn in battle. He later monitored the changes around Mt. Coronet caused by Cyrus' attempts to summon Dialga and Palkia.


Since the very start of his own journey, Gary has shown exceptional skill as a Pokémon Trainer, catching and training an astonishing number and variety of strong Pokémon in a short period of time. However, since retiring as a Pokémon Trainer to become a researcher, it isn't known if he continues to catch new Pokémon.

This listing is for Gary's Pokémon as of The Battle Finale of Legend!.

On hand

Gary's Blastoise
Main article: Gary's Blastoise

Blastoise is the evolved form of Gary's starter Pokémon, Squirtle. It was seen for the first time in a flashback in Challenge of the Samurai as a Squirtle. It evolved twice prior to The Ties That Bind, where Gary used it against Ash during the Silver Conference. It beat Ash's Heracross and Bayleef and also almost defeated Ash's Muk before Ash recalled it. Eventually, Blastoise was defeated by Ash's Charizard's Seismic Toss.

Gary has kept Blastoise in his team even after the Silver Conference. In Ill-Will Hunting! he used it to battle against Pokémon Hunter J and her henchmen.

Debut Challenge of the Samurai
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Eric Stuart
Gary's Umbreon
Main article: Gary's Umbreon

Gary's Umbreon was seen for the first time in The Rivalry Revival as an Eevee. Gary used it in his battle against Ash's Pikachu and won easily. It evolved somewhere before the episode Power Play!, where Gary used it to defeat a trainer called Alex Davis and his Alakazam in a Pokémon battle.

Umbreon has also been seen during Gary's appearances at Sinnoh. For example, it was seen in Fighting Fear With Fear!, where Gary used in a practice battle against Ash's Gligar. It also helped Gary to battle against J and Saturn of Team Galactic in The Needs of the Three!.

Debut The Rivalry Revival
Voice actors
Japanese Satomi Kōrogi
English Kayzie Rogers
Gary's Electivire
Main article: Gary's Electivire

Gary's Electivire was seen for the first time in Home is Where the Start is. Team Rocket tried to steal it, but they were sent blasting off by Electivire's ThunderPunch. It was later used in battle against Ash's Pikachu, where it won easily.

Gary has later been seen using Electivire in Sinnoh. In Ill-Will Hunting! he used it to battle against J in order to stop her from stealing the Shieldon. In The Needs of the Three!, Gary used Electivire to battle against Saturn's Toxicroak, but the Thunderbolt Pokémon was defeated by Toxicroak's powerful Poison Jab.

Debut Home is Where the Start Is!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Bill Rogers

In storage

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Gary's Arcanine
Main article: Gary's Arcanine

Gary was first shown to use his Arcanine in his Gym battle against Giovanni. Even though Arcanine managed to defeat Giovanni's Kingler, it was helpless against the Psychic powers of Mewtwo.

Later Gary used Arcanine in Extreme Pokémon Race in the episode Extreme Pokémon!. When Team Rocket tried to steal Mrs. and Mr. Shellby's Pokémon eggs, Gary used Arcanine's Flame Wheel to send them blasting off. After this the race continued, and finally Ash, using his Bayleef, proved victorious.

Gary later used Arcanine in the Silver Conference. He sent it against Ash's Snorlax, but Snorlax managed to defeat Arcanine with a Hyper Beam.

Debut The Battle of the Badge
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Shin'ichirō Miki
Gary's Nidoking
Gary was first shown to use his Nidoking during his Gym battle against Giovanni. Despite defeating Giovanni's Golem, he lost to the Psychic powers of Mewtwo.

Gary also used Nidoking at the Pokémon League. He battled against Melissa's Golem, but was defeated. The loss meant that Gary was eliminated from the tournament.

Nidoking's known moves are Tackle and Horn Attack.

Debut The Battle of the Badge
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Gary's Nidoqueen
Gary's Nidoqueen was seen for the first time in A Tent Situation, where Gary used her to defeat Team Rocket, who were attacking Professor Oak's Laboratory. She was seen again in the Silver Conference, where she defeated Ash's Tauros, but was finally taken out by Ash's Snorlax's Ice Punch.

Nidoqueen's known used moves are Mega Punch, Strength, Rock Smash, Hyper Beam and Double Kick.

Debut A Tent Situation
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Gary's Dodrio
Gary's Dodrio was for the first time briefly seen as a Doduo in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral. It later appeared as a fully-evolved Pokémon in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, where Gary used it to stop Butch and Cassidy from stealing an Aerodactyl.

Dodrio's only known move is Drill Peck.

Debut Showdown at the Po-ké Corral
Gary's Krabby
Gary's Krabby was seen for the first time in Mystery at the Lighthouse after Ash had captured his own Krabby and he called for Prof. Oak to see that it was okay as it had been teleported to his laboratory right after the capture. Oak then also showed Ash Gary's Krabby, which was way bigger than Ash's.

Gary's Krabby was briefly seen again in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, where Gary compared its size to Ash's Krabby's size.

None of Krabby's moves are known.

Debut Mystery at the Lighthouse
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa
Gary's Magmar
Gary used his Magmar during his Silver Conference battle against Ash, sending it to battle against Ash's Heracross. Despite having a type disadvantage, the Single Horn Pokémon managed to beat the Spitfire Pokémon with its powerful Megahorn.

Magmar's known moves are Flamethrower and Fire Blast.

Debut The Ties That Bind
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Gary's Golem
During his battle against Ash in the Silver Conference, Gary used his Golem to battle against Ash's Charizard. Despite being too heavy for Charizard's Seismic Toss, the Megaton Pokémon was finally knocked out by Charizard's Dragon Rage.

Golem's known moves are Magnitude and Rollout.

Debut Can't Beat the Heat!
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart
Gary's Scizor
Gary used his Scizor during his Silver Conference battle against Ash. It easily defeated Ash's Snorlax and Muk, but was finally knocked out by Charizard's powerful Flamethrower.

Scizor's known moves are Quick Attack, Metal Claw, Swift and Steel Wing.

Debut Can't Beat the Heat!
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart
Gary's Unseen Silver Conference Pokémon
Unseen Silver Conference Pokémon
Before his battle against Gary in The Ties That Bind, Ash was seen checking Gary's website, where Gary's Pokémon were listed with pictures. Among them, there were several Pokémon that Gary hasn't been seen using. The listed but yet unseen Pokémon were Alakazam, Houndoom, Kingdra, Skarmory, Pinsir and Fearow.
Debut The Ties That Bind

As of Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, Gary has more than 200 Pokémon in his collection including more than one of the same species.


Hagatha's Hoothoot
Gary rented this Hoothoot from Hagatha in episode Illusion Confusion!, when he was traveling through a forest full of illusion-creating Ghost Pokémon. Its only known move is Foresight.
Debut Illusion Confusion!
Voice actors
Japanese Yuji Ueda
English Yuji Ueda
Crystal's Aerodactyl
Gary took part in a project where this Aerodactyl was resurrected in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!. After he had saved it from being stolen by Butch and Cassidy, he left it for Crystal to take care of.

Aerodactyl's known moves are Whirlwind, Hyper Beam and Gust.

Debut Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Shin'ichirō Miki
Gary's Shieldon
Gary helped Ash and co. in protecting these four wild Shieldon from being stolen by J and her henchmen in Ill-Will Hunting!. None of their possible moves are known.
Debut Ill-Will Hunting!
Voice actors
English Billy Beach

Badges obtained

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Gary's collection of Kanto badges.

During his journey, Gary collected badges to compete in the Indigo Plateau Conference and Silver Conference. He won ten badges in Kanto, of which he already had five by the twenty-fifth episode, and showed off the whole set in The Battle of the Badge (though he failed to gain an eleventh badge in that episode when faced against Mewtwo). Of the eight badges that Ash won, Gary only has three: A Boulder Badge, a Cascade Badge, and a Rainbow Badge. The other seven are unknown, but aside from the Earth Badge, he didn't get a Thunder Badge, Marsh Badge, Soul Badge, or Volcano Badge.

Gary's achievements in Johto were not stated, other than that he had the minimum of eight badges to compete in the tournament.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小林優子 Yūko Kobayashi
English Billy Beach
Catalan Ignasi Díaz Ferrando
Danish Christian Damsgaard
Mikkel Følsgaard
Dutch Bram Bart (EP001 - EP274)
Tony Neef (AG146 - present)
Filipino Charmaine Cordoviz
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
European French Jean-Marc Delhausse
German Nico Macoulis
Hebrew אביהוד תדהר Avihud Tidhar
דורון בן-עמי Doron Ben-Ami
דניאל זילברשטיין Daniel Zilbershtein
עמית יוסוביץ Amit Yosovich
Hungarian Hamvas Dániel
Italian Paolo Sesana
Korean 이선주 Lee Seon-Ju
Norwegian Erik Skøld
Polish Marek Włodarczyk (EP001-EP273)
Karol Wróblewski (DP045, DP085)
Portuguese Brazil Rodrigo Andreatto (original voice)
Marcelo Campos (SS015)
Eduardo Serandini (AG187)
Thiago Barione (AG192 onwards)
Portugal Peter Michael
Rui de Sá
Nuno Pinto
Unknown voice actor
Spanish Latin America Gerardo Del Valle (EP001-EP273)
Víctor Ugarte (SS015)
Ricardo Bautista (AG187, AG192)
Benjamín Rivera (DP045)
Noé Velásquez (DP085)
Spain Jesús Alberto Pinillos
Swedish Hans Jonsson

In the manga

Gary Oak in the manga

Gary is one recurring characters in the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. In the manga, Gary is a childhood friend and rival of Ash and frequently appears when Ash does something wrong. At the Pokémon League, he is defeated by Ritchie, but confronts Ash at the end of the series. His sister, May, who is not present in the anime, also appears.

In the epilogue, he and Ash are shown traveling together on their journey.


Gary's Pokémon in the manga


  • His English name could have been derived from his Japanese name. It may also be referencing the Garry oak, a type of oak tree.
  • Gary is one of the few characters to have his English dub voice remain unchanged throughout the series. From Pokémon - I Choose You! to this day, he has been voiced by Jimmy Zoppi. Zoppi is currently credited as Billy Beach under his Pokémon USA work.
  • The only known losses Gary has had during the entire series were against Mewtwo (while under Giovanni's control), against Melissa at Indigo Plateau, and against Ash during the Silver Conference. In the manga, he is defeated by Ritchie at the Indigo League instead of Melissa.
  • In the original series, Gary's attire is similar to Blue's during Generation I. In his Advanced Generation and Diamond & Pearl appearances, Gary wears Blue's outfit from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, making him the only non-main character to undergo a permanent change of clothing. Interestingly, the cape he adorns in the third opening resembles the one worn by his his cross-canon manga counterpart Blue in the Yellow chapter, but in the main series he isn't seen wearing it as Blue does.
  • Gary owns the final evolutionary forms of Pokémon owned by Ash and each of his friends, excluding Dawn (and Max, of course). These are: Blastoise (Squirtle and Wartortle), Kingdra (Horsea), Golem (Geodude) and Scizor (Scyther). Both Ash and Gary have also caught a Krabby, but only Ash's is known to have evolved.
  • Gary has been shown to have Pokémon from all generations except Generation III.
  • Gary is so far the only one of Ash's rivals to appear in a Pokémon movie, appearing very briefly in Mewtwo Strikes Back.
  • Gary owns the final evolutionary forms of each of the special Pokémon that can appear on Route 201 via the dongle method, swarming, or the Poké Radar (Arcanine, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Dodrio).


Language Name Origin
Japanese オーキド・シゲル Ookido Shigeru Derived from Shigeru Miyamoto.
English Gary Oak Possibly taken from Garry Oak, a type of oak tree. Also possibly derived from Shigeru.
French Régis Chen
German Gary Eich Direct translation. Eiche means Oak.
Brazilian-Portuguese Gary Carvalho Carvalho means Oak; Carvalho is also an actual surname.
Korean 오바람 O Baram O is from the first syllable in "Ōkido", while his first name, Baram is Native Korean for wind.
Chinese 小茂 Xiǎo Mao 茂 is from 茂る shigeru.

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